Crafting, crochet, crocheting, knitting

Working on my own pattern

Hi, folks.. I finished the Legend of Zelda bag for my best friend and gamer, x45x. He hasn’t come over to get his presents yet. 😦 He’s been spending about 8 hours a day streaming all his favorite games. (Find him on Twitch after 4pm everyday) Twitch.tv/x45x

Right now, I got a slight cold, but I thought I’d drop a line or two to tell you about my latest project. Since I made the fore-mentioned bag above, I learned the Tunsian or Afghan crochet stitch. This stitch is awesome, because it is closely related to knitting. I have yet to get the hang of knitting. I tried a few weeks ago, but it was to no avail.  Anyway, I decided I need to crochet hook case more my long tunsian needles. I’m in the process of learning a few things, but I’m going to make this really pretty case with a flower on it. I’m going to use the normal tunsian stitch, knit-stitch and, possibly the puff stitch for the flowers. I’ve drawn the items on graph paper and trying to see how I can do with this made up pattern. It’s my first made up pattern.

the next thing I’m going to make is my companies mascot, Dino the VIPKID  dinosaur. I can’t wait to see what to do with him. I’m going to have to really think long and hard how to make him. 🙂 I guess I can steal parts from Baymax and Yoshi to create him. 🙂

I’ll try to post my patterns on my Ravelry page soon.

So nice to give you an update on my crafts. See you soon!

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Crafting, paper crafts

Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Flowers

Have any of you ever wanted to make something really fast and simple that will make people go WOW!! Recently, in my crafting research between my business up keep and my new online ESL teaching job, I started making tissue paper flowers.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  1. Tissue Paper ( I got a bunch of it for a dollar at Dollar Tree)
  2. Decorative Pipe Cleaners ( you can get these almost anywhere like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart)
  3. Scissors

If you know how to fold a paper fan, that technique is what you will need to know.

Put several layers of tissue paper down, preferably 4+. It can be any size of tissue paper; super tiny squares or the entire sheet. Fold it in sections (1 inch or 2 inches for a large flower, 1/2 an inch for a small one, etc) opposite of each other until you reach the end.

Now place the pipe cleaner in the middle of the “fan”. Now with your scissors cut out any design (pointed or curved) on the edges to even out the flower. Fan out the sides. It should sort of look like a bow tie at this point. lol 😀 Now lift up and fluff  each and every layer of tissue paper. Work one side at a time.

Once you are done, you should have something that looks like this.

My best friend thought they were shower poofs at first, when he quickly saw them in a similar picture, but he soon could see they were flowers. lol. They look more awesome in person. Plus, I found matching colored pipe cleaners. That was pretty cool!

These are great for gifts or for decorations. Just be careful not to get them wet, because they will disintegrate very easily.

Hope you enjoy this little craft for spring and Easter! See you soon with more great crafts!

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