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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Babies are a Hoot!

As some of you may know already, my sister and brother in law are expecting their first child in April.  So you know what that means...


BABY SHOWER!!

The duty fell on my other sister and me to create a fun, festive, and surprise baby shower for the mom-to-be.  We went with Owls as a theme, and I'd like to share with you some of the highlights from the party! 

Great location, Awesome food.  All made by my sister, Heidi! 

Decorating the area with paper onsies on yarn with mini baby colored clothes pins

Games!  
 Words for the Wee Hours!  I asked people to write funny things on diapers with sharpies to make the mom-to-be giggle while changing the baby in the middle of the night. 
Hilarious fun!
Everybody wrote out diaper giggles for the mom-to-be. 
Baby Shower Bingo!  I printed out a template I found online and glued it to colorful cardstock. Note to self, next time have pens. 
Thank you to Linda and Angel for modelling the bingo cards


Ice Ice Baby!  Another pinterest inspired idea.  I put plastic babies in ice trays and froze them. When the ice melts, the guest yells "My water broke" for a prize!  You can find the babies at Party City, or a craft store.  Mostly everybody added babies to their drinks and had a lot of fun watching them melt.  One attendee had twins!

Cool game - literally! 






What Baby Shower would be complete without a diaper cake?  My wonderfully talented sister-in-law created this masterpiece for the new mommy. 
I love the sock ears!

And what party would be complete without real cake!?

I created the owl cupcakes with Oreos, mini oreos, and Reeses Pieces.  My sister had the baby cupcakes made from a local bakery.  The one in the red hat is Ingrid, the new mommy.  The other cutie pie is Matt, the new daddy.  

They got a lot of great gifts.  Lots of thoughtful items, some heirlooms, handmade creations, adorable outfits.  All the great thing you'd want to see at a fun Baby Shower.  


The last gift my sister opened was something I've been working on for a long time, and I haven't been able to share my progress on my blog, because it was a surprise!  But here it is!  

Sewing machine making a cameo appearance.

The back of the blanket, lined with fleece.

I started this in October and finished it the Wednesday before the shower.  I didn't really have a layout in mind when creating it, I kinda winged it.  But I'm incredibly happy with the result.  I love the tilted granny squares on the top and the bottom.  They're not the typical granny squares, and it adds a nice color block to the blanket.  It's so super thick, so warm!  I'm going to miss crocheting it to keep my legs warm.  Needless to say, she loved it!


It was really a wonderful day.  Thank you to everybody who came and helped us make such happy memories!

~The Craftmeister

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tantalizing Pixelizing

With all this nostalgia in the air, I've discovered some 8bit items are making a come back.  It's cool to look like an old school video game, apparently....
Available at Think Geek :  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e7b5/?i=front
Also at Think Geek : http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e73d/?pfm=Search&t=pixel%20tie

And I've noticed that this trend can easily be translated into crochet or quilting.  Here's an old gamer blanket, made from granny squares.  The 8 bit Mario!


Tutorial available for free on Instructables.com :
 http://www.instructables.com/id/8-Bit-Mario-Blanket-Made-from-Granny-Squares/


That got me thinking... what else could I create in 8bit?  The Mario blanket is awesome, but I'd like to come up with something that hasn't been done before.   I figured I can possibly change any picture or logo into an 8bit blanket/throw.  Here's a few ideas I have that can be made in this style....

NY Rangers logo 
Jack O'Lantern pillow (inspired by my mother's famous Santa Pillow, every family member will get one)
Hearts
Puzzle Pieces (I was thinking for Autism Awareness, and selling it, donating the proceeds to Autism Speaks)

I think that's enough ideas for now... I still have to organize my yarn stash to see what I have.  Do you have any ideas that may work in an 8bit style blanket?  Maybe I'll get really adventurous and try quilting one of these with my new sewing machine!

....We'll see.

Stay Creative!
~Craftmeister


Monday, January 6, 2014

What Have You Been Up To?

Are they over yet....?

Is it safe to turn on the radio.....?

Is it safe to go shopping again.....?

Can my electricity bill go back to normal now......?

HOLIDAYS!!!  Am I right?    

I was really busy crafting things for presents, and I didn't even finish them entirely.  I had to give my sister a picture of her nearly completed blanket, and my sister-in-law got to see the blanket for her new baby and then she had to give it back to me so I could finish.  I didn't make any cookies this year, and my neighbors didn't get cards or goodies in their mail box like they did last year.

Oh well.

Wanna hear the kicker?  I'm STILL not done with the blankets....

But now that they are not a surprise anymore, I can share a few pictures with you!

On I Love Yarn Day 2013, I posted a few pictures of a picture afghan my mother made for me.  In case you don't remember, here it is again!  - With Gordo making a cameo appearance.


In the Great Granny Crochet Book by The American School of Needlework, published in 1979, there is a whole chapter for picture afghan patterns. My mother planned on making one picture afghan for each of her kids.  My brother's was made first, when he was a baby.  He was born in 1979, so that blanket was probably the first thing my mother made from this book.  He still has it to this day, and is saving it to one day give to his children.
 
This photo is from The Great Granny Crochet Book by The American School of Needlework, 1979 edition.


My sister Heidi got a carousel horse themed blanket, and my sister Ingrid was to receive a blanket fashioned after her two kitties.  My mom was working on Ingrid's blanket when she got ill.  She changed the pattern colors from two white and grey cats to one black cat and one orange tabby, Davin and Pumpkin.  As beautiful as unfinished art is, I decided I'd do my best to try to complete the blanket.  The finished product was supposed to be Ingrid's Christmas present.  But instead, she got a picture wrapped up of it.  I'm almost done with it... there's a lot of squares to sew together!  After I complete it I'll snap a few pictures and post it up so you all can see.

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their second child in February (Woo Aquarius Nephew!).  I was learning the chevron stitch, and I thought it would make a great foundation for a baby blanket!  Once they found out they're having a boy, I had a perfect idea in mind.  With David's blanket as inspiration, I decided to make a few roads and then attach appliques of cars and ambulances (my brother is a paramedic).  It's taking me a long time, but I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out so far!

                               
                                 Pardon the unfinished ends

So there's a look at what I've been working on.  And I've gotten a request for a granny square tutorial, so be on the look out for that in the next few weeks!

Stay warm out there!
~The Craftmeister