Wednesday, February 1

A half what??? A half double crochet!

Hopefully you are having loads of fun learning how to crochet. Crocheting is much easier (I think) than knitting and is so versatile. 

And, hopefully you are ready for the next crochet stitch. 
Today's video demonstrates the Half Double Crochet stitch.  This is a great stitch.  I like it for projects that do better with a dense stitch. It is not a airy, lacy stitch.  This stitch will keep you warm in the winter!

Enough with the crocheting fluff.  Let's get to the crocheting action:



I don't know about you, but it seems like this is the best time to learn how to crochet.  You will have plenty of time to practice the stitches and be ready to crochet many wonderful projects for this years holidays.

Wednesday, January 25

The Next Crochet Stitch!

Now, let's get into some serious crocheting!

It's time to learn a fundamental crochet stitch.  It's called the "single crochet" stitch.
In the video below, you will be guided every inch of the way to becoming pro at crocheting the single crochet stitch.
Then, after you learn how to do single crochet stitches, you will be ready to crochet a darling hairband.  The video shows you step by step how to crochet the cute headband.

So, let's get started!


You are now well on your way to becoming a crocheting expert!!!  Keep on practicing!

In case you need any of the supplies in this video, here are some links for you  :)



Friday, January 20

The First Crochet Stitch!

Do you have a crochet hook?
Do you have some yarn?
Then you are ready to start crocheting!

Watch the Beginning Crochet video lesson below and learn how to do the beginning crochet slip knot and crochet chain stitch.


Practice your first crochet stitch and then practice some more.  The next lesson will be the single crochet stitch (in the next blog post).

If you want, at the end of the video, there is a friendship bracelet you can crochet.  If you would like the same type of 100% cotton yarn that I used in the video, here are some links for you:



Mostly have fun with this popular needlecraft :)

Thursday, January 19

Crochet anyone?

Start the year with a new (or renewed) hobby --
CROCHETING
yay crochet!!!

I've been crocheting since I was around 10 years old and love it!
So in honor of this wonderful hobby/craft, I will be teaching several, (more like dozens), of crochet classes right here on the Mom of 5 Daughters Blog.
If you have never crocheted before, but want to learn, these crochet classes are perfect for you.  
We will be starting out with the most basic of basics in the world of crocheting.  You can do it, I promise!

The first crochet class (intro video) covers what you will need to get started.  It is kind of boring, but necessary.  Then, the next crochet class (that will be posted tomorrow) will be lots of fun.

Ready to begin?  Of course you are :)


If you don't want to leave your house to get the crocheting hooks and yarn you will need, here are some options:



I can hardly wait for the next class, I hope you are excited too!!!

Thursday, October 29

FUN NEW EXCITING THINGS, AND YET OH SO OLD . . .

It's time to have sooo much fun!!!
It's time to make dreams come true!!!
It's time to play dress ups!!!

When my girls were wee littles, we would frequently have tea parties.
As they grew, we continued to have tea parties with more and more frills and dress-up fancies.

I need to go on a little tangent here.  Back in the late 1990's, I discovered Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  No, I did not read the book, I had 5 children at home and I didn't make time for reading (oops, another tangent!).  I watched this old black and white movie (1940's) on TV and loved it. 


 I didn't even know what the name of it was. When I found the name "Pride and Prejudice" I searched for more and discovered the 1995, 6-hour miniseries with the handsome Colin Firth version and watched it. I became a fan!



THEN (drum roll),  the 2005 Keira Knightley version came out and not only did I absolutely love it but my daughters loved it too.  My youngest daughter has watched the movie so many times she has the whole movie memorized.


We became obsessed with the Regency Era of Jane Austen and watched more movies based on her novels.

Over the last 10 years we have been gathering satin gloves, fans, parasols, and bonnets. I have also collected an assortment of tea party dishes (nothin' crazy, just a few).

 This year I brought it to a whole new level.  Starting in June I've been working on a new project. From age 9, I have been sewing and designing cloths. So, in June, I decided to combine my dream of the romantic life of Jane Austen with my practical sewing skills.  

Here are some of the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today, as I look outside it is cold and rainy, just like any countryside in England.  Needless to say, we will be taking our herbal tea and crumpets in the drawing room, next to a warm fire.  Where are my servants, the fire needs to be stoked (actually, I'm the one who's stoked.  I'm so excited to go back 200 years to the genteel times of 1815 at Pemberly).
I have more empire waist dresses I plan to sew, more bonnets to make, little purses (or I found out they are called "reticules") to crochet, etc.  The fun has just begun!!!

Saturday, March 14

Spring! Spring! Spring!

Springtime!

The time for new things. . .

I'm beginning to wonder if I might have Attention Deficit Disorder.  I go from one project to the next and always seem to be trying something new.  And with Springtime here there are SOOOO many projects I want to start -- it's ridiculous!  I will tell you one thing, Pinterest is certainly not helping this disorder!!!!!

This week I've been playing with Play Doh and making Easter related things . . .

 Play Doh Easter eggs

 Easter Bunny from Play Doh

Just click on the pics for the YouTube "how to" videos :)

Another project I've been working on over the last few weeks is a new YouTube channel.

 Creation Station Videos

It's called Creation Station and has lots of super fun videos for kids -- they love them!

Kids have fun creating, using their imagination, and learning all at the same time. 

Here are some of the exciting new videos for kids (just click on the picture to view it):

 Triceratops for Imaginext Batman

Play Doh Brontosaurus for Imaginext Robin

 Lalaloopsy's giant Play Doh Tennis Shoes

 Shopkins and Palace Pets ride on Play Doh Snails

 Disney Princess Elsa and Anna make Play Doh Olaf

It's so great for kids to discover the excitement of making things and then incorporating their creations into imaginative play with their toys.

