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Heat Wave Crochet Fire Truck

HEAT WAVE the Crochet Fire Truck


I get these urges. DEEP. Way down DEEP. Deep in my gut to just MAKE something.

Even if its crap. Even if it is a half-though-out idea, that I am pulling out of my hat to make it work.

It was nothing and I fan-dangled a slew of bits and pieces and I made it something.

Mind you, I may never EVER use the thing that I made. It may just sit in a corner. Lusting after all the commercial things I purchased that get love and attention. But Alas, here this contraption sits. Alone and dusty, BUT Lauren-Made! I.E. My very useful crochet tablet holder….for a tablet that actually has a holder already.

Oh these crafty dreams I dream.

But I digress. This wonderfully COMPLETED craft is one of my favorites.

Rylan loves this plushie toy.

Its quite soft for using Red Heart, however I make sure to wash each skein before use.

It has many uses these days. Pillow. Lego-Man Cliff. Deadly Weapon for pillow fighting.

PATTERN Walk Through

Since I was flying by the seat of my pants on this one.
Basic Shape of Extended Rectangle needed
3 equal side panels, left/right/top
1 Bottom panel, undercarriage 
1 back panel, equal to added size of 2 smaller front panels
2 smaller front panels, equal size, one red, one white
1 strip for face/engine, Crochet in the back of the stitch to get the corner seams 
Mouth/Radiator panel
Lights, headlights/light bar
Bucket ladder
Assembly  Singing this makes it MUCH easier
Connect these pieces from the front back, starting with the face/engine,
Connect front smaller rectangle out of strip and face panels, connect completed section to eye panel, 
connect eye panel to top panel, connect top panel to back panel, connect side panels to long strip made of face, eye, top, back panels accordingly.

Turn yourself around and that’s what its all about.

Leave the back or bottom open, to allow for stuffing.
Measure and Cut the stripes of Craft Foam to fit inside Fire Truck, I used one small section for his face/engine and 4 strips for his body, cut length wise.

Products Used:

Yarn: Red, Black, White, Blue, Gray, Yellow

Square Craft Foam (Cut into stripped and crammed in for shape)

Tools Used:

Crochet Hooks (Small/Medium)

Yarn Needle

Hope you guys enjoyed,



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Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens Review/Demo

SALLY HANSEN Express Yourself Nail Art Pens

Value: $35.00          Price: $10.00

Art pens

 PURPLE   ~   YELLOW   ~     TEAL   ~   BLACK   ~    WHITE

I was so excited when I finally came across a pack of these nail art pens that had a good color assortment to choose from. I have seem plenty of these here and there but the color schemes are always off. I feel like BLACK should be a staple when you’re getting nail art pens, uh HULLO! That was the hardest one to FIND!! I found these Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens at Wally World this weekend. They had an assortment of colors….most had two blacks or two whites with only one bright color, finding this one took some energy. They still need a good trial period of getting used to them, before I would ruin your manicure. I am still teeming with ideas for the coming months for nail looks. I can’t wait until I can try some Halloween looks with these!

nail pens

So much easier for me to create smooth edges with these, I always seem to “color outside the lines” with liner brushes. The tip of the pen is very controllable. Color is relatively opaque, Teal and White needed a second coat, Black needed a very LIGHT first coat. See below for Blunder…

BLEEDING! You have to wait until COMPLETELY DRY if you must layer the colors. The formula of the “polish” really feels like “acrylic paint” to me!! It gets everywhere if you don’t leave it still to set, DRIP CITY IF NOT!



(1) Always wait until the base has dried. (2) You may need to layer the colors. (My Pinkie needed another coat. EEK) (3) Don’t Press TOO hard with the pen-like tip, as it will drag your polish base and frustrate you into starting over…(4) Don’t get the pen color on your skin. I’m on day 3 of trying to get Black out of my cuticle bed and under nail. Story of MY LIFE!!!


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Nautical Nonsense, NOTD



This look was super fun and quick, It took around 7 minutes to complete minus first coat drying time. I painted every finger white except the ring, which was painted blue. I used acrylic paint to make the stripes and anchor. I made quick work of the stripes with a DIY Paintbrush turned nail art brush, and the acrylic white paint helped keep my anchor opaque.


F is for Friends, who do things together
U is for You and Me
N is for anything and anytime at all 
Products used:
  • Avon UV Base Coat
  • Wet N Wild White
  • NYC Dark Blue
  • Acrylic White Paint
  • Acrylic Red Paint
  • Out the Door Top Coat
Tools Used:
  • DIY Stripping paint brush
  • Dotting tools, small 
  • Petroleum Jelly (cuticle protection)