Fun with Manatees

I thought I would share with you the fun I had capturing these pictures of Manatees. In July of 2012 my husband Dennis and I were painting a Sail Boat on a canal in Apollo Beach Florida. I was able to take some pictures of Manatees that were living in a canal in the Mangroves.  I was so excited get some great photos of the whole Manatee. I have been trying for years to take some pictures of them and have them be of the Manatee and not just the water, a tail or a head shot.

1011021046 1011021252a                         Here they were just coming in from the Bay to the Mangroves.  The first picture is how my pictures would look when I was finished taking photos of the Manatees.  It was so Great to be on the canal in their natural environment and hear them coming closer. You can hear them when they come up and when they dive back down under the water.

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DSC05764DSC05753       I am lucky to have a viewing center near by when the weather turns cooler.  If you are looking for information on the Manatees it is a fantastic spot to visit and learn. We will bring company here and they love it!  Manatee Viewing Center – Tampa Electric.                                Manatees are a large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.

1011021253 1011021322       I was able to walk onto the pier and get a close up of the Manatee.  I was trying my best to be quiet and not spook it and have it swim away. The second picture above the Manatee had begun to swim back out into the canal.                                                                                           I have to believe there was something special about that day because the sun was shining and the tide was out so I was able to get close to these beautiful giants! I had felt blessed that day and also excited to be able to capture these pictures.

1011021323 1011021322d      They are slow moving and have been known to get caught up in the props of boats.  As you can see here there is scarring on this Manatee.                                                                              If you are interested here is a link for information about Manatees. Florida Manatee | Basic Facts About Florida Manatees | Defenders of Wildlife.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of the Manatees as much as I did taking the photos!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!

Laura 🙂

Works in Progress (Crochet Projects on my hook at the moment)

It is always amazing to me how many projects I have going at once.  I sometimes think why can’t I just finish one before I start another one!  I have come to the realization that it is never going to happen!!  I guess I will never know why it works that way.  I get into a project and then my mind starts to wander or maybe I just start to daydream about what else to I would like to make.  🙂 I do eventually finish the projects I do start, well okay if I am going to be honest I do have some that have been put away for years.  Hmmm guess I should look into those one of these days!!  Below I have a Granny Square Afghan that I started and am still working on.

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Here I have the Granny Squares themselves made without sewing them together. I have a total of 5 squares made for the Afghan.

DSC01122 Here I attached the Granny Squares together diagonally. I then proceeded to work on one side of the Granny Squares with a Ripple or Chevron pattern.  Here is the link that shows you pictures of how to attach the squares together and proceed with the zigzag pattern.                Tutorial Manta Hueco Zig Zag | Buscando Comienzos. You will have to use a translator for English.  Below is just another view of what I have done so far.

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While working on this Afghan I started thinking I want to make something for myself. Wait for it….. of course I started another project! lol

DSC00991 DSC01174                                                                                   This is going to be a top to wear over a tank.  In the first picture I was using only 1 strand of thread and a smaller hook. I of course changed my mind and started all over with 2 strands of thread and a larger hook.  It is of the same stitch, the Marielle Lace Stitch. You can find it here How to Crochet the Marielle Lace Stitch NewStitchaDay.com.

DSC00992 Here is the diagram I am working off of. As you can see it is basically a square with a neck. This is such a simple top to make.  The front of the neck just goes down 2 inches and the back just 1 inch.  The sides are just sewn up to where the armhole would be.  There is not any shaping for the armholes. That makes this a very easy top to create.  It is meant to be a crop top but you could always add to the length to make it what ever size you wanted.   There are so many possibilities for this top. Make a tighter stitch, longer length, or a different width.  Depends on what you want from the top, a tighter fit or looser like I wanted to layer over a tank top!

Oh by the way I am also in the process of finishing up on the Barbie dress.  I have to wonder sometimes if I am the only one who has this many projects going at once! lol I sure hope not!!

Thanks for stopping by,                                                                                                                      Laura 🙂

Having Fun with Barbie Clothes

This all started out because a friend of mine had made her Granddaughter a dress for her Barbies.  It got me to thinking how difficult could it be to crochet Barbie clothes. I have to admit I did some research and looked up what others had designed.  I found a pattern and tried my hand at it.  Here is the finished dress below!

DSC01103                                                                                                     At this point I still had to sew snaps onto the back of the dress.  I did not however have small enough snaps to attach. I had to make a trip to the store to purchase them.  I did have fun making this dress and the pattern was easy to follow.                                                             Here is a link to the pattern I followed.  Barbie Simple Sheath Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

Once I accomplished that dress my mind went into overdrive, which happens quite often with me on anything to do with crafts! lol  Now that I have gone off on a tangent back to the original thought!  I started to think that I could design something myself for Barbie.  Once I finished the dress above I understood what was needed to make clothes for Barbie.  Having sewing experience making my own clothes helped.  Below is what I have started on another dress for Barbie.

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My thought for the dress is to make it a full skirt and be lacy on the bottom half of the skirt.  For the top I had chained enough to go around just under the breast and overlap a little on the back and continued back and forth for 6 rows and then started to work on the back. Both dresses are made from size 10 cotton thread and I used a size 7 hook on the purple dress and a size 1 for this dress.

DSC01151                                                                                                      I then continued the pattern for 6 stitches and worked them back and forth for 2 more rows and at the end of the next row and started to decrease stitches each row until I had a total of 3 stitches and fastened off. I then did the same for the other side on the back.  For the front I skipped 6 stitches for the arm hole and attached with a slip stitch and continued pattern for 4 stitches and continued the pattern for 2 rows. The next row I decreased once and then continued the pattern for 2 more rows and fastened off. I then proceeded to do the same for the other side on the front.  I then sewed the shoulder seams together.

DSC01148                                                                                                     This is another view of the front of the dress.  After I sewed the shoulder seams together I was ready to continue on with the bottom of the skirt. I attached the thread to the back and just chained 4 and skipped 1 chain and sc in the next chain on the bottom of original chain from the top part of the dress. I then worked that across, turned and chained 4 and sc in the next ch 4 space and across.  After the open chain work I then proceeded to start the pattern back up for 2 rows.  The next row I slip stitched them together in the back and continued working the pattern in Rnds. I am now at the point where I increased all around and that is where I left off.

I do believe I am going to have a lot of fun designing Barbie dresses for my Granddaughters.  I love making things for my Family and with the Barbie clothes they are smaller, so I am able to finish a project sooner than I do with the full size clothes.  I can not wait to see their faces when they receive the Barbie clothes.  As I finish the dress I will post pics so you can see what progress I have made.

Here is another link for some free patterns for Barbie clothes for those of you that are interested in making any yourself.  Crochet Pattern Central – Free Barbie Crochet Pattern Link Directory.

Thanks for taking a look and coming along with me on my creation of Barbie Clothes. If you have any questions or any ideas you would like to share feel free to comment!

Laura 🙂

 

Making of A Bag from Old Jeans continued!

Here is a look of the Bag I am making from an Old Pair of Jeans Continued!  DSC00997 DSC01000       I added the lower part of the bag by crocheting around the loops I had attached on the jeans. The bottom I created by crocheting in the back loop of the round where I wanted the height of the bag to stop. I then proceeded to keep crocheting around and started to decrease the stitches until I was able to close up the hole and fasten off.

DSC01009 DSC01006      Here is the back and front view of the bag. . I do plan on using this as a beach bag so I thought it was a good idea to fill the bag with beach towels to show you what type of shape  the bag will take on once it is filled.                                                                                                I am happy so far with the way this bag has turned out.  It has a lot of room and I know it will hold what I usually take to the beach!                                                                                 You of course could always use a bag like this for a Market Bag.

I am still in the process of making the straps or handles for the bag!  I have thought about crocheting all three colors at once together or even braiding them together.                         Hmmmmm not sure yet what I will do! 🙂 If you have any ideas for straps or handles be sure to leave a comment below. I love getting input and ideas from people!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Hope you All Have A Fabulous Weekend!!

Laura 🙂

My Idea Of Making A Purse or Bag From Old Jeans

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now. I thought I would try and see what I could do to combine my love of crocheting and the use of some jeans that I am not going to wear anymore.  My mind was going round and round with ideas on how to accomplish this task!

My first task was to cut up the jeans but I did not want to do any cutting until I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Lets just say I did cut the jeans but did I know exactly what I was going to do? Not really!!                                                                                      DSC00772                              Pictured above is what I have gotten done so far.  As you can see I did cut the jeans off and left the front pockets in tact.  I did remove the back pockets of the jeans.  The yarn that I am going to use to crochet on the bag is Bernat Handicraft Cotton.  The colors of cotton thread that are pictured are the ones that I am going to combine together to make a Bag.

In my minds eye I see this as a Beach Bag! I love the bright colors and they bring to my mind a day of being at the beach.  Of course this bag will be big enough to use for a market bag, an overnight bag or as a big purse!  

The bag so far is 18″ wide. I am uncertain at this time as to what the length of it will be. In order to crochet onto the jeans I took some of the cotton thread to make loops all around the jeans.  I will post more pictures as I continue to progress on this project.

Here is some more ideas on what do do with jeans!  19 Things to Do with Old Jeans | FaveCrafts.com.

If you have any fun ideas on how to reuse old jeans please leave a comment below.             Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

A Drawing Give Away for a Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat!

For A Limited Time Only!
Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat Give Away Drawing! Want a chance to win this hat?
For Specific Details hop on over to my Facebook pg at Dunmire’s Crochet Corner  to enter into the drawing!
The give away drawing will be running Feb 6th through Feb 8th.

On Feb 9th I will announce a winner!

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Little Girl Crochet Fun and Frilly Skirt!

I have been busy coming up with ideas for things to make for spring and summer! I ran across this pattern and thought it was just so cute! 🙂 I decided I would try my hand at making this fun skirt for a little girl.  I am now in the process of making one for my Granddaughter.  She of course wanted a different color than what I had originally made lol

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Here is the finished skirt in a Baby Blue color! I just wish I would have had a little one to model this Pretty little skirt.  It was easy to make and did not take much time to complete. I was able to complete this in a couple of evenings!

Here is the pattern that I found on Redheart. The pattern is in British English and not English from the US.

Country Fun Skirt Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns
Crochet
Designed by Linda Dean

What you will need

Red Heart® Miami: 2 (3, 4, 5, 6)
balls 00113 Rosa A
Red Heart® Las Vegas: 2 (2, 3, 3,
3) balls 00370 Pink B
Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5]
and 5mm [US H-8]
Stitch markers, yarn needle
TENSION/GAUGE: 22 sts = 10
cm [4”]; 24 rows = 10 cm [4”] in
pattern stitch using smaller hook
and A. CHECK YOUR TENSION/
GAUGE. Use any size hook to
obtain the tension/gauge.
Red Heart® Miami,
Art. 9809606 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 120
m (131 yd) balls
Red Heart® Las Vegas,
Art. 9809613 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 90 m
(98 yd) balls

Directions are for size 2 years; changes
for sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 years are in
parentheses.
Finished Measurements
Hip: 60 (65, 70, 80, 85) cm [24 (26, 28, 32,
34)”]
Length: 23 (25, 28, 32, 34) cm [9 (10, 11,
12½, 13½)”]
NOTE
Skirt is worked in a spiral method in
continuous rounds from waist edge to hem.
Place stitch markers for beginning of round.
SKIRT
With smaller hook and A, ch 132 (144, 154,
176, 188), slip st in first ch, taking care not to
twist sts, to form a ring.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, dc in same space,
*ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from
* around, ch 1, slip st in first dc.
Round 2: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from
* around, slip st in marked st.
Round 3-4: Repeat Round 2.
Eyelet Round 5: Dc in next ch-1 space, place
marker, ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3,
dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from *
around, slip st in marked st.
Round 6: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, dc in next
ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, slip st
in marked st.
Round 7-32 (35, 44, 53, 57): Repeat Round 2.

