Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas
I want to show you guys a scarf I made for my Aunt Gina (my mom's fraternal twin.)(BTW, I have a twin brother... Interesting, huh?) Here's the scarf:
My mom modeling the scarf
I knit the scarf up in 4 hours or so, it was a really quick knit. I used size 15 knitting needles and Wool-Ease Thick n' Quick yarn. It was a dream to knit. I also made a pair of fingerless, blue gloves using this pattern for my cousin Melanie. (Sorry, no picture!) I plan on making another pair for me in pink. I also made 2 Black Apple dolls for my second cousin Faith and cousin April. I used the pattern available on Martha Stewart.com- (Have I ever mentioned I am officially in love with Emily's artwork? ) (Oh, in case you did not know, Emily is the creator of the Black Apple artwork and dolls... but most of you know that.)
Black Apple Dolls
I made a scarf for the blue one and a felt collar for the pink one. What do you think?
I don't want to seem greedy and make a list of all the things I got, but I just have to show you this:
Sketch by Candy Glending
It's the sketch on a lunch bag made by Candy Glending! Her work is superb... I just have to have one of her messenger bags! Take a look at this one: Click Here! Check out her etsy: Candied Fabrics

Using my Christmas money, I bought a bunch of goodies today:
Stuff I bought with Christmas money
...Including my first pair of bamboo needles! I have to say I LOVE them! I'm using them to make the pink gloves I mentioned earlier. Oh, and I got half-bead eyes! I'm excited to try them out, as I've been using acrylic paint on my amigurumis- until now! :] Have a great New Year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Tamales coming out of our ears..."

As said by my mother. The goal was to make over 250 tamales. We made 352! Well, needless to say we surpassed our goal. YAY for us! The only thing is I've been eating tamales since Sunday, and today my mom just found 2 more bags of the stuff! My mom is getting so desperate, she almost offered some tamales to the Charter Communications guy when he came to fix our internet. (That's a whole other story... I was having internet withdrawals!) Well now to the "meat" of the post. The pictures...
(WARNING: You might find yourself drooling!)

352 TamalesTamales!Tamales again...The King and Queen of Tamales
And finally you get to meet them! My beautiful parents... What do you think of them? :]

I've been crocheting like crazy! Somebody ordered 4 more angels, and another person wants a snowman and an angel. EEK! I have a deadline to meet so I've got to go... But I'd also like to include that our internet went out for 2 days and all I really want to do is read blogs!!! I feel so separated... But I have to crochet, I can't sit in front of the screen and exclaim over everyone's wonderful creations. So I'll just leave you with a picture I took before it started raining like crazy.(I actually LOVE rain, so that's good.)
Poinsettia

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Angels by the dozen

I've been making a TON of angels. Proof below:
"Hark!" said a bunch of angels...
I showed a couple of people at my weekly bible study my first angel and a bunch of people wanted them, so last night I was up adding hair to angels until 2 a.m.
Ahem, I will say that again-
2 a.m.
I had to make 11 angels, 2 snowmen, and 1 lamb. In a week. That's a lot of crocheting! Here's what the sheep looks like. My own pattern, created at midnight. *Pats self on back*
Sheep Amigurumi
I made around $80. Not bad, huh? I charged 5 dollars for each item. Was that a good price?
P.S. Sorry about the bad photos, it was 2 a.m. after all.

Also, I joined a blog called "The Bridge Project." Sandy is 'rallying the troops' to make hats, mittens, and scarves for some homeless men living under a bridge in cold, cold, cold Ohio.
If you can even just make one item, I'm sure Sandy would appreciate it. I am making a couple of scarves.

Oh! And let me refer you to a really cool blog I discovered: The Toy Society!
Basically, you "drop" handmade toys somewhere, someone finds it, and contacts Bianca, who then posts on the blog that that item is "found." It's a really cool way of spreading some joy with whoever finds it. They walk with a spring in their step for the rest of the day. How rad is that?

Oh and speaking of spreading some joy, Kathleen is having another giveaway! This one is too cute to describe, you'll just have to pop on over to check it out yourself.

Friday, December 5, 2008

I've been so busy...

