Friday, April 11, 2014

Finally Friday Link-a-Long, Theme: Friends Around the World

Welcome, Friends, to another #LinkParty at the Go Crochet Crazy blog! These week's theme is to celebrate the wonderful friends we make in Blog Land. I've had the pleasure of "meeting" some fantastic, enthusiastic, kind, passionate, caring and encouraging women and men from countries around the world. Were it not for crochet or blogging, our paths would probably never cross. But here we are, so let's celebrate! And please know how much I appreciate each and every one of you for being a part of my life. :)

To celebrate this week's theme, I invite you to tell us what country you're living in/from in the comments. If you're like me...from one country but living in can mention that, too. For those of you who don't know, I'm an American living in Germany. 

Let's Get This Party Started!

Share your blogs, Pinterest pin, or linkable image of homemade/handmade items that fall under the categories of crochet or other yarn creations, crafts, home & gardening, DIY, cooking and decor. Please keep it family friendly, and by joining the link party you give me permission to share your additions through social media venues, such as Pinterest and Twitter. Of course, you will be credited for them.

Now, let's take a look at...

Last Week's Most Popular Links

See Crochet Brio Here!

Congratulations, and grab Your "I Was Featured at Go Crochet Crazy" Button to display on your blog!

Here's the Code to Copy & Paste:

<div align="center"><a href="" title="I Was Featured at Go Crochet Crazy"><img src="" alt="I was featured at Go Crochet Crazy" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
Before I get to the Finally Friday Link-a-Long Guidelines, if you have any doubts that participating in link parties is okay, please read my blog post here. It will put your concerns to rest.

 Go Crochet Crazy Finally Friday Link-a-Long Guidelines
  1. Add links for up to three of your blog posts (not just your home page) using the ADD YOUR LINK button below.
  2. Leave a comment on two other blog posts or pins, letting them know you found them through the Go Crochet Crazy Spring Fling Link-a-Long. If you're one of the first two to the party, you can comment on the last one or two from this Link-a-Long from last week. Please feel free to comment on more, if you like. We all LOVE to get comments.
  3. Share this post through Google+, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook...that's more exposure for everyone joining the link-a-long. **This is easy to do after linking up by clicking on one of the social media icons before you return to the party.**
  4. Let your readers know you've joined the Go Crochet Crazy Friday Link-a-Long by linking to this post on your blog. You can text link to this URL:
Link-a-Long Badge Code
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This Weekend I'm Linking Up With:

Crochet Addict UK "I've Made Friday"  
Create with Joy Friendship Friday 
Natasha in Oz Say G'Day Saturday
Beauty Observed Link Party 
Annemarie's Haakblog Link Party 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bare Essentials Bag Giveaway!

Yesterday I shared my new Bare Essentials Bag hot off the hook! I'm so thrilled with how it turned out and love  the way the Bernat 100% Cotton yarn in Smokey Wine created the sort of diagonal-looking color pattern on the bag.

Win the Bare Essentials Bag by Go Crochet Crazy in this Free Giveaway!
I love purses, but seldom change between the few I have. Not that I don't love the look of a different purse, but there's one problem whenever I change...I always forget something important when switching out purses. Because I travel a lot, I don't want to take the chance of forgetting my passport or anything else important.

So, instead of enjoying this bag for myself, I'm GIVING IT AWAY!

Here are the bag details, and then I'll move onto the really fun part...the prizes!

Bare Essentials Bag:
9 inches (23 cm) in height
8 inches (20.5 cm) across the front
7 inches (18 cm) wide on the bottom, from front to back
Strap measures 36 inches (91.5 cm) and stretches a bit depending on the weight of the purse's contents
Made of 100% cotton, wash on gentle, dry flat

This unlined bag is ideal for your keys, a water bottle, sunscreen and novel when taking the kids to the park. Or load it up with other essentials for the day and head out with your hands free. 

Now, let's get down to the GIVEAWAY!

Win the Bare Essentials Bag filled with a few goodies! The goodies will be determined depending on where the person lives (the sweepstakes are open to everyone worldwide) and whether or not they're a crocheter (I won't send yarn to a non-crocheter, but something else the winner might enjoy).

Total Value of Prize: $50 - 55 (I value the bag at $40, and the extras $10-15)

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Now the Necessary Part: The Rules

Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:59 PM EST. Open to anyone18 years of age or older. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter on April 23rd, 2014 and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Prizes will be mailed out within a week of contact and address confirmation from the winner. Please note that the Go Crochet Crazy Blog is not responsible for lost/delayed mail or e-mail, printing or posting typographical errors, technical failures, etc. Upon notification of winning, provision of a correct mailing address will help the prizes get safely to you. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Void where prohibited.

Enjoy the Go Crochet Crazy "Bare Essentials Bag" Giveaway and Good Luck!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bare Essentials Bag -- A Hipster Style Crochet Purse

My hands and my head have been busy these past few months creating crochet pattern designs, which I blogged about here. In my next crochet pattern eBook, which should be out later this week, I focused on some fun cotton yarn projects, giving me the chance to try a couple different cotton yarns to see how I liked working with them. The verdict is: I like cotton yarn a lot more than I thought I would! I was worried it would be too stiff to work with and that I wouldn't like the result. But I was wrong, and I must this point...Hobby Lobby's "I Love My Cotton" is my favorite brand. It's durable, easy to care for and super-soft. Granted, there are a lot more cotton yarns out there that I need to try, but this is my current favorite.

The first two patterns in my upcoming eBook are Easter surprises for family members so I can't tell you what they are yet, but I can post some sneak peeks.

I'll reveal these two projects in a couple weeks!

But in the meantime, I'm excited to show you the third pattern in the collection -- the Bare Essentials Bag! The perfect, lightweight cotton yarn crochet purse for a busy mom or anyone who would benefit from being hands-free. And DON'T FORGET to enter my giveaway for this bag and a few other prizes!

Bare Essentials Bag by Crochet Crazy

This hipster-style bag goes across the body, freeing up the hands for kids, strollers, groceries or anything else. It holds the essentials and then some with durability and style. Having never crocheted a purse before, let alone designed one, I'm really pleased with how this came out. :) It has all I require in a purse -- style, function and durability.

I've really enjoyed working with cotton yarn lately, even finding time to work up this free cotton crochet coaster pattern.Who knows what's next?! The crochet pattern eBook for my Bare Essentials Bag and the two other patterns will be coming out soon, just in time to keep you busy with crochet projects that are ideal for springtime and summer.

Have you ever made a crochet purse before? Does this look like a style of bag you'd carry?

Today I'm Linking Up With:

Yesterfood Treasure Box Tuesday
Kathe with an E You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
VMG206 Brag About it Tuesday Link Party 
Oombawka Design Weekly Link Party
Small Things Yarn Along Wednesday
Crochet Addict UK What Are You Doing Wednesday?
Easy Life Meal and Party Planning Four Seasons Blog Hop
Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party 
I Gotta Create Wildly Original Link Party 
Sincerely, Paula No Rules Weekend Blog Party
Be a Crafter xD Crafting Along Link Party

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

Sundays are good days to enjoy favorite activities and other things that make us smile and allow us to relax after a long week. Before sitting down to put the finishing touch on my newest crochet pattern design, I spent some time enjoying a few of my favorite things.

A long bike ride along the Rhine River

The first sighting of one of my favorite flowers in bloomm -- wisteria

A cup of peach-mango tea

An episode or two of one of my favorite British Shows -- Call the Midwife

And a lap full of crochet
A lap full of crochet at Go Crochet Crazy...a Cath Kidston afghan in progress.

Are you finding time this weekend to enjoy some of your favorite things? I'd love for you to share them with me! Let me know, in the comments, what you've been up to, or join my link-a-long to share your homemade and handmade favorites. Above all, enjoy what's left of your weekend!