Author Archives: Terri

About Terri

Born and raised in the NW growing up in Portland, Oregon. Moved to Camas, Washington to raise my family in 1986 and in 2009 moved to Vancouver, Washington. I have been married for 31 years to a wonderful husband, friend and father of our two children. I have been in the banking profession for over 30 years. I love Jesus and feel blessed everyday. I enjoy ceramics, photography,graphic arts, sublimation and social networking.

Women’s Ribbed Crochet Hat

Warm Ribbed Crochet Stripped Women’s Hat

Here is a hat I designed for my 92 year old Mother-in-law who kept losing her hats. She just loved it. I was so happy with the design and how quickly it works up. The hat is crochet in the round and can be increased or decreased for sizing.   It is extremely warm.



Fits teen/adult 19-22” head  ( can be decreased or increased )


½ skein each yellow & brown worsted weight yarn

I hook

Tapestry Needle


Ch- chain

Sl St-  Slip Stich

Sc-Single Crochet

Dc- Double Crochet

Fpdc-  Front  Post Double Crochet

Bpdc-  Back Post Double Crochet



Hat is worked in the round and size can be adjusted by adding rounds or decreasing rounds.

Round 1:  Work 12 dc into a magic circle.  (12)

Round 2:  2 dc into each dc, join with sl st (24)

Round 3: (dc in next dc, 2 dc) around, join with sl st (36)

Round 4: (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc) around, join with sl st (48)

Round 5: ( dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc) around, join with sl st (60)

Round 6: ( dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc) around, join with sl st ( 72)

If you want your hat bigger, this is where you would add more stitches to increase the rounds.  ( dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc) around.

Round 7:  for this round work a fpdc and bpdc into each dc from previous round.

Round 8-10     repeat round 7

Round 11 – for this round you will continue to work a fpdc and bpdc into each dc from previous rounds, but you will add your 2nd color in each stitch.   Start with the main color and start your fpdc or bpdc,* ( yo,  insert hook, yo and pull up, you will have 3 loops on your hook. Drop your main color and yo with your contrast color and finish off the dc with yo, pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops.)*  For your next stitch, drop your contrast color and pick up your main color  and continue in the same manner for each stitch * to*   See pics below

Round 12-13 : same as round 7 using main color.  (drop you contrast color, but leave in place, you will pick this color up again in round 14)

Round 14: repeat round 11

Round 15-18 repeat round 7

Round 19: dc all around ( no fpdc or bpdc on this round)

Round 20: for the last round you will drop you main color and bring up your contrast color * sc in the next 4 stiches, sctgo in the next two*. Repeat form *to* around. Sl st

Weave in ends.


If you would like to open up a pdf file of these instructions :my crochet ribbed hat




Round 12


Crochet Yarn Holder

I recently discovered that a single cone thread holder works terrific for holding yarn when you’re crocheting.  This particular thread holder is designed to hold your large cones of thread when you are sewing.

I  had the idea to try and see if it would work to hold my yarn skeins while I crochet.  It worked so well, I just had to share this.  I was always fighting with my yarn, when it was in my lap, or I would drop it to the floor so  the yarn would flow better.   I was so pleased when this thread holder worked.

I purchased my thread holder from a sewing machine repair shop.  But I went on to amazon and saw several that were pretty inexpensive.

I did a small video to show how great it works.   I hope you like this idea and might give it try.

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Superhero Wall Decor

My three year old grandson Christian loves superheros. What little boy doesn’t like superheros right ?  Christian recently  transitioned into a twin bed, and his room is being decorated with a superhero theme.  So far his room has superhero bedding , wall decor and action figures.  I recently did a project I thought I would share with you.  It was super easy, but a little time consuming to complete.  But I love how it turned out.

Is is a plane? Is it a Bird?

Is it a plane? Is it a Bird?

