Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Lily~Anne

Hello, it's been a while hasn't it? Like I've said before, sometimes life gets in the way of crafting, but crafter's move on!!

I'd like to introduce Lily~Anne, a rag doll that I made for our little grand~daughter. She has a penchant for blue hair and bright colors, thus Lily~Anne came to life in Nanny Donna's Sewing/Craft room.

Out came and old pattern that I had for a very long time, some mix~matched material from my stash, purchased some variegated blue yarn and got to work. What started out as a  s l o w    project, due to Mr. Arthur taking up residence in my hands/shoulder (naturally, it would be my right hand that gets the nastiest being I am right handed ) and because the idea of taking my time and not spending hours on end just doesn't seem to sink in all that well, I decided that I would start early on this project and work a little at a time on it...well, that was my intentions until the birthday party was moved up!! so Nanny had to boogie to get this one done on time.

The part that took the longest was her hair. I did not like having the hair 'loose' on the 'scalp' and having the 'scalp' show through...and sewing yarn to a piece of binding, well, now isn't that fun?

I ended up cutting the yarn by wrapping it on a piece of cardboard, then placing scotch tape down on my work table and sticking the yarn evenly, then sewing the binding down the center of all the yarn. BUT this wasn't what I wanted (scalp showing through) and then I thought 'mm, what if I braided the hair and then sew each braid to the 'scalp', that would hold the hair in place ~ no scalp showing through!! Yay! BUT time consuming or what and try holding a needle with fingers that just don't want to work!! HELP!

Slowly I got the hair done and I really loved the outcome...BUT more important Logan really loved her dolly and named her Lilly~Anne as soon as she saw it.

Her boxed pop up birthday card was filled with balloons, harts and fun birthday wishes ~ which I had made far in advance...slowly ;)  see, I am learning! Pace myself. Yup, but man that is hard to do when you just want to dig in and get~r~done! lol

Learning to deal with anything that slows us down or limits us takes time. I've always tried to pack in as much as I could when I felt good, no migraine, but that doesn't work when you have Arthritis. Pacing yourself and rest is important, learning to take care of yourself and manage EVERYTHING on those terms takes time and patience...but it is doable ;)  Ya, easy to write it down, not easy to live it!! lol

Hope everyone is having a great crafty day, going at our own pace. Take care,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Crochet Poncho & Hat Pattern

Cute Poncho & Hat

This little poncho and hat has been a popular little project that I shared on Craftsy as Docha and have had many request for the pattern and so, here it is ;)  Enjoy!

Poncho directions are for size 1 ~2 years; changes for size 3 ~4 years are in parentheses. Hat directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

You will need approximately 14 ounces Soft Baby yarn by Red Heart ~ crochet hook: 6.5mm (U.S. 10.5)

Gauges: 11 sts = 4"; 18 rows = 11" in pat with 2 strands.

Poncho ~ Neck Circumference = 18 (20) " Length from neck to front center point = 15 (17) "
Hat circumference = 16 (17, 18) "

Note: Work with 2 strands held together as one throughout.


Back and Front: (Alike): ch 32.

Row 1: (right side) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across: turn ~ 31 sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, skip[ first 3 sc, (3 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc) 4 times, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next sc, (skip 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc) 4 times, skip 2 sc, dec in last sc: turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in sp between dc and first 3 ~ dc group, * 3 dc between next two 3 ~ dc groups **: rep from * to center ch ~3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to beg ch~3, end at **; 2 dc between 3~dc group and ch~3, dc in top of ch~3: turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, * 3 dc between next two 3~dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to last 3 sts, end at **; skip next 2 dc, dc in top of ch~3; turn.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 5 (7) more times, then rep row 3 once more. Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew front and back tog along sides.

Lower Edging: With wrong side facing, attach contrast yarn at side seam: ch 1, sc in seam, * skip 3 dc, 7 dc between next two 2~dc roups, skip 3 dc, scbetween next two 3 dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (7 dc, sc) all in center ch~3 sp; rep from * to next seam, end at **, then rep from*across; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Neck Edging: With right side facing, attach contrasting yarn at side seam at neck; ch 1, work 54 (60) sc around neck; join with a sl st to first sc, turn and continue for 5 more rows. Sl to first sc and fasten off.

Flower: With contrasting color of yarn, ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring: join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, *(sc, dc, tr) all in next sc, (tr, dc,sc) all in next sc; rep from * around; join. Fasten off.

Attach flower at left side neck edge.


Ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around ; join ~ 16 sc.

Round 3: ch 1, (sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 24 sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 32 sc.

Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 40 sc.

Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 48 sc.

Sizes (Medium, Large ) Only: Ch 1, (sc in (15, 7) sc, 2 sc in next sc) (3, 6) times; join ~(51-54) sc.

All sizes ~ Next 5 (5,6) rounds: Ch 1, sc in each sc around for 14 (19, 19) more rounds. Fasten off.

Flower: Make flower as for Poncho. Attach to left side of Hat.

Now, I hope I have not made any typing mistakes, as far as I can tell, it's o.k. and I certainly hope that I do not get in any trouble passing this pattern on as it is not my own pattern. I purchased the leaflet some time ago and so far I have not seen it again.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Just a Quicky ;~)

The nice weather is here, strawberries are growing (among grass growing in my garden!) and it's time to plant our veggie garden. Can't wait to start digging and planting and then watching the fresh veggies grow...making my mouth water for the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green/yellow beans and oh my lovely strawberries. How I love them!

The rhubarb is coming along nicely and mom is patiently waiting for me to bring some over to her. The rhubarb came from our country home which was sold once dad the rhubarb tastes extra special.

I hope everyone celebrated a lovely mother's day yesterday ~ thanks to my hubby and children, grandchildren I had a great mother's day. It brought warm fuzzy feelings to my heart.

I have not been in my craft room of late, due to Mr. Arthur ~ he is not playing fair but then when does Arthritis play fair? lol My thumbs are not behaving, so it's rest time...for a while until Celebrex and whatever else it takes to make it behave, then back to playing. For now, I will keep browsing all your lovely work and look forward to working once again in my playroom ~ er, craft room ;~)

It is camping time, so that will help for sure!! lol Campfires, nature, nothing like it. Enjoy the sunshine!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pop Up Cards Are Fun!

Sooo many projects to do and so little time...yes, that's right, nasty old time gets away from let's not waste any more of it and get down to the nitty gritty...pop up cards.

I must have some pictures somewhere around here...ah yes, my attempt at an Easter Bunny cake with my fun Easter Pop Up Cards for the grandkids...

I have to admit, I did have fun making the cake as it was the first time I attempted something like this...the ears were the easiest part for me!! lol

Each child has their own interest and I decided to forgo the usual Easter bunny cards and went with their preferences...Logan loves Monster High so....

Monster High it was!
Rylan loves Thomas...

train tracks and all.

Parker loves the Super Heroes like Bateman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain

My Spidey senses are tingling...

And for Mr. Liam....

How did I make these pop up cards? I just googled the images, printed them out and then fussy cut them (I'm in need of new blades for my Silhouette), made the pop up foundation card and then added the cut outs! I played around in my Silhouette Designer program and made up some signs and Rylan's name. All in all, working with my Silhouette is getting easier...when my brain works!! lol Some days are better than others when it comes to working after having a series of migraines...the fog doesn't always lift when the pain is gone. Oh well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So far the kids enjoyed their special Easter cards...and Nanny was one happy camper.

Thank you for stopping by and see you all soon,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Instant Downloads for Card Making

Hello everyone, what a bright, sunny day out there...and what am I doing? Searching for fun places to go to when you want a quick, easy card making download! Now you know that I'm nuts about card making!! lol

Anyhow, just found this awesome site in the UK, I loved the many items they have for downloads with instructions! My type of place to go to ~ and you can find them at Instant Card Mak
ing Downloads
Wow! Beautiful ~ just right for Easter.

What little one wouldn't love this?

Another spot that I found and loved the designs were on Etsy and you can find them here and because they are digital downloads I couldn't save and paste the image, but take my word, they are Cute with a capital C! Tinker & Co ~ Compose, Colour, Create.

Handmade Spark ~heartofwisdom ~ just love it!

If you prefer to have instructions on a DVD which usually has several projects on it then go to Printable Heaven. Lovely DVD's.

You can also find many download kits on this page on Etsy ~ a good place to find many different items AND to sell your homemade goodies.

Well, that's it for today, hope you are all enjoying this great Sunday!!