Free Pattern – Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat

It has been far too long since I’ve been able to post/update the blog! Since the kids got out of school for summer vacation, my life has been a whirlwind of activity. Our family of 5 traveled to Florida for my nephew’s high school graduation/family reunion, which was absolutely wonderful because we’ve been out of the country for 3 years and unfortunately missed out on lots of family gatherings here in the U.S. Plus, we were on the beach, and really, who doesn’t love being on the beach?

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Right after we returned from our trip to Florida, my wonderful husband surprised me with a 2 week long visit from the BFF (the very talented Zayda of Zayda Barros Photography), who lives in Naples, Italy! We had such a great time while she was here–giggling like school girls and acting like complete lunatics and taking LOTS of selfies! 😉

 

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Plus, on top of her visit, my 15 year old niece is spending her summer vacation with us, then we had a HUGE family gathering at our house over the 4th of July weekend, and finally… I’ve got a minute to sit at my computer and catch up on a million things.

One of the things that I’ve been planning to do/working on but haven’t had a chance to actually take care of is the closing of the jkwdesigns Etsy shop (not to be confused with the delightfuledesigns Etsy shop!). As listings expire, I haven’t been renewing them because my plan is to make all of those patterns available FOR FREE right here at jkwdesigns.com! If you’re interested in any of the patterns currently available in the shop, I encourage you to sign up for the jkwdesigns mailing list by subscribing to the blog so you’ll receive email updates. You will never receive any other email aside from notifications of blog updates, and your email address will never be passed on to any other company/advertiser!

Here’s the first of many more patterns to come!

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The Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat Pattern – Crochet

What better way to top off your little sweetheart than with something that inspires thoughts of sweet, chocolatey goodness! This hat makes a wonderful baby shower gift, an excellent newborn photo prop, and an adorable addition to your baby’s wardrobe.

The pattern is suitable for beginners. The hat is crochet entirely in hdc, giving it just the right amount of thickness and stretch. The “ribbon” is made in sc, then folded in half after the letters are stitched on in order to hide the yarn on the back side of the work.

To download the FREE PATTERN, click here: Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat

Enjoy and stay tuned for more free patterns!

Pattern – A Hat For Vilma Banky

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I wrote this pattern several years ago, and it’s been available for purchase, but I’ve decided to post it for free! It’s a simple, pretty little hat, but the best part is that the sizing is adjustable. When my kids were younger, I absolutely loved making hats for them (and I still do!), but most hats only allow for one season’s worth of wear for kids ages 1-4 before the kiddos outgrow the hats! This particular hat can be worn for years. YAY!

The pattern suggests 2 different ways of finishing the hat: 1) with a ribbon that can be switched out as the wearer outgrows the hat and 2) with a foundation chain. The ribbon option will limit the amount the hat stretches, keeping it snug on the head. The foundation chain allows for slightly more stretch, and since the foundation chain is simply tied, it can be untied and adjusted for a looser fit.

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If you sell items made using this pattern or any pattern published/written by jkwdesigns, please add a link to this site (www.jkwdesigns.com) on your listing!

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • increase
  • join in the round

Pattern Description:

This hat was inspired by the beautiful and elegant hats from the 1920s…–with a cute, whimsical twist! As a mother of small children, I am a big fan of hats that will last longer than one year, so this pattern allows for a great deal of growth and looks adorable as a slightly loose hat on a younger child, and it doesn’t lose a bit of style as it gets more snug. The flower can be attached to a brooch pin, allowing for a lot of versatility in an easy-to-make hat! The hat pattern is suitable for beginners. A photo-tutorial for the flower is included.

The pattern is written for two sizes (Small and Medium), which range from age 1 – adult. Small can adjust to fit ages 1-4, Medium can adjust to fit ages 4-adult.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adjustable sizing Ages 1-adult

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn
  • 5.00mm/size H crochet hook
  • tapestry needle

You Will Also Need:

  • ribbon (optional)
  • brooch pin back (optional)

Click here to download the PDF file: A Hat for Vilma

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DIY My Little Pony Themed Bedroom – Ikea Hacks!

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My 4 year old daughter is absolutely obsessed with My Little Pony, and before we moved into the new house, she told me that she wanted a My Little Pony bedroom. When we were living in Korea, I didn’t do much to her room. She was only about 10 months old when we moved in, and she rarely slept or spent time in her room anyway, so I just didn’t put in the time and effort. However, in our new “forever house” as the kids call it, I’m excited to make a space that she will love spending time in. Primarily because I would love for her to actually sleep in her own room!

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Ikea since I bought my first piece of Ikea furniture back in 1999 when I moved out of the dorms into my very first apartment. I love the minimalist, easy-to-construct designs and the prices, but I hate the cheap, particle board covered in laminate quality. Even when I moved beyond the least expensive Ikea items and purchased higher priced Ikea furniture, the quality never impressed me. HOWEVER, over the years, I’ve discovered that the best Ikea products are actually their absolutely cheapest ones–the nondescript, unfinished wood pieces–because these pieces are made from REAL WOOD. None of that particleboard laminate crap.

My latest DIY projects are a strange homage to crappy Ikea particleboard/laminate (which I hate) and their more sturdy but super cheap unfinished wood (which I love). First up is the crappy Lack side table. It was surprisingly easy to paint. I removed the old stickers, unscrewed the legs, lightly sanded the surface and primed with a spray paint primer. As a side note, I LOVE SPRAY PAINT.

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I did two coats of latex paint, which I had to mix (Rust-oleum white and navy blue) because they don’t make “Rainbow Dash blue.” I probably could have found the exact color in a spray paint, but I had to paint the entire dresser as well in the same color, and that’s an awful lot of spray paint fumes so I mixed a batch in a disposal plastic container.

Once the paint was dry, I printed out a stencil of Rainbow Dash’s Cutie Mark. Thankfully, there are only 4 different colors in the Cutie Mark. I cut out the stencils (one sheet for each color), then spray painted the Cutie Mark. I finished with Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel rather than using polyurethane or any other top coating because… Well, honestly, I didn’t know how the polyurethane would work on cheap, crappy laminate.

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Overall, I’m very pleased with how the table turned out. There are a few imperfections, but it’s for a 4 year old. She doesn’t care!

Next up, the dresser. I started with the Ikea Tarva. Plain, simple, unfinished drawers.

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The color choices were easy because my daughter is so stubbornly clear on what she likes. I primed, sanded, then painted the top, sides, and legs in Rainbow Dash blue using latex paint and the drawers with spray paint. Two coats of polyurethane and some rainbow prism drawer knobs later…

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I’m very happy with how the drawers turned out! I decided not to stencil on Rainbow Dash’s Cutie Mark for the sake of time. I have some Star Wars themed drawers to work on for the boys’ room, which I really need to get to work on soon because I can’t stand the piles of folded clothes sitting on the floor of their closet. Oops…

Anyway, Princess Penelope’s room is slowly but surely coming together! Can’t wait to share the finished room with you–but for now, here’s one little corner! 😉

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DIY Spray Paint Glass Jars and Plastic Planters

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It’s been about a month since we moved into the new house, and there are still piles of boxes everywhere. Unpacking is slow-going, especially since the daily mommy grind of waking up- getting kids ready for school-packing lunch for the kids and the husband-taking kids to school-doing mountains of laundry-ironing shirts-cleaning kitchen-picking kids up-overseeing homework-reading with kids-cooking dinner-taking kids to martial arts class-getting kids bathed and to sleep won’t stop!! Plus, I can’t seem to get over the absolute novelty of having a yard and a garden after years of city living and the fact that so many craft/DIY supplies are just a short drive away.

The kids and I have started seedlings for our vegetable and herb garden, which my husband will need to fence in because we apparently have a herd of deer living in our backyard. We’ve seen as many as 7 doe lounging around at one time, and though it’s pretty neat to stand on our deck and deer-watch, it’s going to be all out warfare in the summer if they come anywhere near the garden!

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So aside from standing around and staring at deer, I’ve also been standing around staring at things in Home Depot and Lowe’s, pretty much screaming, “PLEASE, TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!” because I want to buy all the things.

However, I feel pretty good about my trip to Lowe’s this morning, not because I left without spending any money because I totally bought stuff, but because I came home with some sad, scraggly houseplants from the Clearance Rack for $1 each that I will lovingly nurse back to health and that is good for the world. And for my wallet.

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I also bought cheap-o plastic planters for $1.29 each and a can of Rust-oleum Hammered Spray Paint (because I just had to see it for myself) and a can of Valspar Premium Finish Spray Paint in Satin Encounter (because I loved the color).

My plan was to spray the cheap plastic planters with the hammered finish spray paint, just to see what happens…

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And despite the can saying that it’s paint + primer in one, I think my results would have been much nicer had I primed the planters first. I’m not disappointed with the results, but during the spraying process, I could see that the spray paint wasn’t adhering to the plastic surface very well. The paint seemed to slide down the plastic rather than sticking to it.

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I’d say that it looks good from afar, and you really wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a plastic planter until you hold it, and since it’s highly unlikely that anyone who comes to my house will pick up a plant to inspect the pot, I think the facade will work.

In addition to experimenting with the hammered finish spray paint, I needed to do something with these two glass jars that have been sitting on the kitchen counter because they’re totally not my style, but my mom gave them to me so I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them.

