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Each customer receives the best service satisfaction guaranteed.

Do you see an item you like in my shop or picture slide show in my shop or in my blog slide show? Please visit:
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Payment
Gift certificates are available in my blog listed above. This Gift Certificate is valid only in my Etsy shop and is only redeemable here.SAME DAY SHIPPING FOR PAYMENTS THROUGH PAYPAL ONLY!
MONEY ORDERS WELCOME: I cannot ship item unless I receive payment first. This way, your order will run smoothly.
Shipping
Every item ships FIRST CLASS MAIL both domestic and international. However, tracking numbers and insurance DOES NOT apply to INTERNATIONAL first class mail.Therefore, international customers wishing to buy insurance MUST use Priority Mail International. Prices begin at $24.95

International first class rates are listed with each item. To upgrade simply convo me and I will send you a paypal invoice for the difference in the shipping upgrade.

My item weights start at 8oz. To view shipping calculator, please visit: postcalc.usps.gov/40
SAME DAY SHIPPING FOR PAYMENTS THROUGH PAYPAL ONLY!
MONEY ORDERS WELCOME: I cannot ship item unless I receive payment first.

Each package includes a tracking number. After shipment, the tracking number will be emailed to the buyer.

If you have any questions with this or anything you don’t understand, I will be glad to help.

Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not satisfied within one week after receiving your purchase, I will refund payment amount through Paypal. This excludes the shipping charge. Buyer must ship back at own expense.
Additional Policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders. Please allow 2 weeks for completed order to ship. Please convo me with details about your selected request and I will need your real email address to send you a Paypal invoice to make payment. I must receive payment up front.*Trading…
I very rarely do trades on Etsy. I sell my handmade items on Etsy and other places for the income it brings. I never mind people asking about trades. Please don’t take it personally if I decline your trade offer.
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Who Wants To Learn How To Crochet? Free Video Tutorials

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Learn the basic crochet stitches. These are some of the stitches I use when I crochet my hats. Click on each link to learn each stitch. Remember, learn each stitch from top to bottom in that order. You must either have Quicktime or Windows Media Player installed. Happy Crocheting!

The Chain Stitch
www.nexstitch.com/v_chain_stitch.html

The Slip Stitch
www.nexstitch.com/v_slip.html

The Single Crochet Stitch
www.nexstitch.com/v_single_crochet.html

The Extended Single Crochet Stitch
www.nexstitch.com/v_extended_sc.html

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What is Crochet?

Crochet hooks Suomi: Erikokoisia virkkuukoukkuja.
Crochet hooks Suomi: Erikokoisia virkkuukoukkuja. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Crochet is the act of using a hook and a length of yarn to create an interlocking looped fabric for handbags, clothing, and any number of apparel, accessory, or house-ware items. Crochet gets its name from the French and Germanic derivative of “croc,” which means “crook” as in “hook.” The decorative hook below (created by Brian of Brainsbarn) is an example of how the head of a crochet hook is crooked, hence the name:
Brainsbarn crochet hook
There is no specific date associated with the invention of crochet, but many believe that it has been used to create decorative lacy edgings for church vestments as well as warm, wool clothing for at least the last two hundred years or so. The craft of crochet made its way around Europe and into the homes of many women.
Thread crochet became popular in Ireland in the mid-19th century, producing a host of intricate, lace-like items such as collars, cuffs, doilies, etc., all of which were inspired by decorative lace needlework from previous centuries. Some women were able to earn a living making crocheted items, saving themselves and their family from hunger during the famine. Many thought it was charitable to buy the faux lace from the poor in an effort to help those less fortunate. And for the first time, commoners could afford them too, much to the chagrin of the wealthy. At the end of the famine, companies stepped in to earn a profit and as the demand for these crocheted items increased, the quality of the work decreased.

