Hi! I'm Carmina, also known as Nana. I love DIY projects, parties, crocheting, and traveling. I hope that you enjoy my posts and find them useful! If you have any ideas or suggestions I'd love to hear from you! Visit us at http://www.savvynana.com/
With the cold weather upon us my daughters have asked me to make them legwarmers. I was a bit reluctant, I have never made legwarmers before.
I searched the web for a pattern and found this one by Dot Mathews onCrochetville.com. It turned out quite well and was pretty easy to make. It uses chains, slip stitches, and single crochet stitches. Once you get the hang of the pattern it's very easy to follow.
I love the lacy look and I'm sure my daughters will love it too. I'll be making them in different colors, I can't wait to see how they turn out.
Here are the same legwarmers in blue. I had to adjust the pattern to fit my daughter. I did this by reducing the length of the top band, her calf was smaller. To make it larger add more rows to the top band. Whether you add or subtract rows to the top band be sure that you end up with a number of rows that are a multiple of 6 so that the pattern for the body will work. Otherwise your counts will be off.
To make it smaller you should have 42, 36 or 30 rows instead of the 48 that the pattern has. To find the correct measurement measure around the calf just below the knee. Your top should measure 1″ – 2″ less than your calf measurement to account for stretching.
If you need to make it longer or shorter work more or less of the 3 repeated rows (4,5,6) of the body's pattern. You must end with a repeat of row 6 so that you can work round 40 of the pattern then go on to the bottom band.
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I've recently discovered hurricane vases and how to DIY them in all shapes, sizes, and colors. I made several and used them along with other vases I purchased at TJ Maxx for under $5 to decorate my home for the holidays. I also used vases I made from old glassware.
My dining room after unloading my car. How will all these random items turn into Christmas decor?
A trip to TJ Maxx and Walmart where I spent under $200 netted me enough supplies to make vases to decorate my entire home. The projects took me only 2 days. It's amazing what a tube of glue, a couple of cans of spray paint, epsom salts, and some cheap ornaments can do!
A large cylinder vase filled with Epsom Salt for snow is what I used for my polar bear scene. I used a polar bear figurine I picked up from a dollar store in Arizona last year, and added a sprig of fake evergreen and pine cone from a spray I got last year.
The glittery red lantern I got at Walmart for $1.47. I added the rest of the evergreen sprig I used in the vase. The gold vase is a re-purposed Spaghetti Factory glass we get whenever we dine there.
I painted it with metallic gold spray paint in the fall and used it to hold branches of autumn leaves. I added the bow and a fake Christmas spray of holly and pine branches from Walmart .97 cents.
I thought they all made a nice arrangement on top of the old fashioned radio someone had given us years ago. This all sits on top of the antique chest in my foyer.
On the other side of the chest I have an arrangement of 2 hurricane vases I made and a cloche stand I had in my pantry.
I placed pine cones in the taller vase which has a mercury look finish candle stick base and silver mini ball ornaments in the matching shorter hurricane vases. Both vases cost me under $20 to make. I tied the trio together with sprigs of glittery holly berries I got on clearance from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.
For instructions on how to make hurricane vases click here!
My decorated foyer with the vase arrangements and the wooden “Joy” hanger.
For instructions on how to make Joy hanging click here!
Plant stand by the front door. I used another cylinder vase filled with Epsom Salt to create this polar bear scene.
Mini ball ornaments fill a small metal sleigh that adorned a gift many years ago. It was gold, I spray painted it red.
The silver vase is an old glass cup we got from Circus Circus in Las Vegas 2 years ago. I spray painted it metallic silver using Krylon Metallic spray paint. I hot glued on a glittered ornament left over from my Mesh Christmas Wreath, dropped in another Christmas spray I got at Walmart for .97 cents and I had another pretty arrangement for my front door.
I have a collection of Santas. I choose to display these three on the corner table in my formal living room. The silver vase is identical to the one pictured above.
The poinsettia sprays are ones purchased on clearance from Pier 1 several years ago.
