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!

 

 

Shave Mob Stocking Stuffer!

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The holidays are fast approaching, and I don’t know about you, but some of the hardest to shop for people on my list are the men in my life!  Sure, there’s always the crazy holiday themed ties, kids art projects, or socks that you can give the special man in your life, but what about giving him something he can actually use?!  Crazy, right?

Enter ShaveMob, with an awesome new kit for the men, or women, who are hard to shop for or are just special enough to receive the gift of baby soft, ultra smooth, hair free skin, just in time for Christmas!

Have you not heard of ShaveMob before?  Refresh your memory with my original review found HERE.  And for those to lazy to click, let me remind you of ShaveMob’s awesomeness.

Imagine the luxury of a super smooth shave from a high end razor, but with the price tag of the cheap throwaways that you know not to trust.  And, these amazing razors are delivered right to your door, no need to fight your way through the busy stores and stare at the gobs of overpriced options.  There are NO MEMBERSHIP FEES and SHIPPING IS FREE!  And, you are saving up to 70% off premium shaving razors!  Just choose your handle, pick your package, reorder when you run low.  The blades are amazing, and they last a long time!!  The only difference between these blades and the super overpriced ones found in stores, is the awesome savings and convenience of having them shipped straight to you!

We are huge fans of ShaveMob here, I haven’t been suckered into overpaying for razors since my review last year!  Why go back to that craziness?  There is a better way, my friends!

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Whether it’s a last minute holiday gift, or just a smart investment anytime of year, ShaveMob is just smart!  Join the mob!

 

The awesome folks at ShaveMob provided products for review purposes, but all opinions are my own and I really do think ShaveMob is 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.

Black Friday!!!

Gift Wrapped – 20 Songs That Keep on Giving!

I won’t lie.  I love to shop.  Retail therapy is a real thing for me, and finding an awesome bargain?  Well, that is icing on the cake.  This time of year, the stores are gearing up for some of the craziest sales of the season, and I just love it!

I follow a website that leaks the ads early, that’s how obsessed I am.  This year, we have a pricey 3DS XL on Santa’s list, so I am really hoping that someone will have a nice bundle on sale.

I’m also trying to dial back a little on the gift giving this year because I tend to get a little out of control.  I made a list and am trying very hard to stick with it.  That’s easier said than done, especially with all the leaked sales coming out!  The problem is, Christmas morning is so full of gift opening, that lots of gifts get thrown aside to open new ones.  The kids get so many toys, they don’t know what to play with first.  The littles especially, even get tired of opening gifts!  Hello!  Time for a wake up call, mama!

I heard of this awesome old Victorian tradition of gift giving which basically consists of four gifts.  Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.  How smart is that?  A little bit of everything, and with less gifts, it’s so much easier to appreciate what is actually received.

Well, I already went over that four gift limit.  Not as badly as before, so I get points for that, right?  And I am sticking to the general rule of the four categories.  What really complicates things is when the kids get older and the items they ask for get so much more expensive.  The 3DS XL?  Yeah, without any games, it runs $200.  A game will be at least another $30.  That’s for one kid.  We have four.

Now, the other kids lists, well, they are all significantly less expensive.  They could get way more gifts for not even close to the cost of the 3DS XL.  But then, one kid is opening only a couple gifts and the others have a whole bunch?  That’s not fair.  Is it?

I don’t know.  I think I over think it all.

That is so unlike me.

Stop laughing.  Seriously.

Citrus Lane Deluxe Shower Box!

In addition to Citrus Lane’s amazing monthly subscription boxes, they also have a really cool Deluxe Shower Box that would make the perfect baby shower gift!  What a great way to help prepare for the new bundle of joy and be introduced to the awesomeness that is Citrus Lane at the same time! Shall we dive into the Deluxe Shower Box and see all the fun goodies that are included?  Vamanos!

The Deluxe Shower box is full of essential goodies for keeping both mama and baby happy.

Included with every Citrus Lane box is this handy insert that gives you all the details of the products inside, along with handy tips, tricks, and even some unique coupon codes just for Citrus Lane subscribers.  Gotta love a coupon code!

Swaddle Designs Marquisette Swaddle Blanket $15.00

Let me tell you right now, swaddling your newborn baby will be a lifesaver!  There is magic in the swaddle, something that instantly soothes and calms a fussy baby.  Now, swaddling can be tricky.  It can be tough to remember how to fold the blanket, and near impossible if your blanket is too small.  This awesome swaddle blanket is 46 square inches, plenty big, and has a sewn on tag that reminds you, should you ever forget, how to properly swaddle your little blessing!  Swaddling your baby makes them feel secure, which makes them calm, which makes you calm.  It also reduces the risk of SIDS, and, when not being used to swaddle, can easily be used as a lightweight nursing cover!  This swaddle blanket is awesome, well made, and will be used well past the swaddling stage of your baby.

