Cupcakes & Camping

Sweet enough to eat <3

Sweet enough to eat ❤

I have converted one of my favorite snacks into a wearable delicious dessert! Yesterday I finally finished my Cupcake Dress that I have been working on for the past week, with the sprinkles and cherry to top it all off!

The Idea:
The idea for a sweet treat dress came to me when I was on my Nevada trip (will share pics in another post). I was extremely frustrated that my Ebay package had been lost/stolen/misdelivered and all week I’d been arguing with my seller, the post office, mail carrier and the apartment complex’s office about where the heck it was and that I was losing patience because they were all rude and didn’t offer any help and no one wanted to admit they were wrong-but that’s a whole other story. I woke up  after 4 days of that drama feeling completely drained and defeated. I sat up, digging my yarn bundles out of my suit case, and grabbed a hook. My thought process: I need to relax ->I’ll crochet -> I should crochet something cute -> I’m going to crochet a dress -> I have enough pink and white yarn -> Cupcake Dress! And a week later I finished.

The Process:
I couldn’t find a simple dress pattern, so I improvised the whole thing. I started with the white top, or the frosting of the cupcake (hahaheehee). This part was easy to do by simply measuring my bust and increasing as I went on. I used a 6 mm hook, and only single crochet rows. After making sure it fit, I sewed the ends in the back. The pink skirt is done in half double crochet stitches. Initially, I started making the skirt in long rows, imagining the skirt to favor the pencil skirt shape. After hours of crocheting the rows, I realized it had become too small, and the fabric too stiff, so I had to unravel the whole thing! For my second skirt I still did htr, but joined the ends to work in a circle. And since I really liked the lines that were left from chaining and turning the htr rows, I continued to chain and turn after each round.

Cherry or Strawberry?

Cherry or Strawberry?

Finishing Touches:
Apparently I can’t crochet a cherry too well, so my cherry/strawberry/red berry thingy is shaped funny. I sewed it to a little dab of yarn whipped cream but couldn’t decide if I liked it permanently attached to the dress. So for now the back ties to the dress strap so I can decide when to sport it. The sprinkles are from tiny pink glass beads that are each individually sewn on which took a good portion of time. I had one row of double treble crochet stitches so I could weave pink ribbon around the waist. I can’t believe I had the patience to crochet an entire dress! I can’t wait to wear this out in public!

Typical bathroom mirror pic >.>

Typical bathroom mirror pic >.>

This month has been full of new experiences and fun. My trip with my parents and sister in Nevada was amazing. The scenery in Reno is beautiful, and we went to visit Lake Tahoe in CA a few times. I took tons of pictures that I’ll have to post soon. In addition to my trip, my birthday passed while I was there. I had a day of everyone calling me a 23-year-old granny while I sipped my tea and had my crochet hooks in hand all day. I’ll admit though it was kind of boring since my parents don’t celebrate birthdays and I couldn’t be with my friends. But my boyfriend made up for it, by taking me on a surprise camping  night!

camping with millieonherworld

I always wanted to go camping, but never had the opportunity to go, so I was excited when we pulled into a campsite Saturday evening! We got there a little late, so there was a little rush to put our tent together. That probably would’ve gone smoother if we actually had directions and not just a pile of poles haha! Thankfully, a few campsites down there was this nice couple who helped us put it together —they  were camping pros for 35 years and could  totally spot us newbies! I told them it was my first time camping ever and I guess the wife really wanted me to enjoy it because they came over offering kindle, lanterns, and flashlights throughout the rest of the evening. I found it so humorous and sweet at the same time, but they helped a lot! My boyfriend kept apologizing for being unprepared (he’d planned the trip in less than a day) but I was honestly just happy to be out there experiencing a taste of camping!

We have fire!

We have fire!

After we got the fire going and our hobo dinners cooked, the night was great being outside in fold out chairs around a fire pit with him. The actual sleep part was a little troublesome, there was a small storm that had winds so strong it sounded like ocean waves were going to crash over our tent! Plus we were unknowingly positions under a very tall blackberry bush, so they were falling on the tent side like little bombs all night and kept waking me up. The next day we had a delicious burger for breakfast and I got to watch my boyfriend use his bow and arrows on a 3D shoot site. He’s pretty good 😛  The camping trip was short, but I can’t wait for us to do it again, and next time I hope to go fishing by the near by lake, and hopefully the night will be clear enough to get a good look at some stars.

