Fall Mason Jar Luminaries

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I’m getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s 1st birthday!  She was born in early October (2 months early) and with an early Fall birthday comes the endless opportunities for fun Fall crafts.  We have a Fall themed birthday (as you may have already guessed) and being the crafty family we are, the majority of decorations will be homemade.

Today’s craft is the Fall Mason Jar Luminaries.  I am going to be using these as table decorations.  Since I will be making quite a few them, I will be encouraging the adult guests at her birthday to take them home.  It took a while to get the process right, but after a few hours and a few jars, I got it right.  So lets get started

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What You’ll need:
Mason Jars
Modpodge (I used the original Matte finish)
Small Foam Brush
Fake Fall Leaves
Tealight Candles (I used the battery operated kind)

Step 1 – Prepping
Before starting, you should clean your mason jars.  Wipe them down to get rid of any dust, oils, etc.. this will make the application process much easier.

If you purchased leaves with the plastic stems, now is the time to remove the plastic.  The easiest way to do this is to slowly peel the leaf away from the stem starting at the bottom of the leaf.  Once you have that main piece going, it should just lift right off (see below)

Once you have removed the leaves, you should pick out the ones that you want to use for the jar.  Try them out, wrap them around the jar for size, see which ones look best next to to others.  Put those aside.  If you are going to be layering leaves on top of each other,  you don’t have to pick those now, there’s an extra step later.

Step 2:
With the small foam brush, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the entire jar.  Set aside.  Next, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the inside of the chosen leaves, making sure to pay extra attention to the tips.  Set them aside.

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The key here is to make sure that the glue is very tacky on all items before sticking them together.  If the glue is too wet, the edges will not stick and the leaves will move around.. alot!  For me, it took about 10 minutes before it reached a semi translucent, tacky consistency.  It may be a bit harder to tell on the leaves, so touch the glue to see how tacky it is.

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Step 3:
Once the jar and leaves are tacky, it’s time to stick the leaves on.  Once positioned, press down on the leaves from the middle out in order to get rid of any air bubbles.  If you are having trouble keeping the points of the leaves down, just press and hold with your fingers for a few seconds.  Repeat for all the leaves.  If some of them end up overlapping, depending on the type of leaf you bought, you may be able to just stick it down.  If that’s not possible, dab a very tiny amount of modpodge on the bottom of leave, wait a minute or two and press and hold the top leaf down.

(If you want to add another layer of leaves, repeat the process from step one.  Except that you will also be applying Modpodge to the leaves you have attached. Continue below )

Step 4:
Once all the leaves  have been attached to the jar, set aside and let the rest of the glue dry (about 10 more minutes).

With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Modpodge over the entire jar.  Allow to fully dry.  You made add more layers if you wish but it’s not necessary.

Step 5:
When fully dried, wrap some jute or twine around the lip and decorate with a bow or leaves, anything works!  Stick a tealight candle inside and makes a beautiful day or night time decoration for your home.

Try it with different types and colors of leaves.  As you can see, I used glittery leaves for a little extra pizazz.  Show me your finished projects and become featured on the blog!

Happy Crafting

Boxy Border Scarf – Free Pattern

Happy Friday!!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a free pattern Friday.  Today, I’m resurrecting an old favorite of mine, the Boxy Border Scarf.  I know it’s still a little chilly somewhere out there right??  Well if it is, and you are in need of warming up, here’s the pattern for you:

Boxy Border Scarf - Bobbles & Baubles

 

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Retro Afghan

Thank you so very much to my wonderful readers who responded quickly to my call for help and provided me with a backup copy of my Retro Afghan pattern.

As you may recall, when I switched servers a while back, I lost all of my listed patterns for the past 2 years.  I was able to recover all but 1 – the Retro Aghfan.  I thought it was gone forever but I decided to put out a call for help, and you all answered that call!!

So without further ado, here is the pattern.  Thank you again to all who responded!

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The afghan pictured above ended up measuring 28″ x 32″.  Of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending on who it’s for.  So here are the steps.  Happy Hooking!

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on how big or small you want your afghan to be.  For the one pictured, I used an I hook

MATERIALS
I hook
14 oz of any 2 colors
Yarn Needle

ABBREVIATIONS
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet

INSTRUCTIONS

R1:  Ch 102

R2:  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  *ch1, sk next, dc in next* across.  Change color. Turn.

R3:  Ch2.  Working in front of the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Working behind the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  *Ch1. In front of row below, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in skipped chain from row below* across.  Turn

R4:  Ch3.  Sk next st, dc in next.  *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next* across.  Change color, turn.

R5:  Ch2.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  *Ch1.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row* across.  Sl st to 2nd of beginning ch3

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you reached your desired length, ending with a row 5.  Finish off

BORDER

Hdc in any corner space.  Hdc in each st around, making sure to keep the sides even.  3hdc in ever corner.  Twice around.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Retro Afghan – Call for help! [PATTERN FOUND]

UPDATE:  The pattern has been found thanks to my awesome readers!  You can find it by clicking here: RETRO AFGHAN

 

Last year, I put up a free pattern for my Retro Afghan pictured below

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Unfortunately, in the process of switching servers, I lost the post for it.  And as luck would have it, I have no back up of it and I can’t find my written copy!!  How does that even happen?

So I’m putting out a call for help from my lovely Bauble Heads.  If you happened to save or print a copy of the pattern, can you please email it to me at bobblesandbaubles@gmail.com?  If you do, I will send you a free copy of the Beary Basketweave Afghan.

I would appreciate it immensely… thank you!!!

Crochet Flower Embellishments – Free Pattern Bundle

Happy Monday!  In the spirit of getting my blog back up and running, I am offering a free pattern bundle today.  Some of you  may have received this bundle when you signed up for the newsletter, but for those who haven’t, here’s you chance to get your copy!

Flower Embellishments by Bobbles & Baubles

In this bundle, you receive a PDF booklet of the 5 flower patterns shown above.  To get your copy, click the link below.  Happy Hooking!

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Good Morning Bauble Heads!  Two weeks ago, I received a request for custom flamingo masks.  Most of you already know that I have a variety of masks, including sheep and pandas.  Making a flamingo one never even crossed my mind.  But you know me, I aim to please.  So I quickly agreed and with the help of my lovely wife, who sketched it out for me, I was able to create this pattern.  Enjoy and if you happen to make one, share your pics with me!

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Size J Crochet Hook
Size H Crochet Hook
I skein of yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Pink)
Black yarn for the eyes, tip of beak and straps
White yarn for the eyes
White Cotton Fabric
Stitch Marker (or safety pin)
Yarn Needle
Sewing Needle
White thread
Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker

INSTRUCTIONS
MASK (with J hook)
R1:      Ch 6.  2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 3.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R2:      Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R3:      2 sc in first.  Sc  in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R4-8:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (9)
R9:     Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R10:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R11:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (6)
R12:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (6)
R13:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R14:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R15:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R16-20:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R21:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R22:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R23:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 3.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (5)
R24:  Sc in each st across.  DO NOT TURN.  Continue to sc around the entire mask.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EYES (With H hook, make 2)
Rnd1:  With black, 4 sc in magic ring.  Join and change color to white.
Rnd2:  In back loops, dc in same st.  2 dc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in next.  Join.  fasten off, leaving a long tail for weaving in

BEAK (with H hook)
NOTE:  leave a long tail for sewing in the beginning (round 1, before chaining 12) because this is the row that will be attached to the mask)
Rnd1:  With Pink.  Ch 12.  Making sure to keep chain straight, join with sl st to first ch.  Place stitch marker (you will be moving it up as you complete each round)
Rnd2-3:  Sc in each st across.
Rnd4-5:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across.
CHANGE TO BLACK
Rnd6:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across
Rnd7:  Sc 2tog twice.  Sc in each st across
Rnd8:  Sc in each st across
Rnd9-10:  Sc 2tog across.  Finish off.  weave in ends.

Flamingo Sleep Mask - Bobbles & Baubles

Attach eyes and beak to  mask as shown in picture above.

STRAPS (make 2)
Cut two 22″ strips of black yarn and two 22″ strips of pink yarn.
With yarn needle, thread them evenly through side of mask.  Braid and knot at the bottom.
Repeat for other side.  Trim.

TUFT
Cut a small amount of yarn (at least 4 pieces).  Thread through top of mask (see picture for placement) and tie in a knot.  trim as necessary.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

LINING 
With fabric Marker, place mask over fabric and trace around it.  Cut fabric just below tracing. Place it on the back of mask and trim if necessary.  Using a blanket stitch, sew around the edges of fabric.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

*Whew*  That was a long one!  I hope you enjoy making these masks.  Try them with different shades of pink as I did or go a little crazy and use other fun colors!   Happy Hooking!

Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

In case you are wondering why I am putting up a ton of posts in one day… well here’s the answer: A few months ago, I left my old server and switched back to WordPress.  Unfortunately, in doing so, I lost all of my posts from 2014 and 2015 – what a mess!!  The good thing is that I managed to archive the majority of them.  The bad news – I have to manually type them all up again!

But no fear, I am up for the challenge.  Here’s the latest and greatest:

Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

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MATERIALS
Size G Crochet Hook
1 Coated Elastic Hair Band
Cotton Yarn (I used Lilly Sugar n’ Cream)
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends

INSTRUCTIONS
Make 2
Ch. 62
Hdc in second chain from hook and each st across
Finish Off.  Weave in ends.

Insert hook into ends of both strands
Insert hook into elastic band
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Join all with a single crochet.
Sc a few times through all 3 to make it more secure
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Your joining stitches will look like this
Take care not to twist your chains and repeat on the other side
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The elastic band will help make it stretchy and it’s sure to fit most head sizes.  Here’s a tip: using cotton yarn is best because regular acrylic yarn will stretch out over time.  Cotton yarn will help prevent this.

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That’s it for today.. Happy Hooking and stay tuned for the next freebie!