Crochet Ice Cream Pin Cushion

Recently, on a trip to my local Michael’s store, I came across a super adorable ceramic ice cream cone in several, pretty pastel colors.  I knew immediately that I had to have it, and that it would look so sweet as the bottom of a crocheted ice cream scoop, which would serve perfectly as a pin cushion!

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Does an open box of pointy pins scare you as much as it scares me?  I am always so afraid of getting pricked by one, I don’t even reach in the box!  I just dump some out and safely separate them with a pencil or hook or whatever is handy that isn’t my fingers!

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I have wanted to make myself a pin cushion for quite awhile now, I just couldn’t make myself buy the old tomato pin cushion in the stores.  And with my pretty rainbow colored pins, they will make the perfect “sprinkles” for my ice cream scoop!

Let’s get started!

Supplies needed:

*Crochet Hook (I used a 3.5mm hook for mine, but of course any hook will work.  Smaller hooks and tighter stitches make smaller projects, while larger hooks and looser stitches make larger projects.  Stick close to the 3.5mm size if replicating this project exactly.) 

*Worsted Weight Yarn (choose any “flavor” you like!) 

*Ice Cream Cone (Mine is from Michael’s, but you could also use a small cup, a bowl, or even crochet your own cone!) 

*Fiber Fill Stuffing

*Hot Glue or E-6000 (Something nice and strong for attaching the scoop of ice cream to your cone.) 

*Stitch Marker (We will be working in continuous rounds.)

Abbreviations:

Pattern is written using US crochet terms.

sc : single crochet
hdc : half double crochet
dc : double crochet
sl st : slip stitch

ch: chain

 

Instructions:

We will be working in continuous rounds here, so insert your stitch marker at the end of each round.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle.  (6)
Round 2: Work 2 sc into each stitch around. (12)
Round 3: Work *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch* 6 times. (18)
Round 4: Work *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 6 times. (24)
Round 5: Work *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 6 times. (30)
Round 6: Work *1 sc into next 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitches* 6 times. (36)
Round 7: Work *1 sc into next 5 stitches, 2 sc into next stitches* 6 times.(42)
Round 8: Work *1 sc into next 6 stitches, 2 sc into next stitches* 6 times. (48)

Rounds 9-18: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (48) Do not fasten off.

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Ruffle on bottom of scoop:

Round 19: Remove stitch marker, and now, work in front loops only.  Ch 1, in next stitch, in front loop only, 2hdc.  In next stitch, 4hdc.  Alternate 2hdc and 4hdc in front loops only, all the way around the scoop.  When you come to the end, sl st and fasten off.

You should have a super cute scoop of ice cream now, ready for filling!

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Optional Cherry on top: I like to attach my cherry before stuffing, it’s just easier!  This project would look cute with or without the cherry on top.  You can also sew your own sprinkles on top, if you didn’t want to use this as a pin cushion.

To make the cherry, use red worsted weight yarn and either a fancy schmancy pom pom maker, or your handy dandy fingers!  I just use my fingers.  I start by cutting a piece of yarn about 10 inches long.  Set this aside for tying your yarn in just a bit!

Now, wrap the red yarn around three fingers about 36-40 times.  Don’t wrap it too tightly or it will be tougher to get off and tie.

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Once you are done wrapping, very carefully remove the wrapped  yarn from your fingers, being certain not to let the loops move or fall apart.  Take the piece of yarn we set aside and tie it very tightly around the very middle of your loops.  You want to wrap it around twice and really tie it quite tightly.

Now you get your scissors and cut the loop ends, so you have a crazy ball of yarn bits.  Be careful not to cut your tie in the middle.  Trim the yarn all around, making it smaller and neater, eventually making a cute little pom pom, or in this case, cherry.

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To attach, simply stitch into place on top of your ice cream cone.  It’s easier to do this before stuffing.

You could also hot glue a pre made pom pom here, but where’s the fun in that?

Finishing:

Finishing this project is super easy.  First, you want to stuff the bottom of the ice cream cone.  You can use fiber fill, or paper towels, whatever you have.  It won’t be noticeable in the bottom cone part of this project, so I used paper towels and made it very firm so that the stuffing from the scoop would have a firm bottom.

Stuff the scoop with your fiber fill.  You want it nice and full, with a good firmness to it, since we are using this as a pin cushion.

