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Reusable Produce Bags


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Ready to make reusable produce bags?

These reusable produce bags are way easier than they look and would make a great homemade gift especially for a little girl’s play kitchen.  Feel free to share the pattern and do whatever you want, just please link it back to Modern Homemakers :-)

I’m always looking for ways to keep plastic out of my kids toys, which typically means making them.  Here are a few toys I’ve made free tutorials for if you’re interested in making your own handmade gifts:

how to make barbie furniture

I made this tub for my daughter’s birthday.

This Barbie bathtub is made from paper mache.

how to make play food

Crochet salad

Play food is fun for little girls and little boys!

how to make a toy train

How To Make A Toy Train

 This Toy Train was one of my favorite sewing projects!

 

Reusable Produce Bags



Crochet Pattern – Reusable Produce Bag

Crochet produce bag (play food)

H hook

Chain 3, join loop

Chain 2, 9 sc, join

Chain 2, 2sc in each space (18 total)

Ch 2, 2dc in each space (36 total)

Ch 2, (2dc, then 2dc in same space) x 12 (total of 48 dc)

Ch 2, 48 dc

[Ch 2 (1 dc, chain 4, skip 3 spaces) x 12] repeat row 11 times, cut and hide thread

Ch 60, weave through top row, join loop, cut and hide thread.

 

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS

Now before I show you how to make this crochet produce bag I have to do a shameless plug and show you what’s inside of it. These are all free patterns, and I have videos for all of them. So if you haven’t checked it out, crochet cherries, crochet corn, and yes it does open. Crochet Kiwi, I actually haven’t made this video yet, (cough) it’ll be up soon. Crochet orange, and crochet apple. So you can put whatever you want in here and it’s just such a cute easy little project that looks way more complicated than it is trust me. Modern homemakers video intro and theme song- helping moms.

So to make your crochet produce bag we need an H hook and I’m using this yarn right here and hopefully this is enough. It really doesn’t take much yarn and I’m trying to use up some scraps here. The first thing we’re going to do is chain 3, if you don’t know how to chain go check out my video how to start a crochet chain. And then we’re going to go in and join that loop. So we’ve got a little circle here. I’m going to go ahead and move this tail to the side here and we’re going to try to hide that as we’re working.

We’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to work 9 single crochets so we’re going to go in to the center, pull that loop aside wrap around and go through, 1 single crochet, 2 so you go in grab some thread and pull it through, we’ve got 2 on the hook at that point. Wrap around go through so we’ve got 3, 4, starting to hide this thread at this point, 5 6 7 8 9, so you’ve got a cute little circle here at this point and you’re going to join to that 2nd chain 2. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 2 single crochet in each space so we’re going to have 18 when we’re done. I’ll show you the first couple.

 

1 2 in the same space. Then 1 2 in the next space, and you’re going to go around until you have 18 total single crochets. So I’ve worked the 18 single crochet all the way around and you can count them and double check yourself so you don’t mess up this early on. I’m going to go in and join the loop and the next thing we’re going to do is 2 chains again 1 2 and I’m going to work 2 double crochet in each space around. That’s going to give us a total of 36. So going in the first 1, wrap around go through you’ve got 3 on the hook, wrap around go through 2, wrap around go through 2 that’s how you do a double crochet I’ve got a video on that too if you don’t know how to do it.

And I’m going to work 1 more in that same hole. I go much slower in the other video, right now I’m just showing you the pattern. So that’s 2 in each space and I’m going to work around until I have 36 double crochet all the way around. 34 35 36 then we’re going to join the loop again. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 1 double crochet in this space 1 double crochet in the next space, so 2 double crochet, and then we’re going to do 2 double crochet in the same space. So, 1 2 in that same hole.

And we’re going to repeat that all the way around until we have a total of 48 double crochet. So that again was 1 double crochet in this space, 1 double crochet in the next space 2 double crochet in the next space. So 1 2, 2 double crochet boom boom and 2 in the same hole. All the way around you’ll have 48 total double crochet when you’re done. 47 48 and then we’re going to join our loop here, grab some thread pull it through. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re just going to work 48 double crochet all the way around, 1 double crochet in each of those spaces, 1, 1 in the next, you get the idea.

