Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introducing... Knitting Kits


I'm so happy to introduce to you a product in my etsy shop that has been in the works for awhile! I've sourced out just the right good quality knitting needles and other tools and supplies to make up these kits. You can customize it on etsy by choosing one of 4 hat patterns (designed by me, modeled by my daughter, Rachel and photographed by my daughter, Laura) and can choose your yarn color. These kits are ideal for the beginning knitter or an experienced knitter who wants a nice kit containing everything you need to whip up quick hats on the go! The patterns are clear, concise and easy for knitters of any level to understand. The kits make a great gift!

Buy on Etsy!

4 Hat Patterns to Choose From

Thank you so much for following my blog and supporting my shop! Also, I should let you know that I've reduced the prices of ALL of my pdf patterns (quilts and hats) to $4.50 CAD (which is a lot less in USD right now) on etsy. You can also find me on instagram everyday: @creatingathome. See you there!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Everyone Needs a Hat!


We were so fortunate to get a beautiful snow fall on the weekend. My lovely daughters were able to do a photo shoot for my hat patterns! (one behind the camera and one in front of it) :)

So far I've updated my Etsy listings with the new hat pics, and will work on Craftsy and Ravelry next. Click through to Etsy if you'd like to see more of the pics. They all turned out so beautifully. Thanks for looking! And, thanks for supporting my little shop.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New: The Basic 4 Knit Hat Patterns!


I've updated my Etsy shop with 4 brand new hat knitting patterns! They're an instant download PDF, so you can start knitting right away. They're great for beginning knitters; nice easy patterns that enable you to whip up a quick last minute Christmas present or three. :) Enjoy!!

You can also find my knitwear designs in my Ravelry shop and on Craftsy.!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Handmade Christmas Patterns and Tutorials

Now that Halloween (and Thanksgiving in Canada!) are over, it's time to really start thinking about and planning for Christmas, especially if you're like me and want to give handmade gifts!! Please share below as many Christmas patterns/tutorials as you'd like, or post in the comments with a link to your Handmade Christmas board on Pinterest!

I'll start by sharing my tutorial for a potholder ($4.50 on Etsy), otherwise known as Hexi Trivet! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to do foundation piecing and how to bind a hexagon shaped quilt.

Join my Hexi Trivet Swap on instagram (@creatingathome)!
I'll post the details later today.

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Bottom Layer:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 cup icing sugar

Middle Layer:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Top Layer:
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp whipping cream

Course sea salt

Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).

In a bowl, mix together 1 cup butter, 1 cup icing sugar and 2 cups flour until evenly crumbly. Use a pastry blender. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper to aid in removing the squares from the pan later. Press mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 4 tbsp corn syrup and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes over low heat. Don't take your eyes off it! Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over baked crust (warm or cool).  Cool until it begins to firm.

Melt chocolate with whipping cream and pour over caramel layer. Sprinkle sparingly with course sea salt.  Cut into squares once cooled and set. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$5 Pattern Sale!!


Now that it's getting to be fall-ish weather for most of us, I'm wondering if you're spending more time in the sewing room? Yesterday I was out there for the first time in awhile quilting a quilt for my aunt. She made a cute, bright and colorful quilt top and backed it with soft, cozy flannel. I quilted a spiral design starting in the center and working out. I find I'm posting over on instagram daily (more than once a day, as much as my kids think that's weird/overkill - they can always unfollow me. lol). You can find pics of yesterday's quilt here. My username is creatingathome, if you'd like to look me up. :)

After taking a few weeks off in the busy summer, I'm happy to be back playing around with my Brother DreamWeaver sewing machine again. One thing I really want to experiment more with is the embroidery feature. I really really want to make monogrammed pillows for my house and personalized baby goodies for my new baby niece/nephew who's on the way! (So exciting!!)

... And, speaking of Brother Canada, my daughters and I will be working with them again this fall. We will be participating in the launch of some upcoming sewing machines, including reviewing the top of the line Dream Machine!! I have no idea how they could improve upon the DreamWeaver, because I still see it as sewing and quilting perfection, but I am really interested and eager to find out.

Once the new machines arrive, I'll be posting constant updates on Instagram, of course, and also some more helpful and in depth stuff here on the blog.

I hope you're enjoying the end of summer as much as I am. Talk to you soon. Oh, by the way, my 2 quilt patterns are now on sale for $5 each over on Craftsy!! Take a look.


 $5 Sale!! Chevron Accent Quilt
Buy on Craftsy for $5

 $5 Pattern Sale!! Ombre Baby Dot
Buy on Craftsy for $5