Monday, June 11, 2018

Monsters and Spiders!

Every now and then I run across a pattern that I just can't resist!  That was the case with this pattern from Moji Moji.  You can find her shop on Etsy and her patterns are easy to follow and so cute!

I made this set of monsters for two special little boys in Alabama who are about to get a baby sister!
Children and cute monsters just go together!

This adorable spider is also one of Moji Moji's designs.

 My grandson, Paul, absolutely loves this spider!  You've got to admit, he's pretty cute!  Those eyes!!!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Crochet for Grown-up Children!

    There's a little remnant of childhood  in every adult I know.  That longing for something to 'play' with,  even if only in our minds, never totally leaves.  So I'm never surprised when a grown-up requests a custom crochet toy or whimsical item.

I made this slinky dog for a very special family member that loves doxies and dogs in general.   He's the second slinky dog I have made and, yes, the other one was for an adult too!  

May we never grow up so much that we cannot enjoy the fun things in life!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Crochet for Babies... Part 2, Photo Prop Diaper Cover Sets

Don't you just love those baby pictures with those cute little photo prop outfits?
Here are several that I was asked to make recently.  Each one has a special significance for the family that is receiving them.  My favorite is the little fireman set.

Any of these sets can be custom ordered from my Etsy shop.    You may choose your own colors and/or numbers (for the fireman hat).  Depending on demand, your order can be ready to ship within 2 weeks.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Crochet for Babies

We're expecting a new baby in our family and the theme is Elephants!  I hope this baby will love elephants as much as his parents do, because it appears he will be surrounded by them.
(It's a jungle out there!

He is going to look adorable in this little photo prop elephant diaper cover and hat!

While this is not the lamp I made for his nursery, it is very similar.    His is made a bit larger than this one.  But I love the smallness of this lamp and the fact that it can be used as a nightlight.  This one was made for another little guys room.

Check back soon for more baby items.  They are such fun to make!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Doxy is Done! Crochet Dachshund with Slinky Completed !!!

As promised.....This guy was quite a challenge and took me a while to complete.

I worked from a pattern for most of this project, but it was confusing at times.  The pattern was written in crochet terminology that was in a different language and although I was able to figure out most of it, I had to keep closely focused and ended up taking apart and redoing several portions.

However, I believe the end result is very good!

I tried using a plastic slinky first, but it just did not give him enough support and kept getting all tangled up each time I would try to pose him.   The metal slinky is not as striking as the rainbow colored one in the pattern, but it makes him much more flexible and posable.

I love the armature in the ears and neck.  The ears can be posed in several different ways and the neck has enough stiffness to keep the head up.  The tail is coiled wire with a crocheted ball on the end and can be positioned in various poses as well.

I will say that this 'toy' is not really suitable for a child's plaything though.  The slinky can work it's way out by twisting and the wires do have some ends that could work through the stuffing and possibly poke a child.    If asked to make this for a child, I would have to refuse as I have no idea at this point how to make it child safe.  The pattern shows the finished doxy mounted to a base for display purposes, so I'm assuming that it is not intended to be played with.

All in all, I'm quite satisfied with this project and the winner of the drawing will get this doxy as her reward!  
Enjoy, my friend!  You have provided me with a great learning experience!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Slinky the dock in progress!

     We have a winner!   Slinky the dog from Toy Story was the winner of the drawing held last week and Lori Bradley will receive this awesome crochet dog as soon as he is completed!

     I wanted a challenge, and boy, did I get one!  This dog sports a slinky body and an internal armature (frame) of wire to give him shape and stamina.  The free pattern can be found here.

     To enhance the challenge, the pattern is written in a mix of English and (I think) Spanish.  But it includes enough photos and English words that I have been able to decipher most of it.

      He really is adorable and I am having a blast working on this project.    I think I may have him completed by next weekend and will be posting pics of the finished doxy in my next post.
As a matter of fact, I am thinking of having a contest similar to this every few months.  I learn something new with each new project!

     Thanks to everyone who participated!  Be sure to visit my Facebook page often to see what I am up to and to join in the fun!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

More dolls......Which will be selected as my next project???

Here are more of the entries for my crochet doll project outlined on my Facebook page.  There are just a few days left to enter your choice of a project for me to make!  Check out my Facebook page to participate!  The drawing will be on March 10th to determine which project I will do and I will gift that project to the one who submitted it!

Check back in the next few weeks to see which project is chosen by random drawing and the results of my efforts to make that doll or amigurumi or a reasonable facsimile of it. 

Homestar Runner!  I have made one of these for my daughter who loved this show when she was in college.   Would love to make another one!

 These 2 cuties make a great pair!  However, I will only make one of any pair that may be selected as they are essentially the same pattern with a few alterations.  If a pair is chosen I will contact the person who submitted it and let them choose which one they would like to have.

This clown is over and above adorable!  I would love to try to replicate him!  The head and hands are not crochet so I will have to come up with the design just by looking at the picture.  That will be a challenge if he is selected!

This cutie is so dainty and expressive!  With no pattern to follow, this is another one that I would have to replicate by just looking at the picture.  

These cute little dolls look like they may have some knitted parts.  I don't knit, but if these are chosen, I will attempt to crochet one.

So the question is.....which project will I make?  And... can I do it????
We will find out in the next few weeks!
Stay tuned!