mission accomplished !

I have been on a mission to find a great pattern for a heart rug, I posted the other day with my failed attempts, all 5, and I attempted again yesterday morning and failed.  I found a pattern last night and it looked perfect, so attempt number 7 began !  I bought the pattern on etsy, which I swore I would never do, but it was the best 5.99 I have ever spent.  Kelli wrote the pattern for beginners, and it was very easy to understand.

Since this is my first time doing the pattern, the rug is a little irregular, but I am excited to begin another one.  I picked up 4 sets of beautiful sheets at Goodwill yesterday for 2.25 a set, so I know what my nights are going to be spent doing, lol, making sheet yarn.

Thank you to all of my blogging friends who sent me links for heart rugs, you really are the best !

on a mission…….

I have been on a mission for several day, I want to make a heart rag rug ! During my mission, I have only found a few patterns that were free, all the great patterns are for sale on etsy or ebay. I tried a few of the patterns and something wasn’t right…….. probably an error on my part. I don’t have any yarn in the house, just rag yarn, ropes, twine and polycord, and I only have huge crochet hooks, I am sure that played a part in the errors.

Before this week, I knew 2 crochet stitches, single crochet and slip stitch, but this mission has expanded my knowledge. who knew there were so many? Double, half double, triple and the mother of all stitches, the quadruple stitch……seriously? I did finish 6 tutorials, thank goodness I have dual monitors. I followed the pattern on one, and looked up the terms on the other, sometimes watching a video to learn instruction.

I have enjoyed this mission, even though it is incomplete. I have a new admiration for people that crochet, anyone in my neck of the woods want to give me some private lessons?

 

 

 

my new favorite rag rug

I love the charm of rag rugs, I already have 5 in my house, but I found a space for another.  Isn’t there always room for one more?  I was in the “mood” to crochet this weekend while watching the finales of a few of my favorite shows, Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives.  I picked out colors that would match my bedroom and started to make some yarn from sheets, if you haven’t seen my video, here are the instructions.

My new rug measures about 38 inches and took about 3 full flat sheets.  My favorite part to rag rugs from sheets is that they are machine washable and very durable, and they are not sewn together, so no threading to break and repair.

I purchased the sheets at my local Goodwill at the amazing price of 9.99 for 3 full sets, making this project cost about 5 dollars.  What can you buy for 5 dollars today?

 

 

 

A close-up of the pretty colors 🙂

rag rug coasters

I love the look of rag rugs as much as I like making them.  I attempted making a rag purse and failed, but I am very pleased with my seat cushions, so why not coasters?

I start with a rag ball, instructions are here, of repurposed sheets and crochet in the round until they reach the desired size.  That’s it !  The charm with crocheting, rather than braiding, is that they will last a very long time, no sewing a long braid, and they wash in my washing machine very well.

Aren’t they cute 🙂

diy chalkboard paint

I love using chalkboard for holidays and special occasions.  When I read a tutorial last year by Martha Stewart, I had to give it a try.  I started our with a very traditional one, using black.  I really like the way they came out and I gave quite a few away for the holidays.  I decided to change things a bit and do a different color.

Here is how you create your own chalkboard paint..

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 cup acrylic paint (I used acrylic latex oops .50 cents paint)
  • 1 tablespoon non-sanded grout (about $1.50 @ homedepot for 1 lb.)
  • measuring cup and spoon
  • mixing container
  • whisk (I find it mixes better than a spoon)
  • paint brush
  • platter (dollar store) or whatever you would like to make a chalkboard
  • painters tape

Measure and mix your paint and grout being careful to wear a mask, the grout is a fine powder.  Make sure that there aren’t any lumps, that is why I use a whisk.

Tape your tray, making sure that it is taped well.  Apply paint, I prefer using a sponge brush, I think it adds a smoother finish.  I almost always apply at least 2 coats, since this is metal, I applied 3 coats.  Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.

I painted the lid of my mixing container (a repurposed sour cream container) with the paint I used and wrote on the lid, it just makes it easier to find next time.

I decided to be creative and add a bit of country shabby to the edges, and the finished product looks like this…

Have fun with your chalkboard and look for future posts to see what else I have made with this paint today, I just have to finish them 🙂

the thrill is in the hunt

I like to shop at thrift stores.  I like thrift stores because you can find the most amazing and startling things there, and finding a small treasure amid trash is thrilling.  I happened to be working by my local Goodwill and I just can’t resist stopping in.  The employees are wonderful, the location is well-organized (by color), and everyday they have designated a color tag to be 50% off.  Today was a green day !!  I have a ritual, I always start on the left and go up and down every aisle twice, you would be amazed at what you miss the first time.  I have been looking at this large double dresser that has been $9.99 for a week, and it would be 50% off today……so tempted……I really want to make a bench out of.   Give me strength, lol

I am thrilled with what I did end up buying today, and the total was $10.62.  I have a Goodwill rewards card and it also gives me %10 off for being a senior (yes I said it).

 

I am really excited about the pink cream and sugar, I am thinking curtain tie-backs with the teacups,  raised cake plates with the candle holders, tuna can colonial lamps with the globes and I fell in love with that polka dot sheet !

What do you think?  Was the hunt worth it?  I think yes..

just another rag rug :)

I love the way a rag rug looks, when you crochet the rug, instead of braid, it is one continuous piece, no sewing, and they wash in the machine very well.  I love the way they feel under my feet, especially when they are made of old cotton sheets.  I already have 5 rag rugs in my house, so I finished this one today to give away, and today is my bff’s birthday, so she is the recipient.  I think the rug will look great with the fabric hangers I made this morning.

I am new to crochet, there are blemishes in the rugs, but I will look back in the years to come and remember the process of practice makes perfect.

How to make yarn from sheets

 

Making yarn from old sheets is a great way to repurpose something that you might otherwise throw away or use for rags. Weaving and crocheting with sheets is tons of fun and goes very fast because you use a large crochet hook.  I have tried knitting in the past and found that I got bored with it, I have never tried to crochet before and never planned on it until………..I was at the hairdressers and one of the hairdressers at the salon brought in a rug she had just finished and set in on the floor for everyone to see, I was blown away !!!  I asked Dar if I could take a picture and the craziness began.  I watched 1001 videos on how to crochet, ran to Walmart and bought a large hook and dug out some old sheets.

My first rug
My 2nd rug
In the bathroom
In my office, the largest rug I have made
First attempt at a pillow and my bad attempt at a purse 🙂

I have washed the rugs in the machine several times and only one came unraveled a bit, but it was easy to fix.  The hardest part of making the rugs is making the yarn, it is very time consuming, but fun to do while you are watching tv.  I have found some amazing sheets at my local Goodwill for a few dollars and my good friend Val has just given me a beautiful collection and the colors are amazing.  Thanks Val 🙂  My friend Dar makes the most amazing purses, I will have to take a picture and share with everyone.  Dar is also the one who started my addiction, thanks Dar 🙂

Last picture is my first attempt at making seat cushions, I was really happy with the way they came out !!

not bad for learning how to crochet 2 months ago, lol.

If you are interested in learning how to make your own yarn from sheets, here is a how to video…

How to make yarn from sheets