Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Decoupage Pencil Case or Crochet Hook Case

So I went to Walmart yesterday and got a fabric remnant for 50cents. It is so beautiful; and I sat contemplating what to do with it for a long time. Should it be a lantern, or a broach, or a necklace, or a Christmas ornament? Then I remembered this neat box that came in the mail with a sample of a Kashi granola bar. It is a pyramid that opens up flat. I made a pencil case! I want to add a postscript here. After posting this on my Facebook page, someone suggested that I could use this as a crochet hook case. What a wonderful idea since all my hooks are standing in empty medicine bottles; not very pretty. So my crochet hooks will get a lovely box to lay in thanks to my Facebook friend.
First I started by tracing the box pattern on to a plain sheet of paper to use on another scrap of cardboard if I wanted to later. Then I trimmed some fabric and glued the inside first with Mod Podge letting it dry overnight. This morning I glued the outside on leaving little tabs to fold over to make neat seams. The rubber band held the box shut so it would dry properly folded. Finally I finished the whole thing with a coat of Shimmer Mod Podge just on the outside. When It all dries I will add a self adhesive velcro fastener to the lid. Here are the pictures
The flat Kashi box
The folded Kashi box
The lovely fabric
The inside covered
The outside drying

Monday, November 15, 2010

Crochet Army Bear

So my other nephew loves anything to do with the Army. I crocheted him a cute Army bear using the same 66st in a round. I increased the stitches every row producing the nose and face shape you see. For the back I increased every other row which made it flat.
I added button eyes and embroydered the mouth.
I used the cat ears from my halloween costume for the bear ears.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Crocheting for the nieces and nephews (lion and purse)

Today I finished a lion head for my nephew. It started out as a lollipop and graduated to this
I crocheted in the round single crochet until I had 66 stitches. I made 2 rounds.
Then I crocheted a strip 5sc wide and 66 rows long for the edging.
Finally I added the button eyes and yarn mouth and orange fringe.


Next is the flower power purse for my niece. I used the same crochet in the round single crochet until there are 66 stitches.
Again I made 2 rounds
Then I did the same and crocheted a strip 5 sc wide and 66 rows long. This time I added another 66 rows in a different color to form the strap.
For the finish, I roughly drew 6 petals on craft foam and cut them out. I attached those with a slip stitch using a darning needle. The needle punches through the craft foam very easily.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My niece is a crafty girl

So last week my 11yr old niece came for a visit. I showed her the projects I had done. She went ahead and made her own version with no help from me!
Here are her creations
A Sun Catcher (the squares are the screen behind it sorry)

And Her Koi Windsock
A close up of her Dragon Fish Koi

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Today hubby and I went to Walmart where I found some awesome scraps in the remnants bin. I got 3/4 yrd of this plastic tablecloth material for only 49 cents.

 I cut it into 4 equal pieces. Then I matched them up wrong sides facing and bound the edges with purple electrical tape (compliments of my electrical engeneer husband) These made 2 nice sized, fun, placemats.

I think I may send them to my niece who has two daughters.