Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bee Themed Back-to-School Teacher Appreciation Gift and Printable



Summer is starting to wind down and a lot of kids will be starting school in the next couple of weeks! Mine don't go back until September but I know a lot of yours will be starting in mid August. So I am sharing this "sweet" back to school teacher appreciation gift with you now, before it's too late! Gone are the days of bringing the teacher an apple. I wanted to send my kids to school with something a little different, a little more crafty and creative :)

I came up with this printable that says "Thank you for BEEing my teacher" on the front and "Looking forward to a sweet year with you!" on the back with a picture of a bumble bee and flower. You will add a button to the center of the flower and tie it on a with a piece of ribbon. The back of the ribbon will hold honey sticks! You can buy honey sticks at local farmers markets and farm stores. Maybe even at some grocery stores.




You can download the Printable PDF file here:


You will want to print this on card stock paper (well, you don't have to, but it would work better on a heavier stock). Print one side then flip the paper over and print the back on the other side. Although you don't have to print out the back, you can always write it in or add your own message.



Now cut out your cards.

Find a two hole button that is about 1" wide. Poke holes (with scissors or a needle) on the card where the flower will be. Thread a piece of ribbon through the button and through the holes.  On the backside you will use the ribbon to tie on your honey sticks.



Fill in the "To" and "From" areas and you're done!

If you don't get around to making this now, BEE sure to save this idea for Teacher Appreciation week or for an end of the year gift. I hope all of you have a wonderful school year!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crochet Bumble Bee Hat and Tushie Cover Pattern


I wish I had a baby to model this on (7 more weeks until my baby girl arrives!) because the pictures of this set would be MUCH cuter, but I think you get the idea of how adorable a little baby would be in this bumble bee hat and matching tushie cover with a little stinger! I am also including the pattern for larger size hats as well :) 

Materials:
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn in Mustard (yellow) and Black
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Small amount of Poly-fil
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC - Single Crochet
SC Decrease - Single Crochet Decrease
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Magic Ring - Find a great tutorial including video HERE

Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 Months
With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: DC in each around, join(44 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (44 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7-8: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (44 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (44 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join
Round 11: SC in each stitch around (or Slip stitch for a nice finished edge as pictured in the photo)
fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 3-6 Months

With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (48 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7-8: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (48 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10-11: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: SC in each stitch around (48 SC)
fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 6-9 Months

With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7-8: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (52 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10-11: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (52 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (52 SC)
Round 13: SC in each stitch around
fasten off and weave in ends.




Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)

With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 12, repeat around, join, chain 2 (56DC)
Round 8: DC in each stitch around, join (56 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (56 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10-11: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (56 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (56 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 13: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (56 DC)
Round 14: SC in each stitch around (56 SC)
fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler

With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 12, repeat around, join, chain 2 (56DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 13, repeat around, join (60 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (60 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10-11: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (60 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (60 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 13-14: DC in each stitch around (60 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 15: SC in each stitch around  (60 SC)
fasten off and weave in ends.


Size: Child 

With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 12, repeat around, join, chain 2 (56DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 13, repeat around, join (60 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 14, repeat around, join (64 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10-11: DC in each stitch around (64 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (64 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 13-14: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (64 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 15: DC in each stitch around (64 DC)
Change to black yarn
Round 16: SC in each stitch around (64 SC) 
fasten off and weave in ends.



Size: Teen/Adult 
With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, join (52 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 7: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 12, repeat around, join, chain 2 (56DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 13, repeat around, join (60 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 9: Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 14, repeat around, join (64 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 10: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 15, repeat around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11: DC in each stitch around, join (68 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 12: Chain 2, DC in each stitch around, join (68 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 13-14: DC in each stitch around (68 DC)
Change to black yarn
Round 15: DC in each stitch around (68 DC) 
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 16: DC in each stitch around (68 DC)
Round 17: SC in each stitch around (68 SC)
fasten off and weave in ends.



Antennae Pattern (make 2):
Magic Ring, Chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, continue to work in rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around (9 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 4: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 5: SC Decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around
Round 6: SC Decrease, SC in next stitch, repeat around
At this point you want to stuff the "ball" with poly-fil and continue
Round 7-12: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat or feel free to continue SC in rounds to make longer.
I did not stuff the rest with poly-fil so they would have a little flop to them, but you could stuff them to make them stick up straight before sewing onto hat.

Use your tapestry needle to sew the bottom round of stitches onto the hat. I placed mine along the first black ring, evenly across from each other.


Tushie Cover Pattern:
With yellow yarn..
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join (22 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 3: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
Change to yellow yarn...
Round 4: Chain 2, 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3, join (55 DC)
Change to black yarn...
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, join (66 HDC)
Round 7: Slip stitch or SC in each stitch around (I chose to slip stitch)


Stinger Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 4 SC inside the ring, continue to work in rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (10 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 9-10: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto tushie cover


Stuff stinger with poly-fil and use your tapestry needle to sew the bottom round of stitches onto the middle of the tushie cover. It should be almost the exact width of your first round so use the first round as a guide to help you sew the stinger on so it is centered.




