Elegant Toddler Girl Hat

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Well this is long overdue, and I apologize. What more can I say than life is hectic?! We have been busy with renovations, yard clean-up, expanding our farm, and adjusting to life on an acreage in Manitoba. Although it is busy, we absolutely love it here!

Now that colder weather is coming and life it settling down a bit, I have some time for hobbies again. WHOOT WHOOT! And two of these hobbies are, you guessed it, blogging and crocheting. So without further delay, here is the long awaited Elegant Crochet Hat pattern! ( For the Wavy Infinity Scarf pattern shown in the picture, click here . For the Overlapping Crochet Flower, click here )

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This pattern is a little more intermediate than the scarf.

Elegant Crochet Hat
Size – 2-6 years

Hook size – J(6.00mm)
NOTE: I like to use a 5.00mm hook on the rim.

*ch3 at beginning of round counts as 1 stitch.

Rnd 1: ch 4. 9 dc in first ch. sl st into the 4th ch. (10 sts)

Rnd 2: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 2 sts. *4 dc into space between next sts. skip 2 sts.* repeat 3 more times. sl st to ch3. (20 sts)

Rnd 3: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 7 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *8 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts.* repeat 3 more times. sl st to ch3. (40 sts)

Rnd 4: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *8 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts. 4 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts.* repeat 3 more times. 8 dc into space between next sts. sl st to ch3. (60 sts)

Rnd 5-15: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *4 dc into space between next ss. skip 4 sts.* reeat 13 more times. sl st to ch3. (60 sts)

Rnd 16, 17: (Don’t forget to switch hooks!) ch 1. sc into next st and every st around. sl st to ch1. (60 sts)

Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in ends.

Attach your favorite crochet flower and you’re finished!

To make this hat smaller, I simply use a smaller hook. For a 12-24 month size I use a 5.00 mm hook for the hat and a 4.00 mm hook for the rim.

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size 2-6 years, left : size 12-24 months, right

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Toddler Girl Infinty Scarf

  
Making a scarf for my daughter has been on my to-do list for well over a year. Now that fall has arrived, I decided she simply cannot go without a scarf this year! After looking at several photos of toddler scarves and reading through a few patterns, I came up with this one. I am thrilled with how it turned out!

For the hat pattern, click here

Wavy Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

This pattern is great for beginners.

Wavy Infinity Scarf
Size – Toddler

Hook size – H (5.00mm)

Row 1: Ch 22

Row 2: hdc in third ch from hook, *hdc in next 2 ch, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, skip 1 ch, reapeat from * twice, hdc in last ch, ch 2, turn.

Row 3: in back loops only – hdc in same st as ch 2, *skip 1 st, hdc in next 2 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, skip 1 st, repeat from * twice, hdc in last st, ch 2, turn.

Row 4-112 (or until desired length): repeat row 3.

Using a yarn needle, join the last row to the first row to form a loop.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

For alternating colours, this is what I did:
main colour – 6 rows
second colour – 6 rows
main colour – 2 rows
second colour – 2 rows
I followed this pattern 7 times.

You can definitely switch up the colours in whichever order you prefer; have some fun with it!

TIP – if you don’t like weaving in all the ends after changing colours, simply carry them up the side of the scarf. Then go around the edges afterward in sc to make a border.

Wavy Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

Daily Quiet Time Bins

Quiet Time Bins

One of the most brilliant things I have ever done for my toddler, is make these Daily Quiet Time Bins. They are so handy! She has a different bin for every day, Monday thru Friday. This way she won’t get bored with the toys and activities in each bin, as she only gets to play with them once a week. She also loves these bins because they contain smaller toys that my 15-month old is not able to play with. So they are special toys for her use only.

I have set aside one hour a day for my daughter to use these bins. For us, it is from 3-4PM, during my sons afternoon nap. But of course you can set aside any amount of time throughout the day that works for your family. I love that my daughter is occupied while my son is napping so that I also have some time to myself – because even adults need quiet time!! (Or just time to catch up on laundry, dishes, or getting supper started!)

Here are a few photos of my daughter using the bins. (Please forgive the horrible quality. I am definitely no photographer!)

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So here is a list of the toys and activities that are in my daughter’s Quiet Time Bins, in case you wish to try some out for your own toddler 🙂 I have included items that are educational, improve fine motor skills, and of course some are just for fun 😉

Monday:
– magnetic letters
– little farmer and farm animal set
– tracing lines and numbers

Tuesday:
– puzzle
– Lego
– colour flash cards

Wednesday:
– stickers
– foam cube puzzle
– tracing letters and names

Thursday:
– magnetic numbers
– sewing card practice
– Memory Game

Friday:
– puzzle
– strawberry shortcake dolls
– number and letter flashcards

Saturday:
– today’s quiet time is movie time!

I hope this list gave you some ideas! If not for Quiet Time Bins, then hopefully at least to keep your toddler entertained for a while 🙂

If you have any other ideas of what I could add to these bins, please let me know! (My daughter would be thrilled to have a few more items included!)

Cards, Cards, Cards!

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I LOVE making cards. But sometimes I loose interest because I just can’t think of any more ideas! It seems to go in streaks for me. For about a week I will make a card or two every day. Then I will go weeks, even MONTHS, without making a single card! To get my creative juices flowing again, I often scan the internet for ideas.

So for all of you card-making ladies out there who have the same problem as me, I thought I would share some inspiration!

Here are just a few of my favourite cards I have made. (I apologize for the slightly blurry pictures, iPhones just don’t do the greatest job!)

This is my all-time favourite card! I can't even bare to give it away!! I used patterned paper, Stampin Up stamps, ink, sponges, and brads.

This is my all-time favourite card! I can’t even bare to give it away!! I used patterned paper, Stampin Up stamps, ink, sponges, and brads.

This was a last minute card that I made just last night for a bridal shower that I nearly forgot about! It was quick and easy to make. I used Stampin Up stamps, punches, pearls, and string.

This was a last minute card that I made just last night for a bridal shower that I nearly forgot about! It was quick and easy to make. I used Stampin Up stamps, punches, pearls, and string.

I love the collage look to this one! Once again, using Stampin Up paper, stamps, and ink.

I love the collage look to this one! Once again, using Stampin Up paper, stamps, and ink.

Another simple and quick card using patterned paper, Stampin Up stamp, string, and button. Would be even easier if I had a square punch to make the banners!!

Another simple and quick card using patterned paper, Stampin Up stamp, string, and button. Would be even easier if I had a square punch to make the banners!!

This is one of the first cards I made when I really started getting into Stamping. These were the first stamps and punches I bought from Stampin Up and I still love them!!

This is one of the first cards I made when I really started getting into Stamping. These were the first stamps and punches I bought from Stampin Up and I still love them!!

I love how this card came together with all the flower punch-outs! I used textured paper, ribbon and stamps for this card.

I love how this card came together with all the flower punch-outs! I used textured paper, ribbon and stamps for this card.

Hopefully they give you some ideas and get you inspired to start cutting, gluing, and stamping 🙂