Friday, November 20, 2015


It's pretty nice to be contacted by an editor of an online craft site for ideas. It sure does this old body good to be able to participate in this new age of technology with some of my old fashioned ways and ideas. As I wrote in a past article:, I was contacted out of the blue to see if I would be interested in submitting ideas again for Prime Publishing which has initiated several sites for crafting of all kinds. It had been a few years since I had submitted tutorials due to a lot of life happening. 

At any rate, Jesse sends me her criteria for upcoming specials inquiring [and I'm sure she sends her request to others] if I might have anything appropriate. That week it was angels so I went through my bucket list and she chose my burlap angel garland.  

Here is the link to the article with full instructions with patterns included:



In burlap the garland has a rustic look but in other materials could be quite elegant. The choice is yours.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015


My chihuahua, Little Girl, loves to be in piles of clothing, pillows with shams-anything she can burrow into so I finally got around to making a bed of her very own she could keep warm in. 

She is a clingon, has to be in my lap most of the time when I'm sitting down. My lap top sits on a table on my lap and she crawls under the table. Sometimes I do impress upon her that she can lay somewhere else and that's when she gets into the pillow sham or onto/into a blanket on the floor. 

Anyway, I had bags of scraps from a mega tied blanket marathon and had been planning on using those to make for her a dog bed-that day finally came this week. 

She seems to like it:

---but as I sit here writing this do you think she is in/on her very own personal/private beautiful, pink custom made bed-NOPE-she is sitting right here next to me. 

Since there were so many scraps I made two beds, one tied and one sewn. Will probably put one in the car and maybe she will condescend to use it instead of my lap. 

These were sized for Little Girl so if you need something bigger just add to the measurements.
For both versions I used leftover fleece:
Cut 2 bottoms-30"x 30" each [I rounded the corners on tops and bottoms for sewn bed]
Tops-30" x 20" each [I cut 2 for each bed for extra warmth but you can just use one]
Sewn Bed-
align bottom edges of tops with bottom edges of bottoms.
sew all around leaving an opening to stuff bottom.
stuff with scraps, batting, hosiery, etc.
sew opening closed
VOILA!-almost instant dog bed-quicker for me that the tied one

Tied Bed-
align bottom edges of tops with bottom edges of bottoms.
cut out 4" squares of each corner of top/bottoms
cut fringe all around  outside edge
tie tops/bottoms all around together leaving space to stuff bottom pieces
stuff bottom pieces with scraps, batting hosiery, etc.
VOILA! really cute dog bed

Here is a quick video in case my instructions are clear as mud:

After Little Girl's dog beds were done I made another, larger one for grandson's dog, Lula, so I made 3 that day. I stuffed that one with an old blanket that the dogs had been laying on so it's usefulness goes on plus the last of the fleece scraps.

Thank you for stopping by and may the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

a shower gift-Bath Towel Monkey Riding His Tricycle Made With Diapers

The theme for my granddaughter's baby shower was monkeys. I had made several flannel receiving blankets several weeks before and there were some onesies with monkeys on them in her gift bags, even a bib or two I found in all the things I had been buying over the last months. 

I had seen those center pieces made from diapers-strollers, buggies, bassinets but when I came upon a tricycle I knew that was the one I wanted to make for  Janna's shower and it had to have a monkey riding on it-I know-sometimes I go overboard. I got the diapers and thought surely a monkey would be easy to find, they are all over the place when you don't need one but when I went to Walmart there wasn't one in sight anywhere. Oh, there were lots of other stuffed animals but not one monkey. Nope, not one so I headed for the infant department to see if I would have any better luck and lo, and behold, going through the bath department there was a towel with a monkey head on it. Whoda thought? Maybe that would work-well, it would have to work-I didn't have anything else and it would be something useful and different.

I saw a tutorial for the diaper tricycle just a few days before the shower-how lucky was that? at I love her name and logo.

Here is the one I made

My tricycle is no where near as cute as Maiden d'shade's but it's ok but the monkey is good for his beginnings of a lowly bath towel.

If you decide to make the monkey or any other bath towel animal you will need:
the animal bath towel
receiving blankets to stuff it with, I used one large one in the body, 2 small in the head
a paper towel core to wrap receiving blanket around to hold the body up
a onesie so the monkey doesn't have to go to the shower naked
that's just about it
It only takes about 10 minutes to put it together.

Here is my video link to show it better:

These were both fun to put together and were a big hit at the shower.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

LATEST ARTICLE FOR "CHEAP EATS &THRIFTY CRAFTS"- Before American Girl and Barbie, There Was Church Baby

This is the link to my latest article for Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts:

A few months ago I received an email from Jesse, the editor of Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts asking if this was the Carolyn Wainscott who had written tutorials for Fave Crafts and other online craft sites under Prime Publishing a few years ago. [Cheap Eats is another site for Prime Publishing along with several other sites that are geared towards different crafts: cooking, crochet, sewing, knitting, etc] Yep, I responded, you found me. Would I be interested in writing articles for her? Well, now, what did she have in mind-and my relationship with Prime Publishing is on again. 

I don't know if Jesse gets in a pinch or is just desparate but she messages me asking if I could come up with specific crafts for her special weeks. I send her what are possibilities from my long bucket list that I made at the beginning of this year and keep adding to it and she chooses what she thinks would be suitable. The last time she wanted something vintage and something angels and picked the Church Baby as one. 

My good friend, Val, told me about a online craft site called FaveCraft several years ago-late 2010- and I have been hooked ever since. I downloaded so many crochet patterns I will have to live to 300 to get them all done not to mention all the other crafts ideas there. 

This morning before starting this post I looked back to check when I wrote my very first post and found that was born on August 31, 2010. I had been planning on starting one for quite a while and finally got it going. No clear picture of what it could or would be. I had just gotten through with canning season and even included a recipe that I would be using the peaches in that had just been put up:

Then in early 2011 FaveCrafts put out a call for craft tutorials and videos and I sent in the application to see what was going on. The editor said nothing spectacular, no big production company so my great experience of writing 3 or 4 blog posts with recipes and poems by then and my vast love of crafting with my little video camera would do. My first Favecraft tutorial was uploaded and online April, 2011. 

Several months later when Prime Publishing launched another site, FaveQuilts, I was asked since I am a quilter by the editor if I could submit tutorials for that site also. 

I have enjoyed working with the craft sites. I love sharing crafting with others and have worked with many groups but I had to step back for a while due to my husband's health and other circumstances. I kept somewhat busy with my own crafting-it is my therapy. Now, here I am again sharing on other craft sites besides my own, I guess it keeps me busy and out of trouble. 

And a shout out to Jesse Carpenter, editor of Cheap Eats, to thank her for allowing me to share my love of crafting.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott

Monday, October 19, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about prayer quilts my great, granddaughter, Hannah, and I were making:

Pockets are put on the quilts for several reasons. Gifts of books and other things can be included with the quilt and cold little feet can be warmed in those pockets. 

Not only did Hannah want to make the quilt for Bryce, she wanted to give it to him personally and to read his book to him so arrangements were made to do just that. Bryce has need for more surgeries in the future so the quilt will come in handy. I forgot to take photos of the quilt[s] folded up into the pocket but it becomes a pillow or treasure keeper. Bryce has a twin brother, Cohen, so a quilt was made for him, too. Can't leave him out. 

Earlier in the day the family had been to a soccer game-both boys love sports and both get to participate. Bryce loves to watch all sports on tv, Cohen, maybe not so much.

It surely was a sweet, sweet thing to be a part of-to see Bryce's smile-he has such a wonderful personality-as does Cohen and Bryce was sitting on his mother's lap waiting for Hannah. I'll just let the pictures tell the story.

Oh, and Bryce really likes the girls but Cohen-not

Then yesterday I was sent these photos of the boys with their quilts. They had a sleepover at Grandma's house that night-it had been a long day:

Bryce's Momma, Casey, filled us in on some of the struggles they have all been through. He has Cystic Fibrosis. there have been some very scary moments since before they were born and there will be many trying times in the future. Please keep them and other families like this in your prayers whose daily lives are centered around the 24/7 care of a loved one. 

Thank you for stopping by and may the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott