Christmas Tree Skirt

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I’ve been making our Christmas tree skirt for this year.  I didn’t really follow this pattern completely, but the part I used in underneath and I included a link to the pattern also.   I decided I liked the skirt plain since we never have a tree without presents under it right away.

Pattern I used:

Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, * 1, dc in next ch; rep from * across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 4 dc.

Row 3: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * [dc in next 2 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next ch-l sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.

Row 4: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 6 dc.

Row 5: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * [dc in next 3 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Row 6: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 8 dc.

Continue in the manner of the last 2 rows: adding a ch-1 sp at the center of each of 12 groups on right side rows and working 2 dc in that same sp on wrong side rows, until there are 12 groups of 44 dc on last row. The last (wrong side) row would be worked as follows: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 21 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 21 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4 – 12 groups of 44 dc. Fasten off.

Lower Edging-Row 1: With right side facing and larger hook, attach one strand each CB and CC in top of last dc; ch 3, dc in next sp, dc in next dc and in each dc across (skip all other ch 1 sps), dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in first dc, * skip next dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next st; rep from * across. Fasten off.

Center Opening Edging: With right side facing and larger hook, attach CB/CC at opening; ch 1, sc evenly up center opening edge, across opposite side of beg ch, and down next edge. Fasten off.

Tie: With larger hook and CB/CC, ch 150. Fasten off. Weave through the ch-1 sps of Row 1. Knot each end. Trim.

Crocheting for my Little Ones

Izzy is sporting an orange crochet collar this month, but I’m going to crochet one more collar with cotton yarn then decide if that will work because using sport, regular, and baby yarn just fuzzes up too quickly on my cat.

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This little guy is my 2 yo grandson and he’s a handful, but such a little lover.

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I just finished a crochet dump truck rug for his bedroom.

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Instructions:

Dump Truck Rug
SiZe: Approximately 36″ x 19″
Materials: . 8 ozs. (452 yds.) worsted weight yarn in Red . 8 ozs. (452 yds.) worsted weight yarn in Black . 8 ozs. (452 yds.) worsted weight yarn in Blue . 8 ozs. (452 yds.) worsted weight yarn in Yellow . 1 size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge . 1 stitch marker . 1 tapestry needle GaUge: Rounds I – 6 :3″, 6 sc : 3″, Rows I *7 :3″
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Stitches Used: Chain (ch) Slip Stitch (slst) Single Crochet (sc) Single Crochet Decrease (sc dec)
BeginWork: Rug is worked using 2 strands of yarn held together.
Note: When changing colors, insert hook in next stitch or stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop, make a loop with new color, pull new color through both loops on hook. Do not cut yarn until finished with color; keep yarn to the back or wrong side of project.

TRUCK CAB Row 1: Using Red yarn, ch 31, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each sc across. Mark as right side and bottom. (30 sc) Rows 2 – 4: Ch 1, furn, sc in each sc across. Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc to last 2 sc, – holding back last loop ofnext 2 sc, [insert hook in next sc, yo, pull up loop] twice, yo, pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook – single crochet decrease (sc dec) made. (29 sc) Row 6: Ch l, turn, skip first sc, sc in each sc across. Row 7: Ch l, turn, sc in 2 sc, color change to Blue, sc in 17 sc, color change to Red, sc in 3 sc. (24 sc)
Pnoject Information: Our model was designed using Red Heart ^ Super hver worsted weight yam in Hot Red, Bhck, Blue and Bright Yellow. (See “An Important Note” on the insidefront cover of this book.)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, skip first sc, sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 16 sc. color change Red, sc in 3 sc. (23 sc) Row 9: Ch l- turn- sc in 2 sc. color change Blue, sc in 16 sc, color change Red- sc in 3 sc. Row 10: Ch 1, turn- *ip first sc, sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 15 sc, color change Red, sc in 3 sc. (22 sc) Row 11: Ch l, turn, sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 15 sc, color change Red. sc in 3 sc. Row 12: Ch 1, turn, skip first sc. sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 14 sc, color change Red. sc in 3 sc. (21 sc) Row 13: Ch 1, turn. sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 14 sc, color change Red. sc in 3 sc. Row 14: Ch 1, turn, skip first sc, sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 13 sc, color change Red, sc in 3 sc. (20 sc) Row 15: Ch 1, turn- sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 13 sc, color change Red sc in 3 sc. Row 16: Ch l, turn, skip first sc, sc in 2 sc, color change Blue, sc in 12 sc, color change Red, sc in 3 sc. (19 sc) Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (19 sc) Row 18: Ch l, turn, skip first sc, sc in each sc across. Finish off. (18 sc)

FENDER (First side) Row 1: Holding piece right side facing and bottom side up, attach Red yam with a slst to first loop of beg ch (Row I of Cab). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in 11 loops, slst in next loop. (12 sc) Row 2: Tum, skip slst, slst in next sc, sc across. (11 sc) Row3: Ch 1, turn, sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec. (10 sc) Row 4: Ch 1, turn, skip first sc, sc across. (9 sc) Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 3 and 4. Row 7: Rep Row 3. (6 sc) Rows 8 – 10: Ch 1, turn, sc across. Finish off at end of Row 10.

