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  • Submarine Sunday Linky Party #79

    Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Thank you for partying with me each week! I'm always happy when there are over 100 links in a party! I didn't create anything last week because I've been very busy trying to get rid of some old clothes, baby items, and other random things that are in our storage closets. I feel like it's going to take forever to get rid of all this old stuff...

  • Crochet Ladybug Applique

    Last month, I shared a pink, gray, and white granny square blanket with a crochet ladybug applique that I made for a friend as a baby shower gift. While making this applique, I wrote down what I did, so I could make a pattern to share with you all. And here it is...

  • Easter Bunny Door Hanger

    I was inspired by Rock-A-Bye Parents' DIY Easter Bunny Wall Hanging and decided to create my own using two straw hats that I purchased from the Dollar Tree ...

  • Crochet Ladybug Baby Blanket and Gray Owl Pillow (Baby Shower Gifts)

    Saturday evening I attended a really fun baby shower for a friend and fellow navy wife. Our husbands are on the same sub and work in the same division, and she's one of the few wives from the sub that I've actually gotten to know. Anyhoo, she is due to have her baby on March 18th, and she's having a girl ...

  • Crochet Easter Egg Wreath for Mom (With Pattern)

    Over the weekend, I finished this crochet Easter wreath for my mom. She loves having a wreath for every season and every holiday. So I decided that I'd try to make a wreath for my mom ...

7 Quick Takes on Good Friday

Posted by T'onna Peters | Friday, April 18, 2014 Categories: , , , ,
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I decided to share some exciting news with my Facebook friends, so I figured I might as well share it with my bloggy friends as well.... Well, as of tomorrow I will be 11 weeks pregnant!  I was trying to wait until I'm out of the 1st trimester to make the announcement, but I couldn't wait. I kept telling people when I'd run into them while out running errands. I am still nervous because my previous 2 pregnancies ended in miscarriages (at 4 weeks and 7 weeks). But I'm almost done with the 1st trimester and my symptoms are so strong that I have faith that this baby is going to make it, and I can't wait to meet him/her.

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April is the month of military kids, and the kids at schools in our county were asked to wear purple on Tuesday to support military kids. Although Krissy isn't in school yet, I still dressed her in purple on Tuesday.

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 I've been practicing braiding my daughter's hair.


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I painted my nails with Easter designs, but I didn't remember to take a picture AFTER I cleaned the polish off my fingers. Silly me...

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I planned on making my daughter a Caillou themed Easter basket. I was going to sew a basket, but I'm such a procrastinator that I waited pretty late to order the fabric, and I still haven't received it yet (It's scheduled to arrive tomorrow)... I may just take a weaved basket and paint it red, yellow, and blue and put her Caillou toys that I recently ordered in it. But, I also wanted to crochet a Caillou doll for her... I haven't finished that yet. In fact, I am nowhere near done. I've only started on his hat. smh... I'm going to work on it today and try to get it finished. I hope I can because I'm making it without a pattern, as usual.
Caillou bath toys for Krissy's Easter basket

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My daughter loves three characters: Caillou, Elmo, and Violet. So Every now and then, I try to clean Violet. Since Violet has electronic parts, I can't just throw her in the washer. So I use a damp cloth to wipe her off. Well, I guess the cloth was too wet. Now when you press her paws, she doesn't talk or sing. So I bought Krissy ANOTHER Violet. This is the third and hopefully the last Violet...
Krissy with Violet

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Who watched Scandal?  I love that show. It's one of my favorite shows, and the season finale was last night, and it was awesome and just crazy! I'm so excited for the next season. I hate having to wait!


Liebster Award

Posted by T'onna Peters | Monday, April 14, 2014 Categories:
Recently, I received the Liebster Award from two awesome bloggers, Holly at The Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide and Tina at Encore Creations. Thank you both very much! I've received the Liebster Award a couple times already, but it's always fun!!!
The Liebster Award nominates 11 blogs who have less than 200 readers, although this seems to be a flexible requirement.  The Liebster Award Bloggers answers 11 questions given to them by their nominator.  Then we pay it forward and each nominee does a post and nominates 11 bloggers with their own 11 questions.

