Monday, December 10, 2012

Witchy the Puma

'Tis Christmas time! Yippee!

I love this Christmas-y time of year! (to quote a wonderful old snowman) It brings me such happiness! I love, love, love making things for people! I love giving them away! I love bringing smiles and ooo's and ahh's. It's such a pleasure to make people happy!

Well, this year my dear cousin Kim and I get to make a special little Jaycie happy! Her request to Santa was a rainbow, polka-dotted puma! I believe that's a tall order for "Santa's little mama elf"! So after being contacted by Kim, I decided this was the most appropriate arena in which to carry out this request. Where in the world could you create something so...random, than in Amigurumi land!

Little Jaycie is at the magical age of 4-5 years old. She still loves pink, sparkles, kitties, princesses, and baby dolls. A little tea party here and there won't hurt either. I have only had very rare occasions to be with Jaycie, but I see all girl in that little one there! =) 

So choosing the colors for the "rainbow" were easy. I erred on the "girly" side of everything. The pinks were pinker, the blues more pastel. The orange is about the most garish it gets. The polka-dots are lime green and hot pink felt. Cut into tiny circles and glued on. So, Mom it's easy to replace them! Hint, hint!

The pattern I used was a mixture of the famous Ami-neko and a new pattern called Moko the Cat. Both whom I love! She's kinda a mish-mash of all the things I've done. I love the flat arms and legs on the Ami-Neko because it makes the figure poseable. Moko just has the most fabulous head and ears. So, I guess she's a little like Frankenstein's monster. Ha!

I created a little purse for her to carry over her little shoulder. Every girl should have a purse! I embroidered some pink flowers on it too, just for girly kicks. The bag part is basically the bottom half on one of the feet finished off and then a 30-40 chained, turned, and single-crocheted-in-every-chain-until-end strap. Easy, but so cute! Here's a better picture of the purse:

On her little tail I made a miniature version of the popular crocheted flower used in headbands, barrettes, and such. Using baby yarn and a E-4 hook I got what I wanted. You can find that pattern anywhere. Just Google crocheted flower and you'll find it! I wanted to cover up the seam that showed between the tail and the body. It's just cleaner, girly-er, and so cute!

Here she is when she was all apart and almost finished. I had one more
leg, ears, flower and purse to complete. The curly-cues are all my "long-tail" ends. 
I use them to sew on the limbs and head. You can see the colors better here too.

here she is all ready to be shipped for Christmas! 

Merry Christmas Jaycie!
 Good job "Santa's little Mama Elf"! 

Nothin' for me thanks.
I'll just sit back and enjoy the satisfaction of giving.
Thank you very much!

All my love Jaycie!

~ S

PS ~ Please send me the name of your puma. I'll add it to the blog post title.
I know if it was my kid's it would be something like, "Rainbowee" or "Dottie".
To each her own! =)

:: Update ::
Jaycie named her "Witchy", the rainbow polka-dotted puma. <3

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What a tradition!

Each year my Ripley family creates Christmas ornaments for each family unit. That means that each Christmas our family collection grows by 5 glorious Christmas creations!

I have grown to love this tradition. I plan throughout the year by clipping ideas from magazines and advertisements. Then, by October I choose, gather supplies, and begin. I have to start early because the holidays are busy even though I try not to have them be. There's always something going on or something to go see or do!

I've even taken it a step further...crazy me!

I create a whole new ornament for my side of the family too! That's 7 for me and 5 for Ripley's! Whew!
But I TOTALLY love it! I've been working with felt the last few years and it is by far my favorite. I'll try some crochet now and again, but nothing says Christmas ornament like felt! It gets so "vintage-y" after a few years. I've repaired many of ours just because they are my kids' favorites.

I'll try to remember this Christmas to take some pictures of our past contributions and post them here.
And, I'll be sure to post the finished product come Christmas. For now, it's just a sneak peek. Can't give away the secret yet.

Don't open 'til Christmas!

Now, I need to get back to my sewing.

~ S

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Little Sack Boy Costume

For Halloween, my son wanted to be a Sack Boy from the hit video game "Little Big Planet". Despite the fact he didn't want to wear any makeup or a mask, we came up with a pretty good set-up.

I purchased a sweat pant/shirt. I had to go with black because they had NO brown. Sack Boy is brown! I was able to work around that one because Sack Boy also changes his colors on the game. So this particular Sack Boy was gonna be BLACK! The problem was that everyone thought he was a skeleton! The zipper does look like a ribcage a a quick glance at the door. Praxton quickly corrected them by stating, "No...I am a Sack Boy!"  =)

I created the zipper tines out of grey felt purchased at our local craft store. I cut out equal sized rectangles 3" long x 1-1/2" wide. Then I laid them out on his shirt from the bottom of the collar to the top of the hemline in the shirt. Each one is lovingly sewn on by hand! (What was I thinking??)

