Amigurumi Bear

bear1I posted already about the potted cactus I made as a sample for the crochet class I teach at Michaels, so here the bear which is the other option for the class.  It is cute but takes quite a bit of time, so I doubt anyone finishes it in the class.  When I made it it took a bit over 4 hours, one of which is mostly the assembly and embroidery of the face.  It turned out really cute, although I didn’t use the toast color the pattern called for since I already had the chocolate color on hand.

The pattern is made in 10 separate pieces: head, body, 4 legs/arms, tail, ears, and muzzle.  The nose and mouth are embroidered on the muzzle and the eyes on the head after the muzzle is attached.  The arms and legs are the same pattern, just stuffed differently.  bear2

Both the bear and cactus patterns were designed by Twinkie Chan for Michaels and are exclusively for people who take the class.  Your local store should be offering the class as well since it is for the whole chain in both the US and Canada.  Click the link on her name to see how she intended it to look.  I probably should have stuffed the body a bit more in hindsight.  I also opted for the standing version rather than sitting, where the legs are stuffed less and attached in a different spot.

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Happy Easter!

chickie1Today is Good Friday and I decided to make this cute little Easter chick.  I started with this pattern from Bittersweet’s blog and made some modifications to suit what I wanted it to look like.  He has a tail and wings that can be pointed down for sitting or up for flying.  I embroidered the eyes and crocheted a beak instead of using felt and plastic eyes.   I think he turned out really cute.  If I can find the right color blue, I think this pattern would make a cute Twitter bird too.


If you are in Canada and want to sign up for any classes at Michaels, be sure to come to the open house on Saturday as all classes are half price that day.  My little chickie will be sitting on my table during the open house at the store where I work.


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Crochet potted cactus

cactus-classI just finished my sample piece for next month’s crochet class at Michaels.  I think it turned out really cute.  It is a little stuffed crochet cactus in a clay pot.

The class directions called for cotton yarn, but I had some regular green yarn that I thought was a perfect color that I used instead since I plan to keep this for myself rather than have to turn it back over for the classroom.  Pretty simple pattern really, only uses single crochet and slip stitch, and took maybe 3 hours total to do.

PS:  Today is the start of the “Lowest Price of the Season” sale here in Canada and there are some really good deals on right now so check it out.


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Gingerbread Christmas Village

ginger-villageWe had quite a few different gingerbread kits at work this year, and I opted to buy the Wilton Gingerbread Mini Village one to do for Christmas.  It came with all the pieces, icing, fondant, and candies.  You had to build the houses, let them set for 3 hours, then decorate.  I think it turned out pretty cute, but it was a very time consuming process to build and decorate.  I have more green fondant left so may add some bushes to the front of a couple, but mostly it is done.

Merry Christmas!

I decided to add Christmas trees to my village.  Enjoy!ginger-village2

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Birthday Cake!

bday-cakeTomorrow we are celebrating three birthdays in the family: my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, so I decided to make them a decorated cake.  The cake is chocolate and there is strawberry between the two layers.  The icing is buttercream.  This is the first cake I have made since I took the cake decorating class in July and I think it turned out pretty good.  It may be a tad pink considering 2 of the people are guys, but the red coloring just didn’t look really red (more of a mutant fluorescent orange pink) so I went with pink instead to match the strawberry filling.

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Galaxy Pumpkin

Although I think it should be called a constellation pumpkin, Michaels calls it a galaxy pumpkin.  Anyway, a photo of it was featured in one of the many emails this week and I loved the way it looked so decided to try and make one myself. The link for the (rather sketchy) instructions is here.

The craft pumpkins were on sale and the had a smaller and different style one I liked better than the one they called for in the instructions which already had a nice stem so I could skip the bit where you made a stem from foil and paper clay.  The paint for the “sky” was also on sale so the cost was under $15 with my employee discount. I really like the way it turned out. 

For reference, here is the way the one in the project instructions looks.  We didn’t have copper paint pens so I went with gold instead.  I was also a bit more accurate with the sky map and much of it is in the right position, although not all of it since it is a pumpkin and not the sky. 🙂

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Free class at Michaels on Sept. 26

I kind of got stuck with this one because nobody else in tembroidery1he store knows embroidery.  They do a free class each week which is designed by corporate so they have to have it even if nobody signs up.  This is  a small piece that goes in a 3.5×5 inch frame.  The template was for “Amour” but I drew another with “Love” and a heart to use instead using the same stitches.  I will do the Amour one during the class as a demo if nobody signs up.  It isn’t bad, which is unusual for one of these projects.  If anyone is interest, drop by your local Michaels store and sign up.

Also, they are now hiring for seasonal people at Michaels.  You don’t get that many hours, usually 12-16 per week, but you do get 30% off your purchases which includes sale items.  Not bad if you are going to buy stuff there anyway.

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