Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WINTER. GLITTER. ART. DIY.


IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! I had Halloween pinups in these frames and needed something festive for the wall and came up with these sparkly gems. Its super easy, and super inexpensive project. You can do this with any size or color of paper and any glitter you like. Switch up your silhouettes and make them for any holiday. Instructions and pictures below (sorry they're not great pics, its dark in my dining room). 














Materials:
Poster board or Card Stock
Scissors
Print out of silhouette
Pencil
Mod Podge
Paint Brush 
Glitter
Plate - or something to shake the glitter onto
Frame or way to display your creation

1. Cut your poster or Card Stock to desired size
2. Print and cut out your silhouette
3. Lightly Trace the silhouette onto your poster
4. Paint mod podge inside your silhouette and shake glitter onto it, working a section at a time as mod podge dries quickly. You can always go back and fill in any holes with a little more glue and glitter.
5. Shake the glitter off onto a paper or plate
6. Let it dry for 12 - 24 hours just to be sure the glitter is really stuck 
7. Spray the glitter with hairspray to help it set and keep from falling off
8. Frame, hang, love

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HOT CHOCOLATE.


I have a DIY board on Pinterest where I store some crafting ideas. I've been scrolling back through my board to get crochet project ideas when I came upon this one...


When I make most of my projects I just work from a picture as inspiration and develop my own pattern as I go (I occasionally work from patterns too). So most my projects don't come out perfect, but then I can leave my patterns here for anyone to use.

This one is probably going to be a gift, pattern is as always below, enjoy! 



Hot Chocolate
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials:
  • Hot Pink Yarn (or desired color) 
  • Lt. Brown Yarn
  • White Yarn
  • Black Yarn
  • Stuffing
  • 4.00 MM crochet hook
  • Darning needle
Notes: We will be working in rounds so at the end of each round you will need to make one slip stitch and Chain one before beginning your next row.

Cup: hot pink yarn
Base - Ch 6
Slip st through last chain and create a loop
Row 1: 2 sc in each st, repeat around - 12 st
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 1 st, repeat around - 18 st
Row 3: 2 sc in first st, 2 sc in next 2 st, repeat around - 24 st
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 3 sc in next 3 st, repeat around - 30 st
Row 5: 2 sc in first st, 4 sc in next 4 st, repeat around - 36 st
Cup Sides - 
Row 6: working in top loop from previous row, sc in each st - 36 st.
Row 7: sc in each st - 36 st. 
Keep working sc in each st around until you reach desired heightof cup

Handle: hot pink yarn
Ch 6

sc in each st. - 6 st.
Keep working sc in each st around until you reach desired length for handle

Hot Chocolate: lt brown yarn(same as cup base)
Ch 6

Slip st through last chain and create a loop
Row 1: 2 sc in each st, repeat around - 12 st
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 1 st, repeat around - 18 st
Row 3: 2 sc in first st, 2 sc in next 2 st, repeat around - 24 st
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 3 sc in next 3 st, repeat around - 30 st
Row 5: 2 sc in first st, 4 sc in next 4 st, repeat around - 36 st

Marshmallow: white yarn
Ch 6

Row 1: 2 sc in each st, repeat around - 12 st.
Row 3: 1 sc in each st - 12 st.
Row 4: 1 sc in each st - 12 st.

Finishing:
With your darning needle - 

Stitch handle onto the side of the cup.
Using black thread or yarn stitch eyes and mouth onto cup.
Attach the marshmallow to the hot chocolate.
Start stitching the hot chocolate to the second row from the top of the cup. After you are half way around the top put the stuffing in the cup and finish closing the top.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

PINK FROSTED DONUT.



I LOVE DONUTS. 
That is all.

Pattern below...




Pink Frosted Donut
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials:
  • Light Brown Yarn 
  • Light Pink Yarn
  • Scrap Yarn - multiple colors
  • 6.00 MM crochet hook
  • Darning needle
Notes: We will be working in rounds so at the end of each round you will need to make one slip stitch and Chain one before beginning your next row.

Donut:
ch 18
Row 1: 1 sc in each stitch - 18 st.
Row 2: 2 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 3: 1 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 4: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, repeat around - 54 st.
Row 5: 1 sc in each stitch - 54 st.
Row 6: 1 sc in each stitch - 54 st.
Row 7: 1 sc in each stitch - 54 st.
Row 8: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches, repeat around - 66 st.
Row 9: 1 sc in each stitch - 66 st.
Row 10: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next five stitches, repeat around - 72 st. 
DECREASING
Row 11: 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next five stitches, repeat around - 66 st.
Row 12: 1 sc in each stitch - 66 st.
Row 13: 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next four stitches, repeat around - 54 st.
Row 14: 1 sc in each stitch - 54 st.
Row 15: 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next three stitches, repeat around - 48 st. 
Row 16: 1 sc in each stitch - 48 st. 
Row 17: 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next two stitches, repeat around - 36 st.
Row 18: 1 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 19: 2 sc tog all around - 18 st.

Frosting: 
ch 18
Row 1: 1 sc in each stitch - 18 st.
Row 2: 2 sc in each stitch around - 36 st.
Row 3: 1 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 4: 1 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 5: 1 sc in each stitch - 36 st.
Row 6: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next four stitches, repeat around - 54 st.
Row 7: 1 s in each stitch - 54 st.
Row 8: (this makes the frosting look drippy). 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, repeat around - 54 st. 