Initially, I planned on gluing my scoop on with E-6000, however, I found that it would have been difficult to keep it held in place for the amount of time it would take to cure.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some E-6000, but in this project, I found hot glue to work best for me.

I put a dot of hot glue on one side of the cone and then placed the scoop in place over it.  I did this with the scoop upside down, and the cone on top.  This allowed me to keep the stuffing pushed in while I glued it in place, and gravity was on my side this way.

Keep doing this, all around the cone.  If you imagine the circle as a clock, I glued in 12 and 6 first, and then 3 and 9.  Then I just kept closing the little gaps by doing dots of glue in between.

Be careful with hot glue!  Martha Stewart always suggests having a bowl of ice water next to you when working with hot glue, and believe me, it comes in handy!

Once your scoop is glued in place, all that’s left is the sprinkles!

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I love how cute this pin cushion turned out!!  It’s cute and functional!  No more stressing about getting stabbed by the mess of pins!  Yay!

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!  It was super fun to come up with, I can’t wait to make some new flavors!

 

 

Can we be friends?

It is with great trepidation that I even attempt to revive our friendship.  When I first met you, I didn’t know what to expect.  I mean, we are so different, you with your hard, poisonous shell, keeping the world away from your inner good.  I thought we were cool, we had fun, I looked forward to seeing you.  Then, out of nowhere, you viciously turned on me.

I didn’t even recognize you, how could you be so cruel, so unforgiving?  You spread your poison and you know what?  You made me afraid of you.  Our distance the last several months has  given me a lot of time to think about what happened.  I now know that it was all my fault.

Are you happy?

I admit, it was me that poisoned myself.  You didn’t mean for it to happen, you were a helpless victim, a byproduct of my mistake.

I want to try again.  I want to be friends, I want you in my life, in my family’s life.  I think you could be good for all of us, and if you are ready, I want to start fresh.

This time, I come into the relationship better prepared.  I know what to expect, and in turn, hope to avoid that nasty break up we had so many months ago.

So what do you say?  Is a friendship even possible?  Can we call a truce?  I can’t let you around my children if you turn toxic again.  I would never forgive myself.

I’ll let you simmer, think about it all, soak it in, and I’ll get back to you in about an hour or so.  I have great expectations this time.  Please don’t hurt me again.

 

I will be sure and let you all know how this relationship reboot goes.  See, I had a sort of falling out with lentils last year when I repeatedly gave myself food poisoning by eating them when they must have been under cooked.  That was a huge duh moment.  I haven’t touched them since, I have been too afraid!  But after a good long soaking, over a day to be exact, and much research on the internets, I have decided to try again.  I have a big pot of them simmering away on the stove right now, hopefully poison free!  Fingers crossed for no food poisoning this time!

 

December Citrus Lane Box!

December is a crazy month for everyone!  That is my official excuse for not posting this in a timely manner.  🙂

Citrus Lane’s theme for December was “A few of our favorite things”.  The box was jam packed with some great goodies!  Shall we begin?

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As always, each month includes an insert that gives you all the details of the items in the box, the websites to find the products, and very often, an exclusive savings code so you can stock up on even more of the awesome items.

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This month’s box came was a bit larger than usual because it had a big toy inside of it!

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Green Toys Airplane $14.99

Totally eco friendly, totally made from recycled materials (milk jugs to be exact!) and totally awesome!  The Green Toys ariplane is a perfect imagination toy for both boys and girls alike!  All of the Green Toys items are made very sturdy, ready for lots of play time with even the littlest, perhaps roughest, of little pilots!  A total hit in our house, sound effects not included, but easily and very happily provided by the happy kiddos!

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Pearhead Brag Book $8.95

This is not a flimsy, cheap little brag book!  This is a hardcover, sturdily made book, perfect for a grandparent gift or just filling and keeping for yourself!  My kids love to spend time looking through photo albums, so this would even be a perfect book to fill with photos for the kids to look through whenever their little hearts desire.  Very cute and easily personalized!

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GoGo Squeez Fruit Pouch $1.29

Yummy, easy, real food snack that is great to stash away in purses, diaper bags, you name it.  All of my kids love to eat snacks from pouches, from 10 years old all the way down to my 1 year old.  It is an easy, mess free way to give a healthy snack on the go and offers at least a few minutes of quiet time while the kids are snacking away!

