Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I Love Ruffles for Little Girls!

I've been working on some skirts and pillowcase style dresses for my grand daughters, for my shop and for my new blog for families in need, Sew....This is My Gift to You.
 
I really like ruffles and think little girls look so cute in them....
so I've been making lots of ruffles.
 
Here are photos of the things I've made this last week.
 
 
 Same skirt just the hat is reversed
 







 
These are kinda my trial outfits for sizing and once I try them on the g.irls I will be making more


Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Little Monkey for A Little Monkey!.....and Catch Up!

Happy 4th Birthday Owen!!
My grandson Owen is so cute and expressive in his facial gestures.
Mallory picked out a crocheted monkey for me to make for his birthday.
 
I haven't posted for awhile so you won't know this,
I don't really believe in New Years Resolutions,
but I went on and made one this year.
I would make and have them done on time,
homemade gifts for each of my 14 grandkids birthdays this year.
 
I've got 4 down and 10 more to go for the year. 
 
 
Here's what I made for Owen
A Monkey for A Little Monkey!
I bought the pattern on Etsy from Luvly-Gurumi's shop.
The pattern was easy to make and great instructions. 
 

 
I also made Owen a little car case.
I updated this version with 2 roads.
I learned a few things from making the first one and so this one was a little easier to make.
 
 
and now here's Owen 
 Happy Birthday Owen!
 
 
 
....and Catch Up!
 
In January we had 3 grandkids with birthdays.
The second set of  twins, Leigha and Liam turned 5.
I had fun with Liam's toy.  Making it and playing with it in the process.
 
So first is Leigha's cupcakes.  I crocheted her a set of 6 yummy cupcakes.
I just went with the flow and designed my own cupcakes.
I think they turned out pretty darn cute! 
 
 
and a cupcake purse for Leigha's goodies. 
 
 
and the Birthday girl. 
 
 
 
and now for Liam's alligator. 

 
My grandma had made my older kids some animals when they were little
and I found the pamphlet on Etsy.  It is an Aunt Lydia's pamphlet.
The alligator is pretty much completely made of granny squares
....which I altered a little bit to my liking.
 
 
and here's Liam with his brother Austin playing with his alligator.
Hee!  Hee! 
 
 
 
Next we had Chad, Jr.s birthday.
Chad also turned 6 this year.
I made Chad a Minion and a little evil minion. 
 
I bought the pattern from Aradiya Toys on Etsy.
The evil minion I used part of her pattern and my own thing for part of it.
 
 
and here's Chad, Jr.
 
Enjoy Chad!!
 
 
Finally, I can't leave out my Jace who also had a birthday in January.
Jace turned 9 and he is a Pokémon Trainer now.
So I crocheted him so Pokémon Balls by just playing around
and looking at pictures of the balls online. 


and Jace opening a gift. 

 
 
I hope all the grandkids enjoy their gifts from Nana
and Jace from his Mama.


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Crochet Bucket and the Other Things I Made for a Friends Easter Basket

I crocheted this cute Minnie purse and lined it with fabric . 
It also has a button closure on the back.
 





I also crocheted these cute cupcakes for playtime fun.

 





Next I made this Travel Car Case.
I had never sewn on vinyl before and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
Tissue Paper, Tissue Paper, Tissue Paper is a most on sewing on vinyl!
I machine quilted 2 pieces of flannel to the front and 2 onto the back so the mat is nice and thick to play cars on. (6 layers of fabric altogether)
I also added little garage door holders so the cars won't keep sliding out on their own.
I just used some little strips of fabric and Velcro.
Finally I added a piece of black ribbon for the road and a strap for closing the garage.






A machine quilted basketball bookmark for the reader.
 





I crocheted this Goosey Goose for the baby of the family.
 

 



Next I made this neat Card Holder for a boy that has several decks of cards.
I decided to use vinyl so he could see which decks are stored in each pocket.
The traffic sign fabric goes with his bedroom and again I machine quilted the fabric so it would be a little sturdier to hold the cards.
I just drew around a hanger for the shape and then added the length I wanted.
I just added some binding around the edges and I think it made a cute hanging holder.
 

 
 
 
and now for the entire Easter surprise for my friends kids.
 
