Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday!


Hey everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying this Good Friday and remembering the reason for this holiday! This week my little one has been a little under the weather so I haven't gotten to work on as much as I hoped. I did get to add a few new things to my etsy shop.  Here they are:

1. This was created using the Summer Fling Hat pattern from www.busymomdesigns.com




2. The shoes was created using the Ave Slipper pattern from Mandy Sybrowsky of LittleBirdieSecrets.com. Find this pattern at www.msybrowsky.etsy.com
The Headband was created using the Elegance Headband pattern from www.busymomdesigns.com


  

 


3. The Headband was created using the Elegance Headband pattern from www.busymomdesigns.com


To see these and others items check out my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AndreaDanielle


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free Books


Here are some links to free kindle books on Amazon. You do not have to own a Kindle to be able to read them. Also the offer is usually for a limited time so get them while you can.  Enjoy!


                    

Clara's Easter Gift

I have been introducing Clara, who is 15 months old, to art. So far she is really liking it and doesn't seem to put the crayons in her mouth, that often. For Easter I decided to add lots of different options for her. I got her quite a few of the Crayola Color Wonder type stuff because I figure it would be nice on those days we don't have time to get messy. She already has the triangular crayons and does well with them, but I decided to get the crayon wheel for her to try out as well. She also needed some new bath toys and I thought the bath letters and numbers from Little Tikes would be perfect. It's never to early to start trying to learn letters and numbers, right? Even though my daughter has more books than a library, I couldn't resist these National Geographic books for kids. Not only does she enjoy the others she has but they will be great when she is older and starting to read. Plus I should add I found them at the Dollar Tree for, of course, a $1 each. I added a few Easter themed filler items like stickers, eggs, and such; threw it in a basket with her cute little bunny I made and it was complete. Hopefully she will enjoy! (Sorry I don't have a picture of the complete basket. I just put it all in there the best I could so it was hard to see a lot of the stuff.)

See  Cute Little Bunny post for details!



** If you are interested in the items I mentioned you can find links below provided by Amazon.com



                              


                     

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Clara's Owl Pillow




Clara’s Owl Pillow

What you will Need:
Worsted Weight Yarn
(I used: Red Heart Super Saver: Baby Pink, Pretty N’ Pink, Turq, White, Black
Caron Natura: Peach)
Stitch Markers or Safety Pins (optional)
Clover 72390 Locking Stitch Ma (Google Affiliate Ad)
Yarn Needle
Poly-Fil/ Stuffing
Finished Size:
Approx. 10” x 12”

Stitch Abbreviations:
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Ch – chain
Beg.- begining
Hdc2tog- half double crochet decrease

Notes:  The body is worked in rounds; you do not turn.  Use your stitch markers or safety pins to mark each round. At the beginning of each round the first Sc should be in the same Sc as the joining sl st.  (This is for the body only)

Body
Ch. 29
Round 1: Starting in 2nd ch. from the hook, Sc in 1st 27 chains, 3sc in last chain; on the back side of the chain going around, sc in next 27 chain loops, 3 Sc in starting ch, sl st in beg. Sc  (60 Sc)
Round 2: Ch. 1, Sc in next 27 sts (2sc in next 3sts), Sc  in next 27 (2 Sc in next 3sts), sl st in 1st Sc  (66 sc)
Round 3: Ch. 1, Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next) 3 times, Sc in next 27,  (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next) 3 times, join to 1st Sc  (72 Sc)
Round 4: Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 2 Sc) 3 times, Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 2 Sc) 3 times, join to 1st Sc  (78 Sc)
Round 5: Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 3 Sc) 3 times, Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 3 Sc) 3 times, join to 1st Sc  (84 Sc)
Round 6: Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 4 Sc) 3 times, Sc in next 27, (2 Sc in next, 1 Sc in next 4 Sc) 3 times, join to 1st Sc  (90 Sc)                                                                                                    
Rounds 7-60: Sc in each st  (90 sc)

Eyes- (Make 2)
Magic Ring, Ch. 1
Round 1: Hdc 8 in Ring, join with sl st
Round 2: Ch. 1 2 Hdc in each st around, join (16 sts)
Round 3: Ch. 1 (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next) repeat around, join (24 sts)
Round 4: Ch. 1 (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next 2 sts) repeat around, join (32 sts)
Round 5: Ch. 1  Sc around (32 sts)
Fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew on

Nose
Chain 9
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch, Chain 1, Turn (8 Hdc)
Row 2: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 4 sts, Hdc2tog, Chain 1, Turn (6 Hdc)
Row 3: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 2 sts, Hdc2tog, Chain 1, Turn (4Hdc)
Row 4: Hdc in each st, Chain 1, Turn
Row 5: Hdc2tog twice, Chain 1 (2 Hdc)
Sc crochet evenly around chaining one in between corners. Fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew on

