Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dinosaur Treasure Hunt for a Rainy Day Inside

Stuck inside with kids? Are they bored, and constantly begging for you to turn on the TV? This game is perfect for them! The instructions are easy to follow, and the game is great for kids of all ages. There are 12 clues, and each one has interesting dinosaur facts.

Click HERE to download the game!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/256292792/dinosaur-hunt-kids-scavenger-hunt-dino?ref=shop_home_active_29




Just download the game, read the instructions and print the game. Then hide the clues (the instructions tell you where to do so), and let the kids have some fun! The game can be played over and over, too!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Perfect Cure For Road Trip Boredom!

School's almost out, which means VACATION! Hooray! Trips to Grandma's, or Disneyland, or who knows where, it'll be a blast! But wait... that means possibly long hours stuck in a car, train or airplane. How long until the kids start bickering, whining or saying the dreaded words: "I'm bored!"?

Most parents I know get a panicked look when I ask them how long their trip will be. How will the kids stay entertained? No one wants their kid glued to a screen the whole time. 

So I created this awesome activity book! It's full of games, puzzles, riddles and more; all geared to grade school aged kids, around 6-10. Also, there is an answer key for the parents, in case the kids get stumped on one of the puzzles. 

Go to my ETSY SHOP to purchase!

This is an INSTANT download, so just purchase the item, download the files and print them. No waiting for a package, and you can print the file multiple times. So if you've got more than one child, you only need to buy one file! Just hand the book to your child with a pen or pencil.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Educational Geography Game! A Scavenger Hunt for All Ages


Looking for a fun game to entertain a group of rambunctious kids? Just print up this game, hide the cards where instructed, and watch them run around trying to find their clues. They'll have a blast while learning about geography!

It's pretty simple. Download the files, read the instructions (there's less than 2 pages), cut the cards out, hide them, and begin your game! For more info, go HERE.

Geography Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rainbow Resistor Scarf

Well, in the month of February I was able to donate $98 to the ACLU, and I am beyond proud. I'm so glad I was able to help out the resistance, even if it's just a tiny bit.

So I will keep up the resistance by creating more items and patterns! Don't forget to check my Etsy shop (click the SHOP button up above this), and get a hat, gloves, and now scarves that resist Trump. Here's my newest edition: The Rainbow Resistor Scarf! Here's the links to buy the finished product, or patterns!

Buy the finished product HERE

Find the crochet pattern on ETSYRAVELRY or CRAFTSY

 This was made with Lion Brand's Landscapes yarn in the colorway Boardwalk.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Basket Weave Pink Pussyhat

I've had fun creating a few different patterns with the PussyHat Project hats. So here's a cute basket weave stitch that's super simple.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn (shown here in Red Heart Super Saver's Pretty 'n' Pink)
Size J crochet hook
Scissors and tapestry needle

Stitches used:

Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
Dc: double crochet
Fpdc: front post double crochet
Bpdc: back post double crochet
Fpdc2tog: front post double crochet two stitches together

Notes:

Rounds are not done continuously.
The chains do NOT count as a stitch. When doing your first fpdc or bpdc, do it around both the post AND the chains.
This hat is one size fits most.

Directions:

1. Ch 70 sts. Sl st into the very first stitch, and be careful not to twist your chain around.
2. Ch 2, dc around (70 sts)
3. - 6. Ch 2, (fpdc 5x, bpdc 5x) 7x (70 sts)
7. - 10. Ch 2, (bpdc 5x, fpdc 5x) 7x (70 sts)
11. - 14. Ch 2, (fpdc 5x, bpdc 5x) 7x (70 sts)
15. - 18. Ch 2, (bpdc 5x, fpdc 5x) 7x (70 sts)
19. Ch 2, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 8x, fpdc2tog, fpdc, bpdc 2x, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 7x, fpdc2tog, fpdc, bpdc 2x (68 sts)
20. - 23. Ch 2, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 17x (68 sts)
Fasten off, and weave in the end.

Cut off a long strand of your yarn. Cut a long strand of yarn. Lay your hat flat, and sew your beginning chains together, with just a basic running stitch. With another strand of yarn, sew a basic running stitch diagonally across to create the ears. I did mine starting 10 stitches in, down to the corner in row 10. Or simply, two basket weave squares in, and two basket weave squares down.

Weave in all your ends.

And keep RESISTING!
Like this hat? Make some gloves to match. My pattern is HERE.
Don't forget to donate to the ACLU

Monday, February 6, 2017

RESIST Fingerless Gloves

Well, what do you make once you've created a ton of pink hats? How about gloves to go with them!

Regardless of where you buy my pattern, I will donate $1 to the ACLU.

This pattern is pretty simple, and done in the same style as my Solar System Slipper Socks
Find my pattern
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Monday, January 30, 2017

Throwing my pink hat in the ring

The past week and a half has been rough. Heartbreaking. Exhausting. I'll admit, I shed a few tears, thinking about what has happened to this country. I try to keep this blog to only cute kid stories, and information on crochet patterns and classes, but it's too much now.

