Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Crocheted Tux the Linux Penguin

Terry had to work at home for a lot of this winter because I couldn't go outside. While he was gone from his office, his sewn Tux Penguin went missing. Not sure if someone stole him or if he had fallen into the garbage can and got taken away by accident... or whatever....

Anyway, Terry no longer had his prized Tux Linux Penguin to display in his office while he works on Microsoft stuff all day.


Bye bye sweet old sewn Tux. We will miss you.

During the time since I made this sewn Tux, he has gone through a bit of a logo makeover.

He used to look like this:

This guy resembled the sewn Tux Penguin I made for Terry.

But now Tux looks like this:

A bit of a "cute" makeover don't you think?

So I had to roll with the times and crochet a new one for Terry.

Ta da!  Cute!

Luckily for me, there is a crochet pattern to follow to make this Tux. I found it here.

You may have noticed that the pattern came with an Hawaiian theme. Terry said that he didn't want Tux to appear to be having more fun than him in the office, so he decided against the Hawaiian shirt and surfboard. I have it available though if he changes his mind... or Tux decides to go on holidays heehehehe.

Logan wants daddy to keep Tux at home to decorate his home office. Not sure if that's the plan or if he will be going to Terry's office downtown where he will be sure to meet Link and Hobbes. Either way, he's a super cute representation of one of Terry's passions. Yay!

The link to my Tux the Linux Penguin project on Ravelry - for all the crochet geek details like the type of yarn I used etc.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Easter/Spring Photos Finery

Easter and spring photos at the kids' school were both this past week. So I knocked out two birds with one stone by making Easter/Spring Photo garb for both kids.

Lane came with me to the fabric store to pick out fabric and a pattern for her dress. She had her heart set on a pattern that included a dress for her dolly as well, but they didn't have it in stock. So I had to improvise a little and make the dress she was hoping for without a pattern... and then make one for her dolly to match.

As you can see, she wanted a pretty simple spring dress. The only two things she insisted on were the tulle underneath and the felt flower in the middle of the bodice.

I found a bunch of hot pink tulle at the thrift store for $1 and had some spare silky purple to use as lining. Lane picked out the ric rac that I trimmed the dress with. I worked at not making it look too much like an Easter egg heheheh... hopefully I succeeded a little bit?

And then the doll needed the exact same outfit. Instead of putting a side zipper in the dress like I did for Lane, I decided to attach the bib part with two snaps. They worked much better for this scale of dress than a tiny zipper would have.

I think both dresses turned out lovely. Lane wore hers to her spring photos yesterday and brought Emma the dolly with her for show and tell. Adorable!

For Logan we decided on a vest. Last year he wore his full suit, so he wasn't really wanting to have the same photo taken again this year. We decided to change it up by making a vest out of fabric that Logan chose himself. He found a flannelette with colourful robots on it and that was it, he wasn't going to have anything else.

Again, I didn't use a pattern for this vest. I ended up using one of his t-shirts that fit well and measuring it out to make a vest. He wore it with his white dress shirt and khaki pants (also made by me).

Aren't they precious? I even managed to tame Lane's hair into two braids with pink ribbon tied around the ends.

I can't wait to see how their photos turned out. The spring photographers allow siblings to get their pictures taken together as well, so I'm very excited to see those when they come in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Iron Craft #8: Spring Has Sprung

This week's challenge:

We are celebrating the season by making it this Iron Craft challenge. Create something inspired by spring or Easter OR make something using a spring." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I decided to get the kids involved in this craft since they had a long weekend and were itching to do more crafts after we worked on the Adventure Time Peeps on Saturday.

So I asked Terry for some old CDs that he didn't need anymore. I got some white paper, some black construction paper, a sharpie and some googly eyes together with some glue and scissors and we went to work.

Look at these serious crafters.

We followed a fantastic tutorial from Crafts with Amanda and came up with these Spring Lambs!

Since we still had our tissue paper snowmen on our front door, we decided to make a change. Now our cute little lambs will greet you at our front door for Spring. :D

To view all of the Iron Craft spring creations, please visit the Flickr Group.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Crocheted Backpack

A few years ago I won an oilcloth backpack purse from one of the bloggy giveaways that I entered. The summer I got it, I also had whooping cough. Needless to say, I ended up barfing inside the bag because I was stuck at the park with the kids and coughed so hard that I puked. Well the oilcloth bag was super washable on the outside... not so much on the inside.

Oooops... Anyway I got it cleaned up and still continued to use it for the next summer as well. I love having a backpack purse in the summer. Being handsfree is a must when you have kids at home with you all summer. I was either pushing the stroller or pulling the wagon everywhere we went and didn't have much patience for a purse that sat over my shoulder.

