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1  Re: Dia de los Muertos / Mexican Folk Art Swap GALLERY (send outs 5/30) in The Swap Gallery by HootHootHope on: June 03, 2011 10:02:54 PM
Hey guys! I received my package from xTroublex a few days ago but have been working non-stop and haven't had a chance to share my rad gifts! So here you go:

First I got this lovely journal


and this AWESOME necklace which has some great charms, including a beautiful clay rose


and... drum roll please... this fantastic frame!!!


I am very pleased! Thanks so much xTroublex!!!!!!! She also included some worry dolls from a local fair trade shop and some fabric scraps that I did not think to photograph.

So much fun! Smiley
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2  Junk drawer necklace!!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by HootHootHope on: August 12, 2009 12:41:45 PM

I saw a very similar necklace in a little shop for around $100. I was bummed because I really liked it but didn't have $100 to waste on a necklace. Sooo... I raided my mom's jewelry drawer and ended up with TWO!!!! I bought the chains and clasps at Michael's for around $10.

Necklace #1: "The Mr. T"

action shot:


Necklace #2: "The gift I made for a friend but liked it so much I decided to keep it"

action shot:


Most of what I used were old earrings or pins. I used gorilla glue to adhere the little rings to the backs so that I could connect them to the necklace. Gorilla glue doesn't really work though. If you pull on it, it just snaps right off! I would recommend a soldering iron for a more permanent adhesive. 

I know this is a little more "tacky" for most tastes but I really love it! Hope you like it too!!!
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3  Baby Monkey amigurumi ***updated w/ pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by HootHootHope on: November 11, 2008 11:02:05 PM
My friend is having a baby soon and she decorated with a jungle theme. I made her this little baby monkey man for her shower. I didn't have a pattern, just sort of winged it. What do you guys think?



Close up of face:



Thanks!

***PATTERN***

Ok, well, here's a pattern of sorts:
HEAD:
I used 2 tones of brown for the head, I didn't write out the exact details. Basically do a few rounds (probably 5 or so), where ever you want the top of the face to begin, then do 3 sts in the lighter color. Finish around in the darker color, when you come back to the lighter color do 5 sts centered beneath the 3 in the lighter color. Do this until the face is as wide as you would like and then taper it back down. Once finished go around the lighter color with slip stiches to give it the finished look. Here is the pattern for just a regular single color head (you add in the lighter color as directed):
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain. Mark first st for beg of rnd; move marker up each rnd.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 18 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 24 sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 30 sc.
Rnds 6-10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 24 sts.
Rnd 12: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 18 sts.
Rnd 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 12 sts.
Rnd 14: *Sc2tog* around - 6 sts.

BODY:
Note: Body is worked beginning at lbottom
ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain. Mark first st for beg of rnd; move marker up every rnd.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 18 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 24 sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 30 sc.
Rnds 6-8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 24 sts.
Rnds 10 and 11: Sc in each sc around.
Begin stuffing firmly, add stuffing as work progresses.
Rnd 12: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 18 sts.
Rnds 13-15: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 16: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 12 sts .
Rnd 17: Sc in each sc around.

LEGS:
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around 12 sts.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnds 4 and 5: Sc in each sc around.
Stuff firmly.
Rnds 6-? (make as long as you'd like): Sc2tog around 6 sts.

ARMS:
ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first chain.
Rnd 2: *Sc in first st, 2sc in next* around - 9sts
Rnd 3: Sc around
Rnd 4: bobble stitch for thumb (I think I did 3 or 4 hdc) and sc around
Rnd 5: sc around
Rnd 5: *Sc in first, sc2tog* around - 6sts
Rnds 6-? (make as long as you'd like): sc around

TAIL:
ch 2
Rnd 1: Work 6 Sc in first chain.
Rnds 2-? (make as long as you'd like): sc around - 6 sts

EARS:
I don't really remember quite what I did here... I think I just ch 2 and sc 4 around, then 2sc in each (making 8 sts), then increased until they were the size i wanted. It will make a circle shape but you can sort of pull it into a "D" shape.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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4  Re: along came a spider in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by HootHootHope on: November 01, 2008 07:37:52 PM
yeah, pretty i guess but they terrify me!  i took this picture last summer while visiting my family in oklahoma.... then i ran like crazy!!!

