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Baby Blanket

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This is my latest project. A baby blanket for a baby that should arrive very soon. This is a cotton and fleece blanket with a satin trim. It should be very warm and cozy.

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Statue Painting and Care

Concrete Turtle

Concrete Turtle

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If you take the step to paint you staturay you will have a longer lasting product

  • It is best to wait about 3 weeks before you paint the item. Concrete take a while to dry to a hard finish.
  • Wash the concrete with water only to take off any dust or other items.
  • It is best to use an exteiror latex paint deluted about 20%- 50%. It is good practire to do two layers of a base paint in while or black.
  • For detailing the exterior concrete paints work the best.
  • Adding an exterior latex  concrete sealer will help to protect the paint.
  • Let the items dry for 24 hours.
  • Place item on gravel or some other surface instead of on the ground. This will help prevent the concrete from soaking up water. Water is what causes the damage in concrete.

The concrete above was painted with a very thined out acrylic craft paint for a color-washed out look. After drying for a few days I will put a concrete sealer on top.

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Amusing Fabric Names

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Mill Creek Jelly Belly Multi Fabric

 

Usually this time of year I am very busy making all types of cookies, pies and planning for Christmas meals. This year with no visitors it is going to be a slow and quiet Christmas. It seems weird but I keep thinking I need to do something. I am not complaining because the lack of the rushing around has allowed me to continue with my sewing and craft projects. I noramally have to put it all away. So now I am in the process of making some pants for little man. II should finish them today to put under the tree.

It seems fabric have gone the way of wine labels in a quest to create amusing names for their fabrics some manes have gotten strange. Maybe laws have made the companies look for clever names for their fabrics becasue I don’t think anyone buys by name.  I know I don’t even look at the names. When I go into a fabric store or online I am looking at colors and certain prints. It was fun looking at fabric names and you might want to try it yourself to see what you find.  Caution: you will also find fabrics you want to buy!

 

1.  Ahoy Briny

Briny can mean sea but it it give me more images of salty water to me.

2. Wranglers Brite

I do not get this fabric with pin-up men all over.  Curtain maybe for a teen age girls room?

3. The British are Coming Scooters on cream

Then I suppose they are coming by land instead of by sea.

4. M&M’s Lentilicious Character Toss Fabric

I don’t get this name. Were are the lentils?

5. Finger Licking Good Cream Fabric

I really like this fabric. I like chickens but why did they name a rooster print finger licking good. Maybe the designer was hungry for KFC that day.

6.  Holy Mackeral Aqua

This fabric has fish, seaweed, starfish and more. I am not sure if they have mackerel or maybe they are coining anew word with the spelling for this surprising pretty print.

7.  Chain Link Dune

No dune can be seen on this fabric so I suppose they are calling the cream color dune. It has a belt chain print. Dang, no chain link fence for me.

8. Jelly Belly Multi Fabric

I like jelly beans but this fabric is not a candy print.

 

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Warm Fleece Blanket

I have really started to like the fleece fabric for its warmth and solfness. It is really great fabic for blankets, pajama bottoms, and jackets. I had purchased some coffee cup print fleece with the intent to make another pair of pajama bottoms but I did not have enough fabric so it became a two layer fleece blanket.   The other fleece was given to me. It was not the best quality and thin but was perfect for the secound layer since it did not make the blanket too heavy. I have made them before using the no sew method and tying the two layers together but I decided with this one I wanted a smoother banket edge. It was either using a silk type binding or the blanket stitch.  It is not that easy to do a blanket stitch that is even and the same distance apart. It took me about 3 hours to complete this project.
With a little practice it make a nice finish on you blanket.
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Very simple stich. I used a knot at the end of the thread that I hid inbetween the two layers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did not get the best even finish on the blanket but it was close and should keep the two fabic together for a long time. Now for a cup of hot eat and a warm fire while wrapped in this warm blanket.

 

 

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Object of My Dejection.”

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Hawaiian T-Shirt Quilt

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I have been working on this quilt on and off for a long time but I fianlly completed it this morning, YA! Now on to other sewing projects.

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Canning Lids Reused

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I can whenever I have excess fruits, vegeatbles meats  to  prevent waste. After using the canned products I end up with  lids that cannot be reused for canning.

