Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

News of interest and/or Fun:
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Update and Recycle Craft:
I am trying to get several patterns together to post, but, in the meantime, here is a craft that uses those cute little Kitty Food cans that I, for one, hate to throw away. The name is due to the fact that the cans don't chime, they clunk and clank. Bottom line, they make noise and they're cute.

Kitty Can Wind Clanks
By Berta Gilholm

6 small Fancy Feast type cat food cans
Blue permanent marker
Crimping/Needlenose pliers, (awl or ice pick)
Fishing line
Coat Hanger or wire
Jingle bells/med. large

Clean and strip paper off the empty cat food cans, wipe the cans with alcohol to remove excess bacteria.
Crimp around the edge of the can with pliers in a 6 tip star shape design, or crimp your own design around the edge. Punch a hole in the bottom of can with an ice pick or awl.
Stain the outside of the cans with the permanent marker. Let dry 1 hour.
Twist the coat hanger into a spiral shape (like a spring) leaving the hook on top for hanging.
Cut 6 - 12 to 14 inch pieces of fishing line and tie a bell on one end of each piece.
Hang the coat hanger spiral somewhere (like on a shower rod) for ease of tieing.
Weave the prepared fishing line through the can hole with the bell inside the can and tie onto the hanger, here and there, for an open design.
Hang on a tree, etc. and enjoy the clanking!!!

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