Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket |Free Crochet Pattern

The Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket is a timeless keepsake for any handmade (or store-bought) toy. You will find all the information you need in this FREE crochet pattern and video. You can customize the size to make it bigger or smaller for your specific needs.

What could be better than granny squares?

Christmas colored granny squares, that’s what.

I’m a traditionalist at heart. So nothing feels more festive than the combination of the colors red, green and white.

And if this holiday season finds you making handmade toys, adding the Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket is a lovely accessory.

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How Much Does a Small Crafting YouTube Channel Make?

You may be wondering how much does a small crafting YouTube channel make. I’m sharing what I’ve actually earned (and learned) in the six months since I got officially monetized.

When I became officially monetized on YouTube six months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Was I going to suddenly be a millionaire? When would I get my first paycheck? How often would I be paid? Would I wake up to paparazzi sitting outside my front door?

While YouTube’s Creator Studio is a wealth of information, it can be hard to navigate through the plethora of articles and videos. And sometimes it’s just fun to be nosey.

In this post I’m going to share my own experience, how much I’ve made and a few surprising things that happened along the way.

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Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar [Free Printable]

Get your FREE Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar sent straight to your inbox. You’ll find an all inclusive action plan to get yourself organized and excited about making handmade gifts for the holidays.

I’ve got good news and bad news.

I’m a bad-news-first sort of gal so I’m going to give that to you first.

The bad news is that we only have fifty-six days until Christmas.

But the good news is that we have fifty-six whole days until Christmas!

If you’re making handmade gifts for the holidays that’s plenty of time to get some presents knocked out. But one thing I know for sure is that you’re going to need a plan.

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Super Simple Crochet Mask Lanyard {Video Tutorial}

After this ridiculously straightforward tutorial you will easily be able to make a simple crochet mask lanyard. With this adaptable pattern you can whip up mask straps for every member of your family, quickly and simply.

I lose stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

And during the pandemic of 2020 that wonderfully helpful trait of mine spilled over to face masks.

I spent loads of time on Etsy looking for super cute masks….because if we have to wear them I want them to at least look adorable.

Within a few weeks, that mask would go missing. It would simply walk out of my house never to be seen again. They are probably hiding out with the missing single socks.

After losing one of my favorite masks, (it was orange and had the literal cutest cat faces on it) I decided I was never going to let those suckers get away again.

I crocheted a super simple crochet mask lanyard and I knew I had to share it with you as well.

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Vintage Style Crochet Projects

Vintage Style Crochet Projects is a must-have book containing thirty-two beautiful patterns. Each project is vintage inspired and pays homage to a simpler time.

I grew up in a family that appreciated vintage things, from beautiful antiques to rusted old farm tools.

While I inherited many of these beautiful treasures, I also grew to love the ways in which people made these items many years ago.

Care was given to each and every detail. No corner was cut. It’s the reason why we still have these lovely pieces, they were made to last.

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8 Absolutely Amazing Crochet Basket Patterns

There are so many amazing crochet basket patterns all over the internet, almost too many. It can actually make it hard to find one that you really like. I’m sharing eight of my absolute favorites and I think you are going to love them as much as I do.

Baskets are so on trend these days. I see them all over Instagram and Pinterest. I love that they combine home decor, organization and crocheting all at the same time.

The problem is that it can be hard to weed through all the options to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Girl, I’ve got you.

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Cute Crochet Glass Jar Cover

In this Cute Crochet Glass Jar Cover post I show you how to make this adorable little project. With some scrap yarn and an empty jar you will be crocheting these in no time. The free pattern and full video tutorial are down below.

I’m going to need an intervention soon. Since I made the first adorable crochet glass jar cover I haven’t been able to stop. They immediately turn a plain old glass jar into something unique, special and oh so cute!

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Granny Square Blanket Project Details

Crocheted blankets are a labor of love and this one is no exception. In this Granny Square Blanket Project Details post I’m sharing the inspiration, the pattern and the exact colors I used. This is sure to be a treasure for years to come.

This granny square blanket was originally titled Carolina Springtime in honor of when I began the project and the gorgeous colors that were surrounding me at the time. The azaleas, daffodils, and camellias are always stunning in early spring here in North Carolina.

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Should You Crochet or Knit? Take the Quiz!

Should you crochet or knit? That is the question. Take the short quiz to find out which hobby would be better suited for you!

Have you joined the masses of people who have become interested in handicrafts from earlier generations? Does the word handmade make your heart flutter with excitement? If the answer to one or both of these questions is yes, have I got the craft for you! Take the quiz below to find out if you should crochet or knit. I promise not to give you a bad grade.

In a recent article from the New York Times titled, People Have Gone Full 1800s, folks are returning to their roots in unexpected ways. People are putting down the screens and picking up the pastimes their grandparents’ generation enjoyed. Knitting and crocheting are experiencing a wonderful resurgence and you may be wondering if either of these is the hobby for you.

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Simple Crochet Star Tutorial

In this simple crochet star tutorial, I show you exactly how to make these pint sized heavenly bodies. The project is suitable enough for an experienced beginner but completely addictive for the veteran crocheter.

Both of my sons love astronomy, always have. Over the years they have shared everything they learned about stars. It makes my head hurt. How can we be seeing light that is millions of years old? I’m not smart enough to understand the universe and all that happens in the heavens. But I am qualified to crochet a cute little star and today I’m showing you how too!

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