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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Little Jute succulent pots on: August 09, 2013 09:22:02 AM
Hi cmarion3 - wow! I'm so flattered that you would take inspiration from one of my posts. Those look great. Best of luck to your fund-raising event. ~Karen
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Quack! Quack! on: June 16, 2013 12:27:37 PM
Hi! This duck has cheered up a lot of people in my life, and I wanted everyone to be able to do this for loved ones without the cost of a pattern, so this duck pattern is now FREE to download: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quacky-lotion-topper

...spread the love Cheesy
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beehive Baskets From Napkin Rings on: June 12, 2013 11:07:36 AM
Last year at a thrift shop, I came across this wrought iron thingy that didn't have a tray. I bought it 'cause I thought it had a cool shape (and it was in the last-chance clearance pile). I finally got around to doing something with it when my cousin gave me some napkin rings that have bees on them. I like to crochet around everything, so I crocheted some "beehives" around the rings, and dangled them from the arch of the wrought iron. The yarn, BTW, also came from the thrift shop. I laid down some remnant tiles (supported by some popsicle sticks) from our kitchen reno. It looked okay, but to add life to it, I stuck some succulent cuttings in the little beehives. To complete the family of rescued items, I added some seed pods from one of my plants.

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Charity Reject - Ceiling lights to Decorative planters on: June 12, 2013 10:45:58 AM
Here's another one. After a couple of years of tending to my own succulent garden, I can finally make more arrangements. Most of the plants seen in this project are from the 2nd generation of my garden.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pringles cans to cupcake kit! on: May 08, 2013 07:38:14 PM
Way to upcycle! Those are so adorable, and they look nothing like what they were originally.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Succulents in Jute Purses on: May 06, 2013 10:24:02 AM
I crocheted a few "purses" with some jute gardening twine I got from the hardware shop and stuffed them with some succulents. Jute acts very much like coir or coconut fiber: it's biodegradable and provides good drainage. Sometimes, I don't even fill the crocheted jute containers with soil, and the succulents will root into the jute (hey, that rhymes).

I lined the inside of this one with newspaper before filling it with potting soil. When it comes to watering, I take it outside and spray the entire arrangement--purse and all--with water.

These little ones weren't lined with paper. I intend to leave them outside just as they are.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Anyone starting their summer garden yet? on: March 27, 2013 03:10:20 PM
What a great idea using cardboard tubes! I like to plant something every season. Over the winter I planted snow peas and we're harvesting them now.  Snow peas can survive down to 20F/-6C temperatures. Right now I have tomatoes, cucumbers and corn in our raised beds.

Here's our yummy snow peas:
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / tunisian knit stitch beanie on: March 06, 2013 09:50:28 AM
I can't knit but I like the stretch and texture of knitting. I recently picked up the book The New Crochet Dictionary. It's not "new." The book was published in the 80s, but it has loads of techniques, like tunisian crochet. I found out about the tunisian knit stitch (tks) from the book, but because the photos are somewhat blurry and in black and white, I had to supplement with web tutorials.

I started this hat with the tunisian simple stitch and then tks, but I didn't work in the round (that's the next technique I will have to learn).


Using a regular hook, I joined the swatch with slip stitches, and then closed the top with single crochet (sc) and  sc decrease.


To finish, the brim is one round of sc.
19  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 13 in 2013 Hat-a-Long on: March 06, 2013 09:11:58 AM
Wow, alwaysinmyroom! I was proud of myself for having made 4 hats, but you've blown me out of the water! I don't know if I'll get 19 hats made in a year! Nicely done!

Ditto that!  Wait for me Cheesy

Here is my recent hat: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421216.0
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Poptab Breadbasket on: February 20, 2013 01:21:31 PM
How did you... but.. wha? I'm baffled by how amazing this is!
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