Sunday, December 28, 2014

NEW BORN CROCHET FIREMAN SET


 
I love making any and all little crochet sets for newborns. This little fireman set was a special order for a brand new baby that was born this December. His daddy is a firefighter and they wanted a special little outfit for their photo shoot.

I was tickled pink to be asked to make this set. Now I cant wait to see the photo shoot!

I purchased the pattern on "Etsy" designed by Caryns Yarn Basket

CROCHET SHELL HAT AND INFINITY SCARF


 
I love making hat and infinity scarf sets for all my family and friends. I have been working with two colors to create the two toned scarfs. This can be accomplished with just about any scarf pattern.
 
This scarf and hat pattern are not mine.
 
The hat pattern can be found over at "Grow Creative" designed by Elise
 
 
The scarf pattern can be found over at "Ravelry" designed by Nancy P
 
 
This can be crochet in so many color combinations that all you friends and family would just love to have.
 

KEURIG K CUP GIFT HOLDERS



I Love to give out special little gifts at Christmas . There are so many people I want to show my appreciation. This set was done up for a dear friend of mine. She wanted a way to show her fellow co-worker at school how much she appreciated them. These little Keurig K cup boxes where perfect.
 
I used my cricut cutter, cricut design space, and the CCR file HERE.
 

 
I finished off each of the boxes with a paper bow and a stamped tag.
 
I used the Cricut cartridge designed for CTMH "Artistie" to make the bow.
 
I used the Stamp Set's from CTMH
"Very Merry Christmas" for the tag
 
You can fill each one with coffee, tea or hot coco's for the season.


 

ROSE COWL




 
 
This pattern is simple beautiful. When this is worked up in the softest yarn it is simply stunning. I love how she added the two roses, as we all know I love adding crocheted flowers to all my projects. I came across this pattern on pinterest and knew I had to make it.
 
The pattern was created by "Whisper Twister" at Etsy. Pattern can be purchased HERE.  
 
I made one simple change to the rose that it is not sewn on. I have sewn safety pins to the back of the roses so that they can be placed anywhere on the cowl. You can where one or two roses.
 
This works up best in a soft yarn. I used "Red Hearts Botique Unforgettable" yarn.

TWO TONE INFINITY SCARF

 
 
Can you say "A Touch of Vintage".

I love how this came out.

I made my "Miss DownTown Abby" Hat and this matching scarf as a gift for my mother for Christmas.

You can get the "Miss DownTown Abby" pattern HERE
 
The scarf pattern is below
 
 
The scarf is also done up in two colors

I used Red Hearts "Burgundy" and "Buff"
 
SCARF PATTERN
J-Hook

V Stitch - Dc, chain 1, dc
Shell - 3 to 5 dc in same stitch. Your can do as many as you want the shell to have. the more dc in the same stitch the bigger the shell. I did 3 for mine.
 
Chain 196, join to first chain to form a large ring. Be sure not to twist the chains.
 
Round 1 - Chain 1, hdc in same as joining and each chain around. Join to the back loop of the first hdc.
 
You will work in the back loop only of the next round.
Round 2 -  Chain 1, dc in same as the chain 1, skip 2 hdc, V stitch in next hdc,  *skip 2 stitches, v stitch in next hdc. *repeat till the end. You will have 3 stitched left, skip all 3, join with a slip stitch to first dc. 
 
Round 3 -  Chain 1, dc in same as chain , *work shell stitch in chain 1 of V stitch. *repeat  around to end. Join with a slip stitch to the back loop of the beginning dc.
 
Rounds 4-7 - Repeat rows 2-3, 2 more times ending the last row by changing color.
 
Rounds 8-13 - Repeat rows 2-3, 4 times with second color.
 
Round 14 - Hdc in each stitch around. Finish off
 
The rose is a removable rose adhered to a safety pin. It can be worn on the hat or on the scarf. The rose pattern is not mine and is used from a pattern I bought on Etsy. I finished off the edging by doing a slip stitch all around the rose with the burgundy yarn.
 
There are several rose patterns on the internet you can get for free. I have listed some below

Rose pattern links
Skip to My Lou




Here is another set I made using the scarf pattern. The hat my 'Miss DownTown Abby" hat patter found:
HERE. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CREATE OUR OWN CROCHET PACKAGING



I just love to crochet and giving my creations away, but I always felt it was missing a finishing touch.

I figured it out this year. I needed to create a package to wrap all my finished creations in. I went to work in Microsoft Word and/or Powerpoint.
 
After I was done designing, I was extremely pleased with the finished look. I have created several packaging styles, yet very similar, for all my creations. I can also edit each word document for what creation I need labels for.

