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?

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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.

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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