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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crocheted Hanging Towel

Hanging towels are nostalgic, useful and easy to make.

Everyone remembers hanging towels in the kitchen or bathroom of your grandmother's house, or maybe your mom had them too! They stay clean because they can't fall on the floor (or be constantly ripped down by toddlers on a rampage!) and their size makes them perfect for drying hands after washing.

I love to make these during the holidays, when the kitchen is the heart of every home and family gathering. I recently made four beautiful hanging towels for some very special ladies in my life, (you know who you are, so act surprised at Christmas!) and as I continued making them I perfected the technique and pattern with every towel. I knew I had to share this pattern just in time for gift giving fun!

Here is a simple and beautiful FREE pattern for making or gifting your own hanging towels. The surprise is you get two for the price of one! Each hand towel or kitchen towel is cut in half to make two hanging towels. Mix and match yarns to pair with the colors in the towel and you have a super cute necessity for every kitchen or bathroom!

Enjoy and don't hesitate to leave comments, offer improvements, or ask for clarification!

You can purchase, an easy to read, printer friendly, ad free version of this pattern in my etsy shop for just $1.50! Thanks- your support helps make more free crochet patterns possible!

Happy Holidays!

Hanging Towel Crochet Pattern

Do not share, copy, repost or reproduce this pattern in part or in full. By using my free pattern, you agree to always give credit to my original work and link to my blog when possible. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please be courteous, always credit Haute Kippy with the original design. Do not use my photos to sell your items.


steel hook #7
regular hook H8
worsted weight yarn
a kitchen or hand towel
yarn needle
1” - 2” button

Towel prep:

Cut towel in half, one whole towel yields two hanging towels.
Seal ends by overlock serging or zig-zag stitch over the edge.


Using steel hook, single crochet through towel at least ¼ inch from edge. Make at least 65-67 sc into towel. Working with the small hook and worsted yarn is tricky, but this size should go through the weave of the towel. Go slow at first and it will become easier. Space stitches evenly, and moderately close together.

Counting stitches is not important for this pattern as long as you make at least 65 sc into the towel as a foundation row. Pattern consists of rows of hdc followed by reducing rows of dc or tr.

On a dc or tr row, if one extra stitch is left at end of row, simply make one more stitch to finish the row. The extra stitch will not be noticed in the finished product and has no impact on the next or subsequent rows.

We will be reducing each dc/tr row as we go up by skipping stitches, and eventually by dc2tog as we get up to the part of the towel that wraps around the towel rod for hanging. (I refer to this as the  “wrap portion”) these rows are made in dc and the wrap is optimal at 7 dc wide. Depending on how many stitches are present at row 10, decreases may be necessary over the next one or two rows in order to get the wrap rows down to 7 dc wide.

My towel is 15” wide and contained 67 starting sc. I  ended up with 9 hdc by row 10. In row 11, the first and last two stitches of the row were dc2tog, to decrease the rows down to 7 stitches for the wrap portion of the towel. After 12 “wrap portion” rows, you will make one buttonhole row, followed by a decorative end row.

Row 1: Using steel hook, sc in even increments along the top of the towel approximately  ¼” from the edge. Make at least 65-67 sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Switch to H hook, hdc in the first stitch *(first stitch means the same stitch as turning chain in this row and in each row throughout), hdc in each stitch across, ch 2 turn.

Row 3: dc into first stitch, dc into next stitch, skip 1 stitch, continue across making 2 dc and then skipping 1 stitch to end of row, ch 1, turn. *(be sure to read notes above about finishing rows if one extra stitch is present at row end.) (2 dc, sk 1, 2 dc, repeat)

Row 4: hdc in each stitch across, ch 3, turn.

Row 5: tr into first stitch, tr into next stitch, skip 1 stitch, continue across making 2 tr and then skipping 1 stitch to end of row, ch 1, turn. (2 tr, sk 1, 2 tr, repeat)

Row 6: hdc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn.

Row 7: dc into first stitch, skip 1 stitch, continue across and dc in every other stitch to end of row, ch 1, turn. (dc, sk 1, dc, repeat)

Row 8: hdc in each stitch across, ch 3, turn.

Row 9: tr into first stitch, skip 1 stitch, continue across and tr in every other stitch to end of row, ch 1, turn. (tr, sk 1, tr, repeat)

Row 10: hdc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn. Do not break yarn.

*At this point count your stitches. You may have 9 stitches or a couple more depending on how many stitches were made into the towel. The wrap section needs to be 7 dc across, so we will now decrease accordingly. For example: If you have 10 stitches in row 10, then dc2tog for the first two stitches of the row, 1 dc in each stitch across up to the last two stitches, then dc2tog in the last two stitches (8 total stitches made). Begin the next row with a dc2tog, then dc in each stitch across, giving you the magic number of 7. Work your decreases over row 11 (and 12 if necessary) as you see fit in order to begin making rows of 7 dc. The wrap portion of the towel needs to be at least 12 rows long. If your towel rack is wider, then increase the number of rows accordingly.

Row 11: *(If beginning with 9 stitches proceed as follows, if more, see note above for help decreasing down to 7 dc across) dc2tog in the first stitch, dc in each stitch across until you come to the last two stitches, dc2tog, ch 2, turn. (7 sts.)

Rows 12-22: dc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn. (7 dc) *if your towel rack is wider, add rows here to accommodate.

Row 23: *(buttonhole row) dc in the first stitch, dc in each of the next two stitches, ch 1, skip next stitch, dc in each of the last 3 stitches, ch 1, turn. (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc)

Row 24: *(decorative end) sc in each of the first two stitches, hdc in the next stitch, 3 dc in the chain stitch, hdc in the next stitch, sc in each of the last two stitches, fasten off, weave in ends. (9 stitches total: sc, sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, sc)

Finishing: Sew button securely to center stitch on row 11. Hang and enjoy, or makes a great gift!

Care: Wash and dry according to yarn manufacturer's recommendations.

Original pattern “Crocheted Hanging Towel”’

copyright Haute Kippy by Bethany Sypolt 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cross My Heart Crochet Scarf

Introducing for free, my very first crochet pattern! 

Often, I modify crochet patterns I use, and even make up my own projects as I go, but this is the first time I've written out my own original crochet pattern to share publicly. I'm excited to give you this adorable, and very warm scarf.

The gently variegated colors of this particular yarn lend themselves beautifully to the subtle repeat of the Cross My Heart Scarf, so named for the rows of X's in the pattern. This soft scarf is extra wide and the perfect length to wear snugly wrapped over, or under your coat this season.

It's worked in a repeating pattern consisting of half double crochets and treble crochets which are stitched to form X's. The homespun yarn is an unwound strand of acrylic yarn wrapped with a tiny string, so when worked it gives a soft and fluffy appearance. This does not work well for every pattern, as it's hard to see the loops of the stitch. I bought the yarn for another project but found it was not suitable for that particular pattern. So, keeping it simple, I started to work half double crochets to see what the color variegation looked like. I kept working in rows of 20 and realized the potential, thus the Cross My Heart was born! As a happy accident, the rows of 20 seemed to fit perfectly with the changing colors in muted hues of blue, purple, mauve, teal and taupe. 

Beginning  any project with a chainless foundation crochet is a miracle time saver and a must-learn technique for any crocheter who dislikes endless chaining and tediously working into each chain. Foundations can be made in almost any stitch and are fairly easy to get the hang of. I learned by watching you-tube video demonstrations. Simply search for "chainless foundation crochet" and a number of videos appear to help you fsc, fhdc or fdc. I try to begin most projects with a chainless foundation, even when not called for. I couldn't even imagine chaining 100, 200 or more to start an afghan or other large project. It has more stretch and gives like a regular row of crochet, where chaining does not- especially good for garment making. If you've never tried it before, I urge you to learn.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions or point out any ways I can make this pattern better.

Keep it crafty!

xo -Kip

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Cross My Heart Scarf Free Pattern:

Do not share, copy, repost or reproduce this pattern in part or in full. By using my free pattern, you agree to always give credit to my original work and link to my blog when possible. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please be courteous, always credit Haute Kippy with the original design. Do not use my photos to sell your items.

