Saturday, September 8, 2012

Clothes Pin Doll Crochet Pattern

I found this years ago on the Internet and thought it a GREAT ornament or decoration to make in Crochet! It uses thread crochet (crochet cotton) and a very small #7 steel crochet hook.

You can download the pattern free here
 Free Crochet Patterns
(must create a free account, I like this site as it has a lot of free patterns)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A book everyone with kids MUST have...

I just received this book in the mail from the author, who also happens to be a dear friend and was my high school Geometry teacher.

The book is called Trash to Toys: Creative Games from your Recycle Bin by Nick Sarkady.

It's a very well organized and well written, easy to follow book with fabulous ideas for games for kids (or adults... some of us still like to play).  A wonderful, non-electronic resource of fun for rainy days and even sunny days outside.

Finally! Something to do with all that stuff I've been saving!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My new book in paperback!

Order through CS to get your printed version!!
This is a standard paperback version in black and white.
I am working on an upgrade version in color with more pictures!
List price only $8.99 plus shipping

Buy now and get 20% off - use code 62BENL3V
For a limited time!

More info on my book site: Grillin the Road

Friday, April 6, 2012

Recreation of the Mason Jar Sewing Kit

I made these in caseloads years ago to go with the sewing sets. Very easy to make. Very handy and versatile.

I would advise using a shorter jar, like the square-based one, either the cup or pint size, as the quart jar tends to fall over.

These are the 8 oz jars.  One has a sewing kit, the other pins.  I still use these.   You can make a set - small threads, pins, buttons, etc. Baby food jars also work for smaller items such as snaps.  Simply use a hot glue gun to glue a circle of hemmed fabric around the side of the cap and glue on a nice ribbon or lace around it. 

You can get inexpensive travel sewing kits that fit nicely in these jars. You can also paint the metal rings to match. The top has a button sewn down (punch hole in the lid).  
Pattern (c) Lisa Murray 2002, 2012

More creations by Lisa Murray at Thistle Rose Studio:
Sewing kit for Keeley (made 2009) with jars as above.

Sewing tote

Covered cans for pins, scissors, sewing tools, etc.

Project bucket

More pictures -- click here!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spotlight on Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I got my new catalog in yesterday from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  What a purty book. Lots of info and recipes, and large pictures of the produce.   See them here: Baker Creek.

So what's so great about this company? Other than their very nice catalog?  They're non-GMO.  I like this. Pure and natural. Not harmful to us or the environment.  As they say:

"A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) results from a discipline called Genetic Engineering which involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another. For example, genes from an arctic flounder which has "antifreeze" properties may be spliced into a tomato to prevent frost damage. It is impossible to guide the insertion of the new gene. This can lead to unpredictable effects. Also, genes do not work in isolation but in highly complex relationships which are still not fully understood. Any change to the DNA at any point will affect it throughout its length in ways scientists cannot predict. The claim by some that they can is both arrogant and untrue."

I don't know about you, but I sure don't want my DNA messed with.  Any change to any part of our eco-system and our environment creates consequences.  These can be good or bad consequences. These can be either immediate or long-term.   What we do, all we do, affects not only ourselves, our children, our pets, but the land and atmosphere around us. I believe in balance and responsibility for the only world we have to live on.  I'm not a tree hugger, but I do like living. And living well.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Flower Press

Easy to make and use:

two 4"x6" pieces flat wood
(this one is made from decoupage plaques from a craft store)
four long bolts
4 washers
4 wing nuts

non corrugated cardboard
(corrugated will make lines on your pressed flowers)
acid free paper for pressing

Drill holes in the wood at the corners (together to get them lined up)
cut cardboard and paper to fit inside the press.

Select fresh flowers and put between paper and then between cardboard pieces.
Put press together and tighten wingnuts to press down.  Let sit 2 weeks. 
Check to see if more pressing is needed.

I used pressed flowers and a clear coat urethane to decorate this one.

Spinning wheels and spindles

Great info here for spinning!

Make your own spinning wheel!

Another version:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Arm Pockets!

Here is the prototype of the Arm Pocket.   Still a work in progress.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Inkle Looms!

This one is the first Inkle Loom made from Red Oak, stained with Red Mahogany and clear gloss urethane.

Ash's Inkle Loom is natural Red Oak. Though it may end up pink soon.