Umbrella Block, Prairie Points and… Still Crocheting


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This week I made quilt blocks. Never tried before blocks. Called the Umbrella Block. So cute. Made them for my quilt group’s Block Lotto. However many blocks you make, that’s how many chances you get to win the pot.

I made six but the first one I made ended up being a tad off the true-up measurement so I am keeping it. These are the ones I sent off (minus the bottom right one) to the quilt block coordinator. I have my fingers and toes crossed that they will come back to me along with any others submitted.

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The “flawed” one is up top in the first photo. I have an idea what I will make with it. Something Springy. And I may make up a few more. It really is a cute block and easy to make. Did you see my Prairie Point up in the right top corner of the block? My first. So easy. Just need a fabric square and an iron. :D

The best part in making this block… except for the white fabric, it was all scraps.

Debra, do you see the fabric scraps you sent me? Yep, used several in both the purple ones and the green ones. Thanks for sending them!!

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What else have I been working on, you ask?

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More crocheted hexagons. Using my pattern I posted several days ago, I made this smaller version in purple and apple green. Purple on the top and green on the bottom. Five granny rounds instead of six.

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And have a 3rd one almost finished. This is the last of the green wool yarn and since I bought it about three years ago, no way will I be able to match up the dye lot. So… that does it for this project.

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I already picked out the yarn for my next crocheted project.

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Going to make a handbag and felt it. Delicious looking!! I can already see it. And I have the purse handle picked out, too. Ready to go.


Remember the red sunbonnet potholder I showed you? Well it is finished and already mailed off to my buyer.

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I am thinking it should have arrived by now. Hope she likes it. I am going to make more in a dark peach color. Michaels had some really pretty cotton yarn on sale last week. I got 8 skeins. (Like I needed more yarn!!)

Well, that does it for me. Another crafty week gone by. And March has gone by. Can you believe it!! March will be gone in one more day and I only just got started. I hope this year slows down a bit. Or I will never get even half way through my To-Make List.

How about you?

Are you on track to accomplish the stuff on your To-Do/To-Make list?


Linking up to:

http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/04/wednesdays-wowzers-14.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/p/linky-party-tuesdays.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/04/02/manic-monday-linky-party-31/

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/finish-it-up-friday-week-21.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-feed-sack.html

My Week With Seed Beads


Inspired by this wrap bangle bracelet I made for the Bead Soup Blog Hop, I spent a full week working with my seed bead stash.

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Yep, I actually did not pick up my rotary cutter for a whole seven days. Just sat and sat and beaded.

First I made this bracelet.

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And then this one.

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I had Brides and the “I Do” Season on my mind when I created this one. Even dragged out my button stash.

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Next, I circled back to the bracelet that started it all. I added a second peyote bail to it. Loving it even more now.

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I think I was probably into Day 3 when I created this red, white and blue one. Still not ready to go back to sewing/quilting.

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And more…..

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BTW, you won’t believe the number of empty bead vials I ended up with. There were even more but I tossed a few.

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I made little containers of “bead soup” by combining my 11/0 seed beads by colorways. Whatever I thought would look good together got emptied into the bowl. What a great way to use up leftovers from other projects!!

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After making this green, gray and black bracelet, I had an idea for a necklace.

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But I couldn’t decide on how to end it. What type clasp to use. I chewed on several ideas and one day when running errands, I remembered these barrel tube clasps I bought a few years ago but never tried.

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Bingo!! It worked. I am just thrilled to pieces how this came out. No matter that this necklace and bracelet took 24 hours to make. I love it!!

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As it turned out, My Week With Seed Beads ended with that necklace. I had a crochet order (which you saw) that I needed to work on. So sadly, I pushed my beads aside. Now, observe how I said that. “Pushed” aside. Not PUT AWAY.

If in a week I don’t have a desire to bead something, then I will dust cover my bead supplies until the next time. Hopefully it won’t be for too long. Need to show all of my crafts some love from time to time. :D

After all, these pearls and jade beads are waiting to be made into a necklace.

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My favorite. Yellow.

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Hubby’s favorite. Bronze.

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I had fun designing and creating them.


These wrap bangle bracelets and wrap necklace are This Year’s Dozen originals.

Please respect Copyright Laws. Do not distribute, copy or post on the Internet without written permission. Thanks.

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Pattern To My Hexagon Crocheted Hot Pad Is Finished


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To everyone who posted a comment or e-mailed me inquiring… my hexagon hot pad pattern is hot off the press.

