Shell Crafts

Shell CraftsShell Crafts
Check out LoveToKnow for my tutorial article on crafts to make with shells.

Read on for the story behind this article.

DSCF8579A lot of times when I have a new assignment I don’t have all the items I need. I have to decide on whether it is more economical to purchase things I need or pass on the assignment. Usually I send out requests to local Facebook friends, but most of those things are borrowed for photos and measurements and can be returned in the same condition. The shells for these projects were a different story. You know what they say, as soon as you get rid of something you will need it. That was the issue here so…off I went to Walmart to see if a bag of shells would cause me to pass on the article.

DSCF8519There was a lady in the same aisle as I was looking at the shells and trying to make my decision. Out of the blue she said she had a bag of shells at home I could have if I wanted them. She didn’t know me and had no idea what I was going to do with them, but she made my day with her random act of kindness. We exchanged phone numbers and she gave me her address. I know, right? She gave me (a stranger) her address without knowing a thing about me. We arranged a time later that day for me to pick them up. Meanwhile, when she got home she took pics of the shells and sent them to me to make sure they were what I wanted. This lady was so sweet on so many levels. They were fabulous! Of course I picked them up and used them. Since that day I have been on the look out for a pay-it-forward of my own. I haven’t come across the perfect opportunity yet, but I will.

DSCF8573After all the horrible stories I am constantly seeing on the news, the complete randomness of this kind act has renewed my faith in humanity. Thank you again, Dawn!

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Football Purse

DSCF8330Football Purse Tutorial

Okay, the guys in my house may have cried a little when I did this one, but it came out pretty cool. Totally worth the tears. Suck it up buttercups! 😉

Click on any highlighted text in this post to take you to the tutorial of my football purse on Love To Know.


Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

DSCF8184-001Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

Somehow I had accumulated quite a pile of window shutters, so when an opportunity to write an article on projects to make with window shutters came along, I was thrilled. It was just the incentive I needed to reduce my pile.

Click on this sentence or any highlighted text to open the article for the project instructions.

Primitive Flag Shutter
If you are looking for a new decoration for the Fourth of July, you have plenty of time to whip up one (or several) of these flag shutters.

DSCF8146-001Hanging Shutter Wall Display
I’ve made different versions of these in the past, but I think this one is the quickest and easiest to achieve.

DSCF8178-001Shutter Shelf
If you want to be even more frugal with this shelf, repurpose shelf brackets from old shelves.


Crochet Carrot Pocket-Tutorial

DSCF2852Happy Spring!

DSCF2858I shared these last year, but I never posted the tutorial like I had intended. Well, better late than never. Actually, let’s pretend I’m early. After all, you do have a little time before Easter and a little time is all you will need.

ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)

Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn: orange and green
G crochet hook

Special Note: Pocket is crocheted in continuous rounds through rnd 20. Do not ch up and connect after each of these rounds.

What To Do:
Form a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sc)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (16 sc)
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* around. (20 sc)
Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 14: *Sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *Sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (28 sc)
Rnds 18-19: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Ch 2, sk next st, sc in next.*, repeat from * to * around. This is the end of the continuous rounds.

DSCF7230Rnd 21: Change to green yarn. Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch sp around. Sl st to the beginning ch.

DSCF7232Rnd 22: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Ch 60. Thread the chain through the ch spaces of Rnd 20.

Cut an 8″ length of green yarn. Thread through the bottom tip of the pouch and knot. Unravel the ply to create the carrot roots.


Party Time!

Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party
Submarine Sunday

Metal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

metal stampingMetal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

Whew! It’s been a bit since I last posted. I’m still here, I’ve just been working on articles for Love To Know and projects I sell locally. Sometimes I get into the flow of things and forget to take pics…

…and sometimes I forget I have the pics after I have written tutorial for others sites…

…and then I wake up and share!

I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects for metal stamping. Years ago my dad had given me a basic metal stamping kit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would ever do with it. Turns out it was a blast to play with. These projects would be great for craft shows.

DSCF6636Stamped Belt Cuff

These cuffs were made using old belts for the base.

DSCF6657Votive Candle Sleeve

Believe it or not, the metal I used for this candle sleeve was actually an aluminum oven liner.

DSCF6623Lucky Penny Key Ring

Stamping coins was “harder” than I thought it would be, but practicing only cost me pennies. 😉

Do you want to give it a try? You can find the free tutorials here.