Make a Stick Star, pretty up your front door ( how- to)

My front door had been bothering me recently, far to bland. To spruce it up, I went for a quick walk through my yard. 

I have decided to do this outside. One, it’s gorgeous out and two, they are sandy and have loose bark on them that’s falling off as I work. 

All you need is a pile of branches/sticks, some string and scissors. 

I don’t have anymore hemp (remember that basket, it pretty much ate it all up) and was determined not to spend any money on this, so I used embroidery floss and some strands of jute I had laying around.

First step, break or cut all the sticks the same size. I used 10 total so the star would be a bit more substantial looking. 

Next, pair up your sets. Being natural materials, some have bends to them and you’ll want to match up shape as best as possible.  Then I used brown embroidery floss to tie the ends together, you’ll have five little bundles.

I swear there are five my picture just cut one group out! 😆

Now, simply place the groups in star formation and tie them together. I wrapped each joining point a few times to make sure it holds tight.  Then I used my “pretty” jute cord and wrapped around the floss to make it look better.

Hang, rinse the dirt off your hands and enjoy!

   

Fishing and crafting

Spring has finally decided to grace us with its presence!! Which of course means fishing season has started. I’m not a “fisherman” but my mister is big time. He loves to just sit on the side of a river and catch and release, he could do it all day. Because I love that man, I do try to go with him, which means hours of open craft time!!  

 

I don’t like to bring my crochet, it’s a little difficult to keep yarn clean while sitting on the ground in the woods, so last year I started this project. It’s an old grocery store basket that I’m simply weaving hemp onto to. Had the basket, had the hemp ( throwback to my high school days I swear ) and had the time. Easy to transport around the woods and easy to start/stop in random places. It’s rather relaxing in my opinion. I don’t think, just weave and listen to the water as he fishes a few feet away.

I’m thinking ( no, I’m going to ) make him draw on the blank square to gussy it up some more and then line the bottom with those rubber cabinets liners. It’s going to be perfect for farmers markets, flea markets, and tag sales! Just going to pop it in my car and leave it there, matches my little red Volkswagen perfectly!!

Here’s what the sides look like finished and the front is almost done 😃 

 

And here’s the reason I’m sitting in the middle of the woods next to a river: 

 

Love that guy! 😍

So ladies, if you’re looking for something to keep you busy while “hanging” out together, I say give it a try.

Totoro!! ( free pattern )

  
We are huge fans of Studio Ghibli in this house. My mister just recently requested a Totoro stuffie and while making him, I decided to do a run of characters. So stay tuned for more Studio Ghibli amigurumi to come. But in the mean time, get to work on your own Totoro!! 

Supplies:

  • G hook
  • Yarn: Grey, Cream and/or White ( for belly )
  • Small amount of white for eyes
  • Small amount of black for nose, mouth
  • Small amount of green for leaf
  • Safety eyes or black yarn for eyes
  • Yarn needle
  • Poly fil stuffing ( ALOT, he’s going to need it )

Terms:

ch – chain

hk – hook

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

inc – increase ( two sc in same st )

dec – decrease ( crochet two sts together )

tr – triple crochet

bl – back loops only

f/o – fasten off

Feet: make two ( using grey )

Ch 2

  1. 6sc in 2nd ch from hk – 6
  2. 2sc in each st around – 12
  3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
  4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
  5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
  6. In bl, sc around – 30
  7. sc around – 30

F/O, weave in ends.

Connecting the feet:

  • Insert the hook through both legs and yarn over the hook:

  
Pull through both legs, yarn over the hook, pull through loop on hook. Insert hook through next set of stitches ( both legs ):

  
Do this 4 more times, you will have 4 stitches combining the legs together:
  
Continue to the left leg. Crochet completely around both legs, ending in the stitch you started on the left leg. You should end with a total of 51 sts around.
  

Body: ( using grey )

  1. ( sc 9, inc )5x – 56
  2. sc around – 56

Your row end should be here, at the last st in the right leg:
  
3 . sc, inc, sc 27, inc, sc 26 – 58

4 . ( sc 28, inc )2x – 60

5 . ( sc 5, inc )10x – 70

6 – 7. sc around – 70 each row

8 . ( sc 6, inc )10x – 80

9 – 28. sc around – 80 each row

29 . ( sc 8, dec )8x – 72

30 . sc around – 72

31 . ( sc 7, dec )8x – 64

32 – 33. sc around – 64 each row

34 . ( sc 6, dec )8x – 56

35 – 36. sc around – 56 each row

37 . ( sc 5, dec )8x – 48

38 – 39. sc around – 48 each row

40 . ( sc 4, dec )8x – 40

41 – 42. sc around – 40 each row

43 . ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35

44 – 45. sc around – 35 each row

46 . ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30

Begin stuffing now, stuff firmly.

