Milk jug ring flower free crochet pattern

I knew there should be a way to reuse even the plastic ring that attaches the cap to the milk jug and I finally found it on Pinterest! You crochet a flower around the ring.

reuse milk jug ring

reuse milk jug ring

I’m going to slip the flower around my daughter’s ponytail.

Here is where I got the pattern:
http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.ca/2011/11/christmas-wreath-ring-christmas.html

And here’s the pattern:
Round 1) Join yarn with a sl st around 2” plastic ring, ch 1, 36 sc around ring, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (36 sc)

NOTE: Either the ring I had was too small or my yarn too thick but I could only get 24 sc, a multiple of 6 as well, into the ring. Not a problem, rounds 2 and 3 are done exactly the same.

Round 2) Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2,* sk next st, sc in next st, ch 2*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (18 sc, 18 ch-2 spaces)

Round 3) 5 dc in first ch-2 space, sk next sc,* sl st in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc*, repeat from * to * around, ending with a sl st in last ch-2 sp. End off, weave in ends.

To Finish: Cut a strand of red yarn, weave through the ch-2 openings, and tie into a bow.

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Restyle Bobby Pins

My daughter accidentally gave herself bangs one day at school when she got something sticky in her hair and cut it out. I have short hair by choice so now both of us need bobby pins. I’m fine with plain, hair coloured pins that fade into the background but my daughter likes bling.

I tied these transparent beads to the bobby pin then secured them in place with hot glue.

restyle bobby pins

restyle bobby pins

Reuse leggins into headbands

My daughter had a pair of black leggins that got a few too many holes in a sensitive area to be repaired so I began wracking my brains for something else to make with them. Leg warmers was the obvious choice but we’re heading into summer so she wouldn’t be wearing them.

The material is thick and stretchy, the perfect thing for a headband. I cut the legs into strips, sewed three of them together across the top, pinned it to my pencil holder at the top of my scrapbook table and braided away. Then I gave it a bit of a pull and wrapped it around her head. When we found the perfect blend of comfortable and secure I safety pinned the ends together, overlapped them for about 2 inches and sewed them together.

reuse leggins into headband

reuse leggins into headband

the original hole-y leggings

the original hole-y leggings

As many same length strips as possible

As many same length strips as possible

sew three together

sew three together

pin to something solid and braid

pin to something solid and braid

Upcycle mirror for little girl

My father in law left this little round shaving mirror behind during one of his visits and while I tried, I never could find a space or a use for it. Now that my daughter has a wee vanity table of her own to hold her body lotion in this incredibly dry winter air, I decided to give it to her. The “mirror” that comes on this novelty “Rapunzel” vanity is basically a reflective piece of paper, so not a real mirror after all.

plain 'ol 6 inch mirror

plain ‘ol 6 inch mirror

upcycle mirror

upcycle mirror

I used multipurpose paint; glass, ceramic, International Space Station, whatever, and drew some flowers. Because that’s pretty much the only girly thing I can draw and my daughter picked the colours. Now she can apply her “rainbows, lipz and poudz” in her own room (eyeshadow rainbows, lipstick lipz, and blush poudz from the French word “poudre” for powder).

Decorate and Organize a bathroom sink

As you recall from a previous post, I bought the giant, glass, apothecary jar for $24 to hold my face scrub, comb and hair product. The toothbrush holder was $4 at Target and I put one of my face serums in one of the toothbrush holes, my toothbrush in another and my razor in the third. Then the toothpaste tube goes in the longer opening designed for it.

That left Hubby’s side. I bought 2 soap dispensers from Target, on sale, for $9 each, fairly expensive compared to the value I’m used to seeking. But I needed something blue to match the bathroom and gorgeous enough to last until we save up the money to redo the bathroom (years). He got one for his mouthwash and one for his rubbing alcohol which he uses as an aftershave. That left the comb lying around so I popped it in a $1 vase/cup that we had bought to hold flowers as centerpieces at our wedding.

There, clutter free countertop, functional storage and pretty!

decorate and organize bathroom sink

decorate and organize bathroom sink

I should mention the soap dish, ceramic and on sale from Avon. And the aqua cotton ball/Q-tip holder $7 from well.ca

Felt flower bobby pin easy diy

At my daughter’s request I keep looking for ways to get flowers in her hair. I’ve already crocheted one for her headband, now I’m moving on to bobby pins. I googled “felt flower diy” and found this website.
http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2010/10/how-to-make-felt-flowers-for-a-mixed-bouquet-tutorial.html

Here’s what I did. I cut out the wavy pattern with 7 crests and slid the bobby pin through the 4th and 5th wave. felt flower diyThen I rolled it up, using hot glue to hold it together. When done, flatted out the top, pulling the petals as needed to get it to look right.

felt flower bobby pin diy

felt flower bobby pin diy

My photo didn’t turn out all that well, so here’s the one that inspired me.felt flower

Crochet flower free pattern

I thought that if I put a pretty pink flower on my daughter’s headband she might be persuaded to wear the headband more often and keep her hair out of her face. Luckily the internet has lots of free patterns for crochet flowers. It seems that the internet believes that everyone should know how to make one. This is the one I chose.
http://mylittlecitygirl.com/2012/02/dewdrop-crocheted-flower-pin-free-pattern-for-kids-and-adult/

You’ll have to download the pattern.

crochet flower on headband

crochet flower on headband

I only made the “flower motif” part of the pattern and at Row 2 I made 4 dc, not 5, because I could only fit 4 on the ring. So here’s what I did.

DEWDROP FLOWER PIN CROCHET

© 2012 Copyright Alla Koval Designs, Inc. http://mylittlecitygirl.com/

FLOWER MOTIF

begin in yellow

• Ch 5, sl st in 5thfrom hook to form ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) 5 times in ring, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 ch-3 sps and 5 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 petals.

switch to pink

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working behind petals of Rnd 2, (sc in next sc of Rnd 1, ch 5) around, join with sl st to beg ch.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

It’s time for ballet buns

As you know, I’ve been learning lots of braided and twisted ways to style my daughter’s hair. Now it’s time to panic because ballet lessons start next week and I have less than no clue as to how to put a bun in her hair. Youtube!

My daughter watched the video with me and agreed that even I should be able to pull these off. I’ll be adding bobby pins and hair spray just in case.

Rope twist braids

When we were kids, my sister had a Pocahontas doll with a styling attachment that twisted her hair into these lovely plaits. I thought they’d be a good idea for my daughter’s hair so off to youtube.

I did not do the zig zag part thing (HA HA HA, the very thought of attempting that!) Since this was my first time doing this I made a plain one on the side of her head, and then another. Then I decided to try the “gathering up into the twist” on the other side and that wasn’t any harder to do and it makes a sort of crown around her head, taking her hair far away from her face. I heavily wet her hair before starting to keep all the hairs in one place.

two rope twist braids down the side

two rope twist braids down the side

French rope twist braid around the side of the head

French rope twist braid around the side of the head

The secret is “turn right, twist left”.

French braid forehead crown

I did this one on my daughter and she said it was beautiful.

I don’t flat iron her hair, I spray her hair with water, and I pulled the braid tight.

To give my daughter’s hair some texture, detangle, grip and hold, I use my own spray mixture of one bottle water + one good size squirt of hair conditioner. Mix well.