Friday, November 20, 2015

Scrap Yarn Christmas Tree Ornament

Here's an easy Christmas craft project you can whip up in no time and use up some of that scrap yarn you most likely have laying around, if you are anything like me. I got the idea for this when I decided to buy my little man his own table top Christmas tree this year and I wanted him to have some handmade crochet ornaments from me to hang. Who knows, he might have these for many years to come. All you need is a little yarn, any color will do. I used red and white for this particular ornament. Once I finished it, I was thinking of making some in pretty shabby chic colors. How pretty would that be? Pastel pink, blue and greens on a white tree. Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to whip some up now. Any hoo, 






I had an old bracelet my daughter gave me, because she knew I might come up with a project for the beads. She was right. I also had some little jingle bells and thought they would be perfect for the trunk of the tree. Although they came out cute, I will use bigger ones next time. Here's what I did to create these little cuties. Hope you enjoy it.








Materials needed: 

yarn:  red, white (I used Caron Simply Soft)
hook:  H-8
beads:  make sure the hole is large enough for your thread and needle can go through.
jingle bells
crochet thread 

Starting from smallest to largest:
Circle 1:
Red- ML  sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1  (6)
finish off

Circle 2:
White-ML hdc 6. Join to first stitch and finish. (6)

Circle 3:
Red-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 sc in each stitch around. Join to first stitch and finish. (12)

Circle 4:
White-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 hdc in each stitch around. Join to first stitch and finish. (12)

Circle 5:
Red-ML sc 6. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (6)
round 2:  2 sc in each stitch. Join to first stitch. ch 1 (12)
round 3:  *1 sc in first stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. repeat from * around. Join to first stitch and finish. (18) 
Weave in ends.

Take about a 9 inch length of crochet thread and slide on your bells. I tied mine in the middle with a knot. 

Now with your needle (bead needle in my case), Thread your thread ends through the center of the Circle 5 (largest circle). Then thread a bead. Next, thread through circle 4, then a bead. Continue this process up to the smallest circle and end with a bead on top. Finish off with a knot as close to the bead as you can. Now you can add a second knot about three inches from the first knot for hanging. Voila! Now you have a cute little tree ornament. They would also be great for gift toppers. 

Happy Crafting!!!! 


Update:  Since I've made a few of these ornaments, I found that they looked a little too long. They still are very pretty and would look lovely on a tree. But I still wanted to shorten them up a bit.

                                                  
That's better. All I did was leave out the smallest circle and kept the remaining pattern the same. I think this is much more proportionate. What do you think?


Happy Crafting!!!!!! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

HOW TO ADD A SPARKLE OF BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE TO YOUR OFFICE AREA

Picture this, you're looking at your desk area and your have it all organized and layed out with a beautiful vase of flowers. You may have a pretty desk lamp with a stylish lampshade that coordinates with the colors your have carefully picked out for your room. You may also have some polished silver or gold desk accessories and color coordinating file folders and planners. And then you pick up your pen to do some very important work and ____________
____SCREECH!!!! It's a boring old plastic uninteresting ball point pen. This will not do. You can make some of these beautiful beaded pens yourself. They can be customized to match your decor, holiday, personality, occasion, anything. All you need are some beadable pens and wide holed beads of your choice. I ordered my beadable pens online from Karen Thomas Designs. There are so mane colors to choose from as well as other beadable products. She also sell beads. I chose to find some beads in my local craft stores. Here's what I came up with. I took this picture at night so the lighting is terrible.  There are better pics below of each one.





Now here are the brighter close ups of the pens I made. What do you think? Pretty right?



Pink/Lavender bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Light green bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Blue/white bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Brown/gold bead combo with gold metal pen base.

Tan/gold bead combo with gold metal pen base.

Last but not least, Red bead combo with red metal pen base.

So what did you think? I think they're lovely. The beads I found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. If you decide to make a few for yourself, I know you'll enjoy it. They also make great gifts. I hope you enjoyed this craft idea. I'll see you soon. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

SURPRISE PACKAGE FROM MY YARN BUDDIE!!!!!

What do you do when you can't sleep at 12:02 am? Write a blog post. Today just got away from me as most days do. The new school year is for my kiddo is around the corner and today was the start of tax free holiday for school shopping. Usually, I go do any shopping first thing in the morning before the crowds come. The anxiety of it all is not a good look on me at all. Well, today I waited until the afternoon to do a little shopping and boy was it a mistake. I turned right back around and went home. I will give this another go on another day. Only this time I will make sure it's at the start of the day.

On a lighter note, I got a wonderful package from my yarn buddie Carmen. She was so sweet to think of me and I couldn't wait to share it with my yarnie community on Youtube. Here is the little video I took that day.



Wasn't that a sweet gift. I couldn't wait to play with all those goodies. She's so talented too. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CROCHET HEART COASTERS AND SOME PAPER CRAFTING!

1So one productive morning I was in my happy place, crocheting, watching my favorite youtube podcasters and sipping my very large mug of coffee. Every time I set my mug down on my table I would hear a loud knock. This was beginning to irritate me. I stopped what I was doing and thought, "I need to grab a coaster." I came to the shocking realization that I don't have a single coaster in my home. I am a crocheter! Why do I NOT have any coasters. Pretty, colorful, soft, precious, fun array of coasters. This will not do. It was time for some Pinterest inspiration. 


