Living in an apartment definitely has its perks. If the sink breaks, just call maintenance. It's easy to clean the small space. And you never have to mow a lawn! But it's not always ideal. My biggest issue is decorating. Our current apartment is just SO white. White walls, white ceilings, blahhhh. So it definitely needs something to cheer it up a bit, but painting's not really an option. My current solution? Washi tape.
If you haven't heard of washi tape before, it's a type of paper tape that originated in Japan. Washi tape is awesome because it comes in fun colors and designs, it's pretty strong, and it doesn't leave marks so it's perfect for people who can't put anything permanent on their walls. And I love it because it's a budget-friendly way for me to get some color in my apartment, especially on the cinderblock walls that I can't nail anything to.
One of the crochet items that I most often receive compliments on is the toy produce bag that I made for my son. The cute little fruits and vegetables are simple irresistible—even adults want to play with them.
For those of you who are interested in making your own produce bag, I've compiled a round up of the patterns I used to make mine. The best part? They're all free! Isn't the internet wonderful? This project is definitely a labor of love, but it makes a great stash-buster if you need to get rid of scrap yarn.
We've been lucky enough to get a visit from my husband's wonderful mother all the way from the UAE. She and I are both avid crocheters, so we like to bond over yarn. After seeing the Animal ABC Book I made, she decided to make some animal appliqués too. As a joke I mentioned that she should make a camel for the letter C and thus the idea for this little ungulate was was born!
This book is a project that I finished last October during a time when I often found myself crocheting random odds and ends with a sleeping baby on my lap (aaaah, so sweet). I saw the animal alphabet appliqué patterns over on Repeat Crafter Me and knew that they were just too cute to ignore. But I didn't have the time or patience for an entire afghan back then, so I decided to make them into a soft book for my son.
As soon as I decided that I wanted to make this blog, I immediately knew which recipe I had to post first: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This was the very first recipe that I ever learned to bake, so it seemed like an especially fitting start to my recipe collection.
A while back I was trying to think of the perfect crochet gift for my new soon-to-be niece. When I was told that her nursery was going to be marine animal themed, I knew that I wanted to make her a whale plushie.
I started looking online for patterns, but couldn't find anything that I liked. So I decided to fall back on one of my personal crochet mottos: if you can't find what you want, just make it yourself!
Thank you for stopping by to visit my own personal corner of the web! Feel free to take a look around and check out what I've been crafting, crocheting, or baking. Hopefully you'll find something to inspire your own creativity!