Friday, May 31, 2013

~ new hexagon ~


I crocheted this hexagon a few nights ago when I was just playing around with my yarn.  I probably won't be making a blankie with it - I'm kind of done with the motif making for the time being - but I did make a dishcloth using Crème de la Crème cotton yarn.  It only measures about 6", but I think it'll work.

Can anyone offer up a name for this hexagon?  It would be much appreciated - I've wracked my brain and can't think of anything.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

~ pure joy earrings ~


I call these 'pure joy' because they were so quick and easy to crochet, and if I may say so myself, they're very pretty.  :)

Materials:

- two 1" plastic rings
- embroidery floss or size 10 crochet cotton
- size 1 steel hook
- two fish hook earrings
- needle nose pliers

Size - 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"

Note:  I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Join thread with a sc around the plastic ring.  Work 29 more sc around the ring.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.  (30 sc)

Rnd 2:  Sc in same sc as joining.  (ch 2, skip next sc, sc in the next sc) 10 times.  Sl st in next sc, ch 3, dc in next 2 sc, (ch 1, dc in next 3 sc) 2 times.  Turn.

Rnd 3:  Sl st over to ch-1 space, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same space.  Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space.  Turn.

Rnd 4:  Sl st over to ch-1 space, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same space.  End off.

- weave in ends

- use the needle nose pliers to open up the loop on the fish hook earring.  Insert the loop through the middle sc at the top of the crocheted earring, close the loop back up.

***Debi Y's pattern***
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

~ and the winner is... ~

I put the names of everyone who entered into my brand new NCIS coffee mug that my daughter Erica gave me for Mother's Day -


and pulled out the name of the lucky winner -

 

it's 'Cris Crochets'!! 

Congrats Cris - email me (dlyrs@juno.com) with your mailing address and I'll get the buttons in the mail to you as soon as I can.  :)
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Monday, May 27, 2013

~ buttons giveaway ~

*******giveaway is closed*******

When I was crafting my buttons Christmas tree, I had to buy a couple of small buckets of bulk buttons to get more green ones.  Needless to say, I have quite a few buttons left over that I do not need. 


This giveaway is for 15 ounces of various buttons.
 
If you're a follower of my blog - leave a comment on this post only and I will draw the winner's name on Tuesday.  Good luck to you.  :)

*******giveaway is closed******* 
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~ Memorial Day ~


I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day celebrations today.  :)
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Friday, May 24, 2013

~ Oh Cristmas tree - oh Christmas tree ~


I've been working on this Christmas tree for a couple of weeks, and finally completed it yesterday evening. 
 
Now I'm not gonna lie - this was kind of a pain in the rear to do.  It was easy enough to craft - just ball-head pins and lots of green buttons pushed into a Styrofoam tree - but the pain in the rear part came from trying to fit the buttons together without leaving too many empty spots.  It was like working a puzzle almost.  Does this fit?  No.  Does this one fit?  No.  Try this one.  Ah, yes - this one fits.  When I did have an empty spot, I just pushed in a pin with no button.
 
If you'd like to craft one of these - all you will need are these supplies:
 
 
A Styrofoam tree, green acrylic paint, ball-head pins, glue (optional), and lots and lots of different shades of green buttons.
 
*  paint the tree with the acrylic paint and let dry
 
*  take one ball-head pin, insert into a button and then push the pin into the Styrofoam tree.  Repeat this step 15 million more times.
 
*  if you end up with a small empty spot, just push in a pin with no button
 
*  for the top of the tree - layer up 3 or 4 buttons and pin in place  
 
If you're going to use glue - after you insert the pin into the button, dip the pin into the glue and then push it into the tree.  I ended up not using the glue just in case I had to move some buttons around.  You can make the choice on whether you want to use glue or not.
 
I'm gonna go now - have to get my house straightened and cleaned before we go to the campground early in the morning tomorrow.  My nephew Spencer and his wife Berlin are going to house-sit and dog-sit for us and I can't leave a messy house for them to see.  We've decided that we're going to spend the weekend there - so no Rolling Thunder on Sunday.  Maybe next year.
 
