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Saturday, April 30, 2016

My hands can do this --- Native Towel and Bath Display Holder


Nature is beautiful and anything hand made with all-natural material is also beautiful. Because we are endowed also with natural creativeness  to create something useful,  this stylish towel and bath holder is a good example of showing the beauty of nature and serving its purpose as well. It’s simple, natural, and less expensive way to highlight your  accessories in your bathroom.  


NATIVE TOWEL & BATH DISPLAY HOLDER

Materials:
(1)  10W X 10L native-square box made of palm leaves *
(1)  16W X 32L used red sinamay from long flower bouquet **
(4)  sets Scotch fasteners multi-purpose
(4)  thumb tucks
       many dried small roses
       many dried tomato blossom ends
       Offray ribbon
       Scotch tape
       glue gun
       glue sticks
       scissors
       tape measure
   
 Instructions:



Dividing the Sinamay
Measure 4 inches wide of sinamay from its edge, fold all the way through its length, and then cut in between its fold. Because of the shortage in length of the sinamay to cover the whole native box, measure another 4 inches wide and 9 ½ inches long from its edge on the other side, fold, and then cut in between its fold.  Set aside the remaining whole sinamay.  


Native-Square Box with Sinamay Covering

Using your glue gun, attach one end of the sinamay on the edge of the native box.  Be sure to extend the sinamay a little bit over the edge of the native box.  Attach the rest of the sinamay around the native box, as well as, the additional sinamay extension.  The area with the added sinamay extension will be considered as the top part of the project.  


Arranging the Fan-Shaped Sinamay Background

With the remaining whole sinamay, fold alternately into 4 parts vertically, bring together both its ends to fold into 2 parts only and then cut it in the middle only.  Put one part on top of the other part and apply glue on the center to stick them together. Glue its sides together  to make it like a fan shape.  Still with your glue gun on hand, attach this at the middle top of the native box, but be sure to provide a space for the setting of flower bouquet.                        


Flower Arranging (a)
Flower arranging can be done by selecting the biggest, nice rose first that will be the center of all the flowers.  Avoid getting your fingers burn as you stick the flowers together.  Also, be careful in handling the dried flowers to keep them from falling apart. 


Flower Arranging (b)

Attach more small flowers to each side until you form its shape like a fan bouquet.  


Flower Arranging (c)

If the flowers are well attached together and formed like a fan bouquet, then you are ready to attach them on top of the box.  


Setting the Roses with Sinamay Background
Apply glue at the back to attach the bouquet to sinamay at the center.  Apply more glue at the middle front area of the fan-shaped sinamay to make the bouquet of roses stand firmly.  If there is a need to attach more leaves or stems, you can do so.

Glue above each dried tomato blossom ends on the fan-shaped sinamay to enhance the arrangement as shown in the picture above.


Native Towel and Bath Display Holder (2)
Find the best place in your bathroom to stick this display on the wall. Measure the wall and align the native box on the mounting surface. Stick each thumb tucks on the 4 corners of the native box to mark the area where to attach the fasteners. Remove the thumb tucks , but remember the area where you stick these thumb tucks on the native box. Remove the liner of  one side of the fastener and attach at the center of each markings made on the wall. Remove the liner of another side of the fastener and attach at the center of each corner of the native box where the thumb tucks were previously stick.  Align the first two fasteners of the native box with the first two fasteners attached on the wall and then press them all together.   Arrange the hand and face towels and other bath accessories you like to display, and tie a ribbon.  Use Scotch tape to keep the bath accessories stand straight on the wall.  


* The native box was given to me by my youngest daughter as a wedding gift away during her friend’s wedding day where she participated as one of the bride’s sponsors.

