Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Time Again!

That time of the year everyone looks forward to.


In all the festivities, don’t forget to remember and give thanks to the one whose purpose in coming was to save us for himself. God Bless you….

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Want to wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holy Alpahbet

A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o thank God is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be ba! ! ! ! ! ! d, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!


The trials of this time and all other times for mankind, will be made an end to. And we will have a thousand years with Jesus as our King and our brother on a new earth.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Small pieces of torn tissue…

are glued to a plastic bag sphere to make a rough pumpkin shape.
And since Halloween is just a few days away I thought this would be a great little project. Maybe you too. The link for the instructions starts here:


pumknstart So get started; you don’t have much time before the evening. arrives.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Autumn Pumkins

I found this really cute picture of some patchwork pumpkins in a Google search and had to follow the link.


To find the pattern, floolw this link

have fun!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hoop Skirts

What i have here is a hoop skirt complete with ‘hoops’. You can't see them as they are embedded in sc rows. The hoops are made of 40 lb. test fishing line or leader line for fishing line. This is very flexible and will collapse when Barbie sits.
18 rows of tr crochet and 40 lb test fishing line
This will work for those styles that are done in the 1840’s-60’s and Southern Belles of Annie’s Attic and Paradise patterns. This has not been tested under each and every skirt but at leat you have something to go on. I think you will like this pattern very much. You will not have to count each row and increase after the initial rows. And the placement of the fishing line is nice and clear. All you have to do is watch for the inc made on the previous tr row. Some people already know this but I put it here for those who don’t.
  • Size 10 crochet thread
  • #7 hook
  • 40 lb (.60mm or .024 inch thickness) fishing line
Stitch Notes:
Make your inc in the first of the 2 sts of prev rows; this will make them less obvious. If you make you increases on the second of the 2 sts it make an obvious angle showing where you made the increase.
  • 1st piece 12 inches and goes on row 3
  • 2nd piece 16 inches and goes on after 6th tr row
  • 3rd piece 18 inches goes on after 8th tr row.
  • 4th & 5th piece cut 24 ½ inches long goes on after 11th & 18th tr row
I found that those little wooden clothes pins came in very handy for holding the fishing line to the row as I crocheted otherwise it curl around and gets in the way. Also cut your fishing line about 2 inches longer; it can be trimmed off later but you may need it for adjusting the row and this may be better done when finished with the whole petticoat.
You want to leave about an inch or more extending past the beg of the row which you will crochet over at the end of the row and overlap the beg and end of the fishing line. Work sc stitch over these rows; they are not in the row count.
working over a 20 inch length of thread attach thread with sl st and ch 4, work 47 tr, ch 4, turn. (48 tr)
Row 2: 2 tr in next st, tr in next st, rep from * across join with sl st to top of beg ch. (24 inc; 72 tr)
1st piece of fishing line goes here; holding the fishing line to the back side of work just do a row of sc over the fishing line after row 2.
Row 3: Ch 4, tr in next tr, * 2 tr in next tr, tr in next 2 tr, rep from * around, join. (24 inc; 96 tr)
Rnd 4: Tr in each tr around with an inc every 12th st {8 incs; 108 sts}
Rnd 5 -12: Tr in each st with 8 inc sts every tr row. 2nd length of fishing line goes between rows 5 & 6; 8 & 9, 12 & 13 and after the last row.
From 13th – 18th row work even = 7 ¼ inches long
Make 1 more row of sc with fishing line and fasten off. I row of a ruffle could be added for some styles (like the Paradise patterns).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Technique - Joining

One of the neatest tricks in crochet is joining. When done right it is nice and neat; when done wrong it gets a little lumpy. It is very easy to do and those patterns that say to join with a sc may be better off if you use this little trick instead.

