Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Knit Slippers

Several years ago my twin sister brought me a pair of slippers from Iceland. They're the best slippers I've ever owned because they don't make my feet super hot and sweaty. Recently, I wore a hole in the heel on the bottom of the slippers and had to figure out how to darn them back together. Which got me thinking, I should figure out how to make a new pair for when these ones eventually are beyond repair.


I looked online for knitting patterns but couldn't find a slipper pattern like mine. I decided to try my hand at recreating a pattern. It was a lot of counting and guessing but I had to try. My first attempt wasn't looking to promising... they were going to be too small for my feet. Who should walk in to see me crying over my failure but my son. He's always curious about what I make and if its for him. Then I realized I had to finish them to see if they'd fit little feet.

Sure enough they fit his feet almost perfectly. Score for him and the pattern wasn't a complete waste of my time. Hooray!

When Little Brother saw that big brother was getting a pair of slippers there was a lot of "hey, that's not fair!". Till I mentioned- "I have enough yarn to make you a pair too, what color do you want?".

He picked out yellow and they had to have a blue toe. I wasn't sure about his color choices but when they were finished I liked his better than the first pair. Sweet.

Now I just have to adjust the pattern a little bit more and test it to see if I can make a pair that will fit me. That was my initial goal after all.

At least the Little Misters ended up thrilled with their new slippers. They were even more excited about them when they discovered that the slippers slide on our hardwood floors even better than socks. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Craft Sale Elf Hats

Along with the animal masks my husband suggested I make, my sister thought I should knit a few Elf hats. Since I couldn't sit at my sewing machine all day, knitting seemed like a lovely evening activity. I picked up four skeins of yarn from the store, put a movie in the DVD player and started a pointy elf hat.

One turned into two, and then pretty soon I had five.

I have enough yarn leftover to make a multicolored striped elf hat, but we'll see if I can get it done before the Craft Sale.

The Purple one was a little experiment. I saw this scalloped pattern on Pinterest and wondered what it would look like on the elf hats. I think it turned out pretty neat.

Turns out I did have time to finish two more hats before last Fridays Craft Sale. And I didn't end up selling any of them. So if you know of a little person who might be in want of some seriously fun head warming accessories, please contact me for purchasing.

Here are all your choices for colors. I knit them all the same size: Child/ adult small. It fits my little almost two year old nephew and my almost 7 year old son (pictured wearing the purple hat in this post).

 I might need the purple on in my size. Which color combination would you choose for yourself?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Animal Masks Galore

About a month ago, a friend of mine mentioned she was going to host a craft sale at her house. I knew I wanted to join in and sell some of my crafts too but what to make. Upon telling my husband, he immediately said "you could make those animal masks". Perfect! 

About this time last year I was making Felt Animal masks. I made about 17 masks and gave all but a few away as gifts. My Little Misters use their quite frequently and I love that they are washing machine friendly. 

I went to the craft store to buy my supplies and got started. I had about four weeks to cut, stitch and sew all the masks together. Last week I put the finishing touches on my 90th animal mask (90! I still can't believe I made ninety). These adorable 20 masks (below) will be for my own Little Misters to pick and choose from. Every single mask I made they were begging to keep, so I figure its only fair they get a bunch of new ones for their dress up box.

These other 70 masks will be for sale at my friends upcoming Craft Sale on Friday. This Friday! I'm so excited to see them all go to new homes, even if it will be a little hard to say goodbye. They're just too cute!

Seventy animal masks... that's a lot of fun in one pile. 

The hippo and parrot might be my absolute favorites. Which animal would you choose to be?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Super Hero Cape

The Little Misters are continually tying their small blankets around their necks for capes. I figured it was about time I sat down and made them one. I had one black pillow case and a bit of red material in the house. My thought was to make a reversible cape. I just love two in one crafts.

With Black and red fabric, what else could I do but to make a Batman/ Superman cape. I grabbed a piece of yellow felt from the craft store and found some velcro in my stash to complete the project.

A little bit of sewing and TA DA... one happy Little Superhero.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

the Eagles have landed

Neither of my boys could figure out what they wanted to be for Halloween this year. I believe they changed their minds about 50 times or more. I was hoping one of them could be convinced to dress up as a griffin using the lion costume I made last year. I just needed to make a pair of eagle wings. So two days before the 31st, I ran to the craft store. That was a bad idea- it was CROWDED. After a crazy long wait to get things cut and paid for, we made it home to start crafting.

I made a template and then cut the felt. I wanted the wings to be easy and fun. I think we got it right.

So I made a second pair of wings. 

Then I used some white fleece to make a eagle head hood. Living in Minnesota, Halloween evening can get down right chilly. These hoods were perfect for keeping everyone warm while trick or treating.

I still had a little felt left over from the 1/2 yard of felt, which was just enough for some tail feathers and eagle masks. 

These two were so excited for the new dress up costumes they easily decided to be eagles for Halloween. Actually one was an eagle, the other decided his costume was a peregrine falcon.

Too bad the Griffin didn't make an appearance for the holiday, but I'm hopeful I will see it in the future now that we have these wings and accessories in our dress up box.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

making a craft come back

I've spent most of my summer enjoying the outdoors, reading a bunch of books, and playing with my two Little Misters. So my crafting has taken a back seat until my sister asked for a few new pointy elf hats for her misters. We went shopping together to pick out the yarn and then I had a little craft come back. It feels good to be back making stuff again.

That's my godson and nephew modeling his new hat. His older brother wanted nothing to do with the camera or his hat, so my two stepped in to model both hats for me.

Two skeins of yarn (on sale) and she got two hats for $3 each. Can't beat that. Thanks for the motivation sis!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Booster Seat Makeover

I bought a used booster seat at a garage sale for 50 cents. It needed a good scrub and the cover wanted washing but after a little work it was quite clean. Of course, I have two boys and I'm not personally a fan of girly material. I'm sure it would have been fine left alone, but then I wouldn't have got to sew.

An hour of cutting, trimming, ironing, sewing and guesswork later I had finished the booster seat transformation. I'm happy to report that my youngest loves his new seat, and I love it too.

Who doesn't love a good polka dot!