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1  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: June 30, 2015 09:24:24 PM
So, I just got home from a 2 week vacation and got to see this lovely package from Inselaeffchen waiting for me at the mailbox!  She went with my french theme and my yoga theme



Here is a close up of the first one:


OMG!  This stitching!!  She is so talented!!

Here is the other one:

It says: Mangez bien riez souvent aimez beaucoup which is translated to mean: Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.  I LOVE it!!!

And she gave me this kit!


It's so cute!!  I love the charms.  Thank you SO much Inselaeffchen!!!  You did an awesome job Wink.  I hope this wasn't waiting too long for me in the mailbox!
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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: June 04, 2015 03:34:17 PM
I received from curiousfae and I LOVE them!!!!  She said that she is new, but her embroidery is perfect!!  Look at these gorgeous patches!!


(she sent 3!!! <3)

One of my themes was French because I am learning it and I am kinda obsessed with it at the moment.  The first one says: Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I regret nothing)

And the other one says: L'espirit de l'escalier (staircase wit: thinking of something too late)

She said that she just realized they contradict each other... I LOVE that they contradict each other.

Also!!!  She sent me this super cute needle holder:

here it is opened:


And!  I got a kit!



I love everything curiousfae!  Thank you so much for your beautiful, thoughtful, awesome package!!! <3
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3  Re: Yoga/Zen/Meditation Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: May 05, 2015 03:21:21 PM
Speaking of sweet!  Check out this AMAZING package I received from smileyyogini

First of all, she totally stalked my pinterest, because this fabric she used for this awesome yoga bag is TOTALLY me!  


(and is that button handmade?)  I love it!

She also made me a sweet little bag filled with beautiful handpainted stones:

And look at these beautiful watercolored cards:


And some high-quality soap + hand lotion in my favorite scents: rose and lavender.



Annnnnnnnd!!!!  She lovingly made this white, cotton hat.  I told her that I am getting into Kundalini Yoga and they are all about white head-coverings (made from natural materials.)

(I think I look like a real yogi)

Thank you.  Thank you smileyyogini!  I love it all!
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4  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: August 12, 2013 05:33:19 PM
Oooh, very nice!  I think I love the tree one the best.  French knots!  Wow!  So much time + effort.

AND I received today!!  Yay!!


Love the colors!!!



And this little kit is so sweet.  I can't wait to make something with it!  I will make something soon and post pictures!

Thank you SO much Robinpich!!  I sent off your package today!  I hope you love it Wink.
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5  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: June 29, 2013 07:24:48 PM
Awesome!  Love the embroidery, labyrinth! 

Okay.  So I finally went to my mailbox and I got my AMAZING package from craftsunderground!  I told her I wanted an Afrocentric theme.  LOOK AT THIS!




Do you see all those beads she sewed on BY HAND!  First of all, it is so perfect.  And second of all, it must have taken FOREVER!  They are So beautiful!  Where on earth did you find the fabric?  I love how you made the image pop by sewing around it with black thread.  They are so perfect.  I love them so much, craftsunderground!!   Thank you, thank you!
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6  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: June 21, 2013 12:22:38 PM
Here is my package from Wise one.  She sure is a spoiler!!!  I almost *died* when I saw all the fabric scraps that she sent me.  How did you KNOW that I needed all that fabric?!!

Besides that she sent me 4 patches!  Okay here goes!








(I had a chuckle over this one - because for the longest, I couldn't figure out what "morel" meant!  lol!  I was like: am I reading it wrong?  Did she mean *moral* and I am just remember the spelling wrong.  Then finally, I googled it.  It means mushroom.  LOL! 





Thank you SO much wiseone!  You are so so generous!  I plan on making more patches and also I use scraps for making quilted journal covers.  I was getting tired of using scraps from my same fabric supply - so these that you sent me are Perfect! 
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7  Peg People in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: November 15, 2011 11:26:26 AM
My son has all of a sudden decided to start putting toys in his mouth.

And I have been coveting a lot of painted peg people on the internets lately.

Because I am afraid to use paint on his toys - what kind of paint is *safe* for kids, anyway? - I used my woodburner.

Warning: I am a SUPER newbie at this whole woodburning thing.  AND I can't draw.

Here goes.  The Peg People



The live in a bird house





It is so soothing burning the images onto the wood - (that I drew on beforehand). I love the smell and I love the tedious nature of it.

I hope you like it!
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8  Crochet Clog Slippers + Pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by ayanared on: November 09, 2011 11:29:09 AM
I am making an attempt to think of more boy projects.  A friend requested that I make her son some crocheted slippers.  I like how they turned out. And the fact that they were SO easy - and took about as long to make as a hat - makes them my favorite project so far!  As always, let me know if you want a pattern!





