Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Super Squishy Crochet Bear

My daughter saw a crochet bear made with Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn at a craft show that she loved. When I spotted the yarn on sale on Black Friday, I thought now was the time to give the bear a try. I could not find a pattern with this kind of yarn that I liked, so I sat down and started experimenting. 

I love how this crochet bear turned out! I'm thinking I'll have to make another bear because my kids have been trying to work out how to share custody of him. This post is for inspiration only, I don't have plans to post a pattern. Check out more of my crochet projects here!

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Note to readers:
First of all, I 'd like to thank everyone for all the lovely comments that have been left about my bear. Tons of people here on this post and through private messages have expressed an interest in the pattern, which I take as an amazing compliment. Unfortunately, as I've replied to such requests, a pattern is not available.

You might be interested in these projects on Ravelry.

I've never advertised anywhere that this pattern was available free or otherwise. If you've seen that somewhere, it was not posted by me. If you see my photo of this bear saying there is a pattern available, it's not my pattern.  I don't even have this pattern typed up on my computer, I scribbled it in my notebook as I made it up. If it is posted somewhere that a pattern for this specific bear is being offered, a simple heads up so I could notify the poster of their mistake would be appreciated. Thank You!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Photo Blocks

Everyone, especially grandparents, LOVE photo gifts all year long! I've seen where you can order these online but if you've got a little time to spare, you can make these photo blocks yourself!

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree

Have you ever walked around the craft store and were struck with inspiration? You get home and go online only to find someone else already came up with this? Yeah, so apparently I didn't invent these DIY photo blocks. What the heck, I'll share it anyway. It's a good reminder to get those photos out of your camera, phone and computers!
You need:
Wood Block(Michael's $4.69, don't forget to look for coupons!)
Mod Podge
Scissors or paper trimmer
Foam brush

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree

These blocks are about 3 ½ squares so 4x6 photos will need to be trimmed. Take the time to make sure photos are cut evenly. The fastest way I found was to make a square template. I cut my photos slightly smaller than the square. Before I stuck on photos, I painted the corners of the cube black. Since there will be no photo on the bottom I painted that black as well.

Using a foam brush, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of block. Carefully position the photo onto the block and press down. Repeat for all sides and allow to dry. You'll probably have to wait for a couple sides to dry before you can do the other sides. You don't want the Mod Podge to smudge or photos to move before they are dry. 

Use a white pen or paint to write a message or the year on the bottom of the block. After the first layer of Mod Podge dries, do another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photos on all sides. Allow block to dry thoroughly before handling.

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree

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