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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Swiffer Cover and Instructions 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.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 on: October 01, 2014 04:28:10 PM
Thanks! I'm tickled pink right now!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnome Sweet Gnome 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.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 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!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 on: September 03, 2014 02:36:26 PM
I have heard the best way to remove the transfer paper is to get as much of the excess off as possible before using water. I'm eager to find out how well it works. I purchased a sheet of Transfer-eze for a fairy project...
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Flowers 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. 

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Baby Shower Altered Altoid Tin Card 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.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altoid Tin Cards on: March 31, 2014 06:50:37 AM
Sweet! That's such an honor!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: How to frame embroidery on a padded cardboard shape on: February 18, 2014 06:44:10 PM
Thanks times 1,000! I have been looking for a better way of finishing my embroidered pieces!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Crockpot Recipes and Tips on: January 16, 2014 11:13:50 AM
My crockpot is my 3rd most beloved small kitchen appliance (behind the electric skillet and Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer). I make pulled pork with our favorite bbq rub in it and it makes the house smell so yummy! I use boneless pork ribs (country style), rub with your favorite rub, add about 1/4 cup of cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of water, cook on low temp for about 8 hours. Serve on buns! dang it! Now I'm hungry!

I've made desserts, soups, stews, roasts (still trying to figure this one out) and corned beef in it. I broke the lid about 6 years ago and use a double layer of foil on it. I've been tempted to try the liners but I had very bad luck with the oven bags a few years ago (can we say no turkey for Thanksgiving that year Cry) so am very skittish when trying any type of liner besides foil.
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