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In 2015 I was looking for a unique gift to give to my Aunt and Uncle for their 30th wedding anniversary.  I did a search on Pinterest and found tons of ideas for gifts with made with pennies.  So I found 30 pennies — one for each year that they had been married.  I started with 1985 and found pennies all the way up to 2015.  Let’s be clear, I hope you have a LOT of pennies to go through, it might sound trivial, but it is a task to find all the years you need.   I found them all at my house, with the exception of 2.  I was missing 2002 and 2006, so I had to enlist at a friend at the bank to find pennies from those years.

Penny Anniversary

I used a teal colored piece of mat board for the back ground.  I arranged the 30 and used the extra pennies around the edges.  I cut out the Name and the Established using black on my Silhouette Cameo.  It’s not as easy as it looks to line up all the pennies into the formation you want.  I started in the top left-hand corner with 1985 and ended with the 2015 in the right-hand corner.  Be patient and find something you like.  Other cute ideas include the shape of a house or a heart.  This is a great gift for a 22nd anniversary since that is the Copper Anniversary.  Play with it and have fun!!!

 

Back in October of 2013 I posted a cute set of crocheted cowboy hat and boots that could be used as photo props (https://2littleredbirds.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/boot-scootin-baby/ )

Boots & Hat

Later I was asked to make a new set for another baby. After I was done, I thought…Every cowboy needs a horse!!!! So I set out to find one for him. I didn’t want to make just another stuffed animal, but something a baby could actually hold and play with.

Check out this cute little guy!!

He has the sweetest face. I found the pattern on Etsy, here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/76649754/crochet-zebrapony-rattle-pattern-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_41

      

Supplies:

  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn White 1 Ball (A) – Caron Super Soft in Taupe
  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn Black 1 Ball (B) – Caron Super Soft in Off-White
  • Crochet Hook – Size G-6
  • Stitch Markers – I rarely use these, but if your less experienced with amigurumi technique, you might need them
  • Large-Eyed Blunt Needles
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 3- 9mm Jingle Bells – I used the rattle inserts mentioned below

Next time – I would have made the stitches smaller by using a hook one size smaller so the stuffing can’t be seen. I’d also probably make this into a teether using a wooden ring, with the head on one end and the tail on the other. I think I’ll have to make up a prototype J Don’t ever forget to use SAFETY eyes when working on children’s toys!!! Never create an unnecessary choking hazard! I recommend these rattle inserts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKLWG0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I typically use 2 inside so that it made a loud enough rattle.

So, if you’re looking for a cute rattle/teether type toy in some form of horse, zebra, elephant, or many other animals, check out Yarnabees shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnabees she has some really items and reasonably priced.


Not every sweet baby girl is going to be all ribbons and lace. Some girls grow up and want to wear camo and ride horses and be a rancher or a farmer. These baby girls will still love their pink and their bows, but they’ll want to hang out with the boys and ride four-wheelers and shoot guns and drive tractors. This is for the girl who not only can do everything the boys do, but they can beat them at their own games. So, for the future deer hunter I made this sweet teething rattle. Now, yes, I do realize that female deer rarely have antlers, but bear with me here. I wanted to create something for the future tomboy, but I also wanted everyone to remember she’s a sweet little girl. I looked for a sweet little fawn pattern, or something a bit more girly, but I didn’t find anything I liked.

 

 

 

Then, I found Rory….Rory the Reindeer….it’s a pattern for an ornament that I fo080617_0133_FortheFutur2.jpgund on www.ravelry.com.

Rory is a cute little guy and his pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rory-the-reindeer-ornament

I used brown and black safety eyes and a safety nose. I also ordered the following rings from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MS6BJ3R/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I prefer the all-natural wood rings for teethers instead of something plastic. I also prefer the bigger rings than you can traditionally get at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. This one is 3.7″ and I got it from Amazon. (If you keep up with 2LittleRedBirds you’d know that I’m a bit of an Amazon Prime addict.) It’s still plenty light for an infant but it’s much better with the size of the head and makes for better balance. I also recommend these rattle inserts https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKLWG0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I used 2 inside the teether so that it made a loud enough rattle.  So for the Future Tomboy I give you this sweet deer teether/rattler.

Hello chirpers! I know it’s been awhile…a LONG while. I have been remiss in posting to 2littleredbirds, but no worries I’ve still been working on projects! I can’t seem to give up my passion for creating things! I have spent a lot of time crocheting and knitting in the past year and the next posts will reflect that. I recently completed another baby gift for a friend. She’s having a little girl.

As per my usual attention deficit I experimented with new stitches and a style of border.

I used the following materials:    

  • Crochet Hook I (5.5 MM)
  • 4 skeins Caron Super Soft in Taupe
  • 4 skeins Caron Super Soft in Neon Coral

I found the best price and the colors at Wal-Mart. I don’t usually shop there, but I must say I love the Neon Coral – not quite Pink but not quite Orange. The Caron Super Soft is perfect for baby blankets.

I found my inspiration on Pinterest as always. I went with the Crunch Stitch that I found here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601161688732/

It really goes quickly and looks great. I used double-stranded yarn for a thicker, bulkier look. I chose to color block the brown and the coral (you know I love a color block ) with the brown on the top and the bottom. Since I chose to color block I wanted a fun new border that incorporated both colors and I found this one:

Criss-Cross Edging – it looks twisted and I love the way it turned out!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601163958591/

I used this video to learn how:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBtHPUPa5gE

 

    

Chandler box

To go with the Panda themed baby shower I made a collection of baby items for my friend’s baby Chandler.  I used a modern color palate of Cranberry, Light Pink, White, Gray and Lime.  I used a simple chevron pattern for the blanket.IMG_2874    The pattern is called Double Shell Ripple

I also made a few little toys and baubles for her.

The simply cute Panda bear I got from a pattern on Craftsy.

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I used this modified pattern from Ravelry for the Panda Rattle

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The super cute Panda lovey

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This was a really fun pattern I found on Pinterest.

http://amigurumies.blogspot.fr/2013/06/elefante.html

He’s super cute.  If you go down into the comments there are some links to the pattern in English.  It’s a really cool technique with very minimal attaching.  I decided to NOT add the tusks as she looked so cute without them.  I also added some fun fabric to the inside of the ears for a pop of color.  I had the metal Greek letters on hand to add to the butt for my friend.  She’s not very big and turned out as cute as can be.

Hello chirpers.

I have been busy but it’s been making gifts.  I’ve been holding out on posting them until I could actually give them.  There are a lot of ideas on Pinterest that use the lyrics to the first dance at the wedding.   I’ve made several different versions and this time went for something totally original.  It’s definitely a 2 Little Redbirds exclusive.  I think it turned out beautiful and classy.

I started by finding out the song for the first dance at my friend, Victoria’s, wedding.  The song is “Let it Be Me” by Ray Lamontagne.  I had never heard this song so it was a first for me.

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Supplies:

  • Black Frame 8 x 10
  • Gray – Double Mat 5 x 7
  • Black Card Stock
  • Silver Vinyl
  • Vellum Paper
  • Printer
  • Microsoft Word

First, I put the lyrics to the song into Microsoft Word and played with it a bit until I found the right font and the right size.  I decided to lay it out in the landscape orientation to maximize real estate.  Next, I printed the lyrics onto a piece of vellum. (Hint:  Be careful not to touch the ink until you are sure it’s dry – – smudges are not cute)

Next, I created the monogram using my Silhouette Designer Studio.  I get my fonts from Dafont.com.  I used a silver vinyl so that it was easily seen behind the vellum, a little shiny, but not distracting.  I placed in on black card stock so it really stood out.    I placed both in the frame and here’s how it turned out.

