Kid Road Map: The Adventure Ends

I’ve OFFICIALLY  completed the kid road map I had been working on (a CAL brought to us by HappyBerry)! I must say that it was a fun and delightful adventure, with the exception of a few bumps on the road. Ha ha! But, where would the adventure be if the bumps weren’t waiting for us?

I must say that if you have Little Ones, this is the best toy for them. Mine are eager to have one made especially for them! (This kid road map is a special gift for a special Little One. 🙂 ) Not is it super soft to touch, and the textures are endless, but it encourages their little imaginations to run wild!

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Yes, my piggie, car, and sail boat are exaggerated in size, but I did so intentionally so they could be handled easier by the recipient of this super cute gift. 

I hope to see YOUR version of HappyBerry’s kid road map soon! Feel free to post yours in the comment section below. 🙂

Happy crocheting, y’all!

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Kid Road Map: An Exciting Adventure Awaits!

Howdy! I MUST tell you all about my current W.I.P. (work in progress)…

It’s a kids road map that is absolutely super-awesome, fun-filled, and has endless-imaginative possibilities! There are hay bales, a freshly plugged field, long, lush, green grass, and a turning road that can go on for miles upon miles. (Not to mention there’s LOTS more to add to the map than what I just typed!)

I got the pattern from the one and only HappyBerry (click on her name to be taken to the first episode of this crochet-a-long(CAL)). The woman is a true genius, and extremely talented! Hats off to her!

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While the road map is indeed a blanket-sized map (I believe she said it’ll be 4’x5′ when completed), I have chosen to downsize mine to 3 squares by 4 squares. Each square is 4″x4″, and the yarn she recommends is DK (AKA:  baby sport, or 3-ply) yarn. I’ve used both DK and worsted weight yarn (4-ply) for my map; I simply adjusted the hook size to match my gauge.

My next two squares will be the pond with the round-top trees. I seriously don’t want to sleep tonight so I can finish working on it! It’s THAT addicting! Ha ha!

Don’t worry. I’ll keep you guys updated on my road map. But, until then, I wish you all a happy and safe weekend. 🙂

Sugar and Spice, and Everything Girlie!

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I have long been wanting to make clothing for my Little One, and finally did! Here’s a sweet chevron dress I crocheted for her. It fits like a glove (remember that gauge is extremely important when working up garments)! This dress is made beautifully girlie with a crochet bow added at the waist. A MUST-HAVE in any girl’s wardrobe!

Caron “One Pound,” worsted weight yarn was used in colors peach and cream. The pattern was easy to follow, and didn’t have any mistakes (at least for the size for 4-year-olds). And! I know you’re dying to know where the pattern came from! Yes, you guessed it. It’s a Red Heart pattern! Here it is:

Child Chevron Dress by Lorene Eppolite

Enjoy this freebie, y’all! And, don’t forget to post a photo of YOUR completed chevron dress in the
comment section below. I’d love to see your work!

It’s a Turtle, It’s a Basket, It’s… A Turtle Toy!

I have been M.I.A. for quite some time now, and want to apologize. During my time, I have put together a few patterns to share with you all! Woo-hoo!

The most recent, and literally fresh off the hook, is my Turtle Basket Toy. I must say that the little guy turned out exquisitely ADORABLE! Take a ‘looksie’ for yourself. 🙂

Easter and TMNT (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) were my inspiration for him. I also wanted to create a multi-purpose item that my Nephew could use year-’round. So yes, the turtle is an Easter basket, toy, and decoration all in one! 🙂

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The pattern will soon be uploaded to Etsy.com, so stay tuned!

Let’s Go Trick-or-Treating Again!

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene.

Trick or treat until the neighbors die of fright.

It’s our town, everybody make a scream.

…Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

The Nightmare Before Christmas:  “This is Halloween”

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

We’re almost TWO months away from the night when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play; the vampires flee their dark coffins to suck your blood, while the werewolves who were once men run wildly in the dark – hungry for anything and anyone who cross their path! Ghosts soar high in the sky and come back down every so often to say…

“BOO!”

What a spectacular night!

Amidst it all, children chuckle with glee and shriek when spooked. Some are dressed to resemble the Halloween creatures of the night, but they all have one thing in common – Halloween Loot Bags!

“Cupcake Bag” by Michele Wilcox is a super cute Halloween Loot Bag that will complement any little girl’s costume. (Click here for the “Cupcake Bag” crochet pattern.) It’s an ‘Easy’ level crochet pattern, and works up rather nicely. I will say that I found a few errors within the pattern, of which I will list below. But! Don’t let these tiny mistakes deter you from trying this pattern out! It’s THE perfect Halloween candy bag to add to your children’s Loot Bag collection. (Click here for Wilcox’s “Scary Skull Bag” pattern.)

