Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Here is what my hair looked like after the fishtail braid tutorial:

Much better!

I combed it out and quickly ran the flat iron over it, just to tame a little of the frizz (not to straighten it).

- Separate hair into two equal sections at the back of the head. Fishtail braiding requires only two sections (not three, like a classic or French braid).

- Use your index fingers to pull out a half-inch section of hair from the area near the base of your ear on the right section of your head. Cross it over to the left section. (It’s important to pull sections from underneath when you cross over to that scaly look.)

- Repeat with a half-inch piece from the left section, crossing it over to the right. Don’t worry if layers start to fall out of the braid. It gives the look a pretty, effortless feel.

- Continue adding half-inch pieces until you reach the ends, and secure with an elastic. Pull on the braid a bit to loosen it. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make it perfect. If there’s a bump 
or knot, leave it.

Pumpkin Bread

1/3 cup vegetable oil
5 eggs
1-16 oz can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
2-3oz pkg INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 recipe cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 2 large loaf pans.  Set aside.  Mix oil, eggs, and pumpkin in mixing bowl and beat well.  Add flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda to the pumpkin mixture and stir until blended.  Stir in dry pudding and nuts.  Pour into prepared loaf pans.  Bake for 1 hour.  Frost the top with cream cheese frosting if desired.  Makes 2 large loaves. 

Glitter Spider Webs

The materials I used to make these Glitter Spider Webs were Elmer’s glue, purple glitter, parchment paper or wax paper, purple ribbon and felt spider stickers. I used parchment paper because that’s what I had at the time. You could use wax paper.
I first created my spider web using glue. See photo below for a visual step-by-step.
I sprinkled glitter – a generous amount -  on the glue web. Notice in the left part of the photo below, how the spider web is fully covered. I mean you can’t even see the white glue. I wanted these spider webs to be very glittery. I dumped the extra glitter onto a paper towel.
TIP:  I folded the paper towel and then put the extra glitter back into the glitter container. I didn’t want to waste any glitter.
I let the spider web dry for at least 24 hours. This step is important. The glue needs to be completely dry.
I slowly and carefully removed the spider web off of the parchment paper.
I attached the cute spider onto the web. The back of the spiders had an adhesive dot already attached. This made it easy to attach to the glitter spider web.
I used ribbon to hang the spider webs.
I found this here:

Christmas "Sweet Treats"


One large glass (Walmart-under $1.00)

Fuzzy socks, Christmas hat, scarf or anything that can be rolled with the looks of Ice Cream!

Candy Canes

Red Candy Pixie sticks

Christmas candy picks (Hobby Lobby $1.00-50% off)


Christmas tags


I used a scarf in my blizzard. I rolled it and puffed up the top to a tip. I added candy canes, pixie sticks and Christmas candy pick. Tie a ribbon, add a tag and welcome Christmas Smiles!

Christmas Swiss Roll:
How to make a Christmas Swiss Roll:


One Brown Washcloth

One White Washcloth

One Elastic

One Christmas Tag

One Candy Cane

Christmas Ribbon

Recipe: Take one white and brown wash cloth. Fold each washcloth to the middle, roll the two washcloths together.

Place elastic around the folded wash cloths to keep in place. Next, add candy cane, ribbon and Christmas tag.

Enjoy your Swiss Cake Roll with your Christmas Blizzard!


Fabric Ghosts Offer Lasting Boos!

  • Extra thick thread
  • Two googly eyes
  • Two square pieces of fabric (suggested: 15 inches by 15 inches)
  • Needle
  1. Place a square piece of fabric on the ground.

  2. Grab the second piece of fabric and bunch it all up into a ball.

  3. Place the rolled up fabric in the center of the square piece.

  4. Grab the bunched up fabric from underneath the square piece and let the loose fabric hang down straight.

  5. Grab the fabric tight in your fingers.

  6. Tie a string aroung the entire neck. Pull as tight as you can, without breaking your thread.

  7. Take your threaded needle and slide in through the top of the ghosts head.

  8. Tie it into a knot and cut the thread about 16 inches or so depending on how low you want them to hang from what you are hanging them from.

