Monday, May 30, 2011

Bulletin Flower Pins

Let's start off the week with a happy start with these cute flower pins! They'll give a little "spazzaz" to your bulletin board and they are a great way to use up those tiny scraps of yarn. So here's what you'll need:
  • Yarn
  • Thumbtacks
  • Scissors
  • Crochet marker (I used a safety pin)
  • Crochet hook (size F/5-3.75MM)

Crochet Abbreviations:

  • single crochet- sc
  • half double crochet- hdc
  • slip stitch- sl st
  • chain- ch
  • repeat- ( )
  • stitch- st


Round 1: With yarn, ch 2; sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook. Mark start of round.

Round 2: (2 hdc, sl st) in each st around. Try to do the 2 hdc loose and sl st as tight as possible. It helps mold the petals better. Sl st in next st and fasten off and weave in.

With thumbtack, place in the center of flower.
Isn't it cute? I love these little flowers to decorate my bulletin board with and I hope you do too! :)
FLOWER CROCHET PATTERN CREDIT: More Cute Little Animals to Crochet by Amy Gaines.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rock Matryoshka Dolls

What you see here are painted flat rocks to look like Matryoshka dolls. It was a lot of fun to paint these and I'm really excited on how they turned out.
Painting rocks requires very simple materials. Basically all you need is a rock and some paint and, there you go!, a nice little happy rock to make whatever space it's put in, a cheery place. :)
P.S. I wonder if I could put these in the garden...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fox and Owl design

Do you ever have those days where there is one thing on your mind that you want to do? Well, that was me yesterday, and all I had on my mind was embroidery. :) Embroidery, embroidery, embroidery! So embroidery I did and I came up with this design of a fox and owl. I love how the fox turned out. He looks so sly while looking at the owl. :) hee hee Down below is the design so you can stitch one up too! :)
(I used DMC embroidery floss colors 351, 739, 420, 841, 801, 469, and 3348.) Enjoy! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cupcake Pincushion

Today, I give you this cupcake pincushion project! This fella here is a sweet little pal to embroider and sew with (as well a great guardian of your pins and needles. :). Down below are directions on how to make one of your very own! :)
What you need:
  • Embroidery floss in dark pink, light pink, blue, and black. Or you can use color choices of your very own. (I used DMC embroidery floss colors 3712, 3713, 310, and 807.)
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing (you can use the insides of old pillows that don't have any use for anymore)
  • Needle
  • Pink and blue felt (or you can choose your own colors)


With blue felt, cut a strip 7 1/2" across and 2" high. This will be the "cupcake holder". With pink felt, cut one circle 2 1/2" inches across. With blue felt, cut one circle 2 1/2" across.

With pink circle, embroider "I [this is a shape] HEART CUPCAKE." Below, you can print the "I HEART CUPCAKE" design and transfer it to the pink felt to embroider on. Embroider the 'I' in black, the heart in dark pink, and the 'CUPCAKE' in blue. With blue strip, embroider with black floss a smiley face. You can use the very top picture as a guide.
Next, with blue strip use one ply of blue floss and sew together the ends. I used the whip stitch.
Using whip stitch, sew on the pink embroidered circle using one ply of the light pink floss on the top.
Turning cupcake upside down, use one ply of the blue floss and whip stitch the blue circle on the bottom. Once about halfway around, stuff the cupcake. Try to overstuff it a little bit so, once flipped back over, it will appear a "poofy" cupcake. :)
There you go! Your very own cupcake pincushion! I don't know about you, but whenever I see this happy cupcake, it just makes me smile. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Stitched Mess

My Stitched Mess credit goes to AIMEE RAY.
When I first saw Aimee Ray's Stitched Mess I thought it was so cute! I've always wondered what to do with leftover embroidery floss and here's the solution! :)
Basically what this is is leftover embroidery floss stitched down (so they won't fall off :) and framed in an embroidery hoop. You can decorate the borders of the leftover floss circle with embroidery stitches and as well decorate the outside hoop (the frame) with ribbon. It's a very simple project, great way to reuse materials, and a one of a kind piece of art!
Update on blog: This blog has been great so far! I'm still working on my "freebies" section if you haven't noticed (it's been there one day and the next it's gone.). I've been having troubles on figuring out how to have an indiviaul section for it. But don't worry! I'll figure it out. :) Thank you for reading this blog! I LOVE support! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Who's got your back?

This finger puppet ninja may look fast and furious, but once you really get to know this friendly ninja you know that he's got your back. When day leaves and night comes, he goes out into the streets and karate chops potatoes (you know, someone has got to make the fries.) and other evil things. This ninja definetly belongs to the good side. :)
Made out of black and tan felt, he is about 3" high. He fits nice and cozy on your finger and is ready to take on anything bad that comes your way. :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Let me introduce myself...

I was origianlly going to post my recent finished crafts today, but I came to a thinking. You barely even know anything about me! So, today I'm going to give you the scoop of my craft making history. So let me introduce myself...
As you already know, my name is Happy Hands. When I was younger and my grandma would come down for a visit, she always had me do a project. One of the earliest I can remember was sewing. The first project I can clearly remember is sewing a baby blanket for my little brother, who at that that time was a little infant, but as of now, a much taller young boy. :) I loved sewing for a long while after that, then all of sudden (for reasons I do not know why) I stopped. :*(
In a recent vist from my grandma, she literally got me hooked to crochet and pinned down to embroidery. I'm crazy about crochet amigurumi and freestyle embroidery and now I've got ideas popping out my brain for making my very own crochet patterns, embroidery designs, and other projects. (Thank you grandma!) Down below I've taken a few pictures of some my crafts I've done to give you a feel of my crafty style. :)
This is an amigurumi pair of cherries pinned up on my bullentin board. I got this free pattern from Nelly Pailoux's blog, la fee crochette. You can find her link under my "Crafty blogs" section.
These are a my replica of Matryoshka dolls. These are made from clay and then, once dried, I painted them. The tallest one is almost 2" high and the smallest a little over an half an inch.
Embroidered felt creatures! If you're wondering what the guy is in the corner with a mushroom cap, that's a gnome that has a mushroom hat instead of a tall pointy one. :)
And this here, is my very own embroidery design. I'm really happy how it turned out. Oh, and by the way, I've been crazy about turning tree roots and vines into hearts. I don't know why. :) hee hee
Well, there you have it! Now you know a little bit about me and I feel more comfortable posting my random crafts that I make 24\7. hee hee :) Have a great crafty day! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Setting up, check. Now let the fun begin!

WOW! I've finished up the basic stuff today for my blog and I think I actually can get started on my daily craft post of my stuff making OFFICIALY on Monday! It turned out pretty easy peasy setting this all up, and I am grateful it was. Well, see ya Monday for the beginning of this craft blogging adventure! :)

Hello World!

Hello World! I just started to set up this blog today and am hoping to get it officially started within this coming week. This blog will be a fun and safe place to get craft inspiration, free projects (like embroidery designs, crochet patterns, etc.) to check out. Stay tuned!! :)
~HappyHands :)
P.S. I forgot to mention that I'm so excited for this blog right now I think I might just explode. :)
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