12.21.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY tree pin cushion

I made a tree cushion a few years ago to hold my sewing pins and needles but back then I didn't write down my own patterns, so I had to recreate my old tree pin cushion and this time I made sure to write the down the pattern. So today I am going to show you how to make your own tree pin cushion.

You will need:

- I or 5.50 mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn in whatever colors you want your tree to be.
- Stuffing
- Yarn needles
- Pins and needles


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dec = decrease


Instructions:

Tree trunk:
1. Ch 6 sts, sl st to the first ch to form loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 sc into each st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Sc 12 sts, 6 times. Total = 12 sts.
4. Start stuffing.
5. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st, repeat until you reach the end.
6. Cut off.

Leaves or the top part of tree
1. Ch 6 sts, sl st to the first ch to form loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 sc into each st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 2 sc into each st, sc 4 st, repeat 4 times, sc last two sts. Total = 28 sts.
5. Sc 28 sts, 4 times. Total = 28 sts.
6. Start stuffing
7. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st, repeat until you reach the end.
8. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Now start sewing the top part of the tree onto the tree trunk.

Add your pins and needles and you are done!

This is a pretty fast DIY and you can also make it for somebody who likes to sew a lot.

Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.17.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY Angry birds cozy

Today I'm going to share a quick and easy last minute present that is sure to please, inspired by the very popular game Angry birds.

You will need:

- G or 4.25 mm crochet hook
- Red, black, white, yellow, and tan worsted weight yarn
- Yarn needle


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet


Instructions:

Body(make two):
1. Ch 12 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 11 sts.
3. Ch 1, turn, sc 11 sts. Total = 11 sts.
4. Repeat row 3, 13 times. Total = 11 sts.
5. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Face:

Eyes(make two):
1. Ch 6 sts, to form loop.
2. 2 Sc into each st. Sl st on last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eyebrow:
1. Ch 8 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 7 sts.
3. On the last st ch 8 sts, turn and repeat row 2. Total = 14 sts.
4. Connect both rows you just created by making a sl st in the middle of the first row you made. Total = 14 sts.
5. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Beak:
1. Ch 6 sts, to form loop.
2. 2 Sc into each st. Sl st on last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Sc 12 sts. Total = 12 sts.
4. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Brown body:
1. Ch 12 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 11 sts.
3. Ch 1, turn, sc 11 sts. Total = 11 sts.
4. Repeat row 3, 2 times. Total = 11 sts.
5. Make 2 dec, sc 3 sts, 2 dec. Total = 7 sts.
6. Ch 1, turn, 1 dec, sc 2 sts, 1 dec. Total = sts.
7. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Arrange all of the parts according on one of the red piece and sew. Sew the brown body, then the beak, then eyebrows, and lastly the eyes. I found this way was the easiest.

Now sew both of the red pieces together and you are done!

This cozy makes a great gift for anyone who is a fan of the game Angry birds. Plus this cozy only takes about an hour to make. I hope you enjoyed this DIY.


Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

December 2011 Birchbox


After days of waiting I finally got my December Birchbox! Look at the snowflakes! How adorable are those snowflakes? I don't even want to throw away the box!



This month Birchbox is donating 100% of the profits of full size sales to Baby Buggy, with a guaranteed contribution of $25,000. Baby Buggy is a non-profit organization that supplies families with goods for their children. This is really great of Birchbox to do, I already bought some products as Christmas presents!

A overview of what I got.

I was really excited when I saw this product in my box, I've been meaning to try this primer for months! It is The POREfessional primer by Benefit cosmetics. "Camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer. The translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup."

Birchbox teamed up with Jouer to create their custom signature fuchsia color. "Apply one coat for semi-sheer pigment, or build it for a hot pint pout." I am in love with color, I can't wait to wear it to some holiday parties!

Next I got the huile prodigieuse multi-usage dry oil shimmer by Nuxe. "Apply this gorgeous oil to face and body to give skin a silken feel and subtle glow. You can also work a couple drops through your hair for softness and shimmer." I actually got the regular sample in my fashion's night out box a few months ago, I haven't really used in though. However I like that this one has shimmers in it.


The last beauty sample I got was the Harvey Prince Yogini fragrance. "Take a deep breath and relax with the calming scent. Notes of sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, and grapefruit will help you feel as good as you smell." The smell reminds me of some other perfume but i can't seem to remember the name. It smells clean and calming, nothing too bold. I have a love/hate relationship with Birchbox fragrance samples, I love the scents but I hate the price! Oh well, maybe I might spurge one day and get myself a new perfume.

As a holiday treat Birchbox gave away two extra this month instead of one.

The first extra is a orange natural energy booster by EBOOST. "Bounce back post-party with this tangy citrus energy booster, packed with a mega-does of nutrients." This sounds really good I like anything that has to do with getting your energy back on! I'm saving this for after the new year.

The other extra is designer fashion tape by ShowStoppers. "Celeb stylists swear by these double-sided tape strips, which will ensure that your party dress stays, which ensure that your party dress stays perfectly in place." This is great for holiday parties, I will definitely be using this.

Well that is what I got in my December birchbox. What did you get? I'm posting a fun DIY later today as part of 12 days of Christmas so stay tuned.


X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.15.2011

12 days of Christmas: How to crochet hot chocolate


During the colder month's one of my favorite things to do is cuddle up by the fireplace and watch a movie with the family. I usually always have a hot drink in my hands, one of my favorite is hot chocolate. Now I'm not the biggest chocolate fan but
I've grown to love hot chocolate over the years and today I am going to show you guys how to crochet your own cup of cocoa!





