Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bow Chandelier Earrings

These little bow charms just screamed earrings to me. I think they are super adorable and will go with everything. They only take a few minutes to make, and then you can go enjoy them!
Materials: bow charms- each about 1 inch long (mine are from Oriental Trading), 4 1-inch  pieces of chain, 6 small jump rings, 2 ear wires, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
With the jump rings, attach a piece of chain the the bow. Repeat or the other side. 
Attach a jump ring to the 2 pieces of chain, and the ear wire. 
Repeat for the other earring. 
These earrings are so fun, and I can't wait to wear them. 

Look- squishy, sleepy, adorable ferrets! What a great way to start the day- seeing these little guys so calm and relaxed in their little bed. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 






Wine Pearl and Crystal Earrings

I love earrings. I think I've mentioned that, but if I haven't, earrings are my absolute favorite thing in this universe. The rich color reminds me of a nice rich red wine, and the deep color of an eggplant. Perfect for the fall months!
Materials: 16 purple bicones- 4mm, 16 purple glass pearls- 6mm, two earring wires, a length of chain, 32 headpins, wire cutters, round nose pliers, and bent nose pliers. 
Thread each bead on a headpin, and bend it to a 90 degree angle. 
Make a loop, and attach it to the bottom of the chain. 
Continue with the rest of the beads, alternating between pearls and bicones. Attach the ear wire to an empty link of chain. 
Repeat to make the other earring. 
Enjoy these beautiful earrings!
Xoxo, Alyssa






Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Warm Rippled Cowl- Free Knitting Pattern

During these cold winter months, I wear many cowls and scarves. I prefer cowls and infinity scarves. I'm going to share my pattern for this cabled cowl. The cables create soft folds in the fabric, making it very warm. 


I used Deborah Norville Everyday worsted, holding two strands throughout, with size 11 needles (USA). 
Cast on 28 stitches, any way you prefer. I used the long tail method. 
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit 2, *6-st left cable; repeat to end, knit 2
Row 4: purl
Row 5: knit
Row 6: purl
Row 7: knit 8, 6-st right cable, knit 6, 6-st right cable, knit 2
Row 8: purl
Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length. I repeated the pattern 11 times, and my cowl is about 28 inches. 

6-st left cable: sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold to front of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle
6-st right cable: sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold to back of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle

Enjoy this soft cowl!
Xoxo, Alyssa






Monday, July 29, 2013

Purple & Copper Illusion Necklace

I love illusion necklaces. They can dress up any outfit, and be as fancy or as casual as you want. I'm imagining this necklace with jeans and a warm fall sweater. The coppery and wine- purple tones remind me of autumn colors. 
Materials: Microfilament beading cord, clasp, purple bicones- 4mm, copper beads with purple accents, 2mm crimp beads, crimping pliers,and  scissors. The beads came from Michaels. 
Cut three lengths of the cord, one 30", one 33", and one 36". Thread the crimp bead, the clasp, and back through the crimp bead, then crush the bead with your pliers. Repeat with the other two pieces of cord. 
Thread a crimp bead, a crystal, and another crimp bead. Crimp the crimp beads. 
Repeat with the rest of the beads. 
Attach the second half of the clasp the same way as the first half. 
Repeat with the other two strands.  

Enjoy your new necklace! Look at those floating beads!
Xoxo, Alyssa












Friday, July 26, 2013

Zucchini Lasagna

I love lasagna. I was going to make a nice sauce- filled version for dinner. However, I noticed the zucchinis in the refrigerator.summer zucchinis take over the garden, and we don't want them to go to waste.  So, instead of shredding them, or chopping them up, I replaced thin slices for the typical lasagna noodles. Noodles. That's a funny word. 
Look at all that deliciousness oozing out!
Ingredients: 3- 4 small to medium zucchinis, a 16 ounce container or ricotta, an egg, about half a block of mozzarella, a jar of your favorite sauce, and grated Parmesan cheese. 
I didn't follow a recipe for this dish; I just made it up as I went. I love to do that with recipes, as it is different every time. So feel free to follow this recipe very loosely. You could use your favorite filling for regular lasagna, or even stuffed shells. Be creative here. 

