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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spiral squares, with pattern! on: February 09, 2017 03:34:33 PM

I think of crochet in terms of the big picture, so I write patterns that way. 
But, I hope this helps someone who wants to make a spiral.

This makes the smaller of the 2 spirals.

Rd 1: With the first color, make a Magic Circle, ch2, sc, dc, then use a stitch marker.  Add in the next color with a ch2, sc, dc, stitch marker.  (Repeat for next 2 colors).
Rd 2: Continuing on top of the adjacent colors, going in a circle as if you were crocheting in the round:  2dc in each of the next 2 stitches, use stitch marker. (Repeat for next 3 colors). (16 stitches)
Rd 3: 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 2dc (Repeat for next 3 colors).
Rd 4: 1dc, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc (Repeat for next 3 colors).
Rd 5: Ch2, (dc, hdc) in next stitch, sc, sc, fasten off (Repeat for next 3 colors).
Border: I just put a sc in each stitch around, except on the corners I did (2sc,ch2,2sc).

I will be happy to answer any questions.  I don't have any "in-progress" shots, though.
(To make the larger one, I just went one more round, doing 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc, etc. Then adding all 4 colors to the border.)
Thanks for looking!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Misfits on: December 19, 2016 12:52:04 PM
My brother-in-law is hard to shop for, but the Misfits always are a win for him!

I made this based on a perler-bead pattern from http://kandipatterns.com/pattern/print/17546 

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / PokeBalls! on: July 21, 2016 09:33:02 PM
I never got into Pokemon.  Too busy catching other things, I guess. 
But now I have daughters and an iPhone. 
And a crochet habit. 
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Nac Mac Feegle! Fion on: May 06, 2016 08:51:02 PM
The daughter of the Kelda! 

My 8-year-old adores the Feegles.  She was one for Halloween.  So I made her one (as we crafty moms do).

I used the Han Solo/Leia pattern from the Star Wars crochet book as a template.  Then added her hair.  The mouth never turned out right so I just omitted it.

Also, sorry about the sideways pics.  I'm still trying to resolve this issue...
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sharpie on Lasagna Noodle! on: January 02, 2013 02:30:24 PM
Yup, it's just what the title might suggest.

My kids were "helping" me in the kitchen, and I was trying to get them out of my hair.  I gave them very old lasagna noodles to color on.  Regular markers worked much better than my attempt with Sharpies.  However, none of the girls' noodles lived to be photographed.  The other fun thing to do with the noodles included stomping them on the linoleum.

Happy New Year!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / **Mee-Mee-Mee**(Bunsen and Beaker) on: May 30, 2012 01:34:25 PM
I made these for the Jim Henson Swap, but wanted to share.  I thought they were so cool!  They are wooden spoons with acrylic paint. No coating, so not really suitable for kitchen use.  I'm thinking of what other Muppets would be good on spoons or spatulas. Any ideas?


Ha-ha! Enjoy!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Melissa and Doug" Earring Holder on: July 20, 2011 04:28:27 PM
So, I have a daughter who gets some awesome toys from the family, some of which are from "Melissa and Doug."  The hippie, wooden toy-makers of the genre.  They always have these awesome wooden toy holders that are cool, and shouldn't ever be thrown away, so I don't.  ("Justifying your hoarding instincts...")

I also just took out my gauges, so I could wear cool earrings now.  I needed an earring holder.  Just like everyone else!

Here is the "Before.'

Then I added some scrapbook paper I've been hoarding for years:

Then I added some Screening from our Sliding Screen Door that I had to fix because the Dog has now learned how to open the door by biting a hole in the screen.  And some trim because the Hot Glue made a mess:

I added some paper as the backing to make it prettier.  And hot-glued the hanger onto the paper.

The final picture, with a couple of earrings:

I know everyone has made jewelry holders, but I was proud I got to use this Melissa and Doug box.  Finally!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Bird Mobile (with mini-tute) on: June 30, 2011 09:56:10 AM
First off, the finished project:

With close-ups:

These birds are cotton fabric with 2 layers of fleece in between to give them more "body."  I drew a bird shape, then zig-zag stitched all around, then cut out the finished "quilted" bird:

The hard part was getting them lined up on the strings, and then sewing them onto the strings so they would hang straight:

I used embroidery floss and beads to attach the birds.  

I stuck the needle up from the bottom of the bird, between the fleece layers so you couldn't see the string.  It went in the bottom and out the top.  To find these spots, I stuck a needle through the top, near the middle and then let the string dangle.  This is where the top and bottom insertion points would be. (Does that make sense?)

Then, I just tied the strings to a wooden embroidery hoop, and covered the hoop with left-over scraps from the birds.
Whew!  It took a while, but I think it was worth it in the end!
Let me know if you have questions.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Objects Improved By Googley-Eyes on: April 21, 2011 12:56:17 PM
I have a tendency to anthropomorphize things.  I think it's all because of "The Brave Little Toaster."  So, lately I've been seeing things in my house.  They were looking at me.  Except they didn't have eyes.  Well, the do now! 
The scrubby-brush:

The baby wipee warmer:

Child-proof door lock:

Baby monitor (sense a theme?):

Space heater:

Oh, my god, you're going to put my head where??!!

I'd like to give a tip of the hat to Amy Sedaris for putting googley-eyes on a peanut. 

So, what are YOU putting Googley-eyes on?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Bacon Bouquet on: February 14, 2011 03:03:40 PM
I saw this on the web somewhere.  It was incredibly easy to do!  Just roll up some bacon, insert toothpick, bake on broiler pan at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then stick on the end of a skewer.  Hubby was ABSOLUTELY thrilled!

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