Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Crochet- Along: Clues #6 & #7

Last night I finally finished my last two clues- which is a good thing since clue # 8 will be revealed some time today. Clues 6 and 7 were posted two weeks ago and because this involved a new technique, we were given two weeks to complete them.

 
This mystery afghan has come together, for better or for worse. I have to say, this is the most intricate and weird project I've ever done.

 
The new technique for joining is called a twisted braid. It took me a few times to get the hang of it. For each square you join, a little 8 yard ball of yarn is needed because you pull all the yarn through each little loop to form the twisted braid.



The afghan isn't real big. The next three clues will be the border, so maybe it will make the afghan a lot bigger? We'll see.
I still need to weave in my ends, but I can work on the border and have a ends weaving party when I'm done. <3

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Peter Pan Party: DIY

Today is my niece, Lilianna's 3rd birthday.
Ever since she saw Peter Pan- Live!  on television, she's been hooked- ha, get it? She loves Peter Pan. When asked what kind of birthday party she wanted, her answer, with much excitement was, "A Peter Pan Party!"
My sister-in-law searched pinterest for ideas and to our surprise, there have been many a Peter Pan birthday party. She picked out what she wanted and it was my job to make it happen.

My to do list:
Draw/paint a crocodile on a board for a game
Make ring toss game using pirate's hooks
Make "Lilianna" banner
Make a Neverland map
Make centerpieces
Make little sails for hot dogs
 
 
All of the things on my list were seen on pinterest except for the centerpieces, we brainstormed the idea. (Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished product, but you'll see what it was like.)
 
 
Draw/paint crocodile on a board for a game.
We saw the idea of a crocodile with its mouth open and cut out for a bean bag toss game. The party that had it was way over the top and fancy for a five year old. The crocodile they had painted for the game was not; it was bad.
We used a foam, tri-fold display board. I found a picture of the Peter Pan crocodile with its mouth open and drew that on the board. I cut out the mouth, which was not easy with all the teeth, and then painted it.
 
 


 
Make ring toss game using pirate hooks.
The pin we saw of this used three plastic pirate's hooks that were spray painted gold and put on a burlap covered board. Puh-lease. Who does that?
I used a cardboard, tri-fold display board, painted it to look like wood and cut three Xs for the three pirate's hooks that were being borrowed for the party. I just stuck the hooks through the front and taped them in the back to make sure they wouldn't move. For rings, I took three cool whip lids and cut out the middles.
 

 
Make "Lilianna" banner.
We had seen a pin where someone made their entire food table look like a pirate ship. It was pretty cool. Across the top there were paper banners in yellow, green and red. I used the same idea for the banner, but put my niece's name on it. I punched two holes at the top corners and used twine to string it all together.
 

 
 
Make Neverland map.
There are many versions of the Neverland map. I picked one that I liked and copied it. I covered my dining room table with old towels and rolled out the paper which was 3' x 5'. I brushed black tea over the whole paper. It wasn't as dark as I wanted, so I brushed brown craft paint all along the edges. Because the paper was still wet from the tea, the paint was thinned down and blended in with the tea color. I let that air dry before I started sketching out the map. I painted along the edge of the island with thinned paint and then went along the outside for the sea. A black permanent marker was all I used for the details and the lettering. (I'm glad my niece can't read because some of the places on the Neverland map I wouldn't want her to know about: Hangman's Tree, Cannibal Cove?... jeepers!)
 
 
 
Make centerpieces.
Our brainstorm idea for the centerpieces was to have the silhouettes of Peter, Wendy, John and Michael flying in the air via wire stuck into a covered piece of foam. 
I printed out a silhouette of them flying and cut them out with a craft knife. I traced what I cut out four more times and then cut them out. (I needed to make five centerpieces.) Since they needed to be silhouettes, I colored them, front and back, with black marker. I used a hot glue gun to attach the floral wire I used. When I got to the party, I stuck them in the foam and wrapped each base with green plastic tablecloth and used a silver twist tie. I also used silver star stickers to have stars on each centerpiece.
 
 
 
Make little sails for hot dogs.
On this pin, the person had a platter of hot dogs in buns with a little sail sticking out the top.
I only made eight sails for decorative purposes. The mast was a bamboo skewer and the sail was a piece of cardstock that I drew "L"s on. I cut little Xs near the top and bottom for the skewer to go through.
 

