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DIY Coasters!


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There are several nerdy obsessions I have. (You’ve probably all noticed the Doctor Who thing by now…) But I also LOVE anything Harry Potter and I have a passion for all things Walking Dead. So, after the last HodgePodge Crochet gift exchange–when my crossbow toting Walking Dead mug was gifted to me by the same dear friend who sent me all of that handspun Exploding TARDIS yarn--I knew I wanted to turn things up a notch by creating something nerdy to rest it on.

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What goes better with a Team Daryl Walking Dead mug than Harry Potter?!? It works in my head… Off to Pinterest I went in search of how to make this a reality! I found an amazing How To over on brightnest. Using a few cheap supplies and some DIY magic, she came up with three gorgeous ways to make coasters that reflect your personal style.

Still, I wanted something a little more…geektastic…so I decided to build on her idea and make my inner nerd happy!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ :: DIY CoastersI started with the cork. For my  project I used cork tiles. You can find these pretty much anywhere. They come in a pack of 4 and are perfect for cutting and are also flat (which is important if you’re making a coaster) but you can also use the rolled cork too if that’s what you have lying around. Just unroll it a day before you plan to use it and place it flat under something heavy (like a stack of books) so you can work with it a little easier.

You will also need a ruler, a pencil, a sharp scissor or X-Acto knife, an acrylic sealer like Mod Podge, a paintbrush, cardboard, hot glue sticks and a glue gun or e6000, a printer, and images of whatever it is you want to turn into a coaster! Optional extras are things like acrylic paint (to age your coasters), yarn (to decorate the edges), and rubber sealer (to protect the cork from drying out and to provide some grip so your coasters don’t go sliding around on you.)

The first thing I did was to cut coaster sized squares of both cardboard and cork. The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to do it with traditional square or circle shapes and you don’t have to stick with the standard coaster size. Make them smaller for impromptu tea parties or larger for oversized mugs. Make them oval or hexagonal or go with a rhombus if you’re feeling particularly geeky.

Since I wanted to put several Harry Potter chapter titles on my coasters, I went with a standard 4″ x 4″ square.

I sandwiched together my cardboard and cork and glued them together with my hot glue gun. Cardboard LOVES hot glue so this part of the project went super quick. Once I’d gotten all four of my coasters glued together, I printed out the chapter headings I wanted as coasters, cut my images to fit, and then took my time painting some Mod Podge on the cardboard, arranging the image on top, and painting on more Mod Podge to secure. GO SLOW so you don’t get any air bubbles and keep smoothing until your image is how you want it.

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I know people are going to ask me where I got my images from and the answer is from the book! I own all of the Harry Potter books as digital copies so it’s pretty simple to take the digital image and create a printable graphic to use in a project like this one. In order to create a printable of your favorite chapters–in Harry Potter or any book that you love–all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

If you’re on a PC, pull up the page you want to copy and hit the Prtsc button on your keyboard. (Nothing will happen so don’t panic.) Then open your favorite graphics program and paste the image into it. Crop until you are happy, save the image, open a word doc and insert the image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you’re on a Mac, pull up the page you want to copy and hit Command+Shift+4. This brings up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then save it as a file to the desktop. Open your word alternative (like OpenOffice) and insert your image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you own a physical copy of the book you can always scan your pages into your computer and use that as well. Save your image and follow the steps above to adjust and print!

Once you finish sealing them with several coats of Mod Podge and they’re dry, you’re pretty much done. I wanted to age mine so I broke out the acrylic paints and got to work. I thinned some brown and yellow with water and used a paper towel to gently rub them in. Because the coasters were sealed, I got some lovely results!

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https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.comOnce they were dry, I covered them one more time with Mod Podge and then sprayed the cork backing with some aerosol rubber. This step is optional but I find that it helps protect the cork from drying out and also gives your coasters a little grip so they don’t move around too much on you.

After a few coats, you’re ready to use your new coasters!

You can opt to wrap them in a little fun fur (because who among us isn’t a little nerdy for yarn)…..

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and all that’s left is to pull up your favorite pattern on your computer, grab some yarn and a hook, top your coaster with your favorite mug and hot beverage, and enjoy!

 and all that's left is to top with your favorite mug and hot beverage!

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Bunny Roundup!


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Who doesn’t love a cute bunny!! They have the cutest noses and adorable ears–not to mention they all remind me of balls of yarn. That right there is reason enough for me to love the little critters. 

