Nov 1, 2012

Halloween craftiness

We had another crafty Halloween!
Kira and I went as Unicorns!
I was a more of a My Little Pony Unicorn and Kira was Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time

For Kira's Costume I sewed the dress on my own.
Now I'm really excited about this because I made her dress WITHOUT a pattern!!!
Now there were some small messups along the way - like not making the neck big enough for her to put her head through!! But we were able to make some adjustments and it was perfect!
I also crocheted her unicorn horn and attached it to a crocheted headband.
back view -- arm warmers were knee high socks we just cut to make them work

Now I found a fun pattern for a unicorn hat that I wanted to use for my costume.
But, it didn't work out so great...
Even Kira agreed it was a pattern fail!!!!
But I was able to use some of the information from the pattern and come up with this awesome unicorn hat.
I really liked being able to tell people that I made it all on my own!!
Homemade Halloween costumes are for sure the best!!
Did you make your costume this year?

Oct 13, 2012

I Love Craft Swaps!

I am a BIG lover of Ravelry
I have mostly used it for finding crochet and knitting patterns or seeing how a pattern has worked for other people. 
I recently joined in some groups on Ravelry, one being for Blythes.
I joined just in time because they had just started a Halloween Craft Swap for Blythes!
I made a few cute things for my partner, but will wait to post those when she gets her package!
But these are the goodies I got from Kimberly 
I didn't get pictures of everything because Kira was stealing things as I took them out because she loved them all!  Look at these cute dresses and the sock monkey!!!  I LOVE the tiny composition note book!!
YEAH! A black cat and a cauldron!!
(Kira felt the cup and hamster needed to join in on the picture even though they weren't in the package!!)
The pink sparkly was sent for Kira and she is excited to use it!!

I can't wait to show what I sent to my partner. 
I snooped around on her etsy favorites page and picked a few things to try to make
It was a lot of fun!
Craft swaps are the BEST!!!
Thanks Kim and thanks for including my daughter too!!!

Oct 8, 2012

I've Got My Eye on You!!

I found another great project off of Pinterest!
This was such a great and easy project to put together and the kids were able to help!

I got my tool, ribbon and wreath from Hobby Lobby and the bouncy ball eyeballs from Target.
I spent under $15 for this whole project! YEAH!

I would like to add more eyeballs to it and thankfully it is super easy to add them!
Just need to add a stick pin to the eye and stick it on!
My kids are super excited and already hung it up on the front door!

Oct 6, 2012


I finished up my rainbow socks!!!
I had so much fun making these! If I didn't have a long list of projects waiting to be made (and I wasn't so impatient to wear them!!!) I would have kept on going!  These ended up being about mid-calf.  The yarn is super soft and came from Knit Picks.  
Knitting socks two at time makes it easier to line the stripes up together and not having to worry about counting rows so they will end up being the same length.  I highly recommend knitting two a time if you try making socks!

Oct 3, 2012

Back to an Old Favorite

Sorry for not being good about posting regularly! I'm working on some Christmas presents already so I can't post pictures of those! Spoilers sweetie!

But I do want to share a project I finished yesterday.
Awhile back I saw this cute DIY for a cell phone case off of pinterest, but couldn't find the blog it was linked to (hate when this happens!)

Source: via velma on Pinterest

Can you tell why I wanted to do this? 
Geekiness and craftiness! 
I finally found the link on Wee Little Stitches and got ready to go!
Now Wee Little Stitches has an Etsy shop with SO MANY AWESOME geeky cross stitch patterns that I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted to put on my phone.
I finally decided on FIREFLY
I haven't cross stitched in forever! I learned how from my mom - a very talented cross stitcher.
I forgot how fun it is to get all the colors and follow the pattern.
I decided to have Jayne and Kaylee on my phone
And here it is all finished!!
I am so excited!
Now I have to stitch all of my browncoats on one piece :)
What do you think?  Do you like to cross stitch? I'd love to see what you have done or are working on.

Sep 17, 2012

Yep, I'm Playing with Dolls!

I couldn't help it anymore and had to buy myself my own Blythe Doll!! I searched on EBay and still wasn't willing to fork over the amount for a "real" Blythe but found factory ones. These seem to be made of extra parts and can have some defects. I lost on several auctions for a factory doll and was getting really frustrated! But finally I won this green haired cutie! My friend suggested Louisa for her name and I love it! Kira calls her Lou Lou! Kira made sure to introduce them to each other and is convinced they are going to be besties!!

Sep 6, 2012

Sock Explosion

I finished up the mismatched socks for Kira 2 weeks ago
They turned out pretty cute!!!!
I'm making more and I can't seem to stop!!!

I made an adult sized mismatched socks
These even had a ribbed pattern on the top

Now I've started on some rainbow socks!!!

This is my problem - I tend to fall in love with a craft and go overboard with it! 
Oh well!
There are going to be a lot of happy and well dressed feet when I am done!!!!

