r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

July 31, 2012

A RAK Afghan

A RAK Afghan

RAK = Random Act of Kindness

 I got this lovely pink 8 inch (20 cm) square in a box of yarn and things at either a yard sale or a thrift shop. I set it aside as I didn't really know what to do with it.

Then I thought of a RAK afghan - where each square could be knit or crochet by different people and so I thought I’d see if others wanted to send me squares, and I’d sew them together into an afghan that I will either donate to a charity or to a charity auction.

If you’d like to send me a square - knit or crochet accepted - it should be worsted weight acrylic so that all squares have similar wash/dry care instructions. You can contact me on ravelry (ennadoolf) or on my facebook page or by email.

This golden yellow square was made by me - I'm just learning to crochet so I actually started it and ripped it out about 4-5 times before I figured out what the pattern was saying. 
And this lemon yellow square is from my friend Deb.

July 21, 2012

Quilt Blocks on Barns

Quilt Blocks on Barns, Wardsville Ontario

Drive Hwy#2 west of London and you can't help but notices the quilt blocks on the barns!

We stopped at a golf course and saw a placque that told us these were created for the 200th anniversary celebrations for Wardsville.

I found this blog online, but cannot find anything that tells me exactly how many quilt blocks there are on the barns.

Can anyone tell me?

I'd love to know!

Here is a sampling ... we didn't slow down so these were all taken while driving by. 

July 13, 2012

DIY Series - Make a Purse in a weekend

You can make this purse in a weekend!

I designed this purse around a circular handle I had.
I only had one handle so this is the purse I came up with.
You can purchase the pattern here (at PatternsAndSuch on Etsy) or here (at ennadoolf on Etsy)

DIY series running all week - July 9 to 13.

July 12, 2012

DIY Series - Coat Hangers for Barbie

We know a certain someone is getting a dollhouse for her birthday.

And that dollhouse will have a built-in closet.
Oh no, not like the ones you see in your own home ... but a simple built-in rod to hang Barbie's clothes.

So where to get hangers?
I decided to make some. 

I tried the design here first, and thought it used too much plastic canvas, and that I didn't really need all that.

Here is the final design I used:

Feel free to use this and make your own!

DIY series running all week - July 9 to 13.

July 11, 2012

DIY Series - Christmas Ornaments

It's never too early to make Christmas ornaments!

Do you have lots of old Christmas cards saved?
Try making these:

If you want to follow a pattern, here are a bunch on sale (use coupon code CIJ20 at checkout) with great ornaments

And for great variety, try one or all of these suggestions!

DIY series running all week - July 9 to 13.

July 10, 2012

DIY Series - Houseplants for Dollhouse

We know a certain someone who will receive a Barbie house for her eighth birthday this summer.

So I made some houseplants for the dollhouse.

I found these "planters" at the dollar store - they had toothpicks in them.
(You can make them yourself by rolling paper into about a one inch tube and wrapping with twine glued outside.)

Next I found green paper and printed leaves on it.  I cut them out and glued them to toothpicks for stems.

I cut a piece of green felt about three inches square, and using a pen to push into the pot, I glued it into the "pots".

Finally, put some glue on the wooden ends of the leaves, and add the "plants".

DIY series running all week - July 9 to 13.

July 09, 2012

DIY Series - Make a Swiffer Cover

That's right!
No need to keep buying those disposable Swiffer covers - if you can knit, sew or crochet - or hey! you could probably glue gun one of these! - then you can replace your disposable covers.

Here are a few links to patterns (just click the picture to go to the link).

Knit (with a great experiment!)

Sew (yah, I think you could glue gun this too!)

Crochet (double sided!)

 DIY series running all week - July 9 to 13.

July 01, 2012

SALE - Christmas in July

July is the time to start thinking about your crafting for Christmas!

Don't leave it to the last minute.

So, for the month of July, use coupon code CIJ20 for 20% off your pattern purchases at PatternsAndSuch on etsy.

CIJ is "Christmas in July". Save now and start your crafting plans for Christmas.

Happy Canada Day!!

(it's kind of a tradition now for me to post these each Canada Day!)

Happy Canada Day!!

TWO videos for your enjoyment!!