The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

From the Host of the wildly popular DIY & HGTV series, “Knitty Gritty”, and PBS’ “Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell” comes the very first studio quality, community-funded and internationally accessible episodic how-to knitting & crochet series: “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell” — but Vickie can’t do it without you!

Click on any on of the links in this post to go to the KickStarter page to help “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell” reach it’s goal!

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Gumball Machine Planter

I made this gumball machine planter after seeing some pictures of some online. I had to search all over to find what I needed.  I bought the glass rose bowls at the Dollar Store.  I couldn’t find red plant pots, so ended up buying plain ones and painting them myself. The  ones I saw online actually used oval glass stones, but I thought marbles would look more like gumballs — I had to buy those online. And then, of course, I had to go to hunt down the hens and chicks.  It was a wild goose chase, but I am very happy with the finished product!

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Fabric Boxes

I just made this cute little fabric box that I plan to give my mother for a Christmas gift (she loves all things Coca-Cola).  It’s pretty easy (and quick) to make.  I just took 2-10″squares of fabric and a square of batting, thread and 4 buttons. I found a tutorial on Seaside Stitches. Click HERE for the tutorial.  I’m not much of a sewer, and it was so quick and easy that I actually managed to make two AND am inspired to make some more!

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Mason Jar Decoration

Here is my one mason jar decoration that I made.  I had to look all over for the perfect jar because a regular mason jar wasn’t wide enough to accommodate more than just the Christmas tree.  I love the little tricycle.  (See the candy cane on the handle bars? A few years back I actually figured out a way to make my own realistic-looking candy canes because the ones in the stores always look so plastic and fake.)  And then there’s the little toy train around the Christmas tree.  It was fun choosing the elements I wanted to include in the jar.IMG_3610

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Christmas Ornaments

I was intending to make the mason jar ornaments that are trending this season, but when I got to the craft store I found these great little ornaments that soon took the place of mason jars! There are about the easiest ornaments I have ever made. Supplies – ornament, miniature of your choosing, fake snow, glue and styrofoam circle to use as a base inside the lid to raise the miniature up a bit.  (I did make a mason jar ornament too, and I will share that in another post.)

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Pumpkin Season

I’ve been in a crafting mood!  I just love the fabric pumpkins I’ve been seeing and had to make some of my own.  But, of course, I had to do it cheaply!

I purchased 2 styrofoam balls at Walmart for $3.97 each and 2 fat quarters for $ .97 each.  There are lots of tutorials out there for making these, but one of my favorite blogs is CraftsnCoffee.  The crafts are virtually all styrofoam crafts.  She tells you how to make the pumpkins HERE.  The one change that I made was using wine corks for the pumpkin stems.  I was really happy with how these came out and they are definitely a decoration that will carry through the entire autumn season.

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Dollar Store Pumpkins

I’ve seen all kinds of decorated pumpkins on Pinterest that I was inspired to make some of my own. I decided I was going to use dollar store styrofoam pumpkins and only supplies I already had in my crafting stash.  Except I did splurge on a 99 cent bottle of Puffy Paint at Walmart.

Other materials I used, all from my crafting stash:  Martha Stewart Acyrlic Pearl Paint, Tacky Glue, a mini-roller (to paint the pumpkins with), a paintbrush, assorted pearl and other embellishments, and glitter glue.

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I just love Pinterest and all of the inspiration and ideas I can get from there!