Crafts

Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder

by Daisy Crafts

It’s school supply time. Is it just me, or are those lists getting longer and more complicated every year? 45 boxes of crayola crayons, 19 glue sticks, 14 bradded plastic folders with pockets, 2 cases of tissue boxes, chisel-tipped dry erase markers, thin-tipped dry erase markers, headphones, 6 packages of baby wipes, 2 kinds of […]

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Memories Throw Blanket, Wabi-Sabi Style

by Daisy Crafts

My favorite recent project is seen here, lounging on an old family rocking chair, memories on top of memories. And I didn’t plan this, but I see a painting of the old family homeplace this chair came from leaning on the wall in the background of this shot. Memories on memories in front of memories. […]

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Build A Vintage-Inspired Egg Rack

by Daisy Crafts

This is one of my favorite things around the house. The first time I noticed an egg rack was in a movie. It was Gosford Park, and believe me or don’t believe me, but I was more interested in this thing than in Clive Owen. I froze the movie over and over to get a […]

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No-Tip Fairy Chairs

by Daisy Crafts

If you have fairies, (and who doesn’t?) you must know a major problem with fairy furniture is that it tips over. What with the uneven terrain, wind and rain, crawling creatures and clumsy fairies, most fairy abodes look like they have barely survived an earthquake. When I decided to make a few chairs for the […]

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How to Crochet: Fixing a Too-Loose Hold

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Whenever someone is continually struggling with crochet, at any point in the process, I generally find that they’ve lost tension in their grip, as seen above.  Once that happens, your fingers just aren’t long enough to save you.  I’ve been harping on the proper static left hand grip (I suppose there could be others, but […]

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How to Crochet: Working Into the Chain

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Apart from getting the chain started, the hardest part of crochet is working the first row of stitches into the blasted chain. Again, however, the left hand grip is very important. So let’s review. 1. Grab yarn with bottom two fingers. 2. Turn hand over and point that pointer, under and away from you. 3. […]

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Crocheted Washcloth: Double Lace

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a new washcloth pattern.  Before we get started, here’s a close up of the pattern stitch: Double Lace Washcloth ch 30 Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc to the end. Row 2: ch 3 , turn, *skip 2 dc, (1dc, ch […]

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How to Crochet: Chaining

by Ivory Soap Crafts

This post is in no way to intended to replace a crochet book, however, after teaching several folks to crochet, I’ve run up on a few things that are often missing from the print lessons. The main issue is the GRIP in the left hand (these are right handed lessons), so let’s start with that. […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are returned, recycled, etc.  If you take them, it […]

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Super Simple Stitching

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Can you spot my mistake in the picture?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s NOT the weirdo muppet face on that chick on the left.  This is the crucifixion!  What is that SUPPOSED to be on her head?  Anyone?  Bueller?  All I can see is the grinning muppet.  Anyway, I didn’t mess that up.  It’s […]

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Make a Felted Wool Rose

by Daisy Crafts

These are so easy I wanted to share them with you.  You get such a lot of cuteness for very little effort you have to try making them. Here I show it as a hairclip, but they are great as brooches with a little bar pin, or sewn on to sweaters (maybe over a moth […]

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Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

by Daisy Crafts

With preschool and primary school-age kids, I struggle to organize their clothes.  I thought about taking a picture of the laundry room floor before I cleared it up, but nobody would believe it was really that bad so I am sparing you the image.  Suffice it to say, I was repeatedly heard to say to […]

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Knitted Honeycomb Dishcloth #1

by Daisy Crafts

I think this is a sweet little cloth, perfect for a themed basket of honey-related items.  Tucked into a basket with a beeswax-rich lotion bar or some Clementine Honey Marmalade (recipe in our book, p. 137), or hand-dipped beeswax candles (in the book, too!), it makes a homey gift. Honeycomb Dishcloth Yarn: Your favorite dishcloth […]

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My First Homespun Wool

by Daisy Crafts

I recently went to a local spinner’s meet-up at the invitation of a friend, Kimberly, who raises sheep (among other critters). I took my new antique wheel to get some advice on how to get her up and running, and to meet and watch local spinners do their thing. I got some good counsel on […]

