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I am a 30 year old stay-at-home mother of two from Michigan. I like to crochet, it relaxes me. I love to make new and different things!
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ellie the Elephant

I have always loved Elephants. I remember my very first Elephant stuffed animal: it was White. I still feel sad that I don't have it anymore, but I am very sentimental about things like that. I cry almost every time I see an Elephant in real life. Last October, I actually got to ride one with my daughter. It was one of the happiest experiences of my life.  

When I started thinking about which Amigurumi animals I would make, I knew that one of my very first projects would be an Elephant. I made her Purple, because that is my favorite color. :) 

May I present to you, Ellie the Elephant! 

Ellie is made out of Amethyst colored yarn, with Hot Pink eyelashes, a Hot Pink felt heart, Ivory toe and fingernails, and Blue safety eyes. She is stuffed with Polyester Fiberfill. Her tail is Amethyst with Pink fur. She is so cute and cuddly!

Ellie can be purchased in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tangled: Rapunzel Doll

I've been practicing my Amigurumi dolls so I will have something to sell in my Etsy store for the Summer. I didn't know how many hats and booties I would sell once it gets hot out. My daughter asked me to make her a Rapunzel doll that she could snuggle with. We bought the movie Tangled the day it came out, and I think it's one of my favorite kids' movies. I even watched it by myself after the kids went to bed. :) 

I made Rapunzel and her dress off the top of my head. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it for my little girl. Rapunzel's hair took A LOT of yarn and made her very heavy, but she still turned out pretty well!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mr. Hippity Hop

I was explaining to my daughter about the Easter Bunny making a visit and all the fun things he may bring to her. She asked me if I could make her a bunny. I've gotten many requests from her to make different things, but unfortunately I don't always have time to start such a lengthy project. In between orders, I worked on a bunny for her. 

I thought he needed a little something, so I colored his cheeks and the inside of his ears with blush. He took awhile to make, but if I had made him from start to finish instead of working on other things in between, I could have finished him much faster. 

He even has a fluffy little tail. :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Amigurumi Doll

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll


I remember when I first learned how to crochet, I was browsing blogs and scouring the internet for new patterns and inspiration. I looked at a picture of an Amigurumi Doll, and thought it was crazy what some people could make out of yarn! I never thought I'd be able to make them. I should have started with something smaller and easier, like a little bird or something, but for some reason I skipped right to making a doll. You really need to have intermediate skills to make them; especially the hair. I still get frustrated sewing the body parts together, but I've discovered that "practice makes perfect" is true. The more dolls I've made, the better I get. 

This is the newest doll in my collection:

She has brown hair (with a few highlights!) a Cranberry & Sage Green dress with a White slip, and Black shoes.

 Her dress buttons in the back!

  She actually only took me a few days to make. I can't wait to make more! My daughter has requested a Rapunzel doll and a Tinkerbell doll. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Fun

FRIDAY!! Woo hoo! Today is April Fools Day. I am not really into it, but I used to be. I once played a very funny practical joke on my old boss. She always wore these high boots, which was fine, except for the fact that we worked at a daycare so I don't know how appropriate they were. I made a fake mouse out of some fake fur we used for arts and crafts. I hid it in the bathroom and called her into my classroom. I told her I found a mouse and was trying to catch it. When she leaned in for a closer look, I threw the ball of fur at her. She threw her papers into the air and ran out of the room in her high boots, screaming. It was hilarious! She didn't think so. :) I still have a clear image of the whole thing today. 

My son loves to play in the cabinet with all the tupperware. He likes to take them all out and clap them together and throw them around. This morning he decided that he couldn't face the day without a helmet. I'm sure we've all felt like this a time or two. :)