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London Trip Part II – Toy Soldier Cuddler – Pumpkin Pie Earrings

Day 2 of our London adventure included a tour of Westminster Abbey, The Royal Mews (stables), and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. I have always loved poetry, so visiting Westminster Abbey has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is the first thing you see when stepping inside, and it is truly a magnificent site. (Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside.) During World War I, an army chaplain saw a grave marked by a wooden cross, and he wanted to do something to honor this soldier and the many others who were not identified. He contacted the Dean of Westminster in 1920 about honoring these soldiers “amongst the kings.” Four unnamed soldiers were exhumed, placed in coffins draped in Union flags, and taken to a church in France. Brigadier L.J. Wyatt entered the chapel and placed his hand on one of the coffins. A tomb was built just inside the entrance of Westminster Abbey, and King George V personally chose one of his swords to cover the casket with the inscription “A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914–1918 for King and Country.” The soldier was interred on November 11, 1920 – now known as Remembrance Day. It is surrounded by red paper poppies and is truly a stirring site. It is the only tomb in the Abbey on which it is forbidden to walk. For State ceremonies, the red carpet is laid around the tomb so as not to disturb it. Royal brides lay their bouquets on the tomb at the end of their wedding ceremonies.


Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

We then walked through the Green Park along the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk on the way to Buckingham Palace. This marker brought me to tears again – such a beautiful person, gone much too soon.


I grew up in Galveston County and have seen my share of pelicans, but the size of these guys amazed me!


Buckingham Palace


You really have to see Buckingham Palace in person to comprehend its size – 775 rooms including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. This is the Queen’s primary residence and place of business. It is considered “The Office” by the Royal Family. Next week I’ll post about our tour of Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend residence and childhood home.

Changing of the Guard

Stunning! Spectacular!

Changing of the Guard (YouTube)

I was so looking forward to this tour, I had to make a little Royal Guard crochet pattern.

Toy Soldier Cuddler Pattern


Day 1 in London

Pumpkin Pie Earrings

pumpkin pie earrings

Here’s a fun pattern to start off your holidays. Earrings measure approximately 1.5″ each, but you can use this pattern with #10 thread to make them larger, cotton worsted to make coasters, or double cotton worsted for potholders.


DMC Cotton Perle #5 thread:

Color 351

Color 738


Steel hook size 3

Crewel needle

2 Earring hooks


Rnd 1: With color 351, 2 sc (or magic circle), 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (14 sc). Do not join.

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (21 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off color 351.

Rnd 4: Using color Blanc, *sc in next st, popcorn in next st,* repeat around. In last sc, work sc, popcorn (11 sc and 11 popcorns). Join with sl st. Fasten off Blanc.

Rnd 5: With color 738, *2 sc in sc, 2 sc in ch-1 behind popcorn,* repeat around (44 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 6: Reverse sc around. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 4” length. Use length to attach earring hooks. Weave in all ends.

Texas Horned Lizards

I want to thank SA Monthly Magazine and Texas Hill Country for their article on my Horny Toad crochet patterns.

Horny Toads

National Days

November 16 Button Day Snowman with Button Nose

November 18 Princess Day Royal Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern

November 20 Absurdity Day Boob Bowling Ball Bag Crochet Pattern

Next Week:

Until then, happy crocheting!

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London – Phone Booth Scarf Pattern

London the second time around was so much better. Last August, we winged it. This year we went on as a group for the Houston Texans game and signed up for all the tours available. NFL On Location handled everything, and we got to see so much more of the city than we did last year. After arriving in London and checking in at the Hilton Park Lane hotel, we were treated to brunch by the Hard Rock Café just around the corner.


That afternoon was a tour of the city on a double-decker bus, culminating in a ride on the London Eye. It’s a 30-minute ride during which you can see all of London. Our tour included a champagne toast with our group.

Since my first visit to London last year, I have been toying with the idea of a scarf made to look like the phone bbooths scattered around London. For this trip, I just had to make one and get a photo.

London Phone Booth Scarf


Worsted weight yarn –

4 oz. red

2.5 oz. white

Few yards yellow

Crochet hook size H (5.00 mm)

Yarn needle


7 dc + 2”; 4 rows = 2”

Women’s scarf measures approximately 7.5” wide by 52” long (instructions are given to lengthen scarf if desired).


Row 1: With red yarn, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2 (sc, ch-2 counts as first dc), dc in each ch across (24 dc).

Row 2: Turn, sc in first st, ch 2, dc in st across.

Rows 3-94: Repeat sts of Row 2, alternating colors as per chart.

Rows 95-97: Turn, sc in 1st st, ch 2, dc next 2 sts tog, sc across to last 2 sts, dc next 2 sts tog. (18 dc at end of Row 97). Do not fasten off. If a longer scarf is desired, repeat Rows 7-14 until desired length.


At end of Row 97, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across top, sc down the side with 2 sc in the side of each dc. Work 3 sc in each corner, sc across bottom, 3 sc in corner, sc up other side with 2 sc in the side of each dc. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Rnd 1: With yellow (or gold) yarn, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch and next 7 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 7 ch, 2 sc in last ch (20 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 10, sk 3 sts, sc in 4th st, ch 10, sk 3 sts, sl st in next st.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, 12 sc around 1st ch-10. Sl st in sc, ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot), *ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch,* repeat once, sl st in remaining 3 ch, sl st in sc between 2 ch-10s, ch 1, work 12 sc around ch-10 loop, sl st in Rnd 1. Fasten off leaving length for sewing. Center crown at top of scarf and sew in place. Weave in ends.

crown applique

YouTube video for crown

Pattern Testers Wanted

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Looking for unique patterns for Christmas gift this year? Join my Facebook testers group and check out the patterns available for testing. All you need is a basic knowledge of crochet and the desire to give feedback on the patterns. Most of my designs are easy to Intermediate.

United States Marine Corps Birthday

Marine Baby Sweater

Veterans Day, November 11


Bald Eagle Potholder

2020 Crochet Calendar

Update your kitchen with a new crochet pattern each month. Twelve patterns on a hanging wall calendar – a great value at only $14.99 each. Makes a great Christmas gift for the crafters on your list.

Calendars printed by Printing Center USA.

Next Week:

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Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

Fox ornament crochet pattern

A cool front blew in last night, so it finally feels like Halloween. I miss the Halloweens when the kids were young, and I spent most of October sewing costumes for them. I think my favorite was the Jack Sparrow costume.

DCF 1.0

As a treat for you this year, I made a tutorial on YouTube for a black cat door hanger on the Addi knitting machine. It’s quick and easy to make and looks so cute hanging on the front door.

Black Cat Door Hanger

More Halloween patterns are available at My Fingers Fly  including the Frankenstein Eyeglass Holder for Frankenstein Friday.

Frankenstein eyeglass holder
Frankenstein Eyeglass Holder

Fox Christmas Tree Ornament

The cooler weather also gets me in a Christmas mood, so I have been working on ornaments for my tree. It may be too early for some people, but crafters know that it’s never too early to start making Christmas items.

Fox ornament crochet pattern


Worsted weight yarn – a few yards of light (CC) and dark (MC)

Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)

Yarn needle

Black pompom

2 google eyes

Ribbon or cord.


Rnd 1: With CC yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (8 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (16 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (20 sc). Fasten off CC.

Rnd 6: With MC yarn, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnds 7-11: Sc in each st.

Rnd 12: Sk 12 sts, sc in 12 sts.

Rnd 13: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts* twice (10 sc).

Rnd 14: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts* twice (8 sc).

Rnd 15: Dec 4 times (4 sc). Fasten off with 4” length. Pull sts tight to close.

Go back to unworked sts of Rnd 11. Sc in each st. Repeat Rnds 12-15.

Glue on eyes and pompom nose. Cut a piece of cord or ribbon about 15” long. Pull through a stitch at the top of the back of the fox and make a knot.

