6 Bottle Wine Rack w/ Stemware, Ceiling or Wall Mount

January 27, 2012

This is a beautiful, rustic burgundy wine rack. This model can be mounted directly to the wall using a couple of L brackets or you can suspend it from the ceiling using a decorative chain (chain not included). It holds 6 bottles of wine. It also has 3 racks on the bottom to store your stemware, which can hold about 6 – 9 glasses.

This model has been painted and lacquered for a durable finish. There is also a felt lining on the front of the rack to protect the neck of the wine bottles. Decorative metal leaves were reclaimed from a local antique shop and used to spruce up this wine rack.

This rack measures approximately 2″ x 22″ x 10.5″ in size. It is made from birch plywood and oak and ash dowels. The decorative pieces are metal and rustic-looking. The stemware racks are aged chrome. Finally this wine rack contains 2 L brackets to attach to the wall. It is recommended to attach to a stud but dry wall screws would suffice.


Infant Boys Aviator Hat

February 23, 2011

Here is a little project that I came up with the other day.  I was asked to make a couple hats for charity auction.  These hats are going in a couple of baby shower gift baskets.  The following hat is a boys hat.  I was inspired by those old aviator hats with the earflaps and bill that folds up.  The pictures don’t depict it but I am going to add large wooden buttons to the bill to simulate goggles.  I am also going to give the pattern.  It is a pretty simple hat to do though.  And if you have any questions feel free to email me or leave a comment on this site.  Enjoy!


Infant Boys Aviator Hat

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Size Measurements: 0-6 months

Materials: Size “J” Crochet Hook

Worsted Weight Yarn (Med Cat 4) 2 colors, (MC, CC)

Pictured: Lion Brand Vanna White Choice yarn

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Marker



Row 1) Ch 3

Row 2) 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first hdc to join round, place marker (8hdc) *move marker to end of row at each round*

Row 3) 2hdc in each st around (DO NOT JOIN IN ROUND), move marker (16hdc)

Row 4) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from* around (24 hdc)

Row 5) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, repeat from* around (32 hdc)

Row 6) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, repeat from* around (40 hdc)

Row 7) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, repeat from* around (48 hdc)

Rows 8-13) hdc in each st around for 6 rows, place makers at sts 18, 41

Shape Earflaps

Row 1) Join yarn at first marker with sl st, ch 2, hdc 11 sts across, ch 2, turn (12hdc)
Row 2) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 8, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (10hdc)
Row 3) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 6, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (8hdc)
Row 4) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 4, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (6hdc)
Row 5) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 2, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (4hdc)
Row 6) hdc in each st (4hdc), ch 2, turn
Row 7) hdc in each st (4hdc), ch 2, turn
Row 8) hdc2tog twice (2hdc), fasten off
Join yarn at second marker with sl st. Repeat as above for 2nd flap.
Row 1) ch 13 using CC.
Rows 2-9) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across, ch 1, turn (12sc) fasten off
Attach the bill using CC with a sl st and 12 sc across, a tapestry needle could also be used
Sc around entire edge including earflaps
At the tips of the ears ch 19, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each st across (18 st), sl st to tip of earflap, continue edging. Fasten off. Weave ends in.
Optional: add buttons to bill to fasten it down.

The Trailer Park Song

February 22, 2011

I haven’t posted in a while.  Life has been kind of hectic.  I haven’t really had much time to make anything lately.  I just had a week in Washington DC talking to my representatives about health care reform.  It was a fun weekend though.  I will post my brother’s new mix that he made.  This is a link to his remix of the Trailer Park Song that he made using the T-Pain app for his iPhone.

The Trailer Park Song by my brothers.

Build with Yarn Contest

February 14, 2011

As many of my loyal readers know is that I love to crochet.  I am one of the few men in this world that do.  But something that you may not know about me is that I love the website Instructables.  This website is a “web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.”  I sincerely believe that today, with all the information that we have at our fingertips, there is nothing that we can’t do without a little research, and maybe some patience.

When I grew up and finally went to college, I had a hard time picking a career path because I like to do everything.  I was a Jack-of-all-trades and the Master-of-none, as the saying goes.  I also became more frustrated when my brother went to college for electrical engineering.  He grew up and you knew that electrical engineering was what he was going to do.  College was just another step towards reaching that goal.  With me it was a little more difficult.  I didn’t have that single niche that I could fall back on.  I took physics, phychology, math, english, literature courses and even got involved with forensics and speech and debate.  I loved doing all of them.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.  So then I decided that being a Jack-of-all-trades IS my niche. And I wanted to exploit that.  So now I believe that there is nothing that I can’t do, and I am willing to try anything.  This website is that avenue that I needed to document and show off what I have done. 

Instructables has contests periodically for the best instructable.  Finally, they have one that I can do.  This one is called the Build with Yarn Contest.  They are simply looking for the best structure that is build out of yarn.  You can crochet, knit, wrap in yarn.  The sky is the limit.  Check it out! There are only a few entries so you have a good chance of winning.

Infant Girl’s Sherpa

February 11, 2011

I have a hat that I created that, I believe, is the most comfortable and warmest hat that you will ever wear.  It is a crocheted Sherpa style hat that comes down over the ears and neck.  I then line the hat with fleece.  This is perfect for sporting events and tailgating in cold weather.  And if it is possible I try to use fleece that had your team’s logo on it.  Anyway, this hat is my best seller and most popular.  I decided to make one for the little ones of this world.  This hat is an infant girl’s Sherpa.  I made it for my daughter but she grew out of it before she could ever use it.  In fact, the picture below shows that the hat might be a little too small. 

Adult Sports Sherpa

February 10, 2011

Here is one of my best creations.  I call it the Sherpa.  I was inspired by the Sherpa (Tibetan for “eastern people,” from shar “east” + pa “people”)  which are an ethnic group of people from the mountainous regions located in the Himalayas.  They survive cold conditions every day, and many times you see them wearing bulky hats that come down over the ears.  They sometimes have tassles on the top and off the earflaps.

The following hats are sports-related.  I have taken team colors and incorporated them in the style of the hat.  Many of my customers have used these hats tailgating at football games, and claim that they are perfect for keeping their head warm and cozy.  I crochet the outside of the hat with the team colors, and then I line the hat with a fleece fabric.  This not only makes the hat super warm and wind resistant, but it also makes the hat very comfortable.  I can’t usually wear crocheted hats because they make my head itch, but the fleece lining makes it comfortable even for my baby soft skin.  Also, if you have a favorite professional or college team, I can line the hat with their licensed fleece making the hat that much more enjoyable. 

The following hats are hats that I have made for customers.  These hats are only $30 each.  If you would like to order a hat, just leave me a comment at the bottom of this page.  I will have a page located in the column to the right where you can order these hats coming soon!

The Sherpa

February 9, 2011

Here is one of my best creations.  I call it the Sherpa.  I was inspired by the Sherpa (Tibetan for “eastern people,” from shar “east” + pa “people”)  which are an ethnic group of people from the mountainous regions located in the Himalayas.  They survive cold conditions every day, and many times you see them wearing bulky hats that come down over the ears.  They sometimes have tassles on the top and off the earflaps.

The following hat is a one-of-a-kind hat.  The outside of the hat is made of wool yarn.  Also, I used a flannel shirt that I bought at a department store to line the inside of the hat.  This Sherpa is one of the warmest hats you will ever wear and is equally as comfortable. 

If you would like to order a Sherpa, send me a message on this page.  They cost $30.00 USD.  Coming soon! I will have a page on the right-side column that will direct you in future orders for hats like this.

Infant Girl’s Cloche Hat

February 9, 2011

Here is a cute hat that I made for my daughter.  It is a Cloche hat.  I don’t have a pattern for this hat but I could probably come up with something if there was demand for it.  Just let me know.

Girl’s Ball hat

February 8, 2011

The following hat is another hat that I made for my daughter.  It is actually made from bamboo yarn, which I thought was interesting, and surprisingly very soft and comfortable.  I don’t have a pattern for this hat but it is a very simple concept.  I just made an oversized beanie and added ball to the top.  The bottom of the hat just rolls right up.  It is super cute.  She doesn’t look too happy but she liked it a lot.

Kitchen Cabinets (Part 3)

February 7, 2011

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything on here.  I have been busy lately but a lot of the time I have still been making things.  I will post tomorrow a few more items that I have crocheted, including a free pattern.  I also have been working on a pair of cigar gloves.  I have found that there aren’t many CROCHET patterns for gloves.  There are plenty of mittens but, seriously, how many guys out there wear mittens (probably same ones that crochet and knit…HEY SHUT UP OUT, YOU DON’T KNOW ME!).  Anyway, I have also been dabbling in felting.  I am currently working on a hat that I will crochet out of Fisherman’s Wool and then felt it. 

Without further interruption here is the second installment of my kitchen cabinet makeover.  I finally finished painting the bottom cabinets.  All I have left to do is paint the doors, install the frosted glass in the top cabinets, and add the brushed nickel hardware.

It’s not the best photo but it gets the job done.  Now, you will notice that I didn’t paint the inside of the bottoms cabinets.  I tell you what…painting the insides of the uppers was a pain in the rear.  since I will not be putting glass in the lowers I felt that it wasn’t necessary to paint them.  The one on the far left is painted because it was bare plywood.  Just a few more steps and I will be done.