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This was a quApple Cakeballsick and easy Teacher Appreciation gift I made for some of my friends that are teachers.

I made some Oreo balls (Squished up Oreos and a brick of cream cheese)

Hint:  When the balls are shaped, put them in the fridge until they are really cold.  

Melt some red chocolate (I got the colored chips at Hobby Lobby)

Hint: If the chocolate isn’t thin enough add some Crisco, it thins the chocolate, but still allows the chocolate to solidify again

Use a Pretzel stick for the stem and some green frosting.

I got the cute little bucket in the dollar aisle at Target and added the vinyl sticker I made on my Cameo.  Pretty cute and tasty too.

Hello Chirpers!

I’m always looking for unique and fun things to do for my child’s teachers.  I mean how many coffee cups or pencil holders does a teacher really need?? Well my child goes to a Catholic school and we have truly been blessed with amazing teachers. I made this gift last year and forgot to take a picture of it to post here —  so while I was there for the Mother’s Day celebration today I snapped a quick pic.  I love that she has it hanging up in her classroom!!!

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Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Modge Podge
  • Vinyl

I cut out the words with my amazing Silhouette Cameo in Vinyl — but you could easily just write them or paint them.  I HATE my handwriting so I prefer the abundant number of fonts on my computer.  If you can find a font you like there — I WHOLLY recommend using www.dafont.com.  They have so many free fonts to use, I could spend hours looking and downloading them.  After painting the children and applying the vinyl I sealed it all with my trusty Modge Podge.  (I have seen several recipes for making your own — I might try this at some point given the amount I use, but I haven’t yet.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried). Make sure you paint and let dry well before applying the vinyl.  Do as many circles as you like in as many colors, or use another shape and school colors. Don’t forget the diversity of your child’s classroom and their friends.  Go crazy with the kids, make them all different colors and shapes and sizes!!!  Celebrate our Differences!!!There are so many options here!  Finally, I stapled on the cute ribbon in School Colors for hanging.

Hope you enjoy!

Hey Chirpers, welcome back!

I’ve wanted to try one of those giant rulers to use as a growth chart for a while. I thought my Dad’s 65th birthday would be a great time to try.  He’s very handy and crafty so I thought he’d really like it.Ruler3

I’ve seen them all over the interwebs and I wanted to try my hand at them.   I didn’t want to do all the measuring to make sure I got it all right, so I looked on Etsy.com and many people offer kits to make these, usually made with vinyl decals.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, as you all know, and I thought for sure, I can find a template and cut them myself.

Low and behold I found the following site:

http://www.wherethesmileshavebeen.com/free-diy-growth-chart-ruler-cut-file/

Check out her other projects, too…..CUTE!!!

She provides terrific instructions for how to make it as well.

Supplies:

  • Pine Board 1″ X 8″ X 6′ (I went with the more expensive $19 board because it didn’t require sanding)
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Old Tshirt (for staining)
  • Brush
  • Vinyl (I used the Paper Studio brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • Decorative stones
  • Power Grip (To glue down the stones)

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First I stained the board using a light stain.  You could use any color you like, but I thought since you’ll probably want to write the children’s heights on there — you’ll want to be able to see the writing.  The board didn’t need sanding and I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

Next I cut out the vinyl — using my Silhouette Cameo and the download file from the link above.  I also cut out all the kids names to run down the side — you could really do anything you’d like to personalize it!

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After using transfer paper — you want to make sure that things are straight as possible.  Then I laid down the polyurethane gently over the top using a short paint brush.  This will ensure that the stickers don’t peel up over time!  My 5 year old son (big Red) wanted to help, so each time I laid down a section — He pulled off the transfer paper.  He was so slow and methodical about it.  It was so sweet.  After we got it all laid down he picked up some glass stones and put them between each name — he even picked each one of the colors himself.  He was so sweet and so loves helping.  I love the way it turned out.

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