Posted on November 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! I learned a new trick and I am happy to share it! It’s called “tying a lovely bow with miserable velvet ribbon” LOL! I could never get my velvet bows to resemble a bow until I volunteered to help the boy scouts decorate wreaths and I got schooled! Here is the easiest way to make a cute bow, all you need is ribbon and wire, no fancy tools! Have a look:
See, easy huh:) You’re welcome. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas | Tagged: bow, christmas bow, decoration, easy bow, how to make a bow without a bow maker, how to make a pretty bow, how to tie a bow, velvet ribbon, velvet ribbon bow, wire bow | 11 Comments »
Posted on November 27, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Wow what a morning! We are having a crazy wind and rainstorm today, the internet has been down all morning but it is back for the moment, hopefully long enough for me to get this post up! We got a lot of wonderful questions for this weeks episode of Ask a Crafter so without further ado here are two vegetarians talking turkey on this Thanksgiving week episode of crafty goodness!
Gosh, that was fun! They say 10 laughs is equal to a sit-up, well, I got my workout today I guess, I hope you did too! I want to wish everyone here in the USA happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. If you have a question for next weeks episode you can leave it in the comments section here or on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 25, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Monday folks! This weekend I saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and it was amazing! Way better than the first movie and I daresay it was as good as the books! But what really left me speechless (me, speechless, heh, can you imagine?) were the gorgeous knits in the film..well I guess many were woven but still, yarny goodness for sure! A few days before I went to see the move I whipped up these cute boot cuffs to wear:
You can get the pattern from the Crochet Crowd, the pattern is adaptable for whatever kind of yarn you want to use, I used a bulky wool/nylon blend. Very cozy!
It was a corner up type pattern, I have never done that stitch before and it was quick to make, I also had never crocheted ribbing before and I really like the look!
So then I got to thinking, I bet some really clever knitters have come up with some Katniss inspired knits. Here are a few that I have found:
The Katniss Cowl by LollyKnits
Distrect 12 Fingerless Gloves Bethanny McRae
District 12 training beanie Nancy Fry
Mockingjay Stitch Chart DWTC Hunger Games Fansite
The above links will take you directly to the designer’s free patterns. Enjoy and may the odds be ever in your favor! Happy crafting!
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Posted on November 24, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends! I had a request on my last Ask a Crafter video to do a painting in oil pastels. Ahhh, oil pastels. What fond memories, I always loved it in elementary school when my teacher would let us use the Cray-Pas, the rich, smooth creamy texture, the sweet waxy smell and the vibrant colors that were like crayons on steroids. Good times! Let’s relive our childhood with this fun and easy painting!
My Christmas cactus is in full bloom right now so I decided it would be the perfect subject. I used Crayola brand Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (my favorite) but if your oil pastels are not water-soluble you can still blend them easily with your finger. You can heat them for a few seconds with a hair dryer or heat tool to blend them easier if needed or use a bit of paint thinner or baby oil. If you don’t have oil pastels check your child’s art supply box as most childrens art kids have a set included. These are one of the least expensive art mediums you can get so a new set will only set you back a couple of bucks! 😀
Pretty fun huh? I bet you can think of a bunch of fun stuff to paint with oil pastels. Teach your kids too! Share the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
PS I am working on some watercolor Christmas tags so if you need more crafty ideas and projects head over to my YouTube channel, the new video should be up this afternoon!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Painting | Tagged: crayola, free painting lesson, freebie, how to apint a christmas cactus, oil pastel tutorial, oil pastels, portfolio oil pastels, tutorial, water soluble oil pastels | 8 Comments »