I finished my mom’s Christmas present over the weekend: a chunky stitch infinity scarf. It was done in double crochet with 4 rows of each color:

1 skein each of Caron Simply Soft Yarn Brites! in the following colors:

Each of these were held/crocheted together with 1 skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White.

These yarns provide such a soft fabric! I worked with about 125 loosely chained stitches with a size N (10mm) crochet hook for my foundation chain. I added a single crochet edging with just the Antique White yarn (2 strands held together still) to give the piece more structure and a nice finish, and then I joined the bottoms together with the white yarn using a whip stitch seam.

Here are some pictures of the scarf. It can be worn many ways. This is how it looks when doubled up around the neck:

You can pull it up over your head to wear as a hood. I tried to illustrate this as best as I could with this picture. My dress form doesn’t have a head, so I pulled it up around the neck to show it off like a hoodie.

 

 Here is a picture of the scarf worn as a shawl. I love how big, cozy, and soft it is!

This is how it looks when not worn and folded over:

I also finished a purple-blue-green slouchy cowl, which was also done in double crochet with two yarns held together: 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Grape and 1 skein of another acrylic yarn (with purple, blue, green, and turquoise colors running through it)  that doesn’t have a label from my stash. 

Here are some pictures of the cowl. I like how slouchy it turned out.

It’s also long enough that it can be pulled up over the ears to protect them on really cold days:

 

If you are interested, the purple-blue-green cowl is for sale in my Etsy shop:

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I was snapping pictures for some new posts and Etsy listings and thought my mixed metal feather necklace looked so pretty layered with a gauzy scarf, so I wanted to share.

If anyone is interested, I just listed this necklace in my Etsy store. Click here to check it out.

If you like this item, you might also like these other items listed in my Etsy store:

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This weekend was filled with many great finds. Not only did I score an awesome antique dress form, but I also was given some vintage/antique knitting, crochet and sewing supplies. Keep reading to find out the details!

I have been in need of a dress form to help me with creating and displaying the items that I make and wanted to get one second hand as I like reusing items as much as I can and enjoy the look of vintage/antique pieces. I didn’t have to search long for one as my parents were able to give me a dress form that fit all the criteria I needed and more. They had an antique Acme adjustable dress form stored away that was my grandmother’s from the 1950s to offer me. Not only was this a vintage piece that was in great shape, is adjustable, didn’t cost me a thing, but it has personal family history attached to it as my grandmother used to make all of her dresses with it. I couldn’t have found or bought anything better. The picture above and below shows my Acme dress form.

If you’d like to learn more about vintage dress forms and the Acme adjustable dress form that I use (as shown in the images above),   blogger Amy Meade has a wonderful post on her blog that goes into more detail and history about them. Click here to read her post  “True to Form.”  Two fun facts that I learned about this Acme adjustable dress form is that it is featured in the HBO documentary Schmatta and that older models made around the early 20th century were under the name L&M (or Ellanam) as they were all made by the Ellanam Adjustable Form Company in Brooklyn, NY.

I also got a Styrofoam head (shown above) from my mom that is a little stained and worn, so I am planning to decoupage it with some interesting fabric or paper.  She figured that I am crafty and could do something with it rather than having her just throw it away. Once I get it all fixed up with some interesting fabric or paper and Mod Podge magic, it’ll be as good as new and perfect for displaying all the hats that I knit and crochet. 

The next items I am really excited about getting from this weekend all came from my husband’s mom.  (Who I might add is amazing!) The items are all vintage/ antique as well and consist of crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing supplies that were in her family  She wanted to pass these down to me since I enjoy these types of crafty items. The first items I will share are some antique crochet hooks made from bone:

I plan on getting these mounted in a shadow box to display in my computer room once I get it converted and decorated to be used as a craft room. They are just too delicate, old and precious for me to even think about trying to actually use them. I’d be terrified of breaking them and be heart broken if anything happened to them. So, I figured that displaying them in my craft room as decorations would be the next best thing to using them. Aren’t the details on the handles beautiful?

The next items are some vintage knitting needles. I especially like the huge size 50 knitting needles with the red tops on them. They look so pretty displayed in my red vase.  

 

Finally, the last items are some vintage, antique sewing supplies: a wood darning tool, a Prudential Girl pin holder (from the early 1900s),  a National Life and Accident Insurance sewing kit, and two sewing boxes (not pictured). I plan on using the sewing boxes for storage and display once I get my craft room together as they are perfect for holding small supplies. 

Hope you enjoyed my post!

