Etsy Re-Launch!

So after a long break from Etsy, I decided to re-launch with a new name and new product.

Care to guess what my new product it is? GRAPHGHAN PATTERNS!!! Yay!

I’ve become obsessed with making them, and being that I’m a stay at home mom, what better way to make a few extra bucks here and there by doing something I love?

As for the new name, I decided to align it with my blog, so my new shop is now BeingKeLeighDesigns. Simple yet chic.

Anyway, to celebrate the re-launch, I’m doing a 25% off promo until Monday, October 20th!

Yay for coupons!

To get your 25% off use coupon code ETSYRELAUNCH

Here is a little preview of the newest graph I’ve added to my shop.

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And of course my Keep Calm and Fight On Cancer Awareness Ribbon graph!

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ENJOY!!!

CROCHET!

So as some of you have noticed, I’ve been on a crochet journey recently.

I just can’t stop!!! It’s truly addicting.

During this journey I’ve discovered this awesome thing called Graphghans.

Oh my gosh, I love them!

But of course it’s hard to find a graph of something you like for free.

Sooooooooooooooo…

I started creating my own graphs.

Turns out I’m REALLY good at making graphs. Who knew?!

I thought I’d share one of the small 30 x 30 graphs with you guys today =]

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Look at the cute little Seahorses! <3

Enjoy!

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Mood Blanket- What Is It?

So what is a Mood Blanket?

Stacey Wentford-Hall, a.k.a Frofunky, started the original Mood Blanket concept and her idea she posted on her Instagram page QUICKLY went viral!

She started crocheting in April of 2012 and fell in love with the craft. However, she had never made a large blanket, so she decided to challenge herself and came up with the idea to crochet one block a day, by picking a color that she felt represented her mood. The Mood Blanket was born! You can follow her progress at her blog as well as her Instagram @FroFunky.

How can I get started?

After researching 793697027089 blogs to learn about the mood blanket concept, I decided I would pick some colors and write down, in a journal, what those colors meant to me.

(Please excuse my awful handwriting!)

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I chose red to represent anger, frustration, and being annoyed in general. Orange for days I feel excited, thankful, and inspired. Yellow for when I feel happy, playful, or confident. Green is for hopeful, lucky, & impulsive days. Blue for when I feel calm, amazed, or blessed. Purple for when I feel stressed, anxious or nervous. Pink for days I feel loved, passionate, & secure. Grey for days I feel sad, worried or disappointed & finally, black for days of feeling lost, depressed, or just completely overwhelmed. I REALLY hope my blanket doesn’t have a lot of black and grey blocks! This is just an example of how you can get started. You don’t even have to write a list. You could just pick a random color a day. Whatever color catches your attention. We’ve also seen suggestions for this being used as a way to keep track of flare ups for Fibromyalgia. The possibilities are endless!

Do I have to do granny squares?

Absolutely not! You could start a c2c (corner to corner) and do a row a day. You could do crochet flowers. You could do hexagons, the choice is totally yours. There is no right or wrong way to create this blanket. I’ve seen people do a different style of block each day as well.

What if I miss a few days?

I can almost guarantee you will end up missing a few days. I keep a list of the dates and what I was feeling just in case I get behind while working on another project.

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I just did all three of these blocks today because I was behind. Obviously today hasn’t been the greatest day… *Sighs* As you can see, I’ve chosen to use white as my border color and that’s why I left white off of the feelings list.

Do I REALLY have to do a block for EVERY DAY?

NOPE! You can change this project up to do just 12 LARGE blocks (or rows) and have the block represent the entire month, or you could do 52 medium blocks and have a block that represents each week.

Are you as excited as I am to get started?!

Bringing Back Grandma. Crochet Love!

Sooooo… I’ve been slacking in my blogging lately. I apologize.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me how to crochet, however; over the years I’d COMPLETELY forgotten how to do it.

Well, my lovely Pinterest feed kept showing me all these ADORABLE little things for kids. I mean come on! A little crochet mermaid tail and matching crochet bikini top?! I HAD to have one! So I decided to break out the ol’ crochet hook and buy some yarn… Now I CAN’T stop!

First, I decided to start by making myself a hat.

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By then, I was hooked!

Cason then demanded that I make him a yellow hat… So I made him one… Then I turned it into this!

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He is OBSESSED with Despicable Me!

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Apparently Christopher likes it too ♡

After I got the hang of the different stitches, I decided to embark on an adventure and attempt a mermaid tail. So far so good… I’ll share pictures with you as soon as I’m done!

