Miss T's Shell Stitch Crochet Beanie

Pattern from The Dainty Daisy. Size 12-24 month (fits well). Made from 100% merino wool on a G (6mm) crochet hook.

Anything that I can make within 2 of Miss T’s naps is OK with me.


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I’ve bought the Oliver + S Swingset Tunic and Skirt pattern and have been knocking a couple of outfits out.  The pattern, as always, is easy to follow and it comes together quite quickly. I traced out the pattern one night, cut all the pieces one afternoon during nap-time and then was able to complete the top in one evening.

This is my 1st made from some Micheal Miller fabric. This dress was using the size 2 Swingset Tunic pattern and lengthened about 2-3 inches to dress-length. I’m really pleased with how it has turned out. I was a bit disappointed that the size 2 was a snug fit on Miss T, that was until I realized I was using the wrong seam allowance (whoops!). I’ve since made another with the correct seam allowance (the black & red one) and this is a much more appropriate fit for a size 2. As you can see, I’m too chicken to attempt a button hole so I used my much-loved snap machine for the closures on the back.

I can envision whole wardrobe of these Tunics come Summer 2011. That is unless I buy some of their new 2011 fall patterns coming out soon……

I found this in the drafts folder – not sure if i’ve posted it before but I’m doing some housecleaning here in the WordPress Dashboard and thought I’d rather re-post than delete………

Here are a couple of my 5-minute crafting activities.

Dummy straps:

I truly don’t know how people survive child rearing without these dummy straps. While we aren’t anal about washing the girl’s dummies it is a pain when they are spat out on the floor. Normally at the grocery check-out, or at the bank counter or somewhere equally gross & filthy.

These are so easy to make. A piece of ribbon, snapped at both ends – one to loop around a suspender clip (I found mine at a local craft store for $2.70 for 2), one for around the dummy. You can sew the suspender clip in permanently if you wish. I made a cute one with bee ribbon too but didn’t take a photo. Must do soon. The ribbons are all from Calico & Ivy.

Psychedelic strapPastel strap

Next up, jazzed up bookmarks. Nice -AnnieP papers adhered to gross freebie drug-company bookmarks using contact cement. The have a magnetic clasp inside so the stick to your page. Nice & free!

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And here’s a random shot of Miss T.

Tilly's Toque

Geeze, you can see how old this post is, T is now 20months old, I think she is 12 weeks in this shot. BTW this is a beautiful beanie that Nanna Beth sent T when she was born, together with a poncho. Beautifully soft & warm. Beth you might like to know she still fits it!!

Ok Jacq, I’ve decided to post all my craftiness going backwards in time. This way you can have the big anticlimactic reveal of this crochet project. Ha!

Ok. Post number one is a great game we have been playing over the past few days. Easy peasy and fantastic for keeping toddlers busy in the backyard or inside on a rainy day. I can’t remember where I got the idea, somewhere in blog-land.

If you are brave get the kids to paint each section of an egg carton a different colour. Me, well I couldn’t face the multicolor mess so I quickly painted these while they were in the bath. It only took 5 min to paint and 5 min to clean (does that make me a bad craftymamma?)

Anyhoo, once the carton is dry send the wee ones out and get them to find something in the yard to match each colour. Green, brown & yellow was easy but we had to think outside the box to fill the purple & blue one! Giles ended up finding a blue telescope toy & bit of purple rubbish bin bag. Cool huh.

Try it one weekend. It will keep the kids busy for at least twice the time it takes to make, which in my book is a winner!

I can’t help it ….. I’m addicted!!

I’m using up the spare wool from Tilly’s granny square blanket to whip this up. Stay tuned to see what it will become.

It’s finished and I love it. Here are a couple of photos taken at Kings Park yesterday.

It’s making progress.

Edited to add: just as I sat there and pressed ‘post’, it started to rain!! Bugger. Talk about spoiling the mood.