1. Wash the zucchinis, and slice them very thin. This was kind of tricky. 
2. In your casserole dish, put a layer of zucchini on the bottom. 
3. Pour sauce on top of this layer. 
4. Mix the ricotta, Parmesan, and egg. Smear some on top of the sauce layer. 
5. Add a layer of shredded mozzarella. 
6. Layer more zucchini, sauce, the rest of the ricotta mixture, and mozzarella. 
7. Lay the last of the zucchini on top, then dump the rest of the sauce on top. Add a thick layer of mozzarella. 
8. The oven should be preheated to 350, and you can put this in the oven for about an hour and a half. 
Enjoy this delicious dish! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crystal Cuff Earring Set

I love earrings. I have decided I want a cartilage piercing, but I very nearly fainted when I got my second holes done. So, when the ear cuff came around, I decided I wanted one. Naturally, I made one- these are so easy to customize to fit your style. 
I love the sparkly crystals and delicate chain hanging between the lobe and cartilage. 
Materials: 8 crystals, 8 small head pins, a length of chain, a jump ring, and silver ball earrings with a small loop at the bottom. You will also need wire cutters, round nose pliers, and bent nose pliers. 
Attach one side of the chain to the earring, and the other to your jump ring. You can keep the jump ring open for this process, since that is what makes up the cuff. You might have to play around with how far you bend it open. Remember not to pull it apart, just side to side. 
Thread each crystal onto a head pin and make the loop, without closing it. 
Now attach the crystal to the chain, right underneath the link that connects it to the earring. 
Repeat with two more crystals, each underneath each other. Attach two more crystals to the jump ring section of the chain, below the link attached to the jump ring. 
Attach the last three crystals to the other earring. 
I just love these earrings, and can't wait to wear them. Best of all, I didn't have to have another needle shoved through my ear, and another fainting experience. :)

I really think they will go with everything, since they are silver and silver works with almost anything. If you had a cartilage piercing, you could make these with another earring post at the top instead of a jump ring. 
Look how messy my hair is!
I hope you love these earrings as much as I do! 
(Taking pictures of your own ear is very difficult)
Xoxo, Alyssa












Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Liquid Silver Scarf- Free Knitting Pattern

While knitting this scarf, the way the yarn caught the light reminded me of liquid silver, thus earning the name. 
I absolutely had to have this yarn the moment I saw it in Michaels. Shiny and silver= yarn I MUST have. 
Made with one skein of Patons Metallic and size 7 needles, this scarf works up quickly. The design of the pattern also makes it work up on the bias, giving it a parallelogram shape. 
Co 53 stitches
Row 1: Knit 
Row 2: K1, *yo, K2tog* repeat to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf reaches desired length, or until you run out of yarn. 

Enjoy!
Xoxo, Alyssa

Thanks to everyone enjoying my pattern, I have been chosen as a 2013 All Free Knitting Top Blogger!





Monday, July 22, 2013

Super Easy Wire Wrapped Ring

I love rings almost as much as I love earrings. (You will never, ever see me without earrings. I dont leave the house without a fun pair) These rings are so easy. I made four in about 15 minutes! They're so cute and customizable. 

Materials: 18 gauge silver wire, flat beads, ring mandrel or marker, wire cutters, and bent nose pliers

With the wire cutters, cut about 12 inches of your wire. 
Wrap the wire around your mandrel or marker twice, leaving a tail of about 1 1/2 inches. 
Thread the bead. 
Wrap the longer end of the wire around the bead. 
Then, wrap the shorter end around the bead as well. No need to be super neat here- the wire wraps look fun when wrapped messily. 
With the bent nose pliers, tuck the ends underneath to secure and hide them. 
Enjoy your new ring!
Isn't the owl ring just adorable?
Always one for overkill; I made 4. 
Xoxo, Alyssa






Friday, July 19, 2013

Braided Cuff Bracelet

Today I'm going to share my tutorial for these super simple braided cuff bracelets. 
Materials: bracelet size memory wire, seed bead mix ( the blue, pink, black/ gray mix came from A.C. Moore, and the purple and black/  white came from Michaels),  2 eye pins, wire cutters, round nose pliers, and optional bead spinner. 
Cut 12 pieces of memory wire, each about 1 1/2 loops long. (The purple and black/white mix only had 9 pieces). With the round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of each piece. 
Now, we can thread beads onto the wire. I like to use my bead spinner, but this can easily be done by hand. 
Once you have threaded enough beads to make a complete circle, trim the end of the wire, and make a loop. Continue this with the rest of the memory wire. 
Now we can start braiding!
Attach one end of a memory wire circle to the end of the eye pin. 
Now string a bead, a memory wire circle, the another bead. Continue to the last one. With the eye pin, make another loop and attach the last circle to it. 
Separate the memory wire into three sections. Braid it loosely, as the memory wire will bunch up and make it seem smaller. 
Now repeat the finishing for the final side. 
Enjoy! 
I always get tons of compliments when I wear these bracelets. They are gorgeous and fun to accessorize with. 
Alyssa