Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dino Tail

PB's friend, M, had a 3rd birthday party last weekend.  I can't believe PB's friends are starting to turn 3.  His friend, M, loves dinosaurs.  I remembered seeing the dinosaur tails on Running with Scissors earlier this year and knew it would be the perfect gift.

It was so simple to make.  I used felt for the spikes instead of making fabric ones.  PB keept trying to steal it, I think he might need one of his own.  His outfit here is killing me.  He kept his "dinosnore" jammies on that morning and he insists on wearing those boots in the house.   haaha it's just such a good outfit!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tutorial Weather Board- Guest post from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

This was a guest post I did for Stacey over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! back in September.  Stacey just did a really fun week of mustaches, you have to check it out!!!

Hi Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! readers, my name is Kris and I blog over at everywhere orange.
I am a wife and stay at home mom to a 2 year old boy.  I gave up my job as a high school art teacher to stay at home with my son.  Everywhere orange is my space that is just for me to share crafts, cooking and a little orange.  Every Friday I share an orange item in my house.  You would be shocked at how much orange is in this house!! I am a long time reader and super fan of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! and I am beyond excited to be here today to share my weather board complete with weather friends.

My son is obsessed with telling me the weather.  He usually tells me it is sunny no matter what the weather really is.  I decided he needed a fun way to learn the weather so I made this weather board complete with weather friends!

Peanut Butter says, "today's weather is sunny!"  
This time he was actually right :)

here are the weather friends:
PB likes to pet the rainy beard.

The weather friends are velcro so they are easy to take on and off.

I hope the weather is never all these things at once!!

I had all this stuff in my house except for one piece of felt so this whole project only cost me 34 cents!! i love stash busting :) ok, let's get started!!

scraps of felt- white, yellow, grey, black and a full sheet of light blue
embroidery floss
8X10 picture frame
peel and stick velcro
white glue
card stock

Cut all the shapes.  You can find the templates for the weather friends and text here, print it onto cardstock:

Making the Weather Friends 
1.  split the floss in half.  tie a knot and stitch up where you want the eye.
2.  stitch down next to your stitch up.
3.  leave a loop hanging.
4.  stitch up and wrap your needle around the loop 3-4 times. then stitch back down pulling the knot tight.
5.  repeat the knot for a thicker eye. repeat 1-5 for the 2nd eye.
6.  start the mouth with a stitch.
7.  this is a chain stitch so you go up in the center of your last stitch between the thread.
8.  make your next stitch and repeat.
9.  continue chain stitch until you create the desired smile.

Making the Rain Beard

1. split the thread. tie a knot and stitch up through and stitch down close.
2. stitch back up in between the last stitch.
3.  tie a knot about 1 inch down from your stitch to make the rain beard.  and cut.

Closing the cloud
1.  stitch the sun in between the clouds.  do a straight stitch.
2.  whip stitch around the outside of the cloud.  stuff with  stuffing, felt scraps or even tissue.
3.  whip stitch the cloud closed and knot.

Cut squares from the rough side of the sticky velcro and put on the back of the weather friends.

Making the Weather Board

Take apart the picture frame and keep only the back board.  turn over so the inside is facing up.

squirt glue all over the back of the picture frame.  spread glue with your finger.

smooth out the felt onto the back of the picture frame  cut off the excess felt.

lay out the text and your weather icons.  Cut a strip of black felt that is about 1/2 inch wide and 8 inches long.

place glue on the back of the black felt.  glue it down and cut the excess.

put it back into the picture frame.

lay out your letters any way you like.  glue them down.  weigh them down with something heavy while they dry.  

I hung my board with those 3M sticky strips that come with the 3M hooks.  I put one at each top corner.

Now you are ready to learn the weather with the weather friends.

