And Fun Faces
I was so excited when I found these beautiful glass gemstones at Mighty Dollar. I really didn't need any more stones, but these were so pretty. I thought about going back and getting them later, but there were only three containers left; so I picked one up. Inside the package were clear stones, green stones, pink stones, leaf stones, and butterfly stones. It was just a little disappointing that there were only eight butterfly stones in the container. But, there were enough lovely stones there to make two pretty projects, and there are even some stones left to use for something else.
First I lay my stones out how I wanted to arrange them. Then I carefully glued them onto my candle holders using some permanent craft glue. The candle holders came out really pretty.
Amigurumi is starting to grown on me, I think. It is so fun to take some yarn, a hook, and a little fiber fill and watch these materials turn into something cute. There are all sorts of creative possibilities. Take these Cute Keychains for example. For the raccoon and bird key chains, I loosely followed patterns in the book Woodland Crochet by Kristen Rask (purchased a while back at Aldi), but I made the heads only. For the others, I just looked at a picture and went from there.
Here are all the keychains together.
The mouse, second from left, was originally supposed to be a cat; but, try as I might, I could not make cat ears. So, it was turned into a mouse. Of all these keychains, the bird and the octopus were the easiest. And, I think the octopus is my favorite. Which one do you like best?
This week I've been doing fun projects for crochet -- like this jet liner and these little airplanes.
Or this sheep pillow that I made Mom for Mother's Day.
But the cutest project has been this little Colorful Caterpillar. This was fast, fun and really easy to make. The whole project probably took about two hours. I just crocheted little balls and sewed them together. Then I made eyes and mouth and little antennae. Here is the cutie!
Today, Dad and Mom and I went to a new thrift store that opened near our house. It was just a trip for fun. I only had six dollars but took them along with me. It was an enjoyable time, and I found several things. The total came to $5.72, so that was nice. It stayed within the six dollar budget.
I should have taken the tag off the little flower before taking the picture. Ooops! The little flower is actually a tiny picture frame. A picture goes in the little circle in the center. Someone must not have had a picture that small, so they just colored the center purple. :-) I thought the flower would make a nice embellishment for something.
There was also a nice BPA free plastic cup for 39 cents; 2 small ring binder notebooks for 59 cents each, a piece of material for 29 cents, a pretty butterfly doily for 29 cents, and a small Rival food processor. The food processor was the most expensive item at $2.99. The tag on it says it works, so I hope it does. It's not a huge cost if it doesn't, but it will be really exciting if it does.
After I opened up the 29 cent piece of material and saw how nice it looks, I thought it seems too bad to cut it up to line my crocheted bags. It is a big piece and would make a pretty something. But I got it for lining the bags, so that is what I will probably use it for. It is really pretty though
So thankful to the Lord for a fun morning out and the things He provided.
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I tried something new. A tiny garden in a jar. It is partly crocheted and partly made of other materials. This project was a mix of fun and frustration. The biggest problem was that my yarn was really too thick for my 2.5 mm hook. The jar really is tiny. The bottom is about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and the top is just over 2 inches. It is about 3 1/2 inches tall.
Inside the jar is the crocheted "dirt" on the bottom; 2 mini mushrooms; a tiny crocheted flower; a flower made from wire and beads;* stones to top the dirt and help hold the mushrooms and flowers steady; a caterpillar made from tiny pompoms; and a lady bug made of a button, four beads, and a very small blue pompom. On the top of the jar is a plastic lady bug "gem." Mighty Dollar had packs of 24 "gems" -- lady bugs, bees, and dragonflies. I only got the lady bugs though.
*I didn't make the bead and wire flower; it was in my bits and pieces of things.
Last Saturday, Mom and Christy and and I had a ladies' day out. We went to some thrift stores and then to Hobby Lobby. When we headed out, I thought to myself, "I don't need any more glass items." However, when we got to the first thrift store, some of the glass items were 50% off. There among those 50% off items were these beautiful "flower glasses." Oh, wouldn't these look pretty for making candles! I was planning to get some gel candle wax at Hobby Lobby for one candle glass I had at home, and these would work really nicely for making some more. So, I got the whole set of six "flower glasses".
Even the bottom of the glasses have a pretty design. Here is a look down through the top.
We went to one other thrift store and then to Hobby Lobby. The gel wax was more than I wanted to pay so decided on granulated wax instead. Mom helped me pick out the colors for pretty spring color combination.
On Monday, I washed up all the glasses and dried them and glued wicks into the bottoms of them. When the glue had dried a bit, I sat down with my glasses and wax and got creative. To pour the wax I used a coffee measuring scoop. It was just the right size and has a nice, long handle.