I’ll see you in 48, 47 48. You can see it’s kind of starting to curve a little bit and we’re going to join our loop here. Now this is our trickiest row I guess , we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 1 double crochet and then we’re going to chain 4 so 1 2 3 4 , now we’re going to skip 3 spaces, and we’re going to do a double crochet in the next space. You can see that makes that gap here that we’re going to have all the way around. So we’re just going to do that all the way around, 1 2 3 4 skip 3 and we’re going to double crochet in this 4th space. So we’re going to do that a total of 12, we’ll have 12 double crochet, so one more time 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 going I the 4th.

I’ve gone all the way around and I want to show you how to check yourself. This is where we started this is our chain 2 and this is our first double crochet so we’re going to count every double crochet so we get to 12 so 123456789101112, then I chained 4, and we’re going to join our loop again. And this is going to repeat counting this row 11 times so get used to it. So chain 2, we’re going to work our double crochet right in that first double crochet from the last row you can see it’s right on top of there 1234 work a double crochet you won’t even have to count your skip spaces anymore because you’re going to just keep going in that double crochet. And I’m going to do that all the way around so this is going to give you 11 rows total so you’ll be able to count when we’re done. 1 2 all the way up to 11.

So I did that 11 rows and you can count 1234567891011 and I just wanted to show this is one we just made and this is one that’s been played with for awhile so it does kind of stretch out as it’s used. So you can see it’s not a huge difference but there is a difference so this is probably going to stretch out a little too, just like this one did. Anyway now I’m going to cut my thread and hide it, down the spine here. Always want to make sure and tuck your thread in really well. And then we’re going to make the

drawstring. So we’ve got our yarn and we’re going to start over here and make a loop and we’re going to chain 60, and don’t cut that don’t do anything to it. We’re going to take that tail here, and take our produce bag and the top row we’re going to weave this in and out over these loops. So these back two I’m just going to treat as one and there you go. So that is all the way around, and now we’re going to take this and see where it’s going to be connected here, and join the loop. Go into the last, join, snip, tie off and I’ll hide this short thread, it’s kind of tedioius and I won’t make you watch me hide both of them.

Go back and forth here, and these may pop out over time when your kids are playing with them and you just pop them right back in. Unlike a plastic toy when it gets broken it’s done. See all the poor injuries on my hands. We’ve been gardening a lot lately and those raspberry bushes got me even with gloves. OK, so you would hide that other thread too, but I want to show you how awesome we are. So you just grab a thing on each side and pull and that’s how you close it.

Ok it’s time to go shopping, go buy a bag of oranges here and you just grab on the ends of the loops and just hours of fun you and your kids can have shopping and putting produce away and so fun. And you might also enjoy another really easy video how to make a crochet orange. I think it’s called just crochet orange I’ll put a link at the bottom. Super easy, and I don’t even use polyfil I use scraps of fabric and yarn, so this could be a free project if you have some scrap orange around. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like crochet food.

 

 

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Juice Fast Day 5

Juice fast day 5, pat me on the back because I resisted cupcakes, pasta, and popcorn at my daughters birthday party!  If you want to see how far I’ve come already don’t forget to check out my juice fast day 1.

Juice Fast Day 5

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 5

Day 5, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys Day 5 and I’m actually kind of starting to feel glad that I’m alive believe it or not. You know we’re coming out of it that’s good! I feel that, maybe it’s just because it’s my circumstance, but I don’t feel that there’s any harder way to do a juice fast than being a mom. Because I have to touch food all freaking day.

It’s what I do. I told you the other day that I went to my sister-in-laws and I batch cooked like gluten free stuff all day and yesterday was my 8 year old’s birthday so I didn’t make myself make cupcakes, we went and bought those which was still torture to be walking through the baked goods aisle at Kroger. Like ahhhh. Anyway that was hard, but I had to make her favorite meal, I made popcorn, which that’s one of my favorites, I was raised on popcorn.

And I just, although part of me was tempted almost out of habit to eat stuff the other part of me was just like I’m not doing this. I’ve made this choice and that popcorn, that pasta, that cupcake, whatever are not worth getting back to the place where I feel true health. Which, I don’t think I’ve ever really had true health. You know I started having like weight issues in Kindergarten so I am just so excited about progress. I feel like my face is already transforming, and I don’t know that we’re having visible change at this point in the rest of me but I still feel, it almost feels like things are looser not like in a saggy way but like there’s not as much being packed in around my organs and stuff.

