Stash busting Sunday

So I was sorting through my craft supplies yesterday and realized that I have a whole lot of this:

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Yarn vomit! (also known as tangled up leftovers with no home)

So being the kind crocheter that I am, I decided to give my yarn (vomit) a new purpose in life.

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Christmas decorations! Starting with these Chrismas lights. I will make a few more and turn them into a garland for the tree ūüôā Free pattern can be found here:¬†http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christmas-light-bulb-ornament

 

Whats that you say? It’s too early to be thinking about Christmas? Not for a crafter! (or a self confessed Christmas nut like myself) It’s only 150 days away you know!? And I am getting a late start this year.

 

Have a lovely Sunday ūüôā

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WIP wednesday

Well today started out fantastically when I woke up to a package from the true blood swap I was in! I have some yummy yummy organic cotton and bamboo fingering weight, some sugar and cream, which I have been dying to try out and lots of other little goodies!

The True blood KAL/CAL started this week, so I have begun crocheting a ripple bag:

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Also I am working on some flowers for my nan for christmas.

And I am working on another pattern, I wont tell you what it is, but I will tell you that it includes this cute little guy:

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Finished object – Christmas ornaments

Every year I like to make a new and different ornament for each of us.

This year the kids got a snowman each, and hubby got a Mario star. I’m actually thinking of maybe doing a Mario ornament for him for the next few years, he is such a big Mario fan!

The snowmen I made up as I went along, but the pattern for the star is here: http://arpelia.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/super-mario-invincibility-star-crochet.html I just added a crochet chain for hanging.

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And now I am stuck trying to think of a decoration for me.

Oh Christmas tree

I love Christmas crafting! As I may have already said our decorations were destroyed a little earlier in the year, also we will not be having a proper tree this year.

But I couldn’t bear the thought of not having a tree at all so I sat down last night and this morning and cranked this little beauty out.

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The pattern for the tree can be found here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Crocheted-Christmas-Trees-from-Lily-Sugar-N-Cream/ml/1

however I made a few little modifications to it. I Used 2 strands of  DK (8 ply) With a 5 mm hook, and added in 5 extra rows without increases.

The tinsel is made using fun fur and using surface stitch. Here is a link to a good tutorial for it  http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-surface-crochet-or-surface-slip-stitch/

Also instead of using a felt bottom for the tree I crocheted one, here is the pattern for the base of the tree.

5mm hook 2 strands DK

Base of tree

Ch 3 join

R1   Dc6 in ring

R2   Dc twice in each stitch (12)

R3   Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (18 stitches)

R4   Dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (24 stitches)

R5   Dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (30 stitches)

R6   Dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (36 stitches)

R7   Dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (42 stitches)

R8   Dc in next 6 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (48 stitches)

R9   Dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (54 stitches)

R10 Dc in next 8 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (60 stitches)

R11 Dc in next 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (66 stitches)

finish off.

And the star on top is my own design too. I threaded a bamboo skewer though the back of it, then stuck it through to top of the tree. (of course you couldn’t do this if it were intended for a toy.)

1 strand of DK (8ply) and a 3.5 mm hook

Little star

Ch 3 join

R1 Dc 5 into ring

R2 Dc tr dc in each st around (15 st)

R3 Dc 2tr dc in each tr, sl st in each  dc around, finish.

After I did the tinsel and sewed the star buttons on, I stuffed it, put a circle cardboard insert in the bottom (made from an old cereal box) And slip stitched the base to the tree.

Kids craft Sunday – gift tags and bows

How to turn your kids paintings into nice gift tags.

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You will need:

An old cereal box

A plain piece of paper (or scrap paper blank on one side)

A painting or picture

Glue stick

Darning needle

And some yarn, we used red eyelash yarn with a green and red picture to make Christmas tags.

Cut out one panel from your cereal box. Paste the kids picture on one side of the box, and the plain paper in the same spot on the other side. Trim the uncovered edges and them cut the cardboard into rectangles the size you want your gift tags to be, leaving a 5mm border allowance on each side.

At this point I usually poke holes around 5mm in from the edge and approx 5mm apart to make it easier for my daughter to sew, but you don’t have to do this. Then using the yarn go around the edges in blanket stitch, leaving a long tail to tie the gift tag to the present.

There is a great blanket stitch tutorial here http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/how-to-do-blanket-stitch.html

And with the 2 leftover pieces of paper from all the way back here https://cookcraftcope.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/kids-craft-sunday-splatter-painting/

We are making gift bows.

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To make these, we cut 1 cm strips across the short side of a printed A4 piece of paper. We folded the strips of paper into figure a of 8 using a push pin to hold them in place We cut the strips used to make the 3 figure of 8 shorter than the rest, and stuck a sequin on the folded out push pin.

I am not very good at explaining this one I am sorry, but there are some good tutorials out there and here is a link to one ūüôā¬†http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html

FO Friday – K’s stocking!

Finished this week is K’s (my friends daughter) Christmas stocking!

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You can find the pattern here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Holly-Stocking-from-Red-Heart-Yarn I just striped mine, and did not do the lacey cuff.

I have¬†realized¬†that I will not be able to do all of my categories every week, you wouldn’t think it would be¬†tiring¬†to post in a blog 4 days in a row but I am finding it to be the case.

I will however try my hardest to post at least one per week, and strive for more.

Kids craft Sunday – Splatter painting

It is exactly what it sounds like, splatting paint to make a picture.

You will need:

One toothbrush per colour you want (We save our old brushes)

Acrylic paint

cardboard like an old cereal box

Container to hold your paint clean old yogurt containers are great

And some paper, or what ever else you would like to decorate.

Using your card board trace and then cut out stencils in the shapes you want to use.

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Mix your paint with a little water in your containers. The ratio will depend on your paint, you want it to be runny, but not too watery.

Lay your stencils over the paper then load up your toothbrush with paint. Holding the loaded toothbrush over the paper use your thumb to flick the bristles, splattering the paper with paint.

Repeat until you are happy with your picture, then carefully remove the stencils and leave your paper to dry.

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We also did some with stencils that allowed the shape to be splattered and the surrounds to stay white.

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And with our left over paint and 2 pieces of paper we did this:Image

But I will get back to those last 2 next week ūüôā