I made four of these candles in different designs and then saved the other two glasses for a craft I want to make later. We still had the other candle glass too, so I made a candle for ourselves with that. That's the one with the striped design. What fun it was to pour in the wax in different ways and make some neat designs! There are lots of possibilities with these pretty colors. (Note: the color that shows up blue is supposed to be purple. It just showed up blue in the picture.)
And that's it for this time. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit!
I see it has been almost two months since I posted. Due to lots of things going on and several illnesses, blogging just did not take priority for a while. Now things seem to have settled down a bit, so I'll try again. :-)
This past week, I made my first successful pair of baby sandals. After that, I made a couple more, using a youtube tutorial. Mom also made a pair. These are turning out to be fun. There is a lot of room for creativity making baby sandals.
Here is my first successful pair. They are size 9 to 12 months size.
And here they are packaged up and ready to go to their recipient. The little pieces of tissue paper were used to protect the sandals and hopefully help them keep their shape. I used a page form an old calendar to make a decorative cover for the box.
These are the next two booties that I made. They are newborn size. The ones on the left are dark green and lilac and the flowers are centered with some pretty buttons I had on hand. The ones on the right are lilac and a dark yellow. The label for the yellow yarn was gone, so I called it corn colored. :-) They are also newborn size.
For the newborn size booties/sandals, I used the video tutorial below. This lady's tutorials are simple and easy to follow.
The sandals Mom made are really pretty. She used a written pattern. It took her a few tries to figure out the toe straps, but she finally got them. These are also 9 to 12 month size.
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A while back, I tried my hand at a little amigurumi. It would take some practice, but it was fun. I thought it would be fun to try making some toys. I've made a few crocheted balls, but this time I thought I'd try some
These dolls were based on the idea of the "sleeping dolls." There is a very simple tutorial for these sleeping dolls here at youtube. The dolls were not hard to make, but I had a little trouble with the features. For a sleeping doll, a straight line is made for the eyes because the doll is supposed to be asleep. Well, my line didn't turn out very straight, so I made open eyes. :-) Eyes and mouth were added, and the dolls took on personality. So, I decided to add some little embellishments too -- a bow tie and a heart on one set and a bow tie and a flower on the other set. Here is what I came up with.
The second thing I tried was this teddy bear.
Mr. Teddy was a bit more challenging. He wasn't really difficult, but he was a somewhat time consuming because I hadn't many anything like him before. He didn't come out perfect. The "buttons" and tail were a little bit off center, and the left ear was a little different than the right; but he was still cute. The video below was the main one I used to make the bear. I didn't like the skinny straggly look of that bear though, so I looked at a few other videos to get some ideas of the shape of the head and body. Also looked at a teddy bear I have in my room to get the shape of the ears.
The youtube video shared below is not a tutorial that is demonstrated by someone actually making the teddy bear. It is mostly just a written pattern, but it does have pictures that help. The hardest part to understand in the video (for me anyway) was figuring out how to do the nose. Basically, they were just making an oval and then stitching a triangle onto the oval. Anyway, here is the video.
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Coffee and Pink Camo Bag Set
How many bags can you make out of two skeins of yarn? Well, that depends on the size. I got four out of these ones. The yarn used was Red Heart Super Saver yarn and colors were Coffee and Pink Camo.
The biggest bag is about 9" by 12". The second is about 6" x 6", the third about 4" by 4", and the littlest one is about 3" by 2" and has a little bitty zipper for opening and closing.
I figured out an easy way to do handles. First I make the handle and then simply crochet in a round, attaching the bag to the handles with single crochet. It is a little tricky to get both sides exactly the same size and care has to be taken not to twist the chain; but it is much easier, at least for me, than adding the handle afterward. I crochet the bag from the top first and work downward. When the bag is finished, I turn it inside out and close the bottom of it by doing a row of single crochet through both sides of the bottom of the bag. Then I turn it right side out and push out the corners to get the bottom of the bag into the right shape.
The picture below shows the three bigger ones, one on top of the other.
Fall Leaves Slouch Hat
The other day I happened to see the pattern from Moogly for this hat in a link. From the place that shared the link, I understood that the hat was a good one for beginners to make. :-) Well, it wasn't a beginner pattern. It says "intermediate" in the pattern description. I'm not good at reading patterns, so it took me a while to figure it out. Once I figured it out, it really was pretty simple and worked up quickly and easily. Here is a link so you can make one yourself. They're fun and fast and pretty.
The picture on Moogly's site is much nicer than mine. :-)
Also gave this Ridged Crochet Hat a try. This is a Red Heart pattern. Although labeled "Intermediate," this one really is easy. It works up fast, doesn't use much yarn at all, and is so soft and squishy and cozy and warm.
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