A Little Bit of Crochet

Took a little break from sewing yesterday. It was a nice cool day, with a slight breeze. Perfect for sitting on the front porch. Since a sewing machine isn’t exactly the easiest thing to use outside, I took the opportunity to try crocheting a couple of things I’ve wanted to try for a while now. (Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve got about a million things I keep telling myself I’ll get around to one of these days…2 more have now been checked off the list!) I started with this baby hat.

Thanks to Pinterest, of course, I came across My Merry Messy Life’s FREE crochet pattern! It’s such a cute hat I just HAD to make it. I think mine turned out pretty good, now I just need to find a baby to borrow so I can see how it fits! (It’d be so much easier if I had my own kid to dress up, but Ben still won’t let me have one of my own…guess I’ll just keep making cute stuff for everyone else’s kids and enjoy traveling and being kid free for the next couple years!)

My hands weren’t ready to stop once I finished the baby hat, so I checked my knitting/crochet Pinterest board to see if I had anything small and simple pinned. I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the car this weekend, so I figured I might as well find something I can easily do in the car as well!

When I saw Little Birdie Secrets Butterfly Pattern, I knew it was the perfect project! She has patterns for several different sizes, and they are super easy to make! Once I made a couple of these, I didn’t even have to look at the pattern any more to know what I was doing. With how quick these are to make, I should have a good stack of them by the end of the weekend, and then I’ll start making some fun hair clips and headbands with them. (Keep an eye on my J.E. Creations Facebook Page for a fun giveaway next week!)

Both patterns are pretty simple, and easy to follow. If you’re new to crocheting though, like me, check out Craftyminx’s Crochet School. She has wonderful video tutorials on EVERYTHING you need to know about crochet. She is my go-to gal when I don’t know what I’m doing.

So now I’m all set for the weekend. I got my crochet hooks, and a stash of embroidery floss and yarn. Bring it on long car rides!

What are some of your favorite crafts to take along on long trips?

Princess Party

Hello, my name is Jennie, and I’m addicted to pinterest. If you haven’t checked out pinterest yet, you seriously need to! If you are already on pinterest, check out my boards!

Not too long ago as I was browsing pinterest I came across this really awesome castle cake. As soon as I saw it, I knew I HAD to make it. I know several little girls here who would LOVE to have a castle cake for their birthday, but of course, they had all recently had birthdays. Since I didn’t want to wait nearly a year to make this really cool cake, I did what any reasonable person would do, and created a need for it! So this past Sunday, I threw a princess party for all the wonderful ladies here and we had a wonderful time!

I made pb&j sandwiches, macaroni salad, a vegetable tray, pink paradise punch, and of course…

my castle cake! It didn’t come out exactly how I wanted it to, for one thing I ran out of fondant when I only had one more tower to cover, so it got covered with royal icing instead, and then I realized I should have decorated the towers BEFORE I put them on the cake. It still turned out really cute though, and I was super proud of myself since this is the first 2 tier cake I’ve ever done!

Since I had the princess theme I wanted everyone to be able to wear a tutu. My whole goal was to make them in a way that I can still re-use the tulle for several upcoming projects I want to do. You can make a no-sew tutu pretty easily though and they are really cute with endless possibilities. (yes, I said NO-SEW!) Treasures for Tots has a wonderful tutorial on how to make them, and she even has a quick and easy way to cut the tulle!!

This is Maddy. She is my guinea pig for basically anything I sew for little girls. Super cute. She wanted to wear her mom’s tutu, but it was too long so we made it a cape. This is her showing us how to be SUPER Maddy!

And here she is modeling the crown she made, since no princess is complete without a crown.

Everyone had a wonderful time, and I’m already looking for the next cake to make! For now though, I’m going to start working on this really cute idea that I have for a sewn tutu, and if everything goes as planned, I will have a tutorial for it posted for you next week!