The Finish Line

This week is all about Finished Objects. My blocking pile has been getting taller by the day. I don’t know what it is, but I will rush to finish a project and then leave it for weeks to be blocked/washed.  ūüėē

I used the last bits of my Miss Babs Rainbow yarn to make this cute little infant set:

I am not sure about the sizing of these socks. They look really wide for what I was guessing would fit 0-3 months. I guess bigger is better?  I love making baby stuff (it is quick and super cute), but I need to get better at sizing. I just eyeball it. Yet, I am rarely around infants so I don’t really know if my eyeballs are calibrated correctly hahah. I guess this needs to be one of my crafting goals for 2016. 

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Christmas Crafts: Part 1

Christmas is only 16 days away…can you believe it? I am still puzzled as to how fast this year has gone by. I know that many retailers have had Christmas stuff out since October, but I ¬†really like to get in the holiday mood closer to the 25th. In my mind, celebrating too early ruins the novelty of Christmas. I generally like to start talking about winter (think snowmen, penguins, and mittens) at the beginning of December with my students. Around week 2 or 3 we begin to talk about Christmas (we go on break the week before the 25th). Most kids are dying to talk about it sooner, but I try to divert them (haha).

This year’s first project: Christmas Trees

Materials: 1/4 of a paper plate, green paint, paintbrush, wooden craft stick, paper/stickers/jewels, stapler

Time: 10 minutes

1) Staple the wooden craft stick to the back of the paper plate.

2) Paint the paper plate green. Let dry for 5 minutes.

3) Apply stickers and/or jewels to decorate your tree.

This craft is super quick and makes an excellent prop for plays or assemblies. ūüéĄEnjoy!

3 Hats and a Supermoon

So my fiance works at a small private school. Every year they have a Fall Festival to promote community and raise some money. As part of the fundraising, they have an Artisan Fair which consists of parents and students selling anything from art to soaps to unique clothing. This year, I decided to have a booth at the fair. This will be my first craft fair and I am a little nervous. What if nobody likes my items? What if no one buys anything? What if, what if, what if. These what ifs are part of the reason I have never sold my items at a craft fair in the past. All that self-doubt getting in the way.

images I resolved to kick self-doubt aside and just do it. It was time to be brave! Currently, I have a pretty big FO (finished objects) bin sitting in my closet. In this bin lies random items that have never found a home. I have quite a number of items for women, but none for children and/or men. So I got to knitting and whipped up three new hats for kids.
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I haven’t blocked them yet, but they are looking pretty good. I am still contemplating on adding pom poms to the yellow/orange and the teal hats.

In other news, did anyone catch the Supermoon last night? My iPhone was not the best tool to capture this awesome event, but if you squint real hard you can almost see it in the picture.

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Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

Baby Socks

Baby socks are a great project if you want 1) instant gratification 2) a way to use up some of those leftover yarn bits 3) just love cute little socks. Since I have made quite a few adult socks in the past year, I had about 10 little balls of yarn just lying around. Well I got a little bored last week so here is what happened:

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So cute right?!? These are sized for 6-12 months.

Sorry to say ¬†I don’t have the info about the yarn. It was a wool/acrylic blend that has been in my stash for years, which means the label has been long gone. The pattern is from an old book that I had around the house. If you would like a similar pattern check out this one by Kate Atherly. The pattern is beginner friendly, AND since they are mini size it is a lot harder to get SSS (second sock syndrome) as they are done before you know it.

Stay tuned for some more baby socks as these little cuties are flying off my needles.

Finish Object Friday: Football Craft

Sorry all it isn’t a fiber art, but it is a finished object!

Between our Superbowl Party on Sunday and my students’ current love of football, I felt a sports- themed craft was the way to go. My search (“Superbowl crafts”) on Pinterest yielded some cute ideas but this one really caught my eye.

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These looked¬†cute, cheap, and easy to make! ¬†I didn’t have any small cans lying around, but I did have some empty coffee tins waiting for the day to be up-cycled.

Whit’s Football Toss Tutorial

Materials: 1 empty coffee can, two flexible drinking straws, masking tape, scissors, a large piece of brown construction paper, a white crayon, mini footballs (I purchased mine at Party City for $0.59 each)

Making the Football Canister

1) Start with a clean and dry coffee canister.

2) Measure the length of the coffee can. Cut a piece of brown paper to the length of the coffee can.

3)Wrap the paper around the can and secure the seam with masking tape.

4) Draw one long vertical line and several shorter horizontal lines to create the football laces. Your “football”is done.

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Making the Upright Poles

1) Hold your two straws together (parallel to each other) with the flexible joints at the top. Cut about 1.5 inches off the bottom  of the straws. *Do not cut the end that has the flexible joint.*

2) Bend the flexible joints on both straws  so that the two straws look like a capital T. Tape the straws together.

3) Now you will construct the top portion of the upright poles. Place a small piece of straw perpendicular to one end of the top of the T shape. Tape the joint. Repeat on the other side.

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4) Tape your upright poles to the back of the can.

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Are you ready for some football?! Kids (or adults) can take turns tossing the mini footballs into the container. The person with the most “touchdowns” wins.

Happy Friday!

Christmas Keepsakes

My mother keeps everything: old report cards, 30 year old tricycles, baby clothes…etc. As much as we try to get her to purge, there is just some stuff you have to keep forever. One of those being handmade Christmas ornaments. Over the years, my mother has acquired so many ornaments that she has two trees. One is the “adult tree” and the other is the “children’s tree.” Looking at the ornaments, I was amazed how long they have lasted. Most of the ornaments were made in the 80s and are still going strong. I don’t know if it their limited use or serious adhesive, but at this rate my kids will have them on their trees.

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What Christmas keepsakes do you hold on to?

Easy Halloween Decoration

IMG_4263.JPGCheck out my Snapguide to make this easy Tin Can Black Cat to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Level: Easy (children may need assistance as hot glue is involved)

Materials: black paint, foam shapes, pipe cleaner, hot glue gun, tin can, sharpie.

Time: 35 minutes (accounting for paint drying time)