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  • Refashioned Harem Pants and Shirt

    In a previous post, I also shared the difficulties I had making harem pants for my daughter because at first I used the wrong kind of fabric. Although these knit harem pants fit her pretty well, they don't look much like harem pants because since I tightened the elastic in the waist about an inch...

  • WIP: Granny Square Booties

    Sooooo... I'm still working on those Mother's Day slippers for my mom. I made a slipper, but then I thought that it might be a little too small, so I put that one aside and made two more slippers using a bigger (size I) hook...

  • Because My Curtains Were Too Long...

    A couple months ago, I ordered some curtain panels online that I love sooooo much I have them in my bedroom and my living room/playroom. I also bought the matching quilted bedding... I just love the colorful Mudhut Makayla Curtain Panels fabric...

  • Crochet Frozen Easter Basket

    So Easter is TOMORROW, and last night I finally finished my daughter's Easter basket for all her new Frozen goodies. Last week, I sewed a basket for her using Frozen fabric, and she used that basket for the Easter egg hunt we attended last week, which was so much fun, and she made a new friend...

  • Easter Bunny Wreath

    I was inspired by Rock-A-Bye Parents' DIY Easter Bunny Wall Hanging and decided to make my own. Earlier this week, my daughter and I went shopping at the Dollar Tree to pick up a few straw hats. My daughter fell in love with the lavender hat I bought, and she's been wearing it around the house and when we go on errands...

  • Ahoy Matey Nautical Nursery

    I believe that I am done decorating my son's nursery. Yay! His nursery has a nautical theme, of course! And I made a few pieces to add my own personal touches to this special room. I fell in love with the Ahoy Matey collection by Michael Miller. so I ordered a bunch of the fabrics and used them to create the diaper stacker, curtains, crib skirt, crib blanket, and Patches the Pirate Puppy...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Granny Square Booties

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, April 25, 2015 Categories: ,
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I just finished these booties/slippers for my mom. I'm pleased with how they turned out. This was my first time making slippers, and I really hope they fit. My mother and I don't wear the same shoe size. Somehow, I ended up with some pretty big feet, especially since I'm only 5'4". I wear a size 10 shoe, and I believe my mom wears an 8. I followed the pattern in the book to make the large sized slippers, but they're still not large enough to fit my big feet. I mean... I got my foot in the slipper, but I was afraid my gigantic feet were going to stretch the slipper out or bust a stitch!

I started on the slippers last week. The pattern is pretty easy to follow, and I think my slippers look just like the ones in the book. I found yarn colors that match the colors used in the slippers very well.

the granny square... I love these colors together (Caron Simply Soft Sunshine, Lavender Blue, Plum Wine, Pistachio, Persimmon, and Bone).



Here's where I left off working on the slippers last night. I finished the top part of the slippers, and I created the soles, and I sprayed them with plasti dip to make them non-skid slippers.

I let the plasti dip spray dry overnight. I was worried that I may have sprayed too much, but it dried just fine overnight.

plasti dip spray


 


Today, I crocheted another set of soles. I want the slippers to have thick, comfy soles. Two of these soles have plasti dip sprayed on them, and two do not.

Here are the bottoms of the slippers covered in plasti dip. Hopefully this stuff works, so my mom doesn't slip and slide a over her hardwood floors.

I hope my mother likes these slippers, and I pray that they fit! Eventually, I want to make a pair of these slippers for me.






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Friday, April 24, 2015

Refashioned Harem Pants & Top

Posted by USS Crafty | Friday, April 24, 2015 Categories: ,

I had some technical difficulties while making these harem pants for my daughter. The first mistake I made was using the wrong kind of fabric. I tried to make pants using a fabric that as more for home decor. So I remembered a dress that I've had for a while and decided to use it to make an outfit for my daughter since I was never going to wear the dress anyway. Although these knit harem pants fit her pretty well, they don't look much like harem pants because since I tightened the elastic in the waist about an inch, they're not really baggy like harem pants. I used a pattern that I found online, but I might search for a different pattern and try again. I made the shirt by using one of her tank tops as a size guide. It has a little bit of a hi-low hem. I think my Krissy Pooh looks adorable in her new outfit, and it seems very comfortable for play time.

