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Making time for those wants instead of those have to’s

I try to make my little one something handmade often but as is life, sometimes what you intend to do can get lost amongst the things you have to do. I decided to take a break from all of those “have to’s” in order to make my Oliver one of the many things on my list of stuff to make for him. I had previously pinned a crochet pattern  for the sweetest crochet moccasins on my Pinterst Crochet Board, I am guessing before I even had a little one, with the good intentions of making a pair. I am happy to announce that alas I have hooked up a pair.

(My little model hehe)

Projects such as these don’t take long in terms of time but there is the tedious task of stitching them together. Confession, I generally don’t like making an item that is a pair. I find it hard to make two the same, I have no idea why. I follow the same pattern, the exact same way, but in the end I always end up obsessing over the subtle differences between the two. I am sure no one else can see it but I can and it drives me crazy!!

Either way, this crochet pattern was really easy to follow and is a great starter for beginners. Maybe you are in need of a mommy project yourself or maybe you have a little in your life who could use these cozy moccasins to keep their toes toasty and stylish? Whatever the reasons, this is a great project.

I love the fringe along the back of the slipper, lots of fun to make and really gives it that moccasin feel. There are only a few stitches used in this pattern so don’t let the fringe scare you, once you get down the main stitches they will come easily. The pattern itself is very detailed and has lots of great pictures to guide you along the way.

I recommend using stitch markers to hold everything in place when it comes time to sewing the pieces together. It saves a lot of re-doing if you aren’t sewing things evenly, I may have learned this the hard way a few times myself. No matter how small the project, just pin it!

Okay, another confession. I might have waited a little too long to crochet these slippers as my son is in size 5 and the biggest this pattern makes is a 3-4. There is some give in them but I wanted to make sure they would fit him in the end, so I changed a few things in case you find yourself in the same predicament.

The first thing I did was use a larger hook size then what was called for in the pattern, this was again to ensure the slippers would fit a bit larger. I used a 4mm size hook. The next thing I changed was the bottom of the shoe, I added a few extra rows in order to get the size I needed. I believe the pattern for the bottom of the shoe finishes at row 18 but I added a couple extra rows and ended at 20 which got me to the size I needed. Now that I have got you all excited to make your own you can find the pattern here

I think they turned out so beautifully and they are so Oliver. I put them on him and couldn’t get them off, he just wanted to run around in his new moccasins. My heart is happy every time I stop and take the time to make him all the things. Every handmade gift comes from the heart, and he has mine 🙂

Happy crafting friends!

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Crochet Easter Eggs

Tis’ the season for that cute little bunny to hop hop hop it’s way into our homes while leaving a trail of treats for all to find. It’s hard to believe that spring is officially here. I don’t know where you are on the map but here in the Prairies we are still drowning in snow 😦 It’s not a lot of fun and so hard to stay positive when all you want to see is that green grass poking through the white stuff to give some hope that spring is actually here. The good thing? Another excuse to indulge in some yummy treats before we have to start the dreaded chore of spring cleaning. So lets eat while we can and go on the hunt to find all the goodies that bunny will leave behind.

If you come across any eggs that look like these guys then please refrain from eating. They are pretty cute but not eligible to be part of our guilt free eating, unless you like eating yarn and in that case you got issues 😉 I made these beauties to get those spring vibes flowing through me and through my home. These crochet eggs are a delight to make, I felt like a kid again playing with different colour combos and patterns.

These little eggs are so much fun and will be sure to cure those snowy day blues, rest assured it will feel like spring soon enough! This pattern can be found here.

I made one modification which I want to mention. I did not have the right size of hook as per the pattern so I used the smallest one I had which was a 3mm. With this in mind, I only inc x 3 for step #2. I wanted to make mention in case you find yourself in the same predicament.

I also want to share a good tip I once received when switching between colours. It can be difficult to make it look seamless but what I found helped was, when you are wanting to make a colour change take the colour you are currently working with (colour A) and insert it through the next stitch as you normally would, yarn over and pull through, then take colour B (the colour you are wanting to switch to) and yarn over. Continue with the stitch you were in progress of completing. From there you will be working with the new colour and can continue on. I found this to be the best practice when wanting to make the switch as unnoticeable as possible.

