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Archive for January, 2012

Candy-Cane Wreath


I wanted to make a wreath for next year and take advantage of the Christmas craft sales so I made a candy cane wreath!

Cute right? So here’s how you make it!

MATERIALS

Foam Wreath

straight pins

1 yd red canvas material

1 yd white canvas material

1/2 yd muslin

black bow

DIRECTIONS

Cut muslin into strips and wrap around the foam wreath- I used a hot glue gun to make it stay.  Then cut fabric into 4×4 squares. Take each square and fold it in half 3 times- diagnally and pin it to the wreathAlternate color rows until the wreath is full. When you’re finished, tie a bow on it and it should look like this…I got the original idea for this wreath from a website I found- thanks to pinterest- http://whipperberry.com/2011/11/the-candy-cane-wreath.html … so if you want more detailed instructions I would go there- I definitely suggest increasing the fabric amounts like I did- I bought extra as a buffer and almost ran out! Happy crafting! 🙂

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Home-made Presents Are The Best!


Being a college student, money is often tight- or non existant thanks to those lovely college loans.  This year, I still wanted to give gifts to my family because I like to show them how much I love them! So I chose the road less traveled and made my gifts this year- starting with Mom

MATERIALS

White Shadow box (11×15 I think is what I used)

2 sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper

Stickers- “family” “we are blessed” and “loving life” are the stickers I chose

Fake Flower

Ribbon and bling

Twine

Clothespins

3 (or as many as you want) pictures

and mine has little bird ornaments- I thought it was a nice touch

DIRECTIONS: I think its pretty explanitory, I didn’t glue anything except the photo pages, and everything else is strategically pinned in… and I think it turned out pretty well!

The Next gift I made was for Grandma Beebee because she’s been so especially generous and helpful with my college years needs 🙂

MATERIALS

wooden plaque

chalkboard paint

chalk- or chalkboard markers

clothespins

wallet-sized pictures

DIRECTIONS: paint plaque with the chalkboard paint and let it dry. I suggest atleast three coats! once dry, hot glue- or superglue- clothespins to desired location. Use the chalk/markers to write a message- I chose “Grandkids make life grand” and when finally done I wrote each grandchild’s name on the clothespins and put a wallet of each where it belonged.

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Who Knew Crochet Could Be So Easy?


I recently joined the site www.pinterest.com, which if you haven’t heard of, I highly recommend looking into.  I especially like the crafting section (of course) and only two days into using Pinterest, found tons of adorable homemade things- however, they were all crocheted items and patterns.  I couldn’t resist how cute everything was, so I decided to learn to crochet- my first project being this hat!

What it looks like on

 
 

What it looks like flat

 
Here’s the pattern I roughly used, for any of you who know how to read crochet patterns 🙂 I recommend thicker yarn or wool if you are intending it be a warm winter hat.. I also added on a flower later on to make it cuter! Also, you’ll need a 5.00 mm hook! or an H hook.. I don’t know anything about gages yet- still learning!
 
Ch. 2. Work 8 dc into the 2nd chain from the hook. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (ch 1, sc in next dc) 7 times, ch 1. Join with sl st to first sc.
Round 2: Sl st into first ch-1 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, (sk next sc, 4 dc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times. Join with sl st to first sc. Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (sk next dc, ch 2, sc in next dc) around; at end of round, skip last dc, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 4: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc into same ch-2 sp, (sk next sc, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (sk next dc, ch 2, sc in next dc) around; at end of round, skip last dc, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 6: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc into same ch-2 sp, (sk next sc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) around; at end of round sk next sc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (sk next dc, ch 2, sc in next dc) around; at end of round, skip last dc, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 8: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc, (sk next sc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp) around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Rounds 9 – 16: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8 four times
Round 17: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (sk next dc, ch 2, sc in next dc) around; at end of round, skip last dc, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 18: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, (sk next sc, sc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) around, sc in last ch-2 sp, join with sl st to first dc.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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