You can click on any picture for your child to see the video, from there you can click on Creation Station or just click on Subscribe for your kids to see all the very latest Creation Station videos!!!

Happy Happy Happy
SPRING!











Saturday, June 7

Father's Day Cards!

It always seems so hard for me to figure out presents for men: fathers, father-in-laws, grandpas, husbands, son-in-laws, etc.  Because, let's face it, I'm not a man and still don't really understand how they think and what they would really like.

Sooooo, the best option is a card!!!!!  I can't go wrong with a homemade card.  In fact, my dad loved my homemade cards (or at least he acted like he loved them!)  And the men in your life will love a homemade Father's Day card too!!!

This years Father's Day card is made with a regular sized (8.5" x 11") piece of paper.  I used scrapbook paper with a design on one side and white on the back.  First, cut 2 inches off the length so it measures 6.5" x 11".  Then, write your sweet Father's Day sentiments on the white side of the paper. Now it is ready to fold.  Here is a how to video I made to show you much better than I could type out . . .
 how to fold a Father's Day bow tie

You know how I have 5 daughters (no sons), so I conned one of my daughters into putting on a white shirt and the paper bow tie.  She was so sweet to model the tie for me!

I also made a tie out of fabric.  It only takes about 5 minutes to make this simple tie.  
 how to fold a Father's Day card bow tie

It attaches to the shirt with a bobby pin. Simple, huh!

 how to make a father's day bow tie card
Here is a colorful paper bow tie . . .

 fathers day card bow tie

To all the fathers and other wonderful men in our lives . . . 
Happy Father's Day!!!

To see last year's Father's Day card, click here: 

 shirt and tie Fathers Day card







Thursday, May 1

More Mother's Day Ideas ! ! !

I did it.  I got the other Mother's Day projects done that I wanted to do -- miracle of miracles!
I'm just going to breeze through them quickly. The 3 projects are quick and easy and things that kids can do or at least help with if you'd like (a fun little mother's day gift for a grandma too!).

All 3 projects can also be used for dozens of other things, like:
Party favors (nut/candy cups)
Wedding/ bridal showers
Baby showers
Birthday parties
Gifts
Easter baskets
Place settings

You can access the "how to" videos by clicking on the photos or the link in pink. 

 How to make a paper plate basket

The first and quickest project is a paper plate basket. 
Have the kids decorate both sides of a paper plate (especially the bottom of it).  Then you just need scissors and glue (chenille pipe cleaners are optional). Click below for my YouTube video:


Next is a butterfly basket simply made out of 8.5" x 11" cardstock.  Kids will have fun coloring the butterflies!

All you need is cardstock paper, markers or crayons, scissors, tape or glue, and optional chenille pipe cleaners.  Click on the photo or link below for the "how to" video:



Last, but not least, is a beautiful dress shaped card for your Mum!

The card in the middle would be more for a wedding/bridal shower and the one to the right might be more for a birthday party.  The dress on the right would be a perfect dress card for mom!!!

This card is made with cardstock, ribbon, and a little scrap piece of fabric.  Here is the link to the "how to" video (or click on the photo):



Have fun with these projects and to all the mothers out there . . . HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ! ! !

Monday, April 28

Mother's Day Ideas!

Here are a couple of ideas that can be used for all sorts of things like wedding showers, baby showers, spring and summer parties, birthday parties, home decor, and MOTHER'S DAY!!!

How to make an umbrella gift, decoration, party favor


This cute umbrella is easily made out of paper, chenille (pipe cleaner), and ribbon (or yarn).  You can make them any size. 
Large ones, made out of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, make great decorations. 
Medium size ones, made out of regular 8.5" x 11" copy paper, make great cards (the umbrella can be flat and fit in an envelop), or fill it with candy and it makes a great gift.
Small ones, made out of 6" x 6" paper, make great nut cups or party favors by each plate setting.

You can see the "how to" video I did by clicking below or on the photo above:

 
 
The next project is also great for MOTHER'S DAY and for weddings and anywhere in your home.  The natural, rustic look is so popular right now.  The flower bouquet would look terrific as a centerpiece on a burlap table runner. 


how to make tp tube flowers
 
The possibilities are endless.  All you have to do is start saving all of your toilet paper tubes.  Yes, you heard me, the gorgeous flowers are made out of toilet paper tubes!!! 
 
 
Click on the photo above or the link below for the "how to" video:
 
 
I hope to post a couple of more Mother's day ideas soon -- we'll see how I do!
 



Monday, April 14

Paper Stained Glass Easter Egg!!!

 

How to make a stained glass paper Easter egg


This was a little project I did with my grandkids.  They had so much fun!  They were all coloring and it didn't matter how they colored or if they went outside of the lines.  Just a great big scribbling fest!

How to make a stained glass paper Easter egg

I picked up some poster paper (15 cents a foot) at a craft store, drew the egg on it with a pencil and let the grandkids go at it!

I did a little "how to" video with instructions to make the stained glass paper Easter egg and also for the solid colored Easter egg too.  Just click below or on any of the photos to start the video :)


How to make a snowflakish Easter Egg!!!
 
You can decorate a whole house with these large (3 feet by 2 feet) Easter eggs.  You can buy the poster paper in a lot of different colors: pink, red, green, blue, purple, yellow, orange, etc. 

I get more compliments on these simple to make paper Easter eggs than I do on any of my other Easter decorations.

Have so much fun with this quick and easy project and . . .

Happy Easter Time!!!

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