Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Butterfly Knit Dress from Laxsupermom @ Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls & Sticks!

Hi, Everyone!  I'm laxsupermom from Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks.  I'm a wife to a hunky Computer Genius and mom to 2 active boys.  I love crafting, decorating, and baking and have been coming here for ideas and inspiration.  I've been an active reader of Fireflies & Jellybeans since long before having a blog of my own and was glad to answer the call to guest post. 

I was so excited for Fawnda when she made her upcoming baby announcement that I knew right away that I wanted to make something for her new little girl.  The question was what.  With 2 boys at home, I'd finally have an opportunity to go all pink & frilly so tons of ideas were swimming around in my head.  Then Fawnda posted this gorgeous piece of glitter art that she created here for her new nursery.

I found my inspiration.  I knew right away that I would be knitting a frilly, butterfly embellished dress for her new baby girl.  I've been knitting for a few years (learned from a book) and tend to knit the way I do everything - off the cuff improv.  I did write down each increase, etc. to share with all of you.  But big Disclaimer:  I am not a professional pattern maker, so these instructions are for the dress I made which is in a 9-12month size, but I don't have numbers for making this in any other size.

I didn't have a real life baby to model the dress, so I threw it on a life-sized doll.  This dress would also look great over a long sleeved onesie and some tights.

Grabbing the colors from the Butterfly Glitter Art, I picked a skein of multi colored yarn from my craft room and a coordinating solid in "bluebell."
I started by casting on 66 stitches on size 6 circular needles.  When I cast on, I grab the tail and use that with the working yarn to weave the tail in as I go.  This saves me from having to weave it in at the end.
I placed a stitch marker then joined the work in a round and began working in K1, P1 rib.
Knit 1x1 rib for 10 rounds. Next round knit.  Next round *knit1, yo* to the end of the round. You should have 132 stitches.  Knit 6 more rounds.

Watch out for your cat.  She will be stalking your work.
Switch to the contrasting color and Knit 1 round, then Purl the next round for 6 rounds total.

Next round:  Knit 18 stitches, bind off 30 stitches, Knit 36 stitches, bind off 30 stitches, Knit 18 stitches.  The bound off stitches will form the cap sleeves and the start/end seam will be in the back of the dress.

Next round:  Purl 18 stitches, cast on 3 stitches, Purl 36 stitches, cast on 3 stitches, Purl 18 stitches. Knit 1 round.  Switch to Main color.  Knit 14 rounds.  Place 7 stitch markers spaced evenly around the work. Knit next round increasing 1 stitch on either side of each marker.
Knit 9 rounds.  Next row: Knit row increasing on either side of marker.  Knit 9 rounds.  Next row: Knit row increasing on either side of marker.  Knit 9 rounds.  Switch to contrasting color.  I wanted a super girly, frilly hemline so lots of increasing.  Knit one round.  Next 2 rounds: K1, P1 rib.  Next round *K1, Pbaf(back & front)*,  Next 2 rounds:  *K1, P2*.  Next round: *K1, Pbaf, P1* Next 3 rounds *K1, P3*.  Bind off in pattern.  Weave in ends.

I made the butterfly embellishment with detailed instructions here and left the tails extra long to sew it onto the dress and create the trailing loop-de-loop.

There happened to be just enough yarn left to create a coordinating hat.

For this beret, I cast on 84 stitches, placed a stitch marker and joined it in the round.  I knit 7 rounds in K1P1 rib.  Next Round *K1, inc1, K1, inc1, K2, inc1*.  Next Round Knit.  Next round: *K3, yo, K2tog, K2*  Next 10 rounds Knit.

Crown Shaping:  *1st round: K14, K2tog*  Next round knit.  Next round: K13, K2tog.  Next round knit.  Next round K12, K2tog.  Next round knit.  Switch to double point needles when there are too few stitches for the circular needles.  Continue on like this until after the K2, K2tog round.  K1, *K2tog*.  Thread tail yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight, and fasten securely.

On Double Point needles with contrasting color, make a 29 inch long I-cord.  Weave the I-cord through the eyelets in the beret and stitch in the shape of a bow.

The beret ended up a bit bigger than I had planned more of a 2yr old size, still cute though.  I hope I've encouraged you all to give knitting a try and if you're already knitting - to give some straight out improv a try. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

We wish you a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We made it home from our trip to Korea safe and sound! We are blessed with our baby girl and it feels good to have my family together! Big Brother is doing great and loves his little sister.  We are all happy, and VERY tired! 

I hope that you also have many blessing this Christmas!   

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Nooly Giveaway Winner

My Nooly, Soft furnishings for babies, is giving away a $25 gift credit to one lucky winner!
And the Winner Is:
SZUBIA!  Congratulations!  Contact My Nooly to redeem your prize.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pom Pom Flower from Amy @ Ameroonie Designs!

Hi there Fireflies and Jellybeans readers! It's nice to be here today. When Fawnda announced the news about their new addition to the family, I was so excited! And I'm glad to help out in a very small way by helping fill her schedule while she spends time with her family!

To introduce myself, my name is Amy and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs (aim-er-oo-knee). My grandmother used to call me Ameroonie Bamboonie while I was growing up and I decided when naming my blog, to use something that was special to me.
I have four children and I love crafting. I mean I LOVE crafting! From knock-offs to my own original designs, creating things is what brings me joy and happiness in my spare time. So, here is a tutorial that you can whip up in your own spare time- and since it's pretty simple, even if you don't have much time you can create something spectacular!

