Throwback Thursday

Viruses and tablet covers, originally posted August 27, 2018.

So wow, I’m tired. I have spent two and a half hours today driving on the road.  Why you say? Well, a little background: my child goes to school in one county and I work in another.  It takes 25 minutes for me to get home, then another 25 minutes to get to her school.  I get a call that she’s not feeling well, leave work, 25 minutes later, passing my house, 25 minutes later get to school, 25 minutes later, pass my house, 25 minutes later get back to work (which is her doctor) get her seen. Back on the road 25 minutes later, back at my house.  Whew! I am exhausted, there is nothing more boring then driving somewhere, I wish we had little airplane cars like the Jetson’s, for real. Just so you don’t worry, she has just a virus and I get to stay home the rest of the day! Whoo Hoo!

Any-who, I have completed two projects I’d like to share with you.  They both were crocheted and they are both a cover for an electric device.

Tablet Cover

I found this pattern on

It’s very cute, good choice of yarn, nice closure mechanism, and I just happen to have a friend who needs a tablet cover, so I decided to make this.iPad & Tablet Cover | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The pattern was very easy to understand and work up, quite quickly I might add.  I think I’m a slow crocheter so it took me 3-4 hours spread out here and there. I wasn’t bored out of my mind like some patterns make me, because they are so basic, sc only or hdc only, I like a little twist, something I have to think about. This pattern has a neat looking stitch, not sure what it’s called but its a sc and dc in the same stitch, skip a stitch, repeat.  The nice thing about the pattern is that they give me the tools to make it for any size device I want.  I will definitely be using it again in the future to make more tablet or phone covers for sure.  Might I also add, I had this fabulous yarn that I think was an A+ choice. Here’s my finished product:


Phone Cover

On to the next pattern: Herringbone phone cover I found on Ralvery via this website: haakmaarraak

Cute huh? Well I just had to try- and I have to say the stitch you have to use was a little hard for me to understand, I got the foundation rows completed but once they started talking about a herringbone hdc things got a little harry.  I tried but did not succeed, it looked bad, but I was still determined to make this phone case, so I used dc’s the whole way.  I switched the colors at one point and added a loop and button, just like the tablet cover.  I think it turned out great even though I didn’t do it exactly like the pattern.  Maybe someone else can try to give me their opinion.  Here’s my finished phone cover:


Best of all… both patterns were free and totally do-able, so check them out.  Well that’s all for now folks.  Thanks for reading.

Excerpt November 8, 2018: I still love the little monkey’s crochet tablet pattern.  The crochet stitch pattern doesn’t bore me, and I can have one finished in 2-4 hours.  I’m just starting to wonder, do people really use these covers and am I wasting my time making them? I also remember this day, running back and forth for hours, uhg I really hate being in a car for a long period of time. Gotta go, bye for now.


Throwback Thursday!

Money Saving Tips on Crafts! (Originally Posted August 26, 2018)

I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.

Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.

Joanne’s fabric store

If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. As a bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin.  Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard multiplied by how much of fabric there is, then you get 50% off that total.  I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.


I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).


Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department.  They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings.  The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section.  The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department.  So I basically gave up.  As far as other craft supplies go, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.

Tuesday Morning

I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it.  It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!!  Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go.  It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day.  They have pre-cuts, yarn, rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc.  Let me tell you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.

Missouri Quilt Company

I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much. won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might be 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard.  They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good.  They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.


Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too.  In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more.  Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.

So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another.  I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money.  If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.

Excerpt (October 23, 2018) Gosh, I found a lot of grammar and spelling errors, sorry about that.  I love this blog post, its right up my alley.  I love saving money, let me tell you a couple new sources that I came across.  First, I found someone selling home decorating fabric sample books, I got about 14 for $25.00.  It’s not huge pieces of fabric but I can quilt with them to get them larger or use them for small projects. I also have been really lucky to get these huge grab bags of fabric at Goodwill.  I have found quilted fabric that normally costs $16.99 per yard, nice and uncut for $5.99.  That and more including vintage fabrics, it was a good find.  Bargain Hunter should be my middle name.


