I put together an Egyptian-themed needlepoint and cross-stitch package. You can purchase each of these individually for $12.00 each, or SAVE 20% by buying all three together for $28.80 – in my Etsy Shop.

Purchase with Paypal below. Can send instructions for either needlepoint or cross stitch.

Cleopatra Stitch Count: 136w X 302
Hieroglyphs Stitch Count: 149w X 125h
King Tut Stitch Count: 136w X 302

$36.00 total for all three if you bought each one separately.
$28.80 total for all three if you buy the package.

I put together a Book Lovers-themed needlepoint and cross-stitch package. You can purchase each of these individually for $12.00 each, or SAVE 20% by buying all three together for $28.80 – in my Etsy Shop.

Purchase with Paypal below. Can send instructions for either needlepoint or cross stitch.

The Library Stitch Count: 206w X 140h
The Book Shelf Stitch Count: 250w X 140h

$24.00 total for both if you bought each one separately.
$19.20 total for both if you buy the package.

Just finished this for the inside of my front door.  Those are figs on the top and bottom.

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I’ve been on a Barbie Doll Clothing kick:

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Well, they remind me of the Art Deco period.  I can’t remember where I got this pattern from. The pattern is for one square and in U.S. terms.  Make 4 of them and sew them together.

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Round  1: ch 16 and form a ring with a slip stitch
Round  2: Sc 24 in ring.  Join in 1st Sc with a slip stitch
Round  3: Ch 3 (this is the 1st Dc).  5 Dc in the next 5 Sc, Ch 4. * 6Dc in the next 6 Sc.  Repeat from * until you have 4 corners and join to the 1st Dc with a slip stitch.
Round 4: Ch 1.  Sc in same stitch and in next 5 stitches.  4 Sc in the chain 4 opening. *Sc in next 6 stitches. 4 Sc in the chain opening.  Repeat from * to end and slip stitch in 1st stitch
Round 5: Chain 3 (Again, this is the 1st Dc). Dc in next 5 stitches.  Ch 10. Skip 4 Sc you made over the Chain 4 loop and *Dc in next 6 stitches.  Ch 10. Skip 4 Sc.  Repeat from * to end.  Join with slip stitch.
Round 6: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch and in next 5 stitches.  Sc 10 stitches in Ch 10 loop. * Sc in next 6 stitches. Sc 10 stitches in Chain 10 loop.  Repeat from * to end and close with a slip stitch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

After sewing the 4 blocks together, pin to a folded towel and use a steam iron to block.  Do not touch the iron to the coaster, just give it as many blasts of steam as you want.  Let dry in place and remove pins.  If you put the iron on the stitches it tends to flatten them too much.

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There are endless possibilities with this pattern – scarves, tablecloths, afghans (with thicker yarn).

 

Hope you have fun with this!

Finished set in my Etsy Shop (Yeah, everything I make goes there):

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I love to crochet plaid because I never know exactly how the pattern will turn out and I am always pleasantly surprised at how the colors blend.  This is a blanket I made for a dollhouse.  I used fine crochet cotton so it would drape properly for the scale of the dolls.
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I’ve made plaid scarves and afghans with this.

Want to give it a try?

Here ya go:
1. Choose your colors and decide which will be the most dominant, the next dominant and so on.
2. Decide how many rows of each color and in what order you want them
3. Decide how wide you want the piece, chain to that length and add 6 chains.
4. Dc in 6th chain from hook
5. Ch1, skip next chain and dc in next. Continue to the end.  Chain 4 and turn (this equals 1dc and 1ch) skip 1 ch sp and 1 dc in next dc
6. Continue with your choice of colors until you get half way through your afghan.  At this point reverse your colors until you finish your mesh.

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7. You have been crocheting east/west for the mesh, now you need to make chains (in the same color order as you used for the mesh) and weave them north/south

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8. Finish off the ends as fringe or sew them in to the fabric.

I hope you have fun with this!

I found the pattern for these last week and just had to make a bunch of them!  I would love to give my readers the pattern for free but it belongs to one of my fellow Etsy shop owners.  If you want to make them yourself, you can purchase  Greta Tulner’s pattern  here.

I’m going to make more.  If you would rather buy them already made, they can be purchased  here and here; or maybe these will give you an idea for your own Valentine craftiness.

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Happy crocheting!

I went shopping the other day to pick up one thing and, as usual, had to check out the craft section.  So many things were calling my name but an unpainted birdhouse won out.  I never painted one before and just thought I’d try and see what I could do.  Well, it’s on its way to something, not sure yet how it will turn out.  I’d love to see any pics of your birdhouses! IMG_2227_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of my favorite blogs is Attic24.  Lucy, the very creative owner of the blog, has designed some wonderful things.  One of her many tutorials I have followed is the Happy Flower Decoration.  I’ve made a few small changes (just because I never seem to want to follow a pattern exactly) and here it is.

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cool-Pokemon-real-life-plushI’m always trolling the net for more creations by other artists and crafters.  I came upon this amazing Russian artist named  Santani.  They look like a version of Gremlins but I think they are cuter – don’t you?  You can see more of them here

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