Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yoda Crochet Hat

You know how the Spiderman hat is one of my favorite creations?. This is a fun one as well.






It is always satisfying to make something that the BOY can enjoy! Let's face it, though, Yoda's great for boys or girls!

Daydreaming about making some other Star Wars hats. They are definitely on the horizon.

If you want to buy a Yoda hat, I want to sell you one! 

Happy Sunday!

May the Force be with you.




Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Header and Tiny Crochet Heart

My husband, Quincy, of CrossEyed Design, made me this new header yesterday. (Look up!) I love it.

I'll make a shameless plug here and say that if you ever need web/print/graphic design work done, call us! CrossEyed Design is how we pay the bills. You know what I'm sayin!?!?. ;)

You should also go LIKE CrossEyed Design on Facebook, just 'cause I asked nicely.

Annnnnyway, isn't that a cute little crochet heart on the header? I made it using this pattern for Suzetta's Heart Pin. VERY quick and easy. I think it would be really cute on a little barrette or something.

Well, that's all for today. Thanks for popping in! Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Grandma's Crochet Butterflies

So we've been cleaning out my step-grandmother's house, as she recently moved off to Texas with her daughter. It was fun to go through all the crafty things and see how times have changed! In all the digging, I found several little crochet butterflies. They were attached to flower pots and things, as decorations.

Britney recently posted a blog with her method of making a crochet butterfly, but I thought I'd deconstruct one of these to share this other idea as well.

Here's how I did it!

I used a G hook, but his could be made in any size, according to your preference. :)

Ch. 8. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1.  Ch 2 (this is the first dc). 2 dc, ch 2. *3 dc, ch 2. Repeat from * around 7 times. Sl st into the first dc of round 1.

(This is round 1, completed.)


Round 2. Sl st 2. (Now you should be at the first ch 2 sp.) Ch 2 (this is the first dc). 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first space. Ch 2. *3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2. Repeat from * around in each ch 2 space. Sl st in first dc of round 2.  (You can actually fold it in half here and have a cute little butterfly if you like.) You can either weave in your ends here, or sl st backward to the beginning of the previous ch 2 sp if you are continuing in the same color.

(This is round 2, completed.)

(This is round 2, folded in half for a small butterfly.)

Round 3. (I changed yarn colors here for the purple & pink butterfly. For the teal one, I left the color the same. My step-grandmother used variegated yarns. You can do whatever you like! It’s YOUR butterfly.) *10 dc in first ch 2 sp. Sc in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of first dc. Leave about a 3 inch tail. Fold flower shape in half, matching scallops. Weave in ends to the bottom, sewing the 2 layers together, only at the bottom middle. This allows the two layers of the butterfly wings to still have volume.

(This is round 3, completed.)

(This is round 3, folded in half.)
For the next step, a pipe cleaner was used on the original butterflies. I used black yarn. Do what you like! I cut about 18 inches of black yarn and wrapped it around the center several times, tying and leaving two long tails at the top, as the antennae.



Next up, I made a dc foundation chain to serve as a headband. I slipped it underneath the black center portion of the butterfly and joined it together, weaving in the ends. Voila!

(This is how a dc foundation chain is made, in case you were wondering - Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in first ch and *pull up a loop. Yarn over, and pull through one loop LOOSELY (chain). Yarn over and pull through two loops twice (dc). You now have one foundation stitch. Yarn over and insert hook in ch of stitch just made. Repeat from * until you have desired number of stitches.)





PS - Use this pattern as much as you like for yourself or your friends, but please don't use it for items to sell! :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sew Vintage

I think you're gonna like this one.


That's right, folks. It's the MILLION DOLLAR DRESS! This little number is a sewing pattern, circa 1976, made by "Stretch & Sew:  America's Fabric and Sewing Center." It is actually quite large. The envelope containing the pattern is a bit bigger than a normal sheet of paper, 8-1/2" x 11". 


It seems a bit pricey to me at $5.00 in the US, and $5.50 in Canada, but then again... it IS the Million Dollar Dress.


Check out the back view, featuring the dress designer, Robert-David Morton.


The description reads "New York fashion designer Robert-David Morton's most talked about creation has already sold a million dollars at retail, earning it the name "Morton's Million Dollar Dress." This outstanding designer original is now an exclusive Stretch & Sew Pattern. "The Million Dollar Dress" is designed for Antron/Lycra knit, a blend of Antron nylon and Lycra spandex. This fabric is easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and requires minimum maintenance. Previously seen only in swimwear, Robert-David Morton innovates and designs this elegant fabric for fashion wear." 

Just reading that makes me feel like a million bucks! And I've never heard or read the word "Antron" in my life. 


