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    I Built A Thing Today! (DIY Multi-Uke Stand)

     

    That’s my mountain dulcimer taking up seat number 5… 🙂

     

    I saw several DIY PVC guitar racks being talked about online, and the one thing I noticed, besides that they’re ugly, is they really minimize the space they take up. We have 5 ukes, and a banjolele, though one uke is of the flying V body style so it won’t work in this, and while I have nice, pretty wooden stands, they take up quite a bit of space. And today I really wanted to build something, so here’s what I did.

    Approximate Finished Dimensions

    18″ high x 28″ wide x 16.5″ deep

    Purchase List

    • 2 x 10′ 1/2″ PVC pipe ($4.16)
    • 14 1/2″ PVC pipe T fittings ($4.76)
    • 6 1/2″ PVC pipe caps ($1.38)
    • 11 1/2″ PVC pipe 90° elbows ($4.40)
    • pipe cutting tool ($7)
    • glue (optional and I only used to to glue the main sections together in case I want to disassemble it in the futureand store it flat) ($6)

    How to Prepare

    You will need to do a lot of cutting. Here’s the breakdown of how many, how long. I only used 15′ of the pipe total.

    • 5 x 1.75″
    • 7 x 3″
    • 10 x 4″
    • 6 x 1″
    • 2 x 11″
    • 3 x 25.5″

    How to Assemble

    Top

    • Make the top bar with the neck guides by connecting these pieces in the following order:
    • Elbow + 1″ piece + T + 3″ piece + + T + 3″ piece + + T + 3″ piece + + T + 3″ piece + + T + 3″ piece + + T + 1″ piece + elbow.
    • Connect one 4″ piece into the open end of the T’s across (6 times). Then connect an elbow, and a 1.75″ piece to the first 5 of them. Add the 6 caps to all of the open ends. This completes your top bar.
    • On the downward facing open ends of the elbows, connect a 4″ piece of pipe. Attach a T to these so you can add the crossbar between them.
    • Place a 25.5″ piece into the open ends of the T where they face each other.
    • Connect a 11″ piece to the remaining open ends of the T’s, going downward. These will connect into the base.

    Bottom

    • Create a rectangle, using 4 T’s, 2 4″ pieces, and the two remaining 25.5″ pieces. This will form the part of the base that the ukes will rest on.
    • Choose a side to be the back of the stand. Attach a 1″ piece to each open T side, and add another T, this one facing upwards. Your top section will fit into this.
    • Connect the remaining 3″ pieces to the backs of these T’s, then add 2 of the elbows, pointing down.
    • Finish the front of the stand by connecting the last 2 1″ pieces, and then the elbows.

    Finishing

    • Fit the top into the bottom. Make sure everything fits. Try it out. Tiny ukes, like a soprano, will barely reach the top bar, and if you have a sopranino, you’ll need to place the secondary bar lower. If everything looks good, you can glue things together now.

    Let me know if this worked for you, or if I made any mistakes in the parts list! Happy making!

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    Wow Long Time No See!

    It’s been since November that I last posted and I’ve been trying for ages to make a new post but it keeps not happening. I’ve been getting past a yarncraft slump, where for months I didn’t want to do anything more than give some of my softer skeins an occasional squeeze. I’m past that now though, and have knitted a few things, and am currently working on the Good Vibes shawl from  wonderful French designer. I’m almost done with the big main color section and I will start the first stripe tomorrow when my other yarn color arrives.

    Speaking of yarn, I’m currently cold sheeping. I’m hoping to make it through the end of the year without falling off the wagon, but we’ll see. My big goal is to get down to only 38 miles of yarn in my stash- I had 52, I donated 4, and now I just want to use up another 10. There are a few exceptions of when I can buy yarn, though for the most part, no new yarn is kind of the rule.

    1. I can use gift cards to buy yarn.
    2. I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts.
    3. I can buy additional yarn to finish a project I’ve started.

    Its pretty simple, but if you buy yarn like I tend to, its not easy!

    I rearranged my craft room yesterday, and picked out another 3 bags of stuff to donate. This included all the sewing patterns I previously had listed for sale, so those are gone now, and I have more room on my shelf. Of course that shelf is mostly filled with large skeins of yarn… LOL.

    The website also underwent a physical change a few weeks ago, getting a complete makeover. I like to think it looks more modern and on trend with what’s good today… Of course the 3 dozen emails I get in spam every day offering their design services seem to think otherwise! Ha!

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    QHHS Band Craft Fair & Retail Therapy

    The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day.

    After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them.

    This is what I came away with.

    Joann’s

    Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99)
    RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99)
    8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49)
    2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19)

    Total savings $17.18

    After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff.

    Michael’s

    3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99)
    2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49)
    Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off coupon – $5.61 (reg. $9.99)

    Total savings $11.09

    I spent $54 including tax on 18 skeins of yarn, mostly in colors I didn’t already have.

    Now the question is where am I going to put it all?

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    Do You Have 15 Minutes?

    I was struck by an idea this evening for a simple way to display the necklaces I’ve made for my shop rather then just having them all stuffed into a drawer. My solution? It cost me $5 and about 15 minutes.

    Remember my bench rebuilding project? I had a piece of wood left over from that that was 34″ long- which was only 2″ shorter than I initially planned on, and sawing wood down to smaller pieces with a hand saw sucks, so I went with it like it was instead of cutting a larger piece down.

    Then I popped over to Lowe’s, bought a package of screws (I only needed 2) to mount the board to the wall, and spent another $3.58 on a package of 40 7/8″ rounded, semi-circular screw hooks. I drilled a hole near each end for the mounting screws, and one hold down the middle every 1.5″ to screw a hook into. Remember when drilling your pilot holes to make them a size smaller in the wood then the actual screw is.

    Then I screwed it into the wall and hung up all the necklaces! Easy, and fast! You could of course paint or stain the wood (I might spray it white later on) but I just put it up as is.

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    Bench Rebuilding

    My boyfriend and I have this old wood and iron bench in the backyard, that after about 11 years, has all but rotted away. I decided to replace the wood in the old bench so people can safely sit on it again- and the timing was great because we are hosting a BBQ in a few weeks.

    I went to Lowe’s and purchased 4 pieces of wood which I had them cut down to size for $7 and change total. I also spent about $2.50 on two packages of screws, which I used about 2/3s of.

    IMG_20160504_193400I did have to cut the two smallest pieces of wood vertically with a handsaw after I got them home but that was simple enough.

    The first step to rebuilding the bench was to take it apart. I don’t have access to a jigsaw, so I had to reuse the top piece of wood from the bench but that piece doesn’t get a lot of stress compared to say the seat.

    IMG_20160505_103231 After staining the wood I bought, bolting and screwing things back into place was pretty simple, and we have a bench that can safely be sat on by us or our guests at our upcoming BBQ.

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    Button Overload!

    I went by one of my favorite thrift stores yesterday morning because I wanted to check out something I thought I saw the day before. What was I after? This. An almost 8 pound bag of buttons!

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    For anyone unfamiliar, typically buttons are purchased on a card with somewhere between 2 and 8 buttons to a card depending on size. A card can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 retail. There are literally thousands of buttons in this bag. I paid $28.33 after tax for it. If there are 2,000 buttons in the bag, I paid $0.014 per button. That’s a steal!

    I’ve been working on sorting them the last day or so and wow it is slow going!

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    On the left are the colored ones, plus the black shanked buttons and the ones made out of shell. In the middle are all browns and metal ones. And on the right are black ones, and the whitish ones. Most of them are divided further by size, unless I only have enough of that color family to fill one spot. I’m nowhere near done sorting them, but I’m going to keep going until I fill up all three containers and then pass the rest onto Tracy at Art Resurrected.

    There have also been quite a few conchos that I will be giving to someone who is really into leather-work right now.

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    This is about half of them that I dug out of the buttons- there’s literally about 90 of these.

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    A Clock Fit for a Crafter

    I’ve been wanting a clock in my craft room, but I wanted something a little different, and something that would actually coordinate with my space. I decided to make my own clock, but I had no idea what to make it with. A trip to Michael’s had me walking out with this stuff.