You know how the holidays go. Busy, busy, busy. But I was able to make these: Tell me what you think! :] (Oh, P.S. they are both my own pattern)
Angel AmigurumiBack of Angel AmigurumiSnowman Amigurumi

Also take a look at this:
Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!! Isn't it adorable???

Monday, December 1, 2008

Apple Pie and Christmas Decorations

I though my Apple Pie "adventure" went pretty well, It was almost gone by the end of Thanksgiving! It did take me along time, though. But that was because I did everything from scratch. Take a look:

Apple Pie- the applesApple Pie- before bakingApple Pie-  Blue LeafApple PieApple Pie- almost gone!

I dyed the small bit of dough that was left over, and used a cookie cutter to make a leaf shape. I thought it looked pretty, what do you think? and it tasted fabulous.

Over the weekend, we got the Christmas decorations up. This is only a small percentage of all the cute Christmas stuff we have!

Christmas Decorations- Snowman OrnamentChristmas Decorations- Santa ClauseChristmas Decorations- Nutcracker OrnamentChristmas Decorations- Gingerbreadman and Snowman

I also made two different Christmas tree amigurumi with my own patterns.
Christmas Tree Amigurumi

And this time I'm sharing with you! Take a look at my pattern and give me some feedback! (the pattern is for the smaller one with the stump) It's my first pattern, after all. :]

Recital Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Recital Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!
Isn't this adorable?!? :] It reminds me of that one book that they made into a movie, Ballet Shoes.

Free Christmas Tree Amigurumi Pattern

Christmas Tree Amigurumi

This is really fast amigurumi! It took me about 45 minutes.

To make the little Christmas tree, you will need:
Little amounts of worsted weight yarn in brown and green
Size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
Little pieces of red felt for bulbs
Fiberfill or stuffing of your choice

It is about 3 inches tall.

Abbreviations I use:
ch = chain
dec = decrease
R = round
sc = single crochet
sts = stitches

INSTRUCTIONS

Christmas Tree
Using the “F” hook and green yarn
R1– Ch 2, 5 sc in szzecond chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)
R3- sc around (10 sts)
R4- sc 1, 2 sc in next sc around (15 sts)
R5- sc around (15 sts)
R6- sc 2, 2 sc in next sc around (20 sts)
R7 and 8- sc around (20 sts)
R9- sc 3, 2 sc in next sc around (25 sts)
R10 and 11- sc around
R12- sc 4, 2 sc in next sc around (30 sts)
R13 and 14- Sc around
decrease until a small hole is left (stuff now and finish green yarn by cutting and pulling through the loop)
slip knot with brown yarn, and sc into any sc in the hole.
sc around, then decrease until the hole is closed.

Now cut small circles out of the red felt and attach however you want. I used a hot glue gun.

Tell me if you find any faults, it it my first pattern, after all. Oh, and tell me if you don't understand it. That last part looks a little confusing. :]

Monday, November 24, 2008

Don't try this at home...

... It doesn't work! Guess what we did tonight? Try to make our own bubble mixture! :] We used dish soap, sugar, glue, and, of course, water. It didn't work. I mean obviously! You don't see any pretty pictures of shiny bubbles, do you? ;]


Homemade soap bubble mixture

Here was my fantasy: click here! The look on that little girl's face is priceless!

I'm playing along with this! Apple tagged me... actually not really but I want to play along!

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch: (Hmm... I don't watch much TV, but... here are my fave movies- and there aren't very many of those!)
1. The Ultimate Gift
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Finding Nemo
4. The Santa Clause
5.
A Little Princess
6. Shrek (I know, cheesy!)
7. -
8. -


8 Places I Love to Eat:
1. Wienerschnitzel
2. Home!
3. In-n-Out
4. Coldstone Creamery
5. Black Angus
6. Panda Express
7. -
this is harder than it looks!
8. -

8 Things that happened yesterday:
1. I crocheted until midnight
2. Went to church

3. ate rice and beans (at church!)
4. Checked some of my blogs.
5. went to Mervyn's (they are going out of business!)

