Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lacy Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern

I originally designed these Lacy Fingerless Gloves back in April of last year (2016) to submit to the Happily Hooked Magazine for Issue #26, Light & Lacy. This issue features... You guessed it - Lightweight and lacy designs! All these designs are PERFECT now that it is officially spring time here, and will carry through into the summer.

Materials:
     - 145 - 215 yards of Light Weight #3 Yarn - I used Baby Bee's Sweet Delight (found at Hobby Lobby) in Rosy Cheeks, Sugarplum (Lavender) and Sunkisses (Yellow)
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn

Time Spent:
     I had the small size ready in just over an hour, the medium in about an hour and fourty-five minutes, and the larger size ready in just two hours time.

Measurements:
     Width: 3.5" across; 7" around
     Lengths: 6.25" to cover wrist, 9.25" to hit mid-forearm, and 12.25" to almost cover forearm.
     *As reference, here are my measurements: knuckles - 7" around, wrist - 6", forearm (where second size stops) - 8.5".

Gauge:
     16 HDC by 12 Rows = 4"

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
     TC - Triple Crochet
     YO - Yarn Over

Special Stitches:
     Triple Crochet - yo twice, insert into stitch, yo, pull through (4 loops on hook), (yo, pull through 2) 3x.

     Foundation stitches are worked sideways and include the foundation chain and respective stitch. This is a great technique to use if: 1.) You are working something in the round that needs some added flexibility within the beginning chain, such as a hat worked bottom up, wrist warmers, shirts, pants, etc; 2.) You are working a project like a scarf, but don't know how many stitches you need. You can work the foundation stitch up until it's long enough.
         To FHDC: Chain 2 (counts as a stitch here). Yo, insert hook into the first chain, yo, pull through, yo, pull through first loop (to create foundation chain), yo, pull all three loops on the hook. First chain and HDC created. Looking at the stitch in your hand, you should see the top of the HDC to the right, and parallel on the left side, it should look like the opposite side of the beginning foundation chain. You will be working in these stitches on the left. To create the next stitch and each stitch after, yo, insert hook under both loops of the foundation chain (left side) yo, pull through, yo, pull through first loop, yo, pull through all three loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain counts towards final stitch count.

If you aren't comfortable working a FHDC, you can work a foundation chain of 26, and then HDC into the 3rd chain from the hook and each chain across.

In Round 4 there are two options for the thumb hole. I don't necessarily have small hands but I have skinny fingers, and so I prefer option A which does not create a thumb hole - I just use any hole of Round 4 to stick my thumb through, and it fits comfortably. If you want a thumb hole though, use Option B. The thumb hole is added in the last part of the round so if you aren't sure which to go with, work it first as Option A, and part of Round 5 and then put the glove on to see how it fits. If it's too snug, rip back and go with Option B. When you join in Round 5, the thumb hole will come together.
If you are making these as a gift or to sell, I'd suggest going with Option B to be on the safe side.

There are also two options for the ending. I worked my gloves using Option A, but also made a pair of gloves for my mom and went with Option B for her.

If you need gloves that are larger in width, I suggest going up one hook size - if following along here, a J10/6mm. 

Brackets throughout pattern indicate repeat sections.

Instructions for shortest length is given, with longer options in brackets.

Pattern - Make 2:
     Chain 2. FHDC 23. Join to the top of the beginning chain 2. (24 HDC)

R2: Chain 1, SC in the first stitch, and in each stitch around. Join to the first SC. (24 SC)

R3: Chain 4. TC in the 1st stitch - first leg of first star stitch created, Chain 4, yo twice, DC into the center facing of the 1st chain (2 loops on the hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the TC (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip 3 stitches, yo twice, DC into the next stitch (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure and create star center. At this point you should have 4 legs created. 
[Chain 4, yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on the hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip 3 stitches, yo twice, DC into the next stitch (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure] 4x.
Chain 4, yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on the hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip 3 stitches, slip stitch into the first TC and through the 4 loops on the hook. (18 leg groups)

R4 - THUMB HOLE: Chain 4. TC in the 1st stitch, chain 4, yo twice, DC into the center facing of the 1st chain (2 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the TC (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, yo twice, DC into the next star center (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same star center (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure.
[Chain 4. Yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, yo twice, DC into the next star center (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same star center (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure] 4x.

