Awe Peanuts

I’ve been working on a couple of projects so I thought I’d update with one of them. 


I got a Peanuts character kit on Amazon awhile back because I wanted to make a Lucy. The kit says that you can make three of the beloved characters with the stuff it has. Well I didn’t read it very well since the characters are Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. Arrgh!

Oh well, I started on Chuck and have been working on it here and there since my summer hiatus ended. So far I have a big head and shirt done, there is also an arm someplace in my project bag but I can’t find it. Here’s how he looks so far.


Not too shabby for only the second time I’ve ever tried to make a crochet toy. The first one was a cute little brown beagle looking puppy. But it got ruined in storage a long time ago so I no longer have it.  

Ps I picked up some blue and flesh tone yarn to make Lucy next since I promised my youngest I’d replace theLucy Christmas ornament that broke with a hand made one. That may or may not be completed prior to this Christmas lol. 

A Super Dog

This morning I agreed to make a dog a cape. Not just any dog though, my youngest child’s lovey. He’s not a big toy so I agreed and told her to grab me a yarn she wanted. Sure enough she grabbed the last ball of the same Lilly’s Sugar N Cream yarn I made her Scrubbies from. I started it on the way to a family get together, finished it while I was there chatting with the folks, and now Dog is wearing it tonight to bed of course.

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Laying flat when completed.

I’d give you a gauge but I didn’t have anything to measure it with. I made the pattern up as I went using a part of an old Halloween costume (a ninja mask actually lol) that has been converted to a cape for her big sister’s lovey as a size guide. Had I known when I started she had Dog with her I would have measured against him. Either way it’s not very long or wide. My guess is that it is about 6 inches long, 7 at most and about 5 inches or so wide.

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A Dog and his Cape!

I may be able to get my hands back on it tomorrow to get a measurement of it, I doubt it but maybe, if so I will update the post with the size (and also my Ravelry project page). In the mean time here are the specifics for my quick stitch project.

Supplies:

  • Hook: I (9mm)
  • Yarn*: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Scents, size 4, worsted weight
    • Color: Fleur de Lavende
  •  Yarn needle & scissors
  • Dog

*I need to note the yarn I used was not actually the LSC Scent one, it’s the closest color I could find online to the one I used for this quick project. I no longer have the wrapper for the remainder of the skein but if I ever buy more I’ll let you know what the color and lot really are. Any size 4 worsted weight would work for this. It’s quite possible this is actually the Peaches & Cream, color Candy Sprinkles, sold at Wal-Mart since I sometimes get my yarn there. Either way it’s a cotton size 4.

Dog’s cape took me about 2 hours to make in total and will hopefully grant Littlest many nights of bravery against bad dreams. 🙂

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Dog is already saving the day for Littlest.

A Traveling Tangle

Recently the family took a road trip to see family and friends. It’s a roughly 6 hour trip each way so I brought along two projects.
The first is the unfinished Jack Skellington baby suit project (seen here). The second is the summer blanket project I decided HH and I need. We do. We had a “light” bedspread that we kept on our bed only in summer. Until a few years ago that is. We returned from a beach trip to it having a battery acid stain on it that had not been there when we left three days before. I blamed the cat and his “party while we were away” shenanigans. He blamed our resident ghost cat. Either way we had to toss it and haven’t had one since. The blanket was tossed, we still have the party animal and the ghost coincidentally.

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My progress prior to hitting the road.

I have tried starting several patterns the last few weeks but have gotten no where fast. After several more days of searching, and paying a small fee, I have a pattern I love. In case you have yet to pick up on this particular personality trait of mine Dear Readers, I get creativity bored (c.b.) easily. Hard to believe I know, alas tis truer than true. The patterns by Frank O’Randle are the perfect antidote to my c.b. problem. They change pattern and stitch often; which also makes for a healthly challenge. He recommends the use of row/stitch markers and counting of stitches from beginning to ensure accuracy later on in the pattern. I agree. I messed up the count on a row and had to frog three rows, then two rows, and one row this past time. Dont be like me, follow his suggestion and be sure to count.😉 You dont want to pull 100 rows of crochet cause you missed a stitch who knows where right? Cause…Oye!

