Add colors in your fashion ♡

I like summer because everyone wears more colors than in winter!! I love colorful fashions, but I also like a simple style, wearing beige, black, navy, gray and white. But still, I try to adopt at least just one bright color as an accent to my fashion 🙂

These flower colors are my favorite kinds 🙂 Just by seeing them, I feel like getting energy. Bright colors cheer me up!!

Colorful :) ♡

 

A while ago when I went shopping with my friend, I’ve bought a pretty makeup bag. It was “a love at a first sight” kind of thing… 🙂 Then, I’ve realized something… It really goes well with my summer hat!!! I think I really love flower prints and colors!! (If you also have the same kind of taste, here is a little bit of information about the makeup bag. I bought it at COACH in Premium Outlets. I think it costed me just around $30, so it was really reasonable!!)

My favorites

 

One of my suggestions to add a color easily in your style is to put a hair accessory with colors!! I quite like a bow for it.

Yellow hair bow

 

I often tie my hair in a ponytail. Sometimes, people tell me that they like my hair bow and they ask me if I’ve bought it at a department store in Japan. I always feel flattered although they are probably just trying to be nice to me… But in most of the cases, I take it as a compliment, and I make more for those friends 🙂

Hair bow with colors

 

I think putting a color bow is much better than putting a plain hair band. If you have a similar kind of color in your clothes with the hair bow, it will look more natural. Let’s see which hair bow looks more natural on the little cow??

A pink bow?

Hair bow coordinate

Or a yellow bow?

A hair bow on the cow...

Because of the red bow he wears around his neck, I think a pink bow looks better than the yellow one 🙂 So, it will be nice if you can use the similar kind of color in your fashion with the hair bow. It can be just a tiny print of the clothes, a belt, a scarf, a pair of shoes, a handbag or pretty much everything! Just think about the color coordinates 🙂

 

I also tried to mix more than one color!! This is cute on my chinchilla cap!! My friend likes it, so she sometimes uses it to make a ponytail and I feel super happy whenever I see that!!

Hair bow on a cap

 

Now, a different combination of colors. Hmmm… this reminds me of a baseball ball…? :p

Baseball-like hair bow

 

I think I personally prefer putting a lace in the center! Sometimes I give those hair bows as one of the gifts to my friends.

A gift to my friend

 

Color yourself and color your life!!! Enjoy the summer ♡

Let's make an anchor as a summer decoration :)

I love the anchor motif!!! I think we all need this motif more of less as our summer decoration!!!
I spent quite some time to create the anchor crochet pattern. Today, I can finally share the pattern with you and I’m quite happy with that 🙂

You can use whatever yarns and hooks you want to use. Well, let’s get started 😀

 

This time, the instruction will look slightly complicated (but not so difficult to follow), so I made a diagram to explain the pattern. I also wrote how to proceed the pattern in the picture just next to the diagram. For those who don’t like reading symbols, I will also explain in words. My tutorial “step” numbers are synchronized with the numbers written in the picture below.

 

◆Anchor pattern in a crochet diagram◆

Symbols Route

 

◆Abbreviations◆

  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • ss: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet

 

Step 1. Make a double magic ring. Ch 1. (1 sc in the magic ring, 1 ch) three times. Close the loop of the magic ring. Ss to the 1st sc.

Step 1 Step 1 -done

 

Step 2. Ch 8. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts.

Step 2

 

Step 3. Ss to the point “A” (shown in the picture below). Ss in the next 2 sts to get to the point “B”.

Step 2-2

 

Step 4. Ch 8. 1 hdc in the 3rd stitch from the hook. 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts. Ss to the point “C”.

Step 4 Step 4-2

 

Step 5. Ch 9. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in the next st.

Step 5 Step 5-2

 

Step 6. Ch 9. Ss to the 7th st from the hook.

Step 6 Step 6-2

 

Step 7. Ch 2. [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] around. (10 hdc)

Step 7 Step 7-2

 

Step 8. 1 hdc in the next 2 sts.

Step 8

 

Step 9. Ch 4. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in the next st.

Step 9 Step 9-2

 

Step 10. 1 hdc next 2 sts together.

Step 10 Step 10-2

 

Step 11. 1 hdc in the next 5 sts.

Step 11

 

Step 12. Ss to the bottom.

Step 12

 

Cut the yarn and trim the end 🙂 DONE!!!

Anchor!!

 

If you like, you can make some chs with another yarn, and wrap the anchor nicely!!! I made 30 chs 🙂

Anchor -different version.

 

Enjoy decorating things around you!! 😀
I decorated a summer hat with this anchor. Please have a look on my hat here.

anchor decorating example

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial 🙂 Happy crocheting ♡

 

*** Notes ***

I have invested a lot of time in creating the pattern, taking photos, writing the instructions as clear as possible, therefore it will be really kind of you to respect my rights.

If you have a blog, I’ll be definitely happy when you write about this pattern (and your achievements).
At that time, I can never be happier if it would have a link to my blog! Thank you ♡

 

*** Added on November 2015 ***

I have opened a jewelry shop on Etsy. I try to make jewelry that I also can use in any occasions. Please have a look there by clicking the photo below.

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RECIPE: Healthy Sweets For Summer ♡

I guess carrots may be one of the vegetables which lots of children find it difficult to eat. I often go grocery shopping on the weekend with my husband, and there, I try to buy lots of vegetables. I almost always ask him if he would like to eat them, and carrots are the thing he usually says “no”…

Carrots are really healthy food though!! Carrots contain lots of β-carotene, and this is where the name “carrot” actually came from. This β-carotene will be converted into active Vitamin A in human body and this brings us lots of good effects.  I would summarize the good effects of  β-carotene as follows:

  • to improve skin color and may reduce wrinkles (if you do not eat too much)
  • to boost the effectiveness of sunscreen
  • to protect the mucous membrane, which results in reducing allergies

There are a few things you have to be careful when you eat carrots since they contain an enzyme which destroys Vitamin C. This enzyme has a low tolerance for “heat” or “citric acid”, so it is better to heat carrots or to have them with lemon or vinegar. Heating carrots will also increase the amount of β-carotene we absorb in our body.

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Now, we know more or less about carrots 🙂 As a child, I also didn’t like carrots and my mom sometimes made jelly with carrots so that I could eat them. So, I decided to prepare some for us. I got the recipe from my mom and converted it to my way 🙂 My husband liked it, so here, I will share the recipe!! I hope you will enjoy it ♡

Carrots & Lemon Jelly

◆Ingredients◆ (serving size: about 10)

◆Notes◆

If you have some organic lemons, you may use the skin as a container 🙂

◆Directions◆

1. Wash lemons and cut them in half (if you use them as a container) and squeeze lemon juice. You may take off all the thin skins inside the lemon.

lemon juice

2. Wash carrots well and grate them.

shredded carrots

3. Put gelatin powder into a bowl and add 2 Tbs of water. Leave them for a few min to let the gelatin powder absorb the water.

4. Put “1”, “2” and 1 1/3 cup of water in a sauce pan, and add sugar. Cook them over low heat for about 5 min and stir well to dissolve sugar.

lemon/carrots/water/sugar Mixture

    • You will check the taste here. If you like sweeter, you may add another 1 or 2 Tbs of sugar.

5. Turn off the heat. Add “3” into “4” and stir them very well.

6. Pour “5” into a container and keep them in a fridge until they get harder for about 3 hours.

    • I also like to keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen!! This would become similar to a sorbet.

♡ DONE ♡

Bon appetit!!

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Hmmm… yummy!! I think this is really refreshing and thus, good for summer 🙂 I also like this orange color!!

Oh, I wish I had a lemon tree at home likewise lots of other people who have houses here… One day when we get our own house, I would love to have the tree!! 😀

My Summer Hat with My Personal Colors

The easy-to-follow crochet pattern for this summer hat with jute is now available on Craftsy and Etsy!! If you are interested in, please come visit my shop below 🙂
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Lately, I’ve been making some caps for babies and kids. Then, I’ve realized that I hadn’t made even one for myself, so I decided to make my summer hat. Since I’m making one just for my own, I wanted to make something special to me. I love flower printed things, so the concept is lots of flowers with my favorite colors. My favorite colors are pink, orange and some other warm colors.

Speaking of colors, I visited a color-therapist a few weeks ago. She placed lost of colored fabrics below my face and she told me that my personal colors belong to “Spring type” and especially these colors shown in the picture below. My best color is Salmon Pink, which is one of my favorite color!! So, I thought I would pick up some colors from them for my hat, then it would look good on me… 🙂

My personal colors My personal best color

The outcome is this. I put a sunflower in the middle, which is a symbol of summer. This hat brightens me up 😀 I’m really satisfied with my work now 🙂 By the way, “Natsu” in Japanese means “summer”, and as some of you might have guessed it, I was born in summer and I love summer.

My Summer Hat

<Okay, now I have a hat to protect my face from the sunshine, so I’m ready to go everywhere 🙂 My first summer in California is waiting for me ♡♡♡

My Summer Hat