The 4th in Seward, Nebraska

27-4th shirt emblemWow! Where did the week go? I think I’m still recovering and catching up after our family’s weekend trip to Seward, Nebraska for the 4th of July festivities.

01-DSCF1608My husband’s brother and his wife invited us to enjoy the town’s Independence Day celebration. We had no idea how fabulous it would be!

02-DSCF1609It is only a five hour drive for us, so we left the morning of the 4th and got there in time to enjoy the huge craft show in the town square before the parade. My BIL dropped us off near the square as there was no way we were going to find parking. We had an hour before the parade.

04-DSCF1611We were invited to watch the parade from a friend’s house that was right on the parade route. This is one view from the porch.05-DSCF1613The crowds of people lined the streets and lawns in all directions.

06-DSCF1614Fast fact from the town’s web page: “The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward.”

07-DSCF1616Another fun and amazing fact: “Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.”

15-DSCF1630The parade had a little bit of everything and lasted for over an hour.

11-DSCF1622Look closely at the center of this photo. A streaker (well, he was wearing a red, white and blue speedo) came running out of the crowd and down the middle of the parade as he used a flag as a cape. It happened so quick that this was as focused a shot as I could get. Hmm, I bet his momma is proud. LOL!

10-DSCF1620I loved this! The name of the business is called “Cake to Die For…”. I wonder…what do you think came first, the name or the company car?

09-DSCF1619A bit of irony…for guests from Kansas. The theme of Seward, Nebraska’s 2014 4th of July parade was “there’s no place like home”.

22-DSCF1644My beautiful SIL enjoying the parade with us from the porch.

Unfortunately I completely forgot to grab my camera for the fireworks! (face/palm)

You will just have to take my word for it that they were amazing, huge, numerous and could be seen in every direction we turned.

24-DSCF1648The next day we went to a local winery for a bit of tasting. :) Yum! ;) The winery is Junto Wines. Click the link to find out more about this beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting Junto wines if you ever find yourself in the area.

25-DSCF1650We took our final glass outside and walked around. They have a lot of lovely areas for outdoor weddings and receptions.

26-DSCF1651Back at the house a relaxing game of washers ensued.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Kevin and Becky, thank you for a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

T-Shirt Crochet Coffee Mug Wrap-Pattern

Mug Wrap 4T-Shirt Crochet Coffee Mug Wrap

Do you need a quick gift? This Christmas season has been crazy-busy, but I promised I would share the pattern for the t-shirt crochet coffee mug wrap, so here it is. Finally!

Mug Wrap 3The thick cord of the t-shirt yarn works up big and fast, making this project a simple project to tackle while watching Christmas movies. Please tell me I am not the only one addicted to them.

Things You Will Need:

One adult-size t-shirt
Scissors
Crochet hook, size N
Straight pin
Large button
Needle and thread

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sk = skip

Preparing the T-Shirt Yarn:

04-DSCN7390Step 1
Lay an adult-size t-shirt on your work surface. Cut off the hem. Cut across the t-shirt body from one armpit to the other. Set the top of the t-shirt aside. The remaining tube from the body will be your yarn.

05-DSCN7391Step 2
Cut 1/2 inch into one cut edge of the tube at a slant. Cut a continuous 1/2-inch strip around the tube until the entire tube has been cut.

Step 3
Starting at one end of the yarn strip and working to the other, stretch the strip. The stretched t-shirt strip will curl naturally into a yarn cord.

Crocheting the Mug Wrap:

Ch 28

Mug Wrap 6Round 1:
2 sc in second ch from the hook. Sc once in each of the next 25 chs. 2 sc in the last ch.

Working up the other side of the foundation ch, 2 sc in the remaining loop of the first ch. Sc once in each of the next 25 chs, 2 sc in the last ch. Do not join.  You will work in continuous rounds. Attach a safety pin to mark the beginning of the round.

Mug Wrap 8Round 2:
2 sc in the back loop of the first sc. Sc once in the back loops of each sc to the end of the first side. 2 sc in the back loop of the last st on the end. Ch 2. Sk one sc, 2 sc in the back loop of the next sc. Buttonhole made. Sc once in the back loops of each sc to the end of the round. 2 sc in the back loops of the last sc of the round.