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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alphabet Wall Art - Take 2



Ok so I thought I liked my first attempt at alphabet wall art for my baby girls room but it didn't seem like I wow'd any of you with it and the more I looked at it, the more I second guessed myself. I decided to give it another try, this time with scrapbook paper instead of acrylic paint. I think I like this version better!


I purchased a new frame (I had two Michaels coupons so I got a good deal) This time the frame is slightly smaller measuring 14x18. I covered the back part of it with textured craft paper. I used spray adhesive to stick it down which prevented any bubbles or wrinkles in the paper.



Next, I picked out a variety of scrapbook paper papers in coordinating colors. On the backside of the paper, trace your wood letters (be sure to trace them backwards). I purchased my wood letters from Michael craft store. They are ArtMinds Memoir Alphabet Letters and are approx. 1.5" tall.  Then using small scissors (I found my small sewing scissors worked best) cut out your letter from the paper. You will want to cut slightly inside the traced line so it fits on the wood letter better.



Cut all your letters out of paper and lay them out to make sure you like how they look before glueing them down. 


When you are happy with how it looks, glue the scrapbook paper to the wood letters with a thin coat of mod podge.


Then lay your letters onto the board and hot glue them on!


Put it back in the frame and you're done!








Monday, July 22, 2013

Gumball Machine Color Matching with Craft Pom Poms


I have a large jar of craft pom poms in the craft room. Lately, the boys have decided that this jar of poms is their new toy. But I actually don't mind. This one jar has kept them occupied for as long as 30 minutes (that's a big WIN in my book)! They love to spill them, sort them, put them back in the jar, line them up, arrange them in circles or flower shapes. It is a great distraction when I am trying to do simple daily tasks like take a shower. But it got me thinking... maybe I should create an activity with these pom poms. Little brother is mastering his colors and big brother is working on learning how to read. So I came with an activity that I think helped both boys.



I created a printable gumball machine that can be used four ways. There are blank gumballs (good for fine motor skills), gumballs with just words (good for beginning readers), gumballs with just colors (good for color matching and recognition) and lastly, gumballs with words and colors (another good activity for early readers).


I have made all four worksheets as printable PDF's (all can be printed on standard 8.5x11printer paper):

Blank printable HERE

Printable with just words HERE

Printable with just colors HERE

Printable with colors and words HERE

All you need for this project are assorted color craft pom-poms (sold in crafts stores or on CraftProjectIdeas.com), Elmer's glue, and the gumball machine printable. It helps to pour some of the glue on a paper plate for easy dipping.


Or you can skip the glue and craft poms because I think this would be a great project for Paint Dab Markers (found on CraftProjectIdeas.com)


I started little brother out with the blank sheet and big brother with the one with color and words. Little brother got about halfway through and lost interest but that was what I expected for a 2-year-old. Big brother (4-years-old) LOVED this activity. In fact, I am confident he could have easily used the worksheet with just words. He even told me "Mommy, this is a fun activity, thanks for making it for me!" He is such a sweetheart :) 






I hope you enjoy this craft in the classroom or at home anytime of year! It's a fun piece to display as well :)


Friday, July 19, 2013

Button Owl Art



I saw the most adorable button elephant artwork pop up in my Facebook newsfeed a couple days ago. I searched for the original creator and found it was made by the Busted Button. You have to check out her super cute elephants (and hippo!) over at her blog. Since I've had owls on the mind this week (I finally finished my Owl Lovey Blanket), I thought I would try my hand at this button art and create a button owl!

I pretty much followed the tutorial over at Busted Button, but I will walk you through some of the details.

Materials:
- Lots of Buttons!
- 8x8 Canvas
- Hot Glue Gun

First I googled "owl clip art" and found an owl that I liked. THIS ONE if you want to use the same image as me. I printed it at 200% and then cut it out and used it as a template to trace directly on my canvas.



Then I used acrylic paint to paint the inside of the lines. You will want to paint coordinating colors in the spaces you will place your buttons.


Now start hot glueing your buttons on! You will want to create at least two layers of buttons to fill in gaps. I started on the outer edge and worked my way inward.


Upside down heart buttons make perfect ears and star buttons make perfect owl feet. I found the orange triangle buttons at JoAnn Fabrics. They are Belle Buttons by Dritz.


I also opted to use green flower buttons (because that is what I had on hand) instead of creating leaf shapes for my tree branch. I am sure you could find leaf shaped buttons in the craft stores (especially during the fall season). 



