50 Amigurumi Summer Challenge

It is (almost) summer!! It is so close to the actual end of the school year, that my brain is already on summer vacation, at least on the weekends. Usually about this time I make a summer “to-do” list, just in case I get bored with my time off. I never actually do get bored, since I have staff development, summer camps, and conferences that I attend. I do have some free time, and I like to have goals and ideas to fill it. Also, lately, I have been re-inspired to crochet after taking a bit of time off from it. I have made 5 Amis in the last week, and I hope to keep that momentum going for a while. So, I am officially instituting the “50 Amigurumi Summer Challenge!” I am super excited about it! You can join in, or just follow along with me. I will try to post them with stories and captions here, and will also post on my facebook and my pinterest board, as well as on instagram, #50amichallenge.

I am really stoked about this, so even if you don’t join in, feel free to follow along and comment on what I make. If you join in, use #50amichallenge! So here are the rules:

1. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make 50 amigurumi.

2. Post pics and use #50amichallenge on any of your social media! Link back to this post to get others involved.

3. If you use someone else’s pattern, credit them for their work.

4. Have fun and be creative!

I look forward to seeing what everyone makes!

With that said- Here are the first five of my amis for the #50amichallenge!

My school’s mascot is the Eagle! So, I made a couple of eagles to sell at the craft show in the fall. Here are number 1 and 2:

Eagle #1

#1 Eagle

The second one came out a little taller. Since these are a school mascot, I will probably make a few more, but I won’t count any more towards the challenge.

Eagle #2

#2 Eagle

Then I made a cutie, big-headed tiger.

Tiger

#3 Tiger

#4 is a minion from the movie, Despicable Me. They are freaking adorbs, and he will not be the last one of these I make! I love them!

#4 Minion

#4 Minion

The last of this group is a cute little baby chicken.

#5 - baby chicken

#5 – baby chicken

I hope you enjoyed the first of this series! What do you think? Also, what Amis would you like to see me make?

Wrapping Up the Holidays

Happy New Year, everyone!

I love the idea of the new year being a time to set goals, get organized, and get a fresh start. As my DH and I go through the closets and the house, cleaning and donating anything we don’t use or need anymore, I am reflexive about the holidays. I had a great holiday this year, and want to share with you some of the things I am doing to reorganize, and especially some of the crafts I made over the break!

Here we are wearing all the scarves that were hanging on the coat rack I cleared off. I donated a few, but kept most of them (I get really cold!)

Wearing all of the scarves!

Wearing all of the scarves! #Scarfie

I made a batch of freezer meals for those nights when cooking just seems impossible. I am going through my craft stash and organizing. All of the Christmas gifts are given, and so I put away the monstrous pile of yarn and fabric I had out to finish everything. That took almost a whole day. The house feels fresh and clean with the clutter of holiday decorations now gone. I am not under pressure to fill orders that were needed by December 23 AT THE LATEST!!! (that is a direct quote from a customer, lol), so, I can craft at my leisure. I do still have a couple of orders to fill in the next week or so, but they are not high pressure. I will start and (hopefully) finish them this week.

I did not take too many pictures of the gifts this year, but will share what I have 🙂

Here is a TARDIS inspired hat. I will make a couple more to troubleshoot the pattern, and then hopefully share it here.

TARDIS

TARDIS

I also made this really cute bow scarf for my sister. She really liked it, and, thankfully, took a picture of it after Christmas so I could share it with you. The pattern for this one is not my own. I got it from the ladies at Top It Off Threads. They are on Facebook, and make really cute stuff. They graciously shared their pattern for this scarf when I met them at the craft fair last October.

Bow Scarf

Bow Scarf

My friend had a fancy dress party for New Year’s Eve, and it was loads of fun! There was music, great food, fun games, and even a photo booth!  I made the skirt I wore to the party, and I am really proud of how it turned out.

NYE skirt

NYE skirt

I successfully stitched in the ditch, inserted a zipper, and added a hook and eye.

Stitch in the ditch!

Stitch in the ditch!

zipper/hook and eye

zipper/hook and eye

Since it is a plaid, I lined up the pattern. It always bothers me when the pattern does not match on ready to wear clothes. It is just a basic A-line skirt, but the fabric drapes really nicely.

NYE

NYE

I was also very careful when doing the hem to make sure the fabric lays flat on the right side. It is not a perfect fit, because I am still not sure how to properly figure ease, but I think it turned out just fine. I really like it, and will definitely wear it again! I also think we definitely rang in 2015 with style and class!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2014 holidays have come and gone. Food and gifts were shared, laughter and merriment ensued, and a good time was had by all! I really tried to enjoy every moment of this break, and with such great family and friends, it was easy. Thank you, kind readers, for sharing 2014 with me, and for your continuing support. I look forward to another year of sharing with you all and being inspired by you. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

It is FINISHED!!

