Fun and easy thank you cards using Faber Castell Gelatos!

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 up a notch with a handmade splash of color. My cards say “Thanks” but your cards can say anything at all, or even just be colorful and fun! These easy to make simple cards make it possible to whip up a bunch in just one sitting! It’s great because youRead More →

A fun, simple project that you can make with basic supplies! Includes full tutorial! From My Workbasket

Do you ever feel like it’s hard to craft because you don’t have enough stuff?? It’s SO easy nowadays! Last weekend I went to the craft store and bought a few things. One fun item needed a box-opening video and couldn’t be experimented with yet. I kept feeling like I couldn’t make anything with my new stuff until everything was open, and maybe even until I bought MORE stuff to go with it. Yarn crafts can be that way, “I don’t want to use this yarn until I have that yarn to match!” To me though papercrafts are really bad for this. You feel likeRead More →

The four ingredients needed to make your own laundry soap. -- My Workbasket

I’ve been making our laundry soap for years. YEARRRSSSSS. I remember once my son saw laundry soap at the store and didn’t know what it was, and it blew his mind that people buy it. He’s been helping make it pretty much his entire life. I finally needed a new batch and wanted to show you how to make laundry soap! Things to Know: About $20 can make a lot of soap Ask at your local bakery (even the one in your grocery store) for a five-gallon bucket. The use them for frosting, and usually empties are free. Make sure it has a lid! IfRead More →

Step by step tutorial video for how to make the triple/treble crochet! -- My Workbasket

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 use the other terminology as well. If you are learning to crochet though, here is the step by step of how to do the triple/treble crochet! This video doesn’t feature the chain and basic steps, those can be found in the first part of the series. This video will showRead More →

How to make the Double Crochet Stitch, a video tutorial from My Workbasket

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 blabber so I just haven’t posted. I did find a few neat thrift store items, mostly a big stack of vintage cookbooks, some of which are even from the 1940s! I’m hoping to try maybe a recipe a week and talk about it here. We’ll see how much I manageRead More →

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

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 also have videos coming of how to double crochet, triple crochet, half double crochet, and eventually how to make a granny square, and the popular Corner to Corner (C2C) method. I love to crochet and find it very relaxing! Plus yarn shopping is FUN!!! I hope this helps you toRead More →

The Make Your Home Challenge is a fun, year-long challenge to help you get organized! Our January Challenge is to create a file box to organize our year, and includes a complete how-to video!

It’s time for our January Make Your Home Challenge! Our main challenge for January is to set up a file folder system to help us manage our year! I explain it all in this video: Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel to get all the challenges! I’ll be posting quick mini challenges there that I may not post here at the site, or may post here later than on Youtube. I’m really happy to be leading this challenge for you and hope you follow along and enjoy participating! I have a variety of challenges figured out. I really encourage you to only doRead More →

Step by step video tutorial for this fun Tunisian crochet stitch. -- My Workbasket

You guys, this is our last block!!! This last video is super late and I apologize. I mentioned that I was going away, and I think I even mentioned that I was having trouble while I was away getting it uploaded and shared with you. That continued to be a problem, and my trip out of town was also extended. While I was visiting we first decided to stay just one extra day for fun. Then my Mom’s car was put in the shop and I decided to stay to help out. Then it takes a full day of travel (8 hours at least) to getRead More →

With step by step video tutorial for this great stitch! My Workbasket

It’s that time again! The next tutorial video! It’s the Tunisian Crochet Honeycomb stitch. I had some issues with uploading so I wasn’t able to share this before I went out of town, so I’m sorry it’s late. Next week’s video will also be late because something is wrong with it. No idea what but I can’t seem to share it or upload it. I may have to even rerecord the whole thing after I get back home. This stitch is beautifully textured and surprisingly easy. The rest of the CAL can be found here.  I can’t believe that our CAL is coming to an end!Read More →

A full step by step video tutorial from My Workbasket

I can’t believe our blankets are almost done! Though I admit I am VERY behind on my squares. I’m actually gearing up for yet another trip to the country and hope to catch up blocks while I am there. The next few block videos may not be released with the Tuesday Schedule I’ve been using. I’m going to try to get them recorded before I leave and then post them as possible while I’m gone. I’m going away for some variety of Monday-following week Tuesday, or Tuesday to Tuesday or Tuesday to Wednesday, or…. It’s still fairly undecided, BUT I know my travel schedule will effectRead More →

A video tutorial about how to change yarn in both tunisian and regular crochet. -- My Workbasket

A friend of mine has been saying she didn’t know how to change yarn colors, and I thought she meant for a certain project. Turns out that she meant at all. “I’m THAT much of a beginner!” SO I made a video for her and anyone else who needs it. I’m sure that there are better ways, this is by no means the be all end all, but this is one of the ways I change colors in my work. I start showing you how to change colors exactly in the same way as for my Hygge Hat when worked flat, then I decided toRead More →

I feel so bad about dropping the ball on the video last week I was determined to NOT let it happen again. This video is a little different but I think it’s the best yet, and I still show you the step by step method. This week its block F, the Tunisian Rib Stitch. This is the Nicole Studio Classic in Soft Purple. The video is very accurate for the color. For some reason, I can never manage to get this yarn brand and style to photograph with an accurate color. Even in a lightbox and such it just doesn’t look accurate. My Blanket isRead More →

How to make the Tunisian Crochet Bias Stitch, with step by step video tutorial-- My Workbasket

Are you following along in the CAL? Because it is time for Block D! I have to give props to the pattern designers because they stitches do a great job of building on each other.  The new stitch is the Tunisian Bias Stitch and this new stitch utilizes the same techniques as the Simple Stitch and the Crossed Stitch. Here is the detailed video:   Here is what my finished squares are looking like. This colorway is Light Teal in Studio Classic yarn from Ac Moore. Some Show Notes: If you haven’t joined the Crochet Along it isn’t too late! You can get started here!Read More →