Zoo Blog Hop Day 29 – Fox

More Christmas Ideas

Advent Calendar Christmas Ornaments Crochet Pattern Ebook

Melted Snowman Ornament

Christmas Goody Bags Crochet Pattern ebook

Crown Ornament

Roller Skate Christmas Stocking

Free “Handmade with Love” Gift Tags


Halloween/Dias de los Muertos

There’s still time to make some cool sugar skull items. Paperback and Kindle versions of Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns is available at Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns.

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2020 Crochet Calendar


Calendars are here! I’m so proud of this project – 2 years of designing, testing, and tweaking have finally brought my vision to life (with the help of a great photographer and a very patient graphic artist).

2020 Crochet Calendar

Looking for the perfect gift for the crocheters in your life? This calendar is the perfect gift that keeps giving all year long. Each month there is a new crochet pattern to add a little whimsy to your kitchen: January Zebra potholder International Zebra Day February Wine Bottle potholder National Drink Wine Day March Three Little Pigs panhandlers National Pig Day April Bunny dish scrubby Easter May Firefighter axe panhandler International Firefighter's Day June Giraffe potholder National Giraffe Day July Ice Cream Cone potholder National Ice Cream Month August Fish kitchen towel National Marine Week September Elephant potholders National Elephant Appreciation Day October Skull kitchen towel Halloween November Eagle potholder Veterans Day December Christmas panhandlers Christmas Skill level: Easy to intermediate Each calendar page measures 8.5" x 11". Calendar includes January through December of 2020. Also included is a 25% off coupon which is valid on any pattern or ebook throughout the year.


Stay tuned for my November blog:

  •  2020 Crochet Calendar Giveaway
  •  Veterans Day patterns
  •  More Christmas patterns
  •  Highlights of my London trip

More Halloween patterns

More Cat Patterns

National Hug Your Cat Day – 8 Free Cat Crochet Patterns

Addi Fat Cat Pattern

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Las Vegas – Slot Machine Pillow Crochet Pattern – 2020 Crochet Calendar

Ordinarily I like to travel to a new city, see new sites. Las Vegas (in my opinion) is the exception to that rule. There’s always something new to see. This time we went to see Smokey Robinson in concert. As much as I enjoy live music, I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a concert more than this one. On the way out, I heard a man telling his wife, “Now let’s go make a baby.” The show was that sexy!

This time we stayed at the Luxor Hotel and had dinner at Diabla’s Cantina. Since I live in San Antonio with the greatest TexMex food in the country, I was pleasantly surprised by how good the mixed fajita dinner was – beef, chicken and shrimp cooked to perfection.

Diabla’s Cantina

The other reason I love Las Vegas is the slot machines. I’m a bargain hunter, so I stick to the penny slots, but I really love the ones that have a story to them. If you also love the slots (or know someone who does), here’s a free pattern for you.

Slot Machine Pillow Crochet Pattern


Worsted weight yarn

     6 oz. red

     ¾ oz. yellow

     ½ oz. black

     ½ oz. green

     ½ oz. white

     Fabric paint

Crochet hook size I (5.50 mm)

Yarn needle

14 x 14 pillow form



Row 1: With red yarn, ch 54. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of the next 52 chs (53 sc).

Rows 2-60: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Fasten off red.


Work in sc according to chart.

Weave in ends.


Holding wrong sides together, sc both sides together with red yarn and I hook. Because sc is not a perfect square, there are 53 sts across and 60 in height to form a square. Work 53 sc evenly spaced on sides with 3 sc in each corner.

Large Button:

Rnd 1: With yellow yarn and I hook, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing. Sew to bottom right corner of pillow. Embroider or pain “PLAY” on button.

Small Buttons (Make 2 in desired colors):

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing. Sew to bottom left corner of pillow.

Paint on numbers or add appliques as desired to personalize your pillow. Chart also includes block letters for “JACKPOT” if you prefer to embroider rather than paint. To download the PDF version, please visit

More Pillow Patterns

Axolotl Pillow

Free Taco Pillow Pattern

Roller Skate Pillow Crochet Pattern

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Crochet

Horny Toads

Topping off my Las Vegas trip was this cute horny toad at the airport. Anyone who knows me knows that’s my favorite animal!

