Category Archives: Crafts

The Twiddle Muff

A Twiddle Muff is an arm cuff to be worn by anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease.  It is for twiddling, fidgeting, fussing about, fixating. Something to channel a person’s nervous energy so to speak.


Recently I found out that one of my friends father has this horrible disease and it has progressed rather fast with him. So I hurriedly finished this Twiddle Muff so I can send it to his family members who are taking care of him. And I would like to say his daughter is an animal hero as she is not only taking care of him but his two dogs also! She already had two or three dogs and a cat I think so some people didn’t think it was a good idea but she knew it was the right thing to do. So my hat is off to her!


If you would like to make a Twiddle Muff to donate or for someone you know, it’s just a round cuff that is usually knitted but could be sewn. The point is to have many textures and fiddle bits on it. Larger bells than I had to put on mine might be a good idea to keep up with loved ones who tend to wander off.


The list of add-ons is endless:

Large flat beads, rounds beads, ribbons, fabric, heavy plastic, burlap, leather, chain etc. Just make sure everything is securely attached to the muff and inspect it every so often to make sure nothing has come loose.

Any item that might pertain to a person’s past hobby or entertainment that can be easily affixed.


And this is a great project for a newbie knitter as mistakes are no problem. It doesn’t matter what the muff looks like only what it feels like. I didn’t even bother cutting off the ends of the string that I used to tie some of the things on with, I just knotted them until there was no more end, something else to fiddle with.

So get to knitting everyone!

Wednesday January 15, 2015

elephant-1 I decided to try some paper cutting again using the book Kirigami by Jeffrey Rutzky. This was supposed to be an elephant. Oops! I may have been asleep when I tried it.

elephant-2 So I made another attempt.

elephant-3 Yeah!

Next I wanted to try my hand at changing it so I added a ball to the design and changed the elephant a little bit.


elephant-4 Cool, it worked!


A Heartflake

As I was looking through this Kirigami book by Jeffrey Rutzky I decided to try making the heartflake since this is the month of February.




According to the book this is an adaptation of a design by Cindy Higham. It starts off with a starburst fold and now I will try to take you through the steps to make this heartflake. Goodluck. :)


I should have erased the 6 inch markings but since I did not, just ignore them for the rest of the time.

Fold to the right along the dotted line.

And then fold the same flap back, in half.

Now fold the far right bottom up the the left along side the crease.

Then fold the same flap back, in half the other way.


Draw out the red pattern onto your starburst fold and cut the white parts away.

I used scrapbook paper which was a little too thick so all of my folds didn’t quite reach as far as they should have so two of my corners were squared off instead of pointy but that is no big deal.







A Crown




Giant Knitting Needles!

Look at these fabulous knitting needles! Don’t they look like a ton of fun. I love these. You might want to hide them from stick chewing dogs you have around though.

You can purchase these at Loopy Mango on Etsy. Go take a look and see what other fun thing you can find there.

I Won!

A present from Helen’s Adornment’s Blog. Beautiful handmade earrings. Made by Helen of course. They were made as part of a blog hop using beads. She did a great job. Now if you would please, click on over and see the gorgeous glass beads that she makes, they are beautiful and fun. Below is the photo of how she beautifully packaged the earrings that I won and a photo of them. Great spring colors.

Fishy Fishy

I don’t work with clay very often but I was inspired to give it another try after seeing a gorgeous flower made from clay in an art magazine. It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but close enough. His name is Fishy Fishy.