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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

This Disney's Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!


Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

I found this great Rohirrim Bonnet pattern from Vallieskids and thought it was a great starting point for a Princess Anna Hat. Full credit for the original bonnet goes to the original designer however, I rewrote the pattern to reflect the changes I made. I wanted it to be shorter in the back and longer in the front. I also added more femininity with the shell edging and flower details on the side. I never write down patterns for other people to read, so I hope what I did is clear. If not, please feel free to ask questions.

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple TreeG Hook, worsted weight yarn
Purple yarn
Row 1) ch 61, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn
Row 2-6) ch 2(counts as first dc), dc in next st and in each across
Row 7) ch 2, 2dc in next st, dc in each across until second to last stitch-2 dc in second to last, dc in last
Row 8) ch 2, dc in each st across
Row 9) ch 2, 2dc in next st, dc in each across until second to last stitch-2 dc in second to last, dc in last
Row 10-12) ch 2, dc in each st across. Tie off Purple
Black Yarn
Row 13,14) ch 2, *skip first st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st(forms an X), repeat from * across to last, dc in last st. Tie off Black
Blue Yarn
Row 15) ch1, skip first st, *3dc in next st, sk next st, sc, skip next st, repeat from * Do not tie off blue yet.

-Fold bonnet in half and sl st with purple yarn the base of the purple section together, this will form the back of the hat. Weave in ends
-Pick back up the blue yarn, ch1 and sc along the bottom of hat. Tie off and weave in ends.

TIES: Measure six long strands of yarn, pull halfway through the bottom front of hat, braid and tie knot at end.

FLOWERS: Magic ring, ch2, dc, ch1, sl st, four times, tighten ring forming four petal flower. Leave long string to attach onto hat. Use contrasting yarn, knotted for center of flower.

GREEN CROCHET EMBROIDERY: tutorial found here

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

Thanks so much for visiting! This hat will be available at my Etsy store along with plenty of my other creations! Please come and check it out!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC

This spring I took a trip to Charleston, SC for my brother's wedding and had a whole half a day to myself! What to do? I spent about three hours just walking around with my camera! If you ever go, you have to take a walk and see all the historical architecture, churches and cemeteries. 

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple TreeWordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree


Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree
Tried sweet potato biscuits for the first time here and they were so awesome!
Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree
The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be at least 400 and as much as 1400-1500 years old.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: No Cheese Necessary

Parents chasing after their kids yelling out, "Look over here, say cheese!" is a huge pet peeve of mine. I rarely make my kids pose. Smiles and looking at the camera are fine, but not when it's forced. I take pictures to capture genuine moments, personality and emotions.




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Friday, August 15, 2014

Bandanna Pants

 Turn two bandannas into cute pants for sleep or play!

Bandanna Pants by Over The Apple Tree

First of all, let me explain how I got to this idea. Like most craft enthusiasts, I'm on Pinterest...a lot. I came across these cute little dresses/shirts made from two bandannas. Such a simple, brilliant idea! You take two bandannas sew up the sides leaving space at the top for the arms and then sew down the tops making a pocket for ribbon which you tie at the shoulders to keep it on. Of course I ran right out and got bandannas and ribbon. I made the shirt(my daughter is a too old for this to fit as a dress), put it on and...drum-roll... she hated it. What? Why? It looks so cute in the pictures! To be fair it did look a little uncomfortable. The fabric, even after being washed was a little stiff and poofed out. Also the ribbons tied at her shoulders were all over the place and touching her face. Now what? I ripped out the seams and started over. 

While I was seeing the shirt dress idea on Pinterest, I also saw this idea for pants. Well ok, lets see how this works! 
  • take two bandannas and fold them in half, folds on the outside, seam on the inside.
  • using some pj pants you already have as a guideline, turn them inside out and push one of the legs inside the other. Line up the inside seam of the pj's and the bandanna to know where to cut out for the crotch of the bandanna pants.
  • after your bandannas are cut, sew up the inside seams of each then put the two sides together at the crotch, pin and sew.
  • fold down top to make a place to insert elastic or drawstring.
Bandanna Pants by Over The Apple Tree

Bandanna Pants by Over The Apple Tree

Because bandannas are the size they are, these pants just fit my five year old. This project is much better for a child a little smaller so they can grow into them. 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Child Safety Tips

My friends at Child Safe, a childproofing/babyproofing company in the South Denver area, have put together this fantastic list of safety tips for us! With back to school season upon us, it's a great time of year to review your family's safety rules and check your house for potential hazards you may have overlooked. After you read through these great tips, look for a free printable where you can keep track of your important phone numbers!
Child Safety Tips, Over The Apple Tree



Don’t put your child’s name on the outside of items such as backpacks or lunchboxes where a stranger could use this information to their advantage by acting like they know your child by name. Instead use their initials or something else to decorate backpacks / lunchboxes to help your child identify which one is theirs (ribbons, stickers, etc).  Teach your child about strangers and to never go anywhere with someone they do not know.  Consider using a family code or password and do not approach unfamiliar cars.  Know where and who your child is with at all times. 





