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Crochet BFF Charms

My daughter just turned 8 and I wanted to do something special but small for her.  She invited two best friends from her class for a (birthday) play date, and I did their nails using the Jamberry nail wraps that I bought from my friend.  I like them because they don’t chip like nail polish.  It’s a little bit pricey but I think it’s worthy.

So I decided to make 3 BFF charms for the 3 of them as part of the party favor.  I saw this bear pattern from All About Ami for a while, and finally decided to give it a try.  I put my daughter’s charm together with her present (when she was sleeping).

This is how they turn out (I wrote the 3 girls’ initial on the tummy to make each one unique):

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DIY Halloween Costume

My 5-year old boy decided to be a magician for Halloween this year, so I was searching for some DIY ideas online.  I found a tutorial from A Craft a Day to make the cape, which is awesome!  Since I am a sewing novice, I had to seek help from my mother-in-law though. :)  She did the collar a bit different from the instruction, and it looks out very well.

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Instead of sewing the hat, I crocheted one using the Halloween Top Hat pattern I found from Red Heart.

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For the trick-or-treat bag, he’s using the crochet pumpkin bag for the first time that I made right after last year’s Halloween.

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Then my 8-year girl last minute decided she doesn’t want to be Princess Anna (from Frozen) any more.  Instead, she would like to be a witch.  Fine, her supermom then had to search all over again for  witch costume ideas.  Then I found one on Pinterest – DIY No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu.  Perfect!  Then I went to Michael’s to get the 4 different colors of Tulle to make the Tutu.

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As for the hat, I found a post called How to crochet a witch hat for Halloween and used the same yarn that I used for the boy’s magician hat.

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Last but not least, we got her a broom from the dollar store, and she’s using the same zombie bag I made for her a few years ago.  Hwww, mission accomplished!

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And here’s their final look🙂

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Crochet Monkey Lovey

I was invited to a baby shower and was trying to make something unique for the mom-to-be/baby.  Since the baby will be born in November (Year of Monkey), I decided to make a Monkey something.

After exploring for a while, I came up with an idea – a Monkey Lovey.  I was trying to find a pattern but I didn’t see anything that I fell in love.  But I did get inspired after I saw the Teddy Doudou pattern that I found.  Since I really like the crochet monkey from Stephanie’s site All About Ami, I decided that I would crochet the head following Stephanie’s pattern, and crochet the safety blanket pattern following the Teddy Doudou pattern.

Since I don’t know if the baby will be a boy or a girl, I used Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn by Loops & Threads® – Soft Yellow – 5 oz and Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn by Loops & Threads® – White – 5 oz that I bought from Michael’s.

This is my finished product:

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Knitted Reversible Twisted Cable Rib Shrug

I have been working on this for a while and finally it’s completed.  I started the pattern with something I found online, but by accident I did it my way which turned into a slightly different pattern.  I originally planned to make this for myself, but it turned out a bit too small for me.  Since I promised my niece to make her a shrug, and this size is just perfect for her, she’s now the owner.  Pattern (that includes both teeager and adult size) is available at Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry.  Hope you will like it!

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