Striped Pinched Crochet Headband – I admit it, I’m a big wimp when it comes to cold weather. I actually moved to Vancouver Island, an area that many consider the most mild climate in Canada, just to escape the frigid cold. While the majority of the winter we manage to elude the cold weather, we do get the occasional day below zero degrees (Celsius). Today I thought I’d show you all my Striped Pinched Crochet Headband I made for my daughter. She’s not a big fan of hats so this is a good alternative for her and I know it will keep her precious little ears toasty warm. This is a really easy pattern, something you can make in an hour or two.
Medium/Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors (colors A, B and C) – I used Red Heart Soft yarn
Crochet Hook – US J10/6.00mm (if you want a tighter look to the stitches use a slightly smaller crochet hook)
Button of your choice
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)
Measure the head size of the person you’re making the headband for.
With color A, make a chain (by using the chain stitch) that is 1″ shorter than the person’s head size (do not stretch the chain to measure it). Make sure you keep a loose tension while making the chain.
Once you’ve got the correct length chain, check that the chain hasn’t twisted and then join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
Round 3: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 4: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 5: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 6: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 7: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 8: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 9: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 10: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 11: continue with color A, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
Bind off and weave in the ends.
Determine where you want your button. Turn the headband inside out, pinch the middle rows together (approximately rounds 3-9) and then sew them together with your color B yarn.
Sew the button on top of the pinched area. Weave in and trim any loose ends.
Lemon Walnut Brussels Sprout Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps - Brussels sprouts and I have never been friends, not even acquaintances for that matter. I can safely say that out of all the vegetables, brussels sprouts are all the bottom of my favorites list…until recently that is. I came up with this recipe for brussels sprouts that is amazing (if I do say so myself). Today’s recipe for lemon walnut brussels sprout Stuffed portobello mushrooms is a modified and enhanced version of my original recipe (post still to come). All I’m going to say is that this recipe will turn those brussels sprout haters into lovers and “may I have more please” askers. And, the portobello mushroom is simply the icing on top of the cake (or the fungus on the bottom of the stuffing in this case). This recipe is super easy and it only takes a few minutes to put it together. It’s cooked in the oven but could also be done on the grill. Serve this at your next dinner party and they’ll think you slaved for hours on this dish.
Easy Rainbow Loom Perler Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial
Easy Rainbow Loom Bracelet with Perler Beads Video Tutorial – I’m so excited about this post. This is my first ever Dabblesandbabbles.com video tutorial. I’ve been wanting to do a video tutorial for a while now but I was waiting for the perfect project – I think I found it. This video tutorial is on how to make rainbow loom bracelets with perler beads. I have no idea if this has already been done before or not but I thought I’d give it a go. I played around with the elastics and beads until I found something that worked. These bracelets are very easy to make and great for beginners to the rainbow loom.
To get going on this project you’ll need a rainbow loom (and hook), rainbow loom elastics, and perler beads. All of these items can be found at Michaels. Once you get the hang of it, you can make these fun bracelets in about half an hour. Give them to your friends, family, teachers and coaches – they’ll be a big hit!
Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad – This salad has become my new lunchtime favorite. I came across this hand typed recipe on Facebook. It sounded so good I had to give it a try – wow is all I can say. It’s such a healthy, flavorful salad and it has a really interesting smoky flavor thanks to the smoked Spanish paprika. Everyone who’s tried it has asked me for the recipe. If you’re not familiar with quinoa, it’s quite a fantastic food or superfood to be more precise. Quinoa is the seed of a plant belonging to the same family as other favored super-veggies including spinach, swiss chard, and beets. It’s one of the most nutritionally dense foods available, provides all nine essential amino acids and has twice the fiber of most other grains. It has a mild flavor so it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. As per usual, I rarely leave a recipe unmodified from the original and this recipe is no different; I’ve added a few little extras. Sadly, I don’t know where this recipe originated so if anyone knows who to credit please let me know.
Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad Recipe
1.5 cups quinoa
2 cups water
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cucumber, chopped unpeeled
1 pint cherry or baby tomatoes, halved
4-5 green onions, chopped
1 cup of parsley, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: I like to lay it on a bed of salad greens or kale. I’ve also added minced green olives and cauliflower which I thought made nice additions to the salad.
Rinse quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Take off heat and let sit covered in saucepan.
Combine chickpeas, cucumber, parsley, onions, and half the feta in a large bowl. Toss until well mixed.
Gently toss with cooled quinoa.
Wisk vinegar, honey, oil, grainy mustard and olive oil together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the combined salad ingredients.
Add tomatoes, and gently toss, being careful not to over mix.
Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.
Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart – As you all know by now, I’ve been really getting into crochet over the past year or so. I still consider myself a newbie and I’m trying to learn new stitches and designs whenever I can find the time. To this point I’ve only followed written directions and whenever I’ve come across patterns with all those weird symbols I’ve immediately discarded the pattern without even attempting to understand it. Recently I came across a YouTube video that showed a woman crocheting but she also showed how she followed the symbol pattern – even though it was in a different language, I totally got the drift and realized that theses patterns aren’t as scary as they seem. After doing a little more research I realized that I couldn’t find any really great symbol reference charts. I started pulling a collection together from what I could find and before you I knew it I had created a pretty comprehensive crochet symbols and directions chart.
