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  • 7 Quick Takes: Baby KJ and Moving

    I had the baby! My son KJ was born Thursday, November 6th. He was 7 pounds 11 ounces and 19.5 pounds. So today he is 8 days old, and he's doing fine. He just melts my heart! Our daughter is still adjusting to having a baby brother around. At first, she didn't want anything to do with me when I was holding him. Now, she'll sit next to me, and she'll give brother kisses on the forehead. I can't wait for us all to get moved across the country and settled into our new home...

  • The Grand Gobbler

    I was looking around online for a Thanksgiving turkey project when I stumbled upon this free felt turkey sewing pattern. The sewing pattern and instructions are available at Sewing.org. This was a quick, easy, and fun project that is perfect for Thanksgiving. I followed the pattern and instructions, but I didn't use the same colors of felt or the same size buttons that the pattern calls for. I also used ribbon instead of fabric for the turkeys bowtie...

  • Thanksgiving Nails

    A couple days ago I painted my nails with fall colors and Thanksgiving turkeys. I'd never drawn or painted a turkey before, so I wasn't sure that I'd be able to pull it off, but after looking at some other Thanksgiving nails designs that featured turkeys, I figured out that I could do it! I don't have any nail art brushes, so I used my dotting tools to create the turkeys. I enjoy painting my nails, but I hate waiting for the paint to dry!...

  • Crochet Fish Baby Afghan

    I finally finished my baby boy's fish afghan! Yay! I didn't work on it everyday... or even every week, so it took me a month to finish. The pattern is pretty easy to follow. My daughter likes fish, and every time she sees the blanket, she shouts, "Fish!" So maybe I'll make her a fishy blanket eventually, but I'd make hers with pink, green, and brown or tan yarn...

  • Olaf Trick or Treat Bucket

    Tomorrow is Halloween, and last night I finally put together a trick or treat bucket for my daughter. She will be dressing up as Elsa, but she also LOVES Olaf. So I made her an Olaf trick or treat bucket. I used a glow in the dark pumpkin bucket that we picked up at the Dollar Tree...

  • Halloween Owl Mug Rugs

    I've fallen in love with mug rugs recently, and decided that I wanted to make Halloween mug rugs with pockets for a spoon and tea bag... or candy! ...

  • Submarine Sunday Link Party #108

    Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Happy weekend! Thanks for partying with me! I hope every one had a fun and safe Halloween. We sure did. Krissy really enjoyed going trick or treating. She said, "Trick or Treat" or "Chuck E. Cheese" (lol) to each person handing out candy. And she was polite, and said, "Thank you!" While we saw several Elsa's, none of them had on the same Elsa costume as my little Elsa...

Friday, November 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday: Baby KJ & Moving

Posted by USS Crafty | Friday, November 14, 2014 Categories:
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I had the baby! My son KJ was born Thursday, November 6th. He was 7 pounds 11 ounces and 19.5 pounds. So today he is 8 days old, and he's doing fine. He just melts my heart! Our daughter is still adjusting to having a baby brother around. At first, she didn't want anything to do with me when I was holding him. Now, she'll sit next to me, and she'll give brother kisses on the forehead. I can't wait for us all to get moved across the country and settled into our new home.
KJ
Proud Papa
Krissy & KJ

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Keep Calm...

Posted by USS Crafty | Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Categories:
I'm moving! No, not the blog... in REAL LIFE! Since we're a Navy family, the time has come for use to make a permanent change of station, so we're moving back to the Pacific Northwest. I'm so excite. I appreciate all prayers for a safe trip! :-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ModCloth's Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Categories: ,
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'Tis the season for gifting! And ModCloth wants to help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list with their 2014 Holiday Gift Gift. Shop using their handy categories, or check out presents inspired by trendsetting bloggers, including A Beautiful Mess, Oh Joy!, Girl with Curves. Utterly unique and endlessly fab. Their vast collection of utterly unique gifts is the perfect place to find something to wow your favorite gal (or guy)! In fact, I've picked a few things for a some very special people in my life. 
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Little Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children ages 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.
Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler's Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Submarine Sunday #108 Features

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, November 09, 2014 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! This week's party will only feature the Star Shipmates from last week's party. I'm currently busy with a newborn and preparing to move across the country again. I'm not sure when the party will be back, but it's going to be on hiatus for a little bit until we get settled in our new home. I have been working on sewing items for the baby's nursery. So far, I've created the crib quilt, diaper stacker, crib skirt, and a pirate puppy plush. I was going to make the fabric part of a folding hamper, but I decided to just add a sparkly red anchor to the hamper that I purchased for my baby boy's nursery. Once we get settled in our new home, I will create a faux roman shade for the nursery. I'm planning on creating nautical embroidery hoop wall art for the nursery while on the road to WA. I can't wait to share the finished nursery here on the blog.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

30 Day Crochet Challenge Day 30: Random

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, November 02, 2014 Categories:
For my random projects, I thought I'd share a few things that I've never shared on the blog before. Some of the projects are on my Ravelry projects list, and others are in my craftoholic pictures folder on my computer.
This Autumn Red Keyhole Scarf sold on Etsy.