Christmas Village set up on my formal dining room table.
Hurricane vases and other small vases are made of vases and glassware I purchase at TJ Maxx or had in my kitchen as are the dessert plates.
Vases and plates are filled with Epsom Salt “snow” ceramic buildings were purchased from Walmart for $1.47 each, bottle brush tree for .75 – 1.00, and figurine set from Home Depot for $7.99. Animated Carousel and Tilt-A-Whirl were also from Home Depot, $99 and $32 respectively.
Apothecary jars are from the candy buffets we set up for other parties.
Table runner has been part of our decor for many years.
Click here to learn how to fill large jars without using a ton of filling.
Don't forget the kitchen! This arrangement sits on one of my kitchen counters. The silver vase is one of the glasses we get from Spaghetti Factory, I spray painted it with Krylon Metallic Silver paint.
The cloche stand is one I had in my pantry. The Lenox salt & pepper shakers inside were also from my pantry. I printed out the Christmas Bucket List, taped it onto a piece of foam board and popped it on a wooden tripod.
Here's another cookie mix in a jar. This one is for the Peppermint lover, Peppermint M&M Cookie Mix. They are easy, inexpensive, and cute! It uses a box of cake mix and a topping. Takes 5 minutes to put together.
You can spruce it up with a cute label with baking instructions, a bow and a cookie cutter or other baker's tool. I like to use a cupcake liner to dress up the lid.
Ribbon colors and cupcake liners can be color or theme coordinated and can also be tailored to the occasion or holiday.
1 Quart Size Mason Jar
1 bag Milk Chocolate Peppermint M&M Candies
1 Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 Printed Instruction Tag
Ribbons, tag, and enhancements
Fill jar slowly with cake mix. Pack powder down with the back of the spoon between adding mix, to get air out.
When all powder is in the jar pack it down so the top is even.
Fill jar to top with M&M candies.
Then decorate jar as you like. You can place a cupcake liner over the lid then secure it with the ring.
Print these instructions and tie to jar.
1. Beat together 2 eggs & 1/2 cup Vegetable oil in medium bowl 2. Pour in entire contents of jar and stir well with spoon 3. Chill dough for 20 minutes in refrigerator prior to baking 4. Drop onto non-stick cookie sheet in rounded balls 5. Bake for approx. 8-9 minutes or til done at 350 degrees
I made this beanie for my daughter and she loves it! The holly leaves and berries are just pinned on, after the holidays she can take it off and use the hat the rest of the winter without looking too Christmas, or she can pin something else like a flower on the hat.
This hat is really easy to make using my favorite basic hat pattern from Ravelry by Christins from My Sweet Potato 3. I really love that pattern!
This time I added a round of triple crochet near the bottom of the hat so that I could thread the ribbon thru. You can make this hat in any size or color you want and add a coordinating ribbon. You can also add different pins to change the look as often as you like!
To make this hat use the basic hat pattern by Christins from My Sweet Potato 3 or your favorite hat pattern. Click here for basic hat pattern! But make the following adjustment to any size hat:
Add a round of Triple Crochet to the SECOND to last round of the hat pattern. Your last round will be SC then finish off with another round of SC then fasten off and weave ends in.
Weave ribbon thru 2 stitched (see photo) around the hat, tie ends into a bow.
Holly Leaves & Berries
Hook Size F 3.75mm #4 worsted yarn in green & red Yarn needle Ch – chain Hdc – half double crochet Sc – single crochet Dc – double crochet Picot – DC, chain 2, sc in 2nd. chain from hook Mini Picot – Sl st, chain 2, sc in 2nd. chain from hook Sl St – Slip Stitch Leaves – make 2 green leaves are worked on both sides of the foundation chain
Sc in 2nd. chain on the foundation, Hdc in next st, Picot in next st (Dc, chain 2, sc in 2nd. chain from hook), Dc in next st, Hdc in next st, Picot in next st, Dc in next st, Hdc in next st, sc in next st, Mini Picot in last chain of the foundation (Sl St, chain 2, sc in 2nd. chain from hook) – One side of the foundation chain is complete, rotate work so you can work on the other said of the foundation chain.
Repeat the pattern above starting with an Sc in the next chain. Fasten off leaving tail for sewing leaves together.
Sew at the bottom of the leaves, position leaves at a bit of an angle, the bottom part should overlap just a bit. Berries – make 3 red berries
Ch 6 Sc in 2nd. chain from hook, hdc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in last st, fasten off leaving tail for sewing.
Using needle insert into the 2nd sc you made, roll up and stitch into next crochet stitch, work piece in to a ball shape by weaving the needle in and around the other stitches and around the sides of the piece. When you have the ball pull yarn tight and sew on top of the leaves.
Add a pin or clip to the back of the leaves and attach to hat just above the bow.
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In our family Father's Day is sometimes overlooked, lost in the hustle and bustle of summer vacations, family reunions, and other events. This year Father's Day will fall the day before we depart for Houston where we will be hosting my mother's 80th. birthday party, so there was a good chance that Father's Day would again be lost in the shuffle. Determined not to let this happen I scoured the web last month for gift ideas my grandsons, age 7 and 12, could make for their dad, poppa, and uncles. There were many great ideas out there, I even wrote a post, 12 Really Cool Father's Day Crafts – FREE Printables, highlighting my favorites. I showed the different ideas to my grandsons, Dion and Devon, they both loved the comic book decoupage frames and boxes. Devon especially loved the frames and wanted to put his picture wearing his Captain America costume in them. Definitely right up his alley! Dion decided he'd make the boxes and fill them with candy, he knows how much his dad and uncles like candy. He's filling his poppa's box with coffee K-cups, his poppa's a big coffee drinker. These ideas came from Crafts by Amanda, aside from the frames and boxes she also makes comic strip magnets. She uses comic book pages from comic books she was lucky enough to find at a garage sale for a quarter. We weren't so lucky, we didn't have any old comic books laying around and I didn't want to hit the garage sales in search of any. Instead I found some free images of comic strips online (there are many, just do a google search for “free comic strip images”) and printed them to use for our craft projects, they worked just fine. I found the unfinished frames at the Walmart craft department, they cost $1.11 a frame. The paper mache boxes came from our local craft store and were $4.39 each for the large oval ones. The boxes come in many shapes and sizes and ranged in price from $1.99 on up. Mod Podge can be purchased at Walmart's craft department and most other craft stores. We used small sponge brushes that we got from Home Depot for .54 cents each, they have them at Walmart in the craft and paint departments as well. This whole project ( 4 frames & 4 boxes) cost me less than $30 and I still have lots of Mod Podge glue and sealer left for future projects. So the average cost for each frame and each box is about $3.75. A great deal! We pretty much followed the directions found on her site but added extra coats of Mod Podge glue (affiliate link)and a coat ofMod Podge gloss sealer (affiliate link). Thanks to Crafts by Amanda we came up with super Father's Day gifts that didn't cost much and were very easy to make. The boys made 4 frames and 4 boxes in a couple of hours, that's including drying time between coats! (The boys went out to play while they waited for the glue to dry, they are very good multi-taskers!) I found that working with comic strip pages is very forgiving, the print is so busy you don't really notice flaws such as wrinkles and seams. A great craft for kids who aren't always patient about gluing things together! *Clicking on affiliate links will take you to our Amazon affiliate.
