The Making of a Princess Sign

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I wanted to do something that combined my Crocheting and Wood together so I thought I would share my project of a hanging sign. I started with a piece of solid pine. It can be any size you want.  This piece happens to be approx 7″ wide, 3″ tall and 1/4″ thick.  I got these from Ben Franklin in a pkg. You can get these at any Craft Store.

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Next I painted the pieces with Acrylic Paint.  I put a couple coats of paint on to cover the wood. You can find Acrylic Paint anywhere you find craft supplies. After the paint dried I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill holes where I wanted the Ribbon or Twine to attach to the sign.

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I wanted to find an easy way to get the lettering onto the sign. I had used Stencils and did not like using them, so I searched on the internet and found this Come Together Kids: How to do Custom Lettering without a Fancy Machine. I was so excited to find a simple and easy way to transfer lettering.  You will need word processing software. Print up lettering in any size you want to fit the sign.  I have a few examples in the picture above.

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Here I used a drawing graphite pencil but it will also work with a regular pencil.  I cut the lettering out the way I wanted it to appear on the sign. You want to flip the paper over and use the pencil to color over the entire lettering. You do not have to color the whole back of the paper just lettering.

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After coloring the back of the saying I placed it on the sign and taped it down so it would not move while working on it.  I then took a pencil and traced around the lettering to transfer it onto the sign.

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Sorry the picture did not turn out real clear but you can get the picture that it does transfer the lettering onto the wood.  I then proceed to outline with the paint and fill in the lettering. Here is a finished Sign Below!

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As you can see I I cut out the letters for this sign.  I glued the Crocheted Butterflies onto the sign. You can use anything you want to dress it up! If you feel inclined to you can paint a little butterfly, flower or anything you want on the sign. I cut some 1/8″ Ribbon out and ran it through the drilled holes from the back to the front. I then knotted the ends and cut off any extra. You now have a sign for hanging.

Hope you have fun with this project! If you have any questions feel free to ask 🙂

Crochet Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips and Headbands

I was busy last week with designing some Hair Clips and Headbands! I wanted to do something fun and simple.  I also found out that I am going to be having another Grandchild! I was so excited to hear the news last night!  Now I can change gears and start thinking about what to make for a baby 🙂  I guess I have gotten off track but wanted to share the news about being Grandma once again!  I can add this to my list of things I am Thankful For!!

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I had fun making these Headbands. Each Headband is made with Cotton Crochet Thread. The Butterflies are made from the same material and sewn onto the headband. I have some crochet Flowers that I have made that will also be sewn onto a headband.  That will have to wait for a later date!

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The idea for the hair clips are from a pattern of a Butterfly that I had seen and proceeded to make and post on Facebook asking for ideas of what to make with the Butterflies. Quite a few of the suggestions were for hair clips and so here is the finished product!

These Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips are made from Cotton Crochet Thread. They are glued onto an Alligator Clip that is partially covered with Ribbon.  The Flower I added a Bead and glued it to the center of the Flower.

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DSC00176DSC00129DSC00113DSC00057 Now onto the next Holiday after Thanksgiving! Christmas is my favorite Holiday of the year!  Let me know what you think of this project of mine!  🙂 These will be available in my Shop at  www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner

I hope that Everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Crafts

Hi Everyone! Boy November is flying for me. It is already the middle of the month and Thanksgiving will be here soon! I know I am thankful for so much in my life. The love of my Family and Friends and of course my Husband who puts up with me through thick and thin! 🙂  I am very thankful for the support that my customers have given me and have stuck with me through my whole learning process of online marketing and selling!

I have come across some very cute projects that can be done easily and wanted to share them with you!

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Thanksgiving Place Card.

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Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Shortcut Chic Harvest Banner.

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Apple Pilgrim Character.

Here is one that involves my passion of Crochet!

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Kids Table Thankful Turkey.

This one is not a pattern but shows what you can do in Crochet for Fall Decorations.  This is one of my creations! Let me know what you think 🙂

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I hope you have fun with these crafts and creating your own memories! Take a moment and bring to your mind what you are Thankful for this year! Thanks so much for taking a look, Have an Awesome Day!

More TMNT Power! A Crochet Beanie Hat!!

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This Project came to light because of my son. He saw a picture of a TMNT Beanie Hat and posted it to my Facebook page.  Above the picture he posted was the comment Me? I then commented back and said I take it you want me to make you one of these!  His post back was yes and Michelangelo please! I thought it was comical.

I have to give him credit for quite a few of the ideas that I have on what to crochet and what I come up with for designs.  He does end up being the person that I try out a lot of my patterns on.

The picture he posted was a Beanie that was Knitted, so my challenge was to come up with a crochet version. The making of the Beanie was easy for me, the hard part was getting the design created for the mask on the TMNT Beanie. I ended up redoing it 3 times before I was satisfied with the finished design.

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The TMNT Crochet Beanie finished! I sent a picture to my son and he told me he loves it and can not wait for me to send it to him.  I was happy to hear he liked it!  When coming up with a design I sometimes come up with good ones and then there are times that I end up having them flop!  My son will let me know what he honestly thinks.  I like that because I am able to have someone I can bounce ideas off of and know that I will get constructive criticism from him.

Not sure anyone wants to see my head shot with the hat on but I figured this way you can see what the Beanie looks like on a real head! 🙂

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Would love to know what you think about the TMNT Beanie! Thanks for taking a look and Have a Wonderful Day!!

