Not so bad Living with a Critic

Green vs Red

Good morning everyone!

Since my body likes depriving me of sleep, thought it was the perfect time to post. Took longer than I thought, but here are my baby dragons.

The final pattern will be based off the green dragon, after an encounter with my “dear” husband: Here I was sitting at my dinner table turned craft table finishing up on the red dragon. Filled with glee, I dash over to Chris who was enthralled in TV.

“Ta-da, I’m done,” I presented my creation with a beaming smile.

“… What is it?” He asked confused.

“The baby dragon I’ve been working on! What does it look like?”

“Oh, I thought it was a demon, or looks like an evil pug with wings.” He started laughing while simultaneously apologizing (doesn’t really seem sincere!). I slumped away, for since that moment no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t un-see my red dragon as an evil pig.

Thankfully, he was right and a few easy adjustments to the snout and horns gave me a much more recognizable baby dragon. After a few more pictures his pdf pattern will be done, and I already know what theme the dragons will have 😆

The bunny picnic set is also 90% complete, I have to say these pattern sets are super fun to make! Not sure what animal comes after dragons… mice? Hedgehogs? Foxes? Who knows.

Everyone have a good day, and for my US readers, have a safe 4th of July weekend!

– ❤ Millie

I Tawt’ I Taw a Puddy-Tat!: Kitty Hair Clip Pattern

sora and kitty clip

Sora is not pleased with this new companion

Good Morning everyone!
Thought I’d start the day off with a blog post to share with everyone: this cute kitty clip. Last week when I was wondering through Pinterest, I saw a picture of this clip in someone’s hair, and I was devastated when the picture didn’t lead me to the original source. After all my hunting, I was giddy to be led to Krawka’s wonderful blog. The kitty clip was so adorable, how could I not make one for myself?

The pattern is super simple, and doesn’t take long to make at all!
Supplies needed: 3.00 mm Hook, size 4 yarn, simple hair clip, embroidery thread, yarn needle, fiberfill, scissors.

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Rnd 1: Mr 9
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (18)
Rnd 3: Sc 7, 2sc in next st (22)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 22
Rnd 6: *Sc 4, 2tog, sc 3, 2tog* repeat (18)
Rnd 7-8: Sc 18
Rnd 9: 2tog around (9). Stuff after this round. If embroidering the eyes, add them now, a long with the whiskers.
Rnd 10: 2tog, 2tog, then *skip 1, sc* repeat

Body: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (12)
Rnd 3: Sc 3, 3sc in next St (18)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 18
Rnd 6: Sc 4, 2tog (15)
Rnd 7: Sc 3, 2tog (12)
Rnd 8-13: Sc 12. Stuff and sew opening closed.

Arms/Legs (x4):
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: Sc 6
Rnd 3: Sc, 2tog (4)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 3. I sewed little paw lines on 2 for the front paws.

Tail: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 4
Rnd 2-7: Sc 4

Ears (x2):
Row 1: Chain 5
Row 2: Turn, Sc 4 (4)
Row 3: Turn, Sc 2, 2tog (3)
Row 4: Turn, 2tog, slp st. I left a long tail and sewed around the ears for a smoother finish.

kitty clip millie on her world krawka cute

(mine’s a little flat because I didn’t stuff it for whatever reason….)

Assemble the pieces together to make your kitty come to life. FInal step, adding the clip to the back. I used hot glue then reinforced it with embroidery thread.

kitty hair clip kawaii diy amigurumi cat pattern
That’s about it! I tried so hard to get a good picture of me wearing it…but sometimes selfies aren’t the best answer, hahaharrr.

If you have spare time, pop by Krawka’s blog to see more of her amazing work, here are a few of my personal favorites:

kwarka creations
Finger puppet Super Heros
, Hooded Bear Cowl, and Baymax patterns are all offered for free! She even has super villains to go with her super heros, they are all too adorable! Sometimes I wish I had a kid so I had more of an excuse to make stuff like that >.> Or I could just get a head start now hahaha 😀

Last but not least, I want to share River of Strike a Spark’s little bear from my pattern, how kawaii is this?!

