Mesmerizing Mandalas

I love the look of a mandala! They are such a fun way to use up scrap yarn; they can be bright and sunshiny and they’re often a great way to learn new stitches! So many of my favourite things. Check out some of these gorgeous mandala patterns and mandala inspired patterns to make!

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Coasters are an obvious start for mandalas. It’s a small project that can be made in under an hour. Make a few and you’ve got a lovely little gift set! I love the subtle colours used in this example of One Skein of Love CraftsCrochet Coaster Pattern!

There are so many lovely mandala patterns out there for doilies and for coasters, it’s really hard to pick just one! It kind of depends on how you’re feeling! This Dorothy Mandala Pattern is just one of many!

Need to improve your crochet skills for one of these projects? Check out Blueprint’s online crochet classes and learn at your own pace!

You can also make a whole bunch of mandalas and crochet them together! Check out the lovely floral mandalas in this Persian tiles blanket by Jane Crowfoot. I love the way the mandalas come together to make a gorgeous tile-inspired blanket! How lovely would this be on your couch?

Mandalas also make gorgeous wall hangings! Check out this fantastic pattern to make a fabulous wall hanging for your home. Or it would make a great gift!

And here’s another gorgeous one! The Ripple Effect mandala crochet pattern is gorgeous and super affordable! Mounted on a circular frame makes it perfect for hanging on the wall.

Need some yarn or supplies? Lion Brand Yarn has soooo many options!

Once you get good at making your mandalas, you can start making them bigger and make a mandala rug! How lovely is this Andromeda t-shirt yarn mandala rug?

Or you can make a lovely mandala throw blanket, like this Ring Around the Rosie Mandala Blanket by The Lavender Chair.

You can even wear your mandalas! Check out this super fun Lotus Mandala Circular vest! What a fun boho-inspired garment, perfect for festival season!

Or this Sunset Mandala Circular Vest is another great way to wear a mandala!

I know I usually stick to knitting and crochet patterns here, but if that’s not your thing, there are still mandalas for you to make! In fact, this Beaded Mandala craft kit has everything you need to make this lovely beaded mandala work of art!

Cross stitch is another great craft to get inspired by mandalas! Check out these four mandala patterns that can be used for cross stitch, rug hooking, plastic canvas and more!

Need some yarn or supplies? Lion Brand Yarn has soooo many options!

Go get yourself one of these fabulous patterns now! And getting making a mandala! Perfect project for the warmer months ahead! Or pin it for later!

Gorgeous Mandala Patterns! Mostly crochet patterns to make these stunning mandalas! Loving mandalas right now! #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #mandala #crochet #craftevangelist
Gorgeous Persian Tiles Blanket full colour printed brochure pattern! Love this gorgeous crochet blanket pattern! And it's so nice to have a printed full color pattern! #mandala #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #blanket #yarn #crafts #craftevanelist
I love this sweet starburst crochet coaster pattern! Perfect little projects for summer and they make great gifts! #crochetpattern #mandala #crochetmandala #mandalapattern #crochetcoaster #crochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Crochet Mandala Doily pattern. I love these bright and fun crocheted doilies inspired by mandalas! What a perfect pattern to use up small bits of yarn! Nice small projects for summer travelling! #crochetpattern #crochetmandala #crochetdoily #yarn #crafts #crochet #mandala #craftevangelist
What a fun bead project! Gorgeous beaded mandala craft kit! Perfect little gift idea for an older artistic kid or adult! Love this! #mandala #crafts #giftidea #beading #beads #craftkit #kit #beadedmandala #craftevangelist #etsy
Lovely Ring around the Rosie circular mandala blanket crochet pattern! What a fun throw idea! I love this simple, but stunning pattern! #mandala #crochetpattern #crochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #crochetblanket #crochetmandala #mandala
Lovely Andromeda Crocheted Rug pattern with crochet cables! I love the stunning detail on this tshirt rug crochet pattern! #crochetpattern #mandalapattern #crochetmandala #crochetrug #yarn #crafts #etsy #craftevangelist
Supernova Mandala Patterns. PDF downloadable patterns for crafting, cross stitch, needlepoint, rug hook, plastic canvas, loom and fuse beads. Mandalas are so hot right now! Love these stunning patterns #mandala #mandalapattern #crafts #crossstitch #needlepoint, #rughook, #plasticcanvas #loom #fusebeads #craftevangelist
What a fun and colorful mandala circular shawl crochet pattern! I love the bright colours and carefree spirit in this boho shrug pattern! Perfect for festivals! #crochet #crochetpattern #mandala #mandalapattern #crochetmandala #yarn #crafts #etsy #craftevangelist
Pretty sunset crochet mandala vest pattern! What a fun vest pattern! I'm loving mandalas lately! Gorgeous! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetvest #yarn #crafts #mandala #mandalapattern #etsy #craftevangelist
The Ripple Effect mandala crochet pattern! I love this one mounted on a circular frame to hang on the wall! Makes great decorative art to display your craft! Fantastic gift! #crochet #crochetpattern #crochetmandala #mandalapattern #yarn #crafts #mandala #wallhanging #etsy #craftevangelist
Lovely wall hanging crochet mandala pattern! Love this gorgeous boho inspired mandala! Would make a great wall hanging or a gift! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern #mandala #wallhanging #mandalapattern #etsy #craftevangelist

