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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects 2015*not yet open* on: December 17, 2014 12:53:17 PM
Once again, we are having a craftalong for all to share whatever and how many projects you get done in 2015.  You can keep a list or not...you can post as you go...this is very flexible and meant for you to keep track and brag a bit about what you got done! Grin

You can even just keep track of your projects and totally ignore us out here, but I promise no one bites and we love to chat and give kudos, encouragement, ideas, etc.  It is quite addicting to come here and see all of the wonderful things!

There will be challenges and prizes as well....I am forgetful and busy, so some of you need to remind me when I forget to announce winners and give out prizes!!!  I will try to be better, but I say that each year with no success...

Talking about challenges...here is something to think about before 2015 hits us:

When did you first get into crafting?  Do you have a fond memory of one of the first things you ever made?  How did you feel about making something? Do you have any pictures of your project or of you at that time?

Post in January and you will get one bonus entry into the challenge for the month! Grin

I'll get the rest of this set up at the end of December!  See you guys in 2015

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2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Vintage Aprons 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!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New Respect for Blanket Makers: Coastal Ripple Afghan 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!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Keep those hands warm...denim-look fingerless mitts! 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!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ribbon Scarf to use up Bits of Leftover yarn on: December 08, 2014 07:01:27 AM
One of our new members, SpazzyBrat, posted her lovely crochet scarves in the Newbie Craftalong.

She had a link to a website with lots of lovely free crochet patterns and videos!

I decided to try one out, the Ribbon Scarf.  I was super easy to crochet, but the weaving part is a bit time-consuming.  I did it while watching umpteen episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Grin

I wanted to use up a few balls of scrap yarns, which is why the colors are a bit "odd".  I like it anyway and wore it to work.



Here is the link to the website if you want to make your own!
http://naztazia.com/index.html
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Just in case your fisherman did not have a good day.. on: December 07, 2014 04:59:07 PM
My partner's hubby in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas is a new fly fisherman.  I could not think what to make him for this swap...

My BIL has been fly fishing for years and made me some tiny little fishing flies...but it seemed, well, not enough...

So, just in case he did not catch anything, I made his his own rainbow trout!

It is drawn and painted on canvas using regular acrylic paint mixed with some fabric medium stuff I found at Joanns...sewn with my machine, stuffed, and then embellished with some distress ink and markers.

I hung it on a fishing line, but it could easily be mounted as a part of the faux taxidermy trend!



Here is her much better picture:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Let's get fancy! Stinking cute bow ties for the little guy! on: December 07, 2014 04:52:14 PM
My partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas has a little guy so she requested some bow ties for him...These were so much fun to make and just so cute! 

I sort of mixed a couple of tutorials I found on Pinterest to get the size for him.  I think bigger ones would be great for older boys, but really, a boy in a bow tie of any size is just going to be so darling anyway!

I used some leftover fabrics from children quilts and clip on earring backs that I found on clearance for nearly pennies!



I see more of these in the future, but I am going to wait and see what my partner says about them staying on...I sort of liked the tutorial that had the tie connected around the neck...anyone else have any experience with little man bow ties that could give me any advice? 

Close up that she took:
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T'is the Season for Holiday Mug Rugs! on: December 05, 2014 09:27:21 AM
I made this mug rug for my partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas...I have seen tree mug rugs all over the internet, so I knew it had to be pretty easy...it was!  I just used lots of scraps and the thing turned out to be the size I managed to cobble together because I was determined to use what I had on hand.



I sent it along with a couple of Japanese tea cups and matcha (green tea!):



I cheated the binding again (I hate binding quilts!)...Grin.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It's winter! Need long wrist warmers! Custom fitted to stay up! on: December 04, 2014 06:12:57 PM
My partner, rscowtown, wanted longer than normal fingerless gloves/wrist warmers in the OWS 109 swap.  I have seen longer ones, but they always seemed to bunch up or slide down, so I asked her to send me a couple of measurements and then I used my own arm as a guide to make these for her.

I have knit so many of these, so it was just a matter of figuring out where to decrease (wrist and top of glove) and where to increase (palm of hand area)...I started with 48 stitches on size 2.75mm needles, reduced to 40 by the time I got to the wrist, put in a thumb gussett to increase the palm area.
The upper pattern is from this pattern that I have also made free stitch pattern.  It is super easy and does not require cable needles...it is a mock cable!

I snagged some of rscowtown's fabulous pictures, but here it is on my arm:



Here is the shape of them--they look a bit odd not on an arm:






rscowtown said they fit a little snug on her arm, but they should loosen a bit...if not, she can scrunch them or regift them...I am sure I'll be making her another pair sometimes in the future swaps! Grin

Thanks for looking!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Coiled bowls make great gifts to hold holiday goodies! on: December 04, 2014 04:42:31 AM
Do you have friends who have "everything"?  

I find that a fabric bowl can easily be used by just about anybody....fill it with favorite foods, ornaments, dog treats...whatever you think the person would like...after the insides are eaten or put away, there is still the bowl!

I made one for my partner in the Mini 12 days of Christmas to hold favorite green tea snacks.  Her theme was blue and white...I think she can use it all year.

I wrapped it up in tissue paper, but you could use cellophane or even a gift bag...I bet you guys could come up with a lot of ways to fill these bowls with holiday goods!



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