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Saturday, 26 May 2012

from about.com a crochet find free pattern included

Granny Square Crochet Tote Bag Pattern
Granny Square Crochet Tote Bag
Granny Square Crochet Tote Bag
Photo © Lori Jean Karluk
A variation of the Aster Granny Square makes this tote the perfect fashion accessory. Feel free to use any colors of your choice.
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Used in This Example:

Worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Classic yarn colors: about 3 oz. pale sage No. 622 (A), about 2 oz. white No. 001 (B), bronze No. 286 (C), copper No. 289 (D) cardinal No. 917 (E) and dark sage No. 633 (F). You can also use a similar yarn in the colors of your choice.
11 inch by 20 inch piece of fabric in color of your choice for lining. I used a light green shaded fabric to match the pale shade yarn used.
sewing thread to match fabric
sewing needle
tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends, sewing and embroidery
US Size I hook
Finished Size: 11 inches by 12 inches excluding strap
Gauge: 8 dc = 2 inches; 3 dc rows = 2 inches


ch = chain
ea = each
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet

Special Stitches:

Back loop only - Instructions link, with photos: front and back loop how to
See also: loops in crochet



Aster Granny Square:

Make 2 granny squares using color A and the granny square instructions from the aster granny square pattern.

Fabric Liner:

Place one piece on a piece of paper. Trace around it to make a paper pattern as a guideline for cutting out fabric liner shape allowing a little extra around edges for seam. Cut two liner pieces from fabric. With right sides together, sew around three sides leaving top open. Fold top edge of liner under ¼ inch to wrong side, and then fold under again. Sew along folded edge to hold edge in place. Set aside for later.


Holding two crocheted pieces together, matching stitches, join color B to corner stitch. Working sc through both pieces (to join the squares), sc in each st around three sides working 3 sc in each bottom corner stitches. Leave top open. Do not fasten off, turn.
Trim: See a close-up photo of the trim.
You will be working the chains in a sort of zigzag pattern while doing the trim.
* ch 11, sk next 5 sc, sc in next sc, ch 11 (you will be working in sc sts you just skipped from left to right), sc in first skipped sc, ch 11 (you will also be working in remaining sc sts in row from right to left), sc in next sc, ch 11, sc in next skipped sc (working from left to right), ch 11, sc in next sc (working right to left); repeat from * across 3 sides of tote leaving top open. Do not fasten off. Continue to sc evenly around top opening of tote. Fasten off. Weave ends in.
Insert the fabric liner into the tote. Hand sew top edge of liner to the inside of the tote in such a manner that the stitching will not show from the right side of the tote.


To begin: With color C, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 2: * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around (9 sc).
Round 3: change to color D, * sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around (12 sc).
You will now work on the petals of the aster.
Round 4: change to color E, * ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of next 2 chs, dc in ea of next 6 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch; sc in back loop of next sc of round 3, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in ea of next 3 chs, dc in ea of next 4 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sc in back loop of next sc or round 3; repeat from * 5 times.
You were working in the back loops of round 3 for the back petals. Now you will work the front petals in the front loops of round 3.
Round 5: * ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of next 2 chs, sc in next ch, sl st in front loop of Round 3, repeat from * 11 times. Fasten off leaving 12” yarn tail for sewing the aster to the square. Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail. Sew aster to center of square by stitching through round 5 at base of petals. Fasten off. Weave end in.


Thread the tapestry needle with a 15 inch single strand of yarn in color indicated in photo. Embroider bud details in straight stitches and french knots in colors C, E, and F.

Tote Bag Strap:

With color B, ch 81.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: ch 2, hdc in each sc across, turn.
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each hdc across. Fasten off leaving 8 inch yarn tail.
With tapestry needle and yarn tail, sew end to inside of tote at top of one seam. With 8 inches of color B, sew opposite end of strap to opposite side of tote at inside top at seam. (refer to the photo to see where the strap ends are sewn to the tote).

I found mine in Parys Freestate SA (hometown)

Posted: 23 May 2012 12:50 PM PDT
Hi Everyone
 Happy Wednesday
Shopping for vintage treasures is so much fun
 to travel to
 I did not get to go this year and I heard it
it rained quite a bit
and Round Top
one of the BEST places to hunt for treasures 
there is always so much to see
But sometimes it is fun to look for treasures 
right here at home too
I have to admit I have found some of my favorite things
 at the strangest places
 including the side of the road 
This beautiful sheet of vintage tin was a recent find
Found it for $5 dollars
at a Thrift shop
I was dropping off donations and just had to go take a peek
The people  running the shop were going to throw it away
 they were upset there was so much rust
I offered to buy it 
I saw them shaking their heads as I walked out of the store
They even asked me what I was going to do with it
There were so many visions in my head
  it would make beautiful frames, even little cut out hearts
when we got home  I sat it by the entry table
 and you guessed it....
Just look how  pretty it looks
 its been there ever since
What would you do with this sheet of tin?
Rusty vintage charm
with the most fabulous flower design and
it was already white and wonderful

