Category: Giveaway

Huge Craft Giveaway At FaveCrafts

Giveaway by FaveCrafts
Image source: FaveCrafts

FaveCrafts is like the ultimate online hangout for crafters. I’ve been quite the diligent subscriber to them due to their continous free patterns they offer for knitters and crocheters. Not to mention their array of projects and ideas for every other craft on the planet.

While I spend a lot of time browsing the FaveCrafts website, I don’t often enter the giveaways they feature. Mostly because I’ve never won anything in my life, and usually don’t have time to really get into entering any giveaways.

However, FaveCrafts feature some really amazing giveaways, and sometimes when I have spare time on my hands, I find it impossible to pass up entering. Particularly, the huge craft supply giveaway they have running right now.

The Ultimate Craft-tastic Grand Prize Giveaway includes craft products from the following brands: Fairfield, SpinRite, Clover, Sizzix, Little B, Simplicity, I Love to Create, DOW Chemical, Plaid, Cousin, FloraCraft, and Stencil1. Talk about a giveaway worth entering!

Head on over to FaveCrafts right now to enter the giveaway yourself, then you can come back to finish reading this post, if you want to.

The deadline is February 28, 2015, but you can enter the giveaway once every single day up until the deadline!

You can also earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway on your social media sites, as well as an extra entry by featuring the giveaway on your blog, like I’m doing right now. 😉

If you’re a subscriber of FaveCrafts newsletter, you’ll be notified of their bi-weekly giveaways via e-mail, so you can enter the giveaways as soon as they go live. I subscribe and get their newsletter to check out their free patterns and craft ideas every week, and that is how I knew of the giveaway that’s going on right now. For some reason, this time, I felt compelled to enter this one, and perhaps I’ll manage to find time to continue entering their giveaways from now on. Just the thought of winning a craft supply giveaway as ginormous as this one is enough to get my heart rate up a little!

Winning this kind of giveaway would really have any crafter all set for all kinds of new crafting adventures!

To see a list of all the giveaways running by FaveCrafts right now, you can click here and go through to find the giveaways you want to enter, if you would like to enter more than the one giveaway.

Being a lover of crochet, knitting, beading, and many other crafts, I basically stalk FaveCrafts everywhere online. I find a lot of awesome, free patterns and inspiration from their Twitter posts as well, so if you’re like me and want more, you can follow them there, too.

Now that my entries are all in, I’m going to take a crochet break myself. I’m working on yet another garment at the moment. I’ve only gotten as far as the chains so far! But will be starting the first actual row any minute now! Wish me luck. I’m really hoping this one turns out stunning.

Do you guys enter giveaways? Craft giveaways only, or do you enter all sorts of different ones? Have you ever won anything? I’d love to hear your stories! Also, if you guys know of other giveaways going on, go ahead and share those with me, too, if you like.

Oh, stay tuned for a post I’ll be doing on a shawl I’m currently knitting (yes, I’m working on two projects at once.) I’ll be uploading photos of the finished Io Shawl from Willow Yarns, and will also be doing a review sometime very soon (when I can finally finish the shawl.) The pattern has been the most frustrating, complicated knitting pattern I have yet to attempt, so it’s a slow-go, but I’m doing my best to get the beauty finished so that I can feature it here as soon as possible! I hope you’ll stay on the lookout for it.

13 Insanely Adorable Crochet Toys/Amigurumi

Amigurumi Crochet Collage
1. Giraffe

Crochet-Patterns-Free has a nice list of giraffe amigurumi and giraffe themed items with free patterns! The little guy above by I Love Buttons By Emma is my favorite, but with so many free giraffe patterns available, you have a plethora of those to choose from. I think the little giraffes would be precious baby gifts.

P.S. The Crochet Stripey giraffe pattern by I Love Buttons By Emma appears to be UK pattern, so keep this in mind if you are a US crocheter.

2. Octopus found on Joann

This is the best free octopus pattern I’ve yet to be able to find online, in my opinion. octopusAnd he’s one pretty awesome octopus. Bonus: He actually looks quite easy to do, too.

3. Laura’s Loop: Bobble Sheep Pillow Free Pattern found on The Purl Bee

Free Crochet Pillow Pal Pattern by Red Heart

If you know a child who’s been hoping for one of those pillow pets (that are $20, thank you very much), then you might just be able to impress them with your own, hand-made version. And there’s a unicorn one! As long as they don’t mind the non-light-up effect of a hand-made version, that is. My niece is a fan of pillow pets, and would be ecstatic to have one of these made for her, so I was totally beside myself to find a FREE pattern for one. And they look very much like the as seen on TV Pillow Pets, too! And let’s face it, that unicorn is bad a**! Excuse my stars/language.

…4. Oh, and this adorable
owl by Daisy Cottage Designs is too cute to pass up.
Free owl crochet pattern

I’m pretty certain that every niece of mine from my 5 year old niece to my 9 year old niece, they’re all going to be happy to cuddle this cutie.

5. As for the babies in your life (and mine,) the
Teddy Rattle by Is It A Toy looks so chic!teddy-rattle-stone

6. The very creative (and uber kind-hearted woman for sharing such a perfect design), ChiWei from One Dog Woof created this fantastically perfect Bubbles & Goldfish Teether:

Told you it was purrfect, didn’t I? Hell, if there wasn’t a small baby in my life to make this for, I’d just make it for my own self. . . I can use it for *something* I’m sure! Too cute to pass up. I think I’ll even try for one or two for my many pregnant friends who happen to all be pregnant right now.

7. <a href="” target=”_blank”>Crochet caterpillar baby toy by lion brand:

8. For all the Grumpy Cat fans: A Grumpy Cat Pattern
by: Crochet is for Lovers
I know, you’ve just fallen in love, right?

grumpyCat_front_smallNote: The pattern can be downloaded from her Ravelry page (simply click the link above to get there.)

9. Any small child is probably going to appreciate a pony like one of these fellas by Knit One Awesome: unicorn pony

10. …Or a floppy, precious bunny like the one by:
One Skein Bunny Rabbit by Deb Richey
amy the great
The one photographed is by © AmyTheGR8. Pattern can be found here
I liked AmyTheGr8’s version the most, but there are loads of finished bunnies you can find inspiration from, if you’d like to tweak yours to be more original, too.

11. …Or this fabulous little elephant! Even I want one of these cuties.
Thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">All About Ami for providing a useful photo tutorial here to go along with the original pattern here.

If you speak English, you’ll have to do some translating (Google or Bing Translate), but it shouldn’t be impossible as a few folks have already accomplished these!

12. And let’s just be honest here, who *wouldn’t* jump up at down for one of these adorable koalas from Craft Passion?

You can get the crochet pattern for Mr. Koala here at Woman’s Day, and to see an awesome photo of putting him together, check out Craft Passion’s post.

13. If you’re crocheting for your cat (Christmas gift for kitty?) or a kid, I’m pretty sure both would love a few adorable, brightly-colored mice by Tuba Ching Ching! I know as a kid, I would have really loved a little mouse or two like these! And I’m sure they’d have been far more snuggly to cuddle up to than those ol’ plastic ones I used to play with.

If it’s for kitty, simply stuff with cat-nip (kitty will thank you! I promise) and if it’s for a child, simply use stuffing (kid will thank you…. I think. Can’t make many promises, though.)

This poll is to get an idea of what  products people would prefer as I’m working on getting together a bundle of items to send to a few bloggers in exchange for a product review. If any of you are interested in reviewing a hand-crocheted product, please do let me know!


What Hand-Crocheted Gift Do You Prefer Recieving?

  • Hats/Beanies
  • Appliques to sew on clothing/purses
  • Baby “sling” for carrying baby
  • Blanket
  • Colorful Seat covers/chair covers
  • Cosmetic Bag
  • Dish cloths
  • Face scrubbers
  • Handbags
  • Headbands
  • Pillows
  • Scarves
  • Shawl
  • Shrug
  • Socks
  • Other? Please tell in comments section!


More polls: Online polls

Project Crochet Giveaway — Or Why I’m Giving My Crochet Away




Hello everyone! How are you all? I hope everyone is well, and crocheting their hearts out like I have been.


I’ve been on a mission lately. A mission to… You guessed it! Give away my crocheted products! Why would I do such a thing, you ask? Well, for several reasons. Let me explain.


