Small ~ Project ~ Sunday – A Yard Sale Find Extraordinaireย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How nice of you to make time for me on this wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜

No crochet news today – but what I wanna show you instead is pretty nifty. ๐Ÿ˜

On Saturday I spend a few hours thrifting. And at one yard sale I spotted an amazing vintage embroidery ๐Ÿ’œ 

Here are some details 


Beautiful, isn’t it?!

After I brought my treasure home I hunted for a frame…I always buy them at thrift stores – just in case. And yesterday was such a case ๐Ÿ˜†

It was already stretched on a piece of cardboard…and wouldn’t you know, I had a frame that fit perfectly! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Happy Dance! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

The frame is  was not very pretty, but is in great shape 

     Very ‘blah’ ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
Time for some chalk paint and wax…ta-da 


I applied the paint, with a wide, flat brush, yesterday…let it dry overnight (even though it doesn’t take that long – an hour or two is plenty). Then I applied a thin layer of wax in a few spots (not all over ’cause all I had is a dark brown). Done!  ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

A few staples in the back – the frame didn’t have any of those metal bendy thingies. ๐Ÿค“

And here she is 


I’m very happy with it ๐Ÿ˜ It seems like it was meant to be….the perfect fit and the color paint I had is actually a color in the embroidery. 

Now I’m sitting here admiring my lovely ‘new’ wall art โ˜บ๏ธ

Did you ever have a spontaneous project that worked out on the first try?  (Psst – doesn’t happen all that often around here ๐Ÿ˜†)

Thanks for dropping by and reading all the way down to here ๐Ÿค—

 

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The Rainbow ~ Cupcake ๐ŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 


Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

๐Ÿ’ฅA Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.๐Ÿ’ฅ
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ ๐Ÿ˜ That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 


It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Done! ๐Ÿ˜€


What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? ๐Ÿ˜ I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. ๐Ÿ’œ

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

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

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. ๐Ÿ˜•

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’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side ๐Ÿ˜œ….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. ๐Ÿค—

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? ๐ŸŽ
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. ๐Ÿ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment ๐ŸŒบ Throwback Thursdayย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. ๐Ÿ˜Š

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. ๐Ÿ˜œ Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. ๐Ÿ˜

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. ๐Ÿ˜Š

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… ๐Ÿ’•

This here is one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project ๐Ÿ˜here’s the link ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! ๐Ÿ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy ๐Ÿ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜œ 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! ๐Ÿ˜˜

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ ๐Ÿค—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Dear (Decor) Diary….

….and all you lovely people out there ๐Ÿค—

The pine cones are in the oven!


If you’re scratching your head wondering why I would do such a thing ย ๐Ÿ˜ – it’s explained in yesterday’s postย Home Decor DIY ~ Stage 1

While we’re waiting for them, I’d like to show you what I did last week- I finished my first oil painting ๐Ÿ˜Š The ‘HippieDippie Owl’ โ˜ฎ๏ธ


I used a technique called ‘Impasto painting’ ~ which is the thick application of oil paint directly onto the canvas. I then took a thin brush, and swooped through the paint to give it an almost three-dimensional look.
I’m quite pleased ~ I hope you enjoy her too!

Now I’m thinking that the ‘Impasto’ technique is exactly what I need to spruce up some canvas prints ๐Ÿค” You know….to make them look more like original art!
I’ll give it a try, and let you know how that turned out!

Stay tuned for the ‘Pinecone’ Decor DIY, and a few other ideas!

See you in a bit! ๐Ÿ’•

~Tina xoxo

Paint a ‘Color~Field’ย 

If you like to dabble with paint and are out of ideas, Muse is escaping you, or just want a quick, colorful piece of original art in your house – paint a ‘Color ~Field’ ๐Ÿ˜Š For inspiration check out the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Nolan.

The basics are really quite simple. All you need is

~ a stretched canvas- you can pick them up at your favorite hobby store, or even at Walmart
~ a wide paintbrush
~2 different colors acrylic paint
~Isopropyl Alcohol (70% is fine, 91% will create a bigger contrast)

~1. Paint your canvas – since the canvas is textured you might need two layers.
Let dry completely. Clean your brush under running water.

~2. In a small plastic- or paper cup mix two parts water to one part contrast paint.

~3. Use the brush to coat the entire canvas with the mixture.
Do not let dry!

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~4.  Pour a small amount of alcohol into a small cup. Using an eyedropper drip alcohol onto the canvas before the paint dries.
I have used a Q-tip before – just remove the cotton, and flick the alcohol onto the paint.

img_0944Pretty nifty, huh?
Let it dry completely, paint the sides, and you have an awesome, original, made-by-you piece of art in your home! ๐Ÿ’•

Here are 2 more pieces I made

To personalize your creation you can embellish it with a photo, a pretty magazine picture, a pressed flower or leaf, a doily…. anything you love, really. Just set it on the dried canvas, and apply a thin coat of ‘Mod-Podge’.
For example…

Now go get creating…can’t wait to see what you did! ๐Ÿค—

Until next time
~Tina xoxo

 

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