Essential Crochet Tools

Crochet- definition: a handicraft in which yarn is made up into a patterned fabric by looping yarn with a hooked needle. I love crocheting, it’s a very peaceful and relaxing hobby.  I am fortunate that I can read patterns, so I have a lot of options of things to make other than blankets. Unlike sewing, crochet doesn’t require as many tools in order to produce an object.  If you don’t know how to crochet, you really should try to learn, people all the time say: “Oh I wish I could do that.” It really is a fun, entertaining. and rewarding hobby. So, to start crocheting, you need to get the following items:


The most important tool. A hook is the tool you will use with the yarn to create your project.

LIHAO Mixed Aluminum Handle Crochet Hooks Knitting Knit Needles Weave Yarn Set- 22 pieces

Safety Pins

You use these as markers on your project. They are very helpful to mark where you started or the beginning of a row, etc.

SINGER Asst Safety Pins, Multisize, 90-Count

Pen or Pencil

To help you keep track of what row you’re on. You can make notes on your pattern or on your post it note.

Pilot Frixion Purple Erasable 0.7mm Fine Point Roller Ball Gel Ink Pens – 6 Pack 31572

Post It Notes

Use these on your pattern to mark your place, keep moving it down the page as you progress.  You use them like a place marker for your pattern and they also make a convenient place to write down what row you’re on, etc.

post-it-notes Original Pads in Canary Yellow, Lined, 5 x 8, 50-Sheet, 2/Pack


You need it to cut the yarn.

Singer Bundle – Detail Scissors, Thread Snips, 8.5″ Scissors

Tapestry Needle

You’ll be left with tails (long pieces of yarn that either start or end your project) that need to weaved into the finished object in an attempt to hide them.

Outus Large-eye Blunt Needles Steel Yarn Knitting Needles Sewing Needles, 9 Pieces (Silver)


Second most important thing. Used with the hook to produce crocheted items.

Yarn | Tosh Merino Light (Tiny House)


To hold all your materials and patterns- I have multiple. I’ve used recyclable

Premium Large Knitting Tote Bag – Yarn Storage Bag for Ultimate Organizing of Crochet and Knitting Yarn, Crochet Patterns and Hooks, Crochet Needles and Wool – Great Crafts Storage(Lilac)

Hook Holder/Case

You don’t need this per se, but it’s very useful to wrangle all your hooks into one organized place.

11 Different Sizes (2.0mm-8.0mm) Aluminum Crochet Hooks Needles Craft 10.5″ Multicolour in a Pink Pouch Case

I hope that reading my blog inspires you to start a new hobby or pick up one that you haven’t touched in a while.  I know it can be discouraging to start a hobby and it not work out, that’s how I feel about fishing.  However, that is what I aim to show in my blog, that mistakes happen not only on the part of the crocheter but the person who wrote the pattern who may not have tested it, or maybe you are trying to work on something that is meant for a person with a higher skill level.  Start at the beginning, watch you tube videos, practice, practice, practice, you’ll get it eventually (I still haven’t given up knitting or fishing).


Throwback Thursday

Dish Cloth Disaster (Originally posted August 25, 2018)

Shopping day, that’s what Saturday’s are for me.  My daughter and I trek down to Wal-Mart every weekend to get groceries for the week.  Most women love shopping, not me, at the end of our trip we high-five each other and declare victory over another shopping trip.  The only good thing about shopping day is getting new craft supplies.  Today I picked up a couple skeins of Lily’s Peaches and Creme and more chunky yarn to make another scarf.  Since I’ve been home, and after putting away groceries, I’ve been crocheting.  It has not been successful.  This is the frustrating part of crafts, they don’t always come out like that picture you saw.  Either it’s you (which I’m no expert by any means) or the pattern isn’t written well, so you’re unable to reproduce the finished product.

Today I started with a dishcloth pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique: The pattern was free and it gives instructions to make 6 different versions of a dishcloth and includes a template to make your own handmade tags or product wrappers. They are really cute:

The first issue I had with this pattern was which stitch do I pick. They have the simple HDC version ( Half-double crochet) but it looked a little too boring for me. So I started with the spider stitch ( that just sounds cool).

My second issue: finished size 13″ x 11″.  Who wants a wash cloth that’s almost the size of a kitchen towel? But I proceeded. This is where my spider stitch end up:


So as you can see my foundation chain is twisting, but I thought it’ll straighten out (I hope).  Second row:


Okay, not happy with this, done, taken apart, back to square one. Not giving up yet, there are more options, so I started the moss stitch.  Got a couple of rows done and realized my ending stitches were not lining up straight, done, done, done, unraveling.