  1. drop loop from your hook…
  2. insert hook in the intended st or sp from right to left…
  3. pick up loop just dropped and…
  4. pull through and make a sl st…
  5. finish the chain loop.

technique join1

The piece in the photo is for the lace overskirt to Miss July 1998. I am doing it in size 20 thread and a #8 crochet hook.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Miniature Heart-shaped Pillow

pillow 003
This little pillow is done in Herrschner’s afghan yarn. It is just a little over 2 inches.
  • Herrschner's afghan yarn
  • Size E hook
  1. Do not join rnds and follow carefully rnd 3 as this pillow's shape can be ruined if you don't follow exactly.
  1. I am using htr st as a smooth transitional between tr sts and dc sts. A htr is [yo twice, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 3 loops. Voila!
  1. When you make you 6 sc in the 2nd ch st make sure you have inserted the hook under two strands of the three. Otherwise you will have a hole that is too large.
  1. You can make this pillow in thicker yarn but use a crochet hook at about 2 sizes smaller
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook,
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc {12 sc}
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, dc in next sc, [htr, 2 tr] in next sc, [1 tr, 1 htr] in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, [dc, 1 htr] in next sc, [htr, tr, htr] in next sc (this forms the bottom point), [htr, dc] in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, [ dc, htr] in next sc, [2 tr, 1 htr] in next sc, dc in next sc, sl st join to first sc.
Make another one and with same or contrasting color make the edging joining the two sides. Stuff with a small cotton ball before all the way closed and make sc in back lps, ch 2 and repeat half way around with a sl st (no ch 2 before or after) in the sc at top of pillow.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Ballerina Finished

The tulle skirt is finished, hand sewn to the under side of the crocheted skirt. The pattern has been re-vised to include the tulle underskirt and if you have already downloaded this pattern you may want to do so again. Ballet Tutu
The Tulle is not as nice as I wanted but I was using what I had on hand. This had bee purchased from Walmart long time ago; it is rather stiff. However it worked. If using softer tulle you may want to use more layers. I used one piece, folded in half lengthwise which made 2 layers.
Maybe someday i will take it off and replace it with really nice Tulle. The links section have a couple of places where you can purchase tulle, please check them out.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Ballerina's dance...

When i started the bodice (shown in prev post) i really hadn't thought about what to put with it. But then when the neckline was properly styled immediately I saw a Ballerina's outfit in the making. So, i put on the skirt. This made it right for photo taking and no one could see that her underwear wasn't there yet and also re-confirmed that this would be perfect for a ballerina's dance outfit. I did the panties yesterday and put the final 2 rows for the skirt and have yet to do the tulle under skirt. Since I have it this far I thought you guys should see it, though i don't know how long it is going to be before the tulle underskirt gets done.

The pattern, thus far, is here: B1_Tutu1.pdf

Monday, September 28, 2009

While Working on…

the Millinea Mint project, I pulled out the pattern i had that has that really beautiful bodice and the really very incorrect pattern for same bodice and decided to give it another try. I will not say how many times i have tried to get this pattern correct but I did manage to do it this time!!!! I did it Saturday and today I am going back over it to make the corrections that always seem to need to be done so that you can have a copy of the pattern for the bodice if you are interested.

bodice3 001

This is the bodice before the last row that goes on around the neckline. While working on this i decided that it was just too good not to pass it up, to make this into a ballerina outfit. It will have layers of gathered tulle for the under skirt and panties.From there gold thread can be used to make trim around the edges, feathers or other trim can be added and any ballerina outfit will appear from the crocheter’s imagination.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I neglected one thing when i posted "the Next Installment of Millinea Mint"; that link to the pattern. So, here it is...
Sorry about that. I didn't mean to forget the link.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I have some really good links for doing makeovers in case anyone is interested.

The first one is for restoring Barbie’s hair.

i that doesn’t work then you might want to try re-rooting….

In either case you may need some styling help….

But then, if all goes wrong there is always this one

and then there are some other tips that may come in handy…

In any event these pages have been up for a long time and who knows how much longer they will still be up. So, if you are interested, now would be the time to collect this information and store it on your computer.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Next Installment of Millinea Mint

I have trim finished and on the bodice. I cannot finish the outfit or the bodice till I can get some more mint thread ‘cause i don’t have enough. I will save this thread that I have for the over-skirt and the new thread will go for the petti-hoop underskirt. This is just in case they don’t match. I also need to get some size 30 mint thread for the placket which I can get from Simply Treasures or Herrschner’s. The thread I used was Royale size 10 and I don’t know how well the new thread is going to match.

In case you didn’t know it those little miniature wooden clothespins are great for holding trim in place…

great way to use miniature clothes pins

Because of copyright issues this pattern cannot be given out but I will show you here what i did.