*Thumb Opt A: Chain 4, yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on the hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, slip stitch into the first TC and through the 4 loops on the hook.

*Thump Opt B: Chain 6, yo 4x (5 loops on hook), insert hook into the star center, yo, pull through, (6 loops on the hook), (yo, pull through 2) 4x, (2 loops on hook) yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, slip stitch into the first TC and through the 4 loops on the hook.

R5 - 8 [13, 17]: Chain 4. TC in the 1st stitch, chain 4, yo twice, DC into the center facing of the 1st chain (2 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the TC (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, yo twice, DC into the next star center (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same star center (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure.
[Chain 4. Yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, yo twice, DC into the next star center (5 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same star center (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops, chain 1 to secure] 4x.
Chain 4, yo twice, DC into the star center (2 loops on the hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch as the last two DCs (3 loops on hook), yo twice, DC into the same stitch (4 loops on hook), skip horizontal star leg, slip stitch into the first TC and through the 4 loops on the hook.

R9 [14, 18] Opt A for a Narrow Wrist/Forearm: Chain 1. SC in the first two stitches, (2 SC into the chain space, SC into the last chain of the chain space and the next stitch) 5x, 2 SC into the chain space, SC into the last chain of the chain space. Join to the first SC. (25 SC)

R9 [14, 18] Opt B for a Wider Wrist/Forearm: Chain 1. SC in the first two stitches, (3 SC into the chain space, SC into the last chain of the chain space and the next stitch) 5x, 3 SC into the chain space, SC into the last chain of the chain space. Join to the first SC. (31 SC)

R10 [15, 19]: Chain 1. HDC in the first SC, and each SC around. Join to the first HDC. [25 HDC (31 HDC)]

Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Lacy Fingerless Gloves using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chunky-Like Preemie Baby Beanies - 4 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

Earlier this month, I shared my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanie crochet pattern with you, and mentioned The Preemie Project. I have been wanting to share some preemie hat crochet patterns, so I figured since I already had the base down with the granny squares, that I would go ahead and work up the regular beanies with my leftover yarn.

I am calling this one Chunky-Like even though it uses worsted weight yarn, because on a preemie baby, worsted weight is going to appear large and chunky. I do not suggest using #5 chunky/bulky yarn for preemie hats.

Materials:
     - Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart's Soft Yarn in Really Red, White and Rosy Blush
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     If you use a different yarn, make sure you find a soft acrylic or cotton blend - do not use wool. Choose something that you know can withstand being machine washed and dried multiple times, because it most likely will be. Aside from the Red Heart Soft, you may also like to try Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft.

     I am estimating you can make 8-10 hats or so per skein of Red Heart's Soft - maybe even a couple more depending on the size you are working.

Time Spent:
     I had the 1-1 1/2 lb and 2-3 lb sizes done in just under 15 minutes each, the 3-5 lb done in just under 20 minutes and the 6-8 lb hat done in just under 30 minutes. That less than an hour and a half for all four!

Measurements:
The 1 - 1 1/2 lb size has a crown of 2 1/2" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 7 7/8" to fit a head size of 8" - 9 1/4", and is 3" in length.

The 2 - 3 lb size has a crown of 3 1/4" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 10 1/4" to fit a head size of 9 3/4" - 11", and is also 3 1/2" in length.

The 3 - 5 lb size has a crown of 3 1/2" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 11" to fit a head size of 11 1/4" - 12 3/4", and is 4 3/8" in length.

The 6 - 8 lb size has a crown of 4 1/8" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5 3/8" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Red Heart Soft (and Everyday Soft) yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth. Typically, I work my hats two inches smaller than needed to account for the stretch, but following the Preemie Project guidelines, they would like each hat to be just one inch smaller than the given sizes and so I have worked this pattern accordingly.