So that feels really awesome, and overshare if any dudes are watching but I’m definitely having some light bleeding. And I did some online research because I was like what on earth and it was saying like it was cysts breaking up and I was like Go Yay, goodbye cysts we don’t need you anymore. So, anyway I’m going to keep going and I’m trying to do, at some point in the day I’ve done with every day a corresponding number of crunches and pushups to whatever day it is. So I know that 5 crunches is obviously a paltry amount but I know it’s going to keep adding and the 4 pushups yesterday was really hard. And yes, I did the girl with the bended knee version.

Anyway, you can do it. I have touched food all day and I can do it. Keep juicing. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet. You might also like crochet food.

 

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13

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Juice Fast Day 4



It’s juice fast day 4. Today I’m going to share all my lovely health problems from PCOS, to menstrual problems, adrenal fatigue, and more!  If you missed it click here to see day 3 of my juice fast.

Juice Fast Day 4


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 4

Day 4, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day 4, and I’m feeling somewhat human today. Actually a lot somewhat human I felt like I actually got sleep last night for the first day in days, and or night in days.

I took a shower this morning and that also helped me feel more human and I’ve got like things erupting out of my pores so that’s fun but I already had like arm acne, so that’s not any big difference. Once again I am not weighing so I have no idea what I started out at or what I am now. I made like a list of all the things that bother me like all my ailments so I’m going to sneak a peek over here at my laptop but this is for my to look back at record and maybe you have some of these problems or maybe you’re unlucky like me and you have all of them. I don’t know.

Anyway, I have been actually diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, that was years ago, and they offered to do all sorts of pleasant things because one of the consequences of PCOS is infertility. That’s why there’s a 5 year gap between my 2 youngest children. They offered to put me through a chemical menopause and all sorts of pleasant things and I just wasn’t willing to do any of those. When I did get pregnant it was because I was doing juicing and I wasn’t doing a 100% but I was juicing and I was doing gluten free and vegan.

And that, within 2 months was pregnant, and I was like whoa, that wasn’t even what I was trying for. I just wanted to be healthier, so, anyway, PCOS. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with endometriosis but I have all the symptoms, I have since I was a little girl and I started way too early. And my mom actually was diagnosed, basically the only way they can officially diagnose you with endometriosis is to go in and cut you. So, I was not willing to do that.

I’ve had irregular menstrual cycles my entire life. I can go months without one, and then I can bleed for an entire month, heavily. So, that’s some scary stuff if you’ve ever done that. Let’s see here, my son was over a year old before my cycle started back up again this last time. I can have like scary, sorry guys if you’re watching this, this is for the ladies. I can have scary hemorrhaging like the size of golf balls when I am bleeding. Constant nausea, fatigue. I actually was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue a few years ago. It’s really hard to get any sort of diagnosis when you have all of these chronic problems.

I consider it a victory any time anything’s actually diagnosed. Disgusting dandruff which I actually noticed, I’ve never done a 100% juice fast before, but like a year ago we did, I did everything except for like a 2 hour chunk in the evening, did a juice fast and that was gone, and It’s all back again, it’s just really gross and itchy and uncomfortable. Arthritic pain, especially in my arms where like you can’t even sleep it hurts so bad. Um, severe headaches, which I’ve had headaches with the juice fast up to this point, but today it’s a dull ache. And I’m voting that as an improvement.

Dry skin, my husband calls me the itchiest woman alive. Poor man, every night before we go to bed, will you scratch my back? My eyes hurt, I get to the point, I think it’s related to the headaches where I can’t even do the computer or watch TV. This isn’t every day, but it’s like, ahhhh! I want that gone, I already talked about the infertility thing. Diabetes, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy. I started juicing at that point and I had a very large baby, 10 lbs 2 oz, natural birth, I’ll take a pat on the back right here.

Gluten intolerance, if I eat wheat, which I was still doing because of the money, because it’s cheap, my nose will start to itch and I’ll get a headache like right after that. We’ve just decided finances aside we’re doing the juice fast right now, and really I don’t know that it’s going to be more expensive than we were spending on other stuff.

I’ve had weight gain while nursing, everyone says your’e supposed to lose weight. I’ve had 3 babies, I have at least maintained with this baby my weight because I’d been doing some juice and I’d decided to be vegan. That has helped me at least maintain and not gain more weight. But I gained I think 50 more pounds after my second baby so it was just, ya, way to nurse, it didn’t matter.