I can’t think of anything better to pair with cute bunnies other than FREE cute bunnies!! Below you will find 10 amazing FREE bunny patterns!

Enjoy!

Number ONE on my list is the amazing work done by Cake Sachets crocheted for charity. These panorama Eggs–which were a collaboration with crochet artist TWiNKiE CHAN–are AMAZING!!

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Panorama Eggs by Cake Sachets crocheted for charity.

 

Number TWO on my list is from miscfinds4u.com. This adorable Beginner Amigurumi Easter Bunny Basket is one on my ‘to do’ list!

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Beginner Amigurumi Easter Bunny Basket by miscfinds4u.com.

 

Number THREE on my list is the cutest knit bunny from Spud & Chloe. One of these days I will learn to knit…

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Knit bunny from Spud & Chloe.

 

Number FOUR on  my list comes from Annoo’s Crochet World. My kids ALL want a Spring Bunny Pen Buddy for keeping them company during homework sessions!

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Annoo’s Crochet World: Spring Bunny Pen Buddy.

 

Number FIVE on my list is from All About Ami. These spring bunnies are simply magical!

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All About Ami: Spring Bunnies.

 

Number SIX on my list comes from Create & Decorate. It’s the CUTEST blanket (artfully titled: Somebunny to Love) that takes a simple square and turns it into squishable bunnies!

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Create & Decorate: Somebunny to Love Blanket.

 

Number SEVEN on my list is from Yarnspirations. The Easter Lily Doll comes dressed in costume ready for the most overactive imaginations!

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Yarnspirations: Easter Lily Doll.

 

Number EIGHT on my list is something absolutely genius from Lebenslustiger.com. The tutorial for this Square Bunny is in knit, but could easily be adapted with crochet!

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Lebenslustiger.com: Square Bunny Knit Tutorial.

 

Number NINE on my list is from 3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn. The beauty of this Tweets, Peeps & Bunnies freebie is that you can turn your bunny into a cute chick, a duck, and much more!

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3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn: Tweets, Peeps & Bunnies Pattern.

 

Number TEN on my list is probably one of my favorite and something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try!! It comes from Living Felt (which is an amazing site!!) and..well, just look!!

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Living Felt: Felted Rabbit Head Tutorial.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 10 patterns I’ve selected for this Bunny Roundup and if you have any other to share please drop a link in the comments area below!

Favorite Pinterest Finds: Winter


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My last Pinterest blog post was WAY back in June, and I think it’s high time we do another one!!

This time, the theme is winter because I love the season, the cold, and all the crafty goodness that comes when people are cooped up inside!!

The Shining – USA, 1980. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

The Shining – USA, 1980. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

Okay…maybe this is an example of a little TOO much of a good thing but then again, who knows what might have happened in this story if ole’ Jack here had Pinterest to keep him busy!

Let’s get to the good stuff!

1. Magic with Hook and Needles is the place you want to be if you need to learn how to make a crocheted earflap lining. She explains things in layman’s terms (which I appreciate more than she can ever know because I’m 100% sewing illiterate!)

2. Moms Love Of Crochet has the most ADORABLE Snowman for those of you out there adventurous enough to tackle graphghans!

3. If you aren’t that adventurous (like me!) The Crochet Crowd has you covered with a classic chevron beauty  that anyone would love to cuddle up under on a cold winter’s night.

Christmas Crochet Wave Afghan

4. Wintertime always brings with it chapped lips, so why not tote your lip balm around in something super cute! Kristy Ashmore has just what you need with this free Chapstick / Lip Balm Holder over in Ravelry.

© Kristy Ashmore

5. If you are in the mood for something to play with, head on over to Black Sheep Wools for the cutest family of winter-bound ami dolls you’ve ever seen!

Winter Dolls , Baby Mo ( Small Sized Turquoise Doll, Measures Approx 12 cms tall) ~ Free PDF Pattern

6. I love to grab a shawl to throw over my shoulders when the weather turns nippy and one that has some style and texture just makes my whole day. Wendy Easton‘s Triangular Shawl in Crosshatch Stitch checks all those boxes! Not only is this one a free Ravelry download but she also has a YouTube tutorial explaining how she works it!

7. Free-Crochet.com is home to probably my favorite winter must have: slipper boots! These can be done in any color and are warm, stylish, and did I mention warm?? You have to make a free account to download this pattern but it’s worth it!

