Welcome to My Modest Blog!

I've always been a crafty person. I love the visual arts and just like to create things. I tend to stare at each item in awe when it is complete... thinking "I made this!?" Call me a hopeless romantic, but the old days had it right in many ways, including traditional homemaking. I've been hobby sewing and crafting since I was a little girl. But in recent years, I found it necessary to sew clothes for my girls to keep them modestly dressed. While nursing my babies, I began making nursing covers for myself and friends. I've also done furniture restoration, crocheting, baking, painting/drawing, photography and more. Enjoying these feminine crafts and other projects has made me want to share my ideas and talents.

I hope to provide you with great ideas and quality products that will "keep you covered!" Some items will be available at an Etsy Shop. Also enjoy my tips and examples on this blog!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I had a Crocheting Christmas

A sampling of my new hobby… the personal, hand-made gifts were a hit!

Crocheted Hats by Mommy

Crocheted Hats by Mommy
Granny Square hat with chained swag edge and contrasting flower. We were thrilled with this cheapo yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) that turned out this beautiful pattern of color!

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Crocheted Hats by MommyCrochet by melissa
Honey-Buns Girls Hat (my own creation)
I started with a chain of 20, ch1, turn, 20 sc, ch3, dc to end of row. Then I began a pattern of 3 dc in one, ch2, skip 2, 3 dc in one…. increasing each row. I then somehow went around the edge of the project with dc in every sc. Connected the top with 6 rows of dc's. Added the braided neck ties and pom poms at the top points. Maybe someday I'll count it out accurately for you all!

Crocheted Hats by Mommy
BOYS QUICK CAP (my own creation)
Cowl made into a hat with pompom top.
Ch 45. Taking care not to twist the ch; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around; join with sl st in first sc - 45 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), turn, dc in each sc around; join with sl st in top of turning ch.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc around; join with sl st in first sc.
Repeat Rnds 2 and 3 until piece measures about 4 rows of double crochets.

Next: Ch 1, turn, dc in every other sc; join with sl st. Ch 3, dc in every other sc. Finally stitch closed, leaving 4" tail of yarn.
Make a pom pom with a 4" yarn tail to tie to hat.

Take hat and pompom tail through top of hat to inside of hat. Tie tails together until secure. Clip off excess.
(Similar "Easy Beanie" pattern here.)

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This is my 7 hour mistake turned favorite. It was my first project. It seems to be a Beret Cap with brim similar to the one in this tutorial. Lion Brand has a pattern for a newsboy cap that would look similar.

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Beret hat I made with matching mittens. Rose ring on left glove.
Family of Mittens Pattern by Lion Brand Yarn

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Double Crocheted Scarf with chained swag/lacy edges and contrasting flowers.

My favorite free crochet patterns website:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crocheting Success

Here's an update on my crocheting successes!

While attempting to make a basic hat for my husband's birthday, I ended up with a Rastafarian style cap, or what looked like a 1970s throw pillow.  After 5 hours of half-double crocheting, I gave in. I shrunk it down, made a brim and gave it to my son who looked adorable in it!
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Wicks Fall Gathering

I used the leftover yarn to make my first attempt at a granny square. I handed it over to my neighbor as an hotpad with a freshly baked zucchini bread loaf! This is good to teach beginners their stitches, as I will teach my oldest daughter soon. You tube how to videos are my saving grace!
Granny Square Pattern
Crocheting by Melissa

After making this simple pattern, I finally figured it all out. Wish I began with this! The Double Crochet and a larger hook makes it go so much faster! I've since then made a hat for my baby on its way.

Friday Fellowship: Disney Family Costumes

This All Hallows Eve brings my family 3 opportunities to get dressed up in costume. One of those is a Disney musical, where we are asked to attend in costume of our favorite character. Here are our family's costumes to spark ideas for your pretending adventures!

The Belle of the Ball
Mommy wants to be peasant Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This one allows her pregnant belly to be better adored!
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Shirt Patterns in this style include: McCalls #5884, Simplicity #2807
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Dress Patterns: New Look 6457, 6020. Simplicity 3673, PLUS 2539, Misses 2176. They may need to be modified to allow for undershirt or neckline.
And the apron is a simple rectangle, gathered to size and stitched onto a ribbon tie. Easy Tutorial Here.

I don't think my husband will go for it, but I'd like him to be Gaston (who has a crush on Belle) or Flynn Ryder (from Tangled). Shirt from Simplicity pattern #3519 or 3758. Pants could just be jeans or sweats. And the boots and belt of course.
Mikayla will be POCAHONTAS, which will covert to Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha for All Saints Day!
Her costume is a khaki tie-dye fleece, sewn to size skirt and shirt. Instead of two sleeves, one is cut into fringes at an angle. Fringed at the bottom of skirt. She wears a brown shirt underneath as it should be a cold one! I used fake leather and cut fringes, adding a bead here and there. Don't forget the blue necklace, feathers and moccasins!

Sabrina is Princess ARIEL, the little mermaid. Similar to the costume you can purchase.
For this I sewed a tube top to size, gathered slightly in the front. Sequin stretchy straps. The skirt is a simple mermaid shape, gathered to waist size. Can be made as one or two pieces. I also added a ocean shawl! My daughter didn't think this was quite right, so I took green netting and sewed it as a ruffle on the bottom of the skirt - and she loved it!
My boys are simple this year, as the costumes are in the closet. High King Peter of Narnia and Mater from Cars. Bought at Target on clearance a few years ago.

Other ideas that were pondered. (Some bought or to sew)
Pirates of the Carribean: Capt Jack Sparrow
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Bought this for my boys, otherwise Simplicity Pattern #4923, 2557, 2561, 3644, and 3677.
Toy Story: Buzz Lightyear [E-How homemade idea]
Buzz's companion, Woody, is a simple cowboy pattern (Simplicity #3997)
101 Dalmations: Lucky
Have this, but an idea is white sweats with black fabric marker spots. Printout 101 Dalmation Character masks here.

Wall*E: Walle
Cardboard box decorated, felt glove hands, and printout Walle glasses.

Up: Boy Scout Russell
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Gnomeo and Juliet: Gnomeo
Blue felt cone hat, felt vest with buckle, and pants. Carry a garden shovel?

Ratatouille: Chef Alfredo Linguini
Sewing Pattern Simplicity #3650

Tron Legacy: Kevin Flynn
Black Sweat Suit with reflective tape or glow sticks.
Fairy Godmother from Cinderella
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Tinkerbell and her friends are loved by all my kids. I bought the Simplicity #2872 pattern, but have yet to use it.
My favorite is the headband made from yellow yarn and braided into hair with flowers in it. How clever!
Felt grass skirt and wristbands. Floral leaves weaved for hat. Red tube top or tank for shirt.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: MINNIE MOUSE
Any blue or red/white polka dot dress will do! Don't forget the ears and big bow headband.
MULAN : Mulan

A satin dress with a waistband of bright blue and red belt. Or cotton fabric with a wrap overdress/apron. Or Simplicity #4080 for women.
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Toy Story: Jesse

Make a cowgirl apron:

Or visit www.disneycostumeideas.com


St. George, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Terese of Liseux

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