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1  Crocheted Swiffer Cover and Instructions in Crochet: Completed Projects by Chuckiegirl on: October 20, 2014 11:31:58 AM
I made a few Swiffer covers because I ran out of the store bought ones and didn't want to go to the store to get more. And then I had some friends and family ask me to give them my pattern. Trouble was, I just made it up as I went...I'm good at that. So I made one more and here is how I did it. Please let me know if something isn't clear and I'll do my best to clear it up for you!

Swiffer Cover

1 ball (skein) 100% cotton yarn (I used Peaches N Cream)
I hook
Yarn Needle

Chain (ch) 52
Row 1: Half Double Crochet (HDC) in 3rd ch (counts as 1 hdc), Hdc 50 across (51 hdc)
Row 2-12: Ch 2 turn 50 hdc across for 11 rows (you will end up with 12 rows total)

Finish off and cut thread
Step 1: Fold ends in 10 stitches

Step 2: Between stitches 10 and 11 slip stitch and ch 1
Step 3: Join the front and back stitches and sc across 29 stitches

Step 4: Slip stitch in same space as 29th sc and finish off

Flip and finish off other side using steps 2-4

Sew in loose ends

Slip on your Swiffer and swiff away!!!

Since these are made of cotton yarn, they will shrink in the wash and dry. Its okay because it will stretch back onto your Swiffer. This is the first one I made and it's been washed and dried a few times.

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2  Gnome Sweet Gnome in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chuckiegirl on: September 30, 2014 07:03:12 PM
I found an old stitch along featuring Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching:The Motif Collection. After printing, tracing the full picture and tracing to fabric, I used crayons to color the design. I love to color and embroider. I am so hooked on this that I asked my girls for a 150 box of crayons for Christmas! (It's the little things that I love! Smiley)  The stitch along is still located at this link: http://larkcrafts.com/needlearts/doodle-stitch-along-with-us/. I need to work on finishing the backs of my hoops, but I am still learning and this is only the second embroidery project I have left in the hoop. I am going tomorrow to give this to my brother and wonderful sister in law.

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3  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Chuckiegirl on: September 30, 2014 06:56:36 PM
So I made this for my brother and wonderful sister in law. The gnome, mushrooms, and mushroom house are from Aimee Ray's "Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection". I found an old stitch along at this link http://larkcrafts.com/needlearts/doodle-stitch-along-with-us/. I just printed and traced the pictures and then colored with crayons. I really love the look of the crayon behind the pictures. I asked my girls to get me the 150 box of crayons for Christmas!

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4  Halloween Flowers in Halloween Decor and Parties by Chuckiegirl on: July 15, 2014 07:59:38 AM
I made this last Halloween for our reception desk at my former job. (I was laid off in March. Needless to say, I have had a crap-tastic year. But thats a whole can of worms that is a long and boring story!)  We had a little old lady customer that kept trying to get me to give them to her. I had made a few other arrangements for other holidays and she kept trying to make off with those as well. 

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5  Baby Shower Altered Altoid Tin Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chuckiegirl on: July 15, 2014 07:53:10 AM
I made this Altoid tin card in November 2013 for my best friends baby shower. Ive been having a rough year and not felt like sharing much. But now that feeling has passed and Ill probably bombard the boards with my handiwork.

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6  Zen Tangled Paper Birdhouse in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chuckiegirl on: October 19, 2013 07:37:31 AM
I made this paper birdhouse in September, inspired by my girls starting an Arts and Crafts Club in their school. The teacher who graciously volunteered to be their advisor is obsessed with Zen Tangles. She has books and books and books on them and they fascinated me. I wanted to try it out and here is what I came up with.

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7  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: October 19, 2013 07:35:33 AM
I have been remiss in posting my crafts. I have done a few but really have not felt too crafty lately. I just seem to go in these spurts!

Here is a paper birdhouse I made in September, inspired by my girls starting an Arts and Crafts Club in their school. The teacher who graciously volunteered to be their advisor is obsessed with Zen Tangles. She has books and books and books on them and they fascinated me. I wanted to try it out and here is what I came up with.

