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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.
We hear a lot about how Christmas and family go hand-in-hand, with it being a time that you should spend with loved ones cherishing the rare time you have together with such busy lives to lead. Around the Christmas period, that rare time you have to yourselves is spent queuing in traffic or wandering around crowded high streets and shopping centres looking for some inspiration so you can buy presents for the people you care about.
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. We found a really cool Valentine pot that we decided to turn into a Spring Word Pot.
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!