A Modification of a Michael’s Idea

Michael’s Mason Jar Curling Ribbon

I cheated and did a very simple version of this with clearance sale plastic mason jar knock offs from Deals for $2 each.  The one with the ribbon works very well without ever getting tangled.  The one with yarn can only be used with small amounts, but using it just for wrapping presents works very well.



Christmas Tree Skirt


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.

Look What I Found! 2


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An Antique Pattern Library that has some really awesome stuff for all needlework!

How to turn your Pinterest boards into PDF or JPEG image so that you can refer to them off line.  

Spice Jar Labels and Templates to print.  Lovely!

I’ve been using the Walmart Savings Catcher app since July and so far I’ve got $3.53 back in savings.  We probably spend $300 to $400 a month at Walmart on food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and odds and ends.

And finally:

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Swifter Mop Replacement Pads


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. 


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.




Selling Crafts

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

Jewelry 2


Jewelry 18

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









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.




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


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


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!


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


and for the kitchen:


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.

Scowering the Shower

White Bathrooms


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.


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!


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!


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.

Hook Rug 1Hook Rug 2

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).