The zipper pull is made in four parts. A circle, a strip cut 6" long x 1- 1/2" wide, and the zipper (make 2). The circle is about 4" wide. The zipper is about 8" long. When I began the zipper I wanted to cut out the top, but found the felt would rip easily if left to narrow. So to solve it I cut a slit in the top portion instead. Then the 6x1" strip just slid through and voila! no ripping. 

Grey Felt
White embroidery thread
Sharp needle
Sweat shirt

Constuction: Sew the 2 zipper sections using blanket stitch. Sew around the outside, inside of open space and around the edge of the slit. This will reinforce every area. Believe me! It will get played with A LOT!

Blanket stitch around 6x1" strip. Slide though slit in zipper, fold in half and sew closed. The zipper will now hang from the strip! Handy!

Blanket stitch around edge of the circle. This is mostly for aesthetics and structure.

Sew the strip and zipper onto the center of the circle.

Center entire zipper over zipper tines and sew through sweat shirt and zipper. I used the existing stitches created by the blanket stitch to hide my work.


We completed the outfit with a black hat, gloves, socks and shoes. I tried some make-up, but it was weak at best. A little smile and some blackened eyes. Whatcha gonna do?


~ S

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A "little" something for Halloween

Ms. Spider

~~ Happy Halloween ~~ 
Muah Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!

:::::::::: Post Scriptus :::::::::
Ghost: size 30 crochet thread, size 10 steel hook
Frankie and Ms. Spider: size 8 steel hook, size 10 crochet thread
Added black felt to the backs to hide knots and give structure.
Add a magnet or pin.
Patterns here, here, and here.
~ S

Monday, October 29, 2012

Teacher Gifts - Halloween

Halloween is upon us and every year I make something special for the kids' teachers. Last year's festive contributions were a bat, skull, and ghost. Take a look, here.

This year it's candy corns and who doesn't love candy corns?

I found this pattern on Lion Brand Yarn's website. Thank you LBY! I've made a few changes by giving them a sweeter-than-sweet personality.

I've been working on my embroidery of the "kawaii" smile. All three are different because I was trying out different renditions of the same smile. My favorite is the upper right hand candy corn in the above picture.

Just looking at these ami's makes me smile! The kids couldn't wait until Halloween so they'll be giving them to their teachers today. That's good because then they can add them to their Halloween decor on their desks.

How festive!

~ S

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Bailey Baby

I whipped this little guy up in two days for a sweet family and their soon-to-be baby boy. I'll name him (the toy) when we learn his name (the boy). 

I have had the pattern for this little guy in my Ravelry favorites for sometime now. It was just the perfect thing! Personally, I still don't like how my color joins jog on the back side, but meh, nobody's perfect. Always learning. As you can see my styling is so different from the pattern.

1. He's much smaller, stuffed tighter, and that blank stare, I love it!
2. He's shorter. Much more accommodating to small hands at this size, around 9 inches tall and 4 inches around.
3.  Ear placement. It's important! I took three pictures of him with three different ear placements. One directly on top of his head, one in their current position, and one lower - somewhere around his eye level. I then asked my kids which one was best. They voted the current one obviously. On top of his head he looked like a bunny. Lower was a Koala. Truly, it changed the look dramatically. I voted for the Koala look, but, hey, 3 against 1.  =)

Here's where to find him.

BTW, we still don't know the name of the Bailey's baby.
(giggle) We are voting for George...  =)

Congrats S & B!
We can't wait to meet him!

~ S

:: Update ::
Born in December 2012
Kellen "George" Bailey
He's beautiful!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Techno Inspiration - "Technorati"

We recently purchased a new laptop computer.
Our Old Faithful finally up and died on us. We had her since 2003. That's old in computer years!

Anyway, when we started up the newbie we found loads of wonderful updated things. It was faster, smarter, cleaner, more efficient and super trendy. We wondered why we had waited so long...
When we set up the kid's user desktop we found a wonderful variety of wallpapers. The kids had a hard time choosing the first one, but it was really a no-brainer.

Above is a screen shot of the one that was chosen. You can probably see why. Kawaii-face!!! They all squealed in cuteness and immediately requested that I make them one. There are many more to pull from on this wall paper alone. The little dog-thingy below the worm, yep, next on the list. And even the purple blob with the sticks on his head is inspiration on the Amigurumi front. Makes me smile just thinking about creating it...  =)

So now "Technorati" is complete. He is the simplest construction imaginable. I tried to match the colors exactly, but in the picture the second color came out a bit too yellow and the third color a bit too green. They are in fact a sage green and turquoise.

Yippee! Free Pattern Time!

