Craft Round-Up / Fall 2015

November DIY and Craft Projects with Lost and Fawned

Chilly weather makes for great days to do indoor activities and try new hobbies!  Here is a little collection of projects to keep you busy.  Some are simple, and others a bit more advanced.  All of these would make amazing holiday gifts for your loved ones as well.

  1. Easy Pom Pom Rug from Say Yes
  2. French Dot Constellation Table Runner from Design Sponge
  3. Copper Tealight Candles from The Merrythought
  4. Wooden Bead Trivet from Carnets Parisiens (French)
  5. Semi-Precious Stone Soaps from Fall for DIY
  6. Felt Leaf Garland from Lindsay Stephenson


Creating Your Own Mood Blanket

Knit or Crochet your own Mood Blanket with Lost and Fawned

I journal.  I have a 5 year journal that I’ve nearly completed (one year to go!) and I love looking back and remembering all the moments that have brought me to where I am today.  It’s a way to celebrate the victories and reflect on the low times.

In 2016 I’ll still be working on my traditional journal, but I will also be doing an alternative form of journaling, in the form of a blanket.  You read that correctly!  Mood blankets are becoming increasingly popular in the crochet and knitting community.  Creating a mood blanket, involves selecting a set of colors that represent various moods.  Each day/week you complete a row or a block in the color or colors that represent your daily/weekly mood.  At the end of the year, you have a beautiful blanket that chronicles a year in your life.

Mood Blanket Examples on Lost and FawnedI’ve compiled a handful of examples of mood blankets (and one that isn’t technically a mood blanket, but would be gorgeous if it was).  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Habitual Homebody
  2. According to Matt
  3. Purl Bee (not technically a mood blanket)
  4. Shhshh on Ravelry
  5. Bella Coco
  6. Le Monde de Sucrette

There are some variations on the project including a temperature blanket (using the colors of the average temperature each day) and sky blankets (using the color or colors of the sky at high noon every day).

Here is a quick guide to start planning your own for 2016…

Planning Your Mood Blanket on Lost and FawnedI’m in the process of planning my own and soon I’ll have a plan ready to share.  If you want to take this project on, visit our new facebook community, Mood Blanket Darlings.  We are a very international group of yarn addicts and I can’t wait to watch everyone’s 2016 blankets come together.

Stick around in the next couple of months to see where I’m taking my mood blanket and get tons more tips and maybe some tutorials!  I’d love to share more of my crafting life with you.

Spice of Life Crochet Along

*Cricket Chips*  I know I have been a wee bit quite, but it’s because I am hooked… literally.  I have become an overnight crochet addict.  I can’t get enough yarn and I spend every free moment with a hook in my hand.  It’s become very natural very quickly and I’m thrilled to have discovered a new hobby that is giving me so much joy.

The project that is currently sucking up most of my time is the Spice of Life Crochet Along (CAL) with Black Sheep Wools and Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart.  A crochet along is a project that is divided into parts.  Each week a new piece of the pattern is released and the whole group follows along, encourages each other and shares their progress on social media.  There is a very active facebook group of amazing crocheters of all levels of skill.  The best thing about this crochet along (also known as a CAL) is that each step increases in difficulty.  It’s perfect for a new crocheter who has a good grasp of basic stitches (a Chain, US Double Crochet and Single Crochet).  It gives you lots of practice with counting stitches, controlling your tension and stacking and combining various types of stitches to create new patterns.

Another great thing about this CAL, is that everyone is making it their own!  Obviously the suggested colors are amazing, but most people have looked in their stash and created beautiful and unique palettes that make the blanket one of a kind.  A lot of people are also adding stitches and rows to make the finish blanket larger.  I skipped a row when I started my waves in part four.  To “fix it” I went rogue and created my own design by adding a couple of rows.  I love how it ended up looking, even though it doesn’t follow the original pattern.

The community aspect of a CAL really encourages you to keep going and is a great way to troubleshoot if you struggle with a stitch or find your blanket shrinking.  The #spiceoflifeCAL hashtag on Instagram already has over 1,000 tags.  It’s a global group too!  Black Sheep Wools is located in the UK, so the group is mainly focused there and here in the US.  There are people from every continent (except Antarctica of course).

