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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Leftovers: Make mandalas while trying new color combos! on: August 16, 2016 01:31:56 PM
I have a huge bin of leftover DK weight yarn from the many afghan projects I do...I hate them...they seem to multiply each week...

I decided to try to keep up, so I am doing projects that I can finish quickly and give away...like mandalas (which my hubby thinks are just colorful doilies...Grin)...

Mandalas are a fun way to test out color combos as well:

purple, cream, lime


grey, yellow, cream, burgandy


teal, baby blue, cream, grey


These are free patterns I found in the net and one I just made up as I ran out of yarn...

Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A little lace goes a long way... on: July 06, 2016 09:51:31 AM
I love to knit lace but usually it takes me hours since I have to pay attention to a chart and spend more time writing down stuff and counting...ugh...

So, I decided that I was going to knit things with "some" lace...way faster and much more satisfying...

I found two triangle scarves/shawl patterns in an old issue of Creative Knitting magazine...made both shawls start to finish in about four days...

Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:



Simple little rows of lace stuck in between stockinette:



Just enough lace to show off while wearing as a scarf:



Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:



Close up of simple lace:


Soft and comfy when worn:


Thanks for looking...now onto another project...simple lace socks! Grin
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little Hexies, little hexies...what do I use you for? on: June 27, 2016 10:30:47 AM
I love making hexies but never know what to do with them when I am done...I doubt that I have the patience to make a huge quilt with them all!

So, when I found out we were doing a white elephant gift exchange at the recent Canada Meet-up, I decided to make a linen journal or book cover.  I picked out a bunch of green ones I made in a variety of sizes and scattered them on this natural green/grey linen.

I wanted a simple but useful closure...I have had this bakelite button found in my great grandma's button box forever that screamed out at me...

Here it is:






I enjoyed making it and had so much fun watching everyone as they opened their prizes.  I am hoping that the person who got my prize can use it to make a list of her next fabulous projects or gift it to a friend who needs some organization in life, like me!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NWS hoopla on: May 25, 2016 06:35:11 AM
A friend of mine recently went back to work.  She wanted some stuff to decorate her office space.  Since everyone now has computers at work and most offices have rules about internet use, I thought I would make her something as a reminder...Grin.




I just find the term "Not Work Safe" so funny and could not get this image out of my head, so I had to make it.

I used washi tape around the hoop, backed it with bright yellow felt, and used words cloth in the back (she is also an excellent writer and quilter...the words all involve sewing!)....

It can be a little joke for her to remember me by...not that I am hard to forget...Grin.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Book Cats--then what? on: May 06, 2016 06:43:10 AM
I am absolutely obsessed with coloring books...I find that is is relaxing and helps me get creative and motivate to make other projects if I spend a little time coloring...I also love to experiment with pens, pencils, paint, markers, gel writers, glitter, etc.

In the Sunshine Swap, ChameleonHound sent me the cutest coloring book with cats...I colored a page the first day, using gel pens and glitter pens...well, after you color pages, then what?

I am using some of the pages to make junk journals, and I also cut some pages up to make notecards...

I decided to cut out each of the kitties and glue them on card stock to make notecards that I can use in swaps, etc.  Simple and fun!



Close-ups fo my favorites:





What do you guys do with your pages? Grin
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Create a Postcard of Where you Live on: April 11, 2016 08:53:54 AM
One of the things I request when I swap is a postcard from where the person lives...usually I get a landmark of some architectural wonder or nature scenes...just love them!

I thought a fun challenge would be to see a postcard hand crafted with a craftster point of view...perhaps of a local yarn shop if you are a knitter...your favorite place to get "used" supplies, like coffee sleeves at a local coffee shop...anything that you consider special from your area...

If you don't have such a thing, how about a postcard of something from your point of view...and not the usual "touristy" point of view?

Your postcard could be made altered art style, sewn, felted, painted, drawn, collaged....

It would be fun to then print them and send them along to your fellow craftsters when you swap or maybe we could do a handmade postcard swap!

7  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Lucky Cat, sure...Lucky Poop, uh, what? on: April 11, 2016 04:57:48 AM
In my family, where my mom was Japanese and my dad Irish, we had a lot of lucky charms.  I grew up to the sound of bells and the dingling of charms that my mom hung on our doors, in our cars, and even our lunch boxes and purses.

Many of you are familiar with the Japanese lucky cats...well, I learned that there are many, many lucky charms that include owls, frogs, dharumas and coins....but did you know that there is also a lucky poop? Grin

In Japan, the word luck is "un"...apparently, little kids also say that when they need to go poop...the word poop is "unchi"...somehow, in someone's warped mind, the lucky poop was born...more specifically, the Golden Poop!

Yes, it is a lucky charm and can be found in all sorts of charms, drawings, cartoons, and even candy (ick!). I could not believe it when I googled it!

So, here is my entry, the Golden Poop...



and just in case it does not work, I have included some of my lucky cats, dharumas, and go-ren (lucky 5 cent coin)...Grin.




Hope this made you smile! Thanks for looking!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / A Different Kind of Fry! on: April 01, 2016 06:54:40 AM
OK..now, don't get grossed out, but some of you might know that my hubby loves SPAM...I have tried to wean him off of it over the years, but every once in a while, he gets a SPAM craving.

I figured out that if I can't beat it, might as well join it!

So, I found this recipe online and made it...

SPAM FRIES!



You will need Panko bread crumbs, eggs, and the SPAM of your choice...I chose Lite:


Put your crumbs in a bowl, your eggs in a bowl, and cut up your SPAM:


You can make thick "fries" or skinny ones--whatever you prefer!


Deep fry them, because we all know how tasty fried foods are. Grin  I used a wok to fry:


I served the to him in the can, lining it with parchment paper (after I soaked off the grease)...served with sriracha ranch dressing and a nice pretty splash of sriracha since he likes it spicy!


I think it came out just like the recipe picture, don't you? 

How did they taste?  Well, you will have to ask him... Grin.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Scrapbook what you eat! on: April 01, 2016 06:32:15 AM
My hubby's birthday is coming up May 1.  I am making him a journal of something he eats...SPAM!

I made a cardboard cover and filled it with a dozen pages using a simple binding.  I then started embellishing some of the pages with vintage SPAM advertisements and other will fill it with SPAM facts and recipes...I would appreciate any good family favorites made with SPAM to include in his book.



Here are some pages:



The vintage adverts actually have meal ideas like SPAM and eggs; SPAM and spaghetti; Baked SPAM roast; oh yummy!

The last picture shows cute SPAM musubi...I will have to try to make those for sure!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SPAMalong - April Fool's 2016 [CLOSED] on: April 01, 2016 06:07:04 AM
Everybody likes SPAM, right?  Well, why haven't we done any swaps or craftalongs with SPAM?

Spam was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. By 2007, 7 BILLION cans of Spam were sold around the world!

Spam is the most popular in the state of Hawaii.  They created Musubi, which is a kind of sushi made with Spam.  Some of it is really cute! In Hawaii, Spam is sold at McDonald's and Burger King.  Yes, it is that popular!

What does Spam stand for?  Some people say it stands for "Spiced Ham".  Others thing is stands for "Spare Meat". It might even an acronym for "Specially Processed American Meat"...SPAM!

Did you know that there is a museum in Austin, Minnesota, the home of SPAM?  What a fun place to visit!

There are now over 39 varieties of SPAM...there is even a lite Spam for those watching their waistline!  My favorite is hot & spicy Spam...

What are some of your favorites?

Let's craft some SPAM!


Here is am using my favorite can to hold my gel pens for coloring books!  Great way to organize!


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