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Monday, October 3, 2011

Orange Peel Jewelry

Today I will show you how to work with orange peel to make jewelry or other crafts

First cut your orange or oranges in half (maybe make some fresh squeezed orange juice :) )
Then using a spoon you can scoop out the rest of the fruit

It should look like this when everything is scooped out

Then you can use scissors or cutters to cut and shape the orange peel however you can make a hole with a toothpick or needle and thread.....let it dry until it hardens (usually takes about 3 days to fully dry)

Once its's time to dye the orange can use food dye or fabric dye...and let dry again

Once its dry you can use it to make your own designs for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key chains, are some that I have made with orange peel

You can use the same technique for other things like seeds...I made these earrings using the same technique with melon seeds
Hope You Like!! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crochet Scarf

Today I will show you how to make a crochet scarf.
First you will need some yarn and a crochet hook.
Then you make a knot with the crochet hook and start doing the basic crochet stitch or braid. You can make it as long as you want your scarf to be; I made about 280 stitches because I like long scarves.

Once you have figured out the length that you want it, make 2 more stitches.
Then you put the yarn over the hook and slip it in the last stitch before you made the 2 extra stitches.
 Put yarn over the hook again and slip it through the first stitch on the hook so it looks like the picture
 Then you will put yarn over the hook again and slip it through all three stitches on the hook

After this you make another basic stitch (braid stitch)
 Now you skip a stitch and repeat the same steps

 It should start looking like this
 Once you are done with the first row, you make 2 more stitches (after each row make the 2 stitches)
 And you repeat the same steps (skipping the 2 extra stitches you make at the end of each row)

 This is what it should look like after 2 complete rows.
Make as many rows as you want your scarf width to be ( I made 12 rows on mine)
This is the finished scarf...You can leave it like this or make a fringe if you like.
To make the fringe, cut strands of yarn as shown on the picture
Take 3 of the strands and put them in through the 1st two holes at the end.
Put the strands through the loop and pull; Repeat for the other holes
This is what the completed scarf looks like with the fringe.

Here are some other scarves I've made.