 

 

 

 

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This past weekend I did shopping for two crochet projects: a shell stitch afghan (Christmas present for my mom) and a large, chunky infinity scarf that I had been wanting to create for awhile. This shopping haul didn’t go smoothly as I ended up not getting the yarn I needed, but I did get the large crochet hooks I needed with a little searching. 

I am going to talk about the large sized crochet hooks first in this posts since those were the ones that I was able to purchase and am most excited about. I purchased a set of crochet hooks in size US L-P  by Boye. The other crochet hook that I purchased is the largest of the hooks, size S, which is also by Boye. I have all them shown in the picture below.  Aren’t the colors on these so pretty! I have been using the N size one since Saturday and really like it so far. The plastic is really light and smooth and doesn’t catch on the yarn  I am using (which is Caron Simply Soft and Lion Brand Pound of Love). This is my first time using plastic hooks, too, as all of my other hooks are steel and aluminum. I am definitely pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying crocheting with a plastic hook.

I purchased these hooks at Michaels Craft Store, which was the second store that I went to.  I was able to use their mobile app on my phone to pull up a 40% off coupon that I used for the  purchase as well, so if you have a smart phone, it’s worth looking into their app for extra coupons. Here is a link to their mobile app page in case anyone is interested.

I’m going to continue this post with talking about the yarn that I ended up not purchasing. Here is a little back story first.  I always do all of my searching for supplies online first before I go to the stores, especially this time of year because you can find out what you want without having to drive from store to store in traffic, find what sales are going on and get great coupons online to take to the store. I saw that Jo Ann Fabrics had some great sales. I needed 7 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn for the afghan I was going to make, and they had it on sale for $5.59 when everywhere else it was priced at $7.99 (pictured below). This was a great deal! With that, they had crochet hooks and knitting needles at 25% off. So, I figured that I’d head off to Jo Ann Fabrics and get all my supplies there.  

I got into the store and was really impressed with the selection of yarn they had. I was able to find my 7 skeins of Thick & Quick yarn without issue. They unfortunately didn’t have the crochet hooks that I needed, so I kept those on my list to get at Michaels as I remembered seeing them there during my last shopping trip.

I got up to the cash wrap and was shocked when the yarn was rung up full price. I asked the cashier about the price saying that I had checked it online before coming and had specifically made the trip to the store because they had this yarn on sale. She told me that the prices and sales online aren’t always the same as the ones in store. I asked if it was possible to do a price adjustment and honor the price that was shown online. She said she would check and got a manager to assist me in explaining that I would need a print out of the web page to do this. Unfortunately, this didn’t help me in my current situation as I was already in the store and would have to go home, print out the web page and come back to battle all the holiday traffic and crowds again. I asked if it was possible to accept the sale price if I pulled up the product page with the sale price on my smart phone; they said this was not acceptable either. I was a bit frustrated at this point, so I ended up not getting the yarn there. 

So, the lesson learned here is that if you do online research before you go shopping for materials, be careful if you use Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores website to scope out sales and prices. They do not always reflect what is in the actual stores. You can print out the web page of the item to try to get a price adjustment in store, but for me, this just seemed to be a huge hassle, and you might not even be guaranteed a price adjustment with this. It might be best to just order the item from their website if it has the best price or to check out their print circular for sales as those will reflect what is in store. Hopefully this post will keep you from running into the same issue as me, and you can save time by not having to drive around to a store that you think might have a sale when it really doesn’t. If there’s a good sale on the website, be safe and just order it online, or check the printed circular if you want to shop in store. 

As for my mom’s Christmas present, I ended up coming up with a better idea for her, so I no longer need the yarn. My mom mentioned that she wanted a rainbow that she could wrap around herself, so I am making her just that. Here is a sneak peak of her rainbow chunky infinity scarf in progress:

Excited that I get to work on the large, chunky knit infinity scarf sooner than what I thought as well! I’ll be making more of these when this one is done. 

And, since I’ve been doing more reviews lately, I wanted to make a note at the end of this post to let everyone know that I did not get paid by any company mentioned with money or products to write this post. All view points and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own based off of my experiences. I enjoy writing and sharing these posts with my readers in hopes that this information is helpful to others out there. 

 

 

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I finished another necklace this week with this one being completed last night. With purchasing the bail making pliers this past weekend as I mentioned in this post, I have been able to move forward and complete a lot of projects lately as the pliers have enabled me to create clasps, jump rings, chain links and other hardware that I didn’t have the ability to make before. I don’t have to stop and run to the craft store when I need something as I can now make it myself. It’s very liberating (I’m not limited to what’s in the craft store) as well as allows me to be as creative as I want with my pieces. I promise to share a few tutorials with you about how to use the bail making pliers to create some simple items. I’m thinking that since I have been making and showing a lot of clasps, that I’ll show you how to create those first. Make sure to check back for the tutorials. Now onto the rest of my post about the necklace I completed yesterday.

