Mini mini flip

I have been creating up a storm getting ready for craft fairs this Fall. I wanted to try something new and had a ton of these card sleeves laying around. The kind you use for card games when you want keep the cards clean.  I love how it turned out!

This first photo is the flip book closed up. It measures 2.5X3.5 inches.

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Then you open it up, flip up the center to reveal the shaker!20170815_002619.jpg20170815_002655.jpg20170815_002725.jpg

So much fun to create! The critters were created by

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Hope you enjoyed!

Amberlee

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It’s Friday!!!

It’s pajama day, a day off, a day to get crafting and sewing done! We are in a local production and I am helping with some of the bits and pieces. I have the time during the day and I volunteered so why not! It’s going to be gorgeous!

In the mean time, I wanted to share some cute thank you cards I made for some of my customers. I used the Playful Palette DSP pack, my bow builder punch, Layering Circles thinlets and Sweet Sugarplum ink. I really love the new in colors!

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I really like how they turned out. I used the new banner dies as well. I forgot to take photos of the matching envelopes. These were so much fun!

I am excited to announce that I will be part of an international blog hop in September! Keep an eye out for that post and go look at all the fantastic creations that will be posted!

Take time to create this weekend!

Hugs!

 

Finished Friday

It is below zero here this Friday the 13th! Soooo very very cold.  I am thinking Spring with this project and hoping for warmer weather. I know it will be a few more weeks of waiting yet, so in the meantime here is another finished project.

Woodland Knits from Tiny Owl Knits is once again my go to for a project. I happened to have the yarn I needed and I love the pattern. You can find the book through Amazon below: (it is an affiliate link, so you know).

Woodland Knits: over 20 enchanting patterns (Tiny Owl Knits)

The Moonbeam Duster is a quick and fairly easy knit with lots and lots of fringe! My daughter is modelling the finished item for me. See below for all information and a pattern review.  I really enjoyed making this and can’t wait to wear it!

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The main part of the vest is made using Malabrigo yarn in the Purple Mystery colorway. the fringe uses the leftover Malabrigo as well as a skein of Plymouth Encore DK in a lavender, 2 Regia sock yarns in purple and pink tones, a dark purple from Knit Picks Palette collection, and crochet thread in dark purple from either Aunt Lydia’s or South Maid.

Pattern Review: I would rate this as a beginner pattern. There is a little shaping in the armhole, but otherwise this is straightforward knitting. The part that takes the longest is measureing, cutting, matching and placing the fringe. I love the softness of the Malabrigo for this project, making the finished garment quite snuggly and easy to wear. It is lightweight enough to be worn for a Spring or Fall piece and would fit right in at music festivals.  If you decide to make this vest/duster, let me know how it goes!

Go out and Create something today!

Nature and Nerdy for Wedsnesday!

I keep finding the most adorable patterns!  This time for amigurumi aka stuffed toys. The ones I have found are animals and geekery. All of them are FREE!

Little Bigfoot Lion is a cute, full maned lion.

Zelda Wind Waker pattern is beautiful.

Adorable Bunny Pattern –my daughter wants me to make her a stuffed bunny with long ears, this might work! 🙂

Pusheen the Cat–looks like a plushy pillow of a toy. So snuggleable!

Monster — probably the most adorable monster I have ever seen!

Where the Wild Things Are style monster pattern–this one made me squeal with joy as I love that book!

Happy Wednesday! Go create!

Finished Friday: Beta Testing!!!! Updated!

Oh my goodness, this pattern was so adorable! I was so excited to have a chance to beta test it.

Serena Kaye Russell aka Daffodils & Dragons designed this super cute Monster Pant Pattern for toddlers. (Up and ready to purchase!)  It is approximately sized for an 18 month old.  I used a variety of worsted weight yarn and switched from double crochet to half double crochet (except in the waistband which is double crochet). You will be able to find it on Daffodils & Dragons ravelry soon! Here is what the waistband looked like:

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Then I went on to complete the Face/bottom of the pants….how cute is this!

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Ok not super cute yet, but you get the idea of where this is going. the purple area is where the mouth of the monster will be. The most difficult parts, which are not that hard you just need to pay attention to how the pattern is written, include the short rows for the mouth area and the connecting of the crotch area.  You must follow set up for the leg exactly as it is written. The legs are striped and I added a single stripe of yellow around the dark purple. Then you make eyes and 2 or more teeth, sew it all on and here is how it looks:

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So adorable!  Here is my review of the pattern.

I would say this pattern rates as beginner intermediate. Someone who knows the basics but hasn’t done shaping or played around with motifs is going to need to pay attention to how the short row shaping is done. Otherwise, it isn’t difficult, you just have to follow directions exactly as written. The waist is 20 inches, 7 inches from waistband to where legs begin (easy to add more length there if needed), and they are approximately 14 inches long. I didn’t add the drawstring and I put 3 teeth instead of 2. You can make as many or as few as you like.  I suppose you could even make multiple monster eyes too!

I would make this again as it is a very fast pattern once you get the hang of it. Things I might change up or do differently. I think adding eyelash/fun fur for eyebrows, eyelashes and accents around the ankles would be really cute. Could even add it at the top of the waist. The original was done in blue, grey and green for a more traditional boy monster. I am also thinking about using a darker mouth color to backstitch around that area to make it stand out more.

Yarns used: Dark Pink is Vanna’s Lion Brand yarn, light grey is Caron United, light pink is Bernat Satin, yellow is Cascade 220, dark and light purples are Red Heart.  (I am not affiliated with any of these yarn brands).

When Serena updates her ravlery and other places she will have the pattern available I will update this blog post. I was so excited to be able to help test this pattern. I hope you enjoy how it turned out!

Wacky Wednesday!

I never liked the idea of “hump day” Wednesdays, to me the week just dragged on when thinking about it like that. So, I thought Wacky Wednesday should take it’s place! I have some crazy, funky fun items to post for you today. I hope you get a kick out of them.

First I am sending you all kisses thanks to Simply Collectibles free Lips Applique pattern. How cute it this? I love it! (Click on photo)

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Next for all my geeks–Do you love Harry Potter?  How about a free Sorting Hat pattern?

Maybe you are a Whovian? Here is a simple dishcloth you might like from holynarfcrafts Angels_have_the_blue_box

 

 

 

 

Or maybe you are in desperate need of recreating Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor scarf–read all about it at doctorwhoscarf. They have all the information and most of the incarnations of this amazing technicolor Who scarf! They have even figured out yarn substitutions and what you need to complete it.  I taught my husband to knit and he made his own.  It took 2 years, but he finished it and loves it this time of year.

Snappy Tots has a fantastic TARDIS hat and many other geeky items. Police Box

Not a Whovian? Snappy Tots has a FREE Batman hat on her Ravlery page. (If you knit or crochet and are not on Ravlery.com you are missing out!)

Another favorite is TMNT aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I found a pattern for an awesome fleece hat over at Instructables.com. You can sew your own, using your favorite turtle’s colors, and be shouting “COWABUNGA!” in no time! TMNT Fleece Hat

So there are a few Wacky, Wild and fun things to get you through the rest of the week! 🙂