Free Crochet Pattern – Easy Laptop / iPhone Sleeve

My man needed a sleeve for his new 11 inch netbook.
After searching the net for a pattern, I came to the conclusion that there really isn’t much of a pattern to making a laptop sleeve, so I tried my hand at making one free hand.  Of everything I’ve ever crocheted, this is one of the easiest things I’ve ever made!  🙂

Yarn: Your choice.  The thicker the better.  If your yarn is thin, consider using two or three strands together.   Continue reading “Free Crochet Pattern – Easy Laptop / iPhone Sleeve”


Free Crochet Pattern – Tiny Amigurumi Coffee Cup

This is my mini phone strap version of the free pattern available here.  I followed the pattern as described, but used thin yarn/crochet thread and the equivalent crochet hook (I think I used a 1.5mm).  My finished cup is just under 2.5cm/1 inch across the top.

The other change I made  Continue reading “Free Crochet Pattern – Tiny Amigurumi Coffee Cup”

Free Icons to customize your desktop or website

I wanted to share a great website for high quality free icons for desktop and web use, compatible with Windows, iOS/Mac and Linux operating systems.  They currently have 200 000+ icons available.  Nearly all are free for personal use, and some are even free for commercial use.

Head over to to have a look.

By the way:  I have not affiliation with this website at all.  I just like their stuff!  🙂

Free Crochet Pattern – Tiny Amigurumi Penguin

I made this cute little fella with some thin (3ply) crochet yarn/thread I had lying around, and its equivilant hook.  He is 3cm tall.  I have since attached a loop to the top of his head and made him into a mobile phone charm. 🙂  Continue reading “Free Crochet Pattern – Tiny Amigurumi Penguin”

Free Pinyin Table with Audio

Hi guys,

I’ve come across a really useful tool if you’re trying to learn mandarin chinese.

It’s a Pinyin Table complete with native chinese recorded sounds available here.  This is provided free of charge by the good people at ChinesePod.  (While you are over there you can sample a ChinesePod lesson for free and see what you think.)

This Pinyin Table would be especially useful if you are trying to learn how to say the sounds without having a teacher to copy.

I’ve found it helpful when teaching others pinyin, and I hope you find it useful too.  🙂

Learn Some Basic Survival Chinese Words – with Audio

There comes as point in many people’s lives, when they find themselves staring face to face with the language of China.  Maybe you are planning to travel, and would like to know a few basic words and terms.  Maybe your company is sending you to China to scout out business opportunities.  Or maybe your just adventurous and feel like a new challenge.  🙂  Whatever the reason…we all have to start somewhere.  🙂

Here is some basic survival words you may find useful.

click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed
Continue reading “Learn Some Basic Survival Chinese Words – with Audio”

Oven Dried Tomatoes Recipe (SCD Legal)

You can eat them on an antipasto platter, use them in cooking (like here) or bottle them in oil.   Any variety of tomato can be dried, so why not give this recipe a try!  🙂