Friday, May 25, 2012

Foto Friday # 14 - Graduating

Isn't he the cutest baby ever? I figured it's a fitting picture, my son, and he is graduatin from High School tomorrow. then headed off to college in the fall.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wooden Bead Necklace

So I still seem to be on my jewerly kick! This ime it's not just a bracelet...

The other day I pulled out this really cute bracelet and earring set to wear..and realized that I didn't have a necklace to match. I had a couple of necklaces wth wood beads on them, but not an all wood one.
Light bulb!! I remember I had bought some wood beads for another project (that was an epic fail), dug them out along with a wood finish stain marker (you know the kind you use to cover up the dings in the wood furniture?). Here is what the beads looked like before I "stained" them:

I literally just colored them and let dry. It took a couple of days for the smell to go away :) Then I use some beadig wire (also from my stash) two small clear beads between the crimp bead and the woden ones. The hole in the wood beads it pretty big, I didn' want them sliding over the top of the crimp bead, hence the reason or the small clear ones. Added a clasp, and done. Here is the end result:

Cute, right?

 It turned out great. And is a very near match for the other two pieces.

I love it!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

New Bracelets

I am such a bracelet junkie....although I only wear them in the warm weather months. There's something about long sleeves and a bracelet, that gets tucked under, and is never seen, that bothers me. :-)

So my first bracelet day of the year was Saturday, and that just got me in the mood to make more. Because clearly I don't have enough. hahaha!

And of course being all about some Pinterest, I saw and pinned this, and figured it could just be make a smaller version for a bracelet.

About a year ago I bought a ton of these beads on clearance for about 50 cents each and I had plenty of thread leftover from making ruffled socks for my daughter (I will have to show those on another day). I was ready! In her tutorial, I think she made single strands and then grouped them together....but I was being super (and I mean super) lazy yesterday, so when I got the first strand done, I realized the scissors where on the other side of the room, and I didn't wanna get up to get them....I know, I know... #don'tjudgeme :-) Anyway, it actually worked out great. I just slipped stitched back and started a new strand. So all of my strands are connected to each other.

This picture is rather crappy, sorry

The only clasps I have on hand are sliver, so I had to go into Michael's to get some more.
I really like the way they turned out, so much so, I think I am going to make more.

These pictures really don't do them justice.

 I found this purple thread in my stash, and these beads at Wal Mart for a buck!

Here is what I did:

Add 100 beades to the thread (if you want more strands, add more beads in the beginning)
Chain  8
Add 1 bead, chain 1, until I had 20 beads (I have super tiny wrists, so small in fact that I can not wear bangles...ever. All my bracelets are the elastic ones, like I'm a kid). You will probably need to add more
Chain 8
Slip stitch down the other side 8 stitches
Add 1 bead, chain 1, until I had 20 beads
Slip stitch down the side 8 stitches, turn and slip stitch downt he other side 8 stitches
And repeat

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Foto Friday # 13 - Water

My new water bottle! My name is spelled Micci, but pronounced MICKEY. I love all things Mickey Mouse.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Foto Friday #12 - Pottery

First pottery piece my son made in his class. It was on display at the Living Arts and Science Center here in town.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

And Now it's a Set

I had some of the orange and yellow yarn left over from the dish towel, so I decided to make a potholder to match.

It took me a few tries to get the hole the way I wanted it, but finally I got it close to how I was picturing it in my head.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but I used the Waffle stitch (and a size F hook). Here is a close up:

And another picture:

You can see the stitch better here

And another:

This is the back. I love the mushroom paper in the background :-)

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Monday, May 7, 2012


I'm a pinterest junkie (like almost everyone else, rght?). I pin and pin and pin.....Every once in a while, I actually try out one of those pins. :)

This one is pretty simple, and looked really cool. So here is my take on it.

1.Went to Walmart and bught some Capri Suns (well, the Walmart version) and some strawberries. I didn't want to but a bunch of different fruits and then the thing turn out gross. Although I guess we could have just eaten the fruit alone. LOL
2. Walmart had these popsicle makers for $1.99.
3. I cut up the strawberries and dropped them into the the holder...I only used one and a half juice pouches, so we will be able to make plenty more.
4. The fruit was trying to float to the top. But once I added the tops, it kind of pushed it back down.

5. Had to run them under hot tap wate to loosen it up, and then they popped right out.
6. I used regular popsicle sticks for a couple of them, I figured my 17 year old didn't wanna be walking around with the colorful sippy straw handle.
7. Notice the ones that had the sippy hande kept the fruit down better.

As soon as she got in the car from school, the first thing out of her mouth was, "We need to hurry home for those popsicles." She really liked it!

My son (and I), were a little undecided. We determined later that the odd taste may have been the flavor combination. Also he doesn't like strawberries. I did make one without any fruit in it, and he said that it was really good.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

I Blocked...

Okay, so I finished the dish towel! It took longer because I thought I was going to have to order more yarn. Then one day I was going through a bag that had been living in the car forever and found two more balls of that color....along with a project that I started last fall and never finished. Anyway, I was able to finish without spending any more money. Yay Me!

It was looking a bit wonky so I decided to actually block it. I have never ever blocked anything before. I always wondered if it actually makes a real difference. Well, and I'm pretty lazy when it comes to that kind of "after the fact" work, so if I can get away without doing anything extra.... This time I figured I would give it a try. I had read around the web about it, so I had some kind of idea about what to do....not really :)

I had no idea if I should use a few pins or a lot of pins... I went with a lot. Pinned it to the mattress, sprayed it down (wasn't sure how wet to make it), and walked away. That night I went back and it was dry....hmmmm....I thought it was supposed to take longer, guess I didn't make it wet enough. Oh well, I unpinned it, and couldn't believe how much better it looked. The stitches looked great, the shaped was way less wonky. It made me happy. :)

I think I might start blocking everything now.

I'm a believer!

Here's a sneak peek at what's next....

Another project from this book

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Duct Tape And A Little Magic

Not that kind of Magic, this kind:

It's a card game that my son plays. Some days, he will randomly send me a text from school saying that he and some friends are playing and that he is winning. Of course my reply text is always...."What class are you in right now?" It's usually something like Pottery or Keyboarding so I just let it go. :)

Anyway, the box that they came in was pretty worn out from being carried around in his pocket,so he asked me to make him a new one. It always cracks me up, that my kids think I can make anything. After I gave it some thought, I took the box apart and traced it onto a file folder, folded it up, and then added duct tape to make it sturdy. 

I didn't put a top on it at first. That took another day to decide how I wanted it to close. I cut the top flap out separately and covered it in duct tape, the added it to the box. Attached Velcro dots, and it was done.

I probably could have done a better job at hiding the seams, but oh well.

My son seems to be happy with it!

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