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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