Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Free Printable Coloring pages for Kids St. Patrick's Day



A Pot of Gold coloring page
A few fun St. Patrick's Day coloring pages for you to print for the kids to color whether it be for the classroom or at home you can print up as many as you want and stock up on a few of the green crayons while you are at it!
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Crochet a Snow Heart Hat Pattern that has the Look of Knitting

 Crochet a Snow Heart Hat Pattern a hat that looks knitted


Crochet a Hat with Heart. This crocheted hat pattern gives you the look of knitting but with crochet. Be the sweetheart of the slopes when you wear this adorable crochet hat with hearts and a pom pom on top. It does require some skill in order to crochet the hat but the look and feel of this adorable hat crocheted in DK-Weight Yarn is worth the patience.


Design is made using DK-weight yarn. It is worked in 1 piece from bottom to top using continuous rounds. Pattern includes written instructions, charts and up-close photos. Size: S - Toddler/Child (M - Woman, L – Man).


 Crochet a Hat with Heart pattern looks knitted Crochet pattern for Snow Hat with Heart

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Review of Crochet Scrappy Afghans Easy to Crochet Eight Scrap Afghans


Review of Crochet Scrappy Afghans Easy to Crochet Eight Scrap Afghans



 Crochet Scrappy Afghan Patterns 8 Easy to Crochet Afghan Patterns


Leisure Arts sent me a copy of the Scrappy Afghans to review and I am providing my honest opinion of this Crochet afghan book for readers.

Scrappy Afghans 8 Afghans to Crochet is a colorful book filled with 8 easy afghan designs to crochet using your scrap yarn or using planned yarn colors to create beautiful afghans to reflect your personality. The textures and different designs are fun to create using a variety of yarn colors and crocheted using medium worsted weight yarn.

What we love of these Scrappy Afghans is all of the textures and colors that can be used to make an afghan that will be perfect for any style or color combination. 

Leisure Arts makes these patterns easy to read, provide beautiful pictures and creative diagrams in order to complete your project. The yarn information, general information and stitch guide provides helpful tips and guides in order to complete a project with ease and confidence. One of the reasons we continue to promote Leisure Arts is the consistency they provide and easy to understand accurate patterns.

 Crochet Tumbling Blocks afghan pattern

One of the first afghans that I checked out in the book is the Tumbling Blocks afghan. It's an easy afghan to crochet using black yarn with bright colors to create a dimensional feel. This afghan would be great to add to a room and provide a little bit of color to the area it would also make a great kids blanket!

 Scraps afghan crochet pattern


Using scrap afghan or a variety of colors in your favorite yarn colors you can easily crochet these squares and arrange them in a beautiful pattern. Plus this is an easy take along project to carry with you on the go.

 Crochet Textured Strips Afghan Pattern


A warm and cozy afghan made in narrow and wide strips and crocheted together in a colorful and soothing textured pattern. Add fringe on the end for a finishing touch.



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Cross Stitch Crochet Afghan Patterns

Each row is worked across the length of the afghan to create the cross stitch striped look which is a fun way to use different color combinations to utilize yarn colors.



Harlequin Crochet Colorful Easy Afghan Pattern

The colors of this afghan can be changed as desired and can be crocheted in black or any base color that you choose.



Triangle Crochet Colorful Easy Afghan Pattern

The different colors of the triangles add a pop of color to your afghan whether you decide to crochet it in black, white or any base color you want.



Circles Squared Easy Crochet Afghan Pattern

The fun and whimsical patterns featured in the Circles Squared afghan reminds us that you can fit a circle into a square at least when you are a creative crocheter.  This pattern is great way to express you color whether you use two colors or a dozen you will love this easy to crochet afghan!


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Friday, February 23, 2018

How to Select the Best Sewing Machine for Quilting Projects

 How to Choose the Best Sewing Machine for Quilting Projects




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When shopping for a sewing machine there are several factors to consider and it becomes an intense process in order to select the right machine for your sewing and quilting projects. 

Here are a few ideas in order to help you with your selection when shopping for a new sewing machine.

According to the article on Craftsy called How to Choose the Best Sewing Machine for Quilting  there are several factors to consider starting with

Stitch Variety - Since Stitch variety is not a big seller with quilters and most quilts are made using a straight stitch this may be something to consider when looking at machines.

Harp Space - Which is also called throat space is the room between the needle and the main part of the machine. A small or cramped space will not allow a thick quilt that you are working on be able to fit in the machine.
Automatic Thread Cutter - An Automatic thread cutter will save you lots of time when making your quilts.

Knee Lift - A knee life can be a huge time save because it is activated with your knee and allows you to use both hands at all times to grab on to your quilt.
Speed Control - This is a benefit to new quilters as well as experience quilters especially for free-motion quilting. It helps the quilter feel comfortable and in control. 

Needle Up/Down -  The Best sewing machine for quilters is when the needle stop in the down position. It will save time and prevent the needle from wandering.

Presser Foot Pressure - Adjusting the pressure when quilting is necessary especially when working on a thick quilt. 

Budgeting for a sewing machine - When it comes to spending money on a sewing machine quality doses matter when it comes to quilting.  You don't want to get a machine that won't be able to do the things you need in order to continue making beautiful quilts. Be sure to compare and look at different options when purchasing a new machine.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How to Make Homemade Lemonade

A refreshing summertime treat there is nothing quite like a fresh glass of cold lemonade.
On a hot summer day an ice cold glass is just what we need to cool off.
Lemonade is easy to make all you need is 3 simple ingredients.
Forget the powered lemonade and make yours from scratch



What you will need to make 8 servings is
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup Water
Lemons

Directions:  Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small sauce pan. Reduce the heat and simmer but do not stir, until the sugar dissolves, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool. 

In the meantime, put a small strainer over a glass measuring cup.  Cut around 10 lemons in half and using a reamer,  squeeze about 1-1/2 cups juice into the measuring cup.  If the lemons are too firm roll them around on a cutting board to soften them first.  This will make the juice come out easier.

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, the cooled sugar syrup and 4 cups of water. Taste for tartness, if the lemonade is too tart and 1 or 2 cups more cold water.  Remember is you are adding ice this will dilute the lemonade even more.  Place in the refrigerator until chilled.  
Serving suggestion - before serving cut 2 lemons into wedges or slices and stir them into the lemonade and add ice.  Freeze lemonade into cubes and add to the lemonade in order not to dilute the drink like regular ice will do.




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