Crocodile Puppet

Grace is in love with Crocodiles!  She loves to play “chase” with her Papa as the crocodile, she loves Peter Pan’s crocodile, and she loves the ‘snap snap’ noise they make (with arms extended doing the jaw movement).  When I saw a dragon puppet on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make her a crocodile puppet!

Here is is!

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Here is my inspiration: http://silvercharmster.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/am-i-a-designer/

I used Red Heart yarn, and an F hook.  I was surprised that it was so small, but in retrospect, I’m very glad that it is the perfect size for Grace’s 3 year old hand!  As you can see, she loved eating her mama’s arm (and everyone else’s arm)!

I followed the directions through most of the puppet, except for the eyes, and I deleted the ears.  For the eyes, I made two as follows:

Make a magic ring.  ch3.  Make 5 DC in ring.  Tighten ring and join in the top of the CH3.

2SC in each stitch around.  (12)  Join with slip stitch

2SC in first stitch, 1sc in next stitch.  Repeat around and join. (18)

2SC in first stitch, 1SC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat around and join. (24).

Leave a long tail, and thread it onto a yarn needle.  Sew around the circle, in one stitch and out the next, to create a “basting” stitch.  Pull the thread to form a ball, stuffing it tightly with fiberfill (or batting scraps).  Fasten off, leaving the tail to sew onto the puppet.  Cut a felt circle and whip stitch to the ball for the pupil.  Sew the eyes to the puppet.

Crocheted Tupperware cover

I have a zillion topics to write about, but I’m going to this one at a time.

I love Pinterest.  I admit, I’m addicted.  I now do things that I wouldn’t ordinarily do because of Pinterest, like crochet a bunch of stuff.  I will get to the rest of these, but the first one I want to show you is this little container.  My daughter gave me a vintage (read: old) tupperware with no lid.  What to do?  I really try to not add to the landfills, and I love stuff to put things into, so I made this…

Yeah, photography is not my thing.  But it really is cute and useful.  The tupperware is one of those “lovely” burnt orange jobbies that originally had a star like lid that you pressed in the center.

I made this crocheted “vessel” from Ravelry, and it fit over the tupperware-snugly.  Then I added some vine, flowers, button centers and leaves, and now I have a cute container to carry more projects from room to room.

Market Bag

 

I have to admit, I do love containers of all kinds…plastic, woven, fabric~if I can put stuff in it, I love it!  I have made a lot of tote bags, mostly quilted, but I wanted to make one from yarn.  I tried a couple of crochet patterns that I found on Pinterest, but ended up frogging 4 different ones before finding one that I loved-mostly.

This is the pattern that inspired me.  I made my first bag almost exactly like the pattern, except I wanted crocheted short handles, so I altered the pattern.  Long straps try my patience when I’m trying to grab the bag and the handle is twisted under this, that or the other-I usually end up dumping the bag trying to grab the handles!  So, using Cynthia’s pattern as a start, I created this bag:

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I used 2 skeins of cotton “dishcloth” yarn-this was Peaches and Cream Brand, and started at the bottom.  This is a wonderful market bag with lots of stretch!

I used Size 8 (16″) circular needles, Size 13 (16″) circular needles, and a G Crochet hook.  I have to admit that I’m not the world’s best crocheter, and that I tend to “wing it” to make it work.  My joins at the top are not stellar, so I added a flower to cover up that part. (That’s our little secret.)

To make this bag:

Using smaller knitting needles, cast on 88 stitches.

Place Marker at beginning of all rounds, and move up as you go.  Join, being careful to not twist stitches.

Knit 2 rounds.

Change to larger needles, knitting that round.

Mesh Pattern:  round 1:  Knit

round 2: * Knit 2 together, yarn over*  repeat until end of round

Knit these two rounds until bag measures about 11″.

Next round:  Knit this round, while switching back to the smaller needle.  (Be careful that your stitches don’t fall off of the smaller needles as you continue to knit onto the other end…this happened more than once, then I wrapped a rubber band around the end of the smaller needle to keep those stitches in place.)

On smaller needles, knit another round.

Next round:  We’re going to switch to crochet now…slip the first stitch from the needle onto your hook.Image

Now slide the next stitch onto your hook and off of your needle.  Using your working yarn, Imagepull a loop through both loops on your hook.

