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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Furry Monster Tissue Box Cover (pattern included!) on: October 15, 2012 10:43:13 AM


I am trying very hard to de-stash my yarn hoard, so this is my latest project!

Here's the pattern and a tiny lesson on pattern writing!
I used 1 1/2 skeins fun fur for this guy, coupled with green worsted weight yarn, and a K hook. 2 24mm eyes or whatever size you like, and flower beads, if desired.

It fits a square 80 count tissue box, but you can use any size you want, because I'm going to teach you how to adjust it.
1. Set the box on its' side, so that the opening is in front. Make a chain that is as long as the top lengthwise or widthwise--it doesn't matter. Add one more chain. Write your number down!
2. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
3. Ch 1 turn. Sc in each ch across.
4. Repeat step 3 as many times as needed to cover the top. Mark each row on your notes. Finish off.
5. Now you are going to crochet the sides and back. Starting on the side of the piece you just made, pull up a loop in the corner, ch 1 and sc in the same space. Sc evenly to next corner, 2 sc in corner, sc evenly along back to next corner, 2 sc in corner, sc evenly along side. write down the number of stitches. Fun fur is tricky and it's good to count regularly to make sure your numbers are right as you go.
6. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc.
7. Repeat step 6 until piece reaches the bottom of the tissue box.Mark the number of rows in your notes. Finish off.
8. Now to make the front. Using the number from step 1, ch and sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
9. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across.
10. Repeat row 9 until you reach the opening of the box. Mark the number of rows.
11. Ch 1, turn. sc to the beginning of the opening. Mark this number. Count across to other side, stop when there are the same number of stitches on the other side. Ch the number in between, (write down your number,) skip the same number of sc, sc in last sc's. You should be left with an opening.
12. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc to chain section. sc around the chain section, one for each ch. Sc in remaining sc.
13. Repeat row 9 until you've reached the bottom.
14. Put the top and side piece on the tissue box. Position the front piece in place, then sc evenly to the top and sides. Finish off.
15. Add eyes level with opening, and sew on beads.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / His And Her T-shirt Quilts on: October 12, 2012 03:39:51 PM


This is my t-shirt quilt--I'm a bit of a of a graphic tee collector--I used minky fabric around each shirt and for the backing.  It's so soft and cuddly!  I'm not the best at sewing--my home ec teacher would probably turn in her grave if she examined it too closely, but it makes me happy to have completed it! The bottom middle is a heat sensitive shirt, so it's fun to play with!


This is my husbands' t-shirt quilt, made from the shirts he got from his outdoor volleyball tournaments over the years.  I actually made this one years ago, and it has been at many more tournaments and picnics, but I wanted to show off both quilts together.

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chibi Amigurumi Bulbasaur on: June 28, 2012 01:43:49 PM


I have been getting loads of requests to crochet Pokemon lately, and here is the most recent one.  I like to keep it very simple, so he kind of looks more like a baby toy, but my daughters' boyfriend really liked it.  Thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kitchen Towel Crochet--Speedy Project With A Pattern! on: June 25, 2012 12:53:20 PM




I saw something like this on pinterest, but done with snaps.  I figured I could do it with crochet too!  The towels are from a store called Asian City--It's kind of like a Daiso, but bigger.

So here's the pattern:

1. Take a ruler and a fine tip sharpie and mark dots every 1/4" along the edges on both ends of the towel. (About 1/4" down)
2. Using cotton yarn, sew a blanket stitch (look up tutorials on the web if you don't know how--it's easy) across the edge using the dots as a guide. Hide your yarn ends.
3. With a size H hook, sc in each horizontal part of the blanket stitch across.
4. Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each sc across.
5. (Buttonhole row) Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, Ch 3, skip next 3 sc, sc in 4th sc.  Continue to sc in each sc until you get to the center.  Skip 3 sc in center, ch 3, sc in 4th sc, sc across to last 4 sc.  Ch 3, skip 3 sc, sc in last sc.
6. Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each sc and make 3 sc around each ch 3 in row.
7. Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each sc across.  Finish off, hide ends.

For the other end, follow rows 1-4. Then do 3 more rows of just sc.  Finish off and weave in ends.  Fold the Buttonhole side over the plain side and mark where the buttons will go on the plain side.  Sew buttons on.  I used 7/8" buttons, but you could go a little bigger if you want. The crochet may seem a little wavy at first, but I expect it will shrink slightly with washing.  (I have yet to test that theory, though.) I guess you could block it, too--but I never block--I am incredibly lazy when it comes to that!!

All finished!  Hang it up on your stove, or start making more for gifts!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My First Dotees! on: June 20, 2012 11:16:48 AM


I love to find a project that will help me with stashbusting! Here are my first 4 dotees.  The green one is my favorite!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Ukulele Case on: February 01, 2012 10:00:04 AM
Knitted and felted a ukulele case for my daughter from this pattern: knitty.com/ISSUEss11/PATThanahou.php I forgot to get a before picture--the thing was huge! I used 7 skeins of Lambs Pride bulky yarn.

I have decided that felting is not my thing after this one--using $70 worth of yarn to make something that ends up so small is hard to do! That, and my washroom smelled like a wet dog all weekend. But, it does look pretty cool when it's all done. It's like magic! Smiley



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7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Epic 3 Year Blanket on: January 28, 2012 06:31:18 AM
This blanket took me 3 years to finish--partly because it was boring to crochet, so I would put it away for months and mainly only worked on it in the winter when I could stand to have it on my lap. It weighs about 6 pounds, and drapes nicely on a twin size bed. I was going to make it fit my queen size bed, but I really wanted to get this completed. This is my last blanket ever!

I used Bernat Softee Chunky in off white, and Red Heart Zoomy for the pastels. It is very warm, I have to admit.

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Paintings--with a teeny tutorial! on: November 06, 2011 12:27:13 PM


I finished these paintings last night, and I couldn't wait to share!  I'm in the process of turning my living room into a craft room, and I wanted to decorate the walls with my own art in bright pink and green.  I love simple lines with a Hello Kitty kind of feel, so I sketched out 4 of my favorite snacks and then traced over them with white puffy paint and let it dry for 24 hours.



Then I used cheap old reliable acrylic paint and colored them in, and let that dry. After that, I covered it all with Matte Mod Podge and sprinkled it with glitter.  I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic for the coffee and tea to make them look liquid. 

This is an incredibly inexpensive project, but the results are fabulous!  Each painting is 14"x14".
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim Drawstring Bags on: July 19, 2011 11:23:27 AM


I needed drawstring backpacks for my daughters' birthday party, and I couldn't find anything I liked, so I found this tutorial http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2011/03/childs-drawstring-backpack.html and made them myself! I used old pairs of jeans and sewed the cute pockets to the front for extra collecting space.  I used chenelle yarn for the straps.  We are using them for a treasure hunt during her camp-out themed party. I love how they turned out!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Let It Go Quilt Pillow on: May 13, 2011 09:49:01 AM

I've always wanted to try piecing a quilt together.  I've done a jeans quilt and a jammie quilt before--but not from a pattern.  I decided to do something on a smaller scale because I have a short attention span. It  was a fun experience!

I wanted to make a visual reminder of one of my New Years' goals to "let it go".  I have a tendency to remember every dumb thing I have ever done and every dumb thing that has ever been done to me, which isn't good, so I put this in a place where I can see it when I am feeling especially "dwelly".  It was originally going to be a wall hanging, but my daughter suggested it would be cool as a pillow, and I thought so too. So there ya go.

Thanks for looking!
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