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Paper Pumpkins to make: 


Super Sweet Paper Pumpkins to make for the Fall Holidays. 

Use your paper shape scissors to create different looks, and remember pumpkins can also be made of cool patterned paper for awesome fall looks. This one is fun to make with the kids.  
cut out strips of the same size, use your shape scissors to create the edge. 
staple together on top.  then you can make a stem out of the paper. I used a fat pen to roll paper around and glue, then I just folded down the ends to seal it and glued the ends together and then glued it on the pumpkin.  very cute..




It's time to start our Christmas Cards. 

Here I will add a new printable image for you to use to create your own Christmas cards.  These are my very own design, and you have permission to use them for your personal use.  Not for Resale. 



 

To print:  right click on image, click on save image as, make note of location (usually pops up at bottom of screen as saved.  click on file then click on print.  at right of print screen click on 3.5 x 5 inches... Cut out and paste to front of card.  you can print out the
Very Mooey Christmas or write it in with a fine line marker... inside you can write in your own sentiments... enjoy!.. More to come. 



Here is the recipe and instructions for making my Snow covered Pine Cones. (fake snow I make myself and now you can too). 




First Start with these ingredients ( I forgot 2 in the picture so there will be 2 extra in the list you don't see here)  Sorry about that I'll get better. 

White School Glue
White Craft Paint 
Baking Soda
Old margarine tub (plastic bowl) something to sprinkle the glitter in or a plastic bag will work (use a large ziplock or similar) 
Really fine opalescent glitter (I used Glamour Dust)  it is super super fine and that works best. 



1st mix about 1/3 cup of each white paint, white school glue, Baking soda, and have a bowl of water on the side use a large (cheap) craft brush and dip it in the water then mix up the ingredients together. you will need to dip brush in water and mix several times until you get a thin snow like substance (it looks kind of melted). 

Next use the brush and pick up alot of the snow and brush the pine cones against the cone so as to fill the inside a little, (the thicker it is in spots the better it looks)  You will see what I mean.  It will actually appear to melt in to spots and stick there.  



Finally place in a plastic margarine bowl or plastic bowl or zip lock bag and sprinkle with Glitter... be sure to turn it so it's evenly sprinkled.  next I set mine on an old plastic place mat (worked great) and let them dry overnight 


The stuff hardens nicely and sticks well. store in plastic bags to keep dry.  they will last a few years.  Be sure to keep adding water to snow as it starts to dry this will keep it workable.  I hope you enjoy this craft.  I am putting snow on some of my Birdhouses at home.  I think that will look so nice.  
 


How to thread a needle properly.  
Did you know there is a right way? 
and it makes your sewing easier.  
If you ever had your thread tangle while you are sewing by hand. chances are you threaded the needle incorrectly.  here is how:
It is best to use thread right from the spool,
The first thing to do before you cut off the length of thread is to thread the needle.  
thread believe it or not has a grain.
Thread the needle first, using the free end of the thread (see image to the left). 
Leave the needle on this end of the thread, then pull the thread from the spool and cut the length of thread you need close to the spool. then knot as usual.  (more ideas on how to knot and sew coming soon.) 
 
Many of us cut the thread off first, so now we have the back end of the thread in our fingers. This is usually the side we thread into the needle.  
We have just threaded the needle against the grain of the thread. 
This is why it tangles up when you try to sew. So, thread the needle first, this is going with the grain, then pull enough string and cut near spool.   
If you use thread from a Bobbin off the sewing machine. (sometimes we do) then do it the opposite way since the string was loaded onto the bobbin now the free end is going against the grain.   doesn't make a bit of difference in the sewing machine but when sewing by hand.  Wow, you'll think this is incredible. Specially if your string always twists and knots up. You end up spending lots of time unwinding or worse removing knots in the thread. You used to ask why does this happen? ugh! & awhww! . Well now you know. what a time saver. 
  
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Ever find when sewing that you need several bobbins available to complete the job? have you seen the finger spacers manicurists use? well they hold several bobbins of thread for your sewing machine in a convenient small space right at your fingertips.

