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!
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...
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!! )...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!
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...
Yes, some of us still hang clothes outside and need a clothespinholder!
Inspired by the cute vintage clothespin holder made by craftylittlemonkey, I used my old ratty one as a pattern and made this! It is much cuter and will be fun to use outside as I watch the real finches feed at the birdfeeder!
The old one had a small hanger inside which I repurposed.
We were allowed to make only ONE thing for the Awesome Swap...since my partner, sheepblue, needed a messenger bag for her school supplies, books, etc., I decided that would be my one project...
I rarely make these because they really are a lot of hard work--so many parts and pockets, zippers, etc.
I started by making a quilted panel that I wanted to use as an outside pocket for the bag. Sheepblue is an awesome artist and does these fantastic altered puzzles, so I tried to mimic her technique by edging the rectangles with black fabric paint and embellishing them with some embroidery, beads, felted flowers, etc. The fabrics themselves were art since they are from my Kaffe Fassett collection. I used heavy duty denim as a base since I knew it would get some pretty hard wear from the books and from tossing on the ground (hey--I was a student once! )...there is a water bottle holder that I lined with rip stop nylon on the side.
And here is the other side which I loved because it was her avatar and logo!
I put in a full zipper at the top because she did not want stuff to fall out...there is a zippered pocket and three other pockets inside. The shoulder strap is adjustable and padded for comfort...nothing like a full custom bag to meet a person's needs and wants!
It was a labor of love, but tons of fun to make for a special person!
A friend of mine needed some comfy shorts...inspired by some pretty funky members on this board (muah, psycho sue!), I decided she did not need any old boring shorts...I had this knit fabric in my stash, and to show her how much I loved her, I added a few hearts. I hope she likes them and wears them with pride...and if she does, I will probably make a few more for her to feel like the beautiful person she is! love ya sweetie P !
I used a pattern that had multiple sizes and just added a few inchies to give her the looser fit she likes! It has elastic but since she also wants to lose a few pounds, I added a drawstring for her! I love clothes that can grow and shrink with our bodies!
Are you addicted to making and receiving dotees? Do you want to learn new techniques or share your tips? Do you have tons of little bits of fabric, yarn, clay, metal, or other interesting things that need to be used up?
Then this craftalong is for you!! Hone your skills or try out new things--get inspiration and confidence to join the wonderful dotee swaps!
We will have monthly themes and challenges that you can join in if you want...
It looks like for the month of May, we are going to learn and practice making sculpted faces from pantyhose!
We hope to have plenty of progress pics, instructions, and of course, dotees!!!