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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Celebration Giveaway

First of all I just wanted to thank all my fabulous fans and customers for making this a beyond successful year! I never would have imagined my business grow as much as it did and continues to do! I'm so very excited for the new year!!!

January marked two years of Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations. So I have a fun day planned on Facebook - Tuesday Jan 3. Mark your Calendars and get ready for lots of discounts, and lots of pattern giveaways! One of the most exciting things is that for that day only I will be giving away one of the new designs for that day only!!!

Next Tuesday I have 8 new patterns to release!!! Some are much requested, more critters, more holiday themed and one that isn't even a cape set but goes great with them! I want to kick start the event with a great prize giveaway!

The prize : 
100+ Patterns


I have one pattern published in here - Calleigh's Comfy Headwrap



There are other great designers with patterns in here like Posh Pooch Designs and Just Be Happy just to name a few!

How To Enter: 

*Note- Must make individual comments for each entry! 

Required - 1. Like us on Facebook  


"additional entries"

2. Follow this blog on google friend connect
3. Follow us on Twitter
4. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page or profile, Twitter or blog! (three entries)
Be sure to tag @calleighsclips if you can! 
5. Purchase a pattern or finished item  Sat Dec 31- Tues Jan 3 (one entry) 


Sample : Have you entered to win a 2012 Crochet a day calendar giveaway from @calleighclips!!! ?


I'm looking forward to our fun day!!! See you then!! : ) 


Winner will be chosen no later than Wed Jan 4th via Random.org





Legal Stuff: The winner will be drawn randomly via random.org, and will be announced on this blog - once the winner is announced, you will have 48 hours to claim your prize. If the prize is not claimed with 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. You MUST be 18 to participate. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns on any of the items. This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.



Monday, December 19, 2011

Malachi's Christmas Wish - Final update!

For those of you that have been following Malachi's Christmas Wish I wanted give you another update!

I first wanted to say another big thank you for those of you that donated through purchasing patterns and those that just gave freely to help a family make their little boy's Christmas Wish come true!

They just started fundraising this week and I'm just so excited that not only all the money came in but more that enough came in. I know we were only a small part but I'm excited that we got involved. Knowing the family personally makes it even that more special to me.

She shared with me today as I was giving her the check that her son's Therapist was taking about Malachi bike with a neighbor friend and that neighbor was burdened to share it in their sunday school class at a local church. They raised a large sum of money there but then word spread through that church and they raised a more than enough money to cover the remaining balance. They told the family to use the money however they like.

As I shared they have six children and another lovely little one on the way so she told me that the extra funds would be used to have a special Christmas for the other children. I think she mentioned taking the family to see an OKC Thunder Basketball game!

I just thought I'd share a personal special Bible verse that is important to me. Just a reminder that the Lord can meet your needs no matter how great or small.



Merry Christmas and Thank you! 



Friday, December 16, 2011

A bike for Malachi - Update #2



I can't thank you all enough for all your support over the past two days in the fundraiser for Malachi's Special Bike! I'm happy to announce we raise $330 dollars for Malachi's bike! This will help make a nice dent in the total amount they still need to get.

The bike costs $ 3522
They've currently raise $1885
We will contribute $330 

Bringing the total they still need to around 1300 dollars. 

Malachi's mom has created a Facebook page

I think it would be great if you just stopped by the page and let the family know you donated and leave them a friendly note of encouragement or wish them a Merry Christmas. You'll be able to follow the progress and hopefully we'll see him get this bike!  

If your local to the OKC Metro any donations can be taken to First Fidelity Bank in Heather or Malachi Trent's name or mailed to Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, 5300 N. Independence Ave. Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

If anyone still wants to donate through me via paypal your more than welcome just use the contact tab for details and I will be sure the family gets the money! 


THANK YOU!!!


If you didn't get a chance to read about Malachi Wish you can read our updates here and here



Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Bike for Malachi - Update #1


THANK YOU!!!!



I just want to saw a HUGE- Thank you!

If you want to know more about this story read our 1st post 

So far since last night we've raise just shy of $250 dollars and sold 50 listings! That's over 100 patterns
I've sent them allover the USA to Australia, Canada and the Philippines 

It's been exciting to see your involvement and sweet messages. I can't tell you what this will mean to the Trent family . 

We still have a long way to go raising the funds (around 1500) and my special will only run til midnight! 

I'd really like to raise another $250 more by tonight! Will you help us reach that goal. 

To donate you can purchase any two patterns from my shop for $5.00 all this goes to Malachi

If you don't crochet maybe you can just donate a few dollars. There is a link on the 1st blog post to do so. 

