Henry the Little Dog

Check out this adorable little dog crochet amigurumi toy dog pattern. I know a couple little girls who would love a handmade toy made from this sweet pattern!

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Found on Etsy! Adorable crocheted little dog pattern! Look how tiny and detailed he is! I’m not the biggest dog fan in real life, but handmade stuffed amigurumi stuffed puppies are totally my thing! A great handmade baby gift idea!

Love this!!! Adorable puppy crochet pattern! This little dog toy is so cute! I can’t wait to make him!

Love this!!! Adorable puppy crochet pattern! This little dog toy is so cute! I can’t wait to make him! Click here to view purchase the pattern on Etsy.

PDF patterns are a handy way to get a pattern quickly and without all the ads that often come with free patterns that designers offer on their blogs. I have no problem with bloggers and designers having ads on their site, but it sure is nice to have a beautiful, printable pdf with the pattern, where the screen doesn’t go to sleep while you’re working on your project. It’s also easier to mark up and make notes as you’re going along. Sometimes old-school is just better.

Great Handmade Gifts for Mom

Like I’ve said before, I love browsing Pinterest and Etsy to look at all the cool handmade stuff and all the great supplies and patterns to make my own cool handmade stuff. There are so many unique handmade items available on Etsy. It’s a favourite place of mine.

Today I’d like to share with you some awesome Etsy listings for some great gifts for moms. Mother’s Day is coming, you know! As a mom and as a person with a mom, I know what would make an awesome Mother’s Day Gift.

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For the gardening mom, personalized garden tools. Awesome!

Personalized Garden tools for the gardener in your life. These would make a lovely mother's day or father's day gift

You can get these here.

Another awesome gift for the gardener is this great Milkmade Apron (and it’s currently on sale right now!).

The Milkmaid Apron. Great all-purpose linen apron for gardening, collecting eggs from chickens. Vintage cross back linen apron with deep pockets

Oh, and you have the check out this excerpt from the description. First, a pretty normal description:

It is the attention to detail on this apron that really makes it stand above the rest. The leather tabs and grommets hold the straps securely, giving more durability than the average apron and allowing for easy adjusting to fit any size. The vintage, blue striped fabric is in limited supply and, due to popularity, will not last long. The three large pockets are cut on a slant, with a tall thin pocket, perfect for utensils, paint brushes, or gardening tools, a middle pocket for larger items and a smaller one for a cell phone or other odds n’ ends, making it an ideal kitchen apron, garden apron or craft apron.

Then here’s my favourite line:

Put it on and you will be prancing through fields of wild lavender and baking bread from scratch in no time!

Haha! Awesome!

And now, for the knitting mom:

Haha! Love it!! Knit fast, Die warm! PDF printable art perfect for the craft room!

As a knitter, I think this is awesome. As a gift, this sign is super budget-friendly because it is a printable sign. It is also great for kids who procrastinate a lot because it’s an instant download. So, buy it, download it, print it, frame it and wrap it up. You’re good to go.

Maybe your mom doesn’t have enough mugs. Or maybe she just needs a really hilarious one! This one is good for a laugh.

If your mom is really more of a stylin’ mom who likes gorgeous bags or to haul a lot of stuff around, check out this beautiful, natural-character, full-grain leather tote bag. They are also on sale right now. So snap one up while you can. What a great deal.

Gorgeous natural character leather tote bag. Different sizes and colors available... isn't this beautiful, now which color to choose!?!?

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, but still unique and beautiful, you should get her one of these Antique Victorian Silverware-inspired heart necklaces. What a fun idea and so pretty!

Necklace pendant inspired by antique victorian silverware! What a great idea! So beautiful! I bet my mom would love something like this!

Or you could get her one of these beautiful Dandelion Tulle Embroidery Hoop Art wall hangings.

So cool! These dandelion embroidery hoop art pieces are amazing! Great mother's day gift idea!