Pom Pom Flower Tutorial

Even though this tutorial uses Christmas colors, you could simply change the colors of your felt and you'll get totally different results! I have used these flowers on tote bags as well as ornaments. Let your imagination and creativity run wild with them!
The first thing you will need to do is cut your strip of felt. I cut mine 4" X 32" for a solid colored flower. (cut two strips 4" X 16" if you're doing a two tone flower).
Fold the strip in half and cut slits down the folded edge. They should be between 1/4" and 1/2" apart, and try to end the cut approx. 1/2" from the edge (so the strip doesn't tear).

(repeat with the second color- if you choose) The finished strips should look like these.

Line up all the straight, uncut edges (if you're doing one color- there are 2, if you're doing 2 colors, there will be 4) and begin rolling at one end. Take your hot glue gun and dab some glue as you roll up the flower. I glued the layers together in some places, in others I just glued the bottom layer. Continue up the entire length of the cut strip, keeping the edges even as much as possible.
If you're making a flower, you're done, I just cut a circle of felt to cover the bottom and put a generous layer of glue on the bottom. If you're making an ornament, you will need to make a second "flower". Then, take a ribbon and glue the ends to one half. Put a bunch of glue and press the two halves together. Fluff the "petals" and you're finished.

This is a side view, you can't even see where the two pieces are! These would be fun in a garland, or hanging from a light fixture. You could add some embellishments- like holly sprays, or beads or even bells and hang them from a door knob. Run with them and have fun!
Thanks for letting me come over and spend some time with you today!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Who Reigned Supreme at the Iron Crafter 7: Clothespins?

Our winner is:
Cassidy's T-Shirt Butterfly Mobile at Thrillingly Thrifty

And Second place went to:
Clarissa's Burlap Stocking Advent Calendar at A Little Stone House
Congratulations Ladies!
Have a very Merry Christmas,
and see you next year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The BEST Christmas gift! And Show Off Your Stuff Party # 56

I am SO excited! We got our travel call to go and pick up our daughter from Korea! We have been hoping and praying that her visa paper work would get approved in time to bring her home for Christmas and it has! We will get to celebrate as a complete family! This is literally THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!!!

So, after this week I am going to take a couple weeks off of The SOYS party. We are going to spend time with our son and daughter bonding and having fun as a family! But come back after the new year! I also have some GREAT guest bloggers that are going to be sharing some AWESOME projects with you!

And now on to the Party!
This week I am showing off my Vintage Photo Gift Tags

We also have a giveaway from My Nooly too!

Now it is your turn!
Here are the rules:
1. Link up a post that you want to show off!
Don't know where to put it... just pick on and go with it! : )

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell. (If you are making it as a tutorial and selling in your shop as well that is fine.) This is not the place to advertise. Thanks :) Please don't make me be a meanie and delete these!

4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!

5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Fireflies and Jellybean. (Proper credit and links will be given to you, of course!)

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Giveaway! My Nooly

***This Giveaway is Closed!***

I am so excited to have a giveaway from My Nooly, Soft furnishings for babies!  Yeal has some ADORABLE things for your kids:

What little girl would love one of these?! 

I LOVE these butterfly hair clips!  

My Nooly, is giving away a $25 gift credit to her shop to one lucky winner! 

She is also offering FREE shipping to F&J readers.  Just mention our blog in your comments to seller!

Here is how you can enter:
1. Visit My Nooly, and come back to tell your favorite item
2. F&J followers get an extra entry!
3. Become a Facebook Friend of My Nooly on FB
4. Visit My Nooly's blog and Follow!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday Dec 21st at Midnight.  Open to EVERYONE! 


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vintage Photo Gift Tags from a Paper Bag!

Remember my glitter clothespin tag holders from last week? 
Here is a cute photo tag that you can make for FREE!! 
Vintage photo tags made from a paper bag.  Yep!  I printed these tags off on to a paper bag that I had.  Cute and recycled!

You can make you own too!  I am going to show you how I made these by using Picnik.  Picnik is an online photo editing site.  It helps make your photos look like professionals!  If you have not used Picnik it is really easy! 

1. Open picnik and upload your picture.  Open your picture to start editing it. 
{feel free to play around with it a bit if it is your first time on the site.  There is an "UNDO" button that you can use to get back to your orignal picture.}.
Under the EDIT tab you want to select the COLOR button.  Once you have selected the COLOR button pull the SATURATION bar all the way to the left to make your photo black and white.  Press OK.

2.  Now press the EXPOSURE button.  Pull the CONTRAST bar to the right.  You can decide how far you want to go, depending on your picture. Press OK.
  I pulled mine pretty far over but not all the way to the end.

 3. Now we are going to work under the CREATE tab.
First we want to add a border.  Go to frames... and there is a boarder option about 2/3rd down the page.  You have some decisions to make about your boarder.  Play around with it and decide what you like. 
 I  made the outside boarder WHITE (that way you can write on it) and the inside boarder Black.  I also made the caption height as big as it would go to give room for the text. 

Next we are going to add the text.  Press on the TEXT button. You can choose your font and the color.
  I just wrote TO: and FROM:

4. Now you are going to save it back to your computer.  Go to the SAVE AND SHARE tab. Decide what you want to name your file and save it to your computer.  Make sure to remember where you save it to so you can find it later.   

5. Open your picture in a word doc.  Click on INSERT - down to PICTURE - to FROM FILE.  Now find your picture that you just saved and open that.

6. Crop your picture to the size you want.  Then cut and paste to fill the page. 

7. Cut up your paper bag into 8.5X11 rectangles.  Use a piece of paper as a template.   

8. Put the paper bag paper into your printer and print your tags on to it.  

10. Cut them out and put them on your gifts!  

Totally CUTE, totally GREEN and totally FREE! 
Linking to:
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