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Renee & Jeremy It’s A Big World CD $12.00

Okay, as a mama with little ones, my house is filled with all sorts of kid songs that can get…..annoying.  Admit it, character voices get old fast!  This CD, Rene & Jeremy as artists in general, just amazing!  Calming, soothing, mellow, happy, just GOOD.  They have a bit of a hippie/folkie vibe that I have to admit, I love.  You can check out their website for samples of their songs.  Watch out though, they are amazingly addictive!

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Madecasse 75% Cocoa Mini Chocolate Bar $1.50

This was an added special little treat just for the mamas (or daddys!) this month.  I love getting small little things for me in the boxes, and you can’t go wrong with chocolate, am I right?  This particular chocolate was very dark and very bold, as the label suggests.  Not for everyone’s taste buds, but still a very nice little treat!

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Ecomom Gift Voucher $15

Ecomom is a website with an amazing variety of awesome, eco friendly items, both for the kids and for mom (or dad, lets not forget the papis!)  This voucher is good for $15 towards ANYTHING your heart desires on their site!  What a generous gift!  The hardest thing about that, is picking one thing to use it on!  I am an Ecomom regular, I have no doubt that everyone will be able to find an amazing deal to use this voucher on!

 

Have you fallen in love with Citrus Lane yet?!  I am being 100% honest when I tell you that it is something we look forward to each and every month!  We are constantly being introduced to new, awesome products and companies.  We use all of our Citrus Lane goodies regularly, and often have impressed mamas asking us where we got this or that.

Wanna hear some exciting news?  The Citrus Lane Subscription box has expanded its ages for their boxes!!  They now offer curated boxes for babies and kids from birth to age 5!!  How exciting!

Are you interested in a getting a subscription of your own?  Well, I can help you!  Click HERE to sign up and you will get $10 off your new subscription!  You can get as little as 3 months, or as much as a full year!

I have said it before, I will say it again.  I think Citrus Lane is an awesome value and it definitely costs less than a quick trip to Target (or any store) for this mama.  They have exciting things planned for the coming year, so now is a great time to join the Citrus Lane community!

 

Our First Thanksgiving

This year is the very first year that we stayed at home as a family and made our very own Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a blast!  We looked up yummy recipes from Food Network’s website and we decided brine our turkey, as per Alton Brown’s suggestion.  We had a feast and it was delicious!  It was really nice having the intimate family time, talking to the kids about our Thanksgiving traditions when we were little, having them help prepare the meal, and then sharing what everyone is thankful for.  It was awesome, and something I look forward to doing as our Thanksgiving tradition.

Getting ready to finally dig into our lovely meal!  We had turkey, wild mushroom dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, sugared cranberries and a super yummy easy freezy pumpkin pie!

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Sara was having too much fun!  Silly girl!

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Doesn’t the pie just look delicious?  It was a great twist on the classic pumpkin pie!

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Feeling Bratty

My kids are kind of awesome.  Here it is, the day before Thanksgiving, their first day on break from school, and their mama is sick.  Yucky stomach issues, just miserable.  When I was able to crawl out of bed to check on everyone, I saw this waiting for me on the counter:

 

A Get Well card, a bottle of water with a straw so I don’t drink too fast (Bella’s words), a cup of applesauce and a well done piece of plain toast.  (That is Tigger”s face on my toast, btw.  Awesome, I know.)

They prepared me a B.R.A.T friendly diet.  You know, that diet that you are supposed to follow when you are having tummy issues?  Short for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, all foods that are gentle on the rumbly belly.

Yeah, my kids are awesome.

November Citrus Lane Box!

Middle of the month means a box of sunshine at our door, otherwise known as Citrus Lane!  For those not in the know, Citrus Lane is a subscription service that delivers a box of specially curated items for babies from newborn to age 3 every month.  Each month has a theme, and this month, unsurprisingly, the theme is “Fun With Food.”  Let’s dive in!

This month’s box was full of fun, food related goodies!

As always, each box comes with a sheet that explains each item, tells you where to find more, and often times includes some awesome, exclusive coupon codes.

Goodbyn Small Meals $6.49

This BPA free container is perfect for packing snacks for on the go and keeping them from getting all squished like they would in a baggie.  This one in particular also has two separate compartments, which is awesome for making a complete meal for your little one and easily toting it mess free.

