Category Archives: Misc.

Champagne Corks and Monsters

Champagne Corks and Monsters

This week the blog post is late as when I went to do my photo shoot yesterday, it started to downpour. As I like to photograph outside in natural light, I had to wait.

If you haven’t heard of or checked out Craftsy, I highly recommend it. The pattern I used this week is from the class Make Your Own Monster. Once a month I work from a pattern written by someone else. This allows me to see things I like in the way a pattern is presented and to not have to think so much. It is the Red Monstie #2. Unlike the other patterns that come with this class, this one is not fully written out. It is guidelines. Since the guidelines are pretty similar to my notes when I draft patterns, it worked out okay. I also don’t crochet in the back loops unless it is a design element. This is where I differ from this designer.

KODAK Digital Still Camera


KODAK Digital Still Camera

I’m obsessed with my tags.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I like to call this the up the skirt angle.

I used bigger eyes as it ended up a lot bigger than I thought it was from the original picture. I had fun not coming up with my own, but I definitely like each row written out for me in the patterns I use. Also I’m not super happy with the felt teeth, but I think that is more my fault.

This was a quick project so I spent the rest of the week working on my 2017 Champagne Cork Collection. This year I have chosen White, Soft Blue and Jellybean. I added a snowman this year as well.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Front view of all four.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

The pompoms make them a touch harder to get into the box this year. I will be creating a kit for this color combo. Check out my Etsy shop soon.

Have a great weekend. Next week, I am testing an old pattern in order to fix any issues and get it posted.

Happy Crocheting.


MCAL part #2

MCAL part #2

It’s been a fun week. I had a craft fair last Saturday that kept me pretty busy tagging and setting up. My dad made me some awesome shelves to display my stuff. Due to work, my husband stained them.


Now I have to make bags to protect the dulcimers my dad has been making as payment. That’s my plan for tomorrow afternoon. My daughter decided it was fun to be the Easter Bunny. She had a great time in that suit and even posed for a picture with her dad.


Seriously, she’s 14, posing with dad is her least favorite thing. At least the rabbit ears make her taller than him.

I also decided to play with resin to make some necklaces/keychains.


Sadly, the resin for the first set of ten refused to harden. I hate it when the resin gets all soupy. Thankfully, my second set of ten was perfect and order was restored to my world.


I also got this book from the library.


I can’t stop myself. I have made the flamingo, the camel

and I am working on the alligator.


Don’t judge me as he is propped up against a wine bottle.

I’m trying to get as many done as I can as I have to take it back to the library soon.

Oh! MCAL. Here’s the next part. It starts right where last week’s ended.

Round 24: (7 SC, DEC) 6 times [48].

Round 25: (6 SC, DEC) 6 times [42].

Round 26: (5 SC, DEC) 6 times [36].

Round 27: (4 SC, DEC) 6 times [30].

Round 28: (3 SC, DEC) 6 times [24].

Start stuffing here.

Round 29: (2 SC, DEC) 6 times [18].

Round 30: (SC, DEC) 6 times [12].

Round 31: DEC 6 times [6].

Fasten off. Leave a piece for sewing. Thread string through last 6 stitches and pull up tight to close opening.

Any guesses what it is yet?

Here’s the instructions for the feet.

FEET (Make 2) – in orange neon

Ch 4
Round 1: SC in 2nd Ch, SC in next 2 stitches. 3 SC in last stitch, working in the unused loops from the chain, SC 2, 3 SC in last chain. [12].
Round 2: 3 SC, 3 INC, 3 SC, 3 INC [18].Round 3: 3 SC (SC, INC) 3 times, 3 SC (SC, INC) [24].
Round 4: SC in BLO [24].
Round 5: 2 SC, 5 DEC, 3 SC, 3 DEC, SC [14].
Round 6: SC row [14].
Stuff foot
Round 7: DEC 7 times [7].
Round 8: 5 SC, DEC [6].
Rounds 9-11: 3 rows SC [6 stitches per row].

Stuff legs firmly and sew to bottom of the body. The legs need to be stuffed firmly.

Mystery Crochet Along

Mystery Crochet Along

I am so sorry. This was supposed to be up over a week ago, but I got sick, then my husband got sick. Basically, we have been a walking plague these past two weeks.

I reworked the Champagne Cork Ornaments for Easter.


One chick and his hoppers!

Look at those tails!

Sheldon was finally tested and typed.

Sheldon assembled!

He even got new colors. I’m also working on more kits.

Sheldon in kit form.

I don’t like having to buy a ton of yarn just to make one little thing. Kits are perfect so I have just enough. I simply can’t throw away unused yarn. I have little fiddly bits all over the place.

Cecilia has been reworked and will soon be available as a pattern.

All eyelashes and charm.

She’s part of my cuddly aquarium series.

Oh Mystery Crochet A-long, Ha! This pattern has been posted, but it has not been tested. There were some great guesses on Facebook. I’m excited to try a lot of the suggestions, especially Bob Ross. He just would be a fun little plushie to sit on my desk and mellow me out.

