FO: Lots of Baby Hats & A Knitting Needle Bracelet

With lots of my friends and coworkers being either pregnant or having adorable little babies, it seems that I have been knitting baby items for awhile.  Here are some of the little helm-protectors that I have finished lately:

Also … I’ve been drooling over knitting needle bracelets or bangles ever since I saw them on Etsy years ago.  A few weeks ago, I managed to make one of my own.  I used this online tutorial, but the temperature setting for the metal needles only worked well with the smaller gauge needles.  This bracelet was a size 1 needle.

Knitting needle bracelets - beautiful and dangerous ;)

Knitting needle bracelets – beautiful and dangerous 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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Crafting: Glitter Office Art

Almost a year ago, I got a new and interesting job – which meant getting a new office to decorate. Finally, I had a reason to make some of my glittery Pinterest dreams come true and I can definitely say that creating office art is fun.

To honor my state, I choose a DIY State art.  It was one of my simplest art projects – a 10″ x 10″ canvas painted turquoise with scrapbook red glitter paper in the shape of Arkansas glued to the middle.

Glittery Arkansas

Glittery Arkansas

I also made another artwork similar to Papery and Cakery’s Sprinkle Artwork.  I used another 10″ x 10″ canvas, tons of craft glue, two different type of red glitter (micro and normal), and blue glitter letter stickers.  My kerning isn’t the best, but I like it.

Tons off glue, glitter, and love

Tons off glue, glitter, and love

 

 

 

 

Crafting: Mother’s Day Cards

Happy Mother’s Day!! For Mother’s Day, we decided to make cards that weren’t your average store-bought cards – which is great because we tend to disagree about what type of card to get (sappy v. silly). When I found this spinner card, I knew immediately that we could agree on crafting this card.

Crafting Cards - Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

Crafting Cards – Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

However, I should really avoid crafting around this time of the year. With a ton of birthdays, Z in the middle of finals, and our seasonal allergies, my crafting took on an appearance that I can only imagine resembles the crafting of a mother who just realized that her child’s holiday party was two days away. It wasn’t pretty and there may have been pouting.

Finished card with envelope

Finished card with envelope

The directions for the project are on the free printable from Farouche Shop. My two variations were using paper fasteners (instead of brads) and larger envelopes ( 6″ x 9″). Despite the frustrations while crafting, I love these cards and I hope that the recipients love them as much as we do.

 

 

Faux Hydrangea Wreath

Before it was official Spring, I was craving some Spring themed wreath for our door.  The problem was that I wanted nothing Spring holiday specific (like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or Earth Day themed).  After searching the Internet, I found a DIY for a Faux Hydrangea Wreath that was absolutely adorable.

My faux hydrangea wreath

My faux hydrangea wreath

My wreath is a little different from the wreath in the DIY tutorial.  I choose a smaller 12 inch wreath and used 8 hydrangea flowers.  I also used the leaves from the stems to edge the wreath.

Side view showing the leaves

Side view showing the leaves

I hate grapevine wreaths. I can never seem to extract one wreath from another wreath.  The grapevine wreath always seem to be get stuck in my clothing or hair. So, I choose a straw wreath.  Using a straw wreath made it a little more difficult to push the hydrangea stems through and meant that I cut my stems about one inch shorter than the original DIY.  However, I really love the look and it’s something that can stay up into June.

 

 

DIY: Wrapped Ribbon Baby Wreath

I’m from the South – the part of the South that makes crazy large Homecoming mum and makes birth/baby wreaths.  Yes, this is a real thing.

Birth or baby wreaths are traditional hung on the hospital delivery door after the baby is born with a plaque or card with the baby’s vital information.  Some new parents transfer the wreath to the front door of their homes to announce that the baby has arrived to the neighborhood.  My mom has made these creative wreaths for her friends’ delivery doors since I was a barely old enough to ask why.  Usually, she would give the wreath to the couple at the hospital.

When my friend announced that she was pregnant, I decided to continue this very Southern tradition in a slightly more modern way – with a wrapped ribbon wreath.

Baby Wreath

Baby Wreath

Materials

  • 1 12 inch straw wreath
  • 2 rolls of 1.5 inch wide solid ribbon (approximately 16 yards)
  • 6 to 8 inch section of 5/8 inch wide patterned ribbon
  • 1 medium-sized wooden letter
  • Hot glue gun with hot glue
  • Yarn (I did not measure the amount of yardage I used, but I would suggest making sure that you have more than you think you need.)

Directions

  1. Wrap the widest ribbon around the wreath and the secure the ends with hot glue.  I was able to wrap the ribbon around the wreath without cutting any of the ribbon.

    A false start to the wreath - one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

    A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

  2. Tightly wrap the yarn around the wooden letter.  This can be difficult – Just wrap as tightly as you can covering as much of the letter as you can.  If you have difficulty wrapping around a curve or an angle, try wrapping the yarn from a different direction and meeting up with your yarn at the present location.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter.  Tigher is better.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.

  3. Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  4. Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  5. Hot glue to the ribbon to the wreath at the appropriate area. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.  Let sit overnight to complete dry.

    Now to dry ...

    Now to dry …

  6. Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.

Baby Shower: Milk and Cookies

In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend.  Decorations were my main job for the shower.  These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.

Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.

A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations.  A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.

FO: Baby V Love

What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?

I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.

Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.

My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel

Needles: An assortment of sizes

Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed  – Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby HatEstelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons