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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Yarn Ball Bookmark to Celebrate National Public Library Month on: April 01, 2016 11:58:25 AM
I'm told that Apr is National Public Library Month in the US.  In celebration, I created this little knitted yarn ball bookmark to use with my favorite books.

The free pattern and tutorial is available here:  http://hubpages.com/art/Free-Knitting-Pattern-Easy-Knitted-Yarn-Ball-Bookmark

This knitting pattern uses basic knitting stitches, but also requires some simple sewing and craft supplies.

I hope you enjoy it with a good book!

2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Scrap Fabric Fall Leaves for Decorating on: September 13, 2015 10:23:31 AM
I love fall and decorating for the Autumn and Thanksgiving seasons.  So I wanted to make some fun and colorful fabric leaves for a festive table decoration.  I grabbed a handful or scrap fabric, some embroidery floss, some vegetable netting, and a few beads, buttons, and sequin to make these crafty leaves.  And they can be displayed in a few ways (as a table or mantle decoration, as a centerpiece, stuck in a pumpkin as a decoration, inserted into a potted plant, as a garland).  Then I used the same idea to create some matching napkin rings.  I love how this project brightens up my fall table.

I've posted a full tutorial on my blog: http://hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Craft-Tutorial-Scrap-Fabric-Fall-Autumn-Leaves-Table-Decoration-and-Napkin-Ring
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Odd, the little witch girl on: September 13, 2015 10:14:17 AM
Love this!  So, so cool!!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer/4th of July Door or Wall Decoration on: July 06, 2015 10:45:26 AM
Thanks everyone  Smiley

@LimeRiot - If I had a greener thumb, I would have made a little planting box on the back to plant real flowers on this sign.  But with my gardening skills, they would definitely die Sad  BTW - Love your personal blog and enjoy reading your posts!!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Unique Woven Book Cover for Journal, Sketchbook, or Diary on: July 06, 2015 10:41:12 AM
I always have at least one journal/sketchbook going at a time.  I like to take particular care in choosing a journal book that feels somehow special to me Smiley

However, the super nice and pretty journals can get expensive and sometimes the ugly ones on the clearance table are a tempting alternative.  So I decided to cover the not-so-pretty journals with a unique woven paper design to add color, creativity, and personality to my journal or sketchbook.  This same technique can also be used to beautify and upcycle a diary, scrapbook, family albums, photo albums, baby books, and wedding albums.

I used some leftover scrapbooking paper and a basic weaving technique that most of us learned in grade school.  I've posted the full directions with photos on my blog:  http://hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Craft-Tutorial-How-to-Make-a-Woven-Paper-Journal-or-Sketchbook-Cover
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Fans, Feathers and the Ocean Scarf! on: July 06, 2015 10:32:35 AM
Absolutely beautiful!  That pattern is a great match with that yarn.  I love when that happens Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Summer/4th of July Door or Wall Decoration on: June 26, 2015 09:25:25 AM
I've been wanting to make a special door decoration for my house for the Independence Day holiday.  I wanted something that used the US flag, but also had summery elements to create a cheery welcome sign for my home.  I decided to make this flag sign using scrap wood.  I arranged the scrap wood to look a little like a picket fence and topped it off with some artificial flowers.

I'm really happy with the result and plan to display my sign/door decoration throughout the summer.  I've posted more photos and a tutorial on my blog  at http://purl3agony.hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Craft-Tutorial-4th-of-July-Patriotic-Flag-Door-or-Wall-Decoration
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful Baby Blanket on: March 24, 2015 09:37:27 AM
Thanks so much!  I was lucky to be able to use some leftover yarn for some of the colors.  I already had the denim blue, green, and gray colors, and found the other colors to brighten up the design.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Colorful Baby Blanket on: March 23, 2015 08:45:54 AM
I wanted to share this baby blanket I knit for some friends of ours.  They didn't know whether they were expecting a boy or girl, so I used a variety of gender-neutral Spring colors in this blanket.

Pattern is available for free on my blog: http://purl3agony.hubpages.com/hub/Free-Knitting-Pattern-Color-Field-Baby-Blanket
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it ok to use old embroidery and crewel kits and thread? on: March 22, 2015 05:03:08 AM
Thanks for the information Smiley  Everything seems clean because the kits are still in their packaging.  How do I wash the fabric?  Hand wash with Woolite, or in the machine?

Thanks again!
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