What is Project Crochet Giveaway?

I started Project Crochet Giveaway mostly because, like any crocheter (or other crafter), I love the work that goes into creating something, but I also want that something to be appreciated and used… and loved. Most people have family members and friends who are happy to have anything they make, but mine have not shown a great interest in just any item I crochet.


It’s been my deepest desire to have people using my items, and loving them, obviously. One of the main reasons I got into crochet was because I’ve always had an intense love for giving and helping others. I adore it. I live for it. So what better way than crochet?


My dreams have always been filled with giving to others. I’m not even kidding. I’ve brain-stormed billions of ways I could crochet useful things that would make people feel good, or warm or whatever.


To put it in a nut-shell:

Project Crochet Giveaway involves giving away crocheted items by leaving them at random in public places. I include a note for some added cheer, and obviously to let people know they can take the items.

I’ve crocheted a few handfuls of various fun little items, making sure to use something with versatility so that folks can use them any way they want. For instance, the flower and owl appliques I’ve made can be sewn on as appliques (sewn onto purses, clothing like t-shirts and baby onesies, or used as decor by slapping a magnet to the back and sticking it on the fridge, etc.)

Here are some of the other items I’ve used in Project Crochet Giveaway




Of course I hope to update to other items to giveaway instead of just flowers. At the moment, I have a handful of little owls and one small, stuffed bear I’m working on to add to the project! It’ll be small, but I figure a child (or adult!) may enjoy it. I’ll be leaving a hanging ribbon on his head so that he can be hung up (perhaps on a car mirror, if an adult wants him.)

What Else Inspired Me to Create Project Crochet Giveaway

Add to that, fellow crocheter and  blogger Jamie from Scissors and Steam who blogged about crocheting an adorable owl while on vacation where she left her owl as a gift to the next people who stayed in the cabin she was in.   And bam! The perfect way to give away my crochet was born. Okay, it didn’t go exactly like that, but eventually, the idea to simply leave the crochet items somewhere for others to pick up was inspired shortly after reading her post. That post of hers really struck me. I knew the minute I read about her doing that that something big had sparked inside of my giving heart. I knew it would somehow end up inspiring the ideas I’d desperately been hunting for for so long in my head regarding how the blasted he** could I make people take my crocheted products.

So, there you go. Project Crochet Giveaway is my new baby.


The Project/Challenge in Action:

The photo you see above is bad quality, but it captures the very first action of Project Crochet Giveaway. It was the first little giveaway and guess how I done it?

After tons of brainstorming ‘Where will I leave my items? Where is a place that people will feel comfortable taking the little products I leave?’ I came to one of, probably, the oddest ways possible: in the bathroom! As long as it isn’t packed, most people would feel comfortable taking something without feeling judged or anything.

So, I scrawled up a letter to my future takers. That’s what you see in my photos above. Of course it isn’t beautiful. It’s just a piece of notebook paper with a cute owl stamped at the top.


This is what the note says:


“Want me? Take me!

I was put here to make you smile, but if you don’t adore me, please leave me here for someone who will. 

You can sew me onto t-shirts, bags, other clothes, or just slap a magnet to my back and I’ll hang out on your fridge!”

And I figured it wouldn’t hurt to include my shop’s link just in case there might be some chance the receivers would like to see more items of mine. It’s a mini way to spread the word, locally about your shop, or in my case, hopefully get the word out that I crochet and would enjoy receiving requests from people if they wanted something. . .


“If you’d like to see more cute fellas like me, check us out online at our store Laughing Flamingo.” (except unlike the online world, in the real world, you can’t use text links! Lol. So I obviously wrote out the URL.)


*The notes vary from item to item.

How I do it

Basically, what I’ve done is crochet a bunch of different, small items like flower appliques in many colors. I tried opting for the bright, vibrant &amp; happy colors because my main intentions for this project are to really bring a sense of joy and happiness to people. I want my little items to be the rainbow in someone’s storm. You know how you’ll be having a terrible day or something awful happens and it seems like the little good things come to meet you at that perfect time when you needed it most, the time when you were so down that having some random, little thing come to you seems to have been sent there just to brighten up your day. Just for you! Do those things ever happen to you guys? Can anyone relate? Or am I just a freak?

