Sunday, August 17, 2014

Clara Slouch

My photographer and friend, Kamieo, asked me the other day if she could take some pictures of my little girl wearing a dress for a handmade business, I said she could and she sent me a picture of the dress and I decided to make a hat to match, so the Clara Slouch was born.

Clara is my grandma's middle name, her birthday is this month, so I thought I'd name the hat after her.

The pattern is now available in my etsy, ravelry and craftsy shops!







Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Wish List - Update 3

The end of Summer is approaching and I am starting to freak out and at the same time I am trying to get OK with the fact that not everything in my wish list will get a check mark. Out of the 28 "wishes" I had for this Summer, 22 and a half of them happened. Why half? Because one of the items was make a fox and bunny for the kids and so far only the fox has been made. lol
I think I still can squeeze one or two things, but we will see, I tend to put too much pressure on myself and then I feel overwhelmed - silly, I know.

Anyhow, here are some of the things we checked off of our list:

We visited Fort Stevens in Oregon and we had an amazing time, truly fun. The kids loved the beach, the shipwreck (see my little family building a sand castle to the right of the shipwreck?), the lake, the campsite - we had a blast!



I crocheted the fox and I love it! I can't wait to make the bunny, but I do have some deadlines I have to meet, so I can't just stop to make it until the work I get paid for is done.


We had tons of fun building sand castles this Summer, we built one in Grayland (WA), one while we were in Fort Stevens (OR) and one in Fox Island (WA) that is not picture here.


My little man got a chance to fly a kite and it was so fun to watch!



Friday, August 8, 2014

Science Experiments

We have been working on some science experiments this Summer, here are some we made:

Lava lamp experiment (instructions here):




Liquid Density Experiment (instructions here):


Naked egg (you can find instructions here).




 But be aware that if your kid drops the naked egg, it still breaks like a regular egg… Oy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Small projects

It's Summer, which means busy!  Keeping the kids occupied and trying to get things done around the house while the weather is nice is not an easy task, so I have been working on small projects, quick and  still give me the satisfaction of getting something completed.

These dog socks I made just for fun, I love our dog so much and I thought she would look adorable wearing them.

Apple cozies for my son's kindergarten teacher. Gotta start getting ready for that, right?

I am going to work on the pattern for these two finger puppets as soon as I can. Aren't they adorable??


Wine topper...

A pair of slippers for my sweet pea...

This yarn "laser" is not crocheted, but it was such a big hit with my boy:

And how about our stick "tee pee" that was secured in place with a long crochet chain? ;)

 I also made a new robot hat for my little guy. Pattern here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Caravan Appliqué {Free Crochet Pattern}

Please do not sell this pattern or post it on the internet.
If you sell anything made with this pattern, please give me credit for the pattern. 

Skill Level:        

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Supplies:
- WW yarn (grey, yellow, black and white)
- Crochet Hook 4.5 mm
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Yarn Needle
- Needle, thread and scissors
Pattern Key:
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet
Dc2tog = Double crochet two together (dc decrease)
Sl st = Slip Stitch
Caravan
Row 1: With grey yarn, start with a magic ring, ch3, (counts as first dc now and throughout), 2 dc in the loop. (3 dc)
Row 2: Turn, ch 3, 1 dc in same as ch 3, dc 2. (4 dc)
Row 3: Turn, ch 3, dc 2, 2 dc in last stitch. (5 dc)
Row 4: Turn, ch 3, 1 dc in same as ch 3, dc across. (6 dc)
Row 5: Turn, ch 3, dc across,  2 dc in last stitch. (7 dc)
Row 6: Turn, ch 3, 1 dc in same as ch 3, dc across. (8 dc)
Row 7: Turn, ch 3, dc across,  2 dc in last stitch. (9 dc)
Row 8: Turn, dc2tog, dc in the next 5, dc2tog. Fasten off. (7 dc)
With yellow yarn, sc around the caravan. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Wheel 
With black yarn, make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc into the ring, join with a sl st. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st, join with a sl st. (12 sc )
Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew wheel to the caravan.

Window
With white yarn, ch 5.
Row 1: sc in 2nd st from hook, sc across, Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 2: sc across. Fasten off, weave in ends. (4 sc)

Finishing:
With yellow OR white yarn and the yarn needle, sew the window to the caravan.
With the white yarn and the yarn needle, make the rim for the wheel.
Suggestions / Ideas:
- Use a large button for the wheel instead of crocheting it.
- Embroider a door outline.

Copyright 2014 Alessandra Hayden. All rights reserved.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Surprise Rocks





These surprise rocks were a hit with my kids, they just loved it! It was easy to make and they turned out looking like real rocks. You can find the recipe to make them here.
I just scattered them in the backyard and the kids not only had fun looking for them, but breaking them up to see what was inside of each rock, so fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bedroom

It has been a little over than 3 months since we moved and I finally decided to tackle my bedroom and that was after a friend came over for a visit and mentioned that she was surprised that my bedroom wasn't colorful, she knows that I love everything bright and colorful. 

Her comment made me think, I decided to go with a grey, yellow and white color scheme since I love the grey bedspread we already had. I got a can of spray paint and my husband painted the mirror and convinced me that I should paint some canvasses and I am so glad I did!

Here are pictures:



The rug is from Target and the seat was a goodwill find.  I made the throw to tie everything together, I used a pattern by "a creative being" called "vintage fan ripple pattern" and I used Impeccable yarn by Loops & Threads in the colors White, True Grey and Butterscotch.



I have always wanted to have a colorful chair and I just couldn't believe I found this one and it was 80% off at Hobby Lobby. Isn't it lovely?? I love the pop of color in my rom!


These two pictures were taken before the throw was finished, but you can see the canvasses better and the stitch work.



So what do you think???
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