Thursday, September 18, 2014

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things ...

Who else sings that when they read it? Is it just me?

This week I wanted to share with you a few of the things I've completed and one of them I've been waiting for TWO MONTHS to post! Why? It's a gift for a friend and I had to wait until she had her baby shower and now I get to show you just how adorable it is!!!!

Our friends are a couple of outdoorsy type people. They hunt and fish and generally do things of that nature together. So my husband, when we first found out they were expecting, came to me and excitedly exclaimed, "I know what I want you to make for Robert and Katie! Deer! A baby deer hat!" He knows I usually make blankets for babies so he was specifically requesting a hat. We carried it out even further and I ended up making a hat and diaper cover. I mashed together bits of free patterns I was able to find online (mostly Ravelry) but they were changed significantly from the originals. The ears, tail and antlers I just made up.

I know a "girl" deer doesn't have antlers, but without them
it just looked like a big-eared chipmunk.

I'm actually glad I got to hang onto this little set for a couple of months. When I make something this cute, it's hard for me to let go! (lol)

Another thing I made as a gift is for a precious baby that just turned One! Charlie Rae is the daughter of a friend at church and although I was unable to go to her birthday party, I've not forgotten her! How could I, she's just too cute! And she needs a "handmade with Love" toy that's just as cute as she is!

I had this star-shaped blankie laying around for quite a while and I knew I wanted it to be a Lovie but could not, for the life of me, decide what I wanted the center piece to be! Then it dawned on me when I heard about Charlie Rae's birthday that it had to be for her! The blankie part is a straight forward granny-style star shape and the doll in the center is mirrored off one I made a couple years ago when I was visiting my Mother in Florida. I decided to leave off the mouth because the thought of putting something on there that might come loose just didn't feel right. I used safety eyes and took special care to stitch the "wig" on extra tight. Hopefully she'll get a lot of play out of this little thing!

Picot edging gives the blankie part a girly feel!

How can you not smile when you see "hair" like this?

And lastly, a friend found an image on Pinterest and wondered if I could duplicate it. Well, I didn't have to duplicate it because it's a free pattern available on Ravelry! Yay!

Sally wanted a representation of her children's school colors (2 kids in 2 different schools) in ribbon so she could support them at the games she would be attending. I tried to match the pattern images of ribbon with a cute little bow. The problem is that in order to make that work, you'd have to tie on the ribbon each and every time you wore the hat.

Ribbon, as is it's nature, doesn't stretch, whereas crochet stitches do. I bet I wasted more ribbon trying to match the pattern images than in my entire crafting life! So I punted, and came up with making two different clips that could be worn on the hat, in her hair, on a scarf or even attached to a purse or lapel. I received a note on Facebook last night that she loved them! Yay!

These are a few of the things I've made recently that I've absolutely loved making. And they made me smile when I was finished and it made the people that received them smile as well! That's all I really want when I'm finished with a project. How about you?

Peace and blessings,

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