Wouldn’t one of these look fantastic hanging in the kitchen window? I think your mom would think so, too.

As much as we like beautiful things, if you have time, you could make your mom something and that would probably be even more special to her. These baskets would crochet up quickly if you’re handy like that.

Sturdy crochet basket pattern with a fold-over edge in three sizes. Perfect for storing yarn and knitting and crochet supplies or organizing other odds & ends

Gorgeous, sturdy, and super-practical for mom.

If you really want to impress your mom, though, you could paint her a portrait. Not artsy like that? It’s just as impressive (possibly more so, depending on your portrait skills) to get this artist to do it for you. Check out some of her stunning work:

Wow! This artist does amazing work! Custom portraits from just $135.00! This would make such a lovely mother's day gift for my mom! She'd love to have a painting of my kids! Check out craft evangelist's other mother's day gift ideas.

Lots of options there for you, folks! Super great options here or check out Etsy and explore some other options on your own. Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Sturdy crochet basket pattern with a fold-over edge in three sizes. Perfect for storing yarn and knitting and crochet supplies or organizing other odds & ends. Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

So cool! These dandelion embroidery hoop art pieces are amazing! I wonder if I could make one myself?! Such a great idea! Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Necklace pendant inspired by antique victorian silverware! What a great idea! So beautiful! I bet my mom would love something like this! Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Gorgeous natural character leather tote bag. Different sizes and colors available... isn't this beautiful, now which color to choose!?!? Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

The Milkmaid Apron. Great all-purpose linen apron for gardening, collecting eggs from chickens. Vintage cross back linen apron with deep pockets. Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Personalized Garden tools for the gardener in your life. These would make a lovely mother's day or father's day gift! Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Haha! Love it!! Knit fast, Die warm! PDF printable art perfect for the craft room! Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Wow! This artist does amazing work! Custom portraits from just $135.00! This would make such a lovely mother's day gift for my mom! She'd love to have a painting of my kids! Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift ideas.

Sturdy crochet basket pattern with a fold-over edge in three sizes. Perfect for storing yarn and knitting and crochet supplies or organizing other odds & ends. Check out all of craft evangelist's mother's day gift suggestions.

Hahaha! At least I don’t have ugly kids! Funny Mother’s Day mug!

Today’s Crafty Finds

More crafty good news, friends! So many wonderful patterns to make your own handmade lovelies! Here are today’s top picks:

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I love the cable-knit look of this crocheted scarf pattern... and the adorable pompoms make it so unique! What a cozy looking cowl crochet pattern!

I love the cable-knit look of this crocheted scarf pattern… and the adorable pompoms make it so unique! What a cozy looking cowl crochet pattern! You can buy the pattern here.

“Free” pattern for this adorable braided knitting pattern neck warmer scarf! So cute! So I guess Etsy doesn’t really let sellers list free items, but at 25 cents it’s practically free! You can get it here.

Bunny slippers! What an adorable crochet pattern for cute bunny slippers! I love the little bows by the ears! Fun Easter gift idea!

Bunny slippers! What an adorable crochet pattern for cute bunny slippers! I love the little bows by the ears! Fun Easter gift idea! Get the pattern here.

I LOVE OWLS!!! So adorable! What a cute crocheted purse pattern! I can’t wait to make this! Wouldn’t this make a fantastic gift for the girly girl in your life, who loves little purses? My daughter is maybe a little too cool for this little purse, but she loves herself some little purses! You can get the pattern here.

There’s always more crafty good news, friends! Come back later for some more! 4 Great patterns to knit and crochet. Bunny slippers, owl purse, and two knit scarves. Check out craftevangelist's crafty finds!


Bunny slippers! What an adorable crochet pattern for cute bunny slippers! I love the little bows by the ears! Fun Easter gift idea!I LOVE OWLS!!! So adorable! What a cute crocheted purse pattern! I can't wait to make this! See more of today's crafty finds at craftevangelist.ca

Today’s Amigurumi Finds

I really enjoy browsing through Pinterest and Etsy to find all sorts of crafty things to make or buy. Here are today’s finds!

