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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dr Who Scarf on: July 19, 2016 06:05:09 PM

Modeled by Dog, indoors, because we have a week of heat advisories and there's no way I'm going outside unless I have to, and certainly not wrapping myself up in 10' of scarf!

Laid out on the chair.  I know there are a lot of iterations of this scarf, that he wore different ones on different seasons, but this one is from the Dr Who Pattern Book (thank you, Interlibrary Loan program!).  I'm not sure why I picked this one (although the fewer stitches were nice, I do like purple and would have been happy with that addition) and I'm really, really, really not sure why I didn't weave in the ends as I went...

I thought the knitting would never end...

But it did, and I will never ever ever do that again. 

Unless I make one with the purple.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon Zill Pouch (with pattern) on: June 29, 2016 05:56:14 PM

Many, many moons ago I participated in a One Tiny Monster Swap, and I made up a little guy on the fly.  I didn't write down the pattern, but once I was done, he was so cute I wanted one!  So I went about trying to re-create the pattern, and over the course of making three more, I came up with something that was about the same as the original...

And they were cute, but just little stuffies, and then... and then someone had the idea (I'm not going to say it was me, I honestly can't remember) that if you stored your zills in the bottom, it would 1) solve the issue of him not wanting to stand up without a weighted bottom and 2) give him a function.  So the task was set... make it a zill case!

There was one small problem... I had originally crocheted the dragon from the bottom up...

...allowing me to take "in progress" stuffing pictures of them impersonating Albert Einstein...

...but when I crochet in joined rounds, my work twists dramatically, and lining up the head with the zipper opening was problematic.  I still have one not-really finished one with a terribly off-centered zipper.  Sad

Back to the drawing board, and re-writing the pattern from the top down.  This doesn't effect it if you don't want to add a zipper, but it makes the lining up of the zipper opening way easier.

Here's some detail pics on how the zipper looks:

And at one point I also added some spikes down the back...

Sometimes I add them, sometimes I don't.  They don't show up well on the really super-fuzzy yarn.

And then I just... made more.  And more.  And more.

And just the other night I finished another super-fuzzy one I started a year and a half ago, because I was TIRED of making them... and had been putting it off... (I think I still have one part-made, I may just make him an ami, it's the sewing in the zipper that's the hard part!).

And here's the pattern...

Little Dragon (Zill Case)

(I originally worked this pattern from the bottom up, but because my work tends to twist as I work in rounds, I re-wrote it to be top-down when I converted it to a zill case so the zipper is properly aligned.)

Suggested Materials:
Sz 7 (4.5 mm) hook
Worsted Weight yarn for body
Fluffy boucle yarn for wings

Gauge doesnt really matter, you can make it larger or smaller based on zill size (if youre making a pouch) or desired stuffie size.

Join all rounds with a slip stitch and a ch1
SC = single crochet
INC = increase (work 2 SC in the next stitch from previous round)
DEC = decrease, SC two stitches from previous round together)

Top-down zill case, main body:

Rnd 1 sc 9 in Magic Ring (9 st)
Rnd 2 - inc around (18 st)
Rnd 3 sc around (18 st)
Rnd 4 sc around (18 st)
Rnd 5 sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 2, [sc, inc] x 2, sc in next 5 st (22 st)
Rnd 6 sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 3, [sc, inc] x 3, sc in next 5 st (28 st)
Rnd 7 sc in next 12 st, inc, sc in next 2 st, inc, sc in next 12 st (30 st)
Rnd 8 sc in next 18 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 6 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 18 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 9 - sc in next 25 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 20 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 25 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 10 sc in next 4 st, dec, [2sc, dec] x 5, sc in next 4 st (24 st)
Rnd 11 sc in next 6 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 6 st (20 st)

*you may want to add the eyes now if youre using safety eyes, its a little easier before the neck (but It can be done at the break for the zipper as well).*

Rnd 12 - sc in next 4 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 4 st (16 st)
Rnd 13 sc in next 7 st, dec, sc in next 7 st (15 st)
Rnd 14 [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 3 (18 st)
Rnd 15 [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 6 (24 st)
Rnd 16 sc around (24 st)
Rnd 17 [sc in next 3 st, in] x 6 (30 st)
Rnd 18 sc around (30 st)
Rnd 19 [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 6 (36 st)
Rnd 20 sc around (36 st)
Rnd 21 sc around (36 st)

** If adding a zipper, stop here!  Finish off and work in tail, then skip to bottom. If not, attach the eyes if you havent already and stuff head and neck firmly. **

Rnd 22 sc around (36 st)
Rnd 23 [sc in next 2 st, dec] x 9 (27 st)
Rnd 24 sc around (27 st)
Rnd 25 [sc, dec] x 9 (18 st)

*Stuff firmly also note that if youre not using it as a zill holder, the little dragon will be wobbly and wont stand up on his own without a weighted bottom. *

Rnd 26 [sc, dec] x 6 (12 st)
Rnd 27 dec around (6 st)

Tie off and pull tail through last 6 stitches to tighten.

Dragon Zill Case Bottom section (crocheted from the bottom up)

Rnd 1 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2 inc around (12 st)
Rnd 3 [sc, inc] x 6 (18 sc)
Rnd 4 [sc, inc] x 9 (27 sc)
Rnd 5 sc around (27 st)
Rnd 6 [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 9 (36 st)
Rnd 7 sc around (36 st)

*Now, lay your zipper around the edge of the bottom piece.  Youre going to TURN and work sc across the back gap where the zipper doesnt meet, then TURN and add another row of sc.  I usually do about 7 stitches, but you zipper size and gauge may vary.  Finish off and leave a tail to sew the bottom 7 (or whatever) stitches to the top*

You will need to cut a piece of felt/fabric and sew it to the bottom of the body, just above the zipper, to hold the fiber-fill in.

Ears (make 2)

Rnd 1 sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 inc around (6 st)
Rnd 3 sc around (6 st)
Rnd 4 sc around (6 st)

*Fold in half, sew to top of head (see picture for approximate placement)*

Spines (optional)

Small top spine:

Rnd 1 sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 sc around (6 st)

Large spine:

Rnd 1 sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 sc around (6 st)

Extra large spine (optional, I usually stick with just a small and 2-3 large):

Rnd 1 sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 sc around (6 st)

Wings (make 2)

Ch 11
Row 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, dc, tc, dc, sc, sl st, sc, dc, tc, turn and ch 1
Row 2 dc, sc, sl st, sl st, sl st, sc, dc, sc, sl st, sl st, turn and work 2 more sl st around tip of wing, then sl st along top edge of wing.  Finish off, leave a long tail to sew to body.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Baking Cookies in your Car... on: June 15, 2016 05:38:34 PM
Yes, tons of people have done this, but I'm gunning for the "Community" bonus points in the Summer Nerd Games (come play, you haven't even missed anything this round!). So. Hot day. Car. Cookies. Baking!

Cut to the chase, yes, yes, it did work!

I started with store-bought cookies dough, because I was lazy.  For this reason, I can't say if the flavor/texture was the same as if baked in an oven, or close, because I haven't used refrigerated cookie dough for anything but eating raw since... ever.  They were slightly chewy and yet a little crumbly.  I also regret, in a way, not springing for the $8 oven thermometer, so I can only guess at the temperature in the car.

Starting (the minifig is because the picture was for my #beaunicorn posts on instagram!):

Maybe I should have flattened them?