Cream Tiny Tot Bear

Cream the Tiny Tot Bear

Everyone have a great Tuesday!
– ❤ Millie

Bears, Bakeries, and Kittens

Blue Bear's Bakery is Open!

Blue Bear’s Bakery is Open!

For once I followed through and finished a project, woohoo! I completed a full pattern set for my little Blue Bear and his little baked goods. I’m so happy how he turned out ^_^

bakery crochet set amigurumi bear

I’m still on a roll with this pattern making kick – today I’m working a picnic set for more of my minis, that is when I can find time to work on them. We’ve had a new member added to our little family:

My crochet partner

My crochet partner

This is our baby kitty, Sora! We adopted him this past Saturday. He’s so tiny, only two pounds and just turned two months. He keeps me company and gives me plenty of entertainment with his bursts of energy, I could easily run around playing for an hour or so. Of course when I do try to crochet, he’s right next to me attacking my hands and hooks. He’s such a joy to have, so glad we could give him a home. After a little while, we will be searching for a perfect rescue dog to complete our family 🙂

Also before I go, big shout out to the lovely Jane of Rainbow Junkie, she did a phenomenal job of testing and critiquing my amigurumi bear pattern, and she set me the adorable results:

little bearCouldn’t have created a better pattern without your help 🙂 I’m waiting to hear back from another tester and I’d like to share her results as well. I’ve now got the patterns for the bears, baker set, and bunnies in my Etsy shop. Each pattern also comes with a special coupon code.

I’ve become quite a hermit lately here in South Carolina. I find myself ready to find a job yet a tad more paranoid of venturing out the house. I don’t like the super busy four lane roads, the area is void of any open space, nothing in our area is unique or leisure. I really miss the suburban feel that I’ve always been around. But, I don’t allow myself to dote on this too much for my husband’s sake. This is the life we have and I decided to be a Navy wife, but this week has been my mope week lol. Next week it’s “buckle down and be a big 25 year old” week! I’ll find the silver lining and keep searching for my gem and job in this urban jungle.

Anywho, it’s time to get crocheting while the little kitten is asleep, have a great day everyone!
❤ Millie

And then there were BUNNIES.

Teeny Tiny Bunny

Teeny Tiny Bunny

Naturally, you make a bear you make a bunny, and then afterwards you start on your tiny baby dragons! Huh, that’s not the order? Oh well…how else does one spend their 25th birthday? With a crochet hook in hand of course!

Three  bears down, three bunnies down, and I have started on a trio of dragons to join the group. Not to mention I’m making patterns for their individual habitats. ^^ This pattern is proving to be super fun at the moment~

Had one tester for the little bear pattern, still would like two more and more names suggestions, although there are a few I find adorable. Thanks to all who participate, have a good evening everyone!

In Need of Pattern Testers!

Three baby bears

                                                                      Three baby bears

Hello fellow bloggers!

As usual, life keeps me busy. For the last three weeks I’ve been getting cozy in my new South Carolina home 🙂 For sure has been an adjustment, moving out of state for the first time, with only my husband, but I am loving it ❤

So lately I’m making our house a real home, and continue to pour all my efforts into my Etsy shop. Which leads me to this post~ I’ve made a new pattern, and would love to have a few testers 🙂

I would like one tester to do the pattern in spiral rounds, and the other to use the joined round method. Also I will give the pattern free to anyone who can come up with a name for these three! I can’t think of something cute and “Baby Bear Pattern” just sounds waaay to bland to me X_X

I’m looking for in-dept feedback from testers, specifically if certain parts are confusing/unclear. If you are interested, please email me at: mmorgan_01@live.com
FIrst come first serve, thank you in advance! 🙂

Felted Hello Kitty Bow Headband Tutorial (and cool felting hack!)

hello kitty bow felted headband

Good afternoon everybody ❤ On this horribly windy Illinois day, I find myself cozy and content with the completion of my new mini project: a giant Hello Kitty bow, yay! I feel particularly accomplished because this was done so by needle felting, a craft I have only tried once and at that time really wasn’t feeling it…but after watching a few Youtube tutorials, I had been convinced enough to give felting another try. Glad I did!

