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Amigurumi Wrap Up

Amigurumi Wrap Up

Crochet lends itself so nicely to making three-dimensional stuffed creatures. The denser fabric—especially when working on a smaller hook—really creates a firm structure that doesn’t stretch out of shape when stuffed. Consequently the finished stuffies aren’t floppy. I mentioned before that I found a wonderful set of published patterns by Michelle Rheaume featuring some of the characters from the Nintendo Mario Brothers video games. Michelle’s patterns are for sale in her Etsy shop, Michelle Rheaume Designs. My little Mario fan received the rest of the series for Christmas. Devan’s collection of Mario memorabilia now boasts read more

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

Another crop of crafters are well on their way to finding their true passion. Noon-hour classes at my son’s elementary school have been keeping me busy. My 7 and 8-yr-old knitters just love the sparkly knitting needles I made for them out of double-pointed needles. A couple of beads hot-glued onto one end and voila, the perfect length needles for little hands. It never ceases to amaze me the way my crochet students have adapted their crocheting technique to something they can understand. It looks bizarre the way they create the stitches but the results are the same and they read more

Busy Little Elf

Busy Little Elf

When I’m quiet it usually means I’m busy, especially at this time of year … busy working on Christmas preparations and gifts. We have a Harry Potter fan in our household and when I innocently sounded him out he seemed quite smitten with the idea of having his very own Weasley sweater. Of course, I didn’t think to ask until the beginning of December. That seems to be how I operate when it comes to Christmas presents. A quick order placed with Elann read more

Friday Finds – More Mario Links

Friday Finds – More Mario Links

I spent so much time online researching Super Mario for Devan’s birthday and Hallowe’en. I found many more ideas than I could use but it’s a shame to let them go to waste. Do you have a video game nut in your family? Some of these would make great Christmas gifts. Image via Happy Seamstress the Happy Seamstress blogger designed the perfectly nerdy vest for her Nintendo-loving husband. She even went to far as to write read more

Friday Finds on Monday – Mario Amigurumi

Friday Finds on Monday – Mario Amigurumi

It’s Mario Brothers central around here. Devan has decided to have a video game themed birthday party this year as well as dressing like Mario for Hallowe’en. At least it’s only one costume! We started with D’s invitation which was really fun to make. We designed our own buttons and went to a local store called The Regional Assembly of Text to make them. To get the look and feel of the button just right we used Mario Brothers fonts from the Mario Mayhem website. Devan drew read more