More Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Since it looks like we’re all gonna have to stay inside a while longer, and school’s out for the summer 😳 (at least in Kansas it is) the call for activities is getting louder!

I found a few more for ya 😊 so this here won’t happen to you! πŸ˜…

–1. If you like to color check out these fabulous coloring pages of museum art. Just click here and be amazed 😍

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Apparently the “Roll a….” drawing activity is very popular.

I found this ‘Roll a monster’ activity sheet on Pinterest.

P.S. There’s nothing wrong with your eyes. The picture on the original post was so small, that it got a bit blurry when I enlarged it. 😁

For a variety of Monsters…here are some more ideas πŸ™‚

I’m off to hunt for more activities for us all! 😍

Take good care of yourself! Wash your hands! 😊 I hope you get to stay inside! πŸ’•

Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŒ·

Crazy times we’re living in, huh? I’m currently practicing this ‘social distancing’ thing. It’s going good – Books and Art definitely help! πŸ™‚

And speaking of Art…today I wanna share some fabulous art-ideas for all of you that are stuck in the house. πŸ₯΄ These are great activities to share with the young ones, but also fun for the ‘young-at-heart’ 😁

1. Roll A Picasso

I already created my ‘ Masterpiece’ πŸ˜…

Now some color in his cheeks, and he’ll be ready for the weekend! πŸ₯³

2. Watercolor/Yarn Art

I have not tried this, but it looks like a lot of fun!

All you need is:

-Yarn

-PVA Glue (Elmer’s for example)

-Watercolor paper

-Watercolors

-Paintbrush

-Craft Stick

-Scissors

Water

For ‘step-by-step’ instructions please click here

3. Spin-Art

Now that is nice and messy πŸ˜…

Here’s what you need:

A recycled CD

β€’ Sticky tape or masking tape

β€’ Rubber bands, the more the better! (We used 15)

β€’ A pen that will fit through the hole in the disk 

β€’ 4 coins of the same size 

β€’ Acrylic paint, poster paint or inks 

β€’ Water

β€’ A pot, tray or egg carton to mix the paint colours

β€’ Brushes and an old spoon to mix and drop the paint 

β€’ A large piece of paper (A3 or A2) 

β€’ An apron to cover your clothes 

β€’ A work area where you can get messy

β€’ Newspaper to cover your work area

For instructions and inspiration please click here

I hope these ideas keep you all busy for a while! I keep digging, and will be back with more soon!

Until then…be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 19

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s later than I thought πŸ™ƒ So let’s open this door real quick, and let’s see what’s waiting for you today 😊

A cute little Christmas craft 😍

Little Pinecone folk πŸ§™πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Aren’t they adorable? For a link to the instructions (and more cute Pinecone crafts) click Here and have fun!

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 17

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s just another week of Advent Calendar fun. That went fast, didn’t it? πŸ€— Let’s make the most of the suspenseful daily Door-opening nail biter πŸ˜‰

Does this say β€˜mystery awaits’, or what? 😁

And what did we find? Another awesome DIY idea from the category β€˜Why didn’t I think of that?’ πŸ˜ƒ

Wilted, dried up chrysanthemums…we all have them, right? So…..

Ha…told ya! Snow spray and Christmas ornaments – a beautiful Holiday decoration created! 😍

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 5

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today we’re looking at Door #5 πŸŽ…πŸΌ And what a pretty one it is! Take a minute to admire it…I’ll wait 😊

Ready? Okay – let’s look what’s behind this beauty

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„Christmas Trees! πŸ˜ƒ πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

The instructions for this mini tree (and more) can be found here

~~~Or for a bigger, gorgeously rustic look… 😍

