Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.

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You can find the real pattern here

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dishcloths-bouquet

Hope you enjoy!

Maria

 

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Baby Shower Gift Order

A friend of mine called me up one Wednesday afternoon, asked if I had any available baby items for her to purchase for a shower that she had forgotten about (she’s pregnant too, so we all understand how that can happen!). Unfortunately I usually just do custom orders on baby gifts, so instead, she dropped off some yarn 🙂 Here’s what I had for her by that Saturday.

Once again, a huge shout out is deserved for the wonderful www.thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com who offered the adorable pattern for the little bunny just in time to use some of the leftover yarn to add a special little friend to the gift 🙂 Since it was a baby gift and I didn’t have any eyes like what she uses in her tutorial, I just sewed on some eyes with some thinner black yarn that I had. I think it turned out ok 🙂 (see my previous post for a link to the pattern).

Since this time, I have made a couple more of these bunnies. I forgot to take a picture of the one that I made and brought into my preschool class. We’re using that one to practice listening during our sharing circle. The kids named him “Taco”…or “Chacco” (sometimes it’s hard to tell with 2 year olds!). I definitely see myself making a lot more of these in the future.

Annnnnnnd…a St. Patty’s day inspiration, I made a 2-tone hat in my favorite design of the season.

Two tone green hat

*Also, once again, thank you to my dear friend at www.beeskneesphotographync.com for the beautiful pictures.

Love is in the Air :)

My wonderful neighbor, friend, photographer and #1 cheerleader has a DIY Pinterest board that made me laugh out loud the other day. As I was perusing through the items on her board, I started to notice that a good number of them were actually projects for me to do! We have since added a board to her account labeled, “DIY for Maria” and after she ran out and bought some fabric, here is what I came up with (another “Pinspiration”). Lucky for me, she bought enough fabric for a dress for her daughter, a top for mine, and 2 tops for their dolls. I have enough time to make about 4-5 more of these dresses or tops to ship within the US, so if you like these and would like to order one, please send me a message asap!!!

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I know I love you because of this toilet paper…

I can’t say that I came from an outragously wealthy family or anything, but growing up, we always had really nice toilet paper. I never realized this until I started dating my husband (well, now he’s my husband, then he was just a guy that used bad TP). Anyway, when people first start dating–I can generalize here because I know everyone does it–we adopt certain things that our partners like. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes clothing…but for some reason, for me, it was toilet paper. It was a gradual adoption. After we moved in together, I resisted. I still bought good paper for the bathrooms that I used and his less reliable brand for him. At some point though, I lost all hope for him. In his head, he had put this thin, falling apart toilet paper on a pedestal (probably one shaped like a golden toilet). It was the best, and no amount of brainwashing would change his mind. I gave in. I’ve now been using that brand for nearly 10 years. I’m not proud of this. And don’t worry, this post is going somewhere crafty. Soooo, as I restocked the paper the other day, I looked on the back of our toilet where there was a stack of magazines piled up. I thought to myself, “I will use this paper, but gosh darnnit, I am going to have a magazine rack!”

A few years ago, I bought this little “ball holder” from Target’s dollar spot (love that part of the store!) and we used it for a long time in my old house. Eventually it made its way out to the back porch, the fabric got moldy, and then when we moved this past fall, it found a permanent home in our new garage…until yesterday.

Before. Just a plain old ball holder.

I cut off the old fabric. Not neatly, but neatly enough to use this as a rough pattern.

I used the old fabric as a “pattern” and cut 2 coordinating pieces of some extra duck cloth that I had from another project.

Next, I covered the table (warning: don’t do this when you’re hungry or you will be craving Hardee’s ice cream sandwiches during the whole rest of the project) and cleaned off the old rack with a clorox wipe.

I used some paint that my neighbor gave to me to try out and painted the old frame a “bluish” white. Thanks Christina!

My little squirrel helpers.

I pinned the 2 pieces of duck cloth together (right sides facing) and sewed about 1/4″ around 3 of the sides leaving one short side open so that I can turn it inside out.

I folded the ends in, ironed them flat, and pinned them. I then sewed that end together.

I, being a crazy smart person who doesn’t fully think out projects ahead of time, sewed one side on to the rack itself then got stuck with the other side. I ended up making 2 button holes and attaching buttons to the other side. Save yourself the trouble. Do buttons on both sides!

AND…THE FINAL PROJECT IN IT’S NEW HOME!!!! It almost makes the toilet paper tolerable 🙂

New rack in the bathroom. It’s also reversible (and yes, I’ve already switched sides so that the buttons show on the outside).