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Crafty Goodness | Sparkly Heart Drink Stirrers

Feb
13

We had friends over on the weekend, so last week I prepared some sparkly goodness to decorate our drinks and table.

Sparkly heart drink stirrers and a little bit of sparkly heart confetti, not crocheted ūüôā

Can you believe I made these little hearts using adhesive backed glittered foam sheets?! Oh yes I did! I stole one of my daughters glittered starbursts and cut it up into little hearts and stuck them onto bamboo skewers. I used a tiny little heart punch to make the confetti, I did not cut that confetti by hand!

I totally want to do this with stars. I think I need to get a star punch.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow friends! Are you ready to share your love?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Cake Toppers

Feb
10

Oh yes, I have one last idea for how you can use¬†my pattern for crochet heart confetti. And then I’m done. I promise.¬†But if you, like me, like to mix up your crafty goodness, say crochet with baking, here’s another little bit of crafty goodness you can create using these little hearts.

Valentine’s Day cake toppers! Just whip up your favorite cake and frost it using your favorite frosting (my favorite is this Swiss Meringue Buttercream¬†from Sweetapolita). Chorchet a few confetti hearts, slip them onto the pointy end of bamboo skewers ad stick them into your cake. Simple and easy decor for Valentine’s Day!

I must admit, I am falling head over heels for simple cake decor on tall bamboo skewers. How about you?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart I Love You Placecards

Feb
09

How much am I loving these little crochet hearts? Tonnes! Here is yet another sweet idea for using these little bits of crocheted love.

Sweet little placecards for the table.¬†I was brainstorming ideas¬†for decorating each place setting around our table¬†on Valentine’s Day, so I set this up just to see how it would look, and¬†I think I’m loving it. A simple I love you, because well, I love my family.

These hearts have a pinback, so my girls can wear this token of my love. But underneath this little pin is a little surprise.

Will you be dining at home Valentine’s Day? How will you be setting the table?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Envelopes

Feb
09

Last year when I was planning my daughter’s¬†Alice in Wonderland birthday party, I was brainstorming invitation ideas with a friend when we came up with the idea of putting the invitation in a crocheted envelope and sealing it with a vintage Alice In Wonderland pin. While I didn’t use the crocheted envelopes for my daughter’s brithday party, I have rediscovered their usefulness for Valentine’s Day! How about a crocheted envelope filled with love notes (or heart confetti) and sealed with a heart?

In a crafty household such as ours, these crocheted envelopes are a welcome Valentine gift. One would almost expect a bit of crafty goodness on Valentine’s Day, yes? The great thing about the envelopes is that they aren’t just perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re perfect for any day you want to gift something a bit crafty to someone you love. You can fill it with just about anything, or use one to store your own love notes and cards. You can make one about 10 times bigger and it would be the perfect wrapping for a tablet or laptop, don’t you think?

The fantastic thing about these envelopes is that you only need to know how to chain and single crochet. Seriously, that’s it! Which kinda makes it a perfect, lovely project for a newbie hooker, besides a basic washcloth. The pattern is just a simple square with four corners folded in to meet eachother. Easy peasy.

I used my crochet heart confetti pattern to make heart pins to seal the envelope. Just add a pin back to the heart and pin the envelope closed. I have two little girls that are going to love these little envelopes sealed with love. How about you? Have a girl, or boy or partner who would love one on Valentine’s Day?

Crochet Envelopes

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

There are 4 different sizes you can make. The envelope in the picture is 4.5″¬†x 4.5″.

Approx 4.5″ x 4.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5″ x 5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5.5″ x 5.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 6″ x 6″ square, when flap is closed.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
sc (single crochet)

Crochet Envelope Directions

  1. Ch 26 (28, 30, 32). 
  2. Do sc in each ch stitch.
  3. Chain 1, turn, do sc in each sc.
  4. Repeat step 3 until piece is 4.5″ (5″, 5.5″, 6″) square.
  5. Cut yarn and bind off.
  6. Fold three corners of the square into the middle. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew the three corners together to help stabilize the envelope, while you sew together the two seams.
  7. Weave in yarn ends.

