Making of A Bag from Old Jeans continued!

Here is a look of the Bag I am making from an Old Pair of Jeans Continued!  DSC00997 DSC01000       I added the lower part of the bag by crocheting around the loops I had attached on the jeans. The bottom I created by crocheting in the back loop of the round where I wanted the height of the bag to stop. I then proceeded to keep crocheting around and started to decrease the stitches until I was able to close up the hole and fasten off.

DSC01009 DSC01006      Here is the back and front view of the bag. . I do plan on using this as a beach bag so I thought it was a good idea to fill the bag with beach towels to show you what type of shape  the bag will take on once it is filled.                                                                                                I am happy so far with the way this bag has turned out.  It has a lot of room and I know it will hold what I usually take to the beach!                                                                                 You of course could always use a bag like this for a Market Bag.

I am still in the process of making the straps or handles for the bag!  I have thought about crocheting all three colors at once together or even braiding them together.                         Hmmmmm not sure yet what I will do! 🙂 If you have any ideas for straps or handles be sure to leave a comment below. I love getting input and ideas from people!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Hope you All Have A Fabulous Weekend!!

Laura 🙂

My Idea Of Making A Purse or Bag From Old Jeans

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now. I thought I would try and see what I could do to combine my love of crocheting and the use of some jeans that I am not going to wear anymore.  My mind was going round and round with ideas on how to accomplish this task!

My first task was to cut up the jeans but I did not want to do any cutting until I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Lets just say I did cut the jeans but did I know exactly what I was going to do? Not really!!                                                                                      DSC00772                              Pictured above is what I have gotten done so far.  As you can see I did cut the jeans off and left the front pockets in tact.  I did remove the back pockets of the jeans.  The yarn that I am going to use to crochet on the bag is Bernat Handicraft Cotton.  The colors of cotton thread that are pictured are the ones that I am going to combine together to make a Bag.

In my minds eye I see this as a Beach Bag! I love the bright colors and they bring to my mind a day of being at the beach.  Of course this bag will be big enough to use for a market bag, an overnight bag or as a big purse!  

The bag so far is 18″ wide. I am uncertain at this time as to what the length of it will be. In order to crochet onto the jeans I took some of the cotton thread to make loops all around the jeans.  I will post more pictures as I continue to progress on this project.

Here is some more ideas on what do do with jeans!  19 Things to Do with Old Jeans | FaveCrafts.com.

If you have any fun ideas on how to reuse old jeans please leave a comment below.             Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat

Now that the Holidays are over I can show you what I have been up to in my Creative Corner of the World! My Sister had told me that she wanted me to try and make a Harry Potter Sorting hat for my Niece and her Friend.  I took on the project by printing out a picture of the Hat. Here are a couple of the pictures I went by to create the Crochet Version of this hat.

The Sorting HatSorting_Hat

Down below is the starting process of me creating a pattern and getting the hat to be shaped like the pictures above.  The color yarn is different than what I made for my Niece and her Friend. I wanted to just use what yarn I had on hand to create a pattern or I should say my form of shorthand for a pattern. lol  This hat is crocheted in the round.  The eyebrows as I call them were a challenge but I had overcome that challenge and proceeded on to the rest of the hat.

DSC09999 (2)DSC00019

The next challenge I encountered was getting the mouth to look like I wanted it to.  I wanted to create the hat to look like the original hat in the movie. I will admit I was not going to get it to look exactly like the hat in the movie but I was hoping to come up with a real close facsimile!  With some trial and error it was taking shape.  In the picture below I was at the stage of working on the brim of the hat.  This was after a lot of tearing out and revamping. 🙂 I have to say that happens a lot in my creative process.  Even after going through this process, while I was making the hats for my Niece I was still tweaking the pattern here and there!

1109131412a

This is the finished product of my version of the Sorting Hat. Here shows the front and back of the hat.  There are ties on the original hat but my Sister did not want those attached to the hat.

DSC00084 (2)DSC00078

Pictured below is my Niece and her Friend wearing the hats after they received them for Christmas.

DSC00197 (2)

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Creative World!  Let me know what you think of these hats and if they do resemble the Hat from the movie!!

Laura 🙂

The Spirit of Christmas

As Christmas draws near I am thinking about what brings about the Christmas Spirit. Is it the traditions that people have and do every year or something else? My husband and I were putting up the tree today and having fun with Christmas songs playing in the background. Even had our dog get into the action as you can see 🙂

DSC00463 DSC00424

 

As I sit here to write about the Christmas Spirit it reminds me of the time that I was asked by my employer what the Christmas Spirit meant to me. That was while I was working at Swiss Colony in Monroe WI and my children were still young.  My kids are now all grown and I have Grandchildren but I do believe the same things apply to how I feel about Christmas. I will share what I wrote then….