F’EIIDER (Second side) Row 1: Skip next 7 ch of begrnning ch, attach Red yarn with a slst to next ch, ch l, sc in 9 sc- (9 sc) . Row 2: Ch I, Alrq sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec. (8 sc) Row 3: Ch I, trrtr, skb firsfi sc, sc across. (7 sc) Rows 4 end 5: Rep RoYs 2 md 3- (5 sc) Rows 6 – fG Ch l,m, s ilr(N. Finish offafter Row 10.
EdgtogE Wilh tup of Cab rry md right side facing, attach Red yarn with a sls* to first sc of Row 18 (top left corner), ch 1,2 sc in sre st sc evenly down the side 27 times, 3 sc in ouner sc, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in comer sc, sc in edges of next 4 rows, slst evenly 23 times around inside of Fender, sc in edges of next 4 rows, 3 sc in corner sc, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in corner sc, sc evenly up the side 16 times, sc in next 4 sc, sc evenly up the side 12 times, 2 sc in corner sc, sc across to last sc, sc in same st as first sc. Join with a slst. Finish off
TRUCK BED Row 1: With Yellow yarn, ch 41, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch across. Mark as bottom and right side. (‘t0 sc) Rows 2 – l2z Ch 1, turn, sc across. Finish offafter Row 12.
FENDER (Left side) Row 1: Holding right side facing with bottom edge up, attach Yellow yarn with a slst to first ch, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in 12 chs, slst in next ch. (13 sc) Row 2: Ch l, turn, skip slst, slst in next sc, sc in 12 sc. (12 sc) Row 3: Ch l, turn, sc to last 2 sc, sc dec. (11 sts) Row 4: Ch l, turn, skip first sc, sc across. (10 sc)
Rows 5 – 8: Rep Rows 3 and 4. (8 sc at completion of Row 8) Rows 9 and 10: Ch 1, turn, sc across. Finish offafter Row 10.
FENDER (Risht side) Row 1: Skip 7 chs of beg ch, attach Yellow yarn with a slst in eighth ch, ch 1, sc in next ch, sc in 17 sc. (18 sc) Row 2: Ch 1, tum, sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec. (17 sts) Row 3: Ch 1, turn, skip frst sc, sc across. (16 sc) Rows 4 and 5: Rep Rows 2 and3. (14 sc at completion ofRow 5) Row 6: Rep Row 2. (13 sts) Rows 7 – 10: Ch I, trn, sc across. Finish offafter Row 10.
Edging: Holding piece top side up and right side facing, attach Yellow yarn with a slst to first sc of Row 12 (top left cor- ner), ch 1,2 sc in same st, sc evenly down the side 21 times, 3 sc in comsf sc, sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in corner sc, sc evenly on the sides of sc 4 times, slst evenly 23 times around the inside of fender, sc in the side of 4 sc, 3 sc in corner sc, sc in next 11 sc, 3 sc in corner sc, sc evenly down the side 21 times, 3 sc in corner sc, sc across to last sc, sc in same st-as first 2 sc. Join with slst. Finish off.
WIIEEL (Make 2) Round 1: With Red yarn, ch2, sc in second ch from hook 6 times. Join with a slst. (6 sc) Rounds 2 and.3: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each sc around. Join. (24 sc) Round 4: Ch l, sc in same st, sc in each sc around. Finish off. Round 5: Join Black yarn with a slst to joining st, ch 1,2 sc in same st 2 sc in each sc around. Join. (48 sc) Round 6: Ch l, sc in same st, sc in each sc around. Join. Round 7: Ch 1,2 sc in same st, sc in sc, [2 sc in sc, sc in scl aolnd- Join. (72 sc) Rounds E and 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each sc around- Join. Finish offafter Round 9.
FII\ISHING Weave ends into wrong side of work. Using the photo as a guide, whipstitch Wheels to Bed and Cab, and Bed to Cab.
@ 2003, Jeanette Crews Designs, Inc. #16088 ll

Swifter Mop Replacement Pads

UPDATE!

I’m a hot water and bleach kind of gal so when I washed my new mop pad it shrunk.  I modified the pattern to make it bigger and allow for shrinkage:

1 ball Lily Sugar’ n Cream cotton yarn

Crochet hook size 5mm or H

Main Piece:  Ch 47 instead of 37;  1 sc in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across.  Turn.  46 sc.  2nd row: *Ch 1.  Working in back loop only of each sc, 1 sc in each sc across.  Turn.  Repeat last row until work from beg measures 6 in instead of 4 in.  Fasten off. *(I got 25 rows).