**  The red sinamay was from the flower bouquet given to me by my eldest daughter during my special day. 

Please see also another redesigned native craft project:
   Native Fish Craft Wall Decor

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My hands can do this --- Cro-Knit Child Party Dress


Girls are really nice to dress up like a doll.  That’s why, any mother would agree with me that this project is worth making it for their child to wear.  This crocheted-knitted baby party dress is beautifully designed and made with an easy-pattern combination of knitting and crocheting instructions. I'm naming it as "Cro-Knit Child Party Dress" to shorten only the words, "crocheted-knitted." It’s a unique, stylish project and a ‘yes, I can do it’ project for every mothers.  

I have an adult blouse project with combined crocheting and knitting instructions also, but there is more of knitting than crocheting instructions.   That's why I labeled it as a knit project.  I just used crocheting to connect the body parts and sashay ruffles. That's why I named it also, Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles.




Cro-Knit Child Party Dress (1)


CRO-KNIT CHILD PARTY DRESS

Materials:
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (baby brights ombre)
(1) Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (soft pink)
      circular needle size 8, 5.0 mm, 16” – 40.5 cm
      crochet hook size – F5 /  3.75mm
      ribbon

Measurements                     Child                               Project
Age                                  3 yrs. old & 5 months
Height                            39.5 inches                                   
Shoulder                        10 inches                                 12 inches
Shoulder with Arms       25.5 inches                              26 inches
Bust (around)                21 inches                                 21 inches
Bust (front only)             7 inches                                    6 inches
Neck to Waist                 7 inches                                    6 inches
Neck to Knee                20 inches                                 17 inches
Waist                             22 inches                                 22 inches
Hips                               23 inches                                 25 inches
Armpit                           11 inches                                 12 inches


Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)     chain       
(tr/s)    treble crochet/s                                            
(dc/s)  double crochet/s
(sc/s)   single crochet/s
(st/s)   stitch/s
(sl st)  slip stitch 
(sp)     space                                      
(K)      knit
(lp/s)   loop/s


Special Instruction
(dec) – decrease -  YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up (lp) and draw through 2 (lps). YO once and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up (lp) and draw through 2 (lps).  Pull up (lp) and draw through all 3 (lps) on hook.

Bind off - (K) 2 (sts).  Insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you knit and over the tip of the right needle. One (st) remains on right needle.  (K) another (st).  Lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Continue doing this way until one (lp) remains. 

(Note: Always count the number of stitches before going to the next round to avoid committing a mistake.)

Instructions:

Knitting  – Baby Brights Ombre (Bottom Side)
1st Rnd– With circular knitting  needle, cast on 150 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round.  Turn the needles around your hands.

2nd to 16th Rnd - (K) 150.  Turn the needles around your hands.  Make 14  rounds more.

17th Rnd – Bind off  (See Special Instructions above). As you bind off the (sts), the needle will be removed already. Cut the yarn leaving a long end and bring it up through the last stitch to lock the last (st).

Crocheting – Soft Pink (Body)
1st Rnd –  Insert one yarn end of soft pink yarn to the last (st) of baby brights ombre. Tie them together twice.  Using a crochet hook, (sl st) and make (ch)..  Hide the excess yarns as you crochet. (Sc) on same (sp).  (Sc) on succeeding (sts). (Sl st) on  beginning (sc).
Result – 150 (sc)

2nd Rnd – Make (ch). (Sc) on same (sp).  (Sc) on next 149 (scs).   (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result – 150 (sc)

3rd Rnd –  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 148 (scs). (Dc) on last (sc). (Sl st) on beginning 3  (ch). 
Result – 150 (dc)

4th to 6th Rnds – Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on next 148 (dcs).  (Dc) on last (dc).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 150 (dc)

7th Rnd  - Make 2 (ch) and (dc) on next (dc). This is the first (dec). (Dc) on next 8 (dcs).    [(Dec). (Dc) on next 8 (dcs)] 13X. (Dec). (Dc) on last 8  (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning (dec).
Result – 120 (dc) and 15 (dec)  

8th  Rnd – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next  8 (dcs).  [(Dc) on (dec).  (Dc) on next 8 (dcs)] 13X.  (Dc) on last (dec).  (Dc) on last 8 (dcs). (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 135  (dc)

