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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hair Curlers to Crochet, Free Pattern

Crocheted Hair Curlers

You'll need:

Worsted weight acrylic yarn
Size F crochet hook
Polyester fiberfill to stuff the curlers
Small stick to help stuff the curlers (I used the blunt end of a bamboo skewer.)
Yarn needle for weaving ends

Directions starting at end at loop end/fastener end of the curler:

1.  Ch 20, sl st in 8th ch from hook, turn work and sl st in each ch of loop just made (working these sl sts into the bottom loop of each ch so the loop section will be round), sl st to end of ch length also working these sl sts into the bottom loop of each ch so the cord section of the fasterner will be round.

2.   Ch 1, sc 6 (more for fatter curlers, it's up to you) in base of 1st st from hook, hold up your work so the stitches you just made look like a fan then flip it around and sc  on right side of the 1st st of the 6 sc sts.   (This will keep you working stitches on the right side of your curler.)

3.  Continue working in a spiral crocheting in each st until the curler body (tube) measures 3 inches long, stuffing it with fiberfill as you go.  Careful not to stuff too tightly as the more stuffing you use the harder the curler will be.

4.  To close the tube after stuffing it sc 2 tog until only 1 st remains

5.  Ch 15, sl st in 3rd ch from hook to end.  (Remember to work the sl sts into the bottom loop of each ch so this strip (to be knotted) will be round like a cord.).

Fasten off and weave in loose ends using yarn needle.  Tie a knot in the cord you just made so you can loop the fastener end onto the knot after rolling hair onto the curler.

 Repeat to crochet as many as you need to curl your locks.

Get rollin' and enjoy your curls.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

A Frugal Li'l Road Trip Basket

Goodman and I often take short day-trips around the area and like to take a few things with us ... like real coffee cups, a thermos of good strong coffee and maybe a snack or two so I needed something other than a grocery bag to hold the cups and snacks.
Y'all know I like practicing frugality whenever possible.  And now, more than ever, it pays as so often when buying something new the quality you expect just isn't there.  I found just what I needed at a tag sale last year. The price on this li'l basket with a padded liner was just a few dollars so I snapped it up and took it home.

The elastic closures were shot, but it was in good shape, otherwise. It really just needed a good cleaning and some sprucing up.  Love the padded liner complete with hot/cold pack.

So I scrubbed the basket clean and washed the liner then got busy making a few flowers and leaves with polymer clay...
 I used these tiny cookie cutters to make the flower shapes. 

Baked them in the oven and let them cool...

 Then used a glue gun to apply them to the lid of the basket.

 And those little elastic ties were replaced with new ones that I perked up with more flowers and leaves.  I'm very happy with it.

 Goodman gives me a strange li'l grin when he sees it in the backseat of the car, but I don't mind. ;)

Hope you're enjoying lots of spring blossoms.
Bearded Iris
And birds, too.
Fastidiously clean Mockingbird

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Putting the Smack on Poison Ivy

They're beginning to fade now, but here is another bouquet of our violets.

I've long believed if we have a health problem there must be a natural, safe remedy for it.  We don't always find a natural remedy for everything, but sometimes we find one that is so good it must be shared.  I've just returned from my annual spring trip...

... to a family drugstore in Sweetwater, Tenn. where I buy a homeopathic inoculation for Goodman that prevents the dreaded bane (for him) of summer, poison ivy.
No affiliation, just appreciation.
 They make Rhus Tox every year for their customers who prefer to be free from the rash caused by contact with the poison ivy plant.

 Since the first time he took the inoculation Goodman has not had one bout with the rash. He now takes Rhus Tox every year, and it's much cheaper than a trip to the doctor if the rash gets out of hand. The best part is it's a totally natural way to prevent the rash.  If you don't live in E. Tenn. just google it as it's available even on
Shown are three separate doses that prevent poison ivy infection for approximately one year.

I always enjoy my trip to Sweetwater as I drive by this nifty place.
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If you're ever in the Sweetwater, Tenn.  area  you might like to stop by Sweetwater Valley Farms on Lee Highway in Philadelphia, Tenn. They make a variety of cheeses and ice cream, and their operation can be viewed through large windows in the store area where they offer the products for sale.  No affiliation there, either.
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Here's hopin' you're enjoying a rash-free spring and summer.  :)

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