A while ago I started another crochet side project, this time it was a unicorn. It didn’t take long to get everything made and attached until it got to where I had to add the hair. That’s when I stopped working on it and just put it aside, well finally after 1-2 months later I finally decided to take the project out and add its hair. At first it was easy, but after awhile it got severely annoying and couldn’t wait to be finished with it. Now that it’s complete, I have to say I love it!! It came out so frigging cute, I’ve been asked why I made it, and I’m like “because I wanted to damn it”.
I got the pattern from One Dog Woof HERE.
Crocheting is an relaxing hobby to pick up on, and if you get really good at it you can make some amazing things and make money off them. But, first you got to get to know the basics, some may say that it’s hard to crochet. Honestly, it is a little bit hard at first to learn, but when you get the hang of it, you’ll be like “really, it’s so easy”!
I’ve decided to start making videos on how to crochet the basics, and maybe sometime in the future showing how to make other things. So far I have made only one video, and I am actually quite happy with how it came out. I just hope the videos over time will help people to learn how to crochet.
Below is my video, it’s only a little over 8 minutes long and shows how to do a slip knot, chaining and single crochet. I hope those interested find this video helpful, I’m hoping to get more videos made and put online. 🙂
That’s right! I completed the whole month of January, I wasn’t sure I’d get thru the month but I did. I have a tendency of forgetting projects, but not this, if I didn’t do a row on some days I would make sure to write down the temp so I could go and get the rows done when I felt like it. January 31st was at a temp of 52, I couldn’t believe it, I can’t wait to see how February is going to look. A friend of mine is making one as well but with a different color chart and another state away. It’s really awesome seeing the difference between the two, she is also making a smaller version with the temps lows, that I can’t wait to see! I’m really excited to see when it gets to be warmer weather here in WNY!
You may ask what is plastic canvas? Well, plastic canvas is a craft material of lightweight plastic with regularly spaced holes in imitation of embroidery canvas. Plastic canvas comes in various colors and the size of the holes varies as well. The sizes are normally 5, 7, 10 & 14 count, what does that mean? It means how many holes there are in an inch.
Some people may think, oh it’s an older person hobby and other stuff. But, it’s rather fun to make and it is for any age and anyone. You can almost make anything you want with plastic canvas. I’ve seen people make toy house, toy trains and other stuff, it’s amazing what you can make. I haven’t ventured into making that kind of stuff, but I have stuck to making like magnets and wreaths. I also made up some mini magnets that was made with 10 count and sold them at RetroGameCon, they were a big hit and I sold a decent amount of them 🙂
First wreath I made, it was actually first plastic canvas project I made, I am still amazed at how well it turned out! (this was made with 7 count)
There are a lot of designs you can find online via Google and Pinterest. Also, you can take perler bead designs (which are basically an 8 bit style) and use that to make something with plastic canvas.
Tetris heart, Mega-Man, Nintendo Controller
Top 2 were custom orders, Joker is my favorite, minis are some of what I sold at RetroGameCon
Batman & Minion I made for Christmas gift, Angel for my great aunt, last was a custom order
I’ve also made a few key chains with plastic canvas, it’s just awesome what all you can do with plastic canvas. I would suggest giving this a try, it’s fairly easy to learn and doesn’t cost much in supplies. I learned by watching videos and reading tutorials I found on Google, so go ahead and give it a try!!!
For T’s birthday I wanted to make him a blanket, but something different than what he already has. I decided to crochet a blanket, boy did I not realize how much of a pain it would be. It took me about 3-4 months to make the blanket, only because I would start on it, then stop for a while and go back to it. To be honest I finished it only 12 hours before T’s birthday party, but it was all worth it!
When T ripped off the wrapping paper and seen it, I knew I did a great job and that he was in love with his blanket. Will I ever make a blanket like that again? Probably not, unless we have another child, it’s just too much time consuming and can be stressful. I am just glad that T loves the blanket, seeing his reaction made all the stress it caused me to go away. I made him something he’ll love and cherish.
I’ve seen these all the time on Pinterest and shops on Etsy selling them, I finally decided to give them a try. These things are so cute and very easy to make! These would make a great little gift for anyone, and you can make a lot for a small price.
I got everything at Dollar Tree minus magnets
- Flat clear marbles – these can be purchased at Dollar Tree
- Mod Podge – available at some Dollar Tree stores as well
- Magnets – I got a set of like 16 for $2 at Walmart
- Scrapbook paper or any image you want – I used what I had on hand
- paint brush
- Super glue or hot glue gun
-Either trace around the flat marble and cut out the circle or apply mod podge to the marble and place over image you want to use. Let this sit and dry for about 15 minutes give or take.
I placed mine on the images I wanted to use
-If you had already cut out the circle in step 1 skip this step. If you placed the marble on the image and haven’t cut, carefully trim as close to the flat marble as you can.
Carefully trimmed close to the marble then placed magnet on back.
-Take your magnet and apply super glue or whichever you decide to use to the back of the magnet then place on the flat part of the marble (which should also be the back of the image). Let the glue dry completely.
-Once dry, enjoy looking at your cool new glass magnets.
Two of the finished magnets!! (doesn’t T look cute in his kindergarten grad pic?!)
Now ain’t they cute?! You can use whatever picture you’d like to make for your magnet. I’m thinking making a few with Thomas & Friends for T, he would love seeing these on the fridge. These are just so easy to make and a fun gift to give to anyone. If you want you can even get your child(ren) to help too. Go ahead and give them a try, if you do I would love to hear what you think!