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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Free Barbie Valentine Dress Instructions

I made this adorable little Barbie Dress in a less than two hours. I use the same concept as the Ballerina Costume.

  Materials needed:   One (1)  1 inch diameter Red Covered pony tail holder
                                 Size C crochet hook
                                Red and White yarn
And I have a Barbie for a model to insure fit.

Round one: With the Red yarn work 30 single crochet stitches around the pony tail holder, join with a sl st in the first sc.
Next round: Chain 2 then Double crochet in the next two stitches, dc2 tog: continue this same pattern: At the end of the round, you should have decreased to a total of 21 stitches.
Continue double crocheting until dress measures 4  inches.
Tie off.
Use the white yarn, double crochet twice in every stitch to create ruffle on the bottom of the dress . Tie Off
Complete the neckline: With white yarn  chain 30, single crochet on the pony tail holder (3 times), chain 30 tie off.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Crock Pot Beef Veggie Soup

When we feel a cold coming on we turn to the basics of comfort food that is easy and nourishing.  A great crock pot of homemade Beef Vegetable Soup is exactly that, a bowl of comfort filled with great flavor, healthy veggies and lean beef!! 

Beef Vegetable Soup

  • 1 lb + round steak (or any other good beef) cubed
  • 1 can 14 1/2oz diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 beef bouillion cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
1. In a 12 qt slow cooker, combine first 12 ingredients, cover and cook on high for 6 hours
2. Add frozen veggies and cover and cook on high for 1 hour until meat and veggies are tender.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Free Barbie Bikini Pattern

When I was in California for the birth of my second granddaughter, I was able to fulfill a promise I had made a year ago.  My oldest granddaughter needed bathing suits for her Barbies,  apparently you can't just buy them. When I was little, all Barbies came in a bathing suit and you later purchased outfits for her. Now Barbies are dressed for  various activities or careers such as a doctor or going to a ball.  So sadly my granddaughter's Barbies has nothing to wear to the pool or the new Barbie Jacuzzi.  I allowed everything but this promise to get in the way until  I returned to California this Thanksgiving and we made every single Barbie a bikini.  What my daughter and I didn't realize is that Kimmie had 17 Barbies.  Lol  It took my daughter and I the entire three weeks but we made ever single Barbie a bikini.  Of course several of the 17 Barbies were Disney Princesses (my granddaughter loves the Princesses).  So around her Barbie pool, you can see Snow White, Cinderella or Ariel in an awesome bikini!

Here are 15 of the bikini clad Barbies and Princesses!   My granddaughter was playing with the other two.    Look, even Tinkerbell can swim or sunbath.

Bikini Pattern:
1/4 ounce main color for bikini, 1/4 ounce white or second color for trim.  Size 2  knitting needles, size B crochet hook.

Bottom:   Begin at back waist with MC cast on 12. Work 2 rolls ST st.  Continuing in St st, dec 1 st both sides next and every 4th row 3times in all (6 sts rem) Work even for 7 rows. Inc 1 st both side next and every other row 3 times (12 sts), Bind off.  Trim:  with white or second color, chain 30 with crochet hook, sc along back waist chain 30 for tie. Repeat for front waist.

Top: Bra Cup (make 2)  Beg at lower edge with main color, cast on eight.  Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 Purl
                                       Row 2: K3 (inc 1) twice, K3
                                       Row 4: K3, sl 1, K1, psso, K2tog, K3
                                       Row 6: K2, sl 1, psso, k2tog, k2
                                       Row 8: K1, sl 1, k1, psso k2tog,k1
                                       Row 9 P2tog twice 
                                       Row 10: K2tog, end off
                                       Trim, with white or second color, chain 30 for tie, work 5 scs along bottom of bra cup, ch 1 work 5 scs along bottom of second bra cup.  Cha 30 for tie, fasten off.  Next with white or second color, chain 30 for tie, attach to top neck edge of bra, work 6 scs along one side of neck edge of bra,sl st in center chain, work 6 scs up other side of neck edge, ch 30 for tie fasten off.