Author: Elizabeth

Crochet Your Own Bobble Cowl With These Simple Step-by-Step Instructions

If you’re well-seasoned or new to the world of crafts and DIYs, the GH Stitch Club is the perfect place to learn how to crochet, knit, macramé and more. There are helpful how-to videos as well as the latest tips and tricks to keep your family engaged and creative. As the months get colder, you may be looking to pick up a new hobby or project, making our simple guide on how to crochet for beginners great to keep on hand whenever you have free time to spare.

In this tutorial, we’re showing you the basics and everything you need to crochet your very own bobble cowl — a crochet cowl pattern typically made with lightweight yarn for any novice. This crochet project is ideal for a novice, as it can be made in a couple of hours. It’s perfect for winter and even holiday presents (check out our holiday gift ideas for cheap, thoughtful and personalized options).

So follow our simple steps for instructions on how to make a bobble cowl. You can also watch our video above for step-by-step visuals.

How to Crochet a Bobble Cowl

how to crotchet for beginners, woman holding a crotchet needle with yarn on the table

What You’ll Need

Tips to Remember Before Starting:

  • When you’re grabbing your yarn and looking for the end to start, it’s always going to be on the left side of the logo.
  • Check the back of the label for the knitting needle or crochet hook you choose to use.

Step 1: Begin with a slip knot.

how to crotchet for beginners, woman's hand tying a knot in yarn

For every crochet project, you want to start with a slip knot. Cross the yarn over itself and then pull the tail through to make the loop. Slip your crochet hook through the slip knot.

Step 2: Crochet your foundation chain.

how to crotchet for beginners, hand creating a foundation chain with yarn

Next is your foundation chain. Wrap your yarn from behind and over the hook. Pull

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Our Trip To Mexico With Kids… And A Dog!

Last week we vacationed in the Yucatán Peninsula region of Mexico with our two kids (ages 8 and 12) and yes, even our dog Penny came! This was our second time traveling internationally as a family, so we definitely don’t qualify as experienced world travelers or aspiring travel bloggers. But just like the last time we went abroad, we wanted to share the details for anyone who is considering something similar – especially if it’s your first time going to Mexico. So here are a bunch of answers to the most common questions we got. We’ll also cover where we went, what we ate, and how we navigated the logistics of bringing a pet with us.

Sherry With Penny Dog In Front Of Colorful Mexican Storefront

Oh, and as usual, no part of this trip was sponsored. We paid for all of the flights, lodging, food, and activities ourselves (thanks in part to a lot of saved credit card points, which is our favorite way to book big trips).

Boy And Dog At Boho Chic Mexican Airbnb Pool

Why Mexico?

We had hoped our family trip to Costa Rica in January 2020 would be the start of regular travels to other countries with our kids. We had really enjoyed getting out of our comfort zones, seeing how others live, having new experiences with our children, and taking in the beautiful sights along the way. Well, then Covid happened.

This summer (June of 2022) we finally felt ready to venture off on another international trip, and Mexico felt like a fun and relatively easy/close destination for our first big trip in over two years (we hadn’t been on a plane since Feb of 2020 when we bought our house!). Two sets of our friends had also recently been to Mexico without their kids – so that definitely made Mexico top of mind.

Arkah Airbnb Rental In Akumal Mexico

Mexico also boasts a lot of

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How We Organized Our Small Kitchen

It’s time once again to throw open every cabinet, drawer, and door to show you how we organized our kitchen, which we slowly renovated over the last two years (more on that slow but steady reno here). This post should be an especially fun one because you’ll see just how much we’ve improved upon the original organization of this kitchen, which we shared in this post almost two years ago. And, as usual, we made a video walk-through of the whole thing too, which also explains a few future plans involving two outdoor cabinets that we plan to add to the nearby kitchen porch. So yeah… lots to cover.

We’ll start with the video, because it’s truly the most comprehensive way to understand exactly what goes where in our new kitchen. Sherry also snuck some Penny footage in there for you, because she knows what you really come here to see. Plus you’ll get a sneak peek into our utility closet, which looks completely different than it used to when it just housed our HVAC system & a big water heater!

Note: You can also view this video on YouTube.

The last time we shared how we organized this small kitchen, it was September of 2020 and we’d only lived here for 3 months. We were excited about how functional we had made it in such a short period of time by working with what we had – and mostly were thrilled that we’d successfully downsized our belongings from our last kitchen and it actually worked for us. At this point in the pandemic we were cooking virtually every single meal at home and had two kids home full time doing at-home-learning… virtually every single meal we all ate was stored and prepared and consumed

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Using *Only* Solar Lights To Add Backyard Ambiance

Some people are surprised to hear that we illuminate our entire pool area using nothing but solar LED landscape lights. As in: the sun provides free evening ambiance with zero effort on our part. Nothing has to be plugged in. Our electric bill feels zero impact from softly illuminating this entire area of our house. So today I wanted to share the 3 solar products we use in case you want to give your own outdoor space a literal glow-up.

Technically we have a porch light and in-pool lights too, all of which use traditional electricity, but we almost never turn them on. Honestly, they’re a little blinding and we like a soft glow that doesn’t block out our view of the stars. Instead, day-to-day (or night-to-night?) we just rely on our solar-powered LED lighting for that oh so charming come-hither glow.

I used to think solar-powered landscape lighting was a lackluster substitute for traditional, wired landscape lights (which, btw, we found very easy to install ourselves at our last house). But now we’re huge fans of solar lights, and I’ll tell you why.

Why We Love Using Solar Lights

One common reason for using solar lights is to avoid the wiring necessary for plug-in or electric-powered lights. And honestly, that’s one of the reasons we initially used them here – almost as a placeholder until we had time to install a more permanent lighting plan.

But since adding them, we’ve discovered there are TONS of pros to relying on solar lighting in your yard:

  • Easy to install: No wiring necessary! Just find a sunny spot for your solar panel.
  • Placement Flexibility: You’re not constrained by wires or proximity to a plug, put ’em anywhere!
  • Affordable: They’re not very expensive to buy and they’ll never add to your

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How We Upgraded A Utility Closet By Adding Tons Of Functional Storage

Today we’re talking about the stock market! Just kidding. Exactly as the title suggests, we’re going to show you how we earned some really useful extra storage in our new kitchen by upgrading a formerly VERY PACKED utility closet. It used to basically just have a water heater and an HVAC system in it without much room for anything else, and now there’s, say it with me… so much room for activities. Ok, not for like cartwheels, but significantly more room to store stuff than before. Like maybe 500% more. Really.

Two Toned Ikea Kitchen Cabinets With Stainless Appliances

If you watched our drawer-by-drawer kitchen organization video, you already got a peek at what we have going on in there, but today we’re sharing all the angles, and explaining how we were able to take this closet from “mostly water heater” to “so much everything else.”

Small Utility Closet Organized With Cube Storage And Open Shelving

The Utility Closet Before

We don’t have a lot of “before” photos of this closet because it was absolutely nothing to write home about. In a smaller house like ours, you need a spot for the ugly stuff like the HVAC system and the water heater and this closet was it. The photo below was taken right after we moved in. The HVAC system is to the right of that doorframe (the black tubes lead to it) and although this closet is pretty deep (it goes all the way under the stairs), the water heater completely blocked more than half of the closet that continues to the left of the doorframe.

Before Photo Of Utility Closet With Large Water Heater Tank

This is an example of an extremely random pile of stuff we stored in there on that random patch of floor space between the water heater and the HVAC system in our first few days of living here. I think it was mostly bins of Christmas stuff and miscellaneous items

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