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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman is 75!

Bat signal box and Funko Pop Nightwing

Batman's 75th Anniversary Celebration is underway, and DC is partnering with comic book stores around the country to celebrate. So The Amazing Turnip Girl asked me "Aren't you going to do anything on your blog for Batman?"

Check your local comic book store to see if it's participating. My local comic book shop, Bosco's will have cake, masks and discounts on Batman merchandise and books.

See, I'm a Dick Grayson fangirl, from when he was Robin in the elf booties on Superfriends, to Nightwing in the 80s with the silly wing costume and the popped collar, to 90s long haired bad boy Nightwing, the red costume and Grayson. Without Batman there would be no Robin, and so no Dick Grayson.

So I put together this quick printable treat box as a tribute to Batman. I hope you enjoy it.

Click the image below for a larger version to print on card stock, follow the instructions on the printable to make it.
Printable bat signal treat box

The figure in the photo is a Funko Pop! Nightwing that a good friend of mine got me as a present. 



Monday, July 21, 2014

A new mandala to color

mandala- blank version available to color

This is the mandala off the printable box that I posted the other day. This time ready for you to print and color!

Click the images below for a larger version to print and color.
Small JPG version:
simple mandala to color, also available in a larger transparent PNG format.

Lg transparent PNG version:
geometric mandala to color- also available in a smaller size jpg

I'd like to say that I've been horribly busy, but it's not actually true. The truth is, Amazon's new subscription book service has the Harry Potter books and I'm enjoying re-reading them.  We did go out Friday for Live After Five downtown, it's a free music performance and this time it was a local reggae band. That was a lot of fun. It was a gorgeous day, there was great food available, a bubble machine blowing bubbles everywhere and great music. 

Amazon is this huge part of my day to day life. I'm a top 100 reviewer there, and a Prime subscriber. Prime offers free 30 day trials so you can see if it will suit your life. In my case it was a no-brainer. I got it for the shipping because shipping to Alaska can be insane. But it's one of the best buys we've made. We started streaming free Prime shows through our PS3, and then eventually got the Fire TV (GARY BUSEY!).
We are also all active Kindle users for reading fiction. My husband uses the Kindle app on his iPad to read comic books, I use the the app on my Android tablet for graphic novels and magazines. For novels- we all have Kindle e-readers. With the new Amazon subscription for e-books, for about 10 dollars a month, you can read all sorts of books for free. That includes my own e-books about bread baking and beading, but also things like the Harry Potter books, and there is a free 30 day trial for that too. Try them both, see what you think. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mandala boxes to print and make

Mandala of light

I hope you enjoy these lacy mandala boxes! They are in 3 different colors and measure 3x3x1 inch. Just click the images for larger versions, print them out on card stock, cut out, score folds, fold, and glue!

A good all-occasion gift box, some people fill this size with little treats as gifts.

Printable mandala gift boxes in blue, orange and green

Printable mandala gift boxes in orange. blue and green

Green printable mandala box- also available in blue and orange



Monday, July 14, 2014

Cast Iron Skillet Box- crochet pattern


My daughter is a new cast iron enthusiast. It started with me getting her a skillet of her very own a few months ago, then I got a new grill pan for myself that she has been using regularly. So I decided to make her a little cast iron box for her rings. This box is very quick to make, but does take some piecing to attach the handles, and the disk on the lid so the lid sits right instead of just balancing on the pan.

You will need:
Black worsted weight cotton yarn- I used Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton
Size F or G hook (4.25 mm) - I work pretty tightly so a G hook worked for me.
large tapestry needle to sew pieces together and weave in ends
scissors

This box is made in 5 pieces.
Ch=chain
sc=single crochet
sl st= slip stitch
st or sts= stitch or stitches
repeat ** around means repeat what is between the asterisks all the way around.

Pan
Chain 2 or make magic ring
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch, sl st to join
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as first sc) sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (18 sts)
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st,*sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (24 sts)
Round 5: Working in back loops only! ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in each st around, sl st to join.
Round 6-7: working in both loops, ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in each st around, sl st to join.
Round 8: Reinforce the top by slip stitching in each stitch around from last round. Break off and weave in ends.

Lid part one:
Chain 2 or make magic ring
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch, sl st to join
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as first sc) sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (18 sts)
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st,*sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (24 sts)

Lid part two:
Chain 2 or make magic ring
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch, sl st to join
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as first sc) sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join (18 sts)

Center the smaller piece on the bigger piece and sew together.

Handle for the pan:
Ch 9, skip 5 chs, and sl st in 6th ch, sl st back to first ch.
Round 1: ch 1 to turn, sc in next 3 sts, sc 6 times in loop, sc down the other side of next 3 sts. Break off leaving a tail to sew to pan.

Handle for lid:
chain 5, sk last chain, sl st all the rest of the stitches, break off leaving a tail to sew piece on.

Now it's time to sew it all together, the handle for the pan goes on the top row of the pan, the lid handle is centered on top of the larger circle and stitched into place.

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