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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Cafe style kitchen help anyone? on: January 03, 2012 07:09:07 PM
Hello everybody. I was wondering if you could help me with some inexpensive DIY projects for my kitchen in a cafe'/ coffee shop theme. I found these great Sanka coffee cans at my husband's grandmother's house and I received a painted canvas with coffee cups on them. Here are picture's of the cans:

I read about the company and found out that Sanka made heraldic picture albums. I'm not sure what for but here are a few of them that I found.

I also found some images of some advertising for Sanka coffee from the 1960's (I think) and I may get a friend to paint them for me. I'm not a painter. I have tried, but just don't have the skills.

I have a long kitchen with not much wall space. What little wall I do have has funky brown paneling on it that I can't paint. On one wall I have a large cabinet area that have no doors so I was thinking about painting the back of them blue. There was a sliding glass door in one end but now it's a door and a large window to see out of. I also have a large window where the sink is.
I'd like to have anything/ everything done centered around these coffee cans because I think they are AWESOME.
Can anyone give me any frugal decorating tips, or tutorials? Thanks so much for the help.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tulips, hats, and more flowers, Oh my! (pic heavy) on: August 16, 2011 09:29:30 PM
I haven't posted on here in a while, but I've been on a hat and applique streak. While I am no professional, I have tried my hardest in making these hat's and I think I am proud of myself. I was going to give up on crocheting all together, but I found myself wanting to more than ever before.
First up is a couple of hats I am really proud of.

This is Alixander's hat.

This is my baby Kahlan's hat. It has twinkle twinkle little star on it. If you want to get a look at the entire hat you can go here:

Hat's in order starting from top left hand side.
The sm. green one is sized to fit a baby. I am not sure what to add to the hat. Can anyone make a suggestion? This hat is made from Caron Simply Soft yarn.
The visor hat is made to fit a toddler. I am actually trying to get it to take on the form of the other visor that it is sitting on. I don't know what I did wrong, but it will not sit right. It looks right when worn though.
The pink hat would be cute, if I had the right colored flower on it. I took the suggestion of an 8 year old and made that flower, and the pumpkin orange looks horrid against the baby pink, Don't you agree? I have an idea what to do with that one but I will do it later.
(Bottom from left)
The khaki colored hat is for my 12 year old. She doesn't seem to enthusiastic about it though. I will make changes later to this one as well. I lacks a certain something, any idea's? A leaf? Maybe another flower?
The Apple tree hat took the longest to make (especially since I kept falling asleep sewing it  Wink ) but I am proud of this one as well. This is the ultimate skull cap pattern because of the slip stitch rows on the bottom. I read about the use of this stitch in an email from Crochet Me I believe, and thought I should at least give it a shot. I love it. The material comes out very think. It gives but not much as I'm sure you experienced crocheter's would know. Or at least I do from all the time's I made a hat and before I finished it I tried it on the head of whom ever it would go to; then finish it off with a slip stitch; then it was to tight/ small there to fit around the head.  Roll Eyes Frustrating for me anyway. Anybody else have that problem?

This next picture are my tulip's. I got the pattern from here: http://yarn-pixie.blogspot.com/2009/05/bring-your-may-flower-coaster-free.html And thought hmmm  Undecided I really like the way this works, but I don't like the tops of the petals; so I changed it up a bit and made what you see here.

The bottom yellow flower is the original pattern, sort of. I say that because I messed up the petals trying to change them and I created a new leaf for it. The blue one is still closest to the original pattern, but I added the blue chain piece to the front. I don't know if you can really see it or not. With the other's you can tell I worked out the kinks and the purple ones I like the best. The orangey ones are Peaches and creme cotton yarn. I plan to put these on the wall in my babies room. I had a bunch more but my 12 yo took them, turned them upside down and added some chains and curly que's to them to make jelly fish with them. (She has an ocean themed room)
The next pic are of a few mustaches, a butterfly and flower's. Well most of them look like messed up snow flakes. Then red, black and yellow one was supposed to be a poppy but... not really what happened.

These are something i created. I didn't use a pattern, except for the little flower on the top right side.