I have finally finished it! My 100 crafts from my stash are finally complete! I am terribly excited to share them with you! I have learned quite a bit from this journey, and I am really glad that I did it. At times, it was terribly frustrating to be unable to go and just buy yarn or fabric, or other supplies. I also missed the stress relief of shopping at the craft store. I will admit, I went a couple of times to my favorite one to look around, get project ideas, or be inspired. I did not buy anything for the challenge, and I am now more mindful when I do go shopping, and stick to getting supplies I need to get for crafts I am actually going to make! So, without further ado, here is the last batch of crafts from this challenge!!

#93 – scarf and hat set – These were a special order for a friend of mine from work. I have to count them as a set, because I ran out of yarn before I finished the scarf, and did have to get more. The hat is completely from stash, and I only bought enough yarn to make the rest of the scarf, and have a vey tiny ball of it left. She wanted something soft and black variegated to wear this winter.

Scarf and hat set

Scarf and hat set

By the way, this picture is taken in her super cute office. She decorated it using some really neat Pinterest ideas, which I totally need to steal from her! She loved the set, and I am really happy to make her something she will use.

#94 – Parrot Mascot – My best friend started her career as a teacher this year. She is teaching freshman English and is the Drill Team coach. I am so excited for her as she joins our profession, and I wanted to make her something she could put in her classroom. Her school’s mascot is the parrot, and their colors are orange and black, so I made her this:

Go Poly Parrots!

Go Poly Parrots!

I have been exploring some larger amigurumi, and he was the first one. He stands about 10″ tall, and is really cute and snuggly.

#95 –  Fabric Flip Flops – I recently lost a pair of black flip flops. Well, I did not so much as lose them as they broke and were no longer wearable. I had a couple of cheap ($2, I think) pairs that I was going to remake using fabric a couple of summers ago (3 years ago, I think). I finally dug those out of my craft stash, and cut the plastic part off them. I got some cute coordinating fabric and attached it using knots and a little glue. So far, I have worn them 3 times, and they are holding up fine. I am really excited about them. I also have a white pair and a pink pair to do, now that I know how it works!

Recovered flip flops

Recovered flip flops

Such a simple idea to remove the uncomfortable plastic and replace is with some cozy fabric. It’s like having new shoes, which is ALWAYS a good thing 😉 .

#96, 97, 98, and 99 – Reading Nook Pillows – Also for my friend’s classroom, she wanted a reading nook. It is a place where the kids can grab a book and a pillow and do some reading when they finish their assignments. I made her four pillows for the nook. I actually took regular bed pillows, cut them in half and sewed them up, then used the fabric she picked to make covers for them. They are eclectic and cute, and turned out really great!

Star Wars Pillow

Star Wars Pillow

Music note pillow

Music note pillow

Pretty Flowers

Pretty Flowers

Polka Dot City

Polka Dot City

They all wound up being slightly different sizes, and I think her students will enjoy getting cozy with a book on them!

And now, drum roll, please…

#100 (yea, celebrate! Imagine balloons and confetti falling from the sky!) – Enormous Dalek – This crazy huge guy stands almost a full foot tall and took me all of Labor Day weekend to complete! The pattern is by Lucy Ravenscar and can be found here on Ravelry.

IMG_2450

The instructions are very clear, and I really love her patterns. I even bought her Star Wars Pattern collection, and I love how cute they are and how quickly they work up. This dalek did not work up quickly, but he is AWESOME in his hugeness and in his details. I really love him, and he may very well be my favorite ami I have made in a while.

 

I am so relieved to be finished with this challenge, but I also value the lessons I learned from it. I am looking forward to more mindful crafting and more mindful shopping for supplies. Thanks for looking, and for supporting on this crazy, not always beautiful, journey!

New Garland and Then Some

I am inching ever closer to creating 100 items from my stash!

#91 – August Garland – “I Wonder If It Will Be Friends With Me” – This is a tribute to my favorite author and book – Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In case you can’t tell, it’s a set of sperm whales with little bowls of petunias.

August Garland

August Garland

The whales are felt and embroidery, as are the bowls.

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Felt whales

I crocheted the tiny petunias with embroidery thread.

Tiny Petunias

Tiny Petunias

I think it turned out really cute, and I am so excited about it.

