Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Tribute, And a Pattern to Boot!



Today, I post my Tuesday Tribute in memory of Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894-November 8, 1978). Born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he was a painter and illustrator, most known for his ability and talent to capture the personalities of everyday families, and the essence of their everyday lives. For over 40 years, over 300 illustrated covers of The Saturday Evening Post, were done by Rockwell's brilliant hand. He was commisioned to paint four presidential portraits, he illustrated over 40 books, and one of his last projects was a portrait of singer-and-movie legend, Judy Garland.

As a doll collector, forever a kid at heart, who will never outgrow her dollies, I love the several depictions of little girls with their dollies, having a tea party, or a checkup at the doctor's office, or saying their prayers before bedtime, etc.

"Girl At The Mirror", as shown above, with permission to post (http://www.artchive.com">The Artchive), is my personal favorite among a good many others of his works. In my own bedroom, I have a copy of this hanging above my own full-length mirror. I just love how Rockwell captures this moment, a feeling that I think every girl, from age 4 to age 104 often feels when she looks into that mirror. There is of course, always the ritual morning "does this look o.k.?" evaluation, then the occasional hurried glances we may make as we rush through the course of a day... But for every girl, there will always be those moments, where we may stop and really study ourselves at a much deeper level. To this day, from time to time, as I look at who I see in the reflection, I can't help but stop to wonder who this really is, and what purpose did God really mean for me... Am I fulfilling that purpose already, or is there more?? At such moments of introspection, I may unleash a million more questions... Among them, Am I good, or am I bad?.. Am I honest?.. Am I smart, or am I stupid? Am I vein?.. Am I hurting?.. Am I right, or Am I wrong?.... Am I happy, or am I sad? I think that Rockwell's "Girl At The Mirror" captures such a moment, in such a way that I will always want to remember, that no matter what I wear, and how my hair looks, how heavy or thin I may look, or how many lines my face may begin to show, our truest beauty comes from deep within. Whenever we should look upon our "Mirror, mirror on the wall", we ALL should ask, "Am I the best me I can be, underneath it all?" For this reason, I LOVE this picture... and it will ALWAYS hang above my mirror to remind me so!

Well, on that note, here is my next free pattern to share!!... I want to give a big shout of "THANKS!!" to Tamara, a "kind stranger" who just happened to be out shopping at the Walmart Craft department at the same time I was!! It was the first time I've ever met her; but she saw what I was working on, and then helped me pick out the embellishments for my mirror!! I hope she was able to find my little blog, to see the final touches WE did on this now-finished project!!...

Mirror, Mirror In My Hand
(c) Designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS) on February 23, 2009
Inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Girl At The Mirror"

This is a very quick and easy project/gift, that can be as simple or intricate, or as expensive or inexpensive, or as trendy or elegant as you choose to make it! It uses a small amount of yarn(s),
basic sc stitches, and one (maybe more!) can easily be done in an evening! Girls of all ages would love this for their dresser or vanity!!

Level of Difficulty: EASY!!

Gauge: somewhat important, in that piece should be big enough; but if crocheted piece is a little
bigger than it seems it should be, this may still be o.k. in the positioning/fitting/tying step of
attaching crocheted piece to mirror. If a final fit still seems too big, then I would switch to a smaller hook, or decrease the number of stitches in your rows. For me, each row = approx 1/4". 2 rows = approx. 1/2".

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slit stitch
BLO = Back Loops Only

Materials Needed:
Small amount of acrylic yarn (approx. 1 ounce), white being used here.
Size G crochet hook
A yarn needle for weaving ribbon/yarn
1/8" ribbon, approx. 80" (but yarn could be substituted), cut into (2) 40" pieces.
Mirror is purchased from Walmart, approx. 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" not including the handle.
White felt (or fabric scrap of choice could be substituted)
(*This mirror was one sided, with no magnification on the back, just plastic. SO, if you DID purchase a mirror that DOES have a magnified side to it, then just skip the addition of felt/fabric to this project.)
Pencil, or fabric pen (to trace mirror onto felt/fabric)
Scissors
Hot glue, and E6000 glue were both used for this project.
Iron-on, Scrapbooking, and floral embellishments were used for this particular mirror, but the sky's the limit! You may use buttons, rhinestones, beads, cording, etc, etc.! Have fun with this fast and simple project!

