Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Iron Craft #4: Dreaming of Spring

This week's challenge:

"So, the groundhog saw his shadow and most of the US is being hit by snowstorms and bitter cold. (Shut up San Francisco, we don’t want to hear about your heatwave.) That has left most of us in this part of the world to dream of milder Spring days. For this challenge, we want you to turn those dreams into a project." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Well.... I gotta say... it hasn't been too bad a winter in Winnipeg this year.


I know!

I mean, we've gotten our regular -30C temps, but no where near as long and drawn out as last year. And the kids are super disappointed in the lack of snow we've been getting. There is only a tiny pile on our lawn. We built snowmen, but there isn't that huge wall of snow that the kids love to play in ... wah ...

Anywho - I'm still dreaming of spring. Because once spring comes, then summer isn't far behind. :)

My project is all ready for spring as well:

This is Audrey. I made this cloth doll and her outfit for this project.

Some stats about Audrey:

She is a 15 inch (36 cm) fabric doll. 

She is made out of a cotton sheet that was dyed with all natural coffee to achieve her medium skin tone. She has safety eyes of green and a sewn expression on her face complete with freckles. Her hair is made out of orange brushed yarn.

Her t-shirt and velour pants are made from upcycled childrens clothing and are removable. She has a raincoat and rain boots both made out of oilcloth and can be removed as well. She is ready for Spring to arrive!

I wish I had a cool raincoat like Audrey's! Then maybe I'd be ready for spring as well.

****To see all the Iron Crafters' Spring projects, check out the Flickr Group****

*** If you'd like to purchase Audrey - she's available in my Etsy shop :) ****

Monday, 2 March 2015

Crocheted Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony

This project originally was for a birthday present for one of Lane's friends. But then I soon realized that this pony was going to be too complicated and detailed and time consuming for a mere birthday present.

So Lane now has a brand new crocheted Rainbow Dash! :D

You can see that I put the final touches on Rainbow Dash while watching the Oscars... pretty lights and dresses on the TV...

I used this pattern and found it pretty easy to follow. There were tons of details and a lot of rounds and rounds and rounds. It took me a couple of weeks to get this one done. Phew!

I recommend a good stuffing. I used a slightly heavier weight stuffing for Rainbow Dash in order to hold up that enormous tail of hers without tipping over. I think she is just lovely and has maybe given me the confidence to tackle the other ponies?.... Maybe?

Here is a link to my Rainbow Dash project on Ravelry.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

I was being kind of silly this morning and decided that the bathroom upstairs needed a toilet paper roll cover. The downstairs bathroom already has a squid covering its toilet paper. I thought about trying to sew one of those instead of crocheting it. But then I found some super soft lamb-ish fleece in my stash and decided it would be fun to make a sheep.

Would you like to make one for your bathroom?

The quick and easy tutorial is posted on my website tawnybee.com today. Check it out!

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Museum of Human Rights

Yesterday, we decided to head on over to the Forks and pay our first visit to the new Museum for Human Rights.

It was filled with a lot of heavy things to think about and tons of sources of inspiration. And the kids were surprisingly open to looking at the displays and found the trip interesting. I thought for sure they were going to be bored out of their minds and would bug us to leave early.

We went through all 7 floors of galleries with a quick skip by some of the displays on level 4 (the attendants warned us that the holocaust displays might be too much for young children). I'm sure if we would have stayed a bit longer to read some of those displays - long enough for Logan to read some of them - we would have a very upset boy (and a very upset me as well). As it was, I was bawling through most of the devastating setbacks we've had as humans and then smiling at the displays of incredible courage and inspiration of people fighting for human rights around the world. A roller coaster for the emotions!

Some photos from our visit:

While we were looking at the displays all around this huge room, there was this circle in the middle. The kids discovered that if you walked across the floor in this area, a circle of light would follow you. And if you came together near another person your circle would expand to include that other person. What a fantastic lesson in how people interact and influence each other as well as being such a fun thing for the kids to do while parents are busy.

