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Crocheted Crystal Necklaces

Posted on | February 16, 2017 | No Comments

Does anyone else have a “pretty rocks” collection? No? Just me, then.

Well, I had a couple of tumbled crystals I picked up in some gift shop for a cave tour or something, just sitting in a box on the shelf…

So I made a necklace!

(Ok, I made like 7 of them.)

Pretty quick, start to finish, and they look pretty nice.

  • With standard crochet thread, B/1-2.25MM hook:
  • Chain 3, slip stitch into third chain from hook chain. This begins a kind of basket to hold your pendant.
  • Chain 3, slip stitch onto the “basket” around the chain loop, working in a spiral. Don’t increase as you go around.
  • Grab your rock when you’ve made a loose net big enough to almost hold it.
  • To close your “basket”, slip stitch your loops tightly so that the stretch of your ┬áis snug enough around the rock to bind your pendant securely.
  • Chain as long as you want the necklace to be. A handy chart on standard necklace lengths (in inches, sorry rest of the world, I’m American,) can be found here.
  • Join the end of your lovely necklace chain with a slip stitch at the base of the pendant.
  • Slide a bead on there for a finishing touch, or add a tassel, and voila!

 

The Lady of Shallots

Posted on | January 30, 2017 | No Comments

I love shallots. They have such a soft buttery onion flavor. Super tasty in chicken salads, etc.

They’re pretty much my favorite allium.

What a cute little shallot, am I right?

Problem is: shallots are darn expensive. They’re no caviar, but $3 for a handful of bulbs is a bit steep when onions are so cheap.

So, what’s a stir-crazy shallot-loving gardener to do? Grow my own, of course!

Just buy a few from the store (make sure they have some roots, even just teeny trimmed roots will grow again!)

Put them in the top of any pot of dirt that gets sun and water. That’s it! If you’re patient, you should be seeing green shoots and white roots in no time.

This should work for onions, green onions, several other groceries with varying degrees of success. More grocery store gardening adventures to come!

Deep Sea Fishing Game

Posted on | January 15, 2017 | No Comments

Lately, Eve has been going a bit stir-crazy.

She’s not the only one going a bit bonkers.

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Hey! I know that fish!

Why am I showing you felt fish?

Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.

And all it took was:

  • Felt of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Magnetized hematite beads
  • Hot glue sticks& Glue gun

I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)

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Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:

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Manta Ray, Blue eels, Jellyfish

The process is pretty simple.

You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.

After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)

Fashion a “fishing pole”:

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A dowel, some yarn, and the hook from a command hook. Ta-da!

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    I'm Bonnie, a newlywed stretching our finances through crafting. This is a blog about my crafts, cooking, and works of art, like sculpting, collage, or painting. I crochet, do macrame, bake/ cook food (though I prefer desserts!) and make candy, as well as sew, weave, and anything else I can get my hands on.
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