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The Green Dragonfly

Here’s a little mixed media crochet flower ‘painting’ Ive been working on.  crochet flower picture

It’s made using the same basic flower found here, but the leaves and stalks are each sewn with a single long stitch… and there are two or three seed beads stitched into each flower center.

crochet flower pictureThe little silver butterfly is the same as the ones on my tea cozys… you can find the pattern here.crochet flower pictureOn an unrelated note, if you would like to add a little sweet treat to your day, let me offer a suggestion. Tonight I made this chocolate sauce to accompany banana splits for dessert, Carter may have mentioned (twice) as he was scoffing it that I was the best Mum in the world! ♥ Janette xx

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Make Something Mondays!

missing socks

This is probably the most used craft I will ever make. I lose my socks all the time. Seriously, I am pretty sure that dryer lint is the remains of my missing socks. So, my solution is the Missing Sock Station.

 

 

 

materials for DIY Sock Station

Things You Will Need:
Wood
Wood Glue
Clothes Pins
Paint, water, brushes

 

 

 

Yellow paint on wood

Step 1:

Paint your wood a solid color.

 

 

 

Yellow clothes pins

Step 2:

While you wait for the wood to dry, paint your clothes pins.

 

 

 

Missing sock station

Step 3:

Your wood should be dry by now. Grab a MASSIVE sharpie and start writing. You can use paint if you prefer but I think the sharpie is a bit more clean.

 

 

 

 

Missing socks

Step 4:

When both the clothes pins and wood are dry, you can use your wood glue to adhere the pins to the wooden board.

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Under A Topaz Sky

This is how the block stood the last time I blogged about it, with long loopy stitches and a big mistake in the middle…

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And once you spot an error, then it becomes the first thing your eye is drawn to every time you pick the piece up. So the stitching had to come out, but that made it the ideal opportunity to add the seed beads I’d been thinking about.

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I threaded them randomly onto each stitch and let them fall into a natural pattern both along the stitch and with the beads on the adjoining stitches.

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Then I went back with the same thread and caught the long zig-zag stitches down onto the fabric with tiny single-thread-wide stitches at each end of the bead clusters, both keeping the beads in place and stabilising the long stitches.

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You can just about see the little stitches, but for the most…

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