Free Pattern: Quick Knit Baby Blanket

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The jewel of the sky is the sun, the jewel of the house is the child. – A Chinese saying

This baby blanket is a larger version of my dishcloth pattern, same principals, but enlarged. I had loved making the dishcloths / facecloths that I thought I’d see if the pattern would make a good blanket. It does! I will be giving this one to my knitting ministry to be blessed and given to a family in need ( and yes, I need to block it!) This project is a fairly quick knit. I consider it a weekend project or an hour at night after work and done by the end of the work-week.

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Walnut Hallow Crafts!

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I am thrilled to announce that I have recently joined the design team for Walnut Hallow.  What exactly does this mean?  I get to work with their fabulous products and come up with fun crafty projects with it for their website..  Take a look.  These are my first two for them.  It makes for a nice change from all my knit and crochet work which tires my hands. I've been wood burning since childhood.  I love the smell and the way a good burning tool will mark the wood.  The street number stepping stones were declared very Pinterest by my mailman who loves them.  He says it makes it easy for him to find my house. The wind chine makes a soft sound and made good use of my massive vintage key collection. I hung it by my backdoor where it lets me know how windy it is outside while catching the morning light.

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Country Chic Wind chime


Free Pattern :: Knit a Spring Wreath

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She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is Dead."-- AA Milne from When We Were Very Young

In honor of the much awaited first day of Spring, I decided to make a welcoming front door wreath.  Last fall I painted my door a very Feng shui Reddish persimmon colored door.  I love it as I can tell friends to look for the red door.  Well now I can say look for the red door with the bright green wreath!

If you love to knit, but haven't made much more than a scarf, then this project is perfect for you!  You are essentially making two scarves.  

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What my Grandmothers taught me about saving money

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If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right! --William Shatner

It was drilled into my head at a young age to save money by both of my grandmothers.  Grandma grew up during the depression.  Gammy married the day before the banks crashed and closed.   With the Depression a large part of their lives, it was inevitable that their tricks and tips rubbed off on me. I'm glad it did as I struggle to pay off large medical debt on an artist's income, these tips make it feel less difficult.

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Crochet Roundup :: Easter Cuteness!

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Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.  ~Charles M. Crowe

Easter is early this year, landing on Sunday March 27, not in usual April.  So if you want to add some crochet fun to your Easter goodies line up.  It's time to get started.  Here are a few fun patterns I found.  They are free, so please respect the designers, by not making the items and selling them as your own, even if it is for your Church fundraiser. 

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Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for St. Patrick's Day

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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown

 

St. Patrick's day with all it's green, reminds me that spring is just around the corner less than a calendar week away.  Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these fun crafts from Smoothfoam that honor both family and the lucky.  These projects are brought to you by the following Smoothfoam design team members:

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Free Pattern: Super Quick Crocheted Valentine Decor

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A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by other. -- Frank Morgan

This project is simple and takes full advantage of the yarn and valentine decoration sales happening at local craft stores.  To create a felt heart with a crocheted trim takes just a half hour or less. Use a large felt heart for a placemat or small ones for coasters.  

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Frugal Times / Recipe :: Homemade Gluten Free Dog Biscuits

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“Hounds follow those who feed them.”
-- Otto von Bismarck (1st Chancellor of Germany)

My papillons aren't at all spoiled.  Not one wit.  Toony the black and white papillon we adopted from the Humane Society has a sensitive tummy and various allergies, so all of her dog food and treats come from a small petfood shop.  The treats get expensive, so I was looking at an alternative that I could make at home using basic ingredients and fairly low in cost. The ingredients are a tad expensive initially, but may be used to make many batches.  The following is for 28 dog cookies.

 

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Frugal Times :: Negotiating lower Medical Bills

 

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He who will not economize will have to agonize -- Confucius

Today, I spent an entire morning and part of my afternoon on the phone for nearly 5 hours trying to get the answer to a few simple questions. 

  1.  What is the price of an echocardiogram? 
  2. Where is the cheapest place in the city to have one done?

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The Heart Truth: Wear RED!

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February is without a doubt one of my favorite months. It is the shortest of the winter months which is a big deal to a gal who craves spring and summer.  But most of all February reminds us to tell those we love that we do love them and even to go and give them a smooch.  Pink and red are two of my favorite color schemes.  Throw in a bit of lace and swoon!

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