Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vintage Doll Cradle to Awesome Photography Prop

Last summer I found an awesome vintage doll cradle at a yard sale for only $5, so I, of course, had to have it.  It was falling apart when I bought it.  The bottom piece was no longer attached to the cradle and the whole thing was extremely unsafe.  I brought it home with every intention of fixing it up straight away.  Can you guess where I'm going with this?  Yep, I figured you could.  I'm kind of predictable like that.  Anyway, it sat.  For an entire year, until this weekend when I decided to get it done.  I don't have a before picture because I forgot.  I do, however, have a picture of it after I started sanding it and got it all put back together.

While I was sanding, I made a decision.  I was going to paint this cradle with chalk paint.  To make the chalk paint I used 1 cup of paint, 3.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 1.5 Tablespoons of water.  Here's my paint when I was finished.

Painting took FOREVER.  There are so many surfaces on the cradle, that I painted for hours to get it to look the way I wanted it to.  Then I sanded it.  I know, kind of annoying that you have to do all that painting just to take paint off, but I love the way it looks distressed.  

After I finished THAT step, I spent a couple of hours waxing it.  Yeah, that part was the most tedious part of the whole project, but I'm glad that I did it.  It was very rewarding because when it was all done, I got to take some pictures of the finished product.

When Miss R saw it, she immediately wanted to climb in, so I let her.  She just happened to be wearing a tutu dress that I made, so it made for some AWESOME pictures.

I'm definitely not a photographer, so I can't WAIT to see what someone with skills can do with this piece.  You can see that the blue shows up differently in every picture depending on the lighting.  I'd say that in reality it's closest to the indoor picture.  What do you think?  Is it an improvement?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pretty, Pretty Poncho--The Butterfly Breeze Poncho

This weekend I finally got a chance to make this awesome poncho.  The pattern is from Sincerely Pam and is called the Butterfly Breeze Poncho.  

Originally I was going to have 3 different blues, but I couldn't make it work.  The darker blue yarn was a gift from one of my awesome friends.  I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to use it!!

Isn't it pretty?  I love the way it turned out.  I debated about putting the fringe on, but eventually did it because, well, I wanted to.  

Ya know, for taking these pictures myself, of myself, I didn't do too badly!!!  What do you all think?  This poncho will probably be in my Etsy shop by the end of the week.  I might even make the matching hat if I get a chance!!!  

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Told ya, I love Chroma yarn!! Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!

Right around her birthday in February, my littlest sister sent me a picture of this hat that she thought was cool.  Well, it turned out that the woman who wrote the pattern for it is in one of the crochet groups I'm part of on Facebook, so I'd seen the hat a few times already.  I couldn't make one for her right then because I was pretty swamped with orders at the time, but things have calmed down a bit now.  I even had the perfect yarn for the project!  Chroma really has THE best color changes outside of hand-dyed yarn.  This colorway is Rollerskate or Lollipop, I can't remember.  Anyway, last week, I finally made her a Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!!!  

My husband was at work when I finished it up, and I didn't want to wait for him to get pictures.  So I pulled out my trusty cellphone and took a few pictures myself.  Isn't it awesome?  The yarn is Chroma in worsted weight.  I LOVE the way the color changes look.

When I was crocheting it, I was a bit worried that it would be too big for my sister, but it's perfect!!!  She's in love with it already, even though she hasn't gotten her hands on it yet.  Soon Shellie, soon!!  I love it so much that I might make one for myself.  Although, I'll probably never wear it.  I have a very nice hat collection, but I never wear them.  It drives my husband crazy.  What about you guys?  Do you wear hats?  

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Craft Room is Organized!!!!!

For months now I have dreaded, DREADED, going into my craft room.  The mess was out of control.  My yarn stash was overflowing, there were unfinished projects everywhere, and every surface was cluttered beyond belief.  But for Mother's Day, Jeff and Miss R bought me organizers for my yarn!!!!  That led to a serious re-organization effort on my part.  I didn't take before pictures because, well, I was embarrassed, but I took lots of after pictures!!!

Isn't it awesome?  See that latch hook rug?  I made that ages ago and still haven't gotten the edging on it.  Ah well, one of these days.

Even my tables are organized now!  My supplies are all in their proper places and within easy reach of my work space.

Another of my organizers.  This side is still a little messy, but hey, what are ya gonna do?

Some beautiful yarns that my Mom bought me, just waiting to be run through the winder!!  So what does everyone think?  Pretty fantastic, right?  The room I mean.  Well, the yarn too I suppose.  I've already been working on a bunch of projects today, and I guess it's time to get back to work now!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties Anyone?

Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties.  Specifically the Bonita Patterns version of Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties.  They are, hands-down, my favorite thing to crochet.  They are quick, adorable, and everyone who sees them has a tendency to squeal over them.  Here are a few that I've made recently.

They look like orange sherbet, don't they??

Can you believe that both of those pairs came from the same skein of yarn?  I love using Chroma yarn from Knitpicks.  They have awesome color changes.

They are even super adorable in simple cream!

More Chroma yarn.  Told ya, I love the stuff!!!!  If you crochet, I highly suggest trying out the crocodile stitch.  It looks difficult, but it really isn't.  If you don't crochet, and you want a pair of these booties, contact me.  I'll make them for you.  It would be my pleasure.  

And now, a picture of Miss R.  Because, well, she's smart and adorable and this picture rules.

Seriously, look at those eyes!!  Oh, but please disregard the yogurt facial.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bench Seat: A Before and After Story

Before I tell you about the project and show you the lovely pictures, I have to admit something.  I am slightly (only slightly) embarrassed to admit that I bought this bench seat waaaay back in the spring of 2011.  Yep, 3 years ago.  I paid $5 for it at a thrift store and I was REALLY excited to get started on it.  Well, I didn't.  It sat, and sat, and sat.

It had obviously already SAT for a long time, so what's a few more years, right?  One weekend while I was pregnant for Miss R, my parents came to visit.  My Mom and I got started on cleaning it up.

There were A LOT of staples holding the fabric on.  Once we got the first layer off, we found out why.  There was another layer of fabric underneath!

At this point, we had to move outside.  The dust was crazy!!!  The seat was stuffed with straw!  

UGH!  We were very glad that we took it outside!!!  

See?  I was VERY happy.  After this we did some sanding.  A couple weeks later, I painted it.  I found the perfect fabric and bought the foam for the seat.  Then, well, it sat for another two years.  It's not my fault!  I had a baby!  (Okay, it IS my fault, but shhhh)

Finally, on Mother's Day weekend this year, I finished the bench.  FINALLY!!!

I had a little bit of trouble with the foam, you can see it in the front, but hey, it's my first time!!  I learned some things for the next time.  What do you guys think??

Well?  Did I do alright?  I mean, jeesh, it only took me three years!!  I'm so excited that it's finished, and I'm really proud of the way it came out!!!!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Any Camo Fans Out There??

A couple of weeks ago I finished up a set of things for a customer done with camouflage colored yarn.  Now, I'm not a camo fan personally, but these turned out so cute that I may change my mind.  Here are the boots and hat :

Then I did the sweater: 

And finally, I did the blanket:

So what do you all think?  Did I do a good job??  The good news is that my customer is happy, so I'm happy!!  I can't wait to make more of the blanket in different colors!  If anyone wants the links to the patterns I used, let me know and I will share them!

Sunday, March 2, 2014


It's so hard for me to believe that it's been over a year since I've written a new post.  It just doesn't seem possible!  Miss R is now 18 months old.  At this rate she'll be packing her bags next week to leave for college.  People are not exaggerating when they tell you that the time goes by quickly.  

So what's been going on in the last year?  Well, a lot of learning how to be a Mom, for one.  It took a loooong time after Miss R was born for me to feel normal again.  Now though, I feel pretty normal and I have been crafting away like mad!!!

My dream is to be able to quit my job and be a stay at home crafting Momma.  I think we'll probably have to win the lottery first though.  :-)  

Check out my Facebook page to see everything I've been working on in the last year!!  DandoisLion DeLights