Big Crochet Project #1: Fantasy Filet by Ferosa Harold Update #5

I Finished!!

I decided not to do the complete unicorn. It was just too much for me at this time. If someone is willing to pay for it, I’ll complete it. Otherwise, I’ll be selling it as is.

The only thing keeping it from being a fully finished project is it needs to be blocked. I took a picture of it as it is now, unblocked and maybe, next week, I’ll share a picture of it blocked. 🙂

Here is what it looks like:

This was made using Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Fine #20 and a steel hook size 1.90mm. It took up an entire ball – 400 yards(365.76meters)- of thread. I also forgot to measure it, but I’m sure it’s at least 3 feet tall and as much wide.

I had to put it on a futon because the space on my bed wasn’t big enough. The futon is open so it all is flat. The horn is on the what would be the back of the futon if it were in couch position, and the bottom is on the outer edge of the seat portion of the futon if it were in couch position. Have I confused you yet? 😀

I’m very happy with how it’s turned out, but I’ve turn my attention now on another big project. It’ s big in that there are many parts of it. I’ve already begun it, but I won’t show any pictures until next week. You’ll just have to wait!

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!


My Other Projects #1

I thought I’d do this topic about once a month, to show you all just some of the other things I do when I get the itch to do something besides stitch and crochet. I have many interests I dabble in and try out from time to time. Here are some of the more recent ones.

Upcycled Wine Bottle

This is actually not the first time I’ve upcycled a bottle. I did one for my son as one of his Twitch streaming props:

He didn’t want anything more than this so it’s not really much of an upcycle I know. It’s a health potion with a light on the bottom so when you turn it on and shake it, you can see the swirling “magic” inside of it.

This new one, I had to take pictures of it on its side because I don’t have a proper place to take pictures. It’s too cloudy right now to take a proper one but you should be able to see it well enough.

That’s the front. I’ll edit this later to add in a close up of the piece on the top.

That’s the back. This ended up being a collaboration with my daughter in law, Emi , because she’s a painter. She helped me with the verdigris look on the bottle. I think we did a great job considering this was a first for both of us.

Scrapbook Ephemera

I’ve been watching too many YouTube videos and just had to try my hand at making some stuff for a junk journal. Not my junk journal, I don’t have one of those. Just for any junk journal.

Again, these are all first tries for me, and I think I did pretty well with them.

Air Dry Clay Creations

Several of the miniaturists I watch use this clay, but I didn’t try to use it to make a miniature – not yet. I tried to make a jewelry plate first since it seemed to be the simplest to do.

It was coming along beautifully until I decided to get it a couple of coats of sealer. It’s in an aerosol can, and I got it too close to the plate. Along the right side and in a couple of other spots, it ruined it. The spray basically made pot marks in the clay even though it was dry. It’s a learning experience, and I will be doing this again sometime.

I have a few more projects I’m doing, but they’re not finished yet so I’m not going to show them.

Stay tuned for an update on the dollhouse coming next week or so. I haven’t really had time to sit down to work on it with everything else going on, but I am now feeling the need to get some more walls and floors finished on the Ground Floor so I can move forward with filling them. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: Current Progress on All WIPs #10

I hope you have time to read all of this post since I have four projects to show you today. 🙂

Halloween Wizard G aka The Witch

This project came from TEMU. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

This is a kit using cotton thread and 18 ct fabric that appears to be Aida. This is the only project I’m not keeping stitch count on as it’s just something I work on when I need to rest my back.

Here is where it was the last time I wrote about it:

The empty spaces are where beads are supposed to go. This project is broken up into four parts: two big and two small. This is the first big part. Here is where I am now:

I’m not happy with the beads. They came with the kit and to me, they’re just too big. They’ve basically clumped together and don’t make a very pleasing design. If I decide to do this again, I’ll use smaller beads.

Stitchinati: The All Sewing Eye

This project was designed and charted by Morti Bromilow aka Mad Morti over on YouTube. If you’re interested in getting a copy for yourself, she is selling them on her shop Hare Moon Crafts.

I am working this on 25ct Black Lugana using mostly DMC floss. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

Here is where I am last time I talked about this:

This gold is a blend of yellow cotton thread and gold metallic. It’s not fun to stitch with, but I push through because it does look so cool.

Here is where I am at 862 stitches:

I’m following Morti’s instructions on how to stitch this to the letter so it will come out with the 3d look she designed for it. 🙂

Peppermint Purple Stitch A Long(SAL)2023

I’m still having fun with the black work stitch. I’m working it on 25ct Natural Lugana using the called for DMC floss in the Turquoise set. Here is where I at last time:

These squares are only 17 by 17, but they contain a lot of detail!

Here is where I am with this week’s filler. I’m up to about 8,697 stitches too.

I decided just to show the square this week, to show you more of the detail. 🙂

Last but never least is my oldest project at over a year old in the making:

The Land Baby

This is a chart made from a famous painting, and I have the link to it in last week’s post. The charter isn’t named, but I am so grateful to them for doing this! I am working this project on 18 ct White Aida using all DMC floss.