Shopping for vintage is a treasure hunt
it is always fun to see what treasures you will find
linking for White Wednesday

romantic saying for today
"Give all to Love Obey thy heart"
Ralph Waldo Emerson



Posted: 18 May 2012 04:01 AM PDT
All right all you Canucks, this weekend is May 2-4! That means it’s time for DIY projects, gardens, highway traffic jams and the real beginning of summer! And for our American neighbours south of the border, I know that next weekend is your May long weekend. So the same goes for you I suppose!
Typically on Fridays we post five random things from our week. This time we’re going to go a little less random and give you TEN of our top DIY projects that you could tackle in a weekend! So get out your saws, sanders and paint brushes, this is going to be fun!
diy restoration hardware inspired shelves
So there you have it – the TOP 10 AKA DESIGN DIY PROJECTS

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Art of Crochet by Teresa - Free Instructions and Patterns

Posted: 15 May 2012 03:21 PM PDT

Crochet Butterfly Fiona

How to make a crochet Butterfly

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Crochet Geek YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/tjw1963

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Butterfly Fiona

Video Tutorial: Crochet Butterfly Fiona Left Hand Version

Skill Level
 - Intermediate


DC - Double Crochet

SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet

Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Optional: Chenille Wire stem for butterfly body
Optional: Magnet

Chain 5, join

Round 1: Chain 1 (won't count as a stitch), *2 DC through the chain, Chain 3, continue around from * 8 times total. Join with the beginning stitch. ( 8 sets of 2 DC, CH 3)

Round 2:  Work a slip stitch between the double crochet.  Work a chain 1, *SC between the DC. Working in the next chain 3 space, work 4 DC, CH 3, SL ST to DC, 4 DC in same space. Complete from * a total of 8 times.  Join with the beginning stitch.  ( 8 sets of 4 DC, CH 3 join, 4 DC, SC between DC)

Upon completion, you will fold and align the double crochet together so there are 4 sections on each side.  Sew together so they stay in place. Knot secure and sew in the tails.

Chenille Stem:  Approximately 8 inches.  Align around the butterfly.  Twist at the top and shape antenna. 

Magnet: Glue a magnet to the back for using on a refrigerator or magnetic board.

Monday, 7 May 2012

from jungle happi - bunting patern

Posted: 04 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT
Granny triangles with little bells below each triangle...
Now your summer bunting can look pretty and sound pretty too! Find the pattern Rainbow Bunting.

Paint a chair......its true - Kristy will show you how follow link below

How to: Paint Upholstery

By: Diy maven May 02, 2012

Kristy snagged the wingback chair pictured above* on Craigslist. She was impressed by its condition and quality; what she wasn't impressed with was the color.  She considered having reupholstered, but the $500 to $700 price tag wasn't in the budget. So, what did Kristy do? She painted the chair--fabric and all. The supplies she used weren't anything special as evidenced by her materials list, which included the following:
  • 1 Quart of latex satin paint in the color of your choice
  • 1 Spray bottle full of water
  • 1 2 inch or smaller paint brush
  • Fabric medium (equal to the amount of paint that you use)
  • Acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice (should match the color of the Latex paint)
  • Sand paper in around a 180 grit
To see how Kristy used the materials, visit Hyphen Interiors. To see the outcome, feast your eyes on this:  
Kind of amazing, huh? You probably have the same questions I do, like does it feel crunchy, and does the paint rub off. To get answers to those and others, see the tips in Kristy's post. She has some GREAT ones, which are are required reading if you want to attempt such a project. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

crochet a handbag...so lovely- what a tutorial and free

Posted: 02 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT
I've fallen head over heals in love with the Eclectic Granny Bag... By Sandra at Cherry Heart.
The stop everything and make one RIGHT NOW kinda love... Find the pattern here.

from Nelle Creations a lace find....cover your shoes

DIY Lace Heels

Surprising they were very easy to make!
What you need: old black heels, lace material, hot glue gun,scissors)
I started at the back and started gluing the material to the edge of the shoe. I did this all around the whole shoe.

Will look something like this after the bottom is all glued
Next, you can cut off any excess material that won't be needed

Start at the back again and start to pull the material up tight and glue it all around the top
Once the top is all glued you will have excess material hanging over the inside of the shoe.
Pull the material again and glue it down inside the heel.
and last you can take your scissors and trim up any uneven pieces.

And there you have it! New lace heels
Spring, $49.99

DIY Lace Heels, $1.99 (or how much your lace was)

*Be sure to Follow me on Twitter and Fashiolista (link on right side of page). Once I reach 50 followers on either site, I will give away one item I have made and shown on this site! 
(one giveaway for 50 Twitter Followers and another giveaway once 50 Fashiolista Followers is reached!)