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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Photo Prop Set for new niece/nephew on: June 02, 2017 10:52:54 AM
I'm gonna be an auntie!!  (this is #5!)
my newest little niece or nephew will be here the end of June and I couldn't be happier
No pattern, sis-in-law just sent a pic for inspiration
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Make Your Own French Board on: May 07, 2017 08:38:04 AM
I have a HUGE dead space behind me desk at work so I needed something to fill the void
I had an old cork board that was headed for the trash so I decided to refurbish it into something beautiful and useful

Gather your supplies

(1) cork board
1 yard of batting (like what goes between quilt layers)
1 yard of main fabric
2 spools of 1/4" wide ribbon
Staple gun (make sure you have staples so you're not running out at midnight)
I got everything on clearance so it was SUPER cheap

1.  press fabric and lay right side down
2.  lay batting on top of fabric
3.  lay cork board right side down on top of fabric and batting

4.  starting at the corners staple through both layers of fabric securing tightly to the board.  Hold the fabric taut so there's no slack

5.  move to the long edges stapling every couple of inches
6.  trim off excess fabric and attach hanging hardware

VOILA!  Fill it with pics of your favorite people!
Apologies if the pics are upside down, I tried editing them but am a'feared I failed miserable
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting for baby.... is it safe? on: April 18, 2017 10:29:02 AM
I have a new niece or nephew due in June (hooray!) and I wanted to crochet a bassinet with handles similar to this one

but I didn't know how safe it would be for the baby to sleep in
Also do I make a removable pad for the bottom for some extra cushion and if so, what are the guidelines for doing so for a baby?
Has anyone made anything similar or can lead me in the right direction.

Or....should I just scrap the idea and stick with blankets and loveys for the newest little pooper?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Happy Easter to all my peeps! on: April 16, 2017 09:35:46 AM
Happy Easter my peeps!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / zero calorie marshmallow bunny! on: April 12, 2017 06:28:20 PM
finally! a zero calorie marshmallow bunny treat!

free ravelry download......
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easter-marshmallow-bunnies
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crock Pot Risotto-with vegan and vegetarian option on: April 09, 2017 03:55:49 PM
Who doesn't love risotto?  I mean, the creamy, sticky, Arborio rice concoction is a hit in my house, but you know what's not a favorite of mine??  How labor intensive making risotto is.  Who has time to stir a dish non-stop for 45 minutes?!?  Not I, said the fly.
But wait!  There's a solution to our dilemma, the crock pot!  That wonderous oft forgot kitchen appliance that makes risotto a breeze.  Fool your guests into believing you slaved over a hot cook-top all day.
Gather the troops:
Crock pot (duh)
1 cup Arborio Rice
3 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
Vegetarian?  No problem!  Use vegetable stock
Vegan? GREAT! Use vegetable stock and sub olive oil for butter
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy
Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours.  If you want it cheesy, stir in 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese (I like Parmesan) the last 5 minutes of cooking

It's really hard to photograph risotto....

maybe in a smaller bowl it'll be more photogenic............

or maybe with the entire non-vegan friendly dinner, complete with prime rib, potato skins, and caprese
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / circle takes the square blanket-with free pattern link on: April 01, 2017 06:23:55 AM
Yarnspirations is to thank for this fine pattern!  Worked up super quick and was a great stash buster, the only yarn I purchased was the white.
8  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:

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First time Cricut-ing on: January 17, 2017 08:17:45 AM
This could get addicting................
10  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


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