 
I'm glad I got to help make the kids Easter fun!
The best part is that everything is machine washable,
even the bucket! 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

I ALmosT ForGot I HaD a BLoG!

I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. 
 
I have gotten so used to just going on Facebook, but I really do miss blogging.
 
So here we go,
my first post in almost 10 months.
 
I wanted to share this rag basket that I just finished crocheting for a friend of mine.
 
 
 
I crocheted the basket using cotton crochet thread and sheets torn into strips.
The bucket actually stands up really well by itself but I put a bucket in it just for extra firmness.
 
I cut the top of a 5 gallon bucket. 
It was really easy too! 
 Sometimes I amaze myself at the new things I can learn to do.
Afterwards I used sandpaper and sanded the rough edges.
 
 
I really like how the bucket turned out.
Crocheting the bucket is very hard on the wrists,
but well worth the pain.
 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Block 14 -- Box Fan Block

This block has a different version of my favorite stitch....
the basket weave stitch.
 
I found this pattern on Ravelry and it is a free download.
A big Thank You to Donna Kay Lacey for the patern!
 
 


 

 My instructions probably aren't very clear and I apologize for that in advance.
I'm writing them out in my own way mainly for me to go back and make more squares for another afghan, but I will be more than happy to try to help you understand my way of writing if you are interested in making some of these squares. 

 Just leave a comment or email me.
 
 
I made the square as directed and then added my extra rows to make the size square I'm using.
 
So here we go.....
 
The Raverlry download link is here:
 
I started with white to add the extra:  2 SC, ch 2 in each corner and then 18 SC in the BL of the DC of the previous row.
 
Darker Blue:  2 SC, ch 2 in each corner and then 11 SC in the BL of  the previous rows SC, ch 1 and then 11 more SC and then do the corner.  So you should have a total of 13 SC, ch 1, 13 SC on each side for a total of 27 stitches.
 
Light Blue:  2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC in each corner and then 27 HDC in the BL of each SC of the previous row for a total of 31 stitches on each side.
 
Darker Blue:  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and 31 SC in each SC of the previous row for a total of 35 SC.
 

Block 13 - A Square in a Square in A Square

I've been busy finishing up other projects and orders....
so I haven't had time to work on my squares. 
 
I'm happy to be working on then again!
 
They are kinda of a way that I can be creative with my crochet.
 
This next square is really easy.
 



 
 My instructions probably aren't very clear and I apologize for that in advance.
I'm writing them out in my own way mainly for me to go back and make more squares for another afghan, but I will be more than happy to try to help you understand my way of writing if you are interested in making some of these squares. 
 Just leave a comment or email me.
 
 
I started with a 6 ch to make my circle.
 
 
Row 1:  ch 3, 2 DC, ch 3, then do 3 DC, ch 3 to make a total of 4 sections.
 
Row 2:  just like your regular granny square---3 DC, ch 3, 3 DC in each corner space and ch 1 in between.
 
Row 3:  5 SC in each corner space and 1 SC in each DC and ch 1 space around.
 
Row 4:  In each corner space (the middle of the 5 SC) make 2 DC, 3 ch, 2 DC and then a DC in the BL of each of the SC of the previous row.  So 11 DC in the BL and 2 in each corner.
 
Row 5:  Same as Row 3.  (19 SC)
 
Row 6:  In each corner 1 DC, ch2, 1 DC and then on each side ch 1, 19 DC, ch1
 
Row 7:  In each corner 3 SC, then on each side 23 SC
 
Row 8:  In the middle SC of Row 7 make 2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC and then on each side ch 1, SC, ch 1, SC all the way across for a total of 12 SC and 13 ch on each side plus the corner spaces.
 
Row 9:  In each corner make 1 SC, ch 2, 1 SC then on the sides make a SC in each BL of the previous rows SC and a SC in each ch space.for a total of 31 SC on each side.
 
Row 10:  35 SC in each SC of the previous row.  Two SC in each corner and 2 ch plus 31 SC on each side for a total of 35.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Square 12 -- Fisherman's Ring Square

I saw this pattern years ago and LOVED it.
 
So for Square 12 I made the Fisherman's Ring.
 
This square looks hard but is really easy to make.
 
