Friday, November 28, 2014

Kids Helping the Homeless

Over the last couple of years I've been finding it harder and harder to get in the Holiday spirit. It has really gotten to the point where I literally hate the holidays. I just feel like it's lost it's true meaning. Now it's all about the holiday sales and deals when it should be about family and giving. 



So to try to give myself some holiday cheer, I've come up with a campaign to get everyone involved including my kids. This year we will be donating blessings bags to the homeless people in our community. We are asking for small donations to help us put these together. Every $3 will provide all the essentials for one bag. So if you would like to help us out visit our GoFundMe Page here. Every dollar helps!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chunky Cowl Scarf

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Materials
Size P Hook
Worsted weight yarn
Tapestry needle

ch 60, slst to 1st ch make sure not to twist the row of chs

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc 1 in each ch around, join to 1st hdc with slst

Rnd 2-18: ch 1, hdc 1 in each st around, join to 1st hdc with slst. Fasten off after last round and weave in ends.


Enjoy!!!
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holiday Crochet Sale!

Now through December 19, take 30% off everything in my Etsy Shop. Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY in the checkout.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Guess what? I'm a stay-at-home mom!

Yeah, yeah. I know you're probably thinking "so what?" right? Well, it's kind of a big deal to me. A lot of you don't know that I left my now ex-husband a while ago. It's been a really tough transition for especially with me having five kids. The very beginning was extremely hard. 

With trying to make ends meet and being the only provider of the household, I rarely got to spend time with my kids. I mainly worked the night shift so the only time I would ever see my kids was when I got them ready for school. Plus my schedule was always different every week. And it sucked!


The 3 big girls
(left to right: Laiyanna, Aaliyah, Christina)

I hated not being able to help them with homework or even just hear them talk about their day. My mom babysat while I was working so that was a huge help. But, she only did the bare minimum. Christina, my oldest, started slacking off in school and her grades were slipping terribly. The house was constantly a mess. And fast food became a regular meal. I just didn't have time for anything. Something had to give and fast!
This is Kaliya. She's my very emotional 4-year-old.

One of my co-workers told me about a company that would allow me to work from home. I didn't give it much thought at first because in my mind I though it must be some type of scam. But a few months later, after I found out that my now boyfriend and I were expecting a baby, I decided to do some research. It took a few months to get everything set up, but I did it.

I have since quit my job and I work full time at home. I make my own hours so that leaves me with an open schedule to actually be "Mommy". Everything is falling into place. Christina is doing a lot better in school. I'm able to put the girls in extra curricular activities. The house is, well, cleaner lol. Seriously, there's no way to keep a completely clean house with five kids. 
This is my baby Samia. Can't you just tell from the picture that she's just so full of personality?

The best part about it for me is that everything is more organized. I don't mean the house. I mean our lives in general. I can tell that my kids are happier now that I'm home. The funny part about it, I never once imagined myself as being a stay-at-home mom. I always thought I would get so bored. But here I am. And I wouldn't change it for the world. 


And here's the one we're waiting on. My baby boy Adonis! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday!...Summer Slouchy Crochet Hat



Printable Version


Materials:

J hook
I Love This Cotton Yarn
Tapestry needle

Start with magic ring

Rnd 1: ch 1, dc 12 in ring, tighten magic ring, slst to first dc (12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 1, dc 2 in each dc around, slst to first dc (24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 5 (counts as first tr and ch-1) *tr in next dc, ch 1, repeat from * around, slst to 4th ch in beginning ch (24 tr, 24 ch-1)

Rnd 4: ch 1, dc in first tr, dc in ch-1 space, *dc in first tr, dc in ch-1 space, repeat from * around, slst to first dc (48 dc) 

Rnd 5: ch 7 (counts as tr and ch-3) *skip next 2 dc, tr in next dc, ch 3, repeat from * around, slst in 4th ch in beginning ch (16 tr, 16 ch-3)

Rnd 6: ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr 4 in ch-3 space, * tr in next tr, tr 4 in ch-3 space, repeat from * around, slst to first tr (72 tr)

Rnd 7: ch 6 (counts as tr and ch-2) * skip next 2 tr, tr in next tr, ch 3, repeat from * around, slst in 4th ch in beginning ch (24 tr, 24 ch-2)

Rnd 8: ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr 2 in ch-2 space, * tr in next tr, tr in ch-2 space, repeat from * around, slst to top of ch 4 (72 tr)

Rnd 9: ch 4 (counts as first tr), ch 2, * sk 2 tr, tr in next tr, ch 2, repeat from * around, slst in top of ch (24 tr, 24 ch-2)

Rnd 10: repeat Rnd 8

Rnd 11: repeat Rnd 9

Rnd 12: repeat Rnd 8

Rnd 13: ch 1, sc in each tr around, slst to first sc (72 tr)

Rnd 14: ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, sc2tog in next 2 sc, *sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, slst to first sc (60 sc)

Rnd 15-16: repeat Rnd 13

Fasten off and weave in ends.


