Monday, October 6, 2014

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.


CHLOEE CROCHET HAT


 
This darling hat is a breeze to work up. I love the two color combination and they are just perfect for the two little sisters that I made them for.
 
 
 
One as you can see is a blonde and her sister is a brunette so the colors are just perfect for them.
 
The pattern was purchased at "A Crocheted Simplicity" on "Etsy".
 
This is a very simple and basic hat that is worked wither with bulky yarn or two strands of 4 ply worsted weight. It works up very quick.


ANY OCCASSIONS CARDS STAMP-A-STACK





This class is being held October 11th in my home. I wanted to do my first one with a pretty simple design. I selected just your basic occasions and not a holiday one yet. I will be doing another one in a couple weeks for Christmas cards.
 
There are five designs two of each design for a total of 10 cards.
 
I designed the cards so that you can rotate the card either portrait or landscape and select any label you want.
 
I used the CTMH stamp sets listed below to make the labels. What's so great about these stamp sets is that they coordinate with the Cricut Cartridges "Artiste" and "Art Philosophy"
 
 
CARD HOLDER INSTRUCTIONS
 
The card holder is made using the Cricut Cartridge "Artiste"
Page 47 cut both pieces at 5 3/4. This will comfortable hold the cards and labels.
 
MATERIAL USED
  • Kraft & Brown Cardstock for the base of all the cards and card holder
  • The designer paper was a gift from a friend so I am not sure who it is by
  • Stamps from CTMH - Casual Expressions Occasions, Holiday Tags Occasions, and Cricut Art Philosophy Tags (this one came with the Cricut cartridge that is specialized just for CTMH).
  • CTMH specialized Cricut cartridges (can only be purchased through CTMH). "Artiste" and "Art Philosophy"

 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

"LITTLE MAINELEE MOOSE" CROCHET HAT


Okay really is he just not adorable. I first saw this little moose crochet hat on pinterest, but there was no pattern to be found ANYWHERE for him. I searched and searched and searched some more and was so disappointed that not one individual wanted to share there pattern. I would have bought it for a high price as I am a Northerner and these little buggers are our neighborhood pets. 

I decided to have a go at it and see if I could duplicate it. After several tries at the ears EUREKA I got it. 

The hat is the FREE Aviator hat I found on pinterest over at YARNOVATIONS

Once I had the hat all done I then went to work on getting the ears just right. This step took me several tries to get the ears just right. Below are my instructions I hope you can understand them. 

I USED TWO STRANDS OF WORSTED WEIGHT 4PLY YARN

EAR INSTRUCTION
Make 2
Row 1 - Start by chaining 8
Row 2 - Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across (7sc)
Row 3 -  Ch 1 turn and sc in each sc across (7 sc)
Row 4 -  Ch 2 turn(counts as first dc) 5 dc in next st, slip stitch in next sc, 5 trbl in next sc, sl st in next 2 sc, 3 trbl in last sc, dc in post of side of sc and in underside of 1st sc., sc in last 6 sc base. Finish off

EYES INSTRUCTION
Make 2
Start with a magic circle
Round 1 - ch 1 and work 6 sc in ring
Round 2 - ch 1, 2sc in same as joining, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc.




ENJOY


Friday, August 1, 2014

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRUMB PIE

 
I just love any type of Rhubarb pie. It could be any combination with blueberries, raspberries, peaches, strawberries or a mixture of them all. However, by far my best recipe is my delouse strawberry rhubarb pie.
 
Those that have tasted this delouse pie have asked for the recipe, so I thought I would share it on my blog.
 
 
 
 


BOTTOM CRUST
I start with my pie crust. Yes I use the box jiffy pie crust. I love the flaky crust it makes. Prepare it as you would from the boxes directions. You can also make any homemade pie crust. The key to any good pie "I found out after many fails" is to cook the bottom crust before you put any pie filling in.
 
Once you have prepared you crust. Place it in a nine inch pie plate. Be sure to chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
 
Once chilled you will cook it for 15 minutes at 400°F
You will Line the chilled crust with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.  Fill the center with uncooked white rice, dried beans, or pie weights.
Remove the weights and foil and reduce the heat to 350°F.
Lightly brush the crust with a beat egg to get the flakiness of the crust
Continue to bake until the crust is lightly browned on the edges and on the bottom, about 20 minutes.
 
Take out at let cool on a rack while you prepare the pie filling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




PIE FILLING
 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3 Cups rhubarb cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (you can substitute here any fresh fruit)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add to the pie crust
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




CRUMB TOPPING
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (chilled and cubed into little pieces)
Combine both the sugars and flour, once all mixed you will then add the butter in and being sure that the butter is coated very well.
Add to the top of the pie.
 
Bake for 50 minutes at 350°F
Let cool for an hour before serving.
 
 

"FROZEN" NAIL DESIGN

 
I love doing my own nails now that I have practiced enough to be good at it. My favorite style of course is tips. White, blue, red, pink, silver, purple any color of tips really.
 
I took inspiration from the movie "FROZEN" to do this style and design of my blue sparkle tips with the gem crowns.
 