Update Pattern!

For the pattern with pictures, please see my blog:
http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.com/2011/11/boy-clog-slippers-pattern.html

Clog Slippers Pattern

What you will need:
~ one skein of pumpkin colored yarn, rolled into two balls (or you could just buy two skeins of the same color)
~ a small amount of brown yarn
~ crochet hook - size I/9 5.50MM
~ crochet hook - size G/6 4.25MM
~ 2 buttons
Shoe:
With pumpkin colored yarn, I/9 hook and holding two strands together
Chain 4 (fig 1)
Connect with a slip stitch to form ring (fig 2)
Round 1: Chain 3 - this counts as first dc (fig 3), dc 11 times in ring (fig 4) - 12 sts
Round 2: Chain 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each dc around (fig 5) - 24 sts
Round 4-7:, Chain 3, dc in each dc around (fig Cool- 24 sts

Row 8:  turn, chain 3, dc in next 17 dc, leaving the remaining 7 stitches unworked (fig 7) - 17 stitches
Row 9 - 11: turn, chain 3, dc in next 17 dc (fig Cool
Finish off, leaving a 12 inch tail. (fig 9)
Using the long tail, close up the back with a whip stitch. Weave in tails (fig 10)

Strap
With pumpkin colored yarn, I/9 hook and holding two strands together
Chain 18
Row 1: sc in second chain from the hook and each chain across -17 stitches
Row 2-3: chain 1, turn, sc in each sc across - 17 stitches (fig 11)

Sew Strap to shoe, leaving the bottom inch or so un-sewed (see fig 12)

Button Circle
with size G/6 hook, and brown yarn
chain 2 (fig 13)
Row 1: 6 sc in first chain (fig 14)
working in continuous rounds

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (fig 15)
slip stitch in next sc, finish off
Sew button circle and button to shoe (fig 17)

Make another one Wink! (fig 18)

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9  Hat for the Boy updated with pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ayanared on: October 27, 2011 02:02:10 PM
Since my daughter has been born, I have been going crazy with making stuff for her.  I love pink and flowers and all things girly, really.  Well, I DO have a son - and it is only fair that I make him stuff too!  So, last night - I determined that I need to make him a newsboy cap.  That is nice and masculine, right?



I made it in these random colors because my boy is random.  LOL.  (and I won't have to try to match it to his outfits!)



I hope you like it!

The pattern is pretty self explanatory.  But if you would like me to make a pattern, I will. Wink  

Pattern:
using two strands of yarn held together:
Gray:
chain 4 - connect with a slip stitch to make a ring
Round 1: 12 Double Crochet in the ring (you should have 12 stitches)
Round 2: Chain 3 (this counts as 1 double crochet), turn, 2 double crochet (in the back loops) in each double crochet around (you should have 24 stitches).  Crocheting in the back loops and front loops gives your hat the rings.
Round 3:  Chain 3 (this counts as 1 double crochet), turn, working in the front loops, ]2 double crochet in next, 1 double crochet in next] around (you should have 36 stitches).
Round 4:  Chain 3 (this counts as 1 double crochet), turn, working in the back loops, [2 double crochet in next, 1 double crochet in next 2] around (you should have 48 stitches).
Round 5: Chain 3 (this counts as 1 double crochet), turn, working in the front loops, [2 double crochet in next, 1 double crochet in next 3] around (you should have 60 stitches).
Change to white:
Round 6: Chain 3 (this counts as 1 double crochet), turn,  [2 double crochet in next, 1 double crochet in next 4] around (you should have 72 stitches).
Change to Camouflage
Round 7: Chain 3, double crochet in each double crochet around (72 stitches)
Change to white:
Round 8: Chain 3, double crochet in the next 3, decrease (to decrease, just double crochet 2 together or dc2tog), [double crochet in the next 4, decrease] around (60 stitches)
Change to brown:
Round 9: Chain 3, double crochet in the next 2, decrease, [double crochet in the next 3, decrease] around (48 stitches)
Round 10:  Chain 3, double crochet in the next 1, decrease, [double crochet in the next 2, decrease] around (36 stitches)
Round 11: Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch around (36 stitches)
Round 12: Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch around (36 stitches)
Round 13: Chain 2, half-double crochet in each stitch around (36 stitches)

Bill (I got this bill pattern from somewhere but I don't know where - it is on this random piece of paper I have in my patterns with no copyright/source or anything so I guess it is safe to post it here):

Row 1: Chain 1, working in Front Loops (front of the hat), single crochet in next 3 half-double crochet, half - double crochet in next 3 half double crochet, double crochet in next 12 double crochet,  half-double  crochet in next 3 half-double crochet, single crochet in next 3 half-double crochet. slip stitch in next half double crochet (26 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn, working in both loops, skip first slip stitch, slip stitch in the next single crochet, single crochet in next 3 stitches, half double crochet in next 3 stitches, double crochet in next double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet, (double crochet in next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet) twice, double crochet in next double crochet, half double crochet in next 3 stitches, single crochet in next 3 stitches, slip stitch in last 2 stitches.

