Crafting for two <3

So, between making stuff for me (since the weather is getting pretty cold), making stuff for the upcoming baby, and the holidays, I completely neglected to blog about any of the stuff I’ve been doing.

See? I made stuff.
See? I made stuff.


We begin with the burp cloth! (That’s the rectangle on the bottom, there.)

Burp Cloth:

  • J hook, Sugar ‘N Cream cotton
  • ch 31, turn and hdc in 2nd from hook, hdc 13 rows, go around the edge with 2dc “shells”, doing 2 of then in each corner to keep flat. Cut & weave in.

Newborn Shell Beanie:

sl=slip stitch, ch=chain, dc=double crochet, tc=treble/triple crochet

1 “shell”=4 of either dc or tc.

G hook, 2 strands of unknown fluffy purple yarn (it was a gift from someone else’s yarn stash, sans labels… 2 strands equals about the same thickness of your regular Red Heart Supersaver, not including the fluff halo.)

  1. magic circle, dc 12, join with 1 sl.
  2. dc 6 shells, doing one in every other stitch. Join with 1 sl.
  3. ch 2 for the first dc in the shell, shell 12 total. Join with 1 sl.
  4. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  5. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  6. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  7. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  8. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl. cut off, weave in ends.

And now,


Dunn dun DUNNNNN!

Dunn dun DUNNNNN!

Isn’t it the cutest. I love this thing. All I did with this adorable beastie was:

  1. draw out a silhouette of your basic long-necked dinosaur (whether you call them brontosaurus or brachiosaurus)
  2. cut out 2 of this shape in fleece. (make sure the neck isn’t thinner than 1&1/2 inches, mine was tough to turn out)
  3. draw a symmetrical leaf-shape (the kind that’s pointed on both ends) that reaches in length from the breastbone of your “dino” to the base of its tail, from tip to tip.
  4. Then, trace the shape of the legs, and add the silhouette to the leaf shape.  You should end up with a leaf with 4 nubbins sticking out. Once you have your leggy leaf shape, cut out 1 of the fleece. *I can’t really provide a link for this one, obviously.*
  5. draw a bat wing shape, and cut out 4 of these from the fleece.
  6. stack up your wing shapes in pairs. Sew the tops together (you know, the sides with only one point?) and keep as close to the edge as possible. When you get to the end, just sew right of the edge. Start again at the central point of the wing, and sew a line from there to the tips of the serrations in the wings. This should give the effect of the ribs of batlike wings. If necessary, go over these lines more than once.
  7. Trim the fabric as close to your wings’ “ribs” as possible.
  8. Sew the “dino” shapes together, starting at the point on its breastbone, where the leaf shape will go, and up the front of its neck, around the head down the spine. When you get to where you want the wings to go, insert both of the completed wings directly into the seam, serrations toward the tail, and sew them into the back seam of the “dino” pieces. *You may need to go slowly here, depending on your machine’s strength, just make sure you keep the wings where they should be.*
  9. Finish sewing the “dino” shapes together, down to the point under the base of the tail that you’ve started the leaf shape at. *it helps to put a pin at these spots, so you don’t forget where it is*
  10. Sew the leaf shape to the almost all the inside of the legs and belly, leaving a space (preferably on one of the belly seams) to turn it all right-side-out. *Make sure to line up the right legs with the ones you traced, so they match up correctly.*
  11. Once you have the dragon right side out,  make sure you’ve poked out all the legs, tail, and nose as they should go. (It helps to use a chopstick or the end of a thicker crochet hook in order to get these right.)
  12. Stuff the beast! You may want to use a chopstick to get the stuffing down into the smaller spaces.
  13. Once you have it stuffed (it should look like it’s almost overstuffed), hand-sew the opening in its belly closed.
  14. Embroider eyes, or sew on buttons for its eyes.
  15. For the spine scallops, blanket stitch along the spine seam, from the crown of its head almost to the end of its tail.
  16. Then, crochet shells of 4 dc each, with 1 sc between each shell, in the structure provided by the blanket stitches. I used crochet thread, and a D hook.
  17. Enjoy your cuddly new monstrosity! 😀

Yum, Chicken Pot Pie!

