Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bottle Cap Stamps


While little brother was napping, big brother and I got our craft bin out and made some simple bottle cap stamps. There are many different shapes/letters/numbers you could use for your stamps but we decided to just use flowers and ended up making some lovely wrapping paper that will be perfect to wrap our Mother's Day gifts in.

To make bottle cap stamps all you need are plastic bottle caps, craft foam, scissors or shape punches, and a hot glue gun. Or to make this even more simple, just use foam stickers!


Cut out any shape/number/letter from your craft foam and hot glue it to the top of your bottle caps. Dip in ink or paint and start stamping! Unfortunately it turned out that our stamp ink was dried up so we ended up using paint.




And now we have some pretty floral wrapping paper!


Simply wash your stamps off with water and use them over and over again!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Crock Pot Pesto Chicken


I am really excited about this recipe because not only did we have a fabulous pesto chicken over penne pasta dinner, we had the most delicious pesto chicken sandwiches the next day! I found this recipe over at the Picky Palate and made just a couple of changes. With only 4 ingredients, it is so easy!



Ingredients:
- 6 oz jar of pesto
- 4-6 chicken breast fillets
- 1/2 cup of chicken (or veggie) broth
- 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip


Directions:
1. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock pot
2. Pour pesto over the chicken and spread to coat the tops of the chicken.
3. Sprinkle ranch packet over the top.
4. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth and give it a little stir so ranch and pesto are mixed.
5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 (I cooked mine on low for 7)

Step 1 and 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

I served the pesto chicken (and sauce) over penne pasta for dinner. Then I shredded the leftover chicken and made some REALLY yummy sandwiches. I placed the sauced up shredded pesto chicken on a toasted hoagie roll, added fresh (melted) mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and little bit of mayo. My mouth is watering thinking of the sandwich I ate earlier, it really was THAT good! 

Enjoy!



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crochet Strawberry Hat Pattern


All of the yummy fruits that are in season right now have inspired me.  A couple weeks ago I posted the pattern for this lovely set of fruit coasters and now I've created a sweet strawberry hat! Happy Crocheting!


Materials:
- Vanna's Choice yarn in Scarlet (red) and in Fern (green). You can purchase the yarn HERE.
- Small amount of white (or black) yarn for the seeds
- Size H crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle

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

Notes:
- Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
- Always join your rounds to the first HDC, NOT the chain.
- Do NOT count the chain 2 as a stitch.

Crochet Strawberry Hat Pattern

Size: 0-3 months
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11 -19: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 20: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 3-6 months
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (50 HDC)
Round 12 -19: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Round 20: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 6-12 months
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 12 -20: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 21: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 12: HDC around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 13: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (60 HDC)
Round 12 -21: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (60 HDC)
Round 22: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Child
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 12: HDC around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 13: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (60 HDC)
Round 14: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (62 HDC)
Round 12 -23: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Round 24: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Adult
With green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, 6 SC in magic ring
continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC Decrease, SC in next two, repeat around
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: in front loops only make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC)
now begin joining your rounds
Change color to red...
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 HDC)
Round 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 12: HDC around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 13: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (60 HDC)
Round 14: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, Repeat around, join, chain 2 (66 HDC)
Round 15 -24: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Round 25: Slip Stitch in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.


Strawberry Leaves Pattern (Make 5):
Chain 9, DC in second chain from hook and in next 2 stitches, HDC in next 3, SC in last 2, chain 2, SC in second chain from hook, SC in last stitch of your chain, now working on the other side of chain,
SC in first 2, HDC in next 3, DC in last 3, join to first DC, fasten off leaving long tail to sew leaves onto hat near base of the stem.


Stitch on white (or black) yarn for the seeds. I used a tapestry needle to loop the white yarn in between the crochet holes and then made a small tight knot in the back and trimmed it. It still looks a little messy on the inside, but I haven't found a great way to hide all the loose ends.... I suppose if you have the patience you could weave in each end from your seeds.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Countdown Calendar



Summer vacation is on the horizon! Big brothers last day of school is June 14th and even though we had to cancel our big vacations this year (I am going to be too pregnant to travel), we are still looking forward to having a fun summer stay-cation. When I saw an empty beer box in our garage with 28 little compartments, I knew exactly what I wanted to transform it into... a countdown calendar! Next month we will begin counting down the days until summer vacation by punching out each square and finding a small treat/toy inside each compartment. You could use this calendar to countdown to a vacation (like Disneyland) and fill each square with something Disney related, or maybe you are counting down until a special holiday or occasion and you can fill it with items related to that holiday/occasion. I tried to fill ours with things we could use over summer (like a mini flashlight for camping and a blow up beach ball for the beach/pool) or little fun items we can play with on those rainy spring days leading up till summer (like stickers, mini play-doh jars, and hot wheels cars). And today is Earth Day! So this a great recycling project as well!