Don’t leave your child unattended inside a car!  An alarming number of parents admit to leaving their child alone in a parked car.  According to Safekids.org, “dads are more likely to leave children in cars and bystanders see kids left in the cars but don’t always act.”  The temperature inside the car can raise up to 20 in 10 minutes (even if a window is cracked).  Parents leaving children in the car result in far too many tragedies from heatstroke, which can lead to devastating consequences. (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration)

 Remember A.C.T.   
A: avoid heatstroke injury by never leaving your children alone in the car, not even for a minute 
C: create reminders by putting something next to your child’s car seat that you’ll need at your final stop (briefcase, phone, purse, etc 
T: Take action, if you see a child left alone in a car call 911 

“Pool Safely Pledge” summer is almost over but it's not to late to implement some of these pool safety tips if you aren't already. See more at: Pool Safety

  1. Designate a water watcher every single time children in my care are in or near the water.  
  2. Make sure my kids know how to swim.  
  3. As a parent or guardian, learn CPR.  
  4. Always remove portable pool ladders when not in use.  
  5. Ensure all permanent pools have a proper fence and gate and safe drain covers. 


 Bike Safety Tips for Babies With this beautiful summer weather, soon to transition into fall, it's a great time for families to ride bikes! (Tips courtesy of Safe Kids & The International Bicycle Fund) 
  1. Babies around 9 months old are just becoming strong enough to hold up their necks, so it is not recommended that infants younger than 12 months ride in a bicycle seat, trailer, sidecar or any other carrier 
  2.  Helmets should be round, not aero shape for infants.  The helmet should cover the forehead and not sit on the back of the head 
  3. Remember the rider for your infant in the bike seat may be much rougher that what you experience, so choose your route carefully 



Does your family have a fire escape plan?  Use this worksheet to create a fire escape plan with your kids so they know what to do in case of a fire Fire Escape Plan Worksheet






10 household hazards that are commonly overlooked According to kidshealth.org…”Household injuries are one of the top reasons kids under age 3 visit the ER, and nearly 70% of the children who die from unintentional injuries at home are 4 years old and under. Young kids have the highest risk of being injured at home because that’s where they spend most of their time.” Take the time to childproof your home. The money will be well spend.  International Association For Child Safety is a great resource for childproofing and has professional licensed childproofers at your service.   
  1. Batteries (Button Batteries can cause severe injury or death!  These can be found in items such as musical books, greeting cards, hearing aids, calculators, holiday ornaments, games, and toys)  
  2. Washer /Dryer (being locked to prevent small children from climbing inside) 
  3. Hand Sanitizers (tend to be high alcohol concentration)  
  4. Laundry Pod packs (These can be very concentrated and toxic, even in small amounts and packets start to dissolve when in contact with water or saliva) 
  5. Magnets  
  6. Falling TV’s 
  7. Windows (2nd story or higher) 
  8. Scissors 
  9. Stove-tops 
  10. Trash (spoiled foods, sharp objects, plastic wrappings) 





Gun Safety! Unfortunately we see in the news all too often a child getting a hold of a gun. These accidental shooting can be prevented by purchasing a $12.00 gun lock and making sure it’s used every time. Although we can’t dictate what happens at someone else’s home, we can be informed. Before leaving your child at a friend’s house, ASK if there are firearms in the home and how they are being secured.  







Just one dose, can kill Take a look around your house for medications, are they locked up, can your children reach them, maybe even are they being left on the counter. With some medications it will only take one pill to do the unspeakable. Most people will keep medication in an unlocked drawer or cabinet. Now they have medication safes that fit in your vanity drawer and will allow you access but not your little ones. It’s worth time to lock them up so you little ones cant accidentally get to them.   American Association of Poison Control Centers





Free Printable With cell phones, everyone has their contacts readily accessible, but it's still a good idea to have them written down for the kids or even babysitters in case of an emergency. Feel free to print my Important Numbers form and share with your friends!

Child Safe, childproofing company, Castle Rock, CO
"Child Safe is a childproofing business, based out of Castle Rock, Colorado. Our company performs in-home assessments of a customer’s home to identify all of their childproofing needs to make their home as safe as possible.  This is great for new parents, grandparents, caregivers, etc.  We also offer installation on the childproofing items the customer wishes to have in place if needed. This is great for the tired new parents that just don’t have the time and energy or handyman skills needed to do so themselves.  We have three children of our own and know just how important wanting to keep your child safe is!" 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Vail, CO

SO, I've decided to jump on this Wordless Wednesday thing. Beside joining in with the cool kids, I think it will be a great way for me to make more time to work on my photography skills! Although, this weeks photos aren't technically the best since they were taken with my phone, they're still pretty enough I wanted to share.

Road trip to Vail, CO


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long car ride with a snack and my new book!
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aspen grove
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Holy Cross Trail
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