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My Ana White Mudroom

by Daisy Crafts

A few days ago I mentioned I built a mudroom wall using plans from Ana White’s building plans website. I thought I would elaborate on what I did to modify the plans to fit our needs. I used the “Smiling Mudroom” plans, and the result definitely makes me smile.  It’s just what we will need […]

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Raised Bed Conversion

by Daisy Crafts

Last year, as part of the preparation for our book, I had to build a raised bed and photograph the process step by step. It was four feet square, made from 8-foot lengths of 2×8’s, cut in half, very simple and basic. After I built it and filled it with a soil mix, I took […]

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Easy-To-Make Bird Bath

by Daisy Crafts

Providing a water source for wild birds is a simple proposition. Just set out a birdbath, right? But like a lot of things, especially when funds are limited, finding a birdbath that fits the bill isn’t as easy as it may seem. As I shopped around I began to feel like Goldilocks– This one’s too […]

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Making Homemade Luffa Soap

by Daisy Crafts

The luffa soap is done. Here’s how I did it. First, I grew some luffa gourds. And prepared them sponge-style. You can buy luffas already prepared.  I’ve never done it so I don’t have a recommended seller, but you can do an online search and comparison shop. Now for the soap part. I used this […]

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Building a Sawbuck

by Daisy Crafts

After I built a sawbuck I was watching a movie.  In front of a remote woodland cabin in the Russian wilderness was a sawbuck.  I never would have noticed it before I had my own.  I’ll probably start seeing them everywhere now. It was the same when I built a beehive.  In every period film […]

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Making a Luffa Sponge

by Daisy Crafts

This year was a first for many things in the garden.  Probably the most dramatic new addition was the luffa gourds. They got off to a bad start.  Soon after sprouting, they disappeared entirely one night.  Chipmunks?  Alien abduction? So I planted more.  They soon sprouted and whatever got them the first time decided to […]

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A Very Seedy Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

Another breeze of a knit.  Easy and fast.  This was done while the children were couch-jumping and trying their best to make off with my pattern book. This is a reversible seeded rib. I love the scrunchiness of the ribbing and how easy it is to memorize the pattern so I can knit this anywhere. […]

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Trompe l’oeil Rain Barrel Tutorial

by Daisy Crafts

I had a lot of options and a lot of ideas when it came to painting the seriously blue plastic barrel we were converting into a rain barrel. I thought of flowers or butterflies (or both), but when it was suggested I paint the thing to look like a barrel, well, that idea made a […]

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Grapevine Wreath Bird Feeder

by Daisy Crafts

If you’ve ever been torn between the desire to tidy up the dead seed heads of spent summer blooms and the knowledge that you would be taking away a food source for wild birds, this is a project that will give you (and the birds) the best of both worlds. Trim back those spent blooms, […]

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Andalutheean Knitted Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

The latest in my so-easy-you-can-knit-with-swarming-kids dish/washcloth series.  If you can knit and purl, you can knit this hanging upside down from the monkey bars. The name . . . I have friends who speak Castilian Spanish and I love the way they pronounce some of their “s” sounds.  LOVE IT.  I could listen to them […]

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Fireworks Ponytail Holder

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Today’s felting tutorial comes courtesy of Melanie McMinn, an American expat who lives in Northland, New Zealand and blogs at the Frugal Kiwi. She moved to the Southern Hemisphere eight years and she’s had a non-stop migraine/chronic headache since 2009. Since then a natural tendency to frugality has blossomed into a full-fledged necessity. These days […]

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Sentimental Pencil Holder

by Daisy Crafts

Damaged in a storm many years ago, this oak caught just the right wind one dark night recently and now is no more.  We kept the lumber and are trying to make the most of it. This tree stood here for a hundred years and has meant a lot to our family for the last […]

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Ladder Stitch Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Ladder Stitch Dishcloth G needle, worsted weight cotton ch 33 row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, (ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch) 4 times. row 2:  ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, skip 2 […]

