Sunday, June 30, 2013

Much Ado About Monday {No. 16}

 It's been quite a week for all of us here at Huckleberry Love! Jill and I have been busy visiting family and friends in Ohio, while Jamie, Karla and Lydia all headed up to Austin for a pre-Haven meetup for Texas bloggers! We're also getting ready for the 4th of July and have a few great projects to share with you! :)
 
We want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for linking up with us. This week we hit our highest number of partiers yet, with 141! Wahoo! Y'all are simply the greatest and we are so grateful to have you sharing your fabulous projects with us every week!
 
And, we have chosen a winner for the second week of our Summer Series Giveaway! Stephanie Pfahl has won a $20 Credit to 8th Street Bridge Etsy Shop. Congratulations!!!
 
If you haven't had a chance to look yet, we chose some absolutely fabulous Friday Features, too! It definitely wasn't easy. Be sure to take a minute to check them out here. :)
 

 *** As y'all know, our beloved GFC has gone to Internet heaven.  As we bid farewell to our favorite blog reader, we'd love for you to join us over at BlogLovin, so that you can keep up with all the happenings here at Huckleberry Love! ***
 
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* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again. :)
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We hope that you find some inspiration here at Much Ado About Monday. We know that we are looking forward to checking out what you've been up to this week! :)

 
We can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeves for us this week! :) 



Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Features {No. 15}

Welcome back, friends! It's time for another Friday Features!

Is anyone else just flabbergasted that this is the last Friday of June? Where did this month go? Next week is July 4th and I, for one, can't wait for the celebrations that day will bring. We are hosting a big shindig at our house {after two years of promising our friends we would!} and I am excited to have a house full of family, friends, and BBQ. And also a margarita machine. We are celebrating the way ol' Benjamin Franklin would.
If he knew what a margarita was, that is.
I'm sure he would approve.

 This week{along with being the last week in June} was another great week for our link party, Much Ado About Monday! A million thanks to all who linked up with us! We love that you love to party with us!

Take a gander at our picks from this week. Thanks for making it a tough choice!

Emily's Pick

Patriotic Patchwork Bunting by R&R Workshop



Jamie's Pick

Strawberry Shortcake Hat Tutorial by Sew Can Do



Karla's Pick

Refinished Hutch by Start At Home



Lydia's Pick

Faux Stamped Metal Necklace by Domestic Bliss Squared

DIY Faux Stamped Metal Necklace from Clay


Jill's Pick

The Most Amazing Strawberry Buttercream by My World Made By Hand





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Hope y'all have a stellar weekend and we will see you back on Monday for another link party and the announcement of the winner of our $20 gift card giveaway to Emily's shop, 8th Street Bridge!

















Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crochet Canada & Independence Day 'Baby Legs'


I am a sucker for holiday apparel; dressing up and being festive is one of my favourite things to do, so with July 4th just around the corner, I knew I needed to make something patriotic. Also, being a born and bred Canadian, I knew I couldn't leave out Canada Day, which falls on July 1st. So much partying, so little time... ;-) So, I had to get my gears turning as to what I could make that would satisfy the two holidays. ***Thinking, thinking, thinking... GOT IT!***

In my opinion. one of the cutest things you can put on a baby, are baby leg warmers (also known as baby legs). Now, we live in Texas so the use of baby legs is relegated to about 2 months of the year, but for any of you Northerners', they are a great addition to any baby wardrobe. I decided that two insanely cute and patriotic pairs of baby legs were the perfect creation for me to make. And, since I'm the resident crocheter over here at Huckleberry Love, I got my hooks and yarn out and went to work!!

I also decided that because all of you out there are so darn awesome, I would include the patterns to  both of these sets. :)

Can't Get Started Without:
~Worsted Weight Yarn in Red, White, and Blue ( I love the Yarn Bee 'Soft Secret' yarn; it's amazingly soft)
~Size H/8 (5.00mm) Crochet Hook
~Tapestry Needle
~Piece of dark red felt
~Glue Gun w/ glue sticks
~Scissors

Need to Knows Before Starting:
~Half Double Crochet (HDC)
~How to HDC in back loop of stitch
~Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPHDC)
~Back Post Half Double Crochet (BPHDC)
~Slip Stitch (SLST)
~Chain (CH)

Canada Day Leg Warmers:

(Make 2)

Ch35, join to the first stitch with a slst.

Round 2-6: Ch2, hdc in back loop only of join st and in each stitch around. Join to first hdc with a slst.
Change to white;

Round 7-18: Ch2, hdc (back loop only) of join st and in each stitch around. Join to first hdc with a slst.
Change to red;

Round 19: Ch2, hdc (back loop only) of join stitch and in each stitch around. Join to first hdc with a slst.

Round 20-26: ch2, *fphdc in first stitch, bphdc in next stitch* continue from * in each stitch around. Join to first hdc with a sl st. Fasten off.
 
