Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lemonade Stand Magnetic Picture Frame


Celebrate your summer memories with this Lemonade Stand Picture Frame made from craft sticks! Super easy to make and it will look adorable on your fridge or magnet board. A lovely keepsake to remember all the fun times you and the kids had this summer :)


Materials:
- 16 Mini Craft Sticks from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- 4 Jumbo Craft Sticks from Craft ProjectIdeas.com
- Magnetic Buttons (with adhesive back) from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- Yellow acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Black pen
- Glue gun

Paint 8 of your mini craft and one of your jumbo craft sticks yellow and let dry. You could also paint the other sticks white for a more dramatic affect but I let mine wood colored.


Turn the yellow sticks over and create a pattern of yellow/plain/yellow/plain with all of the 16 mini craft sticks. Glue one jumbo craft stick over the 16 mini sticks. Then glue the remaining two jumbo craft sticks so they connect the top sign and the bottom as in the picture below. Then add 4 of your adhesive magnets to the 4 corners.


Turn over and write on the top of your sign. You could also add "Summer 2014" or any other information you want on your picture frame! 


To make it extra fancy, create pink and yellow felt bunting and string it across the bottom of your stand. I cut little triangles out of pink and yellow felt and glued them onto pink cording (also from CraftProjectIdeas.com). But you could use any kind of string or yarn for this. 


I first glued the string down and then I glued the felt triangles over the string. Tape a picture to the back and it's ready to hang up!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Crochet Cupcake Keychain Pattern


These sweet little crochet cupcake keychains are quick to make and fun accessory! Could also be used as an ornament, party favor, or zipper pull on a backpack. Be sure look at the picture tutorials as well as the written pattern to see where to join the top and bottom pieces.

Materials:
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Worsted weight yarn in white/cream, brown, red, and a couple different colors of scrap yarn for the "sprinkles."
- Small round red bead. Mine are from a package of assorted wooden beads from Michaels (THESE ONES).
- Tapestry needle
- Key ring

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


Cupcake Keychain Pattern:
with white yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join to first SC and ch 1 (6 SC)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Round 3-4: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Round 5: in next stitch make 3 HDC, slip stitch in next, *3 HDC, slip stitch, repeat from * around, join, fasten off and weave in ends. (6 scallops)
now working with brown yarn...
Round 6: join yarn to underside of round 4 (under the scallops), chain 1. SC in each stitch around. (12 SC)
Round 7-8: SC in each stitch around. (12 SC)
At this point you will want to add on your sprinkles and bead cherry/keychain (see tutorial below).
Round 9: in back loops only, SC decrease, SC in next, repeat around. Fasten off leaving long tail.
Use your tapestry needle to sew the rest of the cupcake closed.


After you finish the top, you will want to connect your brown yarn to the loops that sit right under the scallops. A little hard to see in my picture but I tried to mark a couple of them for you in the picture below.


Before you get to round 9, you will want to add your "sprinkles," key ring, and bead "cherry." Take a piece of red yarn, fold it in half and knot it around the key ring. Add your bead and make a knot over the top of the bead. Then put it down the center top of your cupcake and secure it. The sprinkles are made by making french knots with scrap yarn. HERE is a great tutorial on how to make a french knot. 


Now here is the best part of this project... DON'T weave in your ends!! You will use all the leftover yarn that hangs out as the stuffing!



You will need to fasten off and weave in the bottom end (and the end from your scalloped border) but that should be it!




Now you have yummy little cupcake keychains! Yay!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Crock Pot Blueberry Crumble


Summer berries are ripe and ready for the pickin! We have a wonderful u-pick farm about 5 miles from our house that we frequent. We stopped by the other day and picked a bunch of blueberries and marionberries. The kids always have so much fun and I love having a surplus of fresh fruit to snack on, cook with, or freeze for later. Right away I used some of our blueberries to make this Crock Pot Blueberry Crumble! It made a delicious summer dessert under a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then I popped the leftovers in the fridge and as the berries/juices/oats jelled together overnight it turned into perfect breakfast bars! (ok maybe more like breakfast bites?).

This recipe works great in a 1.5 quart crock pot. If you are going to use a larger crock pot, I would double the recipe.


