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The Material Girl Afghan – a finish!

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When Amanda from Material Girl Quilts asked me to crochet her a granny stripe blanket – I was all over it.  She picked her colors, we decided on a size, gave it its own hashtag (#materialgirlafghan), and I started work on it that night.  Over many episodes of Parenthood (every. single. episode. makes me cry), a dozen or so nights of Frozen, and an entire season of Orange is the New Black, I carefully worked on her.  She came with me on long car rides, to a MOPS meeting, to the coffee shop, and she sat with me over many school lessons with the kids.  One afternoon, our little Allison sat to the left of me while I crocheted, with one end of the afghan snuggled up all around her.  When I would near the end of the row and need to take it from her, she would get so upset with me!  Then I’d flip it and give her the other end, and she’d smile all content, and squish her fingers through the stitches.  It was adorable.

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I hooked this afghan with “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby – one of my favorite yarns to work with.  We went with “snuggle on the couch size” and it’s a generous 48″ by 60″, before the sweet scalloped border.  I love the look of randomly placed stripes rather than working them in a pattern, and she turned out so soft, big, warm, and squishy!  Perfect for these chilly, snowy nights we’re still having this spring!

heart made life - material girl afghan

heart made life - material girl afghan

If you’re hankering for a colorful, custom afghan of your own, please think of me and send me an email or get in touch with me through instagram.  I’d love to make another!  And for those who are interested in hooking one yourself, I’m working on a “how I did it” post for next week!  I hope you love it Amanda!


confetti + the twinery

Hi everyone!  Today I’m posting over at The Twinery – my first post as a Senior Designer and it just happens to land on my birthday!  Please check it out and let me know what you think!  Now, I’m off to stuff some cake in my face and settle in to some birthday sewing.  :)

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and the winner is….

Thank you all so much for your kind words and congratulations on my position with The Twinery!  It was fun watching all the comments here and on instagram popping up.  As promised, I’ve randomly chosen 2 winners.  The instagram winner was comment #10, @gulushthreads and the winner chosen from blog comments was #9, Emery!  I’ll be getting in touch with both of you to send you your bakers twine!

And if you didn’t win, but would still love to get your hands on some of this fantastic twine, you can check out The Twinery shop and also follow along on the blog for more chances to win.  Thanks so much everyone!


let’s celebrate! – a giveaway

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 If you want a good laugh, google “bad blogger”.  And Google is such a clever fellow, he’ll hand you 326 MILLION results in a millisecond, instantly making you feel so much better about the fact that you haven’t blogged since Christmas, even though you currently have 402 works in progress and have never been at a loss for words.

It’s nothing new that we are a society that LOVES instant gratification.  That’s what Instagram embraces so perfectly.  I love the idea that I can snap a quick photo, type a humorous sentence or two and hit send, all without putting down my coffee or taking my eyes from the newest episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  Win.

BUT.  I really do love blogging, when I actually take the time to sit down to do it.  So that’s why over the weekend, I gave my site a sweet little makeover and cleared all the junk from my iMac’s memory.  (Oh and in the process, the genius that I am, I also deleted 2000 photos of my children, including Allison’s entire childhood thus far.  Read about that fiasco on – you guessed it – Instagram.)  My grand plan is to make time to blog, to more carefully plan my day, to be intentional about sharing with the part of the world that isn’t addicted to a photo app.  I even printed off the blog planning sheets that I downloaded from Emily Ley two years ago.  I’ve made a pact with myself.  This is happening.

And to celebrate my first post of 2014, I’m excited to announce that I am a Senior Designer for the 2014 Twinery Design Team!  I’ve been a part of this awesome design team since 2012 and I am so honored to come back for another term, and with such a fancy pants title.  How about a look at some of my favorite bakers twine projects?  (You can click on “Design Team” in the right hand menu for more!)

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To celebrate the Design Team, the coming of Spring, and St. Patrick’s Day, I’m giving away a rainbow of my own stash!  Just leave a comment below introducing yourself and I’ll pick a random winner and send you 10 yards of each of these beautiful spring colors: Blossom, Cantaloupe, Buttercream, Honeydew, Shore, and Lilac.  (Entries will close on March 21st, and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 24th.)  And I know my fellow Design Teammates would love it if you stopped by their blogs as well.  You can find a list in the sliding drawer on the left hand side of this page, or in this post.

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And because I’ll always adore Instagram, I’ll be giving away a second set to one of my awesome IG followers!  Have I pressured you in to joining yet?  You can find my feed by visiting the instagram app and searching for “heartmadelife”.  There’s also a little Instagram icon in the right hand menu that will take you to the web version.  See you there!

Happy Saint Patricks Day!



March 20, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Patti Hayes -Smith - I love twine! Your colors are lovely. Thanks for the chance!!!

March 18, 2014 - 7:01 am

Miriam Prantner - Congratulations! Although I’m not surprised, your work with the Twinery has been exceptional, you were a shoo in. I’m Miriam, mother of two, working part time, crafting in my spare time. :)

March 17, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Toni - You know! You really are awesome! And you have such an amazing talent! It’s the Peterson gene in you! Love you! And now could you get you and your family back to Iowa for a visit and bring some samples of your work!?!?! I would love to see it (and you) in person!

