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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February

by Daisy Crafts

I’m not a winter person, but I get more knitting done between the months of December and March than I do the rest of the year combined. The fireside and knitting go together very well, except when I knit so late I’m in peril of nodding off and falling into the flames. I also get […]

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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 Barnyard

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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Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Knitted Washcloth Edition

by Daisy Crafts

For when you really want to give a handknit gift but you’re running out of time: Washcloths Or dishcloths, dishrags, call them what you may. They’re quick and easy and still handknit. Here are a few of my favorites from our site: Honeycomb Dishcloth Hugs and Kisses Dishcloth (my favorite!) Good Grief! Dishcloth: My homage […]

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Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Stick Edition

by Daisy Crafts

Every year I get more and more averse to buying cheap, imported stuff; stuff that breaks, gets tossed aside the moment the newness wears off and becomes little more than something I can’t wait to discard so I don’t have to keep picking it up so I can vacuum. Here are a few of the […]

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Harvesting Madder Root

by Daisy Crafts

Back in, hm, let’s check the date stamp on the photos . . . the latter days of March, I decided to dig up the madder plants that had begun to sprout and harvest the root for dyeing. The madder is some I started from seed I bought from Fedco Seeds three years ago.  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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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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Irresistible

by Daisy Crafts

In Little House knitting news, I was halfway through knitting a second sock yesterday when I put down my needles and took up another set of needles.  Tiny ones, size 1. When I’m in second sock mode I sometimes need a little break, not from knitting, but from that pair of socks. I’d seen a […]

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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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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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Destination Nature

by Daisy Crafts

The great blog Destination Nature has been featuring handmade gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Today I’m pleased they have chosen a little something I whipped up after a favorite tree fell last year.  Be sure and check it out and also look around at the other handmade and nature-inspired gift projects.  I love […]

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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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I Have a Spinning Wheel

by Daisy Crafts

My ridiculously thoughtful neighbor pal gave me the most beautiful antique spinning wheel I’ve ever seen. I’m not a spinner–yet–so I really don’t know what I’m doing, but I wanted to show you how pretty she is. The fly wheel seems to be in great shape, all the spokes are pristine. The flyer is intact, […]

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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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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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