DIY gymnastic ribbon

To encourage dance, play and general running around and burning energy amongst my children, I hole punched 2 holes on opposite sides of a cardboard tube, threaded a ribbon through it and tied a big knot to hold it in place. My daughter choreographed a gymnastic ribbon routine on the spot.

diy gymnastic ribbon

diy gymnastic ribbon

diy sprinkler

The weather is warming up, every so f-cking slowly, and we’ve entered the “water play sometimes” phase of the seasons. I wanted a fun sprinkler for the kids to play with but not something so huge that they’d get soaked. Heck, they’re going to get soaked no matter what I try so who cares?.

I finished my B Vitamins supplements so I drilled a bunch of holes in the empty pill bottle. I fastened it to the hose with duct tape, which is actually what it’s for. I amused the kids by telling them to watch it, once they’d turned the water on it would turn into a “pisseuse” (a pisser). It’s the proper Montreal term for it so they might as well learn.

pill bottle sprinkler spray

pill bottle sprinkler spray

That’s my son enjoying the spray from my diy sprinkler.

pill bottle sprinkler

pill bottle sprinkler

Crochet Pokemon Superball free pattern and crochet pokeball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

Poke Super Ball is approx 3 inches square.

Made with 7/0 crochet hook

White ball half:
Ch 2
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (there will be no sl stitches)
2 sc in ea sc around (12 sts)
*1 sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sts)

Sl st in next st and insert row marker.
sc in back of ea sc around. Sl st.
sc in ea sc around for 2 rows. Sl st in last 3 sts. Fasten off.

Blue ball half:
same as for white until last row. No sl st in last 3 sts, attach to white ball at row marker with 6 sc. Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Black Band:
Note:
I did this by knitting it but you can do it as a crochet chain that you sc for 2 rows then fasten off.

Using 3.25mm needles CO 42 sts. K 2 rows. Cast off. Pull tight when sewing to top white row of white ball half. It will not reach all the way around so make sure to leave the open spot in the front center where you will add the white and black button.

Front button circle:
Begin in white
Ch 2
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
2 sc in ea sc around (12 sts)
switch to black yarn
*1 sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sts). Fasten off.

Sew to front of Pokeball.

Superball red “ears”:
These are knit on 3.25mm needles
Make 2
CO 13 sts, K 1 row, cast off
Sew to blue half of PokeSuperBall with cast off edge to the outside (not really important if you mess this up) on both sides of ball.

Regular Pokeball:
Make white part the same
Make blue part red
Black band and circle parts are the same
No red “ears”

Easy paper fish

You will need:

2 different sized circle hole punches
scraps of paper

Punch 2 circles with the largest circle punch. Take a “bite” out of the top circle with the smaller hole punch.

To make the fins and tail punch 3 of the smaller circles. Fold them in half and cut out a heart shape. Glue to the large circle that will go in the back, then glue the circle with the bite on top.

Voilà, fish.

2 circle hole punch sizes

2 circle hole punch sizes

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

fins and tail, make 3

fins and tail, make 3

easy paper fish

easy paper fish

Lego Squirtle, Pikachu, Ivysaur and Marill free instructions

We here have reached the Pokemon psycho-motor stage of our children’s development. That means I have hundreds of new names to learn. Since Lego also remains a staple of the toy diet, I put the two together so that my kids would think I had magical powers of awesome.

Lego Pikachu

Lego Pikachu

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill

Lego Marill

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander, back

Lego Charmander, back

The nice thing about these Lego creatures is that they are open to vast interpretation. I made the Marill mouse thing once I’d run out of everything else and all I had were the bigger, block-y pieces. Good luck.

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.

Lego jewellery tree

My son has reached the Lego stage of his development so I’ve been pulling out all my sets from when I was a kid. This required massive organization into Ziploc baggies, but that’s another story. This particular set is a wizard’s house and it was one of my favourite as a kid. As an adult I should probably have some reason for a fully formed Lego set to be displayed on my dresser so I hung some costume jewellery on it that was cluttering up the dresser waiting for me to crochet some nice little basket for them.Lego ring holderOrganizing- it’s all about using what you’ve got.