Double Brim Knit Hats

Have you seen this technique for a knit hat brim? These colour-block beanies are very popular right now and this seamless brim is such a great technique for creating a simple hat edge without using ribbing (but you can) or ending up with a rolled edge. So all you need to do is knit (no purling)! It also gives you the opportunity to learn a new technique: provisional cast on, though I’ll include a link to a video that doesn’t require a provisional cast on as well as the provisional cast on. It’s worth learning because the provisional cast on results in a seamless and stretchier brim. Check out these patterns for double brim knit hats that are so popular now and learn a new technique while you’re at it!

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First, there’s this super simple pattern in just one colour and straight-forward stockinette stitch, The Doubly. This pattern includes video tutorials and the double brim beanie pattern from Heart Hooked by Tilly.

For a two colour option, you can pick up this Bremner Beanie knitting pattern, which comes in 5 sizes from Amy Wood and Wool.

Or try this option from DeBross NYC, which promises to be a little more slouchy. The slouchy beanies are still super popular this year.  The Savante Two Tone beanie looks great topped with a faux fur pom pom!

By adding just one more colour, you can create this trendy Double Brim Hiker Beanie. This pattern from True North Knits Co comes in sizes for the whole family. Wouldn’t winter family photos be so fun with everyone in one of these adorable hats?

Or you can add a bit of a pattern with this Fisherman Toque by Lamb and Co Designs. I love the super bulky yarn used for this beanie; it makes for a super quick project!

If you’re looking for a more involved pattern and love colourwork, check out this Lake Louise Toque knitting pattern from Woollie and Weft. Isn’t that deep teal colour beautiful?! Love it!

Take some time this winter to learn this new technique of the double brimmed hat. This video is a great tutorial if you already have a good idea of how to make a provisional cast on and you’re working in stockinette. This video has instructions for a provisional cast on, but it is worked in rib stitch, so it’s a little different, but not difficult to adapt to stockinette. And this video includes a whole pattern for free and does not require a provisional cast on. She does show you that you will get a seam, which I do not prefer, so I would use one of the other options for a cast on.

Let me know if you make one of these! Or pin it for later and to share with the world!