I do have to add for my knitting friends that knitting socks from the toe up and two at a time is the way to go!!!  I tried using double pointed needles and doing it the "traditional" way and it was confusing! I finished, but I had to look at videos and stop and restart - I was not a fan.  
I'm glad I saw this method because it makes sense! Plus finishing both socks at the same time, knowing they are the exact same length is perfect!!!  I highly recommend the Toe-up 2-at-a-time sock book!

Aug 28, 2012

It's Becoming a Blythe Obsession!

We might be out of control here on our love the Blythes!!
We have made a few more things and received some more since my last post!!

Kira and I finished our dress for Violet!!
It came out really cute!!
 I still need some work on gathering the skirt just right.  I felt like there was too much fabric for the skirt so I would make some changes next time.

I convinced my sister to make a quilt for Violet :)
She looks so comfy now!!

Kira got the CUTEST package from Becky and Eli with lots of cute miniatures for her Blythe!
(Thanks again my interweb friends!!!)
Kira loves to arrange the snacks out for Violet to eat.  She trades out the different pets for Violet to play with. You never know when Violet wants to play with Panda, Green Kitty or LPS Penguin!!
She hung up her school board and put a purse with it.
Kira squealed over this laundry hamper and small clothes pins!!
AND Now we have Harry Potter books for Kira and Violet!!!
I'm busy putting together each book and getting the pages just right!
Becky also sent Kira some Skull fabric!!
I made Kira another dress for Violet from the new fabric.
I also got adventurous and made Violet some PJ pants from this DIY I found on Pinterest.
This was actually a GREAT DIY that I plan to use for my kids!!!
Kira says I need to make her a sleep shirt next!!
I'll never be done!!

Until the sleep shirt is done she is wearing her skull dress with her PJ pants to bed! LOL
Kira got both her Blythes ready for bed - the littlest is from Littlest Pet Shops and her name is Sarah.
They look so cute all in their PJs!!!

Aug 27, 2012

All Finished!

I finished up the custom Ripple Blanket last week!
It turned out so pretty!!
I'll be sending it out today and hope its new owner loves it as much as I do!!

Aug 22, 2012

Almost done!

I'm almost done with the Custom Ripple blanket!! I'm so excited!!

Aug 17, 2012

Knitting socks

I have started a new adventure in sock knitting.
For my Birthday my mom got me another gift certificate for Knitpicks and I decided to buy a bunch of pretty sock yarn! I also got some awesome hand dyed yarn too!! 
Aren't these yarns pretty!!!!!

I'm pretty impatient  inspired so I got started pretty soon after the box arrived.
I decided to try to learn how to knit socks from the toe up.
It feels like I'm knitting with tooth picks!!!!!!!!

About a week into knitting my first sock I found this book and it was on SALE! 
What - 2 at a time? YES! 
I was already dreading going back and knitting the second sock and hoping I get all the measurements correct.

I started over and gave this new book a try
(see little tooth picks!!!)
I'm making these socks for Kira and she choose 2 different yarns to make crazy mismatched socks!
I love it!

Sock knitting sure takes a lot more time to complete - like I said TINY needles.
Plus I'm still working on my custom blanket so I'm just knitting when I want a break from crocheting.
Have you tried knitting 2 socks at a time? How did it work for you?

Aug 12, 2012

Ripple Blanket Update

And I'm half way done!!
(colors are not true to life as I used my instagram filter)

Aug 6, 2012

Making a skirt for my girl

Kira has decided that she really loves skulls!!
(I need to post the pictures of skulls she keeps drawing!)
Saturday she saw this bundle of fabric at Joanns and asked if we could get it.
I gave in - I've had a long standing "no skulls" rule because I thought they were too creepy for my baby, but how can you deny skulls on pink fabric!?!?

Kira had some plans for the material that involved making pillows.
I convinced her today to make a skirt with the fabric after we looked at the skirt tutorials on Hickety Pickety and Venus de Hilo
We decided to use all of the fabric and make it into a patchwork style skirt!
This was an easy enough project that Kira could do most of the sewing on.  
Her new sewing machine from her grand-rat works great and is easy for her to use.

We had to add an extra panel of fabric because I miss calculated and it was going to be WAY small!
Thankfully we had enough extra fabric!!
I used the Hickety Pickety idea of the "no hem" skirt and loved how it turned out.  It added some length too and gave it a more polished look without me having to make a straight hem!!

We finished it in a few hours and she had a skirt right after lunch!
She LOVES it and wants to wear it on the first day of school!!!
This is Kira's favorite skull from all the fabric!!

Aug 4, 2012

Custom Order

I am so excited about my first custom order from my Etsy Shop!
This will be a crocheted ripple blanket 40X60 in Navy, Light Blue and Ivory.  I'm very excited about this project and have been hard at work.  My goal is to have it completed in 4-6 weeks (I'm almost done with week 1!)
I'll be posting updates along the way and would love to know what you think!