  9. Use hot glue and glue on some beady eyes.

  10. There you have it, a friendly cloth ghost!

  11. Now grab your helper and head outside.

  12. Add one to your wreath for a fresh Halloween look.

  13. Hang a bunch and there you have it a ghost tree.


Candy Cane Whoopie Pies

Candy Cane Whoopie Pies
  • Dark chocolate cake mix like devils food or chocolate fudge
  • Tub of white icing like cream cheese or vanilla
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Whoopie Pie pan
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease whoopie pie pan.
  3. Prepare cake mix as per package directions except only add 1/2 of the specified amount of water. The cake mix should resemble paste, nice & thick.
  4. Drop teaspoon full of mixture in each whoopie pie cavity.
  5. Bake for 8-10 mins.
  6. Continue until all cake mix is used.
  7. Remove pies from oven and let cool on a wire backing rack.
  8. Once cooled spread generously with icing and make a cookie sandwich.
  9. Roll icing edges in crushed candy cane.

Crochet Turkey Coasters And Ornament

Finished size: Approximate 6 1/2″ (W) x 5 1/2″ (H)
Gauge: not important as long as the yarn label said it is suitable for 2.5mm to 3.5mm hook.
Materials & Tools:
1. Yarn, acrylic baby yarn, 5 – 6 colors.
2. Crochet hook, 3mm
3. Felt – White, Black and Red
4. Sewing thread – White, Black and Red
5. Sewing needle
6. Scissors
sl knot = slip knot
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch (to fasten)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fo = fasten off
Rnd = round
Crochet Pattern:
Work on right side only, unless stated otherwise.
sl knot on hook to begin.
Rnd 1 – ch 4, 14dc into 1st ch, slst to the 4th ch at the beginning rnd. This will give you a total 15 sts in a rnd, counting the 3chs at the beginning rnd as the first 1 dc stitch. (15 sts)
Rnd 2 – ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around. slst to the 3rd ch at the beginning rnd. fo. (30 sts)
Rnd 3 – New color: ch3, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat * around. slst to the 3rd ch at the beginning round. fo. (45 sts)
Rnd 4 – New color: ch1, sc around. fo. (45 sts)
Row 1 – New color: ch3, dc in same st, ch1, 2dc in same st, *skip 2 sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st, repeat * until you have made 10 sets. fo.
Row 2 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, dc in same space, ch1, 2dc in same space, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
Row 3 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, 2dc in same space, ch1, 3dc in same space, *(3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
Row 4 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, 5dc 6dc in same space, *6dc 7dc in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
Follow the front pattern with 1 color only.
When making the tail, you can either follow the front pattern by working on right side only, that is fo at every rnd and start at the first ch1 space of previous rnd.
Turn your piece to the other side to work without have to fo at each rnd. Make 2 to 3 slst at the beginning of each rnd to get to the ch1 space before beginning the first ch3 for the new rnd. Don’t fo and continue with the next step by joining the front and back pieces up.
Hook Loop: Make a loop at the middle of the tail with ch 10 and slst to the last sc.
Weave in all ends to neaten both front and back pieces.
Joining Front & Back
(Sew facial assemblies on the front before joining the front and back piece. Detail on sewing, please read further down.)
The tail outlining and detailing are made while joining both front and back pieces. All stitches must go through both pieces for joining up.
Place the front piece on top of the back piece, with wrong side facing each other. Line up edges.
Side edge of the tail: *1sc (at the corner to the tail and go through both layers), ch 1, repeat * until you reach the body.
Body & feet: sc in next 7 sts, [make foot: ch 2, *ch 2, sc on 2nd ch from hook, slst to 2nd next ch, repeat * 3 times, sc on next st, sc in the same st of last sc before making foot], sc in next 4 sts, repeat make foot, sc in next 6 sts.
Side edge of the tail: *ch 1, 1sc, repeat * until you reach the corner of the tail
Tail outline and joining:
* sc in next 7 sts. sc in between the 2 shells.
Ch 1, sc around the row below (in between the same 2 shells you just did, only on row 7).
Ch 1, sc around row 6.
Ch 1, sc around row 5 (there are 2 skipped sts available, 1 sc into the closest one, ch 1, then sc into the other).
Ch 1, sc around row 6.
Ch 1, sc around row 7.
Ch 1, sc around row 8.
Facial Assembly: Do this before joining the front and back piece.
1. Cut 2 pcs. of 3/4″ diameter of white felts, 2pcs. of 1/2″ diameter of black felts, 3/4″ red beak and 1 1/4″ long snood.
2. Sew on the front of the turkey with respective color thread.
Get ready some fall color yarns, for example shades of brown, orange, yellow, grey and white.
Cut eyes, beak and snood from felt.