47 . sc around – 30 each row

48 . ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25

49 . ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20

50 . ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

51 . ( sc, dec )5x – 10

52 . dec 5, F/O weave in ends.

Belly: ( using white or cream )

Ch 2

  1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
  2. 2sc in each st around – 12
  3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
  4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
  5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
  6. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36
  7. ( sc 5, inc )6x – 42
  8. ( sc 6, inc )6x – 48
  9. ( sc 7, inc )6x – 54
  10. ( sc 8, inc )6x – 60
  11. ( sc 9, inc )6x – 66
  12. ( sc 10, inc )6x – 72
  13. ( sc 11, inc )6x – 78
  14. ( sc 12, inc )6x – 84
  15. sc 74, hdc 3, dc 4, hdc 3, sc 3 – 84

F/O, leave long tail for sewing.

Ears: make two ( using grey )

Ch 2

1 . 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2 . sc around – 5

3 . 2sc in each st around – 10

4 . sc around – 10

5 . sc around – 10

6 . ( sc, inc )6x – 15

7 . sc around – 15

8 . sc around – 15

9 . sc around – 15

10 . sc around – 15

– Begin stuffing-

11 . ( sc, dec )5x – 10

12 . dec 4 – 6

13 . in front loops only: sc around – 6

14 – 15. sc around – 6

-F/O, leave til for sewing.

Arms: make two ( using grey )

Ch 2

1 . 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2 . 2sc in each st around – 12

3 . ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4 – 6. Sc around – 18

7 . ( sc, inc )4x, sc 10 – 22

8 – 21. sc around – 22 each row

22 . ( sc 4, dec )4x – 18

23 . ( sc 4, dec )3x – 15

f/o, lightly stuff just the hand part, sew top shut flat, leave tail for sewing.

Tail: ( using grey )

Ch 2

1 . 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2 . 2sc in each st around – 12

3 . ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4 . ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

5 . ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30

6 – 15. sc around – 30 each row

16 . ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25

17 . sc around – 25

18 . ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20

19 . sc around – 20

20 . ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

21 . sc around – 15

f/o, stuff, leave tail for sewing.

Eyes: ( using white )

Ch 2

1 . 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2 . 2sc in each st around – 10

F/O, leave tail for sewing.

Pupils:

These are just some options:

  • Use safety eyes and attach to the whites now.
  • Using black, embroider onto white.
  • To crochet: ch 2, 4sc into the second ch from hk, f/o and sew onto the white.

Leaf: ( using green )

Ch 9

1 . Starting in second ch from hk: hdc, dc, dc, tr, tr, dc, dc, hdc, sc into the st as the last hdc.

2 . ch 6, slp st back down the ch.

3 . sc to rejoin to original ch. hdc, dc, dc, tr, tr, dc, dc, hdc. F/O.
  

Assembly:

  • Using grey yarn, embroider belly marks onto circle.
  • Sew belly onto body.
  • Pin ears in place and sew on.
  • Sew on arms and then tail.
  • Sew on eyes, embroider nose and mouth.

  

Handmade washcloths ( free pattern )

For some strange reason we can not seem to keep washcloths?? They must run off with the socks, it’s the only thing that makes sense! Anyway, I’m constantly rummaging through cabinets and closets trying to find one and feel as though we have dropped a small fortune buying them over and over…..

So, in another moment of where the ?!?@ did they all go, I decided to just make a few. These are very basic, work up quickly, and hold onto soap suds nicely! What more could you ask for.
Washcloths

Supplies:

  • cotton yarn any color ( acrylic will not work here, must be cotton )
  • H – hook
  • Yarn needle

Ch 31

  1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, hdc across – 30
  2. ch 1, turn, hdc in back loops only – 30

Repeat row 2 for 30 rows total.
Fasten Off, weave in all ends.

See, super easy!! I love the ridges for gentle scrubbing and the slight dips hold soap bubbles well. 

  
P.s. For those wondering, that black bar is African Black Soap. For anyone with a teenager or problematic skin of your own, you need to run out and buy yourself a bar. It cleared up my daughters skin and keeps mine so SUPER soft!!