Friday, December 30, 2011

basket with trims

I got this pattern from one of my favorite basket supply/designer Suzanne Moore.  She no longer has this pattern on her site but you can pretty much do the same thing with any basket.  I got these "trims" from Hobby Lobby but you can also get them from Jo-Ann's, Hancock Fabric or any other fabric store.  These beads are stitched on a ribbon like fabric which you tacky glue it to the rim row, attach rims and then lash it.  In her pattern she uses waxed cotton thread but I didn't have any on hand and I really wanted to finish it without going to the shop for some waxed threads.  I used 3mm flat oval dyed in denim to tie it in together with the blue beads and the blue weavers on the bottom of the basket.  I think you can use fine fine cane to lash as well but I think dyed 3mm works!  Happy Weaving!

Monday, December 19, 2011

so its been a while

Yes its been over a week since I last wrote.  I have plans and things I want to post BUT I cannot find my camera battery charger!!! so I can't take pictures!! I also had a big big birthday party for my youngest and was quite busy planning and preparing for that festivities as well so I did have my handful but I haven't forgotten about this blog!! I will be back shortly to post patterns and recipes in a day or two..  meantime I'm going to go tare apart my bedroom, where I think the battery charger is and locate it, charge my camera and we'll be back to business! Mean time here is a card I made this Halloween using $1 stamps and some punches.  the spider web is just a web printed scrapbook paper I punched out with large circle, spider stamp was punched out using medium size circle, and the scalloped circle was one of those extra large scalloped circle.  and then we have the square punch in Large and the Jumbo scalloped square.  all the stamps I used here was in the $1 bin at Michael's this year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Foxy Scarf

Several months ago, I was surfing the net (do they still call it surfing the net?) I stumbled upon a picture of a crocheted fox scarf.  I just had to have it!!! I don't buy many patterns on line but this was something I just had to have!!! so I ordered the Fox, Raccoon, and Panda scarf pattern and within the hour I received a e-mail with a PDF files for all 3 scarfs!!!  so I ran out the door to Jo-Ann's who I must say has the best selection of yarn at affordable prices.  I know we have a "Yarn" shops here in Indy and they carry beautiful yarn but too expensive for something I'm making for kids and daily use. I quickly started it and  I finished my scarf!! my younger son claimed it so I started making my second one and when I'm done I'm going to make the Raccoon one for my oldest Son's GF.  Here is a link to the etsy site to purchase the pattern if you are interested. click if you want to buy the pattern from her.

Happy Crocheting!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bucket basket

Today I'm sharing this bucket  basket I finished last night, original pattern is called Fall Basket by Suzanne Moore who is one of my favorite author!! here is the link to the original basket pattern Fall Basket Pattern She is brilliant!!! anyway, I changed the dyed reed color because this basket is stinking cute so I wanted to use it year round, not just during the fall. I used dark teal, light brown and apple green (Rit Dye)I plan on changing the buckle around with the season and enjoy the basket all year long!! The buckle I used I had my mom make them at her ceramic class but similar buckles are available from Suzanne as well or find them at your local basket supply store here is Suzanne's link: click me!  BTW most of her reeds are on sale right now until December 29th 5PM EST sale flyer .  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pumpkin gooey butter cake

 I had leftover pumpkin puree from Thanksgiving dinner,   I got a big can to make 2 pumpkin pie but I only made one  so I put the remaining pumpkin in a ziplock and froze it.  So I decided to make Paula Dean's Pumpkin gooey butter cake.

all you need is a 1 box of cake mix, 2 stick of butter (yes its Paula's recipe) 4 eggs, 1-15oz pumpkin puree,  1- 8oz block of cream cheese, 1pound powdered sugar, some vanilla extract and cinnamon and nutmeg.  Paula's recipe link.  Its quick, its easy and most item you'll find in your pantry and the fridge. its very sweet so next time I may cut down on the powdered sugar. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grocery sack waste basket

for a while now I've been thinking about making a trash basket to fit the plastic grocery sack but I never really got around to coming up with the pattern until now.  I wanted something that the bag handles will be hooked on but didn't want plastic bag handing over the basket so the other night I thought how I would want it to look and came up with this basket.  Its very simple basket and though you could decorate it how ever you like by using dyed weaver, I decided to go with simple 2 racing stripes as a stake and keep it plain.  I did add 4 ball feet to keep it more steady on the carpet.

Here are what I used:

No10 round reed for handle (cut 2 @ 17")
5/8" Flat natural and dyed for stakes (cut 5 Natural at 39" and 7 Natural at 35" and 2 Dyed at 35")
3/8" Flat for filler and weavers (cut 4 at 17")
1/2" Flat Oval for rim
3/16" Flat Oval for lashing
seagrass for rim filler
4 ball knob for feet (1-1/4")

First we make the handle: here is a link to my tutorial to make handles
mark at 4" on each end then mark again about 1/2 inch towards the center , wet well, shape and let dry.  Cut at the mark less than half way !!! don't cut through anymore.. you only want to cut about the thickness of the rim you'll be placing in there!!! make sure the 1/2" Flat oval fits in the cut you made and make sure its deep enough that it catches if not adjust accordingly, set aside.

cut all pieces, mark all at center on the rough side and soak in water.

Lay the 39" stakes horizontally, lay the fillers in between them lining them up at the center line.
take 1 of the 35" stake and weave in vertically on the center line making sure that the stake is placed over the filler and under the stakes.  weave in 4 more stakes in one side and on the other side weave in 1 natural, 2 dyed and 1 natural.

measure the base to be 5"X 11"

cut the filler longways up to the the vertical and chicken scratch each filler.

twine once around with no2 or no3 round.

spray down with water and upstake

29 rows of 3/8" flat flat with last row being rim row.

pack down and straighten the stakes. cut and tuck as you normally do

attach your handle to the short end 1st and the 5th stake

rim with 1/2" flat oval

add seagrass

lash with 3/16" flat oval

glue ball knob to the bottom

add grocery sack! enjoy!!