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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Checkerboard rug on: November 02, 2016 07:36:29 PM
I knitted my first rug! I didn't use a pattern, but here's how I did it. I used size US 9 needles with 2 strands of worsted and 1 strand of something finer to knit the squares in garter stitch. Each one is 20 stitches by 19 rows. I sewed them together, then I knitted the border onto the edge by casting on 7 and then picking up stitches at the end of every other row.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Spiritual Necklace in Copper on: June 28, 2013 12:34:48 PM

This piece is made from copper and steel rings for the chain, a thick piece of copper wire from the hardware store which I shaped and hammered, and an assortment of interchangeable charms and pendants, each with a special meaning to me. For instance, the arrowhead was found by my grandfather. I also made the hook and eye closure.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Afghan - Cushy Cables on: December 26, 2012 03:11:02 PM


This is my first afghan, and my 3rd project using cables. Don't be scaredof cables! They're not so bad! I used a pattern called "Cushy Cables" by Patons which I found on Ravelry. It took the better part of 3 1-pound skeins of Caron in color Ocean. Overall size is about 4' x 5'.

I gave it to Mom for Christmas.  Grin
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Egyptian Coil Necklace on: December 26, 2012 03:01:57 PM


This is an experimental piece using the Egyptian Coil technique with copper wire and some aventurine beads. I thought it turned out well and gave it to a coworker for Christmas. I haven't worked with copper before so I'm not sure what the metal will do over time, but it's really shiny right now.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Keeping track of where you are... Tips? on: December 07, 2011 09:43:50 AM
I am a fairly new knitter and I have been struggling with losing my place on my pattern or forgetting what I've done, such how many stitches or rows. What tips might you have for keeping track of where you are? Or what gadgets or tools are helpful?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Dragon Dress into Top with Skulls & Roses on: July 14, 2011 06:56:07 PM
I know this skull & roses cotton fabric is everywhere. I don't care; I love it. I had a fairly small piece, so I decided to make a top of it to wear out for my birthday last month.

I used the same muslin I made from the Dragon Dress tutorial, only I lengthened the midriff section and back, and flared them out a little to go over my hips, and eliminated the skirt, of course.

The whole thing is lined (with red) and there's a zipper down the back. One other modification to the tutorial: instead of pleating the bust, I gathered it. It's a nice variation, I think.



Thanks for looking!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Perfectly Purple Placemats on: June 08, 2011 04:00:54 PM
Strip pieced and machine quilted easy and pretty wedding gift:



Also a great stashbuster; this was all fabric, notions and supplies I had on hand.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Very Veggie Turkey Chili on: June 02, 2011 12:50:16 PM
My favorite way to make chili. Not too hot, but spicy and flavorful. Also gluten free, low fat, and high in veggie servings!

Basics:
choice of wine
2 large cans of tomato juice (I like Red Gold best because it's grown in my home state, IN.)
2 medium cans of diced tomatoes (Red Gold)
1 medium to large white or yellow onion
1 large green pepper (red works, too)
1 lb. ground turkey
olive oil
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa pasta curly-q's

Seasonings: (I'm kind of guessing here, since I don't measure. I just dump and taste.)
1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 t. cumin
2 t. paprika
2 t. garlic powder
1 t. turmeric
1 t. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper
cayenne pepper to taste if you like it spicier

Serving Suggestions:
grated cheddar or cojack cheese
sour cream

Pour wine into glass and begin drinking. Sautee the onions and green peppers in the olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot. When they're about 1/2 cooked, add the turkey and brown. Add the tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and spices. Heat through, and taste to be sure the spices are to your liking. Adjust if necessary. Add pasta and cook about 10 minutes or per pasta box instructions. Ladle into bowls and top with grated cheese and/or sour cream if desired. Refill wine glass, and enjoy.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Fantasy feather... colors in no way inspired by reality on: May 15, 2011 02:31:59 PM
Based on the same pattern as my first peacock feather cuff: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372670.0 I decided to try the same pattern in wilder colors. I had no idea when I finished it that I actually had these 2 (only 2!) lampwork beads with the same colors.

I'm pretty happy with the results, in that it still looks like a peacock feather, but I think I will continue playing with color combinations, too. I really wanted something more cream/peach/coral. Oh, darn... I guess I will have to go bead shopping.  Wink

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Black and white paint job for old dresser on: May 13, 2011 12:59:52 PM
Hey, remember that crazy pink bedroom with the painted purple floor? Well, this is a black and white dresser to go in it! It came from the junk/antique store for $30. The beautiful brass pulls were probably worth more than that, but it had interesting lines and details, too. The veneer was peeling up, so I removed it in some places and glued it back down in others. I left it sort of rough-looking on purpose. I washed it, sanded it lightly, primed it with Killz, then used enamel white semigloss and black enamel high gloss.
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