DIY Glow In The Dark Yarn


Looking for a cool new project for that perfect Halloween decoration? This could help.

Originally posted on HodgePodge Crochet: DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

Lately I’ve been having all sorts of fun experimenting with ‘dying’ acrylic yarn all kinds of colors for all sorts of projects! My latest was a cute shade of pink that I wanted to use in a brand new design I’m working on!! DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

For those that missed the process on how to dye acrylic yarn, make sure you check out my ‘ How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn’ blog post before going any further to find out how to make your own!

I’ve been wanting to try some new ideas using the ‘dying’ technique, so a few weeks ago when I found myself wandering down the craft aisle of my local WalMart–which is actually quite depressing…but that’s a whole other blog post–toward the paint, I had no idea what I’d find until I started hunting…and then I had an idea!

I happened to see a bottle of this stuff sitting in among…

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Family portrait

Uh oh! I forgot about this part of school. My Kindergartner needed to take a family portrait to school for her assignment. We don’t have a family portrait. Well, not of us anyway. I have plenty of my cousin’s family. :) But that doesn’t count, does it?

Not having what’s needed, I compensated by drawing one. Sometimes having some drawing skills helps.

Family caricature for my daughter's school project.

Family caricature for my daughter’s school project.

No spoilers, please

I’ve not yet seen the movie, but a pal of mine requested a baby Groot. I gave it ago. He’s a cute little thing. Now I want to see the movie even more so I can see what this is about.

Baby Groot made by me. Pattern by Twinkie Chan.

Baby Groot made by me.
Pattern by Twinkie Chan.


A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

She’s such a cute little thing. She’s getting stressed about her wedding and fearing turning into a bridezilla with all of her suggested changes. It’s just part of being a work for hire artist. ;)

Catching up

Summer is pretty much over now. I’m trying to find a new routine for myself and my family but so far, it’s not working. My husband’s schedule seems pretty sporadic so I’ve not been able to make dinner at a specific time or get errands taken care of in the way I’d intended. Having a set schedule will help with work as well as household chores and taking care of the one child left at home. Sigh. We fly by the seat of our pants here. 

If you work from home, how do you manage family, home and work and still get it all done with some sanity left?

I did want to share a finished project with you. The father and son portrait I worked on over the summer was sent and has recently been framed. 

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.

Summer and work

Summer was always fun as a kid. I remember chasing fireflies, playing Frisbee with cousins and my sister, ball in the yard, swimming at the lake, campfires with marshmallows on wire hangers. I’ve been attempting to give my kids the same kind of summers that I had while still trying to get work done and visiting with family.

We haven’t seen my family in two years. My son is 2 years, 8 months old so we’ve got some catching up to do. My parents, my grandmother, an aunt, and my sister have all been here for us to visit. We’ve had some cousins stop in that I grew up with along with their children. I’ve been trying to let my kids out more to celebrate nature, and finding things for us to do inside when the weather doesn’t cooperate. They are more into video games than arts and crafts though.

Aside from trying to be a decent parent, I’m still trying to get some work in while my mother watches over my wee ones. Thanks, Mom! I’ve gotten some more work done on the portrait I shared last. The digital drawing has been harder to work on, but it’s progressed since being here also. I’ve crocheted and knit a couple more minions, a hand bag was started, some washcloths and dish cloths made too… but I’ve been slacking a bit. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but a lot of this has been put aside for family.

I need a set schedule. So many hours a day dedicated to work. Same hours every day. Yeah, that sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? Instead of staying up until 4 AM working, I can get sleep, still spend time with family and get work done too.

Hope you’re having a pleasant summer.


More portraits

A sketch of a father and son along with the reference print used.

A sketch of a father and son along with the reference print used.

The weather here has been pretty bad so my mother and I have been trying to find ways to entertain the kids. Games and toys bought from the store as well as from a yard sale, and even a couple of dance video games. They are so full of energy it’s hard to get it out creatively indoors without getting them in trouble.

I’ve tried to get some work done too. I’ve doodled, drawn, knit and crocheted. My newest project started last night of this father and son, which is what I shall call it. Father & Son. I may try to share more stuff later, but for now, this is a project for which I can share progress.