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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
 



 
Supplies:
1 ball (skein) 100% cotton yarn (I used Peaches N Cream)
I hook
Scissors
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: 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.



3  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. 


4  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.







5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making wedding invitations for someone else or would you? on: January 02, 2014 10:41:36 AM
One of the ladies I work with has a daughter getting married in November. Her mom was talking to her on the phone and mentioned I have a Cricut and like to make cards and such. To which her daughter promptly asked her: Will she make my wedding invitations? I, in turn, promptly said NO WAY!!! I really have a hard time making stuff for others when its a specific request. I love to paper craft and want to do it to my taste or my way keeping the receiver in mind. But then I started to think about the fact that I love to paper craft and I like my coworker's daughter. So I asked how many she was thinking about sending and was told about 125...So my question is this: Would you consider making the invitations? And what would you charge for something like that? Because there is no way I could afford the paper cost to make that many invites for a gift. The most I have ever done was 25 for my baby sister's baby shower!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Zen Tangled Paper Birdhouse 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.










7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first (sucessful) quilt: Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt 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.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered applique needle book on: July 14, 2013 03:28:22 PM
I work in a small office with the boss man and two kindred spirits! One of the ladies enjoys cross stitch. So as a nice little bit, I made her a needle book inspired by a card she gave me. It was decorated with birds and said: If we were birds, we would be the brightest, chattiest birds. We would not, however, be early birds! Very appropriate for the two of us. (Since the card is by a major brand, I am not going to post a pic...copy right laws and all that!) Sorry about the pic quality. I need to use a tripod and some light would be nice!








9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Blank card set--Multiple Pics on: July 14, 2013 03:13:14 PM
I work in a small office with my boss man and two very kindred spirits! One of the ladies likes to hand write letters and loves to send cards (she may be single handedly keeping the postal service and Hallmark in business!). She really loves handmade items as well. She says she has not one ounce of crafty in her. So I love to make her little bits. I used DOTS stamps for the wording and a variety of other brands for the papers and embellishments. I always sign my cards with a stamp of Chucky by DOTS. I am just including plain envelopes with these cards. (Sorry about the picture quality. I really need a tripod! and LIGHT!)












10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stitch Markers for Future Crochet Projects on: June 01, 2013 05:48:54 PM
I was using a small piece of scrap yarn to mark where my rows began when crocheting in the round. The problem I was having was the yarn would sometimes get crocheted into my project. And if I used a matching yarn (because that was what was at hand)...you get the picture! And I really don't care for the stitch markers you can buy. I thought they were a little boring and I didn't want to spend what they were asking for small plastic circles. SO in comes Craftster, my new "obsession", and what do I see: you can make stitch markers...Wait a minute!!! WHAT??? Why didn't I think of that! So a bucket of beads, some 20 gauge wire, a box of paperclips and sore thumbs and this is what I have created...I'm so excited to crochet a hat now!



**Please feel free to move this post if it's in the wrong spot! I couldn't find an area for crafted crafting accessories. (That made sense in my head.)
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