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Crocheting stuffed animals is an exciting pass-time with an adorable outcome.
There are thousands upon thousands of unique patterns you can follow to make any stuffed friend you desire. From a fun spin on the classic sock monkey, to several takes on teddy bears and other animals, and even adorable pieces of food complete with smiling faces and huggable arms, there is something for everyone. These projects make for a fun way to decorate your craft room, or a cute homemade gift to make for a special someone.
This post is the first of a three-part series for crochet stuffed animals. Dedicated to jungle animals, here we are going to take a look at four wonderful projects: a hippo, a lion, a monkey and a tiger.
The hippo is a small project that is easy for any skill level. It features one main colour, and a very small amount of a secondary colour (typically black) to create the face details. This project shouldn’t take longer than a day, and is a wonderful place to start when learning to crochet animals.
The lion we’ve chosen is a larger cuddly friend that uses four colours in total. There is a significant amount of detail in the head, so it is a project that is better suited for those with a bit of experience with crocheting. His curly mane and 3D cheeks make him as charming as he is.
A jungle post wouldn’t be complete without a monkey! This pattern has been called “Poncho the Monkey”, and he is a tiny, sweet little monkey pal. This project is also excellent for beginners, and shouldn’t take longer than a day or two to complete. He uses three different colours, and features a fair amount of detail to make him appealing to any recipient.
Another animal that must be included in a jungle post is the tiger! This fancy tiger has one primary colour (orange), and features black stripes, and a white nose. This particular pattern uses doll eyes, but you could always make your own using black yarn. He is a good project for those who have previous experience with crocheting.
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One of my most cherished Autumn experiences that I look forward to every year is indulging in the world of pumpkin spice. This year, I decided to bring home the flavour and create my own White Chocolate Pumpkin Spiced Latte beverage. My scrumptious latte recipe is creamy, sweet, and spiced all in one. It makes a perfect addition to any cold morning or meal, and can even be served on its own as a dessert.
Perhaps the best aspect of this recipe is that you can adjust it based on what you’re seeking in the moment. You can increase or decrease the chocolate, change the type you use (such as to milk chocolate or dark chocolate), and add any spice you desire, such as nutmeg or cinnamon. It is an incredible recipe and I have fallen completely in love with it. After my first taste, it was added to my “favourites” section in my home cook book. It’s just that good.
-1 c. Milk (I used 2% and it made a deliciously creamy latte)
-1/2 c. Strong Brewed Coffee (you can use decaf or tea, too)
-1 tbsp. White Chocolate Chips
-1 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
-1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
-1/4 tsp Vanilla
-A dash of cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
-A few extra chocolate chips for garnish
In a small sauce pan, warm the milk, coffee, white chocolate chips, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. I used medium heat, and lowered it before it started to boil. Consistently stir your mixture so it doesn’t curdle or burn. When everything is melted together and well blended, turn off the heat and stir in your vanilla. Pour your latte into cups, and top with whip cream. Use cinnamon and some chocolate chips as garnish. Enjoy!
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Halloween is probably my favourite holiday out of all of them. Theres something so wonderful about the diversity in decor, from cute to downright frightening. The one downside to Halloween is its only one day out of the entire year! Rather than waiting all the way until the middle of October to decorate, I’ve decided this year I’m going to make some decorations that are cute and appropriate to be enjoyed for the entire season.
Perhaps the most neutral Halloween symbol that can also be enjoyed all Autumn long is a pumpkin. While black cats, vampires, witches and ghosts are all incredible, they simply don’t make sense to showcase them from September 22nd all the way until its time to decorate for Christmas (or Winter if you don’t celebrate Christmas in your home!)
To help you bring the Halloween beauty to your home early this year, I’ve collected my three favourite pumpkin-inspired decorations for you to make. They are simple, adorable, and can definitely pass all season long.
1. Make a pumpkin “snow” man.
Take two pumpkins (one small, one medium) and make them into jack-o-lanterns. Instead of replacing the top on the medium pumpkin, fit the small pumpkin there. Decorate with a scarf (or twine), a hat, and anything else you desire (such as twig arms, a corn cob pipe, etc.)
2. Crochet Some Mini Pumpkins.
You can find tutorials all over google for festive crochet and knitting patterns. Find yourself some colourful yarn, and a crochet hook, and create as many (or as few) pumpkins as you desire! These can be decor on their own, or added to a large item, such as a center piece or vase, to make them extra enjoyable.
3. Fancy pumpkin decor.
Collect a pumpkin in any size you desire, fake or real. Mist it with fake snow spray you can purchase in any craft store and decorate it with a couple of fake leaves. You could make these in a few different sizes and arrange them on a side table, as a center piece, or even on the front patio.
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As we dive deeper into Autumn, the days are growing cooler, and the amount of rainy days spent indoors is increasing. While I absolutely love indoor activities such as reading, baking, and watching good movies, it can become dull enjoying all of these activities in the same place all of the time. This year, I have become obsessed with festive decorating projects. They are an entertaining and easy way to liven up the place and make all of the time indoors just a little more enjoyable.
With Christmas right around the corner, I am definitely trying to keep the purse strings tight for these projects. While I accomplish the goal of decor on a budget, I am also looking to preserve the quality of my pieces. I don’t want anything that looks too tacky or cheap, after all! One of my favourite budget-friendly decorations I have in mind are center pieces. Center pieces can brighten up any space, and can be placed in any number of areas: tables, buffets, mantles, bathroom or kitchen counters, etc. They are versatile, easy, and beautiful.
To create a gorgeous Autumn center piece, you don’t need much! You can gather items such as: pumpkins, gourds, nuts, potpourri, burlap ribbon, fake flowers in festive colours (such as sunflowers, carnations, leafy vines) and anything else your heart desires. Find yourself a container such as a basket or a bowl, and assemble your center piece however you desire! You can make as few or as many as you like, and place them anywhere in your house.
These pieces will definitely have your guests asking for your decorators phone number! They are incredibly gorgeous, can be changed up as often as you’d like, and are extremely easy to make. Plus, if you use something such as potpourri, they will smell great and increase the festive vibe in your home. It’s an enjoyable afternoon project to spruce up your living quarters and ward off any cabin fever you may be developing from all that time indoors.
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