#92 – Gray Fingerless Gloves – My sister-in-law works in an really cold office. She asked if I would make her some fingerless gloves, so she could have her fingers free and still keep from freezing. I LOVE the look of cable knitting, but since I have still not gotten the the hang of knitting, I thought I would see what I could find for cable crochet. I found this pattern through Ravelry, and gave it a try. It was a great pattern, and I really enjoyed working it. My SIL loved the gloves and I hope they keep her hands toasty!

Cable gloves

Cable gloves

I really love how the cable turned out, and I am super thrilled to have learned this technique! I look forward to trying this in some other patterns and designs!

I have a few more things, but have not had a chance to get pics of them. I am painfully close to finishing, and then I will show you some back-to-school crafting I have been doing! Thanks for stopping by!

TMNT and More

After I posted the ear bud pouch, I had a couple of special requests for them. I made one for my aunt and one for my brother-in-law.
# 85 – She really liked the owls and chevrons, so I went with that theme again. I used a different keychain attachment piece, since I had one cut out in the chevrons already, and why make extra work, even if it is just cutting a 2″ square 😉

For Holly

For Holly

#86 – I also made one for my BIL. He is a gardener/horticulturist in training. I happened to have this cute veggie fabric on hand, and knew it was meant for him. The lining is a green design that matches pretty nicely.

For Josh

For Josh

I think I am even getting better at making them more rounded!

And now, the big reveal. I really meant for this post to coincide with the release of the movie last Friday, but alas – life happens, and that post did not. I give you:

#87, 88, 89, and 90: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!! These were crafted with a lot of guidance from my DH, as he was (and still is) a huge fan of them. He helped with color choices – each turtle is a different shade of green, as well as styling their belts/sashes (excuse my lack of technical knowledge of their wardrobe).

TNMT

TMNT

Each turtle has a mask in the appropriate color and has the front and back shells fully attached.

Shell view

Shell view

I wonder if they would like lemonheads as much as they love pizza?

Close up

Close up

I guess I should work on their weapons soon. Maybe for the next batch. These were a ton of fun to make, and I know I will make at least one more set!

Turtle Power!

Turtle Power!

Some Summer Craftiness

Hello Summer! So glad you finally made it. I was thinking you may have gotten lost, since it took you so long to get here!

This school year was amazing, but also insane! I was pretty sure it was going to kill me by the end, lol. But, we all survived and now it is time to kick back, relax and craft away.

Since the last post, I have gotten up to 77 crafts from my stash, which means a trip to the local craft/fabric store is not far away! Since I have so many to share, let’s get down to it:

#69-72 – More Bias Tape. Seriously, making this stuff is sort of addictive. It works up very quickly, each one takes about 45 minutes, start to finish. They are super cute, and will be completely useful. Plus, I think I can sell them in my etsy store if I get carried away making them 😉

White Flower Bias Tape 1

White Flower Bias Tape 1

Red Flower Bias Tape

Red Flower Bias Tape

White Flower Bias Tape 2

White Flower Bias Tape 2

Blue Flower Bias Tape

Blue Flower Bias Tape

#73 and 74 – Toddler Gloves. These are so cute, and they take no time at all to make. My cousin’s daughter (who is also my cousin, lol) was doing a dance routine to a song from Frozen, and needed some gloves to go with her costume. She wanted them to be crocheted, so that it would look “cold.” I made two pairs for her to choose from, one that matched the costume, and one that were sparkly like the snow. She chose the matching ones, so I will probably add a bow to the others before I sell them in October.

2 pairs of toddler Gloves

2 pairs of toddler Gloves

My Cousin wearing them before her performance.

My Cousin wearing them before her performance.

#75 – Painting Towels. This one is for my DH. Whenever I get a bit blocked about what to make next, I ask him if he needs me to make him anything. He almost always says no, he doesn’t need anything. One of his hobbies is painting models. He used to use a paper towel to blot his brush, but a couple of months ago, we stopped using paper towels for a variety of reasons. In the rest of the house, it has been fine to use cloth and wash them, and it really has not affected anything. He has dutifully switched to a cloth towel (more of a rag), but has not really liked how thick it was. One day, unprompted, he asked if I could cut it in quarters, and hem the edges, so that he could have them at the proper thickness and rotate them out. Anyway, here are the finished 4 smaller towels.

Painting Towels

Painting Towels

#76 – Chevron Baby Blanket. I had several pastel yarns, most of which were donated to me, in my stash. I also have a friend who is having a baby, and her shower is coming up very soon. Put these together and you get this adorable chevron baby blanket.