I used a empty beer bottle box that had 28 compartments


I cut down the sides of the box so they were the same height as the compartments


I then filled each compartment with a small toy or treat.


Using approx. 3.5 x 3.5 squares of tissue paper, I covered each compartment. 


After all the squares were covered, I used some thicker tape to line the grid.


At this point I also taped my numbers on each square. You can create your own numbers any word processing program and cut/punch them out or you can use the template I created. You can download it HERE and HERE. I used a 2" circle punch to punch-out each number.


To make everything look nice and neat, I wrapped the rest of the box with some brown kraft paper. You can find kraft paper in large rolls at your Dollar Store.



Now we are ready to punch out each square as we count down the days till summer!





Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sheep Cupcakes


I will admit it, I am having a little obsession with sheeps/lambs right now :) I think this might be the theme I go with for the new baby nursery... we will see.... I might change my mind in the next 20 weeks. Anyway, as I was researching crochet lamb hats, I came across a ton of other cute lamb crafts and projects, including sheep cupcakes! They were so cute I had to go ahead a make a batch of them.

You only need a couple of ingredients:

-Box of white cake mix
-Mini marshmallows
-Tootsie rolls
-White (vanilla) icing
-Candy Eyeballs


Directions:
1. Bake cupcakes according to directions on the box.
2. While cupcakes are baking, make your sheep heads with the tootsie rolls. You will want to heat them in the microwave for about 15 seconds so they are slightly soft and easy to mold. I used one tootsie roll for the head, and a little bits of tootsie roll molded into ears and stuck on while still soft. Use a dab of frosting to stick the candy eyes on and use a toothpick to poke two holes for the nostrils.


3. When cupcakes are cooled, ice them with vanilla frosting. Stick the head on first. Then cover the rest with the mini marshmallows.


4. Eat and Enjoy!




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crochet Lamb Hat Pattern



The sweet little baby that is growing in my tummy got me thinking of all the cute hats I need be making in preparation for his/her arrival. I loved the idea of making a lamb hat and I had to make a boy version and a girl version since we don't know the gender yet. There are lots of different yarns you could use to create different effects and you can even add some felt accents to create a lamb face. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to post your finished hat on my Facebook page for all to see :)

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn (weight category 4) - I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Silver Gray and Beige for the gray hat. You can buy this yarn HERE.
OR 
- Bulky Weight Yarn (weight category 6 ) - I used Loops & Threads Country Loom Baby yarn in White for the white hat and accented it with Vanna's Choice yarn in pink for the ears. I purchased the bulky white yarn at Michaels.

- Size J (6.00mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Bobble  = Bobble Stitch




Lamb Hat Pattern:

Note: This pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, if you want to use bulky yarn, follow the same pattern but make a smaller bobble (see video) and take off two rows at the bottom for each size.

Size 0-3 Months:
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 6-10: Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until you have 10 rounds, then begin on first earflap as written below.

Note: If at any time your hat seems too short, feel free to add more rows.

Size 3-6 Months:
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 7, repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 6: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (18 HDC + 18 Bobble = 36)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (36 HDC)
Round 8-11: Repeat round 6 and 7 two more times, then begin on first earflap as written below.

Size 6-12 Months:
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, repeat around, join, chain 2 (40 HDC)
Round 6: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (20 HDC + 20 Bobble =  40)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (40 HDC)
Round 8-12: Repeat rounds 6 and 7 until you have 12 rounds, then begin on earflaps as written below.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 HDC)
Round 6: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (24 HDC + 24 Bobble = 48)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (48 HDC)
Round 8-13: Repeat rounds 6 and 7 until you have 13 rounds, begin on earflaps as written below.

Size: Child
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 HDC)
Round 6: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (24 HDC + 24 Bobble = 48)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 7 stitches, repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 8: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC + 27 Bobble = 54)
Round 9: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 10-14: Repeat rounds 8 and 9 until you have 14 rounds, begin on earflaps as written below.

Size: Teen/Adult
Magic Ring, chain 2, 8 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, chain 2 (8 HDC)
Round 2: HDC and then Bobble in first stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (8 HDC + 8 Bobble = 16)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (32 HDC)
Round 4: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (16 HDC + 16 Bobble = 32)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 HDC)
Round 6: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (24 HDC + 24 Bobble = 48)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 7 stitches, repeat around, join, chain 2 (54 HDC)
Round 8: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (27 HDC + 27 Bobble = 54)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8 stitches, repeat around, join, chain 2 (60 HDC)
Round 10: HDC in first stitch, Bobble in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 2 (30 HDC + 30 Bobble = 60)
Round 11: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (60 HDC)
Round 12-15: Repeat rounds 10 and 11 until you have 15 rounds, begin on earflap as written below.