2020 Crochet Calendar

For the past year I have been working on designing enough potholder patterns to create a crochet calendar. I’m so excited to finally release my 2020 Crochet Calendar – 12 Kitchen Crochet Designs. All preorders in October will receive a free crochet-themed pin. Calendars will be mailed starting in November.

If you’re interested in wholesale prices for the calendar, please contact me at

turtle ornament

Turtle Ornament Crochet Pattern

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Mission Inn – Bell Wall Hanging

The Mission Inn exceeded all my expectations. The rooms are luxurious, the staff friendly and helpful, and my love of history was on overload with the artwork and the museum.

Spanish Bell, Mission Inn
Spanish bell circa 1247 AD
Spanish Bell, Mission Inn

Frank Miller purchased the property in 1880 from his father. It was built by his father as a boarding house, but Frank expanded it to several more wings. Through his travels, he populated the wings with art work from around the world. He counted among his friends Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, and Louis Tiffany. Many of Tiffany’s stained glass windows can be seen throughout the buildings including seven windows in the St. Francis Chapel. It has never been consecrated as a church, but it is a popular wedding chapel for southern California brides. To see these gorgeous works of art and the 18th century cedar and gold leaf Mexican altar, be sure to sign up for the museum tour.

Although time did not allow me to sample all the restaurants in the hotel, Las Campanas serves some of the best chicken tacos I have ever had. Sorry, I forgot to take the photo until after I had already eaten one of the tacos.

Las Campanas, Mission Inn

Frank Miller’s collection of bells once numbered over 800, but since his death, the hotel has changed hands several times. The collection still has over 500 bells, and they are displayed all over the property. That’s how I came up with my next pattern, a rustic wall hanging with several bells.

Mission Bell Wall Hanging
PDF download available at:

Wall hanging measures approximately 18 wide by 24” tall


Lion Hometown USA Aspen Tweed – 1 ½ skeins

Size L crochet hook

Yarn needle

18” wooden dowel or tree branch (1 1/2” diameter)

10, 2 cm wooden beads – 3 for each bell and one for hanger

Large Bell:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (16 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (32 sc).

Rnds 5-13: Sc in each sc.

Rnd 14: 2 sc in each st (64 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 15: Ch 1, sk joining st, sc in back loop only of each st around (63 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, *dec, sc in next 7 sts,* repeat around.

Small Bell (Make 2):

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnds 4-8: Sc in each sc.

Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st (32 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 15: Ch 1, sk joining st, sc in back loop only of each st around (31 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, *dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (29 sc).


For large bell, cut 50” length of yarn. Fold in half and loop around center point of dowel. Thread both strands yarn through center of large bell and then through center of wooden ball. Allow bell to fall to desired placement on yarn (approximately 8” down from dowel) and knot yarn under the wooden ball. Thread one wooden bead on each piece of yarn with each bead visible just below the rim of the bell. Knot yarn under each bead and trim yarn below knot.

For small bells, cut 40” lengths of yarn and assemble in the same manner on the outer portion of the dowel. Bottoms of small bells should be even with top of large bell in the middle. Measure to ensure small bells are equal distance from center bell.

For hanger, cut 2” lengths of yarn. Loop around the dowel with each side halfway between center bell and outer bell. Pull all 4 lengths of yarn through wooden bead and make a knot to hold in place.

As always, feel free to post photos of your crochet at

This design is featured in Deck the Halls with Yarn Blog Hop 2020

National Days

Air Force baby sweater
September 18 – Air Force Birthday
Skilled Trades baby sweaters

September 20 – National Tradesmen Day –

Red panda lovey

September 21 – International Red Panda Day –

Elephant crochet patterns

September 22 – Elephant Appreciation Day –

Ice cream cone potholders

September 22 – Ice Cream Cone Day –

Pig eyeglass holder

Third Week of September – National Farm Animals Awareness Week –

Baby Construction Sweater

Third Week of September – National Construction Appreciation Week –