Craft/DIY Ideas, Uncategorized

Handmade Christmas 2016: Fingerless Gloves

Howdy, and welcome back. I hope you have a chance to enjoy this gorgeous fall weather!

Fall is definitely here, so I thought it would be a perfect time to share this wonderful crochet pattern. I have been cranking out different pairs of these cute fingerless gloves as of late.

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The pattern is not difficult, and I think that if you have a just a little bit of crochet experience, you could easily make these. It appealed to me because I am not an expert crocheter and am intimidated by making ones with fingers!

I found this pattern on Red Heart Yarn’s website, and it is free to access and print out.

They would make a super cute, stylish Christmas gift for a child, teen, or adult.

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This particular pair is modeled by my 11 year old daughter, who has been wearing a purply pair of these that I made almost every morning to school!

These beauties don’t use up a ton of yarn, and take maybe 1 1/2-2 hours to make (depending on how many interruptions you have!). Once you make one pair, it’s easy to crochet up some more.

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Great for chilly fall days and the approaching winter cold. The Red Heart website has tons of other cute glove patterns too!

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Parenting Tales, Points to Ponder, Uncategorized

What I’m Into: February 2016

Howdy, howdy….

Welcome to the most “blah” month of the year! Yay!

Here are some things that our family is into lately:

Vaseline Rosy Lips. I love lip balms and glosses that work, and ones that are slightly tinted are just my cup of tea. This one in a cute tiny tub from Vaseline has been in my purse all winter and I really like it.

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Rock the Park. This is a recently added show on Netflix that we discovered. It’s very family friendly and follows a pair of young guys as they explore the National Parks one by one. We’ve only watched a few episodes so far but have learned lots.

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Speaking of National Parks, we have planned for a week-long summer vacation at Acadia National Park in Maine! I am super excited for this as it looks spectacular. If anyone has suggestions for things to do in that vicinity, let me know. This will be our first time there.

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Wraps and Shawls. I’ve been working on a few of these, all with a different design. The one in the picture was made out of Homespun Yarn with the color name of “Painted Desert.” Please excuse the sweatpants, it was a stay-at-home day;)

The crock pot. I typically don’t use it as much as I should, but lately I have. So handy!

My Side of the Mountain. Another recent addition on Netflix. Most of my kids have read the book, so it was nice to watch the movie version. (Except we had tears from one son when Frightful gets shot in the movie and doesn’t get back up.) Otherwise we all thought it was good.

Points to Ponder

What I’m Into: October 2015

Hey hey everyone and hope you’re enjoying this spectacular season.

Here are some things either myself or my family has been into lately:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So simple but oh so good. Breakfast of champions for this Mama.

Home Fires, a newer Masterpiece show on PBS. Why do I like British shows so much better than American ones? No idea, except the fact that a majority of American ones are crap anymore. Personal opinion.

Yarn. Cooler weather seems to make me want to knit or crochet lots more. Right now I’m experimenting with an asymmetric  poncho design.

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Last month in my “What I’m Into” post I mentioned our school fundraiser and the Candy Land theme. Well folks, it happened last week and it was a blast! This is a pic of one of our decorated areas–hula hoops covered in paper and glittered letters spelling out the word SWEET. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over except for a few post-Race things to wrap up.

Beautiful fall sunrises and sunsets. I snapped this picture last week one morning. That is an Amish neighbor’s farm in the background.

I haven’t went out to snap any leaf shots, but this past week they have gotten super beautiful in our area!

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My crew at an orchard. I loved this big pumpkin pile.

Speaking of pumpkins, I’ve been really into making roasted pumpkin seeds. Such a great little snack.

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Precious moments. These two had no idea I took this picture until after the fact! I heard my 10 and 12 year old kids in my bedroom one Sunday morning chattering among themselves. Here my son was helping his sister brush her hair. Way too sweet!

Well, that’s it for now and thanks for checking in!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Homespun Easter Bunny Wreath

To help usher in Spring, I made a new wreath, this one wrapped in homespun yarn.

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To make this not just a Spring wreath, but an Easter wreath, I added this sweet little felt bunny that I made and stitched together. I added a layer of stiff interfacing in between two layers of felt to help give it structure.

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I also made up a bunch of these felt flowers in light neutrals, along with a navy blue and one shade of green for pops of color.

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Happy Spring everyone!

–Rachel

Craft/DIY Ideas

Yarn-Wrapped Heart Wreath

Since a lot of people often decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, I thought it would be timely to share a Christmas wreath idea today.

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This one is a heart-shaped foam wreath form wrapped with a red yarn and embellished with white felt roses.

