October 29, 2009

Top Ten Horror Movies

After doing my romance movies I thought since Hallowe'en is on Saturday that I should post some scary films. So here we go, once again these are not in any order what so ever.

2.The Shining
4.The Changeling (I still can't watch this alone)
5.Silence of the Lambs
6.Cape Fear
9.The Exorcist
10.Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Once again if you think of any others, post a comment!

Top Ten Romantic Movies

I am a sucker when it comes to sappy love stories so I thought I would post a top ten for all the ladies who love a tear jerker every once and a while. These are in no order what so ever.

2.Sleepless In Seattle
3.Pretty Woman
4.Gone With The Wind
5.Dirty Dancing
6.When Harry Met Sally
9.Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
10.A Walk To Remember

If anyone has any they would like to add, post a comment! I would love to see other titles and would find it great if there were a few titles I haven't seen yet!

October 28, 2009

Snowflake Hat

I had started this hat a few weeks ago and have just now finally finished it. The pattern I was following seemed to have a couple of mistakes in it so I had to alter the hat quite a bit to get the finished product. I find it really frustrating when you find a pattern that you like get about half way finished then run into mistakes in the pattern. Anyhow it is now complete, I think I will add an inner fleece lining to keep my little guy extra warm. This hat is too big for my son as you can see from the photos but will probably be a good fit next year. I felt badly taken the pictures of my little guy as he is not feeling that great today, but he didn't seen to mind too much.

I have also added a Halloween cake photo that I had made for a get together we had last weekend. It was really easy to make and lots of fun for the kids. They got a real kick of picking the little spiders off of the cake before they dug in!

October 27, 2009

Free Pattern: Baby Headband

Here is a new pattern for everybody! This is probably the easiest so far, it is so basic the only stitch that is needed is the knit stitch. I love this because it is easily altered to fit any head size and you can use numerous different items to add to the band itself.

Size 5mm needles
Yarn used was worsted acrylic in purple
Cast on 70 stitches

Row 1-knit

Bind off
Secure the two ends of the band together.
You can add anything you want to make the headband look pretty, all I did was sew on a few fake flowers but you could knit something like a bow and add that instead.

October 26, 2009

Homemade Play Dough

I found this recipe the other day and thought that I should share this with all the mommies out there. I find that with store bought Play Doh my little guy leaves the lid off so its hardens, mixes all the colours together, or feeds it to the dogs so in the end I feel like I am wasting money time and time again. Here is a recipe that you should all ready have in your pantry and is really simple to make .

You will need:

1cup flour

3/8 cup salt

1 tablespoon veggie oil

Natural Dye

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the oil and pick what dye you would like to use, add the dye and stir together well. Knead the dough on a floured surface a few times. If you find that the dough is too soft add some more flour. When finished store the dough and air tight containers and keep in your fridge.

Here are some natural items you can use to add colour to your dough:

Brown-4 tablespoons cocoa powder and 3/8 cup hot water

Pink-3/8 cup hot beet juice

Orange-1 tablespoon paprika and 3/8 cup hot water

Yellow-3/8 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon turmeric

Knitting As An Outlet

Sometimes when I am not having a good day or when I am trying to get my mind off of something I try to put all my time and energy into a new project. Yesterday was one of those days, my day started to slip about half way through my day but once it did it seemed to stay on a downward slide. Needless to say I didn't sleep well last night and feel absolutely exhausted today. So today I am going to start a new project and try to forget about my worries. I have yet to decide what my new project is going to be but I think it needs to be something that occupies my mind. Hmmmm maybe something fun, and colourful? Yeah, sounds good to me.

P.S. How come when everything seems to be going just right in your life something has to happen to throw everything off kilter? I guess all things must pass.

October 23, 2009

Free Pattern: Big Fat Cowl

Big Fat Cowl Pattern

I was wanting to make one of these for a while and am glad I finally did. This pattern is really easy but I did find it a little time consuming none the less the outcome it beautiful! I also really loved working with this Lion Brand's Wool Ease Wool, I love the texture and the colour. Hope you enjoy!Size US 15 circular needle
Darning Needle
Cast on 80 stitches, join with the circular needles and begin knitting in the round.
Rows 1-12 Knit all stitches.

Row 13 *Knit 3, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.

Rows 14-25 Knit all stitches.

Row 26 *Knit 4, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.

Rows 27-60 Knit all stitches. You can keep knitting to make the cowl as long as you desire.

Cast off loosely and sew in ends of yarn, I don't recommend blocking this as it will take away from the natural shape and roll at the bottom so block with caution.

1 ball of Lion Brand's Wool Ease thick and quick, colour I used is Snapdragon.

Oh and yes this is an adult sized cowl my little guy wanted to try it on so I snapped a photo of him wearing it!

October 19, 2009

Froggy Sweater

Here is a froggy sweater that I had made for my little guy about 6 months ago, I am so glad that it finally fits him, he loves it too! I took him to Chappel Farms for him to pick out a pumpkin and be involved in the festive activities. We couldn't have asked for better weather it was probably the nicest day of the month so far, I even got a bit of colour on my face!!! With a bit of a chill in the air I thought that it would be the perfect day for his froggy sweater and it was. It hid all the dirt well too!

October 16, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

My son and I just got home from watching "Where The Wild Things Are" and I have to say, what a absolutely fabulous movie. It is not too often that you see a movie with such emotion. The puppeteer work was amazing and extremely realistic. My son as you know just turned two yesterday and watched the whole movie from start to finish without even stirring. Don't get me wrong I would not exactly say this is a children's film, but if you have a child that enjoys films with a bit of a darker edge then this one is for you. I have been reading my son the classic book since he was in the womb and so maybe that is why he keyed in on it so profoundly. At any rate this is a must see for anyone who has an imagination they are willing to expand.

October 13, 2009

Thankful Thanksgiving!

I am so glad that our Thanksgiving went well. I love it when the whole family gets together, it's really a great feeling. My little guy had a great birthday and was wiped by the end of it all. I have gotten a lot of knitting done for an upcoming show in Elmvale on the 24th of October. I am now working on my next free pattern that will be posted in a couple of days. Thanks for checking in!!!

October 10, 2009

Ghostly Cupcakes

Here is a cute idea for Halloween, I went to the dollar store the other day and saw these little ghost shaped tins. This is a fast and easy recipe for kids and adults. All you have to do is mix up a two layer cake mix and divide it into the tins, follow the baking directions on the box. As the little ghosts are cooling whip up some homemade icing:

1 cup cream cheese

1/4 butter

4 cups icing sugar

blend evenly on low setting.

Or buy pre-made icing. Spread evenly over the cooled ghosts. Add chocolate chips for eyes and one for the mouth and you have yourself a haunting dessert! Enjoy!!!

October 7, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Pinata

So I am having my son's second birthday this weekend and was trying to think of some fun things to do at his party. I haven't done Paper Mache in a long time so figured I'd make a Jack-O-Lantern Pinata for him. He really loves pumpkins, ghost and all the ghoulish things that go along with Halloween so I know he'll get a bang out of this and and so will his cousins.

This is really easy and if you have older kids they can help or do it themselves. Here are the instructions:

Things You'll Need:

Big balloon
Several newspapers torn into 2" strips
Paint brushes
Orange paint
Black paint
Brown or green paint
Straight pin
Candy for inside

Making a Pumpkin Pinata
  1. Step 1 Cover your work area with newspapers. This can get pretty messy. Blow up your balloon till it is as large as you think it will go.

Step 2

  1. Mix flour with water until you have a pasty consistency. You want the mixture smooth enough to run paper through, but not runny. Run strips through the mixture and begin covering your balloon with the strips running from top to the bottom. You can cut a circle out of an empty cereal carton to use as a work station to hold balloon upright. Make three or four layers on the balloon, alternating directions. Cut a toilet paper roll in half and place on the tied part of the balloon as stem, add paper around this to secure it.