I found these little cuties while browsing thru Pinterest. This happens quite often, I must say. I found these on Camilla's blog crochetmillan. She has some very cute patterns to play with. Her heart coasters caught my eye. So I grabbed my cotton yarn and hook and started hookin'. I couldn't stop. I kept on making these little cuties in different colors. I now have stacks of coasters to choose from or gift. I even dug out some cardstock and patterned paper from the darkest, deepest corner of my closet, (shamefully neglected for a long time, but now I am showing my paper stacks some love) to make matching gift boxes.


The first one I made was the perfect size for a trivet for your teapot, but I wanted them a little smaller for my cups to sit on. Here are the changes I made. I used "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby and hook size F / 3.75mm.  I omitted the last increase round and made round 4 my final round with changes to the shell stitch amounts. In round 4, I made 5 dc for the shell stitch instead of the 8 called for in the pattern and I only made 2 sc in the ch 2 space.  Now you can finish off and voila! My coasters measure 4 1/2" wide.


Here are a few picks of my handmade boxes. Not too shabby for a newby like myself. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RED HEART DREAM YARN PRIZE PACKAGE! NOW CLOSED!

Here's a chance to win a great prize package from Red Heart. An amazing assortment of yarns to add to your stash. Who couldn't use some pretty little lovelies?  Want to know how to win? Just click the link below to enter. You can even enter daily. Wow!


                        
Red Heart Dream Yarn Prize Package

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

QUICK AND EASY CROCHET SQUARE COWLS

Podcast #3 Three FO's and One WIP


I've been crocheting this cute square cowls and have been getting a lot of request for doing them up in college colors and some in military color combinations. It's been fun and keeping my busy. I love making them. I found the tutorial on Love4Nails on youtube. I'm going to have to beef up my stash of these little cuties for when college football starts. 

CROCHET COWL SHOW AND TELL AND ONE SMART TIP!

Show and tell podcast # 2 is up.  A few finished projects and 1 wip.


GETTING SOME EXERCISE WITH A WALK IN THE PARK

Here is a video of me and my son taking a lovely morning stroll in the park. It was so nice. Why have we not found this sooner? Oh, well. Now we know it's there and we are going to be making more frequent visits.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I'm back with CHICKEN DIABLE RECIPE!

Hello all. I'm back! I'm so sorry about my absence from my blog.  Getting used to this new media is a little difficult to get used to.  Well, not difficult, just different.   I'm much more active on Instagram but I will make much more of an effort to keep up to date here on Londie's Handmade Crochet.  There is always something I want to share.

At the moment I would love to share a recipe I have made for my family for sometime now and they love it.  It's not my own recipe.  It is a recipe my mother used to make a long time ago and it is a dish I make repeatedly for my family.

This dish is Chicken Diable or Deviled Chicken. It is easy and super delicious. 


Yum right? I just dug right in before I could take a picture.  Since it was just me and my two sons for dinner, I halved the recipe and used chicken thighs.  I think the thighs are more juicy and more flavorful, but you can use whatever chicken pieces you like.  I will give you what the recipe calls for.  Here it is...

1 broiler-fryer (about 3 pounds), cut up
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. curry powder( I used McCormick Hot Madras Curry Powder-not hot at all)





1. Rinse chicken pieces; pat dry; remove skin, if you wish.

2. Melt the butter in a shallow baking pan; stir in remaining ingredients.  Roll the chicken in the             butter mixture to coat both sides; then arrange them meaty side up in a single layer in the same           pan.

3. Bake in a moderate oven (375*) for 1 hour, or until the chicken is no longer pink and is beautifully 
    glazed. 

We had this with a simple salad and my boys loved it!  

Saturday, February 7, 2015

MY SUPER CHUNKY RIBBED COWL

If you love super chunky, and easy then you'll love this one. The yarn I used was Lion Band Yarn Hometown USA in the color Chicago Charcoal. Now, this yarn started out as an U.F.O. It was going to be a small rug for my son's room but found it was taking way too much yarn and was taking forever for me to finish. Don't get me wrong, it was turning out great. But I decided that I could make better use for it. My son wasn't all that impressed with it. I think that was the real reason. So, I frogged it.


I used a big hook size P and about three skeins of yarn. 

Chain 84 or any size you want. This is totally customizable. Now HDC in the second chain from the hook. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 1: HDC in the back loops to the end. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: Repeat row 1 until you have your desired height and finish off keeping a long tail. You can leave it as is and wear it as a scarf, but I like cowls, so I stitched the ends together with my long tail as evenly as possible. Voila! I love it. It is so cozy.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Welcome!

Well hello there! I'm sure you just stumbled upon my blog by accident, but since you're here let me say welcome and I'm glad you're here. Let me start off by saying that this blog is my link to the outside world. Better then in my head, trust me, lol.  I made resolutions for myself this year for the first time. I am going to stop living as a spectator of life. I am going to take action and start doing things that I have wanted to do but was too afraid to do them. Even the smallest things are great accomplishments, right?  I know this to be true because I see that in my children. Every tiny step of progress is a huge milestone. Each one makes a difference in our lives.

This is going to be my diary of sorts. A small bookmark in my adventure in life. Sounds deep, wow. I plan to post about my loves. Family, food, crochet, outings, and the occasional ramblings....and crochet....and food. Ha-ha. Anyhoo, I hope you stop by again. See you soon.