Recipe fails and successes

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Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. - Erma Bombeck

Since my new diet I have been spending hours in the kitchen testing different recipes, trying to establish what I like and don't like with my new diet.  I love food with a good crunch and since tortilla chips are off of my list, I decided to try making my own baked sweet potato chips.  Baking them rather than frying them preserves their nutritional value and allows me to use healthy fats such as olive oil or coconut oil. So i gave it a try in the oven first.  I followed this recipe. Tried it first in the oven set at 200 for two hours and burned a couple of batches.  Argh. Try again.  

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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


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 Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for Valentine's Day

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Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~Albert Einstein

I love Valentine's Day.  It is my favorite holiday.  What's not to love about pink, red, lace, chocolate and smooches???
Here are a small selection of fun Valentine Crafts from the design team for Smoothfoam.  

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Kid Crafts: so your kids are home, what to.....?

 

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso

I love teaching children. I've taught in public schools, parochial schools, summer camps, and even at a greenhouse for an art and science course, teaching children to become better observers by drawing their natural environment.  Given that I love working with children and see what inspires them to make, it should come as no surprise that I've developed a Pinterest board that now has 22,000+ followers. (Holy Moly and thank you!)  I bring it up now as there are many ideas on it for children to make and do over the holiday break, to calm the worst of  the antsy pantsys. And who knows they may become inspire to make a present for Santa???  

Finger knitting is a great one for the car while not the way to the grandparents.  I had some yarn in my bag as I traveled to Chicago by Amtrak.  One little 6 year old was bored in the worst way.  Some yarn and some fingers can make magic.  To learn how, take a look at my directions on how to finger knit a blanket

 

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Get them ready for the spring, here is an easy one to make while you upcycle old magazines and caltalogs with buttons from the button box.

Let them make their own thank you notes for gifts received. This is an article I wrote for Illustration Friday.

As a basic bak up, print out a few of these mandalas and allow them to color.

 

 

 


CHA Mega Show Blog Hop

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So you are going to CHA, the annual Craft and Hobby Associations mega show.  Oh, lucky you!  I am having to miss it this year.  What am I missing out on? 

Hundreds of vendors each with hundreds of fabulous products for art and craft making.

Many of these vendors offer demonstrations on how to use their products, as well as make and take projects.  I love this time to just wander the aisles trying out new pens, test driving various glues.  I mostly work in textiles, the yarny arts, as well as surface design, so its great time to try out so many products I don't really know. But my favorite?  My absolute favorite?  I love the fashion show by Lion Brand Yarns. Here is a short video I made several years ago from their 2013 Fashion show, narrated by Vanna White.  They often feature the work from student designers which gives you a glimpse of trends in other parts of the world.  In 2013 the students were all from Israel.  If you aren't a knitter or yarn buyer, you may not get a seat, but that's okay.  Get there a little before showtime to grab a good spot to stand. Bring your camera or video recorder, with Vanna White as MC, you know it's going to be a good show.  

As a vegetarian, make sure you bring some food with you. I tended to stick to the wraps from one of the kiosks outside the show floor.  I also brought a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.  I'd buy my wrap before heading to the show floor, so I didn't have to leave when I got hungry.  I prefer to sit at the tables in the back area near the hamburgers and such.  Sit down and ask folks what they do.  I found it a great way to hear the needs of shop owners and to have a personal conversation with them about how I could offer them my services.  

Be sure to bring LOTS of business cards.  I generally go through 1000 per show.  I followed another designer's advice, have your photo on one side.  This has made a huge difference for me. Folks recognized me at the second show. And make some sort of swag for vendors and editors to remember you.  I made lavender sachets with envelopes I made.  I sealed them with a sticker feturing my website.  The sachet was usable and a nice way to sent their belongings while packed and it was light weight and noncaloric.  Yes, candy is nice, but one can only eat so much candy.  I also have a personal trademark, I always where unusual, brightly colored glasses.  It helps make me stand out.

Another must is a folder to organize all the cards you receive.  I always jot down snippets of conversation onto the cards so I can directly follow up after the show.  I then organize them in a folder so I can easily find them.  You will collect dozens at a time and they are easy to misplace, so a folder keeps it tidy and useful to use.  I then reviewed them each night, making a list of 10 people I for certain want to contact, writing notes of ideas, etc.  It's easy to get distracted by all the fun, but this is about business, and hopefully making some money. Right?