Make one heart (you can use my Crochet Confetti Heart pattern from yesterday’s post) in your favorite colour. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew a pin back onto the back of the heart. Fill your envelope with treats or sweets or love notes, fold down the top flap and pin in place with the heart.

Happy hooking!

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Confetti

Feb
08

I have been diving back into crochet lately and I have been enamored with these little crochet hearts.

So enamored in fact, I have made so many of them that they have become confetti, of sorts.¬†Hand crocheted heart confetti. I really like that. So¬†I decided I would package up a few in these little glassine bags that I have had since our wedding¬†to give away to those I love for Valentine’s Day. (Oooh these would make cute wedding favors packaged this way!)

Add just a touch of decor tape to close the envelope.

And these little packages are ready to give away. I just love the idea of giving away a pocket full of love. A sprinkling of love confetti. I really just want to throw a sprinkle of these soft hearts high in the air above my girls so they can feel my love raining down on them. Heartfelt and homemade love in tangible form. And these, once you get the hang of crochet, are quite meditative to make.

If you are just starting your hooking career or picking it up again after a long hiatus, the first one¬†may take you a while. I scribbled this little pattern out almost three years ago during my¬†second phase of crochet experimentation. I ended up making a lot of bowls instead and¬†a bunch of deformed hearts until I got the combo of stitches just right. I really wanted to make tiny little¬†hearts, but crochet thread and¬†I don’t get along very well. We still don’t, hence these hearts are¬†made with worsted weight yarn and are about 2″ tall.¬†

I¬†haven’t really touched a hook since I jotted down this little pattern and made all those bowls (anyone want a crochet bowl?). I had all but lost my crochet abilities, well, almost anyways. To help refresh my memory, I downloaded the Learn to Crochet booklet from Lion Brand to use as a reference when I totally forgot how to make a half double crochet and double crochet stitch. It was like teaching myself to crochet all over again! Needless to say, it took me 45 minutes to make that first heart¬†with all the reading and referring back to the book. But once¬†I regained my crochet¬†muscle memory, each heart took about 10 minutes. Granted, I am slow at crochet, you may very well whip one of these up in half the time. They are really that quick and easy.

So this year, I will be handing out little pockets of heart confetti for Valentine’s Day. I may even make a few extra to hand out to random strangers on the 14th to inject a little surprise¬†love into their day.¬†Yesterday¬†I also had an epiphany thanks to¬†this little blog post. It reminded me of the secret¬†love hunts I used to create using folded heart notes, and I love the idea of using plush hearts instead! Even more, I love the idea of whipping up a batch of the little crochet hearts and tucking them in pockets and laptop cases and glove boxes for my honey to find throughout the month. Or year. We certainly do have an extra mason jar on hand in the cold cellar.

I’ll have a few more ideas about how to use these sweet little hearts in the coming days, but for now, want to try your hand at making them?

Crochet Heart Confetti

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

Approx 2 inches tall with worsted weight yarn. If you want a smaller heart and those tiny hooks and crochet thread like you, you can make much smaller hearts.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sl st (slip stitch)
sc (single crochet)
hdc (half double crochet)
dc (double crochet)

Note

You can tell I was only making bowls when I scribbled this pattern down as this heart is worked in one continuous spiral. There is no joining and no turning, just continue to work around in a spiral.

Crochet Heart Directions

  1. Ch 2.
  2. Do 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Do not join. Do not turn.
  3. Moving around the circle, do 2 sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1.
  4. Do 2 dc in the next sc.
  5. Do 2 sc in the next sc.
  6. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  7. Do 1 hdc and 4 dc in the next sc.
  8. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  9. Do sl st in the next sc.
  10. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  11. Do 4 dc and 1 hdc in the next sc.
  12. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  13. Do sl st in the next sc.
  14. Cut yarn and bind off.
  15. Using a tapestry needle, weave in yarn ends.

Have fun crocheting your own little confetti hearts! If you decide to whip up some hearts, drop me a line and a pic, I would love to see your creations!

Crafty Goodness | Origami Hearts

Jan
25

I need to work on my origami skills, but these hearts I found over at How About Orange just may tempt me to practice.

