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 🙂

The Spirit of Christmas

As Christmas draws near I am thinking about what brings about the Christmas Spirit. Is it the traditions that people have and do every year or something else? My husband and I were putting up the tree today and having fun with Christmas songs playing in the background. Even had our dog get into the action as you can see 🙂

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As I sit here to write about the Christmas Spirit it reminds me of the time that I was asked by my employer what the Christmas Spirit meant to me. That was while I was working at Swiss Colony in Monroe WI and my children were still young.  My kids are now all grown and I have Grandchildren but I do believe the same things apply to how I feel about Christmas. I will share what I wrote then….

There are so many things that keep the Christmas Spirit alive for me! To start with it is being able to bake the treats that my family loves so well. Cinnamon rolls with that fresh baked smell, the cookies and candies that are made with sugar and all those fattening ingredients.  Then there is the putting up of the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, which has been a tradition in my house for a long time.  The tree comes out of storage along with all the rest of the decorations and that night after the chores are done we all gather around to put up the tree with the Christmas music playing in the background.

The hustle and bustle of trying to get the things that everyone wants on their list. You can actually feel the excitement in the air with people smiling at each other for no apparent reason.  When the first snowfall comes around, that is another exciting part of the joy of the Christmas Spirit especially for my kids! I go around singing too!! Of course what else would it be but Let it Snow! That song has always been one to give me that warm fuzzy feeling.

The thing that I love the most about this time of the year is seeing that special smile from someone that you really care about.  The sparkle that is in a child’s eyes when he or she looks up at you, saying I love you more than you can ever know.  The over abundance of energy that they seem to have this time of year, constantly asking you when Santa is going to be here.  There is also the list that is hung on the refrigerator for all to see of what they want Santa to bring them for the year.

Last, but not least is the openness of giving that happens around this time of year. I love that too! The kisses and hugs that are given, the warm handshakes, the smiles on people’s faces. Now what would really keep the spirit alive is if we as people could accomplish this feeling the whole year through.  Just think what the world would be like then!!

I also love to do crafts for the Holidays for decorations and gift giving! Here are some craft ideas to try!

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Holiday Charm Festive Reindeer Earrings.

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Ball Jars Snowglobe at Joann.com.

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Photo Mat “Believe” Banner.

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Sugared Black and White Tissue Glass Block.

On this one I think I would have a tendency to use more of Red, Green and White colors!  Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane on what the Christmas Spirit means to me.  I hope you all are able to reflect on what the Christmas Spirit means to you!  🙂 Have a Great Week!!

Handcrafted Gifts for the Holidays

I know the Holidays are approaching and will be here before we know it. I thought I would put this out there seeing the focus is going to be on Shopping this weekend!  I am and always have been in support of Local and Small Businesses and buying Hand Made items for the Holidays.

Being a person who makes, gives away and sells handmade items I know what goes into making those items that are unique and one of a kind!  When it says Handmade it is just that and you know that the item or items will be of a quality that you are just not going to get with a Mass produced item.

You will also be doing business with that person who has taken the time to produce this item. You will be able to ask questions and have an idea what actually went into the making of that item.  There is usually a story behind most Handmade items because they are made from this person’s passion or out of a love of doing that craft.

I wanted to get some answers to this question so I posted this statement and question on Facebook

“I purchase Handmade Items because of the quality of the product that has been made from an artisan! What are your reasons for purchasing Handmade Items?”

A couple of the comments I got to this question were…

” Because the maker of such items put all his/ her heart and soul while making them and because no matter what, no one item is identical.”                                                                          ” Cause my mom makes awesome items! plus because someone took the time to make the item by hand in a world that is all about instant gratification”                                                     Got to love the support from Family 🙂

I also agree with Handmadeology on all his reasons for shopping local and handmade businesses!

10 Awesome Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts This Year | Handmadeology.

Here are a few links to get you started 🙂  http://www.etsy.com,  http://www.artfire.com/http://www.zibbet.com/https://www.facebook.com/HandmadeShopsOnlinehttp://itsbetterhandmade.comhttp://onfireforhandmade.com/

I know I love to shop on the internet from the comfort of my own home.  I can be in my PJ’s and just sit and shop to my hearts content, plus see all the wonderful items people have made.  If you are looking for that unique gift for someone or just for yourself don’t forget to check out those Local and Small Businesses that sell Handmade Items!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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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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!

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!!!

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 🙂