An Easter Brunch Carrot Garland

What you will need: 

2  pieces of 9x12 orange felt
4 pieces of 9x12 felt
1 package of small white pom-poms or cotton balls 
orange embroidery floss
sharp embroidery needle
crochet hook

Step One:
Make you template. 
The carrot : body is just a simple triangle with a rounded tip, 4.5 inches tall,  3 inches wide at  bottom
  The leaf:  any leaf shape will do, just make sure that it has a little tail! This is needed to tuck leaves into the top of the carrot. You will need to have 14 carrots and 42 leaves  to make a 1 yard garland like mine.

Step Two:
Take the carrot triangles and fold in half the long way.  Do a basic stitch starting at the widest end and working your way towards the tip- leaving about an 1/2 an inch open at the bottom.

Step Three:
Tie a knot and leave a tail of thread.  Take the crotchet  hook up through the inside of the carrot and wrap the thread tail around the hook several times and then pull back through.  This will help pull your carrot right side out.

Step Four:
Stuff with 4 small pom-poms or cotton balls.

Step Five:
Fan the leaves out and do a basic stitch to hold them together. Then attach to the carrot by taking thread back through where you stitch up the carrot body.

Step Six:
Do not cut thread yet! Do a basic stitch along the top of the carrot body and pull taught so that the edges draw together when you pull thread tight, making sure to hide the tails inside the carrot.   Knot.

Step Seven:
Add four slits on each side of the leaves to give it that leafy effect.

Step Eight:
Repeat 13 more times and  then it is time to tie carrots to the twine.
Cut a little more then a yard of twine and tie around the top of the carrot where the top meets the leaves. Pull tight, no need to tie a knot .   I alternated one carrot, then two carrots, then one carrot, ect. for my garland but you can do what you please.

Step Nine:
Hang in your home near some little Easter bunnies.  You don't even have to make a garland! Use your sweet little carrots to decorate your Easter table. Stuff with catnip to make a Easter treat for kitty.  The possibilities are endless.  It will make any spring vignette shine!

Happy carroting guys!
: )


Things I Collect...

These are a few of my favorite things...

old maps
sugar bowls
paint by numbers by strangers
amatuer artwork
office supply crap
craft supply crap
tin garbage bins
vintage china
quirky coffee mugs
cheesy yard art { for example I own a budda frog}
old tins with cool pictures or patterns
vintage tablecloths

What are some of your favorite things, 
and lets be a little more original then
raindrops on roses...
seriously, tell me...
: )


Out To Sea Inspiration...

I'm sorry guys but I had to get away.
From Pinterest,
from blogging,
from the crowd.
Because it is getting crowded 
all up in the crafty, DIY world isn't?
Don't get me wrong-
I LOVE how my personal favorite style of living has
really, come into fashion.
Can I say that?
cause it's true.  
It is much more socially acceptable to shop at thrift stores,
maybe even cool (although I still catch my mom purelling her hands secretly after she touches anytihng
and my sisters think it seems funny)
People are pinning like crazy
and I have never seen more cute homes, eaten more yummy meals and snacks, or seen better looking hair in the Midwest.
It just got to the point though
where every time I was creating something
I couldn't tell where Pinterest/ internet inspiration ended
and I began.

Let me make this VERY CLEAR:
there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong
with using ideas from Pinterest.
It's just,
I have been doing the DIY thing long before Pinterest
came around and I will be doing it
long after it has come and gone.
It's my goal to give YOU great stuff to pin!
Not just copy what other creative people are giving you to pin.
I want to compete in the pin market,
I want you to see my tutorials,
or recipes,
or photographs
and be compelled to pinned them.
Thus the Pinner becomes the Pinnie-
you get me?
First step was to take a step back.
I had to get back to my inspirational roots.
I went old school 90's style.
Sketch pad,
and my mind.

It was like an internet vacation
but without giving up Instagram
and Facebook-
cause a stay at home mom has her vices
and as another blogger put it,
we {stay at home moms} don't have a water cooler to stand around 
and shoot the crap with coworkers.
So we Facebook,
so sue us.
#goiphonemoms : )

So if you missed me that is super sweet!
If you are new to 906- welcome!!
And if you are just wanting some new tutorials all ready
don't worry cause I have you covered
cause you know you want a Carrot Garland for your kitchen too...

Piece of Carrot Cake Garland Tutorial coming: 
Wednesday March 27, 2013



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