Houses Coloring Page – When I was a little girl I used to spend hours drawing houses and floor plans that went with them. I still remember my Dad walking to the end of our very long farm lane driveway to get the weekend newspaper. As soon as he brought it in I would fling it open in search for the “homes” section. Back in the day, they would have pages of house renderings and the corresponding floor plan designs – trying to entice all the farm folk to become city slickers. To this day I have no idea what it was that drew me to draw page after page of houses but I know I had books full of my designs. At one point I was seriously considering becoming an architect but then my school guidance counselor told me all the math credits I’d need to get into University – let’s just say that math wasn’t my strong suit. Eventually the dream of being an architect faded but I never lost my joy of drawing houses. Now that same joy seems to have been passed down to my daughter who loves drawing, especially the bricks on the buildings.
I’ve made two designs. The first printable is a coloring page full of houses. The second printable has houses but also an option for kids to draw their own house too – a wonderful resource for teachers, homeschoolers and parents. Also a fun and educational way to entertain kids.
Download or print your free houses printable coloring page here.Download or print your free houses printable coloring page with a frame to draw your own home here.
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DIY button stamp tool tutorial – great for pottery, polymer clay, play dough and plasticine.
DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial – A number of months back, I came across a bucket list of things I’d like to try that I had made years ago and forgotten all about. I was so thrilled when I browsed through the list and realized that I had done all but one item on my list. Strangely enough though, I had just signed up to take a pottery class – the one missing item from my list. After my first class, it quickly occurred to me that I had fallen in love with what was to become my new hobby. The tactile, hands-on, fingers in the clay thing and the scent of damp earth seemed to fulfill something in my life that I didn’t even know I was missing. One class turned into three classes; three classes turned into nine classes, and now I’ve just signed up for an advanced pottery class for the fall.
At some point in my research for pottery ideas, I noticed that many of the potters and studios have their signature stamps that they put on all their work. I loved this idea the moment I saw it. I’m still a beginner potter and don’t quite feel like I can use my own signature stamp yet but I still love the idea of having a little extra detail hidden somewhere on the clay piece. One day I popped into a second hand shop and I came across this amazing bag full of antique buttons. For a mere $2 I bought the bag full of buttons and rushed home to figure out how to turn these into stamps. The process is pretty easy and I have to say I couldn’t believe how sturdy and durable these clay stamp turned out. These texture tools are great for pottery clay, polymer clay and the kids will love them for play dough and plasticine.
DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial
- Polymer Clay (Sculpy, Fimo, etc)
- Nylon string (fishing wire will work)
- Cookie sheet with parchment paper
Directions (see photos below):
- Using a 4″ nylon string, find two buttons (similar size works best) and tie the buttons together.
- Roll out a piece of polymer clay and form into a cylinder shape. Make the size of the clay a little shorter than the nylon string with the buttons when pulled taut. The role of clay should also be a little fatter than the width of the buttons.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a slit down the length of cylinder of polymer clay but only half way into the cylinder.
- Pulling the buttons taut, slide the nylon string with the buttons on the ends down into the slit.
- Gently squish the two sides of the cylinder polymer clay together and slowly roll the clay until the clay squishes down to meet both buttons and fills the space behind the buttons.
- Carefully place the button stamp tool onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake using the polymer clay baking instructions (I baked mine for 20 minutes at 275 degrees).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Download your easy to make DIY Button Stamp Tool instructions here.
DIY polymer clay stamp texture tool tutorial.
Modern easy crochet patterns from Belle Noelle Creations.
Easy Modern Crochet Patterns – I apologize for my temporary absence but I’ve been away this summer enjoying some much-needed family time at the lake. It wasn’t all fun and games though, I actually managed to squeeze in some work, including something I’m really excited to share. Yesterday I opened a new Etsy shop called Belle Noelle Creations – in honor of the love of my life, my daughter Noelle. The goal of my shop is to offer modern, stylish and easy to crochet patterns. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on a project (what can I say, I get bored easily) so most of my crochet patterns are items that can be made in a day or two. I’ll also be posting some cute kids crochet patterns in the shop shortly.
Hopefully you’ll get a moment to check out my new shop and let me know what you think. I’m appreciative of any feedback you may have.
Everyone loves free giveaways so….the first 30 people who can show me that they’ve pinned the above photo on Pinterest or shared this post on Facebook will receive FIVE FREE CROCHET PATTERNS from me! Just send me a quick email here to show me a link to your pin or post and I’ll send you your free crochet patterns.
Oh, and I’d like to give a huge shout out to my beautiful model and friend Sherri who makes my designs look fabulous!
Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern
Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern – With the incredible weather we’ve been having on the West Coast, we’re spending many of our days at the lake. Some days it feels like all I do is lug all my gear to and from the beach (I know, really tough problem to have). Hanging out at the beach also means I usually have some free time while I’m watching my daughter swim and make sand castles. I decided it was time to come up with a new fun but useful project – the crochet beach tote. I popped into town, picked up some yummy looking cotton yarn and got to work creating my bag. I didn’t use a pattern for this but just sort of made it up as I went along. This was my first crochet bag project and in the end I was thrilled with how it turned out. What do you think? This crochet tote is not only great for the beach, but perfect to grab before you head out to the farmer’s market or grocery store. My daughter loved this bag and now wants one for herself… expect to see a modified kids version in an upcoming post.
These bags are really quick and easy to make and also make a great little gift. The tote pattern may look complicated upon first glance but you’ll soon see that you’re just repeating the same steps only with different colored yarn. It’s done with the double crochet stitch but mostly the half double crochet stitch, a favorite of mine since it seems to work up so quickly. It took me two days to complete the beach bag and I would say I crochet at a slow to medium pace. The finished size of the tote was 15″ wide by 15″ high.
Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern
- Cotton Yarn – 6 balls of cotton medium weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter (color 1 x 2 balls, color 2 x 2 balls, color 3 x 1 ball, color 4 x 1 ball)
- Crochet Hook – US K/6.5 mm
- Stitch market
- Yarn or tapestry needle
Pattern written in U.S. terminology
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, hdc = half double crochet
- Using color 1, chain 48 stitches.
- Hdc into 2nd chain from hook, then hdc into every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn. Carry on this way for 6 rows in total.
- Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked. Starting with the closest side of the base, sc into each row space, 2 sc into last space.
- Turn to next side and sc into each stitch, 2 sc into last stitch on that side, carrying on in that fashion until the entire outside of the base is complete, making sure to do 2 sc in each corner.
BAG BODY (working in rounds):
- Rounds 1 – 3: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 4: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 5 – 7: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 8: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 9: Change to color 3 yarn, hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 10: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 11: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 12: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 13 -15: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 16: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 17: Change to color 4 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 18: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 19: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 20: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 21 – 23: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 24: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 25 – 30: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
- Lay bag flat on a flat surface. Using your finger, find the stitch at the top of the bag that’s in the furthest right side/corner when laid flat. Mark the stitch with a stitch marker. Do the same on the left side/corner.
- Count over 3 stitches from the stitch marker to the right, pull through end of yarn with crochet hook and make a knot with about a 3 inch tail.
- *ch 2 and then hdc in the next 5 stitches, chain 2, turn.* Repeat and continue in this manner until your strap is as long as you’d like (mine strap was about 27″ long). Make longer if you’d like to make the tote more like a messenger bag.
- Attach to the other side, matching the middle of the strap with the stitch marker. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Download the free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern here.
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Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern