Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crochet Shawl

I don't usually do big projects like afghans or in this case, a large prayer shawl. I mostly enjoy the instant gratification of hats! My mother-in-law has this shawl and her friends wanted ones just like it. After seeing a picture, it looked easy enough to replicate. Although this one below will soon be on its way to Puerto Rico, it would be fantastic for staying cozy warm here in Colorado!

**My shawl was made by copying a photo but if you would like to make one, I found a very similar free pattern at Yarnspirations. If you prefer my larger dimensions, this may help, each of my rows has 11 of the 5DC shells and the length is 111 rows total. I used Michael's Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn, 6.5mm hook.

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple TreeCrochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple TreeCrochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree


Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree
**I prefer to take my own blog pictures but since I didn't have a model...I was informed I HAD to give proper
photography credit to my husband Jose. Thanks Babe!!


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crochet Baby Gifts: Afghan and Amigurumi Bunny Set

If you want to give a unique and meaningful gift, you can't go wrong with handmade! 

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

This afghan and amigurumi bunny set is for my soon to arrive niece or nephew. I've always wanted to try a star afghan and as soon as I saw this new pattern book for amigurumi animals, there was no doubt I was trying one of those too!

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Since seven has long been believed to be a lucky or magical number, I was absolutely set on making a seven point star. Unfortunately for me, there are limited patterns to choose from. I ended up finding a pattern in a book called Geometrics: A New Way To Crochet, by Ruthie Marks. I followed the pattern except I did double crochet throughout instead of the front double crochet it calls for.

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree



I also got the bunny pattern from a book. Everyone's been talking about Edward's Menagerie, by Kerry Lord of Toft Alpaca Shop and for good reason...it's beautiful! All the animals in here are super cute and I can't wait to try more! If you decide to try the animals in this book, take a look at Toft Alpaca Shop's YouTube Channel for some great tips. 



Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

100 Days T-Shirt Idea

We are celebrating 100 days of Kindergarten with 100 snowflakes! 
100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

So this is my third child going through school and it's the first time there has been a 100 days of school t-shirt request. The teacher suggested we look on Pinterest for t-shirt inspiration and holy cow, there are lots! I wanted something cute and a little girly that my daughter might want to wear again. I figured a winter scene with snowflakes would work great. 

  • dollar store t-shirt
  • dimensional fabric paint
  • acrylic paint
  • fabric medium


 Once in a while you can find exactly what you need at the dollar store. I was so excited they had the right size t-shirt and a color I could work with that day! I put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so there wouldn't be any paint bleeding through. This also gives you a smooth flat surface to work on. 


100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

I mixed a little fabric medium with my acrylic paint and painted on the ground and trees with a paint brush. Next I added the little stick figure with dimensional paint. The last thing to do is add the 100 snowflakes! Little tip here, count as you go! It's kinda hard to count wet, randomly placed snowflakes. I had to start over so many times!
100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree
Congratulations, you're 100 days smarter! Happy 100 days of school!


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