Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

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Charmed, I’m sure! 😊 Cute Necklace ~ DIYΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for joining me today! 

How much do you love this adorable necklace? 😍 And it’s so easy to create…even if you never made a piece of jewelry! 

I was strolling through ‘Michael’s’ yesterday – hunting for an accent color yarn for the ‘Granny Square Cardi’ ….I didn’t like the yellow. Turns out I bought a color that I thought matched, but soooo doesn’t ~ so I have to go back. Drat πŸ˜‚ 

Oh, sorry….but you’re here for the necklace πŸ™ƒ

So…Michael’s, yarn in basket, I wandered into the jewelry section. Old habits die hard. 😊

Anyway, I spotted these cute little ‘Teaparty’ charms, and had to have them 

 
Adorable, right? πŸ’•

The matching chain – a 3 pack- was right there 


The charms come with jumprings attached, the chain with a clasp πŸ˜€ Very convenient, since I did get rid of most of my jewelry-making supplies. 

So all you need is the charms (the whole line of teapots, and cups is very tempting πŸ™‚), the chain and some small pliers. Raid your toolbox, I’m sure you have some that work


Ready? Here we go…

Lay out your chain -I picked the chain with the large links, open the jumprings, and hook them into the chainlinks…


Make sure that they’re spaced evenly πŸ˜‰


And, believe it or not, you’re done! πŸ˜€

Now wear it proudly, and enjoy the compliments! πŸ€—

This little lady loves it…


I hope you enjoyed this little detour into the jewelry world! 😁 

Will you make one? Please let me know, and maybe share a picture! 😘

I sure hope to see you next time! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’« I’m in no way affiliated with the store/company mentioned here.

Lovely (felted) Spring Flowers blooming on your collar, hat & scarf πŸŒΊ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in πŸ€—

Spring is in the air….how excited are you? πŸ’ƒπŸ» The trees are showing a hue of fresh, pretty greens, Daffodils, Tulips , and Crocuses are popping up everywhere the bees are having a field day visiting all the Dandelions in the yard. I can’t wait to get to the garden center to buy all the gorgeous summer flowers! πŸŒ·πŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŒ» Since we gotta wait a few more weeks to do that, why don’t we make our own ‘Flower Garden’ to wear? 😍 Today I’m going to show you how…it’s really quite simple. 

Here’s what you need 


~1. Wool fluff/cloud/unspun wool in your favorite colors 

~2. A Needle felting tool (I use the one with 5 needles)

~3. A Needle felting base 

~4. Pin back blanks (optional)

~5. Needle and thread (optional)

Alright….let’s make some flowers πŸ˜€

~~~Start by picking out a small chunk of ‘fluff’, and arrange it on the base (I like to use the curly bits for the first layer) 


~~~Take your felting tool, and start punching (great stress reliever πŸ˜‚) 8 -10 times should be enough for now. Add a second layer, felt some more…add as many layers as you like. *If you don’t punch too often between layers, you can take it apart easier- in case you don’t like the finished flower 😊) 