Tranquility garden. It reminded me so much of the healing garden at the hospital in Edmonton.

Logan was perfecting his "photo bomb" skillz.

The view from the 3rd floor.

Had to snap a photo of crochet. This display shed light on all the wonderful work grandmothers in Africa and Canada are doing. They have yarn bombed a tree with all these colourful granny squares to bring awareness to the AIDS crisis in Africa and around the world.

At the very end of our visit, we traipsed up several flights of stairs to the tower. I think Terry just about had a heart attack with the kids being ... well... kids... at high heights. But they were well behaved and we got to see this view of the Provencher Bridge. Beautiful.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Iron Craft #3: All New!

This week's challenge:

"The reason I like Iron Craft is that it inspires me to create throughout the year, but also that is pushes me to try new things. I’ve seen that from some of you Iron Crafters as well. So, for this challenge I’d like everyone to challenge themselves to try something new." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I usually always try to do something new for my Iron Craft project. Last time I tried mitered corners on my pillow. I've tried painting for a challenge. I've worked on various new crochet techniques...

What to do for this challenge?

I went with something that always scares me. I figured I would screw it up so harsh that I didn't even bother trying.

I always purchased this item ready made instead of going through the steps to make one myself.

And that item is....

dun dun duh duh duh....

Pie Crust!

Yup... I am absolutely terrified of making my own pie crust. The store bought ones are good enough and they are all nicely rolled out and stuff.

So, in the spirit of new challenges I made my own pie crust this week! :D

I  made the crust the day before because the recipe called for putting it in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.

Then I took it out and let it sit awhile to get warm enough to roll out. It actually fit OK in the pie pan.

I decided to make a rhubarb pie and dream of summer. The top looks pretty good for a first try.

And it didn't fall apart or burn in the oven. Yay! And the rhubarb didn't seep out.

And it was delicious. I'm not sure that this particular pie crust would be the one I would settle on, but it was yummy for the first try. And it gave me confidence to try out a few more recipes until I find one that is just right.

**** To see all of the new projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group****

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf

As some of you know already, my son Logan is obsessed with all things Pokemon.

 What you might not know is that this boy refuses to wear a scarf. And a scarf is seriously needed in Winnipeg! It’s regularly below -30C in the winter. He walks to school every day and doesn’t ever want to wear a scarf. I figured I might be able to remedy this by making a scarf that he would actually like.

 A Pokeball inspired scarf!

Want to make one for the Pokemon obsessed person in your life?

Check out my tutorial on tawnybee.com today!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Crocheted Miss Piggy

Terry came home from work one day with a strange request. A co-worker of his had seen Link and Hobbes in the background of Terry's office during a video conference and really liked them.

Terry told this co-worker that I had made those figures and was learning how to crochet.

The co-worker then asked him if I could make a Miss Piggy in crochet.

Uhhhhh... Can't say that I ever thought about making a Miss Piggy amigurumi. But I suppose....

I put the request into the back of mind while Christmas was happening because I just didn't have time to attempt one. Then I totally forgot about it in January until Terry came home from work and said that the same co-worker asked again about Miss Piggy.

So I teased Terry that I had better figure out a Miss Piggy soon so that he wouldn't be bullied at work anymore hehehe

I think she turned out fab-u-lous!

I used this pattern to make Miss Piggy. The pattern was great and left a lot of options open for hair colour and style etc. I decided to forego the featured 70s feathered hair look and go for a straighter look. I used peach colour instead of cream which I think was successful in making her "piggy" colour.

Terry took a look at the finished project and said that he didn't think Miss Piggy was all eyelashes until he saw it and then looked up a photo of the puppet and compared. She is indeed all eyelashes. I used felt for the eyelashes as I thought that that black yarn I had was too thick and heavy for fluttery eyelashes.

She's pretty glamorous isn't she?

Terry sent her to his co-worker and we hope that it gets delivered before Valentine's Day. I'm guessing that this Miss Piggy might be a present for his wife ;)

A link to my Miss Piggy project on Ravelry.