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Treble Shell Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I like dishcloths that dry quickly and aren’t too good at trapping food particles.  I don’t mind the cloth removing particles, just that I don’t want the weave to be tight enough to get them stuck up in there for good.  Anyway, like TL, I have four kids jumping on my head all day, so […]

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Build a Garden Bench from a Bed

by Daisy Crafts

A place to sit is what turns your garden into a destination, a place to linger, a respite from the daily grind.  Seating transforms your yard into a parklike oasis where you can soak in the beauty of what you’ve labored to create. It also allows you to seat your family and friends in comfort […]

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DIY Frosted Garden Lanterns

by Daisy Crafts

Easy Garden Lanterns Whether you’re planning a garden party or looking for a way to add ambiance to everyday, garden lanterns are THE way to add just the right twinkle of warmth and illumination to your outdoor space. And when they’re this easy and fun, you may have trouble knowing when to say when. What […]

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Good Grief! Knitted Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

Having grown up on a steady diet of Peanuts, I can’t help but see Charlie Brown’s shirt in this pattern. It’s a simple, knit and purl, good-for-beginners cloth. Good Grief! Knitted Dishcloth Yarn:  Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (or any worsted weight cotton) Needles:  Size 6 US or your preferred size for dishcloths CO: 31 sts. […]

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How to Paint a Watercolor Tomato

by Daisy Crafts

Here at Little House in the Suburbs we’ve grown tomatoes,  dried tomatoes, broiled tomatoes, fried tomatoes, pickled tomatoes, and even laughed at my attempts to stake tomatoes. Running out of new things to do with tomatoes, by george, we’re going to paint tomatoes. How to Paint a Watercolor Tomato by Jeff Atnip It is always […]

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LHITS Knitted Dishcloth Patterns: Ramen Noodle

by Daisy Crafts

As knitted dishcloth patterns go, this is one of my favorite! This pattern is kid-tested. However, I don’t mean a child knitted it, or a child washed dishes with it.  I mean I’ve knitted it while kids were tugging on the tail of it, trying to make off with the yarn ball, lying across my lap, […]

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Raised Bed Hose Guides

by Daisy Crafts

You know that awful “Yikes!” feeling you get when you realize you’ve just yanked the hose over a nice bed of lettuce or seedling tomatoes? The other day I was looking at some leftover spindles from a porch rail project and decided to use them to solve my problem. It’s so easy to do and […]

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Dibble or, What To Do With a Broken Shovel

by Daisy Crafts

In the “they don’t make ’em like they used to” category, I include the home center shovel.  Like this one: So I decided to make a dibble. Funny word.  If you don’t know what a dibble is, it’s a stick used to make planting holes, calibrated to let you make holes of specific depth. I […]

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Stick Plant Markers

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been whiling away part of the winter planning my Spring garden and whittling these plant markers. If you think you might like to make some, here’s what I did. Find a stick.  Any stick will do, from the size of a fat kindergarten pencil to about an inch in diameter is about right.  I […]

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Peppermint-Rosemary Soap

by Daisy Crafts

This is the batch I made for presents this year.  It’s a little fancier than the soaps I usually do–never swirled before.  I think I like it, though. It’s peppermint-rosemary with green clay and a smidge of ground rosemary on top.  I used my standard olive, coconut, and castor oil blend for conditioning, hardness, and […]

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Build a Chicken-Watching Bench

by Daisy Crafts

When I told my husband I was building a chicken-watching bench he exclaimed, “It’s about time!” Now, I know he was being a smart-pants, but it really is a project I’ve been meaning to get to ever since we got the hens.  Just a simple place to sit and watch the girls gobble up the […]

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Water Barrel Stand

by Daisy Crafts

I can’t believe how long it’s taking me to get my water barrel up and running.  Ivory kindly passed one of the plastic drums she got from The Gettin’ Man* over to me hoping I’d get the lead out and post about it before she did, but that was about 8 months ago and still […]