Instructions for main piece:
Ch 86.

Row 1: Sc in each ch. (85 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 2-3: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: In BLO, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: In both loops again, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, but do not turn.

Round 7: (Sc in next st, ch 4, sk next st) around entire piece, all 4 sides. Join round with a sl st.
Fasten off, and weave in ends of yarns.

Take a 40" piece of ribbon (or yarn) and weave into every other skipped st (just beneath
the chain spaces of Round 7), weaving only through these skipped stitches, leaving even
length of ends on both sides of the piece. Do the same for the second 40" piece of ribbon on
the opposite side. Do not weave through/around the short ends of this piece.

Take a pencil, or fabric pen, and trace just the mirror (not the handle) onto your piece of
felt/fabric. Cut out this shape, and glue onto the back of your mirror, using E6000 glue, being
careful not to clump it too much, and to evenly spread, so as to apply a neat-looking, smooth,
even application. I LOVE this glue, and swear by it!! It worked very well for me on this project!

Next, take this crocheted piece, and wrap it around the mirror, so that half (3 rows) of your
stitches will frame one side of your mirror, while the other half (3 rows) of your stitches will
frame the other side/back of your mirror. (Unused loops of Row 4 showing.) With firm and steady
hands, positioning it all into place, (Yell for help, if you need it!... but I did o.k. alone, just doing
this part on my lap!).. tie the ends of each ribbon (front and back) to fit the crochet piece snuggly
around your mirror, making knots and bows necessary to secure front and back, but just as
importantly, to make both sides look pretty!! So far, tres chic... Oui?!

The rest, the really fun part of this project, I think, is all up to you, your imagination and preference
really!! As you can see in the photo, for my mirror, I chose to chain 75 (for each side of mirror),
with a melon-green colored yarn to make a second bow, to blend with my pink ribbon bows. I
applied the yarn bows, along with silk roses, with hot glue. Finally, I adorned the felt backing of
my mirror with iron-on and scrapbooking embellishments, again using hot glue, for a finished look that I was very happy with!!

Enjoy your mirror!!... and always remember what's most important every time you look into it!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cookies Anyone?



Today was fairly productive. I got up early. I worked. I picked up some groceries. I had already started a nice chicken dinner for the family in the crockpot. Next, I thought I'd make some peanut butter cookies. The kids jumped in, some, to help make them with me! They are getting older, so I am just tickled pink to see that they still WANT to help me bake once in a while... But even if they don't, I get a kick just seeing that familiar excited look in their eyes to taste the cookie dough, or to lick the beaters, just like they did when they were little!! Well, before I start crying all over my keyboard... Our cookie jar is now full... at least for the moment! Homemade cookies don't last long around here!

Once I cleaned up my kitchen, I then decided to kick back and work on this hat that I saw on Sally's blog, Her pattern is called the"Fuzzy Hat". I LOVED it as soon as I SAW it; and I've been WANTING to make a new hat, for some time, to go with a new jacket I got earlier this season! I already had the yarns in the colors I needed, but I did need to make a run specifically for a skein of Lion Brand's Fun Fur .

I have never had ANY desire WHATSOEVER to work with fun fur before. Oh, I've seen it all over the internet, and in countless projects and patterns, that I admit I even thought were absolutely adorable!! But for whatever reasons, I have just never even CARED to try it. Well, it took "The Fuzzy Hat" to get my head out of the sand, I guess! I actually found it very easy to work with, and I was surprised at how much FUN I was having, crocheting with it!! As I got going with my project, working with the two, then three strands of yarn at a time, it was funny to me that the combination of my yarns looked just like the colors of chocolate chip cookies!! I guess subconsciously, my brain and/or appetite was still in the kitchen !

Thanks to Sally for persuading me to FINALLY try my hand with Fun Fur, and for sharing her very stylish design! I am very happy with how it came out! Now... What can I do, or where can I go tomorrow, so that I can wear my new hat?!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Privy Preserves Accessories


Well, here they are... the accessories to the Privy Preserves Kitchen Set!
First the potholder, then the hand soap cover.

Privy Preserves Accessories: (Potholder, and Hand soap Cover)
(c) Designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS) February 19, 2009

Abbreviations Used in Both of Following Patterns:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sc dec = single crochet decrease
BLO = Back Loops Only
sk = skip
dc = double crochet

Potholder:
A pretty but practical addition to the "Privy Preserves" Kitchen Set, this piece is nice in that it is
worked in one long piece, then just folded in half, for easier ruffle around the top, and a little less
sewing of pieces together later on!

Materials Needed:
Peaches n Creme Cotton yarn (about 2 oz.) in choice of "preserves" color
Peaches n Creme Cotton yarn (about 1 oz.) white
Size G crochet hook
A small amount of acrylic yarn or embroidery floss to embroider label
Ribbon may be used for woven tie with bow, but yarn may be used if preferred.
scissors and yarn needle

Level of Difficulty: Some experience needed, perhaps, but I think a beginner could give this a try!!

Gauge: Not important

Note: Throughout this project, unless otherwise instructed, each row will begin with chain 1.

Instructions:
Ch 21
Row 1: Sc across.
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, sc across, 2 sc in last st. (22 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in first st, sc across, 2 sc in last st. (24 sc)
Row 4-26: Sc in each st across.
Row 27- 29: Sc dec over the first 2 st, sc in each st across, to sc dec over the last 2 st.
(By the end of Row 29, you should have 18 sc.)
Row 30-31: Sc in each st across. Fasten off, while attaching white.
Row32 through 33: Sc in each st across.
Row 34: In BLO, sc in each st across.
Row 35: Working in BOTH loops again, (sc in next st, ch 1, sc in next st) across. (6 ch-1 spaces)
Row36: Sc in each st and ch-1 space across. (18 sc)
Row 37: Sc in each st across.
Row 38: Ch 12, the sl st down the chain to beginning of Row 38. Insert hook through end of chain,
yarn over hook, pull yarn through both loops on hook. (Hanging Loop made) Proceed to sc in
each st across. (18 sc)
Row 39 -41: Sc in each st across.
Row 42: (Sc in next st, ch 1, sc in next st) around. (6 ch-1 spaces formed)
Row 43: Sc in each st and ch-1 space across.
Row 44: In BLO, sc in each st across. Fasten and switch to red(or preserves color chosen).
Row 45-46: Sc in each st across.
Row 47-49: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st. (20, 22, ending with 24 sc.)
Row 50-72: Sc in each st across.
Row73-75: Sc dec over first 2 st, sc in each st across, to sc dec over last 2 st. (22, 20, ending
with 18 sc at the end of Row 75.) Fasten yarn, leaving enough yarn tail to sew sides together.
You may do this now or after embroidered label is sewn onto your "jar".

Label:
Here you will crochet and embroider a large canning jar label, just exactly as you did for the
Large Privy Preserve Jar:

Ch 8.
Rnd 1: sc into second ch from hook and into next 5 st. 3 sc in next st; then working opposite
side of the chain, sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in the last st, join with sl st.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,
sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Join round with sl st.
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in
next 7, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, join round with a sl st.
Rnd 4: sc in same st, ch 3. (sc in next st, ch 3) around. (24 ch 3 loops made).
Fasten yarn, leaving a long enough yarn tail to applique label. But FIRST, embroider the word
"Jelly" onto your label. You may choose to use embroidery floss, but I preferred to split a 4-ply
strand of yarn into a two-ply strand to embroider with. Once I finished this, I then sewed the
label onto the front of my canning jar, fastening off and weaving in the end of my yarn. (Sew sides of jar together now, if you have not yet done so.)

