Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yarn Tassel Garland…

Here’s a recent textversation I had with my Mom:

Mom: I want to crochet the girls each a poncho. Skate’s {her nickname for Savannah Kate} colors are pink & what for Annie’s?
Me: Cute…whatever you like.
Mom: I’ll see if I can find a poncho pattern, like Clint Eastwood wore in The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly for Jacks.
Me: Um…ok??

Well that settles it…I have to learn crochet! I’m obsessing over the many cool things I could make. Oddly, Clint Eastwood’s poncho never came to mind. I really want to make an afghan, but not sure if that would be too ambitious for a beginner. I absolutely fell in love with this rad yarn when I spotted it at Michaels. I can’t crochet {yet}, but I knew I had to do something with this yarn! So, I made this yarn tassel garland instead. 

Yarn tassle garland

yarn tassle

Supplies I used:

Variegated yarn
Index card or piece of cardboard

yarn tassle tutorial

To make a tassel:

Begin wrapping your yarn around the short side of an index card.
Continue wrapping until you have desired amount.
End with yarn at the bottom, then cut.
Thread a small piece of yarn through the top and loosely tie it.
Slide scissors through the bottom and cut through the yarn.

yarn tassle

Fold out yarn and center the loose tie.
Once centered, tie tighter and in a knot.
Fold yarn in half and tie tightly with twine or same yarn.
Trim up bottom of tassel to even out.

yarn tassle garland

Once all the tassels are tied, thread them through a long piece of twine to make a garland.


Scattered Hexagon Pillow…

For years I avoided learning how to sew in a zipper. I wanted to make wristlets for my Etsy shop, but was completely intimidated at the thought of sewing a zipper. Until one day, with a tutorial in hand, I just buckled down at my sewing machine and schooled myself on zippers. To my surprise…there was nothing remotely difficult about it at all. Fast forward to last week when I started working on this pillow. Initially, I was just going to make two flaps on the back that overlap and hold the pillow in place. I didn’t want to do a zipper, because I thought it would be too bulky of a look for my pillow. Then, I stumbled onto the invisible zipper. I had seen them before, but always assumed they were difficult. I mean they’re invisible? There has to be some degree of difficulty to invisible-ness. I was wrong. So wrong.

scattered hexagon pillow

Anyway, I’m in the middle of a room re-do. A while back, I had posted about redoing Annabelle’s old room for Jacks. I was going to give him a room to himself and put the two girls in a room together. They were to have bunk beds and Jacks was gonna have this really cool spindle bed I’ve been storing in my garage. Well, as soon as Jacks heard the girls were gonna have bunk beds, he wanted one too. Of course. So, my plans were altered and Mr. Jacks & Kate built the bunk bed for Jacks and Savannah. I’m now in the process of outfitting their beds with pillows.

I found this invisible zipper tutorial here. I read it through a few times, then I did my thing. Way easy! In fact, I like it better than a regular zipper install. Though, you can sew these with a regular zipper foot, I opted to buy the invisible zipper foot for my machine.

After reading up on the invisible zipper,  I pulled out my poor man’s linen {Osnaburg} and whipped up this little cutie. You may have noticed one of the latest design trends is the hexagon. I asked myself, Why the hexagon? I don’t know. It just works…six sides and all that. I wanted to implement it into an appliqué design on a pillow. However, I didn’t want to just slap on one giant hex…because that would be weird. Instead, I thought maybe a bunch of small ones, sporadically placed. And so, this scattered hexagon pillow was born.

scattered hexagon pillow

Materials I used:

  • Invisible zipper
  • Osnaburg fabric
  • Scrap pieces of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Appliqué supplies {found here}
  • 18 x 18 pillow insert

Refer to my appliqué tutorials found here and here.
Cut pillow fabric to required size.
Make a hexagon template.
Using the template, trace desired amounts of hexagons onto Heat n’ Bond.
Iron together interfacing, fabric, and Heat n’ Bond.
Cut out hexagons.
Arrange hexagons in a scattered design, leaving a small space between them.
Iron down and appliqué using a zig zag stitch on the front piece of the pillow fabric.
Sew pillow cover with invisible zipper.

invisible zipper tutorial

hexagon pillow

I love the end result! It’s exactly how I had envisioned!

Addabelle Wheeze Tickle…

When picking out names for my kids, I had one major criteria. It had to be easy to pronounce. For reasons unknown to me, a lot of people struggle with my name, Krisha. It’s pronounced like Trisha. Over the years,  I’ve been called Kristy, Patricia, Krishna, Kristina, and my personal fave, Kareem. Really? Recently, I had a lady ask me if “Krisha” was my real name or was it short for something? Sigh. Growing up, I always knew I would change my name when I was old enough. Why did my sister get the cool, normal name, Melissa? You know those cool vanity plates everyone had for their bicycle? Yeah, not me. Still to this day, I will search racks of personalized whatevers, looking for Krisha. 

Though most people think Jackson and Savannah were named after cities, they were not.  Jackson {Jacks} was named from a character in Steel Magnolias. My husband wanted to talk names, but I could not be persuaded. His name was picked out long before the name was ever popular.  Savannah was a compromise. My husband was whining because I named Jacks, so he wanted to pick out the name for Savannah. I reluctantly agreed. I was in love with the name Georgia Kate. He, not so much. We would call her Georgie for short. Squeal!!! He was unmoved. So, I examined his list of circa 1970 names and only one was acceptable. Savannah. Only because, one of my favorite movies growing up was, Savannah Smiles.  And so she was named, Savannah Kate {Silla}…


When I found out I was pregnant with a 2nd girl, only two names were contenders. Austin or Annabelle. Austin, for obvious reasons {even though they weren’t named for cities} and Annabelle, because it fit perfectly with Jackson and Savannah. Also, it’s one of my favorite names next to Georgia and Clementine. If I were to ever have another baby, which I’m not, and it was a girl, Clementine would be her name. I guess, I’ll have to settle for a dog. Oh, I do love a southern name. When it came down to it, I chose Annabelle Louise {Annie, Lulu, Lou, Lupita,}  after my great-grandmother Annabelle, and my grandma, Louise. Perfect.

So…for the past week, I’ve been asking Annie to say her name. Her full name, Annabelle Louise Hinkle. It’s a bit of a mouthful for a two year old.

Me to Annie: What’s your name?
Annie: Addabelle Wheeze Tickle

Gasp! I just love her.