It’s bread in no time flat!

I don’t know if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook but I do alot of cooking and baking as well as the random making. I’ve tried all kinds of breads and have a few favorites but once in awhile I come across something that peaks my interest and this one has definitely done that.

I ran across an Instagram called ZoeBakes and was intrigued by this fast dough that she was making into all of these delicious things. So I took to the internet and grabbed The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking that she has written with Jeff Hertzberg MD and got to reading all of the details.

Then I took off to their YouTube channel, Breadin5, watched a few videos and had to start asap!

It’s so simple and really takes like 5 minutes to throw the first master recipe together.

I was super excited and still a bit pessimistic because I have failed at sourdough so many times and had a few to many flat “artisan-like” breads.

And then I opened the container to see this just 2 hours later! Look at all of those gluten strands! Getting excited but now I have to take this wet dough and shape it.

Just 1 lb of the 4lbs of dough the recipe creates

And then this happened so quickly! Did I mention no kneading? Well let me tell you there was absolutely no kneading involved. I left this out to rest for about 40 minutes and then slashed the top and got the oven preheated


I baked it in my new Lodge enameled cast iron dutch oven and it turned out so pretty.

I couldn’t wait to slice it up and make a grilled ham and cheese and I have absolutely no regrets! It was so good. Now I am off to make all of the bakes in this book and more!

Check out my Instagram and see what I’m baking now!

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Freezer Paper Fun!

I found this post in my drafts from 2016. How I forgot to hit Publish I dont know but I hope you all enjoy it. Better late than never right?!

I think I found a new favorite craft!

Freezer Paper Shirts! My oldest is obsessed with nerdy t-shirts and wears one every day. After purchasing a Cricut brand cutting machine, I realized that those nerdy shirts are now at my fingertips.

All you need is

  • a cutting machine like a Cricut or a craft knife if you have a really steady hand
  • a design to cut from your freezer paper, I used an image of Cthulhu from one of my sons favorite necklaces but there are tons of places online to buy svgs or get them for free.
  • some freezer paper
  • some foam craft brushes
  • Speedball Fabric Screenprinting Ink (you can also use fabric paint, just follow the directions on the package to see how to set it)
  • an iron or heat press to set the ink
  • a t-shirt or whatever item you are adding your image to

First step is to figure out what design you want and cut it out of your freezer paper. I cut mine with my Cricut shiny side up on the Washi Tape setting to cut all of the intricate bits without tearing the paper. You will want to make sure to reverse your image if you have any writing because the shiny side is what will go down on your shirt. You do not want any tears because your ink will seep through them and mess up your image.

After cutting the image weed it from the mat, this means you will remove all of the negative pieces making sure to leave the edges nice and clean. If there are any bits that do not cut cleanly you can use a craft knife to clean up the edges and make them smooth.

After I have my image cut out I put it aside and prep my t-shirt. I turn it inside out and iron another piece of freezer paper to the inside, shiny side down, to create a barrier that will stop the ink from soaking through to the back of the shirt. You can use a piece of cardboard to prevent any ink or paint from seeping through instead.

Next you will place your freezer paper down on your fabric, shiny side down, making sure to place it exactly like you want it on your t-shirt. This is the time to move it around. Once it is ironed down you really can’t move it because you lose all of the sticky stuff that seals those edges.

Using a craft sponge dab the ink onto the design. I dab it around the edges and then fill in the center and try to make sure the ink is as even as possible.

I tried to go back in and add some ink in spots where I missed it on this Audrey II shirt and as you can see the ink dried a bit of a lighter color. That’s ok though, my oldest wears it around the house now, so it’s not a total loss and I learned from the experience.

Leave the shirt to dry to the touch and then peel off the freezer paper stencil. At this time you will need to set the ink. I use a heat press but you can use an iron as well. Set the iron to the highest heat that is recommended for the material and use a piece of parchment paper or cotton scrap in between the iron and the shirt. You will press until you no longer see steam/moisture coming from the t-shirt. Sometimes this can be a long process, but it is really important so the shirt stays looking like new after multiple washes. I press for about 15 seconds then check and then repeat until it is set.

I have done so many of these for the kids and myself! The options are endless and they make great gifts!  I hope this little tutorial inspires you to make all of the nerdy shirts you can dream up!

Happy Crafting,


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Long Days, Weeks, Months!

It’s been awhile since I have posted. I’m definitely more active on Instagram because the posts are quick and I don’t have to think as much about what I am posting.

While we all have had to reestablish our knew normal I have been busy baking, trying new recipes, woodworking and sewing (mainly masks) but I just didn’t know how to post those things while there was a big pink (Covid) elephant in the room.

Do I just post as usual and not confront the many issues that we are all facing right now or just stay Crafty Ridge and share all of the stuff I have been doing to keep me sane?

