November 19

Purple Lilac Crochet Doily – with Free Pattern

My First Doily

Purple Lilac Doily
Purple Lilac Doily

When I was a teenager, a friend of my mom showed me how to crochet a granny square.  Of course I didn’t know at the time that it was a granny square.  I made a few hot pads for the kitchen and then I forgot all about crocheting.

This past May when I went to visit my parents at their new home in Puerto Rico, my mom asked me if I still crochet.  I said not really, why?  She showed me that she had a square tablecloth on her round dining room table and she wanted a round tablecloth instead.

With Christmas coming, I remembered that she told me that and so I decided to pull the yarn out and start looking at maybe doing a tablecloth for her.  I haven’t crocheted anything that intricate or large before.  So I started with a doily and this is my first doily.  I think it’s pretty, though I’m not sure I’d like it as a large tablecloth.



Purple & Lilac Crochet Cotton
Purple & Lilac Crochet Cotton

One thing I love about crochet work is that you don’t need a ton of supplies for your project.  You need four things really: a pattern, yarn/cotton, a crochet hook, and starch.

  • Crochet Cotton – I used this multi-colored purple and white crochet cotton, I believe it was size 10.
  • Size 7 Crochet Hook
  • Starch – This is used after the project is complete to help protect it and maintain shape.

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If you’re new to crocheting, as I am, I’ve recorded a real short video to help you get started with the basic crochet stitched.  I start with a slip knot and walk you through the chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet.

The video below shows a quick demonstration of those basic stitches to help you get started.

All stitches that were used in this project are demonstrated in the video.


Free Crochet Pattern For You!

Are you interested in trying this doily for yourself?  I’m here for you!

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Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. I appreciate your time and feedback.  Please leave a comment below and let me know how your doily turns out!

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February 15

Weekly Planner Template – Printable & Free!

How Do I Keep Up With Everything?

As you may know, in the crafting world, it can get very hard keeping up with everything we have going on weekly.  As creative people, we constantly have new ideas or projects floating through our brains as we desperately work to finish something we’ve already started.  We also tend to join Facebook groups, Pinterest, and any other events that inspire us or peak our interest.

I run this website, plus two others, and I am co-owner of a Facebook group called Messy Desk Crafters.  We have almost 1,000 members currently and we’re regularly running various swaps and events to keep our members engaged and inspired.  On top of that, I have several hobbies aside from crafting.

Crafting is the hobby I use to escape reality and let my creative juices flow through my brain.  It serves a very important purpose in my life as a huge stress reducer.  But when I sign up for different events and start forgetting things I need to get done, or find out I don’t have specific supplies that I need to get things done, it becomes another stressor in my life.  That’s not supposed to happen.

When that happens, it causes me to stop crafting and I lose my escape altogether.  So this year, I came up with a plan to fix that.  I’ve created my Craft Planner to start keeping track of everything I’m involved in.  This helps me to stay on task and keep track of any related details, such as due dates and required supplies.

Weekly Tasks
What to do and what to buy?

Weekly Planner Template

The first page I created for my planner was my weekly task list.  I use this page more frequently than any other page in my planner.  It serves as my daily and weekly checklist of things to do.  This is a rolling list that I keep of things that are on my to do list.  If I don’t complete a task this week, it rolls over to the following week until I finally get it done and mark it off.

The top left of the page is my to do list.  This is naturally where I list my tasks for the week.  The top, right column is my things to buy section where I list any supplies that I might’ve run out of during the week.  Also, if I happen to see supplies during the week that I don’t already have, I’ll list them here.  The bottom of the page lists the 7 days of the week with lines for me to write in any recurring tasks that I have on certain days or any due dates that come up that week.

This helps me keep track of what I need to do each week so that nothing gets forgotten.  It also helps to prevent me from getting sidetracked with other projects or things.  If I find something else I want to do, I simply add it to the list, either for that week or the following week.

Weekly Planner
What’s due this week?

Free Weekly Planner Template For You!

Naturally, I like to share.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing a blog, right?  I’m excited about getting organized this year and I’d love to help you get organized as well.  I am sending out weekly emails with some tips and tricks on getting organized in your craft space and keeping up with everything on your palette.  If you’d like a free copy of this free weekly planner template that you can totally customize and print yourself, just drop your name and email in the box below and I’ll send it right to your inbox!

Thank you for letting me share my own journey with you.  I appreciate your time and feedback.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping up with things!

Your friend,