December 19, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #50

Happy holidays to all! I hope you get to unplug and enjoy some time with family and friends over the next few days.

With Christmas just days away, I decided to pick some holiday themed items as my favorites this week. I couldn't limit myself to just two, though.

Red and Green Earrings by BlueQuailCrafts
Quilted Wall Hanging by SuesCreatingCottage
Flannel Pillowcases by HandbagsByDyana


You can get a peek at my favorite items every Tuesday on Wanelo and Twitter and Saturdays on Facebook or follow my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board to browse every Crafty Saturday item.




December 16, 2014

Crochet Pattern: Sock Yarn Swirl Necklace

Sock Yarn Crochet Pattern: Create a quirky, swirly necklace that's a unique anytime accessory for v-neck shirts and sweaters.I recently got two beautifully hand dyed, 100 g skeins of sock yarn from Kookaburra Yarns. I don't use this weight of yarn in projects very often, but the colors were so incredible that I just couldn't resist.

With the first skein I made a knit infinity necklace as well as a pair of socks. So, I thought I would try my hand at a crocheted necklace with the second skein.

This is a rather unusual pattern for sock yarn, but I think you'll enjoy the fun and quirky style. You may even be able to use up some of the bits of yarn from your stash for this project because you only need about 65 yds (14 g) of sockweight yarn.

The finished necklace is approximately 17 inches.

Materials



  • approximately 65 yds (14 g) of lightweight sock yarn (I used a 75% merino/25% nylon blend)
  • 3/8 inch button
  • US 1 (2.35 mm) crochet hook
  • needle and thread


Directions


Before you begin, here's one special stitch.

# Chain Fringe (#chf): Chain the indicated #, sc in second ch from hook and each ch across.

Ch 101

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 9 ch, hdc in next 10 ch, dc in next 20 ch, tr in next 20 ch, dc in next 20 ch, hdc in next 10 ch, sc in next 10 ch, ch 1, turn

Row 2: Sc in first 20 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts,

          [20chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [25chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [30chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [35chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [40chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [45chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [50chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [45chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [40chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [35chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [30chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [25chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,
          [20chf, dc in next 2 sts] twice,

hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 20 sts, ch 5, sl st in the bottom of first sc of row 1 to form a loop, finish off.

Use a needle and thread to attach the button onto the end of your necklace.

This necklace is a lovely accent to a v-neck shirt or sweater and can be worn any time of year.

Sock Yarn Crochet Pattern: Create a quirky, swirly necklace that's a unique anytime accessory for v-neck shirts and sweaters.


December 14, 2014

Tutorial: Clay Gingerbread Ornaments

How to make gingerbread man Christmas ornaments out of clay and puff paint.If you like the look of classic gingerbread dough ornaments on your Christmas tree, I'd like to share my method for making gingerbread ornaments that be placed on the tree year after year.

The secret, don't use dough. Instead use oven-bake clay. Visually, the ornaments look almost identical to those made of dough. However clay ornaments can withstand a few extra years of holiday cheer.

Materials





Directions


I made a dozen gingerbread men and used about 3/4 of a pound of clay.

Even if you are making multiple ornaments, it's easiest to roll and cut one ornament at  time.
Cover your work surface with a piece of parchment paper so the clay doesn't stain or stick to your counter.

Soften a small handful of the clay by squeezing it in your hands then roll it out evenly so it's about 1/4-inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shape.
Use a straw to cut a small hole where the ribbon will be attached later.
I chose to also cut out a small heart. This step is optional.
Place your ornaments on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake according to the package directions, approximately 15 minutes at 275 F.
Cool your ornaments on a wire rack.
Once they are complete cooled, use puffy paint like icing to decorate your ornaments.
If you made a cutout that you would like to fill, start by placing a small piece of parchment under the cutout.

Fill in the space with red puffy paint. As it dries, the red puffy paint will compress, so you may choose to add a little more after 12-24 hours of drying.
Let the red paint dry completely, at least 24-36 hours, before you remove the parchment.

The parchment should easily peel away. If you have to tug at it, the paint is not dry and you should wait at least 12 more hours.
Once your ornaments are decorated and completely dry, simply tie your ribbon and hang them on the tree. They also make fun gift toppers or hostess gifts.

Happy Holidays!

How to make gingerbread man Christmas ornaments out of clay and puff paint.


December 12, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #49

Christmas is less than two weeks away and I hope everyone is enjoying the season. I'm excited because Saturday night is my annual "Holiday Hooplah." It should be a lot of fun to get together with some of my Tucson friends and I am planning some yummy treats for everyone.

This week I have been busy wrapping goodies in anticipation of Christmas, and love these beautiful gift containers that were shared at last week's link-up.

Handpainted box by annarobertsart
Bright Gift Pouch Trio by joliefemme
You can get a peek at my favorite items every Tuesday on Wanelo and Twitter and Saturdays on Facebook.

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