Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ArtFire Store

 PerfectMix Creations is now on ArtFire.com. I just opened up the store there. So far I only have a couple things for sale, but I will add more soon. Come by and check it out.



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

My First Amigurumi

 This is my first Amigurumi! It's not perfect, but it's still cute. I got the pattern on Moon's Creations blog. It's a sackboy from the game Little Big Planet.  I'm not exactly finished, I still need to make a little zipper. Once I figure that out, I'll be done! My daughter is excited about this one. I'm sure my son will want one after seeing hers. So I better start on another one.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Thank You!

 I just wanted to say thank you to my new and old readers for visiting my blog. You keep me happy and motivated to keep creating. My sun hat pattern was featured again! This time on Craft Envy. Thanks Nicholette!



Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Productive Weekend

 Here are some earrings that I finished this weekend. Great candy colors. Click the pics for a better view.
 I used small glass beads. Instead of dumping them out on the table, I use sea shells to hold the beads. My daughter found a bunch of shells on the beach when we went to Florida in June. I picked a few and painted them with acrylic paint. I think they look cute. I've been looking for something to do with the shells.

I also finished these lovely crochet earrings. They are crocheted with gold cotton thread with a bullion stitch, which is a little frustrating. Maybe I need more practice. I really like how they turned out.

Here is a set made with gold and clear glass beads.

Last but not least, some more macrame. This is a beautiful necklace and bracelet set made with glass beads and hemp.

I was Featured Today!

 I was so honored to see that my sun hat pattern was featured on Fireflies and Jellybeans blog for the Sunday Spotlight! Check out this week's other favorites on the blog. Thanks, Fawnda!



Monday, August 16, 2010

Floppy Sun Hat Pattern


 I was so surprised to see in my comments for my Floppy Sun Hat post that someone actually requested to have my pattern! I was happy to remake this hat in order to provide a pattern for you! Please let me know if there are any problems or questions.

You will need two crochet hook sizes, worsted weight yarn, and a stitch marker. I used size K for the main part and size G for the brim.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
pf st = puff stitch

Puff stitch: Yarn over, put the hook through the stitch, yarn over pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, put the hook through the stitch again, yarn over pull up another loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all five loops, ch 1 to secure the stitch.

Main part of hat: 
With size K hook, start with a magic circle. 
Rnd 1: Make 6 pf st in ring. join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 1 pf st in the same stitch and each stitch around. join to top of first pf st. (11 pf st)
Rnd 3: ch 1, 1 pf st in same stitch and in each stitch around. join to top of first pf st. (21 pf st)
Rnd 4: ch 2, 1 pf st in next stitch (it will be the stitch in between the pf stitches) *skip next st, pf st in next st*  repeat between *s around. join to top of ch 2. (21 pf st)
Rnd 5: ch 2, pf st in same stitch, *ch1, pf st in next stitch in between pf st* repeat around. join in top of 1st pf st. (21 pf st)
Rnd 6: ch 2, pf st in space between pf st, *ch1, pf st in next space between pf st* repeat around. join in top of 1st pf st. (21 pf st)
Rnd 7-12: repeat row 6.

Brim:
 The brim is crocheted tightly with a G hook. If you have trouble crocheting tightly, use a size F hook. This is the tedious part and a little hard on the hands. After the first row, you won't be joining anymore, so the brim will be seamless. This is where your stitch marker will come in handy.

Rnd 1: ch 1, *2 sc in space between pf st, 1 sc in top of next pf st* repeat around. join in 1st sc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around. mark your last stitch.
Rnd 3: 1 sc in each stitch around. move your marker to this row.
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 15 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* repeat around. 2 sc in last stitch, move marker.
Rnd 5: *1 sc in next 16 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* repeat around. 2 sc in last stitch, move marker.
Rnd 6: 1 sc in each stitch around, move marker.
Rnd 7: *1 sc in next 17 stitches, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. 2 sc in last stitch, move marker.
Rnd 8: *1 sc in next 18 stitches, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. 2 sc in last stitch, move marker.
Rnd 9: *1 sc in next 19 stitches, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. 2 sc in last stitch, move marker.
Rnd 10: 1 sc in each stitch around, move marker.
Rnd 11: repeat row 10.

 You can end here or if  you would like your brim wider, continue to make increase rows similar to rnds 7-9. Your next increase rnd will be *1 sc in next 20 st, 2 sc in next st.* Add rnds like 10 and 11 to keep the round shape.

 I'd love to see your finished projects! I can even feature them on my blog if you'll allow it. Just email the pics to daperfectmix@gmail.com. If you don't want the pics to be on the blog, just let me know, but I would still like to see your projects.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Macrame

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to this bead store that I found online, called Caleb's Lighthouse. We went for one of their free classes. In this class, we learned how to make macrame jewelry. It was a fun time and we even met some new friends. I made a bracelet and Isabel made a necklace. I really like how Isabel's necklace turned out.
 Here is the bracelet I made:
 After our class, we went to Michael's and bought some more beads to continue with our newly learned skills. I made another bracelet:
And Isabel is working on another necklace:

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Matching Set

 I just wanted to show off this new necklace that I made last night. I found a bead and jewelry supply store that is somewhat close. It's half an hour away. They are having a beginner's beading class tomorrow. Hopefully my daughter and I can make it. I have much to learn, but I really like this new set that I created. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Beaded Earrings

 I made some new earrings with small glass beads. They are simple but elegant. I want to get more colors and eventually get more elaborate with the beading and styles. I'm still an amateur, you know. Click the pictures for a better view.




