Frugal Endeavors – Out with the old and in with the new.

I really enjoyed Christmas this year.  Even though it can be an expensive time of year, there are still opportunities for saving a little cash. Continue reading


Season’s Greetings from Miss Wiggleyhead.

For those of you who were wondering, Miss Wiggleyhead made it back from her visit with her family. She tip toed in on Christmas eve and hung her sweater on the tree (instead of just throwing it on the floor with the rest of her laundry).

A double purposed piece of clothing. It can keep Miss Wiggleyhead warm and it can also be used to decorate your Christmas Tree!

Just before crawling off to bed, she hung out her stocking in the hopes that Santa would not look too closely at his naughty list.

Maybe she was not as naughty as I thought. This is what she found on Christmas morning:

Have you tried these mini mandarin oranges! They are so good.

Not a bad haul.

If you want to print out your own, the colouring book can be found on the Bee’s Knees Industries Blog. I found The Wonder Woman poster on Pintrest.

Someone gave her several Barbies. She was grateful for each one of them but she liked the superhero Barbies and the Skater Barbie the best. I told her she was getting too old to play with dolls. She didn’t say anything but she did give me the strangest look.

All the best in 2018!


The Adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – All Dressed Up for Christmas

Well, it’s that time of year. The air smells like pine needles and fresh baked cookies. The holiday season must be here!

Miss Wigglyhead received an invitation to a Christmas party with some of her distant relatives who live somewhere out in the forest. She won’t say where, as like most Gnomes, they are very private and reclusive. She did want to make a good impression, so a new outfit was needed.  Continue reading

Mini Lavender Bunny

Earlier this week, Miss Wigglyhead woke up from her long winter nap.  She took one look outside at the rain and said she was going back to bed until the sun and the hot weather returned. Unfortunately, she found that she could not fall back to sleep. And she was lonely. I made her this stuffed lavender bunny to keep her company and help her fall back to sleep. This bunny would also make a nice addition to an Easter basket or tucked under a child’s pillow to help them sleep. Continue reading

The Adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – Monkeying Around or How to Make a Sock Monkey Hat

Sock Monkey Hat front


I spent part of my week sitting in front of my wood stove crocheting this sock monkey hat for someone special:

Miss Wigglyhead saw the hat and had to have one for herself, so after much begging and a promise to keep her room clean, I made her one.

I used bits and pieces of yarn from my stash. They did not have labels so I can’t tell you much about them except they were all a fingering weight. Very little yarn was needed to make this hat. The finished hat will fit a doll with a head that is about 8″ in circumference.

You will need about 2 oz. of fingering weight white, red, and a mixed, tweedy looking grey/white yarn, two buttons for eye, a small bit of white felt for the mouth, red embroidery floss (I used Anchor #19), a needle, thread, a 3mm crochet hook, and a fork (to make the pom pom).

Abbreviations: ch = chain, slst= slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

To make the hat:

Start with the WHITE yarn: chain 4. Form a ring by slst into first chain.

Round 1: Ch 3. 11dc into the ring. slst into the top of the Ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1dc into same stitch as Ch 3. 2 dc into each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 3. 2dc into the next stitch. *1dc into the next stitch, 2dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1dc into the next stitch. 2dc into the next stitch *1dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3. Tie off.

Round 5: With your RED yarn: Ch 1. 1sc in the next stitch and 1sc in each stitch all the way around. slst in the top of ch1.

Round 6: repeat Round 5. Tie off yarn.

Round 7: With your GREY/WHITE yarn: Ch3. 1dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 8 to Round 12: repeat Round 7. Tie off yarn and weave in all the ends.

To make the ears:

With the GREY/WHITE yarn: Chain 3. slst into the first stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3. 9 dc into the ring. slst into the top of Ch3.

Round 2: Ch 1. 1 sc into each stitch all the way around. Tie off yarn. DO NOT slst to Ch 1.

Repeat for the second ear.

After crocheting the ears, sew them to each side of the hat on the grey/white section.

To make the mouth:

Cut a small oval from white felt. I used a piece of felted wool from a white sweater but cheap white felt from the craft store would work just as well. With a single strand of red embroidery floss, use a stem or back stitch to embroider a smile.  Sew the mouth to onto the hat.

Sew on two buttons for the eyes.

To make a small pom pom for the top of the hat, I used a fork and the tutorial found here:

How to make a mini pompom:

Once made, I stitched the pom pom to the top of the hat and plopped the hat on Miss Wigglyhead’s head.

I hope it will keep her warm while she is out having adventures.

Now if I could only get her to keep her shoes on when she is running around in the snow!