I’ve gained weight with weight watchers and I followed it specifically. I found I was doing things like, oh if green beans are the same as this little packaged snack food I’ll have the pretzels or whatever. So I started making worse choices in a way with weight watchers. And I think they’ve changed that now, where vegetables are different than other foods. But it wasn’t like that when I did it.

I’ve gained weight with slim fast and extreme exercise where I was there the 2 hours every day with the kids in childcare. And I was a crazy person and my poor husband put up with me through that. I get these stabbing pains in my back like in the ribs section it’s really weird. I get Charlie horses in my legs like I used to get in pregnancy I’ll just get those even now.

I have progesterone issues. I don’t make enough progesterone. So even in, I knew that I had progesterone problems and I got pregnant with my last baby, my third baby, and I just was feeling uuuuh and I wanted them to test my progesterone. And they didn’t want to do that and they said “oh everyone has plenty of progesterone when you’re pregnant” but I just insisted and they tested it, and sure enough I was right and I was low and I had to take a progesterone supplement, a natural one, my entire pregnancy. So I have severe progesterone issues.

I’m trying to work up, I eat things like sweet potatoes and walnuts and turmeric because they help with that and I take a herbalance supplement that has chaste berry in it, anyway, but I’m going to try to juice sweet potatoes this week so I’m not really looking forward to that in the raw state as much as I did covered in veggie butter. So I’ll let you know how that goes.

I have acne, especially on my arms, but I’ll get them on my face too. Depression, I had really bad post partum depression, especially with the first 2 kids and with the 3rd one it was like sheer force of everyday making sure I focused on not going to that place. Definitely depression issues. Irritability, my husband likes to say the oft quoted if momma ain’t happy aint nobody happy.

Inability to fall asleep even when I am exhausted that’s why I was so glad to get some sleep last night. It’s like I’ll just be laying there and my mind won’t shut off or I just physically can’t go to sleep. And it’s miserable, and my father has sleep apnea so I definitely don’t want to just keep that going on and get sleep apnea. Um, Gas, hot flashes, not even just hot flashes I am just always hot. Everyone else in the family has on 2 more layers than me. I strip down as far as I can go.

My back hurts all the time. And my feet hurt, and I think it’s just because of all the weight I have to carry. It’s like I’m pulled forward by weight. Anyway, I’m sure I forgot stuff, believe it or not. But that is pretty much the gist of why I’m doing this. And why for me it’s not just about a number on a scale. I know everyone get’s very excited, and it is exciting to lose weight on your juice fast. But I am choosing to base this on the size that I fit into my clothing, how I feel, and just trying to get back to an optimal place for me.

And today I’m starting my day, I’m trying some unusual combinations here because I want to get more than just carrots and Kale and apples and whatever. So this is snap peas, with I went out to my garden and cut some fresh chives, and some fresh basil because I think herbs are great for you. What else did I put in this? I think I put in some mixed greens so it had some collards and kale and some stuff like that.

Anyway, day four, feeling human and I just encourage you if you’re watching this just to start and change your life. You don’t have to be whatever your parents are. You don’t have to be like it’s not like a fate that you have to have those problems. This is your life you hold the key to your health in your hands, I believe that very strongly. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like storing carrot juice.

 

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Juice Fast Day 3



It’ time for juice fast day 3, that’s right I’m still going. Although this was a particularly rough day of juice fasting!   If you missed it here’s what I looked like on day one of my juice fast.

I’m not a DR, you should always seek medical advice before making any changes to your diet or health.

Juice Fast Day 3



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 3

Day 3, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. This is my not as enthusiastic day 3, but I’m not going back! I’m in this for the long haul. Let’s see here, I feel like death run over today and it’s not necessarily just the juice fast.

It’s the fact that on day 2 of my juice fast I went over to my sister in laws who’s sick and has a brand new baby and 2 other children and then I basically was her and 4 other women in the kitchen. Batch cooking gluten free vegan stuff and shoving it in her freezer, and I’m just exhausted. I should not have been doing that on my juice fast, but I love them, so, anyway, no guilt for them it was my choice to help them.

And I’m paying for it today. So I’m rewarding myself with my favorite juice which is my salsa juice. It’s tomatoes, it’s basically pico de gallo, but no salt. It’s amazing. But, I don’t know I just kept getting struck with the revelation yesterday that this is, because I was batch cooking all this food and it was like the hardest thing ever because it smelled wonderful and I’m like touching pizza dough and taking muffins out of the oven.