Pattern Notes:

1. Use two skeins from the same dye lot if using variegated yarn to ensure color continuity. When joining new skein, pull new yarn out to match color on hook. Cut and ball pulled yarn. Joining with matched colors keeps the variegated pattern consistent across rows.

2. In lieu of working fhdc for Row 1: Ch 21, hdc in 2nd st from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (20 hdc)

3. Row 16 repeat: When making X's, crochet 2nd tr on top of previous tr as follows: yo twice to begin tr, insert hook into skipped st and before next yo, move previous tr behind hook, then complete tr. The starting ch 3 does not count as a bar in row total stitch count.

Materials Needed:

2 skeins of Lion Brand's Homespun in Tudor (or another bulky (5) weight yarn)
L/11 (8.00mm) hook
Yarn needle

Gauge: 9 stitches, 5 rows = 4" square in hdc

Level of difficulty: Easy

Finished Dimensions: 9" wide, 69" long

Stitches Used:

fhdc- foundation half double crochet
hdc- half double crochet
tr- treble crochet


Row 1: fhdc 20, ch 1, turn (20 fhdc)
Rows 2-14: hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn (20 hdc)
Row 15: hdc in each st across, ch 3, turn (20 hdc)
Row 16: tr in first st (same st as ch 3), *skip one st and tr in next st, tr in skipped st, tr in next st* (one X and one bar made). Repeat from * to * 5 more times, tr in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (6 X's and 8 bars made- including starting ch 3)
Rows 17-30: repeat row 2
Row 31: repeat row 15
Row 32: repeat row 16
Rows 33-95: Continue with pattern established (15 rows of hdc, one row X's and bars) 4 more times, ending with 15 more rows of hdc for a total of 95 rows or to desired length.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Original pattern “Cross My Heart Scarf”’

copyright Haute Kippy by Bethany Sypolt 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Top 5 Must-Make Fall Crochet Patterns

This summer has been a total blast! From beach vacations, to family reunions, to at home high jinks we've been going on a non-stop whirlwind of fun! I have been mostly baking and cooking this past season, as you've seen from the numerous recipe posts. I do have a super family vacation t-shirt craft that I need to share, but other than that I've not been particularly crafty whilst the kids are out of school. I have been sewing for my cousin's wedding, but I hardly considering following a store bought Burda Flower Girl dress pattern as post-worthy. In preparation for said upcoming wedding, which takes place in mid-September, I feel more and more fall inspiration coming on. This is no surprise as our West Virginia mornings and evenings become progressively cooler and cooler. I know, we're all "pumpkin-ed out" and "Christmas is xx many days away". You may already be sick of it, seeing school supplies in Walmart since mid July and the fresh displays of Halloween candy popping up around every aisle. I'm annoyed sometimes at how early they put up future holiday displays, but these last few days I can't shake the feeling Fall is *almost* upon us. Then I think of my long lost love, my supportive old friend, my big chair sitting, blanket snuggling, favorite cold weather past time, CROCHET! To gently ease our spirits into fall-mode, I've assembled my top 5 new faves for crochet patterns. These are the gems I discovered, but never got to make last year, I consider these super cute accessories as must-haves for my upcoming fall wardrobe.

I discovered these patterns using a fabulous crocheter's tool: allfreecrochet.com. It is the ultimate free pattern resource. I applaud all those ladies out there selling their patterns on Etsy for $5.00 a pop, but I don't care to pay. I believe in free-love yarn, because sharing is caring!

And Now... The Countdown!


Image via Ball Hank n' Skein

Ball Hank n' Skein's Knee-High Boot Socks

These socks look so comfy, cozy and adorable I can't wait to make them. They look like they'd be perfect under wellies, or rain boots. You definitely need a nice thick sock to make those comfortable!


Image via Whistle & Ivy

Whistle & Ivy's Vintage Inspired Arm Warmers

These are totally adorable! I actually attempted them once, as a novice and really messed up. Now that I'm a more experienced crocheter, I need to give these their due. I also need to figure out how and where to wear them!


Image via Design Adventure

Design Adventure's Leg Warmers

Leg warmers... There's not much to say, except, I'm all about them! I think these would be super cute in ecru!


Image via Moogly Blog

Moogly's Luscious One Skein Cowl

This yarn color is a must-have! It's a beautiful variegated bulky yarn from Lion Brand's Unique line. The color is called grapevine. It's simply gorgeous with it's jewel tones, works up quickly and is just the right look for fall!


Image via allfreecrochet.com, courtesy of String with Style

Hooded Infinity Scarf

It just looks super cool. I'm intrigued by the idea, and I'd love to have one. It's my favorite idea and this will be my first new garment crocheted for the fall. That foam head is rockin' the look, I hope it looks as good when I make it, and that I can find ways to wear it!

Well, there you have it, 5 stylish and interesting pieces that would add to any fall wardrobe. I love just browsing new patterns and I love to envision these in all the different colors you could make them in. I hope you feel warm, cozy and inspired!

Happy hooking!

xo -Kip

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wild Berry Crumble

I'm back and ready to go with my favorite summer desert... wild berry crumble! We love to pick wild raspberries that grow along the four-wheeling trails near my in-law's home. It's truly a family affair, we load up the bike with tupperware containers and ride out on the trails in search of berry bushes. When we find them, it's pickin' time! We can easily come back with a gallon or more of these precious and yummy berries. They keep very well in the freezer and if you stash enough, you can enjoy fresh summertime treats all winter long! 

Unfortunately mine won't last that long. I've already made three crumbles, and the last one was a double! I only have one more portion of berries left and it's still only July! 

Wild berry prep and handling:

When we get home from picking I carefully wash and sort the berries in small batches to reduce incidents of breakage. I pick out any leaves, stems, bugs (yuck!) or bad berries. Then measure in 4 to 6 cup portions (depending on how much we've got) and freeze in ziploc bags. When it's pie or crumble time, simply defrost and use within two days.

What Exactly is a Crumble?

A crumble is my version of a cross between a cobbler, a pie, and a bar recipe. It consists of a delectable fruit base, which congeals into a perfectly spoonable solid, paired with a sweet and crunchy crumb topping. Let's face it, the crumb topping is everyone's favorite part of any dutch apple pie, coffee cake or crumb cake. My crumble is extra special because I use Splenda to sweeten the fruit portion. This means you have 100% desert enjoyment with only half the guilt! Feel good about the fruit, and not-so-bad about the decadent crumb topping. You love the fruit, you LOVE the crumb, why not marry such happy partners into one perfect recipe? It's win/win!


  • 6 cups fresh/frozen wild raspberries (or any fruit)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup granulated Splenda

  • 1 cup (two sticks) room temperature, unsalted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease (or use cooking spray) a medium sized baking dish. I used an 8 x 12 inch glass dish. In a large bowl, combine the fruit, 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup granulated Splenda. Gently toss to coat fruit and absorb all the ingredients into the natural juices.

Next, prepare the crumb topping. If you don't have a mixer, this can be done by hand, with forks, or a pastry cutter. Add all the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Mix on low speed until the topping looks... crumbly! It is normal to see chunks of butter along with larger and smaller crumbs. Take care not to over mix during this step- especially with an electric mixer. Over working the crumb can result in the butter melting, turning the batch into one mass. To fix this mistake, add small amounts of flour and slowly mix until crumbs appear once again. 

Now place berries into the baking dish in an even layer and gently top with crumbs. Spread crumbs evenly over the berries taking care not to press. Leave the surface looking natural, homemade and imperfectly perfect! 


Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until fruit is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden brown.

Enjoy this wild berry crumble, and don't be afraid to get creative! I've made mixed berry crumble with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries and I've even tried strawberry-banana crumble too. What pie flavor would you transform into a crumble?

Keep it Yummy! xo-Kip

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Perfect Garlic Knots

I've missed some days not blogging lately. I've been chasing the dragon, trying to crochet the perfect sun hat for my upcoming vacation because I can't find one I like well enough to buy from any store. I pulled my old stash of hemp from college jewelry braiding days to try and crochet with. So far, so-so. When/if I achieve my feat, that'll be my next crocheting post!

back to baking...

I came up this recipe last week, and have been meaning to type it up. I'm really excited about these garlic knots, because not only are they totally scrumptious but it's truly easier-than-you-think baking! The inspiration for this recipe comes from basic pizza crust, which in and of itself is delicious! It's the only way my family eats pizza nowadays. So easy and delicious, I never buy frozen any more.

Garlic Knot Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Garlic Butter Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (I buy mine in a jar: fresh garlic = too much work!)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes


Mix the yeast and water right in the measuring cup. Make sure the water is very warm. Stir to combine and leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in your mixer combine all remaining dry ingredients, using the paddle. Yes, it's dough, but we don't need the dough hook. It doesn't work-well trust me I've tried! This is going to be soft, delicate dough.

Once combined, drizzle in on low speed, the olive oil. Mix until well incorporated. When it's time, add the yeast water, stirring it once more before adding. Mix just until the ingredients are all combined and a soft, sticky dough forms.

Next spray a bowl with non-stick cooking spray, and coat your hands in a bit of olive oil. Take the dough, gently form a ball and rub it with more olive oil. Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit out on the counter for at least one hour. If you are making ahead, refrigerate it overnight. It should keep up two to three days but who can wait that long for delicious garlicy goodness?

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. When you're ready to make knots, divide the dough in half. I use a pizza cutter and parchment paper for this part, it works great! Lay out a sheet of parchment and working with the first half of the dough, mold with your oiled hands a rectangle roughly 1/2" thick, and 6" x 15". Sprinkle flour over the dough and then slice into 1" strips. Flip them individually and flour the other side as well.

...then tie some knots!

Take each strip and gently tie it in a knot. It doesn't have to be perfect, just have fun with the dough! Place on a baking sheet at least one inch apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until just turning golden. While they're baking whip up the easy garlic butter. Then prep the other half of the dough in the same manner. Combine the garlic butter ingredients into a mini-blender, chopper or food processor and pulse until the garlic bits are very small and all is well mixed. I used my baby food maker (basically a glorified mini-blender) for this part. But I think any chopping appliance will do. If you don't have one, You could crush the garlic or even leave it minced as is. Brush onto warm rolls and then try to restrain yourself. Good luck! I ate two before serving to my family with dinner!

Recipe yields approximately 20 rolls. I hope you enjoy and use this recipe to try to incorporate more baking into your meal routines. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I created this recipe on the fly one afternoon just making a regular dinner and I wasn't even sure they'd be good! But they turned out so yummy I could not wait to make it again to share it! Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions about this recipe.

Keep it Yummy! xo- Kip

What were the yummiest garlic knots you've eaten at a restaurant?

Now you can make them at home! Aren't you excited!?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Crochet Tote Bag

I've just completed this totally adorable crochet tote bag! 

The pattern can be found for free on Naztazia.com. I love this lady, her work is so cute. I've made quite a few of her creations, and she writes great crochet patterns! She has wonderful video tutorials for beginner crocheters on her YouTube channel as well. I especially like her because she posted some left-handed crocheting tutorials which really helped me in the beginning.

Tote Deets:

The pattern calls for a solid color yarn or a neutral with planned stripes, using an H hook and crocheting holding two strands held together.

I thought it could look really neat to hold two different colored strands of yarn together. The result I got is amazing! It turned out to be a real stash-buster project for me, using old leftover balls and near-empty skeins. My pastel rainbow palette consisted of robin's egg blue, lavender, soft pink, light and dark heather grays, white, ecru, and one of my new favorites: Red Heart Super Saver in Monet. I had only a tiny bit of this left to use, and I ended up buying another skein of it just to finish this tote, and it complements the other colors very well! See a sweater for my daughter I made using lavender and Monet here.

Another way I personalized this pattern was to use a larger hook. The original pattern calls for size H hook. I thought this might be a little small of a hook to be using with two strands of worsted acrylic. After all, two strands of worsted = one strand of bulky/super bulky! Additionally, I wanted to make mine not a purse, but an all purpose tote. I chose to use size K hook, which is 3 sizes larger than recommended. As a result, my tote came out measuring 16.5" x 14.5" with a 34" x 3" strap. It's long enough to wear crossbody, or over the shoulder and the strap is wide for carrying comfort.

I plan to use this when I take my girls around town to the pool or splash pad. I may even bring it to the beach as well. A benefit of using acrylic yarn, is it's totally washable, it even says so right on the label!

Sweet, stylish, washable, homemade? Fits all this mom's requirements!

Keep crocheting! xo- Kip

You can see other ways crocheters have interpreted this pattern through photos posted to Naztazia's facebook page.

What colors or hook size would you crochet this tote with?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Take Your Vitamins

Foolproof method to get your baby or toddler to take their liquid vitamins without them even knowing it (or tasting it)! Read on...

For anyone who has children, especially a breastfeeding mother, I can take a wild guess you've been instructed by your pediatrician to give your babies vitamins. You must, then be familiar with this:

A pricey little vial of infant's liquid multi-vitamin. (With-iron version for breastfeeding babies of course!) It looks simple enough. It comes with a one mil. dropper and your child should have one dose a day with meals. Okay...

But have you ever tasted it? 

If not, then maybe you should! I have. I taste everything I've ever given my children including those nasty vitamins. If you have any experience with this you know the liquid is potent, strong smelling and very bitter to the tongue.

How can you expect your baby or toddler to actually take this thing!?

I bet, like me, you've tried mixing it into infant cereal or other foods. It doesn't mask the taste. It just makes the food yucky and brown. Maybe you've even held your kid's face still and just popped the little dropper in as quick as you can. I've tried that too. Maybe you've seen the same reaction to the taste, and maybe sometimes they've spit it out!

...And what about the mess it makes? The stains! Oh, the stains!

Those vitamin drops are diabolical for laundry. The brown liquid quickly stains anything it touches- from clothing, to counter tops, even skin! I thought for years, there has to be a better way! If you give it to your child straight, they spit and gag on the horrible taste. If you mix it into something you only ruin the flavor of what ever you're trying to mask it with. 

The Solution:

Fruit Pouches! 

As sort of a combination of the pop-it-in and mask-it methods, I use the genius of the children's fruit or applesauce pouch to help you get yucky tasting vitamins down!

When you open the fruit pouch, you'll notice there's a little bit of room at the top. Measure the vitamins and carefully drop them into the pouch right on top of the applesauce or fruit. Be careful not to squeeze or let your child squeeze. Just place the spout of the pouch in your child's mouth and let them begin sipping. 

The first mouthful they get will have the vitamins, and then be immediately chased with the sweet goodness of fruit! After the first sip you can let them hold the pouch. They'll gleefully enjoy the rest without having even known they've taken their vitamins! The trick is not letting them squeeze the pouch until the vitamins go down with the first sip. This can easily be a mess-free way to get the job done. 

Babies, toddlers and children need their vitamins. If you make this tip a part of your daily routine it'll become a beneficial habit. I serve my baby vitamin-laced fruit pouches at lunchtime daily. I hope this helps some of you moms and dads out there!

Take care! xo- Kip

Monday, June 1, 2015

Puffy Paint! Part Deux

For the most part, we use puffy paint to embellish every day objects to make them extra special, (As shown in my previous post). But what if you could use the paint... to create the object itself?

I've seen the techniques of painting on wax paper over top of printed out clip art objects like leaves and pumpkins. If you string yarn to it, it can be worn. That's cute and kitschy, but what about an upscale looking accessory that you can actually pair with an outfit that doesn't necessarily look like homemade puffy paint craft jewelry?

I'll show you how to make this golden glitter cuff bracelet, plus a bonus project: a girl's no-sew headband! 

Golden glitter cuff bracelet!

Materials: Gold glitter (or your choice of color) puffy paint, ribbon for tie closure, hot glue.

Here's how: I printed out an image of a lace ribbon pattern then overlaid wax paper on top of the image. I used gold glitter puffy paint to trace the lace pattern. The picture below is a less intricate version of the bracelet above. I think it photographs better and more fully illustrates the concept of tracing the lace pattern. 

Lace ribbon photo via

This must be left flat and allowed to dry completely and overnight. After drying, gently and carefully peel the wax paper from the paint. I used hot glue to secure a short silvery ribbon to either end. To wear, tie in a bow around the wrist! 

Shabby chic inspired little girl's no-sew headband!

Materials: Wide ribbon for headband, narrow ribbon as ties, puffy paint, fabric glue or hot glue.

To make: measure from behind one ear to behind the other ear and cut a length of ribbon. Lay the ribbon out on a protected surface. Trace, or free-hand designs onto the ribbon with puffy paint in desired colors. I used burlap lace and pink, white and gold paint. Allow paint to dry over night. Using hot glue or fabric glue, tack the ends of ribbons on to each end of the headband in the center. Fold the corners of the headband ribbon over and glue. Be sure to cut the tie ribbons long enough so that you're able to make a bow at the nape of the neck. Leave tie ribbons long or short depending on your desired look.

I hope you enjoy these creative ways to use puffy paint! 

Keep it crafty! xo- Kip

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Banana Chip Muffins

I know I promised more on puffy paint, but we had an emergency... a banana emergency. I had two bananas left, which no one had eaten and they were dangerously ripe. After a triage of available ingredients, I modified an old classic recipe for banana bread into a delicious new concoction I call the "Banana Chip Muffin". My 5 year old absolutely loves these! The batter is smooth as silk, and the muffins come out moist, fluffy and heavenly!

Here's how to make them:

First preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then assemble your ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed (approximate, but slightly less than a cup)
  • 3 ounces unsweetened applesauce (or a third banana to make one cup total if you have it)
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Paper cupcake liners

Next combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt into a medium bowl. The original recipe calls for "sifted flour" but really, who not only has a sifter but actually uses it these days? I "lighten" the flour in my container before measuring it by gently stirring it around with the measuring cup. Then without packing it, I fill the measuring cup and with the flat side of a butter knife level off the top.

In your mixer (or a mixing bowl with a hand mixer) cream the butter and sugar together. When smooth, add beaten eggs mixing well. Now,  in a small bowl mash your bananas. About 3 bananas should make one cup of mash depending upon their size. I only had two bananas, so I supplemented with applesauce. My two medium bananas plus a three ounce child's applesauce pouch very well equaled one cup total.

Alternately add the flour and banana to the mixer while mixing on a low setting. Mix until all ingredients are just incorporated into the batter. At the end, gently fold in oats, then chocolate chips taking care not to over-mix.

Now if you don't have a kitchen scoop- you need one. This thing is great for more than just ice-cream. I use mine all the time from meatballs to cupcakes! One level scoop per cup will yield at least 12 muffins in a regular "cupcake sized" pan. My batch made a lucky 13 muffins! I always have a smaller cupcake pan ready to go for the excess because I never waste the extra batter. Just bake 'em up with the rest!

If you wish, sprinkle a few oats on top of each muffin before baking to give them a special look. Bake in the center of a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

If you'd like to make a loaf, grease a loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. If you'd like to make larger sized muffins, grease the cups well and check after 15 minutes for doneness. When a toothpick comes out clean they're ready.

Credit where credit is due: The original recipe was handed down to my mother, from my paternal grandmother, who credited America's Cook Book Third Edition on her hand-written recipe card from which the above was adapted.

Keep it yummy! xo- Kip

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Puffy Paint! Part Une

My mother came to visit recently and when she did, she turned me on to a phenomenon so addicting, she might as well have given me a bottle of crack. Let me re-introduce you to the magic of puffy paints.
No, we're not going to make hideous applique' sweatshirts like so much 1995!!!

This is the new puffy paint, puffy paint 2.0, for the next generation! There's way more applications than you would think. Seriously, just put "puffy paint" into the search box on Pinterest, and your mind. will. blow.  

What I have done with puffy paint is nothing short of genius, and that's all due to my mother's great ideas and inspiration. She is the OG craft queen, and I love her.

We've personalized children's toys:

Permanently accessorized barbie dolls:
This poor little bathtub toy mermaid lost her fabric bikini top and fabric tail. My mom fashioned a new tail out of a plastic water bottle. She secured it with gorilla glue, and we gave her a new permanent top, that hopefully she'll never lose again! *Bonus points for stylin' glitter on the tail! 
Accentuated my daughter's backpack, lunch box and personalized her thermos:

Glitter puffy paint blings-up boring team sports apparel:

And most recently, I've discovered how to make jewelry and headbands! More on the latter, later! You can look forward to those gems in my next post: Puffy Paint! Part Deux

For now, keep it crafty, keep it chic, keep it classy! 
xo- Kip