I stopped needle felting after getting discouraged how hard it was to achieve the shapes you wanted. Maqaroon’s Youtube video showed me an easy way to get the exact shape I wanted in her cute felted cookies video. She made the cookie shapes by first carving them out on a black of cleaning material commonly known as “Magic Erasers” (think if Mr. Clean).  With a little practice, I made my first little spongey-felted creation, then I decided to make something larger. Thus, the headband was created! I’m so happy I found this easy way to start felting, so I’m here to pass out the process!

felting headband supplies

Supplies: Red wool roving (Artiste $1.59 Hobby Lobby), felting needle/block, Magic Eraser sponge (generic brand #3), Stanley Metal SnapOff Knife ($0.74 at Menards), scissors, marker/pen, paper, ruler, hot glue gun/super glue, headband.

felting bow 1Step 1: Holding the Magic Eraser, make a dash across the sides that measure 7mm wide. My eraser was 1 inch wide, so I had 3 even layers, and one slightly smaller one. Be sure to use a full layer for the bow tutorial. For best results, make lines all around. CAREFULLY, use the knife to cute the layers. I’ll admit, I destroyed the first sponge I tried this on, takes a very slow, steady hand for best results.

Step 2: On the piece of paper, sketch out a bow, and cut out the template. Make sure you use one of the 7mm pieces of sponge to trace the bow onto. I used a fine tip Sharpie. Again, slowly cut out the bow with the knife.

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Step 3: Start felting. Starting at the center, I wrapped felt all the way around, and the relentless poking begins! Continue to wrap felt around the sides of the bow. You’ll want to make the felt flat and even on both sides.

red felted bow

Step 4: After a layer or so, the sponge should be completely covered. Now lets start adding definition. Decide which will be the front of the bow, then add a big ball and felt it to the middle, making the actual “tie” of the bow look more realistic. I did about five layers before I was satisfied.

hello kitty bow diy

Step 5: With the bow “tie” done, next make the edges pop. Add thin strips to the edges of the bow, I did about three strips on each side. Especially keep poking the inside to make the rounded edges as smooth as possible.

hello kitty bow diy 2

Step 6: When you feel your bow shape is appropriate, give your hand a break from all that poking! Make sure one last time there are no exposed sponge areas on the sides, and then put that needle down, no more poking for you!

Step 7: With your blank headband and glue in hand, carefully secure your bow. I played around a lot on how to position the bow, I think anyway looks cute. And now you’re done, admire your work!Hello Kitty Bow Headband, felted headband

I’m really pleased with this covering-sponge-with-felt thing. Makes felting seem not so scary, and even gave me the confident to try another felting video I found. I made an adorable little felted star found from Flying Mio. The little orange and bear were my two practice sponge-felts. I like the way they feel, they aren’t as stiff as the star I made.

felted star felted food felted bear millieonherworld

Overall, I now have a love of felting 😀 Not so scary anymore, practice makes perfect!
Thanks for visiting, ta ta for now!

❤ Happily felting Millie

Come see all the Projects :D

Remember that time I said I would probably have time to blog more? Yea me too, that’s like every few months I say that!!
-_- But here I am again, over a month after my last post. Oh well, here we go with updates!

