[Pattern] Crochet Rose

This is a perfect DIY gift for the women/girls in our lives. So when I was little, I never had money to buy gifts (as I’m sure most kids can relate to also), which is probably how someone becomes “crafty” in the first place. I LOVE homemade gifts, because the sentiment can never be replaced, the story behind a gift that was given. I made these for my daughter’s teachers for Valentine’s Day (great for Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day too).

If you need a visual guide, there are LOTS of YouTube videos on how to make something similar; and actually you’ll find about twenty videos that are more or less the same pattern. I truly believe that everyone has the same design with different variations on the stitches used. This one is a combination of YouTube videos I saw.

Petals: Ch 51 *(to make your rose bigger or smaller, ch more or less)

Row 1: sc in second st from hook, sc in each ch to end of row

Row 2: ch 1, turn, *v-stich (dc, ch 2, dc), skip st — repeat to end of row

Row 3: ch 1, turn,  *shell (7dc) into ch 2 space, sc into the space that’s next to ch 2 space — repeat to end of the row; sl st into the side of the last dc (you might have to push your shell over to see it); fasten off

Take one end and wrap it in a circular motion to shape the rose. Sew the yarn to secure the shape, or use a hot glue gun.

Sepal: magic circle, ch 1, 5hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc (pull tail to close the ring); ch 6, sc into second ch from hook, sc down the ch; sc into the next hdc, *(repeat until you have five sets); fasten off, finish by tying the tail of the two ends

Big leaf: ch 12, hdc into third ch from hook, hdc into next ch, dc into next, dc into next, tr into remaining 5 ch until at last ch; 7tr into last ch; (start working at opposite side of worked ch) tr into next 5 ch, dc into next two ch, hdc into last two ch, sl st into first hdc on other side; fasten off

Small leaf: ch 12, sc into second ch from hook, sc, hdc into next two, dc, tr, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc; on opposite side of worked ch — sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc; sl st to first sc worked, fasten off

You can attach the sepal to the petals by sewing it with a yarn needle, or by using a hot glue gun (I used a needle to thread my yarn) — if you’re not able to get the shape you want by threading, using a hot glue gun will hold the form better. With a floral wire stem (available at craft stores), fold it in half and stick the ends into the center of the rose, make sure that each end goes into a different part of the center to secure the rose. Attach the leaves to its own stem the same way, and then attach all the leaf stems to the rose stem with floral tape.

*FYI — there are many YouTube tutorials on making roses and how to attach the leaves and stem to the petals, if you need visual guidance; they are all basically the same pattern.


St. Valentine

It’s St. Valentine’s day… and Ash Wednesday! (What a day to be a Catholic — Easter this year is also on April Fool’s Day).

Happy Valentine’s Day to me! ♡

It is wonderful being a woman when you’re with a great guy ♡… and my hubby got a 6-day weekend courtesy of the US Army at Benning, ha!

St. Valentine

Today I got a beautiful bouquet of a dozen red roses for Valentine. ♡

Catholics believe in saints. You pray to a saint when you need something. Valentine’s Day is actually a Catholic holiday that has become another western commercial holiday — that’s capitalism for you.

Not much is known about St. Valentine. The feast day of St. Valentine is February 14th. St. Valentine of Rome was said to have secretly married soldiers in the Roman Army, whom were forbidden by Emperor Claudius to marry — he believed the men made better soldiers when they didn’t have wives. A very romantic legend, but a legend nonetheless, as there is no historical context that this is actually true… it has the same mystical intrigue as Lady Godiva.

If you’re Catholic, this is the saint you pray to if you’re wanting to marry a soldier. Light a candle during his feast day, and hopefully he’ll deliver you a man in camouflage and all! Happy Valentine’s Day. ♡


I love them, they look so beautiful in my bedroom! ♡♡♡

My Valentine flowers ♡

The balloon was from my “Valentine” at Walmart (see previous post), and the rest from others — the one that I love the most is from my friend, it’s a mini tea rose plant in a ladybug shaped pot — I love ladybugs, and it shows what a good friend she is to remember something like that.

Today was actually a snow day, so it’s a long weekend, but kind of sucks because I wish I had a special guy to spend the day with.  I think it’s weird that I get all of these “admirers”, yet I’m still single! … Maybe I’m just too picky.


My Valentine roses.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ♡♡♡

20140214_124833Today a complete stranger came up to me at Walmart, his name is Trevor Wayne, from Johnston, IA — he gave me a Valentine! As a favor, he asked if I would take a picture with him because he accepted a “mission” to give a random stranger a Valentine. Such a cool and AWESOME concept, I LOVE it!!! For those of you with Twitter accounts, follow @mission_friday — and here’s your photo Trevor, thanks again, you made my day! #mission_friday