My last piece of advice, you will see many women dressed in professional suits wearing heels.  But you will be walking miles every day, wear good comfortable shoes. Not sneakers unless you designed them.  And wear something you made.  It's a great conversation starter.  I know some designers who've landed book contracts this way.  Someone comments on their jewelry and a conversations begins and then you are asked to send a proposal.  Go for it!

To see my reviews of past shows - 

2014 Mega Show and 2014 Mega Show - it was so big it required two posts.

Winter Show 2013

Summer 2011

My Designer Showcase Summer 2012

In honor of CHA's 75th anniversary, we are celebrating with a blog hop and giant cash drawing.  Their are just three entry options to win a $500+ Visa gift card:

  • Leave a comment on my blog (mandatory) answering the question - "What is your favorite "can't live without" craft supply or tool?"
  • Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)

Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you "cre8time" for crafting  (double entry value)

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

CHECK OUT ALL BLOG POSTS IN THIS HOP - LOTS OF GREAT ADVICE!


DIY Quick Knit Gift / DIY Spa Gift

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The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh my goodness! Christmas is in just three weeks!  What to make? What to make?  You want it to be a nice gift with a sense of thought put into it, no problem.  What about a spa package! WHAT?! Those are impossibly expensive.  Not if you make it yourself.

I've become addicted to making dish cloths and face cloths.  I have to admit, I didn't get the craze for these tiny knit treasures when they first started appearing on Ravelry and such until  I received one as a gift from a student.  A worsted cotton knit up into a wash cloth is super absorbent and extra soft and add that it is handmade, it's the ultra luxury item.  Add it with a delicious smelling soap or bath salt, and you have fabulous spa gift.  

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You will need:

1 skein of Sugar-n-Cream
#8 knitting needles
scissors
Tapestry needle.

This pattern is for a basic bias face cloth which is knit from one corner to the next.  

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit one row.

*Turn and K2, YO, knit across the rest of the stitches*. Repeat from * to* until you have 5o stitches on the needle and what looks like half a triangle.  if you want it bigger, that's fine Keep going until desired width is achieved.

Next row* K1, K2tog YO, K2tog, Knit across the rest of the stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you are back to just 4 stitches.  You will end up back at just 4 stitches.  Bind off final 4 sititches.  

Weave in tails.

Click here to download the pattern. -  Download Bias Knit Dish or Face Cloth

For Bath salts,

Epsom-salt

Buy a bag of plain epsom salts.  For every cup of salt mix in 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like lavender and rosemary mixed together, stir thoroughly. Use a glass or stainless steel bowl as plastic may absorb the essential oils.  Package the salts in a pretty bag or jar.   

 

For Soaps, 

Check your local craft store for a soap making kit or get plain glycerine and melt it down in your microwave and pour into a cute ice cube tray of heart shapes.  Allow to cool and then pop out.  Wrap them in saran wrap or in a cute plastic holiday treat bag.  For more explicit directions, take a look at this website.


Social Networks and Stroke Recovery Blog

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science. -- Albert Einstein

I recently started working on a new installation of crocheted mandalas.  They are the visualizations of the data from the research of  my neurologist Dr. Amar Dhand.  As this project is sure to take over my life and develop one of its own, much in the way The Red Thread Project® did, I thought it fitting to create a blog based on this work. I will update it with new mandalas, insights from the research and of course patterns too.  My ultimate goal is to collect 795,000 mandalas,one for each new stroke victim in the United States.  The number is staggering!  This is my way of taking my experience and hopefully sharing with you what I've learned along the way to better health.  So please take a moment to step on over to my new blog and follow its updates.  Thank you!

 


Getting Crafty at the CHA 2014 Mega Trade Show

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Creativity is the marriage humanity makes with eternity.  —  Eric Maisel

I got back this weekend from the CHA 2014 Mega Show.  HOLY CRAFT!  I am on such crafty overload, I had to take the weekend off to just reflect on all I saw and tried out. 

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