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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Connie's Spot© Watermelon & Mango Salsa


Here's a great summer recipe if you love watermelon and salsa...
it's super easy and quick to make!

All you need is:
5 to 6 cups Ripe Watermelon diced
1 ripe peeled Ripe Mango diced
3 or 4 tablespoons of Cilantro chopped
1 Chili Pepper, seeded and finely diced
1/3 cup of Purple Onion finely diced
4 to 5 tablespoons of La Costeña Jalapeño Juice
A few dashes of Sea Salt
Juice from half a Lime
 
Wear gloves when dicing up the chili pepper...if by
chance you happen to get the seeds or the juice
from the chili pepper on your hands and they
start to burn...pour olive oil on them and rub it into the
infected area, leave on for about 5 to 6 minutes...
this will help relieve the pain...I had this happen to
me once and it took the pain completely away in about
a half hour.
It's sweet, salty and oh so good!
 
 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Free Cylinder Clutch Bag Pattern©

"New Free Crochet Pattern"
Cylinder Clutch Bag Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
This little purse is really easy to make and can be made quickly....
perfect for a little girl or a slightly older one.
 This little bag could easily be made into a real evening bag...
just use a really pretty yarn and a more mature button...
get yarn to match your dress and it's the Perfect Prom Dress Bag!



The finished bag measures about 8" long

Materials and Yarns used to make these Bags:
Red Heart Kids Beach
Red Heart Bonbon Print
Bright Pink
White
2 1" Buttons

Hooks Used:
G, F

To make the Bag: with a G Hook
To make the sides of the bag a little more sturdier make 2 for each side.
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc, 2sc in the next st-18sts.
Row 4. 1sc in 2, 2sts in next st-24sts.
Row 5. 1sc in 3, 2sc in next st-30sts.
Row 6. 1sc in 4, 2sc in next st-36sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 5, 2sc in next st-42sts.
Row 8. 1sc in 6, 2sc in next st-48sts.
When you have both done work 1sc through both pieces.
Row 9. 1sc in the FLO in each st, join & ch1-48sts.
Row 10. 1sc in each st, join & ch1-48sts.
Rows 11-14. repeat row 10
To make the opening
Row 15. wk 1sc in each st, do not join, ch1 & turn.
Repeat row 15 until it measures about 61/2 inches.
Join the 2 sides together with a slip stitch, ch1, wk 1sc in each st around.
Repeat rows 11-14 and FO.
Once you have the bag done sew the other side in place to seal up the bag.

(I meant to put the Bright Pink side on the outside of the bag...but I forgot and by the time I noticed what I had done...I was to far into it to change it).
To make the Flap: with a G Hook
Attach yarn to one side of the opening (like in the photo below) with a sl st and ch1.
Row 1. wk 1sc across one side of the opening, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. dec1sc, wk 1sc in each st across, decreasing the last 2sts, ch1 & turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have 4sts total.
To make the Button Hole:
Ch5, wk 1sl st in the last st, ch1 and wk 1sc in each ch and FO.
With the same color or with a contrasting color,  wk 1sc around the flap.

To make the handle: with a G or F Hook
Ch2
Row 1. wk 4sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-8sts.
Row 3. 1sc in each st-8sts.
To make the handle on the White Bag repeat row 3 until it measures about 11 or 12 inches, you can stuff it lightly as you work.
To make the handle on the Blue & Pink Bag repeat row 3 until it measures about 6 or 7 inches.
This completes my super easy Free Cylinder Bag Pattern©.
I hope who ever your making them for loves
them as much as I loved making them!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me @
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I am celebrating my 34th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow!
My husband asked me where I wanted to go and every time he asks me that...
I give him the same answer...the BEACH...so that's where we're going!!
I got this Beach Bag from one of Connie's Spot© Sponsors on my blog...
jute bags
(if you decide to get this bag and put your name on it...
get it in a different color than white it blended in)

It is an awesome bag and it's so big inside...I have
2 big beach bags, 1 blanket, my writing journal and there's
plenty of room for both of our flip flops!
The bag is fully lined
so if I get sand inside I can just shake it out and go!



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Granny Circle Table Runner Pattern©

I just finished this
"Granny Circle Table Runner Pattern©"
By Connie Hughes Designs©
I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile now...so since I've been
resting and healing I thought I'd do some easy projects...
I really like the way it turned out!
 This was made using my Free Granny Circle Pattern©
I've attached the link for the pattern below
I used Red Heart Yarns in Aruba Sea...I made 3 circles...the center
one being the largest and the
two on the ends just slightly smaller!
 I did make one small change...in row 2 the original pattern says to
work 1dc in each stitch, I worked 2dc instead...I think if making
the blanket and sewing the puppy or teddy bear on top, I think
adding that extra stitch will help it to be more secure!
After I had all three circles done I simply stitched them
to each other using a needle & thread.
I made all three in a day...these would look great in
Red, White & Blue for the 4th of July...
they would make great placemats...it's truly a pattern
that you can use over and over...and make so many different things!
 I hope you enjoy your
Free Granny Circle/Table Runner Pattern©
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Free Dalmatian Puppy Security Blanket©

Here is the pattern for the little Dalmatian Puppy
that is on top of the Granny Circle Security Blanket.
I had a medical procedure done this Friday.
 So with my recovery time I decided to update and add the Puppy Pattern
to my Dalmatian Security Blanket
See Below under the 3rd photo!
Free Dalmatian Puppy Security Blanket©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
I have a soft spot for Dalmatians...we had one for years
until she passed away a few years ago!
We still have her collar and leash hanging on the
hook in the garage!
 The blanket part is the same as the free pattern...I just
changed colors...down below is the link to that free pattern!


To make the Head: with White Yarn & F Hook
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st around-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc, 2sc in the next st-18sts.
Row 4.1sc in 2, 2sc in the next st-24sts.
Row 5. 1sc in 3, 2sc-30sts.
Row 6. 1sc in 4, 2sc-36sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 36sts.
Rows 8-13. repeat row 7
Put the eyes in the 10th row counting from the top of head.
Row 14. 1sc in 4, dec1sc-30sts.
Row 15. 1sc in 3, dec1sc-24sts.
Stuff
Row 16. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Row 17. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Now make the Body, it's all one piece.
Rows 18-21. repeat rows 3-6 of the head
Row 22. 1sc in 5, 2sc in the next st-42sts.
Rows 23-25. 1sc in each st-42sts.
Row 26. 1sc in 5, dec1sc-36sts.
Row 27. 1sc in 4, dec1sc-30sts.
Row 28. 1sc in 3, dec1sc-24sts.
Row 29. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Stuff
Row 30. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Row 31. decrease sts until closed and FO.
 
To make the Ears: make 2 (1 White/1 Black) & F Hook
I made this ear with a chain of 5 but it made the ears to big. That's why I did it this way.
Ch4
Row 1. 1sc in 3, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. 2sc, 1sc in 1, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 3. 1sc in 5, ch1 & turn.
Row 4. 2sc, 1sc in 3, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 5. 1sc in 7, ch1 & turn.
Row 6. 2sc, 1sc in 5, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 7. 1sc in 9, ch1 & turn.
Row 8. 2sc, 1sc in 8, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 9. 1sc in 11, ch1 & turn.
Row 10. dec1sc, 1sc in 7, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 11. 1sc in 9, ch1 & turn.
Row 12. dec1sc, 1sc in 5, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 13. dec1sc, 1sc in 3, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 14. dec1sc, 1sc in 1, dec1sc, ch1 do not turn.
Row 15. 1sc in each st around entire piece and FO.
Sew each ear on top of the head. Leave enough room for the bow to be sewed in between them.
 
