Thursday, April 28, 2016

Crochet Wall Hanging Tutorial

I found this amazing dishcloth pattern on Knit Picks' website, and wanted to make it for my sweet best friend for a housewarming gift. When I showed her the picture of the design, she kindly told me that I was crazy if I thought she would use it as a dishcloth. So I turned it into a wall hanging for her and am so delighted in how it turned out. This was my first tapestry crochet project, and I have no idea why I've never tried it before! I'm quite addicted now, and can't stop browsing patterns or dreaming up some of my own. So if you know of any good tapestry crochet resources, send them over please!


Some sort of stick (I used one out the yard, but you could purchase a dowel rod from a local craft store)
Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors of your choice
5mm crochet hook (or whichever hook works best for your yarn)
Tapestry needle

Note that the weight of your yarn and size of your hook will determine the size of your hanging. The original dishcloth pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and 4mm crochet hook and the final measurements were 8" x 11". I used a heavy worsted with a 5mm hook, and mine turned out slightly bigger.


Follow the pattern as instructed, finish off, and weave in all ends. In order for your work to look correct on the Right Side, you will need to insert your hook from the back to the front on the Wrong Side row stitches.

Make about 12 4" tassels and attach them to every other stitch on the last row of your work.

Using a tapestry needle, attach the top of your work to your stick by inserting the tapestry needle into the first top stitch and around the stick and then working your way across the top row. Leave enough access yarn at the and to attach to the opposite side of the work so you can hang it.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Little Things

The Little Things posts are links to a few things I am loving lately. A good day revolves around good and happy moments, gratefulness, and  sometimes delighting in little things that make your heart smile. I hope these links bring a little joy to your day, too. 

A glad heart is excellent medicine.
Proverbs 17:22

This album was released recently and I've listened to the whole thing once a day for the past few weeks. SO good!

Jersey Ice Cream Company is an interior design company that creates the most beautiful inspiring homey places I've ever seen. If I ever win the lottery, these guys will be remodeling my entire home. They work pure magic I tell you!

A few gentle reminders to better yourself and be more kind. 

I have been reading this book that my MIL gave me in the mornings with my breakfast, and it has made such a difference in how I start my day. Beautiful stories about mercy, loving, and serving. 

My birthday is this weekend, and I am tempted to make this cake for myself. I adore Marte Forsberg's taste in food, style, and pretty much everything. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crochet Apron Tutorial

A few months ago, I bought some  vintage cotton yarn from an outdoor flea market in the city. It was an unexpected impulse buy that I am so happy I indulged in. At first, I had planned to make a cotton tote with the yarn and use a pair of beautiful camel handles I've been saving. Then I had this idea of a simple half apron, and I knew that was what this yarn was destined for. I love how this project turned out, and as soon as I was finished making it, I promptly put it on and went to the kitchen to bake. You know, the obvious thing to do to break in a new apron is powder it with puffs of flour and sugar. Have I mentioned I am a messy baker? Really if I'm honest, the messiest baker. Since I wouldn't really call this a pattern as all it consists of are rows of single stitch, I thought I'd write down the easy instructions if anyone was interested in making one. I hope you enjoy! And if you happen to wonder whether you should make this apron because you already have a zillion aprons, let me give a small bit of advice: You can never have too many aprons.

Approximately 600 yards of heavy worsted cotton (linen would be lovely too!!)
5mm hook
twill tape
tapestry needle

1. ch 63 (or until your chain is about 20 inches wide)
2. sc in second ch from hook and in each across. turn ch 1.
3. sc across

Repeat row 3 until your apron measures approximately 18 inches long (or whatever length you prefer)

Finishing: Fasten off and weave in ends. Lay twill tape two rows down from one end, fold the top two rows over the tape and pin down. Using your yarn and tapestry needle, sew the apron together over the tape, so you can still adjust the apron strap once complete.

Finished measurements should be approximately 16x20 inches.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Little Things

The Little Things posts are links to a few things I am loving lately. A good day revolves around good and happy moments, gratefulness, and  sometimes delighting in little things that make your heart smile. I hope these links bring a little joy to your day, too. 

A glad heart is excellent medicine.
Proverbs 17:22

My latest obsession is Turkish pillows. I have a few on my wishlist for the living room.

This southern tea company grows and forages their own tea ingredients. I think I'll be trying this set out for making yummy iced afternoon tea to enjoy on the porch!

Purl Soho just released a new yarn, and I am swooning over the wool, alpaca, and linen blend and all the pretty colors it comes in! Definitely going to be purchasing some skeins to make a nice lightweight summer top.

A few healthy warm weather recipes I can't wait to try. 

I love this little mantra so much. 

I'm loving the new summer basics from Hackwith Design and this photo they posted on Instagram with their white denim maxi dress styled soo beautifully. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

These cupcakes. They take forever to make, and your kitchen will look like sugar and icing and flour exploded everywhere when you are finished (maybe that's just me). But I promise, they are so so worth it. So much sugary goodness in these little pastries they are a surefire crowd-pleaser. These cupcakes also happen to be Trent's most favorite dessert I make. I hope they'll be your favorite too.

Base cupcake slightly adapted from this recipe, and filling and icing were inspired by this recipe.


For the Cupcakes
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vinegar
white chocolate chips

For the Raspberry Filling
8 ounces fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces cream cheese softened

For the Icing
1 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon raspberry extract
3 cups powdered sugar
6 ounces white chocolate
1-2 tablespoons milk


1.To make the cupcakes, line and spray a cupcake pan and preheat oven to 350°. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a stand mixer and gently mix. In a medium bowl combine the water, oil, vanilla, and vinegar and whisk together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium for about 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the cupcake pan and add a small handful of white chocolate chips to each cupcake. Use the back of a spoon to sink the chips into the batter. Bake for 18-22 minutes until a knife inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.

2. To make the filling, add raspberries, water, and sugar to a food processor and pulse until pureed. Add raspberry mixture to a small saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Add raspberry mixture to stand mixer with the softened cream cheese and mix until fully incorporated.

3. For the icing, Add butter and raspberry extract to a stand mixer and beat until combined and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a top until fully incorporated. Melt the bakers chocolate and add to the icing with 1-2 tablespoons of milk and mix together.

4. To assemble, once the cupcakes have cooled, use a butter knife to cut a small hole in the center of each cupcake. Use a piping bag to pipe a small amount of raspberry filling into each of the holes. Use a piping bag to pipe on the icing and top with a fresh raspberry.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Cosy Cotton Tunic

I've filled my bird feeders and planted vegetables. I've pounced around with the dogs until the sun faded. I've sat on the porch, iced coffee in hand soaking in the glorious longer days. I LOVE these longer days and having more sunshine after work to spend outside. It's my favorite time of year. Luckily for me, I am a southern gal, which means I don't have to ever endure too much winter. I know some frown upon Louisiana's lack of seasons, but I am partial to the sunshine and sticky heat of the south. With the warmer days upon us, I think I finished this Rebekka Jumper just in the nick of time using the most soft and chunky cotton you could imagine! It is so airy and cosy, and I have a feeling I will be living in this piece for awhile.