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I wanted to plant two of the small, pathetic pothos in these jars, but because the jars don’t have drainage holes, I would be placing about an inch of rocks at the bottom, and I needed to be able to see the water level. I marked the jars with blue painter’s tape to apply paint over the section with the flowers and the top portion of the jars.

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After watching the spray paint slide off the plastic planters, I decided to prime these first. I used a spray primer, waited about an hour and sprayed two light coats of the Valspar. It turned out lovely! And I definitely love the color and the satin finish.

IMG_5667There’s a lot more painting and spray painting in my immediate future, so I’ll have new projects to share soon! I’m currently working on an cheap-o Ikea side table hack for my daughter’s My Little Pony themed room. Can’t wait to share!

 

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Bento Box Love!

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When my family left Korea, we traveled with 6 suitcases, and the rest of our worldly possessions were packed up and put on a (very) slow boat back to the U.S. Six weeks later, we are living in a tiny little apartment with only the things we brought with us in those 6 suitcases and the random things we’ve purchased since we arrived in country. I miss my crafting supplies, my yarn stash, my sewing machine, MY PRINTER (because I had to buy Valentine’s Day cards for my boys’ class when I had some great ideas for making some myself!), and most of all, I miss my bento box making supplies!!

It’s not necessarily because I love making cute lunches more than any of my other crafting endeavors, but making the boys’ lunches is something that I do on a near-daily basis. Although I brought their bento boxes with us because I knew I would need to pack lunches for a few weeks before our household goods arrived, I didn’t pack all the cute accessories I’ve collected over the past year and a half of lunch-packing, so I’ve been missing out on dressing up their lunch boxes.

Since I don’t have any fun lunches to share lately (somehow, sandwiches packed in ziplock bags just don’t have the same appeal), here’s a round-up of the lunches I packed for my boys during the fall semester before we left Korea!

Can’t wait to get all my lunch-making supplies as well as move into our new house where I will have more than 12 square inches of counter space! 🙂

Oh, What Fun!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Morgan S. for winning the $20 gift certificate to the delightful. Etsy shop! This giveaway was a lot of fun–it was great to see so many people from all over the internets participating. In fact, this just may be the begining of some other fun giveaways, so stay tuned! 😉

Free Printable: Star Wars Chocolate Treat Bag Tags

IMG_0960I’ve recently received several messages from people asking about the chocolate favor tags that were used during my boys’ Star Wars birthday party. I don’t know why I didn’t include that as a free download in my original post, so here it is!

I’ve removed the names of the chocolate truffles that I made for the party so the tags are more generic and can be used for any type of chocolate. Just click on the link to download the PDF. Enjoy!

Star Wars Chocolate Tags

 

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

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February is fast-approaching, and for me, that means absolute chaos! All 3 of my children were born in February, within ONE DAY of each other. Although two of them are twins, so there’s that… 😉 On top of that, Valentine’s Day crafts for elementary school classrooms are no joke! Last year, we had to make V-Day card boxes for the boys, and by “we,” I mean “I” and prepare cards/treats for all their classmates. Plus, the 100th day of school falls in February, so that means more crafts…

So if your Februarys are anything like mine, then to make life a little easier, enter to win a $20 credit at my delightfuledesigns Etsy shop! If you’re not familiar with the shop, it’s a little graphic design shop for all of life’s celebrations–birthdays, anniversary, love, graduations, holidays. Currently, everything I offer is digital downloads to either print at home or have printed at a local print shop or Kinko’s, Costco, Office Depot, etc. As my family gets settled at the new house, I plan to offer printed cards as well since I no longer have to use the Military Post Office system, which prohibits you from mailing ANYTHING for business purposes.

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Just follow the instructions after logging in with Facebook or with your email. There are lots of different ways to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced/contacted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Winner will receive a coupon code to use in the delightfuledesign Etsy shop. No minimum purchase required, but unused funds cannot be redeemed for cash. Coupon code must be used by December 31, 2016. Coupon code cannot be used for custom orders.

Pattern: Angel Stitch Infinity Scarf

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After spending the last several months running around my boys’ elementary school, organizing events, volunteering for activities, then packing up an entire household and moving my family from Korea, I seriously feel like I have absolutely nothing to do these days. Which isn’t entirely true. I still have a household to run and kids to feed and laundry and dishes. Just feels like I have so much free time after all the running around I’d been doing for months so it’s an extra bummer that I don’t have any of my crafting supplies with me for the time being.

