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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: December 17, 2014 11:23:05 AM
Here is what whitterp sent to me!

I asked for any home decor for the holidays, so she picked one of my favorites: Halloween!

I love this little bunting, so it will probably stay up all year!

The eye is my favorite, so since this is in my foyer, it feels like it is watching out for all of us! Grin

She also sent a lovely piece of art for my craftster art wall and a little felt heart for my collection.  Thank you so much for picking me!

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2  Refashioned Vintage Aprons in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alwaysinmyroom on: December 17, 2014 06:35:52 AM
A friend of mine and her sisters found several aprons while clearing out their deceased mother's house.  They decided to give each of the female grandkids an apron from their great-grandmother.  Some of the aprons needed attention.  I was asked to repair three of them.  Did I take "before" pictures? No....I was under a deadline and just forgot!

But here are the refashioned aprons anyway.

There were two striped ones that were very long and dowdy.  They had these weird buckrum straps that could not even be tied.
I cut off the bottom and used most of the fabric for the ties.  There was just enough for me to use the rest to trim up a the lined pockets---I mean, every apron needs pockets!  I made sure to line up the stripes at the top so they would not be a distraction to the eye. Grin

The third apron was a lovely organdy apron.  It had turquoise binding all around that was literally shredding away.  I had to carefully remove it all, took apart the entire apron and resew and reinforce each of the seams.  Since it was going to a tween, I decided to bind it with pink, which I had in my stash.  I did have to buy a bit of new fabric for the ties, but you can hardly tell!

I hope that all of the young ladies will have a fond remembrance of their great-grandmother each time they see or use their new aprons!

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: December 17, 2014 06:06:53 AM
I confess that I did not fill in the end ripples...I just continued around with single crochet as I like the ripple edge.  I also skipped the last color because I did not like it.  it seemed too bright for my taste. Grin

j_kievet...that is some marathon crafting you are going to have to do!!! WOW!

Some quickie last minute December projects:

Hat for hubby...too big so I am now looking for any head that will fit it!

Apron re-dos!  A friend asked me to refashion some vintage aprons from her mom so she could pass them on to her grandkids. I did three of them, two of the striped and the sheer organdy one (what a pain!):

Cut shorter and used hem fabric to make ties. Made pockets and trimmed them with hem fabric as well.

The old bias binding was crumbling.  It was turquoise and "blah".  Since it was going to a tween, I rebound it in pink, made new ties out of fresh fabric.

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: December 16, 2014 08:53:08 AM
Mio--I think the dark colors are perfect for winter...oh, I get it...you want happy colors for the dreary winter! Grin

Kookie--let hubby has his way!  Keep your cute snowman for him!

My own hubby is glad I am keeping the blanket that I crocheted.  Bushbaby gifted me with the yarn and pattern...Grin.

More details Here.

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5  New Respect for Blanket Makers: Coastal Ripple Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: December 16, 2014 08:40:24 AM
I have always admired people who could make such large crochet projects.  It seriously takes patience and perseverance! I, myself, have the attention span of a gnat, so I tend to make projects that are quick or have such complex patterns as to keep me interested.  I am not one for a lot of repetitious work!

A craftster friend of mine, bushbaby, gifted me with this beautiful blanket pattern and yarn from the UK.  I panicked because I was not sure I was going to be able to make it.  I did not want to let her down, and the pattern and yarn was just gorgeous...so, each night, I worked on it--sometimes only a few rows, and sometimes 20 rows or more at one sitting...

They say you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, so I just did a little at a time.  To my happy surprise, the dang thing was getting larger each day! Grin  In actuality, I completed it in about a month.

There are 15 different colors and 84 rows of crochet...phew, that made my head spin just typing that, and I know that many of you have made much larger blankets than this, but for me, it is the largest one I have made to-date (or maybe in my entire life!)...

I present my humble Coastal Ripple Afghan!

Close up ( can't even see my many mistakes--the pattern is very forgiving!):

Thanks for looking...I am keeping this one, as I am sure (well, not 100% sure!), that I will not be making another one this large anytime soon.

For all of you blanket makers...BRAVO!  My hat's off to you!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: December 15, 2014 08:52:51 AM
lol lindy--your donuts remind me of an ATC I made a few years back...I am going to see if I can find it...

They made me laugh...and get hungry! yum!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: December 14, 2014 08:16:04 PM
Is that a self striping yarn?  It does not look at all like the yarn for your stocking!  I love mottled hats like that...mmmm purple and black!

My last Mini 12 Days project, thankfully, was NOT blue and white! Grin

I made a holiday tablerunner...I believe it is about 5 feet long.

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8  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by alwaysinmyroom on: December 14, 2014 11:42:27 AM
Well, I did not do great in quilting this year!  Most of my projects were either quilt blocks or something from yarn!

Here is my only other FINISHED quilt project--a table runner!  It was for a swap, so once again, I have made no quilted anything for me... Grin.  I think I ended with 4 little quilted projects this year...next year, maybe? Grin

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9  Keep those hands warm...denim-look fingerless mitts! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: December 12, 2014 10:37:51 AM
Seems like all of my swap partners lately have some sort of fingerless mitts on their "wish lists".

Here is the pair I made for stellato_escuro.  The yarn is called Hawthorne by knitpicks.  It is a fingering yarn that is soft and springy. The colors sort of remind me of denim and worn denim, so I thought it would be versatile for my partner.

I just used a basic pattern, letting the yarn do all the work.  I like mitts with a fitted thumbhole, which are a lot easier than one would think.

My next pair is being made for a lindyv321, a fellow craftster buddy!
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: December 12, 2014 05:59:32 AM
yoopidou---what a wonderful gesture to share your baked good with others!  I know the musicians would be very appreciative of any leftovers...you will just have to bake more for your hubby!

Mio--that is an outrageous number of squares!!!

I wanted to show off a clock drum set that my brother made for my hubby.  It is made of ornaments from the dollar store, soda cans, toothpicks, cardboard, and paint. ha ha He is cut from the same crafting cloth as me! Grin

My partner opened three more gifts from the Mini 12 days of Christmas (only one more day to go!)

Fingerless mitts:


Kimono art:
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