Crafty Goodness | Bottlebrush Tree Terrariums

Dec
23

One last Christmas craft at the dining table, just before Christmas weekend! A festive bottlebrush tree terrarium! Another simple craft the girls loved because they could put these together all by themselves.

I love these because they are simple, winter scenes which remind you of a forest of pine after fresh fallen snow. I can almost see us walking amongst the trees breathing in the scent of pine and leaving footprints in the snow.

Our house of craft is always full of crafty supplies and I recently picked up bags full of bottlebrush trees from the dollar store to bleach and dye. I have mad love for pretty coloured and glittered bottlebrush trees.

But we put a couple packs aside for terrariums. I just had to grab some glass jars and artificial snow, also from the dollar store, so the girls could create their wintry scenes.

The larger trees didn’t fit inside the jars, so we cut off the base right at the bottom of the tree for a perfect fit.

The girls used hot glue to attach their trees to the lid.

Sprinkled the lid with a handful of sparkly, artificial snow, and then carefully screwed the jar back onto the lid.

They currently reside on our dining room table so we can enjoy them at supper.

It has been such a crafty Yule in our house. I hope you have enjoyed this week of Christmas crafting as much as we have enjoyed the crafting!

Alas, I am not quite done! I do have one more stocking to finish. Are you trying to finish any last minute craft projects?

Crafty Goodness | Wooden Thread Spool Trees

Dec
22

This is the latest craft to hit our dining room table. Simple pipe cleaner trees set atop wooden thread spools. Simple and just a little bit primitive, just how I like my decor for Yule. They now live on our mantel with our super huge pinecones, just above our new hand knit stockings. Lovely.

Want to see how I made them?

I started out with some plain wooden thread spools. I found a lovely poem about Yule which I formatted to fit the spools perfectly. Then I just printed the pieces, cut and glued them to the spools using white glue.

To make the trees, I used two pipe cleaners and wrapped them around my finger, starting at the widest point of my finger…

…and ending at the narrowest part of my finger for a slightly angled tree.

Once the pipe cleaners were fully wound around my finger, I gently slipped them off and made a few adjustments to make sure they were molded into a nice tree shape.

Then I attached the pipe cleaner tree to the wooden spool using hot glue. I also added some red velvet ribbon around the top of the spool to cover the tree base and any stray glue.

I love how these turned out. I especially love that if you take the time to read the prose, you are treated to a lovely read about the joy of love, family, friends and the Yuletide season.

What poem or verse would you put on the spool?

Crafty Goodness | Accordian Fold Upright Trees

Dec
21

This dining room table of ours has seen a lot of crafting lately. This accordian fold upright tree is our latest creation. I intended to make a paper rosette tree, but my crafty little girl came up with this idea, and so we changed course and made an upright tree instead.

This one was a little trickier than a simple rosette tree, especially with thin wrapping paper and it does require a needle a thread, so one could say this a sewing craft.

All you need to make this accordian fold tree is a long strip of paper, or multiple pieces of patterned scrapbook paper which are then folded and glued together until you have a full circle.

Using a needle and thread, run the thread through all folds at the top of your tree, no more than 1″ below the top of the edge. Pull the thread through and¬†arrange all the folds so you have a standing tree, then tie the thread¬†in a knot and cut ends.

Hot glue your decoration of choice to the top of the tree (we used a red ball ornament), and you’re done!

Maybe this pictorial will help:

Let me know if you try your hand at making an upright accordian fold Christmas tree. I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Crafty Goodness | 3D Paper Ornaments

Dec
19

One of my daughters’ favorite tree ornament crafts this year was this 3D paper ornament. After a quick demonstration they could make them without my help (they love it if they can do it without any help at all) and they got to use the craft punch. Hand them a craft punch and they’ll be occupied for at least an hour punching up a storm. Yes, we have lots of home made confetti.

These are simple and easy to make. All you need is some pretty scrapbook paper (I used the paper from my Candy Christmas DIY Printable Party), a circle or scallop circle craft punch, a bit of ribbon, some glue and the tutorial below.

Happy crafting!