Friday, March 23, 2012

Home made finger paint!!!

now I know this has nothing to do with knitting nor crochet. But I had to share this!!! This recipe is for home made finger paint, only takes water, cornstarch, sugar (yes I said sugar!!) salt and food coloring!!! I found this home made finger paint some time ago, but never really made it before today . I was sitting here thinking it's almost 80* where I live in the middle of march when there is usually mountains of  SNOW!!! So I tough why don't I try the home made finger paint!?! I can undress the kids to their undies and let them paint and when they are done they can have a bath and it cools them down at the same time!!!

what you'll need :
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup cold water
and last but not least food coloring!!!

First you'll want to put water, cornstarch, sugar and salt into a small pot. cook over low heat for 10 minutes while stirring constantly. The mixture will thin, but will thicken up as you cook (I noticed it wasn't thickening up on the low heat so I turned it up for 20secs and it thickened right up!). when it does take off the heat and let cool. once the mix it all cooled off place in little jars old yogurt cups or even bowels add food coloring and they are read to paint!!!!!!

this is what the finger paint will look like when it is thickened up

containers of your choice

as you can see they love the paint!!!!

lol.......only with finger paint kids can paint their self's!!!

in the words of  lala (in the photo) " I made a rainbow on my belly!!!!"

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!!!!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Crochet OVW Tartan FBB bag!!!!

ok so the very first thing I want to say is yes the bag in this photo is mine I made it with my very own two hands....but I couldn't have done it with out Clare from Bobwilson123 - Youtube Crochet Channel!!!!!. I found this pattern Super Dee Duper easy!!!! I love it there are just many looks you can do with it!  I have already made one for my self and my mom liked it so much she asked for one for herself! and guess what!?!?! Clare has a blog here right on blogger!!! when I started to watch youtube to learn how to crochet,  there are only very few lady's(will post link at bottom of some) on there that make understanding how to crochet easy! and she is one of them! :) I just want to say thank you to Clare and the other lady's on youtube for you're hard work and taking the time to make and post the video's you do!! I know I am not alone when I say this! I know I know when am I going to get on With  the pattern. I'm not I will post a link at the bottom of my post with the all the link's I found and used for this pattern!

link for bobwilson123-youtube crochet channel~ Crochet OVW Tartan FBB Tutorial
link for Clare's written pattern for the OVW FBB Bag
one virtuous woman has some awesome Tutorial videos

Friday, March 16, 2012

granny square

I just picked up the art of crochet and I am in love!! I can not put my crochet hooks down :).  This pattern is just your basic granny square. They are super duper easy! lol... There are probably a million things you can do with this pattern! you can make them any side you wish from 50 little ones to make a blanket to one great big granny square blanket hats bags etc. For this pattern you  will have to know how to chain, double crochet

chain: ch
double crochet: dc
slip: sl
space: sp
stitch: st(s)

this link is a master link to knit and crochet abbreviation from better homes and gardens

first you want to make you slip knot. once you do that you cant start your granny square!
link to my video on how to make slip knots


ch 5, sl into ch1 sp. this will join and make a ring

round 1: ch 3. and work 2dc's into ring ch1, work 3dc's into ring ch1, work 3dc's into ring ch1 work 3dc's into ring, and sl into the top of ch3 sp.  sl st over to the first shell, sl st into the ch1 sp

round 2: ch3 work 2dc into ch3 sp. ch1 3dc into same sp. ch1 3 more dc's into same sp.
now into the 2nd ch1 sp work 3dc's ch 3dc's and do that into all the ch1 spaces. sl st over to the first ch1 sp.

           if you did the first 2 round right it will look like this

round 3: ch3, work 2dc into first ch1 sp. ch1 3more dc's into same sp. Now work 3dc in to the space between the corner shell's. 3dc into corner shell ,ch1 3dc into same sp. 3dc into next space. 3dc into the next corner shell ch1, 3dc into same space. 3dc into the next space. 3dc into the next shell ch1, 3dc into same space.
                         like this

you want to work in to every space between the corner shell's as well as the ch1 space in the shell

Now you want to repeat round three until your granny square is as big as you like!