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I also used a little green felt to make leaves for the roses. A green with red grosgrain ribbon was used as the hanger.

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Very simple and not a lot of bells and whistles, but sometimes simplest is best.

While I have made my share of yarn-wrapped wreaths, doing a heart shape was new for me. The result is pretty, but I have to admit that wrapping it was much more awkward than doing a basic circle wreath, especially when it comes to the center point areas. It definitely took a lot of yarn to make sure those areas were well covered.

Actually, if you just switch out the ribbon, this would make a great Valentine’s Day wreath as well!

If you want to check out my Christmas wreaths from previous years, here are the links:

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Book Page wreath, this one made out of old sheet music.

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A Yuletide Yarn Wreath

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Red Hot Wreath, wrapped in vintage fabric.

Can you tell I love making wreaths? Oh yes I do.

Hope you count your blessings tomorrow and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Handmade Christmas 2013: Crochet Hair Bows

Today I am starting a little series in preparation for Christmas. Last year I did series of posts with ideas for a handmade Christmas and this year I am doing the same thing with some fresh new ideas for you all.

Whether you have ever been the kind of person to do handmade gifts or not, it’s never too late to try your hand at it. I always appreciate a nice handmade gift, and you know I love giving them! (Like, a,little too much sometimes, but whatever…)

My first idea in this year’s series is pretty cheap to make, and you can make a bunch of them at one time. Plus I think they’re just a little cute to boot. They would be perfect for any little girls in your life as a stocking stuffer or a few different ones packaged together as a gift.

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Small or large, these bows can be made in a rainbow of colors. I made some with cotton yarn and several with an acrylic yarn. Oh yeah, and I may have forgotten to mention that I did teach myself how to crochet this year! No, I don’t have any mad skills in this department yet, but I am learning. Though I enjoy knitting, I actually think crochet is a little easier since you only have one hook to deal with instead of two needles. If you also have only basic crochet skills, you can totally make these. (And if not, check on You Tube for beginner videos, it really is a snap to learn.)

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I took these pics yesterday when we were babysitting my nieces, so I had 3 pretty little models to show off these bows.

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Here’s the process I followed to make these: (I apologize ahead of time as I am no crochet expert and hopefully don’t just confuse you.)

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Select a crochet hook and yarn. I used a “J” hook for most of my bows and preferred the cotton yarn, which can be bought for around $2 a ball. One ball of yarn would make a ton of these. Make a slip knot and chain stitch about 25, leaving a 2″ tail. You can go smaller than that if you wish, or chain 30-40 if you are going for a bigger bow (like the purple-y twisted yarn one pictured above). Once you get to that number, slip stitch into the first stitch you made to make a circle.

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Continue around the circle again using whatever stitch you feel like. For some I just did a single crochet several times around, or mixed it up with a double or half-double. Make at least 2-3 rounds, depending on how thick you want the bow to be.

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Once you’ve gotten in enough rounds, cut off yarn, leaving another tail @6-8″ long. Slide it through that last stitch and pull tight. Now wrap it right around the “middle” of the bow a few times and tie tight with the tail you left hanging at the beginning. Trim and hot glue to a barrette back.

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Well, that’s it for now. I have some more ideas up my sleeve to show you in the coming weeks.

Craft/DIY Ideas

Pumpkin Spice Fall Wreath

If this post looks familiar, it’s because it is a repeat of one I did at this time last year.

Yep, this little wreath made a bit of a splash in the cyber world, and I was very humbled by the response that it got.

It is by far one of my most highly viewed projects and one of my personal faves. In fact, I just hung this little lovely on my front door once again to welcome September in.

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Soooo….if you don’t mind a good repeat, here’s the original post I did on my fall wreath:

The kids are back in school–woo hoo!! It was definitely a weird type of week for me. Weird  but good. This year ALL of my kiddos are in elementary school. We have a 5th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, and two that just started kindergarten. I am not used to having a quiet house, so it’s taking some getting used to. My little guys are in afternoon kindergarten, so I’m footloose and fancy free for a few hours every weekday now. It’s amazing how much I can get done without any little ones around! One of the many little projects I tackled this week was this yarn-wrapped fall wreath.

I haven’t made a wreath in awhile, so I wanted something fall-ish to spruce up my front door.

This orange yarn with fall colored accents are just the ticket.

To make it, I simply wrapped a foam wreath form completely with yarn.

I made a variety of felt roses, flowers, and green leaves that I thought would complement it.

In addition, I also made some fabric covered buttons and regular buttons and glued those on as well.

To add a finishing touch, I ruffled three pieces of this brown and white fabric and layered them at one end.

Welcome Fall!

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