Sides (make 2):  Ch 12.  1st row:  1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each sc across.  Turn.  11 sc.  Rep from * to * as in the Main Piece.  Join sides to main piece:  Place 1 side at each end of Main Piece and pin outer edges together.  With RS facing, join yarn with sl st in any corner.  Ch 1.  Work 1 row of sc around the outer edge (through both thicknesses of Side and Main Piece at each end), working 3 sc in each corner.  Join with a sl st for fist sc.  Fasten off. 

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I made replacement pads for my Swifter Mop and it worked great!  Crocheting in the back loop only makes for great “scrubbing” and can be washed and used over and over again.  I’m very happy with it.  Here is crochet pattern.

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Apple Butter

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Core and quarter 18 to 20 large Jonathan apples into 7 quart (or larger) crock pot.  Add 3/4 to 1 cup apple juice.  Cook on low overnight (12 hours).

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Dip hot apple mixture into food processor and blend for 3-5 minutes until smooth.  Pour smooth mixture back into empty crock pot.  Add to mixture 1 1/2 to 2 cups brown sugar, 1 1/2 to 2 cups white sugar, 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice. Cook on low for another 8 hours.

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My sister-in-law sent me this great addition to my measuring spoons.  Isn’t it great?!!

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Now comes the actual canning process.  Run jars through the dishwasher.  Once the dishwasher is done, add lids and rings to a large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil then remove from heat.  Take hot jars out of dishwasher and fill with apple butter up to 1/4 inch from the top.  Use a paper towel to clean the rims of the jars before adding the lids and rings.  I just used my big pasta pot and lid to boil water in.  Add seven half pint jars to the boiling water making sure the water completely covers the jars and cover with your lid.  Boil for 15 minutes.  Remove jars and let stand until cooled.  If you hear a pop and see the indent in the top of the jar lid it means it sealed and you are good to go.  Any unsealed jars will need to be refrigerated and used within a month’s time.

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And the second batch makes a total of 22 half pints (and one quart jar full in the refrigerator) of Applebutter!

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Selling Crafts

I made $80.00 just selling jewelry by word of mouth.  I’m excited!  Here is what I sold:

Jewelry 2

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Some of the things I’m going to try to sell:

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I’m also going to try to sell cell phone covers that I crochet.  I’ve given a bunch of them away and people always love them.  I sold one for $5.00, but no stylus with it.

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These are a few of my favorite things …

Some of my very favorite diy ideas I use all the time in my home and life:

1.)  700 plastic water bottles not throw away into the environment

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2.)  Fresh smelling clothing every time I open a drawer

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3.)  Plastic shopping bags reused as trash can bags in the bathroom and kept in an empty tissue box

Empty Tussue Box become a great plastic grocery bag holder for trash bags. 50+ bags in a large box

4.)  Fabreeze is still on my shopping list because I use it to help with my son’s allergy of dust mites but now I can spray my own version of air/fabric freshener with no conscious at all.  I think it is like 25 cents per bottle now!

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5.)  Wonderful foaming hand soap for the bathroom!  I love the scent of this dish soap!

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and for the kitchen:

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6.)  My tub shower is spotless and smooth. This was so simple! Fill wand with half and half solution of Dawn and White Vinegar. Wet surface and scrub. Leave wand in shower so that you just scrub while you are in there! I’m unable to stand very long without pain and this has made a BIG difference in my life/ability to clean house.

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White Bathrooms

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I have a white bathroom.  You can easily see why I chose white.  The bathroom is so small that any color in the room crowds and clutters it. The only problem I have with a white bathroom is yellowed wash and towels.  I just bought new bath towels so you can really tell the difference.

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So back to Pinterest I went and I found this solution.  Now I could notice a difference.  Not yet perfect, but much better.  Vinegar makes all the difference, I guess!

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I may have a small bathroom, but I really have a KICK *SS washing machine and dryer now!  We just got them the end of July and they sing like huge music boxes.  Cute.  I love the allergen setting!  My 12 yo son is allergic to dust mites and this is great!

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One of my never seem to have time to get started on it projects is a rag rug for the bathroom.  I tore a worn out white sheet into pieces to hook onto a canvas.  I just have not had time to work on it yet.

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I did make time to make bath mats out of the old towels that started coming apart.  I folded them in two and then sewed three sides like a pillow case, folded it right side out and stitched the fourth side shut.  They are great!  Thick and holding up great in the washer.  Keeps my rug from getting wet at all after three showers (me, my husband, and my 12 yo son).

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