It’s time to hop hop hop on over to your yarn stash and get started! Happy Easter Friends 🙂

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Hook a little love

A child can drastically change your world once they enter it. I couldn’t have foreseen it changing the way we celebrated or didn’t celebrate the holidays. Previously, the only holidays I would decorated for were Halloween and Christmas but this kid has me decorating for all of them. I was so surprised at how excited he was when he seen the Halloween decorations this past October. He was just over a year and a half but nothing got past him. He smiled in delight at each pumpkin and ghost that was hung up. He also had to show everyone who came over all the things. His favourite by far were the stick on decals placed festively on the mirrors, oh did he ever love them. As a parent, there isn’t much you wouldn’t do to see that smile and to make your kid happy. So here I am, heart in hand and decorating for Valentine’s Day. I’m not one for Valentine’s Day but my world is different now. I do it all for him and if sticking hearts all over the house makes him giddy with joy then bring it on.

Our heart decals didn’t seem like enough, something was missing. Then it hit me, we needed a little yarn to complete our celebration of love. I thought it best to hook a little love into our Valentine’s decor and remembered a pattern from one of my crochet books.

This is one of the first crochet books I bought and still by far my favourite. The patterns are well written and easy to follow. Plus the finished product almost always turns out identical to the pictures which is an added bonus!

I was on a quest to create the cutest crochet hearts for my little guy, like I said anything to see that smile. I never thought I would be crocheting hearts for Valentine’s Day but after having made this beauty I wish I would have done it sooner. It is so dainty and sweet. You could get away with hanging it up all year round.

The book has patterns for both small and large sized hearts which is perfect for adding some dimension into the garland. I went with pink yarn for the small hearts and red yarn for the large ones.

I measured out the width of the window I was wanting to hang my finished garland from to get an idea about how many hearts I would need to hook, as well as the length of the garland itself. I used white yarn for the base of the garland and did a chain stitch all the way along until I got to the desired length.

I am feeling all the love and it reminds me that we need to show love all year round, not just once a year. Every day can be love day if we all show some kindness.

How can you not feel all the feels when you see this beauty hanging in the window?! Add to that a little finger pointing eagerly with the biggest smile of life and I am in heaven 🙂

 

It is the perfect compliment to the heart decals and most importantly it is kid approved. What are you waiting for?! Get out there and hook up some love. Happy Love Day!!

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Labour of Love

At the beginning of last year I had made it my goal to become better friends with my sewing machine. As life would have it I never got a chance to blog about the special sewing project I undertook before Christmas, but the good news is that I am slowly convincing my sewing machine we should be friends. I’m not sure my sewing machine is convinced we are best friends but I am for sure in the acquaintance category so that’s a good starting point.

I got the idea for this crafting project as I started to de-clutter my son’s room. I had a pile of clothes and sleepers that no longer fit him. I slowly packed them up and whilst doing so it brought back a flood of emotions. I realised that each of the little newborn sleepers, shirts, and sweaters held so many precious memories. I didn’t want to pack them away in a box or give them away. I decided that I would take the ones that were from his newborn to six month phase and make a quilt out of them. I began to pick our favourites and started to cut out tiny squares to use for the quilt. I was so eager and excited that I would get to hold onto these memories and be able to wrap them around my little guy. Each square would tell a story. Like this one, this was the first morning waking up at home with our little miracle;

Or the first Mother’s Day gift I received, matching shirts because life is rad;

Or the countless naps that made my heart melt;

These are just some of the memories I see whenever I look at the quilt I made, these and so many more. I can’t believe he was ever this tiny, time is a thief! It’s easy to forget, as most days I’m just trying to keep up and survive an ever adventurous toddler.

I have to say that this project was beyond my skill level and you can tell if you look closely at my stitching. I didn’t anticipate that each square would be a slightly different material and would stretch and move around so much. If I had to do it over again I would definitely be more aware of this and try to keep the squares more in line.

Not the best picture but I took this one as I was nearing the end of my labours. I was elated as I could finally see my masterpiece coming together.

