Monday, 29 December 2014

Dinosaurs? DINOSAURS!

I've been going dinosaur crazy over the last few months since the new Jurassic Park movie trailer came out! Now, dinosaurs have always been a pretty big obsession of mine (though not as nearly as obsessed with them as my older brother is; he actually works at a dinosaur museum). Ever since the trailer came out though, dinosaurs have been everywhere and I want to buy them all! It also is giving me a reason to wear my Jurassic Park dress again!

That's right. A Jurassic Park dress.

I made it a few years ago when the first movie got re-released in 3D. I refused to go see it in the theatre until I had finished sewing this dress.

I've never been more proud of anything in my life. 

Walmart was actually clearing out all their kids dinosaur bedroom stuff a few months ago and I literally had to buy it all (future children, I'm sorry if you hate dinosaurs because of me). I got a few extra of the dinosaur curtain panels though because they're a really nice blue with dinosaur outlines on them and I want to make another dress or shirt or skirt out of them. (I'll post a picture later)

I have a feeling dinosaurs are going to be very popular again and that might not have been the best idea on walmarts part.

I did use a pattern for the dress but I'm not completely sure which one. If I ever find out, I'll update this post with it.

Also, I got dinosaurs things (AWESOME DINOSAUR THINGS!!!) for Christmas this year, but I'll make a separate post about that when I get pictures of them. My boyfriend is so talented :)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Jingle All The Way DIY

A while ago I saw this post on Pinterest and I immediately fell in love with the idea. Especially the little bit about using it to keep track of how long you've been together with your significant other!

Even though the post suggested to start it the year you get married, I wanted to make it right away. My boyfriend and I have known each other for 15 years(since I was five!) but we've only been dating for a year and a half and I didn't want to wait for him to propose and then for us to get married(it took him long enough to ask me out).

I'm still using the silver bells to keep track of every year we've been together; then I'm going to use red bells for the year we get married and every 5 year anniversary, and blue bells for the years we have a baby.

(I'll add better pictures when I have the motivation to get out of bed and grab my better camera)

I got the shadow box from Michaels (I think it was around $16; I could have gotten a cheaper one but I liked the detailing on the frame) as well as the bells($4). I got the vinyl decal from this shop on Etsy. And Shayne (my boyfriend) printed this picture out for me for the background 

(He edited the colour because I'm not a fan of gold and printed it out using his freakishly awesome printer and crazy thick paper)

Shayne's now really excited to make one to hang up all year 'round except instead of having jingle bells, he wants to put bullet casings in it. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Puffy Stitch Safety Earwarmer

Puffy Stitch Safety Earwarmer
© Courtney Wiche 2014

Red Heart Reflective in Purple
6.5 crochet hook
Tapestry needle

To adjust the width of the earwarmer, just chain a multiple of 3 + 2 sts (I started with 14 chains for an adult sized earwarmer, and 11 for a child)

Ch 14
R1 – in 2nd ch from hook (sc, hdc, dc), skip next 2 chs, *(sc, hdc, dc) in next ch, skip next 2 chs, repeat from * across, ending with a sc in the last ch, turn.
R2 – ch 2, in first sc (sc, hdc, dc), *skip next 2 sts, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, repeat from * ending with 1 sc in top of turning ch, turn. NOTE: you will be making each cluster in the sc sts of the last row

Repeat row 2 until piece measures desired length (mine ended up being about 18” unstretched). Fasten off and sew ends together.

I am absolutely in love with this yarn! The reflective strand that runs through the yarn is a little bit scratchy when you're working with it, but the final product is actually pretty soft. There's also a neon pink colour that I want to get to make for my cousin because it's so cute!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

New Custom Baby Blanket Graph Pattern NOW FOR SALE!

It's been pretty crazy around my place lately; new jobs, figuring out school, lots of birthdays, and my cousin had his second baby (a boy! The first in our family since 1996).

Whenever people have babies, my favourite thing to make are name blankets. I find so many cute ones that I have trouble deciding which pattern to use. Usually when I pick a pattern though, I keep it in the family. I made one for my cousin Brynn when she was born in 2010 and when her sister, Aubree, was born last year, I used the same pattern but in different colours.

Since the new baby (Lauton; so cute!) is the first boy in the family in a while, I decided I needed something extra special and extra cute and I just wasn't loving any of the patterns I was finding.

So. . .


A new pattern!

I'm still working on the one for little Lauton so I don't have a sample for the pattern, but once I got the idea I just had to share it with everyone.

