Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crochet: Spring Necklaces

On my last day of Spring Break, I wanted to work through a quick spring project.

Something fast.

Something easy.

Something that I could wear in the classroom this week to ease the shock of the plunge back into kindergarten-land.

Teachers understand this.

Searching for necklace tutorials, I came across this set posted by Tip Junkie, and stopped scrolling when I found:

The free pdf pattern is here (wish the author's name was included, I'd love to credit her).

Not having the same size crochet hook, I used an "I" and chained all of my links loosely to make a longer necklace.  Friends and I discovered some fun yarn on sale a few weekends ago when we visited the West Bottoms in Kansas City, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

 I don't usually crochet at my desk, but my feet were trapped, so I stayed put:

The necklaces worked up quickly, and it was fun finding bright embellishments to add to the pastel and green chains I made:

These will certainly add a ~pop~ of color to my outfits this week!


Heidi Bears shares a great crochet rose tutorial here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung, indoors at least.  My break from school is winding down, so it was time to find the bottle brush decorations, eggs, and bunnies, bunnies, bunnies:

I'm a mishmash collector, and therefore a mishmash decorator.  "Eclectic" is the fancy word for "mishmash," correct?

For example: European tole platter, cream bunnies, slightly tarnished silver bowl, a copper wall tile, and photos from my eldest.  Works for me.  Maybe I'll polish the silver this weekend.

These fellas stand guard at the kitchen island on a cake plate.  Bunnies ~everywhere~, I tell you.

I usually hang spring bunting throughout the house, across the mantle and windows, but a certain non-bunny that resides in our house has developed a thing for paper and ribbon.

Turns out he finds ~crinkly~ items, like seed packets, m-o-s-t interesting:

... as well as ALL things fluffy, like the remnants of a white boa I used to trim a t-shirt (I was a Star Bellied Snitch) for Dr. Seuss' birthday:

Scattered seeds and boa fluff count as spring decor, right?