I finished the Grande' Granny the other night. I'm soooo pleased with how it turned out. It's a lap blanket and I think would look awesome in my brother's VW Bus that he restored. But, I'm afraid he won't like the pink, even though he's color blind. :)
I'm really on the granny square kick these days. I have to go and pick up some more embroidery thread because I'm making small grannys. Can't wait to connect them all together and show you what I'm making.
And why oh why are my yarn scraps in the trees? I saw a blog post (can't remember the site) where someone was putting their yarn scraps in the trees for the birds. Birds take the scraps and use them for nest building. I have a fantasy of seeing colorful bird nests all over the property. Wouldn't that be the coolest? So, from now on, all my yarn scraps are going to be thrown up into the trees for the birds with the hope of seeing their beautiful work some day soon!
Hope y'all have a great weekend! Praying for summer to arrive soon!
My daughter saw the pile of granny squares I was making and said she wanted a skirt. I thought a skirt would be a bit much, so I made her an apron instead. Tangled Happy has a tutorial for a Granny Apron if you're inclined to make one.
My square pattern isn't the same as the one she has on the tutorial and I added the crocheted ruffle to the bottom by chaining three then single crocheting twice in each stitch. I think I'm going to add a doily pocket.
I'm also making a giant granny square as a blanket. Should have it finished by the end of the week. :)
Paper twine for wrapping packages or other craft projects can be rather costly and usually doesn't come in the color I like, so I decided to make my own.
Roll of crepe paper. You can find two rolls for a buck at the $ Tree. Wally World also has crepe paper rolls in the kraft brown color for $1.25 each.
Dowel or skewer or knitting needle
Another person to hold the dowel or a clamp to hold it.
Insert a wadded up end of the crepe paper into your drill. Make sure to tighten the drill so the paper stays in. Insert a dowel down the middle of the crepe paper roll. Have another person hold the dowel so you have a bit of tension while the roll spins. You'll need some space (like a hallway) to make long lengths of twine. Turn on the drill and start backing up and pulling lightly so the paper starts twisting while the other person holds the dowel. Continue letting the drill rotate until the paper is tightly twisted and you've reached the length you want.
Have the other person rip the end of the crepe paper. Loosen the drill and remove the paper. Wrap it around the cardboard paper tube. Repeat the steps until you've completely wound all the crepe paper up into twine. One roll will make A LOT of paper twine.
This goes quicker than you think! It's a bit harder to do by yourself because you need some tension on the other end, so having another person help for a few minutes is worth it.
I was inspired to make one of these after seeing this beautiful cuff made with the Broomstick Lace crochet stitch. I used some Japanese linen yarn from my stash and my Hutton Buttons.
If you know how to chain and single crochet, you can do this stitch. I love the results of something so easy yet it looks very complicated. The first one on the left was made by chaining 5 stitches. The middle one is chaining 15 stitches and the one on the right is made by chaining 10 stitches.
You can find the video tutorial on how to stitch Broomstick lace here.
If you received a Hutton Button from me, I'd love to see what you made with it and I still have a few left. If you'd like one, please email me at maizehuttonatgmaildotcom with your address and I'll pop one in the mail to you!
I've been learning how to make Granny Squares. There are a couple of wood stools around here that need a cover and I also want to make a blanket. I used the granny square pattern found here and decided to stick with one color in the middle and gray for the rest of the square. Granny Squares are the ultimate in project portability. I made several while waiting at the doctor's office.
Blogger has been down for the past couple of days so working on the blog design wasn't possible.
I'm slowly linking all of my DIYs into the tutorial tab at the top. I've been blogging since 2004, so a lot of the projects are pretty old and, I might add, have been expanded upon and claimed by others since DIY blogging has now turned into a business.
I've grappled with the idea of adding sponsors to my blog and haven't decided whether I should do so. I really don't like blogs with a lot of advertising, however the time and effort that goes into producing a DIY for publishing isn't a small task and since some people have used my DIYs to start their own Etsy shop, I'm starting to think instructional projects should be compensated in some fashion.
I have a few questions for you and would love to hear your input.
What are your thoughts on blogs with advertising?
Do you find the advertising useful to you or are they a distraction?
Would you rather see a donate button for DIYs
and would you be inclined to donate for DIY instructions?
My daughter came up with this crafty little idea. Bird rings. She made me one for Mother's Day, which I totally love! So, I dug around in my craft room for some little birds and ring blanks and came up with these. I also found some lampwork glass bird beads and houses that I've had for a few years and made rings with those too.
Very easy and fun! I'll be listing these little lovelies in my Etsy shop soon if you don't want to make one!
I had to take some stuff to the thrift store this morning. Of course, I can't leave without taking something else home. My bad. But, this tutorial has been on my mind, so I came out with a leather belt.
Now I have some vintage buttons to cover, rick rack for rings and white crochet thread to make some baker's twine from this tutorial.
I also couldn't pass up these wax seals. I have a thing for initials and cool brass stuff like this. I can use them to make stamped jewelry.
But, the big find for me of the day? A first edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Ever since I saw the movie Julie & Julia, I was determined to find a copy at a thrift store. It's been on my thrift list and if I hadn't glanced over at the cookbook section while I was waiting at the register, I would have left it there and how very sad it would have been for me to do that.