Free Stuff Friday!!

Happy Friday everyone! I have been having so much fun exploring and playing with some of our new supplies this week, so I thought I would share the love. I have been loving this Jacquard Mehndi Henna Body Art Kit and I think you will too!

Jacquard Kits offer a fun, non-permanent way to add exotic body art to your skin. This Mehndi Henna Kit includes .14 oz henna powder, .03 oz eucalyptus oil, .11 oz sugar and citric acid powder, applicator bottle with fine line tip, straight pin, wooden mixing stick, cotton balls to apply the sugar citric acid solution, cotton swabs for wiping away small mistakes, toothpick for editing the design and thinning lines, and instructions. Temporary henna art disappears from the skin within 7 to 12 days. For ages 12 and up.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced on Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

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Thumbprint Heart Necklace

My Mother-in-Law’s birthday is this weekend and she usually tells us that she doesn’t want any gifts, but try telling that to my 4 year old. So last weekend we set out to make Oma something special. My little had so much fun helping me make this that we had to make a necklace for her too!

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Free Stuff Friday!!

Brrr, it has been a cold week here, making it the perfect weather for snuggling up and coloring. What you don’t have a coloring book? Well I am here to help you out. This week I am giving away this Leisure Arts Bouquet Coloring Book Bundle!

It’s time to put on your flower crown and become a florist. From delicate daisies to patterned paisleys, you can create your own special floral display of any color. It will fully fulfill your desire for floral decor. A variety of designs to decorate, printed on quality perforated paper for easy removal. Relax and enjoy this simple yet intricate form of therapy with this 4 coloring book bundle. Books include: Art of Coloring Glowers, Art of Coloring Paisley, Blooming Wonders, and Floral Wonders.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: Are is your favorite cold weather activity?

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Stitch of the Week: X-Stitch

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. It provides a lot of texture to a project and has quite a bit of give in it so it is perfect for hats, bags and cozies where you may need the project to stretch a little.

LEARN HOW TO CROCHET THE X STITCH…

This is a fairly simple stitch to do.

Written instructions for this stitch are:

YO, sk 1 st, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through 2 loops (DC made). YO working behind the stitch you just made and into the skipped stitch, insert your hook from the front of the stitch to the back (It will feel a little awkward) and complete a dc in this st. Cross stitch is made.

TAKING THESE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP…..

The X stitch is worked over two stitches.

These are the stitches we will be using, and are numbered in the order we work them

We skip the first stitch and work a dc (double crochet) into the next stitch as per the photo below.

The first dc is completed.

Working behind the first stitch, we need to do a dc in the skipped stitch. The following photo shows you how the hook will need to be inserted. This is the slightly awkward par, but when you get used to it its fine. Note that usually I push the first dc down to the front to get into the second stitch but that made for a confusing photo!

This photo show the hook working behind the first dc made and into the skipped stitch

You will then complete your dc as usual.

And then your X stitch is complete!

We also have a video on our YouTube channel.

Visit Sunflower Cottage Crochet to get a free Coffee Beanie Cozy Pattern using the X-Stitch.  Theses Coffee Cozies make the perfect gifts for most ages and use around 30 yards of 100% cotton so are a great scrap buster too!