Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Headband WIP

Someone gave me some fuzzy yarn that they couldn't use, and I immediately thought of headbands.

Here's my first work-in-progress.

Now I need your input. How should I embellish this one? Should I pull out one of the colors and find a coordinating yarn for flowers? Maybe a pink flower with a yellow center? Or should I find some fancy bling for it?

There are two more versions of this same fuzzy yarn in other colors, so I'll need some good ideas before I make more!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pineapple Doily

Another quick doily came together over a few days. I was really anxious to do this one and finish it. It was so exciting to finally complete my first pineapple doily!

Why did I choose green for a pineapple doily? Because it was pretty, and I didn't make the connection until just now. =)

It's not blocked or even spray-starched yet. Do you think I should block it so that the points around the outside are pointier or just spray-starch and iron it so it holds its general shape?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kitchen Washcloths

Time to use up some random scraps!

Yes! Perfect for wiping up the table and counters. Hubby said he likes the round ones, and I always appreciate any help cleaning up the kitchen! A great way to use up bits of cotton.

There was also a pattern I considered making in a larger version for a baby blanket. I figured this was a good way to try it out first:
Quite boring, but it gets the job done. =) I don't know if I'll do it for a baby blanket yet. Maybe if there was a nice stripe pattern...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Two Bookmarks

On Tuesday, I needed to make a quick birthday gift to go with another birthday gift (huh?) to go with the birthday card that was going in the mail on Wednesday.

The tried and true bookmark pattern went very well with the Amazon Gift Card that was much more mature than the juvenile-humor card that I loved so very much.

Moving on... Once I finished the gift, I wanted to try the other bookmark pattern I had. I really like the way it turned out with the deep purple organza ribbon.
Hmmm...that pale wood sure makes it look maroon. You'll just have to take my word for it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Antique Sale Find

Look at this!!

Walking past a table at a huge antique sale, I spotted a cone of rough twine. It caught my eye, and as I walked closer, I saw two crochet hooks. I picked them up to show my hubby, and the lady called out, "You can have both of those for a dollar." Um, twist my arm...Yes, please!
Doesn't that triangular one look interesting? I can't imagine working with it, but I'll definitely have to give it a try.
Why yes, that certainly is my favorite brand of hook!

The bottom line: Are they truly "antiques" here? Probably not. Do I care? Certainly not!

Do you have a favorite "find"?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tiny Christmas Wreath Pattern

It was recently brought to my attention that I have a picture of the little Christmas Wreath made from a milk jug ring, but I don't have the pattern posted with it!

Since this person wanted to make them for 19 students, she had to get working on them soon. So I thought I'd post the "pattern," such as it is, to make it available for anyone needing to get a head start on making several.

Please don't panic--you did NOT sleep through summer. It is STILL only June, this is just for those that like to plan ahead.

Materials: Size G hook, milk jug ring, green yarn, red ribbon/yarn

Round 1:
Start with a milk jug ring; sc all the way around it sliding them together fairly snugly as you go so it is completely covered. Sl st to join.

Round 2:
Ch 3; 3 dc in each st around. If the wreath is becoming too gathered, then after about 2 or 3 stitches, do 2 dc in next sc (and back to 3 dc in next 2 or 3) until it is the fullness that you like. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Ch 15 and sl st to top of ch 3; finish off.

Tie a red ribbon or strand of yarn just under the hanging loop for the extra touch of color!

If this doesn't make sense or if you have a question, just ask! If you make any, send me a picture--I love to see how others make similar projects. =)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Must-see Giveaways!

Rachel at The Life of Riley has some wonderful giveaways going this week!

You need to pop over there for your chance to win... right now! Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go now!

You'll thank me later. =)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Il Divo - Amazing Grace

This has nothing to do with crafts at all, it's just because I love it.

We listened to it during lunch today. Enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bead Crochet Necklace with Bone Charm

I've been really excited to complete this most recent Bead Crochet Necklace.

My inspiration came because the recipient looks amazing in black, white, yellow. I wanted to add the charm because we share a love of the show Bones.

This will be her graduation gift tonight. I hope she likes it!

I used Size 8/0 Seed Beads in a rotation of white, yellow, white, black. It's a little more dainty than the Size 6/0 Seed Beads in a 6-color rotation which should work well because she's more daintily structured.

(Thanks again, dearest friend, for sharing your amazing jewelry-making tools with me so I could finish the job well!)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reuben Pizza

Yum. Yum. YUM!!!

This was some seriously good pizza. Please try it. You'll thank me later.

Pizza dough
Thousand Island dressing
Corned Beef, thinly sliced
Sauerkraut, well drained
Swiss Cheese
Shredded Romano Cheese

Roll out pizza dough to size of pan. Spread with Thousand Island dressing in whatever thickness you like your sauce. Layer on Corned Beef and Sauerkraut. Break Swiss Cheese into smaller pieces, if desired; spread on pizza. Sprinkle with Romano Cheese and bake until crust is golden brown. It doesn't take long, and everything is already cooked, so just let it go until the cheese and crust are the consistency you like.

We're back to "spring" today at about 48 degrees as I type...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Last straggler

Going through old pictures, I realized I hadn't posted the last Iris Folding samples I had made.

Simple oval shape:

Christmas Bell:

Despite my Christmas sample made, it looks like summer might arrive in Wisconsin after all. Hope everyone is enjoying the weather change--whichever direction it is going in your corner of the world!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vinyl Order

Several weeks ago, we finished and mailed off a vinyl order. It was for our Decorative Oval Tin with a name on one side and a decoration on the other. I really like the designs and fonts they picked out!

Aren't they cute?