Thursday, February 27, 2014

First Radishes

I have to congratulate myself.  I bought radishes for the first time in my life ever!  I've eaten them before, just never actually bought any on my own.  I'll admit that I bought them with painting in mind, but I did end up eating some in a salad and...... they weren't as bad as I remembered :)

They're cool to paint too........

Grow Creative:  Watercolor Radish Painting
Grow Creative:  Watercolor Radish Painting
Grow Creative:  Watercolor Radish Painting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crochet Flower Necklace Tutorial

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Ready to make some more crochet jewelry?  Here's a simple tutorial to help you make your own Crochet Flower Necklaces.... just in time for spring!

Materials:
Caron Simple Soft Yarn (you can try other kinds of yarn too, this is just what I used)
Crochet Hooks, size E/ 3.50 MM for necklace and size B/2.25 MM for the flowers
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Step 1:  Using your E hook, Chain 80.

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Step 2:  Slip stitch into beginning chain to join ends together, making sure to not get your long chain twisted.

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Step 3:  Chain 1, single crochet in each chain around.  Slip Stitch in beginning single crochet and fasten off. Leave a long tail on the end for attaching the flowers in the following steps.   Now the necklace base is completed!

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Step 4:  With your B hook, crochet 8 small daisy flowers.  You can use my  free Seven Petal Daisy Pattern to make them, or you can try other types of crochet flowers of your choice.

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Step 5:  Thread the long tail at the end of the necklace through your yarn needle.  Stitch the flowers to the outside of the necklace in a row, squishing each flower close to the next.

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Step 6:  Once all the flowers are attached in a row on the same side of the necklace, fasten off the end of your string and weave in any loose ends.  All done!

Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial
Grow Creative: Free Crochet Flower Necklace Pattern and Tutorial

Monday, February 24, 2014

Photos of the Week

grow creative- spring blossoms
Grow Creative- blue sky with clouds

Happy Monday!  I hope it's starting to look more like spring wherever you are!

The husband and I went on a gloriously long walk yesterday.  Sometimes those are the best dates of all.  It feels amazing to get outside and just enjoy nature after a long cold winter.  My little guy is visiting his grandparents this week, so I will be going on many more walks this week.  I can't wait!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Look at my Sketchbook

Some sketches and doodles, old and new.....................
brightly colored mandala sketch (grow creative)
ink pen doodle (grow creative)
brightly colored mandala sketch (grow creative)
colorful marker design (grow creative)
scribbled hearts designs (grow creative)

It's fun to break away from the normal pencils or pens and play with markers and crayons once in a while!  New mediums inspire new designs.  That's why I like to experiment!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Crochet Hook Case

All you crocheters out there, where do you keep your crochet hooks?  For the longest time I was storing mine in an empty pirouline cookie tin left over from a Christmas long ago.  It was bulky and awkward... not to mention noisy...lol! 

Well I've finally graduated to a real crochet hook case.  One that I sewed all on my own! 

crochet hook case (growcreative)
crochet hook case (growcreative)
crochet hook case (growcreative)

To make this, I followed a free tutorial posted at Little Birdie Secrets.  Awesome tutorial!

I opted out of the rounded top flap and left mine square. It works perfectly!  Mine does have a few little flaws too- I really need more sewing experience. My little needle pocket is a weird shape, but oh well. I'm happy with it!   It feels good to be organized!

crochet hook case (growcreative)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Photos of the Week

The snow is melting..... and slowly are my fears.

rain drops on a branch photography-growcreative

I had another doctor's appointment and I had more bad news.  The endometriosis has probably spread to other organs.  At first I was sad. I was scared. I was stressed to the point of exhaustion.  There's no cure for this and I don't want to be in pain forever, treatments are expensive and drug side effects are awful, but amazingly and miraculously I feel ok now.  I feel peace.   

I had been harboring so many fears for my future for so long, but day by day I'm learning how to let go of those.  It's a long process, but it's so much better this way.  It's so much happier. It's a better way to live.  

I can't say that it's my will power or strength alone that has gotten me to this point. I can't take that much credit.  It's the prayers of those that love me... the many many prayers offered on my behalf for so long.  It's the love of a Savior who I know lives and who I know for certain knows exactly how I feel.  It's the power of a greater being, someone who loves all of us more than we can imagine.  If any of you don't believe in God right now, choose to.  Choose to believe because there's no way we can find true happiness without Him.  I would have given in to my fears long ago if I didn't believe in God.  I wouldn't have made it this far.  I wouldn't have the joy I have now, in spite of health problems.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Artist Spotlight: K.I.M. Art

I got these lovely paintings in the mail this week... courtesy of kimartist and I just knew I had to do a little spotlight.  This stuff is cool!


So there is a back story here.  Last week I accidentally listed one of my paintings in my shop for $3 instead of $30... aaaah!  And I didn't notice until someone bought it! That's not the best mistake to make, but this story has a happy ending.  The person who bought it happened to also be an artist and offered to do a little trade.  sweet!  I was happy to do that! 

So that's how I ended up with these sweet little paintings by kimartist!  They're gorgeous really and I've never seen anything like them.  They are so unique.  The materials listed for these are jacquard, pinata, ink, yupo, and polypropylene paper- stuff I've never heard of.  I definitely need to look that up! I'm fascinated with all kinds of art processes and mediums and this style has so much life to it.

So if you get a chance, check out her SHOP!  It's awesome!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Easy Crochet Cuffs

Here's a super easy and fast crochet project...... crochet cuffs!

Easy Crochet Lacey Cuff (growcreative)

You can make these up in about five minutes.... sometimes it's nice to get some instant gratification :)

I used this free crochet headband pattern to make these.  I just crocheted enough rows to fit around my wrist instead of my head. 

Easy Crochet Lacey Cuff (growcreative)
Easy Crochet Lacey Cuff
Easy Crochet Lacey Cuff (growcreative)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Photos of the Week: Valentine's

Happy Valentine's Week!

Valentine's Heart Photography- poms- Grow Creative
Valentine's Heart Photography- flowers and leaves Grow Creative
Valentine's Heart Photography- foam letters- Grow Creative
Valentine's Heart Photography- jelly beans- Grow Creative
Valentine's Heart Photography- sea glass- Grow Creative
Valentine's Heart Photography- paper butterflies- Grow Creative
Pink Heart Pancake- Valentine's Breakfast- Grow Creative

Keeping with tradition, I went through the contents of my art room and kitchen to create some unique heart photos for Valentine's Day!  It was fun actually!  I get really excited for this holiday every year and not just because of flowers and chocolates.  It's a chance to do something different, something fun..... like eating pink pancakes and leaving mushy notes around the house! It couldn't be better!


DCMA

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