Ingredients:
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 Tablespoons softened butter

Directions:
1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray and pour blueberries into the bottom.
2. In a separate bowl mix together the quick oats, flour, salt and cinnamon. Then add the butter and honey and mix together with a fork until crumbles form.
3. Pour crumbles on top of blueberries in crock pot and cook on low for about 3 hours.




Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or as a treat by itself. As I mentioned above, it really made for a delicious breakfast! I love that it has no added sugar with the sweetness coming from the berries and the honey. Yummm!






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crochet Butterfly Barefoot Sandals


My baby likes to feel the tickle of the grass and the sand beneath her toes. And by allowing her feet to feel the floor or ground, going shoeless actually helps my pre-walker develop her balance, strength, and coordination. And my little girl is going to do it all in style with these crochet butterfly barefoot sandals! A fun summer accessory for babies, kids, and even adults!


Made with Lion Brand Bonbon yarn, you can actually make a couple pairs from just three tiny skeins. I used hot pink, bright orange and yellow from the "crayon" color pack. This is an Acrylic: Weight Category 3: DK Weight yarn (a light worsted weight yarn). But I think you would easily be able to use any weight or hook size with this project. Just remember the bigger the hook and the thicker the yarn, the bigger the sandal will be.

You can easily alter the length and width of the straps by chaining more (or less). My daughter is 10 months old and wears a size 3-4 shoe. Also keep in mind that yarn stretches so even the ones I made for her could have easily fit a bigger foot. The button closure is adjustable too!

Materials:
- Lion Brand Bonbon Yarn in Orange, Pink, and Yellow
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Small button
- Tapestry needle

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

Butterfly Barefoot Sandals Pattern: Make 2
starting with orange yarn
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 8 SC in ring. Do not join. Chain 1, turn
Round 2: Make 2 SC in each stitch around. Do not join. Fasten off.
attach pink yarn, turn
Round 3: skip a stitch and make 6 DC in next stitch, skip one stitch, slip stitch in next, skip one stitch, make 4 HDC all in one stitch, skip one, slip stitch, skip one, 4 HDC, skip one, slip stitch, skip one, 6 DC, skip one, slip stitch to last. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Attach yellow yarn to bottom middle of butterfly and chain 10, join to place where you started. (This is the toe loop) do not fasten off

Continue to surface slip stitch up middle of butterfly. When you get to top chain 40 (or more/less for bigger/smaller feet). Join to top middle of butterfly. This creates another large loop that will go around the ankle. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Join a new strand of yellow yarn on the 6th chain up from the bottom of the left side of the "loop."
Chain 2 and DC in each stitch around until you get to the 6th chain up from the bottom of the other side (30 DC), Chain 5, DC in 3rd chain from hook and in last chain, join to bottom of last DC (this creates the flap that will attach to your button. 

You can also make this flap longer by chaining more and making more DC down the chain. The button can fasten between any of the DC's.

Sew on a button to side opposite of where your "flap" is. Use any DC spaces to hook over button. You can tighten and loosen the ankle strap this way.
Remember that yarn stretches! Crochet tightly.

You can make the other shoe the exact same way BUT if you want the button to sit on the opposite side, do not make your "flap" after double crocheting around the ankle strap. After making your 30 DC stitches, fasten off and re-attach yarn to the place where you started (bottom of your chain 2). Now create your flap (Chain 5, DC in 3rd chain from hook and in last chain, join to top). Sew button on opposite side.

Lots of info! At first glance it might be confusing but it is very simple once you get into the swing of things. The picture tutorial below should help.



TIP: Secure your button even more by painting clear nail polish over it!




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Monday, July 14, 2014

Crochet Christmas Stocking Coin Purse Pattern


Here is a little Christmas in July project for you! I had some leftover coin purse frames from the Baby Sock Coin Purse tutorial I posted last week and thought I would attach them to crocheted socks this time. I made mini Christmas stockings but of course you could use any color you want and use them any time of year. Completely customizable and a great gift idea. Make a bunch now and you won't be last minute shopping (or crocheting) when the holiday season rolls around.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Fern Green, Scarlet Red, and White
- Small Coin Purse Metal Frames. Mine are 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch.
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Embroidery thread or 2-ply yarn (just separated your 4-ply yarn)
- Small tapestry needle (Mine was a size 22)



Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

Tips:
1. Weave in ends as you go.
2. If you don't want to sew on a purse frame you can continue to SC in rounds after round 26 instead of creating the "flaps."
3. Feel free to make the color changes wherever you want. You can make stripes or keep them a solid color. The pattern below shows you how to make the red/white stocking you see in the picture tutorial.