My choosen pattern is: Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle on Ravelry

I have officially begun the project in my Ravelry profile of course but haven’t added the Yarns, notes, and the like to it yet. I have listed my supplies below. I have no idea how much of each yarn will be used since I’m using size 2 and 3 Yarns in comparison to the size 4 of the written pattern so I will have to keep track in Ravelry and I’ll put that in my final Tangled post for this blanket.

I’m 99% certain it won’t be done by the 2016 summer solstice thus I’ve made my deadline the 2017 summer solstice. I’ve made a couple of blankets before with the help of my Pattern Tester, that’s my Mom for those that don’t know. She has more experience and is a much faster crochet worker than I and we finished those works of art relatively quickly; therefore I think a year solo is a good long limit. Especially because I can’t remember how long it took me to make the one twin sized octagon-granny-square blanket I made back in high school.

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My traveling stash!

My Supplies:
Hook size: G/4.5mm**
Yarn needle
Stitch markers (a must)
Travel folding scissors
Printed out pattern
Pencil (for checking off last row finished, writing color used, and various notes)
Yarns listed below (one of each in my project bag)
Red project bag to keep it all in

COTTONS:Patons Yarns “Grace” (100% mercerized cotton)
1) Natural {62008} size 3 Light, lot 2015-08-002
2) Lavender *  {62903} size 3 Light, lot 2013-09-004
3) Orchid {62307} size 3 Light, lot 2015-01-001
4) Citadel {62048} size 3 Light, lot 2015-01-002
* This is the multi color yarn, the color by the company is lavender.

BLENDS:Premier Yarns “Cotton Fair” (52%cotton, 48%acrylic)
1) Baby Blue {#27-03} size 2 Fine, lot 6025
2) Lavendar {#27-09} size 2 Fine, lot 4559
3) White {#27-01} size 2 Fine, lot 1355
4) Slate Grey {#27-13} size 2 Fine, lot 3394
5) Black {#27-14} size 2 Fine, lot 2037

**My crochet hook lights up, it’s a CROCHET LIGHT SABER!
Yes I am that much of a dork, and I’m proud of it.

All March Long

I did it! Mostly! I’m pretty proud of what I came up with for 31 days of being crafty on the run, and I only missed four days; with valid reasoning of course. Next March will go a lot smoother since now I have a bunch of links, ideas, pins, and the like to create not only crochet projects but also other crafting projects all saved up. The list just keeps growing!

For this last project of the day we did one very simple thing, we decorated the outside of a canvas bag for Middle. She currently takes ballet, it’s her second year of doing dance classes and, like her Mom, she is sometimes forgetful. Luckily the instructor is super sweet and understanding so missing foot covering for a class here and there has not been a problem. She doesn’t take tap after all.  However, in order to help her remember to grab her dance shoes I promised her I’d get her a bag to carry her stuff to and from class in that we could keep right by the door. In the spirit of National Craft Month I let her pick out a tote and we grabbed the markers. She even let Littlest help with the decorating. It wasn’t as much “help” as Littlest wanted to give big sister but it was enough to keep them from breaking out into a fight. Middle loved this idea much better than me just buying her a bag at the studio…so did my wallet.

  • Canvas bag from Dollar Tree $1.00
  • Markers from home $0.00 (although you can also use the ones they sell at the Dollar Tree so also only $1.00)
  • Time with my girls FREE and filled with Love!
  • Total monetary cost of project $1.05 (or $2.10 if’ we’d bought new markers)
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Middle & Littlest decorating the canvas bag

Considering I had not planned ahead and begun this non-crochet journey on the fly, I think I fared pretty well in what I came up with while still getting some crochet in. Below is s summary with all the links for this month’s projects but we’ll be back to the Tangling by this Webb next month.