Anyway, at 10am the outside temperature was 87*F and inside... my guess is "tin roof on an intermittently cloudy day".  Melting has begun:

Noonish, the temperature outside has risen to 94*F and the bad news is that they've lowered to expected high from 99*F to 96*F - just one degree above the necessary temperature, so the internet tells me.  Still, full sun, so I'm thinking inside the car is "sixth circle of Hades" hot:

2 pm and it's actually gotten up to 96*F, definite firming going on.  Temperature inside the car upgraded to "who opened the door to the blast furnace?!":

And, finally, at 4pm it was 98*F out and the inside of the car, I can confirm, was Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Face-Meltingly Hot.  And I do think they were sufficiently cooked.  If they weren't, well, I also ate about six cookies worth of raw dough, so... *shrugs*.  If I were to do it again I might do smaller cookies and flatten them to begin with, but it was a fun experiment!

Oh, and my car was only mildly cookie-scented at the end of the day, but there were also only the six cookies, so...
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Three Tiny Movie Things Round 5 Gallery on: May 15, 2016 07:26:06 AM
Three Tiny Movie Things Gallery!

smeddley <=> IsikkahJai
roler <=> DaphadillyArt
Mellius01  <=> fatewineroses
puzzled-penguin <=> Alliekat914
Helena Puck <=> spikefan

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5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Butterfly Hoop, Crayon and Watercolor on: March 29, 2016 07:07:31 PM

So, I made this for the Nerd Games, and it came about because I found some fabric crayons on super-sale at Target.  I'd wanted to try them out, but with the ever-increasing stash in my house, I had put it off.  But since it was on *sale*... well, I had to go for it.

Now, I'd read about these, and on some blogs people said that regular crayons work just as well... but, as I found out, not in the same way.  I could have saved myself the trouble, but of course I tried iron transfering regular crayons, which worked not at all. 

And, to be fair, I wasn't hugely thrilled with the result of the fabric crayons...

This was the crayons on cotton, and I do admit maybe I didn't color in the paper enough.  But the directions also say it works far better on synthetic fabrics...

And it does.  But pressing harder also gets you those chunky bits, which they say to brush away, but, come on - remember trying to "dust off" crayon drawings as a ... well, maybe kid, maybe from last night, no judgement here!.  They stick and then... yeah, splotchy.

So I re-read some of the comments and what most people do (duh!) is color directly on the fabric.  Works a treat!  They heat set and say it will survive washings, but as this is a hoop it's not a huge concern for me.  I've admired crayon tinted work before, and I can't believe I didn't think of that straight away.

Then I thought it was boring with a white background and watercolored it, which is tons more vibrant than the crayon, sooo...

Anyway, it was a neat experiment.  Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Three Tiny Movie Things Round 5 (SU Closed, SO 5/18) on: March 23, 2016 04:14:22 PM

Swap name: Three Tiny Movie Things
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: March 23-April 4
Date to send item by: May 11 (slightly long so people can get a hold of movies and watch them!) EXTENDED TO MAY 18TH!

Links to previous rounds, for reference:

Round one,  Gallery
Round two, Gallery
Round three, Gallery
Round four, Gallery

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

The fine print...
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Enjoy movies? Than this is the swap for you! We'll be crafting three tiny movie things for our partners, based on a list they will supply of their 5 favorite/most artistically inspiring films! Easy as pie.  Or rather, cake.  I find pie much more difficult!

There's a fairly long crafting time - over a month! I figure people might need that time to find the movies, or, if you're like me and rely on the library to get your movies for free, sometimes there are holds.  If it is impossible for you to rent/borrow the movies on your partner's list, you can request substitute titles (though, if you're like me, it's unlikely the list is actually only 5 movies long, because you couldn't narrow it down).

A tiny thing is anything that fits into the dimension 4" by 4" by 4". It is a small space to work with, but please let your mind wander and feel free to go as crazy as you like!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval:

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What sort of crafts do you dabble in?

Any specific crafts you'd like to receive?

Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Please list you 5 Favorite/Artistically Inspiring/Guilty Pleasure Films here:

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?

