Archive for April, 2010


Framed Glass Paintings

April 29th, 2010

The inspiration for this came from a piece of art I found at a dear friends house last weekend. Keep in mind that liquids will wash away your paint — so no glass cleaners on the painted side. Also, remember that the edges of your glass will be covered by the frame so paint accordingly. [...]

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How To: Box Bag Tutorial

April 27th, 2010

I’ve recently fallen in love with box bags. I received one in a swap from the owner of Heidimonkey and it has been holding my Gilda Scarf WIP. I also received a smaller one in another swap and have been using it as my workout pouch to hold my keys and ID when I go [...]

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nature printing: dandelions and tiger lilies and beargrass oh my

April 22nd, 2010

Kids have such a neat way of seeing the world. They can be so much better than adults at seeing the smallest details or the broader picture. My children have taught me to stop and smell the roses — quite literally. They love looking at leaves and bugs and birds and rocks and… nature. They [...]

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Earth Day Craft: Lulu the Rock Spider

April 19th, 2010

Here’s a fun little craft for you and the kids to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Lulu was invented when my daughter came home with a kindergarten project that was due. The project was to either collect a live spider and bring it in to class, or to make a spider and share it. [...]

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Closing the Gap: A finishing technique

April 16th, 2010

So after you have bound off that beautiful piece that you have knitted in the round, you have pulled the yarn through that last stitch and now you have a not so beautiful gap between the beginning of the round and the end of the round. What do you do with it and how do [...]

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Sally’s Longies: wool pants to fit a 12 inch baby doll

April 15th, 2010

Though Sally’s knit pants, woolies, longies, whatever you would like to call them, weren’t perfect but they were perfect enough. I have revised my improvised pattern and written an actual pattern that would better fit Sally if I wanted to make her another pair. Some things I have adjusted are the thigh is wider and [...]

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When Quality Doesn’t Matter

April 13th, 2010

Most of my knitting and crocheting is for other people and their children. There has been many a time I’ve had to rip out rows upon rows of hard work because of a mistake that I had made at the beginning of the project. For me, when selling or trading with others, quality rules. Unfortunately [...]

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Ready, Set, Colorize: a photo editing technique

April 7th, 2010

Using basic photo editing software, you can take a digital photo and give it the look of a colorized black and white photo. The way this works is that you take two copies of the same photo, one colored and one black and white.  Put the black and white photo ontop of the colored one [...]

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Scrapbooking Layouts: Variations on a Theme

April 5th, 2010

The Theme: One Large Circle The art of scrapbooking can be simplified if you can break down the more complicated layouts into simpler forms.  For this layout, I started with a circle. Then I embellished from there. Remember that your layouts can be as simple or as intricate as you want them to be. It’s [...]

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Scrapbooking: also for the faint of heart

April 2nd, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day is next month.  It falls on the first Saturday in May which is May 1st this year.  If this craft has intimidated you with its masses of expensive products and elaborate Martha Stewart like facade, I’d like to tell you that it doesn’t have to be as complex as it may appear.  [...]

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