Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WIPS: Hearts and Dragons

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As always, I have an absurd amount of Works In Progress.  Today's highlights are a circle vest with a heart motif and a dragon.  I'm hoping to finish both this week!

Have you entered April's yarn giveaway?

If you're in the market for a Kindle, most of them are on sale right now.


Linking up with Small Things and Frontier Dreams.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Disney Princess Bounding with Earrings from Amazon

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Have you heard of Disney Bounding?  Simply put, Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character without actually being in costume. You use regular everyday clothes and accessories.  These earrings, all from Amazon, are some great finishing touches for your Bounding outfits!

Belle needs a red rose, doesn't she?

Merida's a great shot with her bow and arrow.

Snow White shouldn't have taken a bite of that poisoned apple.
A pumpkin makes a magical carriage for Cinderella.

Watch out for that spinning wheel, Aurora! 

Tiana wouldn't be complete without a frog.
Jasmine's best friend is a Tiger.
Obviously, Elsa's best accessory is snow.
These cherry blossoms show off Mulan's girly side.
Pocahontas wouldn't be complete without a feather or two.

If you are able to visit Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, make sure to check out my Scavenger Hunt!  It's lots of fun looking for all of the carefully placed details, it really does add another layer to your visit!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stella & Dot Stylist Deal (Limited Time -- April)

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Isn't this necklace pretty?  It makes a bold statement, but without being too much, or just crazy over the top.  

I'm a sucker for a pretty pair of pearl earrings!  These are particularly awesome, because while the pearls are super classy and refined, the spikes on the back (or front?!) give them enough edge to be sassy.  Such fun!

Both of the above items can be found at Stella & Dot.  I am not a Stella & Dot Stylist, but this does seem like a great deal if you're interested in becoming one!  (I am an affiliate though, so like I said at the top of this post, these are all my affiliate links.)

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $750 in FREE accessories when you sign up in April! 

You can sign up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist for as low as $199 now through April 30th! You can even score get $750 in free accessories!

An additional $100 in initial Sample Credit is accessible to Stylists immediately upon signing up. Sign-up options are as follows:

• Online and On-The-Go Sign-up: $199 for $450 in Sample Credit
• Trunk Show Essentials Sign-up: $499 for 1,100 in Sample Credit
• Business Builder Sign-up: $699 for $1,600 in Sample Credit

To sweeten the deal, you can earn an additional $300 in product credit you sell $1,000 in the first 30 days!


Other perks include:

• An incredible business to call your own
• The ability to work from home and earn extra income sharing the jewelry, accessories, and fashion trends that you love with others
• Training and support from amazing and successful women
• Free jewelry, as well as significant discounts
• Expense paid vacations
• A personal website and online business center
• and so much more!

You can learn more about becoming Stella & Dot Stylist by going here

Monday, April 18, 2016

Origami Owl Giveaway (Ends 5/12) US $300 Value

I have been incredibly happy with my own Origami Owl necklace (read my review here) which I received over two years ago.  It quietly tells a special story, my story, and I love it.  That's why I jumped at the chance to share this giveaway with you -- because I know you'll love having your own Origami Owl jewelry to tell your story.  

I'm fairly new to Instagram, I have maybe a half dozen followers over there, but I think my most favorite photo includes my Origami Owl necklace.  

Welcome Everyone to Our Origami Owl Giveaway
If you haven't read the post about Origami Owl, you can do so HERE.

Giveaway is Hosted by:

We are giving away a Prize Package Valued at $300
Winner will receive these two beautiful complete Origami Owl Featured Sets.

Origami Owl Giveaway Prize
Giveaway ends on 5/12/2016 and is open to residents of the US Only.
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Disclosure: We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Trail 404, Beautiful Touches, Life With My 2 Kids (and any other participating blogs, including The Philosopher's Wife) are not responsible for product shipment and/or delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mother's Day Card Tutorial by Papercrafting With Gayle (Guest Post)

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Hello Friends of The Philosopher's Wife!

My daughter, Rachel, has graciously invited me to present a little tutorial for a Mother's Day Card I designed. I hope you enjoy!

Here's to an early Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow Moms out there!

Warm regards,
Gayle Piron

Papercrafting With Gayle

Mother's Day Card

Materials Used

All materials are available at
- White Daisy Card Base/Envelope -- X254 - Zoe My Reflections Paper -- X7197B
- Pixie Card Stock -- X5773 (Also part of "Whimsy" Combo Pack -- X5940)
- Canary Card Stock -- X5772 (Also part of "Whimsy" Combo Pack -- X5940)
- White Daisy Card Stock -- 1385
- Silver Sequins -- Z2013
- Clear Sparkles -- Z1752
- Aqua Shimmer Trim -- Z3086
- Glacier Exclusive Ink -- Z2641
- Happy Mother's Day Stamp from the "Just to Say" -- D1620
- Corner Rounder -- Z1912
- Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge -- Z3171
- My Acrylic Stamp Block 2" x 3 1/2" -- Y1009
- Adhesives -- Z3022 and Z1151 (lol -- anyone who crafts probably has a variety of adhesive!)

Easy Step by Step to Creating Mother's Day Card 

1. Zoe -- Cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"; 1/4" x 5 1/2"; and 1" x 3" (round corners of this one).

