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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #60

After browsing all the items from last week's Crafty Saturday, it looks like everyone is getting ready for spring. Craft wise, I am too. I'm starting to plan some fun crafts and projects for the yard.

My two favorite items from last week definitely showed some signs of spring with bright colors and beautiful blossoms!

Blooming Shoulder Bag by Butterflysisters
Flower Alphabet Clip Art by CleverVectors
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March/April Workshop

Spring is pretty much here in Tucson, so for my next workshop, we'll be creating some fun garden art by transforming old plastic water bottles into beautiful flowers.

This class will be offered at my SE side Tucson home on both
  • Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
This workshop is B.Y.O.B. ;-)

I have some empty plastic water bottles available for use, but you are encouraged to bring a couple empty, clean plastic bottles of your own so you can make more than one flower.

I will provide all the other materials and a light snack.

The cost is $25 and can be paid the day of the workshop. To ask a question or reserve your space you can e-mail me.




Crochet Pattern: Rag Rug

Crochet Pattern: How to make a rag rug from an old bed sheetRag rugs are a timeless classic in home decor. They are a great way to repurpose old fabrics and can be used in just about any room of the house. This week, I transformed a plain, old bed sheet into a brightly dyed, crocheted rag rug for our guest bathroom.

Before you begin this project, you'll need some rag yarn. It's fairly simple to make, but if you've never made rag yarn before, here's my basic tutorial for creating rag yarn from bed sheets. You really don't need much more than scissors and a ruler to make rag yarn.

Now on to my crochet pattern. Instead of working my rag rug all in sc, I like to add an extra layer of interest with an up and down stitch pattern. The finished measurements of this rug are approximately 19 x 31 inches.

Materials



Directions


Loosely ch 24.

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to last ch, dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk 1st dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, dc in ch 2 of previous round.

Repeat Row 2 until rug is 31 inches long. Fasten off.


Of course you may need to remove any curious, furry friends from your new rug before placing it in the room of your choice :)

Textured Crochet Rag Rug Pattern




Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #59

Black and White isn't necessarily one of my favorite color schemes, but after last week's Crafty Saturday, I may need to reconsider. There were some really stunning pieces!

Two jewelry items in particular caught my eye. Even though they were crafted on opposite sides of the world, I think they are magnificent together.

Leaf Paper Earrings by HanjiNaty
Dandelion Necklace by APendantInTime
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Tutorial: Bed Sheet Rag Yarn

Tutorial: How to make rag yarn from old bed sheetsI love to repurpose old stuff into crafting materials whenever I can. I have a stash of materials ranging from fabrics to plastic bottles that many would probably consider trash. When I recently found myself in need of a new bathroom rug, I decided to raid my trash stash for rag rug materials. Lucky for me, I found an old bed sheet perfect for making rag yarn.

Rag yarn can easily be made from either flat or fitted sheets. I found an old set of cream colored sheets, so I was even able to dye them to match our guest bathroom. Of course the dyeing part is completely optional.

Materials

  • old bed sheets (flat or fitted)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • rotary cutter and mat (optional)
  • cardboard scrap (optional)
  • masking tape (optional)
  • RIT fabric dye (optional)
  • large plastic container (optional)

Directions


Since it's always nice to work with clean materials, start by washing and drying your sheet(s). You may even want to iron out any wrinkles to make the cutting process easier.

For flat sheets, neatly cut off  all the hems and edgings.
For fitted sheets, cut the seams at each corner and neatly remove the elastic edging and hems.
Opening up the corner seams will leave you with something that looks like this. Trim your sheet into a rectangle.
From this point, the directions are the same for both flat and fitted sheets.

Fold your sheet in half, lengthwise.
Fold lengthwise again by bringing the folded edge near, but not even with the raw edges.
Fold lengthwise a third time by bringing the folded edge near, but not even with the raw edges.
I chose to cut the sheet into strips with a rotary cutter, but you can also cut with a scissors.
If you use a rotary cutter, place a piece of cardboard so it covers about an inch of the raw, lengthwide edge and secure with a couple pieces of masking tape.

You will need to reposition your cardboard as you move your fabric for cutting.
Cut 1-inch wide strips, stopping at the cardboard.
Your sheet should look something like this. Notice the strips are not cut all the way to the edges. This is so you can make one continuous strand.
Once all the strips are cut, find a corner of the sheet.
Cut between the first and second strips.
Follow the first strip to the opposite sheet corner.
This time, cut between the second and third strips.

Follow the strip to the other side of the sheet and cut between the third and fourth strips.

Continue in this manner until all of the strips have been separated, leaving you with one very long strand of rag yarn.
If your sheet is the color you would like your yarn to be, roll it up into a ball.
As I said before, I chose to dye my sheets two different colors, so this next part is completely optional.

Begin by laying out the rag yarn. It takes a bit of patience.

When laying out the yarn I turned the ends whenever I got to  the side edge of the sheet.

This part doesn't have to be exact.
Prepare your dye according to the package directions and pour it into a large plastic bucket or tub.

Place about 2/3 of the length of yarn into the dye and let it soak.
Remove the yarn from the dye and rinse.
Mix up your second dye bath and pour it into your plastic container. Place about 2/3 of the length of yarn into the dye and let it soak. Some of the yarn from the first dyed section should be in the dye bath so the colors will blend.

Remove the yarn from the dye and rinse. Squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible.
Finally, hang the yarn out to dry.

