Mom made this lovely lacy infinity scarf and hat set. The tan/gold yarn is acrylic but very soft and cozy. She is happy to sell it and is asking $20 for the set.
Well, here I am a week late again. The beginning of last week I was sick. Later in the week was busy with cooking and other things ahead of the snow storm, preparing in case the power went out. It didn't, and we enjoyed the beautiful snow.
Last week I learned how to make beautiful lace flowers. These can also be made with tulle, or tulle can be added behind the flower. The flower shown below is of pink lace with pink tulle behind it. In the middle is a small, painted sparkly green glass gemstone (The sparkle doesn't show up very well in the picture). I can make these into a brooch or into a barrette. A flower is $4 and a flower attached to a brooch pin or barrette is $5.
A little while back, I posted about rings I had made using the silver plated ring blanks. I had also ordered some other ring blanks, which took a little longer to arrive. These are bronze toned ring blanks that look like they have flower petals all around the center of the blank.
With these I tried two different options. The first one was a gold center. It turned out OK, but I got some of the gold glitter glue (very permanent glue) between some of the petal parts. It didn't look quite right there. The gold on the top of the ring is tiny gold colored glass seed beads on a raised red center. The outer part is done with the gold glitter glue.
The second ring came out better. In the center is a tiny green flower bead and there are even tinier green glass beads surrounding it. These are set on a raised red center.
Here are a couple of photos.
A Little Experiment
Another craft I enjoy is plastic canvas. This time I thought I'd try it with a "twist." What would it look like if the yarn was weaved in instead of sown in a cross stitch type fashion? It came out pretty neat. Here's a look!
On the sidebar of this blog page, you see a link to the gofundme page for Isaiah Scruggs. He was injured when he fell out of a tree and broke his back and became paralyzed from the chest down. Recently, Isaiah's dad, Earl Scruggs lost his job. This job is important because it not only helps to provide or his family, but also helps provide insurance for Isaiah's needs and other health needs in the family. Earl is trying to raise money for a truck and trailer to start his own delivery business. To aid in this fundraising, Earl has started his own gofundme page.
We know the Scruggs family. They are friends of ours, and the father, Earl, is a hard worker. Please consider giving to his gofundme account. If you cannot, please share so that others can see and give. And please surely pray. There are no donations yet. You could be the first and could jumpstart the fundraiser! Thanks so much!
Here is the link.
This past week has been a busy craft week, and a fun one. For Mom and Dad's anniversary I gave them a coupon for one handmade craft of their choice. They chose a set of pretty magnets. I decided to make beaded magnets.
(Mom took some of these pictures. :-) )
Hand Designed Beaded Magnets
The shapes I chose were ladybug, butterfly, flower, and heart. Mom chose the colors. The magnets are about 3 1/2 inches across and are made with two types of beads. The larger beads used were acrylic faceted beads (4mm, I think), and the smaller beads are glass seed beads.
I will post pictures of these magnets (with prices) on the product galleries page. I'm asking $8 each. I can also make smaller ones as brooch pins or pendants. These will be $5 apiece.
Toilet Paper Bowl
This was the fun project for the week. And it was made from, of all things, toilet paper! I tore pieces of toilet paper off the roll and placed them in a metal mixing bowl. Added some boiling water and waited for the toilet paper to partially disintegrate. Then I poured them in my plastic craft mixing bowl and added some glue. Not sure how much, just some. :-) Also added some neon pink food coloring.
Next I turned a metal colander upside down and then covered it with plastic wrap. Carefully, I squeezed some of the water/glue mixture out of the toilet paper pulp and then patted it down around the colander. I tried it on the outside of the colander first but it wouldn't keep its shape so decided to switch and go with the inside of the colander. That worked much better.
The next step was waiting for it to dry. This took days, in spite of using the oven. Because the days were chilly, it was a good time to do an oven project. This bowl was baked on a metal cookie sheet (from Dollar Tree) in the oven at 200 degrees for about 2 or 3 hours on three different days. It took several days for the bowl to dry. When it was finally dry, it was covered with a coat of ModPode, followed by a coat of Tulip sparkle fabric paint, and finally, a coat of indoor/outdoor craft varnish. I think I will use it for storing some small craft supply items.
The green balls you see in the picture of the bowl were small foam balls that I painted shiny, sparkly green. I needed balls like that for a spring project. Since I couldn't find any, I decided to paint some.
This baby blanket was so fun to make! It was made from two small skeins of brightly colored variegated yarn. The colors include green, yellow, pink, and orange. This is a small baby blanket -- about 22" by 26". It would work great as a doll baby blanket or a blanket for a small baby. It is available for sale and a picture is on the Products Gallery page. My usual price for baby blankets is $20 and up. However, since this baby blanket is smaller, the price is $18. I cannot make a duplicate at this time because I do not know where to find more yarn like this. Yarn used is Red Heart acrylic. Not sure which kind exactly, but it is softer than the Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Mom helped me think of a name for the baby blanket -- Ribbon Candy Baby Blanket.
I found it a little odd because it looks like there is a strip added to the center of the baby blanket and like the top third has a slightly different design than the bottom of the blanket. However, a simple shell stitch was used throughout with no variation in the stitch pattern. The design just adds to the uniqueness of it.
Small and Mini Crochet Bags
My scrap-buster of the week!
The bigger bag measures approximately 6" by 6". The smaller bag is about 5" tall by 4" wide. These are unlined and made with single crochet stitch. They are good for most items, including small items (although very small or skinny items might slip through). These don't have a handle, but I can add a handle for an extra $1. The fun buttons I purchased at WalMart. They used to be found in the craft department, but our local WalMart moved them to the buttons section of the sewing department. If you enjoy using unique buttons, some WalMarts will have quite a variety of them in either their craft or sewing departments.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been working on several crafts but haven't gotten a lot of them completely finished. Here is a look at a few finished ones.
These rings have been hand designed with beautiful glass seed beads. The red and white ring does have two acrylic beads (the larger beads). For two of the rings, I arranged the beads on buttons and then glued the buttons onto the ring blanks. One of them has the bead design created on the rounded part of a glass gem.
Below you can see how the ring band looks on a finger. Size is small, but I'm not sure of the exact size. It can be adjusted to a little bigger and a little smaller.
And, finally, a ring all in its pretty organza bag and ready for whoever would take a fancy to it. Check over on the product galleries page for prices. I can't offer specific design choices, for the most part, but I can offer color choices. If you want a specific color or colors, just send an email and let me know, and I'll see if I can do those colors.
This craft was just for fun. However, I think I'll use it for some organization and storage of craft items. This cup was made with little pieces of pictures from 2014 calendars all glued together with ModPodge. A coat of clear craft indoor/outdoor varnish was added to provide more protection against water or moisture and to make the cup stronger. To form the shape of the cup, I covered a foam cup with plastic wrap and built the calendar cup around the outside of it.
Hat and Scarf Set
This hat and scarf set was made especially to go in our "Blessing Bag." A blessing bag contains some little items that are helpful for homeless people. Ours has in it soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, three granola bars, and other little items. It is quite cold right now, so I added this hat and scarf set. There is also a little tract and a New Testament included, food for their souls as well as their bodies.
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This video by Gospel for Asia about Christmas has a message that reaches right into the heart and makes us think.