Jan 10 2008
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Star Crossed Capelet

This is an elegant (and warm) version of a classic look. Wear it low on your shoulders with something strappy, or drawn slightly higher and paired with a sleek turtleneck. If you’re daring, try it as a drawstring miniskirt matched with bold tights and boots. You will need: 2 skeins (140g each) of Bernat Soft

A Rose for Mother – Bath Pouf

Mothers and moms-to-be could use some pampering. This Springy, cheery bath pouf will be a great gift, don’t you think? (Hint: It’s a great gift for your mom, too. Mother’s Day is only in a few months…) You will need: Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream (or other worsted weight cotton) in white and coral swirl (or

Jan 06 2008
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Vertical Stripe Scarf

This scarf should crochet up in no time at all, to get you through these last days of winter (or the first days of Fall, depending on your hemisphere of residence). It can be any length you want! You will need: Two different colours (referred to as A and B) of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn,

I Totally Rocked Belmont’s Bizzare

Wel, maybe I didn’t totally rock it… But really, the [tag]art show[/tag] was very encouraging to me. I wasn’t sure how I would do “out there” but … they like me! They really like me! (I was SO EXCITED in this picture) I had so much fun meeting the [tag]craft[/tag]-loving people, and my booth-neighbor Kathryn

Nov 05 2007
Autumn Placemats

Embroidery might be climbing the charts in my list of favorite crafts. I love the way it makes things look, and actually doing it is relaxing and methodical. So I recently decided to make some place mats for myself and my husband combining sewing, appliqué, and embroidery. I learned a fantastic applique technique that I

Nov 03 2007
Category: Crafts. Sewing
Tie One On – Local Pride

(Stick with me for this post… I’m not feeling very clever with words today.) The last theme for the Tie one On apron challenge was “Local Pride.” I was born and raised in Charleston, SC, but spent my teen years in Columbia, SC. When this apron assignment was issued, I was preparing to get married

We Hope Yer Halloween Shivered Yer Timbers!

We were pretty hot pirates if I may say so myself. I made our shorts and hair accessories (my headband, his do-rag). Simple Jack-0-Lantern this year. And thanks again to Marci for the cute scarecrow wreath. We got tons of trick-or-treaters tonight. The best costume ever was a hamburger. The girl said her friend’s mom

How to Re-Cover an Ugly Office Chair

I’ve been wanting to re-cover my office chair for a while… to match my bulletin board. Then, this post from Design*Sponge reminded me recently, and I finally got off my butt to do it. However… I wish I had a chair like theirs, because the top part (the part your back leans on) on mine

Oct 28 2007
Category: Crafts. Sewing
Halloween Swap

Now and then, I like to visit Craftster and look at other people’s projects and occasionally post mine. Recently, I found a couple of swaps that sounded fun to me, so I signed up! One of them was a Mini Halloween Swap. We were supposed to send two “medium” and two “small” crafted items to

How to Carve a Pumpkin

I actually haven’t carved pumpkins this year yet. I’m going to wait a bit longer so that the pumpkins don’t rot before Halloween, BUT… I wrote up this tutorial last year, and I thought it would be helpful to some people who might be reading Joyful Abode this year. Before: The pumpkin awaits its transformation.

Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Shelly Scarf

Shelly Scarf This scarf is a companion to The Professional Hat. Materials: About 200-250 yds worsted weight yarn Size K/10 1/2 hook (6.5 mm) yarn needle (optional for weaving in ends) Gauge: 13 sts = 4” Notes: Shell: 5 dc all in same stitch To Begin Ch 19. Row 1: 4 dc in 4th ch

Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Professional Hat

The Professional Hat This cap is based on the red cap from the movie “The Professional”. However, I have changed my original pattern a bit (added a row of shells) in order to make it longer. To obtain a more movie-consistent cap, omit one row of shells. In order to make the hat more like

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