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Hawaiian Aloha Spirit Crochet

Recently I was lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii, more specifically, Kauai. I absolutely love it there.  It is beautiful, green, full of flowers, and the people are just wonderful and easy going.  This trip has left me in an aloha spirit and I’ve decided to seek out some Hawaiian-inspired crochet patterns.

The most iconic symbol of Hawaii, in my own humble opinion, would have to go to the beautiful plumeria flowers of the islands.
PlumeriaPatternPhoto_PlanetJuneI found this pattern awhile back and have not had a chance to try it out yet.  It is a 3D flower and is a great likeness to the actual plumeria.  This pattern was created by the very talented June Gilbank of PlanetJune Craft Blog.  She offers the pattern for free on her site.  If you would like a .pdf of the pattern that is formatted for printing, all she asks is a donation to her site, which is well worth it for such a lovely pattern.

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This next pattern is a baby hula girl photo prop.  Isn’t it cute?  This pattern is also offered for free via Craftsy.  It was designed by Aimee Arnold.  Her Craftsy store is called Chain Four.  Go check it out!  You do have to create an account to get it, but Craftsy is a great pattern resource.  You can even find Heather’s Craft Corner patterns there! (Shameless plug!)

 

 

HulaGirlAmigurumi
The next pattern is an amigurumi hula girl doll by Sayjai of K and J Dolls.  She is just plain adorable.  This pattern is available on Etsy for $4.99.  There are a bunch of cute patterns available in her shop.  She is incredibly talented.

 
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Let’s not forget about the dolphins.  I was able to take a dinner cruise while in Hawaii and we saw two large pods of dolphins.  They really do like to play with the boat.  This dolphin amigurumi pattern is available on Etsy.  I’m not sure who the creator is.  The shop says that all funds will go to fund dutch artist Joyce Overheul’s projects, but I’m not sure if she actually made the pattern.  Regardless, it is very cute.

If you know of any other cute Hawaiian-themed patterns, please post a comment with the link.  I’d love to see them.

Aloha!

Playdough

I recently made some playdough for my daughter.  She’s been playing with some at her grandparents’ house and absolutely loves it.  I had never made it before, so I decided to try it.

When I was a kid, my best friend’s mom would make us playdough.  I remembered it being warm when she was done, so it must have been the kind that requires cooking.  Through my online searches, the cooked kind is better.  It has more elasticity and a better texture.  This is the one I tried:

     Flour – 2 cups
     Warm Water – 2 cups
     Salt – 1 cup
     Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoons
     Cream of Tartar – 1 Tablespoon (this is optional but is supposed to improve elasticity)
     Food Coloring
     Scented Oils (also optional, but you can give it some fragrance)

Directions:

  • Mix flour, warm water, salt, vegetable oil, and cream of tartar in a large sauce pan over low heat.
Tip: I stirred it very frequently, it will start to develop clumps as it gets close to being done.
  • When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan, and is no longer sticky (feels like playdough), turn dough out on a clean counter.  Divide for coloring.

Tip: If it feels sticky, cook a little longer.  I put my divided dough on tinfoil to color so I wouldn’t stain my table.  The coloring stays in the dough once it’s mixed.

  • Make a divot in the center and add food coloring (I used 6-8 drops).  Fold dough over and knead until color is evenly spread.  You can also add fragrance.

Tip: If dough starts to dry out, get your hand slightly damp and knead.  It will fix it.  However, if it gets too dry, you’ll just have to make more.

I got out my cookie cutters and let my daughter go nuts.  It was fun.  It didn’t make much of a mess, either.  I think the homemade kind is better than the store bought.  It’s softer and doesn’t seem to make as much mess.  That and it’s cheap and easy!

I stored mine in plastic bags, but plastic containers would probably be best.  Storing in the fridge can help prolong its life.  Again, it’s easy and cheap, so if it does dry out…just make more.

The dough shown was colored with McCormick’s Neon food coloring.  The recipe was taken from Instructables.com, although I simplified the instructions.  They do have step-by-step pictures if you want them.

Have your own recipe?  Post it in a comment below!  I’d love to hear it.

Angry Bird Ornaments

Here is my first Christmas craft of the year.  I saw this ornament idea on the blog Obsessively Stitching and just had to try it.  My daughter freaked out.  She loves Angry Birds and now Mommy is super cool because she can make them. (Oh, and the ones on the right were hers to decorate)

Give it a try!  They are incredibly easy and cheap.

Let me know your experience and please leave a comment!