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5  Dia de los Muertos coffee table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HootHootHope on: October 30, 2008 04:33:37 PM
After moving a few times, my IKEA coffee table had it... it collapsed and was covered in scratches. However, being the craftster that I am, I couldn't possibly throw it away! I knew it was nothing a little gorilla glue and acrylic paint couldn't revamp!  So, in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, I spruced it up:   



I like how it looks with my papel picado in the kitchen (the colorful hanging banner).



And my inspiration was Jose Posada's etching "La Catrina"

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6  Re: The Dog Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HootHootHope on: August 31, 2008 12:22:37 AM
I received my package from MissNewEngland today!  Everything was wrapped up so nicely!  I love the wrapping paper!  I have a bit of a sweet tooth so my partner went with a cupcake theme!  It was perfect! 

My dog got a new bed (perfect because this little punk cat peed on the last one!).  It has a removable/washable pillow which is absolutely amazing because my dog sheds a ton and my cat has bladder issues. 

Here's my dog (Baby) posing with all her goodies!  Food and water bowls, a treat jar filled with yummy treats, a cupcake chew toy, a cupcake tag silencer (how adorable is that!?) and a beautiful picture frame complete with an adorable portrait of Baby herself!  I am so impressed!  Everything is awesome, my partner did an amazing job!!!!

Oh yeah, and did I mention that MissNewEngland included a bag of cookies for me?  Awesome!!! And my cat had a blast playing with the box and ribbons so everyone won!
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7  Re: Post pics of your vegan cupcakes here! in Vegetarian / Vegan by HootHootHope on: August 06, 2008 01:43:20 PM
i LOOOVVVEEE this book!!!! here's my fav so far:



ha, i call them "poop cakes". i used the banana split recipe with the peanut buttercream icing.  only i used chunky peanut butter and added cocoa powder which incidentally looks just like poo.  I'm glad my friends have a sense of humor, we ate them all! 
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8  poop-cakes in Vegetarian / Vegan by HootHootHope on: August 06, 2008 01:39:57 PM


Well, just to confirm... that's not actually poop! It does look exactly like my dog's poop, but it is, in fact, vegan peanut butter chocolate "poo" icing.  I have been on a cupcake kick ever since I got the Vegan Cupcake book and I decided to make the banana cupcakes with peanut buttercream icing for a dinner party I was attending.  Of course, being me, I had to add a few of my own ingredients... and that turned out to freakishly resemble poo.  Luckily my friends have a sense of humor! 



The "poo" recipe:
1/4c margarine
2 Tbsp shortening
1/3c CHUNKY peanut butter (the chunks are essential for texture!)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4c powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp soy milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Cream margarine and shortening, add peanut butter and vanilla and mix for a couple of minutes. Add cocoa powder, mix.  Add sugar in 1/2 cup increments (will be super stiff), adding a little soy milk in between each increment. Beat for an additional 5 minutes. You can make the poo darker or lighter by adding more or less cocoa powder. 

To make the poo shape put icing in a ziplock bag. Cut one of the corners off and squeeze the "poo" onto the cooled cupcakes. 


Next time I think I might add some colored sprinkles for an extra chunky/disgusting "poo".  Sorry if i grossed anyone out!  Grin
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9  Re: Dog Swap sign-ups 7/11-7/21 sendouts 8/21 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by HootHootHope on: July 14, 2008 03:29:37 PM
awww... i'm joining! and changing my profile pic right now... here's my sausage: she's a ham. her name's Baby
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10  Re: Amigurumi Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HootHootHope on: April 04, 2008 05:32:00 PM
I'm posting a picture for amodernmantra:


She said she liked monsters!  I didn't use a pattern but I definitely looked at a few different patterns for inspiration.  I'm not sure what kind of monster she is but she's cute! 
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