HOWEVER, I was smart enough to bring my knitting needles and crochet hooks with me! And with a craft store next door, I couldn’t resist the siren call of the yarn aisle. With boxes and boxes of beautiful, squishy yarn in our household goods shipment, I couldn’t justify buying a huge horde of yarn, which is always a temptation, but I did pick up something to keep my fingers busy. And what better use of a single ball of yarn than to experiment with a new pattern?

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This pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters. All you need to know how to do is single crochet (sc) and chain (ch). Easy peasy! But the result is a lace-like stitch, and the end-result drapes beautifully and is super-stretchy, which is something that people who are new to crochet often complain about since the basic crochet stitches tend to create a thicker, thus stiffer, fabric.

 

Angel Stitch Infinity Scarf Pattern

 

If you sell items made using this pattern or any pattern published/written by jkwdesigns, please add a link to this site (www.jkwdesigns.com) on your listing!

Materials: 
Worsted weight yarn (at least 280 yards)
Size J / 6.0mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

**Note: This scarf can be made in any weight with any sized crochet hook, but be sure that the hook you use is appropriate for the weight of the yarn.

Abbreviations Used:
Ch              chain
Sc               single crochet
Sk               skip
Ch-3 sp     chain-3 space

Pattern:

Ch 42.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 3, sc in next ch, sk next ch. *Sc in next ch, ch 3, sc in next ch, sk next ch. Repeat from * to the end. (Hint: You will end with ch 3, sc in last ch.)

Row 2: Ch 1 (sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-3 sp across.

Repeat Row 2 until desired length. For a snug infinity scarf that will wrap around your next twice, you will want at least 40 inches.

Finish off.

Line two ends together and stitch to create infinity scarf. Weave in ends.

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For this particular scarf, I used a single ball of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which I purchased for $4! I know how hard it is to find a single skein project–this one is perfect!

And since my almost 4-year old daughter think that everything I make is for her…

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Starting a Fairy Garden

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Despite the fact that we still have about 28 days before we move into the new house and the apartment we’re staying in short-term is tiny and under furnished and all of my crafting supplies are packed up and probably somewhere in the Pacific Ocean right now and I really should be waiting until we get to the new place to start any new projects… I just couldn’t help myself! It doesn’t help that while the boys are at school, I don’t have anything else to do here besides think about a million different projects to work on and scour Pinterest for ideas!

My daughter (who will be turning 4 in just under a month), is absolutely in love with all things sparkle-fairy-ballerina-princess, which I find strange because her brothers are not into gender-specificity. They love “boy” stuff like cars and trucks and dinosaurs and superheroes, but they also love My Little Pony and will play tea party with their little sister without a second though. Princess Penelope, on the other hand, is just that. A princess. Her entire world would be pink and purple and covered in glitter if possible. Go figure!

Anyway, she wants a fairy garden, and to be perfectly honest, want one too! So with nothing better to do and a craft store right next to the apartment complex (dangerous!!!), I just couldn’t resist. Penny insisted that she wanted her fairy garden to be indoors because she wants to keep it in her bedroom once we get to the new house, which simplifies things for me because I don’t have to weather proof everything. We headed over to the craft store to see what we could find, and here’s what we just couldn’t stop ourselves from buying:

  1. Wooden dog house – $2.17 (There were several different styles, including one with a domed roof that I thought would be better for a fairy house, but my daughter really wanted the dog house!)
  2. Bag of Spanish moss – $3.97
  3. 2 bushes of fake flowers – $1.50 each ($3 total)
  4. Mini craft sticks – $1.97
  5. Tiny birds (3 birds in package) – $1.49
  6. Bag of glass gems – $1.97
  7. Paint, paintbrushes, glue gun – $5.94 (I only had to purchase these because I don’t have any of my crafting supplies!)

Total spent on the fairy garden (so far): $14.57 ($20.51 including the extra misc. supplies I had to purchase)

I wish I’d taken a before photo, but Penny was so eager to paint it as soon as we got home that I forgot. She chose the purple, and I let her paint to her heart’s content. Her brushstrokes can only be described as scribble-scrabble, so I had to go over it again and clean up her paint job. I painted the roof a maple brown, and once the paint dried, I hot-glued some Spanish moss to the roof. I tiny little branch fell out of the bag of moss, which I glued over the window for the little bird to perch on. I added a couple of flowers to the roof and that’s about it! I’d like to find some twigs to glue onto the pitched roof and to make a rustic and whimsical looking door to the house.

I really don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold off working on other aspects of this fairy garden, especially considering that I have nothing else to do–haha! I’ll keep you posted! 😉

Also, I obviously haven’t used all the materials yet. I cut off a few flowers, and we haven’t gotten to the mini craft sticks, which we’ll be using to make a fence. We’re also planning to put the glass gems down as stepping stones. There’s still lots to do, so stay tuned!