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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pokemon fleece hoodie on: December 18, 2017 06:58:02 PM
Like many of my fellow Craftsterers I rarely make anything for myself. But when I saw this Pokemon fleece at JoAnn's, I just had to have it to make myself a jacket.
Or at least, that was the original intent. I have a fleece jacket pattern.
But then I remembered I also had a hoodie pattern (it was part of a pj pattern, of all things) and decided to make myself a hoodie instead (I love hoodies).

The drawstring is paracord because I couldn't find any black drawstring cording.
Will update later with a photo of me wearing it.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mickey Mouse toddler jacket on: December 16, 2017 03:42:31 PM
My 19 month old son LOVES Mickey Mouse. I tried finding him a Mickey jacket but wasn't having any luck: most places had Minnie jackets in his size, but no Mickey.
I searched high and low to find a Mickey fabric that I liked. Most were either white (on a toddler? HA!) or the print was far too big for a toddler sized jacket.
I FINALLY found this cute print at Walmart.

This is the first thing I've ever made with a separating zipper and this type of pocket. I did a bit of fussy cutting but somehow managed to get the right pocket off kilter. Other than that, I think I did pretty well. Pattern used was McCall's 7039. I left off the mitts because the pattern piece disappeared (I think my toddler was the culprit).

In action at the park:

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter House Pride Slippers (Gryffindor & Slytherin) on: November 25, 2017 10:31:39 PM
First, I have to give credit to Pinkleo for giving me this idea several years ago when she posted her Gryffindor House Pride Slippers, which my sister coveted.
I finally remembered them earlier this month and ordered the book (Vanna's Favorite Crochet Gifts) then made my sister's slippers in her House colors:

And since I needed slippers, too, I made myself a pair in my House colors:

Yarn used:
Gryffindor - Caron Pound of Yarn in Scarlet and Mainstays in Gold (this is a new yarn from Walmart that is actually pretty soft for an acrylic)
Slytherin - Caron Pound of Yarn in Kelly Green (my favorite color from them) and Crafter's Secret in Passport (Hobby Lobby)

Soon I hope to make pairs in Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff House colors. I just have to ask for the shoe sizes of the friends who belong to those Houses Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / Pint-sized Pirate on: November 01, 2017 09:17:14 PM
For my toddler's Halloween costume I wanted something as simple as possible so I made him a pirate. Sadly, we didn't trick-or-treat because we're both sick but I did get a few cute pics of him in costume.
The shirt I made from a pattern I drafted myself and the pants were made from McCall's 6016 with the pockets left off.


Lying down (the clearest shot of the whole costume, just in case):

Sadly, I couldn't get him to keep on the Dollar Tree pirate's hat or hold onto his toy sword. He was all about having that sword and swinging it around until I tried to get a picture of him with it. Roll Eyes
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet slipper pattern for little girl? on: October 13, 2017 09:31:50 AM
Anyone have a go-to they could share with me? I need a size 13 or 1.
I'm crocheting slippers for Christmas for my cousin's daughter and am trying to find a pattern for just a super simple slipper. All the ones I've found were kinda frilly and, though she loves frills, I wanted something plain that I could make into bunny slippers because she LOVES bunnies.
A lot of the simple patterns I've found say "try it on the child as you go", which I can't do because my cousin lives over an hour away. Even if we lived closer, I want it to be a surprise for her.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pikachu toddler slippers on: October 11, 2017 07:02:11 PM
Who wants bunny slippers when you could have Pikachu slippers instead? Grin
My 18 month old isn't really interested in the Pokemon show but he does love my Pikachu shirt; I think it's because Pikachu's bright yellow.
I made up the pattern as I went along on the first one and took notes as I went so that I could make the second one match. They're not a *perfect* match, but my son doesn't care.
Front and side:

On the toddler's feet:

The slipper before I added the extra bits (that's the ears next to it):

