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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crochet Today - Crochet Flower Potholders

Wow! "Look at Me" Pretty Petal Potholders
Crochet today involves really wonderful colors and textures and patterns. To me the potholders look "new", although I made these crochet flower potholders based on a 1946 pattern. I only finished them an hour or so ago and can't wait to put them to use.

I have to say this vintage potholder pattern was first brought to my attention by the super talented Lucy at Attic 24. She adapted the 1946 pattern to fashion a vibrantly eye-catching pillow. (I featured Lucy's pillow here previously in a page all about DIY flower pillows.) Before even beginning the pair of pretty petal potholders, I used Lucy's instructions to crochet the simple white pillow pictured. (A sepia tone in editing was used strictly for contrast.) I wanted to show how the same pattern can go from subdued elegance to WOW!!! look at me!

Same pattern used to make this pillow - (Only bigger)
But I'm getting off track.....
I want to show you how I finished the potholders.

Trace same size circle on wrong side of fabric.

Machine stitch or hand stitch along traced line on fabric.

Cut 1/2" outside stitching. Fold along stitching and pin to back.

 Slip stitch fabric to back of potholder.

Use crochet yarn to attach cafe ring to back of potholder.

These pretty petal potholders look right at home in my kitchen, don't they? :) (Speaking of potholders, I've written a whole page on all kinds of easy to make potholders here.) I guess what I wanted to get across in this post was I feel crochet today is an art that honors the lessons we've learned from crochet of the past. What do you think?

By the way, this craft project is my very first project completed for Finish It Friday. Bring along your finished project and join the fun here. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Felt Heart Pin - Felt Heart Garland

I made a small batch of felt heart pins last night in a very short time. No pattern is needed and the self adhesive bar pins make completing these felt heart pins even easier.

All you do is free hand cut out the heart shapes (two for each pin). Embroider an initial (if desired) on the face of one heart.

Hand sew two heart halves together (wrong sides touching) with a simple straight stitch along the edge. Leave an opening to stuff a little fiberfill inside to make the felt heart puffy and continue stitching until heart is closed.

Add self-adhesive bar pin to back.
This felt heart garland was also a very simple project. I used three different colors of felt to make the garland, free hand cutting out various sized hearts as I went along. Then the felt hearts were simply stitched together on my sewing machine. This felt heart garland turned out to be 15 ft long.

Felt Heart Garland

Felt Heart Garland - Closeup
Felt Heart Garland - Sewing Hearts Together
There are a lot of different Valentine garlands on the internet. Everyone has their own version, so have a look around the net. Make a felt heart garland for Valentines and do it in your style. :) Have fun!
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A Few Good Tutorials.....

Tutorials for DIY Projects
Over the years, I've really grown to LOVE the free tutorials offered on the internet. It's awesome the way bloggers are so willing to share their knowledge and expertise in a tutorial. I've posted a few in my time on this blog and I've gathered a few of my favorites too, which I'd love to share with you here. I've divided the tutorials into three categories: DIY Projects, DIY Gifts, DIY Crafts.
Tutorial for DIY Gifts
Tutorials for DIY Crafts

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Outdoor Living - Our Lanai

Outdoor Living on Our Lanai
   Our lanai is where we do a lot of outdoor living. What exactly do we do out here? Well, I'm typing this post on my laptop right now, sitting at the table with the blue tablecloth. The hammock is perfect for lounging around listening to the tradewinds tickle the bamboo chimes. A lot of lazy days have been spent just sitting here on the lanai and "talking story" as they say in Hawaii.
   Mostly though, our outdoor living space is used for cooking and eating. We love the variety of food in Hawaii that represents so many different cultures. I've shared some favorite local style recipes here.

Kalua Pork Oven Roasted

Seared Ahi Tuna

Tofu Salad
   Actually, it's getting close enough to lunchtime now. Think I'll go see if I can put together something to eat. :)  Aloha! 
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