 
This one is a box I made from cardstock to fit a hat and scarf set or just a hat.


 
The next one is for boot cuffs
 
 
I also created packaging for my little dish scrubbies.
 
 
 

NET INFINITY SCARF WITH ROSE

 
 
I just love this pattern by "Kate Dixon" that you can find on Ravelry called the Net Scowl. It is thick like a cowl, but long like a scarf.


PATTERN LINK
 
This is such a beautiful design than can be adapted for any length or width.
 
I have adapted the pattern to have a thinner width and not so long.
 
I also used "Rainbow Boucle by Pearl Essence" It is a medium weight yarn that is soft and cuddle, and works up very fast.
 
MY ADAPTION
I used a J-Hook
Chain 22
worked up 40 rows
Follow her pattern
 
I also added a finishing touch with a matching crochet rose (the rose pattern is not my pattern) I sewed a safety pin (or you can use a small alligator hairclip) so that it can be position on the scarf anywhere as seen in the pictures below.


There are several rose patterns on the internet. I have listed some below

Rose pattern links
Kati Crafts
Heidi Bears
Skip to My Lou

 


 
Here are some more color and yarn combinations.
 

 
The one below I used "Red Hearts Boutique Unforgettable Yarn"
 



 
These infinity scarfs are perfect for any outfit and can be worn several ways.
 
 
 
 

FROZEN TUTU DRESSES


I have seen so many beautiful Tutu Dresses on the internet and on Etsy and I always stated I would make them one day. Well, Christmas was my perfect opportunity to do this. I made these two Tutu Dresses "Elsa & Anna from Frozen" for two little sisters for Christmas.
 

 
The flowers are also handmade for the Elsa Dress. I adhered snowflakes on the front side of the dress and finished them off with bows and silver trim on the sides.
 
 
I even made matching wands to go with it. I bought some clear plastic wands at "Rite Aid" sprayed them with adhesive, and then poured fine glitter all over them. I set them to drive for a couple hours. I took a dowel and wrapped it in the matching ribbon. Tied some sparkle white and glitter silver thin ribbon. I then adhered a heart rhinestone in the middle of each.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SNOWMAN SOUP FOR TWO PACKAGING

 

 
My Coworker Crystal Parent and I wanted to create a way to give each one of our customers a special "Thank you" on Christmas Eve when they come into the Bank that day. 

Crystal will be making her secret Hot Coco recipe in a crock pot to share with the customers. Along with that I thought what a great way to share my all time favorite gift idea "Snowman Soup for Two" I quickly went to work one weekend and tested several creations. It didn't take to long to come up with this cleaver packaging idea. The package holds two hot coco packets and a small bag of miniature marshmallows. I then tied two candy canes on the outside of the box with a red box and finished it off with the "Snowman Soup Poem" and a tag.
 
DIRECTIONS
The box is a simple box to make it is the 2-5-7-10 milk carton box
The instruction can be found at SplitCoast Stamper HERE.
I used Kraft cardstock and stamped it with Stampin Up's white craft ink and a snowflake stamp.
 
I used the Stamp Set's from CTMH
Very Merry Christmas for the tag & Snowflakes for the box
 
I found the poem at "Yule be Baking" HERE. this was the perfect find as it is already for printing.
I printed it on Kraft paper.
 
 
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

LITTLE MISS SPRINGTIME CROCHET HAT









This is one of my favorite patterns I make for "Crochet for Cancer" Maine Hats for Healing. I used the pattern from Raverly called "McKinley's Springtime Hat" and added the scallop edge. This is an adorable hat for any age. The flower is my own creation. It is done up in three layers. There are so many color combinations that would work perfectly with this design.
Click HERE to get the hat pattern
SCALLOP EDGE
Following the hat pattern to the end (row 19)
Row 20 - chain 1, sc in same as joining, skip 1 stitch, *5 dc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, 1 sc in next stitch. *repeat to end (16 scallops)
FLOWER DIRECTIONS
Chain 3, join to first chain to form a ring. This will become the whole to attached the button.

