97 dollars, hardly any progress and my major problem…

Earlier this week I told you all about the $97 dollars spent on yarn, and guess what… It came in! (slight squeal and jumping up and down with pure joy :)) I couldn’t be happier with my choice in distribution, and to be honest this is the actual FIRST TIME (yep first!) that I have ever used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. AND I LOVE IT! In the past I have heard great things about it, and now I know why. It’s soo soft, it works up quickly and I’m excited about the project to, so that may be why I’m so happy today?! Ah well, who really knows… I may have something else up my sleeve too 😉

Anyways. I put in a tad more time with my rainbow blanket, but barely enough to notice a difference, so I unfortunately didn’t bother taking a crummy picture. That’s one thing on my “momma wants” list for this year, a camera, and not just any camera but a decent camera that takes decent pictures… Not too much to ask…

This week also yielded a cute head band for my dah-ling sister. It’s the first adult headband I’ve made, and I do like the way it turned out.

There is also something I’m thinking about playing around with once these few (4) blankets get crossed off my list. I have been scrounging around on Pinterest and have seen some very unique stiches throughout entire blankets that I find dazzling. We will see. On a more serious note, I have a problem, with Pinterest. It’s too good, like chocholate, but worse, because when you run out of chocolate your out, that’s it… no more… BUT Pinterest you can never be out of, one pin leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to two hours of time passing and you accomplishing absolutely diddly squat, zip, zilch, zero, nada… nothing. Not that I have experience in that department or anything. I need to find something to settle this problem, but I come up empty every time I try something new. I guess it’s just not meant to be.

ANYWHO, here is a picture of most of the stash from my purchase, and my nice BIG P size hook 🙂 Enjoy!

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God Bless!

New Year Projects!

Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy week for me, and after taking some much needed time away from my crochet needle and hot glue guns, I am back and ready to knock some projects out of the water. I’ve been in a slump for the past few days as to what I was going to be making for a friend who requested a blanket from me. After a long search and two starts that ended with me hating it before I got anything really accomplished I have found a pattern that I am really looking forward to completing. It’s called the Rise and Shine Afghan from Lion Brand, and I’ve tweeked it just a bit (because this certain friend is over 6 foot tall!) to make sure it is the proper length for her. This particular blanket is much easier than the few things I have whipped out in the past few months, but I think it is going to be the right fit for her.

Also, I have a bit of exciting news… I have finally been introduced to yarnsupply.com. I know long time coming, but I finally pulled up my big girl panties and stepped out of my comfort zone. I have to say I was happily surprised by the fact that the yarn I was looking for was just at 30% percent off. So instead of spending $150, I ended up spending just $107, plus I found a coupon for $10 off $100, so I walked away with 15 skeins of yarn and one crochet hook for $97 dollars… That makes me awesomely happy. (Yes I really spent $97 dollars on yarn.)

Also, I have a baby blanket that I am mapping out, and a rainbow blanket for my sister… Me and BLANKETS… I don’t know what it is with me and friends wanting me to make them blankets, I will gladly do em, cause I love em, but folks there comes a time when I want to get back to things like, the coat I never finished, or maybe some socks, something I haven’t done yet.

I’m going to let you all in on my little secret… I have a problem, I am a yarnaholic, in every form of the word… I just can’t get enough of it. I’m always buying it, anytime I am at the store… And because of that I now have this…

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Horrible picture I know, but that my friends, IS my yarn stash. And that also my friends is why it takes me forever to finish any one project. I have so much to choose from that I forget to hunker down on just one project.

Until Next Time Folks! God Bless!

Rainbow Blanket

When I initially sat down to start brain storming on this blanket I got so lost. Not even lying, it felt like I was in the dessert, with no water, wandering around, waiting for the buzzards to come and get me… Then, BAM!!!! It hit me, I didn’t want my rainbow to be straight blocks of color, I wanted there to be some color laps in it. So I started “doodleing” (If you can really call it that) and all of a sudden I was ready to start. For reasons to be kept secret (mysterious I know ;)) I decided to make this blanket extra wide. And this is where I ended up…

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NEEDS:

Half a skein of each color yarn (half a red heart super saver)

Size H hook

INSTRUCTABLES:

Row 1: Ch 152. Hdc on 2nd ch from hook and on eac ch across (150 sts)

Row 2-140: Ch 1 turn. Hdc in each stitch across.

