Category Archives: Working with Yarn

Upcycled Bottle

Yarn Art as I like to call it.

This was a piece that I did a while back that I would like to share with everyone. This was an old bottle we had lying around and it was just something that really did not look very attractive. I am not saying that this made it look anymore attractive, but I like to think that it’s at least an improvement. I used a bunch of left over yarn shrivels to decorate this and used hot glue to secure it on to the bottle. This project was pretty fun but I suggest some sort of finger guard to protect from the not glue. My poor finger tips were pretty tore up after completion.

I really love to upcycle old stuff, or reuse something. As a mom on a budget I like to save money where ever I can. Here is another Upcycled idea I did with my little boys old baby bottles.

I am a color fanatic so almost everything I own is color coded. All my sewing thread is color coded by hue.

 

 

Well I am glad that I shared some of these ideas with you. I know I am not the first to think of either of these ideas but never the less I always like to share. Soon I will be decorating the covers to all my containers. I will update these and share how they look after their sweet little makeover.

 

Make sure you take a look below to see some of the upcoming projects that I will be finishing or working on in the near future.

 

 

Happy Crafting

 

 

 

 

Up coming projects…….

     

 

 

 

Featured Friday Presents: Week 2

Lets Welcome

Crystal Bucholz 

 aka

Photo Jewels

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Not only is she this weeks Featured Friday Friend but I am so happy to introduce you all to Smalltown Dreamz newest writer and crafter. That’s right this was the big surprise I have waiting to tell everyone. I have known Crystal for years and just recently we started talking and decided to collaborate. We are both moms and love to work on projects with our kids. We also have our MOM type projects that we will both be sharing with you. She makes some of the most stunning crocheted photo props I have ever seen. Here is some of her work. You can find her Facebook page below. Make sure you stop in and friend her. She has some great giveaways on there.

Here is some words from our new writer.

“Hi! I’m a wife and mom of two boys. All three are my world! If I’m not spending time with my family or working, I crochet and I have to admit, I am somewhat addicted. Other crafts I love to do would be scrapbooking, card making, photography and I love to cook! I love getting and trying new recipes but almost always make them my own by changing them slightly. I also love making and playing homemade games with my children and younger siblings! I’m very excited to be a partner for this blog and hope to bring you some new crafting ideas as well as share my hobbies with all of you!  ”

I’m a right-side brain thinker! I love to be creative and I love to craft. Crocheting though hasn’t always been my most cherished craft. I never even thought it an option as something I would like but  towards the end of my last pregnancy, I was put on strict limitations which were very close to bed rest, and the next step if my condition worsened. I had to keep off my feet and TV just doesn’t catch my interest most of the time.

Shortly before being limited and right after finding out we were having another boy, I ordered a hand-made hanging newborn pod for his newborn pictures. Then being on restrictions, I realized I wanted to make something for our upcoming arrival. I searched the internet and found a pattern for a newborn hammock and knew it was what I wanted to make. That same day I ordered special knitting needles and bought some yarn. When the needles finally arrive, I self-taught myself to knit by watching You Tube videos. As my knitting patterns increased, I learned more about crocheting but vowed not to get into it because it would be just another thing I would be blowing money on (buying my knitting patterns were starting to rack up by then.) I laugh at that now. Of course, I eventually gave in and now that I know how to crochet, I am completely in love with the art of crochet!

Crocheting photo props is where I started and am just starting to expand into some clothing  and everyday items. It seems, no matter what I’m making, as long as its crochet, I’m happy! It is my meditation, my comfort, my ‘out’ and I’m happy to be sharing it with all of you!

To follow Photo Jewels on Facebook click Here 

You can also follow her other blog  Here

Photos taken by Kelly Smith Images

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