Extra Thick Crochet Hot Pad

hotpadcollageIf you are looking for a nice, thick hot pad, this is it! My biggest fear when using a crocheted hot pad is that it will have a hole somewhere in it that is big enough for me to get burned! And it’s a valid fear… by nature, crochet work has holes. So, when I created this pattern, preventing burns was the first thing on my mind! This pattern is DOUBLE SIDED for extra protection and incorporates two different stitches for safety, as well as beauty. I love the unique textures created by using different stitches on each side. Continue reading Extra Thick Crochet Hot Pad

Firework Wands Tutorial

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I created these wands on accident when I attempted to make 4th of July ribbon wands and one of the spools I purchased was a wire garland. I found out they do not “flow” at all and make a terrible addition to a ribbon wand! However, they are fantastic for these fun “firework” wands! Continue reading Firework Wands Tutorial

T-Shirt Yarn Wrap Bracelet (Tutorial & Free Template)

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This t-shirt wrap bracelet is a simple and comfortable accessory to a summer wardrobe. I personally have several styles made for myself and wear them regularly! So cute! Have fun playing with colors (and don’t feel like you have to stick with t-shirt yarn… see note below) and button styles and even add a charm or two. So many ways to have fun with this pattern! Continue reading T-Shirt Yarn Wrap Bracelet (Tutorial & Free Template)

Thank You For A Wonderful Year!

It is amazing what you can do in a year! One year ago, Cute As A Button Crochet & Craft did not exist. I didn’t have a business name or a logo, I had never sold a single item, I was watching my very first YouTube videos on how to do a treble crochet and how to crochet in the back loop! Doing my first craft show seemed like a far-off dream and creating a website felt daunting. Now a year later and all these things have come and gone and it has been way more fun than I ever imagined.

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Nate and I at the 4th of July Craft Fair in Weaverville, CA, 2015

I went to my first two craft fairs this year… The 4th of July Craft Fair in July and the Festival of Light in November. It was so rewarding to share my work and see people enjoy what I had created. It was also fun to share the experience with my eleven year old son, Nathan, who has created his own product line, Little Green Thumb. We met so many wonderful people and had a blast being part of these social events. I am so happy that I took the risk and tried something new!

Setting up for the Festival of Light in November 2015. Can you see Sammy helping?
Setting up for the Festival of Light in November 2015. Can you see Sammy helping?

Thank you to each and every one of you who encouraged me, came to my events, gave me advice, commented on my photos, bought one (or more 🙂 ) of my creations, or ‘liked’ and shared my page this last year. I have felt so honored and blessed by your interest and support! I couldn’t have done it without you. It is the reward of seeing people enjoy my work that fuels my desire to do more. Thank you for sharing in this new passion of mine!

Cup cozies and boot cuffs were popular in 2015.
Cup cozies and boot cuffs were popular in 2015.

I am barely one foot out of 2015 and I’m already eager for more in 2016. I have a list of new patterns I can’t wait to try and new items to add to my shop. I loved discovering what you all liked the most this past year and am planning more of your favorites this coming year. I hope you like them. Thank you for allowing me to share a little part of your life in 2015!

I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

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