I finally just dropped everything and did it!! Feels great to have it off my back and off my To-Do List.

Sorry it took so long. I couldn’t find my instructions for the ones I made a couple years ago. So I had to start from scratch.

This rust one I made Friday.

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And I made the purple one yesterday totally from my pattern. Testing it out. Making sure it all made sense. And it did!!

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You can find it here.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/96058755/pattern-hexie-granny-crocheted-hot-pad

Sunbonnet Potholder Is Almost Finished. Assembly Today.


WooHoo!! Almost finished.

The shell edging has been stitched to both sides. 13 shells per side.

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The flowers, leaves and hanging tab are done and ready to attach.

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Now it comes down to how many flowers. Which colors? And where to place?

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Waiting to hear from my buyer. Will post a finished photo once I am done.


Go here to make your own sunbonnet potholder. I didn’t do all the bells and whistles. Just simple and easy after making the sunbonnet.

http://www.craftown.com/crochet/pat12.htm

Got My Crochet Groove Back!!


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Yay!! For one panicky moment, I thought I had forgotten how to crochet. So glad it all came back. Sunbonnets are made and stitched together.

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I made this leaf which I am going to use for the hatband. Now I have to make the flowers.

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I have missed crocheting. A lot!! So I spent about 30 minutes yesterday looking at photos of crochet stuff I have saved on my hard drive. These are the ones I wish I could reach out and touch.


Granny Square Handbag

Stunning… takes my breath away.

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http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2012/02/designer-crochet-dolce-gabbana/

And another handbag. This one felted. Wow!! I love this one too.

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Don’t have the link to it, unfortunately. :(


Crochet Shawls

Lucy, over at Attic24, made this shawl. Gorgeous. I WANT ONE!! (Crystal at Beadhappilyeverafter was making one. Wonder if she finished hers.)

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http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2011/03/japanese-flower-scarf-ta-dah.html

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=17586

I do believe this version is what got the crochet hooks a-hookin’. I like the more colorful versions best.

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I like the flowers in this one too. (no link)

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Crochet Pincushion

I am totally smitten by this little pincushion. Saw it on Crystal’s blog.

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http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=12352

Here it is on Etsy. Going to make one. I guess it will be OK. Doubt anyone can stake claim to the basic Granny Square as their own creation.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88650749/gift-set-linen-pincushion-and-needle


Crochet Pillow

I love this ripple stitch pillow. A few years ago, I bought several crochet books on the ripple stitch. All different kinds. I would love to make this one day.

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I think I first saw this on Lucy’s site. Let me go check.

Yep… 3 years ago. Time sure does fly.

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2009/04/ripplesome-ripples-cushy-cushions.html


Crochet Clock

Can’t remember where I saw this. Isn’t it just adorable? Would brighten up any room. Anyone know what crochet stitch this is? I have some old clocks I got dirt cheap at the thrift store. I could do this.

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Crochet Hexagon Afghan

Isn’t this pretty? So colorful. I would make it larger, wider. And not cut off the bottom hexies. I would let the full hexie extend and go with the odd shape. Or use white yarn where the half hexies are cut off.

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No link. I just save photos of stuff I like.


And last….

Crochet Tissue Box Covers

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OK, OK, don’t laugh. But I love these. With tissue boxes now gone all super ultra high fashion, no one probably puts them in covers any longer. But I still do. I may have the links to these stored in my Bookmarks. Let me see if I can find them.

Found one.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grannys-tissue-box-cover

Thanks for coming along with me on my Crochet Eye Candy tour. What fun!!


Dear Crochet,

Now I remember why I loved you so much.

Sincerely,

Donna Wanna Crochet :D


Go here to make your own sunbonnet potholder. I didn’t do all the bells and whistles. Just simple and easy after making the sunbonnet.

http://www.craftown.com/crochet/pat12.htm

“So…. You Are Crocheting NOW?”


This is going to be an interesting month!!

It started off with me getting a bead order. Then I got a crochet order. Then a macrame order.

I think you get the picture with me wishing for an extra pair of hands and trying to switch crafts by the hour. And poor hubby. He is having the hardest time pretending to be interested in what happens in my craft room.

He said yesterday, “So… you are crocheting NOW?” I don’t know if that was a question or what it was. Probably just an observation comment. Well, that is good, isn’t it? That he notices when I switch up crafts.

