Friday, September 5, 2014

Dyeing yarn WITH KOOL-AID

Ok, so I soaked it in bleach & rinsed it. Then I re-dyed it with a mixture of orange, cherry, & black cherry Kool-aid. I can use it, only a few muted purple spots remain.

I tried to dye a skein of Cobasi yarn with KOOL-AID and it went all wrong!
It's a poor choice/placement of the colors. In my frustration, I doused the whole skein with purple! This muddied the colors. I should have used a less expensive yarn to experiment on. Oh well, I'm bleaching these colors out & then I'll overdye it.  Stay tuned :)

Yarn Purchased from PARADISEFIBERS.COM . They frequently offer free shipping.If you order from them, please use my
COBASI fingering. Undyed. 55%Cotton, 16%Bamboo, 8%Silk, 21%Elastic Nylon

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Yarn is Universal Bamboo, Merino, & Nylon Sock Yarn  from  PLEASE USE REFERRAL CODE 6419105 IF YOU MAKE AN ORDER. Paradise has free shipping quite frequently. 
 I soaked yarn in warm water with 1/4 cup vinegar, about 10 min.
 I used a spoon to apply the different colors.
Here's link to tutorial by Bloomingknitter on

Transform Any Mitten Knitting Pattern into Convertible Mittens

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Cricut Cake Machine Can Cut Paper!

Here are pics of my new
 Cricut Cake
and the cuts it made on paper.
I'm very happy with the results. I didn't see examples on the internet that showed detailed cuts from the Cricut Cake. I hope this will be helpful to other folks who are interested in getting this machine.
There are some comparison cuts to show you how it stacked up to the Cricut Expression (same mat and blade were used in both machines).

I used:
*Purple Bazzil cardstock
*White cardstock is Georgia Pacific 110lb. from Walmart
*Blade Depth-6
*The green plastic blade housing that came with my Cricut Expression.

Damask Decor tags cut at 5'' and a Snowflake cut at 7".

The smallest cut is Let it snow was set at 2".

Monday, October 31, 2011

FrIght Night House Box

I followed Kathy Orta's Fright Night instructions from to make this box.
The windows were cut out by hand and each piece has 3 layers.
It will hold a small mini album of my granddaughter's halloween pics.
Once again, I used the Happy Hauntings cart.
Here's the link

HaLLoWeen Gift Bags wiTh ToPPers

These are my Halloween Gift Bags with toppers.
The charms are bottle caps I got at Hobby Lobby.
The boot was cut from the Happy Hautings cart.
The Bat Lady was a free graphic from the internet.
The border was made with Martha Stewart's Drippy Goo punch.

This is the tutorial I followed to  make the toppers.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I made these Winnie the Pooh baby shower decorations for a co-worker.
 Charcters are cut from POOH AND FRIENDS cart.
The centerpiece is double-sided.( the backside features Tigger).
You can see Gopher coming out of the shreds.
POOH is 11.5"
*The butterflies flanking the centerpiece and on the banner were welded from the profile of a butterfly on the SUGAR AND SPICE cart.

Letters are from the STORYBOOK cart.


Friday, July 29, 2011


This is Princess Castle card I made for a friend's granddaughter. The tiara is her present.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


This is a LADYBUG MINI ALBUM I made for a friend's granddaughters.
I based it on 3 mini albums I found on
harrisjcarolyn made the most adorable mini, and it really inspired me to from start to finish.
pinkaboo6691 and aqtnsd, also made mini albums and offered great tips.
I was suprised that there weren't more in this theme.
My Version: 
-The face w/ the eyes is actually a movable page . I had to separate it from the body on the back of the mini, because it was easier to bind it this way.
-The purses are my fav, they even have hanging charms.
-The jar was fun to make with acetate. Of course, it flaps open for picture placement, as do all  of the cutouts.
-On the backside, there's a pouch that's hand sewn. It holds a music button inside of the red ladybug & it plays "Jesus Loves Me".