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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vintage Lotus Pattern Scarf on: August 23, 2014 05:21:48 PM
I was looking for a sort of Queen Anne's Lace pattern when I came across this pattern in my search.  Of course, I can't find the printed out pattern that I used right now, but it had instructions and a chart.  The chart was very helpful because I sort of got lost in the instructions.  I also believe there are little video clips in the instructions to help you.

I love this scarf!  I tried making it with a lighter weight yarn, but the leaves kept flopping...and the pattern gets lost easily with fluffy or variegated yarns.  The yarn I used is a washable worsted wool in a tonal colorway.  I can't wait for colder weather to wear it.

It is about six feet long so that it can cascade down the front to show off the lotus leaves.


Closeup to show the open lace pattern.


It went pretty fast but you do have to pay attention to where you are making the joins...goofed up several times until I got used to the pattern.

Thanks for looking!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 on: July 25, 2014 07:15:23 AM

SWAP JUNKIES--We Want A Double Rainbow of Goodies!

I am restarting this craftalong because there are just too many swaps that many of us can't join but we want to craft!!!

This is a craftalong for swap junkies.

Do you love swapping?  Do you love getting inspired by swap themes?  Do you maybe get more done with a deadline?

BUT.....

Are you trying to save money? (shipping is pricey!), or maybe you love a theme, but you want to make certain items?  

Whatever your reasons, feel free to join up!
In this craftalong we will be "fake-joining" swaps that are current.  Then we will craft along the parameters of the swap, including send out dates, what needs to be sent, and if extras are allowed or encouraged;  at the end of the swap period we will give ourselves the things we have made!

For example...(fake example)
I want to join the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I don't have a lot of money for shipping this month, and I really want a mug rug embroidered with a plant , so I'm going to fake swap.

I will post in this thread like this:

My name is alwaysinmyroom
I am joining the Carnivorous Plant Swap.
I will make 1 mug rug for this swap
It is due by September 15, 2014.

And now I'm signed up!

I am organizing this fake swap, so I'll keep track of all the participants, and send out reminders when people's swaps are almost due.  When you have finished your item(s), please post here gallery style, so we can all congratulate you!!

Just to be clear, you can sign up here to fake-participate in ANY swap...and I'll let you fake-join up to 5 fake-swaps.

Please, only sign up if you are serious about completing the swaps.  I understand that life happens, but I'll take time every day (or 2 or 3) to update everything, so please don't sign up if you're not going to try, you know?

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SWAP PARTICIPANTS

SENT
RECEIVED
LATE

organized by due dates:

artsycandice<--->artsycandice            Crafted Notecards Swap due 8/15/14  Angel found! Grin due 8/30/14

Ludi<-->Surreal                 Half a Hoopla 8/25/14
Surreal<-->Ludi      half a Hoopla 8/25/14  

mama24boyz<--->mama24boyz       Disney Swap due 8/29/14

aimr<--->aimr                                    Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
amazon_warrior<-->Amazon_Warrior      Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
lady4feet<--->lady4feet                      Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
yoopidou<--->yoopidou                       Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14

CallieMae<-->CallieMae                       3-D Bird Swap due 9/10/14
goatgoddess<--->goatgoddess            3-D Bird Swap due 9/10/14

lindyv321<--->lindyv321                       Bookmark Swap Rd 3 due 9/14/14

Susuwatari<--->Susuwatari Carnivorous Plant Swap due 9/15/14

Kookie<-->Kookie                          Movie/TV swap due 9/20/14 -- hoopla
lady4feet<--->                            Movie/TV swap due 9/20/14 -- hoopla
whatthepuck<-->whatthepuck       Movie/TV swap due 9/20/14 -- hoopla

Zalphinian<--->Zalphinian        Mini 13 days of Halloween due 9/26/14

goatgoddess<--->goatgoddess   Back to Hogwarts5 due 10/10/14

artsycandice<--->artsycandice             Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14
kbrison<--->grandparents                    Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14
Kookaloo_Star<--->Kookaloo_Star          Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14
lacey0828<--->lacey0828                      Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14


Abbeeroad<--->Abbeeroad                    Terrific Faux Taxidermy Swap due 10/22/14
AIMR<-->AIMR                                     Terrific (faux) taxidermy Swap due 10/22/14
yofi<-->yofi                                        Terrific (faux) taxidermy Swap due 10/22/14

bunny1kenobi<--->bunny1kenobi             Mini 12 days of  Christmas 11/26/14
CallieMae<--->CallieMae                          Mini 12 days of  Christmas 11/26/14
Gozer<--->Gozer                                   Mini 12 days of Christmas 11/26/14  
whatthepuck<--->whatthepuck               Mini 12 days of Christmas 11/26/14    

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COMPLETED FAKE SWAPS

Amazon_Warrior<--->Amazon_Warrior     Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14 POSITIVE

that1girl<--->that1girl                        3-D Bird Swap due 9/10/14 POSITIVE

onthinice<--->onthinice                       Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14 dropped out due to injury  Undecided

bunny1kenobi<--->bunny1kenobi     Holiday Edition Handy Quilted Dish Mat Swap  due 8/30/14 POSITIVE
k_star<---k_star     Holiday Edition Handy Quilted Dish Mat Swap  due 8/30/14POSITIVE
that1girl<--->that1girl    Holiday Edition Handy Quilted Dish Mat Swap  due 8/30/14 POSITIVE

lacey0828<--->lacey0828              Disney Swap due 8/29/14 POSITIVE

Ludi<--->Ludi                  Summer Nerd Games 2014 due 8/23/14 POSITIVE

AnnChen<--->Annchen       August 2014 Pinterest due 8/25/14POSITIVE

skatergirl1007<--->skatergirl1007        August 2014 Pinterest Swap due 8/20/14 POSITIVE

kbrison<--->kbrison                            Crafted Notecards Swap due 8/15/14 POSITIVE

aimr<-->aimr                  Whimsical Shrine Swap due 8/11/14 POSITIVE
lindyv321<-->lindyv321    Whimsical Shrine Swap due 8/11/14 POSITIVE
surreal<--->surreal          Whimsical Shrine Swap due 8/11/14 POSITIVE
              
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scarf to use up sock yarn leftovers! on: July 23, 2014 07:22:51 AM
My buddy jemimah posted a scarf she made using this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/favorite-scarf-ever

I thought it was a great way to use up those pesky little bits of sock yarn left over from last year's sock knitting binge!  I used two solids and one variegated balls.  I just knit randomly until I ran out of the solids...I still have a small bit of the variegated yarn, so I am going to use a different color scheme...more purples next time...so much fun!

I love this pattern!  The scarf is lighweight, can be made longer, wider, etc. The only part I hated was weaving in all the ends from the color changes, but it was worth it!



4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / AARG! Almost Paradise Altered Spool on: June 20, 2014 01:33:55 PM
I made this for rackycoo in the first Altered Spool Swap.  It was weird because we both picked ocean/beach themes for each other...we must have summer and vacation on the brain! Grin

I am using one of her pictures because it is way better than anything I took...



The spool is from my mom's sewing kit from the 1960's.  It originally had dusty blue thread, but that is not a color I like, so I wrapped two other blues over it...I think it gave the spool some depth and the feeling of water...of course, I had to add waves, hence the beads...and a few baubles like Mr. Crab, who has been waiting in my first ever Archie McFee jar of whimsies from way back when...

The hole in the top of the spool was begging for something...and I was destashing all of my fake floral stuff when lo and behold, a few things fell onto the floor...magically, they looked like palm tree tops!  So I used some wire, floral tape, and paper twist to create a palm tree...distressed it with ink...you can't see in any of the pics, but I also added bead "coconuts".

The sand is really artificial snow, painted cream...when I put the tree in, the spool would not stay upright, so I used an old rusty washer glued to the bottom to give it weight...the washer was found in the roots of my poor fallen 60 year old apple tree...and I found it 15 years ago! Grin

No room for a real treasure chest on such a little space, so I used broken pieces of wood leftover from my wee house.  Just pretend the chest got busted up when the bad pirate dug it up in his haste to get rich quick!

Oh, and poor pirate...he forgot to tie up his row boat, so it drifted away...leaving him on the island with loads of treasure, but no way off...oops...

The little flag was cut from a pirate print that I have had for some time...but it had skulls everywhere...well, say hello to my little friend, Mr. Black Sharpie...I colored them all in except one... Grin.

More pictures can be seen in the swap gallery, courtesy of Ms. Rackycoo, my awesome partner...

I would have loved to keep this to go with the Mermaid Spoolie she made me, but alas, it was not meant to be...I did take pictures of the two together...they made a nice beach scene! *sigh* I wish I were going to the beach now!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Easter Nut Hunt! on: April 01, 2014 06:43:20 AM
My husband and his buddies are really kids at heart.  Each Easter, now that all of the real kids are gone, he complains that he misses the Easter egg hunts.  At their age, these guys do not need the cholesterol and fat in all of those eggs.

Some of the other wives and I decided to have a party this Easter with our own special adult Easter hunt...only instead of eggs, we will have the guys search for nuts!  Much healthier!

I am in charge of the invitations so I decided to make something simple...I drew a path in my yard and hid some nuts in the grassy areas and among the twigs. Can you find the almonds, hazelnutacorn, walnuts and peanut?

I will be taking the card to our local Mom and Pop shop to be reproduced.  They are a nice, conservative couple who will get a laugh at our crazy Easter Nut Hunt!  There will be about 100 people, so I better start buying nuts and thinking about the refreshments and decor!

 
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6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mock cable fingerless gloves in my favorite purple! on: February 07, 2014 01:32:36 PM
Just to show how versatile this stitch is, I made a pair of fingerless gloves for Watsonc7in the OWS 100 swap...again, this is a free pattern on the knitPicks site...I love this stitch...easy and fast and just looks fancy dancy!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mock cable socks on: February 06, 2014 02:41:28 PM
I love knitting socks, but you would never know it here because most of the socks I knit are for swaps or given to my mod buddies...well, I was told to start posting in the other boards, so here I go...

I made these socks for JillHogan in the OWS 100 swap.  They are a standard top down sock but I decided to do a mock cable on the leg and down the front of the sock.  I love variegated sock yarns since they do not compete with the stitch and yet, they still add some life to the monochromatic color scheme.  This one is from KnitPicks.  Don't worry, Jill, I washed them before I sent them to you...no stinky feet smell on your socks! Grin

and yeah, I made two matching... Wink


This pattern is fast and easy...very little counting and one of my favorites---I actually had made a pair of mitts and a cowl using this mock cable and figured it would work with socks as well...and the pattern for the cable was FREE!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 26, 2013 10:23:11 AM
Welcome (or Welcome back...Grin) to the 50 projects in 2014 craftalong!!!


My own creative messy room that I am always in... Grin  It is an ongoing WIP...

In this craftalong,the intended goal is to be creative and have fun making projects.  When many of us started tracking what we were making, it was amazing how many projects we got done....and when we set our goals, WOW, we got even more done!

If there is a board on Craftster for the project, it counts:  home decor, cooking , knitting, sewing, beading, etc. etc.  

Amaze yourself and keep a pictorial history of all that you get accomplished, whether it is 1 major project or 200 smaller ones, just making something will be special for you and those of us that you share your pictures with.

We will continue to have challenges and prizes...I am not the faster organizer or the best moderator, but I try hard and am encouraged by all that I have seen you guys make...

Get your list ready, if you want, or just post as you go...whatever works best for you...share your tips and share your encouragement and techniques...also, be sure to post "out there" for others in the community to see!!!  We love pictures, so, no such things as "Pic overload"...bring it on!!!

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June/July 2014

Summer is here north of the equator...so lazy days are ahead...who wants to be inside crafting when there is gardening, swimming, running, barbecuing and just lounging around outside?!!!

So, easy challenges these next few months (even the brain gets lazy!)...

Anything related to summer or the outdoors...

And, for our southern hemisphere folks...you get an automatic entry for anything you make--how is that for easy? Grin

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April/May 2014 CLOSED

WINNER: bunny1kenobi !!!!

Bunny was emailed a gift card!

February/March 2014 CLOSED.

WINNER:  lindyv321!!!!!!

She was awarded a gift card from www.etsy.com!


January 2014 CLOSED!

WINNER:  cursive_queen!!!!

She was awarded an e-gift card from www.etsy.com!!!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bo Bo the Bear on: December 10, 2013 10:28:54 AM
My younger brother brought me his childhood bear to repair when he came for Thanksgiving dinner this year.  When I saw it, I looked at my brother and said, "Are you kidding me?".

Bo Bo was the first bear he got when he was born in Germany...that thing is over 50 years old and has seen better days!  It was disgustingly filthy and in shreds!  It was stuffed with who knows what...and made worse because my brother tried to wash it by hand...ugh!

I can't tell you how many times in my years that I remember sewing on an ear or a leg...even when I went off to college, I would come home and there would be my brother, asking me to fix Bo Bo...after he got married and I got married, I never expected to see that thing again...alas, 35 years later, he's back!!!

Here is what I mean:

Front view:



Back view:



Can you see why I told him that it was time to let Bo Bo go?  There is a Bear Heaven, I am sure...last night, my brother called again to see how Bo Bo was doing...I told him that it was a lost cause and that I needed to throw him out...nope, he said he was going to come to my house and take him home as is...

Well, won't he be surprised when I give him this:



Yeah--I am a good big sister...and Bo Bo is now ready to face another 50 years... Grin.

What I did:

1. Took off what parts were left and unstuffed them.
2. Gently washed all parts and sewed all seams again
3. Embroidered a new face and replaced missing eye
4. Used body parts to make new ears
5. made new body from brown fleece
6. Stuffed with new stuffing
7.  hand sewed legs, arms, ears and head to body
8.  made a new shirt from one of my brother's old shirts
9.  I am going to make some jeans as well as soon as I can get a pair of my brother's old ones

I hope my sister and mom can keep a secret until Christmas day....ha ha...thanks for looking!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Psst! All Newbies are welcome to your own craftalong! on: August 05, 2013 02:44:59 PM
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