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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Crochet Project EVAR. >.< on: March 19, 2012 10:19:14 PM
My ex-husband and his wife are having a baby, and though we're friendly but not really friends, this little kiddo is going to be the baby sister of my two daughters. I wanted to make her a blanket, and typically I would've knit one. But my knitting takes FOREVAAAAAAAR, and I literally JUST learned to crochet, so I wanted to crochet something.
The entire blanket is done in double crochet, and I used 4 skeins of I Love This Yarn! Stripes in Stripe Surprize. I LOVE the colors, and I'm hoping they do, too.






It took me about a week to complete, and my tension was a bit off, but I'm working on that.
And then after the blanket was done, I wanted to make some potholders for the kitchen. Again, I originally planned to knit them, but then I saw this pattern...
http://blogs.thetucker.com/knit/2010/08/15/the-best-crocheted-potholder/
I knew I had to try it. I had to frog the first few tries, because I just didn't get it. But then, magically, it clicked. I used Peaches N Creme 100% cotton, because it was easily accessed, but if anyone has any other cotton yarns that they love, please let me know! I want to make another 100 of these babies (I'm exaggerating, but seriously, I want more). They're seriously the BEST potholders ever. I'll never use another one bought from the store.



Thanks for letting me share!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Peggy- the world's hungriest clothespin bag! on: March 16, 2012 12:33:00 AM
LOVE this! I don't have a clothesline, but I'm sure she could work for some dryer sheets of mine. Hmm...

I absolutely love her. She's got so much character. Great job!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First resin attempt - Half Fail/Half Fab on: March 16, 2012 12:30:34 AM
Thanks everyone!

These are really neat! I've never worked with resin before but would love to give it a shot sometime!

Just a thought on the skull one...what if you poured a resin layer, added the glitter then waited a bit to add the button and then top it off? Would that not allow for the shininess of the glitter but keep it from coming up over the button? Like I said, never worked with the stuff, but just a thought!

To be honest though, the skull is my fave! And yes, glitter is certainly the devil...but more like the energizer bunny of devils because then you find it forever afterward!!

You should definitely try it! I was intimidated about it for quite a bit, actually. I always admired the things I saw, but heard constantly about safety and whatnot and almost didn't try. I'm lucky to have an UBER supportive husband that pushes me to do things lol.
The way the mold is, the bottom is the top surface, if that makes sense. So the layers will do the job, but just backwards of what you said. Smiley


Thank you! I actually redid the skull. I have a few specks of glitter that fell through, but it's WAY better than the first attempt!


Not bad at all for a first attempt! You're on the right path...just let the first layer on the skull firm up more before adding the glitter. It still looks cool though!  Wink
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First resin attempt - Half Fail/Half Fab on: March 13, 2012 08:31:12 PM
Aw shucks! Thank you!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First resin attempt - Half Fail/Half Fab on: March 13, 2012 08:15:16 PM
So, I only have two pictures, lol, but I wanted to keep my first attempt small and kind of learn from the experience. So I only made two pendants. Both have something inlayed into them, which I learned from, and glitter.
*I'm just going to put it out there right now, glitter is the devil. It looks amazing, but I thought my husband was going to come home from work and think I did inappropriate things with a stripper. >.<

Anywho.

The first pendant I made had a skull and crossbones button put into it with some black glitter. I poured the mold about halfway and stuck the skull in, then filled it and topped it with the glitter. And I think I should've let it harden a bit with just the skull before adding the glitter...

I'm kinda bummed about that one. Sad

But then I did a star pendant. I found these awesome glittery stars ontop of my fridge that we got for the kids at some point in time, but then they were brushed away and forgotten about. LAME! So, I poured a thin layer of resin into the mold, then laid the star down (I sticked the star to my hand a few times first so it wouldn't be too sticky to not stay in the mold) and then I just let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I poured some more resin and then some glitter and whatnot. I'm pretty happy with it.


