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May 19, 2012

Baby shower gift!

It’s finally summer, which means that I now have time to craft and blog! Yay!

I was invited to my boyfriend’s sister-in-law’s baby shower this weekend, which is a little scary since I’ll be meeting most of his family without him. Unfortunately, I’m on an incredibly tight budget but I still wanted to give Hilary something cute and unique. So I went to Pinterest and found this easy-to-follow tutorial for a crocheted pacifier clip.

Picture from the tutorial

Don’t mind the crappy iPhone picture…they’re much cuter in person, I promise!

For the center of the flower I used gemstone buttons.  I wasn’t sure how they’d look especially since I really like the way that the covered buttons look in the tutorial, but they ended up looking cute.  I found the suspender clips at JoAnn’s, too, after going to literally every other craft store in the area. I should have just gone to JoAnn’s first…that place never lets me down!

I’m really happy with the way they turned out, especially since I haven’t crocheted at all since last summer.  Each pacifier clip only took about 10-15 minutes to make and I think they’re a really adorable baby shower gift idea for anyone who doesn’t have much money to spend.



Everyone at the baby shower LOVED the pacifier clips and I got tons of compliments on them!

August 4, 2011

Granny Square Update

Well, I did it!  I made my first granny square.

Not bad for my first try, right?  They’re fun to make, plus I get to watch tv while I make them :)

August 3, 2011

Granny Squares Aren’t Just for Old Ladies!

I was browsing Pinterest today when I came across this tutorial for popcorn granny squares.  Cute, right?  So I figured that since I’ve got a ton of time on my hands before I go back to school I should definitely give it a shot!

Lots of pretty new yarn!

I’ve also been coming across a ton of amigurumi patterns.  Maybe my next project will be to make some kind of amigurumi softy…

I am in love with these amigurumi fish bones!  You can buy the pattern for these cuties here.  Maybe I’ll make one and fill it with catnip for my kitties :)

What are you working on right now?  Do you have any tips for me as I attempt my very first granny square?

August 1, 2011

Look What I Made!

My very first cup cozy, thanks to All About Ami!  It’s not an advanced project or anything, but seeing as I just learned to crochet a few weeks ago, I’m pretty proud of myself!  I started this yesterday and finished it this afternoon.  Too bad its 90 degrees outside, otherwise I would make myself some hot chocolate :)

July 16, 2011

Baby Blankets!

My cousin’s son, Nathan, is turning one next week and he’s having a barnyard themed birthday party.  I was at a loss for what to get him, so Abby suggested we make him a fleece tie blanket.

We went to Jo-Ann’s this afternoon and found the perfect pattern for Nathan.  Isn’t it cute?

My other cousin is expecting a baby boy at the end of this month.  We decided to make him a blanket, too!

I’ve made a ton of these blankets as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family.  Since Nathan is just a little guy, I didn’t have to buy nearly as much fabric (plus, all fleece prints were 50% off!).  3 yards of this stuff for less than $20?  I’d call that a steal.

Cut, measured, and ready to be tied!  My precious kitty, Sidney, loves fleece :)

All finished!

To make a fleece tie blanket, you will need:

  • Anti-pill or blizzard fleece  {For Nathan’s blanket, I bought 3 yards (1.5 yards for each side).  For a standard size blanket, I usually buy 6 yards total.}
  • A fine point Sharpie or marker
  • Fabric shears
  • A ruler
  1. Cut your fabric in half so that you have two sides of the blanket.
  2. Lay the two pieces flat on top of each other, making sure that the right sides are facing out.
  3. Cut around the uneven edges so that both pieces of fabric are the same size.
  4. Using your ruler and Sharpie, go around the edges of the fabric, marking every 1.5 inches.
  5. At each mark, cut 3-4 inch strips toward the center (make sure you’re cutting through the top and bottom pieces of fabric!)
  6. Tie each strip (top and bottom piece) together.
  7. Voila! All done.
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July 10, 2011

Memo Board: Zero to Hero

The memo board is finished!  I love the way it turned out…it’s so ‘me’!













You can’t really tell, but the top coat of paint is sparkly.  So dang cute!

What do you think?  Starting a new project tomorrow…this might require yet another trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Today the lady at the check out was like, “I should recognize your face by now!”.  I might need a crafting intervention…

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July 7, 2011

Garage Sale Treasures

Since I don’t have to go into work until 6 tonight, I thought I’d do a little garage sale hunting today.  I went to 4 or 5 and they all pretty much just had a bunch of crap (I guess that’s what garage sales usually are, right?).  But at my second stop I found something that I snatched up as soon as I saw it.  It’s basically just a piece of wood with cork glued to it, but with a little paint and some ribbon, it could be an extremely cute memo board for my dorm room!

Here it is! Isn’t it sad looking? My bedroom walls are pretty pathetic too…they used to be lavender but we had to repaint and recarpet my entire room because of a small (okay, not so small) hair dye explosion.  Oops.  Sorry mom!

More pictures to come once I buy some materials to make this little guy a bit easier on the eyes :)

July 5, 2011

Feather Hairpin

Thanks to McLaughlin Designs, I created some adorable feather hairpins this morning.  I was browsing craftgawker last night when I came across the tutorial and I just HAD to make them! I ran to JoAnn Fabrics this morning and bought the materials: buttons, felt, and feathers. It’s that easy (and inexpensive!). I’m so pleased with the results! Here’s a link to Elisa’s tutorial.

Feather Hairpins

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