Plum Organics Training Meals $1.49

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.  Yum!  This is a perfect way to start the day, keeping baby nice and full before a long car ride to grandma’s house for turkey and all the fixins!  I like to mix in some fresh fruit, upping the yum factor and adding even more nutrition.  No complaints from my kiddos!

Green Eats Set of 4 Snack Bowls $6.99

Just the right size for the Plum Organics oatmeal!  These bowls are actually made from recycled milk jugs!  Even better, for easy clean up, they are dishwasher safe.  Something to remember though, they are not microwave safe, so while they are great to serve snacks in, remember not to warm anything in these bowls.

Tiny Prints 20% off plus free shipping

Tis the season for fun holiday cards, and this coupon code is just in time for making some awesome cards of your little ones to send to friends and loved ones.

“Look Mommy!  Something for you!  In my box….”

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer $9.00

Yes, included in this month’s box was a special treat for the mamas!  All natural, hydrating and full of antioxidants.  Great way to wind down at the end of the day, especially during all the chaos of the holidays!

Plan Toys Fish Castanets Set of Two $10.00

How stinkin’ cute are these?!  Two, very brightly colored wooden castanets, perfect for little hands and pleasant on the ears!  It is a soft, pleasant sound that these fishies make, and they are FUN to play with!  I find myself grabbing them every time I see them, clacking out a little beat before one of the kids steals them away.  Very well made and well loved in this family.

“Time for a jam session, Mama!”

Try out your very own subscription to Citrus Lane by clicking HERE.  Once you follow that link, enter coupon code 10TODAY to save 10%.  Or, enter code 10MONTH for $10 off one month.    When you subscribe for a full year, they also give you two months free.  Who doesn’t love free?!

We love Citrus Lane in our home.  As I have said before, the value of the products each month for the small price paid is just fabulous.  And much cheaper than a “quick” trip to Target for me.  I love being introduced to new brands and companies, and we have loved everything we have gotten so far.

October Citrus Lane Box!

It’s the middle of the month, and that means there was a bright, happy package on our door step earlier this week!  Yes, it’s Citrus Lane time again, and this month’s theme is Fall Fun.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

 

How can you look at that bright, sunny tissue paper and not be happy?

 

As you can see, this month’s box was once again filled with all sorts of goodies!

 

Included in every box is an insert that gives you detailed information about all of the items, along with special coupon codes and the websites where you can find more great deals from the same companies featured in each package.

 

Oball by Rhino $4.99

This was the very first thing Sara grabbed out of the box, even before the food, now that’s saying something!  This ball is extremely lightweight, collapses down for storage and springs right back to life when you are ready to play again.  It’s hard keeping the kiddos from throwing balls in the house, but with this one, there is far less chance of them breaking anything or hurting themselves (or each other!) and that is a huge plus in my book.

 

As usual, Sara is referring to the packing list as she discovers all the contents of her box.

 

Munchkin 7oz Click Lock Trainer Cups $8.99 for 2 pack

Can you ever have too many sippy cups?  I mean, especially at this time of year, with all of the family fun trips on the weekend and visiting with relatives for the holidays.  It’s never a bad idea to keep an extra sippy cup in the car and even one at Grandma’s house, just in case.  I don’t know about you, but with four kids, well, it is a miracle every time we make it to point b.  Period.  If after said trip we realized we forgot a sippy cup?  Well, let’s just say the baby wouldn’t be the only one crying.  An extra bonus to these cups?  Guaranteed 100% leak proof.  Go ahead and give the kid some grape juice, it’s all good.  Now, if they play sprinkler once their mouth is full, well, it wasn’t the cup’s fault.

 

“What else do we have in here?”

 

Big Smiles Cheesy Potatoes by Ella’s Kitchen $2.49

Food is always a big hit in our house, and these pouches are super convenient, travel well, and reseal if you have leftovers.  Cheesy potatoes sounds like a yummy addition to any warm, fall meal, and definitely wins in the yum factor with Sara.

 

“Okay Mama, let’s bust these taters open!”

 

BabyGanics Smooth Moves Lotion $5.49

Cooler weather means dry, itchy skin.  This BabyGanic lotion is silky smooth, with all kinds of great, nourishing ingredients that won’t only soothe, but will really benefit baby’s (or your!) skin.  There are no nasty chemicals in this lotion, so no worries using on even the littlest ones.  Yay for healthy skin!