Crochet Hooded Men’s Sweater Part II

 

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I do believe I left off where I was working on the sleeves of this sweater. After I finished the sleeves I then proceeded to work on the hood!  It had taken me longer to finish all the pieces than I wanted it to.  Sometimes I just wish there were more time in a day! 🙂

Here is the hood to the sweater after I had it sewn together.  After I had the hood finished I started sewing the body of the sweater together.  Once the sides on the body were sewn together I then started to sew on the sleeves.

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Here I have one sleeve sewn into the sweater. The sweater is sewn together with the same yarn that it is made from and a yarn needle.

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This picture shows the other sleeve being sewn into the body of the sweater.

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The sweater is all finished! My husband is the reluctant model who did not want to have his face in the photo so he came up with the idea of putting the paper in front of his face inside the hood! lol I can honestly say that I was laughing the whole time I was taking the pictures!

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I have to say at least in this picture he did not have to worry about being seen! I was happy with the way the sweater all came together and with the way it looks!  If you have any questions or just want to tell me what you think of the sweater please feel free to contact me 🙂

This sweater is also listed in my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!!!

Crochet Men’s Hooded Sweater Part I

As this Friday draws to a close and evening approaches I thought I would bring you along with me on what happens when I make a Sweater!

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Here are my tools of the trade. Well some of them anyway.  My tablet is full of patterns that I have written down in a language that only I can understand! 🙂  I have come up with my own form of shorthand.  Anyone else would look at it and wonder how on earth you were suppose to follow any of this! lol

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This is part of the pattern process that I use. This is where I figure out what I want for a stitch and what size the sweater is going to be.  You can see it does remind you of a sewing pattern.

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Here I have the Front of the Sweater finished. It does take me a while to finish each piece for this sweater. The making of this Sweater from start to finish takes me approx 25 hrs for a size Med. It does depend on the size of the Sweater as to how long it takes me to finish it. I love being able to try out different colors and stitches to see what I like or I think someone else might like. It is amazing and fun when you start to play around with colors and you find out what ones blend well together. You sure can come up with some crazy combinations!

At the moment I am in the process of making the sleeves so you will have to stay tuned to find out what they are going to look like and what happens next!  Thanks for taking a look and hope you tune in for the next part! 🙂

Halloween Crochet Fun

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Halloween has always been one of my Favorite Holidays to celebrate! As I am on the computer I am now listening to Halloween songs!  I wanted to come up with some decorations for Fall and Halloween around the house and of course it was going to be crocheted!  🙂  This Pumpkin set was fun to play around with and simple to make.

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Another aspect of Halloween I love is the Jack-O-Lanterns and Ghosts! On another note seeing that I already had the pumpkins done and I figured it would not be too difficult to add felt on them to create jack-o-lanterns!  The Ghosts on the other hand were a different matter. It took me some time to figure out a design for them.  I had the most trouble figuring out the bottom of the ghost, but as you can see I did eventually win and I finished them!

Another aspect of Fall and Halloween I like are Scarecrows but I have yet to tackle that creative challenge. It is on my list of things of decorating items I would like to make! I have promised myself that when time allows I will cross this off of my list…. okay time management is for another subject. lol

Here a Few Fun Facts about Halloween!

Did you ever wonder how Orange and Black came to represent Halloween Colors?

Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

The First Jack O’Lantern

The Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow’s Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas.

When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O’Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere.

Others believe that the first Jack O’Lanterns came from the Story of Stingy Jack.

Halloween Costumes

The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing in white costumes and blackened faces or masks in attempt to ward off the spirits.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip into Halloween! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Crochet Turtle Power to the Rescue

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Here come Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo!

This is the pattern I had designed after the original TV Series in the 80’s.  It seems these days the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are everywhere!  My sons grew up watching the Turtles. I had always thought they were cute and of course they were fighting off evil crime! I had fun creating this pattern seeing what I could create.  I was also a fan of the TMNT’s!  I do have these adorable guys available in my Etsy shop. If you have any questions please feel free to ask or let me know what you think!

Here is some basic information on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their quirky personalities 🙂

In the 1987 TV series‘ theme song lyrics, Leonardo is said outright to be the leader of the TMNT, and there is little disputing this; his orders are usually followed, and he is a very serious do-gooder who hardly ever makes wise cracks.  In one episode, he suffered a crisis of confidence and left the group to do some soul searching; his brothers all tried their hands at being the leader in his stead, only to find that none of them could match his leadership skills, and he came back to them.

Michelangelo’s persona became strongly established in the 1987 animated series. He was often seen as a “Party Dude”, which, though accurate in the 1987 series (which gave him this title in the theme song), accounts for only part of his personality otherwise. As the “party dude”, he usually didn’t have much input in the team’s plans, although he was still just as active as his brothers. He typically spent much of his time joking and socializing with other characters. He is most associated with the “Cowabunga” expression that became a pop culture phenomenon.

The 1987 animated television series depicts Donatello as a genius who invents many of the turtles vehicles and equipment including the Turtle Van, the Turtle Blimp and the Turtle Com. Unlike the 2003 series his other minor inventions often malfunction, but many of them end up serving a practical purpose.

Raphael’s personality in the 1987 animated series deviates the most from all other incarnations. The show’s theme song states that Raphael is “cool, but rude” (he takes a slice of pizza with his sai and shoves the rest of it onto the screen), as opposed to being angry and sullen as in other versions, since the series is based on humor. Raphael is a sarcastic wise-guy, and supplies comic relief alongside Michelangelo, whose humor is usually attributed to his ignorance and spaciness. As a result, Michelangelo is the subject of Raphael’s jokes more than any other Turtle. He frequently makes jokes that break the fourth wall.

You can learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_characters