Throwback Thursday – My Market Bag

I have to be honest: I don’t make a lot of stuff for myself. I’m usually so busy making for others. This weeks Throwback Thursday post is one of my favorite projects, and one of the few things I made for myself…a ‪Market Bag.
bag3pA few years ago I had made a lot of Christmas gifts and had quite a bit of yarn leftovers. They sat in my stash waiting to be used. That summer my family took a trip to a local flea market and one of the things I noticed was that many of the sellers there had tyvek shopping bags for sale. There were a few sizes f

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Close up view of my crochet market bag.

rom the standard grocery size to large bags with wheels. My thought is usually “why would I buy something like that when I could make it myself?” But do I? Most of the time, no, and I end up buying one anyway.
bag1pBut this time I didn’t and when we got back home, I pulled out all those yarn leftovers from my stash and went to work. A few days later it was finished…and I loved how it came out. The colors worked great together and there was plenty of yarn to make a good, heavy duty bag. No problem carrying canned goods or veggies and nothing is going to fall through it.

Laying down this bag measures about 10 inches (26 cm) across on the bottom and
bag2pabout 21 inches (53 1/2 cm) across the top. It is about 11 inches (28 cm) deep and the handles measure about 7 inches (18 cm) wide. It is just a basic single crochet and I used double yarn throughout.

This was a great project for using leftover yarn, and a useful, heavy bag for all those goodies you get at the farmers markets! I still use it all the time and it remains one of my favorite project.

Do you have a favorite item you made for yourself? I’d love to hear about it! Share about it in the comments or link to the post on your blog!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Monday Inspiration: Fringe

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This halter is from http://www.2020ave.com/

Have you noticed that fringe is making a comeback?  They say everything old is new again and it is pretty much true.  I only wish that those low riding jeans would go away and never return.  But I digress…  Fringe is returning all sorts of things in the fashion world, and crochet and fringe go together so well!

I remember a poncho my mom crocheted for me when I was in elementary school.  I loved that poncho and my favorite part was the fringe.

It is still pretty trendy to have shawls, scarves, ponchos etc. without fringe, they may be pushed to the back of the closet soon as fringe comes front and center! What is your favorite fringed item in your wardrobe?

That is all for today. I’d love to hear what has you inspired to make something this week. Just leave a comment or even share a link below. Your inspiration could end up in a future post!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

What Works Wednesday: Tiny Bows

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Find instructions for this bow at ICreativeIdeas.com.

Who doesn’t need a tiny bow?  Everyone needs a tiny bow!  Put them on gifts, on cards, on name tags, pin them in your hair, pin them in your daughter’s hair, pin them on your dog…you’ll find many more uses for them when you see how easy they are to make.  And all you need is an ordinary fork!  This is genius.  Really.

Basically you use the tines of the fork to wind the ribbon through, then tie it neatly in the center and slide it off the fork.  The more times you wrap the ribbon through the tines of the fork, the more loops you get in the bow. All you have to do is search the internet for “fork bows” and you will get all sorts of pages with instructions. Handimania and ICreativeIdeas are two of them with tutorials on how to make them.

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Find instructions for this bow at Handimania.com.

So, what works for you this Wednesday?  If you have any crafty tip, trick or DIY that works for you, share it with us in the comments and share this post with your friends!  You never know if yours might be featured here on What Works Wednesday!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Monday Inspiration: Crochet Lace

Thinking out of the box and taking yarn bombing elegant.  I love this!
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That is all for today. I’d love to hear what has you inspired to make something this week. Just leave a comment or even share a link below.

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Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Feeling Blue…

bluebeads…blue beads! Found these pretty blue glass seed beads and thought they would make a lovely necklace. So that is one of the things I’m working on today. What are you up to today?

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Monday Inspiration: Granny Squares

grannytopHave you figured out yet that I love granny squares?  I do.  There is just something so crafty and vintage about granny squares.  This granny square sweater is vintage about 1960’s according to the Etsy seller 2TryHard.  The listing is long gone, but thankfully the picture is still around to inspire.  I personally love the colors and I would certainly wear this right now if I had it.  The yellow granny squares just pop!

Like many of the inspirations I show, they usually prompt some design ideas.  This one certainly did and you might just see something inspired by these colors this fall.

That is all for today.  I’d love to hear what has you inspired to make something this week.  Just leave a comment or even share a link below.

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

What Works Wednesday: Yarn Storage

If you only have a couple skeins of yarn, it really isn’t hard to find a place to keep them until they are used. When they start piling up because SOMEBODY (I shall remain nameless) has no self control when there is yarn for sale…storage options start becoming a challenge. I’ll tell you that I currently have many of the boring, basic plastic totes as well as a couple plastic and paper bags, and a storage ottoman.  And we won’t mention the ones that have gone MIA.

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Knits For Life’s creative yarn pegboard.

But what if you could have all your yarn in one place, easily accessible when needed and effortless to see what you have on hand…..AND you can even call it ART??? Why, that would work!  

Find out how it’s done at the Knits For Life blog here:  https://knitsforlife.com/2013/03/26/the-worlds-best-yarn-storage-idea/

So, what works for you this Wednesday?  If you have any crafty tip, trick or DIY that works for you, share it with us in the comments! You never know if yours might be featured here on What Works Wednesday!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

What Works Wednesday – Yarn Bowls

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I love sheep.  And I love these yarn bowls from Cindy Douglass at Stardust pottery.  Stop in and check her pottery out!  http://www.stardustpottery.com

How many times has your skein of yarn knotted up on you while you worked?  How many times have you chased a ball of yarn you were using?  Problem solved: a yarn bowl!

It isn’t a bowl made of yarn (although those are fun to make), it is a bowl designed to hold a ball or skein of yarn while you crochet and has a creative little cut out to keep your yarn from tangling.   Some are made of pottery, some are made of wood.  Some are humorous and some are just beautiful.  Some even have extra holes to poke your knitting needles in when you aren’t working.  There are so many to choose from, you are sure to find one you will love.

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Find out more at http://www.thriftyfun.com/Makring-a-Binder-Clip-Yarn-Bowl.html

In the mean time, you can use common items you have in your home as yarn bowls.  All it needs is a secure place for your yarn and a hole to thread your yarn through. Thrifyfun.com has a hack using a binder clip and a bowl.  Clever, huh?

But wait!  There’s more!

A collander makes a great yarn bowl!  Pop your yarn inside and thread it through one of the many holes.   You can recycle an empty baby wipe box into a yarn bowl, use a plastic ice cream bucket with a hole in the lid, a large teapot, and yes…you could even crochet or knit your own!

Do you have a crafty tip, trick or DIY that works for you? Share it with us in the comments! You never know if yours might be featured here on What Works Wednesday!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Friday’s Feature: Dark Pink Lace Shawl

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Beautiful Dark Pink Crocheted Lace Shawl

This is a light weight shawl made with the Solomon’s Knot stitch. Perfect for that special occasion, and will even dress up your every day.

This shawl is regularly $30.00 but is featured this weekend only for just $25.00!  Click HERE to buy it now on Etsy!  This featured price begins on Friday, March 11, 2016.  

Watch this page every Friday to see our new featured item!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

Monday Inspirations – Lace Pillow

lace-pillow-crochet-patternHappy Monday! Today’s Monday Inspiration is a free pattern from the website Crochet Kingdom. It is a beautiful lacy crochet pillow and can be used with any color pillow you like to peek through. This pattern is a graph pattern and not a written pattern.  Isn’t it beautiful?

If you know of a crochet project that inspires you, or you have your own crochet project you think may inspire others, leave the link in the comments and yours might be featured on the next Monday Inspirations!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