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Love this simple all stockinette stitch beanie pattern! Those gorgeous faux fur pompoms are awesome! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Bremner Beanie, a two-toned double brimmed stockinette stitch winter hat pattern knits up quickly in a chunky yarn! Love this colour blocking! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Slouchy Double Brim Knit Hat pattern to make in either a solid colour or two tones. Love the big fluffy faux fur pompom! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Lovely little design on this Fisherman Toque knitting pattern with double brim knit brim. Looks so nice in a chunky/bulky yarn! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
The Lake Louise Toque has a lovely colourwork pattern with a fold over double brim stockinette stitch brim. Knits up quickly. Good project to learn provisional cast on and double brim. #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Love this knitting pattern for a Double Brim Hiker Beanie! Would be perfect for outdoor winter family pictures! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist

Amazing Fairy House Tea Cosy

I made this Fairy House Tea Cosy! Isn’t it ridiculously adorable?! I can’t make awesome things at the same speed that I can find awesome things to make, so that’s why I mostly share other people’s patterns and projects here. But I’ve been working on this tea cosy for a while now and she’s finally done!

It was a very partial WIP (work in progress) for a long time until I finally picked up a normally shaped teapot so I could make it fit just right. That’s when the real work began!

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosy

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I used this tutorial to make the tea cosy. It’s in Russian. And before you go thinking it’s super impressive that I can read Russian, I can’t. I can, however, limp my way through Google’s Russian to English translation, which is its own feat. (Computer translations don’t necessarily do the greatest job with technical language.) Although about half-way through I found a better English translation here.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosyFortunately, I have a fair bit of experience reading crochet patterns, charts,  and making stuff up without a pattern, as well as a fascination with language and translation that keeps me going. Also, I love projects that look ridiculously involved and impressive. What can I say? I like to impress.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosyThere are so many interesting details on this little fairy house tea cosy. And there’s so much room for creativity with all the embellishments!

I found this little teapot charm from Bohemian Findings, a little Etsy shop from PEI.

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I found the little keyhole charm for the door from Michael’s.

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I don’t remember where I got those cute little wooden buttons, but I found some similar wooden flower buttons here if you’re looking for some.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosy

I got to practice my embroidery and I got to work with so many different yarns, mostly just yarns from my stash, though I did find an eight-pack of cotton mini yarns at Dollarama, which I used for the snail and for the blue flowers.

This tea cosy will be auctioned off at The King’s University‘s Harvest Banquet and Silent Auction this Saturday, so lucky you if you’ve got some tickets… and I’ll see you there!

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosy

You could ask me to make you one, but unless you’re willing to part with eleventy million dollars, I probably won’t do it (but Pleasant Things Shop has some beautiful similar tea cosies and she seems to be a lot faster than me at making these little beauties!) None of us have any idea how much time I’ve spent on this, but suffice it to say, you’re probably better off picking one off Etsy if you’d like to use it this decade (though, maybe I’d make one for my mom or my grandma if they asked 😉).

I’d love it if you’d share my project on Pinterest. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out and sharing helps my little blog!

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Check out this super adorable crocheted Fairy House Tea Cozy! Wow! Look at the detail! It's so crazy! #crafts #crochet #pattern #tutorial #diy #yarn #teacosy #fairyhouse

Farmhouse Style

We bought an old house almost 8 years ago, right before we had our third child, so it’s been pretty overwhelming. It needed some work. We did some work. It needed more work. We did some more work. It needed more work. We did some more work. We’re kind of tired of doing work, but it still needs more.

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We’ve taken a little break over the past little while, but now I’m planning and dreaming again. We’re not really sure this house is going to work for us over the next 10 years, but we need to get some stuff finished up before we try to sell it. One of the important projects is getting our family room renovated properly. There are some ceiling issues from a leaky roof and window that we got fixed up and the flooring needs to be replaced as well. There’s a wall we might take out, but we’re still on the fence about it.

I think our family room would look great decorated in a farmhouse style. I already have some great plans for a DIY project for our table. It’s a double-pedestal oak table, with 2 large leaves. It can seat 10 people when fully expanded. I’m hoping to do this to it:

I’m not a big fan of really obvious fake-weathered things, but I like the rustic vibe of some farmhouse style. Check out these awesome Etsy finds for some pretty awesome farmhouse decor. I’m totally going to try to DIY some of these, or maybe even splurge on a few of them!

I love this rustic chalkboard calendar. I’m a big fan of the chalkboard look, as you may know.

There’s also this beautiful giant clock! I think I might be able to make one of these myself with this tutorial by Gather & Flourish.

I made a similar doily rug to this one for my bathroom, but I improvised a lot with on the pattern, so this way you actually have a pattern if you want to make one yourself. Here’s mine:

Beautiful doily rug made from recycled t-shirt yarn created by craft evangelist

I made this bathmat out of recycled t-shirts!

The same person who designed the doily rug pattern also created a pattern for these lovely crocheted baskets, which I think are absolutely adorable and fit in so well with farmhouse style decor or any decor, really! So sweet!

I’m sure I’ll have some other great farmhouse decor finds for you, since it’s really trendy right now and I’m just getting started with my ideas. You can check out my Farmhouse Style Pinterest Board for more Farmhouse Style inspiration!

This farmhouse style chalkboard calendar would look so great in our family organization hub! I love the chalkboard idea... start fresh each month! Gorgeous clock! This handcrafted farmhouse style clock will add a country feel to whatever room you hang it in. It's made of re-purposed pallet wood with hand painted numbers. The wood is a dark Brazilian rosewood (has a slight tint of red) stain with white numbers & hands.Beautiful crocheted rug pattern. These doily rugs look so cute! Love them! Make it yourself!Gorgeous chevron crochet basket pattern! Love it in this subtle white! Lovely handmade decor storage option! Sweet fruit basket idea!

Ying Yang Dish

There are always so many great crochet patterns you can find on Etsy. This one is stunning. I can’t wait to try it out sometime! I think it would make such a lovely gift for a friend; it would look great on a dressing table to hold jewelry!

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Look at this stunning crochet pattern for this little Ying Yang Jewelry dish! So pretty and delicate! I think it would make a lovely handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day!

Gorgeous crochet pattern for this unique ying yang jewelry dish, found by craft evangelist

Click here to get the PDF pattern download. It’s always nice having a downloadable pattern to print and read while you crochet. Nice to take with you anywhere and make notes on some real paper. As handy as the internet is, sometimes it’s nice to have some old-fashioned paper to reference and write on!

I love these gorgeous yin yang jewelry dishes and now I can crochet one myself! Here's a great, detailed pattern for these intricately designed decorative crochet bowls! Great find by craft evangelist!

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Heffalump Cake

For my son’s first birthday, I made him this cake. S has a stuffed Ty elephant that Z affectionately named “Lumpy” (after the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh), so while I thought at first that I would model the cake after S’s stuffed toy, it was infinitely easier to use the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh. Here was my inspiration:

I printed this picture off the Internet and took a picture of it.

Then I traced the cake pan, and sketched the picture onto the paper. I had some help because I copied and pasted the picture from the Internet into my Paint program and drew a rectangle around the main part of the body, so I knew about how much to sketch onto the main part and how to make the leftovers work for the rest of the pieces.

The taped-on pieces are “leftovers” from the rest of the shape being cut out. I placed this image on the cake and cut the cake around it.

I decided to use the rounded top of the cake (that I had cut off to level the cake) to shape a 3D nose for Lumpy because the cake just didn’t seem challenging enough (ha ha ha). Here is a picture with all the pieces pasted together before icing. Just about every edge was raw (a cake decorator’s nightmare).

Then, I iced the cake. I used a buttercream icing flavoured with peppermint extract instead of vanilla (mint chocolate cake…mmmmm…) and coloured it light blue (like S’s stuffie instead of light purple like the Heffalump).

Not too bad. It’s hard to get a smooth finish on a “Lumpy” surface (pun intended).

After putting the main coat of icing on, it was time for finishing.

So, here he is all drawn on and outlined.

And here we are posing with the cake, before or after singing to S at the park.
That’s my sister holding S.