About Me

-------CHECK US OUT AT FACEBOOK.COM/LITTLEHCROCHET ------- My darling daughter, Little h, has inspired many projects. I design and make custom crochet and paper products for babies and children. I also do some for adults, you just have to ask. Because all of my items are custom made, I have no stock inventory. When you request an item from Little h, it is made lovingly with you in mind. Each item is a work of its own, and while there may be others like it, nothing will ever be exactly the same. Check out my Just Photos page. To request an item, simply email me at littlehcustomdesigns@gmail.com and ask about it or see my Order Form page. You can be as specific or as vague as you like. Don't be afraid to request something you don't see on my blog; I love to try out new things and I can most likely make whatever you want. If I can't, I can point you in the direction of someone who can. I also share my projects with other crafters- I publish some of my original patterns here (check out my Patterns page) as well as on ravelry.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Check out my pages for additional info.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pintrest Projects

I am not ashamed to say it... I love Pintrest as much as everybody else. I'm finding some awesome ideas- both for crochet and to keep my busy toddler entertained and challenged. In this post, I'll be sharing some of these ideas that I've tried out myself. Hope you like them, too!

Clay Mold. I did this several months ago with Little h and then again for my class' mother's day gifts. They turned out very nicely and it was pretty easy and cheap! Original post here.

Dyed rice. Little h is LOVING her little make-shift sensory table and I've got a long list of things I want to put in it for her. Yesterday, we tried dyed rice- original post here. I used only 2 tablespoons of vinegar per ziplock of rice... I thought 3 was too much. And about 5 drops of color. I also laid out the dampened rice on paper plates to dry overnight and that seemed to work well. No wet patches this morning. And, as you can see, Little h had a total blast playing with the rice in her table!

Mini Notebook. Original post here.  I loved the look of these tiny gifts! I made my first (no photo) for a friend as a thank you gift and decided to make two more as part of my mother's day gifts. These second ones turned out better- I used light card stock for the inside pages rather than cheap printer paper and I made them a little bit larger. The small size is cute, but impractical.

1 12 x 12 sheet of pretty paper (inside cover and binding)
1 12 x 12 sheet of solid color card stock (cover)
5 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of off-white card stock (pages)
A few feet of thread (binding)
Optional: paper cutter
Mini Books!

The Supplies

Cut 1 inch off the long side of all 5 sheets of card stock for pages

Cut all 5 sheets in half to measure 5 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches

Cut 1 inch off of the sheet of pretty paper. Then, turn it and cut 3 1/2 inches off of the other side. Then cut the two sheets in half to make 2 sheet of 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 pretty paper. Reserve scraps for binding (2 strips: 3 inches by 5 1/2 inches each)

Cut cover card stock into 2 sheets of 8 inches by 6 inches.

Homemade Green Cleaning Spray. Original post here. I searched through the recipes and combined a few to make my own. I also bought some essential oils from Whole Foods to make my cleaner smell really good. The oils were pricey... But they are not necessary. Without them, this whole process is actually very inexpensive and I feel good about using the cleaner because it's not going to harm anyone in my family. And... It works! It cleaned cat puke out of H's carpet like a champ AND left it smelling all nice and lavender/patchouli-y.

I used:
2 C water
1 C vinegar
4 Tbs baking soda
4 Tbs hydrogen peroxide
4 Tbs lemon juice
A few drops of essential oils for scent

And it's in a GREEN bottle- get it?

The Oatmeal Toddler Toy. The original post can be found here.  I used pipe cleaners instead of straws for two reasons: 1) I didn't want h to be trying to drink out of them and 2) I do not have a single hole puncher to make larger holes. I used a pen to push through the plastic top and a pair of scissors to cut through the paper once it was glued in place. I cut some of the pipe cleaners in half so she could push them all the way in and tied a knot in the bottom of some long ones so they wouldn't come all the way out.

I cut out shapes and h glued them onto the paper before I wrapped the oatmeal container in it. We had fun counting them and naming the colors and shapes. H also had fun getting glue everywhere.

The Supplies

Our end result!

The pipe cleaners make a very satisfying whoosh-y sound when you push them in and out quickly!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Pretty in Pink

I had someone ask for the sweater I made for S for Christmas this year- The Sophia Empire Sweater. Here is a version in a soft pink- 6-12 months in size. I think it turned out cute! And, since it was my second time working the pattern, I ironed out A LOT of wrinkles. Hoping for some more orders of this one soon!