Couch slip cover update

This week has been a little busy. Milo is sick again. I finally took him to see his Pediatrician to rule out any infections and she basically said it’s normal for him to get colds back to back the first 6 months, or so, of his daycare life. Great.

I have managed to make some progress on my couch slip cover though!

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This is the small couch. The bigger one is being covered in grey. I will do some grey throw pillows for this couch and some natural (that’s the color) throw pillows for the bigger couch, just to coordinate them! I’m also planning an awesome afghan for the big couch, but we will see how that goes. I rarely finish big afghans. Haha. It’s probably hard to tell where the slipcover is in this photo since the couch was originally white, but I’ll give you a hint: The only thing I haven’t sewn on is the skirt! See…

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Please, excuse the strings. I haven’t clipped anything yet. But know you see, right?

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My last step will be to sew velcro down the backsides then to sew on the skirt and the small couch will be complete..after 6 months of intermittent work. Haha.

What home project are you working on that is taking your FOR-EV-ER?

Sedge Stitch Washcloths {**Giveaway** & Tutorial}

Today is going to be a fun day! Why? Because it’s my very first giveaway! That’s right, one of you lucky readers will have the privilege of wiping down your countertops with some of my handmade washcloths. First things first: I wanted to share something with my crocheting friends that you might not know. I have been crocheting since I was 10 and never knew this little secret until I was watching a lady crochet and I witnessed this miracle!

Okay, so when I join colors or start a border, I normally tie one color of yarn to the other. My grandma taught me to do this and it works well for her but my work always ends up looking really sloppy and I can never hide the knot very well. This way of joining colors is so much easier and looks way neater.

So say you’re about to join another color. Go ahead and fasten off the first color. I like to leave the tail out because the next color is just going to be crocheted over it so it should hold it down pretty well. Now, you’re going to put your hook through the place you want to start your new color and hook the new color.

I like to start new colors on the corner since the bulkiness won't be as noticeable there.

I like to start new colors on the corner since the bulkiness won’t be as noticeable there.

Then bring your hook through the hole.

It might be hard to see, but I brought the white yarn through the blue stitch.

It might be hard to see, but I brought the white yarn through the blue stitch.

Then chain one. That counts as my single crochet in this case since I was doing a border for the washcloth.

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For the little tail, I just crochet over it. That ensures it won’t be sticking out and that it will be secure.

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I can’t believe I never knew how to do this!! This definitely changes my crocheting habits. I am no longer afraid to use multiple colors!

Okay, so onto the washcloths and the giveaway! First of all, I love the sedge stitch for washcloths. I just think it’s more fun than the double crochet or single crochet pattern people normally use for washcloths. Second, I like big washcloths. These babies measure about 9″ x 10″. That’s a whole lot bigger than most of the crocheted washcloths I’ve seen. I used a US F5/3.75 MM hook.  Here’s the pattern:

Ch. 39

Row 1: skip first two chains (counts as first SC). Two Double crochet (DC) in 3rd chain from hook. *Skip next two chains, SC, 2 DC in next chain. Repeat from * until there are 3 chains left. SC in last chain.

Rows 2 – 24: chain 1, 2 DC in first SC. *Skip next two chains, SC, 2 DC in next chain. Repeat from * until there are 3 chains left. SC in last chain. 

Fasten off and use the method above to attach the border. 

And this is what I’m giving away!

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Crocheted washcloths last forever, as long as they are made well, and they get better with each and every wash!

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To win these washcloths, simply follow The General Specific by clicking the “follow” button on the righthand side of the page, or follow me on Bloglovin’ by clicking the button below AND leave a comment below letting me know you did one or the other!

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**giveaway is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada only****Ends 9/18/13. Winner will be selected randomly and  announced Thursday, Sept. 19.** Thank you, everyone, and good luck to all!

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Piano makeover in progress

I am a firm believer that no home is complete without a dog and a piano. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandma Richardson on her farm in Florida, where she taught me and my sister to read music and play the piano. Those are some of my most cherished childhood memories. My parents had a piano in their house too, although I have no idea where they got it. It was a huge, scary, upright black piano that was so out of tune, no one ever bothered playing it. I have no idea what ever happened to that thing, but it still haunts me in my nightmares from time to time.  Despite my bad experience with the scary, black piano, I have always known that I needed to have a piano in my home for my children.

So I had been checking Yuma Craigslist just about every day since March until I found this gem!

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We had it delivered by professional piano movers and immediately went to work on it. I was a little scared to disassemble a piano, but it ended up being pretty easy as long as we kept all of the hardware with each piece and took everything off in order. We followed this tutorial for the most part and, so far, everything has turned out great!

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I didn’t remember to take photos until after we sanded and primed all of the pieces. Here is the piano without the protective finish on it. Sam is doing that tonight:

Valspar *Mint Mist* acrylic paint, satin finish.

Valspar *Mint Mist* acrylic paint, satin finish.

 

We just need to do one more extremely light sanding, then one more coat of finish and it will be ready to be moved into our home!!