Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Crocheted Easter Baskets

Crocheted Easter Baskets
by:  Britta's Bounty

Level: Beginner 
Materials:  Worsted-weight yarn -  size 4, any color(s) of choice
                    Crochet hook - size I-K ( I used a K) 
                    Embroidery needle for weaving ends in

Stitch Key:  Hdc. - Half double crochet
                     Dc. - Double crochet
                     FpDc - Front-post Double crochet
                     BpDc - Back-post Double crochet
                     Sc. - Single crochet
                     Ch. - Chain
                     Slst. - Slip stitch 
                     St. - Stitch
Note:  If you need a tutorial for the Weave stitch (FpDc & BpDc), you can go to my YouTube channel to view it.  

Round 1:  Ch. 1, then work 8 Hdc. in 1st chain.  Then Slst. in first Hdc. (8)
Round 2:  Ch 2, then do 2 Hdc. in each st. around. Then Slst in first Hdc.  (16)
Round 3:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st., then 1 Hdc in next st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (24) Then Slst in 1st Hdc.
Round 4:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc. in next st., then 1 Hdc in next 2 st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (32) then slst. in 1st Hdc. 
Round 5:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc. in next st., then 1 Hdc in next 3 st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (40) then Slst in 1st Hdc.  
Round 6:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st., then 1 Hdc in next 4st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (48) then Slst in 1st Hdc. 
Round 7:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st., then 1 Hdc in next 5 st.)  Repeat ( ) for the round (56) then Slst in 1st Hdc.
Round 8:  Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st., then 1 Hdc in next 6 st.)  Repeat ( ) for the round (64) then Slst in 1st Hdc.
Round 9: [IN BACK LOOPS ONLY] Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st. then 1 Hdc in next 7 st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (72) then Slst in 1st Hdc.
Round 10: Ch. 2, then (do 2 Hdc in next st, then 1 Hdc in next 8 st.) Repeat ( ) for the round (80) then Slst in 1st Hdc.
Round 11: Ch. 2, then do 1 Dc. in each st. around.  (80)
Round 12-15: Ch. 2, then (do 1FpDc. in next 4 st(s), then 1 BpDc. in next 4 st(s).) Repeat ( ) for the round.  Slst in 1st FpDc.
Round 16-18:  Ch. 2, do 1 Hdc. in each st. around.  Slst. in 1st Hdc. 

Handle of Basket #1

Row 1:  1 Sc. in each of next 20 st(s).  Ch. 1, turn
Row 2:  In the same st. as the ch., do 1 Sc., then do 1 Sc in each of next 19 st(s) across.  Ch. 1, turn. 
Row 3-7 [or until you have 10 st(s)]:  Do a dec., then do 1 Sc. in each of next st(s), then do 1 dec. at the end of row. Ch. 1, turn.
Now you will be crocheting three straps to be braided.  
For the first strap:  1 Sc. in next 3 st(s), ch. 1, turn. Repeat that until the strap in long enough for the desired strap length. Tie off.  Do the same for the other two straps, [You will need to do a Dec. when starting the last strap]. Then braid the straps together, loosely keeping them flat. Then secure them together until they are crocheted together.  [NOTE: When crocheting the straps, you can get creative and change the color of each strap if you'd like]
With the same color as the basket, start single crocheting (Sc) the braided straps together by doing 1 Sc in each st. (9) Ch. 1, turn. Then do the reverse of Rows 1-7.  Instead of doing Dec.'s do Inc.'s.  On the last row turn the basket inside out and Slst each st. in the last row to the edge of the basket.  

Handle of Basket #2 
Finish and tie off basket.  
Row 1:  Ch. 11
Row 2: In 2nd Ch from hook, start doing 1 Sc in each Ch across. Ch. 1, turn.
Row 3:  Starting in the same St as your Ch, do 1 Sc in each St across. (10) Ch. 1, turn. 
Repeat Row 3 until you have the length that you want.  
When your handle is as long as you want it, either Slst or sew it to the top of the basket.  