Cloud B Sleep Sheep Rattle $4.95

First of all, how adorable is this little sleeping sheep?!  It is velvet-y soft and sized just right for tiny baby hands.  It is also a muted rattle, meaning when you accidentally drop it on your way to put your baby down for an afternoon siesta, it won’t make a sudden loud noise, waking the baby up.  Why aren’t all baby toys muted?  And kids toys?  And the world in general?  At any rate, this rattle is just precious and sure to be a favorite lovey.

Bathtime Baby Bathing Baby Hair & Body Wash $9.50

Bathing Baby was founded by a mom who wanted healthy, safe skincare products for her own baby.  This versatile hair and body wash is very gentle, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.  Newborn babies smell amazing as it is, why cover up that magic?  You won’t find any parabens, glycols, sulfates, dyes, BPA or phthalates in this wash or the packaging.  Just a healthy, organic wash that is perfect for a brand new baby.

Minted Gift Card $50.00

Now that you have a brand new baby, it’s time to announce it to the world!  At Minted, you will find amazing, high quality artwork and customized announcements, thank you cards, stationary, you name it.  There is no end to the amazing things you will find on their website, the hardest part is choosing what you want!  This very generous gift card will definitely come in handy for announcing your little prince or princess or even for purchasing an amazing art print to decorate their nursery.  Warning: This site is highly addictive!

Pearhead Babyprints Tin $14.95

Babies grow so quickly!  It will amaze you how fast your little pumpkin will grow just in their first year of life!  Maybe you have had a not so fun experience with hand print kits in the past?  You know, the messy plaster kind where you have to mix the powder with the water, let it set for the magic amount of time when it’s not too wet but not too hard?  Goodness, I know many a tear has been shed in my casa alone trying to use one of those kits for my babies.  Here is where the brilliance of Pearhead Babyprints comes in.  There is nothing to mix.  No mess.  Dare I say, no tears!  It is an air dry clay!  You simply roll the clay out, press the hand or foot into it, and walk away, smile still firmly intact as your print air dries.  That’s it!  True magic!  Love it!

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water $11.99

There will come a time with your new baby, when no amount of swaddling will make them stop crying.  Maybe it’s gas or an upset tummy.  These moments sneak up out of nowhere and can leave a mama, and papi, feeling pretty helpless.  That is when it is a true blessing to have something like this on standby!  Gripe Water is alcohol free and contains naturally soothing fennel and ginger.  It has even been used for teething related tummy upsets and colic.  Trust me when I say you definitely want to have this waiting in the medicine cabinet before you need it!  It is a very stressful thing when baby is crying and you have exhausted all your tricks.  It’s usually these times when it’s a tummy ache that can be very quickly and effectively treated with Gripe Water.  It’s a good thing!

Have you been keeping count of the amazing value of the Citrus Lane Deluxe Shower Box?  My calculations put the value of this box, not counting the peace of mind and convenience, at $106.39.  Wow!  This box is available directly through the Citrus Lane website for only $35, with free shipping!  If you want to order a gift subscription, you can add the Deluxe Shower Box for only $25!  Pretty impressive!  It would make an amazing shower gift, or even a great gift to yourself as you await you little one’s arrival.

Have I convinced you of the awesomeness that is Citrus Lane yet?  Click HERE to check them out and buy a Deluxe Shower Box or subscription of your own.

Citrus Lane has very generously provided a 10% off discount code for my readers!  Just enter 10BLOG during checkout. (good until 8/14)

Another neat little feature Citrus Lane has recently started is the Pop-Up Shop, where they make items from the most recent box available to you through their website for a limited time.  This is a great way to snag extras of your favorite items or even to score some items that were included in other boxes.  You have to act fast though!  The Pop-Up Shop is only open for one week, and this month’s Pop-Up Shop is due to close on Friday, August 3, at 9am PDT.

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Citrus Lane has an amazing community of moms that share ideas and tips with each other, along with their love of the awesome boxes that arrive on their door steps each month.  Have I told you how awesome Citrus Lane is yet?  Because they really, truly are.

The awesome folks at Citrus Lane sent me a Deluxe Shower Box free of charge so that I could review it and share it’s awesomeness with you.  I was not compensated in any other way, and as I have said about a million times now, I really do love Citrus Lane!

