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Kitchen Witch is a different kind of witch!

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So what is the perfect gifts for Halloween than to have a kitchen witch. Where did I get my pattern, http://www.crochetsal.com , add "/kitchenwitch.html" to it and it will take you directly to the page. I don't know how long will 0the pattern be there, maybe is for a short time on the website.


This one is for my great niece, but I am seriously thinking on making two or three more for gifts. Copying from Wikipedia.org .
Kitchen witchFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaA kitchen witch is a practitioner of magic who uses the tools at hand to work his or her spells and create their rituals. For example, the kitchen witch might use a kitchen carving knife for an athame or a cast iron pot for a cauldron. Common kitchen herbs frequently have magical uses as well.Some kitchens have a kitchen witch doll, which is said to prevent burnt pots, keep meals hot and flavorful, and to weave the family together. The kitchen witch doll is often placed over the stove, near the kitchen entran…

A day in a dog's Morning

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You will realize that a few hours for a dog is like a day for us, or maybe a week. It is enough to get Buster very excited and exhausted once his journey though the park is over.


Sometimes my dog have a special day in the park. He get's up and wakes the world up around 7 or 730 AM. We then get his breakfast and head toward Buena Vista Park ;

So Buster hops in the back. Actually he gets picked up and put in the back. A safety chain is attached to his collar , to abide by the law. It is also nice to have the dog secure and not running around the back of a truck.

In the picture below you see what buster sees in his journey to the park. He gets very excited, even though it is the same journey almost every weekend. He enjoys the moment. Every moment is anew to the dog, sometimes we need to learn from our animal friends how to really enjoy life.




So here we are going up the hill, here is the first view of the park, then the awaited arrival.


He finally gets to the park and starts his exploring…

Celebrating the Harvest with a Chocolate Cake

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September 22 nd, 2006 I decided to celebrate the Equinox by making a Sugar Free Chocolate Cake , with Cream Cheese Chocolate frosting and walnuts pieces around. May our Harvest be full of joy, abundance, happiness and good health.

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Golden Gate Recreational Area Excursion

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Welcome to the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. Specifically Fort Point. Me and a group of friends went to have a nice meditative day. The day started with a nice breakfast at Katz' Bagels.

Some in the group are planning a spiritual journey to Egypt to visit the Egyptian Pyramids. I will not be able to go this year as I have some other plans for the time they are thinking of going.

We meet on a regular basis to meditate and to experience alternative healing methods to help us with our immune systems and our ability to enhance our personal lives and those who get affected by being around us.

We did some breathing excercises and healing excercises, we then finished the day by visiting San Francisco's Japantown. We were searching a DVD about Taiko Drums.








JAPANTOWN

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Felting by Hand A Hat experience

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Felting is a very tricky experience, as I learned . The wool that you are choosing has to be feltable, I guess is the right expression and usually light color felt like white and the like does not felt well. The reason behind it? Is because of the bleaching.

So when I went to do my hat I knew I had to do it in such a gauge that it was at least 6 to 8 inches bigger than usual. After reading the comment by my friend Deneen, I had to add this note. The Bottom of the hat up to the brown stripe is made with "Manos del Uruguay" yarn. I added Lamb's Pride in brown and inside the hat the color has melted, yet outside I kept diagonal lines, which is unusual for felting. The top has a darkgreen wool blend that if I find the skein n a store, I will tell you the brand. It is mingled with lamb's Pride as well. I think that If I ever wanted to felt another hat I will try "Manos del Uruguay", by itself or Lamb's Pride. Lambs pride does tend to shrink. Thank you Deneen!

To Felt or not to felt, that's the question!

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What? You can felt too! LOL. Well the search for fun is not limited to crochet , knit and quilting. I am getting so excited as I am getting all my projects done ahead of schedule.

Before your felt a project you need to make it. In this case I have crocheted this Hat from three different kinds of yarn.

