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51 Facts and Lies We Learned from Reading Action Comics

One thing I always loved about reading older comics was checking out the ads and seeing the ridiculous products trying to be sold to people.  Another thing I loved, which was often featured in DC Comics’ books, was reading the little trivia tidbits sometimes found on a page or two of an issue.  Back then…

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How to Crochet an Improved Treble Crochet Foundation Chain

Treble crochet foundation chains aren’t very common.  In fact, before I created this tutorial, I had never actually seen it done.  After researching some tutorials, I realized that the reason why treble crochet foundation chains aren’t very common is probably because so many crocheters would be disappointed with the outcome. If you’re familiar with single…

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How to Treble Crochet

If you’re looking to create a quick and loose crochet project, treble crochet is the way to go.  Sometimes referred to as “triple crochet stitches,” treble crochet stitches are the tallest of the commonly-used crochet stitches, with the others–from shortest to tallest–being slip stitches, single crochet stitches, half-double crochet stitches, and double crochet stitches. When…

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How to Crochet a Double Crochet Foundation Chain using Two Methods

Chains are normally used to start off many crochet projects, including those consisting of double crochet stitches.  If you’re working with straight lines, foundation chains can be quite beneficial.  For those unfamiliar with the term, foundation chains basically incorporate the initial chain and the first row of stitches.  This saves the crocheter the time of…

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How to Double Crochet and Half Double Crochet

Double crochet and half double crochet stitches are very convenient.  Sometimes, you may not have the time to single crochet an entire scarf, but still want it to be semi-tight.  Maybe you just don’t have enough yarn.  In either event, double crochet and half double crochet stitches would work out in your favor. When dealing…

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How to Crochet a Single Crochet Foundation Chain using Two Methods

When you first learn how to single crochet, you would normally start off with a normal chain.  When you’re using bulky yarn, the normal chain may be the way to go, but if you can start with a single crochet foundation chain, you may prefer it over crocheting with a normal chain.  Single crochet foundation…

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How to Single Crochet with a Normal Chain

One of the most commonly-used stitches when crocheting is the single crochet stitch.  This stitch can be used to create a number of projects, including simple scarves.  Due to the fact that the stitch is so short, it allows your project to be tighter than it would if you used a double crochet stitch or…

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How to Crochet a Slip Stitch

While some crocheters may use slip stitches to add to the appearance of a project, they are more often used as helpful stitches.  Since they are so flat, slip stitches are commonly used for joining colors, joining two projects together, and ending rows.  When crocheting circles and other shapes where your row ends next to…

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How to Crochet a Chain with a Normal Slip Knot and an Adjustable Slip Knot

In most crochet tutorials, a normal slip knot is used to start a crochet project before beginning your chain.  Sometimes, however, it’s beneficial to use an adjustable slip knot, which incorporates the first chain stitch into it.  The adjustable slip knot allows you to tighten the beginning of your project–much like a magic circle.  This…

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How to Crochet a Slip Knot, Magic Circle, and Adjustable Slip Knot – Three Ways to Start Crocheting for Beginners

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s good to know a few different ways in which you can start a crochet project.  In the video below, you will learn how to create a regular slip knot, a magic circle, and an adjustable slip knot.  These methods are useful not…

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How to Crochet a Giant Mario Piranha Plant (featuring Pac-Man)

Unless you’re just looking to crochet Pac-Man, you will need red, green, and white yarn for this tutorial.  Exact colors are based on preference, so feel free to use whatever shades you’d like.  A 5mm crochet hook was used to create this tutorial, but again, it does not really matter what size you use.  Enjoy!…

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Commonly Confused Words: Contractions, Full-Form Words, and their Mistaken Counterparts

We see them every day on social media: ain’t, should of, there’s, your, etc.  What it so wrong about using these terms?  Find out in this video, where Samantha Goodheart covers false homophones and more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NX3BBdeqXE

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American English Basics: Types of Nouns and when to Capitalize Them

If you’re a writer, journalist, entrepreneur, or simply just somebody who uses American English in the written format, the video below will help you understand different types of nouns and when they should be capitalized.  It deals not only with the capitalization of words in titles, but also when you should capitalize names, ranks and…

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Commonly Confused Words: There, Their, and They’re

In this day and age, advances in technology have enabled us to sound smart by correcting our writings.  Why is it, then, that people still misuse simple words, such as homophones?  Could it be that we have gotten so used to computers doing everything for us that we have become lackadaisical with our language?  Perhaps…

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50% Off Sale at TheSamAntics.etsy.com

Within my Etsy shop, you will find hundreds of comic books for sale from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other comic book companies.  Since I also sell handmade items, I need to make some room for new projects, so for the entire month of March, you can receive 50% off of all orders of $25…

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How to Crochet a Quick Scarf with the Treble Crochet Stitch

It’s still pretty cold out (in some places), so here’s a tutorial for a scarf that will keep you warm without getting itchy.  Once you get the hang of it, it shouldn’t take you more than two hours to complete.  All you need is a skein of the Country Loom type of yarn from Loops…

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2014 Holiday Sale – November 16th – December 15th, 2014

It’s that time of year, so why not do some (or all) of your shopping online and see how you can save a ton of money at my shop, TheSamAntics.Etsy.com, by watching this video: http://youtu.be/EzfgZjQfkZw

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Comic Book Giveaway Contest: The Flash #263 (1978)

Five Copies of The Flash #263  (1978) to be Given to Five Separate Contestants http://youtu.be/5liCYsa73jY Contest Begins: November 3rd, 2014 Contest Ends: November 12th, 2014 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time

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25 Forgotten and Overlooked Places when Cleaning Your Home

With my boyfriend away for the week, one thing I’m looking forward to is being able to clean the house, but I don’t just mean vacuuming the carpets, using a Swiffer on the floor, and dusting off trophies.  Whether you want your house to look nice for guests, or you don’t want to breathe in…

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Recipe for Mini Oreo Cookie Cheesecake Muffin Cups

The title seems crazy–I know.  It’s really just cheesecake with Oreo cookies, baked in muffin cups.  The recipe I’m about to give to you can make about two dozen mini cheesecakes.  If you checked out my last post on how to make an Oreo cookie cheesecake, you’ll see that it’s almost the same; you’re just…

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Recipe for a Delicious Chocolate Lover’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake

This recipe is for two cheesecakes, so if you only want one, you can split the amounts in half. Non-edible items needed include: 2 nine-inch cake pans 1 blender 1 rolling pin (optional) 1 resealable bag (optional) Ingredients used include: 3 tablespoons of melted butter 13 ounces of cream cheese 1 cup of sugar 2…

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Quick and Easy Layered Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

The inspiration for this came from a Facebook post from a friend of mine, who shared a blog that gave a recipe for a delicious-looking deep dish cookie.  If I were you, I would definitely check that out–it looks amazing.  If you get to the supermarket before I do, let me know how it works…

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Commonly Confused Words: Singulars and Plurals

Whether you’re a writer, a student, a parent, or just somebody who lives in an area where others speak English, these are some words that you should know.  They are the most misused words I’ve come across in regards to the amount of each being used. Analysis/Analyses: Believe it or not, the plural form of…

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How to Crochet a Ripple Skirt

This is a pretty easy skirt to make and the best part is that the holes aren’t large, so you won’t be able to see through it.  To avoid making anyone feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, I’m not going to give specific numbers for sizes or anything like that.  Instead, I’m going to walk you through…

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10 Common Mistakes Even the Most Experienced Crocheter Can Make

When working on a crochet project–especially one that you have never done before–it’s very easy to make a mistake.  Here’s a list of mistakes that I and others have made while crocheting.  Hopefully, after reading this, you can learn to avoid them instead of making yourself go crazy. Not using the correct hook or yarn:…

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Valentine’s Day Tutorial: How to Crochet a Simple Flower

I’ve been seeing a lot of crocheted hearts around the internet, so to continue with the theme of Valentine’s Day without crocheting a bunch of hearts, I figured a flower pattern might be appropriate. If you’re looking to crochet a flower like the one displayed above, you can use a 5.00 mm crochet hook and…

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How to Crochet a Thin, Four-Sided Shell Scarf

Here’s a tutorial for a simple shell scarf I created using Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn.  The color I used is Stillness.  You can, of course, use whatever color you’d like.  I also used a 4.25 mm (G) crochet hook for this pattern. For this project, I needed two skeins of the yarn, but if…

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Dog Uses Treadmill to Exercise

Our dog loves going for a walk, but sometimes we can’t always do things the old-fashioned way–especially with all the snow that has fallen on the ground.  Instead of taking him outside, we decided to put him on the treadmill, which he seems to enjoy just the same. http://youtu.be/6CS7BoieOdA

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Dog Barks and Howls while Asleep

Just about every time he sleeps, my dog starts to make noises like he wants to bark.  This time, I caught him on camera barking and howling in his sleep, as you can hear in the video. http://youtu.be/G61Unf6iXiE

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How to Crochet a Simple Ripple Scarf

I wanted to make a scarf which would match the hat that I previously made a tutorial for, so here’s my latest tutorial for this scarf. Obviously, we’re going to use the same yarn that we used for the hat.  I used the Loops & Threads Impeccable Big! yarn, which allowed me to create a…

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How to Crochet a Simple Cloche-Style Hat

If you’re looking to make a different style of hat in just a few hours, here’s a simple tutorial for a cloche-style hat. For this project, I used the Earth color from the Loops & Threads Impeccable line.  Although I used the Impeccable Big! yarn, I’m fairly certain one normal skein of yarn will suffice. …

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Just Like Raw Cookie Dough

If you’re like me, you believe that the best way to bake chocolate chip cookies is to eat some of the cookie dough first–just because it’s that good.  You have to do it every time, even though your parents told you as you grew up that you would get sick from it.  Although you get…

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Dog Makes Creepy Faces in His Sleep

In the video below, you’ll find my dog, Buddy, again.  This time, he’s asleep.  When he’s dreaming, he tends to make creepy faces, as you can see.  Towards the end of the video, you’ll find me trying to move his pillow, but he won’t allow it. http://youtu.be/74aVGxfmOuY

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Movie Monday: Dog Makes a Mess Trying to Eat Peanut Butter

My dog, like many others, loves peanut butter.  His owners, on the other hand, love to put the peanut butter on parts of his face which he cannot reach with his tongue.  Don’t worry, he eventually gets it.  The whole process, however, is quite a sight to see. http://youtu.be/cAYtQQcCOLA

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How to Crochet a Square Multi-Color Scarf with One Skein of Yarn

The holiday season may be over, but who ever said you can’t wear red and green afterward? If you’re looking for a new scarf pattern for crocheting, you may want to check this one out.  The Red Heart brand of yarn makes a great style of yarn known as “Garden Print Soft Yarn.”  With yarns…

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