Monday, September 26, 2011

Time Out Cowl - Finished.

There is still some time to make a Time Out Cowl as part of the crochet along at Maybe Matilda.  You can see a post summarizing everything here.

I finished mine.
I tried to stick to the pattern so I could really say I made the "Time Out Cowl."  I'm really liking the ones I see over on the Flickr group that are shorter.  I might end up making a second one.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Perfect Pair Wall Art

Today I went to a bridal shower with a "perfect pair" theme.  There were gifts like peanut butter and jelly, waffles and syrup and dishes and silverware.  There were even a few perfect pears.

This was my gift. It's a 17x21" wall hanging. 
Anyone else get hungry when they read it?  I kind of got hungry making it.

By the way, my tutorial for these floor poufs is posted over at "So You Think You're Crafty."

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Undie Cuff

Have you voted in Round Three?

First of all, Linsday.  You won my giveaway from last week.  You'll have to Facebook message me your address. Yay!

Second, Phew!  I made it!  I had a personal goal to make it to week three of So You Think You're Crafty, season 9.  So that's pretty happy. Thanks for your votes.

Here's more on my entry for Round one:  
I knew this challenge would be the hardest.  It's a big stretch sometimes to go into the dollar store and come up with a project.  I was really impressed at how well everyone did.

I walked around the store twice.  I had several ideas come and go, but the underwear seemed to stand out.  I bought the underwear without knowing what to do with them, truthfully.  It wasn't until I got home that I thought of making a cuff.
It was an easy thing to make.  Here, I'll show you how I did it:
1.Select a pair of underwear.
2. Cut the elastic waistband off the knit.  Keep as close to the elastic as you can.
 3. After you have removed the elastic from the underwear, wrap it around your wrist to measure the length you need.  Don't overlap much because the elastic stretches a bit when you sew it.  Cut three lengths of that measurement.
4.Cut a rectangle of knit from the fabric.  I used the backside because it has more material to work with.
5. To decide on the width of fabric to use, I stretched the elastic as much as I thought I could stretch as I sewed. It was probably about 1.5 times as long as my elastic.
6. If desired, you can stretch the elastic out across the fabric and pin before you sew.  I thought it would help my gathering look more even, so I did.
 7. Sew straight down the middle of your elastic.  I sewed the two sides first, then the middle.  Just stretch everything out as you sew.
8. Wrap the cuff around your wrist to check for size.  Fold the cuff in half, right-sides-together.  Sew the end together.
9. Use the remaining knit to make flowers and embellishments to glue or sew to your cuff.
10. Show off that cute underwear!

I like that these cuffs are super comfy and only cost $1.

Monday, September 12, 2011

So You Think You Can Vote - GIVEAWAY!

*If you tried to make a comment before, but couldn't, try again.  I think I fixed the problem. Sorry!*

Did you cast your vote on So You Think You're Crafty yet? 

If you answered no, go on over, vote for your favorite and then come back.

If you answered yes - keep on reading, because I have something for you.

I only found Missy's blog a few seasons ago, but I think it's just so entertaining.  I love to see the projects and watch in the polls to see how my favorites are doing.

I've been grateful for your votes.  Not just the votes for me, but for all the votes that make this whole game exciting.  So this week, I have a little craft bundle to say thanks.

Anyone can enter.  Just leave one comment below to enter to win this giveaway when you have met the following two requirements:
1.  You have to cast a vote on So You Think You're Crafty, round 2
2.  You have to become a follower of my blog - because, let's face it, my blog needs friends.

Also, be sure you leave a way for me to contact you if your profile isn't linked to your email.

Here's what you will win:
 A dark brown corduroy owl bag.  

A gray flowered headband (size teen/adult).  

Three cabouchon hairpins (red, green, and white)
Black and blue undie cuffs (c'mon you know you can't live without an undie cuff).

Good luck and happy voting!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Crochet Along

I've added a new blog to my "regulars" that I check weekly.  Maybe Matilda.  She has some fun ideas. Plus I like reading the words she types. A lot of blogs have neat projects, but there aren't as many that are enjoyable to actually read.

I'm planning on making one that has something written on the paper.  I just haven't decided what yet.

She recently made a post that got me so excited.  Maybe Matilda is hosting a Crochet Along.  I just signed up and there are a ton of people already on the list.  I feel like we're a little club.

Don't crochet?  No problem.  She's showing you everything you need to know.  And she's offering prizes.  Everyone who participates to the end gets one and the top four projects get even more.

We'll be making this cozy cowl, just in time for the cooler weather.
You can look over the pattern here at Lion Brand Yarn.

If you've ever wanted to learn to crochet, now's the time! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Owl and Hedgehog

My niece is having a birthday.  I thought I would use a few crochet patterns from a newly acquired amigurumi book More Cute Little Animals to Crochet by Amy Gaines.  
 You can check it out at Amazon here, but I got mine on sale at JoAnn.
My niece's room is decorated with owls, and her bedspread also has a hedgehog on it.  I was happy that both patterns are available in the book.
These patterns are easy to follow for anyone with some crochet experience.  There is a pattern for a large and small owl, hedgehog, skunk, squirrel, snail, gnome, and a bird mobile that I can't wait to make.