Friday, April 16, 2021

A Finished Preemie Gown...



Yesterday I cut out six preemie gowns to start working on. This one went together so fast and turned out so sweet I couldn’t wait to share it with you!!! 

This precious little pattern from 7 Pine Design is a sweet A-line gown with no pleats or smocking, but it is fully lined and goes together quickly. It is available for free here. And I embroidered this little boat on it using 1 strand of light blue floss and a simple back stitch. 


The rest of the gowns I cut out will be pleated and smocked. I’m considering putting together a video tutorial at some point to show how I make them. If I do, I will let you know and share the link. 

What are you stitching these days? Do you feel better when you have a needle in your hand? I sure do!!! 

Happy Stitching!!!

Cindy

Friday, April 09, 2021

My Favorite Lotion for Crafters...

 


I have people ask me about lotions all the time. Crafters are always looking for a lotion that works and doesn't leave greasy hands behind.  And I think I have tried every lotion available over the years.  I am happy to say I have found my favorite lotion ever!!!  Especially for anyone who crafts, sews, crochets, knits, etc.  I rub the smallest amount on my hands and literally within a minute or two it is absorbed, there is no greasy residue, and miraculously, my hands are super soft!!! Plus I only have to use it every few days.  I love this aloe-based lotion and I have shared it with many people.  I love it so much I have even become a L'BRI Independent Consultant so that I can share the joy with others!!!  

If you are interested in purchasing some you can contact me, or find it here.

Another aspect I love is that it comes in several fragrances, OR you can get fragrance-free, which is my personal favorite!!!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. 

I'm off to piece together a few quilt blocks.

Happy Stitching Friends!!!

Cindy

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mending Day Today....



Today was mending day at my house.  Or at least part of the day was mending day. My husband has two pairs of shorts that somehow lost buttons over the winter, even though he wasn't wearing them.  Things that make you go hmmmm!  I'm not sure how that even happened but that's ok.  I grabbed my supplies and stitched on buttons.  




I love that the nicer shorts have extra buttons stitched into the pocket lining (or elsewhere on or around the waistband) for times just like this.  

As a side note, I'm sorry my blog has been down for a month or so.  I have experienced some issues that I'm trying hard to resolve.  I'm working behind the scenes to try and come up with workable solutions.  Thanks for your patience!

What are you all stitching today?  Do you like to do mending?  Do you mend things at all?  Some people don't anymore.  I usually don't mind it if it's just a few things here and there.

Take care friends and happy stitching!!!

Cindy

Thursday, January 28, 2021

How to Crochet Cotton Dishcloths (Video)

  



I have posted  before about how much I enjoy making cotton kitchen dishcloths. I make them to give to others. And I make them for us to use in our kitchen. 

Last fall a few friends asked if I would show them how to make them. So after I thought it through, I decided to make a video. In the video I assumed the person watching was brand new to crochet, so I tried to cover all the basics. 

If you are interested in watching the video so you can make these wonderful dishcloths here it is. I hope you find it helpful! And please let me know if you have any questions. 

Happy crocheting, friends!!!

Cindy



My Favorite Crochet Cotton Dishcloth Materials Needed: Worsted weight cotton yarn (1 ball of yarn will yield several dishcloths) Size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook Darning needle Chain 29 stitches. Row 1: Single Crochet (SC) in 2nd chain stitch from hook, and in each chain across. At end of the row, Chain 1 stitch, and turn. (Should have 28 stitches). Row 2: SC in the back loop of the 1st stitch. Then SC in the front loop of the next stitch. Continue stitching across the row alternating between the back loop and the front loop. At the end of the row, Chain 1 stitch, and turn. Repeat Row 2 for approximately 18 rows, or until the dishcloth is square. Remember that you can fold the fabric diagonally to see if it is square. Last Row: When the fabric is the length you want, SC in every stitch (going through both loops of the previous rows of SC. Cut the yarn leaving a 6” tail and either pull the tail through the loop on your hook OR enlarge the loop on your hook and pull the ball of yarn through it. Either way will lock in your stitches. Thread the darning needle with the ending tail and weave through a few stitches to stabilize the tail. Then repeat for the beginning tail. Trim the ends. These cotton dishcloths can be tossed into the washer and dryer with your regular towels. They will shrink a little but will serve you well for a long time. I hope you enjoy making these and hopefully you can share some with others. Be blessed friends!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

31 Days of Creating Wrap Up...

 




Well friends, it has been a fabulous 31 Days of Creating!!! Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. I hope you were encouraged and/or inspired to find something, or many things, that you enjoy to engage in a few minutes each day. 


As Corrie ten Boom said “What feeds the soul matters as much as what feeds the body.”  


As for me, tonight I finished up my fourth knitted hat and I practiced spinning wool with my drop spindle. 


xoxo!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Elderberry Syrup - 31 Days of Creating...

 


Every fall I like to make a batch of elderberry syrup. I keep elderberries and rose hips in the freezer, and purchase local honey to make it. I’m thankful for the many herbs and berries God has given us to support our health. “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’” (Genesis 1:29, ESV) 🌱🍯🥄 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

My First Weaving Project - 31 Days of Creating...

 



I finished weaving my first project and if you guessed that it was a cotton kitchen towel - you are correct!!! After washing and hemming, it measures about 17”x 28”, so it’s a great size. I only made one this time, but next time I’ll warp enough so that I can weave several at the same time. I was surprised how fast it went and how fun it was. I plan to make many more. 





Afterwards, I spent a few minutes knitting on this cute, brown hat. 


Spending even just a few minutes a day doing something you enjoy can have a profound impact on how you feel.


xoxo!

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