ALYB's 2nd Birthday Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

It's here! The giveaway! It's amazing! Let's do this!

Refresher on the rules:
The clues are posted on the rafflecopter widget

You'll follow the clues to earn points, which you will keep track with the rafflecopter widget we will have posted on each of our blogs.

We will determine the winners a few days after the start

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone, and thank you all for being amazing Blossoms!

Happy Birthday to A Little Yarn Blossom!


This blog means so much to me and has allowed me to grow myself and learn so much more about the world, and for that I am forever grateful.
I want to give back to you Blossoms, for being so amazing.

I have teamed up with Noor, Rosie, EnvyJerneja, Anna, Sanjana, Arushee, Mackenzie, Ava, and May Designs to bring you a fun game!
This is a scavenger hunt giveaway, and we will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners all of which will get amazing prizes!

The info/rules:
We will have clues posted on a to be determined location

You'll follow the clues to earn points, which you will keep track with the rafflecopter widget we will have posted on each of our blogs.

We will determine the winners a few days after the start

We can't wait to begin, and I'm so excited to see this happen! Good luck to everyone!

Quick update

Hey Blossoms! 
Just a quick little update to tell you I won't be posting until Friday, because I (and some fellow bloggers) have a big surprise coming for you!!

Center CSS

I love code, especially when it involves designing a blog! Centering elements creates a modern, organized + professional look for your blog. 
Note:: this is for Blogger blogs. I haven't tested this on Wordpress.

Center header:
#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto;}

Center post titles:
.post-title {text-align:center;}

Center post dates:
.date-header {text-align:center;}

Center gadget titles:
.section-columns h2, #sidebar-right-1 h2, #sidebar-left-1  {text-align: center;}

Centre menu tabs:
.PageList {text-align:center !important;}
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important;}

To install:
Go to Template - Customize - Advanced - Add CSS - Add code, remember to click Apply To Blog and ta-da! Everything centered!

If you did it, comment your link so I can see!

Q + A

I haven't done a Q + A in forever, so let's do this!
Just ask your question, and press submit! I'll answer them next week.

Turning Sixteen

Welp. It's official. I'm sixteen. This past year I've learned so much about myself. I laughed, I cried, I had great times, and some bad times. You Blossoms have journeyed far with me this year, and I'm so glad!

Here are some snapshots from Friday (my birthday, I was too busy to get the post up that night)

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I got so giggly after everyone sang happy birthday to me that I couldn't blow my candles out! It took me a while to blow them out. :P

Momma, Daddy, Buzz and I went to brunch, (which was soo good!) and then Momma and the other four siblings went to Michaels to get presents. When they got back we chilled for a while, and then Daddy went to the store for the mini cheesecakes and soup. We set to work, and daddy and the boys ran an errand. When they got back, we went and picked up our friends, and we went to the mall and did some birthday shopping at Forever 21 (I LOVE THAT PLACE UGH I WANT TO BUY ALL THE THINGS THERE) and when we got back, we did presents and cake and then we stayed up until past midnight just talking and laughing. 

16 was a truly fantastic birthday. 

My Favourite Free Fonts

I've always loved fonts, but since launching Hello November Designs I've become OBSESSED. When we're in the store, I keep an eye out for great fonts and the formatting on the package. My sisters think I'm weird, but who cares!
I put together this list of some of my favourite fonts just for y'all! And they're free!
Scouring Pinterest for these fonts was fun, but finding pretty and cool fonts that are free are sometimes hard to find, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! The links are below to the download sites.

Braided Cable Cowl

I finished the cowl for Alessandro's auction, and I must say I'm pretty proud of it!

I used Knitpicks' Brava Bulky in white, and the green is wool I spun myself. CABLES ARE SO MUCH FUN YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW. This cowl is FULL of cables. I put it on pause for a couple weeks buecause when I have deadlines, I start more projects. It's not smart, but I think I just panic (at the disco) and feel the need to start more to cope. Eventually I did buckle down and get it done, so yay!

My sister was not being a satisfactory camera-lady. And she was being a weirdo.

The cowl is so soft, and so quick to knit! If you had enough time to make it, it would make a pretty great gift.
I used Purl Soho's Braided Cable Cowl pattern, and I didn't block the cowl when I finished because I wanted it to be slouchy.

Also, that day I laughed so hard pretty much the whole day because it was just a funny day full of antics from everyone.

My turn to be a weirdo! I need to make this again for myself, because I would seriously wear that whole outfit a lot.