Enjoy your day.  :)   
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

~ soft rainbow preemie blankie ~


Here's a little preemie blankie I finished up last night.  The pattern is just a basic granny square.  I used Red Heart Super Saver, ILTY!, and Bernat 4-ply worsted weight yarns with a 'J' hook.  It measures 24" square. 

The soft-white square at the beginning started out to be something else, but I decided that I really wouldn't wear it, so I switched to crocheting the blankie.  Here is the picture of what I started to crochet:


and here is the link to the blog where I found it if you're interested:

http://hobilerimveben.blogspot.com/2011/07/hanm-dilendi-bey-begendi-motifinden.html

She doesn't give a written pattern, but there are a few pictures to show what she did.

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This coming weekend is going to be a busy one.  My nephew Michael is celebrating his 14th Birthday at the campground on Saturday, and then on Sunday my Vince is going to be riding in the 'Rolling Thunder Run'.  I'm thinking I might ride with him - I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm leaning toward yes.  

 http://rollingthunderrun.com/ 

Thanks for dropping by my little part of the world.  I hope ya'll have a wonderful day.  :)
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

~ checkerboard baby blankie ~


I finished up this preemie baby blankie about a week ago.  I crocheted it with Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in the colors of 'chocolate' and 'butterscotch', and it measures 17" x 26".  The 'butterscotch' color does look a little more yellow in real life - I just couldn't get a good picture of it.  
 
The pattern I used is the small 'double duty square'.
 
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Before I leave to go do my shopping today, I will leave you with this happy song I first heard on a tv commercial.  I hope it makes you smile.  :)
 
 

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

~ a fairy garden ~


I know - I know - my fairy gardens are always a little sparse.  I like it that way though - gives the plants room to grow without over-growing. 
 
The little house and the bridge was purchased at the Dollar Tree.  The 'water' under the bridge is clear blue glass gems - the walkway from the bridge to the house is flower shaped glass gems.  I think I got them at the Dollar Tree too.  All of the succulents were in one pot that I got at Home Depot for $4.98.  Oh, and the very large coffee mug planter was bought at the thrift store a while back - I paid either $2.90 or $4.90 for it - I can't remember which.
 
Fairy gardens are fun to play with - kind of makes me feel like a giant.  :)
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~ double duty square ~


This square pattern can either be used for a coaster or a motif for a baby blanket.

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Size:
- rose square = 3 1/2"
- aqua square = 4 1/4"

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.
- The ch 2 at the beginning of Rnd 1 does not count as a stitch.

Directions:
-for rose square:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (make the 1st ch a little loose), 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  (ch 1, sc, ch 4, sc) in same dc as joining.  2 sc in each of next 2 dc.  *(sc, ch 4, sc) in next dc, 2 sc in each of next 2 dc.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3:  Sl st in ch-4 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-4 space, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc next 2 sc together, ch 1, skip next 2 sc.  *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-4 space, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc next 2 sc together, ch 1, skip next 2 sc.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining.  Sc in each dc and ch-1 space around with (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-2 corner space.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

-for aqua square:
Rnds 1 - 3:  Repeat Rnds 1 - 3 of rose square.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3 dc in each dc and ch-1 space around with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner ch-2 space.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Repeat Rnd 4 of rose square.

***Debi Y's pattern*** 
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~ hold the phone! ~

I was browsing around Pinterest a few days ago, and came across a cell phone charging pouch that was made out of an empty lotion bottle.  I thought that was a pretty cool idea, so I set about to crochet one for my phone.  It was quick and easy and took no time at all.



Materials:
- 1 1/4 oz. 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- K hook
- one plastic child's bracelet

Size:  5 3/4" x 3 3/4" not including the bracelet

Notes:
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- pattern is worked with 2 strands of yarn throughout

Directions:
Row 1:  Sc around bracelet 9 times.  Ch 1, turn.  (9 sc)

Here's a video I found on Youtube that shows how to crochet around a plastic ring.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V3QR7L5Ds4

Row 2 - 4:  Sc in each sc across.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 5:  Sc in each sc across.  Ch 15, turn piece and sl st in 1st sc.


Rnd 6:  Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, sc in next 8 sc, sc in each of next 15 chs.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnds 7 - 18:  Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, sc in each sc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 18, end off.

Flatten bottom, match stitches evenly and whipstitch the back loops of the front and the front loops of the back together.

Decorate as you please.

***Debi Y's pattern***
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~ 'merry-go-round' square ~


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Size:  6"

Notes: 
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 1 & 2 do not count as a st.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (make the 1st ch a little loose), 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as joining.  2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, ch 1, skip next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 space.  *sc in each of next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 space.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 2, skip next sc.  *sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 6:  Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 space, ch 3.  *sc in next ch-2 space, ch 3.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 7:  Sl st into ch-3 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-3 space, ch 2, skip next ch-3 space, {2 sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1} 2 times, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, ch 2, skip next ch-3 space.  *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space, ch 2, skip next ch-3 space, {2 sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1} 2 times, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, ch 2, skip next ch-3 space.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 8:  Sl st over to corner ch-2 space, (ch3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same corner ch-2 space, ch 2, 2 hdc in ch-2 space, {hdc in each of next 2 sc, ch 1} 2 times, hdc in each of next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next ch-2 space, ch 2.  *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch-2 space, ch 2, 2 hdc in ch-2 space, {hdc in each of next 2 sc, ch 1} 2 times, hdc in each of next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next ch-2 space, ch 2.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join as before.  End off.

***Debi Y's pattern***
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~ hey ~

 
 
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~ 3 simple steps to clean out a used candle jar ~

Step 1:  Buy a small pan from the Dollar Tree.  Put a toothpick in the pan and then place the jar on the toothpick.  This keeps the jar from bouncing when the water boils.  Pour water in pan.  Bring the water to a soft boil.  Wait patiently until the candle wax melts.


Step 2:  Put a glove on your hand so you don't get burned.  Pick up candle jar and pour melted wax into a can.
 
 

Step 3:  Wipe out candle jar with paper towels.
 
 
And there you have it - a quick, simple way to clean out those nasty jars so you can use them to store your crafts supplies.  :)
 
 
 
 
p.s. besides candle jars, I use all kinds of other jars too.
 
 
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~ p c crochet hook bookmark ~

If you crochet, read and work plastic - then this is the bookmark for you.


The bookmark on the right is worked with continental stitch, and the one on the left is blank with a round of sc worked around the edges - which was a little tricky to do.  I used size 3 cotton and a size B crochet hook, but I think I should of used size 10 cotton - it would of been a little easier to get the thread through the holes.  If I make another one, I will go with the size 10.

For the crochet edge bookmark:  put a sl st on your (real) crochet hook, insert hook into any hole, yarn over, pull through and complete as a sc.  Sc in each hole on the straight lines, and 2 sc in each corner square around the piece.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc and end off.  Tie the ends into a knot and then weave the tails through the sc stitches.

For the solid bookmark:  using worsted weight yarn, work the piece using the continental stitch.  Whipstitch around the edge and you're done.

Here's the graph for the crochet hook bookmark:




I count holes when I cut the plastic canvas - this one is 6 holes across and 55 holes top to bottom.

Thanks for dropping by - I hope you're enjoying your day.  :)




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~ plastic canvas cups ~

 

On my last trip to AC Moore (I love this craft store the best), I bought 2 of those plastic cups that you take apart so you can decorate the inside.  It's primarily sold for the kids because it comes with 3 paper inserts that can be colored with crayons.  I chose to do a plastic canvas insert with mine.  The only problem I came across is that the bottom of the cup is a tad bit smaller than the top, so when the plastic canvas piece is rounded to insert into the cup, the edges do not meet all the way - it leaves an opening - kind of like a V.  It doesn't matter though - I just put the V opening where the handle is.  :)
 

 
 
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

~ aaaargh ~


Ok - I give up.  This Google+ stuff kicked my butt - but I think I have it straightened out now.  I'm hooked up to the stupid Google+ now.  My comments are back for this blog - and I missed this blog a lot - so I'm coming back.

I'm so sorry for all the trouble and I hope I haven't annoyed you too much.

The free patterns that I posted on the other blog will be moved over to this blog within the next few days.

Once again, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
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