Handle of Basket #3
Finish/tie off basket. 
For this handle you're going to make three straps to braid together.
Row 1:  Ch. 4
Row 2:  Starting in the 2nd Ch from hook, do 1 Sc in each Ch. Ch 1 turn.
Row 3:  Starting in the same St as your Ch, do 1 Sc in each St across (3)
Repeat row 3 until it reaches about 24".  (That should make it about 20" when braided, if you'd like a longer handle then keep going and make it longer ;)) 
When you have three straps, sew or Slst each one to the top edge of the basket, next to each other.  Then, start braiding loosely, keeping the straps flat.  When you come to the end use some kind of clip to hold the braid together while you sew or Slst to the other side of the basket.  (NOTE:  If you don't like the floppy handles and would like to have them stay up, then you can buy thin wire at any craft store and sew it through each side of the handle.)


You're Finished!

Hope you enjoyed making this Easter basket.  It was a lot of fun to create this pattern.
If you have any questions/comments I'd love to hear them in the comment section below!

Have a wonderful day and a very happy Easter!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crocheted Flower Bookmarks

These bookmarks are so fun and quick to make.  It is the best crochet project for beginners.

What you will need...
                    Crochet hook size F/3.75mm
                    Embroidery needle
Ch. 5
Round 1:  Slst. in 1st chain, then Sc 10 in ring.

Round 2:  (Slst in 1st Sc then in the next Sc fit 5 Hdc), repeat from ( )
End with a Slst
Ch. 45 or the length of your book.
 In 5th chain from hook Slst
In ring do 10 Sc

(Slst in 1st Sc then fit 3 Hdc in next Sc) Repeat from ( )

End with Slst
Finish off and weave in tail sewing the chain to the flower.

And You're finished!

Happy Reading! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Essential Oils For Back To School

I can't believe it's already time to go back to school!  Summer went too darn fast am I right?  Isn't that how it always goes?!  Get them ready both physically with school supplies AND mentally with the right essential oils that can help them feel less anxious for their first day, help them focus on what they're learning through out the year and of course keep their immune systems healthy and strong so they don't get sick.

One idea I have for back to school is breakfast.  It's the most important meal of the day.  Add some essential oils and help their bodies defend against whatever bug is in that classroom, help them focus on that homework or test, help them to feel less anxious about meeting new kids, giving oral reports, taking important tests, whatever it may be.  Send them off to school prepared!

Here is a recipe for IQ Mega French Toast that I'm sure your kids will love.
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon IQ Mega
Sprinkle of cinnamon
4 slices of whole wheat bread
       1.  Put all ingredients in a shallow bowl and mix well.
       2.  Dunk each slice of bread on both sides and then cook in a skillet over medium heat.
Go here to find out more about IQ Mega.

Next, let's talk about lunch.  Here are a few ideas for lunches...

1.  Wild Orange Peanut Butter Sandwich
2.  Cinnamon Apple Chips
3.  Cinnamon PB and Granola Sandwich
4.  Lemon Kale Chips
5.  Tangerine Fruit Dip

Some essential oils are used for immune support.  They are Wild Orange, doTerra On Guard, Thyme and Lemon.  You can diffuse these oils or rub them on the bottom of their feet or put them in their water.  You can also make a cleansing hand gel to keep in your child's backpack.

Cleansing Hand Gel (with on guard)
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
8-10 drops doTerra On Guard
Small squeeze container
         1.  In a bowl, combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.
         2.  Add 8-10 drops of doTerra On Guard
         3.  Add water and mix well.  Add more or less water based on the desired consistency
         4.  Pour into small container for use.

Let's talk about homework.  Aromatherapy is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.
When the kids come home from school and they've had a long day and emotions are high then diffuse some Vetiver.  It can calm them down.

Peppermint is great for those low energy days.  Diffuse peppermint with frankincense and wild orange for added effect.

Some oils can be put directly on the back of the neck.  Two of these oils are PastTense and InTune.  PastTense can help ease stressful feelings and InTune can help sustain a sense of focus.

I hope this post helped you learn something new today.  

What recipe are you going to try?

     Thanks for coming over today!  
If you would like to know more about doTerra Essential oils then go here and if you would like to order some of these oils that I shared today go here or email me at
Have a great rest of your day! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

An Introduction to Essential Oils

In the spring of 2008, doTerra, meaning "gift of the earth" was founded.  They wanted to provide high quality essential oils to enhance many lives.  In addition to sharing oils, doTerra aspired to serve people and communities with the resources they had.  Have you heard of doTerra?  Have you always wanted to learn more about it?  Well you're in the right place. 
 Why doTerra?
           - Plants are sourced all over the world.  What does that mean?  When the plants are sourced that means that they're in their true environment to produce the best properties in the plant. 
           - Harvested at the most opportune time
           - Every batch is rigorously tested by a third party
           - Testing ensures the absence of toxins, contaminants and assures the presence of desired therapeutic properties.  

 What is an Essential Oil?
           - Extracts from plants
           - Found in the seeds, bark, root, stems, flowers and other parts of plants
           - Highly concentrated (less is more)
           - 50 - 70 times more powerful than herbs
How we use essential oils 
              Effects mood
              Purifies the air
              Helps maintain a healthy airway
             Apply to the skin or to the bottom of your feet
             Works fast!  Enters the blood stream within 30 seconds
              Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to prevent skin irritation or with hot oils
              Consume as a dietary supplement for targeted wellness
              Supportive to the bodies systems
              Add a drop to a favorite dish for exceptional flavor 

 Essential Oil Tips and Safety
              Keep out of eyes, ears, nose, throat and other sensitive areas
              Dilute with fractionated coconut oil NOT water
              Read label directions
              Use internally only if the bottle has supplemental facts
              When using internally only use glass or stainless steel 

Now let's talk about the 10 most popular oils...

     Lemon cleanses the air and surfaces, naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.  It also supports healthy respiratory function and promotes a positive mood.  


      Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, soothes occasional skin irritations and eases feelings of muscle tension.  

      Peppermint promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing, alleviates stomach upset, helps with head aches, and frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum.  


      Melaleuca (Tea tree oil) is renowned for its cleansing effect on the skin, promotes healthy immune function, and protects against environmental and seasonal threats.


       Oregano is used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, provides immune-enhancing benefits, supports healthy digestion and respiratory function and contains antioxidants.

        Frankincense is known as the "king of all oils".  It supports healthy cellular function, promotes feelings of relaxation, and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. 


        DigestZen aids in the digestion of food, soothes occasional stomach upset and helps reduce bloating, gas and occasional indigestion.  


        Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing, helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats.  Diffuse at bedtime to promote a restful nights sleep.  

Deep Blue

        Apply to feet and knees before and after exercise.  It's also perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of housework.  Massage with carrier oil onto growing kids legs before bedtime.  

On Guard

       On Guard supports healthy immune and respiratory function, protects against environmental threats, cleanses surfaces and promotes healthy circulation.  

Ordering These Wonderful Oils
When you purchase essential oils through me, not only are you getting them directly from the source, but you are supporting my small, home based business....Thank you!  
When you purchase doTerra essential oils, you become a wholesale member (like Sam's Club or Costco) and receive a discount of 25% on all your oils for one year.  There's a $35 membership fee (that is waved when you purchase an enrollment kit) and then you can get the wholesale prices.  There is never any obligation to purchase every month either.

Here are two of the most popular kits...

The first one is the Home Essentials kit.  It's our number one selling enrollment kit for people just starting out with the oils.  This kit has all 10 of the oils you just read about and has larger 15ml. bottles that have 250 drops in each and a petal diffuser.  It costs $275. 

Our second most popular kit is our Family Essentials kit which has the same oils but they are in smaller 5ml. bottles (85 drops), On Guard and Peppermint beadlets.  This kit costs only $150.  

If you are interested in trying these wonderful oils you can click here or drop me an email and I'll contact you.  

Thanks for coming to my blog today!  Have a great day!



Friday, August 4, 2017

Yea! It's Friday!

Friday is a good day!  It's the day of the week that promotes hope that the weekend will be fun or just relaxing from the long, hard week that you just had!  This week for me had been so long and I'm glad that it's finally Friday.
Tomorrow we're going to go to my nieces baptism.  In our church, (L.D.S.) when you're 8 years old you have the choice to be baptized and become a member.  We are so happy for our niece and cousin for choosing this for herself.  Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take her pictures for her baptism invites and so they will have nice pictures of her special day.  She is such a sweet and beautiful girl and it was a pleasure to photograph her.  Here are a couple of my favorite shots from that session.

