Itty Bitty Hat

I’ve been trying so hard to not even think about baby clothes yet. After all, we haven’t even started on her bedroom, and there are so many more important baby things we need to accumulate. Clothes are the really the last thing I should be focused on right now.

However, this week I couldn’t hold out any longer. I had to have a look at the itty bitty baby things, and subsequently started buying. It was just a few things from the thrift store though. I bought a onesie and some sleepers, both were new with the tags still attached from Baby Gap, so I couldn’t resist.

Then, I decided that the newly purchased newborn sleepers needed a matching hat, so I picked up some yarn on my way home from work on Friday, and crocheted this:

Category 4 Weight Yarn
5.50 mm Crochet Hook

Hat Pattern:
Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in forth ch from hook (12 dc), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around (24 dc), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc around (36 stitches), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 4 – 8: ch 3, 36 dc, sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 9 – ch 1, 36 sc
Round 10 (I used a contrasting for row 10) – ch 1, 36 sc, sl in at beginning.

Flower Pattern:
Round 1:, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Join with sl st to first sc.
Round 2: ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, sl st in the each sc, sl st to the next sc

I think the sizing is about right for a newborn, as I’d based the size on another knitted hat, we’d received from a dear neighbour last week. It does have a bit of stretch, but I really hope it wouldn’t need to be any bigger…*shudder*

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Oh, Pinterest.

So many great ideas, so little time.

I think I’ve pinned more DIY, craft and décor inspiration than I’ll ever be able to tackle in my lifetime.

Last week, I saw a pin that suggested using a glass decanter in the bathroom for mouthwash, and I thought that would be really cute. It was also an easy project to accomplish. I see decanters all the time. They’re plentiful in antique shops and second hand stores. I picked up this super grungy one from a thrift shop last week.

Seriously, it was disgusting. You can’t tell from the picture, but the grime actually had texture.


I debated buying it because I really didn’t want to touch it, but I liked the size and shape. In the end, I gingerly brought it home and then sterilized it within and inch of its life.

It looked a little to boozy at first – like I was keeping liqueur by the sink, so I added some text with some dollar store alphabet stickers and etching cream.

I think this makes it look a little more bathroomy, and hopefully clear up any confusion about its purpose.

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Bag Lady

When I first learned to sew, I was really into making bags and purses. For a while, it was my thing. I gave them away as as gifts and sold them at craft sales. I designed most of them myself and I made a lot of them. A lot.

Over the span of a few years, I made at least fifty bags, possibly more. I never really counted, I just sewed. I eventually ran out of ideas and interest in them though, and moved on to other projects. Although I still make the occasional bag, my little home based purse factory has been closed for years.

That hasn’t stopped me from buying supplies, especially if the price is right. Sometime last year, while perusing one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a abundance of vintage purse handles in various shapes and sizes. I bought them all without giving much thought about what I’d do with them. I couldn’t resist – they were practically giving them away. I brought them home dumped the bag of handles in my craft room (or the room where projects go to die) and forgot about them.

Now that I’m in the midst of a craft/sewing binge in an effort to clean up the craft room of doom, I gave one of the handle sets a whirl.

The exterior is tweed and the lining is made from cotton.

This project has somewhat renewed my interest making purses. I still have quite a few more handle sets to put to use, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can create with them.

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