  1. The pattern states that the bodice edging was to be done in size 10 thread and #9 hook. Size 10 thread is too heavy for this and you should be using size 20 thread with #10 hook.
  2. I also added 10 more half rice stitches than the pattern stated.
  3. For the upper edging I repeated that first section up through the picot at the beginning of the row and the end and made the picot a ch-3 picot. This row does the base shaping and the next row finishes the shaping so be careful to follow the instructions.
  4. On the lower edging the 3 ch-3 loops I changed to ch 2, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 2, sc and under the picots just one sc in those 2 sps.

ch2ch3ch2 That’s all i can give out.

The finished bodice (well, the nearly finished bodice) looks like this….

millinea-mint 002And the edging fits perfectly….

millinea-mint 001b

Sorry that i didn’t have the size 30 thread to finish the placket for this installment and it will probably be a month before I can get more thread so I will have something else in the meantime.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Links and Edgings

I've added some new links for those interested in fashion of a couple of centuries ago. I've found some new information i did not know about. There was a corset made with a bustle to handle the style of the 1880's. While this is much better than the cage i have seen it would still be hard to sit on anything. But i do so love the styles; the layers of trims on the bodices and skirts. These links are listed under Fashion Notes.

I was working on the edging for the Sleeve of the last post and had hardly started when i thought of another way to do the edge. The first edge was looking so cute though, I decided to do both edgings.

First Edging -

Second Edging-

I have put them together in the file you can find here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New projects

I have acquired a few of the patterns i had been wanting over the years and so now have the lovely choice of working on this or that one and am having trouble deciding which to work on first. So i guess i will work on several at the same time.

Usually when i get a pattern i try out the lace that goes on the neck line and shoulders. That is the icing on the cake. But if the icing does not turn out right then the cake is not going to get done. I do think I work differently from others, and this is not the way i work if i am doing a pattern from the start. Any way of was working on 2000 Millennium Collection for March (the only one i have right now from this year) found out, so far, that the trim was done in size ten according to the pattern but size 20 on the model and I always hated how it dipped way down in the front when I wanted it to go around the neckline of the dress. I did the lace according to the pattern and, yes, that confirmed what I already knew, so I will have the lace done for the neckline later. I set it aside to do the bodice.

I have always hated the way the bodice instructions do not come near the look on the model so i knew i was going to have to re-do it. So i did. I have the pattern if anyone wants it, but I just did a generic pattern not according to the model either. Somewhere in-between this nightmare and reality is the real bodice that I cannot seem to find. But here is what this one looks like...

And then i took that apart to the waist and put on my own little bodice pattern here with photo below.

And then did the sleeves. And it tickeld me that they came out so cute and perfect. Both bodices and the sleeve are included in the patten So have fun (for those into this kind of crochet work) I have to do some more crocheting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dresses for Spring, 1921

Dresses for Spring, 1921
Originally uploaded by blueprairie

For those into fashion - you will love this information. It's what goes on under the clothes that make the silhouette. Don't neglect clicking on the link.

Another item of interest this morning is I know this is knitting but for those who knit also you will enjoy this finding.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

If you are into making over or just styling fashion dolls I have a couple of links for you.
These are excellent tutorials on doing Barbie's hair.
  1. &
The second link is a 2-pager. I found these some time ago and I would suggest that you save the pages if you are interested because they may not be around forever.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Little Doily #2 - Waterlily

This one has a name even. It is also miniature which can be done in size 20 thread or tatting cotton for other size dolls.

  • Size 30 crochet cotton
  • #12 hook
Special Stitches

picoted fan (fan) – [(dc, ch3-picot, ch1) 3 times, dc] in same lp


ch 6, sl st join to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 4 2-tr cluster ch 4, sl st in ring 8 times but on the last one make a 3-tr cluster and omit the last ch 4.
Rnd 2: In first petal ch 3, 8 dc in top of cluster, in each remaining petal 9 dc in each cluster around. Sl st to top of first ch 3.
Rnd 3: Sc in joining, (ch 4, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc ) 3 times, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, rep from *around ending with sl st to first sc.
Rnd 4: sl st to first lp, sc in same lp, * ch 2, fan in next ch-4 lp, (ch 2, sc in next lp) twice, rep from * around ending with a sl st to first sc, fasten off..

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Want a Doily?

How about a little doily just for the 12” and under crowd?

Sometime ago i was wanting one for a little table i saw at the Victorian Woodshop. I still don’t have the table, but i can dream. Anyway, i have the doily! This one is 2 1/2 inches across and if you want one a little large just make it in size 20 thread or if you want it for 1/12 scale make it in tatting cotton or finer (size 70 – 100). So here is the pattern….


Doll’s Doily #1


  • size 30 crochet cotton
  • #12 hook


Ch 4 and sl st to form ring

Rnd 1: 12 dc in ring

Rnd 2: (Sc, ch 2) in each dc around, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 3: Sc in joining, ch 4, 3- tr cluster in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, sc in next sc, around, ending with a tr in first sc.

Rnd 4: *Sc ch 4 lp/sp, sc in next ch 4 lp/sp, ch 4 rep from * ch 4, join to first sc.

Rnd 5: * Sc in next loop, (ch 3, sc) twice in same lp, rep from * around ending with sl st to joining.

Rnd 6: Sl st to next lp, 3-dc cluster in same lp, * ch 4, 3-dc cluster in next loop twice, rep from * ending with sl st to first cluster

Rnd 7: Sl st sc in next ch-4 lp, (ch 3, sc) in same lp 3 times, sl st in each cluster, sc in next ch-4 lp, rep from * around ending with sl st in each cluster and first sc.

Rnd 8: * 2 sc in next ch-3 lp, (2 dc, ch-3 picot, ch 1, 2 dc) in next (center) lp, 2 sc in next lp, ch-3 picot, ch 1, rep from * around ending with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Anybody want to see?….

What the top of my computer table looks like? It’s a mess!!!

dolls 002

a mess of dolls!

I was looking through my boxes of dolls (like bleumarine and others, I have to keep my dolls in boxes for lack of room and keeping them from messed up hair) And so i took out 3 to add to what i had up here already. Two are from the Star set of dolls and one is in here original outfit., but i can’t remember her name. If anyone can tell me i would really like to know. The other is a Jazzy and she is one of 4 that i have; i am missing the one in the black outfit with the cute little hat.

I lost a lot of my dolls when my marriage broke up and then when i came up here from California. However with the help of my daughter, my girlfriend in Calif., thrift stores and ebay i have managed to get a hold of those that were my favorites and a few others.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Life’s little Blessings

eggonplateI’ve been going through another of life’s depressing moments that seem to last forever; and then get worse. But then life gets better again. Along with the mild heart attack that my daughter went through, she also had hurt her back at work with pain shooting down her leg at times. The doctor was treating her heart attack and the back situation was still going on so she went a chiropractor. So now she has no job, three children still at home, doctor bills and prescriptions and i started collecting Social Security this year. Well one can guess where that will be going.  I am so grateful to have something to give and that i can be of some help at this time.

Well, I prayed and my heavenly Father answered and said He will meet the need for healing and a job but you know how it goes when the situation is still there and though you have a load lifted from your shoulders little change goes on for awhile. That is when i “find” Little Blessings. Something silly (like the bubbles that float upward when i pick up the dish detergent bottle, Bear (my granddaughter's cat) rubbing up against my leg as he passes through the kitchen, or Fiona’s (Diana’s cat) who give my such sympathetic looks when she know things aren’t going right. And my favorite music such “Into the Day” and “Bring Me To Life” from Bebo Norman’s Album “Between the Dreaming and the Coming True”. Such treasures i tuck away in the scrapbook of my heart. The photo of the hard-cooked egg in the shape of a heart came as a surprise them morning i cut it open. Then I remembered the time that i had asked my heavenly Father, for a little something like a heart shaped hard cooked egg. This was that answer. God does hear and answer prayers; just usually it does not happen like we would want them to. And i thank Him most for his constant presence helping me through the days.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Rayon Thread Came Today

I received my package of the rayon thread mentioned in a previous post today, and the results are being tallied.

The Razzle is not as shiny as normally rayon is; looks about the equivalent of size 8 pearl cotton. I did a little sample swatch and the thread comes up with 8 sc and 9 rows of sc equal an inch.2 rows of dc = 1/2 inch.

Pearl crown Rayon, however looks like the proper round thread that you would expect and the same amount of shine. It looks about the weight of #8 pearl cotton. After doing some sample swatches the findings are listed in the chart below.

Thread Name Hook Size sc per inch sc rows per inch dc rows per 1/2”
Size 10





Size 8










YLI Pearl Crown





crochet stitches 001

Samples are done in Razzle (black), Size 8 (DMC Pearl Cotton), Pearl Crown Rayon (Dk Rose #118). These are done with as many stitches will fit in an inch plus one for turning and then as many rows as will fit within an inch. Then two rows of dc fit well in 1/2 inch so i left it and did a little fan stitch to make it look pretty. I keep these with a note attached as to what size yarn or thread and and size of hook and the stitch count..

Friday, August 21, 2009

More on the braid

If you tried out the sc braid from the previous post you will be ready for these variations. These are all worked with just one stitch – single crochet stitch and worked ‘single file’ so-to-speak or one on top of the other. But when you put your hook into different parts of the stitch (bet you didn’t know there were so many), you can find differing patterns.

The nice little braid done in the previous post used two strands of thread. This particular one and the following variations, use only one strandcrochet stitches 001b

as marked in the above photo. This little braid makes it real easy for working off the one side to which you can make a little ruffle. This would work really cute for the little Kelly dolls.

The next two braids require turning each row; both examples are shown here with a line to show the difference.sc_braid 002-3 copy

for the first one…

sc_braid_ 004b

you turn the row with the right edge going to the left and put you hook where the line indicates and in that direction.

Don’t forget you can click on the photos to get the larger view. I know my line is not very thick, but i could not get a clearer shot and figured this would make it easier to understand.

The other braid is the same but you turn the left side to the right, and use the same little loop. Always chain 1 to turn.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Just Plain Stitches

Today is the day for stitches; don’t have any reason except that when you crochet you eventually want to add to your repertoire of stitches something new and different. especially if you do any of your own doll crochet work.

The first one is named forget-me-knot.


works on Multiples of 3

Row 1: ch 2 (which counts as first dc), [dc, ch 2, sc] in 3rd ch from hk, * sk 2 sts, [2 dc ch 2, sc] in next ch, rep from * across, ch 2 (counts as first dc of next row), turn.

Row 2: ch 2, [dc, ch 2, sc] in first ch--2 sp,* sk 2 sts, [2 dc, ch 2, sc] in next ch-2 sp, rep from * across, ch 2 (counts as first dc of next row), turn

Sample was worked in Omega #20 cotton and #8 hook on 21ch and measures 2 1/16" x 7/8 inch (5 rows)

The next one is called the begonia stitch


work on Multiples of 3+2

This is really a v-st in hdc but in Mon Tricot of 1972 it was called the begonia stitch

Row 1: [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in 3rd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in next ch, rep from* across ending with sk 1, hdc in last st, ch 2 turn.

Row 2: [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in ch-1 sp of each v-st across, hdc in top of turning ch or first hdc, ch 2 turn.

Sample was worked on 23 sts in #20 cotton and #8 steel hook and measures 7/8 " w. x 1 inch (7 rows)

And what about a little braid for decorating with….

crochet stitches 005 this is worked somewhat like a rice stitch making a long chain (each row is 1 sc wide).

ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, then insert hook through the two strands as indicated in photo….

crochetbraid2yo, and pull loop through and complete your sc stitch, rep for length needed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Melissa Floral Appliquéd Sheer Ribbon

Found this at Paper Mart where I bought the synthetic raffia, There are others too like -
Melissa Floral Appliqued Sheer Ribbon

The link for their newsletter is here so you can see what is new.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thread – Rayon, Anyone?

I have found some rayon thread that i am going to try out and thought i should also share the link for those who haven’t found this.

Razzle Rayon similar they say to #8 crochet cotton, but they mean pearl cotton and comes 250 yds on a spool. Anyway I am having a tough time deciding what colors to get. It shouldn’t make to much of a difference if using it for a blouse (similar to Paradise P-079)…

p079k but for using it for a complete dress the gauge is going to be different.

The first one is white, of course but then there is Baby Pink, Peony Pink,Light Country Blue. there such other lovely colors.

The next one is YLI Pearl Crown Rayon. The write-up is as follows:

”Pearl Crown Rayon is one of the most versatile decorative threads on the market. This rayon is a highly twisted, thicker, threadlike cord. It is a versatile decorative thread that will fit many of your creative needs, both on the serger and the sewing machine.

