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Crocheted coasters…

I just completed my third set of these coasters and wanted to share this project with those interested in crocheting or knitting.

I used the Peaches and Cream yarn that can be found at most stores that carry yarn – I got mine at WalMart. One skein was all I needed to make these 4 – might be able to get 6 out of one skein, but I did not try that. This calls for 1/2 inch wooden pony beads as well. I used the I-9 US crochet hook.

I chained 15 and then started SC in the second chain from hook and SC to the end. Continue to SC each row until the coaster measures 3 1/2 inches from beginning row. If you want it wider up to 4 inches, just add more stitches before continuing to the second row. Cast off and weave the ends into the back of the coaster. For the corner tassels I used 3 strands (you could use 2) and threaded them through the corners of the coaster and then through the pony beads. Knot ends close to the bead and trim the tassel ends so they are even.

Makes a perfect gift!

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Homemade Microwavable Heat Pads

With the cold winter we we have been having – do your joints and muscles ache? I have just the thing for that! You can make your own heating pad in just a few minutes that will last a long time. Not only a project to complete in the comfort of your warm home, but to also help keep your aches and pains at bay!

Homemade Microwave Heating Pads

These can be made without a pattern. Just cut out the size of pad you want (with 1/2” seam allowance).

Fabrics:
Old towels or washcloths
Fleece
Old socks
Full Cotton – plain, print, flannels, and denim
Cotton is the best fabric to microwave, so keep that in mind when choosing your fabric.

Filler ideas:
Rice
Beans
Feed corn
Oatmeal
Flaxseed
Barley

Optional Scents:
Spices, herbs, or essential oils. If using any of these, mix into filler (such as with rice) and let set for 3-4 days in a sealed container and stir occasionally. This will help get the fragrance evenly distributed throughout your filler.

How to make:
Cut and sew the fabric in the size you want – usually a wash cloth size is just right.
Leave only about 1-2 inches open so that you can fill the pad with your filler. Fill to about ¾ full so that it is moldable to your body. Sew the remaining opening by hand or machine and keep filler pushed away from the opening while sewing it shut.

If you want a removable cover, sew one just slightly larger than the pad filled with your filler.. You can leave one end open or sew a Velcro strip to be able to close it and open it easily. Remove cover to wash as needed. Do not microwave the cover.

Directions on use:
Heat 1-3 minutes in the microwave, depending on the size of the pad. Do not leave unattended in case the pad would start to smoke – do not want it to start on fire. Shut microwave off immediately if this happens. You can set a cup of water in with the pad or spritz the pad slightly first if you want some moisture. If you added spices or herbs, this is a good idea to do before heating the pad.

When you take the pad out – DO NOT immediately put it on the area you need it on – make sure the pad is not too hot for the skin – especially for children. These are great to use to help with aches and pains or to pamper yourself. Like if you have a difficult time sleeping – one filled with lavender may have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

If you are not into sewing, but want to try this out – use an old tube sock without holes and fill it with rice, tie the end and then microwave – for a quick heating pad in minutes!
Great for taking on vacation also!

I do not have a photo of the one I made, but found some on a Google search in different lengths and a tube sock version:
Oblong Microwave heating pad

Microwave heating pad

Tube sock microwave heating pad

(Photos used from a Google search for examples)

Valentine’s projects…

I found some activities one could accomplish before Valentine’s gets here!

The first project is making salt dough cut-out Valentine Hearts. I have made these before – they can be fun for kids of all ages and adults as well. Be creative with your decorating so that it reflects your style or for the person you are making it for!

Here is a link to a page that is more like a tutorial: Handmade Valentine Salt Dough Hearts….
Cute Handmade Hearts - salt dough photo

And for those who like to crochet – please find these cute heart coasters to be a fun thing to crochet up in a short period of time and give to someone special! I have not tried these, but I will have to do that at some point! Please find the pattern on this link: Crocheted Valentine Heart Coasters…
Valentine Heart Coasters photo

ENJOY!!

Window Boxes

Here is a good project to repurpose those old windows you took out to replace the new ones or a find at an estate sale or auction!  Paint the window frames in the color you choose and hang them with chain (as seen in picture) and then find some window boxes to paint the same color – place them beneath the outer wall of the building you want to hang both of them on (garage, etc) and you have a beautiful addition to the side of your garage or shed near a garden spot or an area you may host guests.  I have even seen these where they are placed in Gazebo’s with the chain securing the top and bottom of the windows and then flower boxes placed on the railing under the windows.  A fun DIY project for a lazy afternoon!

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Clay Pot Wind Chime

Clay Pot Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes

These wind chimes add a whimsical touch to your garden or patio. This is an enjoyable project that could turn into an afternoon of family fun. Just buy a clay pot for each member of the family and allow them to decorate it to represent themselves. If you have more than four in your family, make two wind chimes.

Supplies:

  • 4 clay pots in graduated sizes
  • Jute
  • (4) 1-inch wooden beads
  • Acrylic paint in the color of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Paint the outside of the pot your chosen base color. Paint each pot a different color if you like.
  2. Stencil the outside of each with your chosen design. Ivy leaves or geometric shapes work well for this.
  3. Cut one yard (three feet) of jute.
  4. Pull one end of it through a wooden bead and tie a knot.
  5. Tie a knot an inch or so up from the bead. Put another bead on that knot.
  6. Put the smallest clay pot on the jute and pull it down to the bead.
  7. The next largest pot will hang halfway over the smallest pot. Where you knot it and put the bead will depend on what you need to make it fit right. Measure it, knot the jute and add another bead.
  8. Add the next larger pot.
  9. Repeat steps until all four pots are used.
  10. Make a loop in the top for hanging.

Painted Clay Pots windchime 2

Here is the one I created above with the cows on it for a country theme – you can do whatever you want on them – just get creative!

Terra Cotta Tiered Stand

Terra Cotta Tiered Stand

by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore
Terra Cotta Jewelry Stand

Use different size terra cotta pots and saucers to create a catch-all for your jewelry, crafts or even keys! Paint the stand to match your décor and if crackle is not your thing, use decorative painting, stickers or vinyl to make it “your own”.

  • 1

    Paint terra cotta pots and saucers with Desert Turquoise (or color of your choice). The color that will show through should have contrast to the paint that is going to be used on top. Since terra cotta is porous it may need 2 coats to get good coverage.
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    When dry, paint on Crackle Medium. Let dry completely.
  • 3

    Paint contrasting color. For fine crackling, use a brush; for larger crackling, use a sponge applicator.
  • 4

    When completely dry determine how you want to stack the saucers and pots. Glue together and let dry completely.