Coraline Crochet Doll WIP

After finishing up the blue crochet doll for the ultimate prize-box, I started my attempt at a Crocheted Coraline doll. She came about because of the kids. They urged me to turn the other doll into Coraline because I was using blue yarn for the hair. Naturally it had to be Coraline! I almost succumbed before I came to my senses and stuck with the original plan, but I did promise them I would make the Coraline doll.

So here goes:

I wasn’t sure if I wanted crocheted, embroidered, or button eyes. I tried crocheted and embroidered and hated both, so I went with buttons (it was the only real option but I had to try the others).

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The mouth was another question mark. Some illustrations looked creepy but I wanted to keep the flavor of it so I went with this. I thought it still looked cute. Some of the kids said it was too creepy and others loved it. I think it’s just the right amount of creepy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading

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Finished Crochet Doll

The doll is finally finished.

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It had a few bumpy starts but sometimes you just have to make a choice and stick with it! The kids at work always have soooo much advice on how a project should go, most of the time, completely opposite from each other. So, it’s up to me to pick and choose which ideas to listen to.

For the hair, I wanted to use leftover strands of yarn I rescued from one of myย  mom’s old projects, This piece had a tassel fringe of thread-yarn. I took all the tassels out and now I have this little bag of cut up blue strands I thought would look cute as hair. I finally pulled it out and tried it on the doll.

First off, I decided to make a boy doll. Then I had to figure out how to use those strands of yarn. I tried different things and pulled them out just as many times. I even abandoned the thread yarn for regular blue yarn but didn’t like that either. The kids said it looked like Coraline so I switched gears and tried to make it a Coraline doll. I didn’t like it so I went back to my mom’s strands.

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I played around with it until I got something I liked.

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The kids kept insisting I make an orange shirt so I gave it a try.

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Noooo! I no likey! Looked like a life jacket so I ripped it back. Started on the shorts instead.Blue crochet doll_9.jpg

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Much better

I didn’t like any of the yarn I had at work because it was too thick so I had the bright idea to split the yarn (from the yarn ball I made of the rescued project). I didn’t know how hard that would be. The yarn kept getting tangled! I’m stubborn so I kept at it until I had just enough yarn toย  make the shirt. Although I’ll probably never split yarn again, I finally got a shirt I liked.

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Finally I can relax. ๐Ÿ™‚

I felt like he needed something more, so I made him a little backpack and the kids helped me fill it with crayons.

And now he’s hanging out in the ultimate prize-box. And apparently all the kids have laid claim to him when they finally make it.

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And now I really am working on a Coraline doll. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

25th Wedding Anniversary!

It’s been 25 years since I officially said I do. How did that creep up on me? I’ve known my husband since I was 15. What’s worked for us? That he’s my friend and I still like him after all these years. Yes, yes, I love him too, but I still LIKE him. I like being around him and going out with him. I get excited when we have a day planned together. Doesn’t really matter what the plan is, just that we’ll be doing it together. We still talk each other’s ears off but can enjoy the silence too. He’s still my friend and I like doing things with my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friends in high school (really, we were just friends)

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Were we ever that young?ย 

His prom and Grad Night (still just friends)

Dating in college

Wedding Day!

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Married Life and Family

Married with children. ๐Ÿ™‚

25th Anniversary Celebration!

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Student Crochet Corner

After only two weeks into the school year, one of my 4th grade students made this:

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At the end of the last school year, she had been practicing single crochet. She walked in this year, a brand new 4th grader, and immediately started crocheting. She wanted to play with color and made several rows. I taught her how to weave in ends (she had a lot). I explained that she’d need patience and not to rush through it. Once she finished (she did indeed have patience), I brainstormed with her on what her work could become. We settled on a phone case and I know she was very proud of it. I was very impressed as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Crochet Doll

I haven’t made an actual crochet doll in a loooonnnggg time. I’ve made all kinds of toys and things but no dolls. That shouldn’t happen since I’m all about crochet dolls! The kids at work haven’t started asking me for things yet so I stared into my crochet bag hoping for inspiration and saw some scrap, tan yarn balls. They screamed doll! I’ve only had a chance to crochet twice at work but I think I’ve made good progress.

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What shall I be when I grow up?

I don’t have much yet and I haven’t decided on a boy or a girl, but I think it’s a pretty good start. ๐Ÿ™‚

Catching Up

A little catch-up on what’s been (and hasn’t been) happening lately. Can you believe I have hardly picked up a crochet hook this summer? I did work on my book a little. I took some better pictures and tightened up some of the writing but I didn’t do nearly enough of what I should have.

Partly, that was because I went on a seven day cruise with my family. We had such a fabulous time. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and it was wonderful being able to do it. Myย  two sisters with their grown children and my hubby, son and I were able to go. All our youngest kids graduated from high school (three of them) and taking the cruise was a way to celebrate that milestone. We had such a good time!

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Ready to board the ship with hubby and son!

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My Backyard Makeover with Succulents

When I’m not working on my book because my eyes have gone cross-eyed and I need a break, I work on beautifying my backyard with succulents. I use succulents because I have a better chance of plant survival with them. One of my co-workers has a beautiful backyard with a variety of succulents and she has generously shared cuttings with me.

I previously shared some photos of what I had started and I wanted to share some new photos of how some of those plants have grown. There were some casualties of course, which was expected, either from my black thumb or from my kiddo’s dog. Surprisingly though, not as many losses as I expected from either my black thumb or the dog. More surprisingly, some are actually thriving and not just merely surviving my hostile backyard.

These are pics of when I first planted some of the cuttings. I fully expected at least half of them to fly away to plant heaven.

But then this happened, even though the dog tromps through there on a daily basis chasing lizards.

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Look how tall some of them got!

And then these went from this

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to this!

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