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I am a mom of two. I love amigurumi and colorful yarns. I will try to help you as much as I can if you have questions about plastic safety eyes and noses. Have fun knitting and crocheting!! The HEART behind the Eyes - Clara
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Suggestions of installing plastic safety eyes

Usually the eyes I carry in my store you can install it to your critter/stuffed toys with your bare hands, however, I understand not everyone has the same strenght to push the washers when the eyes are small to handle. So here are couple suggestions that hopefully make your life easier. :)

1. If you have this interchangeable screw driver set in your house, there is always a handle with a hole, use that to help pushing the washer towards the eye. It's easier on your hand and you can grab the handle and use a little force and the washer should be right in.

2. If the washers are too hard, you don't have the right tool with you, you can soak the plastic washers into a bowl of really hot water for a few minutes. The hard plastic will turn softer and you can dry it and at once push it towards the eyes.

If you have more suggestions, you are always welcome to comment. :)
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Crochet Coral Reef in DC

In Feb 2011, my friend Agnes went down here from NJ to visit her friend in VA. We were both interested in crochet and related items. I live in MD, from here to DC is like an hour. We have been chatting on the phone for a long time, like a pen pal but instead we chat by phone. We both too lazy to write I guess! :) One day I told her about the crochet exhibit in DC and we decided to visit the crochet coral reef exhibit in Natural Museum together.  That day it's very crowd although the weather was very cold. It's hard to find a parking space. My hubby convinced me to take a train instead of driving. I was hesitated but was glad to listen to him, there was no way we could find a parking without fighting with the rest of the people!! :P  Finally Agnes and I got to see each other, including our kids and families. It's an adventure in both "crochet" and "personal relationship" kind of way. We stayed in the museum for a few hours, the kids were tired, but luckily both of our hubbies kept the kids occupied while Agnes and I were able to look at the crochet project quietly!

The moment I saw the crochet I was speechless except many sounds of "wow". It was like stitches everywhere, the stitches were just single crochet, double crochet stitches, nothing complicated. However, all these different shapes, colors, designs, and materials together sure were very complicated. There was a lady at the side explaining the materials they were using, including wool, cotton, plastic bag, and even VCR tapes. I was amazed by all these hard works, talents, and hooks behind of the whole project.  If you are a crochet lover, don't miss the next exhibit in CA from June 6. . Information is here.










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