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101  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small footstool saved from the demon trash bin! on: January 10, 2011 04:23:16 PM
My brother was about to throw this out.  Of course, I had to try to save it.

Simply recovered it with curtains that my sister was going to throw out (geez, am I the only one in the family who keeps everything?)...added new hinges, and "viola", a useable footstool with storage for my craft supplies catalogs!

Also, for Christmas, I got a new chair for my computer.  There was no longer a need to cover it like I did with my old one with an unused snuggie...but I figured I would make a matching seat cushion since I am always in my room Wink.
102  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Really fast and easy doily ornaments on: December 14, 2010 07:41:12 PM
What to do if you have a lot of ornaments to give and only a short time to make them?

Buy a package of small doilies found in the baking section of the craft store(cheap!)...stamp the center with a holiday design...cut out the middle of a second doily(you could even skip this one, but I wanted a sturdier ornament)...stitch together with red crochet thread, make a loop, done!!

Seriously, I made at least 20 of these in under a half hour!

Happy Holiday crafting!
103  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Found a WIP but yarn no longer available! on: December 09, 2010 02:40:39 PM
My dear mother started a ripple afghan over 30 years ago using a variegated worsted weight yarn that is no longer available.

It is about 24 inches wide.

I know I can continue it on one side using perhaps a solid color picked out of the variegated, but I was wondering if it is possible to add to the other/starting row side?

I would like her work to be in the middle...I do not want to undo her work because she is 81 and no longer able to crochet so I want to keep it for me or one of the grandkids.

Is it possible to crochet "backwards" on a ripple--you can tell I am a newbie, but I do know how to do basic crochet... Cheesy

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

A friend suggested that I get two or three more skeins of similar variegated yarn that would coordinate and then make it look like a striped ripple...but I have no idea if that would just be ugly or look like a plan gone bad...
104  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Recycled Holiday Card Bowl on: November 24, 2010 05:17:21 PM
I made this using an old phamplet and templates I found here:

It is made of old cards.  I used three thicknesses of cards only because my hole punch would go through that much! Cheesy

It will hold Christmas cards or candy or anything not too heavy!

Looking into bowl:

Bottom of bowl:

Side view:
105   / CLOTHING / Please be more descriptive in your titles! on: November 22, 2010 11:05:47 AM
I just want to remind everyone that with so much stuff on all the boards, if you want a response to your question or discussion, please make the title more descriptive!

Totally unacceptable and will be deleted:



Instead of "I have a question..."

say "I have a question about how to use woolen felt for a cape"...

You get the gist!  

Set a good example for new members...Cheesy

Thanks all--and hope that everyone is helping each other out!

Just ask yourself if you would answer your own question or even open it up...

I will be taking out my sewing needle to poke you a few times when I see a bad title! Cheesy
106  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Artichoke Dotee on: November 09, 2010 02:35:54 PM
My lovely partner LadyLeitzen received the dotee I made for her in the latest and greatest dotee swap...I love making these little gems, but some are more fun and challenging, and this one was a doozie!

I stitched several rows on green wool felt and then cut out lots and lots of leaves...I attached each leaf one at a time to the body, but between each row, I hand sewed a strip to secure the leaves...a bit of beading and then a little crochet bowl on top, and we have Artia, the Artichoke (named by LadyLeitzen)...

More pics can be seen in the swap gallery!  Thanks for looking!

107  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple Crochet caplet on: November 06, 2010 12:57:54 PM
My girlfriend and I were looking for a pretty fast and simple project to make for the elderly women in a local nursing home...she found this pattern in Crochet World and convinced me that I could make it...here is the one I made as a test...it is for my own mother to be able to keep the chill off while she watches tv in bed...

I will be making more, but in brighter colors for the Alzheimer patients at the home...

The yarn is a bulky yarn using size N hook and is what they call a long double crochet stitch (which means you have to pull up the yarn)...some of my rows are uneven as I learn how to do this stitch better...

Here I am modeling it...the bottom part needs to barely touch the arms of a wheelchair so as not to get caught or in the way...

Thanks for looking!
108  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / When you goof, make the best of it! Surprise Yoga Socks! on: September 23, 2010 09:25:58 AM
I got a bit brave with my new crocheting skills so I decided to try to make some handwarmers using a pattern I found at a store...me and patterns don't seem to get along right now, but I am learning!  Somehow, the thumbhole got bigger and bigger, because I think I was suppose to join something somewhere...anyway, I sort of gave up and kept on going and noticed that what I was making sort of looked like some yoga socks I saw on here!!

After a few adjustments, my handwarmers became feet warmers!  I used a sock yarn with a bit of stretch that I got in Boston when I met up with some of the other mods, including Leah (I miss her!! Sad)...anyway, here are the pics of my new yoga socks!

They match my favorite yoga pants and top as well...can't wait to get back into class to show them off! Cheesy

109  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mayo Lid Pincushions on: September 22, 2010 08:48:53 PM
I followed this tutorial, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355797.msg4163866#msg4163866, created by Troublet to make pincushions to put into sewing kits that I am making for my two nieces...I had also received one from Troublet to be able to study and actually see in person...

I am still learning embroidery so most of the stitching is pretty basic, french knots, blanket stitch,etc. ...I am now very excited to do other embroidery projects! 

These were fun to make so I am planning on making a covered tape measure and scissor covers as well for the sewing kits.

Thanks Troublet for your encouragement and great tutorial!

110  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Starting to look like Christmas? Hot Pepper Jellies! on: September 22, 2010 08:12:54 PM
We planted a few too many jalapeno pepper plants this year! I decided to try my hand at making this family favorite: hot pepper jelly!  I had both green and red (mature) peppers, so I decided to make both! I made 24 small jars of each color so that I can put them into hostess gift baskets this holiday season! The recipe I used was the one included when I bought my jars...so easy!

I already gave some away to my co-workers so I will be making more this weekend!

Labeled and ready to go!

I will be including an easy appetizer recipe:

Take one package of cream cheese and plop on plate.
Spread jelly on top of cream cheese (let some drip down onto the plate for prettiness!)
Surround with crackers.
Put out some spoons or spreaders.
Enjoy the compliments you will get and be sure to have cool drinks available!

It is really not THAT hot since the sugar takes out some of the heat, but it is hot... Cheesy
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