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The Birthday Bash Sale

The Birthday Bash is starting today!

Birthday Bash

Shop from June 15 until June 25 at the Etsy shop.

Chocolate Dog Studio usually has a sale in March during my birthday month but due to the computer issues it has been pushed back until the middle of June. You can find the newest patterns; The Patchwork Heart Afghan and the Patchwork Heart Pillow Cover along with the Patchwork Heart pattern bundle. Have fun shopping and remember to always stop at yarn sales!

 

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. The coupon code is  BIRTHDAYBASH1 and it works here.

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The Patchwork Heart Afghan and more privacy information

Today we talk about the Patchwork Heart afghan and yet more privacy information.

The Patchwork Heart Afghan

This afghan started out as an experiment. You remember the photos on Instagram and then also here on the blog. This patchwork heart started while I was in recovery from foot surgery. Time was passing very slowly and this afghan grew out of an idea and hope that this would be finished well within time for Valentine’s day. Ha!

Here you go anyway. It is lovely and fun. The patchwork heart will be lovely in a wide assortment of colors and yarns. Perfect for using up scrap yarns.

 The Patchwork Heart Afghan

Obviously this pattern is an adaptation of the Patchwork Heart Pillow cover. I did the math and 100 little 2 round granny squares was just too much. The photo above shows you how I figured out how many squares I would need.
The Patchwork Heart Afghan The Patchwork Heart Afghan crochets up quickly and makes a beautiful afghan. The ends are a bit much if you leave them all to the end of all the work.The Patchwork Heart Afghan The Patchwork Heart Afghan

Here is one of my favorite squares.

 

It is bright and beautiful. Send someone a love blanket! Crochet your own in their favorite colors.

The Patchwork Heart Afghan

Even more privacy information

This is the last time I will be talking about privacy information. There is new information up and you can read it on the Affiliate/Privacy page.

The Summer Days

Today has been busy, fun, exciting and did I say busy. We watched our youngest son go off for his first professional job interview. We’re pretty sure that he will get the job. Graphic designers are greatly needed these days.  He is really good, even if I am Mom and I do think so. It was more final than I thought it would be and I am rather emotional about it but glad at the same time. It is time for him to be doing his thing in life.

The fun part of today has been playing around with the graphics program I use and making the graphics for the new patterns and knowing that finally new patterns are coming out for you. I’m even going to try my hand at videos again. It has been several years since I last created a YouTube video of crocheting. The one on my mind is how to repair crochet. We have had a few oops moments lately and it is time to get the repairs done. It isn’t hard but it does take some analytical thinking and now is the time. There are also new patterns to write and then also the updated pattern that I’m crocheting.

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

It is so exciting that this time we have a new pattern release: The Heart Patchwork Pillow pattern plus we get to see a few of the chairs that I have been painting  lately. Since everything in the studio has been upside down for the past several months it makes sense to reverse the order of our conversation as well.  Between setting up the Studio and all the computer issues, life has been very disorganized. Today has been the first day that I feel even a little organized. Bear with me while we tromp through all the business part of this blog to get to the frosting on top of the new pattern.

GDPR: New privacy policies and practices are coming up soon.

Two chairs and a stool

Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

The top is my work in progress. It is still being painted and has no home to go to, yet! The chair is so solid but was water damaged beyond restoration.  Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

You can see the water damage. It looks like there were plant pots on the chair that just over flowed for years. The photo on the left shows the beginnings of wood filler and some basic sanding. The one below shows the photo from the beginning. The chair is so solid and is the most comfortable wooden chair that I have ever sat in. It just feels right. 
Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

A few more photos of the Leaf chair.

Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

This chair had a broken seat and broken down cushion. Replacing the seat and cushion was a priority. Sanding and priming the chair first, I started in with the base coat of color and then added the detailing until it finally looked right to me. The dots all over  the chair are dimensional and add a little texture to the surface of the chair. Free hand painting with no stencils, it is a work of art.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in owning one of these beautiful chairs. . They are not inexpensive as they are original works of art.Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

 

Here is the stool that I painted for my Mom. She wanted one for the hallway in her retirement community apartment. They all put pretty things out to give each apartment a little character. It comes in useful for setting your purse on to find your keys or  while you get the door open.  It is also a not perfect stool but one that needed a little love to give it a a longer life.

Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

Here it is after it’s primer coat and first coat of paint after filling the chips and cracks and sanding it smooth.

Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern In this photo I have started adding the first coat of color and gradually increase the layers of paint and details until it reaches the finally clear coat to protect and add shine to finished stool.

Chairs and the Heart Patchwork Pillow Pattern

The Heart Patchwork Pillow

This pattern is now available in the Chocolate Dog Studio shop and also Etsy and Craftsy. It is so easy to change the look

of this fun pillow cover from fun for a child’s bedroom to a op-art style for your living room. It is a quick crochet project that will help you decorate for the seasons.  Look for the Patchwork Heart afghan coming soon!

 

Craftsy Unlimited Trial

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7 day FREE trial on Craftsy Unlimited
Craftsy is offering a free trial of their Craftsy Unlimited which allows you to check out their online classes for free for 7 days. It sounds like a great chance to improve some skills either in crochet, quilting or painting. Summer is a great time to try something new with a slower schedule. Well, mine isn’t slower but maybe your kids need a quick free summer camp in art classes or cake decorating. This might be a fun, inexpensive way to try and learn some new skills and spend some quality time together.

 

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Computer headaches

It has been months since I have really posted anything here on Chocolate Dog Studio. The truth is that my computer has been hardly working. It’s a really long, boring frustrating story-like all computer problems. It is enough to say that I ended up getting a new laptop which promptly died the night we bought it new from the store. Dale took it back and here I am FINALLY back on the computer with internet access. Yay! for progress. I think that my computer headaches are finally over.

Computer headaches

There  is a new privacy policy coming out soon and new patterns as well. There are many things that still need to travel over from the old computer to the new so please be patient while I get this up and running again.

Talk to you later,

Karen