There are so many things that keep the Christmas Spirit alive for me! To start with it is being able to bake the treats that my family loves so well. Cinnamon rolls with that fresh baked smell, the cookies and candies that are made with sugar and all those fattening ingredients.  Then there is the putting up of the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, which has been a tradition in my house for a long time.  The tree comes out of storage along with all the rest of the decorations and that night after the chores are done we all gather around to put up the tree with the Christmas music playing in the background.

The hustle and bustle of trying to get the things that everyone wants on their list. You can actually feel the excitement in the air with people smiling at each other for no apparent reason.  When the first snowfall comes around, that is another exciting part of the joy of the Christmas Spirit especially for my kids! I go around singing too!! Of course what else would it be but Let it Snow! That song has always been one to give me that warm fuzzy feeling.

The thing that I love the most about this time of the year is seeing that special smile from someone that you really care about.  The sparkle that is in a child’s eyes when he or she looks up at you, saying I love you more than you can ever know.  The over abundance of energy that they seem to have this time of year, constantly asking you when Santa is going to be here.  There is also the list that is hung on the refrigerator for all to see of what they want Santa to bring them for the year.

Last, but not least is the openness of giving that happens around this time of year. I love that too! The kisses and hugs that are given, the warm handshakes, the smiles on people’s faces. Now what would really keep the spirit alive is if we as people could accomplish this feeling the whole year through.  Just think what the world would be like then!!

I also love to do crafts for the Holidays for decorations and gift giving! Here are some craft ideas to try!

09f4878017684120054cb414089e4888

 

Holiday Charm Festive Reindeer Earrings.

3742819P60

 

Ball Jars Snowglobe at Joann.com.

2722b91006ad1d2bfc8dc03e9048c1e2

 

Photo Mat “Believe” Banner.

956e882c63a3893741e35a4d679895f1

Sugared Black and White Tissue Glass Block.

On this one I think I would have a tendency to use more of Red, Green and White colors!  Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane on what the Christmas Spirit means to me.  I hope you all are able to reflect on what the Christmas Spirit means to you!  🙂 Have a Great Week!!

Recycle Those Unwanted CD’s With These Useful Craft Ideas

Have you ever wondered what to do with those CD’s that won’t work anymore or you just do not want?  I have made some crochet CD Coasters!  I love the way they look and also the way they soak up any extra moisture that comes from the condensation on a glass.

What I do for a CD Coaster is crochet in the round to make a circle. I make 2 of the circles and put the CD in the middle and sew together the outsides and Viola a CD Coaster!  A simple way to use those old CD’s.

Here is a picture of a Coaster I have made but had not put a CD in the middle. This is what they would look like on both sides. I would post a picture of one with a CD in the middle but they are well used! 🙂

DSC06825-001

Here are some more great ideas on what to do with those unwanted CD’s. Here are a few of my favorites!

Beaded CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Holiday Ornament | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Clock | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Greeting Card | FaveCrafts.com.

Altered CD | FaveCrafts.com.

Quilted CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Letter Holder for Mom | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Case Picture Frame | FaveCrafts.com.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have fun with these craft ideas!

 

Crochet Men’s Hooded Sweater Part I

As this Friday draws to a close and evening approaches I thought I would bring you along with me on what happens when I make a Sweater!

DSC09946

Here are my tools of the trade. Well some of them anyway.  My tablet is full of patterns that I have written down in a language that only I can understand! 🙂  I have come up with my own form of shorthand.  Anyone else would look at it and wonder how on earth you were suppose to follow any of this! lol

DSC09925

This is part of the pattern process that I use. This is where I figure out what I want for a stitch and what size the sweater is going to be.  You can see it does remind you of a sewing pattern.

DSC09923

Here I have the Front of the Sweater finished. It does take me a while to finish each piece for this sweater. The making of this Sweater from start to finish takes me approx 25 hrs for a size Med. It does depend on the size of the Sweater as to how long it takes me to finish it. I love being able to try out different colors and stitches to see what I like or I think someone else might like. It is amazing and fun when you start to play around with colors and you find out what ones blend well together. You sure can come up with some crazy combinations!

At the moment I am in the process of making the sleeves so you will have to stay tuned to find out what they are going to look like and what happens next!  Thanks for taking a look and hope you tune in for the next part! 🙂