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Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's Make Chair Socks!

                   Free Pattern for Knitted Floor Protectors
These "Chair Socks" are a great idea for hardwood floors or any floor...can't wait to make mine...use cotton yarn the stripes version and it will work out similar too without having to change colors...pattern

Christmas chair socks

Here is a crochet version...over at plus3 make them in any color

another knit version FREE pattern

a crochet pattern

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Crochet Easter Egg Tree

I know this is after Easter, but I just found this "Easter Egg Tree" article and had to post it. It is amazing and if you look closely on one of the photos you will see a crochet one or tow... :)

A feast for the Easter Bunny, A German couple decorates their garden tree with almost 10,000 painted eggs, WOW....German pensioners Volker and Christa Kraft, have decorated the tree in their back garden in Saalfeld for Easter for more than 40 years, The tree now drips with more than 9,800 colorful Easter eggs, painted with pastoral scenes and religious icons...Each egg is painstakingly emptied of yolk and white to ensure it doesn't go bad before it can be hand-painted and hung, she says that you can use a syringe to push through just one hole to extract the gooey stuff but be cautious when handling raw eggs they may carry salmonella...
Its the Symbol of life:
Carefully packed and intricately decorated Easter eggs lie waiting to be hung from the Kraft tree
The egg is a pagan symbol of rebirth, widely used in spring festivals before its adoption by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus, For followers of Christianity they are symbolic of Christ rising from his tomb two days after his death on the cross, In ancient times the Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on spring equinox

Sculptures in the ruins of Persepolis, their capital, show people carrying eggs to their king for the occasion 2500 years ago

 After their kids moved out of the house, it seemed the Easter Tree would finally catch a break but grandsons arrived and the Krafts went back to decorating their giant tree The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree’s branches grew every year and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.

Don't tell the Easter Bunny! Heike Lutz, right, visits the Krafts' tree together with her son Anton Lutz, in her arms, and her daughter Luna Lutz, centre

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I've Been Published!!

I've Been Published in an EBook!!

One of my Patterns has been published in an EBook over at AllFreeCrafts ....see ithere and enjoy some patterns by lots of "crafters" 

Get your FREE EBook Today!

There ar a ton of "Christmas" crafts for you to make. I know it's early but then again it is never too early to start making crafts for the holidays!

Some of my other patterns are on my "Patterns" blog HERE... I have so many that I haven't written up yet but I made it one of my priorities this year... :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Projects & Patterns & Hats & Foot stool Coversrs

 I designed this lavender hat. It has a pillbox look with a gathered back and some bling on the side, I changed the bling a bit and added a bow behind it. I am going to use the fabric to make a "puff" insert so that it will sit higher on my head. :) I couldn't make up my mind which one to use so I am using one design on one side and the other on the flip side. :) I love the whimsical turtles...I will be writing up the pattern soon.

This foot stool turned out pretty cool I think. I made a granny square changing colors, added some black and white, and then a ruffle on each side, sewed on some black fringe, added several glass beads, fish and cats [Asian design] for the woeight to hold it down. I love the finished one it shows less of the foot stool under it than you see in the photos. I added a little felt and button on the side too.. that's my ""Blooming Flower Pillow" on the rocker. :)

 Some of my plant covers over chicken cans I got the idea from Attic24 and then I added a ladybug and some flowers and stitched some stems and grass.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

LA Yarn Crawl Here We Come....

One of my LYC members and I trotted off Thursday the 12th [the 1st day of the yarn crawl] on the LA Yarn Crawl...we had 10 stores lined up that we wanted to stop at up the coastline, [next time I will drive up to the farthest and work my way back] but by the time we hit Santa Monica the traffic was against us and we only made it to 6 shops, not bad for one day's "crawling" I think. 

I have to be honest and say I was a bit disappointed in the some of the shops as I had thought that this was going to be a bit more of a celebration and tuned more towards the "crawlers" traveling by offering prizes, goodie bags, and munchies??? I know that the there are lots of chances to win during next week but I just thought the individual shops would offer a bit more "fluff" oh well...

We only found one shop that gave a goodie bag [Concepts in Yarn in Torrance]  and one shop [Alamitos Bay Yarn Co]that went all out with special parking,hugh yarn basket give away, and gave us our "crawler's" bags....all and all we had a grand time chatting and touching and feeling all those lovely yarns. :) 

The 1st shop Alamitos Bay

the 2nd shop

look at all that yarn

Lunch spot

3rd shop stop

chines in the trees

4th stop

5th stop

Santa Monica traffic

6th stop

some of my "Loot"

these are "skein" rings so cute

my passport

cute pouch to carry rings


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