Pink Baby Booties I made for my daughter

This is the first baby hat I ever made. I hate that I didn't use the dark blue yarn to sew on the ears. Anyhoo, I made this hat for a friend's baby.

crochet earrings with huge wooden beads...

another pair of crochet earrings

blue owl hat

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Submarine Sunday #108

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, November 01, 2014 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Happy weekend! Thanks for partying with me! I hope every one had a fun and safe Halloween. We sure did. Krissy really enjoyed going trick or treating. She said, "Trick or Treat" or "Chuck E. Cheese" (lol) to each person handing out candy. And she was polite, and said, "Thank you!" While we saw several Elsa's, none of them had on the same Elsa costume as my little Elsa. Now that Halloween is over, we're preparing for the baby to arrive and preparing for our move this month. November is going to be crazy busy and really exciting for out little family as we welcome a new member of the family and move across the country within a matter of weeks! Eek! Anyhoo, what have you all be working on? Link up below! Oh, Also check out the Olaf trick or treat bucket I put together for my little Elsa.

7 Quick Takes (Halloween)

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, November 01, 2014 Categories: , ,
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Yesterday was Halloween, and my husband and I took our daughter trick or treating. She had a good time, but fell asleep on the last street. We went to our old street and visited friends and got candy from them, and then we visited a couple other streets before calling it a night. We saw several other Elsas, but none of them had on the same Elsa costume as Krissy. One of my former neighbors thought that I made it. Unfortunately, I cannot take credit for her adorable costume; that goes to Party City, but I did make her Olaf bucket.
our little Elsa... I'm 39 weeks pregnant.
Since Party City was sold out of the Elsa slippers, I bought her Elsa sneakers. I was not aware that they light up, but Krissy loved that, of course.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Olaf Trick or Treat Bucket

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, October 30, 2014 Categories: ,

Tomorrow is Halloween, and last night I finally put together a trick or treat bucket for my daughter. She will be dressing up as Elsa, but she also LOVES Olaf. So I made her an Olaf trick or treat bucket. I used a glow in the dark pumpkin bucket that we picked up at the Dollar Tree. My husband came up with the bright idea to use nail polish remover to jack o' lantern face.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

30 Day Crochet Challenge Day 29: Black

Posted by USS Crafty | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Categories:
I have a couple projects that feature black yarn, and in the near future I think I'm going to make a Mickey Mouse scarf for my mom and a Mickey hat for my baby boy. Anyhoo, so here's a peak at some of the things I've made that are/feature black yarn:

black cat hat

black & autumn red scarf I made for my mother-in-law a few Christmases ago

Minnie Mouse Hat

skull and crossbones appliques that I added to a couple toddler hats

black & red crochet splice scarf I made for my mother-in-law a couple Christmases ago

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

30 Day Crochet Challenge Day 28: Gray

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Categories:
I love the color gray! I especially love it with red, black, and white. I've created a couple Georgia Bulldogs hats (and booties) with this color scheme.
Georgia Bulldogs Hat & Booties Set

one of the GA Bulldogs hats I made for a friend's baby as a baby shower gift
close up of of face before adding earflaps

my husband wearing a dark gray sock monkey hat I made for him a few years ago

gray, pink, and white ladybug baby blanket I made for a friend as a baby shower gift

gray elephant pacifier holder on a bib

another elephant pacifier holder bib

This scarf has a gray crochet section. I made it for a friend as a birthday present.

one of my husband's gray and white sock monkey hats

Monday, October 27, 2014

30 Day Crochet Challenge Day 27: Favorite Crochet Book(s)

Posted by USS Crafty | Monday, October 27, 2014 Categories:
I've bought several crochet books over the years. Some I have used and some I haven't. But one of the latest books I've purchased I did use to make a cute fish blanket for my baby boy. It's my current favorite crochet book.
 A Year of Baby Afghans Book 5 (Leisure Arts #5260)

I've used this book to make a few of my early afghans.
I used this book to make a couple of the blankets featured on the cover. I'm currently working on finishing up a blue version of this blanket for my baby boy, and I have one in green that's also a WIP. It should be around here somewhere. I haven't seen it in a while... 
I love the hooded scarves in this book! I started making pink hooded scarf for a friend, but it's still a WIP. Hopefully, I can finish it before Christmas. 
This book is just full of fun crochet patterns for the kitchen. I love the chrysanthemum dishcloth pattern.



30 Day Crochet Challenge Day 26: Amigurumi

Posted by USS Crafty | Monday, October 27, 2014 Categories:
I've made a couple of things that could be considered amigurumi. For a social studies project, I made a bear for a project where were making a display of Washington from a long time ago. I no longer have the bear, unfortunately. An a couple years ago, I made a candy corn scarecrow doll for my mom since she love candy corn.


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