How to Make a Tangled Happy Wand

I do hope some of you give this tutorial a try. It's a really fun project to share with your little people. They can easily stuff, paint and tie on ribbons. Lots of fun!
Materials and Tools:
  • Two completed Tangled Happy Stars. Find the pattern here.
  • Embroidery Floss. This step is optional. I used 3 pieces of embroidery floss about 24 inches long; tie a knot in the bottom of the string; tread your tapestry needle; do a back stitch around the inside swirl of the star; tie your beginning tail and end tail together and trim. Repeat with second star.
  • Yarn.
  • Crochet Hook 4.25mm, Tapestry Needle, Scissors, & Hot Glue Gun.
  • Wooden Dowel, Acrylic Paint, & Paint Brush.
  • Ribbons & Stuffing.
Step 1: You will need your two completed stars, tapestry needle, stuffing and a piece of yarn about 36 inches long. With right sides together whip stitch stars starting and ending 3 stitches from the bottom center. Do not tie off. Turn your star right side out. You may need to use your dowel to push out the tips of your star. Then stuff to your likeness.

Step 2: With your tail sc around the opening. Do a second round decreasing each st at you go. Do a third round of sc. Leaving a space just big enough to slip in your dowel. Tie off. Tuck in tail.

Step 3: Slip your painted dowel into the opening of the star about 3/4 of the way up. Hot glue and squeeze the opening of the star around the dowel.
Step 4: Tie on your ribbons using a double knot. Secure with hot glue. Done!

I also wanted to share with you the inspiration behind these Tangled Happy Wands. In December my friend Dori at The Dreaming Bear did a giveaway and one of the items was a painted "play" magic wand. I was sitting and admired it and "POOF" an idea was born. Tangled Happy Wands! Dori is truly an artist and I love her work! You must take a look at her Etsy ShopShe just added some of her wonderfully colorful paintings. I really, really want one! Perfect for my little creative corner.


Tangled Happy Wands

Lots of creativity this week at the Tangled Happy household...
Remember my Tangled Happy Star? Well... They have become Tangled Happy Wands!!!
I love them! They turned out even more perfectly then I had imagined. My husband had to listen to me ooohhh and aaawww over them for several days. The girls and I had so much fun making these. They have also inspired lots of imaginative play. 
I decided it was well past time to embrace the snow and have a little winter fun. The snow was packing perfectly the day we created these snowpeople. It started with Betty (lower left). She inspired the creation of a whole family of snowpeople. Sally (upper left) is my absolute favorite snowperson of all time! Made me smile everyday this week when I returned home to admire our happy little snowfamily. Fun!


Teeny Tiny Heart Bunting

Julia Crossland is sharing this Teeny Tiny Heart Bunting. Isn't it the sweetest! Find the pattern here.


Granny Spike Stitch and More Little Heart Plushies...

More Bunny Mummy goodness. A new spiky granny square. Jacquie calls it the Granny Spike Stitch. A fun twist on a traditional granny square. I like it!
 And look what Jacquie did with the Little Heart Plushy pattern from Easy.
Here are her little hearts... 
And here is her little plushy heart creation... 

Aww... I love all things Bunny Mummy! 


Little Heart Plushy

I have been admiring all the wonderful valentines goodness going on in the blogosphere. These Little Heart Plushies are being shared by Tara at Easy. Be sure to check out her shop on Etsy Mamachee and her fun photo stream on Flickr. Find the pattern here


Grass Rug

  The ground has been covered in white here the past few weeks. So when I came across this Grass Rug at Lion Brand Yarn it caught my attention. I am trying so hard to embrace winter and enjoy the beauty of frost and snow. But I am really a lover of spring. Maybe a rug like this one would help tide me over. It does make me think spring. Find the pattern here.


One Fish, Two Fish...

Have you visited Resurrection Fern? It is one of the most wonderfully creative inspiring blogs! You could make one of these beautiful merfish necklaces. I love the idea that my girls could go on outdoor adventures with their little merfish friend happily traveling along around their neck.
You could also make one or two or twenty of these simple little rock fish. I could get carried away with these. So simple and fun! I think these would make the perfect addition to our fairy gardens in the spring. What fairy wouldn't want a few of these swimming through their little garden? 
While visiting Inge at Lady Crochet I came across this little fish Rosie here on her blog. I fell in love with her. I think she is perfect. If you are in need of inspiration Inge's blog is full of fun, colorful, inspiring projects. 


Attic 24 Jar Cozy

I love this jar cozy at Attic 24! So colorful and cheery. I just couldn't leave this one out. A perfect place to store your pens and pencils! Find the pattern here.


Dottie Angel Jar Cozies

Dottie Angel is sharing a how to on crocheting these little jar jacket cozies. And also two others using lace and a repurposed sweeter. What a great idea! Find the pattern here.


Carina's Jar Cozy

Not sure why? But Friday's post got me all excited about jar cozies. Weird I know! So this week I will be sharing a few others jar cozies I found. Here's a colorful one that can be found at Carina'a Craftblog. This blog is one of my new favorites. Find the pattern here.


Crochet Votive

These are gorgeous! Nature Nut Notes is a nature and craft photo-blog. They are sharing a wonderfully photographed tutorial on how to make these crochet votives. I want some! Find the pattern here.


Stylish Blogger Award!

