Monday, October 3, 2016

You Tube tips .. Cabling without a cable needle

I love You Tube.. around here we have learned tips on knitting, crochet, beading, cooking, raising our flock, feeding our flock, fixing the cars.. it is a very useful site.. I will be posting a few videos I have found useful in my yarn and bead works here.. under the label You Tube and tips... please give them a thumbs up and consider subscribing to their page :D
 Cabling without a cable needle...
been trying it out with my  7 owl beanie knit pattern

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You tube crochet tips

I have found these two tips very helpful.. the first a very easy way to keep long chains from getting twisted before joining in the round... the second, no ends to weave in join for adding yarn or color changes...

7 owl beanie knit pattern

As long time owl fan myself, when a friend asked me to design a hat that had owls in a beanie style I had to give it a go... I made one for them, a few others for sell at market.. had it all typed out but didn't get the yardage.. made another .. sold as soon as it hit the table.. that is when I recalled I still needed my gauge...
I had made them using different yarns, all claiming to be the same weight but you know how that goes...
So I started over... got my gauge and yardage for the yarn it's made in now lol..
how you enjoy the pattern
now through 10/31/16 it will be on sale for

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pattern sale

With the holidays just around the corner I have decided to have a pattern sale... all of my patterns and bead charts are going for $1.00 or less...

 note bead charts are only on Craftsy

Here are the links to my pattern stores... I do have many free patterns that are only on my blog... type in free pattern in search bar ( upper left corner ) or click on link listed under "My Patterns" heading along right side of blog ...

on Craftsy

on Ravelry

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to peel fresh eggs

We get asked often how to hard boil fresh eggs so they can be easily peeled ( so posting again ) ... after trying many ... many ... and a few more ways the only sure fire way we have come up with is so easy...
add your eggs to cool water, bring to boil.. cook for the hardness you want .. ( I add a touch of salt.. keeps the eggs from spilling out if one should crack while cooking )
For Large eggs:
  • Soft-cooked yolk 4 to 5 minutes
  • Medium-cooked yolk 6 minutes
  • Hard-cooked yolk 17 minutes
For Medium eggs:
  • Soft-cooked yolk 3 minutes
  • Medium-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  • Hard-cooked yolk 12 minutes
while boiling get a bowl/sink of ice cold water ready.. here in the desert ice melts too fast and cold tap water doesn't happen except in the dead of winter.. so I freeze water bottles and place in a sink full of water...
move the eggs straight from the boiling water to the ice water.. LEAVE until cooled off
then peel

These eggs are right out of the coop.. not even hours old

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jewelry post number 1

I have been making jewelry to sell for a number of years now.. while I have put patterns/charts out of my some of my seed bead designs I have never posted about my other items.. So.... I will be doing these with lots of photos to make it as clear as possible .. as I really do not like naming anything I will be going with numbers :) I will be posting these as free PDF's on Craftsy ( will add the link on each post )

Note: any of my earring designs you make, you are free to sell... if you share online a link back to my pattern would be great :D

The first item will be earrings

you will need .. beading thread and needle, 42 black seed beads size 11/0 ( 21 for each earring ), 2 earring hooks, two o rings, and 2 drop beads ( with hole going through the center )

take thread through the bead going downward, add 3 seed beads go back up though the main bead again

add 18 seed beads and the o ring, tie off

run thread though out once again, tie off weave in ends.. place on earring hook
repeat for second earring

quick and easy.. enjoy


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Free football seed bead chart

free pdf on Craftsy

Materials needed

2 earring hooks

fine beading thread and needle

all seed beads are size 11/0


this pattern assumes knowledge of brick stitch beading techniques

52 brown

9 white
add ear hook to loop.. Check ends of ear hook ( if you didn't make your own ) for sharpness, a bit of smoothing maybe needed.

pattern by Barbra Szabrowicz
items made from this pattern may be sold