2. Aqua Shimmer Trim -- cut a 5 1/4" length.

3. Adhere Zoe paper and Shimmer trim to Card base as shown.

4. Pixie -- Cut free-hand or use Artistry Cricut Cartridge found in CTMH Cricut Cartridge Booklet -- 1 flower base (<Flower 8>) 1 1/2". Cut 2 flower layers (Shift Layer), 1 at 1 3/4" a d 1 at 2". You may wish to cut 2 additional bases at 1 3/4" and 2" to use on the envelope, if hand delivering, and also on the gift tag.

5. Canary -- Cut 2 flower bases, 1 at 1 3/4" and 1 at 2". Cut 1 flower layer at 1 1/2". If you are making the additional flowers to embellish an envelope or gift tag, cut 2 additional flower layers, 1 at 1 3/4" and 1 at 2" (as above),

6. Adhere flower base and flower layers.

7. Adhere 1 sequin to center of each flower.

8. Adhere 1 touch of Sparkle to center of Sequin.

9. Using your fingers, gently roll the petals of each flower toward the center to add a little dimension.

10. Adhere completed flowers to upper left of card, as shown. I used foam tape to do this.

11. White Daisy -- Cut 1 rectangle, 3/4" x 2 3/4. Round corners.

12. Glacier Ink -- Stamp "Happy Mother's Day!" to center of White Daisy rectangle.

13. Adhere stamped sentiment to Zoe rectangle.

14. Adhere assembled sentiment to Card Base, slipping just a bit of the left edge under the flowers.

15. Adhere 3 Sparkles just below stamped sentiment.

I hope you had fun Papercrafting With Gayle!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

List of Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages: Floral Edition

I never thought coloring was just for kids, and now the rest of the grown ups are realizing that coloring is awesome!  Here is a collection of ten adult coloring pages, all with a floral theme.  I have provided a small thumbnail photo, but please be sure to click through to the original source to print your coloring pages.  

Go here to print.
Go here to print.
Go here to print. 
Go here to print.
Go here to print.
Go here to print. 
Go here to print.
Go here to print. 
Go here to print.

Go here to print these zen flowers and vegetation. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Treble Cluster Flower

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This crocheted flower is super simple to whip up!  It's downright adorable as an applique on blankets, hats, ear warmers, or even just on it's own.  I gave you a sneak peak of a bigger project that I'm working on, which include these cute little flowers.  I am excited to share this free crochet pattern with you now.

You can crochet these flowers with a single color, use multiple colors of yarn, different sized hooks, you can add buttons and beads as embellishments, there are so many options!  If you add buttons, use my little trick!  For the smaller flowers on this page I used a F hook and for the larger ones I used an I hook.  All the yarn is Sugar n' Cream.

Special Stitch
Treble cluster -- crochet three trebles stitches together.

1. Chain 2.

2. 5 single crochet stitches in first chain.  Join with a slip stitch.

3. *Chain 3. Treble cluster. Chain 3. Slip stitch in same stitch.* Repeat in all five stitches for five petals. Join and fasten off.  I made a little video of me crocheting one petal.  Here's the video.

4. Slip stitch to join.  Fasten off.

I love linking up at these blog parties.

Don't forget to check out this month's yarn giveaway!

Monday, April 4, 2016

How To Video for the Free Treble Cluster Flower Pattern Petal

This video shows how I crochet one petal of my Free Treble Cluster Flower Pattern.  Please be kind, this is a very simple video made to help you understand my pattern.

I know it's not professional quality, but that's alright for now.  When I learn how to take better videos and how to edit them I will update this post.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #57

Welcome to April's Yarn Fanatic Party!

As always, there were so many creative projects linked up last month!  Did you see them all?  I especially love these sweet little shoes by My Places!

April's sponsor is Yarn Baby.  One lucky winner will receive one skein of the beautiful yarn pictured here.  It's a super bulky merino wool with a 20.5 micron.  It's 80 yards of squishable goodness.  I haven't had the pleasure of working with this yarn, but I'm assured it's super soft -- and I totally believe it.  This colorway is "Stormy".

Be sure to check out our sponsor's website and social media!

US residents only. Must be 18+. Void where prohibited. Facebook and other social media are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, after that a new winner will be drawn. The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize or for shipment.

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Link up Your Projects
What have you created with yarn?  It could be something you crocheted, knitted, or anything that used yarn.  It can be a new project or an old one.  (I would appreciate it though if it had not been linked up to a previous Yarn Fanatic Party.)  I can't wait to see what you've created!

The only rule is that everything you link to must be family friendly.

I would appreciate it very much if you:
  • Add my Yarn Fanatic Party button to your post or party page.
  • The Philosopher's Wife
  • Follow The Philosopher's Wife and Eye Love Knots.
  • Check out some of the other yarn goodies people have finished.
  • Leave comments here, there, and everywhere.  (Please, take a moment to visit at least other blog and leave a comment.  I want this to be a supportive community of yarn lovers.)  
  • If you're not a blogger, but want to participate, feel free to upload a picture from Flicker!
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to share your photos, with the appropriate credit, of course!
  • PLEASE NOTE: Per InLinkz guidelines, listings linked to purchase options isn't permitted.  This means that you cannot link directly to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where there is an option to buy the pattern. You may link to a Pin, or a Facebook page, or a Flickr page, etc.  Links to where to buy the pattern included in a blog post are permitted.