Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tom and Jerry crochet hats pattern

After years of intending to write out my pattern, I have finally done it! I created these hats back in 2012 when I decided to crochet my kids a couple of Tom and Jerry costumes for Halloween. After being asked multiple times for the pattern, it is now complete and I'm excited! You can find the pattern for sale in my Etsy shop 
If you come across any errors or confusion, please let me know and I will help you out!


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Little Mermaid birthday party

Going away cake

A few weeks ago we had a nice little potluck at work for a friend that was leaving. I decided to make a little going away cake to bring. I just used the rose technique to frost the cake and tossed pearl sprinkles all over it. To add a nice look to the color I made it ombre! To make the banner I used kabob sticks and burlap with letter stickers. Hot glue was my best friend to make the banner!

Sonic the Hedgehog birthday party

My son recently celebrated his 6th birthday and he decided he wanted it to be a Sonic one. Of course there isn't much out there to use for party supplies so I used basic colors for the table settings. After searching around on pinterest looking for ideas of how I wanted my cake to look, I came up with this! I had already purchased the 4 action figures to use as gifts and then decided to use them as cake toppers instead. I used my favorite buttercream frosting to make the background and grass, and some store bought yellow fondant to make the rings and the stars on the cupcakes. He was thrilled with the outcome and so was I!

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas is the perfect time for crafting! Especially since I moved into my own place  a few months ago and didn't take any of the decorations with me. I decided to make a few of my own to put up this year. So I went to Hobby Lobby and collected some supplies. 

My supplies for the stocking holders were just the piece of wood used for the base, and the circular pieces as well. I found some cute little wooden snowflakes to add on. I first tried to stencil and paint the words, and that didn't turn out so well. I found the wooden letters at the store and it made it look so much better! I happened to find the pearl designs randomly and thought it looked like a cute little snowy breeze. Then I found the lacy burlap and made some bows to hang them up.

I spent a few days crocheting a tree skirt. I used a free doily pattern I found online and it came out perfectly! Just the right size for my 6' tree.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

anchor themed baby shower by mail!

I recently took on the task of throwing a baby shower for my Sister in law. I had to find the perfect way to do it considering she did't leave anywhere near family. Her husband is in the Navy stationed in Virginia, and the majority of friends and family are in Oregon. So I took to Pinterest and that's where I found this "baby shower by mail" idea. I spent about a week crafting around the flu that I had to get this season. So finally the other day I was able to send out packages to all the "guests" Each package included a message with instructions on how this whole party would work. I asked that each guest send their gift to mama-to-be by a certain date so she would be able to open all gifts at once like an actual baby shower. Then she can get pictures and share with everyone.

First were the invitaions. Mom loves anchors, so that was an obvious theme for this one. I provided everyone with an address to ship the gifts to and my contact information if they had questions. I used Microsoft Power point to create these invitations. It's really not that hard, just layering a bunch of pictures and text together!

I taped these to the invitation envelopes so they wouldn't get lost in the package envelope. This is a really cool idea and I used it for the other baby shower I have thrown. If you are like me, I don't really do anything with cards when I get them. Having the book, the gifter can write a little personal message to mom and baby in the cover and it will get great use over the years.

I sent two things to each guest that I requested they forward on to momma-to-be. This one is pretty self explanatory, just a nice thing for mom to keep and she can show the baby later on.

A message in the bottle is the second keepsake for mom. I asked everyone to write a personal message of words of encouragement or advice. I found the 3" glass bottles at Hobby lobby. I cut computer paper to fit in the bottle and tied it with hemp so the paper wouldn't get stuck in the bottle. I made the tag using microsoft power point.

I was torn on the party favors for a few days while planning. I wanted to send cupcakes or cookies but was really worried they would spoil or turn into a disaster before they made it. Then I saw this wish bracelet idea and knew I wanted to do that. I found a package of anchor charms at Hobby Lobby and went with it. I intended to have the charms on the hemp itself, but the hemp was too thick. So I took some of my turquoise crochet thread and added the charm that way. The poem I made up myself with some inspiration from the internet, but the bottom part was from different ones I found online. I really had no idea the anchor meant anything, but I thought it was a nice touch to the gift and made it more special.