~~~When you don’t have a lot of space for the tree 🀩

~~~From a very inventive mind πŸ€ͺπŸ˜…

I do hope you like these ideas, and maybe saw your next tree here πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŽ„

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season 🀢🏻

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 4

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Isn’t this door beautifully inviting? 😍 Let’s open it, and see what surprise is waiting for you today…

3…2…1

A beautiful craft idea πŸ˜ƒ

What a fantastic and easy way to make your home feel Christmas-y 😁

This one is already on my to-do list!

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 3

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Oh my, where did the day go? 😳 I was so busy getting ready for the Leavenworth Christmas Market (happening this Saturday), that I almost forgot to open door #3 for ya πŸ™ˆ

So, without further ado…let’s take a peek

What did we find?

A lovely idea for your home – β€˜Floating Ornaments’

I made this yesterday 😊

For more ideas and (basic) instructions – click here

Have fun making your very own…as you can see the possibilities are endless 😊

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! πŸ’•

The (first) Finished Journal πŸ€“πŸ““

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. 😊

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy πŸ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling 😍

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover 😁 What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ πŸ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! πŸ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! πŸ€—

A Collage For A New Mom πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you’re doing well, and have a happy spring in your step on this lovely Monday!

Today I wanna show you the collage I made for my daughter, a new Mom 😊

You may remember…in January we welcomed little Georgia Mae to the world. I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy, smiley baby πŸ₯°

Here she is with her beautiful Mommy

So, since January I’ve been collecting little Mom/Baby related snippets, with the idea of somehow combining it all into a memento. It was just an idea in the back of my mind…until last Thursday. That’s when I came across a canvas hiding in a closet in my craft room. 😁

That, my hodgepodge of calendar pages, pictures, poems, doilies, a vintage music sheet,tissue paper, and some ModPodge* came together beautifully for this collage.

Here’s a detail – I love these little poems πŸ’–

I started by covering the canvas with one sheet of tissue paper, arranged and glued down the pictures, then secured and coated everything with ModPodge*. Done! Easy Peasy πŸ˜…

Did this inspire you to make your own memento-collage? Please let me know…I’d love to hear/read about it! πŸ’•

Have a fabulous day! 😎🌻🌞

*no affiliation with PLAID

Grannies, But Not Your Granny’s Sweater ~Pattern for the (almost) Teen

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

A few days ago I published the pattern for my ‘Grannies, but not your Granny’s’ Sweater.


After hearing from a few wonderful mothers/Grandmas that want to crochet the sweater for their offspring, I went back to the drawing board. I rewrote the pattern for (Child)Size 10/12, because that was the most requested.

The measurement charts for kids clothes vary vastly. I studied a few, and then went with the average measurements for that age. I do hope that they’ll work for all of you.

Shoulder-to-Hem: 22″
Sleeve (Underarm to wrist): 16
Upper Arm Circumference :
11″
Hips: 30″

For more step-by-step pictures please go to the original pattern. You can find it here.

Happy Crocheting! 😍

Grannies, not your Granny’s Sweater

It’s not quite finished yet, but I’m certain that everything fits together as it should 😊

Pattern Notes:

Fpdc = front-post dc – Yarn over. Insert hook, from front to back between the first and second dc of the previous row, and then from back to front between the second and third dc. Yarn over. Pull around the post of the stitch (3 loops on hook). Finish dc as usual.

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Bpdc = back-post dc – Yarn over. Insert hook, from back to front between the first and second dc of previous row, then from front to back between the second and third dc. Yarn over. Pull through around the post of the stitch (3 loops). Finish dc as usual.

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You will need:

Worsted and/or medium (4) yarn – appr. 400g/16 oz.

Hook – Size J10/6.00mm

4 buttons

Tapestry needle

Pattern

Front:
Ch 54

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc across ch. Ch3. Turn.

Row 2: Fpdc (see Pattern Notes) around second dc.

Bpdc (see Pattern Notes) around third dc. Alternate stitches to the end of the row.

Ch 3. Turn.

Row 3 & 4: Repeat Row 2 – working the stitches as they appear (work a fpdc around the ‘raised’ stitch,Β  a bpdc around the ‘shallow’ stitch)

Change color (optional)

Row 5: Dc in every stitch. At the end of the row, ch 4. Turn.

Row 6: *Skip one dc. Dc in top of next stitch. Ch1. Repeat from * . End with dc in last stitch. Ch 3. Turn.

Row 7 and following rows: Repeat Rows 5 & 6 until your piece measures 15″ (changing colors according to your desired pattern).

Fasten off.

Make 4 Granny Squares – 2 rounds/each.
Crochet/sew 2 together. Repeat for the other 2.
Mark the middle of your finished front panel.
Crochet/sew the short side of one strip to the right side of the mark.
Crochet/sew the other strip to the left side.

Top-Side Panel

Attach new yarn to one outside corner of your front panel.
Crochet the panel pattern until you reach the height of the Granny Square.

Repeat on the other side.

Close the seams.

Shoulder:
Make 2 Granny Squares – 2 rounds/each.
Attach your yarn to one corner, ch3, dc 1 in same space, dc in each space across (7dc+ch). Fasten off.
Repeat for the other Square.

Crochet/sew a square to the front panel, lining the added row of dc up with the inside edge of the top-side panel.
Repeat on the other side.

You will have about an inch open on each side.

Sleeves:

Make 12 Granny Squares -2 rounds/each –Β  for each sleeve.

If you have multicolored squares, play around, and see which pattern is most to your liking.

Granny Square Join:

Make 3 strips with 4 squares/each.
Lay 2 squares on top of each other.
Attach Yarn to one corner. Ch 3.
Work 3dc in the corner of the second square.
Work 3 dc in the 2nd space of the first square. Repeat, going back and forth between the squares.
Work 1 dc in last space.

Attach the middle strip to the Shoulder Granny Square as described above.

Sew the strips together.

Sleeve Cuff:
Attach yarn to one corner of a Granny Square. Sc to the other end. Dc 3. Work theΒ linked double-crochet stitch for 3 rows. Fasten off.

Back:
Ch 54

Work in the same pattern as the front until you reach the full height of the front panel (incl. Granny Squares and side panels) = appr. 22″

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Following this diagram, close the side seams (crochet or sew),Β  the armhole- & sleeve seams.

Close the sleeve seams using the Granny-Square join stitch described above – dc for the top 2 squares (closest to the neckline), hdc for 1 square, sc for the last square.

Fasten off.

Neckline:
Sc all around the neckline, including in-between the front Granny Squares.

Sew on buttons. Make corresponding chain-loops.

Weave in the ends, and you can present your lovely handiwork to the young lady close to your heart! 😍

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and have fun crocheting the sweater! 😊

Please let me know how it went πŸ™‚

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always just a quick message away!

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