Kindness Monster

When I stumbled upon this little guy, I knew I had to knit him.  Since tomorrow is World Kindness Day, I felt now was the perfect time to share him with you. Continue reading

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Taco SWAP

Tuesday is known around here as “Taco Tuesday” so my Tuesday SWAP at camp had to be a taco.

To create this swap, I cut little pieces of felt and sewed them together to create tacos.  While I opted to use a sewing machine, they could be done by hand sewing each SWAP.

Here, let me show you how I made these in 5 easy steps… Continue reading

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“See Ya Later Alligator” SWAP

I decided to start my return to blogging with the SWAPS I made over the summer.

My regular followers know that I make a different SWAP for each day of summer camp.  This year was a little different because the 2018 AHG Leadership Conference in St. Louis Missouri occurred during the same time.  I had already committed to attend, and meet up with some AHG friends who do not live near me, for a much needed girls weekend before the date and location was announced.  So I was not able to attend camp like I regularly do.

Upon learning that I was not going to be at camp, several of the girls in my troop were disappointed that they would not be getting SWAPS.  I hated to let the girls down, so I did my SWAPS differently this year.

For each day of camp, I sent a note/letter to each member of our troop that was attending camp.  Included in the package were 2 SWAPS – one for them and one to share with someone outside of our troop.  Not only did they receive SWAPS, they also received mail.

The first SWAP for the week was this alligator SWAP.  I opted to use clothes pins for this one instead of the more traditional safety-pin.

Here are the instructions, along with a free downloadable tag, if you would like to make some of your very own.

SUPPLIES:
Green miniature clothes pin*
White acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Black permanent marker
PDF File for the SWAP tag (available here)
Cardstock
Scissors
Ink pen

Step 1: Begin by downloading and printing the pdf file onto cardstock.  Cut each tag along the dotted lines. Add your name and troop number to the back of each tag and set aside.

Step 2: Using the non-brush end of the paint brush, create 2 white dots for the alligator eyes.  (Dip the handle end of the paintbrush into white paint, and dab it onto the clothes pin). Allow to dry.

Step 3: Once the white paint has dried, use the permanent marker to add nostrils, the center of the eye, and a zig-zag down the back of the alligator.

Step 4: Attach the alligators to the tags (from step 1) and SWAP

*Note: I found small green clothes pins at several local craft stores.  If they are not available, you could paint wooden clothes pins green.

If you are new to the idea of SWAPS, check out this helpful resource (HERE).

A full list of my SWAPS can be found by clicking on the words American Heritage Girls at the top of the page and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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When life does not go as you planned…

The past few months have been a time in my life, where nothing went as planned.  Over the summer I had high hopes of completing a list of projects.  We had trips planned and knitting projects ready.  But the Lord had other plans for me.

With the changes in my personal life it was necessary for me to take a step back and not blog for a while.  All the while, I have missed my little blog.  Thankfully life is starting to calm down and return to a “normal” pace.  I hope to be back on here shortly with lots of ideas and projects to share with you.

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A Pair of Slippers

Socks have been on my to-knit-list for a while now.  I even have a lovely skein of yarn in my stash that I am saving for my first pair.  I decided to start with a pair of slippers instead.

Many of the patterns I have found for slippers involve seaming and I HATE SEAMS!  I was super excited to find a free pattern that did not involve seams and were knit as one solid piece.   Continue reading

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Hug Your Cat Day

Today is hug your cat day. Since my hubby is a dog person and hates has a strong dislike for cats, I thought I would share this adorable cat I knitted.

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Bumble Bee

Today’s knitting project is an adorable little bumblebee.

I found a set of free patterns from Valley Yarns of animals made from a simple ball.

This ball was knitted in the round with yellow and black stripes.  After stuffing the ball, tiny wings were knitted flat and added to the sides.  The addition of two 6/0 beads and an embroidered mouth completed this quick project.

If you would like to make your own, you can download the pattern here.

Happy Knitting.

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