Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Goddess of Hospitality Headband

The shawl that I made for Crochet World is coming soon! You can see a sneak peek here. 
* edit* If you are interested in the shawl pattern it's on sale at Annies Here.


 I have made a head band to go with the shawl, and you will feel even more like a goddess when you wear it.





Goddess of Hospitality Headband

Difficulty Level: Easy
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn (fine) Vanna’s Glamour:(Net weight 1.75 oz/50 g/ 202 yds/185m per skein):
 4 skeins: #170 Topaz (760 yards total used for project)
Hook: Size F/5/ 3.75mm. (8 UK) or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: Each pineapple motif is roughly 4.5 inches long

Pattern

Row 1: Ch 8, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in 4th ch from hook, ch 6, sk 4 ch, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch .
Row 2: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 3, 12 tr in ch 6 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 3: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 3, 1 sc in each of the next 12 tr, ch 3,  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 4:  Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 3, sk 1 sc, sc in next 10 sc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 5: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 3, sk 1 sc, sc in next 8 sc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 6: Ch 3,  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 4, sk 1 sc, sc in next 6 sc, ch 4, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 7 : Ch 3,  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 4, sk 1 sc, sc in next 4 sc, ch 4, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 8: Ch 3,  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, ch 6, sk 1 sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 6, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Row 9: Ch 3,  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 of previous row, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last ch 2 sp.
Repeat row 9 till your desired length
Last row: Ch 3, 3 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, joining ch in 1st dc of 1st row, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch 2 sp, sc in ch 4 sp of row 1, 3 dc in last ch 2 sp, ch 1, joining ch in last dc of 1st row, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch 2 space. Finish off.



Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Green" Disinfectant Wipes

Two years ago I decided to go chemical free in the kitchen. Meaning I only use vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap as cleaners in my kitchen. I no longer felt comfortable using chemicals in the same place that I cooked and ate my food. Granted when the job is really bad I have been known to pull out the soft scrub, but for the most part I enjoy being chemical free in the kitchen. For a while, I have been wanting to go chemical free in the bathroom, but lets face it, I like the convenience that disinfectant wipes provide me. I pull a wipe out of the container. I wipe everything down and the wipe goes in the trash. The other day I came to the end of my container and instead of buying a new one I decided to make my own.


I used an old diaper wipe case, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp of lemon extract. I poured all of the liquids in the bottom of the wipes container. Then I got an old pair of sheets that ripped and cut some of it up into rectangles the size of the wipes case. (I cut 20 of them) I put the rectangles in the case, and let them soak up the liquid, then I flipped them over so the top layers could soak up. And I was done. When I need to clean something I grab one out, wipe everything done then I toss the wipe in the laundry hamper. When it goes through the wash it helps to absorb odors so it is even multifunctional.When all wipes Have gone through the wash just add more liquid to the wipes case.
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Do itYourself Fabric Flowers

Wow, its been awhile. We have had lots of sickness. I feel as if I have been sick since Christmas. If its not me then it is my daughter, we have just been passing it back and forth. During all of this time I have still been very busy. One of the things that I have been working on is making fabric flowers for my hats and other accessories. 


First step is to make a petal with paper the size that you want. My petals were about 3 inches. Then cut that out and pin it to the fabric scrap that you want to use. The fabric strip should be doubled over, so you will cut 2 out at the same time.Using Pinking shears cut around the paper cutting out the petal. Repeat till you have the amount of petals you want.


When you have cut out the number of petals you need. Cut out a circle of fabric in a contrasting color to be the center of the flower.This should also be doubled.  The next step is to use two threads of embroidery floss and make a straight stitch around two pieces of fabric petals and the center of the flower. With the tail of the last petal sew loose stitches through the bottom of all the petals, and then pull it tight bringing all the petals into a circle. Sew on the center of the flower hiding the ends. Add a button to the center, and then its done. You can make the petals large or small the result is always adorable.