Spice of Life Crochet Along on Instagram

I’m using all Stylecraft Special DK for mine.  It’s the very best acrylic I have come across.   It comes in tons of colors and have a beautifully soft hand.  It also stitches really nicely and the price is great.  I get most of mine from Love Knitting.  Get 15% off your first order AND free shipping by visiting this page.  You will also need the following…

By the end of this crochet along, I’ll have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind blanket to throw over my lap on a cold Ohio winter night while we watch TV.  I’ve started a second one in ice cream colors for a future baby shower as well. I think it’s going to be a stunning (but deceptively inexpensive) gift for a lucky kiddo and mama.  If I didn’t have a million things in my “in progress” pile, I would make a ton of these for Christmas gifts.

You still have time to catch up!  Visit this page to get all the current PDF’s and check back there on Tuesday morning for the newest section to be released.

Learning to Crochet Online for Free

Learning to Crochet - Free Online Tutorals on Lost and Fawned

First up, a little house cleaning.  For the last year I dabbled with moving all my crafting and DIY posts to another blog.  It became too much for me to maintain, so as of today, those posts are coming home to Lost and Fawned.  Along with my usual fare of shopping, style and decor, I’ll be sprinkling in my quilting, sewing and now crochet as well.  I can’t wait to show you more.

On to the topic at hand… learning to crochet!  You may know that I’m an avid quilter (if not, be sure to check out my Instagram feed).  I’m also a chronic dabbler in the world of crafting.  I needed a new hobby like I needed a hole in the head, but here I find myself, hording yarn and starting projects.

My great grandmother was a whiz with a crochet hook.  Our family has piles of amazing zigzag afghans that she made over the course of her life.  They are full of memories and are so comforting, physically and emotionally.  The last time I was in Oregon, my mom and I spontaneously picked up some crochet hooks and yarn while we were at the coast for the weekend, and made it our mission to learn Granny’s craft.

It didn’t really click for me until I got back to Ohio.  My goal was to learn to make granny squares.   My search brought me to this video tutorial by Bella Coco.  I settled in for the evening with my hook, yarn and iPad.  It took me about and hour and half of stitching, ripping out (also called “frogging”… riiiip riiiip riiiiiiip) and starting over before I got it.  It clicked!  I was not only understanding what I was doing, but I was also getting faster and more comfortable with the hook.

Learning to Crochet on Lost and Fawned

I’ve officially finished a couple of projects, including 2 chunky infinity scarves, an adorable coffee cup cozy and a little amigurumi bunny doll.  I also have a few other projects in progress (like my huge scrap yarn granny square blanket and a hexagon afghan).  I’m having a blast learning new stitches and techniques.  Everything think I have finished was guided by video tutorials.  I’m getting comfortable enough to modify the tutorials and read patterns.

Interested in giving it a try?  Here are some of my favorite tutorials to get you started.  These are ones I have tried myself and had success with.

Some tutorials (including the ones by Bella Coco) will use British terminology.  Here is a great conversion chart to help you translate.

So there you have it!  This is how I learned in the matter of a couple of weeks.  With enough practice and determination, I am convinced anyone can learn.  It’s a very portable hobby.  It’s so easy to throw a ball of yarn and a hook in your purse and crank out a granny square or two while you wait for your appointment.  Please share your favorite resources or tutorials in the comments!  In the future I will cover some of my favorite tools and yarns for beginners.

Vintage Rehab / Cleaning Baked on Build Up

Before & After - Cleaning Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Time for a new series!  I am all about shopping used.  We have expensive taste and tiny pockets, so I often hunt for overlooked items that can be saved with some elbow grease.  I find deals at thrift stores, online consignment, garage sales (real ones and Facebook pages) and craig’s list.  So this spring, I’m planning to share some of my favorite tricks to make used/vintage items look like new for less.