Stocking Coin Purse Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join to first SC, ch 1. (8 SC )
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (16 SC)
Round 3-9: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Row 10: join new color (this will be the heel color), SC 8, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 11-14: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. Fasten off after row 15 leaving long tail.
Sew back of heel together with tapestry needle using the whip stitch.
Round 15: attach main color and SC around entire opening. Try your best to end up with 20 SC stitches. (10 around the heel and 10 along the front).
Round 16-25: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (20 SC)
If you are going to change color again now is the time to do it.
Round 26: SC in each stitch around (in new color)
Row 27: SC in first 10 stitches, ch 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 28-30: SC in each stitch across fasten off, weave in end. (10 SC)
Repeat rows 27-31 on other side of sock to create two "flaps" that you will sew onto your purse frame.

Using your small tapestry needle and matching embroidery thread or 2-ply yarn, sew the flaps of the stocking onto the metal frame. See picture tutorial below.












Merry Christmas in July!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Crochet Drowsy Owl Hat Pattern


You've seen the wide-eyed owl and the sleepy owl, but how about a drowsy owl?! Here is a new twist on my popular owl hat pattern! It's pretty much the same pattern just changing colors when you crochet the eyes and the addition of a night cap which is an optional embellishment of course.


You will start by following my owl hat pattern which you can find HERE. Or you can follow any of my hat patterns found on my crocheting page. Just be sure to leave off the embellishments.

Once you have completed the basic hat. You will start on the eyes.

Materials
- Size H crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn in Black, White, and an accent color (I used Blue)
- Tapestry needle

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

Drowsy Owl Eyes: Make 2
Starting with black yarn
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 5 DC in ring. Just before you finish the last DC, change to blue yarn (as you see in the first picture below). Make 5 more DC in magic ring with blue yarn. Join to first DC and fasten off.
Round 2: Attach white yarn and chain 2. Make 2 DC in the first 5 stitches (for a total of 10 white DC). Just before you finish off your last white DC, add blue yarn (just like you did in your magic ring round). Make 2 DC in each of the last stitches in round (for a total of 10 blue DC), join to the first DC and fasten off. (20 DC)
Round 3: Attach white yarn and chain 1. Make 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next stitch until you reach the end of the white from the previous round. Just before you finish your last white SC attach blue yarn and continue around making 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next, until you reach the end of the round, join and fasten off.

Weave in all ends except for one long blue strand and one long white strand. You will use these to sew on your eyes to the hat. It helps to overlap the eyes slightly in the middle.


Chain a strand of black yarn long enough to reach across both eyes. Sew on the chain across the eyes (in the middle) with your tapestry needle.


Make nose and one "ear" by following the pattern on the original owl hat pattern.


Night Cap Pattern:

Materials: 
-Size H Crochet Hook
-Worsted weight yarn and two colors (I used light blue and dark blue)
- Tapestry needle

With dark blue yarn
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, do not join and continue to SC in rounds.
Round 2-10: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 11: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 12: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 13: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 14-20: SC in each stitch around (24 SC)
switch to light blue yarn
Round 21:  SC in each stitch around (24 SC)
Round 22: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 23-26: SC in each stitch around, join to next SC, chain 1 and turn(30 SC)
Round 27: SC in each stitch around, join to first SC and fasten off leaving long tail.
The last round is worked in the opposite direction to give the rim of your hat a nice edge when you flip it up. Now is the time to flip the bottom up.

Take three strands of dark blue yarn and tightly braid. Attach a Teeny Tiny Crocheted Star (Pattern HERE) to the end. Pull braided strand through the top of your night cap. Tie to the inside or weave end to secure it. You will want your star/braid to hang out a little like in my photo. Flip the skinny part of the hat down. You can secure it by sewing it to the hat.

hmmm, I think I just made a crocheted bell!

Now you are going to sew it onto your hat. You will sew through the top edge of the rim and only sew through the top edge of your hat (you don't want to sew the owl hat shut or it won't fit onto the head correctly). Do the best you can. It doesn't have to be perfect since no one will be looking at the underside.


Yawn and stretch and take a nap after all your hard work :) I'm feeling a little drowsy as well after all this pattern writing! Goodnight and sleep tight.


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