Gauge:
With Soft Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook = 4" x 4":
     Chain 19, DC in the 4th chain, and in each stitch across. (16 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd DC and in each DC across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch in the crown, but does in the body of the hat.

Join to the first stitch of each round, unless otherwise stated.

Crown is worked (and written) in a non-traditional manner to help keep seam straight. You will work the last stitch of the round into the same place as the first stitch, however, it will be on the right side of the beginning chain.

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Patterns:

1 - 1 1/2 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 11 DC into the ring. Join. (11 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 10 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (22 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 20. Join. (22 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 20. Join. (22 DC)

R5 - 6: Repeat Rounds 3 & 4, 1 more time. At the end of Round 6, join to the beginning chain 2. (22 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

2 - 3 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first 2 DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 25. Join. (27 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 25. Join. (27 DC)

R6 - 7: Repeat Rounds 4 & 5, 1 more time. At the end of Round 7, join to the beginning chain 2. (27 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

3 - 5 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 11 DC into the ring. Join. (11 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 10 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (22 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first 2 DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 10x, DC into the first DC. Join. (33 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 31. Join. (33 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 31. Join. (33 DC)

R6 - 9: Repeat Rounds 4 & 5, 2 more times. At the end of Round 9, join to the beginning chain 2. (33 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

6 - 8 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (36 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 34. Join. (36 DC)

R6: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 34. Join. (36 DC)

R7 - 10: Repeat Rounds 5 & 6, 2 more times. (36 DC)

R11: Repeat Round 5. At the end, join to the beginning chain 2. (36 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

A set of these hats work up in less than an hour and a half, and don't take much yarn. Please take time to work up at least a set, and send in to either The Preemie Project or your local baby hospital.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Chunky-Like Preemie Baby Beanies using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ring Around the Rose - Crochet Pattern Review - Rebeckah's Treasures

I really wanted to share a review on a St. Patrick's Day project I have in progress, but with my new job, I ran out of time on it. I will have to save that one for next year...

This week, I have a review of a pattern I tested for my friend Rebeckah of Rebeckah's Treasures. The first moment I saw it, I fell deeply in love and jumped on the opportunity to test. I won't lie to you and say it was easy because I went through a couple seatings of working and ripping back before I actually got it. Originally, there were any instructions of which loops exactly to work into, but after I talked to Rebeckah, and she added those in there, BING! It was like a light bulb went off. Then, I couldn't stop making roses. 

These little roses are so fun, and so cute, and can be used for soooooo many different things. What kinds of things? Well, you could use them to embellish... a card, hat, pillow... You could create a headband or a hair clip, or you could glue to a bail and make a necklace charm or some earrings. Just to name a few.

Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Ring Around the Rose and link up your project to it!

Don't forget to check out Rebeckah's Ring Around the Rosy Choker too!

Materials:
     - Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread - I used Hobby Lobby's Artiste #10 Cotton Crochet Thread in the Orchid colorway
     - 1.3mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Ring Around the Rose, Crochet Pattern from Rebeckah's Treasures

Material Notes:
     The pattern calls for a smaller hook, but the smallest I had on hand was the 1.3mm that I used (and boy was that one small!). My gauge came out a little larger than Rebeckah's with it, but usually my gauge is smaller and I have to go up a size anyway. It worked out for me.

Keep in mind that ANY yarn weight, and respective hook size will work for this!

Written instructions are available only for purchase through the above link, BUT! You can view the full tutorial via YouTube through the above link for free :) I highly recommend the written instructions though - the purchase is well worth it!

Time Spent:
     My first rosebud took me about 45 minutes to complete, but after that, I was able to work up the remaining rosebuds in about 25 minutes a piece.

Measurements:
     My rosebuds measure about 1 1/8" in diameter - a tad larger than in pattern.