FOUNDATION PETAL 1 -in the circle, Hdc chain 3, repeat hdc, chain 3 in the circle until you have 6 chain 3 spaces. join with a slip stitch to first hdc. pull circle tight to close circle.
PETAL 1 - Slip stitch into the first chain 3 space. Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc in space. Repeat for each chain 3 space. Join with a slip stitch to first sc.
FOUNDATION PETAL 2 - Sc around the post of the first hdc of the foundation row, chain 5, sc around the post of the next hdc of the foundation row chain 5. Repeat around for 6 petals just like the first petal. join with a slip stitch to sc.
PETAL 2 - Sc into chain 5 space and work hdc, dc, 3 Trc, dc, hdc, sc all in the chain 5 space. Repeat foe each chain 5 space. join to first sc.
FOUNDATION PETAL 3 - Sc around the post of the hdc on previous round, chain 7, sc around the next hdc of the second round, chain 7, repeat around until you have 6 chain 5 spaces.
PETAL 3 - Sc into chain 7 space, hdc, dc, 5 Trc, dc, hdc, sc. repeat in each chain 7 space. Finish off.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

ALL OCCASSION CARD SET

 

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This delightful set was created for a friend. I wanted to create a set that she could turn the card in landscape or portrait to get a different style and then add any label she wanted for the upcoming occasion she would need the card for.
 
I used the DCWV paper stack "The Blue Citrus Stack"
 
 I designed seven styles, two of each, for a total fourteen cards per set.
 
To make the labels I used the CTMH Stamp set "Casual Expressions Occasions" and my Cricut and the CTMH "Artiste" Cricut cartridge for the labels and matting. This stamp set is specially designed to coordinate with the Cricut Cartridge "Artiste"
 
I made a box for all the cards and labels to fit into.
 
BOX INSTRUCTIONS
 
You must have some knowledge of box construction as I have no photos
 
Top
 
The top is cut at 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 and scored at 1 inch on all 4 sides.
 
Bottom
 
Cut two at 11 1/8 x 8 and score on both short sides at 4 1/4 and one long side at 2 1/8 for form the bottom of the box. Fold on score lines. Be sure to trim the bottom of the box. These two pieces fit into each other to form the box. Adhere sides to each other.
 
 
 
 
 


DOWNTOWN ABBY II CROCHET HAT

 
 
 
 



 
This is by far my most popular used crochet hat pattern that is shared and used on the net. I adapted the pattern slightly so that the scallop edge will fan out at the bottom. I added the button on the flower so that you can take the flower off.

These are all being made for 'Crochet for Cancer" and will be shipped to the chapter here in Maine called "Maine Hats for Healing"

CROCHET FOR CANCER WEBSITE
http://www.crochetforcancer.org/about-us/contact/locations/

DONATION ADDRESS:
Maine Hats for Healing - C/O Heather Perkins
949 Denmark Rd,
Denmark, Maine
04022

Please see notes for donation guidelines for sending in your handmade items for donation.

 
 
The basic instructions remain the same as the first "MISS DOWNTOWN ABBY" CROCHET HAT
 
 
This is for an ADULT size hat
 
Yarn
Lion Brand Wool-ease thick & quick
or two strands of Red Heart 4ply yarn
 
I used two colors
 
Crochet hook
K for size x-small to small
 L for size medium to large

PATTERN
Start with a magic circle
Rnd 1) with color A work 8 hdc in circle
Rnd 2) ch1, 2 hdc in each stitch (16) 
Rnd 3) ch1, 2 hdc in same stitch as joining, hdc in next stitch, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch* (repeat in between from *to* to the end) (24)
Rnd 4) ch 1, 2 hdc in same stitch as joining, hdc in next two stitches, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next two stitches* (repeat *to end) (32)
Rnd 5) ch 1, 2 hdc in same stitch as joining, hdc in next three stitches, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next three stitches* (repeat *to end) (40)
Rnd 6) ch 1, 2 hdc in same stitch as joining, hdc in next four stitches, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next four stitches* (repeat *to end) (48)
Rnd 7 - 12) ch 1, hdc in same as joining, hdc in each stitch around. (48)
13-14)  Join color B, hdc in each stitch around. (48)
15) ch 1, *sc in same as joining, skip next st, 5 hdc in next stitch, skip next st*, *repeat to end, finish off.

Sew on a button that the flower will be attached to.
 
FLOWER DIRECTIONS
Chain 3, join to first chain to form a ring. This will become the whole to attached the button.
 
FOUNDATION PETAL 1 -in the circle, Hdc chain 3, repeat hdc, chain 3 in the circle until you have 6 chain 3 spaces. join with a slip stitch to first hdc. pull circle tight to close circle.
PETAL 1 - Slip stitch into the first chain 3 space. Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc in space. Repeat for each chain 3 space. Join with a slip stitch to first sc.
FOUNDATION PETAL 2 - Sc around the post of the first hdc of the foundation row, chain 5, sc around the post of the next hdc of the foundation row chain 5. Repeat around for 6 petals just like the first petal. join with a slip stitch to sc.
PETAL 2 - Sc into chain 5 space and work hdc, dc, 3 Trc, dc, hdc, sc all in the chain 5 space. Repeat foe each chain 5 space. join to first sc.