Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft Tutorial: Fall Acorn Decor

Happy Fall!
I came across this cute craft project idea recently. I'm not sure if I pulled it up from the depths of Pinterest or one of my fall-related magazines that just came in the mail, but nevertheless, here's a cute and easy acorn decor project that leaves a BIG impact! Would you like to learn how to make one (or more) of these?
1 (or more) acorn squash
Glue Gun (low temp is fine)
3-4 glue sticks per acorn project
A 3/8'' x 50ft manila rope bundle (approx 12.5 feet per acorn.)  

This project is roughly $4-$5 per acorn (pennies for glue, $2.25 per 12.5 ft rope, plus $2-$3 per acorn) 
You can get up to 4 acorns per rope bundle.

1. Warm up the glue-gun. Make sure you rest it on a plate or cardboard. You'll thank me later.

2. About an inch or so higher than the middle section of the acorn, start your first row of rope. Glue the end very thoroughly to the acorn, and glue like no-one's business in 1-inch sections (press the rope down immediately), spiraling all the way around the body of the acorn. If you glue too much in advance, it will harden too quickly on the cool skin of the acorn.

3. Once you have reached the tip or handle of the acorn, start wrapping and gluing in a spiral fashion around the "handle" of the acorn just like the body. This will be about 3 rows.

4. Cut the rope and glue cut-end securely down so to not have any pesky fraying.

That's it! This will look great next to your pumpkin and gourd display. :)
I'm so back-logged on photo editing. I have photos on trips and activities, an awesome restaurant-worthy Irish Beef Stew recipe and of course knitting to show you when I get some more spare time!

My old best friend just had her second child. I was going to make her baby (and 1 yr old toddler) a cute owl hat! Here's the beginning of it:
I used a chained cast-on method to have a nice accent color. It finishes the ends off nicely. Much better than single-crocheting after it's finished. It's actually worked 2-needle style.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Mish-mash Monday

This is just a mish-mash post of several things that I should have posted in the past, but haven't yet. This first is the most recent finished objects: earrings.
These are teal chandelier earrings that were really simple to make. I basically bought the chandelier part pre-made on clearance at Hobby Lobby and attached a jumper and earring piece.
 The next pair of earrings, Native American looking arrow pieces, was just as simple.
This next photo was from my Forget Me Not Shawl and I had so many photos of the finished project that I didn't post anything else. This is a photogenic photo of the bobbles. Love it.
Next, I forget to post a really neat present that I made for Mother's Day: Edible Arrangements. They looked so close to the real company's that I fooled them into thinking that I bought them $150 arrangement!  Not kidding, it would have cost that much, and mine still would have had more fruit. I made three total arrangements, the third (not shown) was a smaller one for my grandma in a flower vase.
I had fun. It took a couple of hours, but it was worth it.
Next, what gardener wouldn't do an update on the garden?
Our tomato plants are growing so tall, that it is making it's way up the tree behind my garden. I can't even reach the new growth without a tall ladder. The cucumber plant also has found nearby branches and have clung to it to keep growing vertically.
And lastly, I planned on making two posts: a frogging effort and a post on my special wall for yarn.
For now, I'll leave you with this photo, a small bin of projects (and the blue one, "Frozen River Slouch" is finished) that bin used to hold about 45 projects!
Happy Labor Day! Now get knitting!
I've got a "Pumpkin Ale" update coming soon.The boys start preschool tomorrow! AH!