To make the Bow: with Red & F Hook (make 2)
Ch7
Row 1. 1sc in 6, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. dec1sc, 1sc in 2, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 3. 1sc in 4, ch1 & turn.
Row 4. dec1sc, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 5. 2sc, 2sc in the next st, ch1 & turn.
Row 6. 1sc in 4sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 7. 2sc, 1sc in 2, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 8. 1sc in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 9. repeat row 8 and FO.
Put the 2 pieces together and work 1sc all the way around both and FO.
Make the center of the Bow: with Red & F Hook
Ch7
Row 1. 1sc in 6sts and FO.
Wrap it around the bow in the center and sew in place. Sew the bow to the head.
 
To make the Nose: with White & F Hook
Ch2
Row 1. wk 5sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-10sts.
Row 3. 1sc, 2sc in the next st-15sts.
Row 4. 1sc in 15sts.
Rows 5-9. repeat row 4
Row 10. 1sc in 2, 2sc in the next st-20sts.
Row 11. 1sc in 20sts and FO.
Stuff and sew under the eyes.

 
To make the little black Nose: with Black & F Hook
Ch5
Row 1. 1sc in 4, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. dec1sc, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 3. dec1sc and FO.
Sew it on the white tip of the nose. 
 
To make the Collar: with Red & F Hook
Ch21
Row 1. 1sc in 20sts, ch2 & turn.
Row 2. 1dc in 1st, 3dc in 18sts, 1dc in the last st, ch2 & turn.
Row 3. 1dc in each st and change to black.
Row 4. join with a sl st and ch3, sk 2sts, 1sl st in the next st, repeat all the way across and FO. Sew collar around the neck.
 
To make the Legs: with White & Black (make 1 white/1 black)
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc in 2, 2sc in the next st-16sts.
Row 4. 1sc in 16sts.
Row 5. repeat row 4
Row 6. dec1sc 4x, 1sc in 8sts.
Row 7. 1sc in the FLO in 4sts, 1sc in 8sts.
Row 8. 1sc in 12sts.
Stuff as you go
Repeat row 8 until the legs are the length you want, sew them in place to the body.
With black felt cut out spots and sew or glue them to the face, nose, white ear and the white leg.
For the Instructions for the Granny Circle use the link below:

You are now done with your
Free Dalmatian Puppy Security Blanket©
I hope who ever your making them for loves
them as much as I loved making them!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me @
conniehughes212@gmail.com
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Free Glow Worm Pattern©

Free Cute Glow Worm Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
One's a doll and the other is a security blanket toy!
I had some of this yarn left over from my
last project, so I made these Cute Glow Worm Patterns©!
These are super easy to make!

(This is my Free Granny Circle Pattern the link is below)
I made this blanket smaller than the actual pattern...I worked rows 1-9
then changed to Glow Worm Yarn, I worked 1sc all the way around...then
switched back to Red Heart Kids Beach Yarn and worked
3dc in each st around, then switched back to Glow Worm Yarn
and worked 1dc in 2sts, 1trc in the next 2sts,
repeated this all the way around and FO.
To make the black lashes I used black embroidery floss...on the doll I
slip stitched them on in the BLO and on the blanket one I worked
1 single crochet in the BLO...I like the slip stitches best!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Red Heart Yarns used in Patterns:
Glow Worm (green)
Red Heart Kids Beach
 
Hooks used in Patterns:
F, I and C
 
Other Materials used in Patterns:
Poly Fill
Stitch Marker
Needle & Thread
Red/Black Embroidery Floss
15mm Suncatcher Eyes
Sm. Piece of White Felt for Eyes
 
