Friday, July 15, 2016

Girl Themed Paw Patrol Party!

I'm back on the blog!  After taking a well deserved break after our second daughter was born, I decided it was time to get back in action.  Over the next year I am hoping to expand the blog to share many of our DIY projects around the new house, tips that we've learned along the way and of course crochet projects!

Today's Topic: Paw Patrol!

For our daughter's 4th birthday party, she wanted to invite her preschool class for a Paw Patrol party.  As I set out to find all of the necessary party supplies, I found that there really weren't many girl themed Paw Patrol items.  Party City, Walmart, Oriental Trading Post and even Amazon all had the typical red, yellow, blue Chase inspired party items.  Where is Skye and Everest?!

I decided to create my own Paw Patrol inspired party featuring my daughter's favorite character Skye with pink, purple and teal.  Below are some of the items that I created and purchased with links to where I found them.  I hope this helps you in your quest to plan the perfect girl themed Paw Patrol party of your own!

The Invites

I created my own invites using images and fonts around the web.  Here's the finished product:

Skye image

Everest Image

Lilly Belle font

DK Lampion font

The Cake

I went to our local Walmart and custom ordered a My Little Pony cake but asked them to not include the characters.  I bought our own cake toppers from Amazon and put it all together for the perfect girl themed Paw Patrol cake!

Walmart Cake

Paw Patrol Cake Toppers

Finished Cake


I ended up buying pink, purple and teal plates, napkins, silverware and decorations. I found the cutest purple paw print balloons on Amazon as well as Paw Patrol stickers for the favor boxes!

Paw Print Balloons

Paw Patrol Stickers

Happy party planning!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crochet Football Beanie

Football season is in full swing and I've been getting a lot of orders for my NFL football beanie.  These beanies are so fun to make and they make great baby shower gifts or newborn photo props.  

Below is the pattern for a newborn size football beanie.  You can purchase the full pattern and instructions at my Etsy shop here:

Happy crocheting! 

Materials Required:
• 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. Pick your football team primary and secondary colors and white. I recommend using I Love This Yarn!
• 5mm (H-8) crochet hook
• Yarn needle

Stitch Gauge:
3 dc sts = 1”/2 dc rows = 1”

The ch 2 at the beginning of each round counts as a dc stitch.

Newborn (13”)

With primary color yarn:
Round 1: ch 2, 9 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (20 dc)

With secondary color yarn:
Round 3: ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* 9 times.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (30 dc)

With white yarn:
Round 4: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (30 dc)

With primary color yarn:
Round 5 – 7:  repeat Round 4. (30 dc)

With white yarn:
Round 8: repeat Round 4. (30 dc)

With secondary color yarn:
Round 9: repeat Round 4. (30 dc)

With primary color yarn:
Round 10: ch 2, 1 hdc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (30 hdc)
FO and weave in all ends.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Really Simple Scarf

Happy Friday!  Now that I have my Etsy store up and running, I've decided I need to start blogging more.  My goal is to blog every Friday about new projects I am working on and give out free patterns.

Fall has hit the air this week and I wanted to whip up a quick scarf in a fun autumn color.  This pattern is really simple and great for beginning crocheters.  Check it out below:

Really Simple Scarf
Infinity Scarf by Nancy Holaday

Materials Required:
Any color worsted weight yarn – one skein
5mm (H-8) crochet hook
Yarn needle

Stitch Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this project

Skill Level:

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
*__*: stitches between asterisks are to be repeated

 Ch 6 at the end of each row counts as a ch 3 and dc stitch. 

Ch 36

Row 1: Sc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 3, dc in 3rd ch, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch* 5 times, ch 6, turn

Row 2: Sc in first dc, *ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next dc* 5 times, (last sc should be in ch 6 space from previous row), ch 6, turn

Repeat row 2 until desired length (approx. 5 feet).  Fasten off and whip stitch ends together.  

Please do not reproduce or redistribute this pattern in any way. This includes any images and text. You may print a copy of this pattern for your own personal use. Finished items may be sold.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Welcome to my new blog!  My wonderful sister-in-law Jamie (you can visit her blog No Perfect Words) taught me how to crochet while I was pregnant with my daughter and I haven’t put down my crochet hook since.  When my husband and I moved to Altus AFB in Oklahoma, I met a friend named Nikki (you can visit her Facebook page Hoopla) who taught me how to read some complicated patterns and inspired me to take things to the next level.  

I’ve decided to finally start a blog where I can share my projects and patterns.  I hope this grows into something wonderful so please pass this on to your friends.

For my first post, I wanted to share my favorite blanket pattern.  If you know me you know I am OBSESSED with chevron so I love this easy chevron ripple blanket pattern from Attic 24.  It is written in UK crochet terms but she has step-by-step instructions and it is easy to pick up.  I love this pattern for its versatility and modern design.  It is my go-to pattern for baby blankets these days and I really enjoy experimenting with different color combinations.

Below are some examples of blankets that I have made for my friend’s babies. I don’t have pictures of all of the ones I’ve made but in the future I’ll take better quality photos of all of my work to share.


 Tri-color ripple (Scout)

 Blue waves (Easton)

 Purple stripe (Sammy)