Sprinkles:
Cut small, about 2 inch, pieces of yarn in multiple colors. Yarn the pieces through the front of the frosting and tie in back. Place these randomly around the top of the frosting. Go crazy do your own thing. 

Attach frosting to top of donut in center and on outer edge. Fill donut with stuffing and close at center. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SUBTLE CHEVRON INFINITY SCARF.


Finished my chunky fall scarf! It's all black with a very subtile chevron texture change if you look closely. Pattern Below.







Subtile Chevron Infinity Scarf
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials:
  • Black Yarn
  • 9.00 MM crochet hook
Scarf
ch 40
Row 1-15: working in front loops, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 9 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in 8 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sc 2 in next stitch, chain 2 - turn

Row 16-30: working in back loops, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 9 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in 8 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sc 2 in next stitch, chain 2 - turn

Repeat rows 1-30 until you reach desired length. Connect ends with a row of sc.

Trim:
Row 1-2: sc in row ends around entire scarf on both sides. 2 rows both sides.

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CUT T-SHIRT.



I own tons and tons of t-shirts, especially from college, and the pile has grown and taken over many a drawer, shelf and storage bin. I have a few favorites and this is one of them, after so many wears and washes it needed a little refresh. I cut off the sleeves, a little low, as is so popular right now. I also cut a slit down the front and removed the collar. Now its all set to make its debut again as a workout/lounging/dance top, and I can still rep my sorority.




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

RECYCLED. CANDLE.

I have a smallish obsession with Bath and Bodyworks candles. They all smell so good and something about buying new ones to match the season just makes my house seem to transform to fit the time of year. As I finish each candle I save the jar with the intention of reusing it for something. Of course I have like a million containers sitting under my sink that I have never done anything with them.

So the other day I finally got the gumption to get the wax out of a container, peel the stickers off and use the jar to hold my favorite color nail polishes for the month. 


To remove the wax from the jar I boiled a small pot of water. I turned the heat down to medium and placed the jar in the water. With a plastic bag prepared, as the wax melted I poured it into the bag and returned the jar to the pot. Repeated this process until all the left over wax slid from the jar. I then used a paper towel to wipe out the inside of the jar and remove the wicks, and give the jar a good wash and dry. Putting the jar in the boiling water also makes removing the stickers easier. 


Once I had the jar all set I picked some polishes out of my collection that I'm planning on wearing through out the Fall. I'm excited to wear some beautiful dark colors, jewel tones and some great neutrals. (Colors and brands listed below) I'll be keeping this jar on top of my dresser and changing out the polishes with the season. What do you do with your finished candle holders? 




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ADVENTURE TIME. JAKE THE DOG. HAT.


Halloween is coming, and I'm getting ready early this year. I already decorated the house (like 2 weeks ago, so early), J and I are planning all our fun Halloween activities, and prepping some costumes. 

For an easy costume this year I decided to make J a Jake the Dog hat. We love Adventure Time and I had seen some other Jake hats that we're great inspiration. We'll add a yellow t-shirt, and bam, done, so easy. I crocheted in the round to make all the pieces and stitched them onto the base beanie. Pattern below!




Jake the Dog Hat
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials:
  • Yellow/Golden Yarn
  • White Yarn
  • Black Yarn
  • 9.00MM crochet hook
  • 6.00MM crochet hook
Hat: Yellow/Golden Yarn (9.00MM crochet hook)
Chain 6 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 12 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 18 stitches.
Rnd 4: 1 single crochet in each of next 2 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 24 stitches
Rnd 5: 1 single crochet in each of the next 3 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 30 stitches
Rnd 6: 1 single crochet in each of the next 4 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 36 stitches
Rnd 7: 1 single crochet in each of the next 5 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 42 stitches
Rnd 8: 1 single crochet in each of the next 6 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 48 stitches
Work even in single crochet until 6/5 (7.5, 8.5) inches from center of crown. Fasten off; weave in ends.

Ears: Yellow/Golden Yarn (6.00MM crochet hook) - make 2
Chain 6 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 12 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 18 stitches.
Work even in single crochet until 4 inches long. Fasten off; weave in ends.

Snout: Yellow/Golden Yarn (6.00MM crochet hook)
Chain 6 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 12 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 18 stitches.
Work even in single crochet until 7 - 8 inches long.
Rnd 4: skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 single crochet; repeat - 12 stitches.
Rnd 5: skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet in next stitch; repeat - 6 stitches. 
Fasten off, tuck in end.

Eyes: Black Yarn (6.00MM crochet hook) - make 2

Chain 6 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 12 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 18 stitches.
Rnd 4: 1 single crochet in each of next 2 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 24 stitches
Rnd 5: 1 single crochet in each of the next 3 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 30 stitches

Pupils: White Yarn (6.00MM crochet hook) - make 2
Chain 6 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 12 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 18 stitches.
Rnd 4: 1 single crochet in each of next 2 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 24 stitches

Nose: Black Yarn (6.00MM crochet hook)
Chain 3 and close into a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 3 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning chain.Rnd 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - 6 stitches.
Rnd 3: 1 single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 9 stitchesRnd 4: 1 single crochet in next 2 single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat - 12 stitches

Attach pieces to hat as seen in image above.


http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/Jake