Favorite Hashtags for Crafty Inspiration

I recently discovered that you can follow hashtags on Instagram now. I have three accounts: one to overgram my kids, one for my favorite things (@bonniesfavoritethings), and one devoted to all things crafty (@sheridanstitchesco).

I have been working at cultivating Instagram accounts with a feed that inspires me, especially when it comes to my craft account.

Here is a roundup of my favorite crafty hashtags to follow:

#makersgonnamake

#crossstitchersofinstagram

#2018makenine (this has given me so many ideas of things to make!)

#crochetersofinstagram

#knittersofinstagram

#makersmovement

#knitstagram

#sewersofinstagram

#memadeeveryday

This is my #2018makenine, mostly crochet projects:

What are your favorite craft hashtags?

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Favorite Paper Source Finds (on Sale!)

The best time to shop for a holiday is right after it’s over (amiright?). If you have the space and patience to store things for the better part of the year, this is for you.

Paper Source is one of my favorite stores to get lost in. There are fun DIY kits, pretty journals, and quirky gifts. They’re having a good post-holiday sale so here’s a roundup of some of my favorite goodies (To see the entire holiday shop, go here.):

Melting Snowman Putty
Melting Snowman putty

 

Winter Wreath Kit
Winter Wreath Kit (I love their paper kits and made this one for last Christmas)
Snowy City Card Set - Set of 10
Snowy City Card Set

 

Train Advent Calendar
Train Advent Calendar (huge hit at our house!)

Reindeer Gift Tags - Set of 3
Reindeer gift tags
Fake Snowballs - Set of 6
Fake Snowballs

Teeny Tiny Nativity Kit
Teeny Tiny Nativity Kit

 

Mini Santa Party Hats - Set of 8
Mini Santa Party Hats

Remember how I love Rifle Paper Co.? You can grab a 2018 Calendar on sale at Paper Source:

Bon Voyage Desk Calendar - 12 months
Bon Voyage Desk Calendar

2018 Inspirational Quote Calendar - 12 Month
Inspirational Quote Wall Calendar

And a shoutout to some other holidays:

Lamb Felt Bag
Felt sheep bag (Easter!)
Spooktacular Garland Kit
Spooktacular Garland Kit

 

My Favorite Crochet Books: Toys Edition {+GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

The reason I wanted to learn to crochet was so I could make those cute toys I started seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. My husband actually knew some of the basics already so he and my mom taught me. (And really I just love that I can say my husband taught me to crochet). Over the years I’ve gathered my absolute favorite crochet toy books, but I’m always on the hunt for a good craft project, so comment with your favorite if it’s not up here!

First and foremost, I love Edward’s Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns

by Kerry Lord. Her company, TOFT, is one of my favorites to follow. I love the classic style of her designs and just want to make all of them.*GIVEAWAY details at the bottom of the page* Here are some more TOFT books that I have my eye on:

I definitely recommend getting these books in print rather than e-book format, because you have to flip between the standard instructions and instructions for specific details for each toy. In fact, I almost always recommend print for craft books.

If you know a literature lover, Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books

is the go-to for a cute, creative gift. I recently gave my dad Hamlet and even though he’s not into dolls, he still thought it was a clever gift. So there you go, even dads like them.

A lot of crochet toys are dolls and animals, and so far my boys just haven’t been really interested in those things. So I was so excited to find this book

! You can make big or small versions of the vehicles. They are quite a lot of work (the wheels actually turn) but they are totally worth it.

I also just found Construction Vehicles to Crochet: A Dozen Chunky Trucks and Mechanical Marvels Straight from the Building Site

while browsing and you better believe that’s going straight in the shopping cart. So my review will follow shortly. 😉

The reason I learned all this in the first place was so I could make that cute little Yoda from the Star Wars Crochet

kit. Since then I have tried projects from many other kits and these also have my stamp of approval:

I just found this one

while browsing and it’s going in the shopping cart…. So another review will be coming and if you try these projects before I do then please tell me how it goes!

Here’s a little slideshow of some of my makes:

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*For a chance to win a copy of Edward’s Menagerie, enter here. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway closes on January 8th.