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Friday, March 29, 2019

Aimee's Shoppe New Blog Name

Please be aware that this blog has moved to a new URL.  You can find us and subscribe at www.aimeesshoppe.blogspot.com. 

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To simplify all my sites and social media, I am using Aimee's Shoppe as my name and contact.  I hope you will continue to follow as I grow my blog.  You will continue to find beautiful free printables, art, and crochet patterns at the new site.  Thanks so much for your support over the years. 

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www.aimeesshoppe.blogspot.com. 


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Free Valentine Cat Download


It's almost Valentine's Day!!

And I've drawn up a little freebie for you to share to your loves.  I want a cat to bring me pretty heart balloons! 

Download yours here....

Thanks for stopping by and check out other freebies!  More free downloads!


   

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HAPPY ♥ALENTINE'S DAY! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lotus Flower Crochet Pattern

This was my October make that I'm finally getting to blogging.  The time got away from me with all the traveling and Holiday festivities.  One of my goals for this new year is to stay on top of this blog.  Hope you'll continue to join me on this creative journey and let's discover some fun, new projects together.



I really enjoyed this pattern, though, I have to say, you do have to keep close count.  The increases will sneak up on you and you'll miss them if not careful.  This beautiful pattern is a free crochet pattern called Lotus Flower Blanket and is offered by www.byrobin.blogspot.com.  As she did, I used Scheepjes Whirl.  I chose Watermelon Hellraiser and one Whirlette Liquorice to give it a fall/halloween feel.  I used a F/5 3.75 hook and I love the drap of this blanket.  I actually used it as a small table center for fall decorations.  Sorry, I missed getting photos of that.


 



Ebony insists on sticking her nose in my business!  And so usually ends up in a couple photos.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Gift

 
Delivered this week, a gift I never expected arrived in the mail.  This story begins, it seems a lifetime ago, when I worked at Owens Community College (then Owens Technical College).  I was a student and received aid working in the Financial Aid Office.  I was taken in by a group of ladies I'll always treasure and remember fondly.  They saw me through school, getting married and sent me off with well wishes when we left for California, the first of many new homes.  I was a young girl and a couple of them could have been my grandmas.  They were friends I loved and, as with every move we've made, hated to leave behind. 



One of these sweet ladies, now 89 years old, bundled up a pile of cards and letters and pictures that I have sent to her over the past 30 something years and sent them to me.  I got chocked up before even reading her letter just looking at this pile and thinking that she'd saved these all these years!  Maybe because it's Christmas time and emotions run high, but every time I think about this I cry.









The pile is wonderful and I hope to share soon with my family, but the gift truly was the value she placed in me and how fondly she thought of me.

 
Often, during our time away from Ohio, I've felt forgotten or at least wondered if people care about you after you are gone.  I don't know if she'll read this or ever know how much this means to me.  Christmas this year will be hard for me as I'll be away from family.  There are only a handful of them that we have been away for over the years.  I think this Christmas I will take time to remember all of your beautiful faces, people we have met far and wide.  Know you are thought of by me and treasured even if our paths never cross again.  Blessings to you all this Christmas!!

Love, Aimee


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Letter 2018

Hello everyone!

Hard to believe that the year is wrapping up already. We’ve had quite the year, lots of visitors and traveling. No one actually believes John works, but honestly he does! Living in the UK makes traveling easy and cheap to most European destinations. This year we’ve had the privilege to visit places like, Seville, Dublin, Zermatt, Luasanne, The Hague, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Salzburg, and a few new cities in Germany. The kids each came to visit this summer and they both wanted to see Germany.  You can view photos from all our trips on my Facebook page at Aimee's Shoppe.







We also took my mom and Aunt Barb to see Ireland where we spent some time in Dublin and site seeing around the Ring of Kerry. When my brother came to visit, it was a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest, making a stop in Amsterdam and Paris.





In November, we spent a couple weeks in the states visiting and catching up with family. This Christmas, we will not be going to the home, but enjoying our last English Christmas here in Cambridge.  We have reservations at a great gastro pub for Christmas dinner.  We are all very excited to share we are going to be grandparents. Beki and Corey are expecting in June.  She’s in her first year of teaching 4th grade and though it’s a bit overwhelming, she’s doing great and loves her kids. Ari started back in August at MSU to complete her Masters in Psychology. She’s doing really well and is excited about all the opportunities that have opened up for her.




John absolutely loves his job here. As most of you know, we got a year extension which takes us through 4 years next summer. We will be moving back to the St. Louis area end of summer next year.

I’ve so enjoyed my time here as well. We’ve made lots of great friends and it will be really hard to leave.  Our church and home group are our family away from home.  We've appreciated the love and friendships that have been born out of this group.  I always seem to be busy with lots of projects and trying to keep up with the photography of all these beautiful places we’ve been. Cambridge itself has been such a wonderful place to live. I’ve managed 4 years without a car and become very familiar with the public transport systems. I’m still in awe when I walk through town that I’m really here experiencing and enjoying everything that England has to offer. It’s been an amazing experience for us and all of our visitors throughout the past 4 years. Though John is never ready to leave, I’m ready to start life back in the states as a grandma!