Mug Wrap 9Round 3:
Sl st in the back loop of the next sc and in each sc of the round. Sl st to the first sl st made and finish off. Weave in the beginning and ending tails.

Mug Wrap 10Place the wrap around a coffee mug, threading it through the handle. Stretch the wrap and overlap the ends. Place a pin on the end of the wrap that is directly below the buttonhole to mark. Remove the wrap from the mug. Choose a large button from your button collection.

Mug Wrap 5I use large buttons recycled from vintage coats and dresses. Hand sew the button to the marked end of the coffee mug wrap.

Note: Variations in individual tension can effect the size of the wrap. If the wrap is too short to wrap around the mug, stretch and block the wrap to fit the mug with an overlap for the button. If the wrap is too large a bigger overlap is fine.

Mug Wrap 4Place the wrap on the coffee mug and button to secure.

Enjoy!

Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Dishcloth-Pattern

01-DSCN7393Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Dishcloth

This crocheted t-shirt dishcloth idea was posted a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t have the pattern written up at that time. Yay, me! I have finally finished it!

It is really very, very simple (blush), but simple is good when life gets busy and complicated. :)

Things You Will Need:

One adult t-shirt
Scissors
Crochet hook, size N

02-DSCN7386Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet

Preparing the T-Shirt Yarn:

04-DSCN7390Step 1
Lay a large adult-size t-shirt on your work surface. Cut off the hem. Cut across the body of the shirt just below the sleeves. The body is now a tube that should produce enough yarn for one dishcloth. If the t-shirt body is not enough for one dishcloth, cut and add smaller strips from the yoke and sleeves of the shirt.

05-DSCN7391Step 2
Cut 1/2 inch into one cut edge of the body tube at a slant. Continue to cut a 1/2-inch strip around the tube until the entire body has been cut.

06-DSCN7395Step 3
Starting at one end of the t-shirt strip and working to the other, pull the length of the strip to stretch. The long, side edges of the t-shirt strip will curl naturally into a yarn cord.

Crocheting the Dishcloth:

Ch 21

Dishcloths 4Row 1
Sc in the second chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains. (20 sc)

Dishcloths 5Row 2-14
Ch 1 and turn. Sc in the back loops of each sc in the row.

Dishcloths 6Finish off and weave in the ends.

Tips and Ideas:

Stretch and block the dishcloth as you crochet each row, as well as when the dishcloth is complete.

T-shirts with no pictures or design graphics are recommended for t-shirt yarn. Use two or more t-shirts in differing colors to crochet a dishcloth with stripes.

01-DSCN7393Crochet two dishcloths and present them as gifts. Fold each dishcloth and stack them together. Cut a 36-inch length of ribbon or lace. Wrap the ribbon or lace length around the stack and tie it in a bow on top. Trim the ends as desired.

Enjoy!

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Recycled T-Shirt Coffee Cup Wrap

07-DSCN7405Recycled T-Shirt Coffee Cup Wrap

Another crafty, no-cost, quick gift idea to do with an old t-shirt. If you need a refresher on cutting the “yarn”, you can find a brief explanation here.

06-DSCN7395Again, I haven’t written out the particulars to this crochet project yet, but it’s a pretty basic idea. You just need a strip long enough to wrap around a standard size coffee cup, plus a bit of overlap to attach a button. The strip needs to be able to fit through the handle. I used a size N hook.

08-DSCN7407Depending on the size of the button you are using, you may need to chain and skip a stitch or two for a buttonhole.

I used a button from my stash that I had saved from old clothing, so this project is also no-cost.

Enjoy!

Recycled Blue Jean Patch Pillow

09-DSCN7397Recycled Blue Jean Patch Pillow

Another no-cost, quickie gift idea.

12-DSCN7408Yep, I always have an over-abundance of old blue jeans. I’ve tried purging them, but they just seem to breed on their own.

10-DSCN7399This project used six blue jean squares for the front and I cut apart a leg to use as one piece for the back. It could not have been simpler.

11-DSCN7403The size of the squares should all be the same size, but the actual size of the squares is determined by the size of the word stencil. I wanted to make sure it would fit and I already had my mind set on using six squares. My squares were each 6 inches. I used a stencil I had cut on my Cricut.

09-DSCN7397After I stitched it all together I stenciled the word on the front. The denim is pretty thick so you don’t need to worry about it seeping through to the back.

Enjoy!