 
Yes, that was A LOT of work, but it was worth it. It was my present to my niece and I think she and her friends had a fun time. At least, I won't forget it.
 
 
 
My nephew's first birthday party is in May. As I was finishing up late Thursday night, my husband walked into the craft room and said, "So I heard his party is going to be Peter Pan, too." If only it could be that easy.<3

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bread of the Month Club: March

Last month, my Mom posted a recipe for "Lemon Loaf." I love any dessert with lemon: Lemon meringue pie, lemon bars, lemon gelato... and so this looked amazing! My sister, who happens to be enrolled in my Bread of the Month Club, said that she would like this for her next loaf.

 
I made the Lemon Loaf yesterday and it turned out beautifully. After it cooled, I glazed it and waited for the glaze to set before I mailed it to my sister. My husband walked in the kitchen and said, "Oh wow! That looks great! ...Did you happen to make us a little loaf?" After disappointing him with a "no," I made a loaf for us to enjoy. I couldn't help myself; I had all the ingredients for it and he didn't mind.



If you like lemony baked goods, this recipe is for you. To achieve the rich lemon flavor, you use lemon zest and lemon extract. (Thankfully, my mother-in-law had some.) You can find the recipe here: Lemon Loaf.
Enjoy! <3

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Something big. Something important.

I have been putting off this post for a while. It's not that I have been lazy and not doing anything. I have been doing lots of things: baking bread, crocheting, making granola, but this is my 100th blog post.

What should I write about? Something big. Something important.

This past week, my husband and I put the down payment on our house. (We've been living in his grandma's house and are now buying it.) Yes, that is something big, something important.

Now that we are homeowners, we are starting to tackle the things on our "wish list."

First up, my craft room.
The craft room was my husband's aunts room growing up and had been powdery pink for sixty years. He said I could paint it whatever color I wanted and I picked yellow. For most people (including my husband's grandma) this shade of yellow is obscene. I think it's bright and cheery. I also picked gray for the accent color for the built in shelving and the desk. I love yellow and gray together.

Before
 

The yellow spots are where my husband spackled and then painted over.

 


After
 

 


 


As I stressed over what to write for this monumental (to me) post, it made sense that I'd write about my new space for crafting and art making. I'm blessed to have a husband that encourages me to be creative and make things by hand. I'm also blessed with a husband who wanted me to have my own craft room; Amen to that!
 
I am thankful for all the people in my life who encourage me (and to those who've even commissioned me to make things for them!) I am thankful for this house that we've been given and I'm thankful for this new little space to make beautiful things in.


 
What is a 100th blog post without some giveaway?! I will pick one entry at random to receive a loaf of my cinnamon swirl bread. To enter, please comment below with your favorite craft or hobby (or your favorite craft or hobby that you appreciate.) Only those who live in the continental US will be eligible. Entries will accepted for the drawing until Wednesday,  March 25th at 6PM.
Here's to the next 100 blog posts! <3

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cat Cave & Crochet- Along: Clue #5

I crocheted something for Alfie and I don't think he likes it.

When I saw the project, I knew I wanted to make it. (Of course, I had five other projects going on when I initially saw it two weeks ago.) I've seen this called a "Cat Cave" and a "Cat Cozy." (I like "Cat Cave.")

The "Cat Cave" is a Lion Brand pattern and free. (I like free.) It's made out of a t-shirt yarn they make called "Fettuccini." (I looked up a tutorial on how to make t-shirt yarn and made my own.) It took 18 shirts to make. (My husband had old shirts and we had a lot that we used for rags.)
I don't know if he'll ever go in it. His cat cousin down the road might get it. We'll give it some time.



 
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This is week five of the Crochet- Along! This weeks clue is very easy and short, and I still haven't finished it...
 
 

Clue #4 & Clue #5
 
 
I wonder if we'll keep crocheting in the middle and make a flower?
I'll just have to wait until Tuesday!
I hope everyone has a good weekend <3
 
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

doodle font


I love fonts. I love doodling fonts. I found a pin of a font called, "Doodle Font." This font was meant for me.
I sent out a card yesterday and was able to practice this Doodle Font.
 
"Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 <3
 
 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crochet- Along: Clue #4

 
I have a feeling we're just going to keep adding to our original twenty granny squares until the end. (So many ends to weave in!)
This week, with our color A, we add two more rounds, making the squares look a little more normal. The mystery chain 20s on the corners are going to be incorporated in a future clue, but how?
 
What are you doing to get through this long Winter?