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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zippered keying coin pouch (with tutorial) on: February 11, 2017 06:35:03 PM
no in progress shots but this was SO easy I think you guys will have no probs following along.
materials:
4-5 inch circles (I used the same fabric throughout but you can choose an outer fabric and a lining fabric, in that case 2 circles of each)
1-7 inch zipper
1-1 inch D-ring
start by cutting 4 total 5 inch circles (4 of the same fabric, or 2 outer 2 lining)
cut 1-1 inch square from outer fabric (this is the strap for the d-ring)
fold the 1 inch square in half, right sides together and sew a scant 1/4" seam allowance, turn right side out, press with seam in the middle and top stitch down both sides, set aside
cut 2 of the 5 inch circles in half, either 2 of the same, or 1 outer 1 lining
sandwich 2 of the halves (either 2 of the same or 1 outer 1 inner) centered on the zipper and sew a scant 1/4" seam allowance, fold back and press open. sandwich the remaining 2 halves on the other side of the zipper and sew together, fold open and press again.  now top-stitch close to the edge of the fabric to keep it out of the way of the zipper. Open the zipper about halfway (to make it easy to turn later), take the 2 full circles and lay them wrong sides together, take the 1 inch square that you sewed earlier, fold in half, and pin in place over the zipper at the open part, with the raw edges on the outside, then take the two full circles and place on top, you will now have 4 layers of fabric and the d-ring strap to sew through.
carefully sew around the edges with 1/4" seam allowance taking care when sewing over the zipper.
trim zipper and excess fabric and turn right side out. I used chop sticks to help turn the bag to push out the edges. top-stitch around outer edges to give a more finished look. Attach the d-ring and voila!
front:

back:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First time Cricut-ing on: January 17, 2017 08:17:45 AM
This could get addicting................
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Heart pouch-with pattern on: January 09, 2017 07:00:10 PM
No tutorial for this but I found this pattern for the pouch on Dog Under My Desk
One thing to note, flip the pattern for your lining fabric Smiley


4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / coin purse-with pattern link on: January 02, 2017 07:02:16 PM
using this awesome tutorial
http://craftcouturebytc.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-and-pattern-for-vintage-rose.html
I made this adorable coin purse

(hardware purchased at Hobby Lobby)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet knotted head wrap/ear warmer-with tutorial on: December 24, 2016 08:24:30 AM
Whipped this baby up in about an hour. Super simple and super satisfying

You'll need:
Yarn (duh)
G hook
Needle
Row 1: Chain 12, DC in second chain from hook
Place 1 more DC in same stitch
Sk 2 chains, place 3 DC in next chain, Sk 2 chains, place 3 DC in next chain, skip 2 chains, place 3 DC in first chain made
You should have 4 clusters (shells) of 3 DCs
Row 2: Chain 2, place 2 DC in middle stitch of shell from previous row, place 3 DC in middle of next 3 shells from previous row 
Row 3 and every following row: repeat row 2 until desired length, I stopped at around 20 inches, just measure what us comfortable around your head
SC edges together, fasten off, weave in ends
To make band:
Row 1: chain 6, DC in 2nd chain from hook, DC in each stitch (5 DCs )
Row 2-5: chain 2, DC in each stitch (5 DCs )
Gather main head wrap portion and pucker over row of SCs you stitched to join the piece. Place the band over it and stitch together on inside. This will give it a clean look without any seams showing through.
Now go out and look fabulous!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Messy bun hat-with tutorial on: December 20, 2016 06:41:35 AM
I've jumped on the messy bun/ponytail hat bandwagon and I absolutely love the end result.
While the pattern is not my own, I did modify it to accommodate my needs
Here is the original pattern, it's the 5 star beanie from yarnspirations
http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/5-star-beanie.html
And here are my modifications:
After working the ribbing, do 2 complete rounds of the single crochets and stars , start your decrease on the 3rd set of single crochets, work 3 sets of decreases, after your last set of stars, work 1 round of single crochets (making no decreases) while crocheting over an elastic hair tie.  This will help the hat hold it's shape around the ponytail hole.
Here's the finished product!

Another angle (this shows the stitches better):

On the happy recipient, nothing like creeping a pic Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / KISS graphgan! on: December 01, 2016 07:03:32 PM
I would like to thank the original queen of crochet, anderlance, for her amazing crochet work and the inspiration for this graphgan. this is the first one I've ever done and it was quite an undertaking. Over 36,000 stitches went into this!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crock pot Mac and cheese on: November 16, 2016 10:08:36 AM
Just in time for thanksgiving!
Super simple and oh so satisfying!
Ingredients :
2-16 oz. Boxes elbow macaroni DO NOT PRE-COOK
1 stick of butter, cut up
1 quart half and half
1 pint whole milk
2 10oz. Cans Campbell's cheddar cheese soup
1 8oz. Bag sharp cheddar cheese
1 8oz. Bag colby jack cheese (reserve half a cup for topping)
Salt and pepper to taste
Spray crock pot with cooking spray
Whisk milks, seasoning, and soup in crock pot. Add both cheeses and uncooked macaroni and fold together. Top with pats of butter. Cook on high for 3 hours stirring occasionally. About 15 minutes before serving top with reserved cheese.
Enjoy!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Sugar Skulls (with written pattern and photo sing-a-long) on: September 30, 2016 07:24:56 PM
Howdy y'all!
This is my favorite Crochet Sugar Skull pattern, I've made coasters, a scarf, and a hat with this same pattern.  Now I'm going to make this into garland to hang at work.
If you'd like to play along with our home game here's the pattern for ya!  (these work up SO quick)
I used an I hook, I wanted them a little larger they're about 5 inches across, change up your hook size to suit your preference
ch-chain
sc-single crochet
hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
sk-skip

Off we go!!!
ch 12, slip stitch into first chain

ch 13, slip stitch into 12th chain from hook, leave one chain between loops (this is the base for your eyes)

ch 1, sc in chain between eyes
Place 20 sc into circle (in the circle, not in the individual chains)

sc in bottom of middle stitch (between eyes)
Place 20 sc in 2nd circle (do not join, keep working in the round)

2 dc in next stitch
dc in next 3
hdc in next 2
sc in next 7
hdc in next 2
dc in next 2

ch 2
skip next 9 stitches (goes up one side and down the other) (this creates the nasal cavity)

dc into 10th stitch
dc in next stitch
hdc in next 2
sc in next 7
hdc in next 2
dc in next 3
JOIN!

(Do you see the face taking shape???)
ch 3
dc in next 3
hdc in next 4
sc in next 4
hdc in next 3
dc in next 3
place 4 dc in ch 4 space
dc in next 3
hdc in next 3
sc in 4
hdc in next 4
dc in next 4
slip stitch into top of chain 3
break yarn

Now to make the teeth!
find center below nasal cavity and count 4 stitches off center


join yarn and ch 4, sk 1 stitch
dc in next stitch, ch 1, sk 1
dc in next stitch, ch 1, sk 1
dc in next stitch, ch 1, sk 1
dc in next stitch, ch 1, sk 1 (you should have 4 teeth)

TURN
ch 4, sk 1 stitch
dc in top of dc from previous row, ch 1, sk 1
dc in top of dc from previous row, ch 1, sk 1
dc in top of dc from previous row, ch 1, sk 1
dc in top of dc from previous row, ch 1, sk 1
Break yarn and fasten off!

If you wish you can change the color of the yarn for an extra pop of color (I work in my loose ends from the main skull portion during this part)
attach your yarn here

and ch 1 then work 1 sc around entire piece, placing 1 sc in the side stitches of the teeth and the sides of the double crochets catching loose ends in your stitches.  Break yarn and weave in loose end.

Embellish as you like, I added roses from this AMAZING tutorial (her leaves are also top notch!)
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/may-roses.html
Go make a bunch!!!
Other things I've made with this same base:


10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Frida's Flowers CAL-FREE Ravelry Pattern on: June 27, 2016 09:45:23 AM
Is anyone doing the Frida's Flowers Crochet Along?  It's a free ravelry pattern and also available here:
http://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/Crochet.htm
I started it last night using Sugar & Cream cotton yarn, the blocks work up really quick and they colors are striking.
(Jane Crowfoot's photo-NOT MINE)
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