Pastel Chevron Blanket

Pastel Chevron Blanket

Folded blanket

Folded blanket

Lastly, my DH’s grandmother (my GIL?) turned 90 this past weekend. She is a really wonderful woman. Her late husband was military, so she has lived all kinds of neat places – Hawaii, Germany, DC, and many others. She has such great stories to tell, and is so much fun to talk to. We had a sort of surprise lunch party for her, and her kids and grandkids that lived out of town come in and surprised her. So, what does one get a 90 year old woman? She doesn’t really need anything, and and she LOVES strawberries. They are her absolute favorite. It was my DH’s idea. I made her a strawberry ami. It is adorable, and was super easy to make! Plus it was huge! Almost 4 inches tall, and 3 inches wide. She loved it!

Strawberry for G-Ma

Strawberry for G-Ma

So, I am up to 77 crafts. I am excited, because I only have 23 left!!!! I have enjoyed this challenge, but I will really be glad when it is over. This is the home stretch, baby. I have 2 more things I made to share with you. They are not crafts, so I can’t count them. They were really fun though:

Strawberry Lemonade Cake – Strawberry cake, with a lemon infused whip cream frosting. The frosting didn’t look as pretty as I wanted it to, so I decorated it with some sliced strawberries. It looked sort of pretty, but tasted really good.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Summer Sangria – It is a typical Sangria recipe, with lots of berries and watermelon as the fruits. It tasted phenomenal, and I had a glass on the porch and enjoyed the summer evening! I love this time of year!

Ummer Sangria

Summer Sangria

I know this was a lengthy post, so thanks for sticking through it to the end! I hope you enjoy my projects. I know I am enjoying them.

End of Year Wind Down

I am seriously in the homestretch, and feeling it! Three weeks until summer vacation and I am almost 2/3 finished with the 100 craft challenge! It has been a super busy couple of weeks, so I have several new crafts to share!

#60 – Penguin – This little ami is so fun to make, and so CUTE!! I have made three of them so far, and I am sure I will make more.

Cutie Penguin

Cutie Penguin

#61-64 – Mug Rugs for Mother’s Day – I am fortunate enough to have 4 mothers to celebrate: my mom, my mother in law, step-mother in law, and grandmother in law. I think the world of all of these women, and I love them all. This year, I made each of them mug rugs – a little mat, large enough for a mug of tea or coffee, plus a little snack.

Mug rugs

Mug rugs

rolled up and ready to gift

rolled up and ready to gift

I found this really cute note on a website, but now I cannot find it again. I cannot take credit for someone else’s work, so if you know where this comes from, please let me know, and I will link it. Thank you to the original author for the cuteness!

#65 – bias tape! I am REALLY excited about the next one! I have started making my own bias tape. This first one is 1/4″ double fold bias tape made from some really cute orange gingham. I will be making more bias tape, in different sizes. Can’t wait to use this one, and it is super easy to make.

 

Orange Gingham bias tape

Orange Gingham bias tape

Hoppy Easter Crafts

AKA – #56-59

This has been a very productive week for me. I have made 4 more crafts for my 100 craft challenge. I am particularly excited about this week’s crafts because it includes one of my monthly garlands, as well as two amis (and a hem for DH’s jeans)!

#56 – April’s Garland:

Last year, I began making a Garland for each month of the year, so I would have them to decorate my house. I did most of the months, but was unable to finish April. I used some leftover canvas I had, as well as a really pretty bicycle fabric with flowers in the baskets. I cut out each of the bikes, and appliqued them to the canvas. I sewed a little pink paisley roof onto the top of each one of them.  Then I strung them up on some yarn. I think they turned out really sweet. Very spring-like and cheery 🙂

April Garland

April Garland

Pink Bike

Pink Bike

Red Bike

Red Bike

Blue Bike

Blue Bike

I never started a few of the other months: August, September, October or November, so they may also make it into this challenge, lol. I know what my plan is for October and November, but still don’t know what I will do for August or September.

#57 – White Nijago

I finally finished the set of Ninjago characters for my friend’s son. She and he were both so happy to receive them. He had to clean his room everyday for 30 days to earn this one. He did it, and then he got his reward! I forgot to take pics, so she took them for me, and sent me him, as well as a picture of all three together!

White Ninjago

White Ninjago

All three together

All three together

#58 – Pants Hem

My husband bought some jeans a while back, and, while they were labelled his correct size, they were always too long. I wanted to take them up, but he was hesitant because he thought they would look unnatural, and not have the regular fold that jeans characteristically have. I folded them under and hemmed them up using the original hem. I think they turned out looking really good. They are the correct length and I even experimented with using a zig zag stitch on the cut material to keep it from fraying.

hemmed jeans

hemmed jeans

zig zag  on the inside

zig zag on the inside

If you look really closely, you can see the hem, but when he is wearing them, you cannot see the stitch.

