House Plants On The Loose

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the wonderful leafy goodness that is indoor house plants.

With little kiddos in the house, and the actual need to occasionally open the windows… I came up with a plan to make window-opening less of a chore.

Behold: The houseplant windowsill fence.

I had a spare board (1×4, if anyone’s interested), so I bought one of those adorable picket fences they sell to make fairy gardens, and hot-glued it around the perimeter of the board. It didn’t go all the way around, but I liked it that way. Easy, quick, and solved the problem. I placed the board in the right place so that the window can open with out being moved at all, and used a couple command strips to keep it in place.


Swiftly Sewn Sarong

Say that five times fast.

Swiftly sewn sarong,swiftly sewn sarong….

There are lots of tutorials on how to wear a sarong (as, for example, here, here, and here), but this post is on how to take a plain piece of fabric and make one.

Sarongs (aka pareo, aka many other things) are pretty simple to sew for yourself. You need a solid piece of cloth (light cotton works well) wide enough to cover you, armpit to knee (or longer) and long enough to wrap around your body (not too tightly) one and a half times. You want it to cover you as well as have some overlap, so it stays shut.

So, you’ve got your fabric. (Mine was about 5 feet high by oh, 10 feet? Not an exact science, here. Mine is extra huge, because I measured generously when making it.)

After measuring, cut your fabric. Using a scrap piece, test the tension on your machine. Sew a swatch of the fabric, double or triple thickness, and look at both sides of your swatch. Are there loops of thread? Tighten the tension. Is there puckering and tightness in your threads? Loosen the tension.

All right, start your engines!

I would recommend against hand-sewing this. It’ll go on forever as it is.

I kept the selvage on my piece of fabric, since it actually looked nice and I was using the full width of a bolt. Doing so is an affront to the ladies who taught me about fabric and sewing, (and as such, I am ashamed) but, hey. It works. The only real sewing here is to sew the cut edges (rolled hem is best for a thin fabric, as a sarong ought to be made with.) Just keep it straight, and keep your tension regular.

Have fun with your new sarong! A lot of people love them for beach covers, but since mine is so long, I love wearing it over a shirt as a more comfortable dress for semi formal settings. Whenever I’m dragging my feet to get out of my pajamas on a Sunday morning, my sarong is a nice choice.


Crocheted Crystal Necklaces

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  is 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!