Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments
1 large unpeeled green apple, diced
1/3 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 medium stalk celery, diced
3 walnuts, finely diced
1/2 – 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 – 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
tiny pinch cinnamon
Combine apple and lemon in a bowl. Stir well to coat the apple. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
Serve within a few hours.
Optional: Red grapes make a nice addition to this salad.
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Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments
Craft Link: DIY Lingerie SkirtGrab our button and let the world know!
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I put a large dish pan bucket filled with water onto the porch. I add a sponge, a colander, a couple of cups, dish soap, a ladle, and a whisk to the mix and showed the boys how to use them.
This simple toy kept the kids thrilled for almost two hours. Try it!
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Posted on | July 8, 2014 | No Comments
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Description: Sawhorse desks have been around forever, but usually in a workshop or garage. This is the first time I’ve seen a sawhorse desk nice enough to be used in the main part of the home. Great redo!
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Posted on | July 1, 2014 | 8 Comments
The 101 links on this page are for sewn hats only. There are fabulous patterns available for knitted and crocheted hats, but I don’t do those crafts so I didn’t list them. If you do knit and crochet, take a look here.
FLEECE HAT SEWING LINKS
Fleece hats are all the rage now, so naturally there are a lot of free patterns on the web. For more fleece hats, also look under hats for kids and check out my post titled Free Fleece Hat Patterns
- Fleece Hat Tutorial
- Lined Fleece Hat Pattern
- Fleece Hat For Winter
- Ponytail Hat Pattern
- Fleece Hat With Ear Flaps (video)
- Blossom Ear Warmers
HEAD SCARF TYING LINKS
A headscarf is the easiest type of hat to make. Just hem a rectangular or triangular piece of fabric and you are finished. Here are some fun ways to wear your new fashion accessory. For more headscarf ideas see How To Tie A Headscarf
- How To Tie A Long Head Scarf
- Sarong as Head Scarf
- How to Wear A Headscarf
- Head Scarves
- How To Tie A Head Scarf (video)
- Five Easy Steps To Tie A Head Scarf
HATS FOR KIDS
Lots of funky hat for kids.
- Lumber Jack Hat
- Free Hat Pattern: Fleece Hat
- Eddie Cap
- Reversible Baby Bonnet
- Polar Fleece Hats
- Snowblossom Hat Tutorial
- Reversible Toddler Bucket Hat
- Adjustable Fleece Hat
- Baby Bear Hat Pattern (so cute)
- Fleece Dino Hat
- Fleece Hat With Flower
BERET HAT SEWING PATTERNS
I used to wear berets a lot during the 90’s, but lately they seem to be out of style. I’m keeping my old patterns in case they come back again.
- Make A Beret From An Old Shirt
- Denim Beret Pattern
- Cutout Beret Pattern
- Martha Stewart Beret Patterns
- Lil Blue Beret Pattern
- Beret In Less Than An Hour (video)
- Beret Pattern And Tutorial
- Make A Wool Beret
- How To Make A Lined Garbo Hat
A great hat, can make the whole costume. The links below are for a mix of adult and children’s sizes. Many of the patterns can be used for all ages with a couple of adjustments.
- Elegant Witches Hat
- Fleece Frankenstein Hat
- The Pizza Chef’s Hat
- Free Hat Pattern: Top Hat
- Sherlock Holmes Hat
- Customizable Fleece Hats
- Hat Pattern: Clown Hat
- Princess Hat Tutorial
- Leather Top Hat Tutorial
- Nurse’s Hat Tutorial
- Minnie Mouse Witches Hat
- Easy Steampunk Top Hat
BLOCKED WOOL OR FELT HATS
These hats are a bit more advanced than most of the hats listed on this page.
- Brimmed Felted Hat
- Making A Custom Hat Block
- Vintage Hat Remake
- Wool Hat Making Techniques
- Hand-Blocked Velour Hat
FREE CLOCHE PATTERNS
Cloche hats are in again! Here are a couple of my favorite patterns.
- Linen Hat With Pink Roses
- How To Sew A Cute Cloche Hat
- Cloche Hat Pattern
- How To Make Your Own Cloche Hat (video)
- Felted Sweater Cloche Hat
- Classy Cloche Hat
CAP PATTERNS AND TUTORIALS
Caps are a great way to keep off the sun, without making your head too hot.