 Once you’re happy with the look you can really go to town with your felting tool! Just remember- the more you punch, the flatter your flower will be. 

~~~Now sew your flower onto the pin back blank. A cute button can add a little extra pizzazz.

Ready to spruce up your coat, a headband, a plain hat 

           
If pins are not your thing, or you had so much fun that you made a lot of flowers, you can use them to brighten up a scarf . In that case you can skip the sewing-on-the-pin-back part, and instead felt the flowers right onto the scarf.


Cute, huh? 😍

Alrighty ~ this is it from me (for now) πŸ€—

I hope you found some inspiration – please share your ideas and photos with the rest of us! 

See you soon  πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Create an ‘Artsy Day Planner’ ~ UpdateΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ™‹πŸ» Thanks so much for peeking in. 😍

Remember I started creating my own day planner? Well, it’s been a while, but it’s finally finished … I guess I’ll have to start the next one in September πŸ˜‹

If you missed it…here’s the start of the project πŸ“

I finished the artwork for each month little by little…in the beginning I used oil paint- and would not recommend that. It takes a long time to dry, and makes the pages kinda heavy. 

So….here are my calendar pages 

As you can see, I went from oil painting to tangling (with gel pens), to colored pencils, and soft pastel chalk. Whatever strikes your fancy…there are no limits! Even a collection of your favorite quotes would be awesome. 😍

The one change I made from the original idea….I changed the cover art. Remember I painted an owl to grace the cover? Not so great…it does need a smooth cover. So I made a collage out of strips of scrapbook paper 


That should work! 😁

I do hope I inspired you, and that we all start carrying our own, individual art around. Can’t wait to hear (and see) what you did! πŸ’•

See you soon πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Macrame Plant Hanger ~ DIY for Beginners

If you remember the 70s, you probably remember the wildly popular ‘Macrame’ phase. Everybody was knotting rope, and the plant-hangers, wall-hangings, and owls (!!!) were everywhere.


If you miss the knotted beauties (yes, I do think they’re quite pretty…well, most of them – I did see some doozies 😝  ) ….good news! It’s making a comeback.
While some crafters got a bit carried away ~ I’m still on the fence about this one 😊 What do you think? ~

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I think we’ll start with ‘simple’.

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This little plant-hanger is easy to make, and with the lengths of the rope/hemp you can adjust it to any size pot.
I want to show off one of my favorite coffee cups, so I made a small version. If you have a bigger pot, just make the rope/hemp strands longer.

Alright….let’s begin

You’ll need

~ 4 strands rope/hemp , 65″ long   ~ I like to use hemp. It’s easy to come by, comes in        pretty colors, and is not stretchy!
~ 8 wood beads (optional)
~ 1 metal ring

~ 1. Double all 4 strands, and thread the loop through the ring.

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~2. Take all 8 ends, thread them through the loop, and pull tight

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~3. Separate the strands into pairs, thread a wood bead on each pair (optional – if you don’t like beads just skip this step), and knot the strands – with an overhand knot – about 12″ from the ring. Push down the beads.

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~4. Lay everything flat on the table, and pair the strands, using one each from neighboring duos. Add more beads.

 

~5. Knot the new pairs about 4″ from the other knot.
Knot all 8 strands together, 4″ down, forming an overhand knot.

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Pick your favorite cup, add a plant, and hang your Macrame beauty in the window.

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Before I leave you to get crafty – 2 tips
-Since the cup doesn’t have a drainage hole, you wanna set a potted plant in there. Otherwise it might not make it. 😒
-The easiest way to set your cup/pot into the hanger – trial and error experience  πŸ˜‹  – set your pot upside down, place the large knot on the pot, and arrange the strands around it. No tilts, no tangles, no shards! 😍

I do wanna learn more about this ‘revived’ craft ~ as I do I will share my newfound knowledge with you!

I hope you have fun, and will share your piece with me.

I hope to see you soon! πŸ’•

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Create your artsy Daily Planner/CalendarΒ 

Well, hello there 😊Good to see you here in the new year! Speaking of which, isn’t one of the best things about January 1st the opening of a brand new daily planner and calendar? I love the possibilities it represents…and am always very excited to fill it with plans/birthdays/memories! πŸ’–

This time around I had a hard time finding one that got me excited, spoke to me. So ‘New Year’s Eve’ came and went…no new planner 😒 That conundrum combined with all the posts about the new year being an empty book- I love that thought! – gave me the idea to create my own! 😬 

Today I’d like to share with you the way I went about it, and show you the first few pages. 

Lately I’ve been painting on canvas, but I knew I had a sketchbook laying around somewhere…ahhh – here it is…


First I painted one of my ‘HippieDippie Owls’ (my favorite subject – for now πŸ€“) for the cover. I plan to glue/ModPodge it on the cover once it’s dry- I used oil paint, so it will be a few more days πŸ˜‹


Next I measured the page, penciled in the boxes for the days, then traced the lines with a Painter’s Pen. 


After the numbers and the month were filled in …

…the fun-part began – the artwork 😍


That’s all I have so far- I will post an update when  the calendar is complete. πŸ€—

I hope I inspired you to make your own planner, and that you will share your creation with me! πŸ’•

Until next time 

~Tina xoxo 

Roommate: Mother Nature

As the days get shorter, the days chilly, and the evenings colder there is, sadly, not too much opportunity anymore to enjoy Mother Nature in my yard. So I’m working on bringing her inside.
I stopped living with indoor plants because the Army moved us around a lot, and I always had to leave my beloved plants behind. So eventually I stopped buying them. But now we’re settled in a nice home, and we’re here to stay. Between you and me…have been for a while, and I did have a Christmas Cactus, a little Palm, and an Aloe plant. Then one day it hit me – I can have as many plants as I want, and I get to keep them! 😍

So I went shopping, and brought home some pretties ~and a vintage stand from a Thrift Store!
*Sorry about the lighting – it was a sunny day…cold, but bright


I bought a beautiful ‘Peace Lily’ for the bathroom

….and a cactus  ~ Meet ‘Albert’ 😊

 

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‘Albert’ is about 23″ tall (with pot), and named after the other guy with the crazy white hair! 😏

The patio-door space, and my studio window are reserved for the 3 Hibiscus trees that have to come inside soon.

No more bright sunlit spots, so I’m done….I thought.
During a trip to the store I found a (relatively) new plant that doesn’t like bright light, prefers the medium light. Yay! I bought 4 and they now live in the dimmer corners of the house…the bedroom dresser, the bookshelf, the dining room table.


This magic plant is called ‘Red Aglaonema’. It’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow, and keep nice.
This beauty displays dark green leaves, generously flushed with various shades of red or pink. It looks great year-round, but now it makes a great alternative to the (more fickle) Poinsettia.
Take one to the office! It’ll spruce up your workspace, and a plant at work can make you more efficient and improve your memory (according to University research)

How to care for your ‘Red Aglaonema’
~Keep it away from direct sunlight – if you want to place it in a sunny window, please protect it with a sheer curtain
~Medium water needs – allow soil to dry between thorough waterings
~Fertilize a couple times a year with any houseplant fertilizer.

Besides being super-easy to care for, it’ll work really hard to purify the air you breathe!
I told you it’s awesome! πŸ’•

Now, tell me, do you wanna run out and get a few? Please show me where your new ‘roommate’ lives! 😎

Oh…one more thing…if you have cats, dogs, kids that think plants are a special snack – please check out the info on this link before you buy any plants!

http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/10-houseplants-poisonous-to-dogs-cats-or-children/

Alrighty…now go shopping!

Hope to see you next time

~Tina xoxo

 

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