Eventually crochet made its way to America, as most things did during that time period. Women of the 1920’s grew more liberated, yet sported their crochet on a smaller scale in the form of lacy underthings, not to be seen by all. And of course, there was the 1960’s and 70’s. Young people took up the art form as a modern rebellion, creating an array of items using new materials beyond yarn. Rope, leather strands, raffia, cord and of course colorful yarns were used (some say abused!) by both women and men. This is where some theorize crochet became seen by many as the simpleton sister of knitting, sort of a one trick pony, if you will. While knitting has endured many centuries, crochet has come and gone like a fashion trend, and with each new emergence into the fiber community, it has undergone a life-altering “make-over.” Moreover, the history of crochet is not as consistent as that of knitting, and in that regard, it’s lead a more interesting “life.”

Crochet has once again emerged as a popular pastime by people of varying ages, and continues to count men amongst its followers. The advent of new yarns and other crochet-able materials, as well as the increase in fashionable crochet designers and magazines dedicated to the craft, have all put crochet back in the limelight. Equally interesting is the history of the crochet hook.

Hooks have been discovered before the 19th century, but there is no evidence to suggest they were actually used to create crocheted items. The earliest hooks were just as intricately detailed as the work being created with them. Crochet hooks themselves have undergone a change, with the earliest ones being made from bone, ivory tusks, and wood. Today, aluminum hooks like the one below are commonly found in most craft stores that sell yarn:

tunisian crochet hook

Larger plastic lucite hooks are used for patterns that require a larger gauge, like blankets, pillows, and scarves:

 

crochet on the double hook

 

 

 

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My Etsy Shop Item Made It In The Treasury!

Etsy Treasury List - Coastal Bend of Texas
Etsy Treasury List – Coastal Bend of Texas

It’s so nice when someone appreciates your hard work and time and fits into a nice theme. Each and everyone in this treasury lives in the sunny Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. The climate is great. Now, this is coming from someone who is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan; where the snow is so deep you have to literally march in the snow. Welcome to Texas the sunny state!

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The 1920’s

The 1920’s have always been my favorite fashion era, let alone my favorite vintage era. WWI had ended and the people were ready to celebrate in excess throughout the whole decade. Attitudes in morals changed too. Women now earned the right to vote, swore, developed new slang words which some are used today such as “Dame” and “Dolled Up”. 1920’s fashion was all about excess and freedom; sounds like the same standard today. In the previous decade, women wore restrictive corseted dresses and heavy hats. The 1920’s would not hear this. Dress hems rose, dance moves were freeform without a care, and women bobbed their hair. The Charleston dance was popular.

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Here’s What Happened Why The Move Didn’t Work Out (To Be Continued)

A friend offered my husband and I free room and board on her property. She mentioned she needed a groundskeeper. My husband has plenty of useful skills. With rising prices, this was going to be a Godsend. We agreed on many things, how thing were. She asked, what do you expect from lining here son and so forth. We voiced everything and made everything known.

We had to move her stuff out of her second house while we moved our stuff in. We didn’t mind. This lasted one week. By the time half of our stuff were moved in, all of a sudden, she barged in this morning changing everything we agreed to something else. We had a POW WOW. We told her this was not going to be like this and if it was, we were not going to tolerate it.

Don’t think that just because there is free room and board, she could take advantage of us. We were dead tired. We worked NONSTOP! She still wanted her stuff moved out that very minute and wanted to work us like slaves. She KNEW my husband has a disability. We voiced it out what his limitations were.
David Koresh crossed my mind. Of course she denies it and twists the story around. BOO HOO!

We acted fast. We immediately grabbed our stuff. As fast as we moved in, we moved everything out in one day. Thankfully, our stuff was still packed. We went to the main house where we helped move her stuff in. She made us out to be the bad guys. In the meantime, she invited some friends over and had a pity party. BOO HOO!

I warn you folks anyone who offers you a deal like this. Don’t DO IT! Fortunately our landlady willfully took us back and lowered out monthly rent. Everything is moved safe and sound back in our house.

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Learn NOT To Take Crap From ANYONE

Remember, they do not own you. Anyone who tells you, there is no hard feelings, Don’t believe it! You are better off paying your own way. Free is NOT always the best thing in the world. There is a huge price tag. I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about your freedom; your LIFE; your DIGNITY. Anyone who tells you that they are your friend and then they move in on you to take your life away, they are NOT your friend.
I learned something today. I will never complain about high gas prices or any rising prices ever again. Free is NOT always the best thing.

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