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Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy to Crochet Wine Cork Catnip Toys

I made a similar version of these wine cork toys for cats a while back. The original article was published on a website which no longer exists, so I'm republishing the directions for this DIY cat toy along with several new photos.

These make up very quickly. I encourage you to make a bunch for your own kitties or as gifts, but PLEASE don't forget to donate to your local animal rescue group or shelter. Playing with toys can help them relax and may bring out a cat's personality which may in turn help them get adopted quicker. So, please get out your hooks and crochet away. :)

Wine Corks
Double Fold Bias Tape
Cotton Twine
Size 2 (3 mm) crochet hook

Terms  (U.S.)
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SK = skip

ROW 1:   CH 5.  Join with SL ST into top of beginning chain 5 to make a circle.

ROW 2:   CH 1.  DC 10x into center of ring.  SL ST into top of beginning DC in Row 2.

ROW 3:  CH 1.  DC in first DC, 2DC in next DC. Repeat all the way around. SL ST into top of beginning DC in Row 3.

ROW 4:  CH 1. DC in each stitch around. SL ST into top of beginning DC in Row 4.

ROW 5:  CH 2. DC in same stitch as beginning DC. Then CH 1. SK next DC, DC in next DC, CH 1, SK next DC…Repeat all the way around. SL ST into top of beginning DC in Row 5.

 ROWS 6, 7 and 8. Repeat Row 5.

Slip cork inside the crocheted casing. Piece should align with the top end of cork. Stretch a little if necessary.
ROW 9.  DC into each DC space of previous row. Repeat all the way around. SL ST into top of beginning DC in Row 9.

ROW 10:   SC every other DC space of previous row (in other words SK every other space). This will close the top end of the cork. Final stitch will be a SL ST placed in stitch of choice on top. Pull tightly to cinch together. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

To Make Catnip Ties: 

1. Cut a 7” length of double fold bias tape

2. Open tape to expose center and fill center middle.

3. As shown above, lightly fill catnip in center of tape. (I eyeball it and try to pour a line of catnip maybe two inches long.)

4. Enfold catnip in the bias tape. Lay wine cork on center part of tape.

5. Tie bias tape in a double knot to secure. 
Just wanted to add it is so much easier to crochet the casing and then slip the wine cork inside after ROW 8. I'm kind of embarrassed to say when I first started making these, I had a heck of a time crocheting AROUND the cork. haha (I must have completed probably five of these before I figured out how ridiculous that was). ooooops  :)

Lastly, if you like a variety of bias tape, you can make your own like I did. It's easy and affordable with these bias tape maker kits. I love mine!
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Busy Board - Here's to Homemade Gifts!

I wanted to share the busy board my husband made for our grandson's first birthday. After showing my husband several versions online, he set out to design a busy board that could be disassembled for transport to the mainland on the plane. (It was the only way we could figure out how to get this large and heavy gift shipped from Hawaii affordably; we took it with us.) 

From the airlines website, we found the maximum dimensions and weight allowed for check in cargo baggage. Then a trip to WalMart produced an "underbed storage" container that my husband thought would work well.

Basing the size of the busy board on the size of the container, my husband began to draw out a plan. He used plain pine wood to construct this busy board. Basically the body is comprised of two separate boards. Eric made simple "feet" to keep it sturdy and the body sits snugly in these. The boards are held together with two vertical slim wood pieces near the sides. Everything was sanded well, the wood edges were routed to keep it soft and he finished the wood with several coats of polycrylic (WATER based).

Eric picked up several different types of locking hardware, some light switches, etc. (The lights he wired up to batteries and siliconed them inside for safety. They can easily be taken apart by an adult for replacing when needed.)  He found several leftover hardware pieces in our junk drawer which also worked nicely.

He built it. And then disassembled it to pack up in the box for the ride on the plane. After we got to our son's house, it was time to put it back together......

Our grandson loved it! Eric was determined to make it safe. Behind both of the "doors" on the busy board he mounted the door stops VERTICALLY instead of protruding outwards as they normally do. These door stops still make the satisfying noises that little ones love.

Here's a closeup:

We were so happy with the way this turned out. Have you made a busy board yet? If DIY isn't your thing, you can always buy one online.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I Is Kind of Addicted to Left Hand Embroidery

This quote from the movie, The Help, is a favorite of mine. It just makes me feel good. So good I decided to do some simple embroidery on a scrap piece of linen.

I'm right handed so using my left hand to write the text gave me exactly the look I was going for. Embroidery is not something I excel at so this method is a win-win for me. Have you tried it?


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Loving My New Brabantia Rotary Clothes Dryer!

I haven't been so excited about doing laundry since I was a kid helping mom with the old wringer washer, but..... 

I wrote a whole page about my new spin-top backyard clothes dryer. You know the kind of clothesline I'm talking about, right?

It's the umbrella kind that is also portable so you can easily take it down and stash away when it's not being used. You stand in one place and turn the dryer so empty lines are there in front of you ready to be utilized.

I feel very European, even though I'm standing under one of my backyard coconut trees. Want to get one of these? Here you go:

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P.S. AND........in case you don't have a backyard space for a clothesline you can still use a rotary dryer. Just get the kind that mounts to the side of your home!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Craft Gossip Likes My Good Kitty Karma! Want to Help?!!! :)

Photo of my hammock courtesy Andrew Mathias at Hawaiian Humane Society
Let me tell you a brief story. I like to help animals and so I designed a corner hammock pattern for homeless kitties for my local animal shelter, the Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu. (No, of course I did NOT invent the corner, hahaha, but I did create this original pattern.) :)

Over the past few years I've sewn and donated lots of animal things to the HHS and to many animal rescues and shelters in the U.S. mainland. The animals need all of us sewing for them.....I can't keep up!

You can now access my online version FREE where I have published a tutorial on Squidoo. The great folks at Craft Gossip are helping me to spread the word. So, please even if you don't sew I'm asking you to share this post and this link so we can create lots and lots of happy kitty karma!

 Thank YOU for helping the animals! YAY!!!

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