Sunday, October 22, 2017

Witches Feet Cauldron






I think this is so cute, I just had to create this cauldron of Witches Feet. They are about 2 feet tall, and can be made in various colors. Order yours today
They take a bit of time to make and are worth every $dollar I sell them for, want one or two or more?
Email me and order yours today, I can ship almost anywhere, paypal is accepted for payment
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Refinished Distressed Vanity

#distressedfurniture

Hello friends since we have bought a new home, I decided I want to redo all my bedroom furniture so I have started with this Vintage Waterfall Vanity, I love it, and I decided to refinish everything in this beautiful shade of purple. Here it is finished, isn't it just gorgeous? I made my own chalk paint for this, I give the recipe below.
Ever wanted to learn to distress furniture well here is my story of how I have done this piece and details how you can learn to do it too.

First of all pick a piece of furniture you want to distress, then you will need to sand it down, I do not care what some people say about using chalk paint, it still needs sanding to do a good job and for the paint to stick well. The thing I am learning about furniture is some is wood, some is laminate covered and some is veneer, this piece after I got to sanding I found out is laminate, so I researched laminate and after I got this piece wet, it bubbled, so I had to do something about that. I decided to remove the top layer of laminate and go from there.
see how it bubbled after I started working on it and I left it sit outdoors under the carport on a rainy night, my bad.
So I had choices, I could reglue it and hope it flattened out, or I could remove the bad parts and use some bondo to fill it in and support the wood underneath the laminate.
I went with removing the top laminate from the top of my vanity.
for this piece I just needed to remove all the top and the curve of the waterfall top
then I will need to bondo the top curve to reinforce the strength of the vanity

removing laminate takes some work and time, but well worth it on this beautiful vintage waterfall vanity

the secret is to get the laminate warm, I used an iron, and a wet cloth, steaming as I worked with a putty knife to loosen and remove the laminate.

It goes slowly so be prepared to take your time
top is free of the bubbles

here in the front on the curve is where I discovered it needed to be reinforced for strength
So I got a bondo fiberglass kit, just like you use on cars, wood, metal
Follow the directions of the bondo, it's really pretty easy
After that dries then I went over the bondo with a filler to fill in the fiberglass.
Let that all dry, next day it is ready to lightly sand smooth.
Once all the bondo, filler and some light sanding was done.
It was paint time
I make my own chalk paint 
Here is my recipe
1/3 cup plaster of paris
1/3 cup of warm water
mix this till smooth and all the lumps are gone
then add 1 cup of your good brand of paint you want to use in the color you want.
Stir this up I use a plastic ice cream container to mix the paint
I use 2-3 coats of chalk paint
Let it dry well.
Once the base coat of color is dry, I then took a white for the distressing top coat
You can use chalk paint for this or not, since I thought it was not necessary I used the paint without adding my chalk mix
Let this dry, then you will want to lightly sand off some of the white paint
You may even want to sand to let a touch of the real wood show through, I did just a little.
You want to use a finer grade of sandpaper for this I used a 400 grit
Here it is getting just how I want it, letting the purple show through with that distressed "aged" look I was going for. For the white, I use a very dry bush which means you dip your brush in the paint barely then you wipe off the excess paint, use a rag, or paper towels to get the paint off, or wipe it on a styrofoam plate, I put just a little white paint on my styrofoam plate, then barely dip the brush in the edge of the paint and wipe off.
I also painted the original handles black metal, with purple inserts, these look really cool
here is what they looked like originally
I like the finished ones much better, see the first picture above.

Then because we had gotten rid of the original large mirror, which I may find another larger one at a later time, I can't decide yet. I painted this mirror to match.
After all was done I coated everything in 2-3 coats of polyacrylic, it does not yellow like other brands, costs a little more than some but it's good. It cleans up with water and it comes in a variety of finishes, I used a low sheen, semi matte finish.
I have the stool to redo next. more on that when I get it done.
THANKS FOR READING
I hope I help some of you to take on some furniture refinishing








Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Wine Glass Tea Lights



Happy First day of Fall Ya'll Have you decorated yet?
I'm always decorating something these days
I've got fall up and looking good and I so love this season, it's been 93 today though not very Fallish

I'm also working on My Halloween decor as well, here are some wine glasses I have so much fun painting these and giving them life.
What can I paint for you? I would love to work for you, with you to create special one of a kind decorations, sewing creations and many other items that I make with love and creative thoughts
So email me mscheriluv@hotmail.com or check out my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cheriluvcreations/ and let me know what you want.
lights in the dark, Spooky right



Monday, April 24, 2017

Crochet Beautiful Colorful Pillows

#crochet #crochetpillows #flowercrochet

Hello followers and viewers I am in love with spring, always love the fresh air, the beautiful new flowers popping up once again after that long cold winter, don't get me wrong I love winter too, but after several long gloomy cold weeks of winter I am again thankful for popping fresh spring days, fresh smells and beautiful spring colors and to celebrate spring days, here are my pretty spring pillows.

These are granny squares simply crochet big enough to cover pillow forms or
to fit the size you want for your pillow, one side forms a pretty granny square and the other side is a bright pretty triangle 
I closed up the pillow with a single crochet stitch on top of the edges and it stands up just a little 
but I really like the look on these using a different color yarn

The yarns I used with these are sweet rolls and trimmed out with a blue yarn I had left over from another project.
This love of my pillows is a bright colorful
Zinnia Pillow
I found the pattern from
littlemonkeyscrochet
I did my pillow in bright spring colors
she has hers in solid colors
check them out for the pattern
It has inspired me for some new ideas

Hope you are inspired to create some crochet art of your own too
Have a happy spring and a great month
Stay tuned for more ideas soon








Thursday, February 16, 2017

Crochet Troll Hat



My grand daughters have made these hats in high demand around here. Let me just say the HAIR is enough to drive one crazy, my recommendation is to take your time on pulling the hair.
You have to unwind each strand and I used a doggy wire brush, but make sure you do it on a table and pull firmly while holding the hat carefully. I also used a regular hair brush to get the yarn unwound and really smoothed it with the dog brush.
There are some videos on youtube but most I found were in spanish or some other language so they were no help to me, you might get some tips.

work the hair a row at a time in the beginning till you get it brushed out
smoothing it out before adding bangs
before adding the hair band and flowers
she's almost complete


Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch(s) = Chain(s) sc = Single Crochet
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = Slip Stitch
sk = Skip
Dc (dec )= Double crochet decrees
Mc = Magic circle
hdc = Half Double Crochet
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
FO = Finish Off
Hdc(dec) = Half double crochet decrease
Tr= Treble

Materials:
Super saver – Shocking pink or similar
Red Heart or other source – Mint, Turquoise, Deep pink, black,
white

Hook- 5mm(H)
Needle
Tape measure tape
bristle brush
Scissors
Stitch markers

**Notes – Everything is worked in rounds unless stated otherwise. 

Child (5-10)
(Fits 20″ circumference, 12-12.5″ in height)
Hook- 5mm(H)
Using a pink yarn.
Round 1: Magic circle 8 hdc (8)
Round 2-3: hdc each st around. (8)
Round 4: 2 hdc in each st around. (16)
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Round 5-6: hdc each st around. (16)
Round 7: hdc in first st, 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (24)
Round 8-9: hdc each st around. (24)
Round 10: hdc the first 2 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (32)
Round 11-12: hdc each st around. (32)
Round 13: hdc the first 3 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (40)
Round 14-15: hdc each st around. (40)
Round 16: hdc the first 4 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (48)
Round 17: hdc each st around. (48)
Round 18: hdc the first 5 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (56)
Round 19: hdc each st around. (56)
Round 20: hdc the first 6 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (64)
Round 21-33: hdc each st around (64)

Eye’s 
(Make 2 of each part)

Bottom (white)
Round 1: Mc 4hdc, 3 dc, 4hdc, 3dc pull tight and slst ch 1 (14)
Round 2: 2 hdc 4 times, 2 dc 3 times, 2hdc 4 times 2 dc 3 times slst and tie off leaving a tail for
sewing. (28)
Middle (dark Pink)
Round 1: Magic circle 6hdc. (6)
Round 2: 2 hdc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the
last slst and tie off leaving a tail for sewing. (12)
Top (Black)
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc slst and tie off leaving a tail for sewing. (6)
First Sew the top/black eye piece to the middle/pink eye piece. Next sew the
middle to the bottom piece. Now sew onto the middle part of your hat two rows from the bottom.I used black yarn on the eyelashes and a little curve around part of the eye. And I added a
white yarn dot on the eyes.

Troll ears (Make 2)
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc. Pull tight but do not join. Ch 1 Turn. (6)
Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around. Ch 2 Turn. (12)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 2: 2 hdc in the first st, hdc the next 2 sts, repeat till the end. Ch 1 turn (16)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 3: 2 hdc in the first st, hdc the next 3 sts, repeat till the end. Ch 2 turn (20)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 4: Dc in the first st, sc in the next 11 sts. (dc, 2 tr) in the same st. (2 tr, dc) in the same st. sc in
the next 6 sts. Ch 1 turn. (24)
Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.
This will help them curve inward
Round 4: slst in the next 7 sts, (dc, tr) in the same st. (tr, dc) sc in the next st. slst in the next 14 sts. Tie
off. (27)
Note add your ears one row up from the bottom. Sew half the ear and then fold the top corner of the
ear and then sew it down.


Band
I used Minty green
Hook 5mm (H)
In green
CH according to the hat base number count. Slst together ch 3.
Dc each st around. Slst and tie off

Flowers
(Make 3)
I used a pretty bright blue
Hook 5mm (H)
Blue Flowers
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc.m(6)
Round 2: (4 hdc) in the first st, in the next sc, Repeat this around. (14)
Slip stitch and leave tails to sew through band

Hair
Add the hair to every other row and I added some spaced in between the rows I did fully all the way down about 3" above eyes Add more where you think it needs it.
Once hair is added untwist each strand then brush out using a bristle brush
Take your time unwinding the yarn and especially combing it out.
Smooth it up and the bangs down towards the eyes side to side
I sprayed mine with some glitter hair spray when finished.





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Making Yarn Cakes to Crochet


Everyone is crazy about the Yarn Cakes, you've seen them, Sweet Rolls, Caron Cakes, Bernat Pops and many other brands. Yeah they are nice, but some people can't get them, and the prices are in a wide range, and you know what, most of all, you can't get just the color combos you might want.
So I have figured it out, I am making homemade Yarn Cakes
It's easy, takes a little time and some planning and the best thing is you can make them out of just about any yarn you have or can find. So what are you waiting for?

First you need a winder and some patience, most of of the later, you can't be in a rush.
The winders go from price ranges I've seen over $70 down to just $15 bucks
and if you are gentle the cheaper ones work well I have had no problems with a cheaper one and what's better than having fun and saving money too.

Remember to treat you little winder with care, go slowly and be gentle
I get mine to wind more than it says by adding a larger(wider) bottom on the winder with a piece of heavy cardboard cut to fit on the spindle or a slice of plastic cut in a circle just a little bigger than the original winder base.

I like this gadget

You can use so many kinds of yarn and any color that you can buy
Take my advice, count your turns to keep track if you are making more than one cake of the same color combo
Be sure to pull out the yarn holder spindle arm till it clicks, firmly but not too hard but it will stay up
don't wind too fast to keep the yarn in place and if you add a bigger base like I do sometimes, just be sure not to cut your circle add on piece wider so it hits the yarn spindle arm and you can get bigger cakes, if you cut it right it slides right down over the center of the winder and can give you about a half inch more of a cake
pace yourself and you can get lots of good use out of this tool
I am on a Roll ....LOL Literally now
stay tuned for more fun

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crochet Ripple Blanket in Rainbow Sherbet






Here is a project to use the beautiful Caron Cakes to make
This can be a baby blanket or a lapghan or make it bigger for a bed blanket, I was even thinking it would go great on my porch table in the summer

These are some of the Caron Cakes you can get online or at Michael's Craft Stores

This is a Ripple Pattern
you will need the following for a baby blanket
Materials
Yarn: Caron Cake yarn 2 spools (I used Rainbow Sherbet)
Hook: 4.25 mm (or 4.00 mm) / (G/6) / UK 7
Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker
Stitch Legend
r – row
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch(s) – chain(s)
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet

Special Stitches
Cinch Circle: cross yarn to make a loop, pass hook through loop from front to back, hook yarn and bring it back through loop to pull up a loop on your hook, chain 1. This will make, and secure, the circle. Work all successive stitches into circle over top of the shorter tail. When finished the first row of stitches, pull the shorter tail to cinch the circle shut.

Good Tips to Know
The number of stitches you should have at the end of each row will appear in parentheses for the first few rows to establish pattern
In this Pattern Ch-3 at the beginning of each row counts as a double crochet stitch
If your ch-3 begins on top of a skip stitch, sl st into the next st before chaining 3
“Peaks” are the sunburst points, “Valleys” are the dips in between
You should always have 12 Peaks and 12 corresponding Valleys
The 2 stitches at the bottom of the “Valley” are always skipped
When joining a new cake skein , begin in a ch-2 space
 If you are joining your new skein on a “Row 1 of 3” (ch 5, dc) into the ch-2 space (counts as dc, ch2, dc)
 If you are making a larger blanket, you will require more yarn!

***
Ready to Begin? Let's GO
Pattern
R1: Make a cinch circle, ch 3, 11 dc into circle, cinch shut, join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3 (12)
R2: Ch 3, dc into the same st, 2 dc into each st around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3 (24)
R3: Ch 3, *skip the next st, (dc, ch 2, dc) into the next st*. Repeat from * to * around ending with (dc, ch 2) in the same st as Ch-3. Join with a sl st to the top of ch-3 (48)
R4: sl st into the next ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 space. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the next ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3. 

R5: join new colour with a sl st in any ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same space. *Dc into next st, skip 2 sts, dc into next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st.
R6: sl st into the next st, ch 3, dc into the next st, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the next ch-2 space, dc into the next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, dc into the next 2 sts*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st.

R7 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 1 of 3: The “Small Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(dc, ch 2, dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. Place a stitch marker on this row to mark it as a “Pattern Row 1”. 
(no stitch count increase)
R8 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 2 of 3: Regular “Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. 
(stitch count will increase by 24 sts)
R9 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 3 of 3: Regular “Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. 
(stitch count will increase by 24 sts)
Repeat Row 7, 8 and 9 making sure to move your stitch marker to the “1 of 3” row each time you make it.