I used  thow them out but it  felt wasteful although I was actually creating  less waste than a normal food consumer since I do reuse the mason jars and rings. Still I wanted to do better than throwing away 5 to 10  used canning lids per week. Recycling is not always pratical and many timesit makes more sense for consumers to reduce their usage of these products.

I decided to use them for plant markers and canning labels for my dry goods. This ended up being a very easy craft project.

I spray painted the lids  different colors, drilled holes, and then used a permanent marker to write with.  I am planning in the future to make wire holders to hang the labels but for now I can tie them to sticks. I did find that they do tend to get scratch easily so in the future I am going to try a gentle sanding or use a primer.

I really like the look of these labels and can’t wait to use them in the garden to help me remember the variety of the vegetables I planted.  I am also planning to hang them from the fruit trees to label them too. I have a variety of apples and pear trees and can usually remember which is which but it would be nice to be able to know when outside in the orchard without the need to look at the master plan as I plant more and more trees.

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While I was making them I remembered I had some chalk board paint. So I painted a few for my canning jars. These made easily to read labels that can be changed later for other ingredients.  I think I will make some for the canned food that I put into the pantry. I mark the top of each lid but do not like sticking labels on the glass. The problem is I need to tip the jar to look on top when checking. Some products looks the same in the jar.

Making an easy to read lid on an elastic band will solve this problem or just tying with ribbon or string.

 

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A Seedy Pumpkin

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This was a project I came up with for my amost three grandson. The pre-school wanted each child to bring a decorated, but not carved,  pumpkin to school  First finger painted the pumpkin.  After the paint dried I drew the shape of the eyes, nose and mouth .   Using school type glue we glued seeds to the areas. You can use any type of seeds but we used blue corn, red lentils, wheat, christmas limas and popcorn. After the seeds dried we shredded corn husks  and tried together. This was then tied onto the pumpkin to create the hair.

 

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Boys PJ Pants

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I saw this flannel material for sale and I purchased about 6 months ago. I never got around to doing anything this it. I decided tp search for easy pattern that I would be able to use to make fleece pants latter. I used to snicker at the fleece pants I would see people wear at some of the big box stores but after getting some fleece Pj pants a few weeks ago I changed my mind. They are so comfy and are not irritating like most of the sweat pants are. I still would not wear them outside of the home except for maybe a hospital trip. Inside the home comfort rules.

I figured that since this material is so comfy it would also be great for the little man during the winter. I plan to make some fleece tops to match. This very easy pattern was found at Sew Jereli. I lengthen the pattern since little man is thin but taller than average for his age but other than that the 2T size pattern worked really well. This pattern is true to size compared to patterns made by the big pattern companies. No trying to measure a squirming child to get the right size. So a couple more of these in fleece and then off to make a couple of reversible Jon Jons in winter fabric. It is so hard to find cute boys cloths anymore.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

Sometimes I will take a photo hoping it will look interesting. It is usually a close up of an object instead at a distance. This barn photo is one such picture. I took a picture focusing more on the broken window and worn look rather than taking a picture of the barn. When the picture does not work out due to being a little out of focus or just not all that interesting I will sometimes play with the photo with special effects to see if will work as a background or make it a abstract picture.

So this photo did not come out as interesting or in focus as I would had liked.

This is better because now you focus on the grain of the wood and it looks aged.

This add a whole new look to the photo.

This add a little more texture but still boring.

 

I do not feel the sunburst did anything to improve the picture.

 

This looks like a photo taken a long time ago. I like this one the best.

This is an interesting take on the photo. I like it and plan to use it for something in the future.

This circle effect has really changed the view but you still recognize it as a building. It has several possibilities for usage.

 

My suggestion is if you have a photo you are not happy with experiment with your software program to make it more exciting.  I used PaintShop Pro to change these photos. The most important thing is to have fun.

 

 

 

 

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Baby Gift Basket

This is my first attempt of putting together a basket. Inside is the baby blanket I made the other day and with a bouquet made of purchased onesies and a teething ring. This was a fun project I will do again with other gifts. Hmmm… who has a birthday coming up? How about Fathers day? I am thinking maybe a BBQ basket or a gadget pack or ……………..

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