Another Ripple Shawl Photo

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 11 April 2012 at 5:34 pm

My previous post about my finished ripple shawl has a photo that I think is a little too dark, so here is another photo of it. It’s all spread out on a towel because I washed it and am blocking it a little. I’m not doing a huge attempt at blocking here, as in using pins to stretch out parts of it, because I don’t think it really needs it, and I don’t really have a set up to do that kind of blocking.

Finished Ripple Shawl

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Monday 9 April 2012 at 1:34 pm

I need to wash it, but otherwise, the ripple shawl I started back in late March is finished! I ended up using 4 skeins of Marks & Kattens Big Trend, and the final length (from top center to bottom center) is 32 inches. I have no idea how big most shawls are supposed to be. I just kept going until I felt it was long enough to cover my arms for the most part.

This is one of the bigger projects I’ve made in awhile, so I’m surprised that I finished it so quickly; however, I was really cranking on it. I was determined to finish it before I started another project.

Easter Eating and Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 8 April 2012 at 9:09 am

For about a month now, we have been without a stove. I’m not much of a cook, so it has not been a huge hardship on me. However, my husband does enjoy cooking and normally will cook up something special on the weekend. Finally, our new 5 burner glass top stove arrived yesterday, and DH is cooking up a storm, mainly clearing out lots of leftovers, but it’s nice to have a meal at home for a change.

I hope you and your family are enjoying a nice, relaxing Easter weekend, and here are some crafting links for you.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you the bowties she made with her DIL and gives you a few links to easy tutorials for making your own for the young man in your life.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi explains how her puppy became the Easter Bunny for a set of greeting cards.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on portrait poses, how to make frosting bunnies, chicks and eggs, along with info on house rabbist, and a recipe for white bean dip with rosemary oil.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Don’t throw those Easter egg shells away. Here’s how to make an egg shell mosaic box using them.

Mixed Media Artist
Never throw ANYthing out, not even paint-soaked paper towels!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
A bunch of unusual Easter egg decorations.

Easy Book Project

Blogged under Book-Art,My College Craft Club by Tammy on Thursday 5 April 2012 at 6:44 am

At one of our recent craft club meetings, we made small books. Member have been so busy most of this semester making stuff for charity, we thought it would be nice for them to make something for themselves for a change, and well, we have a ton of paper right now! Here’s basically how the books above were made (I so which I had taken step out photos!):

1. Take a sample piece of wallpaper and an 8×11 piece of card stock and glue the card stock to the back of the wallpaper.

2. Allow it to dry, and while it is drying, pick out 8×11 paper for the center of the book.

3. Use a bone folder to fold over each of the 8×11 papers you selected in the previous step. (The bone folder helps create a super nice crease in the center of the papers.

4. Once the glue in dry on your wallpaper section, trim off excess wallpaper so that it pretty much matches up to the size of the card stock piece glued inside.

5. Position the folded paper pieces in the center or spine of the book and use a saddle stapler to staple the pages into the spine of the book.

6. Press the book using a book press. Once it’s nice and flat (let it press for as long as you can stand it), your book is finished.

6 Inch Crochet Squares

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Wednesday 4 April 2012 at 5:31 pm

The April donation drive for the Yahoo Crochetlist is to make 6 inch crochet squares for the Binky Patrol. I ended up using a lot of my left over Vanna’s Baby Yarn and ended up with 8 squares, all using yarn scraps. I like making squares because they are so fast and so portable. I can literally put a little ball of yarn and hook in my bag and I’m ready to whip one up. I make 12 inch squares for Handmade Blessings too, but boy, 6 inch squares are my new love. I’m just glad I’m not the one who is going to stitch them all together!

Craft Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 1 April 2012 at 2:27 pm

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how she turned trash to treasure with a re-purposed whisk, ribbon spool, felt and a little ingenuity.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The spring ring. So easy to make and wear!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make an Easter egg pop art decoration, a recycled leather Steampunk style cuff, embroider multicolored yarn “X” shapes on your knitting, and a recipe for bacon butter.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
You can make any size envelope with the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate crafting tool. Look at how easy it is to “push the envelope.”

Mixed Media Artist
Even though she has very few drawing skills, Cyndi is pleased with the results of her latest quilt experiment.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to applique a “Zzz” pillowcase.

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