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Little Bird Amigurumi Pattern - one of today's amigurumi finds from craftevangelist

Little Bird Amigurumi Pattern - I love this simple little bird amigurumi crochet pattern! It would make a lovely, minimalist, handmade, Waldorf-style gift for a baby or child!

I love this simple little bird amigurumi crochet pattern! It would make a lovely, minimalist, handmade, Waldorf-style gift for a baby or a child. Instant pdf download printable crochet toy pattern.

Adorable baby owls crochet amgirumi pattern - one of craftevangelist's daily finds

Ollie & Opal Crochet Owl Pattern

I LOVE LITTLE OWLS!!! Look at these adorable baby owl amigurumis! Perfect little crochet pattern to make a quick stuffed toy gift for a child! ADORABLE!!! You can buy this pattern here.

Little Hippo Amigurumi Crochet Pattern - one of craftevangelist's daily finds

DIY Stuffed Hippo PDF Crochet Pattern

DIY stuffed hippo crocheted toy. PDF crochet pattern for this adorable doll. Purchase the instant download pattern here.

DIY Growth Chart

This is a great idea to make your own growth chart for the kids! I love that you can take this with you when you move! I made one like this for my kids & it’s great! Everyone loves to measure themselves!

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DIY Growth ChartBuy your DIY Growth Chart kit here.

Seven Amazing Amigurumi Cartoon Characters

I have been having a blast lately finding some of the best crochet patterns on Etsy and Pinterest. I have really been impressed by the amazing designers who create doll patterns inspired by cartoon characters. There are so many wonderful craft patterns out there to check out. If you don’t want to go research and find them on your own, you can enjoy what I’ve found in this great round up!

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Charlie Brown – Doesn’t he look great? All those times you felt bad for poor ol’ Chuck; now you can just give him a hug and make him feel better.

Crochet pattern for Charlie Brown doll

The Snorks – I love this cartoon when I was a kid and it always felt like no one else even remembered that it existed. It did exist! My mom even made me a birthday cake shaped like a Snork one year! And this crochet pattern proves that other people remember too!

The Snorks! Amigurumi Doll Pattern

Just in time for the upcoming movie release… make your own Peter Rabbit stuffed toy!

Peter Rabbit Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Dory – This is such a great pattern for this lovable, forgetful fish.

Finding Nemo Dory Crochet Toy Pattern

Classic Alice in Wonderland character, the White Rabbit, that started it all.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit crochet doll pattern

Another classic cartoon character to crochet, Bambi’s best friend, Thumper.

Thumper amigurumi pattern from Disney's Bambi

My family and I loved the movie Inside Out. We tried to convince the kids it would be amazing to go as all the emotions from the movie for Halloween that fall, but alas, no one wanted to be Sadness.  Both my youngest and my husband wanted to go as Anger. I’ll let you make of that what you like.

Inside Out's Sadness Doll Free Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for more great Handmade Disney patterns, you should check out my Pinterest board, dedicated to Handmade Disney stuff!

Thumper! Oh my goodness! He's such a perfect replica! Thumper stuffed toys are so hard to find! This is great! What an adorable crochet amigurumi pattern to make this sweet toy! Check out this collection of craft evangelist's finds

Five of the Best Amigurumi Animals to Crochet

5 Adorable Amigurumi Animals to Crochet. A crochet pattern round up by craft evangelist
Adorable Amigurumi Animals

One of my favourite crafts is crocheting. I learned to crochet from a friend in college, even though my mom had tried to teach me when I was a little younger. I don’t know what was wrong with me, but I kinda see the same spirit in my daughter, so maybe it’s a weird I-don’t-want-my-mother-to-teach-me-anything trait that runs in our family. Sorry, mom! I love ya, I was just weird.

My first project was a scarf, the gauge of which was tight beyond belief, but I got that sorted out and then crocheted a large blanket in a matter of days for my friend in time for Christmas. I’m pretty sure I just parked myself on the couch at my parents’ house when I was home for Christmas and crocheted for three days straight.

Later I learned how to make mittens from another friend and the rest is history, I guess. Once I learned how to increase and decrease, I had the basics for AMIGURUMI! It’s so fun! You can make stuffies! And potatoes with eyes! (haha). Since then I have made a lot of fun stuffed things. Like this banana.

Lately, I have been scouring the internet finding the best and cutest amigurumi stuffies to crochet. (Check out my amigurumi Pinterest board!) As much as I sometimes try to make up my own patterns, I’m not really a pattern writer (maybe one day…) and the time it takes for a pattern writer to test and create a new pattern is definitely worth the cost of some of the paid patterns available. Here are some of my favourites I’ve found recently.

Look at this amazing owl pattern! I love the detail on the belly (breast? what do you call that part of a bird?) So sweet. Owls are great. This pattern is a free Ravelry download.

Cuddle Me Fox — and check out this tiny fox pattern! So cute! Foxes are really trendy right now and this little guy looks like he’ll come together quickly. This little guy is available on amigurumi.today as a free pattern.

What a sweet crocheted fox pattern! Fits in your hand!

Boxy Bear is another free pattern for a new crocheter. Nice straight seams. I love the way he comes together. Really cute.


Isn’t this little Monkey pattern cute? This pattern is available from allaboutami; it was published last year in honour of 2016, the Chinese year of the Monkey. If you’d like a nice printable version of the pattern, it’s available for a small fee here.

Cute animal studies to crochet!

Tourist Giraffe This little giraffe is named Kenny and he comes with a camera!!! How cute is that? I love this little giraffe! He’d make a great gift to crochet!

That’s my quick little round-up of some of my favourite stuffed animals to crochet. Pick one and find your hook and happy crocheting!

6 of the Cutest Hats to Crochet this Fall

Cute crocheted hats

Winter has descended on Alberta, so all of a sudden I feel like it’s time to crochet! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite crochet hat patterns and most of them are FREE!

Sweet plaid crochet hat

I am in love with this sweet pattern from Whistle & Ivy and I’m excited to try it out.

Sweet crocheted slouchy hat pattern

This hat is another favourite. It’s for sale on Etsy by PrettyDarnAdorable and I must agree… it’s pretty darn adorable.

Free Slouchy LL Bean Copy Cat Crochet Pattern

This slouchy LL Bean Copy Cat crochet pattern by Meg Made With Love is also on my list of hats to make. I think my daughter needs a new slouchy hat and this just might be her thing.

Crochet Granny Stitch pom pom hat

This fun hat by Victoria Gogolak would make a beautiful Christmas gift for a little girl.

Slouchy crochet hat with buttons

Back to slouchy hat patterns. This classy pattern by Croyden Crochet is simple yet stylish. It just occurred to me that this is the only pattern in my list without a pompom. Pompoms are great, though. I love pompoms. Did you know there are pompom makers? They’re the greatest things! There are all sorts of fun ways to make pompoms without a special tool, but these make it seriously so easy and fun. I have 4 different sizes and I love them!

Chunky knit-look crocheted hat pattern with pompom

Finally, this chunky crocheted hat pattern from Sweet Everly B should whip up nice and quick in a pinch and would suit just about anyone.

If winter must come, at least we can crochet!

 

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Real Life Pantry Organization

Such a good idea when you're short on space for a pantry: Ikea bookshelves!!!

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When we moved from our condo into our house, we lost a huge under the stairs pantry space from our little condo kitchen. The new house had more cupboards than the condo, but once we accounted for the amount of storage we needed for the pantry, it amounted to a lot less space for dishes. The design of the house means the kitchen acts as a hallway to get to the back half of the house, so we didn’t have any space to put a traditional deep pantry. So, Ikea to the rescue! We purchased 2 Billy Bookcases from Ikea, covered the back in a contact paper I liked and anchored them to the wall. Honestly, I prefer this set up to the big, deep pantry we left behind at the condo.

