I’ve been away for a while but I’m back with a new idea for recycled baby food and gravy jars.
Merry Christmas to my brother and his wife! They never see this blog so I’m not giving away any secrets. I do think this will look nice on their deck this next summer though.
I saw this on another website (can’t remember which one because I go to so many) and I’m sure you’ve seen them too. But I wanted to share what I used and how much I used to make these.
I bought a 42oz size of flat sided marbles in the flower department at WalMart and used about half the bag for all 3. I also used a tube of clear silicone by Loctite to adhere them to the jars. It says it’s safe to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. And of course 3 votive candles.
I don’t think you need a step by step instruction on this – it’s pretty obvious what to do. I did the bottom rows first and let it set up for about 45 minutes before I proceeded with any more rows above them on each jar.
Hope you have fun with it!
I was looking at WalMart for votive candles for these and all the others I’ve done and found these really cool ones:
They are battery operated just like the little mini ones I have for the smaller jars.
I think there’s another use for almost everything we throw away. Sometimes it just takes some imagination to see it. Having this grandson has been a real blessing but using his left over baby food containers has been fun for me and challenged my imagination. He loves these fruit and veggie puffs – I call them “styrofoam thingies” – and they come in great containers. I’ve been saving them and found one great use for storing my crochet hooks.
The Gerber brand ones come in almost the exact shape of those plastic toy bowling pins. I have enough of those saved to make him his own bowling set – when he’s old enough to play that, which won’t be too long from now.
They hold about 3 cups which is a generous amount of my homemade coffee and cocoa mixes that I give for Christmas presents. And decorate nicely with a Christmas bow or ribbon. I’m sure once you look at them, you’ll think of lots of great uses. Let me know, please.
These make the nicest potholders because of the double thickness. They also launder really well.
I use regular ol’ 4ply worsted weight yarn and a size I hook.
Chain 40 for potholder: 20 for coasters
Sc in each ch to end. Then continue to sc up the other side of foundation row.
Continue going around and around, without increasing stitches and right away, you’ll notice the ends begin to curl inward. This is how the potholder becomes a square. There’s no real need to count stitches or rows (unless you’re compulsive about that kinda thing and really want to) but I do about 20 to 22 rows until the ends meet in the middle of the potholder.
Leave enough yarn to stitch the ends together to form a double sided potholder or coaster.
It’s a new year and the first thing I think about is next Christmas. I start scoping out all the sales throughout the year and set a goal to be done with most of my Christmas projects and purchases by July. Call me nutty but, I know I’m not alone in this.
Times are not all that easy for many of us so I spend a lot of time looking at yogurt containers, plastic water bottles and all kinds of other silly things for ideas that I can upcycle and recycle. Projects for grade school kids are big on my hit parade, too.
One of the first projects I’m going to post will be something really easy and fast to crochet – potholders and coasters. I know you are probably rolling your eyes, but I think this might be a pattern you’re not all that familiar with and you’ll be pleased with how fast it works up. Not only that, but they are very functional and effective potholders. I love to give these to friends and family with home made holiday breads or with cooking utensils or homemade coffee or hot cocoa mixes. If I include homemade beverage mixes, I usually add a couple of coffee mugs with the gift. (The dollar stores have really nice mugs for really nice, cheap prices.)
I hope you’ll enjoy crocheting it. I will have the instructions and photos posted in the next couple days.
And keep in mind, this blog is not going to be solely a crochet or knit blog. Stay tuned for art, craft, quilting, fabric dying, beading and hundreds of other ideas in the future!
Welcome to our new blog. I hope to include my sister-who-isn’t-so-in-law and my daughter in this blog. They are very talented ladies and have wonderful ideas.
I am a wife, mother of 2 and grandmother of 1. I’ve been a stay at home grandma for the last year and a half and love it! Just like all of you, I have the most beautiful, smartest grandchild (and children) in the world!
This blog will be about everything, from cooking to painting to quilting to beading and back again.
I hope to get feedback from our readers. Pictures and descriptions of your own work will be very, very welcome and greatly appreciated. Your additions will improve this blog immeasurably.
My daughter, Jane, is a 2nd grade teacher and I’m always looking for great projects for kids. I’ll be posting my own ideas and some of our projects in her classroom, here. Jane is a beader and jewelry maker. She’s made some beautiful necklaces.
My sister-in-law, (who I will refer to from this point on as my sister because it’s more true and much easier) is a fabulous art quilter, as well as an accomplished traditional quilter. She has a wealth of knowledge in everything from quilting to fabric dying to embellishments to… well, you name it.
So, I hope you’ll enjoy what we offer and I hope you will feel free to share your own ideas and projects with us and the world. Suggestions that might improve the blog are always welcome!
Please join us! And we hope you enjoy what you read and learn here. We also hope that you will be teaching us.
Again – WELCOME!