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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Make Dollhouse in an Altoid Tin

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Dollhouse Altoid Tin blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the mini dollhouse post.


How to Make a Dollhouse in an Altoid Tin from In Our Pond  #miniatures #diy  #crafts  #dollhouse  #cabbagepatchdoll  #roadtrip  #travel  #busybags  #altoidtin  #airplane


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

50+ Travel Toys in an Altoid Tin

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Altoid Tin blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the 50 Tiny Toys post.





Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lottie Doll Sweater Dress Pattern (knit flat)

Free Knitting Pattern for Lottie Doll Sweater Dress from In Our Pond
Dragonfly (age 6) and I have been enjoying our Lottie doll quite a bit since Christmas.  She's just the right size for the heirloom dollhouse we have (the one in the background).  Dragonfly has lots of crafting ideas and has a large list of things for me to create with and for her.


This dress is a modification of the free sweater ornament from Greens and Jeans.  Her sweater was too large for the Lottie dolls (but may fit a Barbie- I haven't tested it) so I shrunk it a bit.  I also added the skirt.  It's still slightly too large, but looks pretty cute in person.



SUPPLIES

-  size 3 needles

superwash wool yarn

buttons to close up the back



The piece is knit flat.

Cast on 22 stitches.



KEY

PM- place marker

K2tog- knit two together

YO- yarn over

K1FB- make 2 stitches by knitting into the front and back of the same stitch



TOP OF SWEATER

Row 1-  K4 (PM), K1, P1 remaining stitches

Row 2-  K1, P1 until PM, K4

Row 3-  K4 (PM) K3 (PM), K3 (PM), K6 (PM), K3 (PM), K3

Row 4- P to last 4 stitches, K4

Row 5- K2, YO (twice), K2 (PM) K2, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K1, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K4, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K1, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K2

Row 6- P to last 4 stitches, K5 (knit the 2 YO as 1 stitch)

Row 7- K2, K2tog, K1, (PM) K3, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K3, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K6, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K3, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K3

Row 8- P to last 4 stitches, K4

Row 9- K4 (PM) K4, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K5, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K8, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K5, K1FB (PM), K1FB, K4

Row 8- P to last 4 stitches, K4

46 stitches on the needles (4 (button band) 6 (back) 9 (sleeve) 12 (front) 9 (sleeve) 6 (back)




BODY OF SWEATER

Row 1-  put sleeves on a stitch holder as you knit across the remaining sititches

Row 2-  P24, K4

Row 3- Knit all 28 stitches

Row 4- P24, K4

Row 5- K2, YO (twice), K2, K24

Row 6-  P24, K5 (knit one time in the double YO)

Row 7- K2, K2tog, K1, K24

Row 8- P24, K4

Row 9- K28

Row 10- P24, K4



SKIRT

Row 1- K4, K1FB into every stitch (52 stitches total)

Row 2- P48, K4

Row 3- K every stitch

Row 4- P48, K4

Continue pattern for 1-2 inches, adding buttonholes as desired.  Alternatively, you could join before the increase and knit the skirt in the round.  

Garter Stitch the 4-6 last rows and cast off to finish.




SLEEVES

Pick up the 9 stitches from the cable needle and another 3 from the underarm.  Begin rounds under the arm.  Knit in the round until the sleeve reaches the desired length.  Knit 4 rows (2 bumps) of garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next) and cast off.  Repeat for second sleeve.

Weave in ends and wet block with warm water.  Add buttons to the back, being mindful to line up the buttonholes.

Finished!



If you have any questions, leave a comment, and if you make the dress yourself, tag me @InOurPond on FB, Instagram, Twitter and/or Pinterest!  I'd love to see your creations.


Free Knitting Pattern for Lottie Doll Sweater Dress from In Our Pond



Friday, January 5, 2018

Miniature Paint and Glue Bottles

Free Printable for Miniature Paint and Glue Bottles from In Our Pond  #crafting  #elfontheshelf  #barbie  #miniatures  #papercrafts  #printable  #scrapbook


Dragonfly and I have been watching so many crafting videos lately.  We love seeing what other people have done and then making our own.  The inspiration for this craft came from Rainbow Tinkle's World.  She posted the video, which you can see below.  I completed her craft, and then decided to make my own version with more paint colors and a different label.  Since these bottles will be for my elf on the shelf house, I wanted to have an "elf" brand logo on them.  I have also included a plain version that simply says "craft paint."  There are also a few different glue bottle options (which I hope to showcase in a video soon).  Make as many as you want to stock a craft room, a store, or a toy-making scene.




