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We have a family member who is really into moonshine.  It's pretty popular right now, in part thanks to the show Moonshiners on tv.  We have a big event coming up and honestly he's one of those guys that you never quite know what to buy for.  He's a true man's man and is always gracious no matter what we come up with.  This time though, I'm pretty confident he's going to love our little gift. 

 My husband  has been telling me for awhile that I coud draw designs and we could cut them out with his scroll saw.  He really wants to teach me to use it and I probably will soon.  After seeing this project go so smoothly and having a result I'm so happy with, I think this could be a new obsession of mine. So let's get started!  It all started with a board and a rough idea that we wanted it to have something to do with moonshine.I drew my design first in pencil and then in sharpie. I made sure that the lines that connected would not leave holes where I did not want them. For example, I drew my O's in two sections so there wouldn't be just a huge hole there.  The most intricate part was the mason jar design.  I had to make sure it wasn't too thin or too connected.  Then I gave the project over to Josh.  We were both a little nervous about the intricate jar so I let him go ahead and cut the whole thing out.  I'll try it myself next time. To start with, Josh drilled a hole near an edge so he would be able to get the saw blade inside the design.  It's important to attach the saw blade back in and to adjust the tension to just the right amount.  Too loose and it won't cut correctly, too tight and the blade will snap.  This is the most difficult part of the scroll saw.  (So I'm told) 

Once that was done it was back to me.  I really like the rustic natural look of our scrap of wood so I decided I didn't want to paint it.  But it was still lacking just a bit.  I decided to paint the inside of the letters to help them stand out. 

So that step was pretty time intensive and messy!  There was really no way to avoid some of the paint getting on the top that I wanted unpainted. 

Sand paper to the rescue!  The wood really needed a good sand anyway and sanding it removed my rogue paint.  Here's the finished product. Well I am beyond happy with the results. I love everything about it.  I think the imperfections really add to its rustic charm. We will probably throw a layer of clear stain or polyuretane on it so it will be weather proof. What do you think about our homemade gift?  Have you tried your hand at the scroll saw?  Do you have tips for me when I finally take the plunge and learn to use it?  Show me your projects by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tagging me on Instagram @aprildoesthat.  And as always, Stay Crafty  

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Homemade Gift: Toddler Scarves

 

As you may have figured out I love to make homemade gifts. I feel like the receiver can feel the love I put into making it. One of my favorite things to make is scarves for my nephews (and my kids).  Well I've been slacking off and it's already the middle of January! So it is time to get these scarves in the mail!

Traditional patterns for scarves are either infinity or just a wrap around but I like my littles to be just a little safer than that.  I add snaps so if push or pull comes to shove they will snap off and their little necks will be safe.  Safe and cozy little necks! That's the winning recipe. 

Another thing about scarves that I don't love is they usually take forever to make.  I don't love crocheting but I do love crocheted things.  This is the best of both worlds.  This scarf is adorable but it also is so quick!  Under an hour and you are done my friend.  And don't worry about buying multiple skeins.  You'll use less than one.  

So here is my FREE pattern for you!

 

Supplies:

Super Bulky Yarn

9mm crochet hook

yarn needle

Big snaps 

button thread

needle

Buttons of choice (for decoration only so optional)

 

Abbreviations: 

ch: chain

dc: Double crochet

st: stitch

Longer scarf (as pictured) 

1. Ch 63 (for long scarf) 53 (for medium scarf) 43 (for cowl)

2. Dc in 4th st from hook # skip 2 st, dc,ch1,dc (in the next stitch) #  Repeat until end of row from # to #

3. Turn DC in first st ch 1.  #skip 1 st, dc,ch1,dc( in the next stitch) # Repeat until end of row from # to #

4.Turn DC in first st ch 1, DC across row.

5. Repeat last row if you want your scarf thicker.

6. Tie off and weave your ends in.

7.  Attach snaps to an inside and outside edge so they match up.  Use button thread to make sure they stay secure.  

8. Snap your snaps and add your button or buttons to the outside. Voila you're done!

This will fit 18 mos-5 years.  Probably longer.  You can just move the snaps accordingly.

 Here's what it looks like on my baby. :)  

This was my first crochet pattern.  I made it out of necessity because I couldn't find a pattern I liked or that I could follow easily.  I'm definitely a begginer crocheter so if I can do it, you can too!  If you have any issues with the pattern email me and I'll try to help you figure it out. I used to sell these little beauties but I have found I don't have a lot of joy in crocheting, but just for you dear reader, I am doing a give away.  Your choice of yarn color, size and button color.  All you have to do to enter is email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and use the subject line Toddler Scarf and you will be entered to win.  Contest ends March 1,2017.

 

Also if you like that frog hat my son is wearing I found the cutest little pattern at Reapeat Crafter Me.  

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/repeat-crafter-me-3584669/crochet-frog-hat-pattern-2559816521

Check it out!

I hope you enjoyed my first crochet pattern. Keep those littles warm, cozy and safe!  And always Stay Crafty!

 

April

 

 

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Homemade Gift : Housewarming

Last week I showed you the Upcycled Decorative Bowl that I made and told you it would soon contain a gift.  Well, my very favorite neighbors are moving away.  I'm so sad!!  But I'm also so happy for them.  They found a great deal on a house, still in the neighborhood, and it fits their needs much better.  To congratulate my favorite neighbors I thought I'd put together a small housewarming gift.  And me being me, I wanted to handmake at least part of it.  I thought about crocheting a blanket but I just didn't have time.  So I bought a few things and made a few things. Check it out.

 

1. I removed the labels off of the candle and blanket.  I wrapped the blanket in the pictured ribbon.

 2. Next I added a little detail to the candle with sticky floral Washi tape and I found some silver letters and spelled out their last name.

 

3. Next I painted a cute and easy little home sweet home canvas.

 

 4. The last thing I did is draw "Best Neighbor Ever" Inside a wreath of leaves on a mug with a ceramic marker.  These markers are awesome.  You let your cup sit for 8 hours and then bake the mug. After it cooled I filled it with chocolate.

 

5. Then I put it all in my decorative paper bowl!

 Well what do you think?  Would you like to receive a housewarming gift like this?  Well you can!  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line Homemade Housewarming Gift.  One person will be drawn on March 1, 2017.  I will contact you for shipping information.  What do you like to put in gifts?  Do you have a go to DIY?  

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