Technorati the TechnoWorm

A - Vanna's Choice Yarns (Lion Brand) WW - Scarlet
B - Caron Simply Soft Eco - Ocean
C - Vanna's Choice WW - Dusty Green
D - Vanna's Choice Baby WW - Goldfish
(or your choice)
Size G/6 Hook
Polyester Fiberfill
2 -Size 12mm craft eyes
Black Embroidery thread
Yarn needle

Gauge is not essential to this project. (yea!)

With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in second ch from hook; place a marker to mark beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc
Rnds 4-14: Sc in each sc around. Stuff A section. Change to B.
Rnds 15-26: Sc in each sc around. Stuff B section. Change to C.
Rnds 27-36: Sc in each sc around. Stuff C section. Change to D.
Rnds 37-46: Sc in each sc around. Stuff D section.
Rnd 47: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 12 sc. Place eyes. Continue stuffing.
Rnd 48: (Sc2tog) around. 6 sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle threaded with long tail, sew remaining hole on top of the head closed. Weave in end. Embroider mouth.

Easy Peasy!

~ S

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Fruit Cozies

Well, that didn't take very long???

My hands have to do something...
I created these cute little fruit cozies from a pattern designed by Michael's craft stores. Here's the link. The pattern is designed for very tiny apples. So of course I had to tweak it a little bit.

These were created for some friends of mine. They are filled with lovely apples from our own fruit tree growing in the backyard. The apples this year were whoppers! So the cozies are a little more generously sized. They ended up being about 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

I added extra rows to the top to give them some more structure. The original pattern was too small for my taste. I wanted the cozies to be more "bag"-like. Why have the handles if you can't carry them? The little "leaves" are a pull cord designed to close the tops if you happen to have a smaller fruit inside. Very handy and very cute!

The "kawaii" (Japanese for cute) faces are my addition as well. The eyes and cheeks are tiny circles of felt glued on with craft glue. The smiles are embroidered on. One of the cozies doesn't have a face because it will belong to a senior friend of mine. She doesn't want the cutesy face, but the others do. The pink one was my prototype and it belongs to Skylar. It's a strawberry, not an apple. She has used it a number of times in her lunch box to protect her fruit from bumps and bruises. And her friends love it too!

I would also like to try the knit version of this pattern, but am a little wary of the stretchyness of it all. My apples are heavy. Crochet to the rescue!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Snakes, Alligator, and...all done...oh my!

These last two pictures are among the oldest I've found. A year and a half ago. I had started the idea to post them on a blog so I could share with family and friends. I had only a few pictures then. These were the first two. Lost in time, they were, until now.

The top photo is a crocodile/alligator pattern from this booklet. I love the design. With a little tweaking, now that I'm a little better at that, it could be super great. I think I would make the feet one round bigger and the body 5 rounds longer before starting the head. The back spikes I would make one crochet stitch larger. So if the pattern asked for - half-double crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet - I would do - double crochet, treble crochet, double crochet. I'd like it to be taller and little more pronounced. I will have to make this again with my new skills. Oh yeah!! I think I still have the yarn in my stash.

The snake is one of the first amigurumi's I tried. You can tell. Gaps and weirdness happening all over that one! The pattern is found here. The fun thing about the pattern for the snake is that it curls around itself. After a few years of playtime, she doesn't quite do that anymore. She's a little curly, but nothing like her old self.

This post marks the last of the amigurumis I've made in the past. (Unless one rises)  =)

Everything from this point on will be new. I look forward to posting them as they are completed. I will also be sure to post anything we create be it amigurumi or crochet or knitting or felt or...whatever. That'll be fun!

Oh, and these both belong to Sage. Of course.
Alligators, Sage.
Snakes, Sage.
Dragons, Sage.
You see the pattern...   =)

~ S

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


 I just found these pictures. Whew! These were from more than a year ago!
These ami's were made for a new baby boy, Preston. The family's chosen colors for the baby's room were orange, blue, and sage green. How fitting I had all those same colors in my stash! =)

The top three are of a hippo.  From here.
The fourth is a rattle. From here. (with a little tweaking, of course.)

~ S

Friday, October 5, 2012

It's autumn time, it's autumn time

Turkey anyone? It's a-comin!
My favorite part? Usually the breast, but on this one it's the tail! =)
You can find him here.
Happy Autumn!

~ S

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One hump or two?

I love making amigurumis for others.

This sweet camel belongs to my cousin's daughter. She asked me to make him way back in May. She is mentioned in this post.

Excitement comes easily to me, so to receive a request sends me over the moon. I love the researching and the deciding. There are a couple of good patterns out there, but this one has the cutest face. Ok, maybe this one, but it wasn't online when I did this one back in May.

So it's decided. Now to find the right yarn and gather supplies. Ready...begin!

