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1  Easter wreath! (with tutorial) in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: April 17, 2014 06:54:40 AM
My autumn wreath has been hanging on the door since October so I figured it was time to upgrade.

Gather your suuplies:
12 inch florist wreath (or any Styrofoam wreath)
2 skeins of yarn (I chose one variegated and one solid)
Size N crochet hook
Size H crochet hook

Start by attaching a slip knot to your size N hook and wrapping the yarn through the center of the wreath, yarn over and draw up a loop (single crochet)

You're now going to alternate feeding the yarn from the back of the wreath, single crocheting,

then feeding it through the center of the wreath and single crocheting

continue single crocheting all the way around the wreath til your stitches meet back up at the beginning, it'll make a pretty heart pattern along the ridge

before you join back up to the first loop, count all your stitches on top and make sure it's divisible by 5 (because the scallop edge is worked in groups of 5)
for the scallop edge work *1 slip stich, 1 double crochet, 5 double crochets in same stitch, 1 double crochet and skip one stitch* repeat from * to * all along edge
join with slip stitch at the beginning
For the flowers:
chain 31
sc in 2nd chain from hook, *chain 2, skip 1, sc in next stich*, repeat from * to *.  You should have 15 chain two spaces.  Turn work.  Slip stitch into chain two space, work 3 half double crochets in same chain 2 space, slip stitch in same chain 2 space, slip stitch over into next chain 2 space and work 4 half double crochets, slip stitch into same chain two space.  Keep increasing in each chain 2 space remembering to slip stitch into and out of each chain two space (it'll help your petals look better)
For leaves,(you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain)
chain 10, sc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, 3 treble crochets in next 3 stitches, dc in next stitch, hcd in next stitch and 3 sc in next stitch working over to the other side of the leaf. Working up the backbone of the foundation again, hdc in next stich, dc in next stitch, 3 treble crochets in next 3 stitches, dc in next stich, hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, slip stitch into last stitch. Attach your flowers to your wreath as you like, hang it and enjoy!
Peace and blessings!
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2  Crochet Viking Helmet with epic removable beard in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: April 10, 2014 10:25:19 AM
My son: "why?"
Me: "why not!"
Took almost an entire skein of yarn for the beard. The helmet is my favorite beanie converted to a helmet by placing front post double crochets at certain points.
The beard is also removable

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3  Nutella pie roll ups! in Dessert by bethntim on: February 22, 2014 07:48:43 AM
I wanted to have pie but I didn't want to "make" pie, so I made Nutella pie roll ups.
Very simple:
1 refrigerated pie crust
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 425, melt butter, mix cinnamon and sugar together in small bowl. unroll pie crust and cut into 16 pizza wedge slices.  If you have a pizza slicer that's great, if not just use a long sharp knife.  Don't separate the crust yet, spread a thin layer of Nutella edge to edge on cut pie crust. Staring with one wedge at the long end roll into crescent shape. Keep rolling each slice and place on cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 7-9 minutes and enjoy!
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4  Team USA crochet hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: February 07, 2014 07:53:42 PM
What better way to celebrate the opening ceremonies than by crocheting a team USA hat?
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5  Unicorn hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 28, 2014 08:12:57 PM
I mean, who doesn't neeeeed a crochet unicorn hat?Huh
This AWESOME pattern was provided for free from Repeat Crafter Me and it's been in my Pinterest queue a LONG time. I really enjoyed working on it and my daughter LOVES it

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6  Merry Grinchmas! Grinch crochet hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: December 11, 2013 05:48:37 PM
I made this hat for my son for the upcoming Christmas parade. His band director said they could wear a festive hat and I think this'll do just fine!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas! Peace and blessings!

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7  MoVember cake! in Dessert by bethntim on: November 26, 2013 07:21:25 AM
In honor of No Shave November, or MoVember as the gents are calling it, my daughter decided to make a mustache cake.  But not just any mustache cake, a tye dye mustache cake:

looks like a normal cake from the outside right?

here she is, doing her thang:

the cakes before they went in the oven:

It was just as yummy as it looked!
Peace and blessings!
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8  Pumpkin roll with maple cream cheese filling in Dessert by bethntim on: November 14, 2013 10:46:41 AM
I LOVE pumpkin roll, they're a huge staple in my house for the fall season.  I know I can make this year round but something about having it right around Thanksgiving makes it that much sweeter.

for the roll:
prepare your pan, preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease 9X13 jelly roll pan (actually, any cookie sheet that size with sides will do) generously with butter, cut a piece of wax paper a little larger than your pan, smash it down in the pan and grease the wax paper with butter again.  
take a clean (!) white tea towel and spread it out on your table then dust with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.  Go edge to edge and cover it completely.
sift together:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
in large bowl whisk together 3 large eggs, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 2/3 cup canned pumpkin (not that nasty pie filling, REAL pumpkin)
combine the wet and dry ingredients and spread into prepared pan, use a spatula to spread it to the edges and make it nice and smooth.
Bake at 375 for 12 minutes, upon removing from oven, loosen the wax paper by gently lifting up on the sides of the paper all around and gently turn roll out onto tea towel.  Lift off the wax paper and begin rolling from the short side enclosing the powdered sugar dusted towel in the roll.
Meanwhile, prepare your maple cream cheese filling by creaming
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
6 tbsp. butter, softened
then add:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. maple syrup mix til creamy
When completely cooled, unroll carefully and spread filling edge to edge.  Re-roll being careful not to break any seams (guilty!) Dust with more powdered sugar and VOILA!
Slice and serve, I enjoy mine with a glass of milk Smiley
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9  Sally and Jack Skellington in Halloween Costumes by bethntim on: November 01, 2013 08:12:47 AM
My daughter wanted to be Sally from Nightmare before Christmas this year for Halloween.  Not wanting to spend $50 on an outfit that honestly was going to fall apart before the end of the night, we set out to make our own.  We went to JoAnn's and picked out 14 fat quarters at $1 a piece.  $14 vs. $50 makes a lot more sense in this mama's head.
I traced a rough shape of her body on a piece of physician's paper and cleaned it up a bit, made the lines straight and set out cutting out pieces.  I then added 1/4 inch seam allowance and cut out the fabric.  I folded the fabric before I laid down the pattern pieces so I would have a front side and a back side thus making the dress reversible.  It was a huge success!
Not wanting my daughter to be lonely I bought myself a Jack Skellington shirt and crocheted a Jack hat and coordinating wristers.  I had pin striped pants already so my costume was super easy.
And now what we've all been waiting for....
I present to you..... Sally!
Oh yeah, we also dressed our dog up as a pumpkin since Jack is of course The Pumpkin King.

the full dress:

details on the dress:

We used 4 cans of colored hair spray on her hair and notice how the dress is reversible:

more dress details:

Jack, Sally and the Pumpkin:

A close up of my accessories:

it took 30 minutes of hair washing and half a bottle of shampoo to remove all the hair spray Smiley

my daughter (10 years old) was very involved in the making of her dress, she LOVES to iron:

Inspiration vs. perspiration:

This is by far my favorite costume I've ever made, hope y'all enjoy it too Smiley
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10  Jack Skellington hat and wristers in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: October 26, 2013 01:33:18 PM
I made myself a Jack skellington hat and wrist warmers for my Halloween costume. I also made my daughter a Sally costume but I'm going to save those pictures for the craftster contest this year Smiley
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