Crafts & DIY

Chevron Afghan

My friend Amy posted about an afghan she recently made, which reminded me that I hadn’t blogged about my most recent project!

I made Brad’s dad an afghan two Christmases ago, and I made his mom one last Christmas, so I wanted to make one for his sister Heather this year! I decided to go with the colors of her sorority (Sigma Sigma Sigma).

I looooooooooove how this one turned out. It is one of my favorites! I think the colors are really striking and it’s the perfect size. I’ve struggled with the chevron pattern in the past, but I didn’t make any mistakes on this one!

I don’t have a pattern for this. Just search chevron afghan pattern on Pinterest or Youtube and there are tons of tutorials. I don’t remember what site I used to originally get it started because that was back in May! The chevron pattern is pretty easy, you just have to pay attention when you start and at the ends of each row.

chevon afghan

(Please ignore our gross carpeting. **apartment living**)

chevron afghan

chevron afghan

me and heather

Heather was so excited and surprised to open the afghan! I thought she might suspect that she would get one, but she didn’t! I love making afghans as gifts. I wish I could make one for everyone I know!

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Funny story about this afghan:

I bought the yarn at Joann’s Fabrics in Belton way back in May. I bought a jumbo roll of each color, so I figured that would be plenty of yarn to complete it. In November, I was about 3/4 done with the afghan when I ran out of the purple color since I used more of it than the black and white. I had already thrown away the paper that said the brand and the name of the color. Brad and I went to so many places that sold yarn around Kansas City and couldn’t find it anywhere!!! PANIC! We went on a trip to Oklahoma for Brad’s work and to see some of my family. While we were there, my aunt and I went to a Joann’s Fabrics and FOUND THE YARN! PTL!!! Lesson learned: always buy extra yarn, even if you don’t think you’ll need it.

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Race Swag

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Swag. Stuff we all get. We all get these medals and bibs at races. We hold onto them because they hold memories and accomplishment!! But eventually the medals make their way to the back of a drawer and the bibs end up in the trash.

I’d seen these displays on Pinterest and finally made the time to put one together for Brad and me! It was super easy and inexpensive and it only took me about 30 minutes and most of that was letting the paint dry!

Supplies:

Wood panel
Paint
Hooks
Clasps
Stencils

I bought a wood panel from Hobby Lobby. It has holes in the back for easy hanging! It was $12 but I used my 40% off coupon with my Hobby Lobby app! I also got the hooks and clasps from Hob Lob.

I painted it black with 2 coats, used my bibs to decide where to place the clasps, screwed the clasps in using a screw driver, screwed in the hooks by hand, then I painted RUN on the top using a stencil!

I love this project because it is easy to personalize! I saw some awesome girly ones, but I’m sharing it with my hubs so I kept it neutral.

Now that we see our medals on the wall maybe it will motivate me to get out there and run!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite projects to date!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup HolderWe picked up a pallet off the side of the road when we were living in Springfield and I had been mulling over what to do with it for a while. I finally decided to use it to make a holder for all of our coffee cups! (Or at least some of them.)

This was actually a pretty easy project! We did it in two days, but we definitely could have done it in one.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Pallet
  • Hooks and screws
  • Paint, letter stencils, sponge brush (Optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Right angle ruler
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver

First, a couple of notes: (1) You may want to power wash your pallet before you dive into this project since you’ll be hanging things that you drink out of on it! (2) I added the COFFEE detail on the top, but this is obviously optional! The top board was longer, so I decided to add some words instead of hooks.

Okay, let’s get started!

We used a fourth of the pallet, so first we decided which fourth looked the best and had the most stable and best-looking wood.

Pallet

We marked where we wanted to cut using a pencil and right angle ruler.

Pallet coffee cup holder

Next my dad cut where we had marked using a circular saw. ****Make sure to wear safety goggles****

Circular saw

Once you have your mini pallet, sand it down! How much you sand is up to you, but make sure it is smooth enough that you won’t get splinters when you hang up your coffee cups!

Sand it down

Next I painted COFFEE on the top. I used letter stencils and a sponge brush. I’m really happy with how it turned out! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture while I was doing it!)

Coffee cup pallet

Putting on the hooks was probably the most difficult part. Use a ruler (or tape measure) and pencil to mark exactly where you want the hooks to go, then drill them in. My hooks weren’t totally even, but once we hung the coffee cups you could hardly notice!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

We bought these hooks at Lowes for $1.50 each, so we spent a little less than $20 on them. There were cheaper hooks, but I’m so glad we opted for these! I think they make it look really polished. Plus, this was the only material we had to buy for this project!

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I love how well this project turned out! A big thanks to my dad for helping plan the project and for cutting the pallet, Brad’s dad Danny for advising us on how to hang it, and Brad for always being supportive of my projects and for drilling in the hooks!

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*******UPDATE********

I’ve had several questions about this project, so here are a few additional facts and tips!

The final “mini pallet” is 20.75″ x 25″. The top board is 5.5″ and the other 3 are 3.5″ tall. The stencil letters I used are 3″ tall.

Here are a couple of pictures of how we hung it up. As I mentioned in the comments, we kept one of boards on the back of the pallet and rested that on two nails in the wall.