9th to 11th Rnds  - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 133 (dcs).  (Dc) on last (dc).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 135 (dc)

12th Rnd -   Make 2 (ch) and (dc) on next (dc). This is the first (dec). (Dc) on next 7 (dcs).    [(Dec). (Dc) on next 7 (dcs)] 13X. (Dec). (Dc) on last 7 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning (dec).
Result – 105 (dc) and 15 (dec)

13th Rnd -  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 7 (dcs).  [(Dc) on (dec).  (Dc) on next 7 (dcs)] 13X.  (Dc) on last (dec).  (Dc) on last 7 (dcs). (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 120 (dc)

14th to 16th Rnds  - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 118 (dcs).  (Dc) on last (dc).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 120 (dc)

17th Rnd -  Make 2 (ch) and (dc) on next (dc). This is the first (dec). (Dc) on next 6 (dcs).    [(Dec). (Dc) on next 6 (dcs)] 13X. (Dec). (Dc) on last 6 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning (dec).
Result – 90 (dc) and 15 (dec)

18th Rnd -  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 6 (dcs).  [(Dc) on (dec).  (Dc) on next 6 (dcs)] 13X.  (Dc) on last (dec).  (Dc) on last 6 (dcs). (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 105 (dc)

19th to 21st Rnds  - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 103 (dcs).  (Dc) on last (dc).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 105 (dc)

22nd Rnd –  -  Make 2 (ch) and (dc) on next (dc). This is the first (dec). (Dc) on next 5 (dcs).    [(Dec). (Dc) on next 5 (dcs)] 13X. (Dec). (Dc) on last 6 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning (dec).
Result – 75 (dc) and 15 (dec)

23rd Rnd - Make 4 (ch).  (Tr) on next 5 (dcs).  [(Tr) on (dec).  (Tr) on next 5 (dcs)] 13X.  (Tr) on last (dec).  (Tr) on last 5 (dcs). (Sl st) on beginning 4 (ch).  This is where a narrow, long ribbon can be inserted or a long, wide ribbon can just be wrapped around the waist.
Result – 90 (tr)

24th Rnd – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 89 (trs).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 90 (dc)

25th to 29th Rnds – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc on next 89 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 90 (dc)

Connecting Another Yarn – Baby Brights Ombre
30th Rnd – Insert the yarn end into the (lp) of soft pink yarn and then tie it twice. Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 89 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 90 (dc)

31st to 34th Rnds -  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 89 (dcs).  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).  Cut  the yarn leaving an excess yarn.  Tie it twice. 
Result – 90 (dc)

Knitting – Baby Bright Ombre (Neck Side)
1st Rnd - Get the other end of the yarn.  Using your circular needle,  cast on 100 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. Turn the needles around your hands. 

2nd to 16th Rnds - (K) 100.  Turn the needles around your hands.  Make 14  rounds more.   

17th Rnd – Bind off.  (See Special Instructions above). Don’t cut the yarn yet.



Attaching to the Body
Crocheting – Baby Brights Ombre
1st Rnd -  From the center side of the body, count 10 (dcs) going to the right side. Remove the (sts) one by one from the circular needle as you crochet. Insert the crochet hook on the 11th (dc) and (sl st).  (Sc) on same (sp) by inserting the hook through the (st) of the neck side and (dc) of the body.  (Sc) on next 25 (sts) of the neck side only.   Count again 10 (dcs) from the center side of the body going to the left side. Insert the crochet hook on the next (st) and passing through the 11th (dc) of the body from the center side.  (Sc) on the same (sp).  This is the first shoulder cap. (Sc) on the next 24 (dcs) and 24 (sts)  by inserting the hook through the (sts) of the neck side and passing through the (dcs) of the body.  (Sc) on the next 25 (sts) of the neck side only.  Count 20 (dcs) and insert the hook through the next (st) and passing through the 21st (dc) of the body.  (Sc) on the same (sp).  This is the second shoulder cap.  (Sc) on the next 23 (dcs) and 23 (sts) by inserting the hook through the (sts) of the neck side and passing through the (dcs) of the body.  (Sl st) on first (sc).  
Result – 100 (sc)

2nd Rnd - (Sl st) on next (sc).  Make 5 (ch) and (sl st) on next (sc).  This is the first 5-ch (lp).  [5 (Ch) and (sl st) on next (sc)] 98X .  5 (Ch) and (sl st) on last (sc).  Cut the yarn leaving an excess yarn.  Tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarns.    