Our love and best wishes to you all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

John and Aimee









Tiny Christmas Bauble Crochet Pattern

I had a box of these tiny baubles from another painting project and decided to create some mini Christmas crochet baubles.  It's easy and quick!  And they'd make a cute last minute gift idea.

Tiny Baubles 

 

Needed:  DMC floss or crochet thread should work
               1 1/4 inch plastic or glass baubles
                US 1/ 2.75MM crochet hook

ch            chain
sk            skip
sp            space
sl st          slip stitch
dc            double crochet
dc2tog     double crochet 2 together

Row 1: In magic ring, ch3, 11 dc, join to ch 3.

Row 2: ch 3, 2 dc in joining st, (ch 1, sk 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp), repeat (to) to end, ch 1, join to ch 3.

Row 3: Sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (ch 2, sk 3, 3 dc in ch 1 sp) repeat (to) to end, ch 2, join to ch 3.

Row 4: Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Repeat row 2.  Hide all showing ends.

Place over ornament at this point

Row 6: Starting with a ch 2, dc2tog around, join to first dc2tog. My first 2tog consisted of the ch2 and a dc done together.  If starting a new color, you can do a standing dc and a dc together. Tie off leaving long tail. Sew around top of stitches and cinch closed around top of bauble. Weave in end.

I changed colors by tying off the previous color and making a standing dc with the new color.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Baby Whirl Blanket Free Crochet Pattern





Ahhhh!  I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself. We are so happy to announce that we are going to be grandparents. I've been waiting patiently to make this announcement and in the meantime have already gotten busy starting some baby projects. I love the Scheepjes Whirl yarn...it's so baby soft and 100% cotton, so safe for baby. I designed this pattern wanting something cute with texture, but not overly fancy. It's a 5 row repeat. So once you know the pattern, you're on autopilot! We won't know for some time yet whether it'll be a girl or boy so I'm trying to keep it neutral for now. This colorway is Melting Macaron, just perfect for baby makes. Oh, and info on the kitty can be found →here.

***PDF Version is available in my Ravelry Store....HERE!





Baby Whirl Blanket




Crochet Hook: F/5-3.75mm

Yarn: 1 Scheepjes Whirl Melting Macaron, 1000m
and 1 Whirlette Bubble

sl st slip stitch
ch chain
sk skip
sp space
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
bpdc back post double crochet

Special Stitch-Popcorn Stitch-Make 5 dc’s in the same stitch. Remove your hook from the last stitch. Insert your hook into the first dc of the 5 dc’s. Grab the last stitch with your hook and pull it through the first stitch. Ch 1.

Notes: US terms
           ch at beginning of rounds counts as stitch.

Row 1: In magic ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc, join to top of ch3. 16 dc


Row 2: Ch3, (dc, ch2, 2 dc) in same st, dc in next 3, [(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next, dc in next 3], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 28 dc

**Row 3: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in same ch2 sp, (ch1, sk 1, dc) repeat (to) corner, [ch1, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp, *ch1, sk 1, dc*, repeat *to* to corner] repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 7 dc, 4 ch1 sp's

(Measures 6.5 inches after Row 7)

Row 4: Sl st to ch sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in next, (dc in next, popcorn st in ch1 sp) repeat (to) to corner, dc in next 2, [(2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in next, *dc in next, popcorn in ch 1 sp,* repeat *to* to corner, dc in next 2], repeat [to] to end, join to ch 3. 4 popcorn (each section will increase by 10, so your next repeat will have 14, then 24, etc.), 11 dc

Row 5: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, ch1, sk 1, (dc in next, ch1, sk 1) repeat (to) to corner [(2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, ch 1, sk 1, *dc in next, ch1, sk 1* repeat *to* to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 11 dc, 8 ch1 sp's

Row 6: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in each st to corner, [(2dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in each st to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 22 dc

Row 7: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in ch2 sp, bpdc in each st to corner, [(2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in ch2 sp, bpdc in each st to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 23 bpdc, 4 dc
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Rows 8-37:  Repeat rows **to** six times.

Row 38: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch4, sc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, sc) repeat (to) to end of row, ch1, sk1, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.

Row 39: (ch4, sc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, sc in ch 1 sp) repeat (to) to end of row, ch1 (sc, ch2, sc) in ch2 corner], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.

Row 40: Repeat row 39

Row 41: (ch4, sc) in ch 2 sp, [sc to end, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch 4.

Row 42: (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, dc) repeat (to) to corner, ch1, (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in corner ch2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to ch3.

Row 43: Sl st to ch 2 sp, (ch4, sc) in ch 2 sp, [sc in first st, sk next dc, 2 sc in each ch1 sp to corner, sc in last 2 dc's, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch 2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.








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