My finished product, all sewn up and completed. You can’t see it but I am giving myself a pat on the back. It’s not perfect by any means but you can guarantee it was made with a lot of love.

 

I definitely have a long way to go on becoming besties with my sewing machine but I am so proud of the finished product. I spent countless hours cutting, pinning, and sewing all in the name of love. I hope my little guy loves his blanket as much as I did making it for him. I am so happy I found a way to hold all the memories of the first few months of his life close by, ones that we can laugh at and ones we will cherish forever!

I didn’t follow a pattern for this project but you can find a similar style on my Pinterst board, just click the link here. Happy sewing friends 🙂

 

 

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Love and Miss You Always

I would normally start off my blog by saying Happy New Year and going into a long rant about goals vs. resolutions but this time around I can’t bring myself to do so. While most were out celebrating the anticipation of a new year, we were hit with some devastating news about our beloved dog, Charlie. It broke our hearts to have to say goodbye but our Charlie was sick and was only given a few days left to live. We suspected he may have been sick but we could not have foreseen this being the end. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, when I first started my blog Charlie was a big part of it. He was my model, my love, my friend and my inspiration. I only find it fitting to dedicate this post to my Charlie, this one is for you buddy.

Whenever we would take photos for my blog a few things would usually happen. One scenario would be him sneaking into the picture when he wasn’t invited, generally that is when Charlie wanted to be part of the scene. He would slowly make his way in and perk up when he knew he was in the spotlight and give the perfect little pose. It always made us laugh and warmed the heart.

Then there were the other scenarios, Charlie being invited and him choosing to be a willing participant;

And lastly, him being invited but reluctant to participate;

That was the beauty about Charlie, he was full of personality. He was little but he was mighty, along with the biggest heart! Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him loved him and would comment about his unique personality. He loved opening Christmas presents, snuggling under the blankets, would alert you to anything suspicious, loved laying in the sun and could fetch any ball you threw….getting it back from him was another story. He loved kitties, I think he secretly thought he was one and boy did he love to lick. If you had bare feet at our house you could consider them licked! He also loved licking kitty ears, strange but again he thought he was one. He also loved meeting new people, he would greet you at the door prepared to lick and then show you all the things he could do. He would bark at his food dish until you said “okay, get it” and then and only then would he eat. He liked to play a game with anyone who came over and didn’t know his tricks which would entail him staring at you until you got up and followed. He would lead you to the drawer that contained his treats and he would ever so sweetly tilt his head and wait until you gave in to his demands. All of these things and more made Charlie so special. My blog wouldn’t be what it is without this little guy and his big heart. I brought the creativity and he brought all the heart.

Dear Charlie,

Thank you for loving us so fiercely, in good times, in bad and even when we didn’t deserve it. You always greeted us with love and kisses. You taught us how to love unconditionally and to live in the moment. “Stop and stay a while” your little eyes would say as we debated getting out of bed or off the couch, stay and cuddle would always win. Who could resist those eyes? Thank you for reminding us to appreciate the little things such as this and for getting us off the couch when we needed to. I loved the way your little ears would move and your head would tilt when we would ask if you wanted to go for a walk, silly question as we always knew the answer. Yes, of course you wanted to go for a walk. You loved nature, the sun and chasing all things that moved. For a little guy you never let that get in the way, you didn’t show fear as you chased things that were twice as big as you. Thank you for being you. Our hearts are broken and our family will never be the same without you but we are forever grateful for getting to have you in our lives for the time we did. I hope you are laying in the sun and eating all the treats. We will love and miss you always.

Love your family.

Dedicated to Charlie

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Knitting Journey

At the beginning of the year I set three goals for myself; learn how to knit, macrame and lastly to become better friends with my sewing machine. Well, I managed to cross one of the three off my list. This summer I macramed a plant holder, which I posted about on my blog, I have also been working on some wall hangings. I am hoping to cross the other two off my list before the passing of another year. I know, nothing like leaving it to the last minute but better late than never! That’s the beauty about setting goals, they hold you accountable and keep you motivated throughout the year. Nothing feels better than achieving a goal and that’s how I’m feeling as of right now. Okay, I haven’t finished my knitting project yet but I count it as a success to have purchased the supplies and given it a try. Let me tell you it’s a lot different than crocheting!

I’m not going to reveal what I am attempting to make as of yet but I am going to share with you my successes and failures as I go along. I have received some awesome tips on my instagram account from some amazing knitters, who I admire very much. So far I have been playing around with some stitching and trying to get my hands working right, working with needles instead of a hook has been challenging. They both work in very different ways. The hook acts as a claw and grabs onto the yarn, while the needle doesn’t provide this. Instead they rely on you to move your hands in different motions in order to grab onto the yarn. The most helpful tip I received so far when transitioning from crocheting to knitting is the learn how to continental knit which is basically knitting while using your left hand, the same as you would in crocheting.  If any of you hookers out there are looking to try your hand at knitting I have found this style of knitting to be very helpful thus far. You can click on the link above to learn more about this technique.

With this in mind and a video tutorial or two or three….okay a lot…..I have learnt how to cast onto my knitting needles! Woot, woot!! I know it’s a little step in a long journey but it feels so good!!

I have yarn on my needles guys!!

I found a great video tutorial that was slow and patient with me which I am going to share with you here. Bless those who post videos to share their hard work with others, I am ever so thankful for all of you! Without all your time and energy posting these educational tutorials I would have never learnt how to crochet or attempt my hand at knitting, so thank you very much!

With yarn on my needles I am ready for the next steps which I will share on my blog as I go along. I found it fairly simple once I got into the groove of casting the yarn onto the needles but I did and still do struggle with my tension. The more I read on this the more I find that this is common if you are a crocheter. It can be challenging to get the right amount of tension. This is definitely something I am going to have to work on.

It feels so good to be trying something new. I encourage all of you to get out there and try something you have always wanted to. Don’t worry about the cost, time or if you will be good at it, just go do it! The feeling is amazing and it does the soul good. Life is short so why not enjoy the ride doing what makes you happy.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in my knitting journey. Happy crafting!

*My etsy store, BBCraftlandia, is up and stocked with lots of cozy goodies to keep you warm this holiday season. As well as, some festive wreaths/florals*

 

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Give Thanks

I am still in amazement by how quickly this year has flown by. I think I have said it before but I will say it again, having a kid really gives time new meaning. You can see it go by as you watch your child grow, month after month and year after year. There are moments I want to bottle up forever and wish I could halt time so I could stay in the moment even longer. It’s a good reminder to enjoy the little things. I say this as I sit amongst a messy house because I took some extra time to laugh a little longer with my Oliver. These moments are precious and they won’t last forever. There will come a day I won’t be as funny and tickle time will become a thing of the past so the dishes can wait as we laugh and play a little longer today.

Days like today make me so thankful for the life I have and for my family. With Thanksgiving quickly ahead, if you are Canadian that is, tis the season to stop and give extra thanks. The best way to celebrate, in my opinion, is through sharing food with those you love. I am excited for this time of year once again, we can sit around and share stories of our favourite memories, share good food and make new favourite memories. I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about how much I love the holidays, this one especially. The weather is getting colder which also means more inspiration for making all the cozy things. It was these feelings that got me motivated to make this next crochet creation.

I am in love with my little pumpkin patch, they are so much fun to make. Don’t be fooled, if you can crochet in the round then you got this! Give it a try, you won’t regret it. These beauties are the perfect decor to add to the table centrepiece this Thanksgiving. I found the pattern on Pinterest and the best part is that they provide a pattern for two different sizes.

I decided to make two pumpkins in two different sizes. I also opted to make a white pumpkin just for something different.

I love how they turned out and have received lots of compliments. These beauties are also perfect to have out during Halloween as well. You could use some felt and make it a Jack o Lantern, so many creative possibilities.

I may have a couple of these pumpkins at my next craft show on October 14th at W.H. Ford school so if you are in the area come by and say hi! Oh and another thing I am thankful for, you! Thanks for taking a read and following my blog. You all make my heart full of thanks!