Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crochet Nativity

Here is a blog-post version of my "Peg" Nativity Pieces pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.  





 Peg Nativity Pieces

If you have questions about this pattern or need help with a particular problem, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions.  You can leave a comment below or email me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com.                                         Access FREE PDF here.

I’m excited to share with you this Christmas post!

I have two little ones in the home for Christmas this year, and they love to touch everything!  Sounds like a typical 3-year-old and 18-month-old.  I want them to learn about the meaning of Christmas; that we celebrate the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I let them look at my nativity scenes to show “Mommy Mary,” “Baby Jesus,” and “Daddy Joseph.”  Naturally, they were pretty excited about the figures, and wanted to hold them forever!

Of course, those nativity pieces are for mommy.  But I decided that I could whip up some more durable and plush nativity pieces for each of them.  I was considering making the out of wooden peg pieces, but I was trying not to buy any extra supplies.  I have a lot of yarn on-hand, so that was the best choice!  With a little bit of poly fiberfill, I could make pieces that are “peg” style without any of the risks of them actually being wood (like my furniture getting dinged because my boy loves pounding things).

In this set, Joseph stands at 4 inches (10 cm) tall, Mary is 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) tall, and Baby Jesus is 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) long.  I came up with the three pieces (and made two sets!) in one evening.  It doesn’t take much yarn, either!

I’m going to provide a free pattern for your use.  I hope other children can enjoy learning about Jesus’ entrance into this world and the sacrifices made by Mary and Joseph to ensure God’s will.  Merry Christmas!
Supplies:
  • G hook
  • Yarn: Skin color (ex: tan), Clothing color (ex: purple), Veil Color (ex: cream)
  • Poly Fiberfill
  • Beans (optional, helps Mary and Joseph stand up)

MARY: Start with Skin Color.  Ch 2. 
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch.  (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (15)
     Rnds 4 - 6: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (10)
     Rnd 8: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
     Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st. (10)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.DSCN8525
     Rnd 10: 1 sc in each st. (10)
     Rnd 11: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 12: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 13: 2 sc in first st.  1 sc in each of next two sts.  Repeat around. (20)
     Rnd 14: 1 sc in each st. (20)
     Rnd 15: 2 sc in first st.  1 sc in each of next three sts.  Repeat around.  (25)
     Rnd 16: 1 sc in each st. (25)
     Rnd 17: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next three sts.  Repeat around.  (20)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 18: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 19: sc2tog,1 sc in next st. Repeat around (10)
   Put in beans now, if desired.
     Rnd 20: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.

Veil (Granny Sqaure): Using Veil Color, ch 4 (counts as ch 1 plus dc)
     Rnd 1: 2 dc in first ch.  Ch 2.  *Continue in same ch sp: (3 dc, ch 2).  Repeat from * two more times.  Sl st to top of first ch-4.
     Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  *In next ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc).  Ch 1.  Repeat from * two more times.  In next ch-2 sp (same as starting ch): (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc).  Sl st to top of starting ch. Sl st into ch-1 sp.
     Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc).  In ch-1 sp: 2 dc, ch 1.  *In next ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1).  In next ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * two more times.   In last ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1).  Sl st to top of starting ch.
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a tail about 10 inches (25.5 cm) long to use to attach veil to MARY’s head.  Center granny square over head and attach.  Tie off and weave in loose ends.

JOSEPH: Start with Skin Color. Ch 2.
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch. (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnds 4 - 6: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (10)
DSCN8570     Rnd 8: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.
     Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st. (10)
     Rnd 10: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 11: 2 sc in first st. 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (20)
     Rnd 12 - 20 : 1 sc in each st. (20)
     Rnd 21: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (15)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 22: sc2tog,1 sc in next st. Repeat around (10)
   Put in beans now, if desired.
     Rnd 23: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.

BABY JESUS: Start with Skin Color.  Ch 2.
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch. (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnds 3 – 4: 1 sc in each st. (10)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.
     Rnds 5 – 11: 1 sc in each st. (10)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 12: sc2tog.  Repeat around.  (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.
Swaddling Clothes (Half Granny Sqaure): Using Veil Color, ch 5 (counts as ch 1, dc, ch 1)DSCN8601
     Row 1: In first ch: 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc.  Turn.
     Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  In ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  In ch-3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1).  In last ch-1 sp: (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc).  Turn.
     Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  *In ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * once more.  In ch-3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1).  In next ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  In last ch-1 sp: (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc.
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a tail about 10 inches (25.5 cm) long to use to attach to BABY JESUS’ body. Center 90-degree-angle of triangle over baby’s head.  Wrap other corners around body and sew into place. Tie off and weave in loose ends.


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Let me know if you have any questions!  I also love to see finished projects!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Rock-a-bye

Refinished Bentwood RockerThis is a project that took me way too long to finish!  This rocking chair was given to me by my parents when I got married.  The chair is sentimental to me mainly because my family has a home video of me on that chair.  They had their camera hooked up to the TV, so I was watching myself on the television while they were recording everything!  I was on my feet on the chair and I was going up and down (extending my legs and then folding back up) and getting a kick out of it!  I was probably about 2 and a half.  It’s always funny to watch a kid laugh, even if it was your younger self!
The chair was all sorts of brown from the 1980s.  And so I wanted to change it up.  At first, all we could afford to do was to use some fabric I had on-hand and cover the brown cushions with white fabric and I glued a black nylon decorative rope around the edge to hide the staples.  It wasn’t what I really wanted, but it wasn’t as ugly. 
Sometime later we moved to our new place that has a backyard and a garage which meant I had room to work!  One of the first things I did after we moved here was to take the chair apart and then find some paint stripper and sand paper.
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It took a bit of work.  And this spring and summer were rather wet for this area, so there were some days that I just couldn’t work outside.  Finally, it was done!  I put all the pieces back together and painted and painted and painted.  My husband started off by using two cans of spray paint we already had.  But it needed a little more layering so we got a small can of paint.  I put on several more coats, with fine-sanding in between. 
During the stripping portion, I also removed the old, gross fabric from the back-rest and bottom of the chair pads.  The padding under the fabric had nearly disintegrated, so that made it very messy!  I only kept the wooden boards!  I went out and bought fabric (a very popular pick from JoAnn’s!) and new padding.  I used the wood as templates for cutting out the padding and the fabric.  I also put quilt batting on top of the padding for to make it extra plush.  I glued those all together and then once the frame was done, I glued the cushions back on.
My kids were so excited to sit on it once it was done (they were trying to sit on it in the middle of the construction phase!)!  It’s now in the kid room and I love it!
Refinished Bentwood RockerRefinished Bentwood Rocker
Here’s a good resource if you want to do this to your own chair: My Red Rocker.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Halloween by Mom

Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy - AnnaVirginia FashionThis year my little girl was nearly THREE for Halloween.  This meant she understood the concept better than ever so far.  Probably mostly because she loves the Dora Halloween episode… But at any rate, I could ask her “What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?”  I asked if she wanted to be a cat like Dora and she said no… I asked if she wanted to be a butterfly and she said no… I asked if she wanted to be Cinderella and she said no (like that was a crazy idea!)… and I asked if she wanted to be a ladybug… YES!
So I started scheming on how to design a ladybug costume for an almost-three-year-old girl.  And to make a theme out of it, I decided I would dress our 20 month-old boy as a bumblebee.  This was going to be so cute!
When I’m designing from scratch, I take a while to collect my ideas and thoughts.  I look online to see if anything sparks an idea.  And I doodle out several ideas.  And I doodle out several items to complete the look (for example: I came up with antennas and which pants or tights they would wear).
Finally, I had an idea of yardage and we went to JoAnn’s.  I bought everything I needed and started cutting and sewing right away.  I made the ladybug tutu first.  That wasn’t hard, because I’ve made one in the past and so I did the same thing.  Here’s the pattern for the tutu, in case you want to use it.
Next I made the bumblebee costume.  It came together so well!  I roughly (really, really, really roughly) followed a pattern that I had acquired, but I had to change it a lot to fit a young toddler (the pattern was made for a 5-6 year old!).   I love how this piece came together!  I added snap tape for closures and a huge stinger!  I made him a striped hat in bumblebee style while teaching a friend how to crochet a hat, and so that’s how that came to be.  He loved the entire costume.  Pretty good, huh?
Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy - AnnaVirginia Fashion
Next came the ladybug wings.  I was slightly nervous to make these work, but in the end they turned out great!  I had to reposition the straps where they attached to the wings under her arms once, because they way I put them in at first held the wings open.  She looked like she was going to go flying off!  But ladybugs sit a lot, so I wanted the wings to sit nicer.  I love how they turned out!  And so does my daughter… she wore them all day and night (yes, I know) until Halloween!  But she let me wash them… as long as she could wear them the moment they were dry.  And I added a ladybug hat made of five crocheted squares with circles in the middle.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy - AnnaVirginia Fashion
My greatest satisfaction comes in that my kids loved the costumes as much as I did!

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Shop at AnnaVirginia

Many of you may know that I have phased out of Etsy (it was great, but the time has come to switch!) and now run my Shop out of my own website.  

As of the date of this posting, I have 15 items that are listed in my Shop – they are ready-made, meaning that I have already created them and they are ready to ship!  

I also take custom requests based on things I’ve made in the past (look at my Shop’s items or at my Creations), and would love to hear about the perfect item you’re envisioning.  Just let me know through my Contact Form.

