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Monday, June 27, 2011

Stitch n Chicks Summer Party Fun

I'm still stuck with a fallen sidebar and have not been able to get it back up????? Anyone know how to do this????

Still working on my scrap afghan and haven't done much else, but my stitching group had a really fun "Summer T-shirt" party this past Thursday....we got together at my place, played our usual fun game of "Left, Center, Right" and I added a new game with written questions to chose from called "Truth or Dare" Yup we played it and the gals and I never laughed so hard!!! IT was really hilarious....

Then we ate and chatted and did our raffle.... it was a nice evening and the weather turned out to be pretty warm at least warm enough to sit on the patio with my heater on....remember the one my son got me last Christmas...

a hanging t-shirt

a blonde's t-shirt

a dare wear toilet paper around your head for the remainder of the party...lol

the t-shirt that won for funny

this gal had to sing and act out "I'm a little Teapot" lol

all silver beads with silver stretch thread

the ring

close up

glasses crochet necklace

quilted front hot pad crochet trim my pattern

inside I added a dryer sheet and the back is felt

crocheted around felt and a fabric pinwheel

the pin back

this will be a necklace

one of my horse necklaces

a shower scrubber

this is a glasses holder
I did finish a cool silver ring and a couple other projects shown above and I am working on a few more...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Handmade Wednesday

I joined in on the blog and Etsy hop....

Friday, June 10, 2011

Butterfly Pins and Other Pretty Projects

Mary G's Butterfly Pins
Butterfly - magnet or pen (3 colors)
Supplies needed:
# 10 crochet cotton (colors of your choice)
6 mm bead (s)
# 24 gage craft wire
pen back or magnet
# 6 steel crochet hook
chain 7 slip stitch to form a ring
ROUND 1 chain 3 (counts as a double crochet), 2 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 2, till you have 8 groups of 3 and chain 2 spaces between all double crochet groups. Finish off.
ROUND 2 attach thread in any chain 2 space, beginning shell, shell in all chain 2 spaces around, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning shell. Finish Off (8 shells)
ROUND 3 attach thread in any chain 3 space of any shell, chain 3 (counts as a double crochet) double crochet 11 more times in same chain 3 space, single crochet in space between shells, double crochet 12 times in chain 3 space of next shell, single crochet in space between shells, repeat around to last space between shells, slip stitch in this space, slip stitch in 3rd chain of first stitch of round. Finish Off and weave in end. ( crochet over the first two ends)
Beginning Shell: chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet.
Shell: 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet.
Swallow Tail Picot: chain 6, slip stitch in top of # 6 double crochet
(put picots in first 2 scallops, regular scallop in next two, picot in next two scallops, regular scallop in last 2 scallops)
Fold in half so tails line up.
Cut length of wire, bend in half like a big "V", put bottom of butterfly into bottom of "V", grab ends at top of the butterfly and twist tight 3 times. Put together the ends of antenna and slip bead over both ends and down over the twists. Take a small pair of needle nose plyers and curl the ends of the antenna.
Attach Pin Back or Magnet. ( I glue mine)

I thought this napkin holder Butterfly is so pretty the pattern is for sale for $7.99
This gal has a different take on Crochet Jewelry with thses chain earrings...
I found this really interesting and I am going to try this. Think of all the possiblilities....Wow.....This little pin is easy to make and you can use any photo...

Shrink plastic is a versatile product and ideal for making jewelry. One of the benefits of shrink plastic is that it is easy to cut and punch before shrinking using normal scissors and hole punches. This opens up a wide range of creative possibilities. After shrink plastic has been shrunk holes can only be achieved through drilling.

Make interesting mixed media items, such as this brooch, by adding crocheted edges to your shrink plastic. This is easy to do by punching holes into the shrink plastic and using these to stitch into. I've used this technique to make the brooch above, however this can be adapted in numerous ways to make other items of jewelry, greeting card embellishments or to add into other mixed media projects.