I have decided to do the later at least for now. No anxiety! No stress! But always ready for change.

I don’t know if you know much about me but I am a mom of 2 boys, 1 of which is a sophomore in college (which has looked weird this year due to covid) and also guardian to 2 of my nephews, one of which just graduated this last school year and has taken on the adult role of working full time really nicely.

At the moment I am homeschooling the younger 2 (a 7th grader and a junior in high school) through a program our local school is using, so my free time it limited and I have no clue what I am doing…..and of course that means that everyone thought it would be a great idea to get a puppy. (They forgot that means mom has to take care of it) So we are busy to say the least.

Totally disinterested big brother!

Lucky enough I have taken notes and lots of pictures of all of the stuff I did this summer and hope to throw some of those together so you can do some of this Crafty stuff too. I don’t know about you but working with my hands is the best therapy for the sometimes overwhelming anxiety that is always there.

I hope you will enjoy a bit of the new norm for us here at Crafty Ridge and take comfort in knowing I have no idea what I’m doing now either.

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Old Porch Furniture, Refinished!


I was terrified to start this project but I am so happy I did! I mean, check out the before below and the after above! What a difference!?!


This furniture was made by my dad when I was a teenager and has been used every year since, that’s longer than I care to admit to. It has seen rain, sun and even been left out for the cold Indian winters. It has lots of dings and even a citronella candle spilled on one of the tables. See the one on the left! I had little faith in that one coming out even remotely like the other. But now you can’t even tell.


I did a lot of research online and even asked a lot of questions in some Woodworking groups on Facebook. I heard a lot about Spar Urethane and Poly and was also told to replace most of the tables. But, one persons tips really stood out to me. See this furniture had many coats of poly on it from when my father made it and if you have ever worked with poly or even other wood finishes like shellac you know that it not only takes time it takes a lot of work in a dust free area. Sadly I have dust in payloads and absolutely no patience for three or four coats of poly so I took this gentleman’s tips to heart. He said that he had some old outdoor furniture that his dad made as well and what he does to keep his nice each year is to coat it with a good layer of Thompsons WaterSeal!

Now why didn’t I think of that? This is the stuff I use on a yearly basis for the deck and fence and they are still running strong. It is a water sealer and it protects the wood from UV rays as well as Mildew. So I did one more and bought Thompson’s WaterSeal plus Solid Wood Stain in Nutmeg Brown. I though this would help to mask any discoloration.


So I got started sanding away! I broke out my new orbital sander and a new bulk pack of sanding disks (I went through a ton) and went at it. Of course I forgot the mask the first day and my sinuses really paid for it. So tip for anyone sanding anything, WEAR A MASK! I promise it’s worth the extra sweat!

I was super nervous, but even after just a quick sanding this table looks way better than it did.


I wiped it all down and started painting on the Thompson’s but it was really dark and kind of purple, so I would paint on a bit and then wipe it off, just like you would stain. After it was all done I waited 24 hours and poured a bit of water on it and what do you know, it beaded right up!

And look at it all finished! This is before the wax and it looks 100% better than it did!


So after both tables were done I took the leap of faith and took the swing apart. I got out a marker and enlisted my mom to help. She was all prepared to number each slat as we went, but of course my dad thought of that already and there were numbers hidden on the bottom where they were kept safe in between the slats and the frame. Thanks DAD!


We did a lot of scrubbing with water and Dawn dish soap before I started sanding these. They had some questionable black stuff on the bottom and frankly I didn’t want to take the chance of anyone breathing that in.

I did the same thing to the swing as I did to the table. A good sand with some 80 grit, a wipe down and then some Thompson’s.

I wanted a nice sheen so I wiped all of the finished bits and pieces with some Howard Feed N Wax! This polish has beeswax, Orange oil and a bit of Petroleum in it. I just rubbed it in and then let it sit for about twenty minutes. It seemed a bit oily when it was first applied but it dried up perfect and now the furniture is waterproof, UV protected and has a nice polished look to it.


I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! It took me a couple years of everyone prodding me to do it, but it was well worth the time.


Now to start the rocking chair….wish me luck!


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Happy New Year!

It is a few days into 2018, and I wanted to say hello to everyone since I have been a little absent lately. I still haven’t picked a hook up in a long time and don’t plan on doing it again in the near future, but honestly my hands are really grateful for that. You can still find all of my designs on Ravelry and Craftsy as well as the free patterns here on the blog.


I have been spending a lot of time cutting vinyl decals for my Etsy shop, creating fun custom t-shirts for my boys and other crafty stuff like this cute cup for my youngest’s bus driver.



