Archive for April, 2011


Project 17: Delay

April 28, 2011

I apologize for the lack of a project post this morning. I had a day off yesterday and used it to get the bulk of my work done for next week’s project.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on my cross stitch! Today I brought Jupiter to DownTown Knits so I could join Cheryl of Knitting My American Dream for part of her April knitting marathon. It was fun hanging out in a cool yarn store with another crafty friend while we both raced to finish our projects.

Then this evening I finally gathered my thoughts about the coasters and purchased some supplies to finish them. I’ll pull out the sewing machine tomorrow (Friday) and see if I can get the first four done. I hope to continue past the end of this week so I can finish all nine (yes, including Pluto).

I hope to post some finished coasters tomorrow!


Project 17: Planet progress

April 27, 2011

Planet progress

I started this project the first week of April because I had a hunch it would take me longer than a week to cross stitch 9 planets. What I learned is that it takes me about a week to do each one. I hope to finish Jupiter by Friday and will continue as I find time until all of them are done. Mine are a little bit bigger than the ones in the example photo. The pattern creator was able to find 14 count fabric (14 stitches per inch) and all I could find in the black was 18 count. I also haven’t yet quite decided how to make them into coasters. Hopefully by the time you check back tomorrow I’ll have some done!


Project 17: Materials

April 26, 2011

Embroidery flossBuying materials for this project was a lot of fun. When I was a teenager I used to buy embroidery floss to make knotted friendship bracelets — this shopping experience took me right back. I had a list of colors for the project in hand and just stood in front of the wall of flosses picking out the ones I needed. I was even able to find a black fabric instead of the usual white, thus saving me a lot of little black x’s. The cost of all of these materials was well under my weekly budget.

If time is money, however, this one may be the most expensive yet.  Check back tomorrow for my progress so far.


Project 17: Needlepoint

April 25, 2011

Heather Murphy planets

This week I am going to take advantage of these great cross stitch instructions for all 9 planets* and probably turn them into coasters. I may not get them all done by the end of the week, but stay tuned to see how they turn out!

*including Pluto

Photo by Heather Murphy of the Nerdy Needle


Project 16: Finished cheese Pascha

April 24, 2011

Cheese Pascha

Yay Pascha! My cheese Pascha turned out great this year. The texture was smooth and creamy and it wasn’t too sweet. We barely made a dent in this one and there is a whole second one in the fridge for the picnic later today.

Lessons learned:
– Be sure you have all of your equipment before starting this project. I’m pretty sure I made the recipe with too much fromage blanc because our kitchen scale is missing. Also, I think I don’t have to make 4 gallons of milk worth of cheese next year. Two may be plenty.
– This cheese is worth the hard work when you see the looks on your friends’ faces at 3am on Easter morning. Yum.

See you next week for something non edible.


Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2011

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day from 50 First Crafts!

My mind is much more in Good Friday today than in Earth Day, but enjoy this teaser from project 17 (starting Monday).


Project 16: Still draining

April 22, 2011

The cheese Pascha is now cozy in the fridge and will stay there until it is time for us to bring our Easter basket to church late Saturday night. I’ll post a final picture on Sunday.