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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr. Monkey on: February 12, 2008 09:01:14 PM
I've recently discovered sock monkeys. There is nothing better than rummaging through thrift stores, looking for materials for my latest projects. I found some great socks [I washed them of course] and several vintage buttons. For about 4 bucks, I have enough materials to make several monkeys. When my husband was a small child, he had a stuffed monkey, he called him Mr. Bim. The love of a childhood toy is something that is never forgotten. Mr. Bim is long gone, as are most childhood toys. So for Valentine's Day, I made him this monkey. Nothing expensive, but more sentimental.

This project is extremely forgiving. My kind of project.
 
Ignore his large tail. He was born with it.

He turned out to be a ninja monkey. His red headband is the toe seam from the sock. I think it adds to his personality.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Christmas Snowflakes on: December 06, 2007 11:12:14 AM
I needed thoughtful Christmas gifts for various people in my life, who I don't see everyday, but would still like them to know I thought of them this holiday season. I was actually looking for ways to recycle plastic bags [I LOVE LIVING GREEN] and I stumbled across this pattern http://www.10000greatideas.com/ideadet.php?iid=638 Instead of using plastic bags, I used crochet thread and a size 7/1.65 mm hook.




The linked pattern does have some errors, but a few people commented on how you can fix them. So I crocheted up a few snowflakes and went searching for methods to stiffen them. There are several ways, from using sugar water, spray or liquid starch, to my chosen method, watered down white school glue. You want to pin your snowflake to the cardboard, so it can hold its shape, after you've applied the glue. I taped wax paper to a piece of cardboard, so I had something to stick my pins into. I used quilters pins, but it doesn't really matter what kind of pins you use, as long as they won't rust, because they will be exposed to water.


And what says the holidays better than GLITTER! After I applied the glue/water solution, I gave it a generous dusting with glitter. Tip - Don't use regular craft glitter. I used craft glitter the first time around, trying to save a few dollars. The craft glitter doesn't stick as well as the ultra fine glitter, and the bigger squares of craft glitter will hide your delicate stitches. So spring for the ultra fine glitter. Apply it while it's still wet. Wait for your snowflake to dry, remove your pins, and turn your snowflake over. I applied the glue solution to the back of the snowflake, and dusted it with glitter again. There wasn't a need to re-pin the snowflake. After the initial pinning, it will hold it's shape. After this dries, I apply two more coats of glue solution, just to make sure the snowflake is nice and stiff. And here is the snowflake in all it's glory!

 

Sorry about the pictures. Glitter doesn't photograph very well!
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