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Mini $4.99

This month’s box included a mama treat!  This is a cleansing oil.  Sounds counter intuitive?  I concur.  This 100% water soluble formula promises to dissolves away the dirt, makeup, sunscreen, etc that everyday brings and rinse off leaving skin soft, smooth and healthy.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I am definitely looking forward to pampering myself, thank you Citrus Lane!

 

In My Den from Chronicle Books $8.99

This adorable book has a finger puppet, right in the middle, making story time interactive and even more fun!  This book is perfect for snuggling up to after a day at the pumpkin patch, and it has a super sweet message.  So cute, and as I have said before, we are book hoarders in our home, so a book is always a very welcome addition!

 

Try out your very own subscription to Citrus Lane by clicking HERE.  Once you follow that link, enter coupon code 10TODAY to save 10%.  Or, enter code 10MONTH for $10 off one month.    When you subscribe for a full year, they also give you two months free.  Who doesn’t love free?!

We love Citrus Lane in our home.  As I have said before, the value of the products each month for the small price paid is just fabulous.  And much cheaper than a “quick” trip to Target for me.  I love being introduced to new brands and companies, and we have loved everything we have gotten so far.

 

 

Sometimes, no matter how cool the stuff in the box is, the box ends up being the best toy!

Diet Cheese?

 

So, I’m making lunch for me and the babies, and when I reach into the Sara Lee Baby Swiss package to pull out a few slices for sandwiches, I can’t help but notice that the slices are…..quite holey.  Like, seriously, missing half a slice from whatever makes Swiss cheese holey.   We eat a lot of Swiss  cheese in this family, and I have never seen holes that big.

So, does that make these slices half the calories?  Because they are certainly half the cheese.  Or do they calculate the calories with the ginormous holes of nothing included?  This packaged should have been marked half price, I feel kind of cheated.

Craziness.

Are you now left wondering why Swiss cheese has those holes in it?  Me too, so I Googled it.  Turns out, those holes are the byproduct of the microbes added to milk to make Swiss cheese.  There is also, apparently, government regulations regarding the size of the holes deemed acceptable in Swiss cheese in the United States.  To be classified as “Grade A” Swiss cheese, it must have holes that are no larger than 3/4 of an inch.  Ummm….Did you hear that Sara Lee?

Just sayin’.

Oh, lentils! Why do you hate me so?

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To discourage seed predators, pulses contain trypsin inhibitors that interfere with digestion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, I decided to be good and made a nice big pot of lentil stew.  I followed the recipe to the letter, and it turned out, if I do say so myself, quite delicious.

There is a small quirk to my lentil stew though.  You know how anti-freeze is crazy poisonous, but for some reason it tastes delicious to animals and babies, so they can mistakenly ingest it, not knowing that they are in fact slurping down poison?  Yeah, so, under cooked lentils are also pretty poisonous.  They have proteins that cannot be broken down and require a full, good hard boil to make them safe to eat.

Did you know that?

I didn’t know that.  If the under cooking of a food could cause severe illness and food poisoning, don’t you think that should be general, common knowledge?  You know, like how we all know you should’t eat raw cookie dough or lick your fingers after touching raw meat?

I didn’t under cook my lentils on purpose.  As I said, I followed the directions exactly.

Luckily, I was the only one that ate it.  Unluckily, it took two completely separate days of what felt like painful, near death illness, for me to put two and two together and realize what made me ill.

Abe had to stay home for half of the day today to help me take care of the babies because I was just too sick.  Again.

Guess what I will never eat again?  Did you say raw cookie dough?  Naw, I would probably eat that, that stuff is delicious.  But lentil anything?  Oh my.

No.  Just no.

I tend not to forgive things that make me violently ill.  Did you read the caption under the lovely lentil photo at the top of this post?  “To discourage seed predators, pulses contain trypsin inhibitors that interfere with digestion.

Consider this “seed predator” discouraged!

Baby Cubes Giveaway Reminder

Have you entered to win the three pack of Baby Cubes yet?  Click HERE and get yourself entered!  There are lots of awesome ideas floating around in the comment section of that post, and all it takes is a comment to enter yourself to win!  Did I mention that there will be ten winners?!

Go enter!

I have gotten an inbox full of emails as entries, which is cool, I will still enter all of those into the giveaway.  But share your ideas in the comments section too, so everyone can see what you’ll use your Baby Cubes for!  Sharing is caring, ya know.