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Hey, everyone. Wanted you all to know I will be posting again soon! New content coming.

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Toddler Socks

I have had the pleasure of making two pairs of socks for my one-year old recently. She wears size 6C toddler shoes, so you can use that as a reference for size. The cuff is very close to being too tight, so if your child wears a 7C or larger, you’ll need to increase the number of stitches you cast on. Happy stitching!

Knit Socks

Whoa!! How did the years go by so quickly?

In the last 3 years, I’ve learned to knit. Another skill to add to my bag of tricks in case the manufacturing industry goes to hell and we have to make our own goods. Hey, it could happen, right? I would be completely naked, except socks, a hat, and mittens.

Ok, so for real. Here’s my favorite pattern. A friend shared it with me, and I have enjoyed using it for many pairs of socks. I use light sock-weight yarn and 4 double-point needles. I don’t measure. Adjust your yarn or needles to fit your fancy. Or feet.

Welcome, Jack!

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for visiting. I just wanted to announce the arrival of my new baby, Jack! He’s a 13-week-old male pug. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he’s super spoiled. Get ready for some doggy crafts!

Kisses. Tam.

Vintage Chalkboard

Hey, everybody. Here’s a great project I came up with while shopping at a used home goods store. They had a bunch of old cupboard doors for a dollar, so I bought them to make some signs for the wedding. Since we’re getting married in a botanical garden, the guests have to walk along certain paths to get to the site of the ceremony. And if I’m making signs, I might as well make them reuseable: chalkboards!

These cupboard doors were finished back in the 50’s I think. I didn’t feel like sanding them, though. So I just used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Premium Primer. Two coats over the blank cupboard doors. Check.

Then I picked out the paint color. I chose Pittsburgh Paints Ultra Interior Latex Paint in Rose Marquis. I got it in flat, because I want to make it look vintage. You can choose any finish you like. I then painted the edges of the cupboard pink. Two coats.

Next, I painted the interior of the cupboard with Rustoleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint in Green.  Again, two coats. And don’t write on the chalkboard for at least 2 days. It needs to set.

Finally, the finishing touches. I bought a vintage-looking knob at Hobby Lobby and screwed it into the knob hole. It might be a little hard to do, especially if you got paint in the hole like I did. 🙂 Then I took fine sandpaper and rubbed the edges until just a little primer and wood showed through. Make sure you only do this to the edges, so it looks like real wear-and-tear. Last, I put a little butterfly on it, because it was just so cute.

Happy crafting!

Tidy Travel Towel

Here’s a great craft I saw on Pinterest and had to try. I don’t know what other people call it, but I’m calling it a tidy travel towel. Catchy, huh?

This thing is perfect for taking on trips. You can customize it to hold whatever bathroom essentials you need on your trip.

Step one: Find a hand towel and something to tie it with. You can use ribbon, rope, lace, a long friendship bracelet, braided pieces of bandana. . . get creative. You’ll need about a foot and a half. Now take your handy-dandy Singer sewing machine and thread it with what color you plan to use (It doesn’t have to match!).

Step two: Lay your towel flat, with the long side facing you. Fold the bottom up so about half is doubled over and half isn’t. This is your pocket. Sew along the thick seams on the side. My machine got angry when I tried to sew ON the thick seams, so I sewed next to them.

Step three: What are you going to put in your travel towel? Lay it all out on top of the pocket, and place pins where you’ll need seams to separate the items. Try to scatter skinny, thick, heavy, or light items, so your towel isn’t all lumpy when rolled up. Sew those lines- you’re almost done!

Step four: Take your tying item and fold it in half. Where that fold is, stick it between the towel’s seams, about in the middle. That way, your stitching is invisible to the world and you look extra smart. 🙂 Sew that baby in there, and you’re done!

Step five (optional): Sometimes it’s fun to add buttons, sequins, beads, ribbon trim. . . Like I said before, get creative! When I showed these to my friends, they all wanted one.

When you get home from a trip, simply toss your Tidy Travel Towel in the wash, and it’s nice and fresh for the next trip. No more wet, sticky Ziploc bags!!

Hope you’re having a fabulous day. XO Tam