Last week my girls and I went to her birthday party.  It was so cute.  Her theme was Harry Potter and her parents did such a good job of decorating and doing the games.  When it was time for presents the girls and I were so excited for her to open our gift.  I crocheted a cute little purse and a couple of headbands.  
 Go here for the pattern
This cute little purse is one I came up and am working on the pattern.  
I will let you know soon when it is available!

She was thrilled with them!  

Hope you have a good rest of your day and 
thanks for coming over!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

It's August!...Where'd July go?!

Seriously, did July go by as fast for you as it did for me?!  I can't believe school is starting for us in 2 weeks.  Yes, this year starts the new, early schedule.  We start August 14 instead of on the 29th.  Part of me thinks this is great because the kids are just sitting around the house.  Yet another part says, "Ahhh! Already!" Well, at least we get out earlier for summer next year.  Well, I guess all we can do is enjoy what we have left of the summer. 
I was looking on Pinterest yesterday, you know, just browsing, when I found a website that had an awesome way to get back on track with my journal writing.  Lately, I've been really thinking about starting my journal again.  I wasn't the best journal writer when I was a kid or teen.  I did it but I didn't really understand why people write in journals.  I wrote lame and hilariously embarrassing things.  When I got to college I was better at it, but didn't do it as often as I should've.  When I served a mission for my church (L.D.S.) I was really good at writing just about everyday.  I wanted to keep writing after I got home and I did really well until I started my job and dating my soon to be husband, then I married that guy and started a family and, well, my life got pretty busy fast.  I continued to write in my journal off and on until blogs became a thing and started our family blog and wrote blog posts every week.  It was fun to write what we did as a family, what crazy things the kids were saying or doing, etc. etc.  I kept that blog for eight years!  Then Instagram came along and suddenly it was easier to just post your photos/videos from my phone, put a little caption and BOOM!  It's posted!  Well, I decided that I'm going to get back into writing in my journal so my posterity can read all about my life and see what kind of fun I had, mistakes I made, how I fixed my mistakes, and everything else about me.  I'm going to be writing on both our family blog and in my private journal (there's just some things that shouldn't be posted on the world wide web, ha ha!).  So, if you're interested in reading what our family is up to just go here!  You can also scroll back a few years and see what crazy things my kids did.  It's pretty entertaining!  Anyway, back to Pinterest.  I saw this website that had journal prompts for the month of August.  I thought I'd do it and invite anyone else to do it as well.  The first day, which was yesterday, was "Write a goal for August"  My goal is going to write in my journal everyday.  Either on my blog or in my private journal.  If you haven't already, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook and I'll be checking in everyday to tell you what the next days prompt will be.  I'm excited about this little challenge for myself.  Hope you join me!
Thanks for coming to my blog and I hope you have a great rest of your day! 


Friday, July 28, 2017

How We Learned to Play Piano

I started taking piano lessons when I was four year years old stopped when I was 15 years old.  I've had quite a few piano teachers and had plenty of time to practice which I hate to admit that I didn't take full advantage of all the time I had. I could have practiced more.  Anyway, when I was 15 years old my family and I had just moved to Sparks Nevada and that's when I stopped taking piano.  I was in high school and didn't really think I needed or wanted them anymore.  Plus I was busy with school, friends, church, friends oh, did I say friends already...well you can see what my priorities were back then.  Anyway, I still played the piano every now and then and I was satisfied with my skills at that time.
Now as a parent, I wanted my own kids to have that skill so I put them in piano lessons too.  They started out loving it then after a few lessons and practice it got old.  Raise your hand if you can relate.
Well, a few years ago I found out about Piano Marvel.  It's an interactive computer software that helps kids learn 4 to 8 times faster than traditional lessons.  Now don't get me wrong, it does not replace traditional piano lessons but rather enhances them.  It's so fun to play with the software.  It's like guitar hero but for your piano.  Here is a link to the website so you can see for yourself.  If you like it and would like to try it, you can use my promo code 'singer' to get a 20% discount. 
My girls have loved it and so have I.  I brushed up on my skills and even learned more.  When I quit piano lessons in high school I was at level 5 and now I'm at level 6.  My girls started at the very beginning and now they're almost at levels 3 and 4.   Here are videos of them when they were starting...

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