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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hats for soliders







I have started to crochet hats for soldiers. I am rather new at it and this patterns makes it easy to start if you do not know how. 

In each bag I will include 5 homemade cards, a beanie baby, and some hygiene items.

While we accept any color, it is best to keep the colors on the subtle side–blues, browns, olives, grays, maroon, and black would all be excellent choices for both males and females. The troops always appreciate military colors.

 

Instructions for Crochet Hat:
Materials:
  Any soft worsted weight 100% washable or superwash wool yarn that will knit to gauge, such as Cascade 220 Superwash or equivalent.
Size G or H crochet hook or any size to obtain gauge.
Sizes:  Average Adult
 Gauge: 7sts. = 2”.
 Pattern Stitch:  Half Double Crochet (hdc).

 Chain loosely 71 sts  Join with slip st., hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch around, (70 hdc),  join with slip st in first hdc., ch.1.
Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around, join with slip st in 1st st, ch1. Repeat last row until  hat is 4 1/2” above starting ch.
 Decrease Row: * Work 1hdc in next 5hdc, pull up hdc loops in each of next 2 sts (6 loops on hook ), yo and draw thru all 6 loops, (1 st decreased).  Repeat from * around row. (10 sts., decreased. (60 sts)
 Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around
 2nd Decrease Row: * Work 1hdc in first 4 hdc, work 1 dec in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around row.
Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around.
 Repeat last 2 rows, working 1 st less between decrease sts each decrease round, with last dec row worked on every 2 sts.  Fasten off, pull tail of yarn thru to under side and tuck in, repeat for  starting yarn tail.

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
ATTN: SCARVES FOR TROOPS

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Been very busy over the last few months. Here is the results of my hard work. Where to start???? hmmm There are 2 stair step cards with lots of embellishes. Birthday cake candle and melted snowman candle.

My favorite by far is the glass in the middle. It is a simple wine glass turned upside down with a scene inside. Topped with a battery operated candle on top. so much fun and easy to make.

Last but not least the mini trees in the back. Not sure if I really like them but again they add a nice touch to my counter.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

misc thoughts

Cleaning out an old email address to shut it down and found this cool email with helpful tips for home (who knows if all of it works anymore - they don't make things like they used to):
*Budweiser beer conditions the hair
*Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
*Cool Whip will condition your hair in 15 min
*Mayonnaise will KILL LICE , it will also condition your hair
*Elmer's Glue. Paint it

on your face, allow to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads it removed
*Shiny Hair-use brewed Lipton Tea
*Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
*Minor burn-Colgate or Crest toothpaste
*Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
*Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kills insect stings too
*Bee stings - meat tenderizer
*Chigger bite - Preparation H
*Puffy eyes - Preparation H
*Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals) *Stinky feet - Jello!!
*Athletes feet - cornstarch
*Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vaporub
*Kool Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.
*Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also
*Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
*Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a paper coffee filter
*Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
*Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
*Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
*When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle the doll with corn starch and watch them slide on
*Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!
*Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour into an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
*Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the t-shirt and soak
*Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and ½ cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
*A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
*To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
*Wine stains. Pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
*To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
*Remove labels off glassware, etc. - Rub with peanut butter!
*Baked on food -fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!
*Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it
*Dirty grout - Listerine
*Stains on clothes - Colgate
*Grass stains - Karo Syrup
*Grease Stains- Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from batteries!
*Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
*To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.
*When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness. Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday - Blue; Tuesday - Green; Thursday - Red; Friday - White; Saturday - Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie - not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the one with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday!!! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sudden Death

The weather is rainy and cold in WI. I decided to make some brownies. I have purchased Betty Crocker shake and pour brownies, just add water. How simple and fast is that? I uses a 9 x 13 pan. When it was done baking I thought that's kinda dull. This is where the doctoring began!

I added frosting with caramel flavor (frosting creations package). Then tossed a few caramel bits and chopped pecans on top. Still looked normal.....

I then made rice crispie treats using frosted rice crispies. Added on top of the brownie mix. I then topped that with the rest of the caramel frosting. Drizzled chocolate sauce on top.

I must say WOW! It is amazing

Recipe:
1 bottle shake n pour brownies
1 can whipped frosting
1 package caramel frosting creations
1/2 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 box frosted rice crispies
1 package marshmallows

Directions:
1. Add water to brownie mix and shake. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. (If you want thicker brownies use 8 x 8 pan). Bake 350degrees for 20 mins. Cool completely
2. Mix favor package to frosting. Be sure ti stir well
3. Top brownies with frosting. Reserve 1/2 frosting for later use.
4. Sprinkle caramel bits and pecans on top of frosting. (option you could add these to the actual brownie mix)
5. Make rice crispies and place on top of the brownie creation
6. Frost with the remaining frosting and drizzle with chocolate sauce

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween Frame Art




I used a combination of carts for this project. October 31, Mini Monsters and Paper Doll Dress up.
I started with the house cut at 11.5 and let my imagination take over from there. I do not remember the exact sizes for everything. I think it turned out rather well.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Little Moo's first swim

video
My 8 week old Jack Russel Terrier's first swim by him self. He is so cute I just had to share this with you all.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Baby girl album

This was made for my neighbor's first little girl and first child. I can't remember the paper line as it was on clearance.