Continue moving one stitch at a time from your needle to your hook, and slip stitching until you’ve gone all the way around the bag and have one loop left on your hook.

Using whichever method you like best, working in spiral or rounds, single crochet 2 rows.

Now, lay your bag flat on a table, and find the center stitches  on the top layer and the bottom layer. 

Now, place markers 7 stitches on either side of the two center stitches, leaving 14 stitches between the makers for your handles.

For the next round, SC in each stitch until you get to the first marker.  Chain 20.  Single crochet in stitch after the second maker, and in each stitch until you get to the third marker.  Chain 20, and Single crochet in the stitch after the 4th marker, and continue until the end of the round.

For the next two rounds, SC in each stitch, following up the (chain) handles .  Fasten off.

For the bottom, attach your working yarn in the corner, and work a slip stitch into the front and back cast-on stitches of the initial round, and continue until the bottom is sealed.  Finish off.

For the flower, I used the same yarn and Lucy’s flower pattern, and attached it to where my rounds met.

I hope this pattern makes sense to you.  I love this bag and hope that you will too!

 

 

Hybrid Notebook

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I made a fun Hybrid Notebook using some digital elements that I designed and some traditional scrapbooking techniques on an inexpensive composition notebook.  I know, this is not a new thing, but hey, you don’t always have to reinvent the lightbulb!  Sometimes, you just want to decorate it.

Anyway, to kick off my new blog, I am offering a freebie–a JPEG file with the digi-elements for you to print and use to make your own Hybrid Notebook!  (Click on the blue letters to be taken to the link.)

Here is a quick Tutorial on how to make the notebook.

1.  First of all, using sandpaper, sand off the front cover.  You want to make sure to remove the gloss and give the cover some “tooth” for maximum glue adhesion.  Wipe off the cover with a dry cloth.

2.  cut 3 sides of your background paper roughly and inch larger than your notebook.  Leave one edge straight, so that you can line it up perfectly with the spine “tape” on the composition book.

3.  Using ScrapFusion(tm) Adhesive in the Spout top and a brush, brush the glue on the front cover upto the spine.  Be sure to apply an even coat, and to cover the entire area, especially the edges.  Smooth any air bubbles out, and let dry.  Once dry, open your front cover and turn it face down on a cutting surface.  Use the cover as a guide for your very sharp blade to trim the paper to size.

4.  In the meantime, print your digi elements onto white cardstock, using the highest resolution settings on your printer.  If you plan on adding a topcoat (eg Mod Podge), be sure that your ink is waterproof and will not smear.  You can always have the page printed out at the local Walmart of Walgreens.

5.  Using nice sharp paper scissors, cut out the elements/letters that you want to use.  Feel free to add stickers, diecuts, glitter, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

6.  Use ScrapFusion(tm) Adhesive in the Needle Nose bottle for ultimate control of gluing small pieces, and ScrapFusion(tm) in the Daubber Bottle for larger pieces.  Glue all of your pieces onto the background sheet and add any extras.  As you can see, I added some glitter to my book.  If you add glitter, be sure to let it dry!  Smeared glitter is not a thing of beauty.

7.  You can add stamps, whitewash, sand the edges, add ribbon, eyelets, or anything else at this point.

8.  After you are sure everything is dried, feel free to add 2 coats of Mod Podge.  I plan on using my notebook a lot, so I wanted to make sure it would stay clean, so I opted to use a topcoat.  Whether or not you do, is totally up to you.

There you have it!  A fun notebook for yourself or to give as a gift.  Think of all of the possiblities…teacher gifts, journal for your daughter, her friend, or the babysitter, gift lists, or just about anything you can think of!  With all of the digital kits and freebies out there, why not take advantage and create something totally unique?  For a wonderful selection of digital kits, visit Ivy Scraps and be sure to post photos of your projects in the gallery.

PS…yes, this post did include a shameless plug for our glue, ScrapFusion ™ Adhesive.  For more information on ScrapFusion ™ Adhesive, visit our ‘soon to be improved’ website, IvyHollowPub.com.  We are working hard to re-vamp the website, but I can assure you, the glue is AWESOME!

Pss…I am the first to admit, I am NOT a great photographer…