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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hats

Last year my son needed a toque (winter hat) that fit under his hockey helmet.  It is cold here in the winter and practices and some tournaments are outdoors.  I searched around the internet and found this tutorial.  I found fleece in my fabric cupboard and came up with this:
As you can tell by his face, he LOVED it.  He wore it every day until he got a better one (you know the one he won in a hockey tournament). 

The tutorial worked great for me, I did have to play with the measurements but it sized beautifully.  I made two more toques that winter.

This past winter I got a little more creative, this is what I came up with:
made from an adorable sleeper she outgrew

Kitty Cat

Just for Me

Inspired by a Bumble Bee

Moose Hat, made by request
Since I have been learning how to crochet I decided to try a crochet hat.  I used this for inspiration and came up with this:
After having success with winter wear I thought I should try more styles of hats.  The first one was for my littlest girl using this tutorial.  It was very cute, but barely fit, so she only got a little use out of it.
This year I recycled a couple t-shirts using this tutorial and made a hat for one of my daughters and myself.  I don't have a picture of mine at this time, but I do have a picture of hers:

This next hat fits two occasions, it can be worn in the summer and it was a matching hat for an Easter outfit.  Both the dress and the hat were a simplicity pattern.


The family also went to an Easter Birthday Hat Party (I mentioned this in another post) and I made a couple hats just for the event.  I have since taken them apart so we can enjoy the "accessories" on their own.
Easter Bunny and his Coloured Eggs

Fried Egg Hat
I like making hats, they are quick little project, I am pretty sure I will continue to make them on a semi-regular basis.  Maybe try some new styles too!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cakes

I don't have a lot of story to go with my cakes, but thought it might be nice to share some of them with you. If you would like to take a peak I included a button on the side of this page for you, the button looks like this:
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sew-a-Long the 10th - Bow Tie

 I have never been a big fan of the bow tie; there are only a few people who can pull them off well.  However, this week's challenge was to construct a bow tie (or crayon roll).  My youngest son is one of those that can pull off a bow tie.  So, he is the recipient of my challenge this week.

It started out with an Easter Birthday Hat Party that we attended today, a wonderful get together with friends and family, well family, but they are friends as well!  When we received the invitation my first thought was to get some fake flowers and attach them onto hats for the girls, but what about the boys?  My daughter surprised me by asking to have eggs on her head, which lead to my older boy wanting a fried egg hat.  Ideas were discussed and finally we had a plan.  By the way, I love participating in the creative process with my kids, in some ways they do not surprise me, they want what they have seen or what someone else said.  On the other hand they have a wonderful sense of adventure and fantastic ideas.  I love the confidence they have and all of their personality that shines through.



After it was all said and done, my youngest son got to sport a ball cap with The Easter Bunny (the crochet pattern for the bunny came from this blog) and some of his eggs on it.  He loved it and wore it with such gusto!  This Easter Bunny, and the one my boy met this year both wore a bow tie, so it was not a big stretch for my boy to want to wear a bow tie too.

Here he is, smiling and rock'n a bow tie and bunny hat!  How many people do you know that can pull that off ;)







Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Eggs

Easter is just around the corner, and I have been busy preparing for it this year.  I am not sure what got into me, but I have been enjoying preparing for the holiday this year.  I think it might have something to do with how late in the year it is.

Part of our tradition is to make Easter Eggs.  Me and the kids made the time today and did them.  They are such angels!  They were so happy to decorate.  We had two types of eggs, real eggs and wood eggs.  I bought a dye kit in the store for the real eggs and had acrylic paint for the wood ones.  I love all the colours this year.  With young kids you never know what you will get, and every year they amaze me with how much they have grown and the new ideas they have.  I love my life!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Swim Lessons

It is very hard to get into swim lessons where we live, they fill up fast. So after missing year after year of registration I was determined to find something. After a little research I found semi-private lessons at a pool not too far from us. I am so happy with the outcome. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family. The kids had fun and learned a lot.  While they are looking forward to having a summer off, they are just as excited about going back next fall..

The older two were in the same class and their instructor was very proud of them. When he handed us their report cards he was beaming! They passed level 2! We were able to witness their progress at the end of class when they were allowed to go down the water slide into the deep end and pop out of the water and swim confidently  to the side.

My younger boy was in a different class, and well, he smiled for 30 minutes every week for the almost 8 months of swim class. His instructor was very proud of him. Whenever we had the chance to talk with her she was happy to say how happy he is and how much progress he has made. With the help of a pool noodle he is swimming on his own.