As another gift to mom, I stenciled out some thank you cards to send to her and addressed each envelope to make it as easy as possible for her.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

crochet anchor hat (FREE PATTERN) and the Newton sweater

*If you use this pattern, whether for personal use or to sell the product, I do please ask that you give credit where credit is due. I spend quite a bit of time coming up with my designs and patterns and would appreciate if you share the love and let them know about my business as well :) Happy crocheting! You can follow/contact me on my Facebook page and at my Etsy shop*

Note: The sweater pictured is not what the pattern looks like now. I made a few changes which you can see in the following pictures!

Good morning all! I have another FREE pattern for you! I have a few new nephews coming soon and I've been trying to decide what to make. My sister-in-law is married to a man in the Navy, and the idea popped in to my head to make a beanie with an anchor on it. And what goes better with a baby beanie than a matching sweater? I wanted to be able to design this one myself, so I spent a couple long days creating what is now named "the Newton sweater". As of now, I only have it in size 0-3 months, and you can purchase the pattern here

**As of January 18th, 2015, I also have a sweater for sale in my Etsy shop**

The hat I wanted to share with you because it is just so cute! And easy!

stitches used....
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

materials needed....
H and D hook
#4 medium weight yarn, I used Hobby Lobby's I love this yarn (so soft and cozy!)
yarn needle

To make the hat.... [newborn]
Take your H hook and start with a magic circle. If you do not know how, there are youtube videos available to show you, or here are some step by step photos I took of me making one. 

If you are more comfortable with the "chain 4 and join in first chain with a slip stitch" method , that's perfectly fine too.

Round 1: (Denim blue) Chain 1 (never counts as first stitch), 10hdc into circle; join in first hdc with sl st. [10sts]
round 2: Chain 1, *2hdc in st* repeat around; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [20sts]

For an almost invisible color change, follow these instructions

On the round before changing colors, finish the pattern up until joining. Hold the yarn in front of work (will be inside of hat, opposite side will be the invisible side), place hook like you are going to do a sl st. Take the next color yarn and pull through hdc, and loop on hook. Pull strings tight to connect stitching. Then you continue the pattern.

Round 3: (white) Chain 1, *2hdc in st, hdc in the next st* repeat around until end; join in first hdc with sl st. [30sts]

Round 4: Chain 1, *2hdc in st, hdc in next 2sts* repeat around until end; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [40sts]

Round 5: (denim blue) Chain 1, *2hdc in st, hdc in next 3sts* repeat around until end; join in first hdc with sl st. [50sts]

Round 6: Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [50sts]

Round 7: (white) Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st. [50sts]

Round 8: Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [50sts]

Round 9: (denim blue) Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st. [50sts]

Round 10: Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [50sts]

Round 11: (white) Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st. [50sts]

Round 12: Chain 1, hdc in every hdc around; join in first hdc with sl st, change color. [50sts]

Round 13-17: (denim blue) chain 1, sc in ever hdc around; join with sl st into first sc. At the end of the last round, join like normal, then tie off and cut yarn.

Weave in ends, and you have your hat!

Now to make the anchor. This in made in 3 separate pieces, then you sew them each on.

1st piece

Take your D hook. The first piece will be the one you want to sew on first.
Start by make a magic circle with some red yarn (or whichever color you like). Chain 1, and crochet 8sc into the loop; join with a sl st into first sc.

ch13. sl st into 2nd chain from hook and in each 11ch after. Join with a sl st into sc in the original circle. Tie off yarn and cut.

2nd piece (smaller piece for upper anchor)

ch9. sl st into 2nd chain from hook and in each 7ch after. Tie off yarn and cut.

3rd piece (bottom of anchor)
ch15. sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each 13ch after. Tie off yarn and cut.

Sew on your pieces and enjoy!!!!

For the Newton sweater pattern, just visit my Etsy shop, corn on the monkey

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