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This craft makes great quick Linens for the kitchen, a table top quilt. a decorative hand towel, or a framed picture to place on the kitchen wall. after use just wash and color it again then set the crayon colors with an iron.  Crayons are non-toxic and the color washes out. just follow directions below with Kitchen theme's. 
I also make very nice personal quilts for kids by using old embroidery designs. Like the ones in the picture above.  I go to thrift shops and find them often in a big box.  I just say give me a price for all of them. and they usually do. as you can imagine I have hundreds. 
I then copy the design by placing the design on a window with tape. Then I just place a piece of material that I plan to use in the quilt and use a pencil to trace the design. This allows me to use the same design over and over. Or you can copy it and hang up the copy on the window. this works best if the design is not in good condition but still usable and you want a copy to keep.  A plain light colored cotton works best I trace over the pencil with a permanent marker so the design is now permanent.
Then instead of embroidery I color in the design with crayons and heat set the colors with an iron.  once done, I quilt along the outlines of the design. Once quilted along the outlines these designs take on an old fashioned feel.  The crayon colors add to the old feel. I then join these squares into the quilt. Or for the Kitchen make hand towels on Linen or a table quilt with Kitchen designs looks lovely. I place them to have impact on each piece.   when washed the kids (or yourself) can just color them back in, and mom (or dad)  can set the color again with an iron.  I sometimes make just one square. quilt it, then place it in a picture frame. as artwork for a child's room.   I recently made one, it had a Basket with a large bow and 2 kittens inside the basket playing. perhaps you remember this old Aunt Martha's design.  it works beautifully and makes a great gift.  embroider a name on a corner and you have a custom gift that will last for years. once you start making these and coloring them. You'll get hooked, so here are some website to get some for free. your imagination is the limit.  Curtains, for kitchen or child's room, and so easy because you color them in. 
http://www.singerco.com/downloads/
http://www.patternbee.com/FREENQ.html
http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS1.html  



      


Here is another fun craft for the baby!...

Start with a Store bought onesie  I cut the Tie out in 2 pieces I cut out a square piece for the knot and then the Tie shape for the tie.  i cut out the same shape only wider to allow for about 1/2 inch seam.  i hand stitched all around the tie (i used a running stitch, just back and forth through the seam to form the shape and keep the ends tucked in.  Same thing for the knot.  i then connected the knot and the tie by just stitching the two together i put edges together and just sewed across.  this also made the knot seem separate from the tie, when you fold the knot back leave a little slack in the fold so it looks like the knot sits on top. i used gold string to hand stitch a faux tie clip (you can tell on the black one best)  then just applique the tie onto the t-shirt making sure the knot piece lines up with the edge of the Onesie collar. it's that easy, now it looks like a white shirt with A tie.  Great for baby's visit to church or to a special event.  Cute and Easy.    







Easy Crochet Baby Slippers
Use size H crochet to start then switch to size G hook
Chain 26 now switch to size G hook
row 1 Chain 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (25 St)
row  2  chain 1 turn ROW 2 - 3: SC in each SC across row (25 hdc). 
row 3-6 same as row 2
row 7  Chain 1 SC turn  skip 1st sc and in 2nd sc across the 22 sts being sure to DC into the very last stitch,
row 8 chain 1 turn skip 1st sc and in 2nd sc across the 18 Sc
row 9 chain 1 turn skip 1st sc and in 2nd sc across the 16 sc
row 10 chain 1 turn skip 1st sc and in 2nd sc across the 14 sc
row 11 chain 4 turn DC in 2nd sc then chain 2 and double crochet skiping 1 sc between Dc all the way across. 
row 12 chain 3 DC Dc chain 2 Dc Dc all in one space from row 11 repeat all the way across

fold bootie in half (fold will be at back end of bootie) with needle and mathcing yarn sew both sides together across the front of bootie just below ruffle ending at the bottom of bootie at the back of heal.  that is it you are done, now just repeat for 2nd bootie.    


Ever run out of ink in the middle of a craft project?  did you know you can make your own?  Basic Permanent Black Ink:

1 egg yolk
1 tsp gum arabic
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp lamp black (buy in a tube or make by holding a plate over a lit candle)

Mix egg yolk, gum arabic and honey in a small bowl. Add lamp black to make a thick paste. Store in a jar. To use, mix a little paste w/ a little water to make a fluid.

Prussian Blue Ink:
Dissolve Prussian Blue (available as laundry bluing) in water. Makes a rich blue ink.

Brown Ink:

1/2 cup boiling water
4-5 teabags (or 4 tsp of loose tea)
1 tsp gum arabicPour boiling water over the tea bags in a large bowl, add gum arabic. Steep for 15 minutes. Squeeze teabags to extract as much tannic acid as possible. Strain and allow to cool before bottling. Use with a paintbrush or quill pen, etc.




Adorable Evening Clutch: 
here are both crochet or sew pattern... see images above green yarn is crochet around clutch, peach yarn is sewn around: easy!...

you won't believe what i make these from... I make them from the liner you buy for shelves you know it's soft and sort of spongy. There are many styles and colors and designs.  i just cut out the shape of the purse by cutting out a rectangle first. remember 1/3 folds up for purse part of clutch, 1/3 is back of clutch, and 1/3 is flap. for instructions i will use purse, back, and flap to describe where you are sewing.  To shape the flap I just fold the rectangle in half length wise and I cut out a nice shape on one of the ends (this will be your flap) cut 1/2 a circle, or the top of a heart shape, or well you can get very creative here. then using just a simple single stitch I crochet around the clutch starting with the bottom third folded up. from one corner I join the purse to the back This seals the sides of the clutch.  
then I continue crocheting along the edge of the flap (that folds down) and across the flap then once on the other side of the flap i continue crocheting along the purse and back again just like i started (to seal the other side of the purse part).  
Once finished I tie off the yarn and work it so it's on the inside of the purse hidden.  I then crochet along the opening part of the clutch.. crochet across tie off and hide loose end. If you don't Crochet then just sew around following these same directions.  i sew a large button to the purse flap of the clutch (see image) then on the flap i cut a button hole and crochet around the hole or like in this case i chain stitch a piece of yarn to create loop. Loop goes around the button to secure clutch closed (i attach the loop to the inside of flap)
I then embellish the clutch with a crochet flower, with a button center. or i stitch on patches of cool cloth with a nice image like the black dog on the image above. You can use your own imagination for the embellishing sometimes I write words on it with markers or spray on parts of words for an urban look. by the way i get the shelf liner at the Dollar Tree... (or any dollar store)  costs less then $2.00 with yarn and button... cute cute cute, soon you'll have an entire collection.  they are pretty durable considering it's shelf Lineing.  i made one where the liner is little tiny balls with string between them to create a mesh.  very high fashion.  use your imagination. on the one above i cut out a piece of one of my favorite pieces of cloth from my cloth stash.  

Denim Rug Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of heavy-duty denim fabric for the backing, to the desired size, and finish the edges with bias tape. you could actually 
use other Jeans (legs etc) Cotton Skirt, or old denim shirts pieces 
and sew together then cut to size required. 
2. Mark the backing fabric with pencil or something similar. Start at the outside edge and draw lines one inch apart. Decreasing rectangles or just straight lines. 


Shaggy Jeans Rug: Measure & Mark -- powered by eHow.com

3. Cut lots and lots 2 by 3 inch rectangles of thin denim.

4. Starting in the center of the denim fabric, and working outwards, begin sewing the fabric rectangles to the backing fabric. Sew straight through the middle of the rectangle width, so both sides stick up evenly on each side of the marked line, Use the marked line as your sewing line, that is sew right on the line, right in the middle through the denim rectangle . gathering the fabric either before you stick the fabric under the presser foot, or bunching it up as you sew. 

5. When you have completed one line, or gone around one marked rectangle, sew it down again to secure it.

6. For the last rounds, cut the rectangles in half along the length, to make rectangles that are 1½ inches by 2 inches, and sew along the edge of the backing fabric, so that the last row lies flat.

7. you can also alternate between denim of different colors or even use flannel pieces mixed in to create a color design.  Lines, decreasing squares, rectangles, etc.  I've even seen decreasing hearts. the backing was also cut into a heart shape to start. 

INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE "NO SEW" FLEECE BLANKETS
by Lauralee Davis
Materials:
2 1/2 yards of print fleece
2 1/2 yards of solid fleece
sharp material scissors
binder clips (about 20)
Optional Fleece Choices:
Use the same pattern fleece fabric (both sides the same)
Two different fleece patterns 
or two solid fleece colors. 
Optional Blanket Sizes:
Baby - 1 yard (2 pieces)
Toddler - 1 1/2 yards (2 pieces) 
Child - 1 3/4 yards (2 pieces)  
Teen - 2 yards (2 pieces)
Adult - 2 1/2 yards (2 pieces)
My family members are over 6' tall so I use 3 yards (in both fabrics) for them.
Instructions:
Lay your pieces of fabric on a flat surface and trim the selvage. The selvage will be on both sides of your fleece fabric.
Then take your two pieces of fleece. Put one piece on top of the other lining up the edges so they are even. You may have to trim one piece if they don't line up evenly.