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket


If you've been following my blog for awhile you have probably seen my other Lovey blankets including a monster, puppy, and robotNow I am adding one more to the list: an owl! Since owls are very popular right now, you shouldn't have a hard time finding owl-themed fabric at your local fabric store. I saw at least 3 or 4 different owl patterned fabric when I was shopping at Jo-Ann's (which is where I bought the fleece for this project).




Materials:
- Fleece fabric (I purchased a yard but you will only need a 10.5x12" piece of it)
- Worsted weight yarn: I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in pink poodle, pink, white and mustard (yellow)
- Large Safety Eyes
- Rotary Cutter and Skip Stitch Blade:

I purchased my skip stitch blade from the Project Linus website but unfortunately it looks like it is no longer available there. You can find the same one HERE on the Skip-Stitch website. I have the "original skip stitch blade" (Blade #1) and you will need a Fiskars 45mm Contour Rotary Cutter which I purchased from Amazon.

- Size H Crochet Hook
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Poly-fil
- Stitch Marker

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




Owl Head: (you will not join your rounds. Use a stitch marker if needed)
Use size H 5.0mm Crochet Hook
Ch 15, SC in 2nd chain from hook and rest of way down chain. Make 2 SC in last chain (15 SC)
Now working on the other side of chain, SC down chain (14 SC)
Rd 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 13 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, SC in next 14 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch.
Rd 3: SC in next 14 stitches, 2 SC in next 2 stitches, SC in next 14, 2 SC in next 2 stitches.
Rd 4-9: SC in each stitch around (36 SC)
Rd 10: SC in next 16, SC decrease, SC in next 16, SC Decrease.
Rd 11: SC in next 15, SC decrease, SC in next 15, SC Decrease.
Rd 12: SC in each stitch around (32 SC)
Rd 13: SC in next 14, SC Decrease, SC in next 14, SC Decrease.
Rd 14: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Rd 15: SC decrease, SC in next 13, SC decrease, SC in next 13.
Fasten off leaving extra long tail. Sew on eyes and nose first and then stuff lightly with poly-fil and stitch top of head closed.


Eyes: 
Use size G6 4.00mm Crochet Hook
With white yarn..
Magic ring, make 6 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Rd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12 SC)
Rd 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Change color
Rd 4: Loosely SC in each stitch around. It will curl up a little but should lay down nicely once you sew it on.

Nose:
Chain 5, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next stitch, DC in next stitch, TC in last stitch. 
fasten off leaving tail to sew onto head.




 Snap your safety eyes on through the eye and front of head. Sew on eyes by weaving the long tail under the tops of the last single crochet stitches made.

Stuff and sew top of head together


Cut six (2 of each color), 8" strands of yarn and pull halfway through each end of the head with your hook. Take one of the strands and tie it around the base of the "ear" yarn to hold it in place. 








Wings (make 2)
Use size H 5.0mm Crochet HookMagic ring, make 6 SC in magic ring, do not join, continue to SC in rounds
Rd 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9 SC)
Rd 3: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Rd 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (12 SC)
Rd 5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Rd 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (16 SC)
Rd 7: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Rd 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (20 SC)
Rd 9: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Rd 10: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (24 SC)
Rd 11: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5, repeat around (28 SC)
Rd 12-15: SC in each stitch around (28 SC)
Rd 16: SC Decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around
Rd 17: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around
stuff with poly-filRd 18: SC decrease closed.




Feet:
Use size H 5.0mm Crochet HookMagic ring, make 6 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Rd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Rd 3: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Rd 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Rd 5-6: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
Rd 7: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around



Step 1: Lighty stuff with poly-fil and sew shut. 
Step 2: Now take your tapestry needle and weave it back about 2 stitches.
Step 3: Loop yarn around the stuffed foot and sew your needle back through the starting point. Pull tight. Do this twice.
Step 4: Weave your needle back towards the other side of the foot and repeat step 3.



Now you are going to want to sew all your pieces onto the fabric. Cut a 10.5 x 12" piece of fabric (this is approximate. You can make yours any size you want). Trim the corners so they are slightly rounded. Now create holes around the edge to crochet through with a skip stitch blade and a ruler as a guide. Holes should be made about 1/2 inch from the edge.



Starting in any hole (preferably NOT the corner), crochet around the edge of the fleece by making a SC in each hole, chain 1, SC in next hole, repeating around.

Sew all the pieces onto the edge of the fabric. I get a lot of people asking me how to sew the pieces onto the edge of the fabric. All you need to do is weave your tapestry needle under the stitches you made around the fabric and then through the bottom of each piece. Hopefully this picture will help give a better visual.





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I also want to give a shout out to two of my followers who were inspired to make their own owl lovey blankets based off of my other lovey blanket patterns! They are both so cute and for sale if you are interested in placing an order with them:

The Bundled Pumpkin and La Capitaine Crochète