Real life pantry with re-purposed glass jar storage

That’s a real picture of my pantry up there. I love this pantry because it’s not as deep as traditional pantries, so I don’t lose as much stuff at the back of the pantry. The glass doors force me to keep it tidy and they also pick up on the reflection of the window, so it actually adds light to the room, a little bit like having a mirror there. They do get a little grimy from little fingers, but nothing that a quick wipe can’t take care of!

As for storage for our pantry, I prefer glass containers and I think re-purposing is the cat’s meow! The benefits are many! It diverts trash from landfills, saves the earth’s resources, and saves my resources ($$$)! There’s plenty of money to be saved by reusing things that we have coming into our houses anyway. Let me show you some of the ways that I use re-purpose glass jars I got for the cost of the products I was purchasing anyway.

Even though I often make my own pasta sauce, when jarred pasta sauce goes on sale, I pick up a few jars to keep in my pantry. Mr Wonderful likes to use it to make a quick lunch or dinner for himself or the kids. And in a pinch, even I will heat up a bunch of homemade or store-bought meatballs and add some jarred pasta sauce for a quick, brainless dinner for the family. These are actually Mason jars, which I have also re-used to can peaches. Mr Wonderful also likes to use them as large water glasses, so I just embraced that, and we have a whole bunch in our glasses cupboard.

Re-use glass jars as beverage glasses

These same jars make great dry pantry storage. I keep mineral salt, nuts, baking soda, baking powder, Trim Healthy Mama sweeteners, psyllium husks, chocolate chips, and all manner of dry pantry items. I bought those cute chalkboard labels and these chalkboard pens and also some oil-based, permanent white pens to write labels on containers that get cold or wet or dirty easily, and for those products I use often and always have on hand. I ordered all my chalkboard labels and pens on Amazon since it’s just so easy to find things there. And then, click, click… you’ve got mail!

I really held off getting an Amazon Prime membership for a long time, since I thought it was a lot of money to spend in order to have to spend more money, but now that more and more items are shipping to Canada and with 1-day shipping, it’s turned out to be super-handy, so we worked it into the budget.

Re-purpose glass jars for pantry storage!

Once upon a time, I spray-painted a bunch of lids black so that they could all be the same colour, but that was work that I just haven’t repeated. Over the years, I’ve also picked up some of these lids (the white ones pictured above). You can get them on Amazon, but you can also find them in grocery stores and other large retailers with the canning supplies. They are lids for freezer canning and dry storage, fitting perfectly on Mason jars. Now that I have collected a lot of jars, I either use these lids or only keep jars with black or white lids, so my pantry looks cohesive, which is important since my pantry is a feature in my kitchen and has glass doors.

 

There are plenty of other jars I reuse as well. I also love to use these shorter jars. Most are Better than Bouillon jars; they have a black lid and they are a perfect size for gluccie, stevia, and other things that I keep a smaller amount of in my pantry/fridge. The chalkboard labels are great for these too. Salsa jars are also a great size for pantry storage, but I don’t buy much salsa in that size and I reuse those jars for pysanky dyes (more on that later!), so I don’t have many of them in my pantry.

Great re-purposing idea! Chalkboard labels on re-purposed glass jars!

For larger pantry storage, I would love to get some sweet jars like these, which would match my chalkboard labels theme. But right now I’m using a combination of hand-me-down Tupperware my mom gave me and some cheap storage containers I bought in college.

I’m constantly trying to improve the look of my pantry since it’s always on display. Organization and tidiness are key. What are your tips for keeping your pantry tidy and organized? Tell me in the comments below: I’m always looking for new ideas! Thanks!

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