Here are instructions for the frames and boxes! Supplies for frame: Comic Books or printed comic strip images – if you are going to print them be sure to adjust the size on the printer so that the image will fill the page otherwise you may end up with a tiny image surrounded by white paper. Mod Podge Original Glue – Matte finish Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer – Matte Finish Unfinished Wood Craft Picture Frame to hold 4×6 photo Small sponge brushes Scissors Pencil Newspaper or drop cloth to cover work surfaces Directions:
1. Position the frame on top of the comic strip page as best as you can so that you can have the images you want on the frame. The boys tried to get as much of the super hero's image on the frame as possible by shifting the wood frame around until they were satisfied that they weren't cutting off “vital” parts. Trace frame onto comic strip page with pencil. To get the desired images you may have to trace two “C” shaped strips and connecting them when you position them on the wood frame. We didn't need to so we just traced the whole frame and the inside part as well. Remember the rectangle you cut out of the middle won't be placed on the wood frame. We saved those pieces for later should we decide to make them into magnets or other craft. 2. Cut out the traced shape being careful to cut the middle opening out without cutting into the surrounding piece. Should you nip a bit of the outer piece don't worry too much about it. You don't need to start all over, just glue it securely in place later on, you'll probably hardly notice it. 3. Brush a light coat of glue on the wood frame and on the backside of the strip or strips you will be using. Allow to dry for 5 minutes. 4. Carefully position the comic strips onto the glue coated wood frame (place the side of the comic strip you brushed glue on to the frame – both glue coated surfaces should be together). The strip should lightly adhere to the wood. 5. Working from the middle of the frame out, gently lift off the comic strip section by section and press onto the frame to work out bubbles and wrinkles. You may have to dab on a bit more glue so that the strip sticks to the wood well. 6. When you're satisfied with the placement and have made sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles brush on a coat of glue over the entire surface. You don't have to soak the paper, just be sure you get the glue brushed on evenly on the whole frame. Allow to dry 10 -15 mins, or until it's no longer sticky. We had a fan on so it didn't take our glue to dry, it dried in about 5 minutes. 7. Once the glue is dry check the frame, you may have to trim off excess paper at this point. 8. Brush on 3 – 4 more coats of glue, allowing glue to dry between each coat. About 10 – 15 minutes drying time between coats. 9. After your last coat of glue allow the frame to dry for an hour. 10. Spray on acrylic finish. This is a job for adults to do outdoors or in a well ventilated area. If you're sensitive to chemicals wear a mask when applying the acrylic finish, it has a very strong smell and can't be healthy. Allow to dry at least an hour before inserting your photo. We let ours dry overnight. Supplies for box: Paper Mache Box – any shape or size Mod Podge Original Glue – Matte Finish Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer – Matte Finish Small sponge brushes Scissors Pencil Newspaper or drop cloth to cover work surfaces Spray paint (optional – in your choice of color) Directions: 1. If you want to spray paint your box before applying the comic strip you can spray paint it in what ever color you want. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding to glue on comic strips. We didn't paint ours. 2. Position the lid on the comic strip page, try to include the images you want to apply to the lid. Trace the shape of the lid on the page. 3. Cut out the traced shape. 4. Cut out 2 strips of the page in the width you desire – you can cut them as wide ad the sides of the box or slimmer so that you will have plain edges on the top and bottom. 5. Brush glue on the box lid, sides of the box, and on the backside of your comic strips. Allow to dry 5 minutes. 6. Position the comic strips to on the lid and sides of the box. 7. Working from the middle, gently lift off the paper and work out bubbles and wrinkles as you press it on to the box. 8. When you're satisfied with the placement and are sure you've worked out all bubbles and wrinkles brush on a coat of glue on the comic strips. Don't soak the paper, just be sure the glue is spread evenly. Allow to dry 10 – 15 minutes. 9. Once the glue is dry check all sides of the box and lid. You may have to trim away excess paper so that the comic strip is even with the lid and box. 10. Brush on 3 – 4 more coats of glue, allowing glue to dry between each coat. About 10 – 15 minutes drying time between coats. 11. After your last coat of glue allow the frame to dry for an hour. 12. Spray on acrylic finish. This is a job for adults to do outdoors or in a well ventilated area. If you're sensitive to chemicals wear a mask when applying the acrylic finish, it has a very strong smell and can't be healthy. Allow to dry at least an hour before inserting your photo. We let ours dry overnight.
Fill box with what ever you want or nothing at all, the boxes make great storage for cufflinks, coins, and other small stuff.