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Crochet Outfit for 5 inch Berenguer Doll

Posted by Ronnie on December 26, 2011 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I want to share a little outfit I have for sale here . It is a dress, hat and bloomers for the 5 inch Berenguer doll.

Every year I make at least on Christmas doll outfit. It used to be I made several but one year I spent hours making an adorable outfit for a Lil Bittie doll by Lorna Miller Sands and it didn't sell. :( So I pretty much stopped making the holiday outfits. My hope is that this year I may be able to start sewing doll outfits which may be a bit less time consuming. If you are interested in this outfit it is for sale here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/davoncreations/m.html?item=140667652553&sspagename=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649&_trksid=p4340.l2562

Dyeing Wool with Koolaid

Posted by Ronnie on December 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                                                    

Today I thought I would share some information about dyeing wool.  I started recycling wool from sweaters purchased at thrift shops. I will post more information about recycling sweaters later. If you do a search you will find lots of great information and also youtube videos.       

 

Here is a link giving some pretty good instructions onusing Koolaid as a dye: http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/drinkmix.shtml.   Here is a great tutorial on dyeing wool using the Paas easter egg dye:  www.woolfestival.com/articles/eggdye.htm.                                  

Basically what I did was read through a lot of tutorials and watch a couple of youtube videos before I got started. Then it's kind of trial and error. I found my favorite method is the stovetop method. I used a large shallow stainless steel frying pan with just enough water to cover the yarn. I did use vinegar to help set the color. I used a dropper to add color because so far I have usually dyed one batch with several different colors.                                                                                           

 

I found that I could get some really pretty colors using Koolaid. One of my favorite colors to use is the blue. The orange also gives some very vivid colors. I have mixed blue and yellow to get a nice green.  The photo below is of some alpaca yarn I purchased at a nearby alpaca farm.  I used blue and purple Koolaid.

                                                                                                                                                                     

The one below is a fine peach cashmere. The one on left is undyed.

                                                                   

The photo below is a rust/orange shetland wool. I used orange, red and blue. The results were beautiful and unexpected. I think because the wool had such a deep color it was almost impossible to predict what would happen.

 

 

 

A Good Leader

Posted by Ronnie on December 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I know this post has nothing to do with crochet. And that's okay because I think this needs to be said.

I have often found myself in a situation where I am a leader or working with someone who is a leader. The most pleasing experiences are when the leader, whether it is me or someone else, has a strong sense of who they are, and a maturity that makes others want to work with them.

Many leaders want every little thing done exactly the way they want it. I call this micromanaging the small stuff.  Sadly, that is almost the opposite of leading. Leading means you find the potential or gift in someone, you explain what you want and then you sit back and with very little intervention allow the person to accomplish the goal. God makes each of us unique. We were not mass produced like a factory item. No one is going to do everything exactly the way I would and I can't do everything exactly the way someone else would.

If you find yourself as a member of a large organization, constantly working on projects ALONE, (and probably feeling exhausted and overwhelmed) it is probably because no one wants to work with you. If you find yourself constantly saying, oh, I'll just do it myself, it is because you haven't learned to delegate. The ability to delegate is probably one of the most important characteristics of true leadership. I love how one coach started his basketball practices with his new team. He had three boys line up from one end of the court to the other. Then he had one boy with a ball. He told the three boys to pass the ball to each other and the third boy was to make the shot at the opposite end of the court. Then he had the single boy run and dribble the ball down the court to the basket and make a shot. No matter how hard the single boy ran and dribbled he could not beat the three boys working together. The coach leads, the team players work together. That's team work.

I hope this helps someone who reads this whether you are a leader or a member of the team.

Thread Crochet Angel Bookmarks

Posted by Ronnie on December 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted share pictures of bookmarks I am sharing with senior citizens this holiday season.

Decorated Christmas Tree Skirt

Posted by Ronnie on December 14, 2011 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I met a lovely lady on line who purchased a miniature Christmas tree skirt from me on ebay. She kindly sent me a photo of the skirt which she decorated. Here is the photo:

She is very creative!! I love how she decorated the skirt. Her ebay id is sandcastles* if you want to check out what she has to offer.

 

Happy Yellow House Closed their site!

Posted by Ronnie on December 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (2)

I am sooo sad to find out the Happy Yellow House site has closed down. :(

I made one of the most beautiful "quilt" blankets from her pattern! Here are a couple of photos:

 

The effect is supposed to be like gingham fabric. Sadly, this is the only one I ever finished.  And I didn't really finish it the way shown on the site. It took so long to make the tiny squares that I took a shortcut and just began to crochet around the edges to finish it off.