Anything else youd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


01. smeddley
02. roler
03. Mellius01  
04. puzzled-penguin
05. IsikkahJai
06. Alliekat914
07. DaphadillyArt
08. Helena Puck
09. spikefan
10. fatewineroses

smeddley <=> IsikkahJai
roler <=> DaphadillyArt
Mellius01  <=> fatewineroses
puzzled-penguin <=> Alliekat914
Helena Puck <=> spikefan

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Three Tiny Movie Things Round... ? on: March 10, 2016 08:39:33 AM

(Mega Piranha Pouch made for me by stove037 way back in round 3 - I use it to hold my jump drives in my purse!)

Anyone interested in another round? It's been awhile, and I'm always looking to watch some new, interesting movies. I've found a lot of them (especially foreign language films) I really enjoyed that I wouldn't have otherwise probably found!

It's a smallish swap, it will have a fairly long crafting period because you might need to find/watch movies (I get mine from my library, sometimes there's a hold list... I'm one of the few last streaming service hold-outs!).  Your partner will provide a list of at least ten movies they like, and you make three tiny (4" cubed or less) things.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 50 Shades of Merph ATC book on: February 28, 2016 02:33:11 PM

Okay, a little bit of background... I'd been watching a bunch of those "Cheap Art Supply Challenge" videos, and wanted to challenge my friend to it (we did it together as mixed media, and it was fun, I highly encourage it!).  But in doing so, I would have to find something I could draw at least a few times the same for comparison.  Enter the ATCs I was doing for Operation Beautiful with little monsters on them!  I picked the easiest to draw monster I'd sketched, and christened him "Merph".

And began digging through my stuff and buying various levels of art supplies I needed (and borrowing quite a few!).  Then I made a cute little book called "Faces of Merph" and showed it to my husband, who said he was surprised I hadn't called it "50 Shades of Merph" and I said that I didn't have 50 but doggone it, now that he mentioned it I had to do it.  Grrrr...

Then the hunt for different art supplies began in earnest, and I realize I DO NOT know how to use some of these supplies, and they're not great, but it was fun playing around with them!

Let's start of on a good foot - colored pencils!  I am actually decent at colored pencils, having the most practice with them (I left off crayons early and even a a young child preferred colored pencils):

Left to right: Prismacolor Pencils, Cra-Z-Art Pencils, Crayola Pencils.
My thoughts: I'm not hugely disappointed in any of them.  Yes, the Cra-Z-Art pencils are much lighter and more pastel, but you can still make pretty art with them and hey, they are dirt cheap.  I ADORE Crayola pencils, I'll be honest, and even though they're not as "good" as Prismacolor, I prefer them for a lot of things (they are harder and hold a point better).  The only disappointment is that the "Big" box of 100 Crayola pencils only has 60 colors.


Upper left: "Color Appeel" (they're like china markers, my friend bought them for me), Upper middle: Crayola, Upper right: Cra-Z-Art, Lower left: Faber Castel Gel, Lower middle: Melted Crayola, Lower right: Melted Cra-Z-Art
My thoughts: Crayola wins this so hands down, and while they are slightly more expensive than Cra-Z-Art, I think it's worth it.  The ridiculously priced FC gel crayons were super annoying, and the Color Appeel ones were meh.  The melted crayon thing was something I'd seen on YouTube, but one thing they don't tell you is the amount of clear wax that spreads from the melted crayon.  Much less in the Crayola than the Cra-Z-Art, but still there, and probably not a method I'll use again.

Markers!  Full disclosure, I am BAD at arting with markers.  Just so we know that.  Not my thing, I've had very little practice, and I know there are issues...

Upper left: Prismacolor, Upper middle: Crayola, Upper right: Copic, Lower left: Sharpie, Lower middle: Cra-Z-Art, Lower right: Copics take 2
My thoughts: First, I did buy smaller Crayola and Cra-Z-Art markers, so filling in was difficult.  That's on me for not getting the bigger markers, but in my defense, I figured the fine line markers would be more useful later.  Also, I didn't have brown sharpie, so... that's a little odd looking.  In general, I'm not a huge fan of markers and the Prismacolors give me horrid headaches.  I can see why people like Copics, and on the right paper (oh, this is going to be a theme!) they are probably the best in the hands of people experience with markers.