Rockin’ Behavior DIY Guitar Chart For Home!

I’m sure many of you have seen the Guitar Behavior Chart for the classroom floating around on Pinterest lately. Mainly this one from The Inspired Apple.

 

I think it’s absolutely adorable! Since Cason is starting kindergarten next year, I started thinking maybe I should introduce the idea at home.

So obviously I need to change it up a bit. I can’t have the “All Tour Dates Cancelled” refer to contact parents and see principal

So I came up with this!

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I’m super excited to start putting it together for him this weekend. Hopefully it will give him some motivation to behave! ;)

The concept is simple. Green is the starting point. For good behavior you move them up, for bad behavior you move them down. You can customize this in any way you please to fit your preferences and your child :)

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Tender Beer “Drunk” Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Yes, you read that right. I said beer roast. Yummy! So tender and juicy it falls apart on it’s own.

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What you will need:

  • Crock Pot (Duh)
  • 3-4 Lb Roast (I prefer beef and shoulder over rump, but that’s up to you)
  • 8 oz of beer (Abita Purple Haze is AMAZING but you can use plain ol Bud Light & it still taste awesome)
  • 1 bag of Baby Carrots
  • 8 Red Potatoes
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 can Cream of Celery
  • 1 can Cream of Onion
  • Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

For full instructions click >>> HERE <<< to visit my All The Cooks cooking page!

Make sure to check out my other recipes!

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Sugar Skull Glam; Frighteningly Beautiful

So I know it’s still awhile away… But I just can’t help myself…

I LOVE Halloween!

Last year I decided to do a sugar skull glam look.

One, because it cost me NOTHING, and two, we were invited to a Halloween party last minute…

 

I’m not going to lie, it took a good deal of time for me to do, mainly because I had absolutely NO face paint. That’s right, I did this ENTIRE look with eyeshadow & eyeliner. Even the white.

A few things I learned from doing it that way. It lasted WAY longer than it would have if I’d used face paint AND I didn’t have to worry about cracking or peeling! Yay!!!

I wish I would have gone in with more color around the eye, but besides that I was totally in love with it.

Halfway though my make-up my lovely stepfather arrived to pick Aria up to keep her for the night so we could go out…

Poor thing, I’m pretty sure my make up freaked her out a bit.

After she left with her Papa Hue, I got to work and finished the look & added hair extensions, which I actually took out on the way to the party because I changed my mind, and took a ton of photos just in-case it got messed up on the way there and I needed to do touch ups.

No touch ups needed! I stayed perfect for a good 8 hours! I probably could have went to sleep with it on and woke up without a smudge!

 

I HATED HAVING TO WASH IT AWAY THAT NIGHT!

Not because it was hard to get off, I just didn’t want to see it go!

Since the party was a few days before actual Halloween, I decided to do something more baby friendly when we went Trick-or-Treating.

In-case you didn’t guess it from the make-up, I was Thing 1! My flash did a number on that sign! Geez!

And little miss Aria was my Thing 2 :)

Christopher obviously went as himself that night. Oh The Horror!

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Sew Much Color!!!

See what I did there?

As some of you already know, I recently got a new sewing machine. Something I’m super excited about.

For the record, my previous machine was also a Brother and is 20 years old… I’m 23… It’s the machine I learned to sew on as a child.

As sad as I am to see it go… It was time.

I HIGHLY recommend the Brother brand to all who enjoy sewing. From beginners to experts!

I absolutely ADORE my new machine… Plus its PINK!!!

For those of you wondering about the features, cost, and reading customer reviews of “my” Limited Edition Lauren Ashley CX155LA Brother sewing machine click >>> HERE <<<

Geez my Brother XL-3010 looks ancient compared to my Brother CX155LA

Anyways, back to all the colors! I’m super excited about my current sewing project!

Something I wish I would have learned a long time ago is the importance of keeping dust OUT of your machine, I was a kid, I didn’t know any better! Regardless, my old machine still lasted me 20 years… And for the record, it still works 99% of the time… It’s just VERY outdated and missing a few parts… Which I couldn’t even begin to tell you what parts I’ve lost to it over the years… And RIDICULOUSLY dusty on the inside!!! I honestly have no clue how to even take it apart to dust and oil it (something else that’s EXTREMELY important to do that I didn’t know as a kid)

So back to the dust part… Since it’s so important to keep dust out of your machine, one of the first projects I decided to do was make a sewing machine cover to keep the dust away!

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