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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cabled and Shell Afghan on: January 08, 2014 08:42:17 PM
When a friend of mine was offering up loads of camouflage yarn that she had in her stash for over 8 years for free, I jumped on that. My husband is a hunter and loves camouflage, and I have been promising him a decent sized blanket for years. He is holding up the blanket in the first picture, and he is 5 foot 11 so I think the blanket is an easy 6 feet tall. It was a project of love that I worked on since the summer whenever I had crochet time and he was not around, it was a Christmas surprise, and Id say he was pretty happy!
I have a hard time picking up the detail with the variegated yarn, but Red Heart in the pattern link uses a solid color and you can see the detail better on theirs. This was a super easy pattern that was easy to watch TV and listen to books on tape or talk with friends while you make it.

He is holding the blanket up in this picture




The yarn was all Red Heart Super Saver, and after I finished making the blanket I ended up rubbing conditioner into the whole thing and running it through the washer a few times (without soap) to get it nice and soft and cuddly.
I used this pattern:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cabled-shell-throw
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Doctor Who Don't Blink Airbrushed Sign on: January 04, 2014 06:18:58 PM
All frightening thoughts should be airbrushed in pink, shouldnt they?
Totally inspired by the craftalongs of 50 projects in 2014 and 2014 Destash-Along, I have been crafting a lot the past few days.
So we got this kids airbrush kit at a secondhand store for a couple bucks, but it didnt work. Bummer, but we could use our mouths and blow out the back of the pens and get the airbrushing to work. So we have been playing with it this weekend. I made this Doctor Who Dont Blink sign today,

The kit came with some stencils, but I had some scrapbook letters that I used cheap scrapbook tape to tape it to the canvas so I could get the verbage I wanted.

Then I just taped the letters on, and rearranged a few times until I got them exactly how I wanted, and finally did the airbrushing.

After 15 minutes I just picked all the letters off, and was left with my cool new Doctor Who sign for my wall.
With the stencils that came with the kit my daughter and I messed around and made some signs for her wall

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Simple Patchwork Curtains on: January 02, 2014 08:44:18 PM
35 12x12 Squares! You know for my first set of curtains I really could have, and should have for my sanity bought some yardage and made nice and simple curtains! These were still pretty simple, just a lot of cutting, pinning, and crawling around on the floor.

I am happy I had a clear floor in the den to rearrange these squares about 20 times until I liked the way they were. Sounds simple right? The floor sucks when you are 34 weeks pregnant, ouch!

Then I realized after I sewed all the squares together, I would have ugly rough edges all behind the curtains. We found an old fitted sheet in the closet that has ripped on the edges about 20 times and no amount of sewing can keep it together, so it was retired as curtain backing. I cut off all the elastic, placed my curtain on it, and trimmed it down to size.


Then with all my measuring I didnt factor in the fact that I would have to roll some over on the top to fit the curtain rod up top so I took what Im sure is the longest route to do this. What do you guys do? I measured all the way across the top, safety pinned it so I could try it up on the rod before I did the final sewing, and when I had it right, sewed it. If I hadnt been so close to only having enough curtain to cover the window exactly, ( oh and being a math dummy) Im sure I could have avoided the safety pins and just sewed right after measuring.


4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Water Bottle Carrier With Crochet Pattern on: July 29, 2013 05:18:13 PM



I made a water bottle carrier for my friend, and while I winged it while I went, I wrote down the basics of how it went. This water bottle was one of those tall Camelbaks, but you could adapt this pattern for any water bottle.


Tools:
 
H hook
 
Worsted Weight Yarn, less than 170 yards
 
Pattern
 
Magic Circle
 
6 SC into Circle, tighten and join with a SS to first SC, CH 1 (6)
 
*2 SC into each SC all the way around*, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (12)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (18)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 2 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (24)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 3 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (30)
 
Continue in this pattern until same size as the bottom of the water bottle. You will no longer join at the end.
 
1 SC into each SC all the way around, not joining, until base of carrier goes up 1/2 inch around the water bottle.
 
*1 DC into next SC, CH 1 and skip the next SC* continue until reach all the way around bottle. Do not join.
 
*DC into next chain space, chain 1, DC into next chain space*until carrier reaches desired height.
 
Remember the loser you stitch the more the carrier will stretch when holding a water bottle that is full.
 
*HDC into each chain space all the way around* SS into first HDC.
 


HDC 6 (or desired width of carrier strap) CH 1 and turn
 
*HDC into each HDC, CH 1 and Turn*repeat row until strap is desired length
 
SS to other side of carrier, fasten off and weave end.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Button Tree on: April 22, 2013 09:09:31 AM

So I have been coveting all the amazing button trees on the internet for a few years, and it finally seemed time to try my hand at it. Honestly, I found it a little addicting! I likely make more , just have to get my plain round button collection back up again! This is all just paint, buttons, and Aleenes Tacky glue on one of those flat canvas boards. Im awful when it comes to painting, but I liked the button part!  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Seashell Collage on: April 15, 2013 10:33:26 AM



So we moved this past year to California, and things have been hectic. Going to school full time and my first time not working in a million years has been more stressful than I realized it would be. To unwind we go to the beach, often. We have to take advantage of it!

When we are at the beach we collect seashells like crazy, broken ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, large ones, small ones... They have been sitting in jars the whole time we have been here, and this past weekend my daughter and I decided we needed to get to crafting with them so we could actually enjoy them!


The project we decided to do with them was super easy too, just gluing them onto canvas to hang up on the wall. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue on mine, and my daughter used Elmer's Glue-All and glitter glue from the dollar store. She glued directly on the canvas, while I glued directly on the shells. They both gave a strong hold. This was a great way to use up a lot of broken shells because we put other shells in the broken cracks of shells, the brokenness of some of them didn't look as bad! Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / PomPom Wreath on: October 01, 2012 09:22:47 AM
I got a little obsessed a couple years ago making pompoms from leftover yarn, but then never did anything with them...  Roll Eyes What else is new? lol
Anyways, last night, I let my daughter pick out her favorites, and we tied them onto one of those hard wire wreaths. Super simple project, it reminds me of a spring-time thing.


This is the type of wreath I'm talking about:


Hanging up in her room:
 
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Voting for RRR Challenge through September 20 on: September 11, 2012 11:24:32 AM
It is time to Vote for your Favorite Craft in the RRR Make a Project From Leftover Craft Supplies Challenge. For full details on the challenge look here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412778.0



Scrap Happy Scarf




Earhoops
 



Beach Necklace




Fall Mum




Union Jack Wall Art
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chicken Pot Pie Recipe on: September 10, 2012 08:41:27 PM
So last week I quick threw together a random casserole for my family, and my husband loved it and said it would make awesome chicken pot pie filling, so I did! And it was so yum!



now.. MareMare started a Bulk Cooking Club the other day which I jumped on and joined, and thought this recipe would be perfect for it! So here is the recipe, and 3 meals for you!

*** disclaimer***
This is best for leftovers, cause the night it is cooked the sauce tends to slide, but when you cut it onto your plate the next day, it really seems to "pie up"

Chicken Pot Pie x2 (or 3 depending on your pie pan size, mine were small so I got 3)
2 or 3 pie pans
4 half boneless skinless chicken breasts boiled then shredded
2 cans cream of mushroom
1 2lb bag of frozen mixed veggies(I used VIP) cooked
Pilsbury refridgerated pie crust, 2 or 1 rolls(I used 2 the first time for top and bottom, after that started just using 1 for top.. saves $$ and calories)
pepper to taste
a couple shakes of minced onion
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

mix all ingredients except pie crust in a large bowl.

If using crust on bottom place in pie pans according to directions on box

Scoop mix into all pans evenly.

Cover with top crust according to directions.

Cook 1 pie:

Put tinfoil over edges of crust for first 15 minutes

Take off tinfoil and place back into oven for another 25 minutes




Freeze other 2 pies by wrapping in plastic wrap and then placing in freezer bag.

Defrost for 1 day before cooking.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Crochet Hook Case on: September 09, 2012 09:02:51 PM
So here is the thing... I was totally going to make my daughter something for this challenge since it is her first year of school. But turns out.. preschoolers really don't need anything for school! So I made myself a crochet hook case!

I received a nice one a few years ago in a swap, but my mom has that now. Then my hubby  bought me for Christmas one of the nice zip up pleather ones with all the individual slots for your hooks... When my daughter was 2, she ripped all the slots. Since then, my hooks have been traveling in a bag all willy nilly, getting lost constantly. I figured it was time to get them their own case!

I used this pattern, and then I sewed a back onto it with some fabric that has been kicking it in my stash for about 4 years!!




This is the first time I have attached fabric to crochet, and I think I still have a bit to learn about that!
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