The lower part of the Hat was made with Manos del Uruguay wool Yarn in a light warm green. The center band of the hat is made one stitch of Manos del Uruguay and one stitch of brown Lamb's pride alternating for about 6 rows. The top is made with Lamb' Pride entwined with a thick extra chunky unknown Wool blend in a dark green color.

The majority of the wool is from a skein Naomi gave to me, therefore I am naming this hat "Naomi". It is my own design I don't know if I can recall the pattern. I started in the middle with the alternating colors. The second step was the bottom until I was done. The third and final step was the top of the Hat. Because this hat was made with…

A Purse for Anna Ness

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At Crochet Depot, http://groups.msn.com/crochetdepot , we had our Mystery Crochet Along this Month and the Pattern was supplied by our kind friend
Anna Ness fromhttp://www.lullabiesandlace.com/
The original pattern is a multipurpose Sack . I decided to finish the pattern in a different way than the instructions called for.


You may wonder why? I shall tell you. As I was working the instructions for this sack, I got the idea that it would make a beautiful purse or handbag. So I only did the skirt for 2 rows and I closed the bottom part and added a trim. I also crocheted a string to weave near the top to pull the bag closed if you wanted to. It has an elastic band at the bottom and at the top. I think that this sack is a perfect foundation for a handbag . As a multipurpose sack you canyou can use it to hold your grocery bags, extra yarn, even pajamas. Originally this is a sack that has a skirt long enough to cover the bottom part so that you don't know that it is there. Having an elast…

Slippers Allure for Moi!

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I guess you have been impatiently waiting for the results of my slipper making. I really like the warmth that it comes from wearing them. I am glad I decided for two strands.

The slippers are finished and as I was sharing with you the other day, I used two kinds of materials. This is done in double strands of Red Heart Yarn. The Cuff is made with one strand of Red Heart and one strand of Patons Allure Yarn.

The laces were a growing experience as you can see, I finally decided to keep the laces at the end. The tassel changed when I finished the second Slipper. They are warm and cushy , which is what I wanted to begin with.

The cuffs have such an exquisite feel to the touch, it is ribbed as ribbed as crochet gets by working on Back loops, so it does have some stretch quality to it. The combination of Red Red Heart and Garnet Patons Allure yarn.


This will be a great pattern to make a felted slipper, if wool was used instead of acrylic. You could probably use a bigger hook, this one called fo…

Slippers or Moccasins on the Go

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So I will have you know that I am making a pair of slippers for my NightShirt. I decided in three colors and two textures. The sole of the slippers is black as you can see. I went with the bigger model as I thoughht this will be good for me. I also went with double strands of yarns instead of single strand. I want my slippers to last me for some time. I also went with a combination of colors and textures different than what the pattern called for. This I believe will look more like a moccasin than a slipper




The actual pattern is called Ribbed Cuff Comfies by Ruth Sheperd , The pattern is easy, but there comes a point were I got ver confused and started to finish the slipper in my own way.




This is another view of the top of the slipper, I Am making the second slipper at the same time. Sometimes patterns are made for the designer. I did not think the instructions for the top were very clear. The rest of the pattern seems to be better. The other material will be for the ribbed cuff and I h…

We Shall Never Forget Who We Are Sep 11 2006

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I Could say so much, yet it would not be enough. Never Again shall this be allowed! May the souls of our brothers and sisters be at peace. May the Cowards tremble from fear and shame for all eternity.

United We Stand!


NightShirt Finished

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Finally today I finished my nightshirt. This is not the first time I make clothes, but it is the first time I make a night shirt. The quality of this nightshirt is pretty good. IT would have been a lot cheaper to get one at the store, but it will not fit the way I like them to fit. If you notice the hat is made of remants from the nightshirt and it has a pom pom in red and blue. It is a reversible Hat and the inside is made of red flannel as you see in the next picture.


I decided to make a hat out of the blue. I thought it would be cute and I put remants together with the main material. Then I decided to make it reversible so I bought some red flannel, washed it , dried it and got to make the hat. It has a pom pom on the red side as well.