What you will need:

- G or 4.25 mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn, in the color you wish your cup to be
- Brown and black worsted weight yarn
- Yarn needle
- stuffing


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet


Instructions:

Cup:
1. Ch 6 sts. sl st into first st to form a loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 Sc into each st, sl st into last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 Sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 1 Sc into each st in round. Total = 24 sts.
5. Repeat row 4 six times. Total = 24 sts.
6. Cut off


The cup should look like this.


Handle:

1. Ch 9 sts.
2. Sc 9 sts.
3. Cut off

Sew the handle onto the cup.


It should look like this.

Hot chocolate:

1. Ch 6 sts. sl st into first st to form a loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 Sc into each st, sl st into last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 Sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 1 Sc into each st in round. Total = 24 sts.
5. Cut off.

To dress up your cup of hot cocoa you can crochet some whip cream or add marshmallows! Before you sew your cocoa into the cup you can embroider a face on the cup with some black yarn and yarn needle.




Now you can add stuffing and sew the hot chocolate wherever you want your hot chocolate to be, I sew my near the top of my cup to make it look as if the chocolate is overflowing. You are done! Remember to weave in any loose yarn ends.



This is a very quick and cute gift for anyone! It also makes a great stocking stuffer!


Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.13.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY knitted cowl


A Super easy, super fast, super chunky cowl!

This is a great pattern for those new to knitting. All you need to know is the basic knit stitch!

You will need:
size 17 (US) needles
1 ball of super-bulky yarn - I used Lionbrand thick and quick (pink) and Loops & threads cozy wool (gray)
darning needle (or a very thick sewing needle)


Cast on anywhere from 19 to 25 stitches. The whole pattern is in garter stitch, so just knit each row to your heart's content. I measured my piece around my neck as I went along. I knit until it fit snuggly--not too tight, but loose enough. When you're done, bind off and sew together the ends.



I usually wear my cowl folded down.



This makes a great gift and it will take you about a day or less!

Thanks to my sister for the pattern!

Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

11.30.2011

How to: Crochet a French macaroon


The other day I was looking through my inspiration folder and saw a picture of a tiny French macaroon and then decided to crochet one. Now I am going to show you guys how to crochet your own French macaroon. This is a very quick DIY that you can probably make in minutes!

You will need:

-Worsted weight yarn in your choice of color, I used a light pink.
-White or cream colored yarn for the middle.
-Size G or 4.25 hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Dec = decrease
Flo = front loop only
Blo = back loop only


Instructions

1. Ch 6, sl st into first st to form a loop.
2. DC into each st two times, sl st into first st. Total = 12 sts.
3. DC into one st and sc in one st. repeat 5 times. Total = 18 sts.
4. SC 18 sts. Repeat. Total = 18 sts.
5. Change to white yarn.
6. Sc blo 18 times. Total = 18 sts.
7. Change back to first yarn.
8. Sc flo 18 times. Total 18 sts.
*Add stuffing*
9. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st. Repeat until hole is small enough to be sewn closed
10. Cut off and weave in ends.
Done!


I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY!

X♥X♥
-Michelle

11.10.2011

November 2011 Birchbox


I got an email saying that my Birchbox had been shipped yesterday and today I got it! Nice work Birchbox! Anyways this month's box is all about getting gifty! Just in time for the holidays, these products are suppose to help you find gifts to give to your love ones.



This is an overview of what's in my November box.


I was lucky enough to get a bracelet from BaubleBar. Birchbox gave these bracelets out to the first 10,000 of their subscribers who had the most Birchbox points by October 16. You can get Birchbox points by referring friends, giving feedback, and buying products off of Birchbox.




I really like the bracelet it's black and beaded and like my blazing chain bracelet for Jewel Mint it has diamonds on just one bead. I love how simple this bracelet and can't wait to wear it out! Thanks Birchbox :D


The first product I saw was the Oscar Blandi jasmine protein mist. "Celeb stylist Oscar Blandi's secret weapon: this leave-in spray protects, fortifies, and revives damp or dry strands". I've heard of Oscar Blandi's products before and excited to try this spray out. This basically just another heat protectant but you can also use this to detangle your hair with, whhich is great since my hair gets easily tangled.


This next product is a champagne & shimmer body polish by LaROCCA skincare. "Call us indulgent, but we love this glam scrub, featuring 24k colloidal gold". This sounds so cool 24k colloidal gold in a scrub? Yes, please! You massage this into your skin in the shower and it gets rid of dryness. The result? Leaves you with beautiful moisturized skin! Can't wait to try this out!


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I was thrilled when I heard that everybody was receiving a Zoya nail polish in this month's box. I got the color Nole, "This shimmery denim shade from Zoya's holiday 2011 collection fits just right - just like your favorite blue jeans". I have actually tried out Zoya polishes and even did a review here , so I was glad that we got a polish from them. At first I thought that it was a full size bottle but it isn't its just a 0.5 fl oz but that's fine with me. I love the color that I got I love blue nail polishes. I will do a separate nail of the day blog post featuring this color next week.


Next thing I got was the Klorane soothing eye makeup remover with cornflower. "Infused with French cornflower extracts, this formula is designed for even the most sensitive eyes". I've been in a search for a good makeup remover so this is great, plus its a pretty decent size.


So this month I saw that they had two different extras flowing around. In some boxes were some cup coasters and in other boxes(including mine) their was the Chuao Chocolatier. "Spicy and sweet, these artisanal dark chocolate treats are laced with chipotle and popping candy". I'm actually happy that I got this extra because when I first heard what was in this candy I was like wow "I have to try it out"! Even though I'm not a fan of dark chocolate or spicy stuff I'm going to try this out and hope that it tastes good. i actually thinking about buying some of these as stocking stuffers because my parent's both really like chocolate and spicy stuff. Well that's one thing off my list. Hehe

I'm very satisfied with this month's Birchbox and also very surprised with the sizes of the products. Can't wait until next month!

X♥X♥