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant

The pendant part to this necklace was cast out of resin with a bumble bee that I had found a few seasons ago while cleaning. The poor little guy was one of those dead buggers that you find inside your window. He was so pretty that I just had to save him to put into a future casting.  

When I finished casting and finishing the resin bumble bee, I mounted the piece to a brass bezel so that I could mount it to a leather cord. The one that I used for this piece is this brass bezel by Vintaj.  

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant Closeup

I finished the necklace off by making wire coil end caps/crimp ends for the leather cord of the necklace and a hook for the clasp. The Cerebral Dilettante has an excellent tutorial on how to make your own coil crimp ends if you are interested in learning how to make and use these in your jewelry designs. I used 16 gauge brass wire for both the wire coil end caps/crimp ends and the hook clasp. 

Resin Bumble Bee Necklace

I’m still debating whether or not I want to keep this piece for myself or not. I’m so in love with it, it might end up in my jewelry box. What do you think?

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I have finished my mixed metal feather necklace and am pretty excited to share it with all of you. I got to use my bail making pliers that I introduced to you in my previous post to create the clasp (hook and eye) for this. I will be putting together a tutorial in a future post to show you how I created this type of clasp, so make sure to check back for details. Here is a picture of the hook park of the clasp before I put it on the necklace:

Handmade clasp

Here is another picture of the clasp shown on the necklace. It  shows a nice close up of the chain links that were also created with wire and wire wrapping techniques:

Clasp and Chain on Feather Necklace

Here is a picture of the completed necklace:

Feather Necklace

I used copper, brass, and silver toned metal/wire for the hardware/chain. Two turquoise beads accent the area where the chain becomes tiered with the feathers. The bottom, middle feather is accented with a really pretty abalone bead that has three different sides to it. I also used silver/clear colored seed beads and bronze glass beads as accent beads throughout the piece. The feathers are random ones that I have collected from craft projects over the years. Isn’t the subtle green flash on the one feather so pretty when matched with the turquoise bead? I love it!

Detail on feather necklace

I had fun making this piece and plan on doing more with beads, wire/wire wrapping and feathers. I also have a few feather earrings that I am currently working on as well. I’ll be posting about those when they are completed. 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

   

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Yesterday I finally was able to purchase a pair of bail making pliers (pictured above) that I have had on my wish list for awhile. Thanks to all the holiday sales that are going on currently, the pliers were a great deal at my local Hobby Lobby. I only ended up paying around $10.00 for them including tax (retail $15.99).  I purchased the largest size (6mm & 8.5mm) as I already own wire looping and round nose pliers that can do similar work like the smaller bail making pliers. If you can’t find these at your local Hobby Lobby, you can also find these at most jewelry supply stores (local and online) as well as at Amazon.

This particular size of bail making pliers is great for me because I can now make even more different types of clasps (such as a hook and eye) out of  much sturdier/thicker gauge wire, hence why I also bought the spool of 16 gauge wire shown in the images above.

You can also do the following with these pliers as well:

  • make ear wires for earrings
  • bend wire, filigree, and small pieces of sheet metal to make bails & other curved designs for jewelry
  • coil wire to make jump rings (6mm & 8.5mm)
In future posts, I will show you how to use these pliers to make these items, so stay tuned!
 

 -Dana
 

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I bought new supplies earlier today and was all excited to make a post about what I got, but my cat wasn’t having any of it:

It looks like the photos and post will have to wait until tomorrow.

-Dana

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Just wanted to share a picture of what I currently have on my project board: a three tiered/layered feather necklace done in brass and silver tone metal. I’m still working on the closure and top part of the chain and figuring out if I want to add any other embellishments.

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I have great news for those of you who are interested in making the wire cage pendant that I talked about in my previous post. I had mentioned that I had learned how to create these from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. While looking through Pinterest over the weekend, I discovered that the publisher had posted two PDF projects with detailed instructions from the book as teasers and the wire cage “pod” pendant was one of the projects included, so I wanted to pass this along to my readers so that you can try out this project for yourself. Click here to be directed to the publisher’s website and to the link where the PDF is located. You’ll need to scroll through the text to get to the PDF for the wire pod pendant. There is also a really awesome PDF for a spiral beaded bracelet as well. I recommend checking both out, and if you like these, make sure to check out the entire book for even more great projects.

Here are some pictures of another wire cage pendant that I created yesterday. For reference, I used the following materials for this piece:

I enclosed the following objects in the piece:

 

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