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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crochet christmas ornaments on: December 08, 2018 07:42:05 PM
I've had christmas buttons for years and NEVER knew what to do with them! Then along came this pattern amd my years of hoarding were justified!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Grinch Scarf on: December 01, 2018 04:20:00 PM
What a great Christmas/White Elephant present!

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Star Gazed Hooded Cowl on: November 18, 2018 05:56:03 PM
Q: what do you do when you finish a project?
A: stare at it until I hate it
I found this pattern and thought my no neck self could pull off a hooded cowl. I've never been so wrong in my life
24  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / 7 Days of Scarfie Crochet Along-sponsored by left in knots on: November 13, 2018 06:03:38 AM
Just curious if anyone was doing the 7 day scarfie crochet along sponsored by
I was thinking of joining, it's only 5 skeins of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn which is on sale at Joann's now for $4.99 each
7 patterns over 7 days starting November 23rd

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Oh, Thanksgiving I still love ya! on: November 12, 2018 05:13:59 AM
I LOVE Thanksgiving and feel it gets pushed aside with everyone rushing into Christmas, but not in my house!
I wanted an easy pattern with an easy repeat so I could get the rhythm down so I made this table runner.  The pattern is super simple:
with H hook, ch 40
Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook and each ch to end (38 st), turn
Row 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc) DC in 3, *ch2, sk2, DC in 3* repeat to end (creates 7 ch2 spaces and 8 clusters of 3 DC), turn
Row 3: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc) DC in 3, *2DC in each ch2 space, DC in 3* repeat to end (38 st), turn
repeat rows 2 & 3 until desired length (end on row 2)
Voila!  Done!
I used 1 skein of Red Heart in Fall (it was $2.97 at WalMart so even if I didn't get the pattern I wasn't out a huge amount of money)
Thinking about making placemats just a tad wider to match (if you do go wider just increase your starting chains by multiples of 5

26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Meep Meep Wocka Wocka-Beaker and Fozzy on: November 02, 2018 11:54:47 AM
Its time to play the music, its time to light the lights, its time to get things started on the Muppet Show tonight
For Halloween this year I decided to channel my inner Muppet of Beaker.  I relate to Beaker on many levels, were both tall, were both accident prone, and we both speak in gibberish

I found a picture on Pinterest as my inspiration and got to work.  I started with a poster board, yard of peach felt, 2 felt squares (orange and red), 2 styrofoam balls (for the eyes) and 1 sponge (for the nose).  I also found a fur boutique on etsy for the custom cut of orange hair fur.  Fun fact, the circumference of my head is the same as the circumference of a poster board!
Construction was pretty simple, the size of the mouth was really the only thing I was concerned about, the rest of it came together very quickly (made one Sunday afternoon while the hubs watched football)

The "Flat" head (kinda scary)

All rolled up:

I raided the Goodwill for a lab coat ($4) and a plaid button down ($2) and had the pants and shoes already in my closet.

I tried everything short of water boarding to get someone in my family to be Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and all the party poopers said a firm NO.  No worries, I have a dog that aims to please so I recruited him to be my sidekick-Fozzy.  Not sure that Fozzy and Beeker ever shared screen time though
Oh look they did!

My loyal hound, Cooper, was the perfect muse for my Fozzy, complete with curly hair and impeccable comedic timing.  I found the scarf material at JoAnns and simply cut around it with pinking shears, and then I crocheted him a simple pork pie hat.  I started with a circle, then built up the sides and made a curled brim and added ears.  No pattern, all made in 1 continuous piece.  Easy peasy.  Wocka wocka!

the cutest kid in all the land:

I hope you enjoy my costume(s) as much as I do!

27  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paper Craft Haunted Houses (and a cautionary tale) on: October 29, 2018 11:19:46 AM
Never having done paper crafts before I figured a pre-cut kit would be the route to go.  I found this one on clearance for $6 and ran for the hills!  It features 5 houses with carious punch out ghosts and zombies and bats and what not
I have realized that paper crafting, however, is not my forte as I am far too impatient to wait for glue to dry.  *sigh*
I do like the results, I hope I can store them proper to display next year as well
Here goes:

All lit up with electric votives from the Dollar Tree:

Aerial view:

Funny story...I nearly burnt down my neighborhood one Halloween because I used regular votive candles in paper bags as my sidewalk luminaries, I didn't realize that I needed wax covered bags to keep them from igniting.  Having a row of 20+ bags burst into flames after a strong wind and stomping them all out was a lesson learned for me!  Thankfully my neighbor had his garden hose on the ready and saved me (and Mrs. O'Leary's cow) from inevitable peril.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Reversible Holiday Decor-Thanksgiving AND Christmas on: October 13, 2018 02:41:21 PM
Never one to waste space I made reversible Thanksgiving/Christmas decor!
I took 7 blocks (made from 2X4s)
I sanded them and stained them the night before.
I cut scrapbook paper 1/2" less than the blocks all around and Mod Podged it on there, when it dried I used to Cricut to cut out letters, 6", 5", and 4" tall.  For the centerpiece I cut words 1.8"x6"
I also took 20.5 wine corks and made a pumpkin/snowman.  I hot glued them in rows of 3,4,5,4,3 and then sliced the remaining wine cork in half for the stem/hat.  I cut the leaves and top hat from felt and hot glued those on too (who needs fingerprints?!?)
I am so happy I get to display this from now until after Christmas!

The wine cork punkin/snowman

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Frida's Flowers on: October 04, 2018 05:30:35 AM
Among the myriad of other projects, I've been working off and on on this project, around 120 hours of stitching went into this

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / painted ukulele on: September 29, 2018 03:24:11 PM
not me but my 15 year old daughter who doesn't have a craftster account...yet...

she's my crafting partner in crime. what I can't do, she does, and vice versa

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