The pattern for the colors is as follows

6 pink rows, 1 purple row, 3 pink rows, 2 purple rows, 1 pink row, *6 purple rows, 1 d. blue row, 1 purple row, 6 d. blue rows, 1 l. blue row, 2 d. blue rows, 2 l. blue rows, 1 d. blue row* repeat this pattern with all the colors you want to use, so next would be 6 l. blue rows, 1 NEXT COLOR, 1 l. blue, 6 SAME NEXT COLOR AS THAT FIRST ONE OVER THERE… so on and so forth, sorry if that made it seem like I was yelling. I don’t like yelling, so therefore I’d never do it to you all.

Any questions? Ask below 🙂 God Bless!

 

What a Wonderful World “Painting”

To call this a painting is a bit of a stretch. It’s more of a gluing. And NO, this time there is absolutely not hot glue for this project. Surprising I know. This “gluing” is something a little more special to me than I thought it would be. You see my grandmother passed away years ago, and the song “What a Wonderful World” was played at the funeral. Every time my mother hears this song she is reminded of her mother. So I thought to myself, I have to do something with this song for her Christmas present. I started by printing three copies of the music score and cut them up into strips, then I used tea and coffee and water to “age” it, and let it completely dry by preheating the oven to 200 and baking it for about 7 minutes, then pulling them our to rest. I then took a canvas and Elmer’s Clear Dry Glue and painted the glue onto the canvas. Next I took the music and painted the backs with glue. Next, I attached the music, and once the canvas was covered, I put a layer of glue on top. Once the glue dried I painted the words WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD on it, and a few other sentimental notes. That’s all to it folks… Here are some pictures of the project…

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I was thinking about tucking the sides down, but after much consideration I decided I wanted it to be different so I left them out.

Super Mario Crochet Blanket!

 

This blanket. Oh this blanket… As much as I love how it will turn out, this blanket has been a pain (literally) to get done in time for my brother’s Birthday, which is Christmas day BTW. It’s a love hate relationship at this point, but with only 40 more squares to knock out and the border to finish I’m “Super” stoked. I know I’m so punny.

The story starts about two months ago, when one over excited and completely delusional Me decides that this blanket will be the BEST present in the entire world for my Older Brother, who is like a ten year old at heart at times. Not only is it a “throw” (I had to) back to us growing up, but it’s one of his favorite games… So skip a month ahead, just after Thanksgiving. I’ve found a pattern, and have modified it and have painstakingly started to make this blanket…

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Needless to say I had to undo a row I messed up, and reattach! Steadily I worked on this blanket, a few squares a day. Here it is the on the 16th…

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Monday is over, and here I have a zillion more squares to make so I kick it into over drive on THURSDAY the 19th… (I’m too much of a procrastinator for my own good sometimes.)

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Now, FIVE DAYS before Christmas I have forty squares and the edging to go. Call me Crazy, but I may be able to finish it by Saturday… MAYBE.

Moral of the story? Don’t decide to do the impossible at last minute! 🙂 My new goal in all of this is to go ahead and make all sorts of squares so when I do find a to die for pattern it won’t take me forever and a day to finish. We’ll see if that ACTUALLY happens. Once the blanket is complete I will be adding the Instructable on the squares themselves. God Bless!

UPDATE!

Here is the finished blanket! I finished it two days before Christmas and I’m so excited! My brother loved it!

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Here is the pattern for the squares.

NEEDS:

Yarn… I used Red Heart in Red (2), Navy (2), Green (1), Turquoa (I think that’s how you spell it…3), Peach (4) and Black( 2 or 3 I can’t remember…)

Size G Hook

Key:

dc, double crochet, ch, chain, slst, slip stitch, fpdc, front post double crochet

INSTRUCTABLES:

Round 1: ch5, sl stitch to 1st ch to form a ring.

R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc only on first ch 3 of each row now and throughout), 2dc,* ch3, 3dc*, repeat *twice, ch 3, join with sl st to top of beginning ch.

R3: Ch3, *dc in next 3 stitchs, 2dc in ch3 space, ch3, 2dc in ch3 space*, repeat *twice, dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in ch3 space, ch3, 1dc in ch3 space, join with slst to top of beginning ch, slst across to next ch3 space.

