Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merrily We go Along...

I've been busy working on Christmas presents and clearing out my craft cabinet.  I knitted a few hats for my extended family.  I just love the Lavender Lace Beanie designed by Lorna Miser from the book.  101 Designer One-Skein Wonders Edited by Judith Durant.  I've made it several times and it is a true beauty when done.

I use a circular needle and a few stitch markers to keep me on track.  I use my post-it note to keep track of where I am in the pattern.  Reasonably easy lace pattern and great for a quick gift.

A recommended pattern that will definitely delight anyone when you make it.

I knitted this pattern in a dark grey for one of my cousins, which made a small dent in the skein, but it still has a lot left.  I think I might need to make a scarf to match.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Treat Carrier

Around this time of year, I like to send some holiday treats to work with my husband.  I often worry about my plate being left at work or broken. It's a heavy glass plate and I feel more comfortable sending something a bit lighter and less apt to break.

I looked around the house for some things to create a treat carrier and found a few paper plates and red plastic drink cups.

I pierced the cups and plates with a sharp tool I had in my craft cabinet.  It's used for ceramics.

I cut one of the cups down to shorten it as the top does not need to be so tall compared to the bottom.

I pulled a string that I had through the bottom hole and tied a knot so that it does not pull through.

I pulled the loop through the hole in the big cup and the second plate and tied another knot to cinch down the plates together.

Finally I pulled through the second cup and tied another knot.

Viola!  A treat carrier that was easy to make and I don't have to worry about losing it at the office.  I placed a piece of duck tape at the bottom so that it doesn't fall apart.  Fingers crossed.  It should not be handled by the loop on top while full.  Visions of cupcakes on the ground.  That would not be good.

I made some chocolate cupcakes to place on top and wrapped the whole carrier in plastic wrap.  The carrier can fit 30 cupcakes.  Yum!

For the recipe, here's a link to my food blog:
Samantha Experiments with Food
http://samanthaexperimentswithfood.blogspot.com/2012/12/one-bowl-chocolate-cupcakes.html

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas is a coming: Part II

Pierceware
A few years ago, perhaps 2 years, I purchased some oven bake clay for a project that I found on the Martha Stewart website. The title of the project is Cameo Appearances: Pierceware.

I never got around to the project, but had already purchase the materials.

The materials that I already had from my craft closet.

Reading the instructions from the website, I remember why I never got very far with this project.  The tool needed to make the nice holes in the clay is brass tubing, which I never found after I had already purchased the clay.

The instructions also call for wooden slabs to create an even layer of clay seem like a good idea as well.  Add it to the shopping list.  As a final flourish, I think red ribbon will be a nice touch for the ornament.

Today, December 6th, I went to the store to search for brass tubing and the wooden slabs.  I found 1/4 inch thick flat wooden trim for the wooden slabs although I probably could have done just as well with 2 paint stirrers.  The brass tubing was not available according to a person at the local Home Depot.  I searched through the aisles for a usable replacement and came up with crimp sleeves.


I'm not sure it will work out, but we shall see..

To be continued...

Link to the instructions for this project.
http://www.marthastewart.com/267032/cameo-appearances-pierceware

Christmas is a coming... Part I

Somehow, Thanksgiving came and went and now December is here!  As usual, my intentions of finishing one project get trumped by a more pressing issue which at this point is the holidays.

Fortunately for me, my craft closet has lots of unfinished projects from Christmas past.  After a quick look through my closet I find several projects to get me started and hopefully can finished quickly.

Christmas Stocking
A few years ago, I sewed some stockings for Christmas from a beautiful plaid fabric.  At the time, the family was my husband, the cat and I.  This year with a new little one, we need one more stocking for the mantle.  With the fabric found, I can begin.

Materials for project:
Festive Fabric
Thread

The old stockings I made 2 years ago.  
















I used a stocking I had made before for a quick template.
















I sewed the sides.  Cut a flap for the top and sew to attach.




















Create a loop from a rectangle of fabric and sew to attach to the fold. Voila! Done.




















For stocking templates:
Mini stocking
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/felt_mini_stocking_final.pdf

Stocking template
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/felt_stocking.pdf

Custom Stocking template
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/traditions-stockings-msl1211.pdf

Pinup Wreath
I have all I need in my craft closet for a handy holiday card wreath.

Materials for Project:
Embroidery hoop
Clothes pins
Glue

The instructions are quite simple.  Affix the clothespins alternating back and forth.  Pretty much it.






I affixed the first clothspins at the top, bottom and the sides.










Then I attach the clothespins in betweens.  I used hot glue.  I'm not sure about the longevity of it, but if it falls apart, I'll know to use wood glue like the instructions said.


The finished project with cards in the clips. 

Yay! I finished 2 projects today!

Link to the directions:
http://www.marthastewart.com/273148/pinup-wreath?center=307034&gallery=856463&slide=188969


Holiday Cards
Several years ago, I bought a kit to create a bunch of holiday cards. Note the year on the cards 2008, which I believe was the year before I purchased the kit.  It had cards, buttons, fabric flowers, and stickers.

Materials:
Cards
Buttons
Stickers
Hot glue


I had fun messing around with the buttons and the hot glue.  Now I just need a good family photo to go inside.