Golf Club Covers and a pattern review

My begats’ school has an annual golf tournament as a major fundraiser each year. When they reached out to the students’ families for donations, I thought to offer my services in making a memory T-shirt quilt and a set of golf club covers. This is the first time I’ve ever volunteered to make something to go up for bid so it’s a bit nerve wracking.

I found this pattern for golf club covers on ravelry from Chris Knits in Niagra. She calls them “Wood Hoods”.  Here’s what I actualized:

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Not too shabby, huh?!

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Here’s my review:

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Crochet edged fleece blanket and a product review

It was a friend’s birthday and I needed a gift to make quickly. One thing about having a reputation of being a crafter, there is a lot of pressure (that I put on myself) to create a present that is cute, useful and that is handmade while not looking homemade. Catch my drift?

My friend’s older begat and my older begat are on the same baseball team so I thought of making a stadium blanket with the team colors (red, white and blue). I ran into Walmart and saw this No-sew Microfleece Throw Kit – Baseball. edge9But rather than tie the ends in little knots (this is homemade to me…just sayin’), I decided to attach the two fleece sheets together with a crocheted edge (handmade to me, and by me, too!).

So here’s the review part of this post:

The blankets are super soft, not too thick yet very warm. I love that.

I don’t love how both pieces were not the same size. I especially don’t love how “they” (“they” are probably poor sweatshop kids in China. Now I feel bad.) left shredded selvages.

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Assuming that this product is sold for the purpose of no-sew-cut-the-fringes-for-ages-5+, it would be natural to think the fabric would be ready to go right out of the box. Not the case. I had to trim about an inch on all sides on both  fabrics. And because they weren’t the same size to begin with (of course, I didn’t check that until after I trimmed up the both pieces of fabric), I had to trim them again to make sure it was square.

The box says that the blanket is for ages 5+, could be made in an afternoon, and it includes “everything you need to make this throw”. Let’s take these statements into consideration. A 5-year-old will need some help, even ones with really strong motor skills. I’d be interested in seeing what a 5-year-od would do to this blanket if left to their own devices. Start at noon because you’ll need time to trim the yucky edges on both pieces, and then match them up to trim again so that both pieces are the same size. Finally, the kit didn’t come with scissors or a ruler. So, it contains most of what is needed to complete the project. Seriously, not being obtuse about the whole thing; everything, to me, means all things.

Anyway, those are just minor annoyances and first world problems to this little project. Overall, I liked the fabric, its feel and the pattern on it.

Here’s the disclaimer part:

I am not affiliated with the company that sells or manufactures this item. I paid for this product with the intent to make a gift. I had thoughts about the product that I thought would be useful to future consumers. Ok, there.

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On to the fun part! Let’s edge this blanket!

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More salt dough earrings!

There’s something so immensely satisfying about finishing a project (or two) and completing the “must do today” on the endless “to do” list within a day! (Wait, what?)

In other words, I did some billing (for our business), folded laundry, AND made some jewelry!

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I made these earrings using the same recipe/proportions for my salt dough heart earrings.

Before punching out the round shapes, I stamped the rolled dough using a slow drying pigment and a foliage relief stamp. I made sure I rolled the dough thinner this time.

Then I poked holes opposite ends of each other and placed them in the oven at the lowest setting (mine is 170) flipping them over every 30 minutes or so. It took about 2 hours.

I then took a nail file to it to smooth out the edges and slathered a layer of Mod Podge on both sides.

I added the fish hook findings and some up-cycled pearls to dangle. I love how they turned out! I will try it with some blue ink (maybe a cobalt blue color) to try to give it a porcelain effect. I’ve been making a lot of earrings lately, so maybe a bracelet next time. I’m not sure how sturdy those would be though. This project costs next to nothing so it’s definitely worth a shot!

Pip pip! Cheerio!

Salt dough jewelry – Valentine earrings!

 IMG_4466Judging from my previous posts, I’m in love with Valentine’s! Or is it that I’m in love with the idea of being in love?

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I’ve seen a ton of salt dough ornaments on Pinterest at Christmas time. The recipes to make them call for a lot of flour and salt. I’ll be sure to make some of those the next yuletide season. I have visions that every gift given from this household will have a precious salt dough ornament tag attached to it.

Since I only want to make a few  beads, I have a reduced the batch size significantly.

Let’s make these earrings!

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