I have also been spending more time with my sewing machine and made some really cute Christmas gifts for my great nieces! They each got a Mini Necessary Clutch with a long strap, which made the perfect little handbag for them both. Pattern by Emmaline Bags. And I had to make matching Clematis Wristlets just for fun! Pattern by Blue Calla Patterns. I really need to work on my topstitching but I really enjoyed making them both. I used some awesome tutorials by Debby Hunker over on YouTube to help me with these! Her videos are awesome and I highly recommend checking them out!


This year I pan on doing all kinds of fun crafts and learning some new things and hope to share them with you. I am trying my hand at paper piecing after seeing some amazing pieces on Instagram. This was my first attempt and I think I did pretty well. I have done quilting before and honestly this makes it so much easier to get those bits all lined up. This was a free pattern by My Fabric Relish on Craftsy!  I see so many more pieces being done like this in the near future.

I hope to share some fun tutorials as well as my ups and downs this year and I hope you enjoy your time with me! So here is to the New Year! May 2018 be a fun, happy and exciting adventure for us all!

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It’s been awhile!

It’s been awhile since I did a blog post. Life has gotten a bit crazy over here. We have added my two nephews to the mix since the unexpected loss of my brother last fall and we have all had to adjust. Everyone is doing well. It really is amazing how resilient the heart is and how strong teenagers can be.

I haven’t really been interested in yarn since then, although I did do a square for Makers Give Back to benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital, but that has been it. I have actually thought about getting rid of my yarn stash. Especially cosindering since I haven’t been knitting or crocheting my hands and wrists have quit hurting.

Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean that I will stop crafting. I have found that I am more in love with crafting in other ways so I have geared my Etsy shop more towards vinyl and custom decals and other fun things I can make and create and I still design custom graphs over on my Facebook page!

Stop by the shop and see what I have available and remember that I always take custom orders! So keep an eye out for maybe a few tutorials on cutting projects with the Cricut or other fun crafty stuff and for some fun new vinyl!


Sincerely yours,


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Potter by You!

Graphs by you

After designing my Harry Potter CAL everyone got busy and started making fun custom graphs to add to their blankets and sharing them in my Crafty Ridge Crochet Facebook group. I thought it would be a great idea to get them all together in one spot so everyone can enjoy them and these great designers could get the recognition they deserve! So with their permission I bring to you Potter by You!

Dobby - Copy


You have seen the adorable Dobby Square by Kimberly Allard of Bewitching Stitch and you can grab it here! But check out her other amazing designs below. Plus she has some other fun edited versions of my graphs over on her blog that are so much fun!





The fun doubles with the next graph! Check out Fred and George by the very talented Jessica Haines over on Stitchfiddle


Raven Cintron of Raven’s Craft Creations worked her magic on these Fawkes, Ginny and Tonks Squares!

We celebrate the house of Slytherin with this square by Jessica Rick on StitchFiddle!


And of course we cant have a post of new designs by you without some awesome new banners like this great design by Anna Staggs over on StitchFiddle!


Have you made a custom square for your Harry Potter afghan? If so please share your links in the comments here and hop over to Facebook and join along in the fun.

As always come over and visit me on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr and keep up with my new designs as well as my adventures in crochet and knitting!

Happy Hooking!



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My Adventures in Knitting


This is where it all began! The wonderful world of Marly Bird.

She has a great set of beginner videos where she is teaching her mom how to knit and not only is it super informative but it is also fun and really makes you comfortable, which is something you need when learning something new.


Before I knew it I was knitting and purling and changing colors with ease!


After working out the basics I thought “Now what should I do?” and of course the first thing I think of are SOCKS……mostly because I like to torture myself. So I ordered some Sock-Ease yarn by Lion Brand and some bamboo needles on Amazon! I bought the cheep needles because, well I try to be thrifty but I wish I had bought a better set! These will do in a pinch but you really do get what you pay for in this case.


I think Zeus was even worried about the whole knitting socks thing. I found this great blog by Winwick Mum and the Sockalong and it is so jam packed full of great tips, tricks and tutorials that it is now permanently bookmarked on my laptop and phone.


I started with dpns and realized quickly that they are not my favorite. Something about all of those tips and the yarn going this way and that. So those had to go and I grabbed a circular was off.


Before I knew it, I had the ribbing done for my very 1st sock! Color me impressed!


A week later I had the leg done and was staring down the heel! Yes it took me a week, remember it is my very first sock as well as my very first knitting project so it’s a bit of a slow go trying to figure out what is comfortable for me.


Even as daunting as those directions looked I was capable of working up the heel flap and the turn and TADA…..1st heel done! Of course I used this great video by Blooming Knitter and pulled out the dpns for the heel flap, leaving the top of the sock on the circulars.


