Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY Ninja Turtle Socks


If your kids love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then they will go nuts for these easy DIY Ninja Turtle Socks! I used green socks I found at the Dollar Tree and 3D fabric paint to create masked eyes on the top of the sock as well as puff paint pizzas on the heel of each sock to prevent slipping! This would be a fun TMNT birthday party project for the slightly older crowd!

Materials:
- Green socks. I found green socks at my Dollar Tree in kid sizes 4-11. You can find them online as well: Kids Ankle Socks
- 3D Fabric Paint/Puff Paint in black, white, and mask colors (purple shown). Pizza colors: light brown, red, and yellow. I found these little bottles of Scribbles POP 3D paint for 49 cents each at my local Michaels Craft Store. They sell them in packs or individual bottles.
- Fine tip marker. I happened to have a  green one but you could use black. You will paint over your lines!
- Paper template. I printed out THIS PICTURE from Google images cut out the mask and traced it onto the sock. See pictures below.


Place a piece of card stock paper inside the sock to create a flat surface and prevent bleeding/sticking.


Start with the black and outline your mask.


Fill in with purple. Ideally you will want to let the black dry for a bit but I was impatient and didn't have trouble with it bleeding or smearing.


Continue filling in the rest of mask.


Let dry! It will be tacky in about an hour and dry enough to paint the pizzas on the bottom heels in about 3-4 hours.



Give it a full 24 hours for it to completely dry and ready for wear!





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crochet Rainbow Baby Booties made with Clover Amour Crochet Hooks


I had the pleasure of trying out the Clover Amour crochet hooks this past week! This was a big deal for me because I've been using the same hook for 3 years. But when the Clover hooks arrived in their pretty packaging with 10 brightly colored hooks in a rainbow of colors, I couldn't wait to get one in my hands and around some yarn!


All Clover products can be found at www.clover-usa.com

The colorful easy grip handles inspired me to make these rainbow baby booties! The first thing I noticed was how light the hooks are plus the shape of the grip fit PERFECTLY in my hand! My hand never cramped or felt tired. Even after crocheting 8 booties! You can easily adjust the size of the booties by using a different size Clover Amour crochet hook. As you see in the picture below, this is the variation in sizes between using the F, H, and J hooks. I was able to get the largest bootie on my daughter who is 18 months. The smaller F size bootie would probably fit a 3 month old. You may also notice that this pattern is an updated and much easier version of my cuffed baby booties pattern.



Materials:
- Clover Amour Crochet Hooks. I used sizes F, H, and J for the booties you see above.
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Vanna's Choice in White, Scarlett, Terracotta, Mustard, Fern, and Dusty Purple. Blue is Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aqua.
- Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet


Rainbow Baby Booties Pattern:
Starting with white
Chain 10, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next 7, make 5 SC in the last chain
Now working on opposite side, SC 9, join, ch 1
Round 2: HDC, 2 HDC, HDC in next 6, 2 HDC in next 2, HDC in next 2, 2 HDC in next 2, HDC in next 6, 2 HDC, HDC in last, join, ch 1.
Round 3: SC 10, 2 SC in next 2, 2 HDC in next 4, 2 SC in next 2, SC in next 10, join, ch 1.
Round 4:  In back loops only, SC around, join, ch 1. (36 SC)

Change to red
Round 5: Now working in both loops, SC around, join, ch 1. (36 SC)
Change to orange
Round 6: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (36 sc)
Change to yellow
Round 7: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (36 sc)
Change to green
Round 8: SC in first 12, [SC decrease, SC in next ] 
4 times, SC in last 12, join, ch 1. (32 sc)
Change to blue
Round 9: SC in first 10, [SC decrease, SC in next] 4 times], SC in last 10, join, ch 1. (28 sc)
Change to purple
Round 10: SC in first 8, [SC decrease, SC in next] 4 times, Sc in last 8, join, ch 1. (24 sC)
Change to white
Round 11: SC in first 6, [SC decrease, SC in next] 4 times, SC in last 6, join, ch 1. (20 sc)
Round 12: SC in each stitch around, join (20 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Weave strand of white yarn between round 11 and 12. Tie in a bow in the front. This can be used to tighten booties onto little feet :) 




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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Girl and Boy Amigurumi Dolls


Projects like these make me love the art of crochet so much! You can take one simple pattern and just by changing the color yarn and by adding different embellishments you can transform the whole look! These girl and boy amigurumi dolls are completely customizable and not only could you make a whole family, but you could make them to look like YOUR family! Great gifts and a fun toy for the little ones to play with. The bottoms are weighted with poly-pellets so they sit up straight. Finished dolls are 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Beige, Pink, Dusty Blue, Black, Honey, and Chocolate Brown.
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Poly-Pellets
- Poly-Fil Fiber Stuffing
- Tapestry needle
- 6mm Safety Eyes



Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
DC = Double Crochet

Doll Pattern:

Head:
With cream yarn (skin color)
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 10 SC in ring, continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 4-8: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
At this point add on safety eyes (4 stitches apart from each other) between rounds 5 and 6. Stitch on mouth (and eyelashes optional) as well. Weave in ends.
Round 9: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 10: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Start stuffing with poly-fil
Round 11: SC Decrease, SC around until top starts to close... SC Decrease until completely shut. Weave loose end through the middle of head and down through bottom. You will use this to sew the head to the body.

Body:
With cream yarn (skin color)
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 4-7: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Change to shirt color yarn (pink in photo)
Round 8-13: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Be sure to stuff with poly pellets and fiberfill BEFORE closing! See picture directions below.
Round 14: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 15: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 16: SC decrease, SC in next, around until top starts to close... SC Decrease until completely shut.
Fasten off and weave in ends

Arms (make 2):
With cream yarn (skin color)
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3-5: SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Change to shirt color yarn (pink in photo)
Round 6-7: SC in each stitch around
Round 8: SC Decrease, SC in next 3, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 9: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 10: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around,
Fasten off, stuff, sew shut and sew onto body.

To make tutu:
Add yarn around first row of shirt colored SC stitches on body. Chain 2 and make a DC around the same stitch. Make 2 DC around each stitch all the way around. Join to top of chain 2 and fasten off, weave in ends.


You will want to put your poly-pellets in a little sack. I cut off the bottom of pair of my daughters tights, filled the foot and knotted the top. Place pellet sack in bottom of body piece and fill the rest will poly-fil stuffing.





To make hair, cut strands of yarn about 12 inches long. Hook yarn with your crochet hook in the middle of the 12 inch strands (one at a time). Pull through. Now grab the ends of the yarn (you should have 6 strands because your yarn is now halved) and pull through the loop. Pull tight. Trim yarn after you have covered the top of head.




Get creative! You can braid the hair, put a yarn bow in it, make pig tails or a pony tail and more!



Can't wait to see your versions of the dolls! 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Lower Calorie Crock Pot Mac and Cheese


Crock Pot Mac and Cheese has been a favorite in our house ever since I made it for the first time back in January of 2012 (you can find the original post HERE)! It's hands down one of the creamiest, cheesiest, most ooey-gooey mac and cheese ever! One of my favorites for sure. But this time around I set out to make a lower calorie version by swapping the higher fat ingredients for low fat options. I am excited to say that you will get the same great taste with less the fat! The only difference in taste that I could recognize is the whole grain noodles.


Ingredients:
- 2 cups whole grain elbow pasta
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1. Boil elbow pasta in water for 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. In saucepan on medium-low, melt butter and grated cheese together. Stir until cheese melts.
3. In Crock Pot, stir together melted cheese, sour cream, cheese soup, salt, milk, mustard, and pepper. Add in the noodles and stir again.
4. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally as it cooks (I ended up cooking mine a little less than two hours and stirred 3 times).

Serves 6
Calories: Approx. 400 per serving.
Yes you can absolutely double the recipe!



Don't worry if your cheese clumps together. It will mix in and smooth out when cooked!




There's that ooey-gooey goodness right there!





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pom Pom Owls


Coming at you with another adorable owl yarn craft today! These cut little Pom Pom Owls are easier to make than you think! Let me walk you through the tutorial.

First you will need a pom-pom maker. I used my small Clover Pom-Pom Maker but you could use a larger size. You can purchase them from the clover website or from the amazon (aff) link below:



You will also need:
- Worsted weight yarn in white and a main color (like purple or blue)
- Two small buttons
- A bit of felt for the wings, beak, and feet
- Hot glue gun
- Sharp scissors

Take your white yarn and wrap it around one side of pom maker about 10 times in two spots like in the picture below. 


Take main color and wrap it around and over the white sections until you can't wrap it any more.


Take main color yarn and wrap it around other side of pom maker. 


Cut down middle of each side of pom maker.


It should look like this!


Knot a strand of yarn down the center as TIGHTLY as possible to secure your pom.


When you take your yarn pom off the pom maker it will look something like this. Time to trim!


Trim your pom leaving longer strands in the top corners for the ears.


Make a second solid color pom and heat up your hot glue gun.


Glue the head and body together and then glue on eyes, beak, wings and feet. 

Make owl friends or a whole family!



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pixel Square Blanket: The Layout and Joining


Here is an update on how my pixel blanket is coming along! Things are really starting to come together and as you can see I am making a cupcake!!


Yesterday I was feeling a little discouraged because all I had was a pile of distorted looking pixels squares and a heap of loose ends... so I decided to lay it out and see what it would look like.


Each square is about 2.5x2.5 inches wide and the blanket will be 21 squares across and 23 squares down. The finished size will be approximately 60x65 inches. 


I am using a peeler bead graph that I found over at Kandi Patterns.


Here are the breakdown of the squares:
Cream (background) = 278 
Red = 19 
Black = 75 
Brown = 50 
Pink = 120 
White = 2 
Purple= 3 
Dark Pink = 2 
Green = 2
Yellow = 2
Blue = 2

Obviously I'm not finished making the cream background squares yet but I think at this point I am going to start joining as I complete each row.


Be sure to join from corner to corner (begin in the "chain" corner stitch of your pixel squares)


I will update you with more pictures on my Facebook and Instagram pages as I continue to work on this pixel blanket! And of course there will be a final post when it is complete that will show the finished pixel blanket and it will give details about the border. Stay tuned!