Here are the fifteen items and their links!  They come in nice packaging so they are ready to be given as gifts (just let me know that you want the price left off of the invoice!)
Baby Flapper-Girl Hat - Yellow
Baby Flapper-Girl Hat – Yellow
Piggy Peeps - Blue
Piggy Peeps™ – Blue
Lime Slice Shawl
“Lime Slice” Shawl
Big Hair Flower - Pink
Big Hair Flower – Pink
Baby Summer Sandals - Yellow
Baby Summer Sandals – Yellow
Sage Mesh Cloche
Sage Mesh Cloche
Baby Flapper-Girl Hat - Pink
Baby Ear-Flap Hat - Green
Baby Ear-Flap Hat – Green
Baby Christmas Flats - Green
Baby Christmas Flats - Green
Big Hair Flower - Blue
Big Hair Flower – Blue
Piggy Peeps - Red
Piggy Peeps – Red
Black Mesh Cloche
Black Mesh Cloche
Baby Flapper-Girl Hat - White
Baby Flapper-Girl Hat – White
Big Hair Flower - Blue Camo
Big Hair Flower – Blue Camo
Swirly Ruffle Scarf - White
Swirly Ruffle Scarf - White

The Details:

Items: These items are ready to go! They are already made, but keep in mind I strive to make my items as comfortable and stylish as possible.  I don’t mind working around custom specifications, so let me know your sizing; let’s make it fit!

Packaging: Items arrive in nice packaging, so they are ready to be presented as gifts.  Let me know if you need the price left off of the invoice.

Shipping: I ship via USPS First Class mail because it is the most affordable for speed.  If you prefer a different method or have a different time frame, send me a message and we’ll work it out.  Shipping costs are stated on each listing.


Payments: I accept PayPal and Google Wallet for payment.  Follow their respective links for information on how each method works.

Questions: Please Contact Me if you have an item requests or any other questions!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Zoo (for $25)

The Zoo (for $25) at AnnaVirginia Fashion
I saw an idea on Pinterest about making a “zoo” for you child’s stuffed animals.  We have two kids, and they have a handful of animals (a good portion are the toys Mommy and Daddy had when they were little!).  I have a wire shelf system that I got from Target a couple years back that I thought would be great to re-purpose for the toys. 
This wire shelf system is available here.  I thought mine cost less, though! I guess prices have gone up a bit.  However, you should only need one system, so for $25 you can have an easy zoo. (Price as of the date this post was written!)
The Zoo (for $25) at AnnaVirginia Fashion
Here it is without any toys in it yet.  It’s hard to see where the openings are, but they are only in the left bottom and upper right.  There is a “shelf” in the middle of the middle section, and there are openings between upper and lower sections on either side.

The Zoo (for $25) at AnnaVirginia Fashion
My lovely assistant could hardly wait to put in the toys!  He loves pulling things out and putting them back again… and again and again.  You can see he’s putting it into the upper-right hand opening.

The Zoo (for $25) at AnnaVirginia Fashion
See how easy that was?  And easy access for each of the kids to pull out the toys of their choice.  And put them back when they are done!

The Zoo (for $25) at AnnaVirginia Fashion
He’s running off with a bunny while giving it big hugs – such a sweetheart!
Can you see that the big tiger on the left is in the left-section gap?  This tiger could escape through the lower portion, or he could climb upward while staying in the left section.  It’s the same on the right-hand section. 
Also, in the middle section there is a shelf.  The big teddy bear is sitting on it.  I figured it was a good way to go, as it added extra support to the entire system and it also helped keep all of the little toys from falling to the very bottom.  That way it helps keep the toys easy to reach.
So there you have it!  My version of “The Zoo!”

Monday, June 25, 2012

Photos into Coloring Pages

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
Here is a tutorial on how to change your photos into coloring pages using Picasa (because it’s a free program available to virtually everyone!)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
Take a photo that is cropped how you want it and:
1. Select B&W to make your photo Black and White. You may want to finely tune your light and color settings to make the picture's white whiter and black blacker. I adjust Fill Light first, then Shadows, and then Highlights and work them until they look appropriate.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
3. Select HDR-ish and set the tuners to desired tuning.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
4. Select Pencil Sketch and set tuners to desired tuning.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
5. At this point, you may want to re-adjust Fill Light and Shadows to give you the level of “sketching” that you want.  You may also want to re-crop to remove excess parts of the picture.
6. Save the picture and print and color!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Patriotic Yarn Wreath

AnnaVirginia Fashion: Patriotic Wreath

In an older post, I explain how I made yarn wreaths.  I have lots of yarn and I love things made of yarn!  I wanted something patriotic, since we’re surrounded by patriotic holidays this time of year (actually all year… but summertime is a good excuse).
I basically followed my own instructions, but instead of a tiny piece of duct tape, I wrapped tape around the entire pipe insulation foam around twice.  I’m hoping that it will maintain a more circular shape throughout time.  Anyway, the picture shows how my wreath turned out.  I like it!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kid’s Aprons and Pot Holders

Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia FashionKid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion
To finish off our kid kitchen, I decided that each of my toddlers should have an apron and matching pot holders.  I’ve seen that you can make kid aprons using a standard pot holder and kitchen hand towel, but I wanted something more fun.  However, I used a pot holder and kitchen towel to give me measurements to start off with!
Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia FashionKid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion
For my girl, I used some pink stripe fabric I had on hand, and for my boy I used some Finding Nemo fabric.  Both fabrics are hand-me-downs from other people!  I used black rick-rack for trim on the pink apron, and for both I used ribbon for the neck and waist straps.  I made them a little big so that they can use them for some time.  Both of the kids love them!Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion