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First Attempt at Amigurumi

In my quest to try every craft out there, I've given amigurumi a shot.  Ok, that is not really my quest because I don't think I'll ever get into cross-stitch, but sometimes it seems that way.  I just like trying something once or twice to see if I can do it.  Handmade cards? Yes. Crochet? Yes.  Fleece no-sew blankets? Yes. Glass etching? Mixed results. Applique using the Cricut? Yes.  Amigurumi? Yes.

Now, what the heck is Amigurumi you ask?  It is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys.  It is definitely an art to perfect so if I don't move on to something else and instead give this some practice, I could get to be amazing at it.  Maybe.

I went on Ravelry.com and searched for a beginner amigurumi pattern and came across this link.  I pinned it, because that is what any self-respecting crafter does with a project they want to attempt.  Not only can I find the link again, but I can re-pin to my "Pinished" board, now right?  Who's with me here?

Those little monsters were pretty cute, so I whipped up one myself in this real fun green.


I didn't have any crafting eyes, I just had brads.  Er, my mom did, since I finished this at her house.  I also used wool for the eyes because my felt was at home.  Annique loved this guy, but he was for my niece who just turned seven.  No problem.


I made another for her, but this time I painted on pupils because I didn't want her pulling the brads off.  (She's my gentle girl, so I doubt she would have tried, but I have also learned not to doubt a two-year-old.)  These monsters are about two inches tall.

Feeling pretty confident, I wanted to see if there were any amigurumi books at my local library while I was there picking up a different book I'd had on hold.  I came across Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden.  The ninja looked worth a shot so here's my take on him:


At four inches tall, he's so stinkin' cute!  I wish I had silver thread for his star, but no matter.  He can still take you out.  He inspired me to get some black yarn so I could try him again.

So, anyone else hop from project to project?

Kitchen Drawer Organization

Ever since I discovered I Heart Organizing, I realized that yes, I too, heart organizing.  I'm still working on the scrapbooking desk drawers, but I have done a few tweaks here and there.  The first organizational thing I did was throw this cabinet shelf in my cabinet.




Yup.  That baby started it all.  I was able to shuffle some things around and put rarely used items out of the way and frequently used items in easy to access locations. (See the mixer?  Frequently used and now it's handy!)  Feeling good about this change, I felt it was time to tackle the utensil drawers.  Another good reason was because they looked like this:



I was tired of opening both drawers each time I needed something because it was inevitability not in the first drawer.  Also, some items kept the drawers from opening and/or closing.  I pulled everything out and evaluated what I really used and how often it was used.  I also made use of the drawer under our microwave, which previously held take-out menus and paper plates- both of which were rarely used.

I pared down and put few items in each drawer check out the amazing result:




And the recommissioned microwave drawer:



SO much better!  I can find exactly what I'm looking for every time.  Even better, my sweet hubby is making a conscious effort to learn where everything goes!  Win!

One final before/ after:



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