Monthly Archives: April 2012


How to make a Candle

Hello Everyone!  Its a beautiful day here in Phoenix.  Hope its just as beautiful wherever you are.  I made a video of how to make a candle while I was on retreat at Lake Pleasant.  I hope you enjoy it.  I used some empty vegetable cans for some of the candles.  I just took a pair of tin snips and cut down diagonally from the top of the can.  Making little v’s.  Then I took my needle nose pliers and curled the v’s down and under.  They turned out pretty good.  They make nice outdoor candles.  You could spray paint them too if you wish.  Enjoy the video!

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How to crochet a bumpy dishcloth

Hello everyone!  I just got back from spending ten days out at beautiful Lake Pleasant, Arizona.  Once a year I do that.  Its my spiritual retreat.  Time to reconnect with God and also make an abundance of items to give away to friends and family or to sell.  This year I made candles and potholders and dishcloths.  I figured out the perfect pattern for a dishcloth which I will share with you.  I will soon be posting the video on how to make candles with vegetable cans.  They actually look pretty cool!  The ones I made I did on a coleman stove out at the lake and for some reason it just seems to make them all that much more special.  They are really easy to do and I think you will enjoy making some for yourself or your friends.  But for now, let me give you the pattern for making the dishcloth.  The pattern for the potholders is on my post “Potholders”.  If you wish to purchase these potholders and dishcloths go here:

Bumpy Dishcloth

Materials:  I use sugar n cream cotton yarn.  1 skein makes 1 dishcloth at least.

Size G hook

Ch 30

Row 1: sc in each ch across, ch 2 turn.

Row 1:  * dc in first sc, sc in next sc * repeat from * to* across, ending with dc, ch 1 turn

Row 2:  sc in next st and in each st across, ch 1 turn

Row 3:  * sc in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3* repeat from * to * across, ch 1 turn

Row 4:  sc in each sc across, ch 1 turn

Row 5-8: * dc in next st, sc in next st * repeat across

Note: If you end the row in a sc, ch2 , turn and your first stitch will be sc.  If you end in dc, ch 1, turn and dc in first st.

Repeat rows 2-8 : 3 times

repeat rows 2-4 once

End row: *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to * across. Fasten off.

Well have fun making this dishcloth and potholders and as always May your handwork be blessed and your felting fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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How to Crochet a 4th of July Coaster

Hi everybody!  What a beautiful day here in Phoenix!  Today I’m going to teach you how to crochet a coaster for the 4th of July.  Red, White, and Blue, here I come. lol  The pattern is my own and its very basic and simple.  Feel free to use it as you please and give me credit if you happen to think about it.  So without further ado…. Oh yea, if you don’t want to make them yourself but you prefer to buy them. I have a set of 8 for sale at :

meanwhile, here is the pattern:

Here is the video:

4th of July Coasters

By Toni Lombardi  copyright 2012

Materials:  One skein of each color yarn: red, white, and blue

Size G crochet hook

Work all rounds from same side.

Rnd. 1 : Start with red yarn and a “Magic Circle” and ch 3 then 12 dc in ring, pull up tight, change color without making a knot, sl st to top of ch 3. 13 dc

Rnd. 2 :  ch 3, dc in same place as ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st to top of ch 3 with new color. 26 dc

Rnd. 3: dc in same st as ch 3,* dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from* around ending with dc in dc, sl st to top of ch 3. Break yarn and weave in ends.

And as always, May your handwork be blessed and your feltwork fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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