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

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 Stripes by Bernat

Hop on over to the Hodge Podge Blog. Tanya, who runs the always entertaining and extremely addicting Hodge Podge group on Facebook gave us a small shout. I recently posted a pattern in group and you can now grab it from her blog. The pattern is no longer available on the Bernat website (it’s a good thing I printed a copy)! Head on over there and show Hodge Podge some Bauble Love.

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Recently, a good friend of mine named Vanessa (a HodgePodger from the HodgePodge Crochet Group who runs the amazing page Bobbles & Baubles on facebook and who you can also find over at https://bobblesandbaubles.com/ where she has FREEBIES) posted this glorious blanket that she made as a gift.

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Of course the group all reacted the same way as you are right now–we had to have this pattern!! Unfortunately, Bernat (who offered this pattern for free over on their website until they decided to update their look and revamp to reflect an edgier and more modern style) no longer had this gorgeous pattern up on their site. There were tears and a few HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US, BERNAT!!! rants making the rounds.

But never fear. If you’re as enamored with this blanket as we all were you can get your own copy simply by clicking this link–> Crochet…

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Featured Crafter / Guest Blogger

Happy Tuesday all!  The Holiday season is quickly coming upon us.  This is typically the time of year that most of us increase our crafting.  Hand crafted items make the best Christmas gifts, don’t they?  I often find that the recipient is so much more appreciative of these personalized gifts.

As the Holidays approach, I would like to add a new feature to my blog.  I’m putting a call out to anyone who is interested in guest blogging and/or being a featured crafter.  The featured crafter will have to submit to a painful interview … not really.  Just answer a a few questions about yourself and your craft, share pictures  – promote your uniqueness and your craftiness! .  A guest blogger is just that, a fellow crafter who would like to share a pattern or technique, give us a sneak peek into your world.

If this interests you, post below or contact me directly at bobblesandbaubles@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Summertime Frenzy

So, I haven’t posted in about a month.  My excuse?  It’s been a hectic summer.  I’m hoping that things will begin to calm down now that we are entering the back to school month.  Or as my daughter likes to call August,  “The Sunday of summer”.  I am kind of happy that school is starting soon.  My girls will soon settle into their routines – which includes a set bedtime – yay!  All you moms out there will certainly appreciate bedtimes! haha

I have been working on many new projects, I just haven’t had time to post them.  But I promise to post a new pattern before the week is out.  I have been busy stocking my Etsy store as well.  Click on the link to your right to see all my new items!  The lovely pink hat with the flower that you see will be my next free pattern.

Until then, happy hooking my lovely bauble heads!

Mother’s Day

I hope all of you had a spectacular day yesterday.  My wife and I had a very pleasant, relaxes mother’s day.  We received lovely handmade gifts from our girls.  I’m always partial to handmade gifts, mostly because of the time and effort they put into a project.. it means so much more than a store bought gift.

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I received this amazing wreath from my oldest daughter.  It’s made of paper flowers, and each flower is hand made.  I was talking for a long while about making a wreath for our door, but just never got around to it.  And she surprised me with this beauty.  I was in awe. It is gorgeous.. and I promised her that she can post a blog on how to make one yourself.  She even took step-by-step pictures, the craft gene doesn’t fall far from the tree!  So be on the lookout for this tutorial in the upcoming days.

 

 

My youngest gave me a beautiful little plant for my garden and they both gave my wife a coupon booklet for non-chore items!  For example, a coupon entitling her to an hour of uninterrupted silence!  I have a feeling that one is going to be cashed in sooner than later.

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