    Step 3
  2. Let the covered balloon to dry for at least 48 hours.

    Decorating the Pinata

    Step 1
  3. When the strips are dry pop the balloon inside with a pin in the stem (toilet paper roll opening) and remove it. First paint white to help cover the newsprint. Once the white paint dries, do two coats of Orange paint you can also paint the stem green at this point. When that dries design your face with marker. Paint eyes, nose, and mouth black to look like they are cut out of pinata. Then do a last coat of orange around pumpkin and paint stem green or brown. You can highlight eyes, nose and mouth in yellow to make them stand out. Outline everything in black to finish. You can add the candy inside by pouring it in the toilet paper roll stem.

    Step 2
  4. Use a pin to pierce a few holes in the top on the pinata then fish wire through hole to hang.

    Step 3 Fill the pumpkin with candy and let the kids loose! In a way it will be somewhat painful watching the kids bash in my pumpkin after all the work I've done but in the end it will be all worth it! Enjoy!!!

October 5, 2009

Top Ten Halloween Costumes For Kids 2009

Top Ten Halloween Costumes for Kids this year are:

1. Micheal Jackson

2. Transformers

3. Woody or Buzz Lightyear

4. Spiderman

5. Harry Potter Characters

6. Star Wars Characters

7. Hannah Montana

8. Barbie

9. Princess

10. Sharpey: High School Musical

October 4, 2009

Top Ten Toddler Toys

Here are ten toddler toys from my home that are simple and affordable, these toys also encourage imaginative play:

1. Corn push popper

2. Plan old wooden blocks

3. Wooden puzzles (I like Melissa and Doug brand)

4. Chatter telephone ( I remember these when I was young)

5. Manual musical instruments, little tykes piano or drum.

6. The farmer says, when the handle is pulled it stops on a photo and make the animal sound for the photo it lands on.

7. Wooden train set

8. Board Books

9. Little people, easy for their chubby little hands to hold

10. Pretend kitchen with accessories and shopping cart.

October 2, 2009

Mommy Must Have's - Fall Fashion

I like to "try" to stay in fashion with the season so I decided to share my fall fashion,
``Mommy Must Have`s`` For this 2009 season it look`s like belt`s are in either skinny of fat a belt`s where it`s at! Don`t forget you can not only wear belt`s with your favourite jean`s but wrap them around the waist of your fav chunky sweater! Another ``in`` thing seems to be high boots, these make your legs seem extra long, and they are great from dressy to casual. For colour it is ``muted metallic`s`` muted tones of iron, copper and pewter have been seen all over the runway this season. Another item is the infamous ``fitted jacket or coat`` I am in definite need of one of these, I`m thinking pea coat style ending at about mid thigh, black of course! For make-up it is bold lips in deep rich red tones, oh so sexy. Last but definitely least, hair. Four top cuts of the season are: The Bob, Cropped Bob, Pixie Crop and of course my fav Long Hair. Hope these little bits of fashion tips will help you feel a little bit more sexy and stylish this season, as moms we all need that extra flare to keep us feeling like ``Yummy Mummy`s!``

October 1, 2009

Free Pattern: Gypsy Scarf

This is 100% my own design. I was getting board with your everyday basic scarf patterns, even simple strips can be somewhat boring. So I decided to funk it up a bit with this chunky mismatched striped design. I tried to use what I already had for yarns so it would keep my cost down. I rummaged through my yarn drawers and grabbed all my thick yarns that had some texture and character. I did not do a gauge for this pattern ( as if i ever do! ) it is not needed.

Using size 9mm or 10mm sized needles cast on 30 stitches. You can cast on as many or as little stitches as you desire this pattern is fool proof. Knit in stockinette stitch ( or whatever you choose ) for about 10 0r 15 rows of your first color of choice, then all you do it change colours! Knit desired width of stripe then change again. I choose to do a thick stripe then skinny etc... try to keep it funky and fun, the sky is the limit with this pattern. Knit till scarf measures about 40"-50" or whatever length suits you best. Bind off. Voila! One of a kind.