2018

Fun and easy thank you cards using Faber Castell Gelatos!
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Easy to Make Simple Cards

When I recently got some new gelatos I knew I would be using them for all kinds of things. I saw a pack of simple “Thanks” cards in the value section at Michaels and one craft practically designed itself. I knew I would use the gelatos to take the simple plain cards and spice them […]

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Unboxing video for the Faber-Castell Gelatos set! From My Workbasket
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Faber-Castell Gelatos!!! Unboxing Video

I mentioned recently that I went to the craft store, and even that I had an unboxing to do. If you don’t follow me over on  Youtube you may have missed some of the fun! I do post a few videos on my channel there that I don’t share here. One was the recent Craft […]

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How to use the Fiskars Boxmaker to make quick custom envelopes, boxes, and adorable bows! -- My Workbasket
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The Fiskars Boxmaker- How to and Review!

Quite a while ago I got a goody box from Fiskars. I was sent the goodies for free but was under no obligation to tell you about them. However, I KNEW I would love this tool so I recorded an unboxing video and a how-to video. The problem was that something was wrong with the […]

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My First Sampler Afghan Block- The Double Parallelogram- From the Leisure Arts Sampler Afghan Book-- My Workbasket
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Leisure Arts- Knit Sampler Afghans – Book Review

I’ve worked with Leisure Arts before, especially on the Knook review, and have teamed up with them again! I was so excited that they were willing to send me this book, Knit Sampler Afghans, which combines 60 pattern blocks to make awesome sampler afghans. UPDATE- 12/04/2018- It appears this book is now out of print. […]

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A quick trial painting to test my new Gouache! A new to me medium that I am not super in love with!-- My Workbasket
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New Art Supplies- 5 Pounds worth, with an Art Supply Unboxing Video

Recently I have been watching quite a few videos over at Creativebug (affiliate link, I make a few bucks if you sign up, which I recommend because it is awesome and I LOVE it!) and several videos of illustrations that I liked used Goache. (pronounced like squash) I don’t have any gouache (well, actually I […]

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Step by step tutorial video for how to make the triple/treble crochet! -- My Workbasket
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How to Crochet Series- How to Triple Crochet! (Treble too!)

It’s time for part three of the how to crochet series, how to do the triple or treble crochet! The stitch is the same, some sources call it the treble, and some call it the triple. In modern US terminology anyway. In other countries the terms are different, and I have encountered antique patterns that […]

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How to make the Double Crochet Stitch, a video tutorial from My Workbasket
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How to Double Crochet- And Where I’ve Been

Please don’t feel like I dropped a bomb on you and then disappeared. After posting about upcoming changes to my site I came back to visit my parents, and haven’t had much to talk about. I don’t usually pre-schedule many of my posts and just didn’t have content to share. I’d rather be quiet then […]

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Part 1 of Starting to Crochet. Video Tutorial shows How to chain, single crochet, and slip stitch!
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New Crochet Tutorial Series- How to Crochet! Starting NOW!

I’ve started a new tutorial series to teach anyone interested how to crochet! The first video for the crochet tutorial is already available and shows you how to chain, single crochet, and slip stitch. Practice these stitches if you want to learn and soon I’ll post a VERY Beginner  Project for you to make! I […]

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Free crochet pattern for this puff stitch cowl, WITH stitch tutorial video-- From My Workbasket
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The Puffy Cowl- Another Single Skein Project using the Puff Stitch

I love single skein projects. I do. If a publisher approached me and said: “Alicia, we want you to design a book!” I’d say “Can it be single skein projects?!?!?!” (Hint hint to any publishers out there.) Well, of course, that’s if they specified YARN specific book, otherwise, I’d do a book with a bit […]

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Free pattern for the crochet Katherine Shawl, a shawl/scarf that uses a single cake of light weight yarn! From My Workbasket
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The Kathryn Shawl- A New Granny Style Shawl/Scarf

A while ago I released the Ann Shawl, a crochet shawl that was named after the aunt who tried to teach me to crochet, and here we have the Kathryn Shawl, named after my Mom who DID successfully teach me to crochet. Here’s the thing, they are exactly the same crochet shawl. The only difference […]

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A fun, make up as you go hat formula for using a single cupcake yarn. Free from My Workbasket
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Troll Cake Hat- and Recipe for Troll Cake

I’ve mentioned that I’m a troll cook, but I also tend to be a troll crafter. The Troll Attitude tends to be “it is what it is.” A recipe makes the amount it is meant to make.  A cut shape comes out the measurement it comes out, and in this case, a hat comes out as […]

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