Friday, January 20, 2017

Retro Rugs Provides Popular Rug Patterns to Crochet for the Home

Retro Rugs Crochet Patterns
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If you are looking for the perfect crochet rug pattern for you home you might want to check out the Retro Rugs Crochet Book from Leisure Arts.  The crocheted rugs in this book are some of the favorite patterns for you to crochet for your home.  When crocheting a rug you can either use a bulky weight yarn or 2 to 4 strands of yarn held together to make a thicker rug pattern.
Retro Rugs from Leisure Arts presents seven quick-to-crochet rugs with the look of popular designs from the past, refreshed with today’s wonderful yarns. Designs include Woven Rug and Basketweave Runner by Sarah J. Green, Clusters Runner and Floral Hexagon Rug by Anne Halliday, Oval Rug by Maggie Weldon, Patchwork Rug by Jennie Black, and Hexagons Rug by Carole Prior. All are for Easy skill level, using various weights of yarn; there are four rugs using super bulky weight, one using bulky weight, one using jumbo weight, and one using four strands of medium weight.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Benefits of Using a Cordless Iron for Quilting and Sewing Projects

Panasonic 360 Freestyle Cordless Iron-Purple (NIWL600V)
A while ago I was able to review a cordless iron from Panasonic.  Unlike my mom and grandma who were your typical housewives that had an ironing day my iron mainly sat in my closet until I needed it for an event or craft project.
I really never gave it much thought until I started using a cordless iron and it made the world of difference especially when it came to using fabric for sewing, quilting and other craft projects.
Here are some of the Benefits of Using a Cordless Iron for your Sewing and Quilting Projects.
  • The cordless irons are natural, easy and convenient.  They heat up quickly and cool down fast for easy use.
  • Quickly get to those tight spots like collars and corners without rotating the iron or yourself. Speeds up larger jobs like making quilts, tablecloths or curtains. Iron in any direction with precision, ease and speed.
  • The irons have a natural movement in any direction making it easy for you to not have a cord getting in your way while ironing. This makes ironing much more quick and easy.
  • Auto Shut-Off Remembers to Turn Off the Iron When You Don't
  • Easy touch system to select desired temperature.
  • Spray Mist wrinkles away easy and carefully

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern Easy to Crochet Messy Bun Beanie Using Caron Cakes Yarn

 Crochet Caron Cakes Messy Bun Crochet PatternCaron Cakes Yarn, Spice Cake

The Number of Caron Cakes Yarn to complete this project is 1 Caron Cakes Yarn - Shown in color Spice Cake.
Nothing could be more popular right now than crocheting a messy bun hat and what a better way to do make it than with the ever so hot Caron Cakes Yarn. The pattern states that you need to get the use of the different colors in the yarn skein, pull the four center colors out and unravel. Cut where each color changes and roll yarn into individual balls. But I have made hats using the Caron Cakes Yarn and I like to leave the balls together and see how the colors turn out when crocheting a hat and like the way the colors blend together.

There are many ways to crochet the messy bun hat. Some start out with crocheting the ponytail or the bun area first while others start at the brim and work their way up. It's all a matter of preference and how you like to crochet.

This pattern also calls for using a Ponytail holder which can help your hair stay in place when wearing the hat.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Best Portion Control Lunch Boxes for Healthy Happy Kids

 Best Portion Control Lunch Boxes for Healthy Happy Kids
Healthy Kids are happy kids. They do better in school, stay focused and are more active when they eat right, get enough exercise and sleep well.  Most of us know it can be a challenge to get kids to eat their lunch at school especially when it comes to packing a healthy lunch.  That where portion control and the right lunch box comes in handy.
As any nutritionist would say, portion control is key and packing a healthy lunch in a bento lunchbox is a great way to manage that.
One way to get the kids to eat right is to pack their lunches in portion control lunch box that is free of chemicals and made in the USA.  
You can also help your kids reduce waste with great toxic-free and recycled lunch packing products & water bottles from The Ultimate Green Store! The water bottles we sell are made of 100% recyclable, high-quality, food-grade, stainless steel so they don't need a special lining like some other metal bottles. They are completely BPA-free and won't leach toxins or funky flavors into water, juice or your kids other drink of choice. And, by using re-usable water bottles, you'll save a lot of plastic bottles from going into the landfills, or worse yet, the ocean.
What is a Bento? Bento is a single-portion, travel-friendly meal packed at home, common in the Japanese culture. Bentos can hold a lot of colors, flavors, textures, and food groups inside a container to help ensure that food doesn't move around before mealtime. Traditionally Bentos consist of rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables held in a box-shaped container, but these handy sets, kits, and containers allow for versatility, creativity, and a bit of fun when it comes to eating away from home, whether it is a child or an adult!
They are also great for waste-free lunch packing. Say goodbye to baggies, plastic wrap and foil! Plus packing your own lunch saves money! Lunchboxes are BPA-Free. Ice-packs are non-toxic and biodegradable. Both are made in the USA.  
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Take a look at some of the lunch box choices below...

