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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Matryoshka Dolls with Link to Tutorial/Pattern! on: January 04, 2007 11:37:29 AM

I developed this pattern while crafting over the Christmas break.  I think it would make a great Valentines gift!

You can find my pattern at http://www.maizehutton.com/matryoshkadoll.html


2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Christmas Camera-Dollar Tree DIY! on: December 04, 2006 04:14:33 PM

Everything you need for this project can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.  Did you know they sell cameras there?  I challenged myself to come up with a Dollar Tree DIY for under $5.  Here's what I came up with.   They're a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a Secret Santa.  Encourage a little shutterbug in your family this Christmas with their own personalized camera!

Can also be viewed at my website: http://www.maizehutton.com/dollartreecamera.html
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Basketry 101/Paper Coil Yarn Baskets with TUTORIAL LINK! on: August 16, 2006 10:17:28 AM

Back in the mid 1980's when I was living in Alaska, I loved the baskets the Eskimos made and was determined to learn.  I signed up for a coil basket class and went about making a bunch as gifts and entered one in the Fur Rendevous festival winning Division Champion.

Just recently, I recalled the basket making technique and thought I'd share how I make these.  I've set up a tutorial http://www.maizehutton.com/coilbasket.html on my website if you're interested in making one.

Mine are made with paper twist and yarn.  They're very easy to make and you can complete one in an evening once you get the hang of it.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Starbucks Frappuccino bottles become Milk bottle vases! With link to Tutorial! on: April 07, 2006 09:57:19 AM

These are super simple and fun to make, although you'll probably have a caffeine buzz when you're done!  I simply spray painted the empty bottles white, then painted on some words.  The tutorial is here: http://www.maizehutton.com/milkbottlevases.html

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pom Pom Peep! With Tutorial Link!!! on: April 05, 2006 10:47:26 PM

Make this cute little pom pom peep in time for Easter giving!  Make a dozen and give them a home in an egg container.

The tutorial is here:  http://www.maizehutton.com/pompompeeps.html


6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Bunny Puppet with pattern link! on: March 16, 2006 09:48:46 PM

I know that it's St. Patrick's Day, but I wanted to give you a jump (or hop) on the next holiday to come.

When I was little, my mom made us bunny puppets.  I created a pattern for you to download and make one for yourself or friends.  They're super easy to make.  Simply switch the bow for a girl or a boy bunny.

You can download the pattern at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/feltbunnypuppets.html

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Wooden Spool Pin Cushion on: March 05, 2006 11:37:35 AM

I have a bunch of wooden spools sitting around waiting for a project.  I just purchased some vintage fabric and decided to make one of the spools into a pin cushion.  I cut a circle of fabric with pinking shears, used embroidery thread to make a running stitch around it then filled it with fiberfill and pulled the threads tight around it.  Make a knot and it's done!

I decorated it with a felt ball acorn and twine and some of my Sprout fimo pins.  I think it's really cute.  Now I want to make a collection of toadstools with the spools!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kate Spade (like) Shell Bobby Pins on: March 03, 2006 05:28:46 PM

$40 for a bobby pin?!!!  Move over Kate Spade...we can make these ourselves!

Shells are going to be huge this summer.  Dig out some of your small shells or go to the dollar store and buy a bag.  Paint them with a clear coat.  Glue the shell to a flat back bobby pin.  You can purchase the bobby pins at http://www.rings-things.com.  I use clear Fabri Tac glue.


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 2 Angora Sweaters become a Bunny on: February 27, 2006 09:56:54 AM

While I was in a thrift store searching for sweaters to rip apart, I found two angora sweaters in pink and cream and immediately thought of making a bunny.

He's so soft!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / High Fashion Beaded Link Necklace (EASY TUTORIAL!) on: February 16, 2006 06:16:18 PM
I saw this necklace in a fashion magazine and thought "I can do that!"

Here's my version and a tutorial.  It's easy and a perfect project for the beginning beader but the results look complicated and are, quite frankly, stunning.

You can make your links as big or as small as you want and can even alternate the sizes in your necklace.  The length can vary also as you can make it extra long so you can fold it over your head twice or make it smaller and attach a clasp.  

I made my links with 30 silver lined black seed beads so the tutorial uses that amount.  I think we'll be seeing a lot of variations on this necklace this year.

Supplies Needed:
You can find all of these supplies in Michaels, JoAnns, or the craft aisle in Walmart.  I purchased mine from Shipwreck Beads in Olympia Washington just because they have a great selection and I hang out there a lot.

1 hank size 8 silver lined black beads (you can use any size of seed bead)  It's easier to bead off a hank since they're already strung and all you have to do is pick them off the string with your needle.

Beading needle

Black Nymo Thread (use a color that closely matches your beads)

Thread Heaven- I highly recommend using this conditioner for your thread as it reduces tangling and allows the thread to be pulled through the bead easier.


STEP 1.  Cut a piece of thread at least 24 inches long and thread your needle.  Thread on 30 beads.

STEP 2.  Using a surgeon's knot (see instruction graphic) knot the end of your thread.  I do it twice for good measure.

Now you have a circle

STEP 3.  Thread the needle back the through all of the beads to make it strong.  Bring the needle out where the tail thread is.  Tie another surgeon's knot and thread the kneedle through three more beads.  Cut all the threads.
Here's your first finished link.
STEP 4.  Thread on 30 more beads.
STEP 5.  Thread the first completed link over the 30 beads..
Complete this link as you did the first going back to Step 2.  
You will continue connection and making links this way.  When you have finished beading all the links to a length you desire, bead one more link connecting the two ends together.


Surgeon's Knot Instruction graphic from Bead & Button

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