T-Shirt Crochet Hanging Basket

I’m getting organized. After the first of the year I always get a burst of organizing energy. Nope, it usually doesn’t last, but while I have that energy I do try to get it together. Purging is one thing, but also putting things away where they make sense and corralling the clutter. This t-shirt crochet hanging basket fits all that criteria.

Cutting all those t-shirts I have been hoarding into t-shirt yarn took care of the purging part. Okay, I didn’t really purge them out of the house, but making them into tarn (t-shirt yarn) reduced the real estate they were taking up. Check out my tarn making tutorial and crochet dishcloth pattern here.

Putting things where they made sense and corralling the clutter was accomplished after I completed the crocheted t-shirt basket. Hang this cute little basket from a knob or hook anywhere that accumulates clutter.

  • How about the laundry room? How many times have you found change, receipts or other little treasures in pants pockets just before throwing them into the wash? Toss the booty into the basket.

  • Toss your change, jewelry or keys in this basket to keep your dresser tidy at night.

  • Hang it near your desk to store coupons and receipts you need, but inevitably misplace when you’re ready to head to the store.

I’m sure you can find lots of other ideas for this little basket so you will want to make more than one. No problem. After making the tarn, the basket takes less than an hour to finish. You can easily complete a couple while enjoying an evening of TV.

T-Shirt Crochet Hanging Basket

Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain

  • st(s) = stitch(es)

  • sl st = slip stitch

  • sc = single crochet

  • rnd(s) = round(s)

  • dec = decrease

Things You Will Need:

  • Tarn (t-shirt yarn) from 2 adult size shirts

  • N crochet hook

  • Scissors

Special Notes:

This crochet pattern does not include a gauge as it is not a pattern that requires a sized fit.

Work the basket in continuous rounds. Do not join or ch up rounds.

What To Do:

Form a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 5 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to close the center.DO NOT sl st to beginning sc. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (10 sc)

Rnd 3: *Sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (15 sc)

Rnd 4: *Sc in the first 2 sts., 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (20 sc)

Rnd 5: *Sc in the first 3 sts., 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (25 sc)

Rnd 6: *Sc in the first 4 sts., 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7: *Sc in the first 5 sts., 2 sc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (35 sc)

Rnds 8-11: Sc around.

Rnd 12: *Sc in the first five sts, dec over the next two.* Repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)

Rnds 13-16: Sc around.Rnd 17: Ch 8. Sk 8 sts, sc in the remaining stitches around.

Rnd 18: 8 sc around the ch 8 sp of previous rnd, sc in the remaining sts around.

Rnd 19: Sl st in each st around. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Now get yourself organized!

Enjoy!

My Kitchen Makeover…FINALLY!

Many of you know we bought a new (old) house this past August. No mortgage was fun for a bit, but you’re not able to put your own stamp on a rental. Let’s face it, stamping is what my husband and I love. The restyle at the top of our list was the kitchen and our goal was to have it done by Thanksgiving. Several things got in the way. During the move one son contracted the West Nile Virus and then our main craft show season took off. There were many other things, but those were the most noteworthy. Through it all, we did get moving on the kitchen. While it’s still not completely done, we had the bulk of it done by Turkey Day. Yay, us! There are still a few jobs and touch ups to finish, but we were pleased with what we did get accomplished.

Before I dive in, I need to apologize on the quality of some of these pictures. Some were taken with my cell phone and others were taken with my camera. Some were not focused real well and should have been re-shot, but I didn’t edit anything until today…so, that opportunity was lost.

With that said, here we go!

We started the makeover with the walls. They were covered with a wallpaper that I hated. I didn’t want to keep it for several reasons… I don’t do wallpaper in a kitchen, it was filthy, too dark, the application was terrible (wrinkled, peeling, uneven, bubbling) and the design was not my style. It took me awhile, but I finally got it all scraped off. While the panels underneath were not something I would have chosen to work with, cost and logic determined that we use them. They cover plaster walls and they were not only nailed in place, but also glued. To take them down would have pulled off century-old plaster. That wasn’t a cost we were ready to undertake. Actually, we did need to take down a couple of them because of a mold issue.

We repaired the problem and replaced the panels with new ones. Definitely glad we didn’t have to do that everywhere. To hide imperfections in the panels I completely covered the walls with mud I applied with a sponge.

After that we primed them and applied a light gray color. After the darkness of the wallpaper you could almost hear the walls happily sigh.

We then moved on to the trim and cupboards. The trim! OH WOW! They were red. Just wiping them with a wet rag left the rag looking like we were cleaning a crime scene. We had to designate rags and brushes for just the trim so as not to transfer the color onto newly painted surfaces. After cleaning, sanding and priming with about 30 coats, we were finally able to paint them white.