Top Ruffle:
Now take your potholder, backside towards you, and upside down, and insert hook into any unused loop in Row 44, closest to the right side edge of white top section. Ch 1, sc in same st, 5 dc in next st, (sc in next st, 5 dc in next st) all the way around the front to the back again, to finish the round with a sl st to the first sc made in this round. Fasten off, and weave in end.

You may use ribbon to weave through ch-1 spaces of Row 35 and those at the back of the jar,
around to the front again, to tie ends of ribbon or yarn into a bow. If using yarn, ch approx. 75,
more or less depending upon the size bow you may want. Fasten off, and Enjoy!!


Hand Soap Cover:

Materials Needed:
Small amounts of acrylic yarns were used for this project, making it nice for using up scraps!
Size G crochet hook
Scissors and a yarn needle
Ponytail Elastic (preferably without the metal)
Ribbon optional for woven tie with bow, or yarn may be used.
7.5 oz bottle of handsoap was used for this project.

Note: Throughout this project, unless otherwise instructed, each round will begin with a ch 1.

Instructions:
Starting at the bottom, ch 9.

Rnd 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, 3 sc in the next ch. Now working on
opposite side of chain, sc in next 6 ch, sc in the last, to join round with a sl st. (18 sc)
Rnd 2: Sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in the next st, 2 sc in
the next st, sc in the next 6 st, 2 sc in the last, then join round with a sl st.
Rnd 3: 2 sc in same st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in the
next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st to join the round.
(28 sc)
Rnd 4: In BLO, sc in each st around.
Rnd 5-21: sc in each st around. Fasten to change to white.
Rnd 22: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 23: In BLO, sc in each st around.
Rnd 24: (sc in 2 st, ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) around.
Rnd 25: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 26: Take white elastic, and sc around elastic AND into each st around, thus covering
the elastic as you go. Join round with a sl st. Fasten off and weave in end.

Top Ruffle:
Holding piece upside down, attach white to an unused loop, either at the back or side of your
"jar" (up to you). Ch 1, sc in same st, 5 dc in next st. (Sc in next st, 5 dc in next st) around.
Fasten off and weave in end.

Teeny-Weeny Label:
With white, ch 6.
Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in next 3 st, 3 sc in the next st; then working on
opposite side of chain, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sl st to join the round.
Rnd 2: Sc in same st, ch 3, (sc in next st, ch 3) around, sl st to join the round. Fasten off, and
weave in end.

Here, you may choose to embroider something on the label, but I chose not to, as the space is so
small I did not want the forced and sloppy look I, personally, might end up with!

Tie:
If not using ribbon, and you choose to use yarn, then ch approx. 60, more or less, if preferred.
Weave through ch-1 spaces of Rnd 24, tying ends into a bow.

You're finished! Insert bottle, and WASH THOSE HANDS!! (0: Enjoy!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Privy Preserves


Every year, I look forward to canning, or "putting up" as they used to say, homemade goods. I've done tomatoes, jellies, bread -n- butter pickles, and picalilli! The "process'' is not for everybody, and understandably so. It's very time consuming, and it definitely makes for a good-sized mess to clean up! People question the cost of the jars, and if it's all really worth it....

Well, it IS to me! I love it. I take pride in it... and I KNOW what went into it. For the creativity in many of us, it can even be fun to whip up a combination of homemade flavors and goodies, all to revel over our very own original new flavors/recipes!... something we can't find in a store!!... Maybe a blue ribbon at the county fair awaits!!... We may stock up, and keep what we make; or we may adorn them with doilies, ribbons, and tags with the intention of gift-giving! Then, of course, in a time when we're realizing the necessity of "going green", I feel I am doing my part by using the same jars over and over again. I am not buying any more, or throwing any away! For anyone who is thinking of trying it for the first time, it is not likely that YOU would nessarily HAVE to buy new jars. It is entirely possible to simply find them at any garage/estate/church sale, and for practically a song!... Expense does not have to be a factor that disenchants you from at least trying it out, and seeing for yourself. How did I learn home canning? I took a night class with my sister!! It was fun! We learned to make salsa that night!

Well anyways, I was recently cleaning out my kitchen hutch, where I store all of my treasured
homemade canned goods, when I realized that amongst them were odd-lot jars, old cans, and
even a piggy bank just setting side by side with my beautiful jellies and sauces!! Now I admit, I am hardly the type to worry my head over the "feng shui" school of thought by any means! And as hard as I still could dare to dream of how much fun it might be... I don't foresee my home ever being laden with wall to wall cameras and photographers, in bustling preparation to spread my sense of decorating style all over the next issue of Better Homes and Gardens!! But, I looked at my pretty little kitchen hutch and thought, "I really don't like this"... "This isn't right", I remember whining... Why, (uh oh, here it comes!) "It looks like the 50-cent table at a
neighborhood garage sale!!!", I cried... tearing that wretched clutter out of there!

Time to clean it out, I thought. Still, perhaps, I can pretty-it-up a bit!! And so it is HERE that I
was inspired with the idea for the set of patterns that I will be posting in the days ahead. My
imagination just flew, and in fact inspired me to make OTHER items that I will post LATER!! So, my gosh!!... If you like to crochet, and you like free patterns... and "feng shui" doesn't DICTATE every last item in your home, then please, make sure to keep stopping by to see what's new! Just below, you'll find the first part/installment of my new set of patterns. I just love these, and have already gotten a good response, just at home, about them... so I hope you like them too! A matching potholder, and handsoap cover will follow next!


Privy Preserves: AKA, Cunning Canning Jars?
(c) Designed and Written by Beansieleigh (TS), February 10, 2009

These are made by recycling coffee cans , and by crocheting cute but clever cozies to hide your coins, spare keys, sewing/quick mending supplies, love letters (Ha!).... or if you're like me, perhaps your private stash of candy! (0;

Skill level: Intermediate/some experience suggested; but simple single and double crochet
stitches are used throughout this pattern, so perhaps a confident beginner could tackle this one!

Materials Needed:
Red Heart SS Acrylic Yarn (less than a skein for each "jar"), color of preserves, your choice(s).
Red Heart SS Acrylic Yarn (small amounts white for each "top" and each "label").
Large "canning jar" is made with a 34.5 oz. coffee can, cleaned and dried.
Small "canning Jar" is made with a 13 oz. coffee can, cleaned and dried.
Size G crochet hook; Scissors; and yarn needle for sewing and weaving.
Ribbon is optional.

Gauge: Each 2 rounds of single crochet equaled just about a 1/2".

Abbreviations Used In this Pattern:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
dc = double crochet
rnd = round
BLO = back loops only
FLO = front loops only

Instructions:

Large Canning Jar:
With white yarn first, beginning at the top of your "canning jar", ch 3, join with a sl st to form a ring.

(*Note: You will begin each round with a Ch 1; and finish each round with a sl st to the first st of
each round, unless otherwise instructed.)

Rnd 1: 8 sc into the ring.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around.
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) around.
Rnd 5: Sk first st, then sl st into the next st. Sc in each st around, including into the sl st made
at the beginning of this round. Sl st to join round. (32 sc)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) around.
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) around.
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st) around.
Rnd 9: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st) around.
Rnd 10: Sk first st, sl st into next st, ch 1. Sc in same st, and each st around, including into
sl st made at beginning of this round. (64 sc)
Rnd 11: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 st) around.
Rnd 12: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st) around.
Rnd 13: Sc in each st around. (80 sc)
Rnd 14: In BLO, sc in each st around.
Rnd 15: Crocheting in BOTH LOOPS again, sc in each st around.
Rnd 16: Sk first st, sl st into the next st, ch 1. Sc in each st around, including into the sl st
made at the beginning of this round. Join with a sl st to only the front loop of first st of this round.
Rnd 17: (sc in 3 st, ch 1, sk next st) around. (*Note: Here you are making holes to weave ribbon
or chain of yarn for the woven and tied bow.)
Rnd 18: In FLO, 6 dc in first st, sc in next st. (6 dc in next st, sc in next st) around. Fasten off,
and weave in end.
Rnd 19: Attach yarn, in chosen color of "preserves", to any back loop from Rnd 18. Ch 1, sc in
each unused back loop around.
Rnd 20: Back to crocheting in BOTH LOOPS, sc in each st around.
Rnd 21-22: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 23: Sk first st, sl st into the next st, ch 1. Sc in same st and eac st around.

Continue to repeat pattern of Rnds 19-23, until you reach the bottom of your coffee can. While
this is not necessarily important, if gauge is accurate, you should finish with Rnd 42. Fasten off,
and weave in yarn end.

Tie:
You may choose a desired length of purchased ribbon, but I chose to go with yarn. If using
yarn for the top of your jar, then ch approximately 120 (more or less, to preference); then weave
through Rnd 17, to have both ends meet at front of jar to tie a bow.

Large Canning Jar Label:
Ch 8.
Rnd 1: sc into second ch from hook and into next 5 st. 3 sc in next st; then working opposite
side of the chain, sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in the last st, join with sl st.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,
sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Join round with sl st.
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in
next 7, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, join round with a sl st.
Rnd 4: sc in same st, ch 3. (sc in next st, ch 3) around. (24 ch 3 loops made).
Fasten yarn, leaving a long enough yarn tail to applique label. But FIRST, embroider the word
"Jelly" onto your label. You may choose to use embroidery floss, but I preferred to split a 4-ply
strand of yarn into a two-ply strand to embroider with. Once I finished this, I then sewed the
label onto the front of my canning jar, fastening off and weaving in the end of my yarn.

Finished, you may now, as you would a cozy or a pullover sweater, just slip your canning jar
over the top of your covered coffee can.... (Oops! Don't forget to stash whatever goodies
you had in mind!... and don't tell anybody!).... Enjoy!


Small Canning Jar:
With white yarn first, beginning at the top of your "canning jar", ch 3, join with a sl st to form a ring.

(*Note: You will begin each round with a Ch 1; and finish each round with a sl st to the first st of
each round, unless otherwise instructed.)

Repeat Rnds 1-7 of Large Canning Jar.
Rnd 8: In BLO, sc in each st around. (48 sc)
Rnd 9: Working in BOTH LOOPS again, sc in each st around.
Rnd 10: (Sc in next 3 st, ch 1, sk next st) around, ending with a ch 1, then joining with a sl st
to complete the round. (thus now making holes for weaving tie through later.)
Rnd 11: In FLO, sc in first st, 5 dc in next st. (Sc in next st, 5 dc in next st) around. Fasten off,
and weave in yarn end.
Rnd 12: Holding your "canning jar" upside down, right side towards yourself, attach new color
of yarn/"preserve" to any unused loop from previous Rnd 11. Sc in each unused loop around.
Rnd 13-16: In both loops again, sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: Sk first st, sl st in next st, sc in each st around, including into the sl st made at
beginning of this round.

Repeat pattern of Rnds 13-17 till you reach the bottom of your coffee can. Again, while
this is not necessarily important, if gauge is accurate, you should finish with Rnd 32.
Fasten off, and weave in yarn end.

Tie:
You may choose a desired length of purchased ribbon, but I chose to go with yarn. If using
yarn for the top of your jar, then ch approximately 90 (more or less, to preference); then weave
through Rnd 10, to have both ends meet at front of jar to tie a bow.

Small Canning Jar Label:
Ch 6.
Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in next 3 st, 3 sc in next st; then working on opposite
side of chain, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, join with a sl st.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next
3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, join with sl st.
Rnd 3: (sc, ch 3) around. Fasten yarn, leaving a yarn tail long enough for sewing label onto
your canning jar. But FIRST, embroider the word "Jam" onto your label. You may choose to use
embroidery floss, but I preferred to split a 4-ply strand of yarn into a two-ply strand to embroider
with. Once I finished this, I then sewed the label onto the front of my canning jar, fastening off
and weaving in the end of my yarn.

Voila!!.... Slip your "Privy Preserve" canning jar over the top of your small coffee can, as
you did with the large one! Enjoy!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

They say it's your birthday!