And I couldn’t eat anything and I went wait a minute, I can eat whatever I want, I am choosing not, oh just hand me my baby, I am choosing not to eat this stuff and that’s the difference that it made in my mind. I’m trying to remind myself I could go get a burger and cheeseburger and fries and whatever in a second, but I don’t want to I choose not too.

Anyway, I’m going to keep it up, hope that encourages someone to do it with me, but I have to go feed this baby because he’s sad! Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like storing carrot jucie. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet.

 

May
11

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Juice Fast Day 2



Here’s day 2 of my juice fast and I’m not about to lie and say that this is easy. But I’m determined to be healthy. I believe that the ability to restore my health is in my hands and not in some magic pill so I’m not waiting around anymore!  If you missed it don’t forget to check out day 1 of my juice fast.

Juice Fast Day 2



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT –  Juice Fast Day 2

 

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Day 2. I’m going on a juice fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Morning, day 1 of our juice fast.

Day 2 of the juice fast. Had a horrible headache all day yesterday took a nap. Definitely wasn’t feeling like whoooo on top of the world. I woke up today a little bit before 6 thanks to my 1 year old and didn’t really want to wake up but couldn’t basically go back to sleep after I fed the baby.

And I was like you know what this is still more energy than I normally have. This is like after 10 and I feel better than I normally would like just waking up still. So, that’s improving already. Um I’m not doing any scales so I can’t give a weight update there. I will point out things in my body that I’m looking forward to being gone so I can remind myself never to get back here again.

And I had some holes in my pants that I put on today and I went I’m not buying replacements in this size. My wonderful husband made me a fresh squeezed orange juice that was my special treat for breakfast. We did mainly carrot juice and spinach apple yesterday so I need to go get some different produce.

Because we’re bored already. Anyway, I’m keeping it up indefinitely here I want my body back. I don’t want to set a date limit on there. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like how to make carrot juice.

 

May
10

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Juice Fast Day 1



I’m going on a juice fast to get healthy. I’m not planning on looking at scales or setting a time limit. I don’t want to stop short of total cleansing/healing. This is Day 1 of many :-)  Be warned, I show you what my belly looks like and it’s pretty shocking!

Juice Fast Day 1

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 1



Juice fast day 1 (joquena)

Day 1.  I’m going on a juice fast.  Because I’m sick of looking like this, and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids.  I need to be healthy and alive for these guys.  Morning, day 1 of our juice fast.

Once again we did this like over a year ago but I was pregnant and I only kind of inserted juice into my day I still had raw and cooked food.  Anyway, I am feeling crappy again I don’t know if I’ll post this or not but come on in here just look at my mottled looking skin.

It was so pretty it was so smooth when we were doing all the juice .  And I am just sick of this and I’m even going to show the camera my ugly belly and I’m just sick of having this so it’s going away.  Please subscribe to our youtube channel.  You might also like how to make carrot juice.

May
10

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How To Make A Knit Stitch


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Ready to learn how to knit?

Here’s how to make a knit stitch. After casting on the knit stitch in is one of the most basic knitting stitches so watch this video to learn how if you’re a beginner or want to learn how!  If you haven’t already seen it you should check out how to cast on, it shows how to make a slip stitch and how to cast on in far more detail!

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The knit stitch is one of the most basic knitting stitches!

How To Make A Knit Stitch

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How to knit the knit stitch


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – How To Make A Knit Stitch

Alright we’re going to show you how to make a knit stitch and we’re going to teach you the easy one that’s not as complicated as what I learned. Modern homemakers intro and theme song. Alright, I’m Kira, and I’m here to teach you today how to how to knit. It can be frustrating to learn to knit but hopefully we’ve broken it down so it’s simple. But remember, smile take your time if you feel frustrated put the needles down don’t hurt anybody they’re pointed!

If you don’t know how to make a slip knot or cast on, please watch: “How to cast on”. Okay so if you haven’t already watched there’s another video on how to cast on but we’re going to go ahead and start from our cast on stitches and show you how to make a knit stitch. We’ve got fourteen stitches on here it doesn’t matter how many you have the knit stitch is always the same whether you have twenty stitches or whether you’ve got 120.

We’re going to start, there’s a couple of different rhymes there’s an old rhyme that’s been used for a long time where you, and I’ll go through it quickly and then I’ll slow way down, you go under the fence, you catch your sheep, back we come, off we leap, that’s a knit stitch. OK, now we’re going to slow it way down. Here’s what you do, you’ve got a needle in each hand. You can see kind of how I’m holding them it’s just relaxed I’ve got my pinkies curled around them. I’m going to take the needle on the right hand side and push it up, in between you can see right there in between the stitch that’s what you want to do, and you want to wrap from the outside in your right hand in between them to the front. Just like that.

Then you’re going to bring your needle back, and the whole point is to try to keep your yarn right in there on your needle. And then when you’ve got it we’re just allowing the stitch to slip off your left hand needle, so now I’ve got 2 stitches. Let’s go at this again, think of it this way we’ll go tech with everybody. You’re going to make a facebook post, let other people wrap their minds around it for a little while, then they often times will comment or send a post back, oh like this, and then if you want, say you didn’t like their comment or post you can take it off your facebook page.

So that will help you remember, you’re going to make your post, let other people wrap their minds around it they might send one back, and you can take it off if you want. So let’s do this again without the lingo. Take your needle on your right hand side, stick in between that right there, wrap from the back to the front and it will click in between those needles, you’ll kind of feel it after awhile. Bring it back towards you, your right needle and make sure you hold on to that yarn you can see it kind of slide in there. And then let it come of your left hand needle and you’ve got another stitch.

Let me show you one more time, you’re going to take it, in between those two, that’s the big thing like you can see my yarn’s wanting to separate. It’s not wanting to go all the way through. Go back until you’ve got all the yarn. Just like that, bring it around between, then come back, and off. And you just made knit stitches, that’s it. We’ll just speed it up here and get to the end of our row. I also would encourage you to use metal needles. When you’re starting out you tend to be very tense as a knitter, so if you use wooden needles a lot of times they don’t slide very well later you might want to switch but I would encourage you very much to start with metal needles. Also, beware of your yarn, this one’s been used and put back a couple times so it wants to split, that’s why you can see these fibers coming apart once in awhile. Try to use a new yarn if you can so you don’t run into that. When you’re starting it can be very frustrating be patient no one learns to knit without a little bit of trouble.

Ok, so you can see I don’t have any stitches left on my left hand needle here’s what you’re going to do. This needle is just going to magically shift over like that. We’ll do it again. It was in my hand I was holding it, it just switches right overlike that, and now you’re looking at the back side of your knit stitch. So you can see these little ridges, and what you do is you would just start all over again. You take your empty needle in your right hand side and put it, you can see it looks a little bit different because you’ve got this bump, go above the bump. Not through it, not below it, above it, and here let’s get a look at this above it, this is what it’s going to look like when you turn it this way. It’s going above the bump, up through here and you’re going to wrap around again pull it back and off. Again, there’s your bump, come underneath wrap around, and back.

Same stitch, just looks a little bit different because you’ve go the bump from your previous knit stitch. Same thing, underneath, in between those 2 pieces of yarn, come around pull it back and let it come off your left hand needle. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also enjoy how to dye your hair.

 

May
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Ribbon Rack


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Let’s get organizing with this DIY ribbon rack!

Here’s how to make a ribbon rack so that you can organize all that ribbon you have laying around everywhere. This project is about as easy as DIY can get!  It’s also a little bit of a sneak peek behind the Modern Homemakers filming set.

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This is super easy, seriously!

Ribbon Rack



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You can replace or swap out ribbons whenever you want

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Ribbon Rack

Today I’m going to show you how to make this ribbon holder I had a request and I may take a long time to answer them but I’m making the video. Modern Homemakers theme song and intro. So my ribbon holder is actually super easy and it’s not very classy once I start taking it apart ‘cause we have a lot of construction projects I just used stuff we had on hand. So you’re about to see the scary insides.

What I did here, is I have painted them bright pink, but my shelf here is actually just a normal like put it out in your shed or your garage hardware shelf. I might need a screwdriver for this. And what I’ve done, I made my husband cut me a piece of pipe so you can see it even has the lettering of like plumbing pipe. That was the average size of most of my rolls and this is good timing I have a couple of empty ones that I needed to replace. And some of these I have had to go in, I’m going to keep going until I see one, this one right here.

I wanted them to be able to spin freely so what I did was I just went in and I cut out a bigger hole in some of the ribbons. Because if you look in your ribbons most of them are empty. They’re trying to look like they’re selling you this great big roll of ribbon and it’s like teeny on the inside. Anyway there’s generally room to do that but get a small enough pipe that it fits most things because you don’t want to go through and cut everything. I have a lot of old ribbon that I’ve gotten from Aunts and garage sales and whatever.

Is that all the empty ones I need to take off? Anyway, we just fitted the rack, it’s not even attached that strongly, all it is is a screw and I have a washer on the end, a square washer , but it’s just a screw that pokes through the side here. So it’s really the cut of the pipe is what holds it up more than anything and I’m going to pause a second so I can replace my ribbon before I put it back up.

So, I need to replace these ones that are empty and oh, there’s what I was talking about I’m going to have to cut this one just a little bit. So, I’ll show you how to do that, I’ll put these one here. One of the other things I do, I just try to always emulate the craft stores is so that these ribbons aren’t all, they may look cute in a picture when they’re all hanging down like that, but what happens is that any time you take off a ribbon they unravel like crazy, so I just put pins in, or if it’s a really small or synthetic thing you can put tape on it, like here’s one that needs a pin and that just keeps it from going crazy.

So I’m putting a pin in this ribbon too. This goes on here. And you can have these as much ribbon as you have you could go all the way down a shelf or all the way down a wall. If you don’t have a shelf I’ve seen these run between 2x4s. So what I’m going to do is take my scissors and make sure you can see in there that you’re not messing up any actual ribbon but I am just going to very quickly enlarge this whole because once again there’s no ribbon in there. See how all that space was wasted because they’re trying to make it look like there’s a lot of ribbon.

These are not uniform, they’re not perfectly round, and it’s still gonna work. I think, well I might be able to fit one more on there. I always have overflow and then I have my screw on the end of the shelf here and I just kind of hold my hand so it doesn’t come out all the way. And then we move our tubs too because they’re all in the way. I don’t take this off very often as you can see. And then I’ve got to count my holes 1 2 3 and we’re in the square. Once again this is very simple I just poke this through on the other side.

And that’s all there is to it. You can see if you take out a pin how easy that is and you can just wind it back, and this is why I keep everything pinned other ribbons are being rolled as I’m rolling this one. So I’m going to put a pin back in here and there you go, there’s your long awaited response for how to make a ribbon rack or a ribbon holder and if you haven’t been there go check out my website, drop a comment and I will try to get to your videos eventually .

Anyway, and while I have these all out you might also enjoy how to cover a box with fabric , and it’s how I made these organizers and they’re actually really cheap I just took cardboard boxes that were free and the inside is lined with printer paper so go check out that video to. Here’s a frugal way to organize your craft area “how to cover a box with fabric”. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.

 

May
6

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How To Make A Raised Bed Out Of A Plastic 55 Gallon Barrel


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How to make a raised bed

We were inspired by a video on the Growing your greens channel called “Have your lawn and eat it too” and decided to figure out how to make a raised bed out of a plastic 55 gallon barrel for our lawn. Ours are a little different they’re bigger and we dug out a trench so they look better by the house.

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How To Make A Raised Bed Out Of A Plastic 55 Gallon Barrel


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – How To Make A Raised Bed Out Of A Plastic 55 Gallon Barrel

How to make a raised bed out of a plastic 55 gallon barrel – Video Transcript

So today’s gardening project we’re going to show you how to start with this (plastic barrel) turn it into this, and then it shall become this (raised bed). Modern Homemakers intro with theme song. So I’m going to cut this barrel in half long ways. Going to use my circular saw. Just be very careful make sure that you wear eye protection so that pieces don’t get in your eyes.

And it’s good to have somebody with you not do something like this alone in case something happens or you hurt yourself. (cutting the barrel) So I’m almost done cutting this in half. I didn’t quite cut it exactly in half. You might want to measure. I’m doing so many of these that I don’t really care that much. I’m just trying to get close, that’s all I’m trying to do for right now. Here we go.

Alright, so each barrel is gonna give us 2 beds to plant stuff in. So ‘m just going to drill some holes in here so that this will be able to drain. I don’t have one of those big huge bits, if I do I can’t find it. Probably going to do about 6 or so. So we had these flowers that were planted here before and there were these beds full of these pebbles and stuff.

