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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

Today I’m excited to share a fun freebie for creatives, bloggers, Instagrammers and small businesses. Good images are a key part of putting together great visual content for your website, promo material or blog posts. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. If you’re not using strong, quality photos, you could be losing potential readers, clients and customers. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for professional, feminine styled stock photos, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you haven’t heard of “styled stock photos” before – it’s a term used to describe stock photos that have been organized to capture a particular look and feel. Usually, these are photos of desktops with various business, tech and lifestyle objects laid out together. Photos of objects taken from directly above are called “flat lay photos”. Flat lays are super trendy and all the rage these days, especially on Instagram.

I love fooling around and experimenting with photos so this was a fun little photo shoot for me. These styled photos are my gift to you. They’re versatile and can be used for so many things including social media headers, banner, blog post images, sidebar and website banners, mock-ups, text overlays, desktop wallpapers and more.

I’d love to see what amazing things you do with these photos. Email, facebook or hashtag your photos with #dabblesandbabbles on Instagram or Twitter and I’ll post your images on my social media accounts.

Download your free styled desktop photos here. Do whatever you’d like with these photos. Photos are logo free and not watermarked. Photos are 1200 px wide.

8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.

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Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

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Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern – While I was off recovering from knee surgery I had a lot of time to sit around. Of course, I had prepared for my downtime by making a little bin of yarn and hooks to keep beside my bed so that I could crochet.

One day, not too long after my surgery, my daughter suggested that I crochet a Christmas stocking…for our cat (um ya, our cat). While I’m pretty sure our cat had no need or desire for a stocking, I liked the idea of trying something new to crochet. I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of crochet socks and slippers – mainly because of all the counting you usually have to do.

I set about researching patterns and came across this really cute sock pattern by Maria over at Pattern Paradise that looked relatively easy. After reviewing the pattern, I thought I’d give it a try, turning it from sock into a crochet Christmas stocking pattern. Maria’s crochet pattern is super easy to understand and she goes into great detail and has nice photos to help with the dreaded heel. Seeing as I wasn’t mobile yet I had to use the colors I had on hand so I came up with this slightly unconventional Christmas color palette but I think it works.

This crochet stocking pattern may look complicated but trust me, once you get in the rhythm, you could practically do it in your sleep. I never bother with complicated patterns so I wouldn’t have bothered finishing this if it was too challenging.

It took me two evenings to make it so it’s not a huge investment in your time. I love the new crocheted Christmas stocking for our cat (Milo is ever so excited) and think it will be a wonderful addition to our mantle.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

TERMINOLOGY: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: MEDIUM but definitely not hard

MATERIALS:

  • Crochet Hook: The original pattern calls for a US I/5.50mm but in the end I think a US J/6.00mm would give the sock a little extra size – better for a stocking.
  • Worsted weight size 4 yarn – 4 skeins each in 4 different colors – approx. 80 yards in white, 40 yards in each of the 3 colors.
  • Darning needle & scissors

Size: From toe to heel 7″ long, from heel to top of the sock (when folded over) 10″, 4.5″ wide.

Abbreviations:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sl = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • Xst = Modified X Stitch
  • Color A = Color choice 1
  • Color B = Color choice 2
  • Color C = Color choice 3
  • Color D = Color choice 4

Special Stitch: Modified XSt – X Stitch – Worked over two stitches crossing the second stitch in front of the first stitch and encasing the first stitch within it – think of it as the second stitch hugging the first stitch!  Skip next st, dc in next stitch, working around stitch just made, work dc in skipped stitch.

Crochet - Modified X-Stitch Tutorial. Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet – Modified X-Stitch Tutorial

Notes:

  • Weave ends as you work
  • Ch1 at beginning of round/row does not count as a stitch.
  • Stitch count is in ( ) at end of the round. Stitch count is the same as the previous round unless noted.
  • Work instructions in [ ] as designated
  • When a number precedes a stitch, such as 3hdc, work that number of stitches in the next stitch.