The cupboards were by far much easier. If you’re a wood purist just look away. I have always wanted a house with white kitchen cupboards. As a matter of fact, that was one of the things on our check list when we were house hunting. If we bought a house without white cupboards, it was a given that I would be painting them. We changed the handles on the drawers and painted all the knobs and handles with a rubbed bronze color.

During this time my husband addressed the light over the kitchen sink. It wasn’t working and the wiring was left visible below the cupboards instead of hidden above it. I’m sure that’s why the previous owners hung a red curtain at the front of the cupboards instead of at the window. It was hiding the light and wires. Hubby replaced and rewired a new light and ran the wires above the cupboards. Bye-bye, curtain! Hello, brightness!By now you have probably noticed the red door in the after photos. Well, there is a story here. The hinges and door knob had been painted with layers and layers of paint. I loved the old hardware so we decided to remove the door and take off the hardware to clean them. They were stuck! I mean really, really stuck! After what seemed like too much time trying to get the pins out of the hinges, they finally came out. My husband walked a few steps away to set the pins down and over his shoulder I watched as the door quietly fell over. Quietly until the window section fell perfectly over the step ladder that was a few feet away. We stood there in shock as glass shattered everywhere. Needless to say, the door had a date with the glass shop and hasn’t gotten painted yet. The hinges look good though! 😉

The kitchen is a nice size, but the floor plan is a little funky. Appliances, sink and cupboards are spaced too far apart. The fridge is just inside the pantry, but I kinda like that. While a small table would be the obvious choice for most people in a kitchen, I opted for an island with cupboards, work space and a bar overhang so that we would have a place to sit and we could use our bar stools. BUT…the extra cupboard space and work surface was a big plus. We looked at several options for an island and finally it all came together.

Friends of ours were getting rid of old cupboards. Since they were the right height, I didn’t care what condition they were in. One section had drawers and the other a cupboard. After cleaning them we put them together and primed the fronts. The sides and the back were covered with wainscot paneling and we added a trim around the bottom edge.

The counter top was another issue. Purchased counter tops were very pricey, but my frugal mind kept telling me there was a cheaper option. I finally came across the “Nightstands Turned Kitchen Island” idea at Make the Best of Things.

While I already had the base taken care of, the counter idea had my name written all over it. I also used the pages from an old cookbook to decoupage the surface and then sealed it with two-part epoxy. It was my first try working with epoxy.

It may not be perfect, but I love it!

Lastly, we recovered the floors. Yes, they are peel and stick, but they fit the budget and I think the floor looks 200% better than what we started with. Tiles seem to get discontinued very fast, so we decided to purchase enough to do the mud room and the pantry at the same time since they all lead into each other. Those rooms haven’t been done yet, but it would be a total bummer to go buy it only to find it is no longer available.

So, like I said, there is still a lot to do, but I am elated at the transformation so far.

Enjoy!

Last-Minute Gift: Aspen Candles

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Do you still have an unfinished gift list? Are you running short on cash? Think you have no time to make anything in time for Christmas? This project or multiples of this project can be completed in less than an hour.

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I used scraps of aspen branches I have been toting around since we moved to Kansas in 2000. Seriously, what took me so long to do this? The length can be anything you want. The ones I used ranged between 4″-6″. Don’t have aspen? No problem. You can use any branches you have available or fence post scraps. Really. As long as it is a block of wood…you are golden.

You need a 1 1/2″ paddle drill bit. If you don’t have one, ask friends or neighbors before heading to the store. No sense paying for a bit you may only use one time.

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Center the bit on one cut end of your “block” and drill to a 3/4″ depth. Spoiler Alert: To be honest, the bottoms of my drilled holes were a bit uneven. I chose not to worry about it. You shouldn’t either, because they won’t be noticeable.

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Center, wrap and hot glue whatever ribbon you desire around the block. Wrap jute over the top of the ribbon about four times. Knot and fasten off. Alternatives to ribbon could be strips of ripped fabric, a strip of wrapping paper, scrap book paper or a cut strip from an old pair of jeans. Alternatives to jute could be yarn, string, wire, a shoelace or a thin ripped strip of fabric or thin ribbon.

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The things used in this project, thus far, are things you probably already have or can borrow. The next item is the only thing I actually had to buy. The battery operated tea lights. They come two to a package at the Dollar Tree, so your total expense for a set of two candle holders could potentially be only $1. Insert them in the drilled holes and you are done.

I love the way they turned out. These were made for gifts, but after Christmas I am making a set for me.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!!

Yay! Another gift done and it didn’t break the bank.