Once both of your leg warmers are complete, it is time to add the Maple Leaf applique to them. I played around with trying to crochet a nice maple leaf, but I just couldn't get the perfection in the leaf that I wanted. I then decided that for my own sanity a piece of felt would give me the best finished look. I just grabbed an image that I liked off of the computer, traced it onto my felt, cut it out and then hot glued one on to the front of each leg warmer.

Voila!!

 Independence Day Leg Warmers:
(Make 2)

 Ch25,
Row 2: HDC in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across, ch1, turn

Row 3: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across, ch1, turn
Change to white;

Row 4-7: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across, ch1, turn
Change to red;

Row 8-11: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across, ch1, turn
Change to white;

Row 12-15: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across, ch1, turn
Change to red;

Row 16: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across, ch1, turn
Row 17: HDC in next stitch and in each stitch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Now, using the blue, hdc into the top of  the striped piece you just made (with lines pointing down) all the way across, ch2, turn
Row 2: *FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next stich* continue from * in each stitch across, turn

Row 3-7: *FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next stitch* continue from * all way across. Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.
 
Once your piece is finished; with back side facing out sew your two red edges together. Then sew your two blue edges together.


You should now have a tube.


Turn your tube right side out and your leg warmer is done! :)


All that's left to do now, is add some stars to these babies. They don't call it the 'Star Spangled Banner' for nothing. ;-) So, using some of my white yarn and my tapestry needle I hand sewed some little stars into the blue part of the leg warmer.

Make sure when you are sewing your stars on, that you sew into the stitches and not beside them to keep your stars tight.
 
You are done!!


I really enjoyed making these cuties, and my little lady loved wearing them. It's almost too bad that it is almost 100 degrees here... Oh well, who says you can't be patriotic in January, eh?

Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about this pattern. I always look forward to helping a fellow crocheter out. :) Also, if you love these baby legs as much as I do, but either don't know how to crochet or don't have the time to make them yourselves, you can find them in my Etsy shop Eimajinations.

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns, but if you do, I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Much Ado About Monday {No. 15} and a Giveaway!

Hello, friends! We hope you have all enjoyed your weekends! I'm currently in Ohio, visiting with my sister who just gave birth to a beautiful, sweet little baby boy last week. I'm smitten. :) It's been great catching up with my family... and the best part is, I'm kid-free! This has never happened before! My little guys are still in Texas spending time with my in-laws, who flew down from Ohio to stay with them while I'm gone. :)
 
 
Anyway, onto the fun stuff! It is the second week of our Summer Series Giveaway and we're psyched! This time around, I'm giving away a $20 credit to my Etsy Shop, 8th Street Bridge! It's my own little world where I create beautiful handcrafted yarn and burlap wreaths, yarn monogram wreaths and letters, yarn bookends, as well as felt hair clips and hair pins. I also make a few varieties of fun and colorful felt bookmarks, too. :)
You can use the credit towards anything you'd like in my shop! And, from now thru June 30th, I'm offering a discount just for our awesome Huckleberry Love readers! Use the code Summer13 at checkout to receive 20% off of your entire order! :)


Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Details: One Huckleberry Love reader will win a $20 credit to 8th Street Bridge Etsy Shop. Emily Norris, the owner of 8th Street Bridge and a blogger at Huckleberry Love, provided the prize for this giveaway. The giveaway is not affiliated with BlogLovin, Facebook, Etsy, Twitter or Pinterest. Giveaway will last from June 23rdh thru June 29th, 2013. One winner will be announced on June 30th, 2013 at the start of our Much Ado About Monday post and will also be notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years or older. 
Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter/random.org.

Good Luck!! Now on to Much Ado About Monday :)

If you missed it on Friday, be sure to go back and check out these awesome features:


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*Please follow us on GFC and Bloglovin. We would also love for you to follow us on
* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again. :)
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!
We hope that you find some inspiration here at Much Ado About Monday. We know that we are looking forward to checking out what you've been up to this week! :)

 
We can't wait to see what you've got in store for us this week! :) 




Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Features {No. 14}

TGIF!! 

What a crazy week it's been in our home - between playdates, impromptu Dr appointments (which are never fun!), fighting off mice in our garden which we worked so hard on this year (boo!), being crew leader for Vacation Bible School this week, and somehow forgetting that I have a dual birthday party to plan for this weekend... this mama needs a margarita! Somehow it all seems to come together in the end, right? :)

I'm just happy it's Friday, and you should be too, because that means we announce our features!! We had some lovely choices, as always, but these are our favorites this week:
 
Karla's Pick

DIY Rope Side Table at Creative Blossoming



Jamie's Pick
 
Butterflies Greeting Card at Atop Serenity Hill



Emily's Pick

Vegetable Garden Quietbook at Whistle and Ivy


 
Lydia's Pick

 Grill Towels for Dad at Phat Quarters



Jill's Pick
 
Lemon Shortbread Parfaits at Lemon Tree Dwelling







If you were ever so lucky to be featured, congratulations and feel free to grab our button!

Be sure to come back Monday for another Much Ado About Monday Link Party, as well as another giveaway! Next week we will feature a giveaway from Emily's Etsy Shop.


Trust me, you don't want to miss it!!



 
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