Which means that multiple strands are going to be needed. Just want to try it out; YLI has a gold that might just work out for the Paradise P-077


This thread (Pearl Crown Rayon by YLI Corp) will not look as nice as the thread i had picked up from Super Yarn Mart years ago, but maybe it will work; the color looks correct.


Also found today, a place on eBay that you can get sport weight and fingering weight (finally found the fingering weight but i was really having a good time looking) chenille yarn. You want to go to store on eBay. She is super to deal with.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Swiss Straw Experiment Finished

Here it is, the little table.

furniture 008

I put a circle of clear plastic under the crocheted top  to give the support needed. This makes the wire  not needed; my little experiment did not work. Another thin i noticed is that the synthetic straw had more body before i had to dampen it to make it lie flat.

furniture 007

I then thought that it would be really neat to  have a glass top for the table. The you could see the top row of decorative stitching on the base. So what do you think?

Now i have to wait for some more money to get more spools of straw to work on the other pieces. I also found some Rayon that I want to get and try out.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Swiss Straw Experiment

Well, I finally have the Table-top almost finished and here is the photo and extra notes on working with this stuff. I decided while working on the table-top that it would be a shame to put cardboard or plastic under it because it would loose the lacy look. So i decided to use florists’ covered wire to re-enforce the stability and encourage a flat table top. so….

furniture 011b

for rounds 7 & 12 and requires piecing the wire on round 12. I also based the circle on a beginning of 7 sc in 2nd ch from hk. and worked the next 2 rows as 2 sc in each st. and went form there. 11 rows of single crochet made a 6 inch circle.

The border (rnd 12) I changed to: sc in joining, sk 2, open fan shell of [dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc] in next st, sk sts, sc in next st, rep around sl st join to first sc and fasten off.

The wire has to be pieced and overlapped; this is a little tricky. The straw does no cooperate very well and has to be made to behave quite frequently and add to that the extra wire…well you can see it is not a very long piece that is required. And trimming the length of the wires after you are done is best.

It is easy when finished to fold down the edging and have it old it’s shape though. That is a plus and if you have to block it a little to hold have the table top perfectly flat then spray with a fine spray, not too much, on both sides. This stuff get really weird when wet and you don’t want to lay anything on it to the natural texture of the stitches will disappear. Do not pull on it to much either; pull gently on opposite sides rotating the circle till the circle is perfectly shaped and let dry on flat surface.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I Can’t Believe I did that….

Lost my crochet hook for the pineapple afghan that I am working on. I probably had “minions” (as Liz would call them – referring to my little furry friends) helping me big time. But then i had a package come today from an order that i placed a few days earlier for some synthetic raffia. And so i am busy making up the Annie’s Attic ‘Wicker Wonderland’ pattern with that.

That’s the table pedestal inner support that is laying on it’s side. I figure that i will get a package of aquarium rocks to weight the base with although I did alright without anything to weight the table that i made in yarn. This would be good for little children if you glue the table top to the base and use a glue that is better than Elmers. I am using a size ‘E ‘ aluminum hook instead of D and find that that works out just fine. I would have used a ‘D’ but I haven’t had one since i left Los Angeles.
I bought the Raffia from Paper Mart in California; it was 2.95 a 100 yd. spool.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lady in blue-trimmed doily

Lady in blue-trimmed doily
Originally uploaded by piapi6769

Here is another one of those darling dolls dressed with a doily skirt. Too Cute!!!! you need to see her other items.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Sheets, New Project Part 3


Sorry, I don’t have an iron so i cannot press it nice and smooth and pretty and these sheets do not have any polyester fiber in them. They are all 100% cotton. But they are a very nice cotton and will last a long time.pillowcase_fin

This sheet set is a very lovely pale creamy yellow and the edging is done in white. I had to get a double size because Bi-Mart did not have them in a twin size with the specifications that i gave my daughter when she went looking for them but they will do anyway on my single (twin) bed.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Another YouTube

This is one of my favorites; better than the original, i just love the words


Isaiah 28:16
"So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rag strip hair, crochet pansies from doily

Rag strip hair, crochet pansies from doily
Originally uploaded by piapi6769

This is what you do with all those extra doilies you have laying around doing nothing.