Crochet Owl Eye Mask

I started using an eye mask off and on lately since we live in an open floor plan houseboat and have different bedtimes. I have found it to help quite a bit actually! Anyway my first eye mask was a strip of felt stapled to a strip of 1″ wide elastic. I know super lazy.  Actually I came up with it one night on a spur of the moment and it definitely did the job! So I decided I wanted something a bit more… posh.  

After looking around for ideas on the internet I found this

That was a week ago…. 

Yeah I get busy around here apparently. 

Ha! 

Anyway after an hour of diligently focusing… 

Ok  more like a divided hour over a 3 hour period of my day…. 
I completed one too! 

Yay!  
Alright. 

Goodnight! 

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Loomin’ Knit

Recently I decided it was time to teach AJM an add on skill to her ever growing repertoire of home economics type skills.   She already knows how to finger knit, basic embroidery /hand sewing , chaining for crochet (with a hook! ) and some basic cooking. Girl is on fiyah!  Anywho. . .

The latest add on came about because I was searching the internet late in the evening (probably lurking through Pinterest or something) and happened upon an upcycling project for plastic bottles (well basically for any plastic tub, bottle, container , etc) and a cute project for a backpack (using a loom) .

I set to work the next morning and after collecting my supplies:

  • 2 containers (empty vitamin containers a friend gave me)
  • a pair of metal cutters (borrowed from J’s room)
  • a sharp knife
  • a pair of scissors
  • a piece of sandpaper
  • a permanent marker
  • a measuring tape

The rest of the process is a blur of plastic clippings and pieces of sanded plastic, ending with me very happy and two very simple circular knitting looms!!

I spent the morning searching the internet for knitting loom instructions, stitches and patterns and was super excited when I fell upon this thorough and well put together site on ALL THINGS KNIT LOOM!!

AJM really enjoyed learning how to do the basic “e-wrap” knit stitch and happily sat at my desk “knitting” on her loom.

This was a successful lesson and she finished her first “sleeve”  (for a summer dress she now wants to sew) just before dinner today successfully binding off using The Crochet Crowds video. She seems very pleased with her first project .
Later this evening I found a few “spool”  loom projects  and decided to try out Guppy Girl’s adorable Mini Cream pattern.

AJM stayed up a bit late tonight watching me finish up the double scoop version.  She informed me that if I made a few more her dolls could have an icecream party.  I told her she could make a few tomorrow and sent her to bed.
Now I’m off… to figure out some more things we can make . . . .

Teddy bears and Lizards? ?

Oh my !

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Easy Granny Triangle Pattern

Hey everyone ! 

I found this great video online about making a cute granny square triangle and it didn’t have written instructions . I decided to write out the pattern here for my own memory and share it with you along with the video link!  It was posted as a free pattern by WoolyWondersCrochet

 
Written Pattern:

Easy Granny Triangle

4mm Hook

US Terms

Worsted Weight Yarn scraps

Create a Magic Circle 

R1 Ch3, (counts as 1st DC), 2DC in magic circle, *Ch3, 3DC, repeat from * once. SS to top of ch 3 at beg. Pull magic circle closed.

Cut Yarn

Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the ch3 spaces and secure with a slip knot.

R2 Working into Ch3-Space, (SS of attached colour counts as ch 1) Ch2 (this counts as ch3), 2DC, Ch1, * in nxt ch3- space 3DC, Ch3, 3DC, repeat from the star once, in last ch3-space, 3DC, Ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg of rnd.

Cut Yarn

Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

R3 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * in next space 3DC, ch 1, in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 

Cut Yarn

Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

R4 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * (in next space 3DC, ch1) x2 in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 

Cut Yarn

Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

R5 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * (in next space 3DC, ch1) x3 in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 
Repeat for as many rnds as desires. 

At end of each round change colour. 
Bobble border. 

Working in WS

Cut Yarn

Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the sts just after a corner and secure with a ss. 

R1 – Work a SC in same st as beg SS, SC in nxt st, TR in nxt, *SC in nxt 2 sts, TR in nxt st, rep from star until the corner, at corner 3SC, 3CH 3SC, rep twice around. SS to top of beg st. 

May rep border for added fanciness. 

Written out by Dashaina while listening to video. Please comment with any errors.

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Corner Bookmarks!

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Today we made corner bookmarks and paper tulips! AJM really enjoyed these projects. She calls the flowers “Tuhlulips” and made several, including a double “tuhlulip”. She also went on to make her own corner bookmark characters.. tiger, hummingbird and another monster.
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We really had fun following along with our new found blogger Maggie of Red Ted Art. We started by watching her super easy to follow instructional video about paper tulips.
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Then we followed her easy video about making a corner bookmark bunny. Eventually we ended up on her monster corner bookmark.
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Seriously there are so many bookmarks, we could be making bookmarks all day!! It really was quite a treat making these and letting our creative process unfold.
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I even designed BAM her very on selfie bookmark.
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Hooray for easy paper crafts!

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The Woven Bracelet

Lately there have been a pile of tutorial style videos popping up on my Facebook feed. Some of them are pretty cool and inspire me to get creative! Here was my latest inspiration after watching a video about making bows using an easy technique. 
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It caused me to pull out the ribbons and search a bit more for other stuff that could be made using ribbons.  I stumbled upon this blog, showing how to make a headband refashion
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I just loved the look of it and have since fashed several paper ribbon bracelets following my first satin ribbon success.
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I’ll probably make a video of me and the girls using paper ribbons in another post. But for now hope you enjoyed the pictures of my woven bracelet.
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Paper “Xylo” phones!!

This week has been packed with creative play.  I was intrigued by a video tutorial I stumbled upon showing how to make a paper “xylo” phone. It was very easy to follow along with the idea of how to do it.  After perusing through my supplies and thinking about the process, I came up with our version of a paper “xylo”phone.  It was easy and the girls enjoyed making it with me.  AJM made her own and later made a few tweaks to get some sound out of it.  Even J had a go at tapping out a song.  Though it still needed to dry a bit more.  Will have a video up soon!
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Homemade Play Dough!!

We made play dough!!  The girls had a fantastic time making it AND playing with it.  It is quite a challenge cleaning it up from our table, but I’m learning how to work with it.  The girls both spent almost 3 hours total, the first day we made it, playing with it.  The second day they were just as eager and have really made some very creative items.  Like a mermaid, muffins, cake, snowmen and many others.  Suffice it to say this was a huge hit at our house. 

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Paper Mache Airplanes!!

I finally decided to introduce paper mache to the girls. I looked through a few different “kid” ideas for things they could make and most of them required wasting a balloon.  Since we have a pile of plastic bottles, I searched for projects for kids specifically using a plastic bottle.  That’s when I found this delightful post idea!  I collected all the supplies with AJM’s help and we began our paper mache experiment.  It took around 24 hours until our planes could be painted and the girls had a really good time!  We went with the basic cold flour and water technique.  It worked out well and seems pretty durable. 

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3D Paper Fruit Picnic Party

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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this great website called Mr. Printables. At the time I was just looking for some cute printables to use for the girls’ homeschooling repertoire. I found lots of great material here and bookmarked it for later perusing. Fast forward to last week when the theme for BAM’s homeschooling week was fruit and vegetables.
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Lately BAM has been really into cutting paper up, so I thought ‘why not work this into an art activity?’. A quick Google search rendered lots of easy to see and cut out 2D fruit and baskets, etc. I’ll probably do another post with those links and whatnot. But I knew AJM would need something more… complicated. That’s when it hit me 3D! We’d recently put together a cool movable 3D T-Rex that both girls really enjoyed too! Another Google search rendered Paper Play Fruit on Mr. Printables!
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I’ll probably do another post of us making the printed fruit. As for today’s post I just wanted to share the “fruits” of our labour during our Paper Fruit Picnic Party!
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Check out our video of the picnic party.

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Monster Purse (shaped) Threaders

Over on the TAST Facebook group our faithful leader Sharon from Pintangle posted a question the other day asking for our stitching confessions. It was such a great question and really got quite a response! The most common confessions ranged from stitching things other than the fabric being worked, to our work (corners of the fabric, finger calluses, pant legs, even hair!) to spitting to thread a needle… and everything in between.

I must “confess”, I continue to do these two things on a regular basis, as well as a myriad of other confessions on the board. I found myself chuckling and mentally saying “yep, me too!” over and over throughout the course of the day. The most discussed confession was definitely the spitting threading technique. Some say it’s no big deal, other women recounted tales of Aunts and Grandmothers tsking them for this supposedly improper technique and teaching them the “proper” one instead.

I will say threading a needle is tricky at best, at worst it is a downright impossible feat that may reduce you to a puddle of tears.

Soon you find yourself bleary eyed, desperately seeking reprieve from your threading woes…

anyone will do, you say…

your spouse  …who is out-of-town, convenient.

your live in elderly parent… with eyesight worse than yours. Can she even see the needle??

the 4-year-old you’re baby sitting for the evening… who’s mother has a phobia of letting her handle sharp objects, and up until this moment you could completely understand the logic of this phobia… but she seems so reasonable with other toys, you say…and now you begin considering the logic of that silly rule, just this once.

the next door neighbor… after you desperately explain 3 times you are not trying to sell them anything you just need this needle threaded… what? a needle? never heard of it,  while slamming the door in your face. ..

perhaps your cat…. who continues to lick his paws giving you a look of complete disdain for the depth of which you have allowed yourself to sink.

Wait?

What?

That’s never happened to you?

Hmm…  just me then, alright.

Well for some of us… it’s moments like these when you may find yourself in need of your very own Monster Purse Shaped Threader!

The one post that inspired this particular crafting adventure is found here. (I just love Wild Olive and all the fun inspirational and informative posts Mollie puts up on her blog!)

Since AJM and I have been working on embroidery samplers we’ve been having some needle threading issues of our own. When I presented the DIY Monster Purse shaped threader idea, she was very excited.

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They were both very excited for craft time!

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Though she didn’t quite understand exactly how it worked, she had faith that I was leading her in the right direction. We picked out some materials, based on Mollie’s suggestions (and based on what we had in the house) and got to work.

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Here you can see we’ve got some 32 gauge craft wire, Felt sheets cut into a few pieces, various colours of embroidery floss strands, large blunt needle for hole punching and our mini glue gun!

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We followed the basic instructions over at Wild Olive. First we folded the felt and poked some holes in the center.

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Even BAM helped!

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Then spent a half hour embroidering our big felt pieces.

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Finally we assembled our monster purse shaped threaders!! I did this by putting a little hot glue along the inside and pressing the wrong sides together, like a sandwich with one closed end. I added a little hot glue on the metal wire, where it is inside the felt sandwich and on the openings where the wire loop comes out of the felt.

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Yep, it’s hard to tell who’s cuter… the threader or the model.

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Well I suppose it’s time to hang them up and move on to dinner!

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