**You may sell items made from this pattern. Please do not sell or copy this pattern or any part of this pattern.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday!...Circle Flower Crochet Earrings


Printable Version

Materials:

Aunt Lydia's Size 3 Fashion Thread or Size 10 Crochet Thread (double strand)
Size 0/3.25MM crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Jump rings
Fish hook earring findings (You could easily make these into clip-on earrings. Just use some clip-on findings and attach them the same way.)

 
Start with magic ring
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 11 in ring, join with slst to top of ch 3
Rnd 2: ch 3, ch 2, *dc in next dc, ch 2; repeat from * around, join with slst to top of ch 3
Rnd 3: Join B with slst to any ch-2-space, ch 3, dc 3 in same space, *dc 4 in next ch-2-space; repeat from * around, slst to top of ch 3
Rnd 4: Join C with sc in between any 4 dc, ch 5, *sc after next 4 dc, ch 5; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc
Rnd 5: ch 1, *sc 7 in next ch-5-space; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc, fasten off

Assembly
Use ends from last color used to attach jump ring and fish hook, weave in ends.

Enjoy!!!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday!...7-Petal Colorful Flower Crochet Hairclips


Printable Version

Materials:
Aunt Lydia's Size 3 Fashion Thread in 4 colors
-Or-
Aunt Lydia’s Size 10 Crochet Thread in 4 colors (double strand if using this thread)
Size 0/3.25MM crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Hot glue gun
Hairclips (You may use any size. I chose to use small hairclips so that they are not visible when worn.)

Note: Flower should be approximately 2.25 inches not including hairclip.


Make 4 alternating colors

Start with magic ring with first color

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 15 in ring, join with slst to top of ch 3, fasten off

Rnd 2: Join 2nd color with slst to any st, ch 1, sc 2 in same st, sc 1 in next st, *sc 2 in next st, sc 1 in next st; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc, fasten off

Rnd 3: Join 3rd color with slst to any st, ch 1, sc 2 in same st, sc 1 in next 2 sts, * sc 2 in next st, sc 1 in next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc, fasten off

Rnd 4: Join 4th color with sc to any st, ch 4, skip 3 sts, *sc in next st, ch 4, skip 3 sts; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc

Rnd 5: *dc 5 in ch-4-space, slst to next sc; repeat from * around, join with slst to slst from last rnd, fasten off, weave in ends

Assembly:
Glue flower to hairclip



**You may sell items made from this pattern. Please do not sell or copy this pattern or any part of this pattern.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Tutorial Tuesday!...Twelve Petal Textured Flower Crochet Hairpin



Printable Version

Materials:

Aunt Lydia's Size 3 Fashion Thread in 2 colors OR
Aunt Lydia's Size 10 Crochet Thread in 2 colors (double stranded)
Size 0/3.25MM crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Hot glue gun
Hairpin bases




Note: Flower should be approximately 2.75 inches not including hairpin.

Start with magic ring (or sliding loop)

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 11 in ring, join with slst to top of ch 3, tighten magic ring

Rnd 2: ch 3, fpdc in same dc, *dc in next dc, fpdc in same dc; repeat from * around, join with slst in top of ch 3

Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in same dc, fpdc in next st, ch 5, slst in last dc made, *dc 2 in next dc, fpdc in next dc, ch 5, slst in last dc made; repeat from * around join with slst to first slst in top of ch 3

Rnd 4: *slst in next dc, dc 8 in ch-5 space; repeat from * around, join with slst to first slst, fasten off, weave in ends

Assemble:
Glue flower to hairpin.




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Monday, February 10, 2014

Textured Fingerless Crochet Gloves



Material
Size K Hook
Worsted weight yarn
Tapestry needle

Wristband
ch 6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each remaining chs, ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-23: working in back loops only sc in ech st across, ch 1, turn.

After Row 23 fold wristband in half and slip stitch ends together.

Glove body
Rnd 1: Working around the edge of the wristband ch 1, dc in row space, sc in next row space , *dc in next row space, sc in next row space; repeat from * around, slip stitch in 1st dc (22 sts)

Rnd 2-9: ch 1, dc in st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch in 1st dc.

Rnd 10: ch 1, dc in st, ch 4, skip next 3 sts, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc.

Rnd 11: ch 1, dc in st, (dc, sc, dc) in next ch-4 space, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc.

Rnd 12: ch 1, dc in st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, slip stitch to 1st dc, fasten off, weave in ends.



Enjoy!

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Natural Hair Cronicles: DIY Coconut Milk Conditioner

Lately, I've been having issues with my hair retaining moisture. I guess it's probably this ridiculously cold weather in Georgia. Due to lack of moisture, I've also been experiencing a lot of shedding and breakage. So I started experimenting with a few products and found something that really works. Now before I actually list the recipe, please note that I am not a professional. I'm just a girl trying to figure out what works for my hair. One thing that I've learned throughout my natural hair journey is that all natural hair is not created equally. What may work for some may not work for you. It's all trial and error. If it works for you, GREAT! If not, just keep trying. I promise you'll figure it our sooner or later.

Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner



Ingredients
2 tablespoons Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Shea Butter
1 tablespoon Raw Honey
1/4 cup of conditioner of you choice

Step 1: Heat the shea butter and raw honey together in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it has melted.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the mixture is completely smooth.

Step 3: Apply to hair and finger comb from root to end. After applying, I like to twist my hair in sections to avoid tangling. This is completely optional.

Step 4: Let hair set under a plastic cap or bag for 1-2 hours.

Step 5: Comb through with wide tooth comb.

Step 6: Rinse. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crochet Oval Bow


Printable Version

Materials

I Love This Cotton OR Lily Sugar n' Cream
Size G hook
Tapestry needle

*Note* This pattern is worked in rounds.

Start with slip knot and ch 12


Rnd 1: dc in 4th ch from hk and in next 7 chs, dc 7 in last ch, pull the tail of the slip knot to tighten the hole.


Working along the opposite side of the chain dc in next 7 chs, dc 5 in last ch, slst to top of beginning ch-3 (28 dc).





Rnd 2: ch 1, dc in next 11 sts, dc 3 in next 3 sts, dc in next 11 chs, dc 3 in next 3 sts, slst to first dc (40 dc).



Rnd 3: *ch 3, slst in next st, repeat from * around, slst to slst from last round, fasten off, weave in ends. Close the second hole from round 1 by sewing together the loops on the back of the bow.






The bow probably will not lay flat but that's okay because once we apply the center it will lay perfectly.


Bow center

ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.

Row 2-8: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. Fasten off after row 8 leaving about a 6 inch tail.

Assembly

Pinch the center of the bow and wrap the bow center around it. Sew both of ends of the bow center together and weave in the ends.




All done!




I adding a hair clip to the back of the bow. Here's Laiyanna modeling for me. Smile :-)





Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Natural Hair Cronicles: My Natural Hair Journey

Many of you may know that I have been natural for quite some time now. This month is actually the 2 year mark. I don't really know what made me do it. I guess I can be a bit impulsive at times. A lot of people were really shocked, especially since I cut my hair all the way off! I tried the whole transitioning thing, but it just wasn't working for me. It shed a lot and it was really hard to maintain. So I just cut it all off. Here's the video of the before and after...




Yeah!...That was my dramatic change. I honestly really liked it that short. I received a lot of compliments on it. I never thought I could pull it off. After a while I started getting bored with it so I decided to grow it out. My last hair cut was April 2012. This is what it looked in September 2012...



I HATED this stage! I was tempted to cut it everyday! This stage was extremely awkward for me. I ended up putting weave in it and wearing wigs to keep me from cutting it off. But, I stuck with it. I was really hard figuring out what worked for my hair. But after some trail and error, I found a routine and some products that seemed to work out for me (I explain all of that in a later post).




This journey has been stressful, fun, and exciting. I love looking at my progress. I'm still trying to grow it out. I don't think I'll every cut it again. But who knows what the future holds?



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Giveaway Time!

Alright Divas! It's GIVEAWAY time!!! The prize in this giveaway will be any one (1) item of your choice from my Etsy shop. Please note that this is an Instagram giveaway.

Rules: 

1: Must be following @divastitches 
2: Must be in the US or Canada 
3: Repost your favorite pic from @divastitches and use #divastitches in the comment... 
And that's it! 
The winner will be picked on February 1, 2014. Good luck Divas!!!

Let's get personal




Happy New Year Diva's!!! This year I've decided that I'm going to do things a little differently. I'm still going to post my original crochet patterns, but I'm also going to start posting things about me personally. You all already know about my beautiful girls. But there's so much more of my life that I'd like to explore like my natural hair journey, health challenge, and love life (can you believe I still have one of those with 5 kids lol o_O). I hope you all will enjoy reading about me as much as I'm going to enjoy telling you. So stay tuned Diva's...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baby Crochet Leg Warmers






Lately, I've been experimenting with different baby crochet patterns since Samia is the perfect size for them. It's really exciting knowing that once the item is complete there's a little model just waiting to get her picture taken. I love how her chunky legs look in these adorable leg warmers. They're really simple and can be crocheted in an hour or less which is perfect because my short attention span doesn't allow me to work on lengthy crochet projects.

Printable Version

Materials

Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
Size J hook
Tapestry needle

With first color, ch 24, slst to first ch making sure not to twist the of chs

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc in each ch around, join with slst to first hdc.
Rnd 2-15: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with slst to first hdc. Fasten off.
Rnd 16: Join 2nd color, ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc.
Rnd 17: ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, *sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts; repeat from *around, join with slst to first sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing: Join 2nd color to the opposite end of the leg warmer, ch 1, sc 24 evenly around, join the slst to first sc. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Enjoy!

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**You may sell items made from this pattern. Please do not sell or copy this pattern or any part of this pattern.
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