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Fall Poncho

In Birthday Party, Clothing, Crochet, For a Kiddo on September 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Fall is not quite here yet but I am really itchin’ to get out my fall gear; with that in mind I thought I’d share something I was able to make last year.

My sister had been looking for posing ideas for their family pictures and came across this one on facebook.



She loved the poncho on the little girl and asked if I would be able to make one. I jumped at the chance!  I decided to do blooming granny squares because I wanted to give the poncho a little more of a girly flair to it.  I am also horribly particular when it comes to visual spacing and patterns so the poncho was not made of random squares.

Noel's Poncho

I ended up making the poncho too big. I wanted to make sure that she could grow into it but I don’t even think it will fit her this year. 😦 The poncho is made up from 16 granny squares and are joined with a basic single crochet stitch inbetween the squares. I added a basic picot trim to give it a little more oomph as well.


Noel's Poncho Side

The poncho was big on Charlotte but hey, there’s nothing wrong with wearing something you got on your first birthday when you’re three or four is there?


Noel's Poncho back

I’m going to try it again one day and just do smaller squares. I used an 8/H crochet hook without thinking about how big it would make my end product. It’s not worth doing if you don’t learn something from your mistake right?


Happy Crafting!


Ice Cream Cupcakes

In Birthday Party, Momma Must Have, Recipes on August 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

My family does not seem to like cake very much. We always have it for different occasions and people will take one little piece and by the end of the day we are left with half a cake that I do not need to eat.

For Adelaide’s First Birthday Party I decided that I was not going to serve cake, at least in the traditional sense. I had seen Ice Cream Cupcakes for sale and I knew that they would be easy to make at home (and a lot cheaper). Turns out, they were! Everyone loved them and I will be making them again!

Adelaide with Ice Cream Cupcake

Here’s how I made them:

Let ice cream sit out to soften. Scoop out ice cream into silicone cupcake liners or a silicone cupcake pan. Each cupcake is about 1 to 1/2 scoops depending on how large you like to scoop. A quart of ice cream will make 24 cupcakes.

Scooped Ice Cream

After you’ve scooped out the ice cream let it sit a bit longer to make sure that  the ice cream has melted enough to be flat in the liner. Freeze.Melted Ice Cream

Meanwhile, make a batch of whipped cream (2 t. vanilla, 3 T sugar, 2 c. heavy whipping cream. Whip until light and airy). Put whipped cream in a bag to pipe onto cupcakes.

Ice Cream in Wrappers

Once cupcakes are frozen transfer them to a paper liner (if you wish) and pipe on whipped cream. Sprinkle your favorite sprinkles over the top. Freeze.

Ice Cream with Sprinkles

Once the whipped cream has frozen the cupcakes are ready to serve!

Ice Cream Cupcake

See super easy to make! Enjoy!

Custom Name Banner

In Birthday Party, DIY, For a Kiddo on November 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

We’ve had a lot of babies born into our book club this year (Six to be exact, out of the 10 women that regularly make it. No we have not been reading “50 Shades of Gray”). One of the baby shower themes was books so I got to make this cute little banner. I have a picture alphabet book that is from the 1930’s or 1940’s and thought it would be perfect to use somehow. There is no copyright date on it so I’m not really sure. It was one of the items I have from my great grandmother’s house.

I decided to scan all of the pages in the computer then crop them into individual letters. From there I printed out the name and colored in the letters so they would stand out a bit better. I pieced the whole thing together using eyelets. I wanted the banner to be able to move and this seemed like the cleanest look to make that possible.

Overall I am happy with the end result. I’m hoping I will be able to use my new skills in the future!

Happy Crafting!

Tutu Party Favors

In Birthday Party, Clothing, DIY, For a Kiddo, Sewing on June 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Since we were doing a Muppet-themed birthday party I wanted to do something fun for the little girls that would be at the party. When I started thinking about what I wanted to do I was babysitting two girls (besides my own) under the age of two. The girls loved playing dress-up with a few tutus that I had in the toy room and I thought that would be a fun thing to make!

Thankfully Hobby Lobby had tulle on sale the week I made them. In honour of Kermit’s Rainbow Connection  I made rainbow tutus. I was able to get a yard each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I cut the tulle into 6″ wide strips (but I honestly forgot to measure how tall). Each skirt has three strips of each color and I was able to make 8 skirts from the 6 yards I purchased.

The waistband is a 2 1/2″ strip of fabric. The fabric can be as long as you’d like it to stretch. A lot of the ones I made were anywhere from 25-32″ long. The elastic for the band was anywhere from 16-20″ long.

I gathered the tulle and sewed it directly to the waistband using my serger. The process was so much faster using that and my seems were sealed nicely. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of all the girls wearing them at the party but Charlotte begrudgingly posed for me after the fact.

Happy Crafting!