 
Here is the photo of the one on the site where I found the pattern
 
 
 
 
and here is my square
 
 

 
Here is the pattern which I followed for the whole square and then added on my own edging to make it fit the square size I need for my afghan.
Except,
I used Red heart yarn and an H hook.
 
Oh.....and I used a HDC on the cables instead of SC.

Fisherman's Ring Square Pattern

Materials List
Caron Wintuk worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size G

Gauge: Rounds 1-2 = 2 1/2"

Finished size: 6"

Ch 5; join with a sl st to form ring

Round 1: Ch 3 to count as the first dc; work 15 more dc in the ring; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3. (16 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, ch 5, sk 2 dc, sc in the next dc, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, sc in the 2nd skipped dc, *ch 5, sk next unworked dc, sc in the next dc, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, sc (behind cable) in the last skipped dc* Repeat from * to * 5 times; ch 5, sc (in front of the first cable) in the first skipped dc of the round, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, join with a sl st to the first sc. (8 cables)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining; (ch 5, skip the next 5 sc in cable, sc in the next sc at the base of the next cable) around; ch 5, join with a sl st to the first sc. (8 ch 5 spaces)

Round 4: Sl st into the first ch 5 sp, ch 3 to count as the first dc, work 4 more dc in the same ch 5 sp; (5 dc in the next ch 5 sp) around; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3. (40 dc)
 
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, ch 5, sk 2 dc, sc in the next dc, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, sc in the 2nd skipped dc, *ch 5, sk next unworked dc, sc in the next dc, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, sc (behind cable) in the last skipped dc* Repeat from * to * 17 times; ch 5, sc (in front of the first cable) in the first skipped dc of the round, turn, sc in each of the 5 chs, turn, join with a sl st to the first sc. (20 cables)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining; (ch 5, skip the next 5 sc in cable, sc in the next sc at the base of the next cable) 19 times; ch 2, join with a dc to the first sc. (20 ch 5 spaces)

Round 7: Ch 4 to count as the first trc, work 3 more trc in the same sp (around the post of the last dc in round 6), *3 dc in the next ch 5 sp, (3 sc in the next ch 5 sp) 2 times, 3 dc in the next ch 5 sp, 7 trc in the next ch 5 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 times; 3 dc in the next ch 5 sp, (3 sc in the next ch 5 sp) 2 times, 3 dc in the next ch 5 sp, 3 trc in the first ch 5 sp; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 4. (76 sts)

Round 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st as joining, (sc in each of the next 18 sts, 3 sc in the next trc) 3 times, sc in each of the next 18 sts, sc in the samr st as the first sc; join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
 

My instructions probably aren't very clear and I apologize for that in advance.

I'm writing them out in my own way mainly for me to go back and make more squares for another afghan, but I will be more than happy to try to help you understand my way of writing if you are interested in making some of these squares. 

 Just leave a comment or email me.


My addition to the border
 
Row 9:  (light blue)  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and a SC in the BL of each stitch (24 SC)
 
Row 10:  (white)  2 SC,, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner.  1 SC in the BL of first stitch, ch 4 and skip 4 stitches then 1 SC,   ch 4 and skip 4 stitches then 4 SC  in the next 4 stitches, ch 4 and skip 4 stitches then 1 SC,  ch 4 and skip 4 stitches then 1 SC in the BL of last stitch and then do your corner space. (12 SC, 4 ch 4 spaces)
 
Row 11:  (light blue)  1 SC, ch 3, 1 SC in each corner space.  1 SC in the first 3 SC of the previous row, 4 SC and ch 1 the next ch 4 space, 4 SC in the next ch 4 space 1 SC in the  next 2  SC of the previous row, ch 1, 1 SC  in the next two SC and then repeat backwards for the rest of the row. (28 SC, 3 ch)  
 
Row 12:  (darker blue)  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and a SC in each stitch across including the 2 chain stitches (35 SC)
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Square 11 -- Square in Square

Square 11 is a rather simple square but I liked it and I love my changes to it.
 
I got the pattern for this square from Debi's blog DLY'S Hooks and Yarns
 
 
Here is a picture of Debi's square
 
 
 
and here is a picture of mine
 
 
 
I followed Debi's pattern through Row 5,
except I used an H hook
and then I started making my changes.

