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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Top on: June 16, 2013 01:40:44 AM
That's really pretty and so well made! You are so talented!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cables on: March 17, 2013 03:44:49 AM

Learning cables has been on my wishlist for years. Finally got around to teach myself this winter, and you know what? It's that easy!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Celebrate your etsy milestones! (First sale, your stuff on the main page, etc!) on: January 22, 2013 07:00:13 AM
I sold a headband within three days after listing it. That's pretty neat isn't it? Well maybe not a milestone as such, but what is for me is that I think I finally found a commercial product.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Custom item requests falling through- What am I doing wrong? on: September 19, 2012 06:38:51 AM
I don't see what you have done wrong. It's just bad luck getting such careless customers. But I would send them a friendly reminder. Then if they don't react forget about them and focus on finding nicer buyers.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flower shaped coaster/mini doily (including tutorial) on: September 11, 2012 06:02:41 AM
Thanks BeaG and Naantje.

The book is 40+ years old and doesn't even mention a writer. The pattern has been on my blog since 2009, other blogs have linked to it and I never had any problems. As long as I don't ask money for it... but I don't even sell the finished product on Etsy exactly because it's not my own design.

This pattern is quite basic and it may be around elsewhere anyway. But I've seen at least one shop on Etsy (and if I know her shop she may know my blog) that uses the coaster as a photo prop and that made me smile.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Scrap Yarn Projects on: September 11, 2012 03:41:03 AM

Attach little flowers to elastic bands.

And I love to make coasters. Just published the pattern in this post:
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower shaped coaster/mini doily (including tutorial) on: September 11, 2012 03:33:46 AM

I rediscovered this pattern a few years ago in the instruction booklet I had when I was 10. Translated it in English then more or less in my own words published it on my blog. That has been a hit ever since, thought I'd share it here too.

After practising on a few like these I was also able to work out a more complicated doily. Recommended for beginning doily makers who look up against it!

My abbreviations (in universal terminology; BE readers pls look up conversion charts USA>>BE):

ch - chain stitch (Dutch: losse)
ss - slip stitch (Dutch: halve vaste)
sc - single crochet (Dutch: vaste)
dc - double crochet (Dutch: stokje)

Start: 6 ch, close as a ring with a ss.

Row 1: 2 ch, 23 dc under the starting ch, close with a ss in the 2nd ch of the beginning of this row.

Tip: Find it difficult to fit 23 dc in? Make about 6 at a time then pull them back tightly between thumb an index finger, make the next 6 and repeat.

Row 2: 4 ch, 1 dc in the closing ss of the previous row; 1 ch. *skip 2 st; in the next st: 1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc; 1 ch*. Repeat 7x from *to*. Close row with a ss in 2nd ch (of 4) of the start.

Row 3: 2 ch; 1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc under the 2 ch of the previous row; 1 sc under the 1 ch. *2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc as before; 1 sc as before*. Repeat 7x from *to*. Close row with a ss in 2nd ch (of 2) of the start.

Row 4: No build up with ch as before; directly 3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc under the 2 ch of the previous row; 1 sc to the left and right of the sc of the previous row. Repeat 8x and close with a ss in the first st of the row. Bind off or crochet a loop if you want to hang it up, then bind off.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly Mobile on: September 11, 2012 03:07:36 AM
So fun! I think I'm going to make a garland Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: tiny flower earrings on: September 10, 2012 04:35:38 AM
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / RRR Challenge 2 - Earhoops on: September 10, 2012 03:12:29 AM
A lady in my neighbouthood who makes beaded jewelry from time to time gives me sacks with scraps and leftovers or pieces of broken jewelry she deems 'trash', but I happily spend hours sorting it all out and still manage to create attractive items from it.
From several of her 'deliveries' - scattered all over - I selected a matching pair of fish earwires, hoops produced for DIY adornment with beads, a heap of fine chains in different lengths with an eye on top and a handfull of fine blue glass beads.
Not the most skilled project but time spent on selecting and putting it together makes it worth showing off here I hope!
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