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Berry Ink

by Daisy Crafts

NOTE:  The following post incorrectly identified this as greenbriar, while it was later revealed by an alert reader to be passiflora lutea, or yellow passionflower.  It can still be used to make ink. “Their hands and mouths covered in blue.  Do you have any idea what it could be?”  My husband’s voice was a mixture […]

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Make Fleece Yarn from Fabric

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Fleece yarn is great for fluffy, chunky knitting and crochet projects. The following technique turns any big squares of cloth into fabric yarn balls, but this yarn tutorial is specifically geared for fleece. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  I have GIANT piles of leftover fleece. Making Fleece Yarn Find the Stretch […]

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Rainbow Trellis

by Daisy Crafts

I’m not sure what got into me, but I went all playschool on my new tomato trellis. We’ve given over three entire beds to tomatoes this year.  The two flanking beds have stakes that are simply painted 2×2’s.  I wanted to break up the monotony, so I screwed together some scrap lumber into a shape […]

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Knitted Corded Rib Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

Another 36 stitch cloth, suitable for continuous knitting in strips and combining with other strips for a blanket. This pattern is subtly suggestive of cabling without any actual cabling. Yarn: Dishcloth cotton such as Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Needles: Size 6 or whatever gauges best for you and your dishcloths Pattern stitch: CR2F: K 2nd […]

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Knitted Trellis Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This little cloth is an easy cable project, good to get your feet wet cabling-wise.  If you don’t have a cable needle, a bent paperclip, a spare knitting needle, or the like will do. Knitted Trellis Cloth Yarn:  Your favorite dishcloth cotton, such as Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, any color Needles: I use size 6 […]

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Knitted Pebble Wash/Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

I am loving this as a spa washcloth for the massaging quality of the “pebbles.”  Mmm. On a less indulgent note, the pebbles are also good for scrubbing dishes. *sigh* Pebble Cloth Yarn: Dishcloth cotton, e.g., Sugar ‘n Cream from Lily Needles: Size 6 or your favorite for dishcloths Cast on 36 sts. Knit all […]

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Treble Scrubbie Cloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Easy Treble Scrubbie Cloth ch 28 Row 1:  tr in 5th chain from hook, tr across. Row 2:  ch 4 , turn, fptr across Row 3: ch 4, turn, tr across Repeat rows 2 and 3 four times. Tie off and weave in ends.

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Shelly Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Shelly Dishcloth ch 31 Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip next ch (4 dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, skip next 3 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch; rep from * across, ending with dc in each of last 2 ch, turn. Row2 : ch3 (counts as dc), skip […]

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Gourd

by Daisy Crafts

This past summer I grew three bottle gourds from a plant I bought impulsively at the garden center after none of the gourd seeds I planted germinated. I thought three gourds wasn’t much of a yield from so much vine, but I was happy with my three gourds and put them in the shop to […]

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Filet-ish Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Filet-ish Dishcloth 1.  ch 32 2.  dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch, rep from *, turn 3.  ch 4 (counts as dc + 1ch), skip next ch space, dc in next dc, ch 1 dc in next dc.  *(dc in next ch space, dc in next […]

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Homemade Board & Batten Shutters

by Daisy Crafts

My louvered shutters were beginning to give the place that haunted house look– peeling paint and a few cockeyed slats. First I thought I would strip and repaint them myself. Problem was, they’re 70 years old and layered with so many coats of lead paint it was a hazmat nightmare. Not the sort of project […]

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Double Peg Rack

by Daisy Crafts

Does this look familiar? Do you, too, have two or three garments per peg, straining to remain in place? Have you ever done “the coat mash” to get juust one more jacket up there? (It works until someone walks by and brushes up against a sleeve, then–avalanche!) Tell me I’m not the only one who […]

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Garlic Paper

by Daisy Crafts

This image requires some explanation. It’s what’s left of the garlic braids now that we’ve eaten all the garlic. I can’t resist making paper out of these stems. They are so clean and dried and . . . papery. And it doesn’t smell like garlic anymore. True garlic devotees may see this as a con, […]