Doll hooded scarf free pattern

In the interest of personal safety I have been explaining to my kids that the wearing of flimsy gloves below 10 C will result in frostbite and death. My son took this mostly to heart and won’t take his bonhomme bleu to school unless he’s wearing a scarf so he won’t freeze to death. He’s been using one of his own scarves so I decided to knit something bonhomme sized.

Naturally there were no patterns on the internet so I made one up. You can use it as long as you follow my copyright rules in the sidebar.

a warm bonhomme bleu

a warm bonhomme bleu

folded in half

folded in half


The doll, which I knit some time ago from a Jean Greenhowe pattern, is about 12 in tall. For the hooded scarf, which is a hat attached to a scarf, I used 4 mm needles.

Cast on 60 sts
Row 1: (K3, P3) rep to end
Row 2: K
These 2 rows form the pattern for the scarf portion.
Row 3: (K3, P3) for 21 sts. Cast off next 4 sts K wise. K1, resume (K3, P3) pattern
Row 4: K33, inc K wise in next 2 sts, yo, inc K wise in next st, K to end
This keyhole is to thread the other tail of the scarf through.
Rows 5-7: pattern
Row 8: Cast off 25 sts K wise, K to end
Row 9: Cast off 25 sts K wise, inc K wise in next 8 sts, K 1

Begin hood
Switch to garter stitch.
Sl first st of every row, inc K wise in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc K wise in 2nd to last sts, K last st. Do this for every row until you have 48 sts (or less if your doll is smaller).
Garter st for an inch then switch to st st until you reach the top of the doll’s head.

Decrease top of hood
Sl 1, K2. *K7, K2 tog* rep ** to end
Sl 1 P wise, P rest of row
Sl 1, K2. *K6, K2 tog* rep ** to end
Sl 1 P wise, P rest of row
Sl 1, K 2. *K5, K2 tog* rep ** to end
St st 3 rows.
Cast of K wise
Fold hood in half and sew together with WRONG sides facing (it just looks prettier)

Sturdy, homemade memory game for young kids

1. Collect 20 or so milk bottle caps in the same colour (red for me).
2. Buy two sheets of identical stickers (a gift in our case).
3. Stick pairs of stickers on the caps.
4. Cover stickers with Modge Podge or a homemade facsimile of 2 tsp white glue and 7-10 drops of water.

I stored the whole thing in an empty jam jar.

they're flower stickers in case you can't tell

they’re flower stickers in case you can’t tell

flip em over, flip em back

flip em over, flip em back

diy reuse milk jug lids to make a memory game for kids

diy reuse milk jug lids to make a memory game for kids

Lego Digital Designer

Due to the “hundred millions of Lego” that we have here, Hubby and I discovered http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/ which is an online way to design and build your own Lego creations. Or you can browse the gallery archive for patterns, such as Thomas the Train.

http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/gallery/archive

Type “Thomas” in creation name and select your model to download. I made the 5th one from the left, top row, first page.

My guess would be that I had 50% of the pieces that the pattern called for and totally improvised the rest by running up the stairs to my son’s room then down to the basement to the playroom. It took a few days to make Thomas this way but it was totally worth it for all the joy Thomas brings my son. He had to make a few adjustments to Thomas, for instance, putting windows on the cab so the driver could see out, making the funnel all one piece and adding a lantern so Thomas could see.

My son let me draw on his Lego piece (cardinal sin otherwise) because I showed him that rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker.

My son let me draw on his Lego piece (cardinal sin otherwise) because I showed him that rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker.

Lego Thomas

thomas front

Didn't have enough square single pieces so used round ones.  Artfully.

Didn’t have enough square single pieces so used round ones. Artfully.

I had no train wheels or train sets to draw on so Thomas' carriage is totally improvised.  The front buffer is a "holey" blue piece with a flat single piece pressed into the holes to hold the buffer button pieces.

I had no train wheels or train sets to draw on so Thomas’ carriage is totally improvised. The front buffer is a “holey” blue piece with a flat single piece pressed into the holes to hold the buffer button pieces.

Today I’m making a princess castle for my daughter, as per her request. She’s already made a giant, poufy dress out of Lego for her princess.