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I hope that helps and makes things a little clearer! Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone!

New Corner Shelves

Instead of being depressed about being unemployed and living at my parents house, I’ve decided to take advantage of crashing at their place with lots of free time! They have a great backyard perfect for reading, tanning, and spray painting!

Today, I did all three of those things! I’m currently reading Nehemiah with #SheReadsTruth, listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while getting tan, and giving new life to some of our furniture!

I bought this corner shelf at a flea market in Springfield for only $5! It used to be in our guest bedroom. I was never a big fan of the color, so I decided to brighten it up!

I spray painted it Coral Isle by Krylon. It turned out a little more pink than I was expecting. I thought it would be a little more coral/salmon than bubble gum pink. But that’s okay! I think I’m going to put it out on the porch at our new apartment. It should bring some brightness to the area and provide a place to put things!

Corner shelf makeover

Next up to be painted is a bench of my mom’s, our old green coffee table, a wooden shelf, and a huge bookcase!

Missouri is Home

It snowed about 7 inches here in Springfield on Saturday night into Sunday afternoon. Monday was a my birthday and Brad and I both got a snow day! We’ve been here at home marathoning through Arrested Development and cuddling with our little pup, Libby. On Sunday I decided I needed to take a break from crocheting and do some crafting (already working on one of my 2014 Goals)! A couple of weeks ago Brad and I spotted this sign at Five Pound Apparel.

Missouri is awesome

Five Pound Apparel has a lot of really cool stuff and if you live in Springfield you should definitely check it out! I decided to use it as inspiration for a version of my own. I opted to use home instead of awesome, although Missouri is awesome. I free-handed the Missouri, which I would not recommend. Haha. I should have printed off a Missouri silhouette and traced it. Anyways I think it still turned out okay.

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We’ve done some rearranging since Christmas and I’ve switched up the decorations a bit! I’d like to add a few more things to the wall for it to really feel complete. (Ignore the messiness of our living room and that the picture is kinda dark. Instead focus on the cuteness that is Libby.)

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This little break has been nice to do some crafting, crocheting, and netflixing, but I’m ready to get back out in the world! Even more though, I’m ready for winter to go away! Bring on spring!

My Latest Afghans

I actually finished both of these afghans a while ago, but had never gotten around to taking pictures of them!

I used Red Heart yarn on both of these. I always use Red Heart for afghans because it’s the cheapest and I think it turns out just as soft once you wash it. Yarn can get expensive when you’re making an afghan!

This one is a Christmas gift, but the recipient doesn’t know it’s for them!! I had used a similar pattern before for an afghan I made my mom, but it was from a crochet book that belonged to my old roommate, so I just figured the pattern out on my own. I basically used all double crochet, and in every other row I chained every other stitch. I really love how it turned out! I think this pattern is very pretty for decorating your home!

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afghan

afghan

This is a baby blanket that I made for a friend. I LOVE how it turned out! I used the blackberry salad pattern that you can find here. This was the first time I’d done this pattern and it was much easier than I expected! I’m also really happy with the colors. This can easily be a baby afghan for a boy or a girl.

baby afghan

baby afghan

I don’t have any afghans in the works at the moment, but I am trying to finish up THREE scarves before Christmas! Ideally I would like to make one more, but I don’t know if I’ll have time! So much crocheting, so little time.

Christmas Bags, a family tradition

I love holiday family traditions. I was blessed to grow up in a great community of families. At Christmas time, everyone usually buys presents for their family members, but my family also wanted to show our friends how much we love and appreciate them by giving them bags full of Christmas goodies. This tradition began one year when my family arrived home to find a Christmas popcorn bowl full of treats from my mom’s good friend Carrie. We were so blessed by this surprise that we decided to make it a tradition of our own. Each year we would spend a Saturday in December in the kitchen making breads, cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels. We would buy plain brown paper bags to decorate, then my brother and I would deliver them in person.

There are so many aspects about this Christmas tradition that I love. Your family friends get something to munch on during the Christmas season, we spent quality time together as a family making and filling the bags, and my brother and I got the joy of chatting with our friends and wishing them a Merry Christmas when we dropped off their bags.

As Brad and I began building our own family traditions, I knew that this was one I wanted to continue for not only Brad and me, but also with our children in the future.

Growing up, we had too many family friends to make bags for all of them, so we switched it up every year. Brad and I have adopted this part of the tradition too. It’s so hard to decide who to give them to, but what a great problem to have! We’re so blessed to have such a great community here in Springfield.

We had a blast making and handing out our bags this weekend. This year we are filling our bags with banana bread, white and milk chocolate covered pretzels, candied nuts, and peanut butter Special K bars (my aunt Lori’s specialty).

Pretzels, YUM!

more pretzels!

For the Carringtons

I encourage you to make this a family tradition of your own, or even to try it just this year! There are endless people to bless with Christmas goodies: friends, family, neighbors, pastors, coaches, teachers, babysitters, your mechanic, the pharmacy, your bank, or the baristas at your favorite coffee shop. It’s a great way to spend time as a family and to bless those that are important to you during this season of giving!