Stacey, thank you so much for letting me guest host! I had such a great time :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Orange and aqua bracelet

I won this bracelet in a giveaway over at No Big Dill.  Katy is also an orange lover :) This is a pretty fabulous bracelet and I love the aqua with the orange.  I like to put dark blue with orange but this is definitely inspiring me to stick some aqua in there too.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  All week I have been looking at the Black Friday ads online and making my lists.  There are some great doorbusters at Kohl's that I am taking advantage of to buy things for the family my MOMS Club adopted this year.  My best friend, B, and I go out shopping really early and then go get something to eat.  It is something we have been doing for many years and I look forward to spending that time with her every year.

We also love to see the crazy people out there too!  And my favorite people are at Joanns.  Last year I saw a woman with what seemed to be the entire department of fleece to get one yard of each.  I hope I see her this year!   Anyone else out shopping today??

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

PB's turkey hand from school. i just love these!!

It's one of my favorite days of the year!! I am not cooking, but hopefully one year soon I will get to cook the meal again.  
I am so thankful for all of you!!! Thank you so much for reading and all your wonderful comments!!! Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tutorial: Kermit Hat with matching Kermit Cowl

PB is so excited about the Muppet movie coming out tomorrow.  He has been talking about the movie for over a month now and every time we drive past the movie theater he asks to go see the movie.  We are taking him to see it this weekend.
When I asked him who his favorite muppet is he said, "Rowlf and Kermit and Muppets."  So I made him a Kermit hat and Kermit cowl to get him ready to go see the movie.

He loves this hat and cowl and he tells everyone he looks like kermit.  

I knitted the hat and the cowl is made from fleece.  

PB is doing Kermit arms in excitement! 
There is my handsome husband helping me with my photo shoot :)

Kermit Cowl Tutorial: 
I don't have pictures of the process, I kind of made it up as I went along.  

You need 1/4 yard of green fleece.  
1 inch piece of velcro
Cut 1 piece 3.5 X 17 inches (this fits my 2.5 year old)
Cut 4 triangles out of a double layer of fleece- they are 4 inches wide.

1. Sew 1/4 inch seam allowance around 2 sides of the triangle.  Snip the corner and turn inside right.
2.  Sew 1/4 inch seam allowance around the 2 sides of the triangle. 
3. lay the triangles equally across one edge of the long piece of fleece.
4.  Fold it over so the triangles are sandwiched in between the long rectangular piece.
5.  Pin triangles in place.  
6.  Top stitch around the whole rectangle.
7.  Sew velcro on.  

Kermit Hat Tutorial:
Size 9 circular needle and size 9 double pointed needled.
1 skein green yarn.
(I really like the vanna baby yarns for hats, this yarn was in my stash without a label, I have no idea what it is.)  
white yarn and black yarn for eyes

Cast on using the long tail method 68 stitches.  (This fits my son's 2/5 year old head)
Then knit for 7-8 inches.  You can use a stitch marker to keep track of where you started.  Now it is time to decrease.  Separate the loops onto 4 double pointed knitting needless.  There will be 17 stitches on each needle.  Then you knit across the needle and knit the last 2 together.  Do this on every needle until you have 4 left on each needle.  Using a needle feed the yarn through the loops and tie it off. 

To make the eyes:
 Cast on 12 stitches using the long tail method.  
K1, K2 together, knit rest of row
P1, P2 together, pearl rest of row.  
continue until there is only 5 stitches left then bind off. 

Make 2 for each eye. One is the front and one is the back.

Sew the pearled sides together.  The knit sides should be facing out.

Use the tails left from knitting the eyes.

For the eyeballs I took black yarn and just made stitches until it looked like a circle.

After I had the circle I started stitching to make the shape of Kermit's eyes.

I tucked the black yarn in back.

Both eyes finished.  

You can see the placement of the eyes here. Kermit's eyes are more to the front than on top.  I sewed them almost the whole way shut and then stuffed them with a pinch of batting and sewed it shut.  I used white yarn to sew the eyes onto the hat.  

Phew! I'm beat!  
The hat took a few days to make and the cowl took like 15 minutes.  If you have any questions, let me know!!

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