Right now I’m just digging these out and I’m going to put in my barrels that have been cut long ways. Okay so I got a space dug out here you can see we’ve got this little pipe here I’m going to have to go around that a little bit. but the space I’ve got fits around there. So what I’m going to do is draw some lines to see where I’m going to cut on here. I’m going to cut the area out and then it should just fit right in. Keep working with it until it fits It’s not an exact science. We’re gonna have to cut that a little more to get that to fit. I’m going to have to cut much wider at least at the top here.

So as you can see I probably went a little too wide here but I’m not real concerned with that because this is going to be filled in with soil. But I do need to trim a little more here because it’s catching on this and then hopefully it will pop right in. Okay I’ve got my holes drilled here. And this one I don’t have to cut it just goes right in. See it fits right next to the other one I’ve got I still have to drill my holes in the other one but once I get these holes drilled I’m going to put in some soil and start planting stuff. Oh one more thing I’m going to do you can see I dug a little bit too much here so I’m just going to take some of the dirt that I dug out and fill that back in so that’s packed in tight. And that will look a lot neater.

Finished photos of the raised beds with plants and soil in them. You might also like How to make a soaker hose. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.

 

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26

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How To Cast On


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How To Cast On

Here’s how to cast on for beginning knitters. Learning to knit doesn’t have to be hard, thanks to today’s Modern Homemakers’ visitor, Kira.

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How To Cast On

 

VIDEO TRANSCRIP: How To Cast On

So let’s grab your needles and lets learn how to cast on and then you’ll be on your way to learning how to knit. Modern Homemakers theme song and intro. Today we’re here to teach you how to cast on. And I want you to smile and I want you to relax because it’s really not that complicated. You’ll see we go through it several times and repeat it and repeat it so that you so that you can see. But this is about the most simple cast on method that I know of. I’ve done several and this one I teach to children because it’s really 3 or 4 simple moves.

So be patient don’t be hard on yourself. Yes kids can do it but sometimes it takes me a good hour/ hour and a half to teach kids how to do it. So if you don’t get it in 10 minutes don’t stress. Enjoy it.

Alright so we’re going to show today how to make a cast on stitch the easiest one that I know of is to give yourself a tail of yarn and then start by making a slip knot. If you don’t know how to make a slip knot it’s not too hard. Cross one piece of yarn, over back over itself, so that you have a little, kind of like the breast cancer ribbon symbol. Make it look like that reach your fingers up underneath and grab the yarn that’s still in your hand and pull it up and tighten down. That’s a slip knot. We’ll show you again make it easier you’ve got it you cross it over make it look like all those ribbon symbols out there reach through from the back grab your yarn and pull tight. Slip knot, easy.

Now we’ve got our slipknot we’re going to take the knitting needle and stick it through the loop and tighten it down. Ok, this is the tail you don’t need it anymore ignore it. You’re going to work on the yarn that’s attached to your skein. The first thing you’re going to do is grab the yarn that goes to the skein underneath your pinky just kind of pinch it down. Keep your needle in this hand if you want you can see how I’m holding it. Now a lot of times I hold the tail so it stays out of my way it’s pinched here. Now, I wrap around from the outside of my thumb towards the inside of my hand, and I’m just bringing it around.

So here’s what we’re gonna do ready, it goes underneath and it goes up and comes down. You just cast on a stitch. Hurray, so wrap it around your thumb again outside to inside bring it up underneath the outside part just like that. Pull your thumb out pull it down. Now if this happens just pull it back up here no big deal and you’ve got stitches cast on. So here we go it’s pinched underneath my finger I’m going from the outside to the inside and come up underneath the outside one with the needle tip. I bring my thumb down and keep my pinky tight pull this and then look you’ve got 4 stitches. Let’s do it again. Around, underneath, straight down. 5 stitches. That is a very simple cast on that doesn’t take a lot of time. There’s a few hitches with this one. When you go to knit if one happens to pop off your stitch is gone, just like that, so make sure that you don’t drop your stitches off your needles when you go to work. But that’s a nice easy quick way to teach especially children because there’s really only a couple steps you always keep your yarn in your pinky you always bring it from the outside to the inside and then up through and then your done and you’ve got another stitch. Very straightforward 3 very simple steps. Pinch, wrap, underneath and you’ve got it. The next video in the series is how to make a knit stitch. You might also like how to spin yarn. Please subscribe to our youtube channel.



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