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Wimpy Snap Repair

by Daisy Crafts

When a favorite shirt became unwearable recently I was asked to fix the snaps. My first thought was, “You can’t fix snaps.” But then I figured it was worth some research and, whadyaknow, you can fix snaps. It’s easy. Take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze the post part of the snap. You’re trying […]

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Neem Oil Soap

by Daisy Crafts

Neem oil, if you believe all its fans are saying, will do anything and everything, and has done for millenia. For repelling insects, treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin, it has a league of admirers. Do a simple search and prepare to be amazed by the breadth of its curative wonders. If it does […]

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Pure Olive Oil Soap Recipe (Castile Soap)

by Daisy Crafts

A 100% olive oil soap recipe is also called a “Castile” soap recipe in English-speaking countries. But, not all soaps labelled “Castile” are truly 100% Olive Oil. I heard the stories about *real* Castile soaps.  The resulting bars were so gentle and mild, yet “slippery” and “low suds.” I had to try it for myself. […]

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Blueberry Buttons

by Daisy Crafts

Yep, literally. It may be carrying frugal behavior to a bizarre extreme, but I saved the prunings from my blueberry bushes.  I wanted them because they make great gee haw whimmy diddles, but I got to thinking that I could also use them for other things. Like these: I don’t have a garment in mind […]

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Patchwork Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

Needles: US size 6 Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cast on 36 sts. Rows 1-2: K Row 3:K 3, *P2, K2, rep from * to last 5 sts, P2, K3. Row 4: K3, *K2, P2, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5. Row 5: K3, [K2, P2] twice, *K4, P2, K2, P2, rep from […]

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Basketweave Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is a basic cloth in one of my favorite patterns. This is also the start of a dishcloths-to-blankets project I am working on–a series of dishcloths of the same dimensions (same number of cast on stitches) which can be knitted as individual dishcloths or knit in continuous strips of alternating patterns and sewn together […]

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Chaplet Pattern

by Ivory Soap Crafts

It’s been a while since we posted a new pattern.  TL is convinced that the hot weather just sucks the afghan-will right out of us.  But, my gears are revving up as the temperature drops, so here’s my first little project of the season. Sacred Heart Chaplet *This pattern is similar to my rosary pattern, […]

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Pergo Soap Mold

by Daisy Crafts

While looking around my shop for scrap wood to make a new soap mold I started to look at some old pieces of Pergo flooring left over from an old project. The non-porous surface seemed like it might release from the soap during unmolding better than wood so I put a mold together with the […]

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A Suburban Guide to Buying Lumber

by Daisy Crafts

Back when I started building things out of wood, I had no idea what I was doing. I would go up to the man in the hardware store and describe what I wanted and he would help me the best he could. Over the years and over numerous simple projects I am not an expert […]

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Micro-soap

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I don’t know this never occurred to me before. When I was making my latest batch of liquid soap, I just popped all the oils in the micky for a couple of minutes on 30% power and they were ready to go! Ivory the Inventress (though somebody else has totally thought of this, I’m sure.) […]

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Rose Petal Beads

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been intending to do this for years since I first heard of rose petal beads. The thought of smooth, mysterious black beads emitting a subtle rose fragrance from the warmth of the skin was an enchanting one. I had some doubts, though. Would they really smell of roses? Would the fragrance last? How durable […]

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Knitted Mini Wash Mitts

by Daisy Crafts

These are sort of fingertip wash mitts. Compared to the big, luxury mitts they dry more quickly and don’t drip as much while washing at the sink–you know that drip down to the elbows? The textured stitch makes for good scrubbiness. They measure about 4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide at the top, […]

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Cinder Block Compost Bins

by Daisy Crafts

What can you do with: a gillion cinderblocks an ever-growing piles of organic trash an ugly hidden part of the yard begging for a purpose Something so ugly and at the same time so beautiful…. Here are the pdf instructions for constructing this bad boy, minus the ‘doors’. I don’t like my compost spilling out, […]