Materials Required
•Shrink plastic
•Rubber stamps, inks, pencils, paints and other basic supplies as required
•Hole punch (I used a standard stationery hole punch)
•Crochet cotton and crochet hook
•Brooch / pin finding, glue
Note: Brands of shrink plastic shrink at different rates, therefore it is a good idea to make a test piece to check the finished size of the shrink plastic element and the holes if you want a specific finished size or to use a specific size of crochet hook.
How to Make a Shrink Plastic and Crochet Brooch
1.Stamp the shrink plastic and color the design as required
2.Use a hole punch to punch holes around the edge of the shrink plastic
3.Heat the shrink plastic following the manufacturers instructions
4.When the plastic is cool, crochet into the holes and complete a crochet edging as required
5.Add a brooch pin to the back of the shrink plastic if required
Crochet Tips
•You can add as much or as little crochet as you like. I made a row of single crochet stitches (UK double crochet) into the holes in the shrink plastic to make a foundation. I then made a row of double stitches (UK triple crochet) into this. The addition of more rows, interesting edging patterns and/or beads would create a stunning effect.
•If you want to use a thicker hook than will comfortably fit through the holes, use blanket stitch to create a foundation and crochet into this.
•Don't make the holes too close to the edge otherwise the shrink plastic may snap. I made the holes fairly far in to the shrink plastic element. This is because I wanted to make a feature of the stitches. While it is best to have the holes evenly spaced around the edge, they could be placed at different depths to create an interesting design feature.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I'm A Winner!!!!

I WON!!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

I won the contest over at "One Yarn After Another" blog ....she had a contest because she reached 200 followers...WOW.....

I want to have a contest now once I reach 100 followers....

So if your reading this PLEASE go and sign up to be a follower...

Anyways back to my winnings...I won a Gift Certificate
 for Chicken Stitches.....$30...
I cannot wait to buy my goodies,
hop on over there she has so many great items...

What a treat for me!!!

Monday, June 06, 2011

World Wide Knit/Crochet in Public Day/Week June 11th-June 19th

World Wide Knitting in Public week is June 11th - June 19th....be sur eto take your needles and head for the park, beach, a bench at the Mall,your favorite restaurant, or anyplace in public and start knitting to spread the word of how wonderful it is!!!

Did you know that it is the largest knitter run event in the world? I sure didn't??? Of course I am a crocheter by heart, but I knit and who says I can't crochet in public this week???

June 11 is actually "World Wide Knit in Public Day!" Knitters and crocheters will get together and practice their craft in public. Personally, I do love any opportunity to flaunt my "stitching hobby" with other people.I go to sit on the grass next to the pier over looking the ocean and beach and as soon as I pull out my project and start crocheting someone will stop and ask me wha tI am making and can they see it. :) Makes me proud to show-off a little.

 Last year me at the beach
But really there are gatherings scheduled around the world – check out the link to see if there is one in your area. If you don’t see a gathering in your area, run a Google search for “World Wide Knit in Public (your city).” Not all of the gatherings officially register with the website.

Sat evening my LYG and I are having a "pajama night" and crocheting all evening while eating popcorn and watching movies and then Sun am we are having a wonderful "breakfast casserole" and some other goodies....after doing our day in public...


Here's 3 ways you can "knit/crochet" in public:

1) Wear something to show your crafter pride! There’s still time to make a small accessory or two before the big day. Make a Crochet Bracelet or a Knit Bracelet they are easy projects to do. Plus, you can wear them no matter how warm or cold it is!

2) Make something really special in public! This Market bag is not difficult and so cute, or this Black Magic Bag, or just Google for a free pattern if you don't already have one. Why not try out a new pattern or yarn for the occasion? You could treat yourself to some special crafting time in a public place and enjoy showing others your skills!
3) Find a group to celebrate with! Groups are forming and events are being planned all over the world. The World Wide Knit in Public Day website has a database of KIP (Knitting In Public) events online. You can check out local events near you, or try planing something on your own! Or just grab a friend and go knit/crochet somewhere.. :)

I can't wait!!!

And Remmeber june 11th is also International Yarn Bombing Day!!!! Whoa....

How are you celebrating the big day? Leave a comment to tell me your plans for this Saturday or during the whole week and what does the World Wide Knit in Public Day mean to you!

one lonely hook...lol

at the park

take along some beach toys...

Friday, June 03, 2011

My Newest Projects

GRRRRRR blogger is driving me crazy....all my photos are getting

So my Bed gloves that I made, my bracelet,
and my wach cloth with the scented tassels
and my chicken pot holder that is not
completed, I cannot display as blogger keeps rejecting all my photos.!!!!! Try again

I finally got the photos in....


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