  • March 1st Celebrate Creativity: My post about craft month
  • March 2nd It Starts!: I started my big project for the year, a crocheted jacket
  • March 3rd Crafty Deux: two popsicle frames
  • March 4th Three Trees: star wars snowflakes
  • March 5th For the Fourth: The beginning of dream catchers
  • March 6th Finished on the Fifth: I finished my dream catcher
  • March 7th Sixth Day Smiles: Finished off the Littles’ dream catchers
  • March 8th  this craft was posted on the 10th since I was sick on the 7th and 8th
  • March 9th Nifty Nine: for Panic Day I made a crocheted cup cozie and had calamine tea
  • March 10th Yester-Eight: The basket made on the 8th while I was sick
  • March 11th Ten: The top hat for middle name day, Victoria
  • March 12th Tool Time: Time spent organizing all my tools and supplies
  • March 13th Silly Pretty Twelve: Making silly pencil toppers and pretty pencil toppers
  • March 14th Simply Pie: A “Pi” Pie crocheted wearable pin
  • March 15th An Idle Fifteenth: A page of suggestions since I didn’t craft
  • March 16th Thankful for Thirteen on Sixteen: My finished baby cocoon for NewLittleMan
  • March 17th there was no craft done this day, we spent time together just being us
  • March 18th Skipped Seventeen Sort-Of: My post about St Paddys day with my family
  • March 19th Eighteen and Eager: Painting the supply cabinets for my scrap boooking supplies
  • March 20th A Nice Nineteen: Starting the TNBC baby set, the bottom is almost done
  • March 21st Almost There Twentieth: Starting TNBC baby hat, blanket squares, and making cards for Grandma
  • March 22nd Twenty-One Finally Done: The date night jar
  • March 23rd Two for Twenty-Two: The beginning of Mermaid tails
  • March 24th Twenty-Two Part Two on Three: The finishing of our Mermaid tails
  • March 25th Twenty-Five HE is Alive: Easter stained glass window
  • March 26th 26 Being SlickThe finishing touches added to TNBC baby hat.
  • March 27th EGG-Static 27: Coloring Easter Eggs, a family First!
  • March 28th there was no craft done this day, we spent time together just being us
  • March 29th Colorful 29: Coloring is good for the soul, it’s calming.
  • March 30th there was no craft done this day, I spent the time sleeping due to being sick yet again.
  • March 31st All March Long:  We decorated a canvas bag for Middle.

And that is all she wrote…err…we…created! It was a lot and it was a lot of fun! How did you fare for NaCraMo2016?

 

Angie the Admin aside: Sorry for the delay, I will need to reinstall my WordPress app it seems, I pushed this post and the one for the 29th to go live via mobile app, obviously it didn’t upload to published as I had expected it to. Bad mobile, bad!

 

Peeping the End

One more day left in National Craft Month, the end of daily projects is near. I Peep a conclusion! Cheesy stuff, it’s okay to laugh at it though. With the Easter holiday goodies still laying around I decided my final project for the month would be one of my very favorite Easter treats… A Peep!

I have always loved getting that bright yellow little bird in my basket. It was the first non-chocolate thing I looked for, after the egg hunt of course. I followed the crochet Peeps & Bunnies pattern I found on Ravelry.

My hand-made Peep sitting with the basket hand-made by Eldest!

My hand-made Peep sitting with the basket hand-made by Eldest!

These adorable little chicks are a quick little project. I chose yellow since I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my favorite non-chocolate Spring time treat so naturally I went with a nice bright yellow. Yes I do believe the other colors taste different, yellow and pink are very different “flavours”.

The little black buttons (I use this term quite loosely here) are from the family stash and are glued on. My girls weren’t too happy that I said the Peep was for me and whined a bit so I agreed to make them each one in their favorite color. I’ll have those hooked up in no time, or at least at some point prior to Easter 2017. It’s on the list. 😉

Happy Easter!

Color-Full 29

Monday, the 28th, there was no crafting done after work. HH was sick so I didn’t feel up to that kind of thing with the kids. Last night I didn’t do a craft per-say. But, Surprise Baby Sitting my Uber Adorable baby Niece happened. When she arrived we were just finishing up our dinner, she wasn’t hungry so I got her a coloring book and she was happy as a little clam for almost an hour.

When Middle and Littlest were done with their dinners they joined in on her fun. It was awesome watching the three of them, as usual. What made it even better was I was feeling horrible when I got home, thank you sinus pressure causing migraine! Their happy giggles and fun honestly helped make me feel better! Happiness is Healthy! And healthy is infectious!

 

 

I love to color, I always have. This new “trend” for Adult Coloring is right up my inner-5 year old playground! It truly is. I currently have 3 of my own coloring books all to myself. The mandala on the right in the photo above is from a book I purchased for myself from Michael’s craft store late last year. The book (upper left) was a gift from my Big Sister for Christmas.

The pictures in the one from my sister are my favorite. At first glance I probably would never have purchased that book if it was up to me. But the more time I’ve spent just looking at the pages (while trying to decided on which to color of course) the more I love that book. She said it reminded her of me. It’s SO me!! I’m a Brooklyn girl at heart, thru and thru, born and bred, always and forever! And my mind goes so abstract at the most random times that it’s daunting even to me sometimes. The pictures in that book remind me of what my mind is like. Makes me love my sister just that much more that she gets me like that. The picture of the stars was the first one I colored in after I got it. There is method in the madness of it if you can believe it, and yep I colored the little girl like me. Of course!

As noted in this article in The Atlantic it’s good for you to color. It’s not really news for it to be announced that stress is a killer and that it’s okay to sometimes be like the little children, it’s actually in the Bible too; for completely different reasons but still it’s great advice. But if you would like to see some other info about how coloring is helpful here’s a link to some therapeutic input. (IMPORTANT ASIDE: I’m not a doctor so ask YOUR DOCTOR if you are still unsure if you should pick up the habit of picking up colors.)

 

The above is the latest book I aquirred. It was a gift to me from my Spirit Animal Kimi. The other two pictures are examples of the inside of it. I’d been considering doing a devotional for a while. Without even mentioning that to her she made it happen. Duuuuude, Kimi get outta my head. Just kidding, you can stay, don’t get scared. Anyway, if you’re itching to get out the markers and crayons but don’t have a coloring book, or your kid’s book is all full up, just click here for 29 free Printables to color. I’m considering doing one of those myself…

NaCraMo is almost over! What projects have you enjoyed the most?

Johanna Basford Enchanted Forest courtesy the artist and Laurence King 3

Actually, I’ve decided, yep I’m doing THIS one!

EGG-Static 27

Cheesy title is totes fitting! It’s also a first for my little clan. I’m not sure why but we have never done the egg dying thing for Easter with our kids. I asked HH about that, the why not of it all. He had no clue. I had no clue. Together we were clueless as could be.

Growing up  HH did not, he’s not bitter about it, neither am I. I’m okay with him having never dyed eggs on Easter (or prior to it) with his folks. Not my circus and all that jazz. 😉  My siblings and I used to do the egg thing with our Mom every Easter though and when I became a mom for the first time it was something I was happily looking forward to doing with my little sprout.

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He’s not exactly a LITTLE sprout anymore

That first Toddler Easter rolled along and a kit was purchased and Eggs were boiled, then eaten sans being Decored to the Nines. Oops…we forgot a step. Hey we were new parents and that whole balancing thing came into play…right? No. We had time, we just didn’t do it. We had a great Easter though.

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Draw patterns first, then Dip!

 

This pattern has repeated year after year. Until now. Executive decision was made! EASTER EGG DYING IS A MUST! There is no traumatic reason to this decision. It was something I enjoyed doing with my mom and siblings. That is my only reason for doing it. Treasured memories from childhood. That in itself is a gift from my mother. One I can provide my children, my husband, and myself. So we did it the old fashioned way.

  • coffee cups filled with 1/2 cup room temp tap water (we forgot about disposable cups)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar in each cup
  • 10-20 drops of a food coloring color per cup
  • standard crayons (which we have in abundance of course)
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How I taught Middle the double color technique

 

Viola! The fun began. We voted on it as a family. The decision was UNANIMOUS! We are doing this EVERY EASTER! I don’t know why we waited this long but every one of us had fun and there was absolutely no stress involved in doing this together. It was our craft time for the day. Plus side, HH and I have VERY pretty eggs to add to our lunch salads this week for work. SCORE!

 

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Yummy Pretty New Family Tradition! Thanks Abuela!