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Friday, January 27, 2012

Baby it's cold outside

Where's the fireplace?

(Tanner's first thoughts after coming in from outside)

I just love her digital photograph/paintings!


Well, I can't get the first line, or middle line or whatever
"Baby it's cold out side"
sung by Zoey in Will Ferrel's "Elf".
She does such a good job, and if that's Will Ferrel's voice in the duet,
he does a great job too.
Never seen 'Elf'? Add it to your must-see movies, we like it alot.

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Today's theme was a no brainer - COLD! WINTER! SNOW!

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I woke up this morning to gray skies and snow on the ground.
Our high is supposed to be 34'F,
 but I'm doubting that as it is 1:30pm and it is only 28'F.

On with the snow!
(This one's for you, Glenda!)

Wee Wisdom magazine cover, January 1967
Stuck indoors? Here are a few things you can do:

from Maggie's Crochet 40 FREE PATTERNS

1. Bulky Baby Hat
Size: 3-6 months
Materials: 2 ½ oz, 115 yds Bulky Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook:  Size I-9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 10 sc = 4”
Special Stitches: Single Crochet Decrease (Sc dec): (Insert hook in next st, yo, pull lp through) twice, yo, pull through 3 lps on hook.
Joining with SC: When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.
Crown
Rnd 1 (right side): Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  DO NOT JOIN, MARK ENDS OF RND
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (30 sc)
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (36 sc)
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (42 sc)
Rnds 8-17: Sc in each sc around. (42 sc)
First Ear Flap
Row 1: Working in BL only, sc in next 7 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (7 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 3 sc, sc dec. (5 sc)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (5 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next sc, sc dec. (3 sc)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (3 sc)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, (insert hook in next st, yo, pull lp through) 3 times, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook. (1 sc) Ch 35 for tie.  Finish off.
Second Ear Flap
Row 1: With Right Side facing, skip 12 sc in Row 17 of Crown, working in BL only, join yarn with sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc.
(7 sc) Repeat Rows 2-7 of First Ear Flap.
Brim
Rnd 1: With Right Side facing, working in FL only, join yarn with sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)
20 times. (63 sc)
Rnd 2: (Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 9 times. (72 sc)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times. (78 sc)  Finish off.
 
2. Bulky Baby Scarf
Size: Approx 30” long.
Materials: 1 ¾ oz, 80 yds Bulky Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: Size I-9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 10 sc = 4”
Directions:
Row 1: Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across. (9 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (9 hdc)
Rows 3 – 46: Rep Row 2.
Row 47: Ch 1, turn, sc cl over first 3 hdc, ch 3, skip next 3 hdc, sc cl over last 3 hdc.
Row 48: Ch 1, turn, 3 sc in first st, sc in next 3 ch, 3 sc in last st. (9 sc)
Rows 49 – 67: Rep Row 2.  At end of Row 67, finish off and weave in all ends.

3. Bulky Baby Mittens
Size: 3-6 months
Materials: 1 oz, 46 yds Bulky Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: Size I-9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 10 sc = 4”
Directions (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch, working around other side in unused loops of starting ch, 3 sc in next ch.  DO NOT JOIN, MARK ENDS OF RND (12 sc)
Rnd 2: (2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) twice. (14 sc)
Rnds 3 – 8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: (Sc dec, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in last 2 sc. (11 sc)
Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around, ch 35 for tie.  Finish off and weave in all ends.
 
SEW ON SOME BUTTONS

a fabric snowflake button bag, www.hobocampcrafts.com

What a cute idea!
Wouldn't this work well on a sweatshirt?
Or a back pocket of a pair of jeans? (Just don't sit too long!!)
How about recycling a pair of jeans into a retro-look apron,
and embellish the hems and pockets with buttons!


Poor things,
are you stuck at the office, and boredom is threatening to take over?
Not enough work to keep you happy?
No interesting gossip to exchange over break?
Let's get creative!!!

beaded snowflake from www.sistinebluestarflake.etsy.com
Easily completed during one boring break.


Office Guys paperclip magnets.
I'm pretty sure I found these on etsy, but after searching, I can't find whose shop they are in. If you do, let me know!

Otherwise, here's the
BUDGET OFFICE ACTIVITY:
Large paperclips
computer and printer
google eyes
magnetic business cards you don't want anymore
or
button magnets
glue -I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue in the gold bottle for most projects,
however-
super glue would work well with this project
sense of humor
subdued giggling
(don't want the boss to think there's not enough work to go around, now do we?)

1. Print out phrases that make you laugh. Leave enough room around each phrase so you can draw a 'thought bubble' around it. Clever computer people - I'm sure there's some program out there that will do this for you! Completely idiot non-computer people - hand write them! I fall somewhere between the two.

2. If you have a laminating machine close and handy, laminate each phrase. If not, either way, cut around phrase. Thrifty people can also use wide clear packing tape to seal each phrase, before cutting!

3. Using super glue, glue on google eyes. If you feel like it, make one eye bigger than the other! I had many days at the office when that is what I felt like I looked like. View picture for placement ideas.

4. Cut those annoying little magnetic business cards that people give to you, even when you say 'no thanks'. Cut small strips to fit behind google eyes. If you are not planning on holding anything with these magnets, it won't take much 'magnet' to hold the paper clip to a metal surface. Super glue to paperclip behind the google eyes.

5. If you are planning on trying to hold something with these wild and crazy guys, you might want to skip the magnetic strips and go for a small magnet button. I get mine at Michael's Craft Stores. Again, superglue behind eyes.

6. Stealthily stalk around and place paperclip guys where they are needed them most.

Not in the mood to do anything?
Check out these paperclips from etsy stores:


This next idea and product comes from a very creative and eco-aware mind:

What a great idea, it's stylish and modern.
She has many many more shapes and colors - look up her etsy shop:

Now, this next etsy shop has an incredibly FANTASTIC paper clip:


(think this person works in an office?!!)

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Next up - a couple of coloring pages.
You can probably sneak these into work between important folders.
How you get the crayons in is up to you.
Colored pencils and markers can work too!




For your screensaver:

unknown photographer


Okay, time to put a Barbie in the Blog!
Inuit Legend Barbie, 2005
A sad but true story: I don't have this one.
sob.

Yes. It's that time again.
I must do laundry.
I must eat lunch.
I must let the dog out.
I must let the dog in.
I must clear the kitchen table.
I must post more of my new Collage Art Dolls to my etsy shop.
I must ready the photos for more bottlecap magnets to post.
Yep, there's a lot more musts to do also....

See you soon!
inkspired


 

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