The beading order was a bit challenging. Sit a spell, try one idea, then another, keep going until you have something pleasing to the eye. The macrame order will be super easy once I get started. The cord is cut and hanging patiently from a hook. I think I can tie knots blindfolded.

But what about the crochet order, you ask?

One word. Awful!! It’s been about 18 months since I crocheted anything.

I didn’t even remember how to make a SLIP KNOT. Now that is bad, bad, bad!! My mind drew a blank. I had to dig out my crochet pattern books and then went off in search of a You Tube video. Something like Crochet For Dummies. :D Something geared to the spanking brand new crocheter. After several false starts and four hours later, this is what I managed. Thank goodness yarn is easy to rip out.

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Now… if I could just stay awake long enough to finish this. :D

It is going to be a sunbonnet potholder. Need to make two exactly like this and stitch them together.

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Like this one.

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Do you fall asleep when you crochet?


Go here to make your own sunbonnet potholder. I didn’t do all the bells and whistles. Just simple and easy after making the sunbonnet.

http://www.craftown.com/crochet/pat12.htm

Two Hour Mug Rug… Made and Shipped


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With my attention focused on jewelry for the last week, I totally forgot I needed to make and send off a mug rug to one of the ladies in my quilt group. I signed up to participate and then tucked the mail out date deep down in my brain.

Only after I had finished my Bead Soup project did I surface to the top to exhale. I realized my error yesterday. I thought the mail off date was March 9, today. It was actually March 1st!! :(

Boy, did I feel bad, sad. I sucked. All the others had mailed theirs off. I even received a pretty mug rug with shamrocks from the person who had me in the exchange. Got it yesterday.

I hate it when I agree to do something and then don’t. I feel like I let myself down as well as let down the person it was intended for.

So… since I thought the mail out date was today… I got busy and made it.

It took me two hours from start to finish.

These are some of the fabrics I worked with.

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As you can see in the photos, I now have “for real” St Patrick’s Day fabric. Shamrocks!! Two weeks ago I went to JoAnn’s and bought some. Only half yards and Fat Quarters. (I didn’t even need that much.)

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I had been looking at this block and wanted to try it. Fabric folding mostly. It was super easy to make. This is the tutorial I used.

http://spottedstone.blogspot.com/2010/07/cathedral-window-tutorial.html

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I added two quick borders. One in green with swirls and one in black with green shamrocks.

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Didn’t bind it. That would have made it the Three Hour Mug Rug. :D Just stitched around the seams, turned it inside out and stitched along the outside edges.

Then I did a quick quilting. Just loopy loops. Kind of like the green fabric with whirls.

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The shamrock on the back was just something I thought to add at the last minute. It was ironed on using Steam-A-Seam2. I love that stuff!!

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And done. Now I feel better. Don’t feel like such a loser. It will be late. But better late than never. Hope she likes it. I shipped it off today. Got to the post office with 15 minutes to spare.


Several things I want to mention, in case you plan to make this Cathedral Window block…

  • The 2 1/4″ center square didn’t completely cover the folded square so I recut it and added an extra 1/4″. Otherwise you will see the background fabric after folding up the flaps.
  • I used my zipper foot to stitch down the flaps to make the “windows”. I could see where I was sewing the whole time and that helped keep the stitches straight.
  • I used my walking foot to sew around the seams when sewing my quilt sandwich. I stopped about 1/4″ from each corner before pivoting to the next side. Made the end points nicer on the outside.
  • Going to try this block as a pincushion. Should be cute!!

Brown Bag Boomerangs Home


Two weeks ago I blogged about the Brown Bag project I signed up for in my Quilt Group. The project was simple. Gather up a bag of remnants and/or scraps. Mail them to your assigned partner. Your partner would make something from your scraps and mail the item(s) back to you.

I received my Brown Bag item back yesterday. I was so excited, I ripped open the box as I walked up the stairs. Never even sat the box down!! I kind of guessed it would be a purse. Handbag of some type. And I was right!!

First off, this is the scrap bundle I sent.

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The umbrella fabric I bought last year and kept auditioning it with other fabrics but never quite got around to making anything with it. So sneaky me decided to see what my Brown Bag Partner would do with it. I threw in several other fabrics I thought would blend with the colors in the umbrella fabric. A collection of brown, peach, orange and turquoise.

This is what she made for me. A handbag/tote. Beautiful Cathedral Windows block on point in the center.

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I didn’t take any photos of the inside but she used light peach and made two large pockets from two different fabrics.

Here is the back. The umbrella fabric with a light peach outside pocket. She added a cute decorative button.