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Doeling Bonnet

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve never been one to stitch for my chicks, but my baby goat’s horn removal wounds looked like they could use a little cushioning. So, here’s the most ridiculous pattern I’ve ever written: Ivory’s Little Goat Bonnet Lilly worsted weight, G needle Bonnet: Ch 10 and join in a circle with sl st. Ch 20 […]

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Tawashi Cloth

by Daisy Crafts

Not absorbent, but scrubs like nothing I’ve ever seen. Especially good if you have any of that leftover baby yarn with the fine thread woven in. Texture is everything. And in case you’ve guessed my secret, yes, this was going to be a baby blanket gift originally. But I *hate* patterns that expect me to […]

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Cabbage Patch Knitted Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

I think the hazelnut stitch from Super Stitches Knitting looks a lot like a field of cabbages. The green yarn helps complete the transformation from filbert to brassica. Shown in Lily Sugar’n Cream Hot Green. I used size 6 needles–use your preferred dishcloth cotton needle size. The first 4 sts and last 4 sts of […]

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Ivory’s Seed Stitch Tute

by Daisy Crafts

There has been a bit of confusion about my pattern for the seed stitch trivets, so here’s a pictorial tute of the stitches. 1. Ch 25 2. Single crochet in second chain from the hook. (Where the silvery one is poking) 3. Note that there are two single crochets and then ch1 sc, ch1, sc. […]

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Homemade Liquid Soap

by Daisy Crafts

**I have toyed with taking this recipe off the site.  It is problematic.  Originally, I thought I had used KOH, but I was mistaken.  Since I thought I was using KOH, I used way too much lye(3.375 oz), but the dilution process seemed to eliminate that.  I use this recipe all the time in various […]

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Hunka Heat Therapy Love

by Daisy Crafts

We have a pile of these and use them every night. Not so much because we’re sore, but becuase they feel so good and make us sleepy. Heat Therapy Bags 3-4 cups field corn*8″ x 20″ Not-cute cotton inner bag material8″ x 24″ Cute cotton washable outer bag material *Deer Corn/Field Corn is best. There […]

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No-Sew Rag Wrist Purse

by Daisy Crafts

WOW, that’s a bad picture. I swear the purse doesn’t glow like that. Anyhoo, if you have only one of those giant-necked, perfect-fit Old Navy tees and you wanna recycle it. Here’s your project. 1. Refer to this post and this post for detailed descriptions of the technique. 2. Cut shirt into 1″ strips. Take […]

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Seed Stitch Hot Pad (or “Trivet” for you fancy folks)

by Daisy Crafts

I. Love. This. Pad! Or THESE pads, I should say. I’m making a bagillion (read: five.) I am not a fancy table setting lady, so I use potholders as hot pads. By the time all of the dishes are on the table, I’m pulling things out of the oven with a wadded denim apron. Not […]

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Aluminum Can Plant Markers

by Daisy Crafts

This is not the easiest way to mark your seedlings. It’s not the most gorgeous. But it’s free, lasts indefinitely and it’s kinda fun. Besides, I gotta keep up my aluminum can skilz. Supplies & Equipment: Aluminum Drink Cans Cheap scissors Dried up ball point pen Straight edge (for the straight plant markers) Impressionable work […]

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Crocheted Corner Bookmark

by Daisy Crafts

Another corner bookmark! But, it’s different if it’s thread and not seed packets, right? RIGHT? I find that they take an extra second to adjust, but once installed, will hold no matter how hard you shake it. Crocheted Corner Bookmark No. 10 mercerized cotton thread, No. 10 steel needleMAKE TWO OF BELOW PATTERN Ch4R1-Put two […]

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Gardener’s Soap

by Daisy Crafts

The theme for this month’s Giveaway is gardening. I wanted to include a homemade soap for the gardener and came up with this one. It’s handmilled from my base soap of olive, coconut and castor oils and superfatted with almond butter for a bit of extra conditioning. Oatflour for a little oomph and soothing plus […]

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Child’s Snuggie

by Daisy Crafts

Materials: -Child that watches too much Qubo (kids’ channel with exclusively As Seen on TV ads) and begs for a Snuggies, Slider Stations, and Smart Clips. -Crapload of yellow yarn -Big honking needle cause you’re not spending weeks on something that you suspect she only wants because the lady on the commercial has pretty hair. […]

