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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dino Hoodie

First off I wanna say I LOVE PINTEREST!! I seriously think I may have an addiction to it... I may need meetings or an intervention! I mean seriously I go on there to look up a recipe and an hour later I have pinned a hundred different things and still haven't found the recipe that I went on there for! LOL! Seriously, Does anyone else have this problem??

Anyway... I am writing today to show you my latest most favorite Pinterest post that I have found lately. I find pins that I love all the time but it has to be one that I REALLY Love for me to make it right away. Well this one was one of those OMG gotta make it right now kinda things!!

The Dino Hoodie....

First I made it with just spikes. Then I decided to add the applique to give it a little something extra...

i think I definitely like it better with the applique. I can't wait to experiment with different color combos and appliques!

I found this tutorial here. It is a really cute blog with lots of cute ideas, tutorials, and recipes!

These are so cute and I knew right away I had to try it. My son has been obsessed with anything Dinosaur since he was just a baby and I knew he had to have one of these. I was right! He LOVES them just as much as I do and really loves the fact that his friends think it is "so cool" & say "your mom really made that?"

Please let me know what you think and feel free to share your pics if you make one. Don't sew?? well you can buy yours in my Etsy shop here.
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you will be back soon!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

T-shirt to Tank

So... Everyone has seen the post on turning old tees into trendy tanks, right?? Well if you haven't you can find it here. It is an awesome tutorial form "crafterhours". All of my friends kept sending me Pins on Pinterest and tagging me on FB about it and suggesting I make one until I couldn't take it anymore and I HAD to try it. Man, I wish I had tried it a long time ago!!! I am in love! It was super easy and quick.

This is what my finished tank looks like. It turned my old tee in to a super comfy trendy tank.

I have a feeling there are gonna be a lot of shirts loosing their sleeves around my house...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ninja Turtle pattern

It has been awhile since my last post and I think I am well over due for a FREE PATTERN!! 
In 2013 by far hands down my most popular hat was the "Ninja Turtle". I couldn't make them fast enough! It seemed that everyone wanted one and in every size from newborn to adult. I used my favorite basic hat pattern that is my go to foundation for most all of my hats. If you don't have a favorite hat pattern you can find some really great ones on Etsy. The one I use is a simple double crochet beanie hat pattern. Now for the fun pat.... How do I make go from a basic beanie to a Ninja Turtle? Well it is actually quite simple...
First I make the first few rows of the hat in a kinda sage green (like a turtle) then I put a strip of about 4 rows in what ever color the customer wanted depending on which Turtle they wanted it to be. For example I would use red, blue, orange, or purple. After completing the 4 color rows (that make the "eye mask") I do 4 more rows of green. With the foundation of the hat completed I then move on to the eyes. 
for the eyes I use white yarn and make two as follows...

Row 1 :  chain 1
Row 2: 2 SC in the chain 1 in Row 1
Row 3: 2 SC in each SC
Row 4 -6 : 1 SC in each SC 
Row 7: skip first SC and SC in next 3 SC
Row 8: skip fist SC and Sc in next 2
Row 9: skip first SC and SC in last SC
now SC around outside of eye and finish off leaving a tail long enough to sew it on to hat. 

Now to make the black part of the eye or pupil

Chain 3
SC 6 in first chain 
Join to beginning chain & fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew it to white part of eye.  (Make 2)

After sewing the parts of the eye together sew them on to the color strip of the hat and say hello to your new Ninja turtle hat.... 

Please share your pics and comments of how your ninja turtles come out or what ever you used these eyes on... If you have any questions or need any help with pattern please let me know. 

Update.....There have been so many request for a hat pattern that I created one that I have adapted from several of my favorites and it can be seen here....Best ever Crochet Beanie Hat pattern. It is my go to tried and true favorite that is true to size and works up quickly. I have literally made hundreds of hats with this pattern and hope that you will love it just as much as I do. 

Can a stay at home mom really provide for the family with out an "outside" job???

This is a question I have suffered with trying to answer for years!! I have always been determined to stay at home with my kids and raise them myself. I have always been against paying someone else to raise my kids while I work and miss all of their "first" and them growing up. For some reason I have not been able thus far to find the perfect solution and feel like I have been able to help supplement the income and still be able to be a full time mom. Maybe I don't have my priorities in line. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be. But I am a person that believes if you want something bad enough it was meant to be you just have to figure out how to make it happen and trust that it will happen. So far every time I think I have it figured out I always end up taking a small part time job to "make some extra money". Well this time I am gonna try a different approach. I have decided that I am going to put all of these money saving tips I have been reading about and all of these life organizing ideas into play and see how that helps.... I plan to keep all of my trial and errors and my progress posted here so that hopefully someone that is struggling with the same problems can be helped and/or inspired by posts. Please feel free to post your suggestions, advice, and support.