 
I used a pretty natural light pink color I bought at Debs on clearance called "No Color",  Avons "Brushed Metals" Platinum which is a sparkly blue, Bedazzle nail art "Blue crown tips", and Nutra Nail "Speed Dry Top Coat"
 
The key to long lasting home manicures is letting each layer dry before applying another layer. I then add a "Speed Dry Top Coat" for the first two days. This will protect the design and it will last up to two weeks. Be sure you use a very good top coat.
 

 
I also did matching toe nails using just the "Platinum", One nail art on each big toe and the top coat.
 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

GLITTER SHOES

 
This year has been a tough year, as we found out my beautiful 39 year old sister has pancreatic cancer. It has been a long road for all. No one can understand the full impact of CANCER until they are touched personally with it. It can destroy households, reek havoc among the calmest individuals and can leave you feeling completely broken.
 
HOWEVER, through FAITH and the miracle of GOD we do not have to let CANCER do any of those things.
 
I believe GOD will give us a miracle when the time is right. So with that said. I knew I just had to make my sister her glitter shoes to go out and celebrate when she beats CANCER.
 
 
 
I took a pair of Black suede high heels I had purchased and covered them with decoupage and then added purple (purple is for pancreatic cancer) glitter all over. I did the same thing to the heal and bottom part with silver glitter. Once it dried completely, I blinged the shoes with diamonds.
 
 
 
It was a very easy project to complete and she will look just stunning

SIMPLISTIC CROSS STITCH HAT WITH ENDLESS DESIGNS

 
I designed these two simple crochet hats to make for cancer foundations around the USA I wanted to create a design that was very quick to work up, yet had a small design feature. I love the cross stitch worked into any pattern as it gives it dimension.
 
Once you get the generalization of how to create a hat and how to increase  or decrease rounds for any size, then the pattern to design is endless.
 
You can work this pattern up with the cross stitches worked on every second row or you can work them in two consecutive rows Again have fun with the design.
 
 
I also wanted the hat to be able to be made for a boy or girl, and just by adding the scallop edge to the bottom of the hat, in place of the last round of single crochet for the boy, turns this into a girl hat. Take it one step farther and add a crochet flower for a girl or a puppy or monkey for a boy.
 
 
BASIC INSTRUCTIONS
I -Hook
Worsted weight yarn
 
Round 1 :  Create a magic circle and put 12 dc in circle. Join to the first dc. (12DC)
Round 2:  Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch, used as a filler), 2 dc in the same as joining and in each dc around. (24)
Round 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same as joining, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * until the end, join with a slip stitch to first dc (not the ch 2)
Round 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same as joining, *dc in next two dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * until the end, join with a slip stitch to first dc (not the ch 2).
Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same as joining, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * until the end, join with a slip stitch to first dc (not the ch 2).  (you should have 60 dc).
Round 6-7: Dc in each dc around (60).
Round 8: Ch 3, work cross stitch in the round. (60) (Click HERE for a tutorial I found on the web for the cross stitch.).
Round 9-10: Dc in each stitch (60).
Round 11: Ch 3 repeat row 8.
Round 12-13: Dc in each stitch.
 
Round 14 BOY HAT: sc in each stitch for boy hat. For the girl one follow below.
Round 14 GIRL HAT: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1, skip 1 stitch, *5 sc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * to the end.
 
For another girl style complete round 14 for a boy and then you will add a round 15 working only in the front loops. You will work the same as the girl hat round 14 but will do 5 dc in place of the 5 sc. This will give you the little brim like the 3 hats with the flower above. Again look at the placement of the cross stitch also for these 3 hats. I moved it them to the end so that they are the band for the flower.
 
Have fun with your creations. I will add more styles to this post once I complete them.
 
 
 
 

 
 

MY LITTLE SUNSHINE CROCHET DRESS SET


This little crochet dress pattern is so versatile. Just by changing the colors you can make it take on a different look. I used a soft yellows, green and white to make a summer outfit for a newborn. The pattern is a very easy one to follow and can be found HERE on Etsy at PoochieBaby.
 
The hat is from an old pattern I have had for a couple of years and can be found HERE. I finished the hat off with a simple crocheted carnation.


PEACHES AND CREAM CROCHET DRESS SET

 
Can you just say "Simply Adorable" This is such a soft and beautiful dress that I made for a special little bundle of joy. This one fits a 3-6 month old. I made matching bloomers and a headband and oversized flower.
 

 
The bloomers came from a free pattern set I found online at  "Designs by Abigail Goss of Crotiques"
 
The headband was my own creation and I did not write the pattern out, sorry :-(.
 
The little dress comes from the booklet "Beautiful Baby Boutique" .

ELEGANT BLANK CARD BUNDLE

 
This delightful card set was made as a special order. They are blank cards so that the individual can write their own little message in there, or use a special verse stamp on the inside. I made a box with a clear center to keep all the cards in.
 
I like making these kits up and having them on hand, this way when I need a card for a special occasion, to send some encouragement or just a special thank you, I have them on hand.
 
This set was made as a gatefold card and the inside was stamped with coordinating stamps that matched the outside of the card. Each one was then tied with twine.
 
There are plenty of tutorials on "PINTEREST" on how to make a GATEFOLD CARD.