More markers and pens!

Upper left: Sharpie on Yupo paper, Upper middle:: highlighters, Upper right: Felt-tipped pen, Lower left: Felt-tipped pen as pointalism, Lower middle: Cra-Z-Art Markers as Watercolors, Lower left: Watercolor markers
My thoughts: On my giddy aunt, using markers as watercolors is BRILLIANT.  Thank you, Youtube!  Yes, just scribble a cheap marker on a tile or acrylic block, then use water and paint like watercolor!  So cool, and the colors blend beautifully.  Seriously, do it.  Also, Yupo paper is bizarre, but cool (and still no brown sharpie).  Highlighters are a good addition to your marker repertoire.  Pointalism is fiddly, but kind of fun.

Super Cheap supplies!

This is a $2 set from Michael's.  It's... frankly, awful.  Really, really bad.  That actually doesn't mean you can't do something decent with it, AS LONG as you don't use that paper.  It's tissue-paper thin.  Worse than typing paper.  This is where we came to the conclusion (though we'd really rather known it) that you can work around not having the priciest supplies, as long as you had decent (and appropriate!) paper.  Don't use watercolor paper for a marker drawing, and cardstock is horrible for watercolor.  That sort of thing.  And I kinda like the mid-range supplies the best, for one important reason: variety.  I mentioned I'm not a great artist, and color blending isn't my thing.  But in a $5 tray of Artist's Loft watercolors, there is every color I'd want - unlike the $30 tray of Winsor-Newton which had something like 12 colors I should be able to blend, but doesn't have pink and I can't, for the life of me, properly blend a pink.  Grrr.  Anyway, on to the mixed media challenge:

Upper left: Super cheap (sans crayon!) on better paper, Upper right: All the Super Cheap on Super Cheap paper, Lower left: Mid-range, Lower Right: Expensive
My thoughts: the super cheap was, indeed, super-cheap.  The watercolors were chalky and hard to work with, and the pencils had little color.  The expensive supplies were lovely to work with, and they are better in a lot of ways - except the fact that, to get all the bits, it would break the bank.  If I were a serious artist, yes, I'd invest.  But I think the mid-range is pretty darn good!

"Mid-range" supplies: Strathmore paper, Artist's Loft watercolor, Crayola colored pencils and markers.
"Expensive" supplies: Arches Aquarelle watercolor paper, Grumbacher watercolors, Prismacolor colored pencils, and Copic markers.

Watercolors, Gelato, and Gouache

Upper left: Cra-Z-Art, Upper middle: Artist's Loft, Upper right: Winsor-Newton, Bottom left: Gouache, bottom right: Gelatto
My thoughts: I'm sorry, Winsor-Newton, you are amazing watercolors, I let you down.  You are great to work with, but I need about 20 more shades.  Artist's Loft, I love you.  You are pretty cheap and decent and I can work with that.  Cra-Z-Art, um... it's not you, it's me...  Gouache is a fun paint, a cross between acrylic and watercolor, I think?  I don't really see why you'd need it, but this was another cheapish Artist's Loft set and it's fun.  Gelato sticks are, I think made for using on stamps?  But they're water soluble, so I thought I'd use them for this and I rather liked it (it was a lot like using watercolor crayons).  Speaking of...


Upper left: Gel pens, Upper middle: Oil pastels, Upper right: Super Cheap Oil pastels (from the $2 kit), Lower left: Watecolor crayons, Lower middle: Chalk, Lower Right: Soft Pastels
My thoughts: Wow, I don't know how to use either oil or soft pastels.  And super-cheap is still super-awful.  The $1 sidewalk chalk pack turned out better than I thought it would!  And I ADORE gel pens, though it's hard to fill in with them.

Watercolor pencils:

Left to right: Derwent, Fantasia, Creativecolor
My thoughts: I don't know how much the Fantasia set cost, it was gifted to me (I really should have bought some Crayola watercolor pencils, but I'm already hip-deep in art supplies here!).  I think most of the difference was in my impatience and getting tired of doing these... (these were some of the last ones I did).  

Digital art (full disclosure: these were done by my husband on his drawing tablet!)

He made me do 50 different Merphs, so he had to help.  He's a much better artist than I and did these on his Waicom tablet thingee using I think Manga Studio?  I'm at a bad effects in Photoshop for Livejournal icons level as far as digital art goes, so....

Alcohol inks and dry erase:

These are prints of photos, because the alcohol ink page was larger and the dry erase board is in the stairwell of my office.  Oh yes, I inflict my bad art on my coworkers to inform them of things like Shark Week, the Pluto Fly-By, and Merph's thoughts on our unseasonably warm weather.


Left: Regular Acrylics, Right: Fluid Acrylics
My thoughts: Man, a lot of my cheapie acrylics are really too thick, and I'm not as good at these as I thought.  Fluid acrylics are awesome, though everything was drying super-fast and I didn't pick the best paper (I know, I know!) to put enough water down.  They are more translucent, though.

Various and sundry (look, I had to think up 50!)

Upper left: faux slide, Upper right: Coffee, Lower left: pencil, Lower right: pen on an envelope.
My thoughts: I love making faux slides, it's fun!  Coffee painting is harder than I thought by the effect is fun.  Pencils and pens are, predictably, perfectly fine.  The paper the pen one was drawn on was actually the inside of a security envelope, which actually spawned a whole other project... that old "Face of Merph" cover won't go to waste!

Then I cut out all the pages out of old scrapbook paper and slipped the ATCs inside, using rings to bind it.

And if you made it this far, you deserve a cookie!  It was a fun experiment, but I need a Merph-cation for at least a week...  Cheesy

Ahem... eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed there were only 49 in the original post.  I think I was trying to protect my self-respect by forgetting about the... oil painting.  Now, oil painting is different than other painting, and I know I don't know how to do it.  I also know I didn't have the stuff to clean my brushes so just used one cheap throw-away brush.  I've watched videos and I love the *idea* of oil painting, but I seriously need some instruction.  So, yeah, you were warned....

Oil painting Merph... (poor Merph)...

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirt Hobo style bag on: February 22, 2016 05:24:34 PM

My friend asked me to make her a bag out of a T-shirt from an event the local chapter of the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) had, and I heavily borrowed from the most awesome shopping bag tutorial ever to make it.

The changes I made:
I lengthened the straps, so it would go over the shoulder.
I didn't do the folded in edges.
And I did corner folds in the bottom so it had a flat bottom.
Added a closure mechanism.

My favorite part is the little airplane button and loop closure:

It's not perfect, and there are things I'd do differently next time (including NEVER working with t-shirt material without a stabilizer again - I was in a hurry, didn't have any) but she seemed happy with it!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Box Braid Tug Toys on: February 22, 2016 05:16:17 PM

We recently adopted a much larger dog after losing our beloved 17-year old, 25 pound Blue Heeler mix, and while people scoff when I say that a 50 pound dog is big, it really is to us!  And a big dog needs bigger, tougher toys, because she loves to TUG.  I knew what I wanted to get, but couldn't find a decent-sized one anywhere.  DIY to the rescue!

I followed this tutorial that I found, and they really are very simple!  Fiddly, and time consuming, but simple enough once you get the pattern down.

I made them with three different size strips, 2" on the one with the loop, 3" and the recommended 4".  Unfortunately, she tends to grab the loop end of the loop, so I'm working on a design that has loops on both ends because my hands are sore from trying to grip the knots.  I think I have an idea that will work, I just need some longer pieces of fleece (these were scraps that were given to me, so it was a free project, even!).
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