I used red heart acrylic yarn to make almost all of it, except what I mentioned above about the hat and tulips. I use Red Heart because there is no dye lot and it's way cheaper than wool (which I adore along with cotton). I had fun, and I even sold a few of the other hat's that I made (For really cheap because it is acrylic yarn after all). I took picture's of those as well, but I think this is enough clogging up the forum for one night. As always thanks for checking my post out, and let me know what you think I should do with those hats. C and C welcomed, so please let me know.  Grin
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Heart for Teacher on: February 06, 2011 09:25:51 AM
I came across this pattern on red hearts yarn called a  sweet heart sachet (http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/sweet-heart-sachet) and changed it up a little and made a cute little pocket heart for my daughter. I suggested making more for her friends at school but she said she would rather have them made for her teachers. Of course that is what I did. Here are the pictures of her and the teachers heart's. Oh yeah I just made little stuffies instead of putting any smell goods in them because I have no idea what they may like.

all of them together

the back of Emily's heart. I could have made a better choice on the button, but she still likes it.

I kept trying to make wings for this one but it never worked out quite right. Maybe the next one I make will.

This one has a picot edge

I cannot remember the name for this edging but I found it here http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&stitchfinder=1
Hope you guys like this and enjoy. C&C welcomed.
Wow... I feel the love in here.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Heart hat fail on: January 20, 2011 02:24:04 PM
In the spirit of the up coming holiday I decided to crochet a hat for my baby in hopes that it would make a good 'prop' for a picture to give to my family. I started yesterday and made 4 half circles and went from their. Well it didn't turn out as well as I had planned.  Undecided
She looked so funny in the wonky thing I decided it would be great to share the laugh with the lovely people in the Craftster community.  Cheesy

After I took that picture I thought it would help if I put a little heart applique on it, but that was a bad plan too. Embarrassed

  Shocked You see... I kinda sewed it onto the back of the hat. With her being fussy at the time, and my 3 yo dieing for attention ( he has what I so fondly call jealousitis) I forgot to look and make sure I was sewing it to the right side.

Yes this is the back of the hat.
Anyway I thought it was so funny looking and laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. So I hope you all enjoy the pictures, and a little C&C would be great too.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hat's for Kahlan on: November 08, 2010 07:24:13 PM
While I'm still waiting for my 'bun' to be ready, due on Dec. 10th, I have started to worry about it being to cold for her. So I started making hats. I've already made her a couple of bibs, a bunting, and a blanket. SO why not some hats right?
The first one is navy blue with a red flower and a pink button to hold the flower on with. I didn't really follow a pattern with this one I just threw it together.

Emi's baby is modeling the hat. I got this pattern from here: http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/07/crochet-best-baby-cloche-and-tutorial.html

And last but not least:

I got the pattern from the book titled Hooked On Crochet, and I got the snowflake/flower pattern from this page: http://snowcatcher.blogspot.com/2010/03/snowflake-monday_29.html instead of using the pattern in the book.

I'm sorry the color and lighting is awful, but I'm still using the DSI to snap pics. Thank you for looking and please let me know what you think.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Seen a neck warmer, and thought hmm on: November 05, 2010 01:37:51 PM
I can do that.
I seen this post this morning: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363924.0 and did one of my own. Granted hers is a lot prettier than mine.  Cheesy Thanks so much for the post by the way.
Her are the pics:

Close up veiw:

And the neck warmer laying flat:

Mats: Vannas Choice, and a I/9- 5.5 mm hook
All I did was a double foundation ch of 18, then I chained 3, turned, sk1, dc into next st, ch1, sk1,  dc into next st all the way across. So I ch3 and made 9 dc across. I just kept doing that until I made 44 rows. Then I found an edging pattern on Lions Brand web site: http://cache.lionbrand.com/faq/458.html?www=1&language= and kinda made it my own. That's pretty much it.
I would have done more but this was the last of this particular yarn that I had so I think it worked out well enough. I plan to make another using a different yarn very soon.
Sorry it's not very good pic's... I had to use a DSI to take them because the battery in my camera's are dead, and I didn't have any to replace them with. Oh well.
Let me know what you think please.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Baby Girl Nursery on: October 11, 2010 07:42:32 PM
Hi all. This is my first post on this forum so I hope this is in the correst spot, and I follow all the rules. I need help, and need it fast and fairly cheap. I know, crazy right. Here is my situation: I am pregnant with my third child at the worse possible moment. She wasn't our plan, but she is ours and we already love her. My husband just recently got rehired after being laid-off for 8mths (or so) and we were just starting to get things back in order when our surprise package came along. All this time has past without either of us noticing, and now the due date is ever so close. Anyway, considering this is going to be our last, and I don't see ( or expect) a shower anywhere in the future I wanted to decorate her nursery on the very budgeted side. I took a look around at what crafty things I have left and I guess I am going to have to go with flowers. Yes I have many silk flowers, a few vines and leaves, and craft paint. I have a little bit of girlie material but not much, and some yarn. What I am hoping to get help with is trying to make this room seem bigger, and at the same time soft and sweet. There really is no color scheme here either. I would like any ideas, links to other sites or anything that can help me in this small area. Please.

