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Review | Lion Brand BonBons Yarn

bonbonspackI usually choose bulky, nubby yarns to crochet with, but every so often I’ll go through a phase where all I want to do is crochet with “fine” or “sport weight” yarns (which are very thin in diameter and not very plush). The Bonbons yarns from Lion Brand are perfect for this. They come in a package of eight color coordinated mini-skeins, and are priced at $7.99 MSRP for a pack of eight skeins. While the skeins are quite small, the entire package is more than enough yarn to make a variety of projects. No, you won’t be able to crochet a large afghan with one package, but you will be able to make quite a variety of accessories and home decor projects. Continue Reading →

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Fat Quarter Project | Earbud Pouch

Since digging out my sewing machine and finding my local quilt store, I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with pinning projects that can be made with “fat quarters” (for non-quilters, quarter yards of fabric that are cut in a rectangle so they are about 18″ x 22″ in size). These projects are a great way to justify collecting all those pretty fabrics! My “Fun with Fabric” board is growing rapidly!

The first fat quarter project that I decided to try is something that I desperately needed: a zip pouch for carrying my earbuds. This earbud pouch tutorial is from a website called Dog Under My Desk, and the project is beautifully illustrated with photos and well-written instructions. The tutorial also includes a printable pattern file. All of this made the project really easy to complete!

Headphone Case with HeadphonesThe pouch has a very sturdy design, with a lining and a zip closure, and a loop for attaching it to a keyring for portability.

Headphone Case OpenedThere are no exposed seams in the design to wear or fray over time. To give the pouch some bulk and protect the ear buds, the case is lined with interfacing. I used Sew-In Warm Fleece by The Warm Company. It’s made in the USA of 100% polyester. Even though it is polyester, it feels like cotton in the hand, and has a body and density like felt. It cuts beautifully and it was easy to pin the pattern pieces to and cut precisely.

Warm Company FleeceA few last thoughts about this project…it is wonderful to always know where my headphones are now because I know they are with my keys in the pouch. I never find myself out and about wanting them because if I have my keys, I have them as well. I did have a moment of rude awakening the other day when I was out shopping, though. It was pouring down rain – one of our typical Florida afternoon storms that happen almost daily this time of year – and I was running through the parking lot to my car through water that was two inches or more deep in places because it was raining so hard it overwhelmed the storm drains. As I glanced down at my keys in my hand, I had a moment of panic when I realized – if I drop my keys in this flood my headphones are dead! So I will have to be a bit more careful than I am used to with my keys now that my headphones are attached to them.

Supplies – Fabric (unknown fat quarters), The Warm Company Sew-In Warm Fleece, Coats Dual Duty XP Thread, Coats All Purpose Zipper (7″ Black).

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Books | The Crocheter’s Companion by Nancy Brown

I do not knit. That’s not to say that I’ve never knitted, but I currently do not knit because I was not good at it. It was frustrating because I so wanted to be good at it. I have a co-worker who is an exceptional knitter, and she makes the most wonderful things for her kids and family. Being the crafter that I am of course I wanted to try it and so a knitting soiree was had. I tried -  I really did – and I had moments of proficiency and then it vanished. Just like that! I’d do so well for a few rows then ruin! And I never picked it up again. I sadly thought my time playing with yarn was done.

Then I received this book, The Crocheter’s Companion, written by Nancy Brown and published by Interweave Press.

Crocheters Companion cover Continue Reading →

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Project | Homemade Hair Pomade

When it comes to personal grooming I’m not a big “product” guy. I’ll pretty much use the soap we have, the shampoo that is already in the shower, and whatever toothpaste is on the counter. But lately I’ve been noticing that my hair has been getting out of control. Well, more out of control than normal. I am both blessed and cursed with a very thick head of hair thanks to my Irish ancestry. As such, whenever we get a bit of humidity (did I mention we live in Florida – the humidty capital of the world?) my hair begins to curl and puff up to a point that even a no-frills guy like me begins to feel a bit unkempt. What to do?

Someone suggested I might want to try an old school pomade to keep my hair a bit more under control. “Great,” I said. And then, “What’s pomade?” Simply put, pomade is essentially some wax blended with some grease. Its purpose is to keep the hair semi-wet and thus more under control. Sounds like what the (hair) doctor ordered. Let’s go buy some! Continue Reading →

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Review | Clover Basket Frames

Clover Basket Frame Sample From Craft Show

Clover Basket Frame Sample From Craft Show

If you love to DIY your home decor items, you may be interested in the Clover Basket Frame Kit that I recently had a chance to try out. It takes the time-consuming process of basket making and changes it into a quick and easy afternoon project. The plus is that you can choose whatever type of fibers (within certain size constraints) that you want to work with to make the basket. This allows you to enhance your home decor while creating a pretty useful basket. Continue Reading →

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