Tips:

  • Join each round with sl st to first st. Start each round in the join.
  • Do not fasten off at each color change, instead carry the unused color along inside.
  • Make color change in last pull through of last st before the color change.
  • Refer to Maria’s slipper sock pattern here if you’re having any challenges.

Pattern

Round 1: Color A, Ch2 (does not count as st), 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (8)

Round 2: Ch1, 2hdc in each st around, join. (16)

Round 3: Ch1, [2hdc, hdc] repeat around, join. (24)

Round 4: Ch1, [2hd, hdc next 2] repeat around, join. (32)

Round 5: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Rounds 6 – 7: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 8: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 9 – 10: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 11: Color D, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 12 – 13: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 14: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 15 – 16: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 17: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 18: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

You will work heel gusset in rows and then continue working remainder of the sock in rounds (see Maria’s photo here to help give you a visual idea of how this works).

Heel Row 1: Ch1, sc in next 18 sts. (18)
Heel Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st. (18)
Heel Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 6 sts. (16)
Heel Row 4: Ch1, turn, sc next 7 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 7 sts. (16)
Heel Row 5: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 5 sts. (14)
Heel Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 6 sts. (14)
Heel Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 4 sts. (12)
Heel Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 5 sts. (12)
Heel Row 9: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 3 sts. (10)
Heel Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 4 sts. (10)
Heel Row 11: Ch1, turn, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 2 sts. (8)
Heel Row 12: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 3 sts. (8)

Continue working in rounds.

Round 19: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, working down side of gusset, work 6sc (approximately one every other row), working along stitches from Round 18, work sc in next 14 sts (you should be at the beginning of the other side of the gusset), work 6 sc up side of gusset, join. (32)

Rounds 20 – 44: Repeat rows 5 – 18 two times, excluding row 5 the second time around (see photo for color change example).

Round 45 – 64: With color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32). Note: In row 35, at the back edge of the sock, I chained 12 and then slipped stitch back into the same stitch to create a little loop for hanging the stocking but this is completely optional.

Round 65: sc in first st, [Ch 4, slip st into st, sc in next st], repeat across row.

Break yarn, weave in ends.

Download the free Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern here.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Outlander Cowl Pattern, Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern, Easy Modern Crochet Patterns, Crochet Beach Bag Pattern, Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dish Clothes, Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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15 Favorite Free Fonts

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15 Favorite Free Fonts

15 Favorite Free Fonts

As a graphic designer, I spend much of my day working with fonts. We are all familiar with fonts but do you really understand what fonts do – beside the obvious of course. Using a cooking analogy, I like to think of fonts as the herbs, spices and condiments that add flavour to your meal; without these flavour combinations, meals would be somewhat boring and bland.

There are thousands of fonts available but as a designer I find I tend to go back to the many of the same fonts over and over because they work in so many scenarios. Of course, many of my standby fonts are commercial fonts that must be purchased before you can use them but luckily now there are many lovely fonts available for free too. I’ve selected some great fonts that can be downloaded for free (personal use only). Some free fonts offer an option to donate to the designer and as a fellow designer I often try to give them a small donation if I can afford to do so.  Please keep that in mind if you have the means because it takes a long time and effort to develop and design a font package.

Download these beautiful fonts here:

Great Vibes  |  Abraham Lincoln  |  Aller  |  Young & Beautiful  | Allura  |  Maven Pro  |  Habana  | Impregnable  |  Raleway  |  Connie  |  BlackJack  | Steelfish  |  Matchbook  |  SimpleSnails  | Vevey

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Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper

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Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper – Spring is all around us and so is the beauty of this season. This is the time of year to shed your winter coats, scarves and boots and get outside. Take your kids, dog, camera, sketch pad, picnic basket and start exploring the world. As a gentle reminder to get out and take in all of nature waking up from a long slumber, I’ve created these iPhone and iPad wallpapers. I love this great quote from Marilyn Monroe “Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”  Use these designs with your lock screen or as your regular background. Have fun, get out and enjoy your life – it’s a beautiful thing!

Download the iPhone wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

Download the iPad wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

 

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