This year my beloved oilcloth purse was looking a little worse for wear. The straps were yellowing where I had sweat and sweat and sweat while pulling the wagon with 2 kids in it to all manner of parks and post offices.

Time for a new one. I wasn't really looking forward to sewing with oilcloth. I do it sparingly as is. But I didn't really need anything super washable like that anyway... because as we've learned, I end up making the messes inside the purse instead of outside anyway. Oy!

I ran across the cutest crocheted backpack pattern and decided to give it a go.

It called for a lot of yarn and the only yarn I had a lot of was a mixed colour Banana Berry yarn. I was a little worried that the bag would turn out all crazy, but to my surprise the stitch count worked out perfectly to make the yarn colours sort of swirl in a really cool pattern.

Check it out!

Isn't it gorgeous!?

I used a green coloured matching yarn for the bottom, the drawstring and the straps. I think it compliments the Banana Berry colours wonderfully.

So pleased with this bag. It's going to get a lot of use this summer for sure!

Do you have different bags/purses for summer and winter? I have a huge bag for winter - I think it's safe to call it a mom bag because it's always holding hats and mitts from kids who throw them off as soon as they get into a building and never seem to remember where they are. And the summer is all about handsfree bags.

*** The link to my crocheted backpack project on Ravelry**

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hoppy Easter Everybunny! 2014

Easter started early this morning at our house when little Laney came wandering into our bedroom at 6:37 this morning.

"It says 7 on the clock mommy." We told her that she wasn't to wake us up until 7.


I invited her into bed with us and she laid there looking around until for 20 minutes until the real 7 o'clock.

Then she got up and raced to her brother's room to wake him up. That didn't take much doing. All she had to do was remind him that the Easter bunny had come.

But what is this? No treats? The Easter bunny was sneaky as he is every year and left a clue as to the whereabouts of the Easter treats.

The first card read: "Good morning Logan and Lane / There is lots of chocolate to gain / Just follow these clues and you will find / All sorts of treasure to blow your mind. Clue 1: Look close to where you store your mittens.

The kids immediately ran over to the bench where we shove all our winter stuff.

There was a clue taped to the inside!

It read: "No treasure yet but don't fret / You still have a few clues to get / Clue 2: Look where you store your cereal."

Hmmm this bunny can be a wascaly wabbit can't he?

The kids ran to the kitchen to where the cereal is stored.

Another clue taped to the counter!

"Nothing yet, but you're still on track / Here's another clue because there's no turning back. / Clue 3: This is the remote that helps you play Mario 3D"

This is where Logan declared: "How does he know?!!"

Lane replied with, "That bunny must be talking to Santa."

Yes.... the bunny knows all about you kids. ;)

The kids ran downstairs to the WiiU to check out the remote.

The next clue!

"The bunny likes games, but no chocolate here / I bet this last clue means the treasure is near / clue 4: When your dad works from home, he works from this desk. Look under it."

The kids ran to the office as fast as they could!

Ta da! The Easter booty was found underneath Terry's work desk!

The kids brought all their stuff out to the rec room to investigate. Lots of fun candy and wind up toys.

And for some reason the Easter bunny always brings bath stuff. Foxy bath mitts for Logan. (Last year the bunny brought hooded towels)

Candy and a wind up chick.

Bunny bath mitts and a wind up bunny for Lane.

Hoppy Easter Everybunny from Team LT!!!!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Adventure Time Crafting with Peeps!

This year Iron Craft decided not to do the Peeps challenge. I can understand why. After 2 years (3 for the creators of Iron Craft) it was probably getting a little long in the tooth. And for some of the Iron Crafters, Peeps aren't the easiest candy to find. With High Fructose Corn Syrup banned in a lot of countries, these sweet treats are contraband in those places.

But I had the itch that comes up about this time of year. I needed to craft with Peeps. We had so many ideas. We were going to make Luau Peeps because Terry and I have been obsessed with Hawaii lately. We were going to remake the Katy Perry Dark Horse video in Peeps even though that proved to be a little bit too much out of our crafting abilities.

We finally decided on something easier to make with children helpers.

Adventure Time!

Logan is obsessed with this cartoon. Well... I'm thinking it's more Terry that's obsessed and Logan and a heavy like for it.

So we made...

Lumpy Space Peep.

The glue kinda melted into the candy and caused a mess on the paper we used, but we finished Finn the Peep (he even has a green backpack on his back).