Result – 100 (5-ch loop)



Cro-Knit Child Party Dress (3)


Cro-Knit Child Party Dress (4)


video


My (granddaughter) model in motion wearing her cro-knit child party dress.  Watch her natural pose for I didn't really teach her how to pose. She was really excited and ready to go to a party.



                                           
READER PHOTO OF THE DAY
My cute, little granddaughter was the Reader Photo of the Day last June 03, 2014.  She is really very adorable in her cro-knit child party dress.  



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

My hands can do this --- Glassware with Metallic Touch


If you are thinking of making a children’s party, you can make something different to make the children be amused and have fun, while eating their favorite dessert or drinks. This project is easy, cute, and lovable one to make that even your own child can do it.


Goblet Glass with Copper Wire-made Fruit Holder


GLASSWARE WITH METALLIC TOUCH
  
Materials:
(4)  copper wires (different colors)
(4)  Offray ribbons (different colors)
(4)  goblet glasses
(4)  dessert glasses
(4)  cotton balls
(8)  wiggly eyes (small) (7mm)
       excess yarns (different colors)
       needle nose plier
       scissor
       Elmer’s glue
       small empty medicine bottle
       ball pen
       scrap colored magazine paper

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:
I.  Using a Wine Glass


Making Wire Heart Shaped
Encircle one end of the copper wire to make a heart shape.  Use a needle nose plier to tighten the end at the middle.


Making Wire Round Shaped
Below the heart shape, encircle the wire around a small empty bottle thrice and then remove the bottle.  This will serve as a part where to put something, like a small fruit, on top and make adjustment, if needed later on.


Encircling the Wire on Glass Handle
Level the circled wire above the rim of the glass and provide enough length of wire before encircling it around the glass handle. Continue encircling the wire till it covers the whole glass handle and then cut it.


 Making and Attaching Ribbon
Cut a 25 inches of ribbon and tie it around the upper portion of the glass and around the wire to hold it in place.  The result will look like the  picture below. Repeat the same procedures as above for the remaining 3 goblet glasses.


Goblet Glass with a Strawberry Fruit

II. Using a Dessert Glass



Making Wire Spiral Shaped
Encircle one end of the copper wire around a ball pen 30 times to make a spiral shape.  Cut the end of the wire and remove the ball pen.


Stretching the Spiraled Wire
Stretch the spiraled wire and straighten one end of the wire as shown in the picture above.


Encircling the Wire on Glass Handle
Encircle the wire around the glass handle till it covers the area and enough to make the spiraled wire to stand up alone.


Making of Centipede Head (a)
Stretch the spiraled wire a little bit to provide a space for the making of the head of a centipede.  Cut a 2 inches yarn and tie it once around the second circle before the last circle of the wire.  Apply Elmer’s glue on each end to make it stiff.


Making of Centipede Head (b)
Insert 1 cotton ball into the spiraled wire, pull it, and lift it at the back, covering the middle of the yarn and wire.  This will serve as the head of the centipede.


Making of Centipede Head (c)
Position and attach a pair of small wiggly eyes using Elmer’s glue.


Making of Centipede Head (d)
Make a cut out of the lips from a scrap magazine and attach it with Elmer’s glue.  A centipede not wired around the glass will look like this one as shown below.


Copper Wire-made Centipede


Dessert Glass with Copper Wire-made Centipede 


Table Setting of Glassware with Metallic Touch (a)


Table Setting of Glassware with Metallic Touch (b)
I thought of making this project during my daughter’s birthday celebration, so we can have fun ourselves, too. (-.-) while eating