Little Girl’s Fancy Crochet Bitty Bag

dscf3809Yes, I know…time is running out to get this done by Christmas, but trust me…it’s quick and easy. You could have it completed in the time it takes to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie…or two. 😉

Things You Will Need:
Red Heart Super Saver: 1 skein each 706 Pretty n’ Pink and 313 Aran
Crochet hook : 4mm (US G-6)
Yarn needle
(5) 1/2-inch flat white buttons

GAUGE:
15 sts = 4”
20 sc rows = 4”

Gauge is not important for this pattern. As long as tension is consistent throughout, a slight altering in size will not hinder a successful completion of this pattern.

Pouch (purse body):

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Using Pretty n’ Pink, form a magic ring. Work in continuous rounds.

Round 1: 6 sc in the ring. Do not Join. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (12 sc)

Round 3: *Sc in first st, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (18 sc)

Round 4: *Sc in two stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (24 sc)

Round 5: *Sc in three stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (30 sc)

Round 6: *Sc in four stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (36 sc)

Rounds 7-20: Sc around.

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Doily Flap:

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Using Aran, form a magic ring. Flap is a half-doily and is worked in rows.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in the ring. Do not join. Turn. (10 sts)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1). *Dc, ch 1* to the last st of the row. Dc in the last st. Turn.

Row 3: Sl st in the first ch 1 space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch 2, 2 dc. In the remaining ch 1 spaces 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, 7 dc (cluster) in ch 2 space. *sc in the space between the next two dc pairs. Cluster in the next ch 2 space.* Repeat between ** to the end of the row. Sc in top of last dc.

Do not turn. Working across the row ends, evenly space 18 sc. Turn. Line up the edge just stitched with the edge of the pouch. Sl st 18 sts on the edge of the doily flap to 18 sts on the pouch edge.

Handle:

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Using Aran, ch 40, turn.

Round 1: Sc in the second ch from the hook and in each of the next 37 chs, 3 sc in the last ch (the end). Working up the other side of the ch, sc in 38 chs and 3 sc in the end. Sl st to first sc of the round.

Round 2: *Ch 2, sk one st, sl st in the next.* Repeat between ** around. Sl st to the base of the first ch 2 of the round.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

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Using Pretty n’Pink, form a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 sc in ring, join with sl st to beg ch 1.

Round 2: Ch 3, work 2 dc in the base of ch 3, sl st in next st, *work 3 dc in next st, sl st in next,* repeat between ** around. (5 petals)

Round 3: Sc, hdc in the next st, work 3 dc in next st, hdc,sc in the next st, sl st in sl st from previous row,* repeat between ** around. (5 petals)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

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Place 1 inch on one end of the handle over the pouch edge on one side of the flap. Using the Aran yarn and a yarn needle, stitch the end to the pouch. Repeat on the other side of the flap with the remaining end of the handle. Using the Pretty n’ Pink yarn, stitch a 1/2-inch flat white button over the handle ends.

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Fold the flap to the front of the purse. Position the flower to the right of the flap’s center. Place a 1/2-inch flat white button in the center of the flower. Use Pretty n’ Pink yarn and a yarn needle to stitch the button and flower to the flap.dscf3807

Open the flap. With the front of the purse facing front, center and stitch a 1/2-inch flat white button to the sixth row from the top edge of the pouch using Pretty n’ Pink. Fold the flap to the front and insert the button through the hole of the center cluster on the last row of the doily flap to close the purse.

Enjoy!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Fall Crafts 2016

Candy Corn Bowl FillersWow! Yep, it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have a good excuse. The last few months have been spent on purchasing a new/old home and moving. It’s a fixer upper so there will be lots more on that at a later date. For now, craft shows are in full swing and I want to share some of the things I have been working on.

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I made these using tea stained chenille bedspreads. They have been a big hit.

dscf9275My New Halloween Sign

DSCF4953I also made more of these. I’ve made them the last few years and they have sold really well.

dscf9277Autumn Shutters

Since I seem to collect shutters like dust bunnies, I’m always working on new shutter designs. I tried something a bit different with this one by turning it on its side. I really like the way it turned out.

dscf9281Burlap Wreaths

My plan for this one was to follow a tutorial I had found online, but I ended up coming up with my one plan. The wreath form was supposed to have three space rows. I ordered wreath forms and was bummed to see when they arrived that they only had two space rows. If I can avoid returning something I will so I came up with my own technique to make the “oops” a winner.

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While this craft isn’t necessarily just a fall craft, it is a new one for the shows this year. The jars came from an old house from a few years ago. They are very cool, but the glass was too discolored to leave plain. They got a coat of creamy paint and then sanded to distress. I finished up with the addition of burlap bows and some stars from my stash. What do you think?

dscf9283Stuffed Pumpkins

These have been a popular seller for a few years now.

Enjoy!