Flower Power

I’ve been obsessed with newborn photo props.

Any photographers I encounter at craft shows, always ask for some.

I found this fantastic pattern on ETSY by Crafty girls of Avon. It works up quickly, and uses soft chunky yarn. Although it has a lot of sewing, which I’m not a fan of. I find myself crocheting up all the pieces, and letting it sit, for days, until I sew it up. Not the best strategy, but oh well. It’s great for beginner crocheters, can be done in multiple color combinations, and here’s a little hint, use a bigger hook for a larger size bonnet =)

Did I mention, this pattern is only $3.99!!!

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Flower Lovey pattern

I’ve been wanting to post this for awhile now, but it was a gift, so I had to wait until my expectant friend got it. ANNND, she loved it =)

One of my absolute favorite Crochet blogs, is by the talented Miss Sarah, creator of Repeat Crafter Me. I tell ya, I just don’t know how she has the time! Her blog is so professional, and she has such amazing creations. She has perfected the “Lovey,” a fleece piece, with a crochet border, and crochet stuffie attached. For years there have been the crochet Lovey dolls, a stuffie attached to a crochet square. Maybe because Joanne’s constantly has fleece sales, but I just like Sarah’s version better.

I used Repeat Crafter Me’s tutorial for a Monster Fleece Lovey as a starting point. Here’s the thing, I bought a skip stitch blade, BUT, it was the wrong one….of course! On to plan B.

I am not a pro with a ruler, or measuring, or making straight lines. Weird right? So I stitched a long serger stitch around the edge of my fleece with my sewing machine. Using light weight yarn, and a 2.75 metal crochet hook, I crocheted 3 double crochets (DC) in every 3rd sergered stitch. Since the sewing machine already made a hole for the thread, it was easy to make the hole larger to accommodate the yarn. Then I crocheted two more rounds of 3 DC between each cluster. On to step 2. 2014-04-27 17.32.54I couldn’t find a cute, and free, flower pattern so I made one.

Abbreviations: st- stitch; sc-single crochet; dc-double crochet; dec-decrease; * repeat

Petals: Hook- 3.25 mm; I made this in a continuous round, you can always slip stitch to the first stitch and chain 1 in the beginning of each round if you are more comfortable doing that.

Make 5 sc in magic loop (6)

*2sc in same st, sc in next 2 st* (8)

*2sc in each st* (16)

*sc in each st* (16) *repeat for 2 more rows*

*sc in next 2 st, scdec* (12)

Repeat previous row (9)

I slip stitched the ends together, you can do this or just bind off, these will be hand sewn. to flower face. Leave long tail to sew. Make as many as you want to get the look your trying for (I made 12).

Flower face: Make 2

Make 6sc in magic loop

*2sc in each st*

*sc in next st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*

sc in each stitch for 2 rows

Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew.

Here is what you have, a whole lot of small pieces, AAAAGH!!!

2014-04-23 12.27.24Now you will sew your petals to one side of the face. I used a whip stitch, but really, any hand stitch will work. 2014-04-23 12.30.152014-04-23 12.30.58If you want eyes and a smile, now is when you will sew it on one of your flower faces. Then you will begin stitching your faces together. When you have about a couple inches left to sew, now comes the stuffing. I used the poly-fill for stuffed animals, you can get it at any craft store. I also put a bell in the middle of the fill to form a rattle effect.

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All what’s left is to stitch it up, and sew it onto your fleece.

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FYI, I used some fleece from another project, I didn’t measure it, I just used what I had left =)

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Special orders

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, sorry. I’ve been inundated with special orders. It’s been wonderful. I love when people recommend me to their family and friends. It helps me KNOW the quality I’m putting out. It’s different when you THINK you know, but it feels so much better when you KNOW you know, you know? (ha-ha-ha)

Here is one of my special orders. Nursing cover and burp cloths, made with Monster Inc fabric and coordinating Monster faces, and a baby Mike Wazowski beanie.

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Here is the link to the Nursing cover tutorial. Nursing covers take a lot of fabric! I have never done something so large before. Never worked with boning, or sewing hardware onto a project. This tutorial is fabulous for a novice sewer. My dimensions were different, simply because I had already cut the fabric for the burp cloths before my friend requested the cover, so I added trim from the coordinating burp cloth scraps. It made a matching set =) She was tickled, and I was able to add another item to my volley of “can do’s.” Fyi, I purchased this super cute fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.

This is my new crown jewel achievement (I know, I keep saying that). Another crafter/baker, and I had traded items (love it when that happens), she recommended me to a customer who was looking for a very specific baby shower gift. Can you guess what it was? Well if you’re a Star Wars fan, then maybe. (Insert exciting unveiling music here)…..