I can’t wait to see my Little Ones using their Halloween Loot Bags! They’ll definitely stand out from the crowd of children, especially with their small flashlights inside their bags. Too cute!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Cupcake Bag” Crochet Pattern Errors:

  1. Row 3:  End with 51 sc, not 50 sc.
  2. White Chain:  Use Row 10, not Row 9.
  3. Handle:  Round 1 should say, ‘…in next 34 chs…’, not 33 chs.

Let me know how your cupcake Halloween Loot Bag turns out! Did you pick different colors for the frosting and hearts? I’m excited to hear from you!

(P.S. If my errors are in error, please let me know! Thanks a million!)

Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet! Give Me Something Good to Eat!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

Voices of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”

-Dexter Kozen

I stumbled across this really scary trick-or-treat bag while browsing through Redheart.com’s ‘Free Pattern’ section a few months ago and thought to myself, “PERFECTO! This will be great to make for one of my kiddos!” Not only will it save me some cash, but it’ll be a one-of-a-kind Halloween bag. It’s a win-win!

ALSO…! My son came up with a GENIUS idea. He tells me, “Look, Mommy! You can put a flashlight inside the bag to light it up!” HOW BRILLIANT! Be sure to see the photo below to see what the Halloween bag looks like lit up. It’s (the light) a great way to keep track of your child on Halloween night, too.

Lastly, the pattern is titled, “Scary Scull Bag” by Michele Wilcox. Click on Scary Skull Bag by Michele Wilcox for the FREE pattern! It is rated as an “Easy” level, which means there is little shaping to be done. Honestly, I didn’t have much of an issues creating this spooky trick-or-treat bag. Though, the creation of the nose did confuse me a little (probably because I was soo tired when making it! Ha ha!). Just pay attention to the wording, and the nose will turn out fine. Looking at the photo helped me immensely (great for all of you visual learners!). Hope this trick-or-treat bag is on your Halloween crochet ‘To Do’ list! It’s a fun pattern to work on. 🙂 If you’d like to check out some more “Easy” level Halloween crochet patterns, click here. I have a list of them on a blog I previously typed up. Cheers!

Note:  As I previously mentioned, I found the pattern on Redheart.com, but I just looked for it now, and it’s no longer available on their website. If you have any issues with the pattern file, please advise me in the Comment Box below!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider… Web! (Finale)

Drum roll, please!

 

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

 

After what seemed like years, I finally completed my Halloween spider web table topper (by Jessie Rayot)! Whew! What a sigh of relief! Now, don’t get me wrong. The pattern wasn’t difficult, just time consuming (especially if you have Little Ones running around the house!). Yes, I realize there was never a ‘middle’ part to “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider… Web!”. Let’s just say that the end was far better than the middle! Revisit the Red Heart pattern here to get yourself ready for the spookiest night of the year – Halloween!

 

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I didn’t use the suggested orange color of yarn throughout because I wouldn’t have had enough, and figured I’d use what I had on hand. Sooo, I used black for the last row of the web. It actually made a nice contrast. 🙂 What color(s) will you make YOUR Spider Web Table Topper?

“Woo hoo, Witchie Woman…”

“Woo hoo Witchie Woman, see how high she flies. Woo hoo Witchie Woman, she got the moon in her eye.” – Eagles (Witchie Woman)

Photo taken by Debra Lee
Photo taken by Debra Lee

I’ve brewed up a Witchie-Chic hat for all of you ladies out there. It’s a black beauty with an amethyst trim, and is as pointy of a Witch’s hat you’ll ever see! Though the thick, luxurious braided hair was omitted, this Witch’s hat makes the perfect addition to your ‘Witchie Woman’ costume!

This pattern was designed by Michele Wilcox, and is titled, “Bewitching Hat.” You can find the FREE crochet pattern here.

Let me know how your Witchie-Chic hat turns out! I’d love to hear from you all! 🙂

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider… Web! (Beginning)

I’m currently working on a spider web table topper for Halloween, and am enjoying every second of it! It’s everything an awesome crochet pattern could be – super easy, fun, and can be used Halloween after Halloween. Seriously, what more can you ask from a crochet pattern?! Woo hoo!

Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

 

The picture illustrates how the pattern is coming together after round two. Yes, it does look like a flower applique, but don’t worry! It’s only going to get bigger and bigger around, with more chain spaces added in between the “flower petals” (so-to-speak).  Check out the pattern here. It’s a Red Heart pattern, so you know it’s  good one! Stay tuned for the ‘Itsy-Bitsy Spider… Web!’ finale. 🙂