Are you knitting anything or making anything? 

October Round Up


I did a complete redesign of Envy's blog! Read all about it. 

I talk about stress and give you some great playlists to relax with! 

Here's an update on what's going on behind the scenes! 

The newest round up of the Etsy products that caught my eye!

I babysat a ton, and Apex is going so well! I finished the projects for Alessandro's auction, planned a Halloween party, and my costume! The Halloween party was a huge success and my costume turned out great! I played a lot of guitar, and I'm practicing as much as I can for choir and musical theatre. 

How did your October go?

Lost In Translation // HND FO Post

Hey Blossoms! How are y'all?
Today I'm sharing a different kind of FO post. A Hello November Designs version!

Envy emailed me a little more than two weeks ago, needing a complete makeover for her blog. She told me everything she needed, and I got to work! The first draft was actually spot on, so I didn't make many changes.

Envy wanted something similar to the In Theory template, but a little less pink. Teal and green-blues are more her thing, which I love! Envy is so awesome, and it's always such a treat to work with her.
Envy also wanted watercolor elements, like in the In Theory template.

Wanna work with me, or get a new blog design for free?
Click here and here!

Go check out Envy's blog, and check out our collab from earlier this year!

Autumn Etsy Faves

When I'm browsing Etsy, I've become aware of certain things. If something catches my eye, it's usually the product, and the photography. These four items are my current favourites.

One day I hope to be able to knit like this. #GOALS

How cute is this mug? Y'all know I'm a sucker for rose gold, and during Autumn and Winter I drink a ton of tea. This mug is perfection.

Infinity scarves are so freaking cute. I just love the colors.

Phone cases like this are the best because they can go with almost any outfit (I like my accessories to match my outfit.) Yes.

I can't wait to join these wonderful shops on Etsy. 
In other news, we went to a pumpkin patch on Thursday and we decorated for Halloween today and UGH GUYS I'M SO EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEN AND AUTUMN WEATHER AND ALL THE HOT DRINKS. 
What's your week been like?

Le Update

Hey Blossoms! 
So today I wanted to just update y'all on the behind the scenes of ALYB. 
This month, I completely launched my design business, Hello November Designs. I've got four templates up, and I do custom blogs, and design single elements as well! And to make it even better, everything is free! 
(click the image to visit)

The other thing is that I'm going to be relaunching Yarn Blossom! I'm going to be on Etsy, and it'll be under a different name as well. 
This is one of the designs I'm considering:

What do you think? Also, is there anything you Blossoms would like to see in the shop?

Another thing is that I finished my projects for Alessandro's auction! It starts today, at 1 PM (mountain time). If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the cowl. I am going to do an FO post soon!

I have five more projects still in the idea stages, but I'm also going to start working on more projects for the Etsy shop! 
AND OMG I GOT A NIDDY NODDY AND A BALL WINDER. Y'all are probably like what the heck is she talking about!? 
So a niddy noddy is this thing that when you spin yarn, instead of wrapping it around the chair like I do, you wrap it around that, and it makes it easier to handle and count. The ball winder is this cool machine where you have your yarn, and then you wind the yarn onto it, and it makes a cake of yarn. (It's seriously fun!) 
!That's a niddy noddy

This is the ball winder.
I'm super into historical fiction right now, and I'm reading The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. It's so good! 
How have you all been?

My Favourite Spotify Playlists

Ah stress. An old friend of mine, and probably yours too. Stress has been getting to me lately (starting and re-opening a business will do that to you) and today I felt like I needed to make lists, get things done, so I don't stress much. Well part of list making comes with OMG I HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO. That's why I pulled up Spotify, picked a playlist I hadn't heard before (because for some reason, I stress less if I'm listening to lyric-less music I've never heard before) and started to relax. Then I started writing this post. Here are some of my favourite Spotify-curated playlists.

Stress Relief 

Evening Chill

Indie Acoustic Chill

Lost In The Clouds

Home Sweet Home

If you've been stressed lately, *hugs* I hope these playlists make you feel a little better in some way. <3 nbsp="">

September Round Up

This month has been crazy for me! Let's jump right in.


Life: I've spent a lot of time outdoors, (family day) and Apex is going so well! We got the scripts yesterday for Peter Pan Jr, and I'm Adella the mermaid and Rosetta the fairy. I've been out of the house so much for September, and it's been crazy busy! My friend invited me to her homecoming dance (she was homeschooled and decided to try school this year.) I have my dress so I'll have a style post as well! 

How was your September?