11 Questions from Holly:
1. Coffee or Tea?  coffee!
2. Work at home dress for success in high heels and pearls or sweats?  sweats! Yoga pants have become my best friend.
3. Favorite kitchen gadget and why. my kitchen scissors... I'm terrible with knives, so scissors make cutting so much easier.
4. Favorite kitchen small appliance and why.  my crock-pot. I love throwing meat and veggies in there and letting it cook while I continue on with my life! I don't like being held hostage at the stove for a long time.
5. Do you have a hot area in the house where everything seems to land like mail, lists, pens, hats, purses? Unfortunately, everything ends up on my dining room table.
6. What is on your honey do list waiting to get done? My list includes redecorating the bathroom, organizing my desk and closets, and getting rid of old junk that we don't use/need anymore.
7. Favorite movie/movies of all time? I can't think of 1 absolute favorite movie, but I can think of a couple movies that I can watch over and over like The Temptations, Kill Bill, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption.
8. What TV show/shows are on your must-see list? The Real Housewives of Atlanta, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Game, Drop Dead Diva, and Dance Moms
9. If you were given an unlimited amount of money, what big-ticket item for your home would you buy?  Since we live in military housing, I would first have to buy a home preferably in WA, and then I'd buy a nice leather sofa. 
10. What is your favorite store to shop for decor?  Ross
11. You just won the lotto, congratulations.  What kind of house will you go buy and where will it be? I live a variety of styles of houses, but I just want a brand new house with 4 bedrooms,  3 bathrooms, a basement or media room, 2 car garage, and nice back yard... in Washington state!


11 Questions from Tina:
  1.  What has been your biggest source of inspiration (pre- Pinterest)? I've been inspired by other bloggers and seeing what they create.
      2.      What is you favorite “non creating” thing to do? Hanging out with my daughter at the park.


3.      If you could visit 3 places outside of the US, where would you go and why? Egypt - I want to see the pyramids. Japan - I love Asian culture, and I just think Japan would be a place to visit.  Italy - I love Italian food!

4.      If you didn’t blog, how would you share your creativity with others? Facebook, Ravelry, & Instagram
5.      What one step or process was most beneficial to your blogging experience? Buying a new camera. Photos are very important, and my cell phone camera wasn't doing as good of a job as I thought it was..
6.      If you could learn to do one new thing what would it be and why? I would love to learn to speak another language just because I think it's a cool and beneficial skill to have. I'd love to learn Spanish, French, or Korean.
7.      If you had to choose between entree or desert which would win and what would it be? Entree...
8.      If you are into thrift shops, what’s your go to store and if you're not, why not? I like Goodwill, but not our local Goodwill.
9.      Who would you take on an all expenses paid shopping trip (including shopping money) to New York City, and why?  I would take my friend and fellow navy wife Shannicia because we always had fun when shopping, and by fun I mean we used to dance around in Forever 21 when a good song came on.
10.  What’s one piece of furniture in your home, could you not give up and why? I could not give up the buffet that I refinished. We use it as an entertainment center, and I love it because I refinished it myself.
 
11.  What color should be in every house or closet, no matter your style? Gray!

My 11 Nominees for the Liebster Award:

  1.  SewsNBows: Amy sews the cutest dresses for her niece, and she also sews cute outfits for American Girl Dolls.
  2. Ana Love Craft: I love Ana's sewing and crochet creations!
  3. Ava's Lookbook:  I love seeing all the adorable clothing Meagan sews for her fashionable 4 year old daughter. If you're looking for sewing inspiration, you'll definitely find it here!
  4. Clairejustine OXOX: I love her link party, shoe refashions, and fashion posts.
  5. Call Ajaire: I love all the adorable dresses and outfits Ajaire makes for her daughter.
  6. Hoopla Palooza: Lisa is so creative with her deserts and she has a great sense of humor. I love all her food creations.
  7. Handicraftiness: Julia makes the most gorgeous and unique dresses for her daughter. Every time I see her dresses, I want to sew something similar for my daughter.
  8. Creative Crochet Workshop: So many creative crochet projects like a safari animals tea seat!
  9. Tales From Trish: I love the crochet blankets that Trish makes.
  10. Crafty Biggers: Erin creates a variety of cute dresses and outfits for her girls, and she's a military wife like me.
  11. Crafty in Crosby: Jeanette and Leigh are a crafty mother and daughter team who create a variety of crafts. I love their wreaths.
11 Questions for the Nominees:
  1. What is your favorite craft that you've created?
  2. What is your worst crafting fail project?
  3. What is your favorite holiday to create crafts for?
  4. Who or what inspires you to create?
  5. What is your favorite method of crafting (sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, cooking/baking, wreath making, etc)?
  6. What's your favorite craft supply store?
  7. How long have you been blogging?
  8. What other hobbies do you have?
  9. When you craft, do you prefer coffee or wine? 
  10. Do you prefer to listen to music, watch a movie, or watch tv while crafting?
  11. If you had/have a garden, what kinds of flowers would you include?
Nominees:  Be sure to tag each of the bloggers you nominate as well as me in your post.  Go to each of their blogs and leave a comment that you have nominated them.

