Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hat Ornaments

Yesterday and this morning I made these 8 hat ornaments.  Two of them are on my Christmas tree right now.  I'll save 2 more of them for gifts, and the others will be donated to my church's craft fair.  I have a lot more to make before the craft fair's deadline (this Friday).  

Below is the video tutorial that I made last year on how to make these hats.  All you need are scissors, a toilet paper tube, and yarn.  The new ones use a wire hanger instead of yarn to hang them on the tree from.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Red Angry Bird

I just finished crocheting this red Angry Bird for one of my nephews for Christmas.  Now to make one for my youngest son.  The pattern is available for free through ravelry.

Tuesday Tot Craft Time: Dress Me Up Scarecrow

This is an oldie but a goodie.  We did this one last year, but it was fun making a new one with friends.
We took one paper with the outline of a person on it and one paper with a hat, shirt, and overalls on it.  While I cut out the person, my son colored the clothes.
My son is really into using scissors when I let him, so he cut out the overalls.  Then he let me cut out the hat and the shirt.  Then he glued them all on his person.
Here is his scarecrow.
Here is his friend's scarecrow (yes she likes pink). 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday Tot Craft Time: Turkeys

Here is a fun craft that we did at the library on Friday.  First my son traced my hand on the paper.  Then he placed his hand inside of the drawing of my hand, and I traced his hand.  Next he glued the body of a turkey over our hand prints.
Then he colored his turkey.  The two hand prints are the feathers.  
Then during school, he made a turkey with 10 feathers.  The feathers are a way to practice his speech.

I hope that everyone has a nice Thanksgiving week.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tuesday Tot Craft Time: Kitty

This is a super cute project to make.
The supplies are cat faces on card stock, markers, 3 popsicle (2 cut in half), scissors, 2 chenille stems, and either glue or glue dots.  
My son colored all the parts separately.
And then we assembled all the parts with glue dots.  For the tail we twisted two chenille stems together and glued them to the back of the body.  When we got home we glued magnets to the back of the cat.  I think that it is really adorable.  This project was inspired by the librarian's cat.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Purple Crochet M&M Minis Cozy

I have been crocheting this cozy for a few weeks.  I finally finished it today.  It took a long time because I used thin crochet thread and a 1.90 mm crochet hook (size 5).  I used a modified spiral pattern to create the stripes, that way the stripes are seamless.  I slipped stitched the last round, which makes it stay on easier.  This cozy and empty container is for my swap partner who likes purple.  She can put small craft supplies in it, like sewing needles, buttons, stitch markers, etc.
The cozy was a little to plain, so I added a flower made on the peg loom to it.  I used the same 2 colors of purple, and wrapped them around the loom 3 times (thus getting a 6 layered flower).  Then I used 2 strands of the lighter colored purple thread for the center.  Next I added a dot of black glitter glue to the center of it.  My partner likes the color black as well.  
Here name starts with the letter B, so I turned the M on top of the M&M minis container into a B with some black glitter glue.  Why did I choose the lime green container?  I asked her grandmother (who I am friends with) which color she would prefer: red, light blue, green, or orange.  Those are the colors that I have been able to get a hold of with the M&M minis.  I hope that she likes it.  I really like it, and now I want to make one for myself.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Amigurumi Zebra Ornament

My Christmas ornament swap partner really likes zebra stripes, so I wanted to make her a zebra.  Most of the zebra patterns that I came across were not small enough to be an ornament, so I turned an amigurumi cat pattern into a zebra with the use of black & white yarn.  For the body I used a yarn that changed from black to gray to white and back again.  For the arms, legs, and tail I used black and white yarn, crocheting it in a spiral pattern that looks like seamless stripes.  I then crochet the eyes (3 rounds for the white and 1 round for the black) and embroidered the mouth and nose.  For the chain loop at the top I used the already attached yarn from sewing the ears.  I hope that she likes it.  My husband liked it and wants me to make him a cat one.  It was his idea to add the little bit of white to the side of the pupil (light reflection). 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tea Cup Pincushion

I finished crocheting this tea cup pincushion yesterday for my holiday swap partner.  The inside bottom of it has a few stones in it to add some weight.  This is a free pattern from Lion Brand.
I also made her a zebra striped candy cane ornament.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Tot Craft Time: Dinosaur Hat

This is an easy craft.  Just find an image of a dinosaur and have your child color it.  Then cut 2 wide strips of construction paper and staple them together to fit your child's head.  Then staple, glue, or tape the dinosaur to the front of it.  You can do this with any kind of animal.  Thanksgiving is coming up, so you could make a turkey hat.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Candy Canes, Wreaths, and Hats! Oh My!

I made some more crochet candy cane and wreath ornaments.  I'm going to donate a few of them to my church's holiday fair next month.
I signed up for another swap, this time it is a Christmas ornament swap.  My partner likes black, purple, and zebra striped things, so I made her some candy cane ornaments with those colors.
I also made her these two hat ornaments using parts of a toilet paper tube.  Here are the directions on how to make them.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Candy Canes & Wreaths

I put the last touches on my candy cane and wreath ornaments today by adding bows and bells.  I have 2 more wreath ornaments that need to be assembled, I finished crocheting them today.  I am planning on giving these as Christmas gifts this year.  I will keep at least one of each pattern for myself though.
Here is a close up of one of the candy canes.  I first wrapped the white crochet curl around a chenille stem, and then I wrapped the red one.
Before I added the ribbon bows and jingle bells.
This is what they look like after they have been crochet but before they are wrapped around a chenille stem.  This pattern is really a piece of cake.  Right now it is my on-the-go and t.v. watching project.  I think that I might even try to make a curly wig using this pattern.


I finished knitting my Hallowig last night (Halloween wig).  Just in time to go trick or treating on Sunday (it was postponed due to down lines, broken tree limbs, and power outages this week).
Its not the best picture of me.  The sun was in my eyes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Swap Package to Gekko

Here is the package that I sent to Gekko in Australia for Halloween.  I also included a Kool Aid juice pouch notebook, which isn't pictured here.  The small goodies are a stamp, a pencil, 2 spider rings, a parachuting black cat, and some Peanuts Gang activity pages.
Gekko was one of my Halloween ornament swap partners.  For her main ornament I made her this black cat.  It is a super easy pattern to make.  I made a different main ornament for each person according to what they said that they liked.  All of them liked witches.  Gekko liked black cats.
I also made her a cork witch as well. 
And this wreath ornament.  It was crochet around a plastic bottle ring.  You can find directions for this in any of my other blog posts about Halloween swap packages that I made.
Here are the 4 magnets that I sent out to my partners.  They are just pre-painted wooden pieces that I glued a magnet to.
I put a few of the small items inside of some of these toilet paper tube "pillow favors." 
Here are the 4 cards that I mailed to my 4 partners.  I just put some fun Halloween stickers on the folded card stock.

I hope that Gekko liked them, and I hope that she got them by now.

Tuesday Tot Craft Time: Fire Truck