Row 3: Chain 1, turn, skip first slip stitch, slip stitch in next 2 stitches, single crochet in next 3 stitches, half double crochet in next 2 half double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet, (double crochet in next double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet) twice, double crochet in the next two double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next double crochet, (double crochet in the next double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next double crochet) twice, half double crochet in the next 2 half double crochet, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, slip stitch in the last 2 stitches. (31 stitches)

Row 4: Chain1, turn, skip first slip stitch, slip stitch in next 2 stitches, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, half double crochet in the next 3 stitches, (double crochet in the next double crochet, 2 double crochet in then next double crochet)twice, double crochet in the next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in each of the next 2 double crochet, double crochet in the next 2 double crochet (2 double crochet in next double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet) twice, half double crochet in next 3 stitches, single crochet in next 3 stitches, slip stitch in ext 2 stitches, leave last slip stitch unworked (36 stitches).

Strap above the bill:
with a smaller crochet hook (and only one strand), chain 48
Row 1: single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across
Row 2: chain 1, turn, single crochet in each single crochet across
Row 3: chain 1, turn, single crochet in each single crochet across
Finish Off, leaving a super long tail: ~40 inches
 
Sew strap on hat with the super long tail.  Weave in ends.  Sew on buttons.

Wooo, I think I am going to be dreaming of double crochets...  No wonder people abbreviate it!

I hope this helps (and that I didn't mess up the pattern - I get this.. DOUBLE checked it.  lol).  If something doesn't look right, let me know and I will look over it again.  Thanx!
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10  Gray Hat with Flowers - Updated with PATTERN in Crochet: Completed Projects by ayanared on: October 21, 2011 02:37:30 PM
I love flowers.  I think they make anything look prettier...



I wanted a winter hat that will fit me.  Last winter, I had locs -so all my hats are too big for me.  I made this hat last night and the flower this morning.  This hat is super easy to make and quick!  I did it in about an hour and a half.  Let me know if you want the pattern.  I am gonna make one for this hat, soon.  Thanx for looking!



UPDATE:  Here is the pattern.  Pssst.  Go here for pattern w/pictures and a printable option:

http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.com/2011/10/cloche-pattern.html

What you will need:



1 skein worsted weight yarn (~ 250 yards) rolled into two balls in Hat color
a small amount of yarn in flower color (~ 2 yards)
size K/101/2 - 6.5MM crochet hook
size H/8 - 5.00MM crochet hook
yarn needle
needle and thread
Hair Clip (optional)
Glue Gun (optional)


Hat
Working the hat in rows and with 2 strands:
With H hook, Chain 27  *Adjust Pattern Note 1*
Row 1: tr in 5th chain from the hook and in next chain, dc in next 17 chains, hdc in next 2, sc in last 2 (23 sts)
 
Row 2: chain 1, turn, working in back loops, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 hdc, dc in next 17 dc, tr in next tr, tr in ch 3 space (23 sts)


Row 3: chain 4, turn, working in front loops, tr in next 2 tr, dc in next 17 dc, hdc in next 2 hdc, sc in next 2 sc (23 sts)
Rows 4-26: repeat rows 2-3 **(Adjust Pattern Note 2)**


Close the side of the hat
Place the two ends of the hat together, inside out (the ridges should be on the inside).  Sc up the hat to sew the two edges together.


Close the top of the hat
Treating the sides of the sc (along the top of the hat) like sc stitches, sc2tog around until the hat closes.


Flower
base:
with H hook, chain 2
Rnd 1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next, 1 sc in next) around (18sts)

rosette (make 3)
With H hook, Chain 20
Row 1: 2 dc in third chain from the hook, 3 dc in next 17 chains from the hook (60 stitches). Finish off leaving 12 inch tail.

Roll the flower around so that the chain is in one spiral.  Sew the flower together.

Sew the flowers onto the edge of the base, evenly around.

Attach a clip (or a pin).  Secure with glue.


Clip or pin to hat.

Now post to Facebook and get ready for requests from friends and family!  Enjoy!


Notes on how to make the hat larger/smaller.
1.  Chain a greater or lessor amount to make the height of the hat more or less.  After you complete the first row, you can measure against your head by putting the thinner end at the center of the crown of your head.
2.  Increase or decrease number of rows to make the diameter of the hat more or less (preferable ending with an even row - to make sc UP the hat simpler - without having unnecessary tails)

 

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