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How To Half Double Crochet

Learning to crochet is fun. It can also be overwhelming because there are so many stitches to learn and so many projects to make. I think besides the single crochet stitch the half double crochet stitch is the easiest to learn.

Once you choose your crochet hook size, type of yarn an the crochet stitch you will use you are all ready to start a project. In order to create the half double crochet stitch, you make a slip knot. Place the hook in the loop. Create the number of chains you need for the project. Begin your first row of half double crochet. Pick up the yarn. You have one loop. Wrap yarn so there is now two loops on the hook. Place hook into the stitch of the row you are working in. Pick up yarn. Pull through the hole or stitch. Pick up yarn. Now there are four loops on the hook. Pull three loops through the last loop. Now only one loop is left and you have made your first half double crochet. Continue doing this until your project is through.

The easiest way to get familiar with a stitch is to make a blanket or scarf. Make sure the project is easy enough so you can do that same stitch for every row through the whole project. It will help you to learn the stitch well and create a nice project or gift easily.

How To Make Your Own Polymer Clay Napkin Rings

Working with polymer clay is fun and easy once you figure out what to make with it. Polymer clay is not like play do. It has to be conditioned in order to mold it into something. My favorite brands of polymer clay are Sculpey and Fimo. These can be found at Michaels or any craft store. The polymer clay that I used for this project comes in a square block which is about two ounces. One two ounce square is enough to make four plain napkin rings or two decorated napkin rings. You choose the colors you want to use for this project. This article will help you learn the easiest way to make polymer clay napkin rings.

After you have conditioned the clay by squeezing and rolling it in your hands, you will need to roll out a snake or log shape of clay. Make sure it is not too thin and if your are making a set of napkin rings that they are the same thickness. Once the snake has been formed, turn the two ends up and connect them by gently and firmly pressing together. You will see a line where the two ends connect. Smooth that out with your finger until the clay is blended together with no lines or cracks.

You may bake your napkin ring and leave it plain or you may add decorations. Adding simple leaves and rosebuds are a simple way to make your napkin rings look prettier. You may also choose a more modern design such as adding some stripes or dots in another color. Once your napkin ring is the way you want it to look you may bake it or the set on a baking sheet lined with wax paper at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. After it is cooled you may use your polymer clay napkin rings. You nay add some glaze so that they won’t crack. If you would like to buy a set of polymer clay napkin rings like the set shown in these pictures feel free to check out my polymer clay section.

Natural Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

I have had many requests for a natural laundry soap recipe so here it is. This is a recipe I tweaked until it was the way I wanted it. The good  thing is that you can make this laundry soap with supplies that you may already have. This laundry soap is free of chemicals. You can choose to leave out the essential oil if you prefer it to be unscented. This natural soap will get you clothes clean and will not irritate your skin since it is made with natural ingredients. If you have baking soda, water, salt and castile soap you can make this recipe. Castile soap is natural and vegan. It can be found at a pharmacy or some grocery stores. Here is the recipe.

Natural Liquid Laundry Soap

2 c hot water, 1 c baking soda, 1/3 c salt and 1 c Castile soap, 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Add first three ingredients to a clean jug or bottle. Shake well. Add 1 cup Castile soap. Add essential oil if you desire a light scent. Pour into smaller container with lid. Use 1/4 cup per load of laundry.