6. checked my e-mail... and moderated comments... and stuff like that
7. found the perfect apple pie recipe
8. did chores :(


8 Things I Love about Fall:
1. The colors (if there are any around here)
2. The rain
3. The chance to wear long sleeve shirts!
4. The extra hour!
5. Thanksgiving! (or is that in the winter...)
6. Thanksgiving vacation
7. cuddling up with a warm blanket and my crocheting
8.
candles...

8 Things on My Wish List:
1. Candy Glending's messenger bag!
2. isewcute's heart necklace
3. another necklace...
4. a jacket
5. money!
6. yarn
7. adorable coin purse
8. this in my size...

Play along if you want to! It was a lot of fun, you should try it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Duct Tape is sticky

But I bet you already knew that. I attempted to make a wallet out of duct tape last Sunday, and I had duct tape everywhere! Well, not everywhere, because I am a really neat person (although you wouldn't guess that by looking at my room.) and I would clean it up immediately. But it sure seemed like it was everywhere. It sticks to ANYTHING.
Anyway, take a look at the finished project:
Duct Tape Wallet
You can sort of tell it was my first project with duct tape... It's not the best made duct tape wallet in the world, that's for sure. I used this tutorial: click here!!!

Here's some duct tape "fabric":
Duct tape fabric

Here's what my scarf looks like so far, I am using a size Q hook, which is HUGE!!! :]
Scarf- With a size Q hook

As always, grosgrain is having two more super-fantastic giveaways! This time it's for a camera strap and jacket and pant set. Both are really cool! :]

Okay, last thing, I saw this "game" being "played" over at The Benner Daily! Feel free to play along! Here are the rules: you have to answer the question with one word.

Where is your mobile phone? invisible!
Where is your significant other? somewhere
Your hair color? golden brown
Your mother? gorgeous
Your father? a multitasker
Your favorite thing? amigurumi (but there are many other!)
Your dream last night? my cat kept me up, so I did not have a dream. (oops, more than 1 word!)
Your dream goal? have a family

The room you're in? living room
Your hobby? crocheting, knitting
Your fear? crickets/grasshoppers
Where do you want to be in 6 years? wherever God wants me
Where were you last night? church
What you're not? tall
One of your wish-list items? isewcute's heart necklace
Where you grew up? California
The last thing you did? make a bagel
What are you wearing? pijamas
Your TV? RCA plasma screen
Your pets?
dog, turtle, cat
Your computer? Hp pc
Your mood?
hungry
Missing someone? yep!
Your car? non-existent
Something you're not wearing? chap stick
Favorite shop? Target, Old Navy, Borders
Your summer? sweltering
Love someone? sure
Your favorite color? Lilac
When is the last time you laughed? last night
When is the last time you cried? 5 days ago

It's fun, so please play along! :] I am looking forward to seeing your answers.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And the winner is...

Sandy's Space Won!

Yay! Sandy won my giveaway! :] I had so much fun doing this!
I hope you enjoy your goodies, Sandy!
E-mail me your mailing address at sunnie_fairy{at}yahoo.com and I'll get all your stuff to you ASAP. Thank you all for participating!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Last day to enter my giveaway!

Quick! Learn more about my giveaway here!

So today I went shopping and went to the library. I checked out some awesome books:

The books I checked out at the library

I finally found some books on amigurumi at my library! The one in the middle, Amigurumi Animals, is pretty informative! It talks about the background of the word amigurumi, the history of Japanese dolls, and it shows you how to design your own amis. There are a couple of patterns, but none of them are particularly appealing to me. As for Toys to Crochet, it was mostly patterns and it didn't mention the word amigurumi, although I recognized the patterns being amigurumi-like (worked in spirals, begins with ch 2, etc). It had patterns for amigurumis, blocks, balls, and other toys. The book on the left is not about amigurumi, but it had alot of cool patterns that I might have to try. It's called The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet.

When we went to Joann's I bought a size Q (16 mm) crochet hook and a roll of purple duct tape. I want to try to make a wallet out of the tape. I think I will use this tutorial. With the huge crochet hook, I plan on crocheting up some quick scarves for my family.

