Favorite Desktop Backgrounds

I suppose I have been on a background spree! LOL! These are just a few of my favorite Desktop backgrounds. Many of them are from my friend Carmia from over at Clementine Creative. Hope you enjoy!

Some from Carmia! (All of Carmia’s backgrounds are available in Desktop, Tablet, and Phone formats. To view them, visit:  http://www.clementinecreative.co.za/category/wallpapers/

Okay. So I am a pretty big Whovian. Here are my favorite backgrounds from Doctor Who:

And some random ones:

Crochet Wallet Tutorial

Crochet Wallet Tutorial

Hello, everybody! Today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite crochet projects: A Crochet Wallet. open-crochet-wallet1-1024x648

No, I did not make this pattern, but you can find the original here.

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To make this cutie, here’s what you’ll need:
5.5 mm crochet hook
Worsted weight acrylic yarn in 6 different colors (rust, yellow, green, blue, taupe)
ruler or tape measure
stitch markers
yarn needle
Wallet Outer Layer:
With rust color yarn, chain 27
Row 1: half double crochet (hdc) into the 3rd chain from hook, hdc in each ch to the end (25 stitches)
Ch 1 and turn.
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Row 2: hdc in each hdc to the end of row (25) Cut rust yarn.  Attach yellow.  Ch 1 and turn
Row 3: hdc to the end of row (25) Ch 1 and turn
Row 4: hdc to the end of row (25) Cut yellow yarn.  Attach green.  Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: hdc to the end of row (25) Ch 1 and turn
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Row 6: hdc to the end of row (25) cut green yarn.  Attach blue.  ch 1 and turn.
Row 7: hdc to the end of row (25) ch1 and turn
Row 8: hdc to the end of row (25) cut blue yarn.  Attach rust.  ch 1 and turn.
Row 9: hdc to the end of row (25) ch 1 and turn
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Row 10: hdc to the end of row (25) cut rust yarn.  Attach taupe, ch 1 and turn.
Row 11: hdc to the end or row (25) ch 1 and turn
Repeat row 11 until the piece measures 11 inches or about 24 rows.
Cut yarn and secure loose end.
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Crochet the inner lining.
Follow instructions for the “outer layer” but without the color changes.
The finished inner lining should be 13 1/4 inches or about 41 rows.
Cut yarn and secure loose ends.
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Forming the pockets:
Take the lining piece you just made and measure 5.5 inches from one of the ends, and mark it with a stitch marker on both sides just like I did in the picture below.   The markers are a place point for where the edge will be folded up to in order to form the pocket.  This side will be for the credit card slots.
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On the other end, measure 6.5 inches from the edge and mark it with stitch markers on both sides, this slot will be for your checkbook or cash.
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Turn the piece over to the credit card slot side.  Mark the middle of the folded pocket flap, it should be the 13th stitch in.  Mark the top and bottom of the pocket with stitch markers.
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Use a yarn needle and scrap yarn starting at the bottom marker, working your way to the top marker.  The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect, mine actually ended up a little crooked but that’s okay because you wont see it anyways.
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Once you reach the top marker, cut the yarn and secure the loose tail.  Weave in the ends.
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Wallet edging:
Take the inner lining and place it on top of the outer piece.
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Fold the outer piece so it lines up with the pocket fold of the inner lining.  Start at right side of the pocket edge.  Single crochet the two pieces together by just crocheting the outer loops only.
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Single crochet in each of the 25 stitches across the top pocket fold.
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Continue to single crochet down the side of the pocket in each row of the flap.
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As you single crochet in each row, the wallet should start to look like this.
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Continue single crocheting down the side of the wallet…
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Across the other edge…
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Until you meet back up to where you started.  Join your last stitch with the first by a slip stitch.
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Stitching up the sides of the wallet pockets:
Flip the wallet over so the striped side faces up.
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Fold the flap up to your stitch markers.  The right sides should now be touching.
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Use the hook to slip stitch the sides together, slip stitching in the outer loops only.  Cut yarn, secure loose ends.  Repeat on other side.  Turn the pocket right side out.  Repeat this process for the credit card slots.
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The wallet pockets are now completely formed and secured.
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To make the little flap on the outside of the wallet a working pocket, using the taupe yarn, slip stitch along a row in the middle of the wallet.  The following photos show how to do this.
Take your hook and insert it from the front of the piece into the back just like I did in this photo.
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Loop your yarn around the hook and bring it up through the piece.
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Insert the hook into the next stitch in the row
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Loop your yarn around the hook on the back of the piece.
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Bring the yarn back up through the loop.
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And continue until you reach the other side of the wallet.
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Now you have another functional pocket.
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Make a crochet bow and attach it to the top of the wallet for a little added detail:
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Join the last chain with the first chain by a slip stitch to create a round.
Rounds 1-4: HDC (half double crochet) in each chain stitch to the end of the round.  Repeat this for 4 rounds.
Bind off leaving a long tail (about 2-3 arm lengths).  Flip the piece over and take the two tails and tie them together with a knot to make the bow.
Flip over back and forth knotting a few times to secure the shape of the bow.  End with your last knot on the front side.
Take the long tail and wrap around the center of the bow until you get the look you like.
Use a yarn needle to tuck in the loose tails.
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Fill the wallet with your shopping essentials, drop in your purse, and go shopping!
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First Blog Post

First Blog Post

Hello, all! Welcome to my first blog post! I am Kelly Delaney, a 14-year old high school freshman. I attend First Baptist Church in Clinton, IL and I am home-schooled. Don’t worry… I’m still partially sane. I think. LOL! I hope you have a great time here and if you have any questions please leave a comment! Thanks so much for being here!

~Kelly Delaney 🙂