Submarine Sunday #79

Posted by T'onna Peters | Saturday, April 12, 2014 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Thank you for partying with me each week! I'm always happy when there are over 100 links in a party! I didn't create anything last week because I've been very busy trying to get rid of some old clothes, baby items, and other random things that are in our storage closets. I feel like it's going to take forever to get rid of all this old stuff. I get attached to clothes and don't want to let them go even though I haven't worn them in years! I've been donating my old things to Goodwill. Anyhoo, I'd like to see whatever you all have been working on, especially your Easter crafts. I am going to start working on something for my daughter's Easter basket as soon as I'm done with this post. So check out this week's features, and link up your creations below!


THIS WEEK'S STAR SHIPMATE:
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http://www.adoseofpaige.com/2014/04/diy-spring-wreath/


http://www.craftyincrosby.com/2014/04/how-about-easter-basket-on-your-front.html


http://lovecraft2012.blogspot.pt/2014/04/saco-de-alfazema-pascoa-easter-lavender.html


IF YOUR CRAFT WAS FEATURED, PLEASE GRAB A FEATURE BUTTON FOR YOUR BLOG!

Now it's time to party!  The party will be open until Wednesday @ 11:59pm.  At the new party each Sunday, I will feature a few of my favorites.   By linking up, you are giving me permission to feature your project(s) on my blog and my Submarine Sunday Features Pinterest Board. Here are the rules for this party:
-Please grab my link party button below or link back with a text link.
-I'd love for you to follow my blog via GFC, Facebook, and/or BlogLovin, so you'll know when the new party is up and running. 
-You can link up as many CRAFTS (sewing projects, crochet/knitting projects, crafts, recipes, furniture, jewelry, room makeovers, etc) as you want. No link parties/shops/Etsy items please! 
-Remember to link up a specific post, not your entire blog.
-Please don't link & run! Visit other party participants and leave them lovely comments.
-If you'd like to pin a craft, please pin from the original source. 
-Come back next week to see if your project was featured!!!  :-)





Submarine Sunday #78

Posted by T'onna Peters | Sunday, April 06, 2014 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Thank you for partying with me each week! You may have noticed that I have a new blog design. so what do you think? This week I'm sharing a pattern I made for a crochet ladybug applique. I made the ladybug last month for a baby blanket. I'm still brainstorming idea to revamp a crochet Easter egg wreath I made a couple years ago. So what have you been working on?  Any Easter projects? Well, link 'em up! It's party time!


WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON:
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http://www.usscrafty.com/2014/04/crochet-ladybug-applique.html


THIS WEEK'S STAR SHIPMATE:
Click the photo to view the original source. 
http://artclubblog.com/2014/03/23/painted-eggs-ii/



IF YOUR CRAFT WAS FEATURED, PLEASE GRAB A FEATURE BUTTON FOR YOUR BLOG!

Now it's time to party!  The party will be open until Wednesday @ 11:59pm.  At the new party each Sunday, I will feature a few of my favorites.   By linking up, you are giving me permission to feature your project(s) on my blog and my Submarine Sunday Features Pinterest Board. Here are the rules for this party:
  1. Please grab my link party button below and place it somewhere on your sidebar OR on your link party page OR your post OR wherever you place your buttons, please.  :-)
  2. I'd love for you to follow my blog via GFC, Facebook, and/or BlogLovin, so you'll know when the new party is up and running. 
  3. You can link up as many CRAFTS (sewing projects, crochet/knitting projects, crafts, recipes, furniture, jewelry, room makeovers, etc) as you want. No link parties/shops/Etsy items please! 
  4. Remember to link up a specific post, not your entire blog.
  5. Please don't link & run! Visit other party participants and leave them lovely comments.
  6. If you'd like to pin a craft, please pin from the original source. 
  7. Come back next week to see if your project was featured!!!  :-)


Crochet Ladybug Applique Pattern

Posted by T'onna Peters | Saturday, April 05, 2014 Categories: , , ,


Last month, I shared a pink, gray, and white granny square blanket with a crochet ladybug applique that I made for a friend as a baby shower gift. While making this applique, I wrote down what I did, so I could make a pattern to share with you all. And here it is!

