DIY Seed Bombs – I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you live but in Victoria spring is definitely in the air. The trees are full with cherry blossoms, the fields are covered in daffodils and tiny tender green leaves are poking out of the bushes. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you can look outside and see the plant world waking up from a long winter’s sleep. To help ring in this beautiful new season we’ve decided to make seed bombs. Seed bombs are a fun way to add beauty to hard to reach and neglected green space. This is a great project for kids and is super easy to do. Noelle and I made them in about half an hour and then it took about 48 hours for them to completely dry. We have a steep and difficult to navigate hill in our back yard that we’ll be bombing with our seed bombs this weekend.
Seeds – a collection of seeds of your choice – we used mostly wildflowers but added in some extra seeds as well (note: the larger seeds don’t always stay in your seed bomb easily so use smaller seeds if possible – I used some sunflower, nasturtium and sweet pea seeds that were pretty big and I had to work hard to keep them in the seed bomb)
Colored paper torn into pieces – 2-3 pages (I used 3 pages of paper; red, orange and pink)
Newspaper torn into pieces – 2-3 pages
Silicone mold – if you don’t have a mold you can also just form into balls with your hands
2 cups of water
After you’ve torn up all your paper, put the pieces into the blender.
Add 2 cups of water to blender and blend everything until pulverized.
Place a strainer over a small bowl and pour the entire contents from the blender into the strainer. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so the water can drain out of the pulp.
Scoop a handful of paper pulp out of the strainer and add a small spoonful of seeds to your pulp.
Gently mix up the pulp and seeds and squeeze out any excess water over a bowl until the seed bomb is fairly compact.
Press the mixture into a mold, squeezing out any excess water and draining it from the mold. Continue until you’ve used up all the pulp.
Finally, using a paper towel, press down on each seed bomb to soak up any left over moisture in the seed bomb – we want to remove as much water as possible to prevent the seeds from germinating.
Allow seed bombs to dry for 24-48 hours and then gently remove from mold.
Easy Rainbow Loom Perler Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial
Easy Rainbow Loom Bracelet with Perler Beads Video Tutorial – I’m so excited about this post. This is my first ever Dabblesandbabbles.com video tutorial. I’ve been wanting to do a video tutorial for a while now but I was waiting for the perfect project – I think I found it. This video tutorial is on how to make rainbow loom bracelets with perler beads. I have no idea if this has already been done before or not but I thought I’d give it a go. I played around with the elastics and beads until I found something that worked. These bracelets are very easy to make and great for beginners to the rainbow loom.
To get going on this project you’ll need a rainbow loom (and hook), rainbow loom elastics, and perler beads. All of these items can be found at Michaels. Once you get the hang of it, you can make these fun bracelets in about half an hour. Give them to your friends, family, teachers, and coaches – they’ll be a big hit!
Today it’s 28 degrees Celsius in Victoria, BC (it’s typically about 18-20 degrees in September here) – not the sort of day to be thinking about a cozy cowl but let’s be honest, fall is right around the corner.
This past week I started a new crochet infinity scarf project. I made the pattern for this crochet scarf based on a baby blanket I made last year that I absolutely loved. Crochet scarf patterns are so easy and this one has a really nice rhythm to it once things get moving along.
If you want to learn how to crochet a scarf, this a great beginner project. It’s easy to learn and fun to make. It’s almost as easy as learning how to wear an infinity scarf. They’re such great pieces because you can throw them on and they go with everything.
This crochet infinity scarf uses bulky yarn. And you can make it as long as you can single crochet and double crochet. A crochet cowl is perfect for fall and winter because they’re warm and easy to cuddle up in. And because this infinity scarf crochet pattern calls for 100% acrylic yarn, it’s super soft too.
I love how simplistic this crochet cowl pattern is and I know you will too. Crochet cowls make great gifts and this one works up so fast you can make them in bulk.
Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern
1.5 Skeins of Yarn (155 yards) – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads – Country Loom – Ocean Tide
Crochet Hook – US K10.5/6.50mm
Crochet Stitches Used in this Pattern:
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)
Counting in 3’s, ch as many stitches as it takes to make a chain 60″ long (this pattern calls for original chain to be any multiple of 3 so just count “1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3…” as you make the chain and make sure that your last chain lands on chain number 3). Check that the chain hasn’t twisted and join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
Round 2: dc in every chain until you’ve completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
Round 3: ch 3 and then sc between the 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 and then sc in between the 6th and 7th dc. You want to keep repeating this pattern every 3 double crochets until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 4: dc 3 into the chain you made in the previous round and then dc 3 into the next chain and continue in this manner until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
Repeat the pattern from Round 3 & 4 until the scarf is the desired width.
Here’s a cute little cat toy pattern that has a bell attached for extra playtime fun. A quick and easy crochet project, this makes a great pet toy project for beginners
A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give our daughter Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to Noelle’s drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.
We did a lot of research and found out that while there are no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left.
We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little furball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.
Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys.
I created this crochet pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.
Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
Needle and thread
Darning Needle to weave in ends
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)
(Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube). Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
(Ch) 2 in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join. Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
Finish off last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.