Saturday, November 3, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
My Sky had a few rough first weeks in school, but is doing beautifully now. She's bringing me in blues daily now, which the teacher confirmed is better then getting a green. She's early got all of her sight words for this nine weeks memorized too. When did kindergarten get so different? No more naps. I guess it's easier to just not fight with kids about a nap they don't want to take in the first place? My three year old gives me a hard time about naps, I couldn't imagine a room full of five and six year olds who don't want to nap! Haha! Speaking of these sight words she's learning, I'm amazed that my son has even started picking up on some of the words. We made flash cards with all of her words and they sit down together while she says the words. A few days ago, he got a few of the words before she did - "girl", "dog" - talk about a proud mama! :)
While big sister has been at school, we have done a few projects to keep the little man busy while she's gone. He especially loved the lacing boards I made from cutting & hole punching a cereal box into some shapes and a box out of the bottom of it.
And I leave you with my current WIP! It is going to be a dinosaur blanket for my son for his birthday next month.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
So my first project was another amigurumi. This one was for my little sister who begged me for a doll when she saw me doing them. I ordered some saftey eyes from 6060 on Etsy, because I figured they would look much cuter then the buttons I've been using. So here is Edward from FMA. I did him with my bigger doll template and his jacket is removable. I hand stitched the symbol on the back of the jacket by hand and it was my first attempt at doing some kind of embroidery like this. I'm extremely happy with the outcome and she loves it! :)
I've got some new headbands made! I found this headband pattern over at You Seriously Made That?! and decided I wanted to make a few. I've been wanting to make these cool 3-strand headbands for a while now and just never got around to it. But when Pinterest kept reminding me about it, I knew it was time to finally make atleast one.
Now, since I'm about to be moving and I have absolutely no ribbon in the house, I wasn't about to run out to buy some. So I did the ties in yarn with a slst row and wrapped where the tie and band connected together in the tail of the yarn and used the hot glue to hold it. If someone wants to know how I did it, I'd be willing to make a tutorial for you after my move. :)
I've only done one hat however, since I haven't had very many orders lately. Though I had one request to try out a kitty cat hat to see what I might be able to come up with. Here is the first attempt at a cat beanie:
Friday, June 22, 2012
Here's one perfect for daddy's little couch sidekick while watching the game! I am in the process of makes my little monkey a 3t sized one for when he's watching with daddy.
These two are actually for most of the same pieces. All it took was some imagination and rearranging for these two cuties to come to life. First we have an adorable pink puppy dog with short ears and an eye patch!
Next is the little piglet, curly tail and all!
I'm going to be working on some amigurumi patterns this week. I promised my dear little sister an Edward, from Full Metal Alchemist, doll.. I will most likely be starting that tonight. I can't wait to see how it will turn out! :) These dolls I've been doing are about 12inches tall too.. I want to make another versio about half the size, so I will be working on this over the weekend too, I think.
I've written out a new pattern though! My daughter is a complete My Little Pony lover and I wanted to make a colorful pony to remind her of it to put on her purse I made for her a few weeks ago. I came up with these:
Now she's asking me to put them on clips for her hair instead! I'm working on getting it up on my Etsy & Ravelry now. It's got loads of pictures, definitely gave me some time with my PhotoShop. ;)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
So, I finally decided to try out some Amigurumi dolls. My last two attempts were easter bunnies from the past two years for the kids. They went over great and the kids still love them - my son even has to have his camo bunny from this year at bed time some nights. :) Dolls for some reason always seemed tougher to me? I think it was all that hair and making the clothes! Lol. Finally I sucked it up and tried!
This was my first attempt at an amigurumi doll: Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled. She came out okay, and I will be much more happy with her when I redo her hair. I definitely love the button eye look for these dolls though! :)
Here is Aerith, from Final Fantasy VII. My daughter claimed Rapunzel and I decided I wanted to have one of these for myself. So I altered my last design from the Rapunzel doll to make this small doll. I found a hair method that I like much, much better then how I did Rapunzel's hair by do the individual yarn strands around and inside the hair line. I did have a difficult time trying to make the longer bangs in the front curl. The dress and jacket are both removeable too.
After patting myself on the back for getting it, I decided that the stitches were too big and I needed to go down some hook sizes. Out came my D hook for ami doll #3. I created a mermaid!
She is definitely my favorite so far and I am sooo happy with how she came out. I'm thinking about writing out the pattern for her later on and getting it tested. :) Also debating on selling this little beauty at my Etsy store, I just don't know if I can part with it though! Hehe.
All of them were made out of Red heart Super Saver yarn. I love it. <3
Monday, June 4, 2012
Round 1: Chain 26 (Or longer if you want your bag longer, just make sure to keep the 3SC in the last sts.). 1 SC in each st across. 3 SC in last st. 1 SC in next 24 on opposite side. 3 SC in last st. Slst to first SC. (54)
Round 2: Ch 1. 1 SC in next 24, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next 24, 2 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC, slst to first SC. (58)
Round 3-14: Ch 2, DC in first ST and in each ST around. (58)
Round 15: Ch1, SC in first ST and in each ST around. FO and weave in ends. (58)
Round 16: With your CC**IN FLO TO CREATE THE RUFFLE AROUND THE BAG**
Slst CC into first loop, *[slst in next, slst in next, sc in same, 2 hdc in same, dc in same, tc in same, dc in sane, 2 hdc in same, sc in sme, slst in same, slst in next.]* repeat around, join, FO and weave in ends.
Make 2. Leave long end for sewing onto the bag.
Row 1: Ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in first st and in each across. FO, leave long end for sewing.
Sew ends of handles to the bag on each side so they are in the center. Use the picture for reference.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Hook Size: Doesn't matter, depends on how big you want it. I used an F hook for this one.
Round 1: Create a magic ring, sc 5 in the ring. Slst into first sc.
Round 2: [Ch 1, sc into first st, 2 dc in same st, 1 sc in same st, slst into next st.]* x5
FO and weave in ends.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday was also the six year anniversary of my mom's death. She passed away from a long and hard fight with lung cancer, she was such a strong woman to go through all the treatments that those doctors put her through one after another. My sister and I stayed up late all night talking and keeping each other company online. Keeping her and our dad and all the good times we had. My mother was such an amazing crafter and I used to watch in awe at the stuff she made .. and she could do everything! Sewing, crochet, knitting, etc.. there was just so much much she did! She always tried to teach me things then, but back then I would just rather watch then want to do it, and I got so easily aggravated as a kid I did want to bother with it. So now that I I'm doing all this crafting and crocheting myself now as an adult, while it's not something we can physically do together, I feel like she's there with me when I'm working away on my projects. :)
On a happier note, I had nephews birthdays to make presents for! And since they all love Angry Birds so much, they each got a hat from me! The smiles I got when they got them made all the work worth while and my niece tells me the baby goes to sleep with his on every night because he refuses to take it off! How cute!