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1  My new and imporved eyeball door knob cover. in Knitting: Completed Projects by bella_domanie on: June 16, 2011 01:45:58 PM
Some of you may remember my first (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189436.msg1988290#msg1988290) eyeball door knob cover. I was never completely happy with it.  It stretched out after a day of use and made opening doors impossible. I also never really liked how the crocheted version looked.  Since then, I've taught myself how to knit (with the help of the internet, of course) and have been knitting a lot.  Yesterday, I decided to make a better one.  And this was born.  It keeps its shape, it bounces back, thanks to the addition of dots of puff paint on the inside, it doesn't slip when you try to open the door.  Finally, but definitely one of the best parts, this one has an open pupil so you can still unlock your door with out having to take it off!  I might ad some veins coming up from the back of the eye. 

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2  Re: Lace Knitting - 'No Stitch'??? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by bella_domanie on: June 13, 2009 06:10:45 PM
Hello again.  I found a another scarf that I want to knit with a yarn that's almost exactly the same as the one this is made out of.  Do you know how to make that large circle in the diamonds and are those wide spaces just made with bigger needles?


(I know I'm all over the place with what I want to do, sorry)
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3  First Raw Fleece: Picking, Washing & A Question in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by bella_domanie on: April 10, 2009 06:28:22 PM
How I got it: I called a friend who gave me the phone number of a couple that live across the street that raise sheep.  I called just mid December and was told they were going to sheer mid-March.  The lady called back April 3rd and told me to come pick up a fleece.  My mom was in the hospital so, my husband and I stole her car and went to get it.  They gave me a garbage bag full!  I'm so excited.  They were extremely nice.  Her husband made sure to give me good, usable stuff and took out parts that were garbage or just wasn't usable.

Over the last couple days I've been picking out hay and picking apart clumps of dirt.  I looked up how to process it and have washed a couple handfulls of it.  It turned amazingly white.

My problem: There's still some dirt that I can't get off.  It's been soaking for just barely under two days now.  I routinely change the water and have been using shampoo.  What should I do about the dirt that refuses to come out???  Do I cut it off?  Will it come out when I use the carders?

Washed:

The dirt: (I do know some of it is hay)


(clicky pictures)
My bag of wool:

Pre-Picking:

Some Post-Picking:

Now, my question:
Does anyone know where I can get hand carders cheap?  Or, anyone have any (or know anyone that has any) that they won't be using any more?  I'll take good care of them! lol.
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4  Woodstock!! (from Peanuts) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by bella_domanie on: April 09, 2009 09:05:10 PM
My mom has always loved Woodstock and kind of identified herself with him.  She got a tattoo of him on her wrist a few months ago too lol.  I made this for her probably, close to a year ago now.  My husband and I recently borrowed her car to go pick up some wool and this was in her car.  I figured I should take advantage of the moment and finally get pictures of him.  I used the Fone Bone pattern for the head, the rest was free-handed.  The only thing that I don't like about him.... I don't think I put enough stuffing in him.



(I also crocheted the little pig in the background.  It's an angel piggy haha)
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5  Dorodango!!! (Mud ball) in Completed Projects by bella_domanie on: February 24, 2009 03:40:41 PM
I saw this on Mythbusters and immediately started researching it.  I loved the idea and loved making it.  It's supprisingly relaxing.  After two days of playing with mud..... I got my ball!  It's supposed to be shiny but, I didn't want to shine it.  I decided that I liked it the way it was.


In my hand, for size.
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6  Old books, should I cut them up??? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by bella_domanie on: October 09, 2008 05:30:53 PM
Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale.  The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves.  He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door).  He never got rid of the books or used the shelves.  They've just hung there for years.

How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple.  They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).

My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got.  They're georgous.  I absolutely love old books.  I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read.  They're all just so pretty.  I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet.  After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.

Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do.
The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES.  It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course).  He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book.  A little over 600 pages, I think.

The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives.  Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.

The top one: Is called Come With Me Home.  I don't know anything about it.  All three of these books are in really great condition.  Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember.  Now, on to the pictures.

All Three of them:


Van Loon's Lives:


Ghandi Lives:


I'm torn between cutting them up to make a box and keeping them.  My husband already doesn't like the other like... 8 that I have lol.
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7  My beloved Cheeto purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bella_domanie on: August 26, 2008 04:50:07 PM
I made this months ago and didn't think to take pictures untill after about a month and a half after I had already been using it.  It did look a good bit better when I first made it.  Now I'm sad because it's starting to die.  On the back, the printed sheet is starting to peel off the shiny part of the bag.......





