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Monday, February 8, 2016

Beaded Crochet Wrap Neckace Pattern and Tutorial

Have you ever used beads on a crochet project before? It's a fun and suprisingly easy way to spice things up. Today I'm sharing a free pattern for a beaded crochet wrap necklace. It's kind of a mix between a necklace and a scarf with the addition of pretty beads. I'll teach you how to add beads to any crochet project and share the pattern for this fun project.


To make your necklace, you will need:

Size 10 crochet thread and glass E-beads

- crochet thread size 10 (check out all the different color options like coral and turquoise!)
- embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over the head)

The first step is to string the entire package of beads onto your ball of  thread using the embroidery needle. This takes a while, but the beads are worth it, so turn on Netflix and handle it.

Beaded Crochet

Once all of your beads are strung, you can begin crocheting! I've written out the entire pattern at the bottom of this post so you can easily refer back to it while you're working.

Here are a few photos to help you understand how to add the beads. When the pattern calls for a bead, bring one up, yarn over, then pull through. It's really not much different than a normal chain stitch, you just chain around the bead!

Beaded crochet tutorial

The only other stitch you need to know is the shell stitch. The shells connect the layers of beaded chains together.

The shell stitch is two double crochet, chain 1, two double crochet, all in the same space.

Here's a close up of what the shell stitches look like when complete:

Beaded crochet necklace tutorial

Ready to get started? I promise it's easy once you get going. I was able to complete the whole necklace in about two hours and that's while I was crocheting with friends, so I was very distracted!

Beaded Crochet Wrap Necklace

Materials:
blunt tip embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over it)

Instructions:
Using the embroidery needle, string all of the beads onto the thread.

Ch 4.

*(Ch around 1 bead, ch 2.) Repeat 7 times. Ch 7.*

Repeat between ** 13 times.

Ch around 1 bead, ch 3.

Now you should have 14 beaded sections.

Slip stitch into 1st chain to make a complete circle.

In the same stich, ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2DC. This is the shell stitch.

*Ch 2. Ch around 1 bead, ch 2. Repeat 7 times. Ch 2.

Shell stitch: Sl st into ch 1 space (center of previous shell), ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2 DC*

Repeat between ** all the way around the circle.

Repeat until you have five different strands all connected together with shell stitches. Of course, you can customize this and make it thinner or thicker depending on the number of strands you choose to do. Just remember that if you go thicker, you'll need to add more beads to your thread before you start crocheting.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Pattern and tutorial for beginners

I love my necklace! It's such a fun and unique accessory that I think I'll make a few more in different colors with different kinds of beads. I think I NEEEED one in coral, don't you?

How to add beads to crochet projects. Free pattern!

If you use this pattern, I'd love to see your creations and share them on my Facebook page. Leave a comment below or send me an email! Thanks, and happy crocheting!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Geometric Metallic Vase

Spring is coming and I can't wait for the flowers in my yard to start growing. I also can't wait for the ice to melt off the driveway and the snow to stop already. But that's another story. To plead celebrate the coming of Spring, I set out to make a DIY vase. It had to meet a few criteria: unique, opaque (I hate worrying about seeing ugly stems or coming up with a filler), and inexpensive. This is what I came up with:

Metallic Geometric Vase

Isn't it pretty? I'm a sucker for metallics and the geometric pattern keeps the whole thing looking uber modern. And guess what? It's so easy to make! It took me maybe five minutes.

I picked up a straight sided vase from the dollar store...

Dollar Store Vase Makeover

...and a stack of metallic gold paper from Michaels.

Gold Wedding Decor

This is where it gets so easy that it's kind of embarrassing. I cut the paper down to the same size as the vase, then wrapped it around and taped in on!

Easy Gold Foil Vases

Isn't it so pretty? It totally looks like an expensive vase and it cost me almost nothing.

Easy Gold Geometric Vase

I can't wait to fill it with tulips in a few more months. Won't they look fab?

These vases would also be perfect for wedding centerpieces or any other glam party.

Easy Inexpensive DIY vases for wedding, party, home decor

Monday, February 1, 2016

And The Cabinets Came Down

I am itching to get my kitchen remodel underway. ITCHING, I tell you. But in the true spirit of home remodeling, everything takes longer than anticipated and there are lots of things we have to do before we can start. We're getting new flooring. We have to rewire some electrical stuff. It's too cold to paint the cabinets. We have to... blah, blah, blah.

BUT

I did make one small change that has made a huge difference in the feel of the room. I removed the suspended cabinets that hung above our peninsula!

So here's what the kitchen looked like before:


and here's what it looks like now without the suspended cabinets:


Ahhhh! So much more open and spacious! Obviously I still need to paint the wall where the cabinets used to connect. And there's a bit of patching to do on the ceiling. But seriously, it's ridiculous how much better the kitchen feels with just that one small change. It's so much more up-to-date! My kids can sit on the bar stools and I can actually stand up straight to talk to them. The light flows better. The room feels bigger. It was definitely the right choice. Thank you friends, for encouraging me to do it!

Was I worried about losing storage? Of course. But between the pantry we added just off the kitchen (it's just out of the photo near the fridge) and the corner hutch that holds all my not-used-every-day dishes, I don't miss the storage at all!

This corner hutch olds ALL of the stuff that used to be in the suspended cabinets:


I refinished it myself. You should see the before pictures. It was ugly. Now this empty corner of the dining room is functional and pretty, the dated suspended cabinets are gone, and the whole room is just begging me to get moving on the other remodeling projects!

Here's another view of the kitchen and dining room from the living room. The hutch is in the left hand corner. In this pic, you can see the fan that's not centered over where the table sits. And that obnoxious pillar has got to go!


I have all of my design choices nailed down and can't wait to get going! Here's my inspiration board:


All choices are dependent upon ye ole budget.

And here's the long, long to-do list:

- remove the worst flooring known to man (it's tongue and groove wood that was never meant to be a kitchen floor) and install real normal wood floors through entire kitchen, dining room and living room
- remove awkward pillar from center of room (includes rewiring electrical)
- new backsplash
- remove hack job tile countertops and try to salvage solid surface countertop underneath OR replace completely
- move upper cabinets a few inches higher to standard distance from counters
- fix, prep and paint cabinets
- add open shelves in awkward space where suspended cabinets used to be
- new light fixture and maybe recessed lighting
- crown moulding
- new door and window casing

Wish me luck! I think I'm going to need it.