Hello! I am Linda Holton from Holton Handicrafts. I am partner to my hubby The Lathe Junkie, mother to two grown children, two fur babies, and four grandchildren. I love to craft and write and have a large variety of interests. On my blog I share with you my experiences and fun ideas for You, Your Pet, and Your Home with lots of other fun thrown in.
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Now is the time to hunt up all of those fall colored yarns that you have in your stash, pick up your hook and whip up some of these cool fall crochet items. These eight selections contain lots of free patterns (and a couple to purchase) for quick appliques as well as fun decorations. I especially love the Crochet Pine Cones. There is even a beautiful Fall Afghan and Four Hour Sweater you can whip up for yourself. The turkey hat would make a great photo prop for fall baby pictures and the Witch Upon A Star Scarf is super cute.
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I hope you have enjoyed these fall crochet items and that they have inspired you to pick up your hook and whip up a few of these. I would love to see your creations. Post your pictures in the comments!
For most crafters I know, every month is craft month. I rarely have a day go by that I am not crafting something. I generally have numerous projects going on at any given time and like most crafters, I have a variety of interests too. Right now I have projects going on involving Crochet, Knitting Looms and Coloring but I also like to Sew and Scrapbook. I have a Modge Podge project planned involving my coloring but that has yet to happen.
It doesn’t matter what craft you enjoy, just do it! Or better yet, try something new. Retailers use this month to promote crafting, so those craft supplies you might need are probably on sale. Don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money on crafting though because there are plenty of things you can create that involve things that you probably have at home right now. Make some time in your busy schedule to learn how to knit, crochet or to design something beautiful. Even if you don’t think you are crafty, you will probably surprise yourself.
A wonderful way to get into crafting is to involve a child. Kids love to craft and learn new things. What a fun way to explore crafting by involving your kids. Not sure what to do. This article from About.com gives you lots of ideas and how to’s for crafts. This is a pretty long list of different ways to show off your craftiness and they include how to’s and videos.
A big plus to crafting; Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging. This fact is what keeps me crafting. After a stressful day, it is great to be able to come home and loose myself in crochet or coloring. In my busy 9-5 job, we even color on our lunch hour. It helps to refocus your brain after staring at a computer all morning.
Whatever you choose or how you do it, just enjoy crafting. Use National Craft Month as a starting point and keep going………….
I seem to have an obsession for bags. Any size, shape, color or pattern. I’m just attracted to them. I find myself pinning bag postings on Pinterest and sharing posts on Facebook. I thought I would share some of my obsession here with you, so here goes.
Bags You Can Sew
Sleeping Bag Pouch
Here is a cute little bag called a Sleepingbag Pouch. Looks super easy to make and a good use for scrap material. Lots of cool uses for this little bag. I originally saw this on a Facebook post from The Sewing Loft and you can find the pattern on Craftsy using this link Sleepingbag Pouch Pattern.
Who can’t use one of these little wallets complete with a clip. You can use it to attach to a lanyard or just about anywhere you can clip this on the go little bag. Another great scrapbuster pattern found on SewCanShe, You can find the Wallet Pattern on their blog.
Here is a giant 25″ x 19″ x 7″ bag called the So Long Suitcase Bag. This is another bag found on SewCanShe‘s web site but the pattern is courtesy of Lilac Lane Patterns. Big bags like this are always great for car trips or overnights.
If you like to sew, you can also find lots of other great bag patterns on SewCanShe’s web site in the Free Sewing Tutorials area.
Bags To Crochet
I love to crochet so patterns for crochet bags are ones that I look for frequently. Here are some of my favorites that were found on Pinterest.
Granny Square Bag
This pin was saved from Mad Mad Me and features a cute little bag made from granny squares. If you have ever made them, you know how versitile they can be. This bag is lined with muslin but you could use any coordinating fabric you have hanging around. This looks like it makes up quickly and granny squares are very portable.
Cute Critter Purses
Here is a cute bag for that little girl in your life. These sweet little animal purses were pinned from CutRate Crafts. I know a couple of grandaughters who would love these.
Everyone needs a good shopping bag and here is a great one. Super simple to make from yarn you probably already have around the house. Having your own shopping bag that can tuck away in your purse is super helpful along with being Eco-friendly! This one is pinned from Raverly.com.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my favorite bags. Share your creations on our Facebook page!! You can find more bag items and lots of other fun on our Pinterest Boards!
I make scrubbies! These versatile little gems are very popular, especially at craft shows. I have people come back every year looking for these. Sets of 10 in my Etsy shop also sell very quickly. Why are these so popular? Because they work!
SUGGESTED USES ~~~
KITCHEN – Teflon and other pans, Ceramic Cook Tops, Counter Tops, Vegetables.
PERSONAL – These work great on your rough heels or other areas where you might use a luffa.
OTHER USES – Great for detailing cars. We use them on our classic car to clean the chrome, white walls and grill. Clean the scrunge off of your boat as well as your BBQ Grill.
Many times you will see scrubbies that are flat or not as thick. I like to make mine to be thick and sponge like.
It is a great selling item BUT, I just couldn’t keep up! So……now you will occasionally see scrubbies for sale in my Etsy shop and generally you will find me with some scrubbies at a show. To help me keep up with the demand for these popular little items, I decided it was time to write down the pattern for others to use. The actual pattern that I use to make scrubbies is now available in my Etsy Shop with step by step directions that include pictures.
Is this knit or crochet?This is crocheted in rounds increasing for the first side and decreasing for the second side. Ties are all worked to the inside to add some body to the scrubbie.
What kind of material is this?Scrubbies are made from Nylon Net (NOT Tulle). Tulle is a softer material and is generally used as underskirting for prom or wedding dresses or in tu tu’s. Nylon net is a firmer material. I cut the materials in 1-1/2″ strips and my wonderful hubby will sit and tie them together and roll them into balls for me. These tied together strips are used as the “yarn” to make the scrubbies.
Where can you purchase Nylon Net?I generally purchase mine at JoAnn Fabric and Craft but I have also purchased it at Hobby Lobby and WalMart stores that sell fabric. The retail price is generally between $.99 and $1.49 per yard. I tend to watch for sales, specials or coupons to help keep the cost to a minimum.
Trolling around on the web and found this YouTube video by Melanie Ham. She has a great tutorial on making a simple Baby Blanket. This easy beginner project uses chunky baby yarn and a P size hook to make up quickly. I love to keep baby blankets on hand for when I need that quick shower gift for new baby gift.