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Pattern Notes:
     I worked my first rosebud as written with the initial chain of 45, but I only worked up to the 14th petal and then finished off as stated in the 15th petal. I was having a tough time as it was to keep the chain cord from slipping under previous stitches, so I just finished it a little early. 
I decided on my next rose to try a chain of 48, and it was just enough more to finish the rose completely. I only struggled with the chain a tiny bit in the securing between the last two petals, but not enough to need to add more. 
After finishing off, I pulled on my petals to straighten out and stretch a little so my chain loops were more open.

There were only two things I struggled with in the making of the rosebud - the placement of the petals and the rotation of Petal 2. The first issue was resolved with the update to the written pattern. As far as the rotation of Petal 2... Well...
I did it just fine in the first rosebud, but with the second, I could not remember how I did it. After several attempts and ripping back, I decided to omit the rotation, and just work all of it into the foundation chain, and then continue on. It actually worked so much better for me with the center of my rose, and so I worked the remaining rosebuds as such.
With the endless amount of possibilities. What are you thinking of making with them? If you would like to see a specific type of tutorial, drop me a line in the comments, and I will get together with Rebeckah :)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Life's a Beach Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - The Hat and I

Yay! This is the third post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

03.10.17 Update: Oh my! With the starting of my new job, and full time in training, it has been hard to find time sit down and work, but finally I have my review to share with you! (Minus the final step of my hat to come later...) Enjoy! And have a great weekend!
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife


Materials I Used:
     - Less than two skeins of Lily Sugar n Cream Super Size in Mod Blue & White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Life's a Beach Hat, Paid Crochet Pattern from The Hat & I
     - Brimlock

Material Notes:
     I used about half of each skein to work a child sized hat with 5" brim. I am wanting to work up another child sized hat for my little cousin, and will be using the white - will see if I can get away with what I have left of the skein.

As for the Brimlock. I have searched around my local craft stores, and haven't found any, but I did have some luck on Etsy. I am going to be ordering some on Tuesday, and will update my pictures and notes once I have added the brimlock and completed my hat.

Time Spent:
     My hat took me just under two hours to complete.

Measurements:
     I worked up the child sized hat, though Toddler and Adult sizes are also available. I also chose a 5" wide brim, but instructions are included for a 3".

Pattern Notes:
     First things first, my gauge. I did not gauge with the I9/5.5mm crochet hook on this project (though I've used it before with this yarn). I did gauge with the H8/5mm hook, and found that I got 3.5" wide by 4" tall. Most important measurement is the width, as height can always be adjusted. I should have doubled check the gauge with the I9/5.5mm hook, but like many others, I hate gauging and so I skipped it. When it came time to stop increasing and check my diameter, it was a little shorter than I anticipated, but I pushed forward. Note to self, try a J10/6mm hook next time.

I only used two colors in my hat, and carried my yarn up the seam so I didn't have to fasten off and reattach. I carry up a different way than most so the inside of my hat doesn't show it as much, and the transition is cleaner. To do so, work the first stitch of the round over the previous colors tail, work the row around, then slip stitch join as normal in the color you are working but pull up the previous color so you slip stitch over it. After you have slip stitched, pull the other color through, and pull to tighten the stitch. This process will make the color change even, and avoid the long yarn piece on the inside of the hat. If you like, I do have a photo tutorial of this process - How to Carry Up Yarn in the Round.

Though the pattern states that the beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch, I counted it, and adjusted stitches as necessary. One thing I did not figure on until I got to the repeat section of the body is the placement of the half double crochets - I did not adjust these, but I got lucky in that only Round 4 of my hat was affected. Make sure when you are working the half double crochet rows that the stitches line up all the way down your hat.

My piece was cupping during the crown - which will produce a hat that doesn't fit properly. To avoid this, I changed a couple things up:
     To begin, I worked Round 1 in half double crochet, and Round 2 in single crochet. Note, this change will also affect the size of the finished diameter, but I found it necessary.
     In Round 4, I changed all the chain 3's with chain 4's, except for the last one, and in Round 6, I changed all the chain 2's to 3.