- Newsboy Video Tutorial
- Combat Cap
- Checkpoint Charlie Hat
- Cord Peaked Cap
- Hat Pattern: Hex Hats
- Newsboy Cap
- Free Newsboy Cap Pattern
- Men’s Flat Cap
SNOOD HAT SEWING LINKS
Snoods are generally worn only by orthodox Jewish women, but lately I have seen other ladies wearing them also.
- Free Snood Pattern
- Sew A Snood
- Snood/Hat Pattern
- Hair Snood
- How To Make A Tied Snood
- 15 Minute Multi Snood
DOO-RAGS, CHEMO CAPS, SCRUB HATS AND TICHELS
This category is a hodge-podge of tied cotton hats.
- Doo-Rag Pattern
- Headscarf With Beads
- Tichel DIY
- How To Make A Turban
- Reversible Tie Hat Pattern (pdf)
- Chemo Caps (pretty)
- Reversible Chemo Hat (pdf)
- Surgeon’s Hat
- Ruched Hair Bandeau
- Chemo Head Wrap Tutorial
- How To Tie A Du-Rag
OTHER HAT SEWING PATTERNS
This category is for all the hat styles that don’t seem to fit elsewhere. You will find everything from turbans to felt hats in this section.
- Wide-Brimmed Hat
- Pillbox Hat (video)
- Hood & Scarf Combo Pattern
- Kufi-Style Hat
- Pom-pom Party Hat
- Bucket Hat From A T-Shirt
- Warm Shearling Hat
- Reversible Hats
- DIY Tied Turban Tutorial
- Silk And Taffeta Hat
- Fascinator Hair Clip
ONLINE HAT MAKING BOOKS
I am not sure how helpful these books will be, but you will enjoy looking at them.
- Millinery by Charlotte Rankin
- The Milliner’s Guide edited by Julia Bottemley
- Millinery by Jane Loewen
- Make Your Own Hats by Gene Allen Martin
- Practical Millinery by Florence Anslow
- The Art Of Millinery by Anna Ben Yusuf
- Your Millinery by Winifred Reiser
- How to Make And Trim Your Own Hats by Vee Powell
Posted on | June 30, 2014 | No Comments
Working with polymer clay doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Make your purchases with care, choose inexpensive projects and protect the clay you already own to save money on this popular craft.
Spend less cash on the clay itself. This means that instead of running down to the local craft supply store to stock up whenever you feel like it, wait until the next sale. Or, better yet, see what polymer clay is selling for on Ebay or a craft website and compare prices.
Don’t buy every polymer clay accessory that comes out. Do you really need a pasta machine for conditioning the clay or can you warm it in your hand? Do you have to buy the set of texture tools or can you find interestingly textured objects around your house? Be selective in what you purchase.
Polymer clay books, with their full color pictures, cost a fortune. Search the internet and your local library to find plenty of how-to’s for free.
Always be on the lookout for found objects or household supplies that can be used with polymer clay. For example, aluminum foil can be shaped into a variety of molds.
Don’t use expensive clay when cheaper will do just as well. Compare prices on Fimo, Sculpey and Kato. Buy the cheapest clay that will do the job.
If you use a lot of clay, buy it in big blocks. Amazon sells white Sculpey III in 2 oz blocks for $2.75 or in 8 oz blocks for $7.47. Do the math!
You never know when you will need lime green or dusky rose. So, save every scrap of clay.
If you hate the color, still save it. You can use it as “waste” clay for the center of larger projects.
Clay left in a hot location (such as a car) may start to “cook” and no longer be usable. Be sure to store your clay in in a cool, dark location.
You don’t want different colors of clay clumping together. Wrap each chunk of clay separately.
Many projects require the use of a lot of expensive clay. Choose smaller projects instead. Try making polymer clay jewelry, magnets and covered pens; not vases and bowls.
Choose projects that have hollow centers or are shaped around molds. You will save a lot over the long run.
Some polymer clay projects have a list of supplies an inch long. Avoid projects that require a lot of “extras”. Look for projects that only use clay or supplies that you already own.
Projects that use a thin layers of cane to cover “waste” clay or inexpensive objects are big money savers. I used to cover small pieces of PVC pipe with cane. Votive holders and metal candy boxes can also be covered.
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