You can also send it as a gift to my paypal account. just use the contact tab to the side or above and let me know so I can get you my email address. 

I've had a few other shops offer auctions and pattern deals as well. I'm looking forward to seeing this grow till the goal is met. You can see more details on my Facebook page! 

I'll give a running total tomorrow of all we've raised! 

THANK YOU!!!






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Bike for Malachi for Christmas


I've been wanting to do something for someone super special for Christmas and The Lord laid it on my heart to help a very special family. I've known this sweet family for over ten years before they were married and blessed with there six adorable children(we went to bible college together.) They are a very sweet and loving family and would do anything for you! so I want to do this for them.


 One of their sweet little boys wants a bike for Christmas but it's a very special bike that is going to take some work for the family to get. 




Here is a little bit about Malachi from his Mom Heather:  



Malachi is a 7 year old energetic boy that has a smile that can melt your heart. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Malachi has undergone 3 open heart surgeries and many other procedures. Due to the lack of oxygen through his body and complications from a heart catherization he now has CP. He doesn't let anything get in his way and always tries to keep up with everyone! Malachi receives therapy twice a week outsourced and through the school he attends. We would love for him to have a bike to ride with his siblings! His bike is a special bike that suits his personal needs. It keeps him stable yet let's him have the freedom he desires. (don't worry there is a parent brake in the back!) The final cost of the bike is $3522.35. In the last few days we have been able to raise $1800! Any donations can be sent to First Fidelity Bank in Heather or Malachi Trent's name or Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation 5300 N. Independence Suite 100, OKC, OK 73112. 


I really want to help them raise the other half of the money they need so he can have this bike for Christmas. From now til Midnight Thursday only I'm going to have a listing in my Artfire shop - Called Patterns for Malachi - for $5.00 I will let you have two patterns of choice from my shop! 


You can choose to make a larger donation but you'll need to email me and I'll get you my paypal information. If you have a paypal account you can send me money direct and there are no fees on my end.  I will personally make the donation from us on Monday and let you know how much we raised! I'm so excited and I hope you will be able to help too.


I know not everyone can donate but if you have other ways you'd like to help feel free but let me know.  










To contact me please use the contact tab on the top or left side of the page!  





















Friday, December 9, 2011

Peppermint Pom Pom Headband (free pattern)

Peppermint Pom Pom Headband 
Crochet Pattern



Skill Level: Easy

Materials : Worsted Weight Yarn (I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby) 
For my colors I used Red and White Sparkle 

K hook - 6.5 MM 

Taspetry Needle, Measuring Tape  

Optional Pom Pom Maker -  I use Clover Brand  2 1/2 inch
( If you don't have one you can use this method for making a pom pom I found on Pinterest with a fork !)

Gauge - not required

Size - Newborn to Women {just follow the average size chart below} 

General sizing: When measuring, measure how you would normally wear a headband not like you would  a hat or cap. It tends to be a little larger than a hat measurement but not by too much. 


Newborn -- 13" 
0-3 months -- 14-15" 
3-6 months -- 15-17" 
6-12 months -- 16-19" 
Toddler (1-3 yrs) -- 18-20" 
Child (4-10 yrs) -- 19-22" 
Adult -- 21-24"

Note: 
*(I make it about a inch smaller so it will stretch for a better fit and not be to big) 
*(My Daughter is 2 years old with a head measurement of 18 inches and I chained 45 )


Round 1 - working with one strand of white and one strand of red, chain to desired length for the head measurement. Be careful not to twist the chain, Join to first ch with a sl st to make a circle. ch1 

Round 2 - sc in each chain around, Join with sl st to first sc, fasten off leaving about 4-6 inches on the tail to use for sewing seam secure. Keep the seam on the outer side top of the headband. We'll hide that with a pom pom and then it won't leave the seam against the head. 

Pom Poms  

I made three pom poms one red, one white and one with both. Leave the tails of the pom poms longer when your tying them so you can easily attach them to the headband. I spaced them just a few stitches apart. To attach use the tails and weave through the headband to the wrong side, tie them on the underside, then take the tapestry needle and weave it back up through the center of the pom pom. Then just trim the ends even with the pom pom  ( really easy way to hide the ends with out weaving ends in the headband itself )

Other ideas - 

It would be super cute to make the pom poms different sizes or group them close together in a triangle pattern. Or just make one big pom pom. So many other color possibilities! 


My daughter loved her headband. She ran off with it and didn't want to take it off!
Finished Headband

I wanted to show you this last picture for the Pom pom necklace :) 


It was actually my first attempt at the headband. I did a dc chain-less foundation headband but my son stretched it out....LOL! I was trying to make a bigger pom pom for a "snowflake" themed pom pom headband! So it became a fun necklace which she also wore the rest of the evening!  