Here’s how this will work. Today I’ll post the materials and on Friday I’ll post the first part of the pattern. It might be super obvious who we are making as soon as I tell the materials, but I hope this will be fun.


I love this yarn – Orange Neon
I love this yarn – White
10.5 m Safety eyes
Size E crochet hook
Large eye blunt needle

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming

I don’t always crochet. Sometimes, I knit little hats and scarves for my champagne corks.

I’m super cozy

This is a fun way to use up little scraps of yarn and all those champagne corks I have been saving for the last year. Any excuse to drink bubbles is a good excuse. That reminds me, I should pick up some bottles for the holidays and maybe be able to make this little one some friends.

Sometimes I spend my Friday nights painting.


Flowers exploding on the page.

It usually depends on whether we have kid things to do. The kids are at an age where they are very active. I’m playing with abstract concepts and ideas right now and I’m really enjoying the results. I signed up for a subscription with artist network TV and I watch classes on different types of art mediums to get ideas. The best results usually happen when I experiment. I am playing with Liquitex String Gel Medium right now and I am really enjoying the results. Nothing is good enough to share with the world just yet.

I also tried my hand at Needlepoint this last week.


Sparkly trees

I haven’t done needlepoint in a very long time, but my Dad requested this for Christmas. The plan is to take this completed piece and wrap it around a spool. Then you string beads and a hanger to turn it into an ornament. I am currently lacking some of the supplies to finish it, so a trip to the craft store is in order. YAY! Excuse to go shopping. The design is one of my Aunt Beth’s who sadly passed away this summer. I have another design that Dad would also like done, so I will be venturing back into this craft. I did enjoy it, but it required way more focus than crochet does. I might repurpose the tree designs for another project.

I have been working on crochet projects, but I run out of yarn when they are done so I can’t test them.



Fuzzy Bunny Slippers!


My monkeys fly!


That’s okay the trip to the craft store is still in order.

I am trying to be better about posting. I even put in in my calendar which means I have to do it. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates as to what I have going on and what I am making.

Reminder tomorrow the design contest starts. Make sure to vote for Mango and Tango, Clyde, Sparky and Frostina, and Beebs.

Next Friday, Polliwag will be typed and up as a free pattern.

This week the #tbt was Beebs. Have you made him yet? What do you think of those eyes?

What would you like to see on the blog?

Tutorials (like how I created those awesome eyelashes for the Witch)

Features of other crochet designers that I like.

Links to patterns I think are great

Where I get my supplies

Anything else



Crochet Corner to Corner Blanket

Crochet Corner to Corner Blanket

C2C Blanket in Ohio State ColorsThis was originally supposed to be a Christmas Present (Last Christmas) for my soon to be brother-in-law. He and his wife were having a competition to see who would turn on the heat first and I thought it would be cute to give them each a lap blanket to help with the competition. Lo and behold its August and I just got it finished. Maybe next year. The colors are for the Ohio State Buckeyes, which is his team. Her blanket is in blue and white for UK. They’ll have to battle it out again this year.

The blanket is the corner to corner that is all the rage in crocheting circles, or at least the ones I belong to. It is pretty simple and the pattern is easily memorized so you don’t have to keep checking the pattern. It is a little warm to make in the summer. I usually prefer squares that are assembled later so I don’t have a warm huge blanket on my lap. Here’s a link to the Youtube video I used to figure out the C2C pattern. also has the written instructions.

Off to work on orders and designing Plex. (I haven’t forgotten).

Free Pattern Tuesday – Boobie Barrette



In honor of Fat Tuesday, here are the Boobie Barrettes I whipped up for parade this year. They can be attached to any type of clip barrette.

Enjoy Mardi Gras.

Copyright 2012: Drunken Aunt Wendy Designs
Materials, Abbreviations, Notes
I love this yarn – Hot Rose (A)
I love this yarn – Pink (B)
Vanna’s Choice – Beige (C)
Size E crochet hook
Poly fiberfill
Large eye blunt needle
2.5 inch bar barrettes
SC – Single Crochet
INC – 2 SC in designated stitch
DEC – SC 2 stitches together
Gauge is not important for this project
Note – this project is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join the rounds.

In A, ch 2,
4 SC in 2nd chain from hook
(INC, SC) 2 times (6), change colors to B in last stitch
INC in each stitch (12), change colors to C in last stitch
(SC, INC) 6 times (18)
(SC, INC, SC) 6 times (24)
6-7. 2 rows SC
8. (2 SC, DEC) 6 times (18)
Stuff firmly
9. (SC, DEC) 6 times (12)
10. (DEC) 6 times (6)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Close up opening and sew to the barrette being careful not to sew the clip closed.
Make another one and sew to barrette beside the first one.

Doggie Boob Scarf


Mardi Gras is coming up here in St. Louis. The Pet Parade is tomorrow with the full on parade next weekend. I felt my puppy should be properly dressed, so I fashioned him a mini boob scarf. He’s only four pounds so it is really mini.

He’s all ready for tomorrow. Here’s hoping its warm enough to actually venture out.