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1  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: July 17, 2016 12:51:38 PM
I am envious of your yarny skills bananaleg. I did the tiniest bit of crocheting this weekend and it made my hands achy. Getting older bites Sad. My gran did it right to the end of her life though so maybe it's just lack of use of the muscles needed to hold hooks and strands. I'll keep trying it.

There was so much fluff left over from making pom poms, sock monkeys and attempted crochet. I took the toes of the socks and the trim and made balls. They shed fibers right through the shell so I used a pair of my daughter's old socks to make covers (she didn't want to throw them out despite the holes, wonder where she gets that from?). We're practicing 2-ball juggling with them.

It didn't really use up any stash but it did prevent me from adding to stash and that's just as good!

ETA I finished a sock monkey outfit! And it's yellow Smiley. I don't know how to read a pattern so I made up the hat, flower, and frock. It's from older and more recent additions to stash.
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2  Re: Meal Planning and Prep Cook-Along in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: July 15, 2016 07:21:31 PM
We buy cases of produce wholesale (fruit, berries, fresh and root veggies) via a friend with a food business and freeze it, we have 2 small freezers. I use it for smoothies, soups and stews, casseroles, and breads. I was making fruit crumbles every couple of days but lately I've been baking and freezing a lot of loaves for my hungry crew.
Pictured here are zucchini, carrot, and banana breads, some with walnuts but most with chocolate chips or pumpkin seeds to keep them school/camp safe.
This is the amount I make every week or so, 2-3 loaves of each kind. We take one or more out of the freezer every day or 2. It's fine as is but very soft and delicious when warmed in the toaster oven and served with butter, cream cheese, nut butter, jam, etc. The whole family has it for breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert after dinner, they will actually eat it several times a day, lol. I usually cut the sugar by half and use whole grain flours to make it healthier.
The recipes I've been using are from simplyrecipes.com though I'm open to sharing faves because sometimes internet recipes are hit and miss.

I do give some away to friends & neighbours because when you're batch cooking like I do they make lovely, frugal gifts.

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3  Re: Making pompoms, plain and eyeball. Tutorial included. in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 15, 2016 07:01:34 PM
There are tutorials for all sorts of poms here, fruit, flowers, creatures, different eyeballs. Very cool!


I thought I'd try another shape. I don't quite have the placement right but I'll get the hang of it with practice. Super fun, except trimming. That part makes a lot of fluffly floof. I'll use it for stuffing something.
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4  Sock monkey test lab, look what the kids made! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 15, 2016 12:19:12 PM
When you need a pair of socks for monkey making but can only find them in a multi-pack it's time to teach the kids how to make sock monkeys.

A mess of ears and limbs, sockarnage!

They did such an incredible job, 9, 9, and 7 3/4 years old. Amazing! It's the 9 year olds first time sewing anything, ever. Can you believe it?
I crocheted the cap with braids, next lesson will be clothes. Oh, and they need eyes, lol.
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5  Kaliedescope swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by craftylittlemonkey on: July 15, 2016 06:42:11 AM

There are so many ways to make them and so many pretty little bits and bobs to use for the viewing image. I'd be interested in challenging myself to use a material I don't usually craft with like wood or stained glass, poly clay, paper clay, they could even be covered in fabric.
I know it's early to propose a swap for fall but I'm too busy to organize until Sept/Oct. Any interest?

Here are two basic tutorials but google handmade kaleidoscope to be really inspired Smiley.


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6  Making pompoms, plain and eyeball. Tutorial included. in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 14, 2016 03:29:01 PM
This is a fun craft to do with kids.
Cut 2 of this sort of disk shape from stiff cardboard.

Start wrapping with yarn.

If you're finding it awkward just fold the edges of your form out of the way.

Lots of rounds will make a denser pom in the end. Different results come from smaller or larger forms, centre holes, thicknesses of yarn and how much you wrap.

Wedge scissors blades between the two disks and cut all the way around the form being careful not to let the yarn fall off.

Put a long piece of yarn between the disks and tie it very tightly in a knot catching all the strands.

The pom will be very fluffy and silly looking so trim well with scissors. Just keep turning and trimming to even out the shape, shake the pom and fluff it up now and then. You can trim off the long strand or keep it to hang the pom pom from later.

This is messy, if you can do it outside all the better. Catch the trimmings in a bowl for easier clean up.

Ooh, pretty!

Ready to try some fun shapes? How about an eyeball?

Some black for the pupil (you could even do a small spot of white in here for a highlight).

Cover that with the colour of your choice.

Cover all with lots of white.

AHHH, the hairy eyeball!

Trim lots and voila! I gave it to my teenager, he totally approved. High praise indeed Smiley.
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7  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: July 12, 2016 07:47:41 AM
Those are cool!

I made something yellow. Our friend who loves Spongebob had his annual bday bash last weekend and we needed a little gift.
I wish I could say it was all from stash but I didn't have white or black yarn, thrift store to the rescue again! It's ok though, I need more yarn for that free Friday library knitting and crochet group I'm going to join, right?
No pattern, just fly as you go style...

The nose is fabric.
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8  Re: A new house means a new garden. in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 07, 2016 01:14:36 PM
Take that, concrete, indeed!

Picked fresh just now, green and red lettuce, arugula, basil, and rainbow chard. We'll have to wait a couple more weeks for another salad, lol, but it's a start Smiley.
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9  Alice and the Red Queen, topsy turvy dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: July 03, 2016 05:08:36 PM
Made for the recent topsy turvy swap, this was a bunch of fun.

The clothes are pieced together out of scraps of fabric and trim from my stash, draped and stitched into place on the dolls. The jewelry is bits and pieces from stash, wire wrapped glass beads for the rose necklace and mushroom bracelet.

A couple of close-ups:

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10  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: July 03, 2016 04:59:40 PM
I started out with a fairly organized embroidery floss supply but kept finding irresistible random bags of it at thrift stores and yard sales and ended up with messy containers and lots of loose floss. I dumped some out to better sort it...

Two days later I've got this:

It's so much more than I thought I had. It looks like a shelf in a store Tongue.
I've been doing some stitching and have used what felt like quite a bit of thread but, lol, looks like there's a lot left  Roll Eyes

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