I've got three nieces, all having February birthdays.... all three who are growing into beautiful yound ladies! So Holla, C, M, and J!!! Happy Birthday to all of you!

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Pattern for Good Measure!


Measuring Spoons Bookmark
(c) Designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS)
February 15, 2009

A cute little teaspoon and tablespoon bookmark, for your favorite cookbook!... OR, if you are giving a cookbook for a special occasion, what a sweet accompaniment would this be?!

Skill Level: Beginner
Gauge: Not important
Finished size of teaspoon: Approx. 3 and 1/2" long.
Finished size of tablespoon: Approx. 4".

Abbreviations:
ch=chain
sc= single crochet
hdc=half double crochet
sl st= slit stitch

Materials needed: Small amounts of scrap acrylic yarn(s), Size G crochet hook,
3 (9x6mm) pony beads, a small (1/2") plastic ring, and a yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Instructions:

Starting with your teaspoon:
Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second chain from hook, sl st to first st to join the round.

Rnd 2-3: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join.

For handle, ch 11. Hdc in second ch in hook and in each remaining chain, for a total of 10 hdc.
Fasten, but leave a tail of yarn long enough for weaving and sewing. Join last hdc with a sl st
to the nearest st in the last round of the spoon-part of your teaspoon, being careful of placement
so that handle will set straight. Weave yarn through handle so to now sew the other end onto your plastic ring. Now fasten off and weave in end. Proceed to tablespoon.

For your tablespoon:

With same color yarn, or another of your own preference, ch 2, and repeat Rnds 1 and 2 of your teaspoon.

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around.

Rnd 4: Sc in each st around. (18 sc)

For handle, ch 12. Hdc in second ch in hook and in each remaining chain, for a total of 11 hdc.
Fasten, but leave a tail of yarn long enough for weaving and sewing. Join last hdc with a sl st
to the nearest st in the last round of the spoon-part of your teaspoon, being careful of placement so that handle will set straight. Weave yarn through handle, so to now sew the other end onto your plastic ring, just behind the teaspoon. Now fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing your bookmark:

Attach a new yarn, in color of your choice, to ring. Crochet a chain of any length,
perhaps 40 or 50, or depending upon the size of the cookbook you intend to use your bookmark with. Fasten at desired length, leaving a tail of yarn to now thread pony beads, and then to add a pompom, tassel, charm, or other embellishment.

Enjoy!
(c) This pattern designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS), February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day, Mon Cher!


I am a devoted Muppets fan since I was a kid! You will see that from time to time here! I asked Miss Piggy to just stop by quick, if she could, before she departs on a romantic Valentines Day get-away with her beloved Kermie. I always get such a kick out of her!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

McGregger's Garden Square

McGregger's Garden Square:
©2007, by Beansieleigh (TS)

Materials and Gauge: Using a G hook, this square came out to be a 7" square. (Two rounds equalled about 1") *Note: As I do tend to crochet loosely, I would suggest to others who crochet tightly to either use a larger hook, or to add more row(s) between Rounds 3 and 4.

This is a great scrap yarn project, as small amounts of yarn are used for each square. Dye lot would be an issue, perhaps, if making an afghan or baby blanket. For suggestion of colors, refer to photo.

Small amounts of ribbon, beads, and pom-poms are used for bunnies' faces, as shown in photo, but they are NOT suggested if making a baby blanket. I would then suggest that you use french knots for eyes and noses, and crocheted chains instead of ribbon for bows at the necks.

Stitches used in this pattern include basic single and double crochet. A Long (or "loose") double crochet is used in the last round, and is done by yarning over your hook, then inserting hook into space specified in the directions.