One of the best parts of this purse is, if I don't feel like taking it into the store, I can just push it up against the seat and no one will think it's anything but a bag of chips.  A couple times, checkers have tried to ring it up at the store before they realized that it's not Cheetos lol.  But, in light of the recent peeling of my beloved purse, I've been using a smaller one I made from a mini Cheeto bag.  It's probably about a quarter the size and only holds my ID, Bank Card, Discount Card, Keys, Chapstick and A Couple Scrunchies.  These bags are very sturdy and take a lot of crap.  No, it doesn't crinkle when I use it because of the way I made it.  And no, I don't eat all these chips.  My husband and daugter do.  I'm not much of a chip person unless I'm putting them in a sandwhich.  I also made one for my mom (who refuses to carry a purse so she uses an actual backpack....) out of a Lays Classic bag.  She loves it and has gotten a lot of compliments on it and has only had it for two days!
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8  Boob Cake!!! in Dessert by bella_domanie on: August 11, 2008 08:21:05 PM
Our good friend, Erik, turned 20 this month (August) and in the spirit of a fun birthday that would be filled with guys, I thought a boob cake seemed apropriate.  I had origionally planned to use that Marshmallow Fondant.  I made it but let me tell you.  That was the worst two days of my life.  Ever.  So, I ripped off the fondant, sent my understanding boyfriend to the store at 1am (he gets off at midnight so it wasn't really that bad) to get me some white frosting so I could dye it and use that.  I eight thin cakes which took four boxes.  So, I baked eight seperate thin cakes and every time, I had to wash and dry and use everything eight friggin times because I only had one of the round cake pans I needed (the bottom is removable and it's not spring form).  It literally took all day long to do.  One boob is carrot cake (his favorite kind of cake), the other boob is alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake.  My cakes came out amazing.  All perfectly moist and not crumbly in the littlest bit. 




Another guy with his hands over the boobs.

I also have to mention that this is only the third cake that I've ever decorated and my first non-rectangle cake.  I do bake alot, I just never decorate it.
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9  My first filet chart!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by bella_domanie on: August 01, 2008 07:26:18 PM
I love the way filet crochet looks when it's done.  There are some amazing things done with it.  I've been wanting to make my own chart for awhile now and after a full night of working on it and staying up untill 5am to get it perfect, I finally did it!  I also made one with a gingerbread man.  I'm still a little torn with that one though.  


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2723392545_6f0c67ff11_o.jp

Anyone want to test it for me??? lol
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10  Stretched Record Bowls -With Tutorial- in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bella_domanie on: May 05, 2008 02:32:06 PM

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(Make sure you have a few extra records because you'll be doing a big of experimenting to get it right)

What you need:
-A large metal bowl. The rim of the bowl needs to match up with the edge of the record.
-A smaller bowl for the center.
-Black triangle binder clips (you can get a pack of them from the dollar store)
-A heat gun
-Hands that can handle a bit of heat
-And a WIDE open window, this stuff stinks lol.

Precautions:
-The smaller bowls you will use on the inside will get pretty warm.  So will your fingers from pushing on it and from the heat gun going around them.
-Keep your heat and pressure even.  If you don't, it'll be lopsided.
-Make sure your clips are evenly spaced around and that you have about six or 8 of them.
-You will need to rotate the clips around as you go or they will leave indentions on the edge.
-Don't put the heat gun too close to the record or you will get a hot spot and it will bubble and be too thin in that part and tear.
-When you heat it with the heat gun, make full circles around it, evenly and only for short periods of time.

1. Line up your record with the edges of the bowl, make sure it's perfect, and place the binder clips, evenly, all the way around.  Take your small bowl and lay it top down ontop of the record.  Make sure it's evenly centered.  A good way to do that is to follow the rings in the record.

2. Turn on your heat gun and with the end of it about an inch or an inch and a half away from the record, make even rings around the outside of the little bowl but not too close to the edge of the record (trust me, it's bad to go to the edge).  While you're heating the edge, take one hand and put light pressure on the small bowl.  You will start to see that it's sinking.  Don't heat it for too long because the air inside the large bowl will want to push out from under the record and will ripple the edge.  If this happens, quickly put down the gun and move the clips around.  Keep them even.  

Let it cool between heating.

3. Keep repeating this untill you get it where you want it.  You won't be able to get it more than a couple inches deep because it'll get to thin and tear.  I suggest using a medium size bowl for the top so it's more like a tray.  Oh, and don't bother trying to use a potholder on the small bowl to keep your hands cool.... it'll just get in the way.

Good luck and have fun!!
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