Plan the color combo and arrangement or refer to above photos for suggestion.
Slip knot on crochet hook, crochet 4 chains.

crochet turkey bodyFollow crochet pattern above (rnd 1 to rnd 4) to make the turkey body.
Begin to crochet turkey tail by making 10 sets of “2dc,ch1,2dc” for row 1.
Always begin each row from right hand side with right side facing you.

crochet turkey tailFollow crochet pattern above (row 1 to row 4) to make the turkey tail.
stitch turkey faceOnce the front is done, weave in all ends to neaten.
Sew facial of turkey to the body.

crochet coaster backCrochet the back with single color yarn by repeating the front pattern, except that you can choose to either follow exactly, or, turn your piece as you work on the the tail.
Make a 10 chains hook loop at the middle of the last row.

join front and backPlace the front piece on top of the back piece, with wrong side facing each other. Line up edges.
Crochet along the edge towards the body. Stitches must go through both layers.
Crochet feet.
Crochet towards the turkey tail.

Single crochet 7 stitches on the shell and 1 stitch between the 2 shells.
Crochet 1 chain, then single crochet again between 2 shell on the following row.
Repeat the stitches until you get to the bottom.
Single crochet in the first skip stitches of round 5, chain 1, single crochet on the second skip stitch.
Go up to the top again.

join and detailing the tailContinue to crochet by repeating the stitches for the rest of the tail details.
crochet turkey coaster and ornamentSlip stitch and fastern off the yarn when you reach the first stitch of the joining process.
Weave in the end.

Crochet Turkey Coasters Ornaments

Fall Leaves Centerpiece

  • STYROFOAM* Brand Products:
    • Disc, 9" x 1-1/4"
    • Ring, 9" x 1-1/4" x 3/4"
  • Assorted silk florals: 3 green yarrow; 1 bunch each small and medium fall leaves; 1 dozen each yellow and red asters; two stems button berry sprays; three sunflowers; six each brown and yellow mums; one dozen assorted small flowers
  • Floral bowl with candlestick base, 6-1/2" tall, 6-3/4" dia. at top
  • Spray paint: ivy green, brass, gold glitter
  • Candle, 3" x 9", coordinating color
  • Ruler
  • Hurricane globe, 12"
  • Wire cutters
  • Newspapers
  • Round toothpicks
  • Steel wool, fine
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  1. Center and glue foam ring to top of disc.
  2. Clean and scuff floral bowl with steel wool.
  3. Spread newspapers over work area. Spray container brass. Spray wreath ring/disc ivy green. Very lightly mist fall leaves with gold glitter spray.
  4. Using wire cutters, trim stems of leaves and berries from 4" to 6" in length and stems of flowers from 1" to 2" in length.
  5. Center and glue disc to top of floral bowl.
  6. Begin assembling arrangement by placing mums, sunflowers and yarrow around top of ring. Insert stems in foam ring and then glue in place. Fill in with smaller flowers. Reserving three berry and leaf stems for top of arrangement, insert leaf and berry stems in bottom edge of disc, so they trail down over bowl. To insert leaves and other stems without wires, use a toothpick to make a hole in the foam and then glue stem in hole. Finish, filling in with remaining flowers and foliage.
  7. Set candle in center of disc; place hurricane globe over candle.