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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bouquetcat Mao on: February 13, 2018 08:27:34 AM
Chaircat Mao looks kind of sweet in her hat for Valentine's Day.

But she had some words about it and they weren't loving words.  Sad

She more or less blew off the photo shoot

And said, "Just like me, Valentine's Day bites."

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chillycat Mao on: January 03, 2018 12:04:26 PM
Baby, it is cold outside! In all her 14 years Chaircat Mao has never seen snow, so for her first encounter we made sure she's was appropriately dressed.

She had enough after 37 seconds.

Hope everyone is staying warm!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Chaircat Mao's Holiday Sweater on: December 23, 2017 09:40:18 AM
Why is it no one appreciates a lovely hand-knit sweater?

Tolerating you all year long and this is the gift I get?

I bet it makes me look fat, too.


That's okay because I got something for you also. I left it on your pillow.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make Your Own Retro Block Elves on: December 19, 2017 04:19:54 PM
How many of you had grandmas that made these cuties? I know mine did, but the "J" elf had gone missing, leaving little "O" and "Y" all alone! I went digging through the kids' wooden blocks (the same ones I played with as a kid) with the intention of making a replacement for the AWOL elf. Don't you know there was not a J in the entire bin! So, we made NOEL elves instead. Now we have OY NOEL.  Cheesy

Here's a simple pattern so you and your kids can make your own. It is pretty straightforward but I took progress pictures anyway.


Wooden Alphabet Blocks
1" Wooden Beads for Head
Pom Poms
Pattern (not really necessary)

Cut out arms, legs, and hats from felt. I also cut out circular felt collars with pinking shears. Paint simple faces on wooden beads.

Hot glue legs and arms in place.

Add pom poms to feet and hands and glue collar on top of arms. Add a ring of glue to head and wrap hat around head. Fold end of hat over and add more glue to hold in place. Glue pom pom to end of hat. Attach head.

Enjoy your little elves!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make Your Elf a Tutu on: December 15, 2017 07:28:46 PM
Is your Elf on the Shelf in need of a ballerina tutu? If so, this is the pattern for you. Our elf, Alton, requests one new article of clothing every year and this year it was "a shimmery skirt for frolicking". I don't ask. I just crochet the darned things.

Materials needed (if you can't tell your elf no):

Super Fine yarn in main color and contrasting color (I actually used size 10 crochet thread for the skirt but it all works out)
2.25 mm size B crochet hook
Demanding Elf

We will work from the waist up, then add on the bottom portion, and finally the skirt.

Row 1: With main color, chain 27. DC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (25 sts)
Rows 2-4: sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: (inc, sc in next st) 12 times, inc in last st, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Rows 6-13: sc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 14: sc across then finish off.


Chain 27 and with right side of front facing, sc in 17th sc of row 14, sc in next 2 sc, ch 27, finish off.


with wrong side facing, join main color in first ch of waist, ch 1, sc in free loop of each ch across, ch 2, turn. (25 sts)
Round 1: in back loop only, 2 hdc in each sc across, join to first hdc, and do not turn. The skirt will be attached here later. (50 sts)
Rounds 2-4: ch 2, working in both loops now, hdc in each hdc around, join.
Round 5 (leg): ch 2, hdc in first 25 sts, join to first hdc.
Round 6: Sl st in each hdc around leg, join to first st, finish off.
Second leg: with right side facing, join yarn in 25th st and last st, ch 2, hdc in each hdc around leg. Finish the same as first leg.

Frilly Skirt:

Round 1: Turn work around and working in front loops of waist, join contrasting yarn in first st of round 1, ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each front loop around, join in first dc. Do not turn. (50 sts)
Rounds 2-4: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, join. Finish off.

To finish back with a tie:  ch 24 and with right side facing, attach at top right of back opening and sc around the opening to end, ch 24 for second tie, finish off.

To finish with snaps: sc around entire back opening, finish off. Sew a snap at top and waist of opening.

That elf better be happy.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Mao Celebrates the Season on: December 10, 2017 03:03:21 PM
Chair tried on her new holiday hat today. It was a hit.

Hey, Chair, you want to build a sn....

Oh well. Hope your holidays are merry!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Potions and Herbology Bookcase on: December 07, 2017 01:00:09 PM
Here's a 4" x 4" bookcase filled with potions, plants, books, and oddments that I made for sheepBlue in the Harry Potter Holiday Ornament and Stocking Stuffer Swap. There's so much stuffed crammed in there it's ridiculous.

I used various sizes of glass bottles, filled them with things like flower parts, glitter, foliage, etc. and added labels to them. Some of them are dollhouse plastic bottles so all they needed were labels. There are spills on the shelves made from fine glitter, acrylic paint, and embossing powders.

The mortar and pestle got a paint job and iridescent microbeads glued inside. There's also a 1:24 scale metal creamer with something green inside. Ew.

I added a little plant in a metal urn on the bottom and filled the rest with books and bits.

And now I am off to steal sheepBlue's photo for size reference... Here's her photo so you can get an idea of the size (thanks, sheepBlue!):

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Baking Tray on: November 29, 2017 07:14:17 PM
I started my holiday baking early with a festive gingerbread cake...in mini.

There is an icing bag, frosting spatula, jars of candies, cookies, a bowl of candy canes, frosting, and even a tree on this tray. It is about the size of an Altoids tin, so pretty small, yet all of that fit with room left over.

I made a couple other cakes but liked the gingerbread one the best.

There is a mini tute on how I made the cakes and frosting on my blog, if you're interested.

Happy mini holiday baking!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Autumn Harvest Buffet w Flower Tute on: November 22, 2017 04:02:57 PM
I find that miniatures can either take me a tiny amount of time or a ridiculous amount of time, but nothing really in between. This particular project fit into the former category, mostly due to having a pre-made hutch that only required staining. The only things I made were the polymer clay squash, the paper banner, a cornucopia, and some crepe paper flowers.

The drawers actually open. That's exciting.

I found a tutorial for weaving a miniature cornucopia and even though it came out wonky, it worked fine. The flowers are much simpler to make. All you need is thin green wire, crepe paper in green and another color, and glue. Cut a long, thin strip from the flower color crepe paper, then make small snips along one long edge. Dip the end of the wire in glue and wrap the crepe paper around and around, adding glue as needed.

Cut a small circle from the green crepe paper and poke a hole in the center. Add a bit of glue to underside of flower and slide the circle up the wire to cover the glue. Roll it around.

Using a toothpick or your fingers, spread out the petals of the flower. Ta-da!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Fowl on: November 22, 2017 03:04:04 PM
I presented Chaircat Mao with her new holiday hat this afternoon. She was cool with it at first but then decided it was not for her.

"Roasted turkey hat. I dig it. Turkey is delicious."

"Wait, did you say this is imitation turkey?"

"Don't speak to me."

Hope your holiday is a happy one!
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