Thursday, December 8, 2016

Crochet Messy Bun Hat

The cyber world is abuzz in my neck of the woods, with this hat that everyone is in love with, and I can see why. 
It's adorable. 
And anyone with enough hair for a ponytail or a messy bun is in for a treat with this hat! 

When several of my friends and my sister all inquired to me, asking if I had seen the hat and if I could make it, I knew it was something I needed to try. Not having a pattern, nor looking for one, I decided to give it a go myself and I'm going to share my pattern here with you.





***Please note, I am not a professional crocheter or pattern maker, this is just what I did***


Messy Bun Hat
** I used as Size K crochet hook for this project**

Chain 15, slip stitch to form ring,
Chain 2
Double Crochet in each of the 15 chains, slip stitch
chain 2
2-double crochets in first stitch, 1-double crochet in next stitch, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
2-double crochets in first stitch, 1-double crochet in the next two stitches, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
2-double crochets in first stitch, 1 double crochet in next 3 stitches, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
2 double crochets in first stitch, 1 double crochet in the next 4 stitches, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
2 double crochets in first stitch, 1 double crochet in the next 5 stitches, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
2 double crochets in first stitch, 1 double crochet in the next 6 stitches, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
chain 2
double crochet all the way around and continue til you have 11 rows
In row 12 you will begin the cuff
in rows 12, 13, 14, 15 you will follow this same pattern below
chain 2
2 double crochets, 2 front post double crochets, repeat all the way around, slip stitch to join
after row 15, cut length of yarn and weave in ends.
Done

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Please let me know if I can help make this pattern any more clear. I'm happy to help!
Have a blessed day!




Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmastime at Woodlawn


Woodlawn is even more beautiful this time of year. 
With the twinkle lights, the garland, the red bows... it's so beautiful and festive.
But, it doesn't happen all by itself. It takes many hands to make things look lovely for the Christmas season... it takes many hands to make things look lovely for any season for that matter.
Lots of time. Lots of effort. Lots of hands... working together. I love this time of year.
Everyones talents coming together. 
Making our church look great.





Last night was our Cantata. 
It was probably my favorite one so far. It was so reverent and worshipful. 
The church looked wonderful. Everyone was dressed in red, green, silver, gold... 



Happy Christmas Cantata, from my honey and I! 


Friday, December 2, 2016

The Season of Giving

Every year for as long as I can remember, our church has gathered foods for Thanksgiving boxes and each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, the youth department goes out and delivers the boxes. 
We were blessed with plenty of food this year and were able to deliver nice big boxes of food to several families. 
We even had a sidekick this year. Saige was all the rage while we delivered boxes. 
I'm so thankful that some great kids came out and spent their Monday night with us and gave of their time and energy to give to others. I'm so grateful to be a part of a church that loves to give. We are abundantly blessed. May we remember this is the season of GIVING! 

Have a blessed weekend!!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Crafting

It's December!! And that means Christmas crafting is in FULL swing! I always feel terribly behind when December finally shows up, but at the same time, I get incredibly excited too... because this is my most favorite time of the year... ever! 
I love it that there are always new things to make and new crafts to try. 
Ranging from crochet and knitting to paint and woodworking, soap making, candle dipping, to any and all things in between, I like to dabble in it all. 
I enjoy getting messages asking me to make this or that. And then getting one of the best compliments ever, a friend called me to ask about a baby shower gift... she said she was thinking about what to do when her little girl said, "Moma... call the lady that makes pretty things!"
Swoon! 
Now that is a compliment!!

Keeping my hands busy and keeping my heart full of all of the wonderfulness that Christmas brings. Seeing the excitement on my children's faces when they see a present under the tree with THEIR name. Witnessing them sneak around to wrap gifts (made or bought) for their siblings. 
And this year... we have a little extra sweetness around here. A little bundle of love that we get to share our days with. He makes us smile, laugh, and brings us all so much joy. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Making Merry

My most favorite time of the year is here... It's here in all it's splendor. 
Moments of thankfulness
Red
Green
Twinkle lights
Quiet 
Christmas Trees
Hopes for snowy days
Presents 
Evenings with only the light of the tree
Holiday making
Gosh... I LOVE IT!
This year is no different. I began my Christmas decorating right before my birthday, Nov 6th. So I could enjoy my tree... this year, TREES! on my actual birth-day.
I've added touches here and there since then, but the main things were up early. 

Bessie the suburban gets adorned for the season as well with a wreath and some garland on the luggage rack! 
These are a few of my favorite things. 
For several years I have been wanting to have a smallish second tree in the kitchen area. I was given this little skinny tree and it is a perfect fit! 
I decided to go with colored lights for a different look. Then the decorations were ones that were a bit more 'rustic'. Wooden, outdoorsy, and red burlap bows. 

This is Leon. Shannon made him for me and he sits on my windowsill above the sink. So as I am washing dishes he is there to make me smile. 
It really is the most wonderful time of the year.