Episencial Giveaway Winner!

So many entries for this awesome gift basket from Episencial!  Thank you, thank you to everyone for entering!  We do have a winner…..drumroll please……

 

The Episencial gift basket goes to……..

 

Meredith T.!

 

Shoot me an email with your mailing info and I will get your basket out to you right away!

 

Isn’t winning fun?

Blanket My Baby Review

Naptime and bedtime are celebrated events in this casa.  With four babies running around and causing chaos at every turn, the quiet time is an oh so welcome break from all the mayhem.  My little Saraphina has just recently decided that she does just fine with only one nap during the day.  (That sound you hear would be my not so quiet weeping as I mourn her multiple naps of days past.  Pass a tissue please.)

Something that has helped prolong naptime for the kiddos in the past is having a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that helped to calm and soothe them off to a more restful sleep.  What if you combined the stuffed animal and blanket into one, compact little lovey?  And what if it was made with buttery soft material and also could be personalized with your precious little angel’s name?  Something like this:

Is that insanely cute, or what?  At blanketmybaby.com, they have a large assortment of animal/blankie combos that are super adorable and that can be embroidered with your little one’s name to make a uniquely personalized gift that they will cherish for years to come.  Wouldn’t this make an amazing baby shower gift?  It is a perfect size for little hands and it is machine washable!  Not that it would ever get dirty, kids are so neat and tidy.  Ha!

I am a sucker for anything personalized, and you have a choice of fonts and thread colors to match the blanket of your choice.  We are girly girls in this house, so the obvious choice was, of course,  pink.  I was really impressed with the nice quality of both the adorable blanket and the embroidered name.  This is something I would be very proud to give as a gift!  And imagine the reaction you would get by gifting such a thoughtful and personalized creation!

Sara was very quick to latch onto her new blankie, and I notice her holding it near her face and rubbing the velvet-y soft material between her little fingers.  It is most definitely a comfort to her, and hopefully it will result in some longer, more restful nap times!  Hey, a mama can dream, can’t she?

Check out Blanket My Baby for yourself at their website by clicking HERE.

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The awesome folks at Blanket My Baby provided me with a blanket free of charge in order for me to review their products and share their awesome company with my readers.  I was not compensated in any other way and I really am in love with their adorable, personalized baby blankets!

The Leakey Collection

I recently had the opportunity to learn about an amazing company that not only sells beautiful, environmentally sustainable jewelry, but also puts a percentage of every sale right back into the amazing women who make their items.  The Maasai women of Kenya.

Zulugrass jewelry is actually made by hand, by these women.  The grass is harvested and cut into bead sized pieces before being dyed into beautiful colors and then strung with glass beads.  The elastic that the jewelry is strung on is actually the same elastic that was used to suspend Spiderman in the movies, so it is incredibly strong!

And being on that strong elastic, means this jewelry is extremely versatile!  You can wear it as bracelets, necklaces, ankle bracelets, belts, hair adornment, whatever you can think of, you can use the Zulugrass jewelry to add a unique look.

“Zulugrass concept was born out of need. A devastating drought in Kenya in 2001 forced the men to leave behind the women and children, so they could take the surviving cattle far up country in search of grazing land. As a result, the Leakey’s found themselves supporting as many as 100 Maasai families by giving them money for food, school fees, medical expenses and housing. This was not sustainable for either party and the Leakeys knew they had to find another way. 

What transpired has become a successful business and philanthropic endeavor for the Leakeys and the Massai people. Distributed to over 1200 retail outlets and available for purchase online (www.leakeycollection.com), the Leakey Collection’s Zulugrass jewelry provides beautiful, handmade accessories to brighten a woman’s look and offers a sustainable way of life for the nomadic people of Kenya. Not only are the Massai women paid for their work and given the flexibility they need to maintain their jobs, 5% of profits go back to supporting infrastructure in the Rift Valley of Kenya.”

On the website, you can learn more about the Leakey’s, about the Maasai people, and purchase items from the gorgeous collection.  There is something amazing about holding a piece of jewelry in your hands that you know was hand made, from grass and beads, by an artisan far away in Kenya.  There are no factories involved.  The women sit under the acacia trees to craft these pieces.

Check out The Leakey Collection on their website by clicking HERE.

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The kind folks at The Leakey Collection provided me with a sample of their beautiful jewelry for review purposes and so I could share their amazing company and products with my readers.  I was not compensated in any other way.