Sweet Treat Jewelry

I have to admit that my soul started to sing with joy the moment I found this jewelry.

Isn’t it just adorable?

Like the sweetest and cutest thing ever?

Crocheted Granny Squares

crochet granny squares free pattern

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Let me introduce my new addiction to you.

It’s crocheted granny squares, everybody.
crochet granny squares free pattern

This is what I am talking about.

If you come somewhere these days and find about 20 squares like these lying around you will know I must have been there.
crochet granny squares free pattern

What I like about them?

They are colorful.

They are cheerful.

And they can be easily transformed into awesome things like coasters, rugs, or purses.

And in my world those things rule.

 

So far I’ve made a few coasters and plan to make a purse.

Actually, the purse is half-finished and I can’t wait to show it to you.

 

But until then, here’s a little picture tutorial showing how to make a very simple granny square.

You’ll need 4 different colors of yarn and a hook.
crochet granny squares free pattern

1. With first color, CH 4 and join to first ch with a SL ST to form a ring.

2. CH 3 (counts as first double crochet now and throughout), 2 DC in ring, CH 1,*3 DC, CH 1 in ring three times. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

3. With a second color (I am using blue here) join yarn with a SL ST (or any way you prefer) to any ch 1 space.
crochet granny squares free pattern

4. CH 3, 2 DC in ring below, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1 in same space. *3 DC, 1 TC in ring below, 3 DC, CH 1* in each chain 1 space around. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

5. With third color (I am using red here) join yarn with a SL ST to any tc stitch. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in same stitch [this is starting the corner of your square]. *Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. 3 DC, CH1, 3 DC in next tc. CH 1.*

Repeat  *…* two more times.

Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

6. With the first color join with a SL ST to any corner ch 1 space. In same space CH 3, 2 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1.
crochet granny squares free pattern

*Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1 two times. In corner ch 1 space 3 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc and crochet 3 DC, CH 1 in two next chain 1 spaces. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

7. With fourth yarn (I am using black here) join with a SL ST to corner tc stitch. In same stitch CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1.
crochet granny squares free pattern

*Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1 in corner tc stitch. Repeat from * two more times.

Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

And that’s it.
crochet granny squares free pattern

Here I’ve made a square using a slightly different color scheme.

Though I haven’t strayed too far from the previous one.
crochet granny squares free pattern

I am sure that once you create your first granny square you won’t be able to stop. Just like me.

It is such a relaxing and satisfying activity.

 

Bye for now, dear friends.

Next up – Granny Square Purse.

 

Love,

Petra

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Adventures in Cropping… Part 2

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Just recently I brought a story about the Photoshop Crop Tool and what gorgeous role it plays in my life.

Surprisingly, the story seems to be expanding into a series.

This is part two…

 
 

how to crop a picture in photoshop tutorial

This is the original picture with no editing at all.
 
 

how to crop a picture in photoshop tutorial

And this is my new crop.

Okay, I might be the only person on Earth who thinks so, but that line of ice-cream-licking heads – that’s too cute and funny.

I just love those ladies!
 

My Wonderland

I know people who need to travel seven seas or spend a fortune to find things that would amaze them.

All I need to do if I need a little heart-warming therapy is to visit my Mom’s garden.

To my surprise, it looks different every time I see it. And it always looks amazing.

It’s my wonderland.
 
 

My Mom carves faces out of… guess what?

Building blocks.
 
 

A mushroom.

Too cute.

I’d also love to be a person who notices an old building block and immediately sees a mushroom in it.
 
 

Another one.

A toadstool.

Gorgeous!

These guys have to be really thankful for having been released from those boring cuboid shapes.
 
 

Hello beautiful lady!

You could have been built into a house wall.

Now you are very special.

See? Life gets truly amazing sometimes.
 
 

Mom also carves out of wood.

 

Those nuts in the foreground are for Noemi.

Noemi is a squirrel.

She visits the garden every day to grab one of the nuts that Mom has prepared for her.

Even I got to see her once.

I’d say that Noemi is one very lucky squirrel.
 
 

In addition, Mom also paints on stones.

Just for fun.
 
 

I couldn’t resist and had to have a sneak peek into her atelier, too.

And this is what I found.

Next to seven million Mom’s paintings hanging on the wall there was Michael. In all his 3D beauty and splendor.

Mom likes Michael.

She greets him every time she walks into her atelier to work.

 

See? I told you. The world around my Mom is a wonderland.

I can’t wait for the next visit…
 

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