I can't wait to make it and sell it in my Etsy shop. One Million Dollars for one dress. AWESOME.... and that might be my last sale. ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kids Craft: Find It!

On Sunday afternoon, we wandered the Orange Park Mall with some friends. While exploring Books-A-Million, we happened upon a game called "Find It!" Essentially, it is a clear tube filled with beads and other small items. You have to quickly shake the tube and try to find the listed items inside. I'm sure there are other ways to play and instructions inside the package, but I sure wouldn't pay $20 for it!

If you aren't crafty, go buy it. My son had fun playing it just a few minutes at the store, and I think it would be an awesome roadtrip game!

Naturally, I had an immediate plan to make one ourselves.

Here's how we did it.

Materials:
  • Clear container (We used a water bottle, but a mason jar, tupperware, or soda bottle would work)
  • Small beads (We used pony beads, as they were the least expensive. Dollar Tree!!! The actual game uses tiny perler beads.)
  • Ten small items (Our list includes a rubber band, rhinestone heart, die, big red bead, bobbin, blue tee, shiny pebble, button, paperclip, and a screw. Go wild!)
  • Superglue
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Small Piece of Paper

Gather your supplies. Make sure your clear container is clean and dry.






Type or write your list of items to find. You want to do this in advance so that you don't forget what you put inside. 


Have the child add the items to the container. 






This next part required parental assistance, so I did not photograph. If you have a clear plastic bag full of beads, cut one corner and use it as a funnel to fill the container. You could also use an actual funnel. :)

Do NOT fill the container to the top. You need room to be able to shake the items around and find them. 



Have the child find all the stray beads that went flying during the process to make sure they make it inside the container. ;)



Put the lid on the container. You can use a little bit of SuperGlue if you are concerned about this game being opened in the future!

Since we used a water bottle, we attached our little list to the still-sticky place where the label was once attached. 



We wrapped the list to the bottle with clear packing tape.


Play!




I hope you win!

I'd love to see your pictures if you decide to make this craft! :)

Off topic a bit, this game actually reminded me of a toy I had as a child. It was a "Where's Waldo Glitter Wand." It was filled with water and confetti, and one tiny Waldo that floated around inside.


I hunted online to find one, and to my surprise, one recently sold on Ebay for $99!!!! WHAT!?!?

*Off to dig in my parents attic*

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Diaper Bag Tutorial Sew-A-Long?

I have made a couple of diaper bags in my life, and I love them both. I have had several people ask me to sell them as well, but since you blog readers are my closest secret friends, I'll tell you the truth. I don't want to do that. Diaper bags are material and labor intensive. I'd really have to charge an arm and a leg for it to be worthwhile. Seriously. If you see a bunch of outrageously expensive diaper bags on Etsy and wonder why, make one yourself.

For real. Make one yourself.... with me!

Here are two of my past diaper bags, made from patterns from Amy Butler's "Little Stitches for Little Ones."








My sweet friend Holly has a crush on this bag, and I am in need of a new, smaller bag. The current slouchy-bag style is just not working for diapers, wipes, cell phones, sunscreen, wallets, etc. I think this will be perfect!


It is the Diaper Dude Lotus Diva Bag.

I haven't seen it from every angle, but I'm thinking we can attempt to wing it. If you'd like to make this bag or something close to it, join us on this upcoming diaper bag tutorial sew-a-long adventure!

My sewing machine has to come back from the repair shop before I'm getting started, but until then, start finding the fabrics you love the most!

It's only fair that I warn you in advance that I am NOT a perfectionist when it comes to sewing. This bag will be similar but not identical, and my measurements are bound to be crazy at times. I promise! But I think we can have fun together!

Honey Do

In my "Honey Do" posts, I will share something I'd like to make.

Here goes!

This seems sort of like punishment, but I really do want to make this quilt. It is constructed from 891 white 2" x 2" squares and 709 squares in various other colors. I don't know if I'll ever ACTUALLY get around to it, but I LOVE it!


Here is the source!

I have used this blog before for an advent calender tutorial. Check it out!

Here is my finished advent calendar. Christmas in July, anyone?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Spiderman Crochet Hat

*************I HAVE UPDATED THIS PATTERN AND IT IS NOW FOR SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP!***********













This is one of my favorite creations of all time. I just thought I'd share the pictures with you. Moved them from my other blog. :)  It inspired Ephraim to test out some Spiderman moves!














(It kind of looks like Ephraim is about to puke here. I assure you, he is not. It is just part of his wide range of dramatic skill.)









It is disturbingly close to the real thing!


Here are a couple of close-ups! The Spiderman hat!