Guess what? Tangled Happy was given an award! This Stylish Blogger Award was sent to me by Lovestitch at Stitch of Love and Shanti at Wires & Yarn. Both of which are lovely blogs you should all stop by to have a visit. How thoughtful and nice that you both thought of me. Thank you! Thank you! 
I started this blog as way to share things that inspire me and as a place to share some of my own inspiration. It makes me happy to know that others are enjoying it too! Thank you all for reading my blog, sharing inspirations, and for your kind encouraging comments. 

As all awards, it comes with certain rules that I must follow...

thanks and link back to person who awarded you
share 7 things about yourself  
pay it forward to 15 discovered bloggers 
contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

7 things about me...

  1. I am married to David. Who is also my tech guy and a great cook. Lucky me! ♥
  2. We have three daughters; Katie 15, Isabel 7, and Sophie 5. I love being a mom. ♥
  3. My mom is one of my best friends. We spend most Sundays together. She spoils me and makes me feel special. ♥
  4. Locally I own and operate a cleaning business with my friend Teresa. She makes me laugh. ♥
  5. I'm a podcast junkie. Amazing what you can learn while cleaning.♥
  6. I'm addicted to iced tea. ♥
  7. Our family cabin in Oklahoma is my favorite weekend getaway. We're leaving Friday for a four day weekend. I'm looking forward to some precious time with my family and some quite hooky time!♥

    Here is a list of a few Stylish bloggers that inspire me:
What great encouragement to kick off the new year! So excited to share 2011 here at Tangled happy with all of you!



Puff Stitch Flower

I love these Puff Stitch Flowers at Easy! I could think of endless ways to use them. Find the pattern here.


Tangled Happy Star

A couple things today...
First, I found this great book. Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs, by Aimee Ray. I have never tried embroidery, until now! I'm thinking it's the perfect way to embellish lots and lots of crochet projects. Aimee's book is filled with playful, whimsical embroidery designs. It also has all the embroidery essentials. Materials, tools, how to transfer patterns, a stitch library to get you started, and a cd that allows you to enlarge, edit or combine these designs. I started with the back stitch and added these simple swirls to my little stars. I think they turned out perfectly!
Secondly, I have a project in mind for these Tangled Happy Stars, which I will be sharing with you in the near future. I can hardly wait! I searched the web for the perfect star but none were just right so I will be sharing my pattern at the end of this post. But I should also tell you that this Tangled Happy Star was inspired by this star found at April Draven Designs Crochet Patterns
Did you notice this yarn sparkles? Normally this wouldn't excite me so much but this project needs to sparkle. Hope some of you will enjoy this pattern too!

DK or Worsted Weight Yarn

Hook Size 4.25mm
Tapestry Needle

Do not join rounds.

Starting out: Ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat round 2. (20 sc)
Rnd 4: {2sc, 1 sc in next} Repeat between {} around. (30 sc)

You are no longer working in rounds.

Row 1: Sc in next 6 sc's, ch1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each sc across, ch1, turn.  
Row 3: Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc's, ch1, turn.
Row 4: Sc2tog, sc in ncxt 3 sc's, ch1, turn.
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc's, ch1, turn.
Row 6: Sc2tog, sc in next sc, ch1, 
Row 7: Sc2tog
Row 8: Sc down the side to the first available sc space. (Then repeat row 1-8 four more times.)

Sc around the star with 3 sc in the tip of each of the 5 points of the star.

Finish off. Weave ends. 


Hexagon Bag

 I love bags! Here are a few hexagon bag inspirations. Alice at futuregirl is sharing the pattern for these Granny Straps. These straps make this bag perfect to tuck your books in and tote them to school. Or for your everyday market bag. She also has an awesome tutorial on how to sew a lining into a crochet bag. 
Here's a strappy, colorful hexagon bag by Dawn at crochet & sweet, simple things. I like how the white boarder makes her colors pop! Yum, yum, yummy. . .
Both of the above bags were inspired by this beautiful hexagon bag at Sols(tr)ikke. All three are unique and lovely! Find the pattern here.


Mary Jane Slippers

Here's a quick pattern to use up some of your stash and keep your toesies warm. These Mary Jane Slippers are being shared by Lisa at goodknits. This seems to be a very popular pattern on Raverly. Lots and lots of projects posted there if you want to see how some others put their own spin on them. I really like this kind of retro look! I couldn't resist and made a pair for myself. Find the pattern here.


Flower Square

I came across this Flower Power Bag at Eclectic Gipsyland on Etsy a few months ago and got a serious case of the wanties! But this bag was WAY out of my price range. So I went on a hunt for a similar pattern.
 And much to my suprise I came across this Flower Square Pattern at Rose Hip. How lucky! I have worked up a few of these pretty little flower squares. They are a bit labor intensive but worth the effort. I still have visions of having my very own flower square bag. 
Beata made these floral pillows using her flower square pattern. Aren't they lovely! She is also sharing another colorful, inpiring Flickr photo collection you won't want to miss. Find the pattern here.


Framed Granny Square

How great are these Framed Granny Squares! I love them. This idea is being shared by Marlene at pontinhos meus. Find the tutorial here.


Colorful Bunting and Mini Hexagons

One of the things I have enjoyed most since starting Tangled Happy is discovering so many wonderful creative blogs. I'm so happy I came across Bunny Mummy! Jacquie is sharing the tutorial for this Colorful Bunting and these Mini Hexagons. I seem to have a bit of a bunting obsession as of late. Be sure to check her out on Flickr. You will be inspired by all her colorful projects and photos. Awesome! Find these patterns and her other tutorials in her sidebar here.
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