Showing posts from January, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Newborn Snowman Hat

This hat makes an adorable newborn photo prop for a newborn baby girl or boy.  I made mine for my new baby girl, but if you used blue instead of pink, it would be awesome for a baby boy too.

See how adorable!

Materials needed:
• U.S. I/9- 5.5 MM crochet hook • Worsted weight yarn- used here:           -Color A: Vanna's Choice in Pink           -Color B: Vanna's Choice in White • Orange felt, thread, & needle • Buttons, thread, & needle for eyes • Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 
• MR= magic ring • ch= chain
• sc= single crochet • dc= double crochet • sc2tog= single crochet 2 together= insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on the hook • sl st= slip stitch
Finished size: • Newborn- to fit 12-13" head circumference ( You can go up to a J hook if you want the hat to be slightly bigger.)
Hat 1: With Color A, MR, ch 2 (does not co…

Crochet Project: 3 Valentine Sweet Hearts

I love all of the projects that Lucy at Attic 24 makes.  I want to make so many of them but usually don't get around to it.  When I saw her Valentine Sweet Heart, though, I started right away.

I decided to make one for each of my girls, for there rooms or bedroom doors.

I used the following yarns and a F/5-3.75MM hook.  Unless noted, I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

The pattern is written in UK terms and can be found here.  To translate to US terms, see below:

2 in 1034 Sherbet
2 in 1132 Shrimp
2 in 1188 Lavender
2 in 1246 Lipstick
2 in 1711 Spice
2 in 1084 Magenta
2 in 1390 Clematis
2 in 1061 Plum
2 in 1083 Pomegranate
6 in 1065 Meadow
6 in 08194 (Red Heart Detroit)

4 in 1188 Lavender
3 in 1034 Sherbet
2 in 1390 Clematis
3 in 1068 Turquoise
3 in 1003 Aster
3 in 1422 Aspen
6 in 1065 Meadow
6 in 08194 of Red Heart Detroit

3 in 1083 Pomegrante
3 in 1241 Fondant
3 in 1023 Raspberry
3 in 1080 Pale Rose
3 in 1130 Candyfloss
3 …

Recipe: Homemade Pizza- Dairy/Soy Free Pizza & Onion Pizza with American & Mozzarella Cheese

Once a week, we have homemade pizza for dinner.  Everyone looks forward to it.

I have tried so many crust recipes and all of them were good but not worth repeating.  I just kept searching for the best.  I finally found one that fit the bill.  It's Pioneer Woman's Pizza Crust.  You can find the crust recipe here.  Make sure you use extra virgin olive oil, I think it makes all the difference.

Mix the dough ingredients and form into a ball.  Then lightly coat the ball of dough with olive oil and cover the bowl with a clean tea towel.  Let it rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Prepare to pans (I usually use cookie sheets) by sprinkling them with cornmeal.

Split the dough in half and roll each half out on a floured surface and put it on the prepared pans.

Next, let it sit for 20-30 minutes before putting on the toppings.  I find that this helps to make sure the crust is not soggy.
Right before baking, top the pizzas with your favorite toppings.  For my family, I usually do the below:


Free Crochet Pattern: Valentine's Day Headbands

I made these adorable Valentine's headbands for my daughters.  For three free crochet headband patterns and how I made them, see below!

I saw the cutest heart headband floating around Pinterest and decided to make one for each of my daughters.  The tutorial for the heart headband is here and the original heart pattern is here.

But instead of using an elastic headband, I decided to use a crochet one.  I made some of these last year for my girls to wear at Easter and they turned out well so I was excited to make more.

Here are my hearts:

For the red one, I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Scarlet with a K hook.  For the darker pink, I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Strawberry with an I hook.  For the lighter pink, I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Pink with a G hook.

All of the headbands begin the same way.  If you are using 2 hair ties you have to join them together before you start joining the yarn onto the hair tie. If you are using one hair tie, you can begin to join the yarn …

Tutorial: Baby Girl Nursery DIY First Initial Blocks

I am due to have my third baby girl in 8 short days.  With the holiday season, I was way behind on all of the cute nursery DIY projects that I wanted to do.  Now, though, I am starting to work on them.

I bought the supplies for this one months ago and just finished it up today.  I'm really excited about how it turned out.

First I started out with the following:

-3 wooden photo blocks (my picture only shows 2 though)- each measuring about 3 1/4" square
-Craft Essentials acrylic paint in Grey and Twinkle Pink

I painted one block pink and two blocks gray (two coats on each) and let them dry completely.

Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out an "R" in gray vinyl.  You could also use a stencil and paint if you don't have a vinyl cutter or don't want to use it.

I also purchased the following from Michael's Arts & Crafts:

-2 complementary flowers made out of fabric, burlap, and lace- I got mine from Michael's Arts & Crafts.  They were called As…

Tutorial: Valentine's Day DIY Conversation Heart Decoration

In the past I haven't decorated too much for Valentine's day but this year, I am really into it.  I have made/am making bunch of projects to celebrate the holiday.  The first one I made are these candy heart decorations and I'm so excited to display them on my mantel.

I started with the following supplies:
-a 3 pack of burlap cover canvas (8x10) -a printed heart template -Craft Essentials acrylic paints in Margarita, Twinkle Pink, and Purple Pansy -I used my Silhouette Cameo and red vinyl to the following sayings: "be mine", "kiss me", and "xoxo"

I cut the heart template out.
Then I traced around the heart with a pencil.
Next, I painted the heart with one of the colors I choose.  First I did green.
Then I did it with the other colors and let all three of them dry completely.

After they were completely dry, I stuck the vinyl letters to each of the hearts.

This was a quick, easy project and I am really excited about how they turned out.