Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A hat for Minnie

Yesterday I picked up my hooks and yarn again to make another hat. This one is for my Neice. My father gives nick-names to all his grand kids and my niece has been dubbed "Minnie" since the day she was born.

We have been extremely blessed to have received all of her clothes that she out grows and I am so appreciative!! It eliminates a huge expense to not have to buy clothing for a fast growing baby and toddler! 

As a way to say thank you I decided to make her a Minnie Mouse hat. I adapted this pattern to fit a child.

Im sure she will look adorable in it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Hair Accessory Holder

If you have little girls like me, you are probably familiar with the piles of hair clips and head bands that accumulate all around your house! How about giving those hair accessories a place to call home? 

I made this hair accessory holder for free with things I had in my craft supplies.

What you need:
• Piece of cardboard (Mine is 17"x14.5")
• Scrap fabric big enough to cover the cardboard
• Scrap ribbons
• 4 hooks or paper clips
• Hot glue gun

Cut your cardboard to the size you want. (Keep in mind where you want to hang it.)
 Iron out fabric to eliminate wrinkles. Wrap your fabric around the cardboard. Glue it to the back with the hot glue gun, working on opposite sides to keep the fabric stretched evenly. Fold corners as if wrapping a present and glue down.


Place ribbons on top of fabric covered cardboard to find desired arrangement. (You can iron your ribbons if you'd like them to look smooth. (I didn't bother ironing mine since I figured the hair clips would put creases in them anyways.)

Wrap ends of ribbon to the back of the board and glue down. Do not pull ribbons too tight, you will want a bit of space to pull the ribbon up when you put the hair clips on and off.

Use a spare ribbon or a long piece of yarn to hang the board on the wall. Glue ends of yarn (or ribbon) at the back top corners.

If you want to hang head bands on your board you can attach small hooks on the bottom of your board. I did not have any hooks nor did I want to run to the store so I used paper clips and bent them into hooks and added a shape on the ends.

Poke holes through the fabric and cardboard. Thread paper clip ends through. Bend paper clip at the back to run flat against the board and glue down.

Attach hair clips, hang the board and continue to attach hair clips as you find them randomly laying around the house! ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Angel Wings Photo Prop

Hello again! Here's another post about a friend who recently had a baby. Actually she had two... Twins!  (All my friends seem to be pregnant or just recently had babies)

I was looking for something to make that would be cute for twins for baby pictures. I happened to stumble upon this darling angel wings pattern and decided I'd give it a try. Here's the results:


The babies are identical twin girls, but I decided to make the wings different colors to give them some individuality.

If you want to make these wings too, you can find the pattern here. You will need some experience reading crochet patterns and know your basic crochet stitches. 

Happy stitching! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Makeover!

If you stopped by the blog and thought you made a mistake and typed the wrong URL, don't worry!! No mistake made, this is the fresh face of "Addicted To Turquoise". I just wasn't totally loving the look of the blog, so decided I would change things up a bit. I'm not completely settled on this either, there is just something missing, but for now it will do. I'm liking the simplistic and clean look of plane old white. :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pumpkin hat

A couple of my closest friends are pregnant and due around the same time! Must have been something in the water.  ;)

I got a request for a pumpkin hat for newborn pictures. The baby should be here sometime in October. A pumpkin hat will be a perfect fall photo prop.

This hat was quick to work up and turned out fantastic.

The pattern for this hat can be found here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Swedish meatballs

Want a quick and simple recipe for a delishious sauce for meatballs? Try this one out. It's perfect to pour over mashed potatoes as a gravy too!

1 cup beef stock
1 cup heavy cream (milk works just fine)
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried rosemary

Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium sized pot. Cook and stir over low-medium heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Poor over your favourite meatballs and mashed potatoes.

For this recipe I use a half of a beef stock cube dissolved in a cup of water. I don't like opening a box of beef stock if I don't have a use for the leftovers. I also use 1% milk because that's what I always have on hand.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Upholstery project!

My friend is expecting her 2nd baby, and wanted to redo the rocker chair she has in her nursery. It was an old brown rocker with orange cushions. I volunteered to help her out and primed the chair for her and took on the task of recovering the cushions. I have never tried upholstery before but was excited to give it a shot. She picked out a lovely light grey fabric with polka dots on it.
I didn't get a before picture but thought to snap a shot of the cushions after I already ripped out the stitches. 

 It gives you an idea of the color at least.

I washed the fabric, ironed out the wrinkles, used the old material as a pattern to trace on the new fabric and started cutting!

Once the fabric was pinned I started sewing and it took no time at all to finish!
My friend did not want to replace the buttons on the cushions and with this being my first upholstery job, I didn't think to compensate for the extra room this would make in the stretch of the fabric. So the top cushion ended up being a bit looser than I would have liked, but for my first attempt, I'm happy with how it turned out. Most importantly, my friend loves it, so I'm glad she is happy with the results!

 This is the finished chair.