Materials:
size F hook
3 yarns (I used pink, gray, and white)
yarn needle

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet

Body:
magic ring
round 1: ch 2, 12 dc in ring, join.
round 2: ch 2, pull ring tight, dc in same space, 2 dc in each dc around, join
round 3: ch 2, dc in same space, 2 dc in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in tails




Head:
magic ring
row 1: ch 2, 8 dc, do NOT join, ch 2, turn
row 2: 2 dc in each stitch, pull magic ring tight, fasten off and leave a tail
sew onto the body



 *After, sewing the head onto the body, I single crocheted around the head and body with white yarn.)


Wings: (make 2)

magic ring, ch 2
row 1: 8 dc, do not join, ch 2, turn
row 2: 2 dc in each stitch, ch 2, turn
row 3: 1 hdc, 2 hdc around ch.1, fasten off



Spots: (make 6)
magic ring
8 dc, join, leave a tail for sewing



All done!

on the baby blanket

 baby shower gifts for my friend

Before making this ladybug, I made another one, but I wasn't sure if it looked enough like a ladybug. What do you think? Which ladybug looks better, A or B?



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Preppy Pony Print Purse From Sammydress

Posted by T'onna Peters | Wednesday, April 02, 2014 Categories: ,
*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, and I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. 
I've always been a girly girl, and I have a love for gorgeous, unique, and fun purses. While browsing the Sammydress website, my eyes were drawn to this Preppy Women's Crossbody Bag With Pony Print and Zipper Design, and I knew that I had to have it! This adorable bag is available in Sapphire Blue or Pink. I wear a lot of blue, so I requested the blue bag. I love that it can be worn as a crossbody bag or as a shoulder bag. This is a great quality bag, and I love the designs on the front, especially the pony and the heart. The inside of the bag is also very spacious, which is a major plus for me as the mother of a toddler. I have room for all my stuff and a snack and maybe a small toy or to for her. However, I think this bag would be perfect for a fun girls' night out. I'm sure I'll get lots of compliments when I carry this fun, unique purse. 

Submarine Sunday #77

Posted by T'onna Peters | Monday, March 31, 2014 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Thank you for partying with me each week! Sorry the party is so late. I've been having computer issues tonight. I'm not sure what exactly is going on, but some image aren't showing up, and my anti-virus protection won't allow me to visit several blogs. I thought it had something to do with Facebook and the Facebook Like Box Widget, but I'm not sure. Ugh! Technology drives me crazy sometimes!

Anyhoo, today I created an Easter Bunny Door Hanger using two hats that I purchased from the Dollar Tree. So check it out and tell me what you think!


WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON:
Click the photo to view the original source.

http://www.usscrafty.com/2014/03/easter-bunny-door-hanger.html

THIS WEEK'S STAR SHIPMATE:
Click the photo to view the original source. 



IF YOUR CRAFT WAS FEATURED, PLEASE GRAB A FEATURE BUTTON FOR YOUR BLOG!

Now it's time to party!  The party will be open until Wednesday @ 11:59pm.  At the new party each Sunday, I will feature a few of my favorites.   By linking up, you are giving me permission to feature your project(s) on my blog and my Submarine Sunday Features Pinterest Board. Here are the rules for this party:
  1. Please grab my link party button below and place it somewhere on your sidebar OR on your link party page OR your post OR wherever you place your buttons, please.  :-)
  2. I'd love for you to follow my blog via GFC, Facebook, and/or BlogLovin, so you'll know when the new party is up and running. 
  3. You can link up as many CRAFTS (sewing projects, crochet/knitting projects, crafts, recipes, furniture, jewelry, room makeovers, etc) as you want. No link parties/shops/Etsy items please! 
  4. Remember to link up a specific post, not your entire blog.
  5. Please don't link & run! Visit other party participants and leave them lovely comments.
  6. If you'd like to pin a craft, please pin from the original source. 
  7. Come back next week to see if your project was featured!!!  :-)


Easter Bunny Door Hanger

Posted by T'onna Peters | Sunday, March 30, 2014 Categories: ,


I was inspired by Rock-A-Bye Parents' DIY Easter Bunny Wall Hanging and decided to make my own. Earlier this week, my daughter and I went shopping at the Dollar Tree to pick up a few straw hats. My daughter fell in love with the lavender hat I bought, and she's been wearing it around the house and when we go on errands. Everyone says, "She looks ready for Easter!"  I also bought pink, green, and blue hats. For this bunny hanger, I decided to use the pink hat for the face and half of the blue hat as the bunny's hat. I still plan to use the green hat to make another bunny door hanger since this craft project was fun and easy.
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