Tiny Rabbit

Jay and I have been going on walks a lot more lately. The warmer weather and the sunshine is enough to draw these two home bodies out of hibernation. Despite the construction and traffic, I still feel the freshness of the season and the excitement that in just one more week Little Sister Sue will be arriving. These things combined – oh, and Easter too – inspired me to make this adorable tiny rabbit:

Tiny Rabbit front - Pops de Milk

Tiny Rabbit back - Pops de Milk Tiny Rabbit in flower pot - Pops de Milk

But before, when I had just finished sewing the head and body together Jay walked in the room and saw the bunny. Usually when he sees a project I’ve finished he’ll say, “That’s so cute,” or, “That’s so awesome,” and then proceed to do a few karate moves with it before giving it back. But because the needle was still attached to the rabbit, he finished his action scene with this:

Warrior Bunny and Jay - Pops de Milk

Of course now I can’t picture the bunny as a cute spring creature, instead he is now a warrior bunny! (Good thing I’ve got extra needles…)

Warrior Bunny - Pops de Milk

Protecting my yarn stash. “You shall not pass!”

Yarn Warrior Bunny - Pops de Milk

Want the pattern? Download the PDF here.

Mr. Hedgehog

The snow is melting. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Spring has finally arrived in these parts and I couldn’t be happier! This warm weather is coaxing animals out of hibernation and one such animal is a fuzzy little mammal I have named Mr. Hedgehog.

He likes to sniff around my desk, bumping into crochet hooks and erasers. Sometimes he just plops himself on my keyboard and stares at me with his cute little eyes. Just look at him!

Hedgehog 1 - Pops de Milk

The idea to make his body fuzzy was more of an experiment to see if the same technique would work for another project I’m currently designing. I thought about just crocheting a simple square to experiment with but I was more curious about how it would work on a three-dimensional object, stuffed with fibrefill. All I did was brush the little hedgehog with an old hair brush until I was satisfied with the fuzz. And out of a successful experiment I came out with an adorable desk pet to keep me company while I create.

Hedgehog 2 - Pops de MilkWant to make a hedgehog? Download the PDF pattern here or if you want to support my crocheting efforts you can buy the pattern at my Etsy shop.

Crochet Eggs for Easter

I can’t believe Easter is almost here! As I was raised Catholic, my Mom always made a point of celebrating Easter – the fun bunny stuff as well as the religious part of it. For Easter dinner she would usually make her amazing and mouth-watering leg of lamb, cooked in a bath of tomatoes loaded with herbs and, during the afternoon while the lamb slowly cooked, she’d pop in the old VHS of Jesus of Nazareth. There was also Easter mass and once or twice we even made it to our church’s three hour long rendition of the stations of the cross. As a kid, this was not the most amusing event, especially because we all had to stand throughout the entire thing. But the knowledge of an Easter egg hunt in the near future would keep me from complaining about how bored I was.

The egg hunt was my favourite, of course. My Mom was very creative about her hiding places, considering we lived in an apartment. And because there were three of us, she would make sure to hide an equal amount of chocolate and candy so my sisters and I wouldn’t be left out. Usually I’d find my sisters’ candy as well as mine but I didn’t mind giving them their share :P

This tradition went on until just a few years ago. Yes, even the egg hunt! The sight of three grown women looking inside flower pots for chocolate probably brought much joy to my Mom.

This year, most of my family, with the exception of Little Sister Sue who is returning from Japan (YAY!!!!) is out of the country and having Easter together will be impossible. Instead I will be having my own little Easter celebration with a few of my Mom’s traditions thrown in. I have to admit I’m not religious so going to church would feel wrong for me, but I do remember enjoying most of Jesus of Nazareth. And if I’m not in the mood for something that serious, I may just make Jay and Little Sister Sue watch Jesus Christ Superstar instead haha. I will most definitely be making my Mom’s lamb dinner but what I’m most excited about is the Easter egg hunt.

But first, decorations! I thought it would be fun to have a bunch of crochet Easter eggs so I’ve come up with a pattern for a simple egg shape. You can use different kinds of colours and yarns, add felt pieces, buttons, embroidery – consider it a blank canvas or I suppose, a regular egg begging to be dyed…except without the messy dye.

Large Egg - Pops de Milk Small Eggs - Pops de Milk Bowl of Eggs - Pops de Milk

If you’d like to crochet some eggs for your Easter egg hunt download the PDF pattern here.

What kind of Easter traditions do you have? Do you have egg hunts? Large family dinners? I’d love to know!

“You have no power over me.”

I’m starting the week with one of my favourite female characters, Sarah from Labyrinth. The line, “You have no power over me,” has stuck with me – as well as, I’m sure, with many other girls who grew up watching this movie – and made a lasting impression. No man, or Goblin King for that matter, would ever try to dominate me!

Sarah Labyrinth - Pops de Milk

Although she starts off the movie seeming like a spoiled princess, by the end you can tell she’s determined, has a good heart, and is strong enough to stand against the Goblin King to take back her baby brother.

Sarah and Jareth Labyrinth - Pops de Milk

Jareth lurks behind, trying to lure her to his castle but she wants none of it!

Want to make an inspiring female character? Download the pattern here or you can support my crafty skills by purchasing the pattern on Etsy.

 

Crochet Skull Pin

Okay, so I know it’s not exactly Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos but I couldn’t resist making a crochet skull.

It all began when a friend of mine posted a link to a hat with a skull pattern on it. I was drawn to its uniqueness (as I tend to be when skulls are concerned) and thought about not making hat but instead making skull drink coasters. I was a quarter of the way through a skull pattern when I stopped and completely lost interest in making coasters. Now, I was wondering what it would look like if I used crochet thread and the smallest hook I own. And what would I do with a tiny skull?

Why, make a pin of course!

Skull Pin front - Pops de Milk

I used this pattern from Crochet Nirvana and instead of yarn I used crochet thread and size 1.50 mm hook. It took very little time and after I had finished, I sprayed some starch (cornstarch and water mixed in a spray bottle) on the skull to help shape and stiffen it a little. Next, I embroidered a little design with different coloured threads and lastly, I added a safety pin.

For the pin, I crocheted one side to make it easier to sew on to the pin.

Skull Pin safety pin - Pops de Milk Skull Pin wrapped pin - Pops de Milk

Skull Pin back - Pops de Milk

And voilà!  I have a brand new pin to show off!

Skull Pin - Pops de Milk

Gluten, sugar, and dairy-free: An Experiment

Allergies. They suck. They make you miserable and frustrated, especially when you don’t know where they’re coming from. Jay decided to see a nature doctor and was told to go on an elimination diet. I decided to join him so a) he wouldn’t be tempted by my forbidden food and b) so we wouldn’t have to eat different things because there’s nothing more stressful than making two different dinners. We went over the rules together like it was a board game and came up with a few simple meal ideas. This part was fairly easy to figure out except I kept coming up with pasta dishes loaded with creamy, rich cheese…this is probably why in this diet I’m not giving up dairy. Snacks were also easy to figure out.

But what about dessert?

I decided to get creative and figure out a recipe for lemon bars. After some searching I came up with substitutions and estimated measurements. On paper it all looked great and fool-proof.

When it actually came time to mix ingredients together I became increasingly doubtful. By the time I put the baking dish in the oven my only thoughts were, “At least don’t let it taste like lemon-scented scrambled eggs.”

But to my surprise, the lemon bards weren’t all that bad! I used rice flour and that gave them a dense and almost chewy texture. Instead of sugar I used honey and the sweetness was very subtle, but really pleasing. But it was the amazing lemon flavour that made it all enjoyable.

The recipe could use a few tweaks but overall I’d say it was a success.

Lemon Bars -Pops de Milk

Lemon Bars

Makes about 9 squares

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp rice flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sunflower oil

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup honey – adjust this depending how sweet you want the bars

zest of one lemon

2 eggs

juice of half a lemon

1/4 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F/177C. Line a baking dish (the dish I used was 7 x 7) with parchment paper and very lightly grease with oil. Mix together the flour and salt and set aside. In a medium bowl mix together the oil, honey, and lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add the lemon juice and vanilla. Combine the liquid mixture with the dry mixture and pour into a baking dish. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Lemon Bars - Pops de Milk

 

“You remind me of the babe!”

If you know where the title quote is from then you will probably recognise my most recent creation.

Here, doing the Magic Dance, is none other than Jareth the Goblin King!

Jareth Magic Dance - Pops de Milk

Labyrinth was, and still is, one of my favourite movies of all time. My Middle Sister and I agreed that only Davie Bowie could have pulled off the Goblin King role. Who else could get away with pants that tight while wearing a pirate shirt and metallic eye shadow?

Jareth - Pops de Milk

When I first became interested in amigurumi, I remember wanting to make a Jareth amigurumi but at the time didn’t feel experienced enough to even try. I didn’t feel discouraged though, just not ready. And now that I’ve gained some skillz I felt it was time to finally create my first *ahem* crush – I’m not the only one, right? Anywho, I had quite a bit of fun making Jareth, especially the part where I got to put the eye shadow on – was my first time using fabric paint on yarn!

Jareth Goblin King - Pops de Milk

Jareth face closeup - Pops de Milk

If you want to make your own Goblin King download the pattern here or if you want to support my craft skills then head on over to my Etsy shop!