Here is where I was last week:

I was actually able to get quite a bit done on this during the past week: 600 stitches!! That brings my total for the right side up to 4,600! I didn’t keep count last year when I was working on the left side. I did write about it so you can check out the posts from last year on it if you’re interested.

Here is where I am now:

Next week, I’ll unfold the project so you can see the entire piece. It’s coming along nicely let me tell you!!


I hope to have the triangle on Stitchinati done by the end of the week so I can move on to the bobbin and needle inside of it.

For Land Baby, I plan to have the last square in the column done and then, I’m going to be working in rows again. This section is the second third of the entire piece. 🙂 I know I’ll have it done this year!

The SAL will get another square filled in, and I’m also going to outline another five. I don’t plan to start work on the outer border until I get more of the outer squares done. I want to make sure my count is right so I can stop finagling things.

The Witch is a project I work on from time to time, but I do plan to have the first small section done, or as much of it as I can, this week.

So there you have it! Another productive stitching week! I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Big Crochet Project #1: Fantasy Filet by Ferosa Harold Update #4

I got a bit more done on this awesome project, and I’m starting to think I won’t do the entire thing because just what I have is so big! At it’s tallest, it’s 17 inches(43.18cm), and at it’s widest it’s 24 inches(60.96cm). That’s a pretty decent size, don’t you think.

Here is where I was last week:

The mane is on the right side and the face is on the left just in case you can’t figure it out. 🙂 The chin area is not done. The blocks on the edges show the completed sides. Does that make sense?

Here is where I am this week. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s at least 10 more rows than before.

I still need to do the top of the head, the chin and the rest of the horn to have the head portion done.

Here is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done:

I don’t have a better picture I’m afraid, but I think you can still tell, pretty much, what the head is supposed to look like. It’s getting there. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: Current Progress on All WIPs #8

I have quite a few items to show you today!! I hope you have time to at least look at all the pretty pictures!!

Let’s get right into it!

Peppermint Purple SAL

This is a black work project, and it’s the first I’ve been involved in. I’m having lots of fun!

Here is where it was last week:

It’s one block of filler a week after the borders are done. I’ve done the middle portion, and I’m going to do most of the fillers before I resume work on the outside border. I want to make sure everything matches as well as it can be. I’ve already made one miscount which I’m having to do a bit of finagling on, and I can only hope it’s not that noticeable.

Here is where I am now:

Sorry, it’s not laying completely flat. I shorted myself one row on the right and bottom of the inside border so now, I’m having to make adjustments…

The Land Baby

This is my oldest WIP, and I’m still loving working on it.

Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

Here is where I was last week:

Here is where I am this week:

You can see the top part of the baby’s head. Well, she’s a toddler, not a baby but still. Isn’t that background just amazing!! All done without backstitching!

Stitchinati: The All Sewing Eye

This piece is a challenge because of the black fabric, but it’s still fun as well. I’m actually pleased with my progress!

Here is where I was last week:

Here is where I am now:

I’m almost to the bottom right corner of the triangle. 🙂 I hope to be close to the bottom left corner by next week.


This project is one I’ve found to be my go to when I travel, have to wait somewhere and when I need a break from sitting at my computer. It’s an easy stitch as well so once I get going, I tend to just go! 🙂

Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

I think she’s gorgeous!

Here is where I was last week:

Here is where I am this week:

I’m going to wait to do the beading until the very end, I have some more flowers to add before finishing her torso, head and hat. Then, I can move on to the next section of the piece.

Those are all my WIPs, and I hope you enjoyed this update! If anyone would like the chart of the Witch above, let me know in the comments below. I don’t mark on my patterns so it’s still very pristine in that regard. I’m a one and done person so I won’t be keeping the pattern.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Big Crochet Project #1: Fantasy Filet by Ferosa Harld Update #2

Here’s another update on the filet crochet project I’m working on. I did forget to measure it so, forgive me for that. I’ll have measurements on my next update.

Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

This photo is courtesy of Annie’s Attic where the booklet with this pattern in it is available.

Here is what it looked like last time you saw it:

Not really much to see. The bottom is 24 inches wide as you see, for now. The orientation on this piece is going to change slightly when I get back to that section. It’s not actually the bottom of the piece but an upper portion.

Here is where I am now so you can see what I mean:

It was hard to tell, before, which side was which, but it’s now clear. I’m actually working towards the head of the unicorn. The upper left is its jaw.

The tail you see on the bottom is a marker indicating where I’ll attach on to begin the rest of the unicorn’s body and legs. The upper legs will be done in smaller sections, and you can already see where they’re going to go.

This piece is not as big as the first one of these I made(this is only the second time I’ve made this), but it’s still going to be a good size. I think I should have gone with a much smaller hook. If I ever make another one of these, I’ll be going smaller with the hook. I’m using size 20 mercerized cotton thread which is small enough to me.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

I Did a Thing – On Amazon

I started my own shop. I’ll be selling my own things as well as reselling other things. Because of this, I don’t have my own brand and thus, I don’t have my own shop name…. I’m still learning, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my own shop name without having to brand myself, but we’ll see.

