- 20 pieces of scrap paper 8.5"x11"
- a heavy book
- paper clips (optional)
- glue (optional, I didn't use any and my baskets are strong)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
- one old t-shirt to cut up
- one new or "good" t-shirt
- matching thread
- 5-10 minutes to complete
- one XL 100% wool sweater that has been felted
- thread that matches the sweater
- 20 minutes to assemble
To felt a sweater, simply throw the sweater in the wash with some towels (this acts as an abrasive which mashes up the wool) and set the wash cycle to hot, and the rise cycle to cold (this extreme temperate change also forces the natural fibers to expand and shrink, hence more matting) Repeat as needed. Once you are happy with the size, don't worry about cutting the wool, and leaving raw edges, it act just like felt (won't fray) and is surprisingly very strong.
Monday, October 19, 2009
My husband calls these my macrame scarves. They are actually based on Martha Stewart's "no knit scarves" I just added an extra two bunches to make them thicker because it's cold here. Unfortunately this means you need longer strands to start with, but it's worth it. These scarves actually look great and are very functional because they are light weight you can loop it through itself as you tie it around your neck, so it will stay on. Also if you get wool yarn, not only is it very warm, it will slightly felt in the wash- so any bumps or loose knots will even out perfectly. Below I have provided a drawing with instructions for my version of the scarf (click the picture for a larger view) . For this project you will need:
- a ball of thick wool yarn (will yield around 2 medium length scarves)
- 3 safety pins
- a heavy pillow
- 20 minutes
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Since now is the last chance to bring and greenery from outside, inside for the long winter, I decided to make some terrariums. I didn't do any research until after the fact, but with a bit of common sense, my original plan worked out well (which means they are still alive). By chance I was flipping through an old Martha where she suggests charcoal instead of regular mud (keeps the bacteria level down) she also warns not to let the plants touch the sides of the glass (prone to rot). Mind you, don't be afraid to just get in there and make mistakes, after all, she's using orchids, and I'm using old pickle jars.
For this project you will need:
- one clean jar
- the first layer is gravel
- second, layer in some mud/ dirt or some of that fancy charcoal
- next add your moss
water as needed, if you have a lid for you jar, you can place the lid on, and water less often. Just remember to let the terrarium get some light.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
A simple sock animal. I'm not so great at written instructions so I drew them up (click on the image to bring up a larger view). For this craft you will need:
- 2 white adult socks (mid calf in length)
- one black and grey sock for his shirt.
- 2 beads for his eyes (you can embroider eyes with black thread if you choose)
- white and black thread
- stuffing/ fiber fill
- one hour of free time (at most)