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!

Your friend,



July 18

Craft Supply Inventory Binder

Do You Have a Ton of Craft Supply Inventory?

Craft Supply Inventory
Craft Supply Inventory

Craft Supply Inventory can be one of those things that is super hard to keep track of.  When I go to the store, it’s quite hard to remember what I already have on hand and what I need to get more of.  So since this is the year of getting organized, I knew I needed to sit down and make a craft supply inventory binder.

When I go shopping and happen into my favorite craft store, I will now be carrying my craft supply inventory binder which will prevent me from purchasing duplicate products.  I’m able to quickly thumb through the pages I’ve put in the binder and see what I already have on hand before filling my cart with crafty goodness.  This will help save money in the long run as I will only be buying things I don’t already have.  Who can remember all of that?

Binder Sections

Stamp Section
Stamp Section

The divider for each section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the name of the section on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets and add them to the craft supply inventory binder.

Craft Supply Inventory Binder Tour

The short video below provides a walk through of my craft supply inventory binder so that you can see how it all came together.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take it with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is a big step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting and one project out of the begun and never done pile!  Yay me!

Happy Crafting!