 I also made something to put my earrings on to display and sell. Well, not so much for display, I'm still trying to figure that one out. This is just a card/backing so the customer will have my info.




 I've also been working on a new crochet pattern for my Floppy Sun Hat. Someone liked it so much that they want to make it! I only wish I had taken some notes when I made it the first time. It's coming along though, so that will be coming up soon.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Quick Easy Winter Beanies


This is going to be my first attempt at writing a crochet pattern. This is a pretty simple beanie, so the pattern shouldn’t be too difficult to follow. I had to make this hat quite a few times to make sure I got my pattern just right. I am also trying to stock up for this fund raiser where I will be selling some things. I’ll tell you more about that in another post. Now, on to the pattern. I used a size I crochet hook. For larger or smaller sizes you can use a larger or smaller hook. I think this hat will fit a teen to adult head. 
Abbreviations:
ch= chain
sc= single crochet
hdc= half double crochet
dc= double crochet
First, you will start with a magic ring. Click here for Teresa's tutorial on how to do this.
Row 1: make 7 sc in the ring, pull the ring closed and join.
Row 2: ch 1 then 2 sc in each stitch around, join in first sc. you should have 14 stitches, total.
Row 3: ch 1 then *1 hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch* repeat all the way around. join with first hdc. 21 stitches.
Row 4: ch 1 then *1 hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* repeat around. join with first hdc. 28 stitches.
Row 5: ch 1 then *1 hdc in next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* repeat around. join with first hdc. 35 stitches.
Row 6: ch 2 then *1 dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch.* repeat around. join with first dc. 42 stitches
Row 7: ch 2 then *1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch.* repeat around. join with first dc. 49 stitches
Row 8: ch 2 then *1 dc in next 6 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch.* repeat around. join with first dc. 56 stitches
Row 9: ch 2 then 1 dc in each stitch around. join with first dc.
Row 10-16: repeat row 9. if you would like a longer hat, repeat row 9 until desired length.
Row 17 or last row: ch 1 and sc in each stitch around. join with first sc. fasten off.


 I love seeing finished products from my patterns. If you want to be featured on my blog with your finished items, just shoot me an email. If you don't want to be featured but still want to send me pics, that's great too! Just let me know in the email if you want me to post your pics or not.

*UPDATE*
Video Tutorial added:



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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Project for ALL

Everyone can do their part in keeping our environment healthy and livable. I don't have to tell  you the basics because we hear it all the time. We learned it in school. We know we should recycle and reduce our trash. Sometimes we would rather have selfish convenience but that's all I'll say about that. I'm not trying to turn this blog into something else, so I'll just get to the point. Here are two websites where you can help to clean up OUR ocean. This is everyone's problem.

 Fusion Storm Foundation is hosting a Dream Sail Raffle in order to benefit Ocean Voyages Institute with Project Kaisei. Buying a raffle ticket can win you and three guests a trip to French Polynesia, and help in their cleanup efforts! You will find information on the company and their project by clicking  Fusion Storm Foundation.

 The ECC has loads of information and multiple ways you can help. Their mission is to inspire, educate, raise awareness, serve, and collaborate. Check out their website to see what they have been doing, and their cleanup plans.

Trip to Hawaii

Aerial of Waikiki and Ala Moana, Honolulu, HawaiiImage via Wikipedia



 Hawaii is beautiful. The mountains and trees are amazing, and I just wish I could have seen more of the islands. I guess that gives us more reason to go back one day. My husband and I went to Oahu and stayed in Waikiki, which in my opinion is very over priced and too built up. It takes away from the island feel for me. They've got every upscale store you can think of- stores i would never go in. Give me a thrift store any day! So from one extreme to the other, there are many homeless on the island as well. While running one morning we saw some sleeping on the beach, and while walking and riding The Bus, I saw many "homes" made of grocery carts and sheets. I even saw a man get his lunch from a trash can. It really makes you appreciate what you have when you see what others don't.

 Overall, we had a great time. I can't wait to go back to see and do more. A few people thought I was a local, and someone thought I was Polynesian. There are a lot of Filipinos there. I wouldn't mind living on an island, but my husband wouldn't like it. He would rather just visit.

 When I got back, a friend asked me if the water was clear. I had to think for a second and I told her the water is not as clear as the US Virgin Islands. So I was doing a little research and I think I may have figured out why that is. Hawaii is in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to Wikipedia, "The garbage patch occupies a large and relatively stationary region of the North Pacific Ocean bound by the North Pacific Gyre (a remote area commonly referred to as the horse latitudes). The gyre's rotational pattern draws in waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan. As material is captured in the currents, wind-driven surface currents gradually move floating debris toward the center, trapping it in the region." C'mon people, reduce, reuse, recycle!! This plasic in the water is photodegrading and will ultimately affect the food chain, which includes you and me! It is also killing off Albatross birds that eat the floating plastic or feed it to their young.


 So it's been a fulfilling and educational trip.  Now I'm back on on the Mainland, back to reality, and back to work. Oh, by the way, you can definitely take crochet hooks in your carry-on in an airplane.



Now back to your regularly scheduled craft blog...  
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