I had some good conversation come up in my post last week about vintage Pyrex.    You can, of course, buy shiny, ready to display pieces from Etsy or EBay, but if you are looking for the best prices you need to find them “in the wild” (aka thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, etc.).  Often times this means luck and willingness to drive to sales and dig in cupboards.  A lot of the time antiquers will snag them all in the first hour, so be prepared to go home disappointed.  BUT if you are lucky enough to find retro glassware, it usually needs some love before it’s ready to use.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Here is a prime example.  I found a nice stack of these adorable Anchor Hocking ‘Athena’ dessert cups recently.  They are from the 1970’s and were part of a full opal glass place setting that came in 2 patterns.  They were shoved all the way to the back of the shelf and look just awful.  Most people would think “omg gross”, but I saw potential.

Here is my line up, starting on the left and moving right…

The Linup - Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware

  • I always start with the most mild products first.  A nice long soak in some hot water with simple dish soap will sometimes do the trick.  Fill the sink and let them sit.  Then come back and give them a good scrub.
  • If that doesn’t work I start bringing out the bigger guns.  Next I try a very mild abrasive cleanser, like Affresh Cooktop Cleanser.  It’s made for cleaning ceramic and glass cooktops and comes with a little blue brillo-like pad.  Some people swear by Liquid Barkeepers Friend, but with any of these types of cleansers you have to be REALLY careful.  Do not use them on any gold leaf and use them very gently.  If your piece is nice and shiny, you can dull the finish over time with these mild abrasives.
  • Next on my list, if the above doesn’t work, is powdered Barkeepers Friend.  This is an abrasive.  You have to be super gentle.  I usually make it into a paste and try it somewhere unnoticeable first.  If it’s something with a lot of decoration or is a solid painted finish I sometimes skip this step all together.  This is great for the inside of the white glass pieces to get rid of the silver utensil marks.
  • The last thing I try is this heavy duty oven cleaner.  It comes in an aerosol can and smells awful.  Try and use this on a day when you can crack a window, because it will give you a headache.  The upside is this cuts through just about everything.  Like with other products I have listed, you need to be cautious.  I’ve seen some blogs say to spray it on and let it sit up to 15 minutes.  I stick with 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes everything wipes away.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that this can strip paint.  I haven’t experienced that personally, but better safe than sorry.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

These bowls went from dish soap to Affresh, and straight to oven cleaner.  I need to get a toothpick to clean out in between some of the little spaces in the lettering, but by the time I am done with them, they should look almost new.  I probably won’t be keeping them, since I have more than enough bowls in my cabinet, but I know someone out there is looking for them to complete their set.

Next on Vintage Rehab:  I will be sharing my favorite tool to take those annoying pills off of vintage sweaters, ties, upholstery, etc.  This thing is seriously life changing.

Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware on Lost & Fawned

DIY Vintage Plate Clock

DIY Vinatge Plate Clock on Lost and FawnedLost and Fawned - DIY Vintage Plate Clock

Everything seems to come back around.  Today I was contacted about a craft project I shared on my first blog almost 6 years ago.  I had nearly forgotten about this one.  The pictures have disappeared from my old photo sharing account and the blog is all but forgotten, but it found it’s way back to me.

I might have to dig the plate-clock out of the box it’s still packed in from when we moved into the house.  It’s adorable and holds so many memories from college and living in our little apartment when we were first married.  It was such a cheap and easy project.  Here is a snippet from the original blog post…

I finally got around to finishing some projects up today that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. A couple years ago I found this vintage plate at a thrift store for 30 cents. I loved the folk inspired farm scene and lovely yellow color. I used it to hold keys in my dorm and decided I wanted to find a more useful purpose for it.

I got out my handy Dremmel and bought a ceramic and glass drill bit for it at Lowes for a couple dollars. Picked up a clock motion at Walmart for $6 and once I found the center of the plate it just took a few minutes of drilling and screwing the motion into place and voila! I have a wall clock!

A big thanks to Fern of Rokolee who jogged my memory on this one!  I’m so glad to have rediscovered this piece of my blogging history.

Planning a Bridal Shower / with MY M&M’S

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Yellow and Aqua Summer Bridal Shower Palette- Lost and FawnedI love planning parties.  I don’t have enough excuses to really go all out though.  This summer I have the honor of planning a bridal shower for my good friend and sister-in-law.  I’m planning a joint shower for the beautiful couple this summer.  We are working on nailing down a venue this week, but some of the finer details falling into place.  I’m thinking lemonade, wildflower centerpieces, a few simple games and potted flowers and herbs as prizes.

