Saturday, December 28, 2013

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter Patterns link

I stumbled on this link by accident, you can still print out all the Knifty Knitter patterns that use to be accessible through the updated website. Now the patterns are

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter patterns

Denim Style Bernat yarn...my favorite yarn to work with so far!



I made a touque for my husband for Christmas. Haven't picked up a crochet hook for a long time. My mom taught me the basics when I was a kid, but that was a very long time ago.

This pattern was fairly easy to work up. If I couldn't remember how to do a stitch, all I did was search it on Youtube. This particular yarn is acrylic/cotten blend, which I love. This pattern and yarn makes a nice thick touque. I love how it turned out!

Touque pattern

My husband has been wearing it around the farm and loves it because it's nice and warm. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fixing your own zippers tutorial!

Best thing I've found on the net this week! You can fix your own zippers! I've bookmarked the page and also the page to buy the kits. If you have kids, this will save you money!

Nancy Zieman video link

To find the video, scroll down to almost the bottom of the page.

Link to purchase kits

I'm ordering some of the kits today! Stumbled across this how to on Pinterest. Yeah, I love Pinterest!

My husband had three broken zippers, he fixed two out of the three last night. The other one, I need parts for. So, I'm ordering this morning!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Desk re-do

 This is the dresser I started with. I wanted to change it into a telephone desk. The mirror was broken on the original piece, so this suited my purpose perfectly.
 The veneer on the top of the desk was brittle and ruined before I got my hands on the desk. I chipped away and peeled away the veneer a chunk at a time. Then I sanded down the two sides.
 Because I didn't want to strip the piece of the finish, I used TSP cleaner and wiped it all down, taking the shine off so that the primer could adhere to the piece more easily. I used Zinsser primer, a stain killer so that the finish (whatever it was) would not bleed through. I applied one coat. Zinsser is a bit runnier than some primers but it really does stop the bleed through of the previous finish not to come through. Love this stuff!
 I removed the handles on the drawers and spray painted them with a flat black in the Tremclad line. (I did wash them down with soap and water and had them dry completely before painting). It did a beautiful job on the old handles. I did spray them two coats to make sure I had really good coverage.
Then, finally I applied 3 coats of Beauti-Tone Designers Series Cabinet and Furniture paint. The color I chose is Barrington Passage.  Love this acrylic paint! My favorite paint to use on painted furniture! Easy to use and it makes me look really really good. The paint was allowed to dry completely before applying the next coat.

 Because I'm using such a vibrant color, I had to make sure to paint around the drawer openings so that when the drawers of the desk are closed, that the color matches the drawers. Otherwise, you would see a crack of wood color all the way around.
 This is the finished product and I love it! The actual color is much darker but photographing with the flash has made it much lighter than it really is. Great little desk!

Owl Lovey

I've always wanted to make one of these. Now you can too, because there's an awesome video on Youtube.com that you can crochet along with. I did use an "H" hook for the whole owl, the other hook she used in the video was a bit large for my liking. I did make it in Owl colors, next time, I'll be more adventurous and use pink or purple or blue or green.

Here's the link on Youtube:

Lovey video part 1

Lovey video part 2

Easy and step by step! If I can do it...so can you!