Here they are:
If they look a little chilly they probably are, because this is what we woke up to yesterday morning, April 16.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sew-a-Long the 9th - Easter Dress

My entry for the blog/sew-a-long challenge is an Easter Dress for my little girl.  Unfortunately, she hates it!  She loves all things girly, all things homemade and dresses, so I have high hopes that she will like it by Easter.  If not, I have a pretty little dress to enjoy in the closet!

I fell in love with this fabric approximately 5 years ago.  I did not sew very often at the time, but I was in the fabric store and saw it and had to have it.

I was not sure what to do with it at first, so I spent some time looking through the pattern books.  I finally found Simplicity 5695

I bought both the fabric and the pattern.

Remember I mentioned that I did not sew very often 5 years ago, that meant I was a little nervous to actually make the dress.  It sat in my closet until 3 days ago when I finally cut into it!  I am blessed enough to have had two daughters, so even though my first daughter missed out, my second daughter might get to enjoy it.

Here it is.  Now, I just have to hope my daughter will wear it. 


UPDATE: My daughter will wear the dress!!!  I added some pretty purple ribbon and a bow and she likes it.  It is very pretty.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Family Room

I am not very good at designing rooms, but I try hard!  That being said, I am very pleased with how our playroom is coming along.  What was once the least appealing room in the house (not including the master bathroom) is now quite enjoyable to spend time in.  I discovered that it is hard to convince your children to keep their toys in a room if you don't enjoy being in there with them.  We still have some things to work on, but things are coming along nicely.

I fell in love with this chair about 7 years ago.  My neighbours across the street were having a yard sale and it was on their driveway.  It looked like garbage, but somehow I loved it.  I spent all day watching it and finally talked to Richie and we went across and bought it for $5.  I replaced the seat cushion and slip covered the chair.  We loved it and rocked babies in it for years.  Finally the slipcover started to wear out and the chair needed to be fixed again.  This time I decided to reupholster it.  I looked for months for the perfect fabric, beautiful and cheap.  I finally found it.  It didn't take me long to realize that I did not want to do the work myself so I had it done. 






Here are our built in cabinets and fantastic countertops that we enjoy.

The plant is the first plant that I was ever able to keep alive.  It is a Christmas Cactus that I received as a housewarming gift in one of the apartments I lived in.  Since then I have kept alive 3 more. (I know that impresses you!)







This view shows how it goes together.  Behind the chair is a magnetic board for the kids and some builder squares attached to the wall hold the children's art.  We replace the carpet with hardwood floor and the outdated vertical blinds with drapes that I made.

The other end of the room has a great tyndall stone fireplace.  Unfortunately I did not get a nice picture of it.  The couch also needs to be slip covered (again) - so I deliberately left it out.  The colour of the room is Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Robin's Eggs and Nest

My oldest daughter wanted to have a Robin's Nest.  This is for something special that is coming up.  For now I will stick with the actual nest.  As much as I love sewing, I have also discovered a new love, crocheting.  I decided to use this new skill that I am learning to create the eggs and nest.

I looked around the internet and found plenty of patterns for wonderful crochet eggs, unfortunately they were all about the size of a chicken egg, not what I was looking for.  So, I set to work at creating my own pattern.

This is what I came up with:
WARNING: I believe the egg in front is bigger than the others and bigger than the one in the pattern):


If you are interested in making this little nest, here is the pattern that I came up with.  Let me know if you spot any mistakes, this is the first time I have written a pattern.

Note: I did not like the way the eggs looked when I stuffed them with polyfill, so since the eggs are small I stuffed them with the yarn that I used to crochet them.

 Abbreviations
ch: chain
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sl st = slip stitch

Robin’s Egg
Hook Size: 4mm
Approximate size of finished egg: 1.5 inches

Make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring = 6 st
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each st around = 12 st
Rnd 3:  (sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st) 2 times = 14
Rnd 4: sc in each st around = 14
Rnd 5:  (sc in next 5 st, sc2tog) 2 times = 12 st
Rnd 6: sc2tog 6 times = 6 st – add stuffing through hole
Rnd 7: sc2tog, skip st, sl st in next 2 st and fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Make as many as desired.

Bird's Nest
Hook Size: 6.5mm
Unfortunately, I do not have an exact pattern, but this will work beautifully.  If I make another, I will keep track of my stitches.
Hold 3 strands of yarn together for a tight stitch.
ch 3 and sl st into first chain to make a loop or ring
Rnd 1: ch 2, work as many sc as you can into the ring (I had 7 - this will depend on the thickness of your yarn). sl st into top of ch 2.
At this point, I began crocheting in a continuous round.
Rnd 2 and on: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) repeat until you have the width you desire for the bottom of your nest.     
Final Rnds: This will form the sides of your nest. sc in each st until your sides are the height you desire. 
Last Rnd: sl st in each st around.  Fasten off.  Weave in loose ends.                                           
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