Completely personal, completely customizable and completely adorable!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Christmas In September

I have very few children in my family and it makes things a little boring. Until my cousin was born in 2010, the youngest person in my family was my little brother and he was 14. Suffice to say, I spoil my two cousins (Brynn is almost 4 now and Aubree is almost 1) with every project and craft I wish I had as a kid. I've been in a very Christmassy mood lately which is odd because I'm usually a Halloween nut but I've been obsessed with the Christmas Pinterest page.

The one thing I knew I wanted to make this year was Santa sacks for Brynn and Bree. I'm kindof obsessed with making kids believe in Santa because I remember it being one of the only good and magical things from my childhood and I love how excited it used to make me.

For each bag, I used a roll of unbleached muslin fabric, cardboard alphabet stencils (first name, last name), a fabric quarter (I used the same pattern in different colours), and decorative cord (but in red).

I'm really happy with how they turned out. I actually really want more people to have children in my family so I can make more of these but I don't think that's going to be happening anytime soon. Looks like I'll be waiting five or so years until I have kids to make them for. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

DIY: Button up Tank-top

I've been crazy busy lately with work and registering for school and helping my boyfriend put together his engine but every spare second I get has been spent on Pinterest because it's addicting as hell. I've actually had a lot of inspiration to make DIY posts of things I've seen on Pinterest that I couldn't afford to buy.

Hence this post. 

I saw this super cute dress/top months ago and when I went on the website to see how much it was, I laughed and closed the tab as quickly as I could. 

I never actually found the dress on the website, but the cheapest thing on that site was upwards of $200 and I have never spent that much on clothing before. 

It turned out pretty simple to recreate (seriously, it's a tank top and work shirt. So not worth $200). MINIMAL SEWING INVOLVED!

I ended up paying less than $13 in total. The top portion is a $5 tank top that I got at walmart and the bottom is a mens cotton button up shirt that was on sale for $7, also from walmart. I cut them both off about an inch under the armpits and just quickly sewing them together. It honestly took me less than 15 minutes to make and it looks super cute on. I hate doing pleats and ruffles so when I was pinning the fabric, I just stretched the tanktop and it made its own little ruffle thing. 

Ta-da! See? Super cute with a belt on. I love belts they make everything better.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

They're Live!

I have my Harry Potter inspired Golden Snitch lovey and my Octopus lovey available in my Ravelry and Etsy stores!

I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Attack of the Loveys

I have a new-found obsession with making Loveys. I'd never seen one before a couple weeks ago and now I have ideas to make about a hundred different ones!

I know I said the next one I'd be posting would be a Vaporeon Lovey pattern, but I had so many cute ideas, and so I started making others before I even had the chance to pick up yarn to make a Vaporeon one.

I just finished two new designs today, but my indoor lighting is shit right now so I'll be taking pictures of them tomorrow and possibly posting the patterns in my shop later tomorrow evening. One is ocean-themed because I have an obsession with the sea (I am landlocked and the closest ocean is a 12 hour drive) and eventually when I'm ready to have kids, I want to make an ocean/beach-themed nursery. The other Lovey is actually Harry Potter themed because I'm a little bit of a huge HP nerd.

Hopefully I'll have those out tomorrow, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Eevee Lovey!!

I just wanted to let everyone know I have a new crochet pattern available in my Ravelry and Etsy stores!

It's an Eevee Lovey! Available for only $2.50!

Eventually, I will have the entire Eeveelution set in Loveys, but for now, Eevee's all I got.

Next up: Vaporeon! (Because it's my favourite ;D)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Finally finishing up some projects!

Seeing as I'm trying to overcome crocheters-block right now, I've decided it's time I get out some of my projects that I started forever ago and actually finish them.

So far, I've been able to complete 2 baby blankets (I am ashamed to say that one of them was started in 2011 and didn't get finished until now) though I still have 2 full sized afghans that need to be finished. Luckily, they're both more than halfway finished so it shouldn't take me more than a month or two. I also need to finish my first full sized sweater that I ever started and a cable-knit hat that I've been putting off because I lost my place in the pattern and I don't know how to continue it.

I'm going to keep working on hats and such to sell at craft sales and online but I'm going to try and hold off starting anymore big projects.

For those of you waiting for new patterns: DO NOT FRET! I'm going to have a little more free time in the next couple weeks to write up some of my patterns and get pictures for the ones already written up.