Wings- (Make 2)
Magic Ring, Ch. 1
Round 1: Hdc 8 in Ring
Round 2: 2 Hdc in each st around (16 sts)
Round 3: (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next) repeat around (24 sts)
Round 4: (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next 2 sts) repeat around (32 sts)
Round 5: (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next 3 sts) repeat around (40 sts)
Round 6: (2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next 4 sts) repeat around (48 sts)
Row 7: Hdc in next 12 sts, Ch.1, turn (12sts)
Row 8: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 8, Hdc2tog, Ch.1, turn (10sts)
Row 9: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 6, Hdc2tog, Ch.1, turn (8sts)
Row 10: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 4, Hdc2tog, Ch.1, turn (6sts)
Row 11: Hdc2tog, Hdc in next 2, Hdc2tog, Ch.1, turn (4sts)
Row 12: Hdc2tog, Hdc2tog, Ch.1, turn (2sts)
Row 13: Hdc2tog (1st)
Sc evenly around with sc, ch.1, sc in corner, Fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew on.

Using the yarn needle sew on the eyes, nose, and wings. I took the peach yarn and embroidered little v-shaped feathers on the bottom area.



After every part and/or embellishment has been added to the body, you will need to add stuffing. (I also added a little extra stuffing as I was closing so the top wouldn’t be flat.)

Closing the pillow:
Flatten the round so you have a front and back side together with stitches aligned. Starting on the far right side, facing the front, join and chain 3.
Dc in same st as chain 3.
Dc in next 2 sts.
HDC in next 2 sts
Sc in next 34 sts
Hdc in next 2 sts
Dc in next 2sts
Dc in last st, chain three and sl st in same as last Dc, Fasten off.

If you want you could use a different method to close the opening, like sewing. I chose this method to help create the owl head like appearance. 



I then cut 2 pieces of 4 different colors of yarn for each side and attached them between 1st two Dc.  Cutting them down to the size I wanted.



I hope you enjoy the pattern! 
** You may make and sell products from this pattern, but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish the photos as your own.**



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blanket- Work in progress


I just started a blanket last week that I will be working on when I can. I am using all Caron yarn that I received as a gift for Christmas. I am wanting to make it pretty big so hopefully I will have enough yarn. The pattern I am using is from the blog Attic 24; I just love her patterns and tutorials!

Here is the link for the Summer Garden Granny Square Pattern:
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/summer-garden-granny-square.html
Here is the link for the join-as-you go
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html

Square A:
Round 1: Caron Simply Soft in Bone
Round 2: Caron Natura in Sky Blue
Round 3: Caron Simply Soft in Sage

Square B:
Round 1: Caron Simply Soft in Bone
Round 2: Caron Natura in Soft Sage
Round 3: Caron Simply Soft in Soft Blue

Join-as-you go color: Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate



Monday, March 18, 2013

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who voted for my cowl in One Dog Woof's crochet along! I am so excited that I was one of the reader's choice winners! There were so many gorgeous cowls to choose from that I had a hard time choosing just two to vote for. I won two patterns from Petals to Picots and let me tell you it was hard a hard decision. You should definitely check them out... especially the hooded towels they are super cute!

Here are the Etsy link to the two that I chose:

Dog Hooded Towel
https://www.etsy.com/listing/98803931/immediate-download-dog-hooded-baby-towel?

Newborn Bunting and Hat
https://www.etsy.com/listing/103764923/immediate-download-newborn-bunting-and?

Thanks again everyone and definitely check out the links!

Andrea

Friday, March 15, 2013

Crochet Bow Necklace


This necklace is pretty quick, easy and requires only basic crochet skills. If you are new to crochet or want to learn Youtube is full of video tutorials. By the way this is my first pattern written for others to follow, so If you have any questions just comment below.

* Written in U.S. crochet terms


Worsted weight yarn

(Gauge not important)

Ch. 30,  join to first chain to work in the round
Round 1-5 Ch.2, Dc evenly around, join to 1st stitch.
Round 6: Ch. 1, Slip st evenly around, join to 1st slip stitch.
Fasten off.
Flatten the round together, Crease to form bow center, wrap yarn around numerous times, secure in back.
You can either add the chain to the bow when wrapping the yarn around the bow or you could attach a jump ring to the yarn center to slide on chain.


Back

Front

** You may make and sell products from this pattern, but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish the photos as your own.**

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cute Little Bunny

This little bunny was created using a cute pattern I found on ravelry. I used different brands of worsted weight yarn in 4 different colors. The colors that I used were chosen to match my daughter's easter dress. I decided to keep the ears and the back-side of the bunny a solid color. I was unable to find the suggested 9mm safety eyes in my area, so instead I used 10mm eyes.  Using a fork to create the pom pom didn't work out for me, so I used an extra small pom pom maker I already had.

Here are the links:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-easter-bunny
http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/nibble-nibble-hop-hop/

Here are the results:








Sunday, March 10, 2013

CAL- Finished Product

In the last post I told you about a crochet along that I was going to participate in.  For this project I used one strand of Red Heart Super Saver in Perfect Pink and one strand of Caron Natura in Peach. I really love how it gives you a impressionist painting effect. Up close you can see the texture and contrast of the two different colors but at a distance it blends to create a pretty coral color. Here is the finished product: