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What is in my crochet bag?

To be completely honest, right now this is not what is in my crochet bag. Right now my crochet bag is full of a bunch of stuff, mostly cross-stitch and embroidery projects. But, this is usually what is in my crochet bag and what will be by the end of the week. Contains affiliate links.

Crochet Bag - I absolutely love my Cath Kidston Cranham and Wicker craft bag. I have a slightly different one than in the picture above. Mine has a white basket print instead of the blue and a rose print on the inside, but the style is identical. You can see my bag, here. Unfortunately, this bag is no longer available but you might be able to find one on Ebay.

Another plug for Cath Kidston is their customer service. It is great! I am in the US and the company is based out of the UK. When I ordered my craft bag I also ordered a few other little things including a super cute polkadot pen. They accidentally sent me the wrong pen, which wasn't a big deal but I wanted to let them know. They emailed me right away and told me to keep the pen they sent in error and they would send me the pen I wanted right away. So great! I placed another craft order from a different company in the UK around the same time. Not only did I never get the items I purchased, but I was charged for them and then treated very poorly when I finally got to speak with someone from the company 6 months later! Needless to say, I was out $80 and extremely disappointed. Unfortunately, I am now very particular with who I order from outside of the US.

12 Free Sun Crochet Patterns


Welcome Summer!!!

Today is the first day of summer and to help celebrate I've put together a compilation of 12 FREE crochet sun patterns. It has been so gloomy lately in North Carolina that I needed a little sunshine to brighten up my day.

1. Summer Sun Wreath


2. Sol Rug


Free Monthly Migraine Tracker

https://migrainecenters.com/blog/

I come from a long line of migraine sufferers (During my childhood,  I remember watching my mom give herself shots of Imitrex to battle her migraines). So I knew that over time I too would eventually develop migraines.

For me, they really didn't get intense until my thirties, though I did have them off and on throughout my teens and twenties. But for the last eight years, or so, I've battled frequent migraines.

Triggers

As a migraine sufferer, one of the most important things to know is your trigger(s). For years I've had migraines so I have gotten pretty good at knowing mine: food (shellfish, tomatoes/sauce, processed foods, cauliflower, chocolate, wine), smells (perfume, gasoline, ammonia), environment (hot temperatures, being in the sun for a long time, barometric pressure, rainy days), stress, and most importantly hormonal fluctuations. Click here to read more about migraine triggers.

It is tough to not have at least one of these triggers affect me, so I tend to have migraines a few times a month. I know there are a lot of sufferers who battle migraines on a daily basis. I feel for you! I am glad mine aren't that frequent, although once I get one it usually lasts for a couple of days.

The good news is when you know your trigger(s) you can pay attention and learn to be proactive. I know when it is raining outside there is a good chance that I will get a migraine. So, I opt for my go-to remedy of a Pepsi and an Excedrin Migraine pill. If I can catch it early enough that will do the trick. If not, I have my backup that is my Imitrex prescription medicine. But you have to be careful with Imitrex and other prescription medication as there are side effects for long term use.

Blog Content Survey

A few days ago I set up a little survey on my blog sidebar. It was a simple Blogger survey, but I found it kind of hard to see. So, I scoured the web for a free survey service and found SurveyMonkey. What a find! If you are looking for a survey service check it out. It is really simple to add one to your blog. (Contains affiliate links.)

Last week I started a blog content plan thanks to April Bowles-Olin's Build a Successful Creative Blog course on CreativeLive. I originally watched the free class one afternoon and loved it so much I bought the course. One of the steps for developing your content plan is to take a look at upcoming blog topics. I'm now looking to plan posts for the rest of the year! I know! It is a huge task, but I'm ready to get some sort of blog plan put together, so why not go all in.

I've been trying some new blog post ideas lately, but would really like to streamline my content to just a few topics. This is where I need your help.


If you would take a minute and click on the blog topics you would like to see more of on the blog I would truly appreciate it. It will help me narrow down the blog topics. You can choose more than one topic.

Below is a list of some of my past blog topics and a link to a post under each picture for inspiration. . .










I haven't done much of these. This is the closest post I could find.



Each topic is linked to the blog post in case you missed any of them. A couple are over a year old.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to take my survey. It is greatly appreciated!