Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sammy Scarecrow Wreath

Learn how to make a Sammy Scarecrow Wreath for this Fall. Welcome your friends into your home this season. Get them out of the cool breezy air.

  • STYROFOAM* Brand Products:
    • 6" ball, one
    • 4" balls, two
  • Fabrics: unbleached muslin, 1 yd.; small plaid in autumn colors, 14" x 32"; denim, 1/2 yd. (or pant leg from denim jeans)
  • Polyester fiberfill, small amount
  • 9' silk autumn leaf garland
  • 16" straw wreath
  • Curly raffia, one package
  • Wood slat, 2-13/16" x 7-1/4"
  • Greening (floral) pins, 12
  • Fabric glue
  • Acrylic paints: orange; black; white; red
  • Paintbrushes: stencil; small shader or round
  • Black permanent markers: fine-line; broad-line
  • Jute
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Ruler
  • Rubber bands
  • Pencil
  • Dressmaker's carbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  1. Attach garland to front of wreath with greening pins or hot glue. Wrap garland around wreath twice, keeping leaves on top not sides.
  2. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and then cut 4" foam balls in half. (Hint: Reserve one half ball for a future project.)
  3. Cut one 24" square and two 9" squares from muslin. Wrap 24" square tightly around 6" foam ball for head. Smooth any wrinkles from face area and then secure excess muslin with a rubber band or short length of jute (refer to photo). Apply a small amount of glue to further secure. Repeat, wrapping 9" muslin square around each half ball, tying off excess fabric on flat side of foam. When glue is dry, trim excess fabric.
  4. Using pattern and dressmaker's carbon, transfer face to 6" muslin-covered head.
  5. Use a stencil brush and very little red paint to dry brush 1-3/4" circle cheeks, overlapping ends of smile. Paint nose orange. Dip eraser end of pencil in black paint to dot eyes. Let dry. Dip toothpick in white to dot highlights on eyes and cheeks. Using a fine-line black marker, draw eyebrows, lower lashes, and pen stitching details on face.
  6. Glue curly raffia around top and sides of head for hair, framing face (refer to photo). Glue and insert two toothpicks halfway into flat side of one uncovered half ball. Apply glue to extended ends of toothpicks and then attach the half ball to top of head.
  7. In succeeding steps, use straight pins to secure fabrics to foam while glue dries.
  8. Tear a 12" x 36" strip of muslin. Gather fabric lengthwise at center with your fingers and tie with jute. Fold gathered fabric in half for collar. Glue collar (fold line only) below scarecrow's face approximately 1-1/2" from smile.
  9. Cut one 2" x 22" strip and one 19" x 14" rectangle from denim. Tie denim strip in a bow and glue to center top of collar. Trim ends of bow diagonally. Wrap denim rectangle around top of head with attached half ball, overlapping at center back for a hat. Fold up a 1-1/4" cuff around bottom of hat and spot glue to secure. Glue hat seam at back. Tie a 10" length of jute around top of hat, leaving ends intact to tie to wreath later.
  10. Tear a 2" x 32" strip of plaid fabric and wrap it around denim hat for a hatband (refer to photo). Overlap and glue ends, trimming as necessary.
  11. Fold remaining 12" x 32" rectangle of plaid fabric in half lengthwise right sides together and glue long edges. Turn tube right side out and lightly stuff center with fiberfill to within 4" of each end. Insert a muslin-covered half ball into each end of tube, letting curves peek out one-third beyond fabric to form hands and sleeves. Glue to secure. Tie jute in a bow around each sleeve just above hand.
  12. Place scarecrow head on inside center bottom of wreath. Separate muslin collar layers, draping one half over front of wreath and other half over back. Glue back half of collar to wreath. Tie jute at top of hat around wreath to anchor scarecrow head. Center and glue sleeve tube behind bottom back of head, letting arms and hands hang down over front of wreath (refer to photo).
  13. Using pattern, transfer sign lettering to wood slat. Trace over lines with broad- and fine-line black markers. Use fine-line marker to draw a wavy border around edges of sign (refer to photo).
  14. Cut two 5" lengths of jute. Fold each length in half to form a loop and then tie knots in both ends. Glue knotted ends of one loop to a top back corner of welcome sign and back of corresponding hand. Repeat for remaining loop, making sure sign hangs properly. Trim a few small silk leaves from wreath and then glue to sign (refer to photo).

