Sunday, February 22, 2009

Scarf and Hat the Knifty Knitter Way

I made this set scarf and hat with my knifty knitter and 1 ball of dark blue fun fur and 3 balls of light blue fun fur. Although I find fun fur hard to crochet, the knifty knitter is very easy. Just wrap around the pegs a couple of times and pull the loops over the pegs and repeat as many times as needed. Warm and very soft as well as fashionable. I have all the sizes of rings and rakes the Knifty Knitter makes. You really need to get you some. I noticed thatWalmart has them on sale now for half of what I paid several years ago.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More on quilt

Well I finished the top of the quilt. Took it in to my hubby and he wanted to know if it was for him (all excited at the prospect). So of course I had to say Yes.
I had chosen a lovely pink and marroon backing but if I did it in that marroon with plenty of pinks... he would realize that I wasn't making it for him. LOL
So I ran to Wamart today and picked up a nice solid blue fabric to back the quilt in.
I like my quilts to be reversable with designs on the back as well as the pretty front.
So now I need to take it somewhere to put it together. It sucks having a small house. No rooms are big enough or uncluttered enough to lay the quilt down smoothly.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New quilt

Started a new quilt. It is actually a wall hanging but I thought it would make a nice spring quilt. Fruit trees and birds. Plenty of gold, marroon and navy blues. I plan on continuing the colors. The tims will be gold then marroon then gold. I chose a marroon backing. Let's see how this one plays out. have so litte time to do a big project like a quilt. I usually do rag quilts because they go together so fast.

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's just another day.

Well, it's just another day. To work, to cook dinner, to call the family checking on them. To spend a few minutes doing some kind of craft that I enjoy.

To say a prayer for those in need. The fires in Australia, losing all those lives, people all over losing their homes, people with cancer, families in turmoil, our government, the stimulas debates

It seems so hard and almost too heavy to bare.

And then you remember there is one so much bigger than you. One who can take care of even the smallest problem.

I sent the above picture to a group I'm on. Last year there was a momma bear with 4 cubs who came around daily. How she managed those cubs amazed me. She would nuzzle them, disipline them and teach them. Kinda like our Lord does us.... if we are paying attention we learn our lessons.

This is a set I made from glass beads I got from Michael's. I love doing jewelry. It calms me. I made about 25 sets (pendent and earrings) for presents this Christmas for all the girls at work. I discovered one thing.... it is really hard to choose jewelry for others. This set includes a ring. I didn't really have the right gauge of wire to do a ring but I usually manage anway.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday My day for cleaning house

Today is Saturday. Since I'm normally off this is the day to do all the things in the house I don't do through the week. But if you are craft minded I thought you might find these sites of interest.
Check them out, I visit these often.

I also love going to
Although you will need to sign up to become a member, the wealth of information and free patterns are wonderful.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My newest project

Well, I started my newest project last night. I am making a bible cover tote. I finished the embroidered front and will be cutting out the pattern tonight. Since I don't have a pattern I'll wing it and take some pictures to share.
I'll get back to you maybe tomorrow.
Well, it's tomorrow and I did a lousy job creating the bible cover. I made it about an inch too short and forgot to put the handles on. So there will be no pictures!
I'll try again when time permits. Since I just got off the phone and have 3 hat orders, I have to make them first.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

World's Ugliest Quilt

This is my "world's ugliest quilt". Did you ever picture a design and a color scheme.... put it together and discover that is was awful? Well, that's how this raggy quilt turned out. I had all these fat quarters and wanted to use them up.
A raggy quilt is squares of fabric, interfacing and fabric sandwiched together then sewn together but the seams are visable. You then clip the seams about a quarter inch apart. Throw it in the washer then dry it. The clipped edges fringe out making it look raggy. You use 100% cotton or home spun fabrics. Although if using home spuns you have to clean your washed out and clean the lint trap of your dryer several times. Then you vaccum all the threads that are everywhere in your house. Then you vaccum again to get all the threads you missed the first time. If you ever attempt a rag quilt..... please shake the quilt out after washing then again after drying outside only. And I mean only outside or you will be vaccuming for days to come.

History of GroundHog Day

History of Groundhog Day You really need to know....
Well according to the groundhog we have 6 more weeks of winter coming! And it is snowing like crazy here so I guess he is right. Here is some information for you on Groundhog Day according to Wikipedia.
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada on which folklore tells if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The people here put great store in Puxatawny Phil. But whatelse can the poor little groundhog do but see his shadow when the towns people set up all those lights and drag him out into the limelight.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Make yourself a Hobo Bag

I love making purses, totes and accessores. I have made hundreds of them. This is my version of the Hobo Bag.

I have a tutorial site. If you would like the pattern for this (free of charge of course) you can find the pattern and step by step instructions for it at

I have several tutorials there. I love to teach and share the things I do and enjoy doing. It seems alot of people will not share their knowledge but I believe if we share what we know.. it comes back to you ten fold.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Making Welding Caps

I started making welder's caps for my son who is a welder. I looked everywhere for the pattern and finally drafted my own. It's amazing how people are so afraid to share.

If you are in need of the pattern do not send money to paragon hats. I sent them 14.00 over 8 months ago and never recieved a pattern.

They don't answer emails either.

Email me and I'll be happy to share.

After you get the pattern cut out it takes about 45 minutes to make a reversible cap.