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I drew this cute little russian nesting doll with the intention of embroidering it. I kept her simple. Very simple. Almost too simple now that I look at her… 

Anyway, if you’re wondering how I turned this:

into this:

I’ll show you!

First you take your drawing (or embroidery transfer) and tape it to a window. I taped mine to my sliding glass door.

Then you will want to take your fabric and tape it over your pattern.

Next step, tracing! Most people use a fabric marker to trace embroidery patterns, since they are water-soluble and any visible lines will come off with a little bit of water. My fabric marker is gone and has been for a while now, thank-you Emma. So I just use a pencil. Whatever works, right?

After you have your whole pattern traced onto your fabric you are ready to start embroidering! Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

I plan on getting this image scanned into my computer very soon. And as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to share it with you!


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Once upon a time I had some coasters that I crocheted for our table. I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, but I think I have an idea. They’ve been gone for quite some time now. How exactly does one lose coasters you might ask? Well you see,  Miss Emma went through a ‘throwing away’ phase. Which was a whole heck of a lot of fun as you can imagine. Thankfully that phase is now over and new coaster were made.

I kept it pretty simple when making them. The colors I went with are pretty boring and simple too. I don’t know why I always like to gravitate toward neutrals and browns when creating things for myself. I do appreciate bold, bright, pretty colors, but I guess I just feel safe using neutrals. (Weirdo, I know.)

I’m sure most crocheters can look at this coaster and pretty much figure it out for themselves. But for those of you that are just learning to crochet and are as I was, no matter how simple the task, a pattern was always helpful.

These work up super fast and you’ll be able to put them to use in no time. I made 8 in about an hour.


:: 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (2 colors of your choice– perhaps something more colorful than mine!)

:: H hook

:: tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

With first color, begin by chaining 4 and joining with a slst to beginning ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2, work 10 dc in ring. Join with slst.

Round 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each dc around . Join with slst (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, work *1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat around . Join with slst (30) Fasten off.

Round 4: Attach second color, Ch 2 and work *1 hdc in next 2 dc, 2 hdc in next dc* repeat around. Join with slst (40)

Round 5: Ch 1 and slst in each hdc around (40) Fasten off and weave in all ends.

And there you have it. Now go grab yourself an ice-cold sweet tea or beverage of choice and enjoy your new coasters!

I will be back later with my 366 post!

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If you own chickens you know just how fast their water becomes disgusting. Not only that, but when you dump the dirty water there is still all kinds of dirt and residue on the actual watering can.

Doing a little research I found that you can actually buy poultry nipples and make your own sanitary chicken waterer. You can set up your own watering system that will work for you using PVC pipes or buckets. We decided to go with a 5 gallon bucket that we purchased for $2.50 at Walmart. I bought our poultry nipples from Coopsnmore (an Ebay store).

I decided to put together a little tutorial for those who are also interested in building something similar. It really is so simple to make.

You will need

Poultry Nipples. Now the amount you need depends on the number of chickens you have. I read that you should have 1 nipple for every 2-3 chickens. We used 6 for 11 chickens.

A “D” ring. We used this to make it easy to transport the bucket without having to untie the rope knot if we needed to clean or fill it.

A drill, 11/32″ drill bit, and 7/16″ socket.

You will want to mark the bottom of your bucket where you plan on drilling your holes. Once your holes are marked you can start drilling. Next, you are going to want to replace your drill bit with the socket. Mike told me that he put his drill on a low setting as to not drill the nipple in too fast and crack the bucket.

Next, fill the bucket with a little water to make sure it isn’t leaking and the nipples are working. You can check the nipples by tapping them. Water should slighty drip.

Now it’s time to hang it. We just used some rope we had lying around and tied it to a beam in the run, knotting it pretty good. Next we attached it to the D ring. You’ll want to make sure that the waterer isn’t too low to the ground. We set our waterer high enough that the chickens will peck it while looking up. You may want to test your bucket on your D ring before you knot it up real good to make sure you have the proper length. It took us two tries to get it right.

Attach the bucket to the D ring,  fill it up with fresh water and you are finished!

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