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Earflaps for 0-6 months:
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 8, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (6 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 4 SC)
Row 6: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:
Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 8, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (6 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 4 SC)
Row 6: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.

Earflaps for 6 months - Preschooler
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:
Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.

Earflaps for Child - Adult:
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:

Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.


Lamb Ears Pattern:

Outer Ear: (Make 2)
Chain 8, HDC in second chain from hook and in the next 6, make 2 HDC in last chain
now work your way up the other side of the chain with HDC's (7 HDC), join to first HDC, Chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in the first 3 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch, 2 SC in the next 8, 2 HDC in next stitch, 2 DC in last 3, join, fasten off leaving long tail to sew ear onto hat.

Inner Ear: (Make 2)
Chain 6, SC in second chain from hook and in the next 4, make 2 SC in last chain
now work your way up the other side of the chain with SC's (5 SC), join to first SC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in the first 2 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch, 2 SC in next 6, 2 HDC in next stitch, 2 DC in last two stitches, join, fasten off leaving long tail to sew inner ear inside the outer ear.



After you sew the inner ear into the outer ear, pinch the end together and sew some of it shut before you sew it onto the hat.


Here is what the back of the ears look like once they are sewn onto the hat:


Feel free to add your own embellishments. I went ahead and added a felt face to my hat! I cut out the face, eyes and nose from felt, added two black buttons for the eyes and stitched everything together and then onto the front of the hat with matching yarn and a tapestry needle.



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*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

My friend Stephanie over at All About Ami recently made the most adorable sheep amigurumi named Cotton! The best part is that her and I happened to use the exact same white yarn: Loops & Threads Country Loom Baby! I think the hat and the amigurumi together would be a wonderful gift for child and would also make the most adorable newborn photo prop. Click HERE to see how she made this adorable little lamb :)








Thursday, April 11, 2013

Paint Mixing Stick Garden Signs


We are getting ready to plant our vegetable garden soon and thought we could use some new garden signs. This is a quick and easy project and great for the kids to help with. And did I mention FREE?!

You will need a handful of paint mixing sticks. You can usually find these for free at your local home improvement store. And you can use whatever paint you have at home (I bet spray paint or permanent marker would works as well). I used a combo of acrylic paints and paint pens.


First paint your sticks


Then write the name of the fruit or vegetable on them :) If you are OCD like me and like to have your text look nice and neat, I will show you a fun trick.

Print out the words using a font you like.
Then use a pencil or small tip pen to trace the letters onto your wood. 


Press hard and it will leave a nice imprint.


Then use a small brush or paint marker to fill in the letters!

That's it! Stick them in the ground near each fruit/vegetable. I will post pictures of them in our garden when we plant everything.

If you like this idea, you may like the vegetable garden rock signs we made last year!







Monday, April 8, 2013

Sockasaurus (Sock Dinosaur)


This is a laundry basket full of socks. CLEAN socks. I absolutely dread matching and folding our socks so I decided that all the socks would go into this laundry basket and whenever someone needed a pair of socks they could dig for what they needed. Well, it turns out my hubby wasn't really on board with this idea, LOL! So I spent some of the afternoon sorting socks.


Here are the pairs matching socks


And here are the socks that are missing their match


This is when a crafty idea came to mind. I would make a sock animal with a leftover sock... a sock dinosaur! And we will call him Sockasaurus! I don't have much sewing skills so I did what I could, but I think he turned out pretty cute :) If you have a sewing machine, I am sure this will be very easy for you. If not, it can still be done, just as I did it!

Here are the materials I used:
- A child-size brown sock (larger socks will make larger dinosaurs!)
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Needle
- Matching embroidery thread
- Buttons for eyes
- Red felt for spikes


First I cut the sock like in the picture below. I then sewed together the open ends. You will want flip the sock inside out and sew the edges together, leaving a small opening to flip in the right away again and stuff it before completely sewing it closed.



When you have the head and the body stuffed and sewn shut, you will want to start on the arms and legs. I used the extra piece of fabric that I cut from the end of the sock for the appendages. I cut it up like the picture below, using the large pieces for the legs and two smaller pieces for the arms. The last little end was thrown away.


Now you can sew all your pieces together.


To make the spikes, I cut a long strip of spikes along one edge of my felt. 


I used red thread to sew it onto the top of the dinosaur.


Lastly, sew on your button eyes and stitch on a mouth with white thread. Add some teeth if you'd like! ROOOOOAAAARRRRR!