So that was my first bad project for the day.  Surely, there will be more.  I’m not saying that the pattern isn’t worth trying and by the pictures it’s obviously do able but I’m not feeling it personally.  I will keep the templates for my handmade products to sell, that was a nice bonus,  thanks Yarn Blossom Boutique.  Might I add she has a lot of cute patterns for free and for sale, it’s worth checking out.

Excerpt October 17, 2018: I can’t seem to find a good crochet dishcloth pattern.  They are either too simple for me (single crochet every row) or they don’t come out nice. I feel like giving up on washcloths but they’re such a good idea.  My new focus is cell phone/mobile devices covers/sleeves/holders. Crochet phone holders seem to keep me occupied without causing boredom.  By the way I’m having a clearance sale at my Etsy store if you’re interested, nice handmade products 50% off! Moonlightingforfun


Throwback Thursday

On Thursday’s, I’m going to feature old posts of mine. In addition to re-posting a previous blog, I will also give updated commentary about the post. If the type is in italic then I updated that information. Commentary is at the bottom in green type.

Chain Loop Scarf

My first post…..

It’s a little belated, meaning my first review isn’t as thorough as I would like because I didn’t document more information to show you how it went.  However, this finished product is worth the post.  A little background about me is that I love to look at crafting websites at lunch, on days I don’t work out, I’m looking for new projects to make.  That’s where this pattern came from.

I came across this post: Chain Loop Scarf because of this great photo:


Luckily, I happened to have an untouched skein of chunky yarn which is what the pattern called for, in a baby blue color (that I never thought I would ever get rid of). I worked on this for an hour total, I didn’t time it ( but I will in the future).  It is super simple because all the chains are worked individually and slip stitched at the ends to create loops.  12 loops later you bundle them all up and you’ve got one interesting scarf.

Here’s my finished product:


This is the yarn I used, in case you would like to purchase it:

I give this a 10 out of 10.

What do you think about this scarf, would you wear it?

Excerpt: You can tell I was a blogging newbie- I had to fix some grammar issues.  As far as the content, I love this pattern because it was so easy and so quick.  I made two, the other one is a black/pink one. They are both in my Etsy store but I have had no luck in selling them. If you’re going to make this scarf, be careful with how tight you chain stitch, it makes all the difference in length, meaning if you chain loose it will be longer rather than tight chains makes it shorter. 




I have to tell you how excited I was last week! I found a lady on Facebook marketplace selling a bunch of home decor fabric sample books.  She wanted $45 for all of them originally, but I just didn’t like that price, so I declined.  Then a couple weeks went by and she was still on there selling them.  I asked her if she’d take $25 and she did!  I got 16 fabric sample books with nice home decor fabric pieces from silk’s to suede’s.  I can make oodles of projects that require just small pieces, like bookmarks!

Staying on topic, one of my newest interests is bookmarks.  I just love how there is so much possibility in such a small project.  You can whip one up really quick or you can take your time and make a masterpiece.  I’m interested to see what I can find so I can start using up some scraps!

Here’s a scrappy bookmark from The DIY Dreamer: Fabric Bookmarks

Learning how to sew? Awesome, I have a great tutorial for beginners. Let's learn how to sew fabric bookmarks! Check out this step by step tutorial.

These look simple enough from Little Birdie Secrets: Fabric Bookmark Tutorial

fabric flowers bookmarks

Applique Style from Jedi Craft Girl: Valentine Bookmark

valentine bookmark and sachet

You can make a big bow from Make It-Love It: Big Bow Bookmark

Sew a Big Bow Bookmark....a pretty page saver! | via Make It and Love It

This felt bookmark is really unique from Burda: Felt Bookmark


These are colorful and cute by Ollie and Bella: Circle Bookmark

I thought this was great by Big U Handmade 2: Cactus Bookmark

Delicate and old fashioned by Lacy Crochet: Crochet Leaf Bookmark

Great use for fabric scraps! by MMM Crafts: Love You Bookmark

I love buttons! by I Heart Naptime: Button Bookmarks

buttons bookmarks

I hope you enjoyed this list and found your next project, have a great day!