Pictured above (clockwise from top left):  MY M&M’S  /  Invitation via Makr  /  Straws via A Little Sussy  /  Plant Shower Prizes via Wedding Chicks  /  Lemonade Stand via Wedding Chicks

Favors can be tough.  So many favors end up in the kitchen junk drawer or in the bottom of your purse.  You really can’t go wrong with chocolate though, and M&M’s have been a classic since 1941.  MY M&M’S makes it super easy.  It was probably the easiest part of the entire planning process so far.  In about 10 minutes, I was able to select the perfect colors to coordinate with the event palette, customize them with a monogram I designed and have them ordered and on their way.

My MandM Favors for a July Bridal ShowerOnce they arrive on my doorstep from MY M&M’S, I’m planning to create a simple favor that will really show off the candy.  I ordered clear square cello bags and will seal them with a custom printed sticker.  I think they will be a perfect take-away for guests.  Any extra M&M’s will go in bowls on the tables to add some extra color and pattern.

A huge ‘thank you’ MY M&M’s for kindly letting us try their customization services.  It’s going to really help make this shower special for my dear friends.  Stay tuned for a follow-up to see how the favors turn out.

My Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Textiles and Fabrics by Ever So Splendidon SpoonflowerI’ve been a busy bee this month.  I’m finally getting to work on a long-time dream of mine, to create a collection of fabrics (and someday design a line for a major manufacturer).  I have a small collection of florals now available in my little Spoonflower Shop.  I’ll be adding more as I digitize all my sketches.  The process is time consuming, so I can’t quite keep up with my ideas.  For more information, check out my post on Ever So Splendid.  If you have questions or color suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Be sure to follow me on Spoonflower for updates and new patterns.  Thanks!

Something New | Ever So Splendid

Ever So Splendid - L+F Sister Site

Hope those of you that are in the midwest and northeast managed to dig yourselves out yesterday!  By the end of the week everything is supposed to melt and we are supposed to get a taste of spring here in Ohio.

Today I wanted to take a second to introduce you to something new!  I’ve had an idea brewing in my brain for awhile and last week it came to fruition.  Introducing Ever So Splendid, the new sister site to L&F that will showcase my tutorials, quilting diary and crafty side.  It features an extra wide layout for huge photos and a clean layout.  Lost & Fawned isn’t going anywhere.  It will still showcase trends, shopping and design going forward.

I’d love to invite you to follow Ever So Splendid on Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’ so you get all the new updates.  I’m working on a fun giveaway later this week to introduce ESS to the world.

If you are wondering where this came from.  A number of factors were involved in the decision to split the blog into two.  One is my constant need for something new and challenging.  I have found myself thinking a lot about things I would have done differently if I was to start the blog over.  After 5 years with this platform I have learned a lot.  It’s been nagging at me for awhile and I’m excited to put that knowledge to use.  There are also some personal factors involved that have caused me to distance myself a little from the Lifestyle blogging community.  It’s something I have debated about getting into here on L&F.  I don’t want to get to heavy, but I also want to keep things real.  We’ll see if I can muster the courage to share a little more.

Anyways, thanks a million!  We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled posts now!

My Sweet | Free Handwritten Font

My Sweet - Free Font by Lost and Fawned

Happy early Valentines Day!  I’m giving you your gift early just in case you can use it to make your valentines this year.  I hope you don’t mind (I’m sure you won’t…).

It’s been awhile since I’ve made you a new free font.  This seemed like the perfect time.  Meet ‘My Sweet’, the newest addition to my line of free typefaces.  Heart details make this handwritten font a fun accent typeface.  And it’s yours to use!  Free of charge!  See details below for download information and usage.

John Lennon Quote in My Sweet FontDownload My Sweet by Lost and Fawned
To download this font click the button above or click here to visit the download page.  Follow the simple instructions on the page and install the font file.  It’s super easy.  If you have any trouble with the download or questions about usage feel free to contact me.


These fonts are totally free to download and use!  Use it in your blog posts, blog and shop banners, personal crafting projects, personal wedding or baby shower invites, etc.  No need to credit me (but links are appreciated!).  If you are interested in using it on goods you plan to sell (posters, cards, invitations, etc.), please contact me first.