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8  My first (sucessful) quilt: Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Chuckiegirl on: September 05, 2013 05:53:38 PM
I love quilts! And by no stretch of the imagination do I consider myself a quilter because all my prior attempts have been, well, duds. They never seemed to work out right for a multitude of reasons. So I just put that in the failed sewing attempts pile and do so enjoy oohing and aahing over others quilty creations.

Then I read this tutorial by MareMare on the Disappearing 9 Patch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM) and thought what the heck! Why not give it another go. MareMares directions were so easy to follow!!!

Im super, duper excited about this Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt!!! Some of my seams dont match and the back and binding are a little off but I love it all the same. I am going to keep it for sitting on the sofa watching tv during the winter.
Here it is in all its imperfected glory!

Here is the top finished before backing and binding. I used black polar fleece for the backing and made the binding from 3 strips of plain red fabric from the stash. The fabrics for the topper were fat quarters by Mary Engelbritt and some others from my stash.

I learned so much and am schemingI mean planning, on using this pattern for some baby blankets and my girls each want to make one for their beds.
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9  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: September 05, 2013 05:33:47 PM
I must say that I am quite impressed by the talent of all who dwell here!

CraftyLadyMJ--I like your mermaid!

Im on vacation this week and my goal has been to finish 3 projects. 3 down, 2 in the hopper, 1 to startDang, dont tell my boss I've been productive. He may expect more at work!!!

The project Im super, duper excited about is this Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt!!! I learned how to do it from this tutorial by MareMare: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM

Here it is in all my imperfected glory! I still have some things to learn about quilting but I am much happier with this quilting attempt than all my others.

Second down was trying to do some canning. Since June our 1 green and 2 yellow zucchini plants have produced about 25-30 zucchiniscant give them away anymore! I learned to read, read, read and reread directions for canning. I am so happy they seem to be working. The lids are indented!!! SO here is some zucchini relish.

Third project was a no brainer but Im counting it anyways cause its my vacation and I can do what I want to! Simple oatmeal craisin/raisin cookies for my Hubby. He is on vacation this week too and went for a motorcycle trip and wanted some snacks. So there you have it!

So this is how I spent my summer vacation...
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10  Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by Chuckiegirl on: September 01, 2013 04:02:33 PM
I jumped in with both feet and got swallowed up to my ears!! I really enjoy Craftster and have been more of a troll over the past 2 months. Burning myself out was not a good idea. (Nor having a craptastic 2 months of living nightmares at work!) Since I am taking a mental health vacation, Hubby is taking a vacation and the kids are back in school, I feel more relaxed and not so overwhelmed. But here is what I have actually worked on trying to not go too far round the bend in the last two months. So sorry about the dumping and crummy photos, someday Ill set up the tripod so I dont have shaky pictures!

This was for the Summer Nerd Games August Battle but I didnt finish it until today. It is inspired by R2D2 as Star Wars is the tie that binds my big family! All generations!

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, a quote that I have often spoken in the hell realm that is my workplace. I didnt like the blue with teal so I took out all my blue stitches and restitched with orange. I am working on a foam board frame for this so I can hang it at my desk.

I like the look of pressed flowers and had pansies coming up like dandelions this year. All volunteers from last years plantings that went to seed. They are so pretty and I am planning (adding this to the 17 volumes of Crafts I plan to do before I die books) on making paper with the petals in it. So here is the second pressing from this year (I have 4 pressings from last year).

I dont like to quiltIve made them badly in the past. But I LOVE quilts. I found this amazing tutorial for a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM. I had to try it because the directions were so simple and perfection seemed to be optional. I did it and my mom, who is a master of everything she tries, was blown away by the top and said she wants me to show her how to do it!!! A big honor in my heart! Now I just have 3 steps left: 1. Sew on a binding/edging of sorts; 2. Sew on the polar fleece I got for a backing; 3. Tie, tie, tie!!!


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