Napkins: Glitter Leaves & Acorns

Napkins: Glitter Leaves & Acorns
Rating: 51
Napkins: Glitter Leaves & Acorns
What you need:
  • 4 plain linen napkins
  • Fall themed stencils
  • Stencil daubers or brushes
  • Fabric medium
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Cotton cloth or rag
  • Iron
  • Martha Stewart Multi Surface Glitter Paint Colors:
  • Brownstone
  • Sugar Cube
  • Peridot
  • Fire Opal
  • Florentine Gold
  • Garnet
What you do:
  1. Wash, dry and iron your napkins. Do NOT use fabric softener. Fabric softener (dryer sheet or liquid) can get into the fibers of your fabric and interfere with the paint adhesion process.
  2. Mix your paint with fabric medium according to the directions on the fabric medium bottle.
  3. Position stencil onto fabric in the corner of the napkin. You can use Painter's Tape to hold the stencil down if you prefer.
  4. When stenciling, you do not want to load your dauber with too much paint. In fact, it's best to have some paper towel or craft rag nearby for blotting off the excess paint.
  5. Apply the first layer over the stencil. If you don't seem to be getting enough glitter onto the project, use a plastic dish or paint pallet to dab off excess, some glitter will come off and remain on the pallet. You can "scrape" that glitter up with your dauber and add it to your project.
  6. Carefully lift stencil and clean it off before using it again.
  7. Create a multicolor affect by layering several different colors of paint onto one design. Use one color for the base and a brighter color around the edges for a bold look.
  8. Allow paint to dry overnight.
  9. The next day you will want to heat set your design. Set iron to appropriate temperature for the fabric your napkins are made from.
  10. Place some undiluted white vinegar into a small spray bottle. Vinegar will help to preserve the color of your design. Hold a clean cotton rag or cloth over your sink and mist it with the vinegar. Do not saturate the cloth, just mist it, and do not spray your painted design directly. Place the damp side of the cloth over the painted design.
  11. Press your iron (do not push the iron back and forth, just press down firmly but gently) over the damp cloth and painted design. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat as needed to cover the entire design.
  12. Wait 5-6 days before washing (hand washing is best).

Santa Chimney Place Setting

Santa Chimney Place Setting

For this project I used Sno-Tex snow texture paint, Chalkboard paint, and Patio Paint. Man I love this Patio Paint! Have you ever used this? This was my first time and the coverage on this pot is amazing. I’ve painted a LOT of clay pots in my time and after this will never use regular acrylic paint again. Ev-er.
Santa Chimney Place SettingFirst you’ll paint the clay pot. To make the bricks, just use a small rectangle cut from a household sponge. Then put a layer of Snotex around the rim.
Santa Chimney Place SettingTo make the legs you’ll twist chenille together to make it a fatter piece, then twist them around a pencil or paint brush to coil them.
Santa Chimney Place SettingHis body is made from a Styrofoam egg. Paint glue on the fat end and cover in glitter. Put a toothpick into the narrow end, this helps it stand up in the pot. The legs go in the ‘red’ end, using a toothpick to create holes in the egg helps a lot. The shoes are made from a small egg cut in half and glittered in black. I actually didn’t have a small egg, so I used half of a ball, cut that in half, then shaped them. The egg would be easier, hence me suggesting it to you ;-)
Santa Chimney Place SettingThe full instructions are below, hope you have fun!
Santa Chimney Place Setting
  • Supplies:
  • 1 small terra cotta pot
  • Patio Paint: cream and reddish-brown
  • Black chalkboard paint
  • SnoTex snow texture paint
  • 1 medium Styrofoam egg
  • 1 small Styrofoam egg
  • 2 glittery red chenille stems
  • 1 white chenille stem
  • 10 small glittery white pom poms
  • Fine glitter: red and black
  • 2 toothpicks
  • 1 small wood rectangle (cardboard will work too!)
  • You’ll also need:
  • household sponge
  • paintbrush
  • white craft glue
  • hot glue gun
  • white chalkboard pen
  • cotton balls
  1. First, paint your terra cotta pot with cream paint. Allow it to dry, then use a small rectangular piece cut from a household sponge to add the reddish-brown bricks. Let dry.
  2. Apply snow texture paint to the rim of the pot using a palette or a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
  3. Fold a red chenille stem in half and cut to create two equal pieces. Twist the two pieces together to form one thicker piece. Repeat with second chenille stem. Now coil each of them around a pencil or pen, slide off.
  4. Cut the small Styrofoam egg in half lengthwise, these are Santa’s boots. Insert a coiled chenille stem into the round half of one of the egg pieces. Repeat with other chenille stem. Coat the “boots” with white glue and sprinkle with black glitter. Tap off excess and set aside to dry.
  5. Insert a toothpick into the smaller end of the large Styrofoam egg. Paint the larger end with white glue. Sprinkle red glitter all over the glue and tap off excess. Set aside to dry (hint: if you have floral foam stick the toothpick into the foam. If not, simply use a cardboard egg carton).
  6. While the painted pot and the glitter eggs are drying, paint the wood rectangle with black chalkboard paint. Hot glue the second toothpick to the back of the “sign”. Use chalkboard pen to write your guest’s name on the sign. Add some snow texture paint to the top of the sign. Allow everything to dry.
  7. Place 2-3 cotton balls inside the clay pot. With toothpick pointing down, insert the large red glitter egg into the pot. Pull additional cotton balls into pieces and tuck them into the pot around the glitter egg to help support it.
  8. Cut white chenille stem in half. Carefully twist around Santa’s legs to create pant cuffs. Secure with glue. Insert the chenille legs into the red glitter egg (Santa’s bottom) and secure with white glue. You can create small holes in the egg first by poking a pencil into it, then inserting the chenille.
  9. Hot glue the white glitter pom poms in a circle around the red glitter egg to create the bottom of Santa’s coat.
  10. Insert the personalized sign into the terra cotta pot and secure with glue.

Santa Chimney

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Crocheted Barbie Clothes

Strapless Jumpsuit

Work entire jumpsuit in back loop only.
Rnd 1: Beginning at top edge of bodice chain 24. Join with a slip stitch to form ring. Chain 2, single crochet in each stitch, join with a slip stitch to top of chain 2.
Rnd 2 - 18 Repeat Rnd 1, fasten off.
Rnd 19 Slip stitch front to back at center to form crotch.
Legs: Chain 2, single crochet around to slip stitch, join in top of chain 2.
Rnds 20-28: Repeat Rnd 19, fasten off.
For the second leg, join yarn at center crotch. Repeat 19-28, fasten off.
Belt: Chain 50, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, fasten off.

Halter Dress

Beginning at top edge of bodice, Ch 26 join with slip stitch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Chain 2, single crochet in each chain around, join in top of chain 2.
Rnd 2-12 Repeat Rnd 1.
Rnd 13: Chain 3 Double crochet in each single crochet, increase 4 double crochet evenly.
Rnds 14, 15,16,20,22, repeat Rnd 13.
Rnds 17,18,19,21,23, double crochet in each double crochet around.
Rnd 24 Double crochet in each double crochet, fasten off.
Tie: Chain 75. Fasten off. Attach tie to bodice front with single knot under first rnd in center.

Mink Stole (Works best with a fuzzy brown colored yarn.)

Chain 75
Rnd 1: Single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 2, turn.
Rnd 2-5 Double crochet in each stitch across. Chain 2, turn.
Rnd 6 Single crochet in each stitch across fasten off.
Attach Velcro dots to keep it closed.

Two Piece suit

Skirt: Work entire skirt in back loop only. Do not turn work at end of each round.
Rnd 1: Chain 22, join with slip stitch to form ring. Chain 2, single crochet in each chain around, join with slip stitch in top of chain 3.
Rnd 2: Increase ( 2 stitches instead of just one ) in first second single crochet, Double crochet in each of next 7 single crochet, increase in next single crochet, double crochet in each of next 7 single crochet, increase in next single crochet, double crochet in last 7 single crochet, join chain 3.
Rnd 3 Double crochet in each double crochet, join chain 3.
Rnds 4-12 Repeat Rnd 3, fasten off.
Jacket: Rnd1 Starting at lower edge of jacket chain 30. Double crochet in 2nd chain hook, double crochet in each chain across, chain 3, turn.
Rnd 2: Working in front loop only, double crochet in each double crochet. Chain 3, turn.
Rnd 3 Double crochet in each double crochet in back loop only chain 3, turn.
Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 2.
Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: Working in front loop, double crochet in each of next 6 double crochet, chain 6, skip3 double crochet, double crochet in each of 9 double crochet, chain 6, Double crochet in last 7 double crochet, chain 3, turn.
Rnd 7: Working in back loop, Double crochet in each of 5 double crochet, (skip 1 double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet )Twice, skip 1 double crochet, double crochet in each of next 10 double crochet, ( skip 1 double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet) twice, skip 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet in last 7 double crochet, fasten off.
Sleeves: Join yarn to inside of armhole. Working each rnd in front loop only, chain 2, double crocheting each double crochet around. Join with slip stitch in top of chain 3, chain 3 do not turn.
Rnd 2: Double crochet in each double crochet, skip last stitch, join, chain 3.
Rnd 3-4 Repeat rnd 2
Rnds 5-7 Double crochet in each double crochet around join chain 3, fasten off.
Repeat pattern for second sleeve.
Edge At front bottom edge with wrong side facing, work 3 single crochet in each side of double crochet. Work 2 single crochet in top corner, single crochet in each double crochet around neck edge, 2 single crochet in corner, 3 single crochet in each side of double crochet down front edge. Fasten off. To make a coat make main body of jacket longer depending on the length you would like the coat.
Using a specialty yarn you can make the jacket fuzzy or nubbly just make sure to use a very thin yarn.

Pocket book: Chain 7 and single crochet in each chain across until you have a square of about 3 inches by 3 inches. Fold bottom up and crochet sides together with a slip stitch. At the top of where the fold bottom meets the flap attach a jump ring on both sides and then attach a small piece of chain.

Necklaces and bracelets: Take small beading elastic and string small beads until you have the length that you want. Tie a knot.

Shell top: Make 2 squares. Chain 14, single crochet in each chain across chain 2, turn.
Rnd 2: In back loops only single crochet across, chain 2 turn
Rnd 3-6 Repeat Rnd 2, fasten off.
Shoulders. Attach and slip stitch across first 4 stitches, chain 1, turn.
Rnd 2: In back loops only single crochet across, chain 2, turn.
Rnd 3 Repeat Rnd 2, fasten off.
Repeat for second shoulder.
Take second square and whip stitch to shoulders then whip stitch side seams.

Slacks: Chain 24 and slip stitch to form ring. Working in back loop only, chain 2, single crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch to top of chain 2.
Rnd 2-9 Repeat rnd 1, fasten off.
Rnd 10 slip stitch front to back at center to form crotch.
Legs: Chain2, single crochet around to slip stitch, join in top of chain 2.
Rnds 11-18 Repeat rnd 10, fasten off.
For second leg, join at center crotch. Repeat rnds 11-18, fasten.

1/2 ounce of baby yarn or other thin yarn like mohair or sport yarns or metallic yarns for evening wear.
Size C crochet hook

Halloween cake stand

I was making these delicious Halloween  Cupcakes and noticed that they looked ridiculous on my normal cake stand. The cupcakes were so Halloweeny and my cake stand looked like it should be holding a wedding cake. I needed something different for my cupcakes to be displayed on, and I wanted it to be cheap.
I headed to the dollar store where I picked up a plate, a goblet (already partially black) and some candles (which turned in to me using fake spiderwebs instead, but I got the candles with good intentions). Each item only cost me $1.
I came home and used some black spray paint I already had from other various projects and lightly sprayed both the glass plate and the goblet.
My idea was to light the candle and stick it in the center of the goblet, which does look good but it turns out there isn't any air getting to the candle so it goes out pretty quick. Due to this, I switched over to putting fake spiderwebs inside the goblet instead, which I also like the look of.
Then put the plate on top of the goblet and you are done! Your new cake stand is ready for cupcakes.
Easy peasy. Give it a shot yourself if you are in need of a simple and cheap Halloween decoration, especially one to highlight the awesome cupcakes you are making.  

Halloween ice cream sandwich spiders

I wanted to make a fun dessert for Halloween, so here are my easy Halloween ice cream sandwich spiders!
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Candy eyes
  • Orange M&Ms
  • Cookie icing or royal icing
  • Black licorice shoelaces cut into 7 inch strands
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Ice cream

Using cookie icing as glue, attach two candy eyes and orange M&Ms to the top of a cookie. I like to put the cookie icing on the eye or M&M and then affix to the cookie.
Here's my finished spider top. You might need to wait 5-10 minutes for the cookie icing to set.
On a bottom cookie, add a scoop of ice cream. Cover the sides of the ice cream with sprinkles.
Drape four  black licorice shoe laces over the top of the ice cream scoop.
Attach your head and... voila!

Trick: I put the bottom cookies in the fridge to keep them cold so I could work with the ice cream and it wouldn't melt right away.

Candy Corn Scarecrow


Candy Corn is fun fall treat.  I love the each of the white, orange and yellow layers. When it is packaged as a cute candy corn Scarecrow who can resist it!

To make these adorable candy corn scarecrows you will need:

  • An empty glass bottle.  I reused a Starbucks frappuccino bottle.
  • Plastic cup
  • Yellow sharpie
  • Buttons
  • Candy Corn
  • Brown and orange paper scraps

Color your plastic cup with a yellow sharpie.  You could also use a yellow paper cup.  However, I like how the plastic curls and it was what I had on hand.  Trim your cup to the correct size, and cut slits to mimic straw.  Gently curl the edges.  Add a paper band to the hat as a finishing touch.  You could also embellish with flowers if you were making a girl scarecrow.

Glue on button eyes and a paper stitched mouth.  Fill your jar with Candy Corn and your little candy corn Scarecrow is all finished.
These little Scarecrows would make a great teacher gift or favors for your next party.  I was able to use recycled materials and make what I had on hand work.  ll I needed to purchase was the candy.  I love cute project that don’t cost anything to make!

I found this one.... let's have fun with it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halloween Garland

homemade halloween decorations

Materials for Homemade Halloween Decorations: Halloween Garland

homemade halloween decorations
What You Will Need
Felt: orange, green, black, white, pink, yellow Embroidery thread: orange, green, black, white, pink, yellow Buttons: 5 white, 2 green (About ½” with 4 holes) Jute or String (About 48”) Raffia Needle Scissors
Note: The finished garland is about 36” long. If you want your finished garland to be longer, just add a few more ghosts or pumpkins.

Instructions for Homemade Halloween Decorations: Halloween Garland

homemade halloween decorations
Step 1:
Print out the Halloween garland template. Trace and cut out 2 ghosts from white felt. Stitch around the border of the ghosts with black thread, using the running stitch. The stitches should be about 1/8” in from the edge. See photo A. Now cut out the eyes for the ghosts from black felt. Stitch them on with black thread using the running stitch around the edge. To make the mouth for the ghosts you will also use black thread. Start by drawing a light pencil line as a guide to where you will want the mouth. Then stitch the mouth using the back stitch. After you are done stitching the mouth, cut out the cheeks from pink felt. These will be stitched on using a French knot. Again, see photo A.
homemade halloween decorations
Step 2:
Trace and cut out 2 pumpkins from the provided template, using orange felt. Also cut out 2 leaves and 2 stems from green felt. Using the running stitch, stitch along the edge of the leaves. See photo B. Attach the stem to the pumpkin as you stitch along the top edge of the pumpkin, using the running stitch. Now continue to stitch along the edge and inner lines of the pumpkin. The stitches should be about 1/8” in from the edge. Again see photo B. Now attach the leaf to the pumpkin using the back stitch down the center of the leaf. Also stitch along the edge of the stem using the running stitch.
homemade halloween decorations
Trace and cut out the pumpkin face from black felt. Using the running stitch, attach the face to your pumpkin. See photo C. The yellow dots in the eyes were made using a French knot. Use the back stitch to add the vine to your pumpkin.
Step 3:
Trace and cut out 3 white candy corn tops, 3 orange middles, and 3 yellow bottoms. Place the white top piece on top of the orange middle piece with about 1/4” of overlap. Using the running stitch, stitch the white top to the middle with orange thread. Now using white thread, stitch the middle piece to the bottom piece. Now stitch the bottom piece with orange thread. See photo D.
homemade halloween decorations Step 4:
Sew a button onto the back of each pumpkin, ghost and candy corn. Sew it close to the top of the felt, using only the bottom 2 holes of the button. The top 2 holes will be used to attach the felt shape to the jute or string.
Step 5:
See our How to Make a Raffia Bow page to learn how to make these bows. Make 8 bows.

Step 6:
Cut about a 48" length of jute or string. Tie a loop at each end to hang it by. Then tie your garland pieces onto the string:
Start at one end with a raffia bow. Tie the bow on with about a 10" piece of raffia. Just wrap it around the bow's center and tie a knot in the back. The felt pieces will be tied on with a piece of embroidery thread anchored through the button. Your Halloween garland is now finished!
homemade halloween decorations
I found this one in 2010... very nice.

Witch Go Boom Broom

Trick or Treat!  This Witch Go Boom Broom is made with a secret you know what it is?  Pop cans!  Each witch is made from a smashed Pepsi can!  Cheap Halloween crafts like this are great for kids and adults alike and are a budget-friendly way to decorate for the holiday.  Halloween craft decorations like this Witch Go Boom Broom are great for both indoors and out.
Witch Go Boom Broom
  • One decorative broom
  • 3 Pepsi Cans
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Acrylic Paint in peach, black, white and red
  • Hot glue
  • Small piece of black craft foam with sparkles
  • Small amount of sphagnum moss (stolen from one of my silk flower arrangements)
  • Wide wired Halloween ribbon
  • Narrow orange ribbon

  1. Crush each can so that the top of the can faces the front. Take off the tab and spray paint the whole thing black.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  2. Paint the top of the can (the face), a peach color with acrylic paint.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  3. Add in the eyes and eyebrows.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  4. I gave them each a tooth, cutting a small piece of white card stock and gluing inside their mouths.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  5. I stole a handful of sphagnum moss out of one of my silk flower arrangements and using the hot glue, glued small amounts onto each witch for hair. This is an incredibly messy step. I ended up with moss all over me and my worktable. But is makes great witch hair.  Cut out three witch hats from your black craft foam and glue them onto the top of each witchy head. Add cheeks by mixing a drop of red with the white and adding to the witches faces.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  6. Glue the witches down onto the broom arranging them in a close group.