I only found out about the site closing after Cara, the owner had already shut down the site. (That's what I get for not staying on a crochet list!) She had the most beautiful patterns. Here at Crochetville is a brief discussion of the site being shut down. http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=131198 

 

I really hope there is some way her patterns will be available to purchase at some time in the future!!

Recycled Wool Yarn

Posted by Ronnie on December 9, 2011 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Today I wanted to share a picture of a scarf I knitted from recycled cashmere and lambswool yarn.  Basically, I take sweaters, new or used, wash thoroughly and unravel the yarn. This scarf was crocheted using two strands. The ends are one strand cashmere and one strand navy lambswool. I like the effect though I am going to make another one using just one color.             

(This is from a free pattern I found on ravelry. It is titled "Queen Anne's Lace Scarf" by Khebhin Gibbons. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/queen-annes-lace-scarf.)

                                                                                                                                  

Stir the Flame

Posted by Ronnie on March 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 

It's a cold blustery morning here in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Even though we had our kerosene heater on, there was still a chill in the air. I decided to make a small fire. I like to toss papers and boxes in the fireplace rather than putting them in the trash can. We are only allowed one container which is emptied once a week so I burn paper and cardboard in the fireplace.

 

It's a cold blustery morning here in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Even though we had our kerosene heater on, there was still a chill in the air. I decided to make a small fire. I like to toss papers and boxes in the fireplace rather than putting them in the trash can. We are only allowed one container which is emptied once a week so I burn paper and cardboard in the fireplace.

This morning, I lit a small fire so I could get dressed without freezing. The flame went out after a time. I could see some small glowing spots. I took the poker and began to stir the embers. A huge flame shot up and slowly filled the fireplace again. I was surprised there was that much heat and material still left to burn. As I stood there in front of the fireplace the scripture from II Timothy 1:6 came to mind:

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Lately, I have spent so much time thinking about God's Word and the impact it has in my life and my family. I realized that by reading His Word, remembering what He has done for us, singing praises to Him and putting my hands to the work He has given me to do, it all adds up to stirring up the flame in my heart!!

We have had a long and difficult winter. And here it is March 16th and it is 23 degrees outside! Yikes! But when we walk in the joy of the Lord, thinking good thoughts and not evil. Believing that even in hard times, He has made a way, even when I can't see it, the winter doesn't get in my soul.

We have to continue to stir up the gift that is inside of us and be a light in this world.

 

This morning, I lit a small fire so I could get dressed without freezing. The flame went out after a time. I could see some small glowing spots. I took the poker and began to stir the embers. A huge flame shot up and slowly filled the fireplace again. I was surprised there was that much heat and material still left to burn. As I stood there in front of the fireplace the scripture from II Timothy 1:6 came to mind:

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

 

 

Lately, I have spent so much time thinking about God's Word and the impact it has in my life and my family. I realized that by reading His Word, remembering what He has done for us, singing praises to Him and putting my hands to the work He has given me to do, it all adds up to stirring up the flame in my heart!!

 

 

We have had a long and difficult winter. And here it is March 16th and it is 23 degrees outside! Yikes! But when we walk in the joy of the Lord, thinking good thoughts and not evil. Believing that even in hard times, He has made a way, even when I can't see it, the winter doesn't get in my soul.

 

 

We have to continue to stir up the gift that is inside of us and be a light in this world.

 

 

Thanksgiving

Posted by Ronnie on November 10, 2010 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ten things I am Thankful for.....

1 - My wonderful family

2 - Flavored Creamer

3 - A car that starts when I turn the key.... the first time.

4 - Comfortable shoes

5 - That we are all healthy today.

6 - The barbecue ribs hubby cooked this a.m.

7 - A dog that is housetrained

8 - Fresh baked bread ( using a breadmaker)

9 - Great deals at the thrift store (cool jeans for my son)

10 - A beautiful day in the Poconos with plenty of sunshine!!

Clover Yo Yo maker

Posted by Ronnie on November 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I went to a local craft store and got the Clover Yo Yo maker for the small circles and the large star. So far I LOVE the small circle maker!!  Sooooo much easier!!

Great Craft Critique Site !!

Posted by Ronnie on November 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I just found this wonderful site. I am making yo yos which takes quite a bit of effort. I saw these Clover yo yo makers for sale but wondered if it was really worth it when I can do it by hand. So I did a search for "clover yo yo opinion" and this site came up.

 

I love it. Not only do they critique craft thingys but they have photos and instructions.  Here is the link:

 

www.craftcritiques.com

 

 

Happy crafting!!

Selling Your Craft Items Online

Posted by Ronnie on September 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've seen a lot of posts on yahoo groups, forums and blogs about selling crafts. One of the biggest questions going around out there is: "Where is the best place to sell?"

 

I belong to a few yahoo groups that have gone round and round this question every few months. I think it still comes back to the same answer. So far, ebay is one of the best places to sell online. And they know it. That's why they have the highest fees.

 

To compare sites you can go to a site created and maintained by Ryan Olbe. This site features a calculator that can tell you much you actually make when you sell on various sites. Some of the sites listed are: ebay, etsy, amazon.com,  and a few others. It's a free calculator though there is a link for donations.

 Here is the site link:  http://www.rolbe.com/2010/03/30/ebay-fees-calculator-8-0/

 The link to fee calculators can be found in the lower right column. He also gives a lot of information on selling formats, fees, some changes to ebay fee structure and loads more. Definitely worth a visit in my opinion.

 

I predominately sell doll clothing. So far I have used bidville (no longer in existence), free webs, blujay, etsy and ebay. Over the last few years I have used all but find that ebay consistently gives me more exposure and definitely more sales. I don't like the higher fees, but if I am honest I have to admit the exposure is worth it. And it sure beats sitting in the hot sun or the cold, lugging tables and inventory to flea markets and craft shows where I barely break even.

 

I'm sure other people have had great success on sites like etsy. I've even seen ladies who sell the same type of doll clothes I do who have had a lot of sales. I just haven't figured out how to do that yet.....

Free Printables to Help Organize

Posted by Ronnie on September 17, 2010 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a site that has lots of free printables. This link is the page for home organization.

 

http://printables.yourway.net/home-management-notebook/

 

There are also printables for crafters and a host of others. Take a few minutes and I'm sure you'll find some that you can use.

Spring Decorations

Posted by Ronnie on September 16, 2010 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Now is a wonderful time to get spring decorations on sale at the dollar stores. Some of the larger department stores may even have some spring and summer stock on clearance tucked in a corner somewhere in the store.

 

Check the clearance areas. You may even get some items for for 90% off!! There may also be soil, bulbs (now is the time to get them in the ground!), seeds, stakes etc. Get a large box or plastic bin, label it "Spring Garden Supplies" and put eveything into it.

 

This way, next Spring when a small lawn ornament is $30 (yikes) you can just pull your brand new one out that you paid only a few bucks for. The key is to remember to put eveything in a labeled container. I hate when I open a box in the garage and think 'oh, so that's where it is' or worse, 'hmmmmm I didn't know I had this!' LOL!

 

After one year, you should have nice decorations for every season. The great thing will be you paid a fraction of the price for your decorations.

Dry Erase Board

Posted by Ronnie on September 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Organization Tip that is working for me is using my dry erase board.

 

It is a large board designed as a calendar. I have to plug in the dates every month. It has lines at the bottom, so I can write down upcoming events for the next month or so.  I use it for medical and dental appointments. Deadlines at my kids' school and church activities.

The boxes on the large board are a little small for my liking. So I also have a boards for the kids. Half the board is a bulletin board and half is a dry erase board. They can write important  reminders for themselves. And if there are notices from school these can be attached to the bulletin board section.

 

All three boards fit on one side of my fridge. This way I don't have a million pieces of paper on the front of the fridge held on with magnets, falling off when the kids slam the fridge door.

 

So far this is working pretty well for me.

 

A Matter of Life

Posted by Ronnie on August 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM Comments comments (0)

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." Deuteronomy 30:15-16

 

Now choose life so that you and your children may live... Deauteronomy 30:19b

 

I heard a minister say, "Busy people are always doing more. People who don't do much, do less and less. And they do more and more complaining about the way the busy people do what they do."

 

Our choices should bring health, prosperity and life. Positive thinking and speaking move us into avenues leading to wellness. Conversely, complaining and wallowing in negativity causes sickness, povery and death. When I grumble and complain, I get headaches and stomaches. One time, even tongue began to hurt!

 

Every morning, I try to start every day by saying, "Thank You, Lord, for another day. I will be glad and rejoice in it." (If I forget, I say it when I remember. LOL!) Although I've done this for years, it took a while for me to become aware of the multitude of opportunites made available through this gift of another 24 hours. What will I do with this precious gift? Watch garbage on television? Gossip for hours on the phone? Perhaps I will visit a friend. We can put the kids into another room so they won't hear us as we criticize a fellow church member. I could sit in an online chat room for hours whining about how difficult it is to find time to write.

 

Or will I choose life and bring words of encouragement to someone who is feeling down or sick? Send a card to someone going through a difficult time? Go grocery shopping for the woman who gave birth recently? Clean up my own home? Cook my hard-working husband's favorite meal? Work on a blanket for a charity? Work on my writing? Take the kids out to the park or for ice cream?

 

The choices I make must be based on what God would want me to do. Every single day, every moment, I have choices to make. With each one, I hope to choose life.

Dear Lord, I don't want to take a single day or hour or moment for granted. Help me to make choices that lead to life. Amen.


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