That feeling that you get when you weren’t feeling your best &amp; someone reaches out and does something (minor even) that seems to put you in awe and gives you that rare, warm and fluttery feeling inside.Or perhaps it’s not a person, but something. Something happens during a moment you could use that something the most. A moment that causes you to appreciate that thing more than you otherwise would had you not been having such a ‘moment.’ For instance, you were just in an argument with your spouse and the day just feels like crap. The only thing that can ‘fix’ the crappiness is a good, hearty apology. Everything else about your day is quickly rolling down the rock-embedded hills because that’s just how these events happen. You’re late, then you lose something, etc. Domino effect, right?

Through your huffing and puffing, you happen to be digging through your purse for something (and of course since it’s a crappy day, you’ll obviously be digging forever and probably won’t even find the lip gloss or paper or receipt you needed) right before you break down, you pull out your… wedding band that you’d cried and panicked over for days because you just knew you’d left it in that hotel. You’d beat yourself up over losing your special ring forever. You probably even angrily visualized some crook with a crap-eating-grin on his face as he found the ring. Then, of course he went and pawned it because he’s a crook, and that’s just your luck. You’ll never get to have that beautiful, sentimental ring on your finger again &amp; the pain will be there forever.


And what do you know? When you open your hand to see what that cold object was you grazed across at the bottom of your purse was. Your ring! The crook was kind enough to have tracked down its owner and secretly place it in her bag  after all!

What does that feel like? You know those kind of feelings? How some minor little thing just brings you a rare sense of joy, peace or happiness and it just completely turns your day around. Maybe even impacts you in such a memorable way that you’ll always cherish the memory and smile when you see something that brings the memory back to you.

That describes perfectly the kind of feelings I want to give to people. Those feelings are the whole reason Project Crochet Giveaway meant enough to me to start something like it.

I know. It’s small. It’s just a little flower made of yarn (good yarn, I might add!)  It’s not like I’m anonymously sending random folks a million dollars and a trip to Hawaii, right? It’s just a tiny thing that you may think is so minimal that people will walk past the taped-up flower and note &amp; roll their eyes at it. They may even tear it off McDonald’s bathroom mirror, toss it in their purse just to end up throwing it in the trash next time they clean out their purse.

Maybe these items will mean nothing to anyone. The employees may even toss the items in the trash themselves, but it is what I can do. It’s the one thing I know how to do and so while I’m having fun with this on-going project, I’ll know that I’m at least taking action to contribute to just a little ounce of happiness in the world. It’s my intention that people will get to experience something good from my items.

Well, that’s enough of that! I think I’ve made my point.

So, will you guys be joining Project Crochet Giveaway challenge?

Are there any other crocheters out there who can relate to what I’ve said, and enjoy a challenge/project such as this? If so, what kind of ideas do you have? I can’t wait to hear about them! If you do decide to join me, I would love it if you shared your photos or experiences with me, too! Where are some places you’d leave yours?

I love wondering who will end up with my items each time I leave the place I’ve left them. It feels good to imagine what they’ll think when they see it. It’d be even lovelier to get to see the person’s face when they walk out with the item in their hands (or purse!)

So far, some of the places I’ve left my crochet love include: Public restroom mirrors (odd &amp; possibly gross, I know, but hey. Why not?) Taped to trees in high-traffic areas, on the side of buildings where entrances are, doctor office waiting room, etc.

I’m considering other places and it’s a blast to go around and stick them up at different places in my area! Even better, the feeling of knowing there are a dozen random folks out there with one of your little crochet pieces is so fun.


I’ll update as I continue Project Crochet Giveaway.


If you join, please share with me! It would be awesome to see this happen all over the world. Just a fun way to make someone smile, and like I said, it’s been a blast using our imaginations and putting these up everywhere! B, my sweet boyfriend &amp; I are doing it together, so if you’re up to it, have a friend to join with you! It’s so much fun that way.

Do you guys have any ideas of items that would be nice to crochet &amp; giveaway? Of course flowers are loved by everyone, but aside from the owls and stuffed bear I mentioned, what ideas would you have?

Lots of love & I hope to see you guys having fun with this too!

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