Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Romantic & Fun Date Ideas

Here are some of my unique date night ideas mixed with some classic ones that will surely make time with your loved one romantic and fun!


Drive-in Movie Night


Pack up a bunch of blankets, pillows and snacks and head over to a drive in. Get snuggly and warm in the back of your truck or hatchback.















Classic Bike Ride


Go for a bike ride. Swing by a corner store or ice cream shop, then head over to a park or school playground and unleash your inner child.















Indulge in the Suds

Have a bubble bath with some wine or your favourite food (why not mix it up?). If you don't have a bathtub or even a soaker tub, stay at hotel that has one for a nice getaway.










Indoor Picnic


Set up a blanket in your living room. Serve finger foods and only feed each other! This could be super fun and maybe a bit messy ;)















Skate Date


Strap on those skates and head over to your local outdoor rink (or arena). Bring a thermos of hot chocolate. If you don't have skates, go in your shoes! Its really fun too.










Sour Movies


Stay in and watch funny movies while sucking on some sour candies. You'll be laughing at each others funny faces.











Arcade Date


Make a trip to an arcade for some old fashioned fun and mini golf. Afterwards, enjoy some classic pizza and pop.











Late Night Dip


Go for a late night skinny dip at a private beach access. Bring some blankets and snuggle up on the beach basking in the sounds of the ocean.















Charades

One on one charades with some wine.


















Feel free to comment or suggest some good ideas for dates.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ballerina Bow Slippers


I made these adorable ballerina bow slippers for my little sister and I think I want to make myself a pair! They are just so sweet and super easy to make!

These slippers are size 11 toddler and can be adjusted for any size childs foot- and even adult.

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
st - stitch
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

Kids:
7 DC into magic circle.
Row 1: DC in each st, sl st first st.
Row 2: *1 DC, 2 DC in next.* repeat all around. sl st first st.
Row 3: 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC, 1 DC in next 14 chs, 2 DC in next ch, 1 DC in each til end of row, sl st to first.
Row 4: 1 DC in each st. sl st to first. 
The amount of rows you make to the top of foot is determined by the childs foot size. For the ones in the photo above, I made a total of 7 rows from the beginning. 
Leave 9 cha unworked. Ch 2, turn and continue 1 DC in each st.
Again, this next step is determined but the childs foot size. I continued with 8 rows. 
Turn the end inward and sl st the heel closed.
Weave in ends.

Bow:
Ch 8.
Sc in second ch from hook and each across.
Ch 1, turn. Sc in each ch from hook. Continue til you've made about 5 rows. 
Sc all around the edges. Wrap yarn around the middle several times and attach it to toe of slipper.
Repeat for second bow.

For the adult version, refer to my mary jane slipper pattern found here.


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Crochet Neck Hugger Lover


This is a super easy simple pattern for a neck warmer. Great thing about it, it looks great on men and women!

What you need:
6mm Hook (not important)
Yarn (however this is important :p)
Buttons

Abbreivations:
ch - chain
st - stitch
slst - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet

Pattern:
Please note that this pattern does not work in rounds, work the stitches back and forth. If you want this to be a closed neck warmer, after you make your chains (60) join the first st with a slst and work in rounds, making a slst into the first st of each row.
Ch 60.
Row 1- sc in second ch from hook and in each st across. ch 2.
Row 2- Turn. DC in second ch from hook and in each across.
Rows 3-16 - Repeat steps for row 1 and row 2. Alternating rows of sc and dc.



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Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Wrapping



I wanted to go a less tradition route this year for wrapping. I found some really cute and pretty methods on Pinterest as well as some really good finds at some local stores to bring it all together and make it work.

I love the natural and simple look of this brown paper. This paper in particular that I bought (from Staples) ended up being rather see through. The majority of my gifts are homemade in which I placed in boxes so there is nothing to see luckily. For other gifts that I had bought, I simply wrapped them in holiday paper I had leftover from last year.



The stencils I found at Walmart for a couple bucks are great and the letters are pretty good size (also came with numbers and some shapes). The felt hearts I made myself for some extra love as well as homemade gift tags.


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& Happy Holidays,

Crochet Heart Purse


I made this purse for my 3 year old niece for the holidays this year and it is just so cute and I wanted to share the super easy pattern with you. 

You can find the original pattern here, this was my guideline but I made it slightly different. The only different I believe is I went around it with DC's two times to make the heart a bit bigger. I also made the strap (5 ch wide) with dc's and attached it to the bag.


Happy Holidays,

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Homemade Holiday Stockings



This year I was originally going to crochet my own stockings but as it is nearing the middle of December, I am realizing that I just don't have the time. I was looking on Pinterest (as usual) and found sweaters that had been recycled into stockings. What a neat idea! I looked around my house and some thrift stores for some sweaters and decided to make my own. Saved me a lot of time and they are super-duper cute!!

As you probably noticed from the image above, I am hanging on the end of my bed from this year onward. That way, on Festivas morning (I don't like to call it Christmas) my son comes crawling into bed with, we share cuddles and open our stockings together.

These stockings were super easy to make. All you need is some sweaters (adult size) and a sewing machine. Turn the sweaters inside out and trace an old stocking onto them (I didn't have a stocking to reference so I eyeballed it). Sew on the line you drew FIRST, then cut 0.5 - 1 inch from your sew line. Turn right side out and there you go! For the loops to hang them by, you can either take another piece or fabric or a piece of a sweater you used, sew the edges, cut, then sew them to your stocking. Another option you could do (the method I used) is to crochet your loop directly onto them.


Thanks for reading!!
Happy Holidays :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lego Ninjago Hat



One of the gifts I am making this year is a Lego Ninjago Hat for my nephew. He is totally obsessed with Lego and Ninjago so I knew this would be a great gift to make for him.

This hat was pretty easy to make, the only 'challenging' part were the eyes/eyebrows. Make your basic hat (this is an adult size-my nephew has a big head) then for the yellow part, ch 15 and make however many rows you desire for the length.

For the eyes, I made a magic loop with 5 DCs, sl st to the first, stitched them on and that was it. For the rest I used my yarn needle and some yarn. A tip for the eyebrows if you want to do them my way is to first stitch (with your yarn needle) the outline of the eyebrows, then fill them in with long stitches. I tried to crochet some eyebrows initially however they didn't turn out as I had hoped.


I also made one for my little brother as he is totally in love with Lego Ninjago too! :)


Thanks for reading!
Happy Holidays,
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