As soon as I clean up my notes, I'll try to share the pattern.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yellow toddler slippers on: October 06, 2017 02:14:40 AM
It's hard to find crochet patterns for things specifically for little boys. Especially slippers. I found oodles of slippers for little girls with very few for boys.
Unless I wanted a paid pattern. Tongue
I'm not against paid patterns but I don't have the spare funds to buy one at the moment, so I took this pattern for Tinkerbell slippers and made them in Red Heart's Brilliant Yellow, with the intention of making Pikachu slippers (he LOVES Pikachu).
But the first turned out a little wonky. I was going to frog it and redo it, but the kiddo took the first and ran off with it earlier so I just made the mate, which is still wonky but not as bad as the first. I'll make Pikachu slippers out of the next pair I make, if they don't turn out wonky.
The slippers:

Sorry for the lighting: it's night time and the monster was sleeping.

On the monster child:

He woke up not too long after I made the second one so I tried them on him. They fit! Yay! Cheesy He thought it was funny to yank them off and throw them so I was only able to get a pic of him wearing one Roll Eyes
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Toddler harness on: September 06, 2017 12:07:53 AM
My little froggy has gotten to the point that he tries to escape the stroller when we go to the mall (only at the mall, never the grocery store). I briefly considered buying a toddler harness, but we don't go to the mall very often so I couldn't justify buying one, even if I bought one of those simple $10 ones.
So I made one.

I already had the buckle and D-ring on hand so I just had to buy the strap adjusters and a swivel hook to make the leash (I haven't done that yet). The fabric is from one of my husband's old BDUs*, which I chose for its durability. If you count what I had spent previously on the items in stash plus what I had to go buy, I spent about $6 because everything was either bought on clearance or with coupons.

I'll update later with a pic or two of it on the toddler (if I can wrangle him). At the very least, I'll add a pic of the leash when it's finished.

The leash:

On the toddler:

*The Army/Nat'l Guard was issued new BDUs so my husband was told to "get rid of" his old ones. Instead of letting him toss them out, I've claimed them so that I can use the buttons and zippers off them, as well as the sturdy fabric.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skulls and roses apron on: August 02, 2017 07:51:08 PM
I love cooking and baking and I love aprons.
But you wouldn't know it if you visited: I have one apron that craftylittlemonkey gifted me when she sent me goodies for my sprog (if you're reading this CLM, thanks again! Kiss).
So I decided I needed to make myself another apron and set about finding a pattern. I found this one on Craftsy that only uses one yard of fabric to make a simple apron. I didn't put a pocket on it because I didn't feel like fussy cutting Tongue Also, I made a loop for the top instead of ties for around the neck. I hate aprons that tie around the neck.

I hope to update with a photo of me wearing it, if I can get my hubs to take a pic for me.
As soon as I get myself some cotton batting, I'm going to make a matching pair of oven mitts, as well as a pair of oven mitts to match the apron CLM gave me.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / First time making homemade bread on my own on: July 24, 2017 07:24:20 PM
I think I did pretty well for my first stab at it Smiley
To be fair, I used to help my grandmother make homemade breads of different sorts when I was but a wee ankle biter.
The recipe for this came from Reader's Digest Hobbies and Crafts in the bread section. I halved the recipe and made two smaller loaves instead of three loaves. I melted butter and mixed in garlic powder then drizzled it over the loaves to turn it into garlic bread.
I also looked online for how to tweak it to make it with wheat flour.
My husband didn't realize that wheat flour was "spotty" compared to white flour and thought something was wrong with the flour when he saw the dough.


I promise that pan isn't dirty: it's old and those spots WILL NOT come out. They drive me crazy but we can't afford new pans at the moment. (The non spotted one in the other pic was a gift.)

The closer one was baked for 30 minutes, the other was baked for 25 minutes. At 25 minutes, there's a little crispness to the outside of the bread but at 30 minutes it has a thicker and crisper crust.
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