I also tried to address the issue of US vs. UK terminology by putting the correct name for each symbol with a little flag beside to indicate what that symbol is called depending on whether its a US or UK pattern. I hope you’ll find this crochet symbols and direction chart helpful. Now maybe you’ll decide to given patterns written in symbols a second chance, I know I will.
Hearts Coloring Page and Valentine’s Day Cards - Usually a few days after Boxing Day we start seeing the Valentine’s Day decorations, candies and cards being put out in the stores – I always think “are you kidding me, Christmas was only a few days ago.” But, before you know it Valentine’s Day is here as it is again this year. Seriously, how do these holidays keep creeping up on us so quickly.
Each year we try to make our own Valentine’s cards for Noelle to hand out to her friends and classmates. This year I was thinking I’d make a fun coloring page with hearts on it that could be given to the kids to color at their leisure. Then I decided it would also be fun for kids to color their Valentine’s Day cards themselves. So I’ve actually created two versions of these coloring pages: one coloring sheet with all the hearts on it and then two more pages with six Valentine’s cards on each for kids to color, cut out and then give away. Kids will love making their own cards and parents will love having half an hour of peace and quiet while the kids are busy coloring.
Hello Dabbles and Babbles followers. I wanted to take a moment to apologize for my absence from my blog over the past few weeks. I had the very good fortune and opportunity to take a vacation in Mexico with my family. We went to Puerto Vallarta and had an amazing time spent relaxing, exploring, and enjoying family time together. Now I’m back home and feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to get back to my creative adventures.
By now you all know that I love to doodle, it’s a bit like therapy for me. Recently I created this cute little collection and thought it would be fun to share. These high quality hand drawn vector design elements can be used for stationery (tags, packaging, invites, cards, labels), digital or paper scrapbooking, embellishments, as photo elements, in web design, logos, and in lots of fun DIY projects. The sky’s the limit with these designs! Use them in whatever project you want.
This hand drawn vector doodle set comes in pdf, ai and png format.
Download your free hand drawn doodle clipart here.
Feel free to use the graphics for whatever you like….just please don’t use them for any type of digital download, free or otherwise and not for resale. Thank you!
Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband – Over the Christmas holidays my daughter Noelle was generously showered with lovely gifts, including some great new outfits. What does a girl with new outfits need… chic accessories of course. I created this three strand headband pattern and I’m quite please with how easy it was and how well it turned out. This fun crochet headband can be made in under 15 minutes and uses very little yarn.
3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern
3 colors of yarn (or you could do all the same color if you’d like) – I used a mix of yarns: Redheart Soft in white, Caron Simply Soft in light and dark purple.
Crochet Hook – US I9/5.5 mm.
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch (U.S.)
Measure the head of the person you are making the headband for.
Leaving at least a 6″ tail of yarn, using the chain stitch, make a chain 3″ less than your desired length. Keep your tension consistent along the entire chain – medium to firm tension.
Now add in your new color, making sure to leave at least a 6″ tail of yarn (if you aren’t sure how to add in a new yarn color into your stitches please watch this great video tutorial here - the video shows how to change colors using a single crochet stitch but the concept is the exactly the same for the chain stitch). Once you change to your new color, cut off you end of yarn from the first chain you made so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
Chain the new colour until it’s the same length as the first ( to check, grab the end where the 2 colors were joined, hold the cut ends and fold the second color over so that the 2 chains are now side by side).
When the 2 chains are the same length, connect them by making a slip stitch into the last stitch of the first chain.
Add in the third chain color by following steps 3 – 5.
Trim the final color yarn end so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
Take the 3 loose cut ends and braid them together and then tie off with a knot on the end. Repeat again on the other end.
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Citrus Green Tea Body Scrub - First off, please forgive my absence from my blog for the past two weeks. I didn’t realize it earlier but I really needed a break from all technology so while I had time off from work and had my family home for the holidays, I stayed completely off my computer – which if you know me at all you understand how much of a challenge this was. Now it’s a new year and I’m ready to jump right back into my blog.
I’m going to start the year off with a refreshing citrus green tea body scrub. This was actually a gift that I made for my friends and family for Christmas but I think it’s great for the New Year too… time to scrub off all the dry, old 2013 skin cells and enter into 2014 with fresh, glowing skin. In addition to the external physical benefits, the salt scrub helps open pores and draw out toxins as well as increase circulation, relax muscles, and helps alleviate tension. It’s such a simple, easy recipe and you can make and package the entire thing in about 10 minutes.
3 cups Epsom salts
3 tbsp baking soda
4 tbsp oil (I used apricot kernel oil but jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil will work fine)
1 tea bag of green tea (or about tbsp of loose leaf green tea)
8 drops of lime essential oil
8 drops of orange essential oil
zest from a lime, lemon and/or orange (or any combination – I used lemon and lime)
Pour Epsom salts and baking soda into a large bowl
Add oil and mix thoroughly
Cut open the tea bag of green tea and add to mixture
Add essential oil and citrus zest
Mix everything together and it should be the consistency of damp packing snow. Spoon out of bowl and into a container and then seal the container (I used medium-sized jam jars)
Label the containers and give them to your friends and family.