Monday, August 31, 2009

Handspun VCR Tape

Coming up with new recycling ideas is always fun. It allows us to explore without judgment -because skies the limit. There is no right or wrong.

We've read and seen projects that have been crocheted and knitted with vcr tape. When you stop and think about it, it's really kind of neat. Something that's almost obsolete has been given new meaning.

Here are a few sites that offer creative vcr tape ideas:
My Recycle Bags:

You would think just looking at it, it would feel rough and unpleasant - WRONG!!! It's very giving and is pleasant to the touch. But, just like everything else, what is not to one person may be to another.

Your creative juices are flowing and you just can't wait to get your hands on some. Look no further and wait no longer. Let me help you get started exploring the wonderful world of crochet or knit with vcr tape. Here's how you can receive handspun vcr tape for FREE:

  • Receive a complimentary 100 continuous yards of handspun vcr tape FREE with a purchase of $10 or more (not including shipping cost).
  • Receive a complimentary 200 continuous yards of handspun vcr tape FREE with a purchase of $20 or more (not including shipping cost).
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Friday, August 28, 2009

What Eco Elegance looks like to me

WalMart has this really soft, delicious looking two tone green plastic to put your vegetables and fruit in. Of course, I wasn't going to throw it away. So I wanted to see what it would look like as a purse. This turned out better than I thought. To give it an even more touch of class, I added lace across the front.

Here are some additional pictures to show the different sides. It has lots of room. This purse is so soft to the touch.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Create Crochet Team Promo Madness Sale!!!!

As a member of the Etsy Create Crochet Team, I am participating as well as other members of the team in an awesome sale you just don't want to miss!!!!

The sale begins Tuesday, August 25 at 2pm EST (Etsy time) through Thursday, August 27 until midnight EST (Etsy time).

Buy anything in at full price and receive 10% off the next item.
To receive the discount price, just enter the code "CCT" in a note to me.

My shop offers a color assortment of plarn balls ready for you to begin that craft project as well as an array of market bags/totes. Customized orders (color and/or size) are also available during this sale.

Don't miss out on this fantastic sale. Now is the time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Here is the link to the Create Crochet Team Blog:

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Plarn (plastic yarn) version of a Placemat Bag

There are some decisions in life that just take a little longer to make a final determination. For the longest time I have struggled with designing and creating a bag that was condusive to my style .. they are always tooooooo big or tooooooooo small. Choosing the right color, the right pattern stitch, etc... So many decisions.

I'll admit that there are a few websites and blogs that I have an addiction to. Can't stay off of them and do a refresh several times to see what new item was just added. There is no cure for this addiction other than to just take the computer away from me.

While viewing all the beautiful creations on, I came across this really cute and creative placemat tote tutorial:

I fell in love with the concept and decided, this may just be 'IT' 'THE ONE' ....

So I decided to make a crochet version of it. I did make some minor modifications to the oval-ness of it. I wanted square corners. Of course it was made with plarn (plastic yarn) and added circles to the base of the straps to give it a little more interest.

Here are pictures of it empty and with contents. Also, it expands when being carried, and then flattens sitting on the ground.

I added a zipper lining.

Here is a side view - can you guess what the circles are? When you break open a water bottle, the circle is what remains on the bottle.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Multi-Green Plarn (plastic yarn) Circles Necklace

I stumbled across this really neat light-weight, beautiful 2-tone green plastic and just had to make a necklace out of it. It's so soft against the skin you wouldn't believe it was plastic.

And, you couldn't believe what the circles are. You know when you open a water bottle or other plastic bottle beverage for the first time, you separate the cap from this circle that stays on the bottle. That's it!!!!

I connected the circles with jump rings and viola!!! I got so many compliments on it and it was the perfect enhancement for this outfit that needed that extra decoration...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

'Protect My Nails' Scrubbie Pattern with hosiery yarn

Sharing with everyone my harn (hosiery yarn) scrubbie pattern I designed. Harn scrubbies are absolutely awesome. I have made scrubbies out of just about every type of fiber and never satisfied. You will love your harn scrubbie. I created this particular crochet pattern, 'Protect My Nails' to protect my nails while doing household chores.

**The pattern is plarn (plastic yarn); tarn (t-shirt yarn) and fiber friendly.**

Supplies Needed (makes 1 scrubbie):
Size G Hook or hook of choice.
Hosiery yarn (approx 2 pairs)

Make 2 panels.

Chain (ch) 13 or number of chains needed to measure across all 4 fingers pressed together.

Row 1: Half double crochet (hdc) across to end, ch2 turn.

Row 2: Hdc in back loop (bl) only across to end, ch2 turn.
Repeat Row 2 until panel measures from tip of fingers to top of hand or desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

With wrong sides together at lower corner (right or left, you choose) single crochet (sc) through both panels in corner stitch and in each stitch across to next corner. Make 3 sc in corner and a sc in each stitch across to next corner. Make 3 sc in corner and a sc in each stitch across to opposite lower corner.

Fasten off and weave in all ends. It's ready to use when you are.

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