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Over the course of the last couple of days, I have been trying to spend some quality time with my daughter. Usually that means that a lot of crafting takes place. She is my crafty child, so when she wants to create something, we pull out the markers, glitter glue, and get to work. This time — we had a little help from Crayola during our crafting session. We made homemade Christmas ornaments.
My daughter loves to crochet. During the winter months when there is not a lot to do, you will find the both of us on the sofa making gifts for people and items for ourselves. Her latest creation is a slouch hat. Here is how to make a crochet slouch hat.
I love going to my friend Michelle’s house. We have a once a month lunch date where we get together and make something that we have found on Pinterest. We don’t use instructions, we just kind of look at the picture and just go with it.
Not everything on Pinterest has instructions you know
When we first saw this cute little craft on Pinterest, it started out as a Valentine pot. We brainstormed and thought that we can make these for any occasion. They look beautiful and really make a room come alive.
While we were making these, we were just looking through all her little buttons and doo dads and came across this gorgeous little bird.
He just says Spring to me. He is SO cute! I also added a gorgeous big button to the top of my word pot.
My other two favorite parts of this word pot are the words — Faith and Grace.
Those two words remind me everyday to trust in God, even when I make horrible mistakes and think He won’t love me anymore. He has grace for me even when I make big booboos
My daughter created one too and it turned out beautiful!
Here is how you can make your own Spring Word Pot. It is really easy and lots of fun!
Spring Word Pot
- Decorations and doo dads
- dowel rod
- Jewelry wire in a color that you like
- Scrapbook paper
- Styrofoam Ball
- cotton for filling pot
- glue stick
- Take your colored paint and paint your pot inside and out. Let it dry.
- Fit your styrofoam ball into the bottom of the pot. Make sure that it is stuck in their firmly.
- Paint your dowel rod the color that you want. You will want to cut it down to fit the size of your pot. We used 1 long dowel rod and cut it into 4 pieces.
- Once your pot is dry, wrap it with a ribbon. You can add a bow if you want (we did ours separate from the ribbon and glued it on in place).
- Take the dowel rod and place it in the pot, being sure to stick it down in the styrofoam.
- Decorate the pot with stickers, trinkets, or whatever you would like.
- Fill the pot with the cotton first, and then place the moss all around the top of the cotton, or you can do it like my daughter did and leave the moss off — totally up to you!
- Now you can use your decorative scrapbook scissors and cut your papers to the desired length. Mine started out long, but then I trimmed them down to fit the pot. As you are making it, you will begin to see it take shape as you are doing it. Just decrease the sizes as you go up. I made mine wide — folded it over and then cut it so that when you are looking from both sides, you will see the design and not white on one side and designed on the other.
- Take your wire and begin to criss cross it from the front and back to hold your paper pieces in place. Make sure you make it long enough to go over each piece you use.
- Finish your pot off by adding words, embellishment’s, and a topper — like a heart or something.
What have you been crafting lately?
Back in 2010, I had a “learn how to crochet” party with some pretty cool teenagers. In fact, they brought over all their yarn and taught my daughter and me how to do a simple crochet stitch. It wasn’t long after that party that I wanted to learn harder stitches, or something other than the normal single stitch. I started browsing you tube and found an awesome woman called The Knit Witch who teaches you stitches like the double and triple crochet, and then even slows it down so you can see exactly how to do it.
It’s because of her videos that I was able to teach myself other stitches. Now, I love making baby blankets for people. In fact, to date, I have made about 10 different baby blankets for friends and family members. They are easy to make, so here are my instructions on how to crochet a baby blanket.
Approx 35 ins [89 cm] square.
Bernat® Baby Blanket (100 g/ 3.5 oz; 78 m/ 86 yds)
in your favorite color
Size N Hook
Chain 68 (or enough for 36 inches)
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 1st ch from hook. *Ch 1. Skip next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end of chain. Turn
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *1 sc in next Ch-1 space. Ch 1. Repeat from * to last ch-1 sp and sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 sc in last sc. Turn
3rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch1. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to last 2 sc. Ch1. Skip next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until project measures 36 inches. Fasten off and Bury ends.
Kayla saw a great idea when we were at Hobby Lobby with our friend Michele the last time we went shopping. You basically take pictures of letters and then put them together online using a photo editing program. How to create letter art is a simple project that can be done at home with a very small budget.
She and I went walking one day in the park and she found all kinds of letters and textures to create three words for me — love, joy, and peace.
These three words will be hung in my home during the holidays this year.
I’m going to change the color of them to black and white so that it is all uniform and then get some really cool frames to glitter up and hang around the home.
Creating them is very simple. Here are the steps we took.
- Take up close photos of letters: First figure out what letters you need for your word and then look for really unique lettering to create your letter art. Once you do, snap away and make sure to take several angles.
- Create a collage of the letters: To create your word, you need a photo editing software. Kayla just uses PicMonkey.com for hers. It’s free and super easy to use.
- Save them to your computer and then order prints: Once you have your design the way you want it, save your creations and then upload them to a photo printing site and then hang in your home.
I love how creative she can be. She just always has had an artistic gift and I do believe she has found her passion in life.
Last week when Kayla and I took the day off to hang out with each other and have some special mother daughter time, we decided to paint our pumpkin. While painting it, we decided to do something that I had recently seen on Pinterest — how to create a DIY splatter pumpkin with crayons.
Kayla is my creative child. She is always crafting something, building something, drawing something–straight from her mind! Pure genius I tell ya!
Anyway, she is
obsessed in love with Super Heroes. One of her favorites is Batman. She loves the movies and would watch them all day long if I let her!
So when Halloween rolled around this year, she got it in her mind that she was going to dress Tucker (my chihuahua) up as Batman. We did not have any outfits laying around the house that fit that description, so she started brainstorming his costume.
~She created his mask.
~She drew his cape and cut it out.
~She dyed his cape using food coloring.
Yes! You read that right! Food coloring can be used to dye fabric. As you can see in his Halloween costume that his cape is yellow.
It started out as a white piece of fabric. Kayla added some water to a cup and added a few drops of food coloring and then placed the piece of fabric in the cup. In just seconds, it was dyed that beautiful yellow color.
He makes and adorable Bat Dog. . . don’t ya think?
Check out what Kayla and I worked on last week:
Kayla has been wanting to get a dog bed for the dogs for over a year now. Everytime I look at one of those things I cringe at the prices!
Those prices are outrageous! So she and I put our heads together and found a way to make this huge dog bed without it costing us one cent! We used what we already had on hand. It just took a little imagination on our part.
We decided to use this old blanket that had been laying around. No one was using it and it was just the right length to make a bed when folded over. We cut it down to the right size, took another old pillow that we had and used the stuffing from it to create this one of a kind dog bed!
Looks like someone else likes the doggy bed too!