My summer has started off fantastic, seeing my parents in Nevada, in addition my sister, going camping, got myself a Nintendo 3DS for my favorite game that came out on my birthday, yea things are going quite pleasant. In a few weekends I might be going to Six Flags for my best friend’s birthday, I love roller coasters 🙂  And my friend who has been on hiatus the past year has been talking to me again (the one who gave Mille her nickname!) which makes me really happy to catch up with him and see how our friendship will go from here.

For now I’m home and will be catching up on crochet plans for my shop, and still playing with the possibility of selling/creating patterns. Hope everyone has been doing great, and thank you my readers! Millie on her World almost has 200 Followers, WOW! :O  You guys are awesome 🙂

❤ Thanks for following my life,

Millie

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Sweater Weather: DIY Felted Heart Elbow Patches

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Wanna revamp and old sweater you never wear? Why not add some adorable felted elbow patches to them?
YOU SHOULD! Can I say that these are so adorable and make me excited to wear this sweater that I haven’t worn since I got it about two years ago? I adore how this turned out!

But stop right there, all the credit goes the the creative Koko of Lollipops and Rainbows. In my last post she shared a link to an amazingly simple tutorial from the blog Honestly…WTF . Visit her fancy blog to see the full tutorial, for now I’m going to show you some quick pics of what I did! Sorry for the bad camera quality, that is really my only complaint about my iPod.

Supplies: Pretty colored wool, simple sweater, felting block, felting needles, iron, heart cookie cutter, tape
Time: ~30 minutes if you are easily distracted like me

1. Put on your sweater, bend your elbow and put tape so the cookie cutter covers the appropriete area

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

2. Put the foam block in the sweater sleeve. Set up your cookie cutter and fill it with layers of wool

felting sleeve 1

3. Start with the edges and keep mercilessly poking those wool fibers!

Think you're done? KEEP POKING!

Think you’re done? KEEP POKING!

4. After you are confident that the wool is secure, carefully peel it off the foam block.

done felting heart 1

Should be smoothed out like this

Inside should look like this

Inside should look somethin’ like this

5. Time to bring out the iron. Put the setting to “wool” and make sure it is full of water. Iron directly on the wool patch, ocassionally spraying and using steam.

6. Admire your new sweater!

Ta-Da!

(try not to have crooked pigtails)

There you have it, cute n’ colorful heartful flare to your sweater. I have a whole tub cookie cutters and have the urge to felt more shapes on more sweaters, a win-win situation for me! I get to indulge myself in felting and my reward are “new” outfits. Eeek I’m so excited to wear this to school tomorrow, I don’t even know why 😀

That’s all for now! I should really study for my test but I’m sleepy >.> do it in the morning.

Quick shout-out to my photographer, my awesome boyfriend

My love~!

My love~!

He actually only took the last picture of me but I’m in a giddy mood today, thought I’d share with you all my crafting mastermind who aids me in my adventures. He’s so great, and amazing, and I’m sure he’ll just love this praise I’m giving him (he follows my blog).

Enough for now, its almost midnight. Good night!

*Quiet please, Millie going to sleep*

Crocodile Love: Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Gloves (and patterns)

I took on the crocodile, and won!

Crocodile stitch? I got this in the bag, I’m an ol’ pro now! After a few days of aggravated practicing and many unraveling of failed attempts, I got the crocodile stitch down, and can do it in a hear beat. Now I have 2 pairs of fingerless gloves to flaunt through the upcoming cold months. 😀

I decided to use grey and black for the color scheme, mainly because they will go with the majority of my winter clothes and I want to be able to wear them with everything I can! As usual, I possess no ability to follow the pattern correctly, this time these gloves were created by a combination of two fingerless glove patterns.

***UPDATE: It seems that Penelope Rae has decided to sell her patterns so they are no longer free 😦 But they are pretty inexpensive, and the pattern I did was clear and had great instruction, worth the investment!***

The first is a wonderful tutorial from Penelope Rae’s crochet blog. She has a page dedicated to a few of her free patterns, raging from beanies to gloves to scarves. Check them all out! Her tutorial was used for the actual crocodile stitches. The black cuff of the gloves was from a pattern found at My Favorite Things’ blog, here.

After making the first glove, I was afraid I’d use all my grey yarn, so I switched to black for the second part.  I changed the number of crocodile rows as well, only doing 6 when there should be 7. If you’re going to use the any of these patterns with thicker yarn or yarn that isn’t wool, I’d advise increasing the number of chains needed to start off with as long as it is a multiple of 6. The required hook was US F (3.75). I used a 4.00 hook for both parts and they worked fine. I followed the  first pattern and Chained 24 to start, but by the end I could barely squeeze my hand in, and my wrists are pretty small…I had to start all over after that, so beware! The crocodile stitch is easy for me now, but they still take a long time to do. About 6 hours went into these, I had to keep stopping because my knuckles would start to ache or I’d make the tiniest mistake and had to unravel. A very long  night/early morning project, and it was so worth it! 🙂
—Changing the Mood—
So, I don’t know how many of you saw my last post with me freaking out over my parents selling the house and the big changes approaching my life. I’ll be the first to admit, I can be overdramatic, I freak out over things, I’m a bit neurotic when a lot of things are out of my control or don’t go as planned.
But that’s what life does, it likes to mess up your plans for better or for worse!
Since then, I have been looking at places to live and there is a big possibility I found an affordable room to rent, literally 2 minutes down the road. The only downside is I only have access to my room, bathroom, and laundry room. In my room I have a mini fridge, microwave, and the land lord would allow me to get a toaster oven and mini stove top. Basically I would be living in just  room, kind of like a college dorm I guess. This will be a big adjustment, but I think I can do it. Before my mom remarried, we lived in a one room studio. It’ll be close to that. Even with just a room, atleast I’d have my own personal space, close to the library, stores, and I’ll have a car to visit friends if I feel a little lonely. If I get this place I’m thinking of getting a small pet.
For now I am weighing my options, yet this place is my best option so far. I’m becoming very hopeful. And a special thank you to Kedar Joyner and Little Green Pixie  for your comments, they helped a lot *big hugs to you lovely ladies*
The next few days will be filled with fun, laughter, and hard work. I’m literally chasing down jobs, get to see my old friend again, seeing my little nephew who I haven’t seen since his birthday, and working with my dad for some extra cash in my pockets. Within this time, I have to make my going away present for my parents. Hope everyone had a good Halloween, and may you have a good weekend! ❤

The Day I Chalked my Hair

Today’s Project: Hair Chalking
Requirements: Hair, Water, Chalk (I used sidewalk chalk, although soft-pastel chalk is recommended), Blow Dryer, Hair Spray, possibly water and if you have really curly hair, some no-frizz-hold-curl Hair Gel.
Results: Colored curls, a dream come true, and a freaked out mother

I’ll be the first to admit that as a 22 year old woman, I hardly have any desire to follow the latest trends in terms of fashion and style. Very rarely will I see commercials on TV and go “OMG-I-MUST-HAVE-THAT-NEW-EYE-LINER-DRESS-SHOES” unlike the rest of the normal women in my family. But every once in a while, something will peak my interest.

Today, it was the trend of chalking your hair. Cruising through blogs again (I swear that’s not all I do) I came across Pink & Black Magazine’s tutorial about this colorful project that’s been passed from Lauren Conrad to other popular stars. With my fingers a little sore from creating new crochet patterns all night (will post results later) I wanted a new project to tackle. How perfect was this one!

Since I was 13 I always wanted color in my hair– you know, the blue highlights, purple streaks, or pink bangs. My mother, a woman who strictly believes hair should only be natural tones wasn’t going to let my fantasy’s come true. I thought today I could see what it would be like to not be stuck with normal dark brown hair.

I was shocked that this actually worked! I was partially convinced my hair was too dark, like other home-made/generic techniques I used in the past to add color to my hair. Feeling giddy I had new hues to my curls, I showed my mom. Didn’t expect her to freak out as much as she did, but basically she says I’m not allowed out of the house -_- sheesh, in my household, 22 still has its restrictions. (Besides, I don’t plan on leaving this in my hair for too long).

A Quick Tip: If your hair is blonde, you don’t need to use water, you can just start chalking your hair and see vibrant results. If your hair is darker or almost black like mine, you’ll need to use a decent amount of water. What I found easiest was to add a small amount of water only to the ends of my hair that I wanted the color to show — do NOT wet all you hair. As you are chalking keep adding a little more water until the color shows strong and stays.

In other news, since I’m temporarily out of beige yarn (*screams at sky* Nooooo!) I’m creating other patterns and merchandise I can sell, since I officially plan on opening an Etsy shop before the end of this month. My goal is to have 5 dolls, with 5 more planned out before I start. I’m going to act like a spiteful little kid and flaunt my pink/blue/green hair around the house before I start working on more patterns. If you’re looking for something easy, fun, and colorful to do, try this out with your hair 🙂

Oh this is the first time you see the Millie of Millie on her World in person, so hi everyone and have a lovely day!