Tutorial: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Made from an Old Book

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  I was a terrible knitter in the beginning. Slow and scared. Terrified to make a mistake or take on a project that was anything past garter stitch. Several years later, I've lost my fear. I'll take on lace, colorwork, socks, you name it. Fear no longer keeps me from tackling a project. Because I've actually reached the point where I can both correct mistakes as I go and finish most projects in a reasonable amount of time, I feel alright about splurging on luxurious and quite … [Read more...]

Queen Bean Sphynx Sweater

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We have gained a new family member. She's a beautiful Sphynx that we were fortunate enough to adopt from a pet rescue in the Fort Worth area. Many people cringe at the sight of a hairless cat and even say cruel things, but MAN, if you've ever been loved by a Sphynx you know how special these kitties are. They're not quite like other cats. They crave the affection of humans and want to snuggle 24/7. They're intelligent, loving, curious, and they never really outgrow their kitten-like … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft shoes

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This past weekend, we took Alex to the Vans store to pick out a new pair of shoes.  He originally chose a brightly colored pair and just when we thought we were done, the Vans employee that was helping get Alex fitted said, "You know, a lot of people like to buy the plain white slip-ons and use fabric markers to create their own design." Alex's eyes got huge and bright.  He was sold on the idea!  So we bought a white pair of shoes and headed home with only a vague idea of how we would paint … [Read more...]

Drawstring Bag Tutorial

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted my heating pad tutorial and at the end, I mentioned that I would like to put together a drawstring bag for attractive gift-giving as well as storage. So...here's the tutorial. Cut a pattern (here's that gridded paper I love so much...in a peppermint stripe) that is a 11.25" x 7.5" rectangle. Pin it to your fabric with one of the short ends on the fold. Cut your fabric, open up the rectangle (should be 22.5" x 7.5") and finish your … [Read more...]

Padded iPad Sleeve Tutorial

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(Note: This tutorial was created for the first generation iPad, but can be adapted for all generations.) When we were at the Apple store buying my iPad, they had a decent selection of protective cases available, but if you guys know me by now, you know that I had to at least try to make my own before I gave in and bought one.  I quickly went through Plan A and Plan B before I was successful.  So, with you I share my Plan C. It's a very simple, quick project to put together. It's not so … [Read more...]