 
My instructions probably aren't very clear and I apologize for that in advance.

I'm writing them out in my own way mainly for me to go back and make more squares for another afghan, but I will be more than happy to try to help you understand my way of writing if you are interested in making some of these squares. 
 Just leave a comment or email me

 
 
Row 6:  (turquoise) 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in each corner.  1 DC in the BL of next 6 stitches, 2 DC in ch space, 1 FPDC in the next DC and then repeat backwards for the rest of the row.  (21 DC)
 
Row 7:  (purple) 2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC in each corner and then SC in the BL of the next 4 stitches, FLHDC in the next 2 stitches, SC in the BL of the next 4 stitches and then a FPHDC in the middle DC.   Repeat backwards across (16 SC, 10 HDC)
 
Row 8:  (white) 2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and then a SC in theBL of the next 5 stitches, a FPSC in the next 2 stitches, 4 SC in the BL of the next 4 stitches and then in the middle stitch of the row a FPSC...repeat backwards for the other side of the row.  (27 SC in all...22 SC, 5 FPSC)
 
Row 9:  (light blue)  2 DC, ch2 , 2 DC in each corner and a SC in the BL of each stitch of the previous row   (31 SC)
 
Row 10:  (darker blue)  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and a SC in each stitch of the previous row  (35 SC)


Square 10 -- Sunburst Square

My next square I started off the same as the Snowfall Square
 
 
 
 
and here is my Sunburst Square based on the Snowfall design
 

 
 
I ch 6 and sl st to form my ring
Ch4 and join to form a ring 
Rnd 1: Ch3, 15DC in ring. Join (16dc)
Rnd 2: Ch3, DC in same st. [Ch3, sk 1 st, 2DC in next st] 7 times. Ch3 and join. (16dc & 8 ch3)



My instructions probably aren't very clear and I apologize for that in advance.

I'm writing them out in my own way mainly for me to go back and make more squares for another afghan, but I will be more than happy to try to help you understand my way of writing if you are interested in making some of these squares. 

 Just leave a comment or email me.

 

and here are my changes:

Row 3:  Ch 1, SC in same st, SC in next DC and then in every ch sp make 3 SC and 1 SC in each DC of previous row.. (40 SC) 

Row 4:  (yellow) Your working on the SC of Row 3 but I need to use Row 2 to help explain.  Above where there is a group of 2 DC on Row 2, ch 3 (first DC), 2 DC, ch 2, 3 DC in same stitch to make your corner.  ch 2, 1 SC in middle SC of previous row, ch 2 and then 2 DC above the next set of 2 DC, ch 2, SC in middle SC of previous row and then make another corner in the next set of DC of the previous row.  Do this all around. 

Row 5:  (orange)  for each corner 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC, and then ch 1, SC in ch of previous row DC into the SC of Row 3 and DC into the next SC also then SC in the ch, ch 1, SC in ch of previous row DC into the SC of Row 3 and DC into the next SC also then SC in the ch, ch 1, make corner again and repeat across and for each row, . 

Row 6:  sl  st in the next 3 DC, ch 3, 1 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in the corner, ch 1, 3 DC, ch 2 in next space 3 DC, ch 2 in next ch 1 space of previous row, 3 DC, ch 1 in next ch space, 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in next space to make another corner. (14 DC, 6 ch on each side) 

Row 7:  (white)  In each corner 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC and then ch 1, 3 DC in next ch space, ch 1, 1 DC, ch 1, 1 DC, ch 1 in next 2 chain spaces ch 1, 3 DC, ch 1 in next ch space and then repeat corner.  Same thing all the way around. (14 DC, 7 ch)
 

Row 8:  (darker blue)  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and a SC in the BL of the next 2 DC, 1 SC in ch space of previous row, a SC in the BL of next 3 stitches, 1 SC in ch space,  Sc in BL of the next DC, 2 SC in the next 2 ch,  and then repeat backwards for the rest of the row.  (27 SC)
 
Row 9:  (light blue)  2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in each corner and a DC in each stitch of previous row.  (31 DC)
 
Row 10:  (darker blue)  2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC in each corner and a SC in each stitch of the previous row.  (35 SC)

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