R4: Ch3, 1dc in ch3 space,* ch3, 2dc in ch3 space, dc in next 3 stitches, fpdc in next, dc in next 3 stitches,  2dc in ch3 space*, repeat * twice, ch3, 2dc in ch3 space, dc in next 3 stitches, fpcd in next, dc in next 3 stitches, join with slst to top of beginning ch, slst in next space, DO NOT fasten off, leave about 12-14 inches for sewing.

The total count of squares ended up being 192, with 38 red, 42 peach, 32 black, 32 navy, 10 green and 38 turquoa. I altered between just making the squares and adding as I went throughout this project, but the end result was absolutely awesome. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

God Bless!

Merry and Bright Lighted Painting

In the midst of all of my Holiday projects that I have steadily been knocking out I found this pretty awesome picture on pinterest. I will never get over pinterest, it’s the reason I procrastinate. SO here I am scrolling through the cutest of things, when I come across this… And I just fell. Fell absolutely in love with it.

NEEDS:

1 canvas (The ones with the “wood lip” work best)

Acrylic Paint (choose your own colors! I used Black, Blue, White and Yeller)

Pencil

Something to cut through the canvas (I used a little paring knife)

Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (I use this for almost everything, I’m so glad I have two glue guns!)

Ribbon of your choice

INSTRUCTABLES:

Of course I have canvases, paints and Christmas lights, so I get to work. I wanted to take a darker approach to this though. I started by taking a pencil to the back of my canvas and marking where I wanted my lights. Then I took the paring knife and cut tiny holes where the pencil marks were. Next I turned the painting over (probably not the smartest idea with the holes, but nothing leaked through. THANK GOODNESS!) and painted my picture. Once the paint has dried (ten minutes tops) I flipped it back over, and placed a circle of glue right around the edge of the hole, poked the first light of the strand through, held it there for a few seconds and moved onto the next hole. WARNING! The tip of the light WILL HAVE HOT GLUE ON IT, so before it dries I wiped it off with a paper towel. Once I got the hang of everything I was putting multiple lights in multiple holes.

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The Best Part?! When you plug it in!!!

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Even better? When you attach the ribbon and don’t have to hold it anymore. I just placed some hot glue on the top where I wanted the ribbon and held it down for a tad bit.

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I should have turned the lights off for that last picture, but I’m not always the brightest now am I?

God Bless!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Anyone?

So my wonderful sister surprised me on Wednesday with a great project I’ve been meaning to do. Ugly Christmas Sweaters! This year we are starting a new Holiday tradition, can you tell I’m excited?

She spent $19 on two old sweaters from a local re-sale shop, and nick nacks, like feathers, little bon-bon balls, pipe cleaners and jewels. Needless to say the pillow I used for her birthday present was used, or the stuffing at least. I started by just painting the base for his face, and then taking the stuffing from the pillow and hot gluing it to the shirt, haha I know me and my hot glue… Then I painted on his face used some feathers for the top of Santa’s hat, a little more paint, hot glue and stuffing and voila… Ugly Sweater Done!

Tis the Season!

Two Sweaters for $19 bucks, I’m in! Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas! God Bless!

Cutie Tootie hat

Recently I’ve been trying to get my stuff together. I have too many projects and not enough time in the day. But, by the grace of God I was able to find time to finally work on this hat I have been promising a good friend of mine for her daughter. It turned out darling just like her daughter!

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NEEDS:

1 skein Peaches & Crème Bright Pink (A)

1skein Peaches & Crème Ecru (B)

1 skein Lily Sugar n Cream Hot Pink (C)

Size I hook

tapestry needle for weaving in ends

ISTRUCTABLES:

Hat:

With (A) Make a magic ring. ch 3 (counts as dc) 5 dc in ring. (6sts)

Rd2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, join with slst to chain 3. (12sts)

Rd3: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (18sts)

Rd4: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (24sts)

Rd5: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 3 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (30sts)

Rd6: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 4 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (36sts)

Rd7: With (B). ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 5 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (42sts)

Rd8: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 6 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (48sts)

Rd9: ch 3, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 7 dc,* repeat * 5 times, join with slst to chain 3. (54sts)

Rd10-13: With (C). ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with slst to chain 3. (54sts) DO NOT finish off.