Currently, I’m reselling books, and I have some packets of scrapbook ephemera listed as well.

Mixed Media Scrapbookbooking Ephemera

Brand name is Generic :-/

I’m making other things to add as well. I’ll be adding links to a page here so you can see what I have listed and if you want, you can check them out. 🙂 Here is the page of listings: Amazon Store Listings.

Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see in my shop, either handmade or resold. I’m open to ideas.

I’m just trying to get another stream of income flowing, and I could really use the help everyone. Thank you in advance!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver

Saturday Stitching: An FO, a Small and the MSAL

I have one finished small project. I started it a week before my vacation started, while I was waiting for my car to be worked on. I finished it this past Thursday,

The above is what it’s supposed to look like. It’s a DMC Cross Stitch Starter Kit design. The kit came with 7 skeins of floss, each a different color, 2 pieces of 14 ct white Aida, a tapestry needle. a hoop and a book with 6 designs in it. The supplies were enough to make two of the designs.

Now me, I made some changes to the shoe. The pattern is simply named Shoe…

The original pattern was only stitched, nothing special on it. I added some bling to it. The red beads are upside down hearts. I didn’t like the hearts of the tongue of the shoe so, I left them off. I think my shoe looks more fun than the original.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish it completely yet. I’ll need something like a shadow box if I decide to frame it. I could give it away as is as well. I just made it because it was small, quick and fun.

What do you think?? Suggestions/comments welcome!

Then, there’s my other small which I shared with you all last month. It’s the Mill Hill beaded ornament I started.

This is what it looked like last time I talked about it. It’s being worked on 28 ct lavender even weave. I have never done so much frogging in my life!! It’s hard to see it unless I really focus, even with my magnifiers on.

I’ve discovered I don’t like working with beads this small. It’s time consuming, fiddly and annoying – to me. A friend of mine has graciously consented to take this project off my hands and finish it for herself.

I like working on even weave fabric, but I’m not a huge fan of beading something that small. I don’t see myself doing another one in the future though they are quite pretty.

I’m behind on the MSAL, but I’m working to catch up. I’ve done half of September’s design so far, and I’m trying to figure out what colors to use for October’s.

Pomegranates and pumpkins oh my! 🙂

I also wanted to show you two things I discovered on my visit to Fort Worth Texas on Thursday. We went to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall where we discovered a lovely little cafe called The Secret Garden Restaurant.

We both had the Secret Sampler and shared an order of Bread Pudding for desert.

Anyway, while in the antique store, I found these very interesting looking wall art pieces, and I took a picture of one of them:

I just noticed the price tag. OMG!!! I could make something like this for way less, even framed!

I bought a tapestry kit as well, but I don’t have a picture of it to show yet. Surprisingly, the kit is fully intact with plastic over the bottom of the box where the yarn it. It has gone into my To Do pile for next year.

That’s it for this week. I start work on Monday so, I’ll be back to having limited time for my projects. My main focus is going to be the MSAL, but I’ll also be working on some other small projects as I get the time. I haven’t forgotten the dollhouse either. I hope you like the progress I’ve made on it thus far. I’ll be writing about it soon.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday: Jack Mack Wodturning

This guy has some serious skills I just had to share!! Check out his video below for some awe inspiring ASMR and visual effects!

I have nothing but respect for the way this man works!! I really enjoy watching his videos, and I hope you will too. Join me in subscribing, liking and leaving comments on his video!!

Let me know what you think of him, and if you have any more woodworkers you’d like me to check out, leave them in the comments below!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Dollhouse Project: Second Floor

I know some of the walls are not quite straight, but I didn’t notice it until after everything had dried. Short of tearing it up, the walls will remain a bit crooked. I also know they don’t all line up with each other, but I did this on purpose. Not all rooms in a multi-story house line up with the rooms above and below so why should mine?

This house’s outer walls and roof are being created using new 1/4 Luann while the walls are being cut out of the old walls and roof of the original house. I’m reusing the original base.

I say “we” because my son, J, is helping me with this build. We are using a hand saw because I can’t afford power tools right now. I was gifted with a Dremel 3000, but it’s not going to be used for cutting out walls.

We were using 32 TPI(teeth per inch) metal blades, and they were so hard to get through the wood! At one point, one of them began to bend. I switched us to 24 TPI metal blades, and it’s much easier to cut wood. I was worried the coarser teeth would splinter the wood, but it really hasn’t. What has splintered can be easily sanded, and it’s just the edges, not the main part of the walls.

Right after I took this picture, I added three walls to the third floor. I’m using wood glue to attach everything and nothing else right now. Eventually, I’ll be adding tiny magnets to hold the front wall to the body of the house.

There will be a third floor and an attic with a mansard roof. I am planning on four fireplaces and around four gabled windows.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to shingle the mansard roof where the front meets the sides, I’m all ears.

That’s it for now. I’m working on getting more walls cut for the third floor and for the attic space. After that, I’ll be adding the left side and putting on the roof. The roof is going to be a challenge because I have yet to find a video on how this roof is built in miniature. I’ll be winging it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!