WIP: Granny Square Booties

Posted by USS Crafty | Friday, April 24, 2015 Categories:
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Sooooo... I'm still working on those Mother's Day slippers for my mom. I made a slipper, but then I thought that it might be a little too small, so I put that one aside and made two more slippers using a bigger (size I) hook.



The slippers are just missing their soles.


the inside of the slippers... There were a lot of tails to weave in. 


It's a granny square! I can't escape them! Anyhoo.. I'm using Caron Simply Soft yarn, as usual. The colors are Sunshine, Lavender Blue, Plum Wine, Pistachio, Persimmon, and Bone. These colors match very closely to the colors used in the pattern book.


My lavender blue yarn is just a mess!


After Googling "how to make crochet slippers nonskid," I decided to purchase Plasti Dip spray to "rubberize" the bottoms of the slippers, so my mom won't slip and slide around on her hardwood floors. I ordered the spray in black and clear, and they actually arrived today... Perfect timing! 


 

I sprayed the soles with the clear Plasti Dip spray. I may have sprayed a bit too much. I'll find out in the morning!

Right now, I'm waiting for the Plasti Dip to dry. I hope it works. I'm going to crochet another set of soles, so the slippers are thick. I hope I'll get to finish the slippers tomorrow.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Because My Curtains Were Too Long...

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, April 23, 2015 Categories: ,
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A couple months ago, I ordered some curtain panels online that I love sooooo much I have them in my bedroom and my living room/playroom. I also bought the matching quilted bedding... I just love the colorful Mudhut Makayla Curtain Panels  fabric! Anyhoo, the curtains were only available in one size: 55 x 84 inches. In our current home, we have baseboard heaters, which I hate, and I do not want to take a chance with having furniture or curtains too close to the heaters. I don't want any fire hazards in our home. So since the curtains were 84 inches long, I cut them a little. At first, I tried to hem them using velcro because I didn't want to cut them, but that made them poofy at the bottom, so I just wacked them.

Blurb Story #2

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, April 23, 2015 Categories:
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So last week I shared a bit of the Blurb story and how they came to unleash the power of self-publishing. But Blurb is actually way more than a self-publishing platform. They are really a tour de force of creativity that strives to help give your story – your inspiration – a stage. And they provide some really incredible tools to make that possible.

Here are a few of my faves:
  1. Free book making tools – This one may be obvious, but there’s more here than meets the eye. Blurb offers multiple easy-to-use bookmaking tools and templates to give you complete creative control and customization:
    BookWright: The only desktop publishing software built for creating professional-looking print books, magazines, and ebooks. It’s super simple to use, which means you won't need to hire a fancy designer, know a line of code, or buy expensive software. BookSmart: A user-friendly book-making tool that allows you to create beautiful, professional-quality photo books, notebooks, and planners.
    Adobe InDesign Plug-In: If you use Adobe® InDesign® then this Blurb plug-in is for you. It lets you create and lay out books and magazines directly within InDesign and output in both print and digital formats. It also includes free professionally designed starter templates for photo books, cookbooks, portfolios, and magazines.
    Adobe Lightroom: This book creation tool is fully integrated into Lightroom, so users can make a gorgeous photography book without needing to leave the Lightroom workflow. It also includes 5 paper choices, including high-end photo-quality paper from Mohawk Fine Papers®.
  2. Online photo books – With this tool, you can create your very own online photo book in less than an hour. The online templates and layouts are gorgeous. All you have to do is drag & drop your photos from your computer, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
    Instagram Photo Book: Blurb allows you to make a little 7 x7 book that’s as unique as your Instagram feed. You can start with up to 60 images and go up to 240 pages! It’s like a tiny museum devoted to your style!
    Facebook Photo Book: Now you can turn those favorite socially-shared memories into a book-store quality book! You just curate your photos and any Facebook comments you want to include and voilà! You’ve got a beautiful 60-page book of shared experiences.
  3. Step-by-step Tutorials & Webinars – If you ever get stuck on how to do something or just need some creative inspiration, you’ll definitely appreciate Blurb’s interesting and informative Webinars and Tips and Tutorials sections. So helpful.
  4. Free Tools to Use - Not sure what size book you want? Blurb shows you what a 10 x 8 book would look like versus a 13 x 11 with their creation and layout tools. You can also see what different paper types would look like, such as Premium Matte or Proline Uncoated and what makes them different.
  5. Pricing Tool – Blurb’s Pricing Calculator will save you from pricing surprises. You just select your book type, number of pages, type of cover, and paper you want and this tool calculates what your book will cost. They also have special pricing on large orders (e.g. 300+ books).
I encourage you to take some creative time for yourself and explore Blurb’s unique and valuable book-making tools. And remember that from now through 4/30 you can get 20% off any book you create, just use code: APRILLIGHTS! If you are thinking of self-publishing or starting a fundraiser use code: BIGAPRIL and get 20% off 20 or more books!

What are your favorite Blurb tools?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday To Do

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Categories:
I've been working on crochet slippers for my mother as part of her Mother's Day gift. I hope to finish those soon. I've been continuing meal planning because it helps me to be more organized with my grocery shopping and cooking. Also, our pantry and freezers aren't running over with food that's just going to sit there for months (maybe years). Now, I just have to get better about couponing... Anyhoo... onto my to do list:

  1. 6 Month Well Baby Appointment: I need to schedule KJ's next doctor's appointment. I love finding out how much he weights and how much he's grown since the last visit. I'll be sure to let the doc know that KJ has been rolling over for a couple weeks now, and he has so much personality already.
  2. Crochet Slippers: I have to finish the granny square pair that I'm working on and start on another pair. I bought new yarn for the second pair of slippers, but I'm not sure if I want to use the new multi shades of purple yarn or a cool denim yarn. I'll probably go with purple since my mom likes purple, and these are going to be her slippers.
  3. Mug Rugs: I haven't stated these yet. I'm not even totally sure what fabric I'm going to use. I find it much harder to find opportunities to sew lately. Maybe I'll get them done this weekend.
  4. Laundry: IT NEVER ENDS! We all have hampers in our rooms. My daughter has a cute pink hamper that looks like a washing machine. The baby has a hamper with an anchor on it. And we have a golden hamper in our bedroom, but it's kinda small, so we also dump our stuff in the larger hamper in the laundry room. Everyone needs their laundry done, and I still have three loads of clean clothes to fold and put away. I hate folding and putting away the laundry. I'd rather clean the bathroom...
  5. Play: I'm trying to make it a habit of doing something fun outside with my daughter on the pretty, warm days. I hadn't been taking her out much because of my hip issues, but I think it's getting better, so I want to start back taking her to the playground. I took her on Saturday, and we had a blast, but she had a mini meltdown when I told her it was time to go in and have dinner. And I found out that the baby loves to swing. 

Spring Clothes Shopping at Crazy 8

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Categories:
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I enjoy dressing my daughter up in cute outfits, and I believe everything must match... PERFECTLY! I'm kind of obsessed with matching... So shopping for my daughter at Crazy 8 works so well for me. The clothes are cute, affordable, and already put into cute, fashionable outfits! Since my daughter has been growing like a wildflower, I have to buy her an all new wardrobe. I've found several outfits for her at Crazy 8, and when I say outfits, I mean they have your kid covered from head to toe! Crazy 8 has hats, headbands, shoes, etc that will match the outfit perfectly. So here are three of the outfits I want for my daughter:




Elephants Everywhere: The adorable dress is covered in gold, metallic elephants. I love that it's paired with a denim vest, and the gold shoes and the metallic, colorblock headband really make the outfit pop!




Freshen Up: I love the handkerchief hem dress, and I know my daughter will love twirling around and around in this dress. I also love the moto jacket! I want one for myself.  And the minty green with a pop of yellow is so refreshing and springy! And you can't go wrong with white sandals to complete the outfit.

Beach Bright: I love this colorful geo print top, but the pink, lavender, and metallic gold strappy sandals are my favorite part of this outfit! I love cute shoes, and these are so adorable. And my daughter will also love wearing the butterfly necklace and bow bracelets. She's such a girly girl just like me.

There are so many more fabulous outfits to choose from. Head over to Crazy 8 to check out their great selection of children's clothing. 

Crazy 8


Meal Planning Monday (on a Tuesday!)

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Categories:
I didn't get a chance to post my meal plan yesterday, so I'm sharing it today. My daughter and I went grocery shopping Sunday afternoon, and I actually made a fun and delicious meal when we returned from the store. 
bbq pulled pork sandwich on a sesame seed bun
Red Robin (Yum!) steak fries
potato salad
baked beans
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