Slipper Boots

8. If you REALLY want a pair of slipper boots (and those are a teeny bit intimidating), these alternatives by Denisse Esparza might be right up your alley!

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If you have a favorite winter pattern, PLEASE SHARE IT in the comments area below!! I’m always looking for cool new things to add to my pin collection!

Shrinky Dinks: The Poor Man’s Version


Who remembers playing with Shrinky Dinks when they were little?? Last night, while lost in Pinterest, I ran across a Shrinky Dinky Test Lab blogged by Dabbled and I was so excited about trying it that it’s pretty much the first thing I did today after grabbing my coffee!!

I had to hunt through my Tupperware cabinet (yes, I have an ENTIRE cabinet dedicated to nothing but Tupperware….) but eventually I found an old plastic take away container that I’d saved some time last year to do something with. Knowing me, I probably wanted to plant flowers in it come springtime. I was thrilled because I’d seriously considering taking a trip up to our local supermarket to hunt for the right container to make this craft with!

Side Note: In case you are curious about the exact kind of container, it HAS to be marked #6. Look for the triangle stamped on the packaging and if it has the number 6 in the center it will work for this craft. It should also be the largest container you can get your hands on.

Bigger is better when it comes to shrinky dinks. 

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Once I cut out the large flat part on my container (it doesn’t matter if the container has bumps on it because they will flatten out as it shrinks), I drew a cute little zebra and colored it in with a black sharpie. Then I decided to do something with the side of the packaging and cut out a strip and colored a pattern on it. I punched some holes in both and called them finished. After that, all that was left was to melt them in my toaster oven (the same one I use when I make my polymer clay charms!)

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The shrinking magic happened pretty much immediately! Unfortunately, the strip of plastic melted weird–it sort of curled onto its side and never righted itself–so I had to toss it BUT the zebra came out tiny and adorable!!

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I think he’s getting a coat of triple thick and then going directly onto my key ring. Or maybe I’ll turn him into a really cool stitch marker!

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, head on over to Dabbled and read up on the process! It’s cheap, simple to do, and a lot of fun! And if you make one, I’d LOVE to see it!! Come find me on facebook to post your creations!

 

Downtime Arts and Crafts


I have a real passion for pretty much everything DIY and crafty. (Which is why Pinterest can get me in trouble!) So sometimes I need to step away from my lovely hooks and yarn and grab some downtime when I can by taking a breather from the pattern writing and crocheting.

Recently I’ve dabbled in charm making:

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In polymer clay sculpting: (The bear is mine–the hook was made by my very amazingly talented friend Rachel!)

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This one is SORTA hook and yarn related 😉

In paper mache yarn bowl making:

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And so is this one!! Anyone else notice that even my downtime crafty projects may revolve around yarn and hooks…. 🙂

In a little more newspaper art (since I have a bazillion newspapers to use up after making that paper mache yarn bowl!):

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And my latest downtime project has me exploring book making!

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Seriously though, this last DIY project ranks up there as one of the more cooler things I’ve done in a very long time! My kids think I’m some sort of paper folding and gluing genius but with an amazing youtube tutorial put out by Sea Lemon you kinda can’t screw this one up!

This book is relatively simple to make. The steps are: fold paper and glue. See–simple! (Side note: While you CAN use plain Elmer’s school glue for this, I highly recommend picking up PVA glue specific to bookbinding and paper projects because it stays elastic when it dries and allows your paper to bend without cracking and falling apart. I got mine on Amazon for around $7.00.)

You can find the paper–think computer printer paper–and the candy box in your local WalMart. Since I already had a rainbow assortment of paper on hand, the only thing I needed was a cool looking candy box. Of course, this part of the project proved to be my kids favorite.

What’s great about shopping in WalMart is that you can find the larger movie sized boxes of candy all for under a dollar! Frugal is always good when it comes to anything DIY and crafty!

The next thing that almost derailed my book making fun was the whole book press thing. I mean…I don’t have a book press handy. (Who does when they crochet for a living!!) So I improvised with a binder clip (which you’ve all seen put to work wrangling those color changes), two wooden dowels, and a pipe cleaner! It worked like a charm!

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My kids are all excited to use these neat books as diaries, but just imagine crafting this for your kids and making them the envy of their friends–and scoring some HUGE parent coolness points to boot–as they pull out this cute candy box book (that REALLY still smells like candy) at school to write their assignments or even just to jot down notes!

Head on over to Sea Lemon to subscribe to her channel and learn exactly how to make one of your own!