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I have seen a lot on the blogs about Scrumble or free form crochet.  The creations are awe inspiring.  There are people making undersea scenes, shawls, scarves and on and on. 

Most of the creations involved a crochet stitch that I had never heard of, the bullion stitch.  You can see a tutorial of the stitch here.  Since I like to learn new things and I love to crochet, I spent the evening trying this new stitch along with some free form crocheting. 

I give you the bullion scrumble ala Cindy!

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Here is one a bit closer so you can see the detail of the bullion.

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I see brooches ala bullion once I perfect it a bit more.  Stay tuned!

The weekend is upon us.  Tonight is Friday for the Arts in Petersburg (held the 2nd Friday of every month).  If you are in the area check it out! 

I went to Diversity Thrift  yesterday and they had 2 totes of scarves marked at $1 each.  Since I love scarves and handmade stuff, I dug around.  Imagine my surprise when out I pulled this shawl.

shawl

I thought this must be a mistake and checked it carefully for the tag with the real price on it.  It was not there.  Diversity has a policy that if it is not priced that you cannot buy it that day.  It is sent to be priced and you can buy it another day.  I took it to the register and let them know where I found it and got it for $1!  HOW COOL IS THAT! 

 It is in perfect condition with no holes, pulls or stains.  I am thrilled!  Wraps, scarves and such are the greatest for this time of year.  When you never know how the temp will go.  Also, since I am a plus size kinda girl, it was also stunning that it fit with enough to wrap over the shoulder.  Ah….life is good!

I also got some fabric scraps, small satin roses, a wee book, a vintage dictionary, a Japanese piano chord book, and 2 smallish cookbooks for a friend that loves cookbooks.  All for the great sum of $5 total including my shawl.

The necktie flowers are still in progress since I was out most of the day yesterday.  All that is left are the buttons (covered for the daisies) and uncovered for the roses. 

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To make the covered buttons for the daisies, I use large flat buttons, a bit of batting, and a yo-yo of fabric.  I stuff the yo-yo, cover the button and then sew it tight around it.  I then sew the button to the fabric from the sides of the button instead of using the holes.

Hope the week is starting well!

Well, I have one item only to work on today.  To recap, here is my list:

  1. Finish brooches
  2. Coffee cozies
  3. Crocheted flower brooches
  4. Journals
  5. Totes  I decided to not make the totes. 
  6. Button push pins

Here are the crocheted flower brooches all buttoned, pinbacked and ready to go.

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flowers2

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All that is left today is to make the journals and go to the bank to get some change (1’s and 5’s).  I need to make the price signs for the items and then stack it all by the front door so I won’t forget anything.  I am so excited now that the work is all done about the craft show. 

Christy asked me to post a pic of the tie scarf on me so that you can see how they sit.  I wouldn’t wear it with the lime green sweater and would wear it with a turtleneck.  

necktie scarf

My friend Brenda and I went to see Dan in Real Life this afternoon.  I would highly recommend this movie to you.  It is not the typical Steve Carell movie.   I thoroughly enjoyed it and left feeling good.  Go and see it soon!

Brenda was the friend I made one of the tree pendants for.  She is a big crafty supporter.  She always wants to know exactly how it was made and what was involved.  She is a great photographer, too.  Sadly, you have to take my word for it as she doesn’t have a flickr page or a blog, but trust me! 

I picked up the newest edition of  Crafts ‘n Things.  There is a true holiday crafty bonanza in this issue!  Go and get it NOW

I also had a hankering to make a stop at the local Goodwill.  Check out the bounty I found there!

fabric

The flowered fabric to the left is a pattern stitched on the fabric.  It is lovely.  I liked the little birds with the holly in the middle, the top left is ornament fabric and on the right plaid ruffle trim.  And oh, the country Christmas tree fabric, too.

The highlight of my trip was this cute little apron.  It is way too small for me and most likely for a little girl.  Check out the circus themed Christmas fabric on this one!

apron

It must have been for a special little girl as someone spent a great deal of time on this. 

I hope you have a great weekend!

Here is where I stand at day four:

  1. Finish brooches
  2. Coffee cozies (cut fronts, sew, and sew buttons to close)
  3. Crocheted flower brooches(starchand sew on buttons/pinbacks)
  4. Journals
  5. Totes (May not make them as I am working on another item)
  6. Button push pins

Here are pictures of the WIPs.

stiffy

flowers

Stiffy helps to hold the shape of the flowers which are not all white and orange, but various fall colors and neutrals.  They are sitting on aluminum foil and I like the foil as I can wipe up the drips easily and also reuse it after wiping it down.  I flip the flowers several times through the drying process.  This avoids the little puddles that sometimes attach to them in certain places.  Also, I can use the front or the back of the flower as the mood hits me. 

I also cut out the felt inside of the coffee cozies, 30 in all.  Felt linings help to absorb the heat.  It also makes the cozies a bit thicker.  Anyone who has burnt their fingers holding a cup of hot coffee/tea can appreciate this extra heft. 

felt cozies

Later today I will cut the fronts and start making the journals.  I took a side trip and worked on the buttonhole sewing yesterday.  I may bag the totes (no pun intended) and go with this other item if I get a bit better.  I made 7 yesterday and I really like them.  They meet my favorite craft criteria: fun, funky, and I would buy a bunch.  I will post pics tomorrow as I get better with them.

Here is a recipe that I made yesterday to treat myself for working so hard.  It is from Real Simple, so you know it is both quick and easy.  I love this magazine and get a lot of great ideas from it with every issue. 

Roasted Apple and Walnut Tarts
1 8-ounce sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 Cortland, McIntosh, or Empire apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) walnuts, chopped
 Whipped cream (optional)

Heat oven to 400° F. Cut the puff pastry into 4 squares. Line 4 rounds of a muffin tin with the squares, allowing the corners to stick out.

In a small bowl, combine the apple, sugar, and walnuts. Fill each pastry square with some of the mixture and bake until the crusts are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from the tin.

Place one tart on each plate. Serve with the whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 382(57% from fat); FAT 24g (sat 10g); SUGAR 19g; PROTEIN 2g; CHOLESTEROL 40mg; SODIUM 212mg; FIBER 2g; CARBOHYDRATE 42g

I used a Granny Smith apple as that is all that I had and added a quarter cup of craisins to the above.  I didn’t have whipped cream, but it was still YUM-UM-UMMY! 

And to all of my blog readers….

Happy Halloween!

Well, the list is doing the trick.  I am hopeful that by the weekend I can give myself a treat for a job well done and completed. 

Here is another work in progress, the crocheted flower brooches.  I crocheted all of the flowers last night (30).  This afternoon will be spent starching them.  I starch them so they keep that flower shape and you can see the vintage button I will add to the middle without a floppy petal in the way.

Here they are all in a pile.

crocheted flowers

This morning I cut the circles for the button pushpins.  I am making some with non-covered buttons and some with the covered buttons.  I will post that one when it is a bit farther along.

Here is my progress:

  1. Finish brooches
  2. Coffee cozies
  3. Crocheted flower brooches(starch and sew on buttons/pinbacks)
  4. Journals
  5. Totes
  6. Button push pins (make covered buttons and glue to pushpins)

Ah, progress!

Hope your week started well!

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