Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mr. Mouse Coaster - Free Pattern

For some reason, I keep making Mr. (Mickey) Mouse stuff lately.  And since I like to make coasters too, I couldn't resist making him into a coaster.  :)  Click the "download now" link below the picture to get the pattern.  :)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Few New Patterns in the Shop and a Visit from Baby Eli

I've been busy working on new patterns and playing with baby Eli the last few weeks.  :)  He came to visit me the other day and he even had a special shirt for the day that said "Off to Auntie's".  He's 3 months old now, and getting cuter every day.  I noticed that he is starting to pay more attention to his surroundings, including the TV.  So when he was here, I found a Barney movie on Netflix and set him in his little chair in front of the TV and let it play  He smiled as soon as he saw Barney and was just mesmerized (well, for about 15 minutes).  I took this photo of him watching Barney and he was so engrossed that he didn't even pay attention to me taking his picture.  I emailed it to his parents who are just "thrilled" with the prospect of lots of Barney music in their future.  LOL  Hopefully, he'll still be allowed to come to my house.  :)

"Wow, that Barney sure has some cool songs!"
And here are the new patterns.  Both are available in my etsy shop

Lazy Daisy Potholder 

Dinnertime! Potholder

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Some Mickey Mouse Fun (And Minnie Mouse too!)

I was playing around with some plastic rings the other day and came up with these Mickey and Minnie embellishments.  They can be used as a decorations on a gift, magnets, or even as a Christmas Ornament.  They are very quick and easy to make.

You need 3 plastic rings

Crochet around rings with black yarn (I used worsted weight)

Position the smaller rings like Mickey ears and stitch to larger ring

Add a ribbon & tie into a bow
 And while I was in a Mickey/Minnie mood, I made some Mickey and Minnie keychains. I suggested to my husband that we could use them and have matching his and her keychains.  But he politely declined. LOL  I can't imagine why, I think they are very cute.  :)

Edited to Add:  I've been getting requests on how to make the keychains, so I am adding that information to this post.  :)

The keychains were made based off of my Mr. Mouse coaster pattern, which is a free pattern on my blog and can be found here: http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.com/2011/06/mr-mouse-coaster-free-pattern.html

Instead of using the worsted weight yarn, I followed the pattern using size 10 crochet thread and size 7 steel crochet hook. I made two of the body pieces, then stitched on the buttons (or beads for Minnie). Then I attached them by holding the two pieces together and single crocheting around, lightly stuffing as I went. For the bottom of Minnie's skirt, I stitched a few shell stitches along the bottom while I was attaching the pieces. I then made 4 of the ear pieces and stitched two together for each ear, then stitched them onto the body. And to finish off, I stitched the keychain to the top of the head and added a bow for Minnie.


Aspen Leaf Potholder Pattern - New in Shop

I finally got around to writing up the pattern for the Aspen Leaf potholder that I had made my mom for Mother's Day. :) It's available in my etsy shop, and can also can be downloaded instantly thru Ravlery by using the buy now button.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Puzzle Card and a Strawberry Potholder

A while back I bought a puzzle magic punch from Herrschners when they had it clearanced for $5.99.  This punch lets you make a puzzle out of a 4 x 6 picture.  I decided to try it out by making a birthday card for my goddaughter Sarah.  I didn't have a photo to use, but I made up a little card in Word, then sized it to be
4 x 6, and printed it out on cardstock, then put it on a self-adhesive puzzle mat (which came with the punch), and then ran it thru the punch.  It has a little drawer to catch all the pieces.  It was a lot of fun to make, and Sarah loved putting together the puzzle to read her birthday greeting.  :)

I also have a new strawberry potholder in the shop. It seemed like a good design to welcome in summer!  :)
The pattern is listed in my etsy shop

Strawberry Potholder