Before I knew it (2 long weeks later) the 1st sock was finished! Woo Hoo! Just don’t ask me about that Kitchener stitch..Let’s just say I searched for a new way to close up my next pair as soon as I was done with this sock and will be Russian Grafting from now on!


Three weeks and I finally have a finished pair of SOCKS! And now I am off to the next pair, seeing as how this pair have already been snatched away and I need a pair for myself. I think the next pair will be with a thicker yarn and maybe a bit shorter leg!

Hop over to my Instagram and Facebook page to share your projects with me and follow my Adventures in Knitting!

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Winter Ridges Collection

My Winter Ridges Collection is a set of 3 new patterns available in my  Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy shops! You can grab each one individually or get the entire collection at a great deal on Ravelry!

Each pattern has a fun texture that works for both men and women and it’s perfect for all ages! They are quick patterns and each one uses less than a skein of your favorite worsted weight or light bulky yarn.

I introduce a fun stitch that I have never used in this pattern, so I put together a quick video that I hope makes it easy for everyone.

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Cuddly Headband!


This Cuddly Headband pattern is a perfect match for my Cuddly Cowl Pattern available on Ravelry! Hook it up in a chunky yarn to match your cowl and you have the perfect set to keep you warm this winter!

 This pattern is free here on the blog but you can also download the PDF for a small fee in my Ravelry shop!


Yarn: #5 Super Bulky Weight Yarn I used Loops & Thread Charisma in Espresso

Hook: N/9.00 mm hook

Notions: Scissors, Yarn Needle


These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary.

Gauge: 4 dc and 2 rows is 2”

Laying Flat Finished Headband is 18″ around and 3” wide


  • Chain 2 does not count as a stitch in this pattern

  • Always start next row in same stitch as Chain

  • When working in the round you can use a stitch marker in the first  stitch to mark the start of a round. This may help you to keep track of your rows and to make sure you are slip stitching into the first stitch.

  • You can begin this pattern with a Foundation Double Crochet or with a row of chains and Double Crochet which ever you prefer

  • Follow this link for a video by The Crochet Crowd on how to do a Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)

Stitches and Techniques UsedFoundation Double Crochet: Chain 3. Yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times — foundation double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook under 2 loops of chain at bottom of stitch just made, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. *Yarn over, insert hook under 2 loops of chain at bottom of stitch just made, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. Repeat from * as needed. DC Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook into the stitch below, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through last two loops.FPDC: Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second stitch of the row below. Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. Yarn over and draw the yarn through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook.

Pattern : This is written for a teen/adult size measuring 19-20 inches in diameter. This pattern is easily adjustable for other sizes by measuring Row 1 and stopping at the size you need and continuing to the next row.Row 1: Using the Foundation Double Crochet, leave 5 inches for sewing, create a total of 39 Double Crochet, sl st to top of 1st dc, being careful not to twist your row.

  • If using a chain, chain 41, sl st to 1st ch, being careful not to twist the chain, ch 2 and dc in same st and each st around) sl st to 1st st.

  •  This should make a complete loop of dc.

Row 2: ch 2, fpdc in same st, * hdc in next st, fptrc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to 1st st (20 fpdc, 19 hdc)Row 3: ch 2, hdc in same st, *fpdc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to 1st st (19 fpdc, 20 hdc)

Row 4: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to top of 1st sc, tie off and weave in ends. (39 sc)

Row 5: attach yarn to reverse side of row 1, ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to top of 1st sc, tie off and  weave in ends (39 sc)

Like the Peace Sign applique on my Bulky Headband? Grab the details below to make one to add to your headband!


Make it in a super bulky like I did for a big cuddly applique that fits perfect on my Cuddly Headband or make it out of the yarn you are working with now so you can add it to your current project.


Yarn on any weight (I used a chunky yarn)

Hook that your yarn specifies ( I used a N-9.00mm)

Yarn needle for weaving in those ends

With base color create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: create 8 hdc in mc, sl st to top of 1st st, ch 1 (8)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st, sl st to top of 1st ch, ch 1 (16)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in 1st st, sc in next st, repeat from * around (24)

With contrasting color attach to top of stitches in rnd 3 with sl st at bottom of circle.


Sl st in each st around, making a circle.


Then create a vertical line through the center of the circle to the top of sl sts, tie off and weave in ends.


Attach yarn with sl st again 4 st to the right of the bottom of the vertical line you just made and sl st at an angle up to the 5th sl st of the vertical line.

Then continue working across the vertical line at an angle to 4th st to the left of the circle.


Weave in ends and leave a length of yarn to attach it to your project.

This weekend only grab my Cuddly Cowl pattern on Ravelry for just $1.00 with coupon code PEACE!

After you have this hooked up, make sure to come over and share pictures of your finished work on Facebook or tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram because I love to see everyone’s work!

Happy Hooking,




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