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Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Share, Vol 5 ~ Slippers!

This week is all about the slippers! I’ve rounded up 20 crochet patterns, both free and paid, with links below! Slippers, for me, are an essential part of my indoor attire – especially at this time of the year. In this roundup you’ll find some really fun ones, really quick to hook ones, wee ones to adult… simply put… a link blast of SLIPPERS!!!

Wendy's Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 5

  1. Audrey Boots
  2. Starlight Women’s Slippers
  3. Elf Slippers
  4. Sea Breeze Houndstooth Slippers
  5. Too Cute Mary Janes
  6. Snappy Slippers
  7. Christmas Slippers
  8. Modern Men’s Loafers
  9. Clog liners
  10. Rainbow Sock slippers
  11. Crochet Slingbacks with bow
  12. Kickin’ CablesĀ Slipper Boots
  13. Hexagon Slippers
  14. Ladies Sock Monkey Slippers
  15. Crochet Slippers in Eskimo
  16. Baby High Top Booties
  17. Cuffed Booties Adult and Kids
  18. 123 Slippers
  19. Knit Look Braid Boot Slippers
  20. Ida McKinley’s Slippers

Wishes to you for warm feet, cozy toes and a happy heart!

<3 Wendy

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Saturday photo shoot tip “Fill Flash” and pattern review!

I happened upon this darling free pattern for a little wine cork Christmas Tree. Visiting friends with a bottle of wine in hand, I decided to make one of these darling cork covers to go with the bottle. Once opened, you then place the tree over the cork and have a darling ornament. I added a tiny star button to the top of mine and an ornament hanger. You can find free patterns for the cork Christmas Tree here. Super quick and easy to crochet, along with directions for three sizes. My review of this pattern is TWO THUMBS UP!!!

Not only did I want to share this free crochet pattern with you from One Dog Woof’s website, but I also wanted to give a photography tip on how to photograph your items using natural light from a window, along with using a bit of “fill flash” – what is fill flash you may ask… it is just a bit of flash from your camera to help the exposure.

This first photo I had my camera set on auto and zoomed in as close as I could to obtain sharp focus on my focal point “The Cork Christmas Tree” without any flash, just placed the item near a window with natural light (quite diffused, as it is cloudy today). Not only is it dark, but the posing isn’t that great.

How to use fill flash indoors with natural light

Next, I turned on my flash for some “fill flash” indoors. The item is still placed in the same spot near the window, sitting on a piece of white fun foam to avoid “down-shadowing” and pick up “up-fill” from the white fun foam with the flash. The camera settings are still the same. I also reposed the tree so that it was sitting center, straight up and down, and with the fill flash see the difference in the sharpness of the focus on the tree – much better results, don’t you think?

Cork Christmas Tree using Fill Flash

Try your hand with “fill flash” both indoors and outdoors to see the difference in your exposure and final results straight from the camera with no post-processing.

Make sure you subscribe to this blog, to get more tips, tricks and fun stuff – don’t miss out!

<3 Wendy

Do You Want to Build a Rainbow Holiday Tree?

When I was a very little girl, yes back in the 60s… My mom had a beautiful huge white artificial Christmas tree that she decorated in red, white and silver – I fondly remember sitting under that tree and just marveling at its glory. I loved that tree!

1965-xmas

This season I wanted to bring back some of my fondest childhood memories of the holidays – so decided I too wanted a white sparkly artificial tree, just a little one, and I wanted rainbows and pom-poms – two of my favorite things! I spent less than $25.00-hit up all the discount box stores for my supplies (all except the yarn which I had on hand from an earlier project) and am pleased as if I’d found my pot o’ gold – my childhood memories!

Supplies needed to build yourself a Rainbow Holiday Tree:

  1. 4ft prelit artificial white tree

  2. 1″ clover pom-pom maker or go to this link for a tutorial on how to make them with a fork and/or empty tissue rolls!

  3. Rainbow candy canes

  4. 5/8″ green glitter ribbon

  5. 1″ jingle bells

  6. I love this yarn in neon colors, or any ROY G. BIV colors :)

  7. Ornament hooks

  8. 1 yard fluffy, bumpy fabric for the tree skirt

  9. 3 yards 7/8″ neon green grosgrain ribbon

I made 10 pom-poms of each color of yarn, tied the glitter ribbon into bows and added the bells and ornament hooks, unwrapped the box of Rainbow Candy Canes, opened the box and fluffed my Christmas Tree. Placed my tree on a low table, found an extension cord and an electrical outlet – important for the lights to work ;) Then I went to town decorating my little tree – had sooooo much fun! Lastly, made a floral bow with the wide neon green grosgrain ribbon for my topper.

The Hooked Haberdasher's Rainbow Christmas Holiday Tree

Now my little white artificial Rainbow Christmas Tree sits directly in front of my crafting table – because I am here at my table ALL THE TIME crafting away. I gaze at my little tree and remember how much I loved my mother’s tree!

<3 Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 4

Did you miss me?!?! Last week was so full of deals, steals, coupons, sales, etc. Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks was doing her own shopping from some of the fabulous deals! Did you do some shopping too?

This week, I’ve decided it’s time for some Christmas Holiday Stockings! And here is our lineup of free and paid crochet patterns for this week’s feature of Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 4! <3

Wendy's Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 4

  1. Criss Cross Stocking
  2. Fabulously Festive Christmas Stocking
  3. Jingle Bell Stockings
  4. Perfectly Plaid Christmas Stocking
  5. Jingle Jangle Christmas Stocking
  6. Christmas Stocking Ornament
  7. Little Christmas Socks
  8. Christmas Stocking
  9. Christmas Cable Stocking
  10. Jolly Stockings
  11. Snowflake Stocking
  12. Pet’s Christmas Sock

And there we have it folks, 12 stocking patterns all rounded up for you this week in Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 4!!

Enjoy

<3 Wendy

small BUSINESS SATURDAY SALE!

Yep, today is Small Business Saturday – and since I fall into that category – guess what… I’M HAVING A SALE!!!

The Hooked Haberdasher Small Business Saturday Sale

This sale begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. PST Saturday, November 29, 2014 – That gives you 12 hours to shop!!! :)

Here’s a short article on when and why “Small Business Saturday” began :)

Visit my shop on Craftsy to see what patterns I’ve selected to put on special for a mere $3.00/each… Fill your cart – this is a GREAT SALE!

<3 <3 <3

~ Wendy

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