Fun photo to work from this week by Lorrinda of Laurel Poppy and Pine

Fabrics from top to bottom are as follows:
Kona cotton in Sangria
Eucalyptus in perfume by anna maria horner
Ballerinas by Heather Ross
meadow in jade by hawthorne threads
wild carrot by violet craft
search the hashtag #colorplayfriday in instagram for more colorplay inspiration.
If you would like to join in the fun contact Lorrinda for details!




This weeks picture entitled Ca Beach is from Sarah of 123 Quilt it is super fun and colorful

 I choose my fabrics from Stash Fabrics

I am in the market for some new fabrics to add to my stash so this is some serious fun because it gives me an idea of what I would like to purchase.

From bottom left to right:

1.) Blue Floral from Anna Maria Horner (the blue center of the flower picks up this hue.

2.) Aloe Vera in Candy from Anna Maria Horner

3.) Crosshatch in White from Carolyn Freidlander

4.) Cottage in Algae by Anna Maria Horner

5.) Balancing Act in Caramel by Anna Maria Horner

For more colorplayfriday inspiration be sure to visit.

123 quilt

Laurel poppy and pine

Search the hashtag #colorplayfriday on Instagram for previous weeks.

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Crochet challenge

So I was crocheting a candy corn costume for my baby.  I was onto the pointy white hat portion when I realized that I had never done crochet decreases.  I googled that, figured it out and then realized that there’s the whole learning curve of spacing those decreases out.  Here I am thinking I had crochet down pat with the basic chains, single, doubles and triple crochet stitches.  Needless to say the candy corn hat is a little wonky!  

So I’ve given myself a crochet challenge.  I’m going to swatch and log examples of different stitch patterns and techniques.  I’ll find my patterns and teqniques via Pinterest and YouTube.  I’m giving myself a week for each new stitch.  I will then post my swatches to Instagram with the hashtag #stitchaweek

If you’d like to join along, please do I’m hoping to learn a ton!

  • Pinterest and Instagram I’m hazelhoney 

5 reasons I like acrylic yarn

Yarn snob wool only….yeah that’s not me!  I must admit I tried to buy only wool yarns from my lys (local yarn store) but I felt limited.  As a new knitter and fairly experienced crocheter, I felt the pricey wool yarns should be used on fancy intricate knit patterns I would need to learn.  Acrylic yarn on the other hand I have no problem digging into to get going on blankets, toys, kids items, test crochet projects!

So here are the top 5 reason I like Acrylic yarn

1. It’s easy to source.  Hello Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann’s !

2. It’s super affordable – I love my Red Heart Super Saver skeins!  There $2.88-5.88 depending on if you want Jumbo or SUPER Jumbo..hello!

3. It comes in different textures.     Sturdy – for when items need   more shape like hats, toys.           Soft – for baby items and anything  that touches the skin.

4. No possible allergies to animal fibers lamb, alpaca, goat, rabbitt.

5. You don’t mind using it because of all the reasons abouve!

What do you think of acrylic yarn? Do you use it?                                         What is your favorite brand?

-Christina (Hazelhoney)

No Etsy sales try this instead.

Trade / barter from other Etsy sellers!  

A few years back my shop was super slow with holiday sales so I decided to trade for Christmas holiday gifts for my family.  

Suddenly stock that had sat idle for months became “hot cakes” being traded for gifts that I would still otherwise need to buy with cash!

It definitely was a positive, memorable and rewarding experience.

Here are 4 steps to get you started:

1.) Etsy teams are the best resource in finding other sellers that are trade friendly 3 of my favorites are:  Etsy trade team –Etsy trade-a-holics and Etsytrades.com team Search results for “trade” on the Etsy teams pages renders 283 results so the choice is yours to pick compatible teams.

2.)Rules rules rules: A must read to learn the Etsy ins and outs of trades. Etsy help / trades

3.) Pricing : This is a time and situation where it’s super important to price what your item is worth don’t under trade your hard work!

4.) Have fun!

I know this system of bartering may not be for everyone.  We all have different goals and reasons why we’re on Etsy, this was a way I found productivity and positivity when sales were not happening for me.

Please leave a comment I’d love to hear your feelings or experiences with Etsy trades!

-Christina (Hazelhoney)