05 January 2019

DIY Lace Crochet Covered Ornament Pattern Tutorial ( harp solo Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella)



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I love these lace crochet covered ornaments. They have such a romantic and elegant look to them.  They look beautiful displayed in a set, hung on a tree, displayed as a window decoration or mobile.  Great for Christmas and other holidays, but equally beautiful at other times of the year.  

Ornaments come in many different diameters.  I tried to choose an easy pattern that would fit the standard globe ornaments....about 2.5 inches in diameter.  

Enjoy!

In case you are interested, this is the white crochet thread I used. I’ve used this silver thread as well.   I also just bought this set of ergonomic crochet hooks.  Although, I often find myself going back to my basic aluminum hooks.  It often depends on how long I’ve been crocheting and whether my thumb or wrists feel sore.  I like both sets.  

The background harp music is me (an adult beginner) practicing “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”.


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Eight of Our Newest Bookshelf Acquisitions

Our family reads a lot! Our bookshelves are pretty diverse with a wide-range of titles in topics such as : technical and educational books, nonfiction, historical fiction, young adult, sci-fi, romance, needlework and other arts and crafts.  I thought I’d start a blog post for some of our newest “additions to our bookshelves” in case any of these titles interest you or a member of your household.  Please note that these books were all purchased by us.  We did not receive a discount in exchange for our purchase.  In most cases, we either found the titles on our own or found them via a recommendation from another title we’ve purchased in the past.

If the book title is available on Amazon, it will be linked with an affiliate link* which will offer a referral fee should you decide to purchase the title. Rest assured the commission will go to buy new books for my daughter most likely! In some cases, the link refers to a boxed set.  That’s because we probably bought all of them and liked the entire set.  The Discovery of Witches which is part of the All Souls Trilogy has been made into a TV Series which will be coming to the US in 2019.

I love crochet pattern books, but I often find that I like only one or two of the patterns.  This was not the case with Rustic Modern Crochet.  I made several of the pieces and still marked many others to make.  It’s a great pattern book. Celtic Cable Crochet is another beautiful crochet pattern book.  I’ll admit that I bought this book because of the design on the front cover.  It’s not finished yet and using a lot of yarn, but it is lovely.

I tend to like to work quickly when I crochet and like instant gratification.  I don’t like repeating the same stitch row by row, or round by round.  That’s probably why I wrote my “quick and easy” pattern book for the Lace Crochet Covered Ornaments.  I like that they are fast and easy, have short repetition and have somewhat instant gratification. I didn’t include my title below, but it IS one of our newest additions to the bookshelf. 😀





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04 January 2019

Framed Art Tiles Available on Amazon.

I’ve reintroduced some of my art tiles on Amazon. These look great alone or displayed as a multiple set.  They can withstand heat if you’d like to use them as hotpads or trivets.  The framed art tiles can be displayed on the wall using a small nail hole on the back, or displayed on a table top by inserting a small dowel rod (included) into the bottom most hole on the back to create an easel-type display.

A total of 26 are currently available in small quantities on Amazon.  Please contact me if you are interested in my other designs.

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01 January 2019

Easy DIY Recycled Christmas Card Paper Globe Ornaments Tutorial (bonus harp solo of Ground in F)



EBook with crochet ornaments now available. 

Fun craft to use up old Christmas Cards, or to reuse stiff wrapping paper or outdated calendars.  These 3D globe ornaments are fun and easy to make.  Thank you to my daughter who provided the harp solo for this video.  I recorded it when she was 13 and preparing for an audition.  Enjoy! We will try to add more fun projects complemented with harp music.  


The harp music is Ground in F with Variations by Purcell.

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DIY 3D Origami Stars Tutorial w/ Recycled Paper & Junk Mail ( bonus harp solo Beauty and the Beast )



EBook with crochet ornaments now available.

My daughter’s harp teacher taught us how to fold these stars.  She had several of them delicately strung with thread hanging from a mobile.  It made a great window decoration.  

These are equally beautiful as Christmas tree decorations, or tied onto a gift box.  The size is variable, but the paper strips used must be at least a 24:1 ratio, or they won’t be long enough to complete the project.

Small Stars can be made with paper strips that are at least 12 inches long by 0.5 inch wide.  Larger stars can be made with 24 inch long by 1 inch inch wide strips.  I’ve even made large stars for parties that were made with spools of bendable ribbon.  Just remember to keep the 24:1 ratio when cutting the strips. 

Enjoy!


Thank you to my daughter who provided the background music.  It’s a practice harp session of her at age 11 playing Beauty and the Beast.

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Easy DIY Gift Box Puff Paper Envelopes from Recycled Christmas or Birthday Cards (O Holy Night harp solo)



Ebook with crochet ornaments now available. 

A fun and easy DIY Tutorial using old birthday or Christmas cards.  These puff envelopes are great for gift cards, or other small items.  They also make cute ornaments for a window or Christmas tree.  Enjoy!

My daughter provided the background harp music.  It was a practice recording of “O Holy Night) when she was 13.

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Easy DIY Tutorial Beaded Wire-Wrapped Star Ornament Or Suncatcher (Harp Solo Be Thou My Vision)



EBook with crochet ornaments now available. 

A fun and easy wire-wrapped star tutorial.  When I make these with young kids, I let them wrap the wire around the nails, but I secure the wire into the star shape to prevent any injuries with the wires poking their skin.  I pre-string the beads and curl the wire ends in advance to avoid any sharp wires as well.  

I used 20 and 26 gauge wires.  The thicker gauge (20)  for the star body and the wire hanger and the thinner wire (26) for the beaded wire-wrapping.  You can use other gauges and colors as well.  Don’t use too many beads, or too much wire, or it will look too crowded and you’ll lose the star’s general shape.

These look great tied onto presents, hanging as ornaments on Christmas Trees, hanging as a window suncatcher, or tied onto ribbon and strung as wall decorations or as bunting banners.  

Enjoy!


The background music is me (an adult beginner) practicing Be Thou My Vision on the harp.  It’s a work in progress.

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