Hacky Sacks and Pokemon

Good morning all! I hope everyone is enjoying Presidents Day or your Monday if you aren’t in the states.

It’s a cloudy morning here in North Texas but the sun is trying to poke through and warm the day. The hubby had the day off and I’m going to make the most of the extra time I get with him 🙂

Earlier this week I finished up a birthday gift for my brother (he’s not my blood brother but I love him like he was 🙂 ). He still loves to play video games and he recently borrowed my Nintendo DS to play the new Pokemon game. I had the idea of making Pokeball hacky sacks for him. He loves to play hacky sack and it makes it extra special because he got me a bunch of crochet stuff for Christmas that I absolutely love. It’s my way of paying it forward and saying thanks.

This is a regular pokeball

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This is a Master Pokeball

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This is them together

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What do you guys think? Should I make him a few more types of pokeballs?

Let me know what you guys think in the comments and have a wonderful day!

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Missing In Action

Long time no see! School had been hectic with midterms around the corner and I just wanted to apologize for being MIA. I have still been crocheting though!

In the time I have been missing I have started and finished three projects. This is the first one I’m going to share with you.

Another Pillow!!!

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The striped granny square side is my favorite but hubby is partial to the checkered side. Go figure haha! I think thy if I had made the checkered side more random I would have liked it more.

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It just looks so happy in on the sunny yellow be. I love it.

I was wanting to organize a swap for spring if anyone is interested please let me know. Also, I’ve become an Instagram lover so please follow me for more updates on current projects here 🙂

Have a lovely day and stay tuned for project #2!! xx

Trying something new

I’ve decided to try a little something new today. Instead of just updating when I crochet something (which can honestly be sparse since projects take a lot longer with full time schooling) I decided that I will try to update daily with a little something I did that day and pictures.

Today was a lackluster morning. All grey and sad looking but somehow around 10 am it decided to start to try and be sunny. I was so thankful. Being cooped up all day was driving me mad.

With the shiny afternoon I decided to enjoy the brisk spring like weather (not sure why Texas had decided its spring here, but it is and that’s ok) I decided to go for a walk. Look what I found!

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It almost blended right in but I inherited my father’s hunters’ eyes and saw it. At least that’s why I’m told I notice tiny things. But I really just like lady bugs a lot.

After walking around the gravel track that’s near my home for a few miles an jogging for a bit I came home and tried to do some crunches. A certain feline, however, decided it was “pay attention to me” time and this is what was inches from me as I tried to get my abs into shape.

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She is too cute! She’s the neediest and most loving cat I have ever met. My Lilly Anne is a one of a kind Manx that I cannot live without and that hubby is allergic to. He suffers through for me though. And I love him for that.

Now for the rest of the afternoon I will be crocheting. I’m nearly done with the second pillow cover and I can’t wait to show it all to you 🙂

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I just love the colors!

Have a wonderful day!

Another Pillow? Why not!

With nursing school keeping me so busy I find it hard to crochet as much as I like and therefore update this blog as often as I had hoped to. But here I am!

After the last pillow ( and being too distracted by pretty happy colored yarn) I kind of quit working on batman in favor of another pillow! In my attempt to work through my stash I found buried in the back of my craft closet five pillow forms. Why the heck did I have so many?!?!? No idea. But it makes for lots of new pillows for my bed and quick ways to work through my stash.

This is pillow #2 so far:

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I really like it so far. I’m hoping to finish it by Friday. This is the back of the pillow so far:

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Such happy colors! I’m in love with it so far.

Thank you for sticking with me. I will be back tomorrow with a special Valentine’s Day project. I sent one of each of these things to my mother and grandmother at home. Being away from family is so hard, I just like to show them I care and miss them.

Have a wonderful day!

A Finished Pillow!

I’m here with the long awaited finished pillow. I finished it yesterday night and I am so happy I did. I played around with placement today and I’m still unsure of where its final home should be.

Ta-da!!

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It’s so pretty! This is the front half.

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This is the back half (which hubby likes more)

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This is what the back half looks like on the bed. I do think I like the back half more.

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It’s so gorgeous. I’m so happy with it.

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Now I have no idea what to so next. My goal this year is to use up most of my stash before I start buying more yarn. Maybe a granny square blanket? What do you think?

