Tag Archives: craft

Episode #49 (Monday Afternoon)

13 Apr

Episode #15 (Podcast Celebration)

12 Feb

Yay! We have reached over 200 members in our Me And My Dog And Some Yarn Video Podcast Group on Ravelry! To celebrate, I’m giving each member of the group, a free sock pattern, designed by me! Watch the podcast for details.

My WIP – Heart Blanket for the Girl by Jane Ellison and Quite Continental by Boo Knits
My finished project – Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse
Stash – Items from a nearby estate sale. I scored big time with the knitting items!

Project Bags

15 Nov

I’ve been sewing up a storm… making project bags!   Every time I go into a fabric store, I see super cute fabric and I have to buy it.  It’s a sickness really, as I can’t stop myself.  So I’m becoming obsessed with them.  I’m making too many to keep, so I’ve been giving them as gifts and I’ve listed some in my Etsy Store (BlackHorseFashions) Every knitter/crocheter loves project bags!  These bags aren’t just limited to project bags either.  I made one for my sister, who has just started knitting, and she pointed out that there are endless use for these bags.  She suggested using them as reusable gift bags, makeup bag, a shoe bag for traveling (so when placed in your suitcase, your shoes won’t dirty-up your clothes), child’s toy bag for the car, etc..   She’s right, the uses are endless.   I’ve decided to make themed bags as well.   I started off making bags from Halloween fabric and now I’m making them from Christmas fabric.  The Christmas themed bags can be used all year to house the projects you are making for Christmas gifts.  This allows you to find your Christmas projects quickly when looking through your craft closet and it puts you in the holiday mood while knitting.

The bags have a 4×6″ square base, and are lined with a coordinating print.  Stabalizer is used between the main fabric and the lining to give the bag support, so it will stand up on it’s own. Because the bag stands up straight, you can keep your yarn in the bag as you knit, so it doesn’t roll all over the place (and so your cat won’t chase it or try to fun off with it while you are knitting).  Also, I love the fact that it has a drawstring instead of a zipper, because I hate when my yarn gets caught up in a zipper.

Here are a few that I’ve made, but I have a lot more prints to sew up yet.  If you are interested in a regular project bag, or a Christmas themed bag, check my Etsy store often, as I will be adding new bags each week.


Decoupaging Letters

1 Jun


I’m obsessed with pinterest.com! I can spend hours on this site if I don’t limit myself. I’ve found numerous ideas for my craft room via this site and sometimes I get inspired to twist an idea into my own, which is what happened in this case. I had seen a great idea, were someone took family photos and decoupaged them onto a large wooden letter. So of course, I pinned it! Then a few weeks later, while playing around on the internet, I came across some old vintage photos of famous people knitting. I love anything vintage and being a knitter, I fell in love with all the cute photos. Some of the famous people include:  Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Coolidge, Doris Day, Marilyn Manroe, and Goldie Hawn…. just to name a few.   I was thinking, I wish I could make copies of these and do something with them… perhaps frame them and hang them in my craft room. However, I have very little wall space in my small room, so then the idea came to me. Why not print them in black and white on the laser printer, cut them out and decoupage them on to letters to spell the word “knit”? I couldn’t wait to get started, so I started searching Michael’s and Hobby Lobby to see who had the best letters. I decided that I like the letters at Hobby Lobby better, because they were big enough for the pictures to show up. So, I had to go to three Hobby Lobby’s before I could find the letter “K” because that seemed to be a popular letter. But I found it and was soon on my way to making my letters.

Materials Needed:

Desired letters to spell the word of your choice

Your favorite pictures

Computer and plain white paper for printing

Black acrylic paint

Mod Podge (Matte finish)

Sponge brushes



1. Decide on what pictures you would like to use for your letters.

2. Print them out. You might need to play with the size of your pictures, to get the correct size needed for your letters. Also, if you want to do the black and white letters, you might need to use a photo program to change the pictures to black and white if they are in color.

3. Paint your letters black and allow to dry over night.

4. Cut out your pictures.

5. Lay them onto the letters in the places you will want them. This step might take some time. I rearranged my pictures a number of times until I found a way that I liked them.

6. Move the pictures off the letters, placing them on the table in the same fashion that you will want them on the letters.

7. Paint an even, thin coat of Mod Podge onto the letter (do one letter at a time).

8. Flip the first picture over, using a sponge brush, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back, brushing from the center of the picture to the outer edges.

9. Flip the picture back over and place it on the letter, smoothing it down from the center out to the edges.

10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 until all pictures have been glued to the letter.

11. Alow letter to dry for 3-4 hours.

12. With a clean sponge brush, paint a thin later of Mod Podge over your entire letter to seal the edges of the pictures. I like to brush vertically, then horizontal

13. Allow to dry 3-4 hours, then repeat step 12 once more, so that you have two coats of Mod Podge on top of your pictures.

I hope that if you are interested in creating your own letters that my directions will be helpful to you.

Happy crafting!