I also wanted to have something to hang it with so I made a loop for the back, I put my handcrafted by Moi label and it is readsy to be hung by the door. The loop is in the back of the neck , on the outside of the collar. I hate labels inside they will…

Sleeves in Blue are here

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It was very easy to get the help from my friends to do the sleeves for the NightShirt. My monkey Coco, Risa the moouse and Fascia the Cat where giving me instructions on how to cut the material and how to properly hold it in place.

I don't have any such animals, I found them in my photo editing program and thought it would be cute to add them to the pictures. So the progress is coming along. One of the things that I have learn when you sew is that you need patience and determination. Sometimes a project gives you an unexpected challenge.

Since retiring, I have a lot of time in my hands. CraftyAndy is my name and I can attest to that, there are very few things that I will not attempt to do. It is all depending on my energy levels and the complexity of the project. From computer programming to baking to Landscaping, to putting up drywall, making cabinets, shelves, furniture or cushions, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. It's all about craftiness.

I am CraftyAndy, thanks for stopp…

Our Small Universe

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Can you imagine this is how some planets compare to our planet. As you can see Pluto is very small in size, Venus is the closest in size to Earth.








Now compare Earth to this other giants of our solar system.










Now compare all those planets to our Sun.



















Now Comapre our Sun to other Suns
Now those suns to other suns. We are such a small solar system in this vast Universe. Somewhere out there , life is flowing like it is on Earth.

I found this somewhere and wanted to share it with you. Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I will have more pictures of my NightShirt.





September Sewing (A NightShirt in Blue)

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Until I took this picture I did not realize that my sewing machine had the name of MAGIC. Yeah right, magic would be if when I came back from lunch my NightShirt was finished, LOL. That's the machine in the Left Upper Quadrant of this picture.

On the Right Upper Quadrant are my quilting tools ready to be used. No matter how good your sewing machine is, the handsewn touch is always a nice touch and it gives you the feeling of how the garmet will feel against the skin. I love hand sewing, it is very peaceful and with the right music you can actually reach the end of the fabric LOL. Well Nirvana as well.

I cut all the pieces of the NightShirt, but the sleeves, I will do that sometime in the next few days. You know even though I am using a machine I thought this was the right time to test my thimble and quilting needles. I have not used the thumb thimble yet, maybe when I do some pot holders next week,

On the left lower quadrant you can see me in action using the quilting tools to hand s…

A growing quilt experience

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A previous post, which you can reach --->>>Click Here,showed you the fabrics as the lay unwashed. Today as I move along I washed the fabrics for the front of the Quilt. Here they are washed and dried all I need to do now is get the design ready. I have not decided what I am going to do with this quilt yet as far as the actual design. Lots of designs are going through my mind. I am still waiting for the batting which is (In quilting) , is a layer of insulation between a top layer of patchwork and a layer of backing material

I am also working on making a pair of slippers and a night shirt. I took advantege of the fact that I was washing the Quilt's fabrics to wash the flannel for my night shirt. Now that it has been washed and dried, the likelyhood of shrinkage is almost null. I fell in love with this fabric from the moment I saw it. Tomorrow I will be cutting the pieces, so before long you will have a modeling picture of my nightshirt. I am hoping to have it done before Sun…

Fudgy Pecan Bars, 14 Quilting Fats for Me

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So what do we have here? Low Carb Chocolate Fudge Pecan bars. They are sugar free, I used splenda. I got the recipe from a site on the net, but the recipe is not really complete. The author does not tell you what to do with the baking chocolate pieces that you need to make thgis great treat. Still I was thankful to find this recipe and was able to exttrapolate the necessary ingredients and instructions that needed to be added for my tasting desires. I added nutmeg to the crust it helps with the insulin sensitivity. Good thing I know how to bake, ROFL.

Idid something different with this recipe and as time goes by, I am using this ingredient more and more. Instead of 1/2 cup of melted butter I used 1/2 cup of olive oil. I like the flavor that it gave. As you can see in the upper left corner is one of the potholders from one of my exchanges this year. The recipe is very easy to make and it is full of flavor.

So talking about fats, here they are 14 fats that I got for my first quilt. I boug…