Come april, tons of photos and a link to my learn to crochet videos!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Doily Coaster Pattern


In my search for ornaments to decorate my Victorian style bedroom, I came across this crochet pattern for a little doily. The pattern I used is called My First Doily Coaster by Bren G. and can be found by following the link: http://www.geocities.ws/febmommy/doilycoaster.html

The pattern was easy to follow, though I found rounds 8-10 a bit confusing. I ended up winging it by looking at the picture, but I think it turned out beautifully. I skipped the starch and just wet blocked this one.

The pattern says it is a coaster sized doily. Mine measured 6" after blocking. I used size 10 crochet cotton and a 1.5 mm steel crochet hook.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DIY Image Transfer Candles!




I recently learned how to make personalized candles with some excellent tutorials. The first one is a Ouija board candle I just had to have! The second one celebrates the announcement that Nickelodeon will begin work on the 2nd Hey Arnold! TV Movie. The third one is just because I love Tarot and identify pretty well with the Hermit!

If you want to make one of your own (especially with Christmas less than 2 weeks away) you can find two good tutorials here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug_v9dlQ5M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9IuTLIkH7w

It's waaaay easier than it sounds! FYI this is an adult craft (due to the blow dryer) so NOT something kids should be doing!

I've been making a ton of them for people ever since I discovered how to do the technique. They can be made in colour too, apparently, but I don't have a colour printer to try it out with at the moment. If I ever try it in colour, I'll post it here for you to see!




Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm Now On Pinterest

   Visit Amanda's profile on Pinterest.  

Just one question... How do I post my own pics to my Pinterest???

Not sure how to allow people to pin my pics! Still learning the ways of the internet. If anyone can tell me what to do, please leave a comment! :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Crafting Journal How-To


Could you benefit from having a craft journal? Keeping crafts organized, stash busting, and completion of UFOs (unfinished objects) are all first world problems, but bear with me for a few moments...


The vicious cycle of crafter’s hell goes something like this: Interestà experimentationà boredomà abandonmentà guilt (byproducts: disgust, a pile of frogged yarn).

I started a craft journal about a year ago, and it has helped me overcome all of the problems previously stated, plus more!

READ ON FOR SOME IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO USE A CRAFT JOURNAL...



A CRAFT JOURNAL CAN BE HELPFUL IF YOU:


ü     Design/write your own patterns

ü     Wake up at 1:00am with brilliant craft/pattern ideas

ü     Are fickle about patterns/themes/ideas and lose interest in them quickly

ü     Have a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) (aka incomplete crafts)

ü     Make craft notes on scrap/loose paper and then lose them

ü     Want to plan your work on paper to minimize experiment frogging (swatching doesn’t count! ALWAYS SWATCH!)

ü     Are shopping for yarn/supplies for a particular project

ü     Are visual and like to think with pictures/diagrams

Ways to use your Journal

1) Number your pages. If an older idea on page 5 of your journal rekindles your interest, and you happen to be on page 63, simply make a note on page 63 above the entry that says “ref. to pg 5 for original idea/draft 1” etc.

2) If you don’t have your journal with you, and make notes on scrap paper, just tape/paste them in later.

3) Stick envelopes on the inside front/back covers to store ball bands, yarn samples, receipts, LYS business cards, shopping lists, coupons, etc.

4) Use Post-it flags to mark pages with projects that you are currently working on.

5) If making a variation of/altering another designer’s pattern, write the name of pattern(s) and designer(s) next to entries in a different colour so you don’t forget what your notes refer to.

6) The math behind your pattern: Calculating yardage, stitch gauge, finished measurements, etc.

7) To delete information, don’t rip pages out that may have good stuff on the other side. I tape things over them, but more often I select an ‘editor’s colour’ and draw neat diagonal lines over the entire space occupied by the entry. (Red is a great colour for this).

Important! You don’t need to be an artist to keep a craft journal. You just need to be able to write and create diagrams that make sense to you.

It would be great if your journal can fit into your bag to take along when you go shopping.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Macabre Book Shelf


I'm a huge H.P. Lovecraft fan. In celebration of the great macabre tales that never disappoint, I have decorated a corner of my bookshelf accordingly. If you have not read H. P. Lovecraft before, pick up a collection of his short stories and discover the wonders of the horror genre!

Gemstone Cleaning Ritual



Spent a pleasant, sunny afternoon cleansing some gemstones for someone in need of their healing powers. Just like the last post, I used the four elements to cleanse them of any negativity, but the ritual itself was a little different in terms of the items I used (earth=stone and soil, air = incense, fire = candle, water = dish of water). 

You don't see the stones in the picture above because they are buried under the soil beneath the white tea light candle.


                                     


      
                                            
             
The stones I chose are rose quartz, red jasper, unakite, black onyx, and yellow aventurine. This pic is prior to cleansing, but they are now clear and powered up :)




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tarot and Rune Cleansing Altar

I decided to take on a more ambitious project by carving and building my own tarot and rune cleansing altar. Prior to that, I also carved my own glass rune set. Now that I have four tarot decks and a hand-made rune set, I wanted to get into the habit of cleansing them after intense readings and long periods where I have not used them.

Since this deck and rune set are new, I wanted to put them through a bit of an initiation to infuse them with power and get acquainted with them. If you would like to find out what the symbols on the altar mean, please refer to http://www.thewitchescollective.com/Correspondences/symbols.html

By the way, I do not consider myself a witch. On to the pictures...




The first cleansing ritual went well, though it was quite windy yesterday. Obviously the element of Wind had something to say.

I chose four coloured candles for each of the four directions North (Green), East (Yellow), South (Red), West (Blue), one White (purification, warding off negative energy, benevolent intention). Purple Incense (encourage psychic power and clairvoyance, reaching out into the energy field for knowledge).




The garden is the best place to perform the cleansing. I sit close to a tree that was planted the same year I was born, so we have basically grown up together. For this reason I was a tad disappointed that I had to sit near the house, as sitting out in the open was too windy to keep the candles alight.


Here is the rune set I made a few weeks ago. I made 25 in all, following the Elder Futhark Rune set. You can find out what each one means here: http://www.therunesite.com/elder-futhark-rune-meanings/




I spent most of the day in the garage with some of dad's tools, carving away at the glass stones until I had 24 (plus one blank one makes 25). They turned out beautifully, and I can't wait to start using them. Have to study the symbolism first though.