ignore the mess in the window. The central air unit is broke at the moment. The ac wont be their for long.

The room is only a 7x10 space, there is no closet, and because we rent at the moment I can't paint the walls; only that hideous door.
The baby bed, and dresser is from our son's nursery and the changing table was free. I have been fortunate enough to receive all the clothes from Friends and family.
It is a very tight space as you can see. It's not a closet itself but it may as well be. I am trying with many smiles to make the best of what I have at the moment.
I have looked at other posts on here with baby rooms, and the only thing I know I can do is the letters cut from cardboard. Or at least I hope I can. Smiley
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. ]
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Monsters Inspiration on: September 14, 2010 11:12:54 PM
So like I had posted a couple days ago I've been trying to think of handmade things to give to my friend for her birthday. I came across the post for Baby Monsters (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351953.0) and decided it didn't look to hard to make. I didn't have any eye's but I went ahead anyway. So here is how it turned out:

The center of the eye is supposed to be lime green, but I guess I was to close with the camera.
And this is a pic of my monster next to the original Baby Monsters posted by Alliecat30

I know nothing is as good as the original so their is no comparison but I am thankful for the post and inspiration.
Thank you Alliecat30.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Black, White and Pink all over + Owly on: September 14, 2010 02:28:20 AM
Hi guys! It's me again. Been just a bit busy making things and wanted to show you guys the birthday present for my B-F. Her birthday in on Halloween, and so is her son's. I know that she will make sure that that day is speacial for him, but I wanna make sure she knows that I still remember it's her day too. So I made her a scarf. I would like some ideas to add to the gift. She absolutely loves handmade stuff so makeing thing for her is what I wanna do. So without further ado here is the picture of the scarf.

Close up. I tried to get a good shot of it. Did not work well this time. It's just a simple patt. Just Sc 100 and change the color's as often as you want.

Yes it's me...
And here is a picture of owly.

I couldn't find the buttons I wanted to use for the eyes, so I used these, but it seemed to work out pretty good. I seen a pic of some owls on another website, and decided to try and make one myslef. ALthough it didn't turn out quite how I had hoped, I think it's cute.
So What do you guys think? C&C please.
Thanks so much for looking.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dr. Browns Bottle Cover w/ first tut on: September 12, 2010 06:53:26 PM
Hi everybody! I have been busy making things for the new baby arriving in December. Anyway, I decided to make a bottle cover/ warmer for the baby bottles that I still have. So here are the picture's of it.

The next picture is a close up of the stitches.

Sorry if the pictures aren't very good.
So here is my first try at writing a tutorial. This has not been tested by anyone but me. It's very simple though.

This is made for a 4oz Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottle.

Peaches & Creme 4ply WW color 137 Sunrise
G/6 hook

Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around, Join.
Rnd 3: *2sc in next sc, sc in next sc. Repeat from * around.
Continue in this manner until piece measures same as bottom of bottle.
Sl st in next sc.

Rnd 1: Sc in back loop of each sc around.
Rnd 2: *Sc in next 3 sts, tr in next sc. Repeat from * around always pulling tr to the front of your work.
Rnd 3: Sc in next sc, *tr in next sc, sc in next 3sts. Repeat from * around until you have crocheted about 18 rnds or until cover is long enough.
Rnd 4: Sc around one time and join.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip one sc, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * joining round with sl st to the ch3. ( I made 8 dc sets)
Rnd 6: Sc around one last time, join with slip st. Fasten off, and weave in yarn ends.  

Ch 50, fasten off, and weave in yarn ends.
Weave chain between dc's, and tie securely around top of bottle.

Thank you guys for looking. Let me know what you think. C&C appreciated.
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