    Witch Go Boom Broom
  7. Use the wired ribbon and narrow orange ribbon to create a bow for the top of the broom.
  8. Hang on your door. Your little coven of witches can now greet your visitors. See- not so scary. Just a bunch of old witchy poos with poor dental hygiene. Awesome.

Pumpkin Beanie for baby (crochet)

Dress your little one up this Halloween by crocheting a pumpkin beanie. This is for the newborns zero to three months old. Danyel Pink sent us this project. It makes for a great gift if you know someone who is expecting around Halloween.

  • Size I-9 (5.5 mm) hook
  • 1 oz green worsted weight yarn
  • 2 oz orange worsted weight yarn
  • Yarn needle
*Both cotton and acrylic yarn will work well for this project.
Size: Newborn (0-3 months)
Stitch Guide: BL – back loop, CH – chain, HDC – half double crochet, SC – single crochet, SC2TOG – single crochet 2 together (decrease), SL ST – slip stitch, ST – stitch

Using orange, ch 25.
Row 1: hdc in BL of 3rd ch from hook, and in each st across, ch 2, turn. (23 hdc)
Row 2 – 23: hdc in BL of each st across, ch 2, turn.
Row 24: hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn.
Joining both ends, sl st down entire length of hat through both sides, fasten off and weave in ends.
Using green yarn, join with sc at top of hat near back seam.
sc evenly around (about 24 sc), do not join. When you arrive back at your 1st sc, begin sc2tog continuously around, until 4-5 stitches remain.
Now, sc in each st around for about 6 rounds so that you create a 1-1 ½” stem. Fasten off, tuck tail inside hat, and weave in ends.
Using green, ch 20.
Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ST to end. Fasten off.
Using starting and ending tails, tie the vine between any 2 stitches on stem. See photo for suggested placement.

Monday, September 9, 2013

yarn ball wreath

Get the adorable look of a yarn ball wreath without wasting yarn. Instead, use your yarn scraps to make the cutest festive wreath ever. Depending on the colors of yarn used, your Scrappy Yarn Ball Wreath can work for any occasion. Give this darling decoration to your knit-loving grandma or your non-stop-crocheting friend as a sweet gift they'll cherish for years to come. It's a shame to waste any materials, so use your extra yarn and learn how to make a wreath that rocks.

  • Aleene's® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
  • STYROFOAM® brand foam - balls (10) - 3"
  • Toothpicks
  • Yarn, 1 skein each, lime, leaf green, turquoise
  • Fat quarter fabric, red
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Knitting needles, 13” bamboo

  1. Wrap foam balls with yarn just to cover foam. Wrap desired amount with desired colors.
  2. Add a dab of Quick Dry Tacky Glue to end of yarn then press under yarn. Let dry.
  3. Lay finished balls on work surface and form into circle. Determine where one ball touches the next then apply a circle of glue to one ball. Immediately insert toothpick in center of glue circle then press to next ball pressing to secure. Continue gluing remainder of two ball sections.
  4. Glue sections together using same method forming wreath. Let dry.
  5. To create bow, cut 6” wide and 8” wide strips from lengthwise of fabric. Fold fabric, wrong side together, and overlap about 1” on sides and press. Apply a thin bead of glue along one edge then press other side in place forming a tube. Let dry. Repeat step with other strip.
  6. Place tube, right side down on work surface. Fold ends to center overlapping about 1”. Determine correct size for bow and trim ends if needed for desired size. Glue overlap in place. Cut a 4” piece from thinner tube, fold in half and glue edges together. Let dry. Cut a 12” length from thinner strip. Fold over ends at an angle and glue in place. Layer bow on top of strip and pinch together center. Wrap small section around center forming bow. Overlap ends about ½” then glue in place, holding with a pin if needed until dry.
  7. Place bow where desired on wreath then apply glue to back of center and press in place. If needed, hold with pins until dry.
  8. Insert knitting needles crossed under bow.


Santa Gnome Ornaments (crochet)

These little guys are so cute you'll want to keep them out year round. The Santa Gnome Ornaments are a cute way to add a homemade touch to your holiday decorations. These little mantle toppers look complicated, but are an easy Christmas ornament for you to make for yourself or give to others as gifts. Hang them on your tree or place them around the house. Wherever these little Santa Gnome Ornaments are, they'll put a smile on someone's face.

Santa Gnome Ornaments
Santa Gnome Ornaments
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Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein each, 0312 Black A, 0319 Cherry Red B, 0334 Buff C, 0316 Soft White D
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4.5 mm [US 7]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • One pair 6 mm safety eyes
  • Fiberfill

GAUGE: 18 sts = 4” (10 cm), 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
K = knit
mm = millimeter
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
( ) = work instructions in parenthese as indicated
Special Stitches
Knit Increase – (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) in next st (4 stitch increase).
M1 = Make 1 (Increase) – Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and knit strand through the back loop, twisting the stitch to prevent a hole in the fabric.
SSK = Slip, slip, knit (Decrease) – Slip next 2 stitches as if to knit, insert point of left needle through front of stitches, knit these stitches together through back loop (1 stitch decrease).

1. Ornament is worked in one piece, beginning with the triangular base.
2. Beard and hat trim are worked separately and sewn to ornament.
3. If desired, ornament can be worked in rounds on double-pointed needles, to reduce the amount of seaming.


With A, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2 (Right side): K1, M1, K1: 3 sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1: 5 sts.
Row 5: Purl across.
Row 6: K1, M1, knit across to last st, M1, K1: 7 sts.
Row 7: Purl across.
Row 8: Knit across.
Row 9: Purl across.
Row 10: K1, M1, knit across to last st, M1, K1: 9 sts.
Row 11: Purl across.
Row 12: K1, M1, knit across to last st, M1, K1: 11 sts.
Row 13: Purl across.
Row 14: Knit across.
Row 15: Purl across.
Row 16: K1, M1, knit across to last st, M1, K1: 13 sts.
Row 17: Purl across.

Row 18: Cast on 13 sts, knit across: 26 sts.
Row 19: Cast on 13 sts, purl across: 39 sts.
Row 20: K13, (place marker, K13) across.
Row 21: Purl across, drop A.
Row 22: With B, K2tog. (knit across to 2 sts before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog) twice, knit to last 2 sts, SSK; 33 sts.
Row 23: Purl across.
Row 24: Knit across.
Rows 25-29: Repeat Rows 23 and 24 twice, then Row 23 once more.
Rows 30-37: Repeat Rows 22-29, drop B: 27 sts.
Rows 38-41: With C, repeat Row 22-24, then
Row 23 once more: 21 sts.
Row 42: K10, work Knit increase, knit across: 25 sts.
Row 43: P10, P5tog, purl across: 21 sts.
Row 44: Knit across.
Row 45: Purl across.
Row 46: Repeat Row 22, drop C: 15 sts.
Row 47: With B, purl across.
Row 48: Knit across.
Rows 49-53: Repeat Rows 47 and 48 twice, then Row 47 once more.
Row 54: Repeat Row 22: 9 sts.
Rows 55-61: Repeat Rows 47-53.
Row 62: (K2tog, K1) across: 6 sts.
Rows 63-69: Repeat Rows 47 and 48 twice, then Row 47 once more.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end for sewing. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches; draw up firmly; fasten securely.
With D, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2 (Right side): K1, M1, K1: 3 sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: K1, M1, knit across: 4 sts.
Rows 6-17: Repeat Rows 3-5, 4 times: 8 sts.
Row 18: Knit across.
Row 19: Purl across.
Rows 20-25: Repeat Rows 18 and 19, 3 times.
Row 26: K4, M1, knit across: 9 sts.
Row 27: K3, bind off 3 sts, knit across: 6 sts.
Row 28: K3, cast on 4 sts, knit across: 10 sts.
Bind off all sts in knit, leaving a long end for

Hat Trim
With D, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2 (Right side): K1, work Knit increase, K1: 7 sts.
Row 3: P1, P5tog, P1: 3 sts.
Row 4: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern until piece measures long enough to fit around base of Hat.
Bind off all sts in knit.

Hat Pompom
With D, pick up and knit 1 st in tip of Hat.
Row 1 (Right side): Work Knit increase: 5 sts.
Row 2: P5tog.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end for sewing. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitch; fasten securely
Following package directions, attach one safety eye on each side of nose.
Thread yarn needle with Beard long end. Using photo as a guide, sew beard to face.
Thread yarn needle with Hat Trim long end.
Using photo as a guide, sew hat trim around lower edge of hat.
With A, sew side edges of Base to cast-on edges of Sides.
With matching color yarn sew back seam, stuffing piece before finishing.
Finished Size 3½” (9 cm) wide (across base) x 8½” (22 cm) tall

Hippie Chic Maxi Skirt

Show off your groovy side and create your own Hippie Chic Maxi Skirt. Easy skirt patterns are great for beginning sewers and this project will help you expand your skills. You can even create a fitted waistband for a more flattering fit and cool look.