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I saved this blog for one of those days that we all just needed something to go ooohhh and aaahhh! Cute is the name of this game. Check out some of the cutest amigurimi’s I could find.  If you don’t know what a amigurimi is, here’s the definition:

Amigurumi is the Japanese word which describes small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys, often in the shape of characters, animals, mini foods, household objects and scenery. It comes from the two root words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, which means stuffed doll.

Cactus Love

Scarecrow Kitty

Teddy Bear Ornaments


Sleepy Owl

Realistic Cactus

Valentine Teddy

Penny the Penguin

Bobble Sheep

Cute Fox


Piece of Cake

Pink Dragon

Cube Kitty

Guinea Pigs!

Cute Little Cat

How about that for a Thursday- a little bit of sweetness. Hope you enjoyed!



Have you heard about Ralvery? If you crochet or knit then you need to know about this.  Ralvery is a website for all things related to yarn.

This is their About Us statement:

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

Your Account

To set up an account is free and easy.  If you want to set up your profile more detailed you can add information about yourself and add links to your social media accounts.  You’ll get a “notebook” where you can save projects that you’ve personally done. You’re able to make a list of your yarn stash. There’s a queue where you can keep track of future projects you want to make. A favorites section, where all your favorites are saved. You can search and save friends, keep track of groups you participate in, there’s even a spreadsheet to document how many needles you own. That’s not all either, there are even more features you can access.

The Pattern Section

The pattern section is enormous fortunately, you’re able to search for or sort patterns in a few different ways.  They showcase the member’s favorite patterns, and most recent pattern uploads.  Apparently there are 357,551 patterns on their website submitted from their members. Out of that number 26,181 are free crochet patterns and 49,822 are free knitting patterns.  I have been thumbing thru the patterns for weeks now and I’m not even close to being finished looking at them all. It’s nice to be able to mark them as your favorite or send them to your library for future reference. The array and variety of patterns is endless and you can definitely be kept busy with just the free ones.


They have a whole section devoted to yarns.  In this section, which is pretty cool, you can see what kind of yarns are the most common in different patterns.  You’re also able to click on yarn types and read about their content and attributes as well as see which colors were used in what patterns. So let’s say you have a ball of yarn at home and you don’t really have any inspiration for it, you can look it up in the database and see the finished projects that have been made from that exact yarn. I am so gonna try this.


They have a people section where you can look up/search thru their members.  On the same page you can see finished projects and there’s even a place to post your screwed up projects, which I thought was a little humorous and thankful I’m not the only one who has projects that don’t work out as expected.


In the Groups section, you can search for a group by location, or a category that interests you.  They also have a swap search, a page that shows you all the groups who swap their yarn. You can even start your own group if you so desire.


Lastly, they have forums where you can ask questions or read other topics of interest. There’s all kinds of topics with numerous threads, lots and lots of information.

I really enjoy going on Ralvery, I’m surprised so many people are cool with giving their patterns away for free.  If you crochet or knit and haven’t seen Ralvery, you’re missing out on a pretty significant resource for your craft. Try it out and please let me know what you think.


14 patterns or projects for the beginner crafter

This is a list of patterns that I have completed personally and I think would be good for a beginner, whether you are sewing or crocheting, all of these are either free patterns you can download or free tutorials, please enjoy!

Crochet Bookmark with Flower Pattern

Baby Beach Ball

Little Owl Pin-Cushion – Template and Tutorial.

Star pillow – perfect 1st sewing project

This pillow took me maybe 20 minutes.  It involves cutting out the same size pieces of the same fabric and just sewing together the sides until the last one you will need to hand stitch it closed.  You will need to know how to use a sewing machine.

Adventure Time Gunter Penguin Plush

I know he looks complicated but the hardest part of this is cutting out all the pieces.  The directions are super easy to follow and he comes together in a snap.  You will need to know how to sew on a sewing machine and how to hand stitch on his nose and feet.

Zipper Bags Tutorial from Melly Sews 

This was the first tutorial I used to make a lined zipper bag.  She is really great about explaining every step in the simplest of directions and when you’re done you feel very accomplished that you just installed a zipper.  You’ll need fabric, a zipper and a sewing machine.

Love the pretty colors - How to Sew a Zipper Pouch - 15 minute sewing project - Melly Sews

Shell Stich Beanie by Dainty Daisy

This is one of the first crochet patterns I tried.  These are very simple to make, I’ve personally made a handful.  Not only are the instructions easy to understand but the project came together quickly, for instant gratification! The hardest part is just starting the hat. You will need to know how to crochet, weave in ends and sew on the flower and button.

Chapstick Cozy by Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Super easy- will take you 20 minutes start to finish.  You’ll just need to know how to sew on a sewing machine.

Mary maxim Striped Washcloth

I made this with just one color of yarn, and it was so simple.  My go to washcloth pattern. You will need to know how to crochet and weave in ends.

Mobile device cover  by littlemonkeyscrochet

I did a review on this pattern already- see “Viruses & Tablet Covers”.  It was easy to start and you can make it for any size device you own, even a phone. You’ll need to know how to crochet, weave in ends and hand sew on a button.

Patchwork Coasters by bari j.

This is a great scrap buster project.  Its fun to mix and match funky color and they are easy to make.  My favorite coaster pattern. You will need to know how to use a sewing machine.


Waterbottle holder by The Crochet Spot

Water bottle holders are essential in my life, and I’ve made many for friends, family and to sell.  This is the easiest/simplest pattern I’ve seen. You’ll just need to know how to crochet and weave in ends.

crochet water bottle holder

Simple pillow case by Wonder Forest

Making a pillow case is a beginner project for sure. This website will walk you thru it step by step. These do not take long at all. You’ll need to know how to use a sewing machine and how to pin fabric.

Easy Fabric bookmarks by 7 layer studio

These are super simple, just cutting fabric, ironing on interfacing, sewing and cutting the edges. You will need to know how to use a sewing machine, how to iron on interfacing (easy), and how to use a pair pf pinking shears.

Bookmark blog7

All these projects are easy and fun to make.  I hope you’ll give one or more a

try and let me know how it works out!


You made WHAT? Weird & Inappropriate handmade items…

I am often combing through the lists of free crochet patterns when I see some of the weirdest items made by different people.  From crochet body parts to naughty crochet items, I think I’ve seen it all, then someone surprises me…..

Facehugger by camaharet

Your worst nightmare crocheted in cotton yarn.  I don’t know about you, but I was a kid when the Alien franchise came out and it scared the living daylights out of me, the idea that you could be harboring one of these nasties in your chest was terrifying….

Cat Corpse Hat by Courtney Wiche

A cat corpse hat, first of all, it’s a crazy idea but to top that off there are numerous people who have created one and posted their pictures online. Who da thunk?

Cat Butt Coasters by Indoor Cat Crochet

From dead cats to cat butts- Hmmm.. I’m just shaking my head…..

Viking Beard Hat by Esther Leavitt

This one is not really bad, it’s kind of cool.  I can only imagine how long it took to make this.

Knitting in Biology by Emily Stoneking

The last time I saw one of these was in middle school and I honestly didn’t care to look at it again. Truly a one of a kind piece, very unique and very weird.

 Honestly, this woman is a real artist. Read about her at her etsy shop. She's making enough selling these to put herself through school. And you can get yours by Christmas too.

Crocheted uterus with adorable smiley face by Mabbo

A crocheted uterus, ha ha ha…..Who would want this? Why? I ask you why?

Crochet Anatomical Human Heart by Kyla Raay

Pretty cool, I guess this is what you make when you’ve ran out of ideas, there’s actually several versions of hearts on Ralvery.

Boob Beanie Crochet Pattern by The Oxford Family

This would be a great gag gift at a baby shower, with the expectation that the mom would never put it on the poor baby…..

Ood Ski Mask Crochet Pattern by Lilana Wofsey Dohnert

I don’t know what this is, but this would definitely get a second take.

Giant Q-Tip by Jean Herman

(Brow Furrow) Why did someone need this? Do they know someone who can use it? Was it a gag gift? Help me out here.

Fetus in a Jar by Kelley Freeman

All I can say is this is just disturbing….

I hope you enjoyed my list of the weirdest crochet projects, this is not all of them, I chose not to put anything in here that was of mature content and trust me, there are plenty of those.  If you’ve seen something weird or crazy while searching the craft boards, show me!


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