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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Another Water Bracelet on: February 26, 2008 04:05:21 PM
I was inspired by the cute water bracelet by "hearts and laserbeams" featured this month:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225023.0.  I also have a difficult time drinking the proper amount of water every day, so I'm hoping this will help me stay on track!  I'm starting a "cleanse" thingy tomorrow (Isagenix, anyone else ever done this?), and drinking a bazillion ounces of water daily is a part of it.

I dunno where I been, but I'd never heard of those Weight Watchers bracelets before I saw "hearts and laserbeams'" post, but what a great way to keep track of stuff like this discreetly.

Sorry if the images take a long time to load.  I think they may be very texture-y!



For anyone who hasn't seen the original, you move the moveable charm over one place for each glass of water you drink throughout the day, until you either complete the 64 oz. or float away on a river of pee.  Cheesy

For mine, I used glass cat's eye beads in an amethyst color (they look pink in the photos, but they're a darker purple in real life).  Each silver diamond represents one eight-ounce glass of water.  And for my moveable charm, I couldn't find a cup charm (and, frankly, it would remind me too much of red wine, which is a major component in my weight-loss issues!  Wink), so I chose a butterfly because they're symbolic of positive change and development.

The silver bits are only silver-plated, so I hope they hold up okay to regular wear.  I guess we'll find out!

Thanks for looking!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first BICO! on: February 20, 2008 09:58:56 PM
Okay, I know about 8 million of these BICO sweaters are posted on Craftster, but I'm still proud of my first one!  My grandmother was a freakin' awesome knitter and crocheter, and she taught me to do both when I was too young to appreciate it, and I've forgotten 90% of what she taught me.  She passed away when I was in college.  So now, in honor of Grandma (and, well, because everybody's doing it!), I've started trying to pick yarnworking up again.

I made this BICO sweater as part of a shower gift for my husband's brother's first baby, who was born January 31st, and I'm mostly happy with how it turned out.  That Lions Brand Homespun is a serious b**** to work with. But I soldiered on, and it did get a little easier with time!  By the time I got to the edging and buttonholes, I wasn't paying a lick of attention to the pattern, so I just made stuff up for that.  The buttonholes are jacked up, but they get the job done!   Cheesy





I've started on a second one, in blue, for a friend's baby.  I think this may be my new standard baby shower gifts for babies at church, because nobody else makes anything similar, and they're not terribly time-consuming.  Thanks for looking!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Temporary Bunny Hutch on: February 20, 2008 09:38:32 PM
About five weeks ago, I was driving home after dark and noticed a splotch of white in a neighbor's yard.  Upon closer inspection, it proved to be a sweet little bunny who somebody, presumably, left to its own devices in the wilds of suburbia.  So being the sucker for animals I am, I spent the next three weeks sneaking around in my neighbor's yard at night with parsley and carrots (thankfully I never got caught, or I'd probably be typing this on the county jail computer!  Cheesy

Finally, a couple of weeks ago it seemed tame enough to let me pick it up, so I tried.  Lo and behold, it didn't freak out!  So I brought it home and realized I had nowhere to put the thing.  Nothing like not planning ahead!

I did have some old wire shelf unit squares on hand, which I'd used years ago to construct a cage for our now-deceased guinea pig.  if it worked for a guinea pig, why not a rabbit?  So, using only materials I had on hand, I made this:


As you can see, its walls and top are from wire shelf squares, held together with the connectors and reinforced with cable ties.  I made a floor from the squares and suspended it from the floor about two inches.  Then I lined the cage's floor with some 1/2" square welded wire mesh left over from some project on another, making sure I bent in the sharp wires so the bunny couldn't hurt itself.  The whole thing fits on a standard card table, with a couple of inches to spare on each side.

Here's the hutch opened:


The flap is held closed with a bungee cord looped through the top.

It's nothing extravagant, and for a permanent home I'd definitely want something nicer.  But we aren't keeping the bunny  Cry  We have two whippets who are bending all their (limited) intelligence on fitting this little sweetie between two slices of bread.  So we've actually found a good home for him/her already, with a family who has experience with bunnies! 

But this seemed to work great for the couple of weeks we've had the bunny.  The only thing I didn't like was that with the mesh I used, the holes were too small for the poop to fall through.  Otherwise, I really like my design, and the best thing is that it didn't cost me nuttin'!  I'm sure this experience will feed my packrat tendencies (hey, I may need that someday!), but what the heck!

Thanks for looking!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat Storage, or How Harriet Prevailed Over the Canine Hordes on: February 20, 2008 09:17:11 PM
So we have two whippets and one whippet-hating cat.  The whippets find the cat, of course, endlessly fascinating, so she spends a lot of her time hiding out in the bathroom.  Problem is that the kitty lounge is located directly behind the second door, so she's constantly getting squished behind the door.  Also, the type of windows we have don't have enough of a sill to use those store-bought cat perches. 

So last week I made my baby her very own perch.  So now she can glare down disdainfully at the little whelps!  As you can see, she's an expert in glaring.

The problem (Or half of it, anyway.  Couldn't get the other half to pose.  Plus, this one always has a guilty air about her):


The imperious glare:

She so knows they can't get her!  The shelf is just a store-bought one, but I made a cushion from a remnant of fleecy faux suede, and attached it to the underside of the shelf with elastic sewn into the bottom seam of the cushion.

Hope you like it half as much as Harriet does!

Okay, one more gratuitous shot of the whippet, just cause she's cute  Smiley:

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Monster/Angel Baby Blanket: To Give or Not to Give? on: January 17, 2008 09:29:22 PM
Okay, this is my first post, and I hope I'm doing it right!   Wink

I've been lurking here awhile, long enough to know that most people (graciously!) limit their comments to compliments and/or constructive criticism.  I appreciate the kindness of the community here, who seem to have listened well when their mothers told them, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

BUT I'd like your honest opinion on this blanket.  I made it for my sister-in-law's baby shower, coming up this Saturday.  It seemed cute in theory, but now I'm having second thoughts.  My thinking was that it was fun to have one side in what I like to think of as "monster fleece", but balance that out with pretty roses on the other side.  ('Cause every tiny woman should have the option to be a monster or an angel , I think.)  Now that it's made, I'm afraid it might be a little . . . weird.  I think I like it, but I may be too close to it to be seeing it objectively!

I am somewhat proud of the binding, which was my first foray into a jagged edge blanket binding.  It's the other stuff that's giving me the wonders.   Huh

So, seriously, should I give this to my niece-to-be or come up with something else?  I do have other handmade gifts I'm giving--a BICO sweater and some cute socks--along with *gasp* some store-bought things.  What thinks ya?






I've learned since first posting this, that what I think of as "monster fleece" is actually known by the much less ominous term, "minky."  But for some reason it still always reminds me of monsters with warts!   Cheesy

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