I hope you enjoy this super easy headband! As always if you have question feel free to email me using the contact tab. I love to see your finished projects feel free to share or link them up in the comments below!

Enjoy!


Copyright ©2011 Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations All rights reserved. These instructions may not be photocopied or reproduced in any manner. They may not be sold. I have made every effort to ensure that these instructions are accurate and complete. I cannot, however, be responsible for human error, or variations in individual work.
Actual finished product may be sold. My shop name ID and URL web page address must be mentioned in listing or wherever item is displayed: Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations by Elisabeth Spivey http://calleighsclips.com 




Textured Fingerless Gloves (free pattern)

Hello - I totally forgot I made this pattern last year and I never released it! So I have a free gift for you to enjoy! With the draft of winter in the air these gloves are perfect. Especially if you have a touch screen phone or iPod. Keeps your hands warm and your fingers free. There also just great around the house too keep the chill off your hats. 

Textured Fingerless Gloves
(free Crochet Pattern)





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Materials:

*Worsted Weight yarn ( I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby)

*H Hook -You can use larger hook if you have bigger hands. 
*Stitch Markers
*Measures 7 inches around x 6
1⁄2 length or longer

*Stitches and Terms used:
(ch)chain
(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet

(hdc) half double crochet (dc) double crochet
(sk) skip


*note- I have small hands and crochet tight so you may want to crochet looser or go up to an I hook. 

Make 2

Gloves are worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted. Do not join rounds.

Start with HDC Chainless foundation row of 21 stitches 

(or if you aren't familiar with chain-less foundation  you could ch 22 loosely, join and hdc around then go on to round 1 (skip the first part since you've already joined....)

Rd 1 - Make a loop but join with a sc (this is your 1st sc of the round)
(Sc dc), in first st, *sk st, (sc, dc) in next dc* repeat *to* to end of round (do not join)

Rd 2 - *sk st, (sc, dc) in next dc, repeat from * to end of round
Rd 3-6- Repeat Rd 2


*Now working in rows


Row 7- *sk st, (sc, dc) in next dc,  repeat from *4 times, sc in next st, turn, ch1 
Row 8- *sk st (sc, dc) in next dc, repeat from *10 times, sc in next st, turn, ch1 
Row 9-10- Repeat Row 8
Row11- *sk st (sc, dc) in next dc, repeat from *10 times, sc in next st, ch 2, (thumb space made, 

*Working back in rounds

Rd 12- join with sl st to sc on other side of the thumb space, (sc, dc) in next dc, *sk st, (sc, dc) in next dc, Repeat from *9 times, sk next sc, sk 1st ch, (sc, dc) in next ch 
Rd 13- *sk st (sc, dc) in next dc, repeat from * to end of round
Rd 14-17- repeat round 13

You can continue on as many rows as you’d like at this point depending on how long you’d like them or finish round by:
Sk sc and sl st in next dc, ch 2
Last round – Hdc in same st and each st around, Join and weave in ends. 




Copyright ©2011 Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations All rights reserved. These instructions may not be photocopied or reproduced in any manner. They may not be sold. I have made every effort to ensure that these instructions are accurate and complete. I cannot, however, be responsible for human error, or variations in individual work.
Actual finished product may be sold. My Etsy shop name ID and URL web page address must be mentioned in listing or wherever item is displayed: Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations by Elisabeth Spivey http://calleighsclips.com

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fall Handmade Gift Exchange 2011

Twice a year I try to participate in the handmade gift exchange hosted by Craftaholics Anonymous .
I've met some great people through it and its always fun to have an excuse to craft a little something extra. This fall I was really wanting to try my hand on a project and had a hard time shipping it away..LOL!


I knew my gift exchange partner through social media and new she knew how to crochet a little so I tried to think out side the box. I took an old picture frame and wrapped it in grey yarn. (i'm not very good at those corners. Anyone know of a good trick? ) I crocheted a few flowers (free pattern : Petal Puff Stitch Flower .) in her favorite colors and sewed them in the corners. I attached lace to the card stock and inserted it in the frame.   Know she has a dainty earring holder. I made her the fun silver medallion 
earrings but the yellow crochet ones are mine just for show :)
I suppose you could leave the glass in there and maybe keep a picture or printable in the frame and keep the earrings in the front. Can't wait to try this again for me :) 

I was really happy with how it turned out and so was my exchange partner! 

If you'd like to make the earrings pictured on the frame you can find free patterns for both
Silver Earrings - I actually just used the motif from this pattern for a really cute bracelet
Yellow earrings  -Dainty earrings
Enjoy!