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Using worsted weight yarn in preferred color of choice for bunny's head,and a size G hook,

Chain 4, and join with a sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of first ch3 to join the round. Ch 10, sl st in bottom first loop of this chain, then sl st again in the front loop of dc st that you are presently working from. Sl st in front loop of next st. Sl st in front loop of next st, ch 10, sl st in first chain st at the base of this chain, then sl st again in the front loop of same dc you are working from. (Ears formed) Fasten off and weave in end of yarn. (Bunny's head now finished)

Rnd 2: Attatch next color of choice to unused loop from Rnd 1, just behind an right ear (bunny facing you). Ch 1, 2 sc into both loops of next sl st from previous round (middle st, just between the ears), then skip next unused loop behind next ear. (2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in both loops of the next st (stitch just following the left ear), thus forming the first corner of this granny square. From here on you will work in both loops around the circle. *Sc in the next 2 stitches. 2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next st* around, till you then join with sl st to the first sc made in this round. Fasten off yarn to join new color, if needed.

Rnd 3: Join new color in bottom right corner space (bottom right ch 2 space from bunny's face and right side of piece facing you). (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in that same space. Ch 1, skip next two stitches, 3dc in the next st (the middle stitch of that side). Skip 2 stitches. *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 2 space. Skip next 2 stitches, 3 dc in next st.* repeating 2 more times to complete the round, then joining round with a sl st to the top of the first ch3. Fasten off color is choosing to, weaving in end of yarn, then join new color to a corner space. If staying with same color, proceed as instructed in Rnd 4.

Rnd 4: Using same color as previous round, sl st over to corner ch 3 sp. (Chain 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the same space. Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1. (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 1, *1 dc in next ch 1 space. Yarn over hook, insert hook into a single chain loop from the tip of Bunny's ear AND through same ch 1 space that you are working from (thus tacking down the ear), then complete your second dc. Work third dc into same ch 1 space. Ch 1* Repeat one more time for next chain one space, thus tacking down the second ear. *3 dc in next corner ch 3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space* twice. Join round with a sl st to the top of beginning chain 3 of this round. Fasten off yarn, and weave in end, as you will now be changing to a peach or orange color (the carrots) of the next round.

Rnd 5: Attatch new carrot-color yarn in any corner sp, and proceed in normal fashion to crochet granny square round as in Rnd 3, crocheting 3 dc in every ch1 space, and (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in every corner ch3 space, joining with a sl st to the top of first chain 3 of this round. (Do not fasten off. You will continue with second round of carrot color in Rnd 6.)

Rnd 6: Chain 3 (counting as first dc), dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 6 to form corner, 3 dc in each group of 3 dc, with chain 1 between each group of 3 dc to next corner* ending with a ch 1, sl st to join to the top of first ch 3 of this round. Fasten off to change to green color of carrot tops/leaves.

Rnd 7: Having joined green to the second (middle) st of the middle carrot (third group of 3 dc) on any side, ch1, 3 sc in that same stitch. Long dc into ch 1 of the 5th round (directly below). 3 sc in the next middle stitch atop the next carrot, Long dc into next ch 1 space of Rnd 5, directly below. 3 sc in next middle st atop last carrot of this side of square. *Sc into ch 6 space, Lond dc into ch 3 space in Round 5, sc into ch 6 space*, chain 3, Repeat from * to * now completing first corner of this round. Proceed with this round, with groups of 3 sc above each carrot, and one long dc between each carrot, then corners as just described, around. Fasten off green and weave in all ends.

Finish your square by sewing beads for eyes, pom-pom for the nose, and a ribbon at the neck. Again, if making a baby blanket however, use french knots for eyes and noses. I suggest crocheted chains for the bows, as these can be tied and double-knotted much more tightly and securely than silky-like ribbons.

Monday, February 9, 2009

New blogger on the block!!

Ha! Ha!... There goes the neighborhood, right?!!

Well, really, I am so excited to finally have my own little place on the internet, where family, old friends, new friends, and crafty crochet friends can join me for the variety of content I will posting here.... I am a very proud Mom to two kids, who are truly the greatest blessings God has ever bestowed upon me!! In my day-to-day life, my hobbies and interests include crocheting, sewing, and any crafting in general, reading, movies, baking, etc! I could be referred to as a packrat, but I much prefer the word "collector". I'm sure we'll talk more about these things later!

So, as you stop by, if at least to just keep in touch, from time to time, I do hope there will be a little something of interest for everybody!

(Wow... I DID this!! I am so proud of ME!!)