Edging
Round 1: With wrong side facing and larger
hook, join B with a slip st to any ch-1 space
along last row of Skirt, ch 1, dc in same st,
*ch 5, dc in same space, ch 5, dc in next ch-1
space; repeat from * around.
Round 2: Ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space, place
marker, *ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space; repeat
from * around.
Round 3-6: Repeat Round 2.
Fasten off.
Drawstring
Row 1: With A, ch 162 (174, 184, 206, 218),
working in back bump of ch, dc in 2nd ch
from hook and each ch across.
Fasten off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Weave drawstring through ch-3 spaces of
Eyelet Round 5.
Abbreviations
A, B, C = Color A, B, C; ch = chain; cm =
centimeters; dc = double crochet; mm =
millimeters; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat
whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

If you want to download the pattern you can here Country Fun Skirt Crochet Pattern | Red Heart. Here is a place for you to look up the a translation of the different Versions of British and US stitches Crochet Pattern Terms Differences Between British and American English.

I had also substituted the yarn for Bernat Baby Sport yarn and Lion Brand Fun Fur for the Ruffle. If you have a little one that you would like to make something for try this cute pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fun with this pattern 🙂

Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat

Now that the Holidays are over I can show you what I have been up to in my Creative Corner of the World! My Sister had told me that she wanted me to try and make a Harry Potter Sorting hat for my Niece and her Friend.  I took on the project by printing out a picture of the Hat. Here are a couple of the pictures I went by to create the Crochet Version of this hat.

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Down below is the starting process of me creating a pattern and getting the hat to be shaped like the pictures above.  The color yarn is different than what I made for my Niece and her Friend. I wanted to just use what yarn I had on hand to create a pattern or I should say my form of shorthand for a pattern. lol  This hat is crocheted in the round.  The eyebrows as I call them were a challenge but I had overcome that challenge and proceeded on to the rest of the hat.

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The next challenge I encountered was getting the mouth to look like I wanted it to.  I wanted to create the hat to look like the original hat in the movie. I will admit I was not going to get it to look exactly like the hat in the movie but I was hoping to come up with a real close facsimile!  With some trial and error it was taking shape.  In the picture below I was at the stage of working on the brim of the hat.  This was after a lot of tearing out and revamping. 🙂 I have to say that happens a lot in my creative process.  Even after going through this process, while I was making the hats for my Niece I was still tweaking the pattern here and there!

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This is the finished product of my version of the Sorting Hat. Here shows the front and back of the hat.  There are ties on the original hat but my Sister did not want those attached to the hat.

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Pictured below is my Niece and her Friend wearing the hats after they received them for Christmas.

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Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Creative World!  Let me know what you think of these hats and if they do resemble the Hat from the movie!!

Laura 🙂

My Project of A Crochet Baby Sweater

Here is one of the many projects that I have going at the moment.  I am at the moment in the process of finishing up on the gifts that I am making so you will have to wait to see those!

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Here I have different views of the same sweater.  This sweater is going to be a size 0 – 3 months size.  Pictured here I only have the back and one of the front pieces done. As you can see I started on the other half of the front of the sweater.  I am using Bernat Baby Sport yarn. I just love the soft luxurious feel this yarn has.

I am debating on attaching a hood to this baby sweater. I am also running ideas through my head on how to fasten the front of the sweater together.  Anyone that would have any opinions on either of my ideas please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think!!!    Stay tuned for more pictures of this project as I finish the sweater.

Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!                                                                   Hope you are having a Very Blessed Holiday Season!                                                                      Laura 🙂

A Holiday Baking Tradition

Mmmm Mmmm Good Holiday Baking! I went over to my Mother’s house so we could have some quality time together baking 🙂 We made Filled Sugar Cookies and Cinnamon Rolls!

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This time of year I always love to do baking for me and my children.  It all started out with my Mom and the traditions that I carried over to my family.  When I was young we would bake Sugar Cookies and Cinnamon Rolls with my Mom.

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Our Family Tradition was to have the Cinnamon Rolls Christmas morning while opening up gifts!  When I had been baking for the day the children would come in and smell the deliciousness and want to dive right in after school and gobble them all up.  Of course I made them wait until after they had supper!!!

DSC00103 (2)The finished Filled Sugar Cookies

My son’s to this day still want me to send them the Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas along with some Peanut Butter Fudge.  🙂  They now have to settle for having the Cinnamon Rolls sent to them and not have the aroma that comes from them baking at home.  I love to send them some baking love that comes from the heart!  

What are some of your traditions for the Holidays?  As always Thanks for stopping by 🙂