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TA-DA!!!!! Mommy and me Boba Fet helmets! The photo shown to me had the details in felt. Maybe I’m just not experienced enough to work with felt, but I can’t seem to use it, unless felt is just glued, not sewn. Either way, I choose to crochet each piece, and sew them on individually. Very painstaking work, but the end result made it completely worth it. The gifter relayed that her niece was practically jumping through the phone when she saw it.

I vow to post more patterns this month, so stay tuned…

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Intarsia Crochet

One of the most challenging words I hear is “Can you make?”

When someone starts a sentence with that phrase, I immediately get a feeling in the pit of my stomach, coupled with a blank look, open mouth, and then one of two things happen; a wave of relief if I’ve made something similar, OR a look of thoughtful confusion. If it is something new, my mind starts working at warp speed, taking internal inventory of my crafty knowledge, and trying to determine if I am skilled enough to take on said challenge. Thus was the case of the crochet Yoda blanket.

Initially the request was a brown crochet blanket for a baby shower gift, no problem! As I was working on the rest of the order, leaving the blanket for last since it takes the longest, my friend, in her infinite wisdom, said it would be really cool if I could add a Yoda to the center. I was playing around with shaping, thinking a Yoda applique, then she emailed me this:

yoda chartI had yet to do such extensive work in my crochet endeavors. Knitting, yes. I had made my good friend a skull blanket as a baby shower gift. She was having a girl, she hated pink, flowers, basically anything girlie. So I made her a knit skull checker blanket, using Intarsia knitting.

skull blankieIntarsia knitting uses different colors in large blocks. Instead of carrying the colors over, like in Fair Isle knitting, you use separate skeins, or bobbins of yarn (small amount of yarn taken from a larger skein), dropping one color and picking up another, as you work along.

Since I had experience with Intarsia knitting, I figured, Intarsia crochet? Why not.

First things first, the graph she sent me was fantastic! But it’s kind of small. So I decided to double each square, and repeat each line in half double crochet. Then I decided to make the Yoda center first, then add to that center, making it larger, like you would if making a large granny square style blanket.

The smaller colored areas (hands, feet, staff), I carried my yarn, the larger areas (robe, head, sides), I used Intarsia crochet. At some points I had 3 skeins of yarn, and 3 bobbins of yarn working at the same time. This is how it turned out.

IMG_1083Pretty cool for using Intarsia crochet for the first time =) I love, love, LOVE, that it looks the same on the right side and the wrong side. With knitting, it is obvious which side is the wrong side, but not in crochet, happy dance!

As I mentioned, I crocheted around this rectangle, using triple, double and single crochet, to get a nice stripped pattern. I also crocheted 2 of whatever stitch I was using, chained 2, and crocheted 2, in each corner *example: 2DC, chain 2, 2DC = corner stitch. In each round after, I put a corner stitch in each chain 2 space. My final blanket measured 36×30 inches, perfect for a crib.

IMG_1084 This technique has endless possibilities. I immediately went out and bought some graph paper to make my own patterns, thereby adding to my never ending to do list. Expect more posts soon.

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Geeking Out

We are feeling truly blessed in our crafty endeavors. My sissy was approached by a Comic book shop, Brave New World Comics, that was looking to expand by opening a Geek Boutique. They were looking for crafters that fit their Genre and customer base. I am admittedly a geek. I heart Marvel comics, thanks to my collector brother, and have the entire first series of Marvel cards, complete will team-ups, origins and first appearances. I am a fan of Sci-Fi, and like Sheldon Cooper, prefer Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the original series deserves honorable mention. I think my sisters all kind of looked at me funny because of my geeky passion, but I have found my people! More appropriately, those that share my passion, have found our shop, WOOT, WOOT!

I have been working on stock for upcoming craft fairs, so I immediately sent a sampling to the shop for a preview. They love them!

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They have already had customers try to reserve the character hats, WHAT? We are so very excited, and overwhelmed by the response. Our ETSY shop has been fabulous, and busy, but this is a whole different experience. My hook is on fire, and my mind is whirling with design ideas. Here are my two latest ones. Previously mentioned Star Trek, series, Gold for Command; blue for science, and medical; Red for security and engineering.

DSC01102For those non-Trekies, please don’t confuse these with Next Generation. They decided to change colors around for Next Generation, namely the red and gold. Red, more of a maroon red, is for Command and pilots, and gold is for engineering and security, while blue stayed the same. Plus the Next Generation communicators are set on top of an oval. I know, I know, geek lesson, but you gotta know.

My next new design is one of my kiddos favorites, Beemo from Adventure Time.

BeemoMy 3 year old started “playing” with the buttons as soon as I finished.

You can call me a nerd, geek, Sci-Fi fanatic, it hasn’t changed me, and with this new chapter in our crafty lives, it will only fuel my geekyness (yes that’s a word).

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A busy February

Oh my! Is it possible that I have not posted this entire month? WHA…..

Well that show’s you how busy it has been around here. I had anticipated having free time with the holiday and holiday orders over. I’m still waiting for that free time, lol.

February is one of our family’s birthday months. My nephew, niece and my little guy are all February birthdays. They are all so close that it becomes a juggling act between my two sisters and myself over party dates. Since I am on the opposite coast, this wasn’t an issue. To tell you the truth, it made me pretty sad, and what was an inconvenience, and often times a headache, is sorely missed.

My son likes all the standard things a boy his age likes; Thomas the Train, Super Why, Doc McStuffins. One of his favorites is Jake and the Neverland Pirates. It wasn’t a leap to figure Pirate theme, especially when my son squints his eye and says “ARGH! I a Pirate” and hooks his little finger to form a hook. So between the planning, and online shopping for pirate booty, I have been majorly occupied.

A few days before his birthday we had a knock at 5 am, it was….wait for it….MY MOM AND BROTHER! They took a red eye to surprise us! AND they kept it a secret from everyone! I’m telling you, NO ONE know. It was an amazing and overwhelming surprise. It made my little one’s birthday that much more special.

Back to the party planning. I love themed parties because that means I can dress up too. There was one catch, my daughter did not want to be a pirate. Really? Someone suggested making her Tinkerbell. Duh! Neverland, Tinkerbell, duh! It was too close to order her a costume, break out the hook and the tulle.

I figured the easiest bodice to make would be a rectangle in a cute stitch. I decided to finish the back with some satin ribbon for a corset style.

IMG_1004Then I added a tulle skirt. Cutting double the appropriate length, folding the tulle strip in half, and using a crochet hook to put it through the bottom stitches. I didn’t like how the knots were showing so I added a row of double crochet to the bottom, embellished it and it was done.

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Would Tinkerbell wear this? Who cares! My daughter adored it. We had a terrific Pirate time with pirate sail cake pops, a treasure dig, Walk the Plank game, and tons of sword fighting.

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My son was to busy playing for a Pirate family photo. If you haven’t made a tutu dress before, here is an awesome Youtube video to get you through it by HairHardware.

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Mia Slouch Boot Pattern Review

I have made it known that I am no where near talented enough to make up a bootie pattern on my on. I mean, there are too many things that can go wrong with the shaping. I get a little short of breath just thinking about starting from scratch….breath….breath. So I give kudos and props to those talented individuals who can 1. Invent a bootie pattern on their own, and 2. Have talent to write a comprehensive pattern that even us beginners can follow.

My favorite Knitter baby bootie pattern writer (wow, say that 5 times fast) is L’Oasi della Maglia. Since I am mucho into crochet currently, I needed to find a crochet bootie pattern writer (here we go again with the long names), whom I’d enjoy equally as much. Taking the advice of my crochet sister, and author of the blog Chucks for Chancho (insert shameless plug here), I checked out Two Girls Patterns on ETSY, hello, LOVE!

They have the most adorable crochet boots, sandals and shoe patterns! If you are an avid Pinterest user, then you have no doubt seen their work EVERYWHERE. Anyone who has a crochet board has at least one of their items pinned. Now I haven’t done the necessary research to say this is a fact, buuuut, probably. I purchased a 3 pattern bundle. I have yet to get to the other two patterns, but this one rocks.

It’s called Mia slouch boot. It is ridiculously easy to read and understand. I am so impressed with the combination of basic crochet stitches they use to form the “slouch” of this boot.

IMG_0842So cute. I was tempted to get back on ETSY and buy an adult pattern, but then it hit me; what if I used a thicker yarn, and a larger hook, hmmm. These booties worked up so fast, it was worth a shot. Using some Bernet Chunky yarn, and an 8mm hook, I went to work. Ta-Da

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Boots for my size 6 daughter. I went up another hook size and made some for my Mama. A word of caution, yarn bottoms are slippery! I tried adding dots of puffy paint to the bottoms, but that didn’t help much, so I turned to Youtube. I found this amazing video of how to add silicone soles to knit slippers. It looks genius! I can’t wait to try it!

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