My husband adores anything like pot pie, or shepherds’ pie. Any sort of warm, meat casserole, and he’s just happy as can be. (And why not? The man has good taste.)

I had a little bit of extra pie crust, so I made a heart!

Looks good enough to eat, am I right? 😀

So, here’s what you do:

  • Thaw some chicken, at least halfway, and then just put the pieces in a pot, and fill it up with enough water to barely cover them. Then add an onion, cut into at least quarters, 3-4 stalks of celery in about finger-width pieces. Make sure to occasionally stir the stock, so that the chicken doesn’t stick. (A wooden spoon is perfect for this) *Be sure to not be too far away from the stove, so it doesn’t boil over and make a nasty mess.Yes, I’m speaking from experience. 😛
  • Next, you get a 9″x13″ baking dish, and put veggies in it. In my opinion, a chicken pot pie always needs on the inside (besides chicken and gravy) is peas, carrots, and potato chunks. You want to make sure that the veggies are all about the same shape and size, just so that you can have more than one veggie in each bite. I also put green beans in mine. *Something that makes this super easy is just using a bag of mixed frozen veggies.*
  • Once the stock is done, (and a good way to tell is just to grab a piece of the chicken with a pair of tongs and see if it’s separating from the bone) carefully cut the chicken off the bone, and into chunks. Put the chicken pieces into the pan, and thicken the stock into gravy, then pour the gravy on top of everything else in the pan.
  • Make pie crust (or use biscuits),

Never-fail pie crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup shortening

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup ice water (just make yourself a glass while you cook, very nice!)

Mix flour& salt together. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add water, and mix only until mixture is moistened.

Makes 1 double crust, or 2 single crusts (or 1 9×13 crust)

  • roll it out, and lay it over the contents of the 9×13, poking a few vents in the crust before putting it into the oven at 450* for about 10 minutes or so, or until the crust is firm and golden.

Keeping Warm

I don’t know about the weather anyone else is having, but we’ve been having such bitterly cold, windy days.

And what do you do when it’s cold outside?
That’s right, you stay inside, wear your warm pajamas, and drink hot cocoa.

But besides that?
You craft, of course!

A muffler! (And a super toasty muffler it is, too.) The wind may just cut through whatever else, but at least my face and neck are warm. ^_^

Reindeer Tracks Muffler:

(sl=slip stitch, ch=chain, dc=double crochet, tc=treble/triple crochet)

J hook, less than 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand Yarn

  • ch76, join ends.
  • ch3, dc 2 in next stitch. ch1, dc2 in same stitch that you already did 2 dc in. This makes a sort of split shell, or “hoofprint” pattern, as I like to call it. Then, skip1, tc1, skip1, repeat the hoofprint.
  • Do this pattern of hoofprint/tc for 16 rounds(including base chain), joining with 1 sl, and chaining 3 as a stand-in for the first “tc” of the pattern in that new round.
  • Cut off, and weave in!

This pattern makes a muffler with a 26″ circumference. If you want to make a smaller muffler, simply reduce the base chain in multiples of 4.


As the weather took a turn for the chillier, we started to have this icy draft get in under the doors. So I made a pair of these little guys:

We call these cute little reptiles our “draft snakes”. They keep the cold out, and look adorable to boot.

I had a lot of lime green fleece hanging around, so I decided to make ours, but all you’d have to do is pick up a stuffed snake (or two, or however many drafts you’re dealing with) at the dollar store toy section. Making them was super easy, though. I measured how wide our door is, and then made sure the snake was longer than that. It only takes 1 long, skinny piece of fabric, cut on the fold in the basic shape of a snake (I’ve seen these made out of old ties, too) with the fat part of the snake, excluding the head, long enough to run along the bottom of the door (you could also put these in windows). I filled mine with dry beans, but they could also be filled with regular poly-fil.

They’ve drastically cut our heating costs, since the weather’s gotten colder. Ours is starting to get pretty grungy, since he lives on our floor, so I’ve decided that someday soon I’ll pick open a seam and move his inner beans into an old nylon stocking for a liner, so the outer snake can get washed periodically. Maybe a velcro closure, so the insides are removable for cleaning.

Dirty cute snakes aside, it’s been a HUGE cost-cutter for us. 😉