What I bought at Joanns

Today I made a Granny Square Pincushion. I got the idea from Squishy Cute Stuff, who sent me an e-mail with a link to this page. It was pretty easy, it only took me about 30 min. And you can have it, if you win my giveaway!

Granny Square Pincusion

Okay, I announce the winner of my giveaway tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. I'm so excited! I am going to put all your names into a bowl, shake it up, and pick a name!
If you win, you get all the goodies in the picture below :]

What you will get if you win!!!

I'm not asking a question in this post because I have no idea what to ask. LOL. Anyway, click here to learn how you can earn some more entries. But hurry! Because I will stop counting entries at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008.

(Sorry about the terrible pictures, it was late and the lighting was poor.)

P.S. I have to officially claim that I am in love with this and this. I plan on buying both when I have enough spending money. (Which will hopefully be very, very soon.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Painting Ceramic Buildings...

I really have gotten into painting these little decorations! They're lots of fun.

A house done by my little brother...Another House...The top of the Light House
All of our paint brushes

They require A LOT of patience, because there are lots of little details like the "coffee shop" sign, the little doors, and the tiny bushes.

Coffee Shop Close-UpCoffee Shop Close-Up

So that's pretty much what I've been doing. What have you been up to?

Oh, I almost forgot to mention my giveaway! Here's the deal: Be the first to answer it correctly, and you get an entry into my giveaway! Learn how you can get even more entries by clicking here. Alright, here's the question:

Update: Answered correctly by Apple of Art and Soul!
What are amigurumi?

I also added some more things to the giveaway:

Giveaway doo-dads.

Oh, and remember, I announce the winner on Sunday!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Do Turkeys Gobble?

I don't really know... Do turkeys gobble or cluck? or are those chickens? ;]

Anyway, I made an amigurumi turkey from this pattern. It was fun to make, but the tail is kind of tedious. You're increasing for what seems like forever. Anyway, that's not important, what's important is that I'm giving it away for you to enjoy! If you win my giveaway, that is. I'm going to reveal the winner on Sunday, but I still have 2 more posts to go, which means two more opportunities to get an extra entry! Learn how you can get even more entries here.

You can win this:

Turkey Amigurumi

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The giveaway "loot" so far...

While I was taking that shot, my kittens were messing with the scarf:

video

The white one's name is Woo, the grey and white is named Pig (don't ask), and the black one is named Speedo. :]

This post's question is more like a poll. Answer the poll, and you get an entry into my giveaway!

Which do you prefer: Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie?

More Grosgrain giveaways! She's like a sewing guru! :]
This time it's for two different giveaways, for a gift card and another for a Bo Peep and sheep costume.

Oh, and to you Blythe owners, what advice do you have to someone who wants to buy one? (Yeah, I'm thinking about buying one.)

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Revamping of a Pedal Go-Kart

Yes, well... The title says it all... I took apart a pedal go-kart, cleaned, greased, and painted it in the hopes that it would work better. It looks better and the pedals work smoother, but the tires have holes in them so even though everything else works now, the tires are flat, which means that it is very hard to pedal. Looks like I have to buy new tires, huh? The good thing is that it only took me 2 hours to do this whole thing, so not much time was wasted. But enough talk, see for yourself.

Before: Pedal Go Kart
The "Before" Shot

Before: Close-up of TireA work in progress
In the Process...

After- Pedal Go Kart
After...

Wheel of Pedal Go KartClose-up of TireMade in ChinaThe "New" Seat

My twin brother and cousin didn't cover anything when they spray painted the go-kart. I know, aren't they smart? *rolls eyes*

Now for the giveaway part of this post!
To learn more about my giveaway, click here.

This post's question is:

Update: April got it right!
Who is Elizabeth Zimmerman and what is she known for?

Kind of a tough question, but one of you will pull through with the answer.

I've added a super-skinny scarf to the giveaway "loot!" Oh, and only 3 more posts until I announce the winner! Learn more about my giveaway here.

Close-up Lilac ScarfLilac Crochet Scarf

Speaking of giveaways, Tizzalicious is doing one! You can win some awesome earrings.