Use binder clips all around your blanket to hold the two pieces together.

Now cut 3" by 3" squares at the corners.

Now you can start cutting your fringes. Cut 3" lengths that are about 2" wide.
Then take your scissors and cut a very small slit towards the top of each fringe. 

Flip the fringe over and through the cut in the fringe and pull through.
 
 
Optional:
Once all the fringe is completed, trim the fringe to make rounded corners.

Enjoy your blanket!

Soda Can Jewelry: 

Things You'll Need:

Soda cans
Metal jump rings
Earring wires
Chains
Clasps
Scissors
Heavy paper
Pencil
Hammer
Nail
Sandpaper
Pliers
Dish soap
Water
rubber mallet (optional)

Instructions:

Pierce a hole into the side of a soda can with scissors. Position the hole near the top of the can. Remove the top of the can. Use the same technique to remove the bottom of the can as well.
Wash the inside and outside of the soda can in warm, soapy water. Dry it thoroughly.
Cut in a straight line vertically down the side of the soda can using scissors.
Unroll the soda can on a worktable. Strike it with a leather-coated mallet until it lays flat and you have a flat, smooth square of metal.
Determine whether you wish to make earrings, a pendant or charms, or a bracelet. Draw templates of the shapes of the earrings, pendant or charms, or individual bracelet links on a heavy piece of paper with a pencil. For example, you may want circles, ovals, squares, heart shapes, or triangles. Cut out the templates with scissors.
Position the templates on of the flattened soda can and trace around them in pencil. Cut out the shapes with scissors. Use the blank inside of the soda can or the colorful outside in your designs; let your creativity be your guide.
Hammer a single nail into the place on each metal shape where you want to create a hole. Pull out the nail. You will use the holes to connect the metal shapes to earring wires or to jump rings, which will connect the metal shapes to chains if they are pendants or charms, or to each other if they are the individual links of a bracelet.
For simple shapes.  or in the middle of a flower shape to add 3 layers together as in our picture below. 
Sand around the edges of each metal shape to soften any sharpness. Rub sandpaper in and around each nail hole.
Make earrings by opening the small rings at the base of a pair of earring wires with pliers. Slip the holes of your metal shapes onto the rings. Close the rings with pliers.
Fashion pendants and charms by opening jump rings with pliers and sliding them through the holes in your metal shapes. Hook the jump rings onto the links of a chain and close them. Or, close the jump rings and push a chain, ribbon or cord through them.

Create bracelets by joining several individual metal shapes with jump rings. Make a hole at both ends of one metal shape. Open jump rings with pliers. Slip them through the holes in the metal shapes to link the shapes together. Use jump rings to attach a clasp to the bracelet.    These I made with a punch the can is so thin, then I just sanded the edges put in a jump ring and added the earing wires 
  Here I glued together 2 layers, 1 small 1 medium then I glued a brooch pin on the back.  Got this idea online, just copied it.   
here is another option. using the pattern below cut out 3 flower shapes same size.
use strong scissors or a paper punch.  (plain 5 petal flower punch)  


File any sharp edges. Make a hole in each large enough to take a rivet. layer the shapes into the rivet, the first color side up and the other 2 color side down. Secure the rivet. 
Fold up one petal on the first layer and use round nose pliers to curl the sides to form a tube.  skip a petal then curl up the edges of the next petal to fit around the first one. Repeat with remaining three alternate petals on this layer. now roll center between your finger and thumb to form a tight bud. on the next layer hold a petal with your round nose pliers and fold the edges upwards to cup it lengthwise. use pliers to turn up the edges on either side of the middle. Then gently squeeze the lower part of the petal to make it curve around center. work alternate petals repeat shaping all petals on this layer. for the outer layer use pliers to curl back the top edge of each petal.. your done. make several. 2 for earrings or seven then you can use epoxy to glue onto a bracelet finding. Remember you can attach roses to earrings, pendants, hair clips, and lots of findings. you can even poke a hole on the finding and attach it to the 3 petals before riveting. 
              they make beautiful earrings, broaches, bracelets,  I recently made a fish shape tie pin, and a Tin Star shape tie pin. they looked very masculine and were unique gifts.  Use your paper punches for easy earrings (like the first heart shaped pair) lapel pins, tie pins, the punches have intricate designs that work well, it even sharpened some of my punches.  remember to use care these soda can pieces are sharp until you file or sand them down, so do that first always.