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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Mandala to print and color

Happy Mandala with a blank version to print and color


Yesterday was the first day of summer and the solstice. I'm sorry to say I didn't go out and get a photo of the midnight sun like I usually do. But I did draw this happy mandala to color for summer.

AND I picked the first ripe strawberry off my new Tristan strawberry plant that my husband gave me. We shared it!


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Happy Mandala small jpg:
Happy mandala to print and color- available in jpg and transparent PNG

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Happy mandala to print and color- available in jpg and transparent PNG



Friday, June 10, 2016

Rainbow Love coloring page

Rainbow heart- with a blank version to color
It's Pride Month!! Time for lots of rainbows and hearts and love. Okay, you all know me. Every month is a good time for rainbows, hearts and love.

I hope you enjoy coloring this page as much as I enjoyed drawing it! Click the images below for larger versions to print and color.

Rainbow Love coloring pages

small jpg:
Rainbow love coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png #rainbows #adultcoloring #pride

large transparent png:
Rainbow love coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png #rainbows #adultcoloring #pride


And for a bonus- here's a photo of my kids marching in last year's Pride parade! 



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tasseled Crochet Amulet Bag pattern- with tassel tutorial

free Tasseled Crochet Amulet Bag pattern with tassel tutorial #diy #crochet

Tasseled Crochet Amulet Bag Pattern:
Materials:

  • Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread- size 3 (less than one ball) 
  • Size C hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Piece of cardboard about 5 inches long


U.S. crochet terms used.

Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • sc =single crochet
  • dc= double crochet
  • sl st= slip stitch
  • st or sts= stitch or stitches
  • repeat ** means to repeat the instructions between the asterisks. 



Ch 2

Round 1: 8 sc in ch 1, sl st to join (8 stitches)
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first st), 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join (16 stitches)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as first st), sc in each st around, sl st to join (16 stitches)
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as first st) sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (24 sts)

Rounds 5-17:ch 1 (does not count as first st), sc in each st around, sl st to join

Round 18: ch 3, dc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, *dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 stitches*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (6 spaces)
Round 19: ch 1 (does not count as first st), sc in each st around, sl st to join (24 sts)
Round 20: ch 1 (does not count as first st), sc in first st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip next st,*sc in next 3 sts, ch 3, skip next st*, repeat ** around, in last st, sc, sl st to join. (6 loops made)
Round 21: ch 1 (does not count as first st), sc in first st, skip next stitch, 5 sc in loop, *skip next st, sc in next st, skip next st, 5 sc in loop*, sl st to join.

To make the tassel:
Photo examples use embroidery floss because it was handy and I could use contrasting colors. I didn't wrap it around a template. Please excuse the dirty table. I was in a rush to get photos so I could get back outside- and I went outside to put this together. GORGEOUS weather!

Find something a half inch longer than you want the tassel to be or cut a piece of cardboard that's long enough.

Double a length of thread 20 inches long and lay it down across the top of your template.

Wrap it, I did 50 wraps for a full tassel.

Pull the doubled length around the top and tie it firmly. I used a square knot, then tied another overhand knot over that.


Cut a piece of thread 20 inches long and a piece 8 inches long.

Fold the short thread and lay it length wise on the tassel body with the loop end pointing to the bottom (fringe) of the tassel.
Tie the long thread near the top of the tassel with a short tail length going down the tassel in a simple half knot around both the tassel and the short thread. I made it the same length as the rest of the tassel.


Wrap evenly and tightly for as long as you want the wrap to be. Tie another half knot.


Put the tail through the loop of the short strand.


Pull the free ends of the short piece sharply and quickly to pull the end under the wraps. Trim the top thread neatly.


With the doubled ends on the top of the tassel, pull them through the bottom of the bag using a crochet hook, I spaced them between the stitches on the first round. Tie in a secure knot- I used a square knot then doubled it. Trim ends.

Crochet a cord or make a twist cord and weave into the double crochet spaces. Weave in all ends.



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Heart Sights Mandala

Heart sights mandala with a blank version to color


So it's been super sunny here and I'm trying to get back on track for regular updates. But the sun calls me out to work on my garden or to read in the sun.

And I've been re-reading a lot of Jacqueline Carey- I just finished re-reading the Santa Oliva books and the Agent of Hel books. This mandala was inspired by a quote from her most well-known series- Kushiel's Legacy.

“But above it all stands love. And if we desire to be more than human, that is the star by which we must set our sights.”
-Jacqueline Carey

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Small jpg version:
Heart sights mandala coloring page in jpg and transparent png format #coloringpage #adultcoloring #mandala

Large transparent png version:
Heart sights mandala coloring page in jpg and transparent png format #coloringpage #adultcoloring #mandala

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