Bento Box-Classic 6 Pc. Set in Night/Pear


Insulated Lunch Tote with Side Pocket - Midnight

You will be sure to feel your best after eating a delicious and nutritious meal packed in this versatile and stylish bento box! You will be able to pack everything from sandwiches to soups and salads with these 6 containers to mix-and-match. This insulated lunch bag will keep your lunch fresh and tasty for hours! Pack additional items in the expandable front pocket and slide your drink bottle (not included) in the collapsible side drink pouch.

Bento Lunch Box Set of 4 Containers in Raspberry


Obentec Laptop Lunches Biodegradable Non-Toxic Bento Cool Ice Pack - Stripes

The containers in this box set come in a variety of sizes to fit all your food storage needs from putting away leftovers to packing your mismatched lunch items or bringing your favorite snacks wherever you go. With bright colors and a fanciful design these non-toxic ice packs will keep your on-the-go meals fresh and tasty for hours. And... they fit perfectly inside our Laptop Lunches® bento carriers totes and sleeves!

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Eco-friendly Lunchboxes | Eco Lunch Containers | Reusable Lunch Boxes | Bento Boxes

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Easy to Make Valentine's Day Crafts for the Classroom

Easy to Make Valentine's Day Crafts for the Classroom
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Licensed Valentine...Remember the fun of handing out Valentine's Day Cards as a kid? Parents can easily purchase Valentine's Day Cards for the kids to hand out in the classroom but as a teacher or parent you can have fun making your own Valentine's Day cards and crafts with just a few items from the Dollar Store.

Using just a few items such as paper, stickers, scissors, crayons, markers and glue kids can create heart shapes and make their own creative Valentine's Day cards to place in shoe boxes and hand out to family and friends.

Scroll down to view some of the free kids Valentine's Day projects...
Assorted Foam Heart-Shaped Stickers, 100-ct. PacksDie-Cut Valentine StickersKraft Paper Valentine Gift Bags, 3-ct. PacksValentine Heart Polyester Ribbon, 3-yd. Spools
Kids can decorate their own bags, boxes or mini mailboxes to hold the cards in.
Mailbox-Shaped Whimsical Nesting Valentine Gift BoxesFrosted Valentine Loot Bags, 6-ct. PacksSmall Red Kraft Paper Gift Bags, 3-ct. Packs5" Children’s Scissors

Construction Paper is one of the best items to use to make kids crafts with.  Kids can easily cut out hearts with scissors and construction paper in all sorts of colors and make cards by folding the paper in half and adding stickers, drawing pictures and writing notes on the cards. It's always fun to cut out shapes and hearts and glue them onto paper or paper bags. The simple and easy projects are sometimes the best ways for kids to get creative with their Valentine's Day crafts.
Roselle Construction Paper, 12x9" Pads3-in-1 Activity Pads, 90 SheetsConstruction Paper, 12x9" PadsBoxed Crayons with Built-In Sharpener, 48-ct. Boxes

You can easily print gift tags and Valentine's Day Cards for the classroom and have the kids cut out the shapes for the printables.

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tag Cards

Free Valentine bookmarks - gift tags

Kids can also make their own treat bags or parents can help create treat bags to hand out for the kids classroom parties and events.
Here are some free Dollar Tree Craft Ideas for you to check out and try for the kids and for at home!

Valentine's Craft Idea: Create a Valentine Mailbox
It's easy to create some Valentine's fun by getting some brown paper lunch bags and cut out some paper hearts and tissue paper hearts and add them along with their name to the lunch sacks. View the complete instructions and How to information on making these Valentine's bag holders and more here.

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