Julie's Creative Lifestyle

HALLOWEEN & GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!





I hope you all have fun giving out candy and going to Halloween parties and trick or treating!  I will be at home giving out candy to all the kids trick or treating!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the cute costumes and smiling faces.  I hope I don't eat too much candy because I have 6 1/2 pounds of candy to give out! Lol.


IMPORTANT!
Remember to check back next week for my 1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway starting on Monday November 4, 2013.  Please check back on Monday for all the details!!  See you all and Have a Safe Halloween and wonderful weekend.

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Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

Join Vicky's Ornament Exchange

Monday, October 28, 2013



I'm spreading the word for my friend Vicky from Life on Willie Mae Lane who is hosting an ornament exchange!  Some of you might be interested in joining the exchange and you can visit her blog to find out all about the ornament exchange HERE.




We were both recently involved in a teacup/mug exchange that Stephanie at the The Enchanting Rose
hosted and that is how we met.   The exchange was so much fun and it was my first.  That is how Vicky got the idea!  You will receive a fun ornament in the mail and you get to meet new people too!  How about joining this fun ornament exchange that my friend Vicky is hosting.  The sign up will start now and run until November 8th.  Please read her blog to find out all the details to join.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

1 Skein Crochet Infinity Scarf & Pattern

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hi everyone!  Now that the weather is getting colder I would love to share with you a simple infinity scarf pattern.  It goes quick and it's easy to crochet because thick chunky yarn is used.  The best part is you only need 1 skein of yarn to make this scarf.

Here is what the scarf looks like rolled up.  The yarn is really a cranberry color but the camera made the color look more pink!

Here are the various stages of making the crocheted infinity scarf.

Here is the scarf rolled up and it also laid out straight.

This is what the infinity scarf looks like on.  If you make it this is what it should look like.

Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand Yarn, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Color: Cranberry 138
Crochet Hook: Size K - US
Stitches Used: Chain and Half Double Crochet

Make 80 chains and then half double crochet in second chain from hook and continue all the way to the end of the row.  When you get to the end of the row chain 2 and turn and continue this way until the scarf measures 5 inches wide.  When you get to the end, take both the ends of the scarf and sew them together using the yarn and then fasten off.

Note:  This pattern is made in US terminology.


I hope you like this pattern and please have fun making this crocheted infinity scarf.  You will have a great scarf to wear for the winter!  If you use this pattern please tell people that it was made by me.  

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie




Souperior Meat Loaf Recipe

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today we had an early afternoon dinner.  We had meatloaf, baked potatoes, broccoli and a salad.  The meatloaf was so delicious and this recipe is a family favorite that I would like to share with you.

Here is what the cooked meatloaf looked like when it was done.

My secret ingredient is a packet of onion soup mix and the recipe is on the back of the box.  I have been using this recipe for a long time.

Here is what the meatloaf looked like sliced up with a baked potato on the side.

Souperior Meat Loaf Recipe

1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs. ground beef (I used beef, pork and veal mixture)
3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs (I used italian bread crumbs)
2 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl.   Shape into loaf in 13 x 9 inch baking or roasting pan.  Bake uncovered 1 hour or until done.  Let stand 10 minutes.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie





Stephanie's Teacup & Mug Exchange

Friday, October 18, 2013

I recently joined my friend Stephanie and her blog The Enchanting Rose for a teacup exchange that she hosted.  This was the first time that I have joined a teacup exchange and it was so much fun.  I enjoyed picking out the goodies that I was going to send to the person that I was assigned to by Stephanie.

Here is what I received from the person assigned to me!

My gifts arrived in the mail from Kati at Kati's Little Corner of the World.  It included a tea mug with a Bible verse on the mug, two chocolate covered cookies and 3 lollipops for tea and a pretty card.

To see the rest of the teacup exchange, please visit Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  Thank you Stephanie for hosting this fun teacup exchange and to Kati my new blog friend, for all my special gifts.  Thanks to my new blog friend Vicki from Life on Willie Mae Lane who I was assigned to send my package to.  This was such a fun way to meet new friends!

Wishing you all a lovely fall weekend and see you next week!

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

Mini Crochet Pumpkins

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying fall.  I shared with you all the mini crochet pumpkins that I made last year HERE and the pattern to make them is HERE in a recent post.  Well I have been busy for the past few weeks crocheting these little mini pumpkins in all sorts of colors.  Come take a look!

I made white pumpkins with a black stem which are all the rage in blog land right now.

And this deep orange color with a brown stem!

Here are my little crocheted pumpkins sitting in the fall leaves.

And more little pumpkins!  Look how cute they look sitting together.

Here is my mantle decorated with my mini pumpkins.  Notice on the left there is a white pumpkin missing!  Well that is because I am still in the process of finishing it!  I need to sew it up.  The painting in the background I painted when I was in high school.  I do need to make a burlap wreath for next year to hang there.

I used tiny cotton balls to stuff the pumpkins.

There is still time left to make some mini crocheted pumpkins for fall and Halloween!  I hope I have inspired some of you to create one.  They are so much fun to make and I will be making a few more for some of my friends in my crochet group since I have a lot of yarn left over.

The white yarn is Caron in the color Fisherman White.  The deep orange yarn is Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Chunky in the color 133 Pumpkin.  The bright orange yarn is Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice in the color Radiant Orange.  The black yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in the color 0312 Black.  The brown yarn is from Red Heart (I don't have the label) but the yarn color is dark brown.

If you want to crochet these pumpkins you can use whatever yarn you have and color.  

I also want to thank and welcome all my new followers to my blog.  Thank you for all your sweet comments, they mean a lot to me.  

I also would like to thank all the wonderful friends that I have made in blog land who have featured me on their blogs with all of my crochet creations and my recipes!  Thanks it means so much to me.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

Ambrosia Salad

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hello friends, I wanted to share with you a fun and easy recipe for Ambrosia Salad.  We had friends over during the summer for a BBQ and they brought with them this salad.  My recipe is a little different from what we had, and it's so good and it reminds me of the dessert my mom used to serve our family when I was little.



With the holidays approaching soon this would make a perfect dessert to serve.


Ambrosia Salad 

10.5 oz. bag mini marshmallows
8 oz. container light sour cream
15 oz. can fruit cocktail
15 oz. can peach halves

Gently toss all the ingredients together and cover salad and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. 


Here are some suggestions that you may like to add or change to this recipe:

 flaked coconut
seedless grapes
slivered almonds 
mandarin oranges 
pineapple chunks

This is a recipe that grown ups and children will love and they can even help you make this.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

Fall is Upon Us

Friday, October 4, 2013


Hello My Friends 


Wishing everyone a wonderful fall weekend whatever you do!  See you all next week.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie


Another Granny Square Blanket

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I have crocheted yet another granny square baby blanket and this one I am happy to say I made for my nephew and his wife who are about to become parents to a baby boy in November.  I did not use the usual baby blue colored yarn because the last blanket I made was blue for my niece.  I wanted to try and use a different color combination and I like the green and yellow yarn that I used.


I enjoy crocheting granny square blankets and I never get tired of making them.  To make a granny square the post is HERE.  To make the blanket you just keep crocheting until the blanket gets big and I usually crochet 25 to 30 rows.

I added a border all around the blanket using the single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches.

The yarn that I used to crochet this blanket is Lion Brand Yarn in the color 170 Pistachio and Lion Brand Yarn in the color 160 Lemonade.

Sunday was the baby shower and it was so much fun to see family and to play baby bingo and other games and to see all the cute presents being opened.  I am looking forward to when the baby will be born.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie