O frabjous day!

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Callooh! Callay!

It truly is a frabjous day, I have finally finished the octagon blanket!

Octie-is-finally-done

I first told you about this crazy guy over a year ago. When I started him, there were so many other things I was working on, that he kind of ended up on the back burner. Life took hold and he spent most of the last year yearning for my attention. If you remember,the hexagon blanket was for Vada, and the octagon is Kyla’s. She was very happy to finally have her “banket” done. (more…)

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Bracelets!!!! Craft Hope Project 12.

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I am happy to say that the lovely Jade of Craft Hope has announced Project 12! Bracelets for Russian orphans. Imagine the thousands of bracelets we can make together. It seems like such a small thing. Heck, my three year old’s will help me make a few this week. However, it is so much bigger then many of us can see. Many of these orphans feel as though they are worthless ~ as though no one cares about them. Something as simple as a handmade bracelet can change that. They will know that somewhere out there in the world is a person who cares enough about them to make this special gift. To experience the kindness of a stranger, some who will get nothing in return, can bring these children the hope they need. So I ask all of you to find at least the time to make one bracelet, though more is great. Do something to make the world a kinder place.

I stumbled upon this website after reading about Project 12. I will be making as many bracelets as I can between now and the deadline in June. I will do my best to post pictures of every bracelet I make, with links to the patterns used for (or that inspired) each one. (more…)

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Daddy’s Little Girl!

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No, I’m not talking about the twins. I’m talking about me! After doing many responsible adult~type things with our tax return, I went to Home Depot and had a bit of a shopping spree. Power tools!! My daddy always taught me the importance of having the right tool for the job. Well, I had designed a great portable bed for Pennsic (our big Medieval vacation in August) but I didn’t have the right tools. Glad I have Thor now. No way all these goodies would have fit in the old car.

Thor-is-ready-for-Pennsic-bed-building

The big box is hand-me-downs for the girls, but the rest is from my shopping spree. Now my car smells like a wood shop. It makes me happy. (more…)

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Limp Bound Journal

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This Saturday I will be teaching a class on Medieval Limp Binding. There are many wonderful tutorials online, some with all the history and sources for all the supplies. Here I will simply post a bit about how to actually do the binding. Please note that I am not using the proper supplies for this journal to be true to period, or even archival. The purpose of this free tutorial is simply to learn the steps of how to do the binding. I will be using this as my class handout, so it will make more sense to those who are in the class or who just need a reminder. If there is not enough explanation here for you, you may want to find a more in depth tutorial.

Limp-Bound-Journal-Step-1

I start with the pages. As you can see, my pages are 5 3/4″ by 3 3/4″. (more…)

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Plugging Away

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That’s me. Just working on finishing various half done crafts around the place. I just ran around and took a few snaps to show you all in blogland what I’ve been up to lately.

Last week I broke my rule about no new projects aside from holiday gifts or Craft Hope until I finish all the partially finished projects. There was a good reason, though: I kept loosing pencils. So I took a paper towel roll, a page from a board book the girls had torn up (I always keep old board books that are not in good enough shape to pass on, they come in handy for crafts,) some scrapbook paper, and glue, and I created this little guy.

my-pencil-organizer

Rather nifty, isn’t he? And it really only took me the course of one program I was watching with the hubby.

Here we go, a project I had found in my closet. (more…)

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Quick, cheap and easy baby blanket

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With just 1 yard of fleece, a sewing machine, some yarn, and a crochet hook, you can make this quick and easy baby blanket!

Blanket Edging ~ free crochet tutorial by Jessie At Home

I wanted to be able to make as many safe birthing kits as possible for Craft Hope’s Project #11, and I wanted to include the optional bag, blanket and stuffed toy. As usual, money is tight. As usual, I’m not letting that stop me. So off I drove over snow and ice to the fabric warehouse. Boy was I happy that Thor (my trailblazer) is equipped with 4wd when I got to that parking lot. So on went the 4wd and bumpity~bump went Thor and I singing loudly along with the classic rock station.

After much searching through the store, I walked up to the cutting table with $2 a yard bag fabric I was happy with and some $4 a yard flannel I was just OK with. I told the lovely ladies behind the table what I was doing, and they had an even better idea. It seems I missed the table of fleece tucked away in the corner for only $3 a yard!! I took a look and found some adorable prints. There was even a lightweight, yet still sturdy, fleece; which is of course great for the warm climate of Haiti. I walked out of the store with enough fabric for 8 kits, and only spent $20!

I thought I would give you a bit of a tutorial on the blankets I am creating.

Ravelry Link (more…)

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