And here's my video.  Follow me on Facebook for more crafting videos!




To download the paint bottles, click on the picture.
Free Printable for Miniature Paint and Glue Bottles from In Our Pond  #crafting  #elfontheshelf  #barbie  #miniatures  #papercrafts  #printable  #scrapbook

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Foster-to-Adoption Party Guest Book Ideas

Foster-to-Adopt Party Guest Book Ideas from In Our Pond

Adoptions are a big deal around here, since all three of my kids were adopted.  My most popular blog post is a pile of foster-to-adopt party ideas.  As I was thinking about that theme again, I thought it would be good to make a list of ways you could do an adoption-themed guest book.  There are so many creative ideas online that everyone should be able to find something for every family and theme.


Jenga blocks

fingerprint tree

puzzle pieces

wood hearts shadow box

picture frame mat

video wishes

new family name initial

message in a bottle

signatures on globe

picture books

postcard

shells

wish rocks

"Oh the Places You'll Go"

highlighted quotes/verses

signed clothes

quilt squares

guitar

Snapchat video

photobooth

Christmas ornaments




{More Adoption Party Ideas}
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Foster-to-Adopt Party Guest Book Ideas from In Our Pond



Foster-to-Adopt Party Guest Book Ideas from In Our Pond



Foster-to-Adopt Party Guest Book Ideas from In Our Pond



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Monday, January 1, 2018

Safari Toob Organization (free printable)

Safari Ltd Toob Organization with Free Printable from In Our Pond  #safariltd  #howisafari  #organization  #homeschooling  #montessori

I don't know how many times I've written about our love of Safari Toobs.  They're one of my most common printables and our favorite thing to use for homeschooling.  The little figurines come in a one-inch by one-inch by twelve-inch "toobs" which look really neat on the store shelf, but aren't very convenient for storage.  My solution is to put all our toobs in recycled Crystal Lite Containers, which are wide, sturdy, and have a snap-down lid.  The containers are easy for the kids to open and for them to refill at the end of school time.  For many years, I labeled them with a permanent marker, but I decided to make them some uniform labels for the new year.  I even included the piece count of each toob.

The new year means new attempts at organizing.  So search e-bay, raid your cupboards, and beg from friends to build up your stash.  Then, get organizing!  I laminated mine to make them more durable and attached them with a loop of tape.  Click on the titles to download the set of labels you want.

Blank Crystal Light Labels

Chalkboard Labels

Black-and-White Labels


Here's all our Safari Toobs with their new labels.  We keep them in a Sterilite container.  They could also be put on a shelf or in a custom mailbox-style shelf.

Safari Ltd Toob Organization with Free Printable from In Our Pond  #safariltd  #howisafari  #organization  #homeschooling  #montessori

Dinosaur Skulls  <>  Zoo Babies  <>  Marine Mammals  <>  Arctic  <>  Bugs  <>  Penguins  <>  Wild  <>  Carnivorous Dinosaurs  <>  Backyard Birds  <>  River  <>  Sharks  <>  Horses  <>  Desert  <>  Monkeys and Apes  <>  Rainforest  <>  Dinosaur Babies  <>  Powhatan Indians  <>  Space  <>  Australia  <>  North America

Safari Ltd Toob Organization with Free Printable from In Our Pond  #safariltd  #howisafari  #organization  #homeschooling  #montessori

The most common way we use Safari Ltd toobs is with my homemade 3-part cards.  They can be used for simple matching activities when kids are younger to help them learn the names of different animals.  The figurines can also be counted and used in addition and subtraction problems.  As children get older, the cards can encourage spelling practice, launch storytelling, and teach reading.  The animals can also be placed on a world map to learn geography or sorted by type as part of a science lesson.

I had already created the cards for the Endangered Land Animals toob earlier this year.  When Safari Ltd contacted me about their #HowiSafari campaign, I thought this would be a great opportunity to revisit the printable.  The company sent me the tube of animals in exchanged for being mentioned in a blog post (see my disclosure statement for more information).

I've made 3-part cards for most of the Safari Toobs.  You can access all of them by clicking on the pictures below.

Toob Matching Cards





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