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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: March 03, 2014 06:42:00 PM
Hey guys! MissingWillow and I did a private swap- I wanted some fleece, and she needed a cowl for her husband. My fleece came today, here it is!

It's a giant box of raw fleece, and I'm thrilled! Thanks, MissingWillow!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 18, 2014 09:55:00 AM
So my list has making a scarf using the scarf loom I built...... but then a super awesome lady in my spinning and weaving guild kindly offered to let me borrow her table loom. I had a blast using it, so here is my woven scarf that was actually woven on a legit loom! This is my January challenge entry for new craft.

I made it a post over on the weaving board. There's lots more pics there, if anyone's interested:

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3  First ever weaving project- pic heavy in Weaving: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: January 18, 2014 09:51:28 AM
Hey gang! A very good friend of mine let me borrow a table loom and her warping board. I'd never used either before, but with YouTube and some willpower, I figured it out. This is my first ever attempt at weaving anything at all. I made a scarf using some yarn I spun up over the Christmas break (I dyed the yarn with food coloring). I really love how this turned out, and I'm officially addicted to weaving!

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 05, 2014 03:26:16 PM
Thanks for the tutorial, Ffrog! Looking forward to trying it.

I have baby lovey on my list, but I've decided I'm not a big fan of lovies (more power to you if you like 'em, though). I decided on a blanket, instead.

I am about to SSSSSLLLLLLOOOOOOWW WWW DDDDOOOOWWWWWNNNNNN on my crafting, though- I teach, and break ends today! Back to school tomorrow.
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5  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 03, 2014 08:09:27 PM
I have two pages to share today. Bear with me, please; I'm not much of an artist, but I do so love to color!
The first one is from Sarah Whitmire's Soul Journaling prompts. She talks about creating a 'soul armor'. You find an interesting picture of armor, then write words all over that are things you need to feel creative and silence the critics (including yourself as critic). I thought it was a really cool thing to do. I wish you could see the words I wrote better, but that's okay. In any leftover space, I repeatedly wrote "shake the haters off" (and I was singing it in my head the whole time, too Wink).

The second photo is of today's effort. I've been doing a lot of thinking about hope and faith; how they work together and how both are pretty much necessary for each to survive. I wasn't thinking of faith in terms of religion, but about faith in myself and the world around me. I wrote about each of them on their own page, then used glitter glue to highlight some important phrases (balanced, just let go, faith in myself, I'm on the right path).

I know they're not that pretty, I'm not much of an artist. I just really wanted to share!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 01, 2014 05:38:15 PM
I've got two things finished- it sounds like more effort than it took. I threw my back out on my spinning wheel a couple of days ago (yes, that actually happens- that's what happens when you spin for 11 hours straight! Wink) so I don't have anything else to do right now.

First of all, I made a very primitive scarf loom.

The pick is how I play with the yarn's arrangement as I'm weaving. It stretches almost the length of my craft room (please ignore the busted furniture on which it currently resides):

I also started and completed today an easy cuffed cape:

It took me Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 and 2, Silver Linings Playbook, and one episode of Oddities to get it done. It was a very easy pattern.
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: December 27, 2013 11:59:57 AM
Welp, I'm in. I fizzled out pretty quickly the last time I tried this- I can't remember if it was last year or the year before- but to be fair, I was working on my M.Ed. Now that it's out of the way, I have time for crafts!

I think I got everything.....

1. Crochet rug
2. Build a simple scarf loom

3. Use said loom to make a scarf

4. Create closet organization system from coathangers and plastic bags
5. Spin up some silk!
6. Finish processing the Vida Bela fiber
7. Make a cardigan
8. Knit something
9. Learn to make socks. Legit socks.
10. Paint/finish spinning wheel
11. Paint back porch bench
12. Turn back porch into creative living space
13. Make some kolaches
14. Make a keep off the dirigible plums sign for the backyard flower bed
15. Spin up that cotton I got from the guild
16. Dye with food coloring again (this time, with the intent to NOT have saturated colors)
17. Create blinds for back porch (probably using rope and a GIANT crochet hook)
18. Make a chemise for pioneer stuff
19. Make a vest for pioneer stuff
20. Dye cotton yarn
21. Learn to hand paint yarn without the colors running too badly.
22. Throw pillows for bedroom
23. Curtains for bedroom
24. Create and keep an art/soul journal. Be honest in all entries.
25. Shear some sheep! Help with shearing/processing at Vida Bela.
26. Learn to knit something complicated.
27. Create and write out a crochet pattern.
28. Dye yarn/fiber using natural dyes
29. Create some ink using natural dyes
30. Make and enjoy some zucchini noodles
31. Create a healthy snack food that I can eat easily and regularly.
32. Make a granny square poncho like J. Los in The Cell
33. Crochet seat covers for my car.
34. Crayon candles
35. Creative craft room clock
36. Christmas ornaments- various crafts
37. Crochet flower shawl
38. Try art yarn.
39. Some kind of cute mobile/hangy down thing
40. Anne of Cleves costume- Ren Fest
41. Sir Thomas More costume- Ren Fest
42. Felted something (but Im thinking slippers)
43. Pallet bench
44. Throw blanket for library
45. Cute pots for potted plants- paint/mosaic/whatevs
46. Refinish magazine rack
47. Refinish end table
48. Baby lovey for baby Vance

49. Some sort of mixed media art
50. Maxi dress
51. Crochet a cuffed cape for me

52. Crochet blankets for Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas
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8  Circus yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: December 26, 2013 09:15:02 AM
Hey gang!
We usually do our family Christmas the weekend before the actual holiday, so my Christmas eve and Christmas day were open. I used this time to dye some roving and then spin it up! It was the first time I used food coloring to dye, and the first time I dyed roving (I've dyed finished yarn before, though). It was easier than I thought! My folks gave us a turkey fryer setup specifically so that I could dye outside (vinegar smells gross, y'all). I spent the day of the 24th dyeing, then Christmas day was spinning day.

Here's what I came up with. I call it circus:

I wish, I wish, I WISH I had a loom, I'd love to see it woven up into something beautiful. I'm thinking of knitting something using small needles and a garter stitch to simulate a woven look. I'm also kicking around the idea of going to Lowe's and getting materials to build a scarf loom on my own. We shall see!

Another shot, this time on the niddy noddy-

I don't actually know what kind of fiber it is. I got a new wheel last month, and this came with as a freebie. It showed up in a giant bag marked 'domestic wool'. Since it doesn't feel fancy, I figured it was an ideal type to play around with.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome! I'm still getting used to this spinning thing!
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9  Wire Bonsai Tree in Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: December 23, 2013 08:33:13 PM
I didn't know what to get handsome hubby for Christmas. Last year, I got him a live Bonsai tree. This year, he needs a replacement for it  Wink. I decided to try my hand at a wire bonsai tree, based on the tutorial I found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335045.0#axzz2oMaQVARW.

This is how it came out:

And here is my lone in-progress pic:

I couldn't figure out a way to wrap it, so I just gave it to him early. Luckily, he loves it! It's made from floral wire, seed beeds, foam, and river rocks.
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10  Re: WWP 46 Yule Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: December 16, 2013 02:55:44 PM
Eek! I received from DragonChilde today, and everything is lovely!

Here's all my goodies, wrapped up nice and neat-

The first thing I opened was the tube. It contained a reversible tarot bag! It's perfect for both me and my deck! Side one has the moon phases (the moon and I are close, personal friends):

The second side has lovely embroidered tree:

The small, squatty package contained a cute decorated jar of chai miel (like a chai base you add to milk or apple juice, with a ton of super healing herbs in it)!

The third package was this simply lovely dream catcher. This is important to me in many ways, and I love how this one came out! It is strung with protective stones.

Lastly, here's my card and a little pocket with the recipe for the chai miel:

Thanks so much, Becca! You were a wonderful swap partner and I just love everything!
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