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Look at the piecework along the bottom. Bringing in the other fabrics. It’s the same along the top.

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And you know how much I love polka dots. And BROWN!! Straps are long enough for me to carry on my shoulder.

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Here’s a sideview. It measures 18″ by 15″, 1 1/2″ wide.

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Can’t wait until summer arrives bringing with it lots of warm weather. It will soon be OK to wear white again. (Yep, I am one of those. Drilled into the brain by dear old Mom. No white until summer!!) I already have two outfits picked out in my head. One in white and one in brown. Think cropped pants and sandals. And carrying my new handbag.

So pretty. And well made. Oh, I forgot to mention. The moss green around the “window” sections was my partner’s contribution. She could add one fabric of her choosing. It is the perfect color to bring all the fabrics together.

And the quilting… notice how she started from each corner and fanned up to the brown polka dot border of the window block. Really cool!! The back was quilted with a one inch diagonal grid.

Thank you so much, Nancy!! I LOVE IT!!


Go here to see what I made and sent back.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/wish-i-could-keep-you-but-you-have-to-go-home/

It’s REVEAL Time… Look What I Made With My Bead Soup!!


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What fun!! I had a blast coming up with necklace ideas. And I tried them all. I used Soft Flex beading wire because I knew it would retain its shape through all of my experimenting.

I didn’t take photos of each idea I tried. Just a couple. These I liked but after photographing them, I felt they were “overkill.”

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So I took them apart and started over. And that was yesterday, LOL!!

This was my last design. It seemed more balanced.

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I turned this seed bead necklace into a wrap bracelet with a peyote bail. I also made a fun charm bracelet with the leftover beads using macrame cord and chain links but the photo came out blurred.

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I knew I wanted to make at least one pair of earrings, so I set aside these two green beads and the gold spacer beads. They are cute. And lightweight.

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Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures, my bead partner, will be happy to know I used every single bead she sent. Even added a few of my own, keeping with her color palette.

In case you can’t remember what all she sent, here is a photo. The BEFORE. There’s Picture Jasper, Fire Agate, Porcelain/Ceramic, Sari Silk and a really pretty Melinda Orr clasp.

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Avocado is a color that looks great on me, if I say so myself. I have always enjoyed wearing it. And fire agate. I have quite a bit of it in my own stash. So this Bead Soup was tailor made for me.

Can’t wait to see what all she made with the Bead Soup I sent her. I want you to see it too. So you will have to go to her site for a look see. In fact, there are 200 jewelry designers participating. For sure, plenty of pretty and unique designs. Jewelry Eye Candy to die for.

But first… visit Lisa’s blog and also her shop. She makes beautiful jewelry. I really enjoyed chatting with her during this process. And don’t forget to leave a comment.

For all of the details and list of participants, go to Lori Anderson’s blog, Pretty Things Blog. Maybe next year you will participate.

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Let the Blog Hop Party begin. Have fun.


Thanks for hosting, Lori. You made it fun and kept us all informed.

Can You Stand One More Bird? :)


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Well, two more. And one more pincushion. Now that March is here, I need to catch you up on what I made in February that I haven’t shown you.

Sorry, but I DO LOVE making these. So addicting.

AND I have some tips to share with you on making these birds, in case you plan to make a few.  And then I will get on with the other stuff you see in the photo.

Making Birds Tip 1: Reinforce the beak section with a patch of batting. When you turn the fabric inside out, you will only need to add a tiny bit of stuffing.

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Making Birds Tip 2: This tip is from my husband. Use a thin pencil with an eraser on the end to push a tiny bit of stuffing into the beak. It worked well for me. He saw me struggling to fill the space. (Which is the real reason I decided to add a bit of batting first.)

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Making Birds Tip 3: Don’t overstuff the neck area. Won’t topple over as much.

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OK, I am done making birds. You can take up where I left off. Have fun making them.


Now let me show you the rest of my “Bird and Pincushion” project. :D

I recycled this DVD box with zebra duct tape and made a carrying box for my two new birds.

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Then I duct taped these quilting pins. Just to be different.

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Here they are stuck in my new Cathedral Window pincushion which I also love making.

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Sigh!! Got to move on. Can’t keep making the same old stuff. Can’t keep showing you the same old stuff, even though in different colors.

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Time to move on to something else. Next!!


Friday Linky Parties. Check them out!!

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-busy-week.html

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/finish-it-up-friday-week-17.html