Stitches Used in Patterns:
Single Crochet
Double Crochet
Triple Crochet
Decrease
 


To make the head/1st ball: use Bright Yellow Yarn to make the head/Glow Worm Yarn to make the 1st ball & F Hook
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc, 2sc in the next st-18sts.
Row 4. 1sc in 2, 2sc in the next st-24sts.
Row 5. 1sc in 3, 2sc in the next st-30sts.
Row 6. 1sc in 4, 2sc in the next st-36sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 5, 2sc in the next st-42sts.
Row 8. 1sc in 6, 2sc in the next st-48sts.
Row 9. 1sc in 48sts
Rows 10-14. repeat row 9 (when making the head add 2 more rows of 48sts)
Place eyes in the 12th row from the top of the head.
Row 15. 1sc in 6sts, dec1sc-42sts.
Row 16. 1sc in 5, dec1sc-36sts.
Row 17. 1sc in 4, dec1sc-30sts.
Row 18. 1sc in 3, dec1sc-24sts.
Row 19. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Stuff
Row 20. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Row 21. dec1sc until closed and FO.

To make the eye lids: with Bright Yellow Yarn & D Hook (make 2)
Ch6
Row 1. wk 1sc in 5sts, FO.
Attach black embroidery floss with a small hook, wk 1sl st or 1sc in the BLO in 5sts, FO.

To make the 2nd ball: with Glow Worm Yarn & F Hook
Repeat rows 1-7 of the head/1st ball
Rows 8-13. 1sc in each st-42sts.
Row 14. 1sc in 5, dec1sc-36sts.
Row 15. 1sc in 4, dec1sc-30sts.
Row 16. 1sc in 3, dec1sc-24sts.
Row 17. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Stuff
Row 18. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Row 19. dec1sc until closed and FO.

To make the 3rd ball: with Glow Worm Yarn & F Hook
Repeat rows 1-5 of the head/1st ball
Row 6. 1sc in 30sts.
Rows 7-12. repeat row 6
Row 13. 1sc in 3, dec1sc-24sts.
Row 14. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Row 15. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Stuff
Row 16. dec1sc until closed and FO.

To make the 4th ball: with Glow Worm Yarn & F Hook
Repeat rows 1-4 of the head/1st ball
Rows 5-11. 1sc in each st-24sts.
Row 12. 1sc in 2, dec1sc-18sts.
Row 13. 1sc in 1, dec1sc-12sts.
Stuff
Row 14. dec1sc until closed and FO.

To make the hat: with Glow Worm Yarn & F Hook
Ch2 (when making the hat you will add 1 or 2sts gradually and randomly in just about every row)
Row 1. 4sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-8sts.
Row 3. 1sc in 8sts.
Row 4. wk 9sts
Row 5. wk 10sts
Row 6. wk 12sts
Row 7. 1sc in 12sts.
Row 8 wk 14sts
Row 9. 1sc in 14sts.
Row 10. wk 16sts
Row 11. 1sc in 16sts.
Row 12. wk 18sts
Row 13. wk 20sts
Row 14. wk 22 sts
Row 15. wk 24sts
Row 16. wk 26sts
Row 17. wk 27sts
Row 18. wk 28sts
Row 19. wk 29sts
Row 20. wk 31sts
Row 21. wk 33sts
Row 22. wk 35sts
Row 23. wk 37sts
Row 24. wk 39sts
Row 25. wk 41sts
Row 26. wk 43sts
Row 27. wk 45sts
Row 28-31. 1sc in 45sts and FO.
(Optional make a small pom-pom and sew to the end of the hat).

To make the arms: with Glow Worm Yarn & F Hook (make 2)
Ch2
Row 1. wk 7sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-14sts.
Row 3. 1sc in 14sts
Rows 4-12. repeat row 3
Stuff
Row 13. close the arms by working 1sc through both sides-7sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 14. repeat row 13 and FO.

To make the collar: with Red Heart Kids Yarn in Beach & G Hook
Ch24
Row 1. wk 2dc in 3rd st from the hook, wk 3dc in the next st, repeat all the way across, ch3 & turn-60sts.
Row 2. wk 1dc in each st across and FO.
Attach Glow Worm Yarn with a sl st
Row 3. ch4, sk 2sts, 1sl st in the next st, repeat all the way across and FO.
You are now done with your
Free Cute Glow Worm Pattern©
I hope who ever your making them for loves
them as much as I loved making them!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me @
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