At the end of Round 7, I had a diameter of 6 1/8", which produced a hat with a circumference of (19 1/4". When you figure in an inch for stretch, this hat is sized to fit a 20 1/4" head, which was too small for me. Now, I will say that the hat did fit, a little snug at first, but did stretch. The only downside to work in cotton yarn is that it doesn't bounce back like acrylic yarns in that once it stretches out, it really doesn't go back. I do want to make another child size for my little cousin, and I will be testing the diameter with a J10/6mm hook, and/or the adult size, because I am looking for a diameter that only needs 1" of stretch to fit more comfortably.

At the end of Round 15, my hat measured 6 5/8" tall, a little more than stated, but still fit just fine overall. Here, you are looking for it to fall above your ears.

At the repeat section of the body, to help my seam stay straight and make sure the half double crochets lined up well, I slip stitched as previously mentioned, pulled through my new color and then half double crocheted into the previous space loosely, as opposed to in between the beginning chain and first double crochet.

At the end of Round 8 of the Brim, I found it already measuring 5 1/8" wide. The finished brim is supposed to measure 5", so I took out Round 8, and will be working that as my final round in the Mod Blue over the Brimlock once I get it in. For now, my hat is just hanging out with some of my other WIPs. I will update once I have added the finishing touches.
Overall, this was a fun pattern to work up. It was little different that I thought it would be, but still features the granny stitch clusters, which is what I wanted, plus I have been wanting to try out this pattern for sooooo long! 
The pattern was easy to read and understand, and now I can't wait to work up a couple others. One thing I would like to try is a nice acrylic, cotton blend. I have had a hard time finding one that I like, so if you have any suggestions, drop me a line below!


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Marken of The Hat & I. One winner will receive FIVE crochet patterns of their choice from The Hat & I shop! I have drooled over Marken's patterns for quite some time, and practically have most of the store favorited. Lots of great designs for anytime of the year in there!

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The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Granny Square Shrug from Life Away from the Office Chair, Crochet Halter from Life Away from the Office Chair (too! :) ) and Bears from JoyJonne Hooks.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 Nails: Orchid & Gold - Nail Inspiration

I don't know about you, but I absolutely loooovvveee getting my nails done. I used to spend a lot of time doing them myself, but I hate dealing with smudging nail polish. I also really love the act of getting a manicure - it's so relaxing! And since I crochet a lot, my hands hurt pretty often so the hand massage is extra awesome. I have been going to the same place for a while now, and they know me well and take extra time on the hand massages for me, which is an added bonus. Great service, and fantastic staff! If you are in the Orlando area and looking for a place to get your nails done, make sure you stop by Club Nails and Spa! Tell them Alexandra sent you :)

Just thought I'd share some nail inspiration with you - these are my February Nails in Orchid and Gold. I wanted something rosy paired with the gold, but I didn't see the color I was searching for, but that's okay because I really like the orchid color too! It was also my first time getting glitter polish in the gel. I did get regular glitter polish last year for St. Patrick's Day and that was a pain to get off. Not sure how much more work this one will be to get off, but for now, it's so pretty and fun, and covers well.

And just for kicks, if you are wondering where the photo was taken... In a dressing room, while I was shopping for some new leggings. Haha! Though my picture quality is a little low since I dropped my phone one too many times, I like the idea and think I'll take some more pictures like this in the future. Great way to show off the nails without laying flat, or wrapped around a polish bottle.

I haven't shared my nails with you in a while, but I do have some other Nail Inspiration and tutorials for you on my Nail Art page.
I would like to start doing some more nail art tutorials. Anything specifically you'd like to see? Drop me a line below!

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Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
{Nifty Thrifty Sunday #273} - Nifty Thrifty Things
Makers Gonna Make Link Party {No. 117} - The Girl Creative
March 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Funtastic Friday 117 Link Party - Olives n Okra
Best of the Weekend: Little Miss CelebrationHello Little Home
BFF Link Party: The 36th AvenueTatertots and Jello
The Creative Corner Link Up Party - 03/12/17 - Curly Crafty Mom
Made by you Monday - Skip to my Lou
Monday Funday - Creatively Living
Inspiration Monday - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Inspire Me Monday - Week 271 - Create with Joy

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