#59 – Easter Bunny:

This little cutie is finished just in time for Easter today. I think I am going to call him Hops. He is really cute. My favorite part is the tail. I made a super poofy pom pom. I love him, and hope you do too!

Happy Hops, the Easter Bunny

Happy Hops, the Easter Bunny

Big Poofy Tail

Big Poofy Tail

Thanks for stopping by to share my creations today. I am glad to share them with you.

Craft Challenge #51-54

Here is the next bunch of crafts I have made from my stash. I am once again inspired to craft! The last few weeks have been a bit rough, and I have been in a crafting rut. But with the next few crafts (and a bit of leisure time this weekend), I am back on track and ready to finish this challenge strong! I am excited to present the next four creations to you:

#51 – Scarf with Pockets: I made this scarf for my sister. She wanted one for Christmas, but it was not in the cards, and time ran out. She was over last weekend helping me build the compost bin, and while she was here, I had her pick her colors out. The colors she picked very much remind me of her. My husband saw me working on it, and without any prompting asked me if it was for her. That’s how much these colors and pattern fit her. We recently had another cold front pass through here, and I was able to give it to her, so hopefully she got a little use out of it this season. I am sure she will get plenty of use of it next year 🙂

Pocket scarf

Pocket scarf

#52 – Ear Warmer: With the leftover bit of one of the yarns from my sister’s scarf, I made this cute head/ear warmer. It will be on my etsy shop soon!

Toasty Warm Ears :)

Toasty Warm Ears 🙂

Ear Warmer

Ear Warmer

#53 – Big and cuddly Princess Leia: This Princess Leia is about 8″ tall, and is super cuddly. Her arms are stretched out and ready to give you a hug.

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Want a hug?

Want a hug?

#54 – A Tiny Owl: I had some left over yarn (just a little bit) from the basket weave blanket. I used it to make this tiny owl. My husband asked me if I had made an owl recently, and so I whipped this little guy up in about 25 minutes. He is really cute, and I especially loved how his feet turned out. I may just make several more to use up my smaller yarn scraps!

Tiny owl

Tiny owl

Check out his tiny feet

Check out his tiny feet

 

Craft Challenge #11-14

Hello all! What a crazy, busy week this has been! It feels like every moment has been filled with something to do. I have not had a chance to add any of this week’s crafts until today.

I did some sewing this week.

#11: These brand new workout pants got caught on the door of my car as I was walking into the gym. I kid you not!

Pants before

Pants before

So I did a quick and dirty repair with my machine. Took me about 5 seconds, but they probably would have sat on the “to be repaired” pile for a long time had I not taken this challenge.

Pants after

Pants after

It is not the neatest repair, but I no longer get an extra breeze on my leg 🙂

#12: School concert dress – At the beginning of our school year, we check out uniforms to the kids to wear at our concerts throughout the year. Over the years, many of them need repairs. This one came back to us with the zipper half torn out, and haphazardly sewn back in with brown thread (on a black dress?! are you serious??).

Dress before

Dress before

So, I removed the old busted up zipper completely and put a new one in. Hooray for the invisible zipper! This one has been sitting in my living room since September, and I am really glad it will be returning to school tomorrow with it’s fresh and working zipper (sewn in with black thread, of course).

Dress after

Dress after

#13: My sister mentioned that one of the doors in her house has a terrible draft under it. I had her over to pick out some fabric, and I made her a door draft blocker. Tutorial for this found here (spoiler alert – it is SUPER easy).

Fabric choices

Fabric choices

Door Draft blocker

Door Draft blocker

It is about 3″ high and about 34″ long.

#14: Of course, there was A LOT of crochet this week. I can’t think of a better way to wind down than to play with yarn in the evenings.  Mostly I worked on WIPs, but I also have a finished scarf to share with you.

scarf yarn

scarf yarn

I nearly made a hat out of this yarn, but I was craving something a bit different for this week, so a scarf it is. Sometimes, the yarn sort of dictates what it wants to become. That was the case here.

snuggly scarf

snuggly scarf

It is more of a chunkier yarn, which makes it very snuggly and warm. It is supposed to get cold again this week, so I guess my new scarf will get a test run! 🙂

It has been a multi-craftual week for me this week, and I have really enjoyed getting to use my sewing machine, again. I really like to sew, especially since I upgraded my machine last summer. I hope you enjoyed this week’s projects!

Can’t wait to show you what I am working on for next week!

Here’s a hint: IMG_1549