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The Makings of a Baby Blanket

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|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!

Baby Blankets n Thangs

I’m excited to say that my first official project for Fall is complete! I suppose it was really an end of Summer project, but it was finished near Fall so I think that counts. Many weeks ago, my friend Amanda and I decided to make a baby blanket for our co-worker. I forgot to buy a gift for the baby shower at work and so I went to my go-to of a baby blanket. I love working up a pretty blanket for a new baby. I mean come on.. It’s always the perfect gift AND it was made with love and by hand. You can’t really beat that now can you?

Anytime I need inspiration for a creative project, I tend to turn to Pinterest. I knew that making granny squares would be the easiest thing for us to do individually. For those that don’t know, granny squares are small crocheted squares that can be sewn or crocheted together to make a blanket, scarf, or etc.. Think of an old lady blanket that you’ve seen on tv that’s like brown and yellow (God-awful colors together) and that’s your typical 1970’s granny square blanket. I digress though.. So, we found a pattern that seemed relatively easy from @SpinCushions, took a crack at it, and it worked out wonderfully!


The Process

I have a strict policy on colors for baby blankets... NO p a s t e l s EVA! I know that’s everyone’s go-to, but why? Bright, bold, and fun colors are so much better in my humble opinion. Amanda went along with it and so we met up to pick out colors for a baby girl. After much trial and error of matching colors, we decided to go with purple, hot pink, and yellow. I had (and still have) a shit ton of yellow in my stash from a previous project (see here), so I pretty much demanded yellow be one of the colors used. I promise I’m not a diva.. lol. With all of these bright colors though, Amanda thought it would be best to have a neutral color surrounding all of the bright colors, and so an idea was formed and blanket making was in motion! 

To my surprise this granny square blanket worked up really quickly. I know you're saying it's, because Amanda and I were both working on it, but I don't think that was it. Don't get me wrong.... Fours hands are much better than two, but I think it was just a really quick project in general. We made all of the colorful circles first, next we added the borders to turn them into squares, and then finally we crocheted the squares together which gave it lovely ridges along the seams.


|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!
|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!

Let's Do It Again

I liked this pattern so much that I could see myself making other things with it as well. Something like a scarf, a purse, maybe even a full adult size blanket! You never know what could come out of it..

What kind of colors would you like to see in a baby blanket if you could choose?

Until the next time..

Light and Love,

Ariana

New Moon Intentions: May

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Moon Vibes Tribe

Oh happy day! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been taking a much needed break. I got spring cleaning fever really bad so I’ve taken to cleaning up all of the things that I’ve neglected over the busy winter season. Now it’s time to open up the windows, sage to bring in good energies, and plan, plan, and plan some more for the next busy season. Every month on the new moon, I like to tell you what personal and professional intentions I’ve set and share them on Pinterest. Check out the pin board here and send me a request so you can join in on the fun and share your intentions too!


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Taurus New Moon

1. Complete My Frankenstein! – Since taking my break, I’ve had a super big burst of creativity (which I’m loving!!) and I’ve got about 4-5 drawings of things I want to make. First on the list is going to be a new take on a shawl. I got the idea from always being cold at work and wanting something to just cover my upper body without it being as old-fashioned and cumbersome as a shawl. I’ve already started it, frogged it, and started it again to make it look like the image in my head. The goal is to set a due date (05/31) to finish it, write up a pattern for it, and notate any changes that I want to make. I’m so excited about seeing the finished product, but I plan on adding some really fun and badass elements!

2. Write all the Things – A few weeks ago after being completely exhausted and burnt out I realized that the pace I was trying to keep just wasn’t working for me. I needed to find a way to slow down and do things in my own way. I was feeling lost and out of place and whenever I feel that way I try to revert back to my basics. Simply put, journaling. A big stress reliever for me is writing out all of my problems. I used to write almost every day and I think that helped to keep me sane! So my goal now through the next new moon in June is to write. Write everything! The good, the bad, the joys, the tears, the fears, and the triumphs. All of it. I can’t run a business if I’m not mentally healthy, right?

3. Learn YouTube (Finally) – I’ve been talking (to myself mainly) about really sitting down and figuring out how to edit my videos so I can start a YouTube Channel. I think I’ve just been in my head about it too much. In my mind it needs to look professional, which means it should look as clear as possible, have music, an intro, and outro, words that pop up, slides, clips of vlogging, and not to mention all around perfection. Haha.. Perfection is not really possible and I’ve discovered that I’ve been overthinking things a bit! So the goal here is to do what I gotta do it get it edited and published by May 18th! The butterflies… they are a dancing.


So Tribe, do you or have you ever wanted to set intentions on the new moon?

I invite you to share your intentions or monthly goals with me here! Or if you’re a blogger and would like to get in the fun, follow me on Pinterest and you can join my New Moon Intentions group board! Comment with your Pinterest name or email address and I will add you to the board so you can start pinning! Have a wonderful week!

Until the next time..

Light & Love,

Ariana

The Magic of Coasters & Cup Lids

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{The Magic of Coasters and Cup Lids}| Tired of your coffee or tea getting cold too quickly? These coasters and cup lids will help keep your drink warm and toasty. www.TheUrbanCountess.com

Coasters and Cup Lids

Greetings Tribe!

I’ve been talking about them and now it’s finally time! The coaster and cup sets are now available and for sale on both my Shop page and Etsy!! I’m excited to offer them in brick red, a variegated purple & green, as well as sky blue. Take a look below to see which one is your favorite!

{The Magic of Coasters and Cup Lids}| Tired of your coffee or tea getting cold too quickly? These coasters and cup lids will help keep your drink warm and toasty. www.TheUrbanCountess.com
{The Magic of Coasters and Cup Lids}| Tired of your coffee or tea getting cold too quickly? These coasters and cup lids will help keep your drink warm and toasty. www.TheUrbanCountess.com
{The Magic of Coasters and Cup Lids}| Tired of your coffee or tea getting cold too quickly? These coasters and cup lids will help keep your drink warm and toasty. www.TheUrbanCountess.com
{The Magic of Coasters and Cup Lids}| Tired of your coffee or tea getting cold too quickly? These coasters and cup lids will help keep your drink warm and toasty. www.TheUrbanCountess.com

Reiki Infused & Color Magic

I infuse Reiki energy in each item I make. The type of intended energy that is used is per the color and what it already helps with and corresponds too. I think surrounding yourself with certain colors is important. It's no different that when you wear a red dress, because it helps you stand out and feel confident. So, pick out the color you are most drawn too and see below what each color means.

  • Brick Red - |Root Chakra| - Courage, joy, & renewal
  • Purple & Green - |Crown & Heart Chakra| - Harmony, growth, intuition, & wisdom
  • Sky Blue - |Throat Chakra| - Peace, spirituality, & tranquility

 


To read all about the process and inspiration of making the coaster and cup lids, you can read my previous posts here. To get yours now, run on over to my shop page and automatically get 20% off or use the code 'NEWTRIBE' to get 20% off in my Etsy shop!!!

Until the next time..

Light & Love,

A.C.

The Makings of Coasters & Cup Lids

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|Coasters and Cup Lids:  A Love Story|

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head to make coasters and cup lids. It started out as an invention out of necessity, as most things do. So, once upon a time, I used to work next to a warehouse. I was in a small room where eight to ten of us sat and there were a couple of doors that connected to said warehouse. People would come in and out of these doors all day and if you’ve ever worked in or visited a warehouse then you’ll know that it’s just like being outdoors. There is major dust, spider webs, and bugs. Lots and lots of bugs!

The Makings of Coasters & Cup Lids| www.theurbancountess.com
The Makings of Coasters & Cup Lids| www.theurbancountess.com

I'm a tea drinker. I like to have my tea every morning, especially while I’m working and I like to sip on it over the course of a few hours. As you can imagine, having an open cup in an area such as this can be problematic! After getting up to go talk about business matters (or hangout..) I would come back to drink my beloved tea and there would be gnats in it! (the horror!) How dare they throw their little gnatty bodies into my warm and comforting tea! I wasn’t about to change out my favorite tea cup and saucer for something ugly that happened to have a lid. So, I decided to just make my own lid with some scarp yarn I had and a coaster to go along with it, because… why not? Then something magical happened! Not only did it keep the gnats out of my drink, it also kept it hotter longer! I’d say it’s a win-win, right?

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|Going to the Workshed|

Now that I have a basic design, I can get a little more creative and refine it to what I feel works best. I've tried a couple different designs for the lid, but the dome is the original and my favorite. It allows you to fill your cup up pretty full and not worry about it touching your drink. Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, these are still a work in progress so more colors will become available later.

Which colors would you like to see?

Until the next time my friend..

Light & Love,

A.C.