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Hookers Love Coffee

Hi everyone!

A quick hooker project to show you today...I love to drink coffee and found some cute patterns to create a coffee cup cozy and coaster!


The pattern I used for the cozy is Marion's Cozy Mug Warmer and the coaster pattern is called Springtime Coaster.


I used sparkly blue and basic brown cotton yarns for these small projects. I love being able to hook up something quickly. I'm all for instant gratification!



Have a great day!

No Time for Losers Cause I Am The Champion!

Hi everyone!

Real quick, I'm guest blogging...well, I answered some awesome questions anyway over at mommaruthsays so check it out! :D

My husband works on the other side of town, it's a bit of a drive to get him over there every day. Luckily the Michael's, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby surrounding his workplace more than makes up for the gas and mileage spent getting over there. Sometimes when he's off and one of these crafty stores is having some sort of one day sale or awesome coupon I'll ask him, "Hey Honey, don't you need to go to work for some reason?"

This was the case yesterday as AC Moore was premiering some new yarns and decided to celebrate with some make and takes (Toot made a yarn ghost), some demonstrations (both knitting so that counted me out) and....two giveaways: a gift basket of the new yarns and $100 YARN gift certificate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111 (<---I added some 1's to the exclamation points to show you how excited I w…

Having Fun at the Beach

Hi everyone!

I'm coming to you LIVE from...wait for it...the beach!

Wait a minute...that's not the beach! Sorry about that folks...*ahem*...the BEACH!

Gauche Giveaways and a Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I'm off to the beach and have absolutely nothing awesome to show you. Well...nothing I made anyway! :P

Gauche Alchemy turned 3 in September so all month long we're giving away some awesome prizes! You can enter for a chance to win a 3 month ACME kit subscription, a postal pack, a Lace and Ribbon Variety Pack and a Mixed Media Color Kit of your choice! Check out the links above for rules, they're super easy and open to everyone worldwide so get your entries in! You're entered for just leaving a comment on all the giveaways but one, I'd love to see some familiar faces over there! :)

I also wanted to share a tutorial that one of our Alchemists, Cheryl created, she recently got married and made her own bouquet. And not out of flowers either, this tutorial is awesome so check it out!



Have a great weekend everyone!

Ode to a Pet Store

The other day, Toot and I were in a pet store spending too much money on too little dog food. Being there reminded me that years and years ago I worked at a "big box" pet store. They put me in the Aquatics department where I bagged fish, boxed up birds and kept the cages and tanks clean. It was a time of great joy, wearing a very attractive and flattering back belt and big money for very little work, appreciated and applauded by every customer that came in store. /sarcasm

But it was always interesting. Like, there was this one time...

-A customer wanted a cichlid fish. These fish are full of personality but they're also some of the meanest SOBs in the water. I climbed up the ladder to the tank, took my handy little fishing net and went ta fishing. I was chasing one particular fish around the tank when all of a sudden, he leaped (literally) out of the tank and slapped me right in the face before hitting the floor. Ker-SPLAT! Don't worry folks, he survived and I popped…

Crochet Meh

The cover of the September/October 2011 issue of Crochet Today is cuter than a bug's ear:
See? Isn't that the cutest hat and the cutest cowl on the cutest model you ever did see? I thought so too when this issue arrived at my doorstep. I knew I just had to hook up that hat. And so it was that I was lucky enough to have some yarn left over from this hot mess. I loved the color scheme from the baby afghan from hell and decided to use the same color scheme to make this gorgeous hat.

That was my last good decision in the matter of this hat. I'm not calling this a Craft Fail because it is indeed a hat. But I am going to call this a "Craft...meh." because I did not instantly feel like throwing it up in the air a la the Mary Tyler Moore show. Actually, maybe I did want to "throw it up" but not in the air.
The main problem is that it's just too small and it's all my fault. I'm notoriously hateful of "checking my gauge" which for …

I Love Gauche Alchemy...and Free Stuff

Hi everyone!

I'm going to skip my Fab Five for this week because:

1. I have something new to show you that I'm super proud of...

and 2. I have something to tell you that I'm super excited about.

Good enough reasons to skip a Fab Five, yes? Actually, since I have two things to show/tell you about, I guess I could call this a Friday Night Fab Two.  Anyhoo, I made this!

I help out writing the blog over at Gauche Alchemy and this month they're celebrating their 3rd birthday! So in honor of that and the fact that I've always loved GA's kits of "lost things", I decided to make this banner.It all started with a vintage ad showing a housewife holding an oven door.