To start this project you will need a copy of your superhero you want to enlarge and trace onto white paper. I found my image by searching on the web for coloring pages of superheros.  I also looked up color images in order to get my colors correct.  I then printed the images from my printer.  My tracer allows me to enlarge from  different printed images, I think I used a 3′ x 5″  printed image and ended up transferring onto a blank white sheet of paper that was approximately 56″ x 36″ .  So my image was pretty small to start with. .  You will need to play around a bit and see how the image lines up on your canvas.


To enlarge my printed superhero I used a tracer.  This worked pretty good.  I stapled my white sheet of paper on the wall, and moved the tracer back until I was able to get the size I wanted.



This is what it looked liked projected onto the white paper.  It worked best in a dark room with just the tracer on.



I then took a black permanent marker and traced all the lines.  Now you basically have something that looks

like a big coloring page.  Just need some paint to finish.



I used acrylic paints and stated painting.  I referred to my printed images I had printed from the computer as a guideline.


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Is is a plane? Is it a Bird?

Is is a plane? Is it a Bird?










Baby Bugaboo Bibs


In a recent post, I shared with you my tutorial on how to make custom sewing labels.  Today I thought I would share a few pics of the pull over bibs I having been making for my two grandsons.  They turned out so adorable, and I had such good feed back on how well they were made, that I am now in the process of making and putting them up on my etsy store.



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This is my adorable spaghetti face bugaboo wearing one of the bibs. IMG_0812

Create Your Own Custom Sewing Labels


Being a grandma is such a wonderful thing.  I Love making and sewing for my two wonderful grandsons. My latest fun projects have been t-shirt pull over bibs.  They turned our so good, I have decided to start selling them in my etsy store.  But i needed to create some custom labeling for them.  So this is my tutorial on how i did them.  I hope you enjoy.


Go to my tutorial here  Custom Labels

Quick and Easy DIY Bird Feeder

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I turned this cute coffee cup and saucer into a bird feeder.   It’s a quick and easy project to attract birds to your garden.


Go to my Bird Feeder Tutorial here:  BIRD FEEDER TUTORIAL


Raspberries This year our Raspberry bushes produced an abundant of delicious berries. Just look how beautiful and red they look.

Over 650 Sewing Projects, Patterns and Tutorials

I hope you enjoy these collections of sewing projects. I am always on the look out for simple and easy projects to sew. The links below will lead you to some great tutorials and patterns. For the most part they are categorized, but two links are a mix of different projects. I would love to add a link to your blog with your sewing projects.  Just send me a message and Ill add you.

Just click on the link below to go to the projects, or click on the Sewing project Header at the top of my blog.



Sewing Projects

Crochet Purse with Crocodile Stitch

My latest endeavor is making Crochet Purses. I think these will make wonderful Christmas Gifts.  The stitch I’m using is the very popular crocodile stitch. I added pearl beads for an extra special look. I just love how it turned out.

Crochet Purse using the Crocodile Stitch

Crochet Purse using the Crocodile Stitch

I sewed a nice cream colored liner to finish it off.

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The pattern I used was one that I purchased off the internet, but I changed it up a bit.  I hope you like it.


Bunting Banner

I have been admiring all the bunting banner’s posted on pinterest, and wanted to try my hand at making one. I think they are just adorable. Here is my first Bunting Banner completed.


Valentine Tea Box from a Cigar Box

Here is another Valentine project revisited.

Cigar Box turned into a Valentine Tea box.  This would make such a great

valentine gift.  Anyone who loves tea would love to receive this.   Once  they open it and take out the tea cup, they can use it to hold their favorite teas.


Go to my tutorial for instructions:  TUTORIAL

Danish Valentine Hearts Using Soda Boxes

Here our my Danish Hearts revisited.  Just in time for Valentines Day.  I have a great tutorial on how to make these.

Perfect for Valentines day.  These would be great for kids to make and give out with

little treats inside them.  You could use any card stock.  I just love the way they turn out using old soda boxes.

Go to my tutorial page for instructions and the template to make these adorable hearts:  Tutorial