Category: crafts

Craft Sale

In a few days, I will be setting up a table at a craft sale.  I am getting really excited. It has been a long time since I have done this. What I am worried about is pricing my items properly. I don’t want to undercut myself, but I also don’t want to make my things too expensive. The time it takes to make things and the cost of materials is something that I think about while I’m putting prices on.

I’ve been crocheting and knitting for a long time now and I will be doing both for the foreseeable future. The enjoyment that I get from working with yarn and other materials is stress-free comfort. Feeling the different textures run between my fingers is like no other feeling that I can describe.

If any of you fellow crafters have tips on pricing that you use, please feel free to leave a comment. I would sincerely appreciate any and all ideas that you have. This has been pain in my posterior for a long long time.

 

 

It’s For The Birds (Print This Out To Share With Your Children)

Winter will soon be here. Snow will blanket the ground and cover the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air will blow and Jack Frost will be painting your window panes.

Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold. But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds? Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food? Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter. We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

PINE CONE FEEDER

Two or three pine cones

Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds

Raisins

You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)

Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.

Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones. If the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.

Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone. Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.

Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan. You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.

Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.

Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.

Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.

Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way or disturbed by cats or dogs. The birds need a quiet safe place to eat.

Now this is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!

SUET FEEDER

Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket. You will need:

A piece of suet

A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)

A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)

Here is how you make the suet feeder:

1. Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.

2. Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.

3. Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.

4. Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.

If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over. The birds will eat at your feeders all year long. The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.

Fun But Important Facts: Continue reading “It’s For The Birds (Print This Out To Share With Your Children)”

6 Ways To Make A Difference

Donate money to the charity of your choice. They could all use some extra money. Whether it is a small donation or a large one, they will appreciate it just the same. Every dollar counts.

Volunteer your time. There are soup kitchens, food banks, hospitals and nursing homes to name a few.

Send a care package to a soldier. You can send practical things like razors or sunglasses, small bags of nuts, socks,paperback books, etc. For a good place to find out what is needed and how to send it you can check out this web site at Care Packages.

Go to your local library and volunteer to teach someone to read. What a gift, just think how wonderful it is to be able to read. You would be surprised to learn how many adults can not read.

Volunteer at your local animal shelter. You could offer to walk the dogs, clean out cages or any number of tasks that they need help with.

Any of you crocheters or knitters out there could make hats and scarves in different sizes and colors for homeless people. There are plenty of shelters that would be very happy to get these things.

There are many more things that I could mention, but this is a good starting place. Donate today, it makes a difference.

A Stick And Some String

I wonder how the idea of crochet came about

stick and string

Did they try and try and fail and pout

Makes you wonder how they came to ponder

that one would even try to conjure

Why they would persist at anythingstick and string 2

With a little stick and some string

Update On Afghans

I have gotten a tremendouMade-with-Loves amount of afghans done! Every time I look at the pile it pleases me.

 

The first thing is that I have been able to keep up with the crocheting. With several chronic illnesses it is hard to keep up with things. I have managed despite the pain in my hands by thinking of all the children that are going to benefit from this. The second thing is that while my Go Fund Me campaign is still going, I have had some private donations come in and I was able to order a few animals to get that started. While I have a long way to go, I am feeling confident that I will be able to get everything completed by the date I have set. I want to have everything done by November 1st.

I have some other news that is very exciting to me,

 

the head supervisor service coordinator is going to spotlight me and my work in their fall newsletter and it goes all over the country, not just here in North Carolina!  Anyway, enough about me.

How have the rest of you been doing?  What have you been up to?  I truly would like to know.  Do any of you have gardens? I miss gardening since I have moved to an urban setting.

It’s a beautiful day today. I hope it is just as beautiful where you are. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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