Hippie Chic Mini Skirt
  • Measuring tape
  • Wrapping paper or newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors
  • 1-1/2 yards knit fabric-45 inches wide
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  1. Measure your waist. Add 2 inches and divide the total by 2. Note: Your true-waist is often not the waist where you wear clothing with a waistband. I tend to wear waistbands lower than my true-waist. When measuring your "waist", measure where you actually want the skirt waistband to be.

    Hippie Chic Maxi Skirt
  2. Trace a rectangle on wrapping paper or newspaper that is the waistband measurement by 12 inches. Cut out the rectangle. This is your waistband pattern.

  3. Measure from your waist measurement to the floor. Add 2 inches.
  4. Trace your skirt pattern on wrapping paper or newspaper. The top of the skirt is the waistband measurement, the bottom is 36 inches wide and the length of the skirt is the waist to floor measurement. Note: The pattern will resemble a triangle with the tip cut off. Cut out the pattern.
  5. Lay the both patterns on stretchy, knit fabric. Position the length of the skirt pattern and the 12-inch sides of the waistband pattern to run with the grain of the fabric. Pin the patterns to the fabric and cut out. You need to cut two skirt pieces and two waistbands.

    Hippie Chic Maxi Skirt
  6. Place the two skirt pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Pin the sides. Sew the pinned sides using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  7. Place the two waistbands together with the right sides facing each other. Pin the 12-inch sides. Sew the pinned sides using a zigzag stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. The waistband is now a ring.

  8. Open the waistband into the ring shape. Fold the ring in half from one cut edge to the other with the wrong sides facing each other. Turn the skirt right side out. Place the folded ring over the top of the skirt
    with the raw edges of the waistband at the top. Pin the raw edges of the waistband to the waistband of the skirt. Sew the pinned edge using a zigzag stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  9. Fold the waistband up. The construction of the maxi skirt is now finished.
  10. Put the skirt on. Fold half of the waistband down. With the help of a friend place a pin on the bottom of the skirt at the desired length. Remove the skirt and lay it flat. Cut the skirt at the pinned length measurement. No hemming is required. If a hem is desired, cut the skirt longer to accommodate folding and stitching the hem.

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Halloween Kitty Litter Cake

Kitty Litter Cake - gross Halloween party food

The kitty litter cake has been around for quite a few years. I made one 7 years ago when my daughter was in 5th grade and hosted a Halloween party. Now she’s a senior in high school and asked me to make the cake again, only this time she was having a group of friends over for a bon fire. So if you want some gross Halloween party food, the kitty litter cake is always a hit! Only the bravest will actually try it, but those that do will giggle, laugh and then say “mmm!”.
So for those of you who have never eaten or made a kitty litter cake it’s basically just cake mix, pudding, cookies and Tootsie Rolls. Let’s get started shall we?
Kitty Litter Cake - gross Halloween party foodOne of the main reasons this cake looks so real is due to the small amount of cookie crumbs that you will color with a little bit of green food coloring. This makes it look like the green chloraphyll in cat litter.
Kitty Litter Cake - gross Halloween party foodThe cake itself is made up of two separate baked cake mixes, a chocolate and a white or yellow, crumbled up. Then there’s the entire package of vanilla sandwich cookies you’ll crush up too.
Kitty Litter Cake - gross Halloween party foodIn a brand new kitty litter pan, you take the two cakes, half of the cookie crumbs, and then you’ll add a package of prepared pudding. Vanilla is the norm, but I used pistachio. Once it’s mixed up, you heat some Tootsie Rolls in the microwave to soften them and stretch them out to look like turds. Yum.
Kitty Litter Cake - gross Halloween party foodThen sprinkle the rest of the crumbs on top, then finish with the green crumbs. Add a few more turds and you’re done! have fun and Happy Halloween!
Kitty Litter Cake
Rating: 51
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix (I used pistachio)
  • 1 package vanilla sandwich cookies
  • Green food coloring
  • 12-15 small Tootsie Rolls
  • 1 new kitty litter pan
  • 1 new Pooper Scooper
  1. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans but 13×9 is easiest). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about ¼ cup. To the ¼ cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using fingers until an even green color.
  2. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into the new litter box. Toss with half the remaining cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it.
  3. You don’t want it soggy. Combine gently.
  4. Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top.
  5. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top. (This is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.) Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Serve with new popper scooper.