Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sock Rose Bouquet

Okay, before I show the final product you are probably wondering why in the world I would make a sock-rose bouquet for my MIL for Christmas.

Each year her grandchildren want to make or buy her something. This year she asked that if they wanted to do that, they get her a pair of socks (because her teenage granddaughters like to "borrow" when they are over there and she was sadly depleted of socks). Her only stipulations were "no knee-highs" and that they could only give her a package if it was from the entire group. So, needless to say, the kids went crazy! She now has a very colorful and interesting sock wardrobe. Everything from purple with flowers to see-through with neon polka-dots! My mom even got in on the act by putting some socks into a paper towel tube and writing "tube socks" on it before wrapping it up. LOL

I got to thinking that if she wanted a fighting chance of hanging onto some socks, we better get her some "plain jane" socks to wear, but how boring. There were six adults so I thought, 2 socks (1 pair) per person would be twelve socks--an even dozen to make some roses. At one point I thought I'd pinned a Pinterest pin for the sock roses but couldn't find it and went on a swagbucks hunt to find some and came across this web site/page:

The "vase" I picked up at Dollar Tree. They didn't have greenery that I liked to fill it out but thankfully Michael's was having a 70% off Christmas stems. While not "greenery" per se, the bright reds and greens fit in with the holiday so I thought in for a penny...

It was an interesting experiment, for sure. And while they don't look exactly like rosebuds, they came out fairly nice, and she liked it which is the most important thing!

Here is the final result:

The only problem now? She says she doesn't/won't undo the socks to wear them! Granted, she might change her mind once August rolls around and all of her fancy socks have been "borrowed" into never-to-be-seen-again land! Haha.

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hello Kitty Earflap Hat

Here is one of my many beautiful nieces, and she is modeling the new Hello Kitty Earflap Hat I made her for Christmas.

This hat was inspired by her love of Hello Kitty and this Pinterest pin:

The pattern for this hat was created by Jessica Teal and cost $3.99 (and included sizes newborn to adult).

Materials Used: I used double-strands of Caron Simply Soft in White to make the hat base. I used an "H/5.0mm" hook (Boye). The trim and bow look red in the photos, but I actually used Watermelon (Caron Simply Soft) which is a hot pink. For the eyes I used black in I Love This Yarn! by Hobby Lobby. The yellow nose is just some scrap yarn I had on hand. To make the pom-poms, I used Clover pom-pom makers (the large one).

I did make the eyes a little more "oval" than the pattern called for.

I didn't keep track of how long it took to make, sorry.

And that's one of the goodies I have to share with you. Keep an eye out for more, soon!


2012 Looking Forward

Hi, everyone! So sorry for the long delay. I've been considering the things in my life and thinking about how to proceed with many of them. This blog, obviously, is one of the things that will remain.

My goal for this blog is to share some of the things I make and hopefully inspire you to create and have fun as well. As a part of that goal, I'd like to make at least one post a week. Some weeks maybe more (like the near future when I have a bunch of Christmas goodies to share). But there may also be times when I don't put anything up at all. Please know that I'll resume as soon as I can.

So, here's to a creatively wonderful year! :)