And his trusty sidekick JakePeep.

I think he's the funniest one!

And of course, don't forget Princess BubblePeep.

Laney made a series of pretty girl Peeps. The one with dark hair is inspired by Katy Perry. I know that one of her Peeps is called Gina and the blonde one is named Chip and there's one that looks like Princess Ariel. All so pretty!

And Logan crafted with green chick Peeps in an Adventure Time theme as well. I especially love his Beemo and Jelly Princess. So funny!

 Happy Easter from Team LT!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sponge Bob Shoe Lace Practice Pillow

I have a confession to make: I haven't taught Logan how to tie his shoes yet.

Terry has been working with him recently because he had his heart set on some lace up running shoes this time around instead of the usual Velcro.

Emergency time!

I thought that I had better put on my mommy pants and do something to help my little guy learn this valuable skill.

So I made this Practice Lace Up Pillow:

The pattern is from one of my bloggy BFFs over at the Silly Pearl.

It was such an awesome pattern. Easy to follow and I whipped this pillow up in an afternoon.

You might have noticed that this particular pillow is made out of 4 different kinds of Sponge Bob themed fabric. The choice was sort of intentional because it reminds me of the episode when Sponge Bob forgets how to tie his shoes and Gary the snail has to teach him. There is a catchy little loop de loop song included in that episode. I couldn't find a really good video of it, but here's the idea:

Well... actually... I have another confession to make - I really only chose the Sponge Bob fabric because I had a ton of it in all sorts of patterns and colours. But it sounds better to say that I purposely did that because of the shoe tying episode.

Now Logan can place the pillow on his lap whenever he's watching TV and practice, practice, practice. :D


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Iron Craft #7 - On Trend

This week's challenge:

"So, create a project based on one or more of the trends below…
Radiant Orchid


I chose the simplest geometric design and went with cubes.

Crocheted baby blocks!

I used a very simple pattern I found on Ravelry. They are crocheted in 6 sides and the crocheted together with foam in the centre.

There are stripes on 2 of the sides of 2 of the blocks to add some pattern. But I didn't feel like they were quite done after I made these, so I've been working on my crochet skills by making appliques for the sides of each block.

For the purposes of this challenge though, the cubes are enough. I'll show you my progress on the appliques in a later post. I have given each block a theme. One is all fruit, one is bugs, one is season-themed, and the last is animals.

Here is the link to my geometric cubed baby blocks project on Ravelry.


To see all the on trend projects from the Iron Crafters, please visit the Flickr Group

PS: I've got my fingers crossed that the next Iron Craft project we will do will be Peeps! EEEEEE!!!. I've already went on a hunt for Peeps and found them at good ole Walmart. I picked up a bunch and have been brainstorming ideas. So if there isn't a Peeps challenge this year (lots of the Iron Crafters live in places where Peeps are not readily available) I will still make a Peeps craft to share with you. ;)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring Break Robots

Our house just wouldn't be our house if we didn't have a mess of crafts happening during spring break.

This year we decided to downsize Logan's stash of empty toilet paper rolls. That boy has been collecting them for a long time and had a huge drawer full.

We got out the paint to colour the tubes.

Then we got felt and toothpicks, markers, googly eyes and other decorations and made ROBOTS!

Now I don't want to alarm anyone, but we're in the middle of a full scale robot attack! The cute cuddly children you see in the photo above are really evil masterminds bent on ruling the world!

Don't let the cuteness fool you. These robots are dangerous. They'll lure you in with their smiles and cute robot antennas and then they'll brainwash you into becoming part of their robot army.

Lane created these ones.

Logan created these ones.

And I made the tangerine tango robots.

They've been wheeling and flying around our house bleeping and blooping the whole way. Save me! ACK!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bubbles - The 2nd Crocheted Powerpuff Girl

Lane's turn for a crocheted object. She chose a friend for her first Powerpuff Girl.

I once again gathered up all the sugar, spice and everything nice... and added a little chemical X to come up with Bubbles.

Well actually... I used this pattern again. Only I switched the green out for blue and made some blonde hair and pigtails.

Now Buttercup has a sister. Next time Lane's turn comes up, she's already decided that the third Powerpuff Girl shall be made. So stay tuned for Blossom!

Here is the link to my Bubbles project on Ravelry.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New Banner

It's about time right?!!

About time for what?

About time for a new banner of course!

The old blog banner was getting a little... er... more like A LOT dated. So I finally got down to making a new one. And it's cute!

You can now see the new banner every time you open up this blog - right up there at the top.

Hopefully it won't take me another 2 years to update it. :D