Bears and Bees

Back in May, I was looking online for some fun sensory activities to do with Bear, when I came across a mess-free painting idea. This was perfect for me, as I loathe mess, and Bear is teething hardcore, so she puts everything in her mouth. The paint is non-toxic, but still…

So the process is as follows:
You take a canvas and drop dots of different coloured paint randomly across it. You then cover the face of the canvas with plastic wrap, and let baby go to town slapping, smearing, poking, pulling, and kicking. The result, when I removed the plastic wrap, was gorgeous!

 

My husband suggested posting the paintings online to see if anyone would be interested in buying them, so I decided, why not?  Any proceeds go directly into an account for her future education.

Her Etsy store can be found here, and I decided to name it Bears and Bees. Don’t ask why… I was thinking about Bear, and for whatever reason, “Bees” was the first thing that popped into my mind, so I went with it.

 

There are also companion Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow if you’re so inclined.

 

Here is the finished product:

She looks so proud of herself 🙂

What do you guys think?

It’s Been Awhile…

So here I am – back after a serious hiatus. This was originally intended to be a catch-all, anything goes blog, but my husband and I conceived our daughter shortly after my last post, and my world is a whole new place now.

I’m still going to post about totally random things, but you’ll find that there will now be an equal number of parenting and baby-related posts. Because that’s what I do now.

I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 9-month-old baby girl, and I work part time in the evenings at a restaurant as a server to help bring in more money. It’s also nice to have adult conversations and interact with people outside of my family. While in no way is it a glamourous job (in some ways it’s fairly degrading, actually), it is the perfect job for my availability – evenings and some weekends, without having to work too late at night so that I can still breastfeed my daughter.

I am also still running DalyRidgeDesigns on Etsy, which I started after making those Christmas scarves – though now my main focus is on Morse Code jewellery. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested, and give the Facebook page a Like to receive 25% off your purchase. (Okay that’s enough selling!)

I’m still crocheting too – in fact, this past year’s family Christmas gifts were all hats! I don’t have pictures of the gifted hats, however I DO have pictures of little trial hats I made for my daughter. Okay, I guess they were really for my husband, since they’re all Star Wars themed.

I’d like to note that I will not be using my daughter’s name here – instead, she will be referred to as “Bear” or “Tiny Bear”, as that’s a nickname we’ve used since Day One.

My next post will be about Bear’s small business – yes, you read that right. We did a fun painting project and decided to offer her work for sale on Etsy as a tiny way to help save for her education. Stay tuned…

 

The Twelve Scarves of Christmas

So I decided everyone’s Christmas gifts this year would be handmade. It’s better that way anyway, right?

So crochet scarves it was.

The title is misleading, as there were actually 14, but that doesn’t sound as good. Sorry for lying. I also missed taking pictures of two of them. I’m on a roll today.

Anyway, here is the result.

 

 

I’ve decided to start selling on Etsy, so you can purchase any of these scarves at the DalyRidgeDesigns shop 🙂

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

So for my first post, I’d like to share a homemade birthday gift I just finished for my brother-in-law:

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar Strap

Yep, the’s right. I’m pretty proud of myself, for two main reasons.
1. This was my first attempt at following a crochet pattern, even though it’s relatively simple.
2. This was also my first attempt at making a guitar strap.

So here’s the finished product. Thank you to my husband for modelling.

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I know, it’s not perfect, but I still feel pretty good about it.

 

I also cannot take credit for the pattern. The adaptation I made came from a custom TMNT scarf, by Inspiration Station.
I’m going to be making those scarves too, they’re pretty badass.

Here’s the pattern for the turtle heads:

TMNT Pattern 1

TMNT Instructions 1TMNT Instructions 2TMNT Instructions 3

I joined the heads with black yarn, mainly because I didn’t have, and couldn’t quickly obtain, the turtle shell colour, as in the IS pattern.

I then attached the heads to a strip of leather, and crocheted a black yarn strip the length and width of the leather to make a soft underside and hide the knots from attaching the heads. I stitched the black backer on and hid those knots under the turtle heads.

I then cut out Splinter’s head from a brown swatch of leather and stitched that onto the “adjustment” piece of the strap. I added eyes, a nose, whiskers, and the red collar of his Karate Gi with yarn. Two white stitches to hold the mouth in place acted nicely as rat teeth.

 

I used an E4/3.50mm hook for the heads and a G/6-4.25mm hook for the black backer.

I used a drill and scissors to make the peg holes (where the strap attaches to the guitar) and the strap adjustment slots.

 

Hope he likes it!

I’ll answer any questions in the comments below.