First off, thank you SO MUCH everyone who sent me lovely congrats from my marriage announcement, much appreciated! Married life is still fantastic, even though now my hubby is going through boot camp. I write him everyday, and once a week I get a batch of letters full of his love and support, despite that he is the one going through all the crazy training! Once in a while we get brief phone calls (~5-40 minutes) and I’ve never felt so proud or close to him than in those moments. He’s wonderful ❤

Enough mush! I actually have gotten around to do some crafty things in my new spare time.

amigurumi projects

1. Bee, Puppycat, and Catbug set: From the first episode, I have been in love with the quirky Cartoon Hangover series Bee and Puppycat. They have some crazy out of this world adventures, with Bee being the key source of humor. Haven’t seen them? Check out the original pilot episodes here. Catbug is from another series called Bravest Warriors. While Catbug is mainly a side character, his adorable voice and enthusiasm is hard to resist! He gained popularity after his very own mini-episode premier found here.

2 & 3. Baby Elf Hats: A while ago my coworker first asked me to make her a baby elf hat. At first I had no idea what she was talking about. After looking them up, I adore them! They are so cute, I had to make more. While I’ll admit the two in my shop are very basic, I’d love to take more time to make more that have my personal touch on them. Sure would help if I had a little one of my own to be a my personal model. Maybe some day~(but not too soon!)

4 & 5. Hello Kitty Dress Up Doll: Finally! After screaming how I wanted to make a dress up doll I accomplished it! There is actually only 1 doll, but she has two outfits, two wigs, and a pair of shoes. Extremely happy all the pattern tweaking paid off, I can make countless looks 🙂 Ofcourse, I had to do a Hello Kitty inspired outfit first.

6. Colored Pencils: I hadn’t expanded much on my Kawaii Kollection lately, but I whipped up a few colored pencils I wanted to make forever ago. Simple, smiley coloring tools.

pokemon beans pikachu charmander squirtle bulbasaur

Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur

I call these my lil’ Poke’Beans! I’ll admit, they are HEAVILY inspired by Disney’s Tsums Tsums which I find so adorable, (I’m surprised my collection is only up to 7). I felt the original Poke’mon characters would look equally cute in this form.

Lee DeWyze Doll Amigurumi Doll

Lee DeWyze Dolls

Who has heard of American Idol singer Lee DeWyze? I’ll admit I had no idea who he was. One day I got a custom order, and the customer really loved his video for a song called “Fight.” If you have a few minutes –> watch! While the song is catchy, what’s captivating is the entire video being acted out by two amigurumi dolls! They tell a hilarious and unique story of what happens when a guy forgets his girlfriend’s birthday. What starts as an innocent picnic date, ends with them escaping a UFO and falling from the sky. Very adorable, and the dolls are great actors!

Join Project Gnome Diplomacy!

Join Project Gnome Diplomacy!

Will all the Mochimochi Land fans, please stand up! Chicago based knitter Anna has had her work featured on just about every craft blog, magazine, or show I’ve seen. Her knitted amigurumi are incredible, such an imaginative mind she has. I recently found out she is calling for knitters AND crocheters to take part in her upcoming project, Project Gnome Diplomacy.  She will be creating an art project in Korea, and wanted little gnomes from everyone! The link I posted has all the information, including three different gnome approved patterns that can be used. Send her your gnomes before April 21st ( sorry its so late, I recently found out!) and your gnomes will be part of the fun! Since I am talent-less when holding knitting needles (sob face) I gladly went to the crochet pattern. If anyone will be doing the crochet project, I highly suggest using crochet thread. The gnomes must be 4” or shorter, but the pattern makes the gnome about 7” with regular size 4 yarn. With my crochet thread I made my gnomes in two hours, including all the distractions and snack breaks. I hope you join!

Upcoming projects will possibly include me actually finishing those two circle purses, another dress up doll, maybe Poke’beans since they are a snap to make, but who knows my craft plans always change 😛 I try, I really do!

Anyone out there an experienced/new Navy/Military wife? A month in, and I feel I have yet to even touch what being a Navy spouse really means. I’m sure things will get increasingly chaotic when I actually start moving around, living in new areas, having him gone for long amount of times…yea will probably hit me then lol. For now, I’m appreciating all these lovey-dovey letters he sends weekly, especially coming from a man who used to hate writing!

Speaking of which, time to send him another letter 🙂
Thanks for checking up on me ~ until next time!

Love Millie ❤