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Scrubby Rows Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is the unbordered, unadorned, workhorse of the kitchen. And no cemented blob of counter-adhered oatmeal shall prevail against it!! Scrubby Rows Dish Cloth Worsted Sugar and Cream, H needle Ch 37 Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc) follow these directions, only […]

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Ivory’s Ivory Rebatch

by Daisy Crafts

Last week, TL acquainted you with the perils of remilling homemade soap. In that article, she mentions that ‘tallow’ soap is easier to rebatch. Well guess what’s the first ingredient in Ivory Soap? Sodium Tallowate. Which mean saponified (soapified, tee-hee) TALLOW! So, this is for all ya’ll who thought my soap wrapping post betrayed a […]

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Child’s Furry Purse

by Daisy Crafts

When I first tried out working with fun fur, I made this quick and easy purse for my little girl. Easy Furry Purse H hook, WW pink acrylic yarn, clearance Mango Fun Furpattern worked holding one strand of each Ch 20 Row 1. Dc in fourth chain from hook and every ch after that. Row […]

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Remilling Handmade Soap

by Daisy Crafts

When I first became interested in soapmaking, I checked out several books on the subject from the library. One of them was full of recipes for handmilled soap, aka remilled soap. You chose a base recipe, made the soap, shredded it, melted it, and added fragrances and other additives such as french clay, dried herbs […]

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Unnamed Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

I always reach for the smallest cloths in the drawer first. This one fits the bill and it’s scrubby, too. Knits up super fast, and there is a very simple crochet border to look forward to once you’re done knitting that even a knitter like me can do. I can’t think of a name for […]

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Loosey-Goosey Market Bag

by Daisy Crafts

What happens when you find ten balls of fun fur at 80% off? I know that there are lots of great bag patterns out there, however, none of them seem to take into account the fact that I can’t count to ninety-seven twice without skipping or adding a few stitches. So, out of concern for […]

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Soap Present-ation

by Daisy Crafts

Whether you do melt-n-pour, cold process, hot process, or hand-milled, when it comes to soap sophistication, packaging is where it’s at. What if someone just handed you three bare bars of Dove as a present? Happy Birthday! Lame. But what if they ‘hand-milled’ that same soap (read melted and reformed it) with milk and oats […]

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Rosary Pouch

by Daisy Crafts

I made these AGES ago, (to go with some baptism rosaries), but we’ve quite a few requests for the pattern, so I had to accost a previous recipient and ask to see it. Embarrassing! This pattern uses afghan stitch, but I used a regular needle since the work is only 15 stitches wide. If you […]

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Knit Clog Re-sole

by Daisy Crafts

I heart Fiber Trends’ Felt Clogs.You know you have a useful item when you wear it out, reluctantly take it off in order to repair it, and immediately put it back on again.Due to some irresponsible usage (wearing them outside to grab sprigs of herbs, etc.), after two winters’ use the outer sole of my […]

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Laundry Table/Grow Light

by Daisy Crafts

Four years ago I built a laundry-folding table from 3/4″ plywood and 2×4’s with a top surface of large self-adhesive floor tiles. I added casters to make it easy to move around and it has been a helpful addition to the laundry room. One day recently I was looking at the thing and had an […]

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Pima Face Cloth

by Daisy Crafts

I call this the ‘Pima’ facecloth, because that’s what it’s made from…Pima Cotton. Which is like the American version of Egyptian Cotton. Very strong. Very soft. Very expensive. Unless you hit the jackpot at a garage sale, like me. Fifty cents a skein! Pima Facecloth H needle,WW cotton Ch 31 Row 1: Sc in second […]

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Lavender-Rosemary Soap

by Daisy Crafts

This was part of the Christmas gifts for some of my relatives. Lavender-Rosemary Soap. I used the All-Vegetable, No Coconut or Palm recipe on Kathy Miller’s page (scroll WAY down.) 1. Sprinkle the lye crystals into the measured amount of water for the recipe. Swirl gently. 2. Weigh out the shortening and melt it over […]

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Ivory’s Bead Stitches

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been asked for pictorial instructions for the beads on my rosary pattern. It’s a puff stitch, but doing it on a chain can seem a bit weird. 1. Yarn over. 2. Turn the stab the ‘bump’ on the previous ch. 3. Yarn over and pull through one loop. There will be three loops on […]

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Quick Dry Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is my new favorite dishcloth. It works up quickly. It’s pretty. And, it dries fast, so no stinkification. Quick Dry Dishcloth (If you’re familiar with pattern stitches, just do the Lacy V’s three times and border.) H needle, WW cotton Ch 29 Row1: Dc in fifth ch from hook, *skip next 2 chs, (dc, […]

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Miraculous No-Sew Rag Bag

by Daisy Crafts

A while back, I did a post called Secrets of the No-Sew Rag Rug. The main difficulty with those rugs is braiding them in such a way that they remain FLAT. But, then I thought, what if I LET it be UN-FLAT? It made a cutie bag! 1. I cut about 1.5 yards of remnant […]

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Knitted Felted Beads

by Daisy Crafts

Felted beads are sort of irresistible– soft, colorful, versatile. Fuzzy. String them, embellish them with tiny embroidery and I-don’t-know-what-all else, but whatever it is it’s bound to be cute.The usual way to make felted (or fulled) beads is to begin with wool roving, felt a snake of it, cut them into small pieces, and felt […]

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Crochet Jogger’s Wrap

by Daisy Crafts

This is not pretty, but it’s my new best friend. Hubby and I trade out “jogging” in the mornings. I think he actually jogs, but I “jog.” It’s closer to that exaggerated “I’ll-get-back-to-you-in-a-sec–I’m-hurrying-to-the-bathroom” shuffle that folks do when they have GOT to tinkle. Anyhoodle, it’s COLD at 5:30AM these days. My chin, mouth, nose, and […]

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Make a Christmas Wreath (on the cheap)

by Daisy Crafts

You probably already know how to do this, but in case you don’t, here goes: 1. Get a reusable wire wreath form (I have used the same ones for years–you can also use an old coat hanger, untwisted and shaped into a circle and re-twisted at the end to close), clippers for trimming your trimmings, […]

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Assisi Stag Stitchin’

by Daisy Crafts

This is called Assisi work. It’s not 100% traditional, but the basic idea is that you stitch the VOID, rather than the object itself. It usually involves animals and is stitched with two strands at a time. One color is used for filling and a darker version of it, or black, is used for outlining. […]

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Make a Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle

by Daisy Crafts

So you’re flat broke, it’s 8 days before Christmas, and you have fourteen nieces and nephews you’d like to get a little something for their stockings. If you are handy with a pocketknife and have access to some sticks, enter the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle. First of all, you might like to know what in […]

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Crocheted Rosary

by Daisy Crafts

I looked FOREVER for a rosary pattern. I found one, but the beads were too difficult for me. This lady, wisely advised me to change the beads to puff stitches, and with a few other alterations, I’ve made about fifty of these. They make fantastic gifts for Catholics, and once you get the hang of […]

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Aluminum Can Ornaments

by Daisy Crafts

Today’s post began where so many of our posts seem to originate: The Recycling Bin What you need: Empty aluminum beverage cans Scissors Sandpaper (sanding block is helpful but not necessary, or wrap sandpaper around a bit of wood) Pen or pencil Ribbon or cord for hanging Start with an aluminum drink can. Cut off […]

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Auntie’s Afghan Pattern

by Daisy Crafts

Way-More-Than-Four-Hour-Afghan Adapted from THIS pattern. Afghan is worked with a P-hook, THREE strands held together, and absolute crap load of worsted weight acrylic. (I used two red, one gray.) Ch 84. (Or however wide you like your blankies. I’m 5’10” and like to be swallowed in afghan-osity. You can do 54, 64, 74, 84, 1204…) […]

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