But what can I do? I've written my senator. I've marched. I've looked into local groups for help. I've sadly gotten into an argument on Facebook (seriously, it helps no one. We all need to stop, and instead argue face-to-face). I'd love to donate a boatload of money to help out the causes I hold dear, but I'm a nanny and I run an Etsy shop. I'm not exactly swimming in cash.

So what can I do? How can I help? Well, I started off talking to my charge about how we will all fight to make sure the bully won't win. And now, I'm making hats. Yeah, they aren't going to solve anything, but I can take $15 worth of yarn, and make about 10 hats. For each one, I'll donate $10 of the proceeds.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Crazy Stitch Hoodie

Check out my very new pattern, the Crazy Stitch Hoodie!

It took me forever to create, but it was a ton of fun. It's a great way to learn new stitches, and try out new methods. It's also fun to hide inside the oversized hood.
 You can find this pattern....
On Etsy: HERE
On Ravelry: HERE
On Craftsy: HERE

Monday, January 16, 2017

Come to the LAST Free Crochet Class!

Come have coffee with me, and learn a fun new hobby! Eventually, I will be teaching lessons once every two weeks, but this will be the very last free one. 
For more information, check out the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1831984673757155/

All are welcome!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Messy Bun Hat with Swirly Stripes

Well, it looks like the Messy Bun Hat craze hasn't completely died off yet. So this time, I made one with a slightly bulkier yarn. This is created with Lion Brand's Landscapes, in the colorway Apple Orchard.
My hair isn't in an actual bun in the photo, but it shows off the colors nicely.
You can find the pattern for this hat
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Super Slouchy Circle Jacket

Here's another item I made for myself. It's a slouchy but light circle jacket. It's super easy to make, and made with 3 skeins of Shawl in a Ball.

 You can find the pattern
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Messy Bun Hat with Dragon Scales

So the new trendy item this winter was the messy bun hat. It has a hole at the top, so if you have your hair tied up in a messy bun, you can slip it through the hole. I made mine with dragon scales, so it matches my dragon scale gloves!
This pattern can be found
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Slouchy Hat with Flower

I love this new hat, so much, I've decided not to sell it! It's comfy, and warm, but not too warm. I love how soft it is, too.
 The pattern can be found
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE
 If you really, really, REALLY want me to make one for you, I might oblige :-)

Loveys

Looking for a good gift for a baby or toddler? These loveys are a perfect item! You have a choice of of Bear, Dog or Cat. All finished items (in a multitude of colors) can be found on Etsy HERE

CAT:
The Pattern can be found
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

DOG:

The pattern can be found
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE
BEAR:
The pattern can be found
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Trevor the Triceratops

Meet Trevor, the Triceratops! He's another member of my dinosaur family.
You can find the finished stuffed animal HERE
To make him yourself, find the pattern:
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Tina the T. Rex

Tina the T. Rex says "RAWR!"

But she's really snugly and cute. She can be made with stripes or without.
The finished toy can be found HERE
If you'd like to make it yourself, find the pattern
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Brian the Brachiosaurus

This adorable dinosaur is named Brian the Brachiosaurus. He's a big guy, and can be made with stripes or without.
Currently, the finished product is sold out, but more items can be found in my Etsy shop HERE
If you'd like to make him yourself, get the pattern:
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Stella the Stegosaurus

Say hello to Stella the Stegosaurus! She's a friendly leaf-eater, who can be made with stripes or solid colors.
You can find the finished product on Etsy HERE.
To make it yourself, find the pattern
On Etsy HERE
On Ravelry HERE
On Craftsy HERE

Friday, January 6, 2017

Learn How to Crochet!

Do you live in LA, and you'd like to learn how to crochet? Well, I'm teaching a FREE class on January 14th. It should be fun, a chance to hang out, have a cup of coffee, and learn a fun, stress-relieving hobby.

Here is the event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642723966021187/

More classes will be coming soon, but this might be my LAST free class.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Pattern: A WIP Bag!

I love taking my current WIP (work-in-progress) with me to work. It's always fun to pull out some crochet at the park, while I keep an eye on the kiddo. So I decided to make my own bag!

This one has a few pockets, for your hooks, pens, scissors, a notebook, and whatnot. It also has an inner compartment that I measured around an entire Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo skein.

The pattern for this cute bag can be found here:
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/489800812/crochet-pattern-wip-bag-purse-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wip-travel-bag
Craftsy: https://www.craftsy.com/crocheting/patterns/wip-travel-bag-with-secret-pockets/473189
 Here's a shot of the bag half done, with the pocket for hooks.
 Here's a pic of the inside of the bag, filled with yarn, hooks, needles and a notebook.