Saturday, April 16, 2016

Disney Frozen Crochet Kit--Review

This Disney Frozen Crochet kit includes everything you need to make Elsa and Anna.

Instructions are included to make 12 projects total:
Queen Elsa
Princess Anna
Prince Hans
Young Elsa
Young Anna
Young Kristoff
Grand Pabbie

The instruction book tells you what is included in the kit, notes on tools and techniques, and 10 pages of crochet stitches and techniques.  Each stitch and technique has a nice illustration to go with it.
All instructions on making the dolls also has step by step illustrations as well.

I had to refer back often to the stitches and techniques as I've not crocheted much lately.  I was sure glad they were in the book, and with pictures!

Here is my Queen Elsa made from the kit.  This is the first time I've made something like this, and something this small.  It was fun.  I will be making Princess Anna next and both will be a birthday gift to my granddaughter, Zelda, when she turns 5 in June.

Fun Fun!!   If you crochet, and you have some little princesses in your own life, I highly recommend checking out this kit.    I know I will be buying more yarn as Zelda isn't the only Frozen fan in our family.  Shoot, my oldest daughter, and mother of 5 of my grandchildren, wants me to make her the Grand Pabbie.

Along with the Disney Frozen Crochet kit, I also received a Disney Princess Crochet Kit.  Watch for my review of that kit in the near future.

Disclosure:  I received the crochet kit in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does include affiliate links.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha-- Week in Review

Last Friday afternoon I went to the Mennonite Relief Sale to visit the Quilters Corner booth.  I had specific items I was looking for and I found them.  I spent $9 for what I purchased to be used in specific projects: (the pillow panel was a free gift with my purchase)

A friend took me to lunch this week.  That was so nice.  The food was good, but the spending time visiting was even better.
It was sewing day at church this week too.  Sometimes we each bring a part of the meal and eat, sometimes we each bring our own.  This month we brought our own.  I was fortunate to not have to spend any money for lunch because my mom gets Friendship meals and some of the meals she won't, or can't eat.  I ended up with a nice chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, lettuce salad, and cranberry sauce.  (Yesterday I had another of the lunches that she couldn't eat)  Let's just say that food is good as so much of the time I just am so busy that food isn't my priority.

I was complaining to hubby about how I don't have enough windows to open for all of the things that I am doing to earn online.  I think he was joking when he told me to save my amazon to buy another tablet.  I took it to heart though and have made it my goal to save the amazon I earn until I can buy the tablet below:

I will leave you this week with a couple of deals you might want to check out:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday--Better Work Week

I still didn't manage to get back to the schedule I have made for myself, but I'm not going to stress over that.  I'm sure it's better if I work on what I feel motivated to work on anyway.

At sit n' sew Friday night I got all of these half square triangles done for the Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  I'm not sure these are enough for all of the blocks, but sure enough to keep me busy on making the total of 80 blocks.  I don't plan to work on these any more until the retreat at the end of the month.

I at least got out the orange hexagons for the color this month with the soscrappy blog challenge.  I still hope to get out the orange to make 4 patches with as well.

I have started working on the crochet kits that I received for review.  This is what I have done so far on the Queen Elsa doll.  I will write up the review once I have her done.  It's a challenge for me to work on crocheting something this small, but it's fun.

I worked more on the t-shirt toothbrush rug.  I only got it up to 28 inches and have run out of much of a variety of colors in t-shirt strips.  I didn't go ahead and finish it off, but will message the lady that had wanted it.  If she decides not to take it at this size, then it will soon be listed in my etsy shop.

I did make a few more yo-yo's for the quild's boutique at the Wichita quilt show in June.  I am carrying a work bag of those in my purse and worked on them during the guild's board meeting.  I wonder how many I will have done by June to bag up for them to try to sell.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Frog That Lost His Croak by Anne Toole--Book Review

The Frog That Lost His Croak is such a cute book with vivid illustrations.

A little frog that loved to croak day and night, suddenly woke up one morning and his croak was gone.  While waiting and hoping for his croak to return, he learned some very valuable lessons along the way.

The book is geared towards  4 to 7 year olds, but the moral of the story is a good one for all ages---even adults.

Here is a picture of my almost 5 year old granddaughter, Zelda, enjoying the book:

The author, Anne Toole, graduated with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and taught 1st grade in Augusta, Georgia for 30 years.  She always enjoyed reading and writing poetry.   As a child she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in verse.  She used nursery rhymes and simple poems in her classroom to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum.  After retiring, she started writing stories about children and animals, most of them in verse.

The Frog That Lost His Croak is written in verse with most every line rhyming.  I read the book out loud to both Zelda and her little brother, Killian, who is almost 3.  He really enjoyed the illustrations and I had to stop reading as he pointed to the pictures in the story as I was reading it--pointing to the snake, and the bees, and the ducks, etc.  It was so cute!

The book is 28 pages long and is sold though Amazon as well as Outskirts Press.  Maximum trade discount when ordering 10 or more copies through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Also available in ebook form.  You can also visit the author's page at Outskirts Press.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was no compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.
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