As I began to crochet the body, I was completely at a loss as to how this guy was going to come together. The hump/body section is a strange crocheting wonder. I admire the "out-of'-the-box" thinking it took to create it. Sheesh!

As I continued (in faith) it slowly dawned on me how this was supposed to work out. Wow! So if you try this pattern, press forward. He will turn out alright. The head, legs, ears, and tail are all pretty straightforward. But that body/hump? It's a doozy!

So the camel is done and I love him. Like I say above on the header of this blog, they are terribly hard to give away! And guess what? It took me until August to get around to it! Yep! Throw a long summer in Idaho and a complete family relocation to Idaho, this little guy sat in my knitting bag for 3 months! Every time I saw him, I remembered I needed to send him to that sweet, patient girl.

Needless to say, I am grateful to my cousin and her daughter for being so patient with me. He is now happily installed in his new home in Utah.


~ S

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cuteness ~ Free Pattern

Remember I promised to put the pattern up? Well, here it is! I finally got it written down. It came to me free, so it's yours for free! Please let me know if there are any errors. If you make one I'd love to see it. I'll even post it here for all to see! Email your picture to:


Cuteness the Fish ~ finished size about 4" (bottom to top of large fin) by 5" (from small fin to small fin)
A - Vanna's Choice Baby WW yarn - Goldfish
B - Vanna's Choice Baby WW yarn - Aqua
Size G/6 hook
Poly-fiber stuffing
2 - size 12mm craft eyes
Black embroidery thread
Yarn needle

With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place a marker to mark beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around. 24 sc
Rnd 5:*2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around. 30 sc
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc; rep from * around. 36 sc
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc; rep from * around. 42 sc
Rnds 8-17: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 18: *Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc; rep from * around. 36 sc
Rnd 19: *Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc; rep from * around. 30 sc
Rnd 20: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around. 24 sc
Rnd 21: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around. 18 sc. Place eyes.
Rnd 22: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 12 sc. Stuff piece firmly.
Rnd 23: (Sc2tog) around. 6 sc.
Fasten off, leave a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd and gather tightly to close hole. Weave in end.

Small Fins: Make 2
With B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place marker.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3-7: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew to body.

Large Fin:
With B, ch 13.
Row 1: *Half-double crochet (hdc) in 2nd ch from hook, triple crochet (trc) in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * 2 more times.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. *hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * 2 more times.
Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew to body.

Tail Fin: Make 2
With B, ch 13.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch and in each of next 3 ch, trc in each of next 3 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in last ch.
Fasten off, leaving long tails.

1. Sew tail fins together at one end. *Tip: Look at the fins. Each one has the treble crochets in the middle. The top fin will have the trebles facing up. The bottom fin will have the trebles facing down.
2. Sew tail fins to back of body, slightly off center so they can be seen.
3. Sew large fin to top of head. *Tip: Line up the beginning of the fin with the top spiral on head.
4. Flatten both small fins. Do not stuff. Sew to body.
5. Embroider mouth.
Be sure to weave in all ends.

Finished! =)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 8

Patchwork ~ back
I think I've saved the best for last, for now.

Sage worked very hard on this one. She hand-sewed all the tiny squares together, then sewed all the strips together. It was great practice for future quilt making.

I adore this one! More than my giraffe.

The colors, design, and face just make me smile.

I have one of these one order too.

Thanks for sharing these Boxies with us. We'll be sure to post more when they are created.

I cannot wait for her Halloween ones!  =)

~ S

Friday, September 28, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 7

Puppy ~ for Praxton

Puppy ~ back
Two of two for the best little brother in the world.

This one's even tinier.

At around 1 inch tall, it's near impossible to find in all those sheets.

He loves them.

~ S

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 6

Dog ~ for Praxton

Dog ~ back
One of two for the best little brother in the world.

He even sleeps with them sometimes.

It's actually quite difficult to find it in the morning. =)

~ S

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 5

Dragon ~ back
This Boxie comes out of Sage's complete love of all things dragon.

She even has them hanging from her ceiling in her room.

She can call them by their species name and give details as to their body shape, size, and scales.

I look at this creation and just love the details. The wing shape is wonderful. The head and tail spike in "fire-like" colors, wow! Even its little great!

I've asked for one of these for myself.

I happen to have an effinity for dragons too.

~ S

Friday, September 21, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 4

Black Star hen - Astrid

Black Star hen - back


Chick - back
This sweet Boxie was made in honor of our chickens which we had to leave behind in Arizona.

We had 5 total, but the Black Stars were the favorite.

Astrid and Onyx.

We hope the Arizona summer has been kind.

We miss them.

~ S

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 3

Unicorn - for Skylar
Unicorn - back
Made for the bestest sister in the world.

She loves it so much it's already missing an eye.

That's how it should be.  =)

~ S