Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Craft Room Chaos getting managed.

So I don't get here often but, I am getting organized so I can get here more often with tips and tricks. 
Today I have a project that I have been working on for a while. 
You will need:
A frame
Pegboard bigger than your frame
A dark sharpie
Dowels that fit into the holes of pegboard
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Spray paint
I purchased this old mirror from a person on 5 mile. If you don't know about this app, it is an online yard sale. I have found so many wonderful items here. This frame came from a Disney dresser and the mirror was broken. I paid $8 for this precious item. I wanted a way to hang threads and tools right over my sewing table so they would be handy. I wanted it to have peg board. The crafty wheels started to turn. 

I love green and this is my favorite color of all time. I removed the cardboard from the back of the frame with a Phillips screwdriver. I used the cardboard to to trace out my circle. I used a a jigsaw to cut my pegboard to size. I cut my dowels in different lengths but big enough to hold spools of thread. I then hot glue the pieces of dowel into holes of pegboard. (turn over and put glue on the back too) 
I then spray painted the pegboard,  dowels and frame. I used one color but you can use as many colors as possible. Match your style/craft room. 
After everything was dry, I moved back to the craft room and placed where I wanted it and loaded it up. I need more pegs but that is an easy fix. I also want pegboard accessories. 

You can screw the pegboard to your frame or afix however the mirror was secured. I did not secure mine down for my own reasons. Do not overlook ugly frames at a thrift store. Make your board for other purposes too. 
Key rack
Mitten holder
Scarves or belts
What can you think of for this project? 
Make several in several sizes. Share! 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hair story continues

The construction continues this week inside my home. Yesterday the ceilings were replaced. Today the painter is here. The kitchen is getting a new white coat of paint and I will be able to put the new colors in there. 
Now my hair. I am so happy with how healthy it is looking. Getting to the blog, has been a challenge. 

This is all with no shampoo. I am planning to visit the shampoo isle and read the ingredients in the new L'Oreal oil shampoo. If it is natural, I may use tiny amounts 1nc a week. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ yes I have thought about the sudsy. I miss that. What do you think about the look of my hair? I love it. 
The color is back to its sassiness. The look is less frizzy, more bouncy & easy to style. The redness is back!! I love that because it had started to look dull and lifeless. 
One other honorable mention:
My latest baby quilt : 
No pattern, just made up from a picture I saw. The little baby girl came way to early but is doing so good. She is a doll. 

Welcome to the world 
Hannah Ruth Horn
The mommy will see it tomorrow so it 8s OK to post today. She won't see this. LOL I am finishing up the finger work and top quilting. OK back to it. Have a great day!! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Baby quilts and other projects that can't wait!

When you are making baby quilts, it is something that just won't wait. I have had 2 baby items lately that I was asked to make (both boys)  and the babies didn't wait on me. 
Baby Carter's quilt was finished 2 days before he was born but is still here at my house waiting on my daughter to arrange a visit. Sigh. The strings in the middle are for tying it to a stroller or carrier.  It was supposed to be a nautical theme. This was fun and challenging. Character quilts are fun yet challenging to make. 
Baby Heath got here 2 days before it was finished but the top was done. That counts right?? The fabric in this one is what really counts. It is so cute. 
I hope both quilts are loved to pieces; not treated like museum art. Quilts are made to be loved, used slept under, rolled around on the floor with, sat on, used as a roof on a fort and LOVED!!! 
My third quilt is still coming together and I will post more soon. Know that I am getting to make a girl quilt this time! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
TTFN stay tuned!! 


It isn't easy to take pictures of the back of your head. Just FYI. These pictures are rolling out of bed and just running my fingers through my hair. Still no brush or comb at all!! I am on day 2 of the first shampoo and planning on "washing" it again tonight. You can see that some of the curling isn't as bouncy as day One but folks this is using NO PRODUCT at all!!! My hair doesn't look greasy but shiny and healthy in just one "wash". I am using quotes because I don't use any shampoo or soap. It all strips my hair and makes it frizzy and dry. Even taking out all of the bad stuff, sulfates and other chemicals, it still didn't look healthy. 
Stay tuned. Tomorrow I will post more updates. In the meantime, I need to post my quilts I have been working so hard on. 
Tata for now! TTFN ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Monday, February 8, 2016

My New Curly Hair Experiment

Here I am again trying something new. My hair is thick, course and naturally curly. I kept hearing people talking about shampoo stripping the hair. My issue was frizzy and dry looking hay. When my niece posted to facebook that she would never use shampoo again, I was skeptical. Then, I got brave and now here I am blogging. 

I stopped using shampoo today & I mixed up my new concoction. These pictures are post treatment because I am an idiot and didn't think to take before. *SIGH*
take my word it was dry and fuzzy. 
What did I use?? OK here goes:
Liquid coconut oil (found in cooking oil section ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ)
A bottle of tea tree oil
A bottle of grapefruit oil

I mixed these together and after I wet my hair, I massaged it into my scalp and into thevends of the hair. I used about 2 tablespoons for my hair length/thickness.
Then, I let it sit while I finished my shower ๐Ÿšฟ. I then rinsed my air thoroughly. I wrapped my hair up in a towel and got dressed. I did not brush nor comb my hair. I ran my fingers through my hair and kinda scrunched through it. I then let it dry naturally. 
For day 1, I think it looks pretty good. Tomorrow will be the biggest test. I will snap what it looks like rolling out & finger combing it out. 
Stay tuned....... ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Search Pinterest for "boiled, egg & oven". You won't regret this little nugget! I read through several sites but when you see this picture:
You can follow their directions for successfully making hard "boiled" eggs. I will never boil water again.
One egg broke but I think I did it before the cooking. I got a little rough on the rowdy eggs.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Help for crochet counting sc rows

I frequently see hookers getting confused about sc row counts. Yes it it confusing but you can get help seeing it and learning how to read it from now on.

As you can see, I made a square using the sc grit stitch. The shape of the stitches is a little bit different from straight sc but the row count would be the same and how you figure it out is the same. I personally think the grit stitch shows it off a little bit and I use this when I teach this method. How many rows do you think you see here? You can leave a comment if you choose. Is it clear in this shot that sc makes ridges?  My next post will show the ridges because for now I cannot upload the next photo to this post. Ah the internet. Makes life so much easier. SIGH


I have several WIPs. Spring cleaning Is going slowly but going. I will get right on the next post tomorrow. 
Yesterday, I tried to finish up this post about counting rows of sc. My tablet must have been angry because it would not let me post my second picture. WTHDD?? (What the Hey Diddle Diddle...what was your dirty mind thinking?)

Ok. I finally got the picture to load. Seems you have to be aware of what you have open when loading pictures. 
Ok now to finish my attempt to teach you something awesome about crochet. (Some days need rum!) The above picture has the red arrow pointing out a "ridge" between 2 rows. Back and forth sc patterns cause this ridge. Working in the round is not so easy to see. This ridge is important because it tells you how many rows you have finished. Each ridge means 2 rows.
NOW: How many rows do you see in this swatch? Hint: the bottom is the foundation and 1 row. The top is the end of 2 rows. In this case, the foundation sc counts as a row. I did not make a chain. ( I may never make another )
There are 20 rows. This not a guess. There are actually 20 rows. Keep looking and counting until you see 20 rows. 0:)
If you have questions, let me know. I will help.