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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lucius, Disney style on: April 21, 2017 12:15:29 AM
Yesterday I decided since my parents have the baby for the weekend that I would sit down and sketch a bit.
So what did I draw? My son, Lucius, because I have lots of photos of him that I could use as references.
But I've never drawn a baby in my style (which is a sort of comic book-esque style) so I decided to draw him Disney style.

I realize that it's typically only the baby Disney girls that have the pouty mouths but he's really good at doing that pouty face so it fits. The hands are a bit off/arms are too short but this is the first drawing I'd made in quite some time (at least a year, I believe).

This one was based on a photo I have of him and his Mickey Mouse (he LOVES Mickey Mouse).

I may make some more drawings pf him before the weekend is over. If I do, I'll update this post.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first corner-to-corner blanket on: February 05, 2017 09:20:13 PM
Quite a few people in one of the FB crochet/knitting groups in which I'm a member were posting "C2C" blankets. I did a bit of research and decided that I really, really liked the look.
After working a few rows, I decided I liked the feel too, and set about working on a blanket for my hubs. Hubs said I needed to make a blanket for our son because he has a blanket (actually, he has an afghan which was made for and given to me YEARS ago that he swears is his).
I put aside his blanket and made this for our 10 month old using some mystery yarn hubs bought for me at Michael's. It was in bags which say "Fashion Plus" on them; none of the yarns had labels so I don't know the weight/color/brand or anything about them. I had 15 skeins to work with but ran out with only 14 rows to go! (This isn't a "baby" sized blanket but for when he's older.)
So I had hubs take me to Michael's, hoping they'd have something really close to its color in stock. Nope! No such luck! Tongue
Hubs suggested Hobby Lobby. I was skeptical but since HL is five minutes from Michael's, I agreed.
I hurried to the yarn section and, lo and behold, they had a purple yarn that was really, really close in color: Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Hot Springs. (Today I learned that my yarn was probably Heartland Thick and Quick in Hot Springs).
I pulled from the center and the end, doubling up the yarn and finished it off.
It's quite obvious in this photo because of the lighting (intentional) but otherwise, it's hard to see the difference.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Link's hats on: January 10, 2017 09:38:50 PM
I had a few friends request Link hats as gifts after they saw the one that the amazing smileyyogini crocheted for me a few years ago in a swap.
Instead of being smart and counting the stitches/rows, I just stared at the hat then started working. My hubs pointed out my silly mistake after I had the third hat half complete. Roll Eyes
The first three are gifts, the fourth is just to complete the set.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Baby's first Christmas stocking on: December 22, 2016 08:23:29 PM
This year is my son's first Christmas and this is his first stocking, handmade with love.
He's already given it his seal of approval: he drooled on it and tried to eat it. Roll Eyes

I made it using this free pattern from Ravelry. I messed up on the toe: I made it a bit too long. But at least my little guy has a stocking now! Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dice bags on: December 22, 2016 08:17:19 PM
I crocheted the two of these up last weekend for a couple of friends who were new the monthly Magic: The Gathering night hubby and I host once a month at our house. They saw the dice bag I had crocheted for my hubby and asked if I could make them dice bags.
One friend requested "any shade of purple" so I used Caron Deep Violet for his bag. The other friend requested "the brightest yarn you've got" so I used Red Heart Neon Stripes for his bag.

These are very simple to make and work up very quickly.
Here's a pattern for them:
12 DC in magic ring
2 DC in each DC around; 24 sts
*DC, 2 DC in next st*, repeat around; 36 sts
*DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st*, repeat around; 48 sts
DC around evenly until bag is the desired depth.
For the last row:
*DC in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st*, repeat around; 48 sts (including the ch 1s)
For the drawstring, just chain until you reach the desired length then tie it off and make a knot at either end. It shouldn't come untied but I always burn the ends with a lighter, just to be sure. Keep in mind that I used acrylic yarn for these. I don't think you'd want to burn the ends on wool!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Christmas Elf on: December 22, 2016 07:49:47 PM
This cute little elf was made for a good friend who mentioned she wanted an elf decoration for her home but thinks that the Elf on the Shelf is creepy.
As someone who shares that sentiment, I decided to crochet her an elf that is more on the cute side.

This is the only picture I got because I had forgotten to take pictures of her and didn't realize it until my hubby and I were almost there.
If anyone is curious, to make her hat have a slight point, I started with eight DC in a magic ring and it stands up because I pulled the stitches really tight.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Burp cloths + tips for sewing minky on: March 25, 2016 01:32:43 AM
My son is due March 30th and since we only received six burp cloths at my baby shower, I decided I needed to make a few extras because they're so useful.
The ones my aunt made for me were a patchwork mixture of minky and soft flannel on one side with cotton on the other side. I really loved the feel of the minky and my fiance decided that's what I needed when I picked up a remnant of it at Hobby Lobby (I actually picked it up, petted it, then put it back but he decided that I *needed* it).

I made a pattern based on one I'd seen on Pinterest (no printer to print the one I found). The backing fabric is some Spider-Man flannel I'd had in my stash. They're 11" x 16".
These burp cloths were my first time working with minky and let me tell you, it is NOT fun to work with if you don't know what you're doing, like I didn't when I started. It slips and slides as you pin it and tries to slide around while you're sewing it, too.
To save yourself a headache, do what I did (I learned these through trial and error):
Have a lint roller handy because minky sheds like crazy when you cut it (and only when you cut it).
Use alligator clips (or those little nickel hair clips like you can find at Hobby Lobby) with your pins (clip it THEN add pins) to hold together the minky and whatever other fabric you're sewing with it (this works with minky on minky, too: I tried it with some scraps).
Place your clips about every two to three inches around the edges then put a pin or two between the clips about an inch apart. This helps prevent slippage better than the clips alone.
Make sure the minky is on the BOTTOM when you're putting the fabrics together and when you sew it on your machine.
After you've finished sewing with the minky, clean out your machine because you're probably going to have little bits of minky fluff all up inside it.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harley the Chihuahua amigurumi on: March 25, 2016 01:06:10 AM
The pup in the foreground is *technically* my mom's Chihuahua, Harley. He's a very well-loved three year old dog who thinks he's a person and he adores my dad more than anyone (he was given to my mom so, technically, he's my mom's).

He doesn't mind being put in a sweater but if you put anything else on him, he flops over as if he's done with life. Since my mom wishes he'd let her dress him up in cute things for the holidays, I set out to find a crochet pattern for a Chihuahua. I found "Lucky the Chihuahua Dog Amigurumi" on Ravelry by user Doris Yu. I followed it except for the color pattern for the dog since Harley's color pattern is very different.

I should have embroidered his toe spots instead of crocheting them because they turned out too big but he's still cute.
Now all I have to do is make up some cute little holiday themed accessories for him (Christmas hat, Easter bunny ears, trick-or-treat bag, etc) and I'll be able to give him to my mom. She loved the pic so I know she'll love him even more when I give him to her along with the little dress up goodies. Smiley
I'll update this post when I get the little extras complete.
I'll also be making a dress-up ami of my sister's Chihuahua, Max, who is the other Chi in the photo.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Master Key keychain on: March 04, 2016 12:58:46 PM
My aunt is an avid fan of the Legend of Zelda series and has logged untold hours in Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past. She's also prone to losing her keys so I figured the best way for her to keep up with her keys would be if I made her a keychain that was hard to overlook.
With her love for LoZ in mind, I went to Pinterest and started searching for LoZ themed cross stitch patterns. I found an Etsy pattern-listing for the Master Key, which I thought would be fitting for a keychain.

The keychain is worked on 10 count plastic canvas and is double-sided: the other side is a mirror image of this side but I didn't take a picture of the other side. The key is 1.5" x 1.5" (at the widest point). I took a picture of it next to my hand because when I took a picture of it alone, it gave the impression that it was large.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super Mario themed coasters on: March 01, 2016 10:47:29 AM

My fiance was saying we needed coasters so I pulled out the plastic canvas that alwaysinmyroom had sent me and some yarn and hit Pinterest for ideas.
I had saved a lot of Perler bead and cross stitch patterns with Mario as the theme and decided that I would use some of the iconic images for our coasters.
These are a little over 3"x3" (I accidentally cut them as 22 sqs x 22 sqs instead of 21x21) and were worked using the tent stitch and Red Heart yarns. They're backed with felt interfacing to keep them from sliding around.
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