Pillow Update

It’s been a few days but here is my pillow update. I’m hoping to get the whole project finished tomorrow. Maybe even tonight.

I’m working on finishing the design for the other side of the pillow. It’s taken me a lot longer than anticipated. Lots of other things to do besides crochet, sadly.

Here’s the almost ta da:

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And here is what my Lilly was doing the whole time I was assembling the front:

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Here’s after the front was assembled. Now all I have to do is add the flowers, finish the back, and add a ruffle. I think it’s coming along quite nicely. What do you think?

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Don’t mind the sephora bag. I bought some hand cream and its now holding all my scraps.

A Valentine’s Day Wreath Mini Tutorial

Good morning, all! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to your week and that it continues for you 🙂 The weather here has been unseasonably warm for this time of year. Usually I’m inside watching the grey skies for snow but the birds have been chirping, the sun has been shining, and its been shorts and flip-flop weather. It makes me quite happy. 20130124-081548.jpg I’ve been busy working on schoolwork and other crafty things this week so far and thought that I would share one them with you.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I should get some decorating done. So on Monday I visited Hobby Lobby, a craft store that’s only a stone throw away. Among the several things I purchased was a foam wreath form (I always get in trouble in that store. There is always something you have to have). I don’t have photos of the process to make the wreath but I will try my best to describe it to you.
Ta Da!!!! Isn’t it pretty??

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After removing the stickers and whatnot from the wreath, I began by hot gluing white yarn down and wrapping it tightly around the form. I’ve seen several yarn wrapped forms that just wrap around all willy-nilly but my OCD won’t let me do that. I made sure that I wrapped the yarn around tightly in a way where each strand was parallel to the next. It’s tedious work but it gives very crisp lines.

When changing color after a section was done, I got glued the new yarn down along with the color that I was just wrapping around the form. After finishing the color changing segments I used a thin Valentine themed ribbon to cover the boarders between the white and the pink. It gave the wreath a crisp loom and worked in some red to match the red felt roses I glued on next.

This is a close up of the color segments and ribbon.

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This is a close up of the flowers.

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Overall I’m quite pleased with it. Next time I make a wreath, which will be soon, I will make sure to take photos of the process.

Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for a pillow cover and batman update 🙂

Project ADD

Well, I haven’t given up on the batman blanket project. It’s going rather well and I’m excited to say that I’m about 30% done with the first logo. I want to make between six or eight in total.

Since I can’t work on batman while the hubster is home, I’ve started a new project. I have five sad and uncovered pillow forms that need some help.

For my first pillow form I’m going to try my hand at sewing a cover for it. I have some pretty robin’s egg blue fabric I picked up a long time ago from Jo Ann’s that I never got around to using. After the pillow is covered I plan to stitch on a small granny square cover.

I’ve made the first out of twelve granny squares and the first out of twelve roses.

The pattern for the roses came from the Lovely Lucy at Attic 24She has to be one of my favorite crochet artists. The things she comes up with are so bright and cheerful! Here is the pattern for the roses that he so kindly put up on her blog: May Roses

This is the first granny square. I just need to add a few leaves and it’s complete 🙂 I’m very excited!

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Batman in Progress

I’m so excited to show you all my batman logo in the works. I didn’t think I would be able to change colors mid row and be happy with the results but I am! It looks so good so far and I’m so excited to finish this logo.

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Isn’t it pretty!?!?! I’m so excited that this is working out!

Not sure how the blanket is going to look since I had to scale down the size of the logo but I have a few ideas. Maybe using three or four logos at the top and at the bottom with a purple, yellow, black, and white plaid section in the middle? I almost let it slip to hubby that I’m making him a blanket. Bad me!

I’m going to get back to work before all of our friends come over for game night.

Have a great day!!

Batman had me defeated

Well, I just ripped out all of the stitches I had done for my hubby’s blanket. Why? I did the math and it would look so squished! So I took everything I had done out and I am now following the diagram like its written.

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It’s quite smaller but I have something up my sleeve 🙂 Also, those are the stitch markers that I make. They work really well with crochet. I use lever back earrings so that they markers are secured into each stitch they are placed. Once I get a store up and running I will gladly add the link to the sideboard.

These are the ones I made special for Valentine’s Day.

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Pretty cute right? I thought so 🙂

Have a great day!