    This ended up being a super fast project, taking about an hour, and most of that time was spent waiting for the paint to dry. And if I ever repainted my craft room, I could easily repaint the canvases to match.

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    A Stand for my Ukulele!

    So back about 6 months ago, I was super excited to purchase and hopefully learn to play the ukulele. I bought one, 32cef64cloved it, but wasn’t so great about practicing. Then a few weeks back, I joined Ukulele Underground and I found this.

    Plans to build your own ukulele stand, this one already sized perfectly for a tenor uke, which is what I have.

    All I needed was a piece of wood for the base, a 1″ thick wooden dowel at least 22″ long, some felt, some screws, and some metal hooks sold at Walmart to act as the brackets.

    I was super tight on money but really wanted to do this, so I improvised a bit. The wooden plaque I bought from Michael’s, with a 50% off coupon for $1.90. The felt I already had on hand, thanks to getting sent the wrong item when I ordered fabric ages ago. Wood stain and E6000 I had on hand. The dowel was the most expensive piece at about $4.50 for a 48″ length, and the screws were about a dollar for a package of 8. The hooks/brackets I made myself out of polymer clay, then cast them in resin which I dyed a deep red color with some mica powder.

    Not counting the cost of materials I already had on hand, I spent about $8 building this.

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    Random Acts of Kindness

    As some of you may know, I am a member of the Ravelry community. Ravelry.com is a fantastic community that brings together people who knit, crochet, weave, and spin. I’ve been a member for a bit over a year, and it seems like every day I am on the site, I discover something new and wonderful. Last night I discovered the Random Acts of Kindness group. What is this you ask? Its a group that pairs people’s wants (often small things) with people who might fulfill them. I was able to find multiple people looking for just the thing I’ve had laying around for some time and was so happy to ship out a few small packages this afternoon to people who were asking for things I’ve been wanting to get rid of. I used to be part of the BookCrossing community years ago and I participated in the RA(Bookcrossing)K groups there too. Its always no nice to bring a smile to the face of a stranger!

    Today I shipped out several skeins of embroidery floss, a skein of fun fur yarn, and a package with several of the little zippered pouches I made so long ago along with a bonus pair of earrings. There are a few other small packages I hope to send out as well- I’m just waiting to hear that what I have suits what the person really wants. 🙂

    If you are a member of the Ravelry community, you can find me here. I’m inkdork. 🙂

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    Organizing & Cleaning Up

    First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages.

    I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room.

    This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn.

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    The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put them on display. The bottom middle and two empty spaces will hold the Caron Simply Soft I ordered when it arrives.

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    I was able to spread this yarn out more and arrange it better by type and brand. The two uppermost left are all Charisma yarn, which is my favorite bulky, and the two next to them in the middle is all Bernat Softee which has lovely colors but I’ve honestly not yet used. The second one from bottom on the right is all my sock yarn. I have tons and still haven’t tried knitting socks… Lol.

    Of course what I really need to do in there is vacuum the carpet and clean off my tables but I’ll do that later… Eventually… One day? Lol

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    I Took a Little Trip

    On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping.

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    This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it.

    I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters.

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    There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them.

    The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them.

    I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.

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    Thanks, It Was Fun!

    As you know, this last Saturday I did a craft fair at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. It ended up being me, and 3 other crafters, two of which I already know and am friends with. The third was a woman my other two friends had met at another event previously and passed along the event’s info to her.

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    Another vendor’s husband took this photo of me sitting at my table. My space was a little chaotic, but luckily people weren’t shy about digging through the bins with my knit and crochet pieces, and picking them up, trying them on, and in general checking things out.

    My three earring display racks were divided up by $5, $10, and $15, and while I didn’t sell a lot, I did make about $70 over my table fee (the event was only 3 hours long) and that’s money I can put towards my trip to Washington state to visit my friend Nikki somewhere in the next few months. That makes me happy! 🙂

    I did sell a few pieces I really didn’t think people would be interested in, though not as many of them as I had hoped. I might be making a donation to the thrift store really soon with some of the items I just can’t move. Not the best outcome, but it happens. Sometimes things just flop.

    Anyway, if you came out to see us Saturday, thank you and I hope you had a great night! We had fun and I know I would do the event again if asked to.