Roll it up and your rag yarn is ready to use.
Once your rug is complete, you will want to wash it by itself at least once, so the colors don't bleed onto other fabrics or stain your carpet

Tutorial: How to make rag yarn from old bed sheets




Tutorial: Outdoor Cat Litter Box

How to build a simple, DIY, outdoor cat litter box that I like to call "The Zen Garden"It's been a few years since the real chilly dog, my blog's namesake, passed away and we have been pet free ever since. We've always enjoyed having pets - dogs, cats and even a few gerbils - but haven't been in a real hurry to invite a new furry friend into our home.

In early January, our pet status changed when Dobby the cat chose to move into our backyard. She also happily comes inside when the weather is less than hospitable.

I like cats. They're soft and cozy and nice to snuggle with. What I don't like, is changing the litter box. Maybe that's why I wasn't actively looking for a pet in the first place. Lucky for me, Tucson has fantastic weather most of the year and Dobby likes being outside. So, I am able to minimize the indoor litter box activity and contain the activity outside by building an outdoor litter box that I like to call "The Zen Garden."

The Zen Garden still needs to be cleaned out every once in awhile, but it's an inexpensive way to keep the house smelling fresh and the yard free from surprises.

Materials

  • 8 - 16 inch long edging stones
  • 100 lbs of non-clumping cat litter
  • rake
  • level (optional)

Directions


When you go to the store to get the cat litter for this project, make sure you buy the cheap, non-clumping kind or you will have a gigantic ball of clay when the first rainstorm hits.

Also, be prepared for some interesting questions at the cash register or even from other customers when you are walking around with 100 lbs of cat litter in your cart. (My husband was ready to say that we just adopted a tiger cub.)

Location, location, location. Find a spot in your yard to place your litter box. I chose a spot by the wall that's surrounded by trees and bushes so the litter box will be mostly hidden and away from our patio table and fire pit.
Next, clear an area about 3 feet square and 3 inches deep. For me it was just a matter of raking some rocks out of the way, but it may take a little more elbow grease depending on where you live.
Place your edging stones in a square with two edgers on each side. If you are a perfectionist, go ahead and make sure the edgers are level, too.

(If you like the edgers I used, I got them from the garden section at Lowes, Tan Matt Log Edging Stone.)
Carefully remove any nosy cats then fill the area with litter.

Finally, let your cat add some feng shui to the zen garden.

Please remember that even though it's outside, you will need to remove the solid waste from time to time. You will also need to add more litter occasionally.

How to build a simple, DIY, outdoor cat litter box that I like to call "The Zen Garden"




Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #58

February is one of my favorite months in Tucson. There are a lot of great events happening around town, like the gem show and the rodeo, and the weather couldn't be better. As I write this, I am watching the newest member of our household, Dobby the cat, chase hummingbirds around the front yard. (Don't worry. The hummingbirds have nothing to fear.)

As always, I enjoyed picking favorites from last week's link up. The first item caught my eye not only because of the bright colors, but also because it kind of looks like my chilly dog logo. Oh, a portion of the sale price goes to charity, too! Very cool!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220937035/terrier-pop-art
Terrier Pop Art by DarbyPop

My other favorite item is filled with bright colors and a nice message as well.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/219773937/live-courageous-mixed-media-canvas-mixed
Live Courageous Collage by PrettyByrdDesigns

Many thanks to all the shops that participate in Crafty Saturday each week! You can find every link-up item on my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board and my favorite items are featured on my Wanelo, Twitter and Facebook pages.

This week, Dobby the Cat invites you to share your black and white items.




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Tutorial: Lip Balm

Tutorial and 5 all natural recipes for lip balmI recently discovered how easy it is to make soy candles (here's the tutorial) and thought I could use some of the same supplies and techniques to make lip balm. The two projects are remarkably similar.

While it's not impossible to make one tube of lip balm, I recommend getting together with a group of friends for this project. If you have a daughter, it might even be a fun sleepover craft to do with the upper-elementary or middle school crowd.

If you melt the wax and oil in a mini crock pot, each person can choose there own favorite scents to customize their gloss.

Please note that some people have sensitivities to nuts and essential oils, so please proceed with caution.

Materials


Directions


Melt equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a crock pot on the lowest heat setting.

Tip - Melting a blend of 1/4 cup of wax and 1/4 cup of oil makes approximately 18 tubes of lip gloss

The next part needs to be done rather quickly so the balm doesn't solidify before they get poured into the tube.
Pour 1 tsp of the wax/oil mixture into a small paper cup. Add 5 drops of almond oil and 4-8 drops of your favorite essential oils. Stir until completely blended.

If the wax mixture begins to solidify, you can microwave it on low for a few seconds.
Set a tube onto your work surface and fill it as much as possible. Be careful because the wax/oil mixture is hot. It's ok if the balm overflows a little. It can be wiped off after it cools.
An alternative to using lip gloss tubes for this project is to use bead storage containers. Please note that these containers are larger than the lip gloss tubes, so you will need to measure the capacity of the tubs and adjust the recipes accordingly.

Here are a few of my favorite flavor blends:

Rosemary Mint
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops almond oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Spicy Orange
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
2 drops clove essential oil
6 drops orange essential oil
Mint Chocolate Chip
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder
Orange Chocolate
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
6 drops orange essential oil
pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder
Mojito
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil