Behind the Scenes: That Time I Made a Scarf

So a few months ago, I wrote a post about a vest.

Maybe this picture will remind some of you you? Yes? πŸ˜‰


I love a good, funky piece of clothing.

And, sometimes? Well, sometimes I’m willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get it…like stalking eBay for years and then getting into bidding wars. You know, hypothetically. πŸ˜‰

But this vest isn’t what I’m writing about…even though, oh my heart. I love it. :)

You see, y’all (love that word…my heart is totally Southern) were so amazingly sweet when I posted this. I got comment after comment…online and in person…I’ll make one like that for you! Or, I’ll teach you how to make that!

The one thing I didn’t mention in that lovely little post is that I actually can crochet. And, true to Mel form, I taught myself. About a year ago.

Oh, there’s no way I could make that vest…most of what I come up with are in the scarf or cute-hat-with-a-flower categories. And most also are given away. I rarely make anything and actually keep it for myself.

But about a week ago, I watched this cheesy, Hallmark-ish movie. It was a remake of The Gift of the Magi, and in it, the main character had this scarf.

Oh, goodness, this scarf.

It was waaaaay more interesting than the actual movie…and this slightly hippie, Boho-lovin’ girl couldn’t stop staring at it.Β 

And as I continued to focus on that funky scarf and completely ignored the plot line, I thought, I can make that. It was just a bunch of granny squares sewn together…something I didn’t know how to do, but hey. What’s YouTube for, after all? πŸ˜‰

Sunday afternoon I finally had a little time to sit down. True, again, to Mel form, I just pulled out my hook and yarn and got to work, sure that it would be a piece of cake to whip up a few of those squares.

Ha. Ha. And Ha.

Nope, I threw away my first mass of tangled yarn and pulled up YouTube later that night. Ten minutes later I had it figured out…and once I got going, I couldn’t stop. (And I may-or-may-not-have stayed up until an ungodly hour of the morning making those cute little squares…which maybe weren’t looking so cute at…ahem…one in the morning.)

But the lack of sleep? Totally worth it. :)



Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is the day when I join some sweet friends at Crystal’s space for Behind the Scenes. We’re sharing the silly and sweet and sometimes-tear-jerking moments that happen behind the camera lens…I hope you’ll take some time and pop over to read some great stories.

Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.

“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them.Β The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it.



  1. At least you can teach yourself to do this!! I never could do that…great ambition! and nice finished project and i love your original vest, you look adorable in it! You are so blessed to have a face that looks beautiful in short hair. :)

  2. I love that cute scarf. Whenever I am out and see anything that is “slightly hippie, Boho” I think “Mel would love that”. I love that you find something you want to learn and you find a way to do it. I tend to get to flustered and want to quit.

    • You are such a sweet encouragement, my friend. And just so you know…I admire you for being the speaker you are. THAT’S something I could never do…I’d get flustered and then probably hide under a table or something! πŸ˜‰ Love you, Amy…you are a gift!

  3. Wow. I’m impressed. :) And I totally love your ability to embrace something new and go for it!

  4. Tres chic! And I hear they make good gifts…. ; )

  5. Super cute!!! I have tried so hard to be able to make things. I just can’t. LOL You are talented! Love it!

  6. Dear Mel
    What a great idea! If you sew these squares together to form 2 squares or rectangles, you can sew them together, make a long thick braid with the same yarn as a handle and voila, make a nice hand/ carrier bag! I immediately remembered your photos. A bit hard not too….!!!
    Blessings XX

  7. Mel,

    I love your sense of humor. This is an awesome post. You did a lovely job on your granny square scarf. Oh, we both chose to tell stories that include clothing.

    Happy Tuesday!

  8. Well, friend, if you ever get the ambition to make another one you can send it to me. That’s just adorable! I recently learned how to “hand crochet” a scarf and it takes all of about 5 minutes to make one. But crocheting with a hook has always eluded me, despite my Grandma’s best efforts.

    • :) You are sweet…I’m thinking about doing a giveaway soon, anyway so maybe there will be one up for grabs! πŸ˜‰ I’m curious about the hand-crocheting, too…I’ve seen it but haven’t tried it. I’ll have to check it out! Blessings, friend…hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  9. You crack me up!!! Way to go with your “Mel-ness”. I’m going to remind you that if you go back through that vest post you will find that it was supposed to make an appearance at Allume. Ahem! Next year definitely. Now THAT would’ve brought the extreme hotness to the photo shoot. :)

    • Ok, why did I not think of wearing that vest at the photo shoot? Next year. *wink* I actually did wear it at Allume, but only for a morning. I brought the wrong shirt to wear under it, and I was freezing, so I went back to my room and changed. I’m sorry you missed seeing it in all of it’s crazy, rainbow glory! (((hugs))) to you, friend…you always make me smile, and I love that! :)

  10. Wow – totally amazing!! You are one talented lady!! :) I hope you have had a good week so far!! Yesterday was so busy I am not sure what happened to my day! :) And didn’t you bring the vest to Allume but just not wear it? I feel like you did for some reason??

    • Thanks, girl! I did wear it for a morning, too…I had brought the wrong shirt to wear under it, I was cold, and I wasn’t diggin’ it. So I changed…but it did make a (very) short debut! (((hugs))) I miss you!

  11. I love that movie!!! And that scarf is adorable! Such the talented one you are :) Love to you sweet friend!

  12. I love your scarf, and although I’m not usually a funky dresser, I think I need one… Maybe we can barter a scarf for some handmade cards?!?!?! :)

    Love you, friend!

  13. Lookin’ good Mel, in the picture above and the scarf too!
    They’re quite funky but fit your style πŸ˜‰
    Have a great upcoming weekend!

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