These are at 24hr cast, so they still have 2 more days to get to the hard cast, but I popped them out to push in the eye pin (I didn't even bother with the skull one) and then filed the excess down a bit.
And I think next time I'll definitely be making less resin at a time and pouring it in layers with appropriate time between them.

Thanks for letting me share!
26  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I don't go camping, but I dig the food. on: March 07, 2012 04:35:01 PM
Thanks everyone! They're amazing! I would suggest popping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds if they aren't fresh, just to get the chocolate back to melty. Then they taste like they're fresh all over again! They're a huge hit at my house right now, lol.
27  COOKING / Dessert / I don't go camping, but I dig the food. on: March 06, 2012 05:37:16 PM
I made some AMAZING cuppycakes today of the s'mores variety. Thank God for these, too, because whenever I ask for one from my husband (because I'm horrible with open fire scenarios) he tells me to do it myself.  Roll Eyes
Plus, I can't stay outside too long in the summer. Mosquitos love my blood too much. And in Missouri, it gets HOT.
Anywho. These are currently in my kitchen. And I'm drooling and sobbing at the same time. The calories, oh the calories.








Progress pictures + Link to the recipe on my blog.
http://foodforninjas.blogspot.com/2012/03/im-not-built-for-outside-stuffs.html#more
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Book Of Monsters :) on: February 25, 2012 10:49:19 AM
I made this sucker for my SIL's 18th birthday. She got her Hogwarts letter, along with a replica of Hagrid's cake to Harry. This just seemed to fit.



Some WIP shots.







And there's a story that goes along to make sense of his imperfections...

He was a very loved and used monster. His spine is completely bald. This is because of all the children stroking it to open him up. It probably didn't help that monster pattern baldness ran in his family. Also, his eyes and mouth are no longer perfectly aligned. The ignorant children dropped him down the many steps at Hogwarts and the injuries caught up with him.

My MIL got a huge kick outta the story. She's a very easily amused woman.

It was just a wooden box covered in faux fur, with toy eyes glued on, and a polymer clay mouth.

Thanks for letting me share!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless Mitts + Sad Turned Happy on: February 25, 2012 10:44:47 AM
Money was SUPER tight this year for Christmas, so I ended up having to craft about 99% of our gifts.

Total MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME! I was so excited, lol.

So I ended up knitting some fingerless gloves as gifts.


^These went to my SIL.


^These are still a WIP. I want to put a Domo face on them. Smiley

The fingerless mitts were a huge hit, and now my MIL is asking oh-so-sweetly for me to make her some. She's lucky I love her.

And then the sad part. I've been knitting this gorgeous lime green scarf thing. It wasn't going to be a scarf, I decided after I started, because I never wear scarves. I was going to make it into a bag to hold my needles.



Low and behold, I finish it. Then go to crochet the edges and didn't like how it was looking, so I pulled it out. I went to stitch up the edges and didn't like the way it was looking, so I tried to pull that yarn out, but was having some difficulties. So I grabbed some scissors and in one cut..



That happened. And I was MAD. Swore off knitting for atleast a month to cool off. But while I was stewing I, ofcourse, made my way into Hobby Lobby and came across this book.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592172784/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_g14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1H9TVFFPJ0ZSD229S8Y8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

What drew me the most was the owl. I've been searching high and low for an owl pattern that I loved and couldn't find one until I saw him. And the book came home with me. And I begrudgingly began knitting again, though much happier with the outcome.





I knit him on size 5s because I didn't have size 6s like the pattern calls for.

His name is Robert Paulsen. Though, my husband seems to HAVE to call him Bitch Tits. Sad

Thanks for letting me share!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / RAWR I'M A DINOSAUR...hat :) on: December 28, 2011 11:03:40 PM
I knitted a few of these as Christmas gifts, but I finally got time to sit down and make one for my son!

Now I wish he'd keep it on his head. He had no problem trying to steal the others.




Don't mind the baby chest. He's currently in the boycotting clothes phase.  Roll Eyes

Thanks for letting me share!
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