March 17, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Rachael Werth - Well, Hello!

March 17, 2014 - 8:33 pm

colleen - Hello! I’m Colleen . I’ma crafty momma of four super cute kiddos. I see lots of craft abilities using this twine with them.

March 17, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Rebecca E - Oh, congratulations! You are so awesome. Our nursery still has that sweet little elephant you made and we hope there is a wee one to enjoy it soon. :) Anyway, hope to meet you (in person, for real!) very, very soon.

March 17, 2014 - 7:02 pm

U'i - Hi my name is U’i! :)
From Maui, Hawaii and I love to make handcrafted jewelry. I would love to use these twines to wrap up my gift boxes!!! :)

March 17, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Mary Beth - Hello! My name is Mary Beth. :) I love crafting (particularly paper crafts and stamping) and sewing. This lovely twine would be so pretty wrapped around little happy mail bundles.

March 17, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Emery - Hi I’m emery! I’m a passionate letter writer and I send letters to anyone who asks to be a random pen pal to swap different snail mail ideas! I love the twine and I use it for every letter to make a little bundle and I would love to have them!

March 17, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Tiffany - hi!! My name is Tiffany and I LOVE to craft!!! I will put this beautiful twine to good use, I promise :) Have a GREAT day!!!

March 17, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Michelle Sheppard - Hi! I’m Michelle! I own mommymcsheppard Children’s Accessories on storenvy. And after over a year of being open I’m still starting out and trying to get customers!

I absolutely love twin for everything from baking decorating to birthday decorating and to present decorating!

christmas workshop

Christmas is less than a week away.  And I haven’t even finished sewing up our advent calendar.  In my defense, I’ve been so sick.  Like really sick.  I’m finally on the mend, if I could only kick the cough I’ve had for A MONTH, and catching up on some Christmas crafting.  And I’ll probably keep it up well until mid-January.  Cause you can never have too much Christmas.  Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on!

advent calendar - heartmade life

After our old advent calendar got wet and moldy in our basement, it was time for a new one.  Karen from Blueberry Park is a good instagram friend of mine and she makes the most awesome screen printed fabric.  I snagged one of her scrap packs a few months ago and knew that her advent calendar kit would be just as beautifully done.  She even printed it in custom colors just for me – cause she’s a doll like that.  I love all the little unique number pockets and the collage style background – fills up my little typophile heart.


fanfare flannel - made by rae

Fanfare flannel is my new favorite.  This line, designed by Made By Rae for Cloud 9 Fabrics, is so soft, so sweet, and so perfectly done.  I bought my yardage from Beth at Stash Modern Fabric – one of my favorite etsy shops.  Beth is always so helpful and accommodating and I’ll sing her praises for always.  Christmas jammies here we come!


holiday books - heartmade life

These books were early presents to myself.  Cause what good is a holiday crafting book if you don’t get them before the holiday?  Pretty in Patchwork Holidays is by John Q. Adams and is FULL of the cutest holiday sewing projects and so many of the projects can be easily translated into other holidays and occasions!  And Country Living’s Deck the Halls is SO beautiful.  Really.  Its pages are filled with tags, labels, and punchouts that are wonderfully illustrated and laid out, and the letterpress cover is frameworthy.  I don’t know if I can bring myself to tear any of the pages out and actually use them – so I think I might get another copy just so that one is perfectly preserved.


a partridge in a pear tree - heartmade life

For the last few days, my kitchen has been full of the smell of spiced pear butter cooking away in the crockpot.  My family loved my autumn apple butter so much that I decided to try my hand at pear butter, using the bushel of pears that I bought from a local FFA girl.  It smells amazing and if it tastes half way decent, I’ll post the recipe I threw together!


tinsel wreath - heartmade life

Lately I’ve been loving all things glittery and gold, much to my husband’s dismay.  (Could you tell from my blingy new site design?)  This was seriously the easiest wreath I’ve ever made.  Two 15 foot lengths of tinsel garland, wrapped around a metal frame.  It’s sparkly and perfect and cheap.  I got the garland for $2.50 each and the frame was $2.99.


reading hour - heartmade life

Every night before bed, I sit and read to my two older kids.  We picked up The Giver, a favorite from my school days, and we can barely put it down.  It’s definitely a book we have to stop and talk about and I love that.  And the kids are so excited about what happens next, that they come home asking if we can start reading earlier.  Last weekend, we cuddled up on the couch and read it for THREE HOURS straight.


otis - heartmade life

Last week, we had to say goodbye to our sweet old dog, Grampa Otis.  It was hard, and we all miss him terribly.  A few weeks ago, we went to a clay and pottery studio and each family member painted an ornament – one of our holiday traditions.  Our sweet Megan decided to paint this sweet ornament for our Otis, and it’s now one of the most meaningful ornaments on our tree.


I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season and time with your families!  Hopefully I’ll have some FINISHED projects to show off SOON!


March 17, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Ashley Bores - Thank you so much Monika. It was hard to lose him, but there is comfort in knowing he’s never far.

March 4, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Monika Wright - It’s tough losing a treasured furry member of the family and that special ornament will bring back all sorts of lovely memories each year you hang it on the tree.

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