Earflaps:

Rd1: ch 2, dc in next 10 dc, ch 2, turn.

Rd2: dc dec in next two dc, dc in next 6 dc, dc dec in last two dc, ch 2 turn.

Rd3: dc in each dc across, ch 2 turn.

Rd4: dc dec in next two dc, dc in next 4 dc, dc dec in last two dc, ch 2 turn.

Rd5: dc in each dc across, ch 2 turn.

Rd6: dc dec in next four dc, ch 2 turn.

Rd7: dc dec in next two, finish off.

Count over 17 stitches and repeat the ear flap to create the second ear flap.

For the braids I took 3 pieces of each color yarn (about 12 inches) and threaded then through the bottom of each earflap and braided them together and tied them off.

Trim the first two colors from the inside of the hat, weave them in. And voila you have a cutie tootie hat 🙂

P.S This is the first hat pattern I’ve written, if you see any problems let me know!

 

Wreaths, wreaths and more wreaths

After sharing my pictures of the wreath I made and after a visit from my momma, my sister and I ended up having 5 new projects! Exciting, so I made a red green and white ornament wreath for Mom. Needless to say it turned out great and she can’t wait to hang it after Christmas 🙂

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You can still see the hanger here, but after a few minutes of bending it disappeared.

Next we made a Santa Claus wreath. I have seen on pinterest where a lot of people have made the beard with tulle, but after forgetting it at home I had to settle with tinsel instead, and though it isn’t as full as the ones I have seen I like the simplicity a little more.

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NEEDS:

1 hanger

half a strand of white tinsel

a santa hat

hot glue gun and sticks

INSTRUCTBALES:

Bend the hanger into a circle, take the santa hat and place it about half way over the circle. Glue the inside of the hat around the hanger, glue all but one corner of the hat. Next take the tinsel and glue it into the open side of the hat. Glue the hat together. As you go around the rest of the hanger glue the hanger and wrap the tinsel as you go. Once you get to the other side of the hat turn around and wrap back over the tinsel. This wreath was much faster to do than the ornament wreath, but it is still darn cute! Let dry and hang where you like.

Ornamental way to start the week…

So. Monday.. Day OFF!!! Awesome! (Or was it Sunday?!) My darling sister came over to spend some time with us, and whilst board out of our minds, she decides to drag me Wally World for some craft stuff… She got me with that one, my philosophy… NO GIRL CAN EVER HAVE ENOUGH CRAFT STUFF! Anyways back to what I was saying. Obviously we head straight for the Christmas isle, and low and behold, ornaments! I had been wanting to try this wreath I had seen all over pinterest, and for some reason I decided to H E double hockey stick with it, I’m going to do it! I’m going to make that derned coat hanger ornament wreath! 100 glue sticks, 159 non-shatterable balls, 3 tinsel strands and 8 VERY burned fingers later I finally had one, and so did my sister.

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This picture does absolutely no justice!

NEEDS: (for two:))

159 shatter-proof ornaments (balls work best!)

100 glue sticks

2 coat hangers

2 hot glue guns (ouch!)

3 strands of tinsel (my sister only used one!)

*Optional 2 over the door hangers

*Necessary shoes removed!

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INSTUCTABLES:

To start you have to make your hanger a circle, not too hard but, keeping your bends soft is the key to no sharp turns. You will then need to un-wrap the top part. Now you take an ornament an hot glue AROUND the hanging part and the top of the ball (See pic below). I have seen some people say to pop those suckers off (really hard to do btw) but, I found that gluing around that works just as well, and in my experience, the easier and just as sturdy , the better.

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Let the glue set for about 5 seconds and thread it onto the hanger. Repeat with about ten more. Once I put the base ornaments on I put a dab at the very beginning of the hanger (right under the hook), I then slid a few ornaments down and put a dab of glue at the spot where each ornament touched another. Once the base is done just keep adding ornaments until your full. Here’s what mine looked like half way through.

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Once all ornaments are attached twist the hanger back together. Lastly Take the tinsel and tuck it into the spaces you don’t want to be seen! Voila, there you have it folks.

My ONLY complaint is… I thought this would be a quick 30 minute project, yeah, definitely NOT!!!! From beginning to finish the total was One hour and thirty five minutes, so be prepared to spend some time!