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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  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
4  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
5  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
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Is it ok to use old embroidery and crewel kits and thread? on: March 21, 2015 02:16:21 PM
My Mom gave me some old embroidery and crewel kits (unused) that she had stored for 30 - 40+ years.  I'd like to try my hand at starting/completing them, but I had a few questions:

1.  The fabric is creased from being folded up in the kit for years.  Is it still OK to use?  If so, what is the best way to get the folds and creases out?

2.  The thread in the kits is also old.  Will there be a problem with using it anyway? 

Thanks for your help!!  I appreciate it Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Hand Painted Beads Used to Make Colorful Statement Necklace :) on: March 17, 2015 08:30:07 AM
I hand painted some old wooden beads in an ombre design using Q-tips for this necklace.  This was pretty easy as the Q-tips made great dots on my beads.  Then I put the necklace together using memory wire and some chain.  Directions on my blog at http://hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Jewelry-Tutorial-How-to-Handpaint-Beads-to-Make-a-Colorful-Statement-Necklace
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Field of Flowers Recycled/Repurposed Tote on: March 10, 2015 10:14:08 AM

I wanted to share a new knitting project of mine:  I covered an old (slightly beat-up) tote bag with a collage of knitted flowers of different sizes and colors.  These flowers add a pretty spring touch to my bag and cover up the ugly logo that was on it.

I have photos, directions, and tutorial on my blog at:  http://purl3agony.hubpages.com/hub/Free-Knitting-Pattern-Knit-a-Field-of-Flowers-to-Decorate-and-Recycle-a-Tote-Bag
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