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May 4, 2016

Pencil holder

My daughter has a lot of pencils, markers and other school stuff. They are everywhere. So, we decided that we can make something nice to keep her supplies organized and neat :)
I made this one, large and wide holder for all the markers, brushes, scissors, and pencils...
 I used ...
* a large container from ... cottage cheese :)
* ribbon - 2.5" wide
* glue gun
Cut off the upper edge.
With a glue gun, attach the ribbon. The top ribbon is attached to the inside of the jar, so the edge looks nice :)
Since the bottom part is a little smaller than the top, I glued only the upper part of the ribbon.


May 1, 2016

Painting Terra-Cotta pot

In this DIY art project, I show you how to create an eye-catching painted Terra-cotta pot that even your kids can help you with.
Tape the pot with painter’s/ masking tape. We used thin 0.125" for the first pot. Trim off the excess tape with scissors.
 With a paintbrush, paint over the tape to create your diamond pattern. Don’t use too much paint, cover the the first layer and apply the second after drying. My daughter even used old nail polish for some diamonds :) .
 Remove the tape, touch up any imperfections and enjoy!


March 7, 2016

Rag Rug with Fabric Strips

I did not stop making rag rugs :)
Now, I wanted to make an oval one.
At this time, I used fabric strips: I had three sheets and 4 pillow cases that I cut - mine are about  1 1/2" wide. You can cut them, but I found that tearing is much faster.  To do this, just cut  the starts to your rip lines, then rip the rest, as shown.  Then wind up the strips into balls.

My cat Masha loves this rug :)
I used a big hook- size Q (15 mm). The most challenging thing was to keep the "roundings" even. My rug is not perfect, but we love it! And it is not small - 52" x 31".
And the cost of a rug is only  $3 or so! I had to buy only the hook. All my sheets were free- I had them for years in my closet and never used them. Now, they have a new happy life:)

February 28, 2016

Upcycled Crochet Rag Rug

Let’s make something new, that’s useful from old and unwanted.
My rug is crocheted using strips of old T-shirts. I needed something for my apartment patio, so I could walk with bare feet and not freeze (or burn) them:).
Materials you need:
- T-shirts: I recommend same materials (cotton works the best) and same thickness... The bigger rag you want to make the more T-shirts you need. I collected all old t-shirts from my closet and asked my friend for "donations" too :)
- Scissors (bid and sharp)- you will need to cut a lot :)
-Big crochet hook ( I used 10mm, but bigger will work too)
-Needle and thread to sew the ends of Tarn (T-shirt+Yarn).
 
I used the same technique as for making my Wash Cloth.
To finish my rug, I used black tarn to crochet two rows of border.
Important: Variations in fabric content and thickness can make your project uneven. I have places (see red arrows) where Tarn is made of thin t-shirts with some elastic, so my rug has its "character" :)




November 8, 2015

Christmas Stockings


This season I have different stockings available at my shop.
The stocking is about 7 inches across and 21 inches from top to toe to hold lots of goodies on Christmas morning!
I made one for my nephew in Russia with his name.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/247840673/christmas-stocking-hand-knit-santa-claus?ref=shop_home_active_4

For the cat-lovers I have special stockings too:)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/254240185/christmas-stocking-knit-black-cat-blue?ref=shop_home_active_9
https://www.etsy.com/listing/254346184/christmas-knit-stocking-black-cat-white?ref=shop_home_active_8
See all stockings here 

If you want to knit my Santa Stocking design, you can buy a pattern too!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/247131489/pattern-christmas-santa-stocking-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_12

September 7, 2015

Christmas Stocking Hand Knit Santa Claus

My new Santa stocking!
The stocking is about 7 inches across and 21 inches from top to toe to hold lots of goodies on Christmas morning!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/247229636/christmas-stocking-hand-knit-santa-claus?ref=listing-shop-header-1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/247229636/christmas-stocking-hand-knit-santa-claus?ref=listing-shop-header-1

If you want to knit this stocking, I have a pattern here
https://www.etsy.com/listing/247131489/pattern-christmas-santa-stocking-pdf?ref=listing-shop-header-0

May 29, 2015


https://www.etsy.com/shop/Albinasjewelry

Hello, my friends

I am holding an annual Birthday Sale that will let you save 42% on all* jewelry at AlbinasJewelry shop. Use coupon code BDAY42. The sale starts now and ends on Sunday, May 31st. 

 *minimum order amount is $20

May 4, 2015

Crochet Wash Cloth

Add charm to your kitchen or bath with these super fun crochet dishcloths!
If you ever plan to give a gift of pretty soaps, lotions, shower gels or other body care products, the handmade washcloths would be a lovely addition to the gift package. 
They are a great take-along project and work up quickly.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/230780505/crochet-wash-cloth-spa-cloth-cotton?ref=shop_home_active_2
You wil need:
size H/8-5.00 mm crochet hook 
Cotton worsted yarn

Make 30 chain stitches (cs)
Yarn over. Skip first 2 cs 
Insert hook in the center of the 3rd chain from the hook.
Yarn over...
Draw through 3 loops on hook
(one half double crochet complete)
Repeat across to end of foundation chain.
You need to turn your work to start Row 2. 
Chain 2 (ch 2) and yarn over the hook (yo). 
Skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain, insert your hook in the next stitch. 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/230780505/crochet-wash-cloth-spa-cloth-cotton
 Buy these wash cloth here

March 1, 2015

Honey-Lemon-Ginger in a Jar

You can make this immunity boosting, body soothing concoction ahead of time and store in the fridge. Keeps for months when refrigerated.
You will need:
3 lemons
1 ginger root
3 tb.spoons of honey
Peel the lemons. I even remove the side "skin" of the lemon segments (and seeds)
Peel ginger root, slice it. Add lemons, ginger and honey into the food processor (blender)
Keep the mixture in a jar refrigerated.

Take 1 teaspoon in the morning and before bad. Also, you can add this honey lemon ginger mixture to your tea.