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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hemlock Braaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnsssssssss!!! on: July 07, 2011 08:36:50 PM
So I started a Hemlock Ring a few weeks ago that was originally intended for my sister's birthday in the middle of August. I thought it would take me forever because it's deceptive and tricksy. Turns out it was super easy once I ripped the first version and added stitch markers as I went the second go round. Anywho, my mom went in for brain surgery on Tuesday. I thought to myself "She needs this more than my sister." I really feel that having something made with love helps the healing process speed along. So I scurried to finish the last 12 rows (I ended on 40 of the pattern chart in hopes of making it a one skein wonder. It ended up needing just a smidge from a second skein on the bind off row.) I completed on Tuesday night while waiting for the results of her surgery. Blocked it for about 10 hours yesterday (my stitches are really even so it didn't take long at all!) and gave it to her today.

Wonky Blocking (I straightened it after viewing this pic):


THE BLOOOOOOOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB:


Blurry macro!:


And again! (closest to actual color):


The moustachioed victim:


I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool and size 10.5 needles. I used the two circular method for the center and it worked great. Hint: I own a Boye Needlemaster set, thanks to the victim. Since it doesn't come with two sets of each size I used an extra pair of size 8 needles for my left needles. The gauge stayed the same.

Also, I got a big ego boost when, not 10 minutes after giving it to her, a nurse came in and asked if she'd made it. She said "No, my daughter did!" and smiled all proud-like. The lady says "It looks so professional!" My mom then proceeded to tell her that I should be a professional crafter. Much blushing and wishing there were more places to hide away in a hospital room ensued. >.<
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Huevos Tejanos! on: March 09, 2011 07:59:41 AM
A dear friend and karaoke dj of mine just turned the dreaded thirty. At his big birthday party I knew his gift from me would have to be awesome considering the shower of things he was going to get. So I got the idea and four hours later this is what I had. The first pic is of his scared face as I reminded him that the day previous he promised he'd wear it!

"I'm a little scared!"
 
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"...Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? This is NOT what I think it is."
 
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"OH MUH GAW IT IS!"
 
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"I can't believe I'm doing this..."
 
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Like a good sport, he wore it for a whole thirty minutes. That is, before the ladies of the house confiscated it. I'm fairly sure it got more action than Ron Burgundy that night. There are pictures, but those are being used as blackmail currently.

Sorry for the far away pictures. My camera was NOT cooperating earlier that day for good closeups. The idea came from this link. http://blogue.us/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/crocheted-penis-15278-1254400545-2.jpg I had to make up a pattern since I couldn't find that one anywhere!


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Snow Day + Boredom + Tons of Stashbusting = 21 Awesome Napkins of Awesomeness on: February 03, 2011 03:23:48 PM
So, like the rest of country we're icebound. Midway through day three the cabin fever set in. So, I stood in front of my wall of fabric and made a hasty decision. Time to use some of it up! Enter lots of ironing and rotary cutting!

This is one of three sets of five 8"x8" cloth lunch napkins. They're set to enter the teacher workroom of a local elementary on Monday! $10 for set seem fair? More? Less? What would you pay?  Undecided






And this is a set of 6 8"x8" cloth napkins. I was thinking $12 for these. hmmm


I adjusted the colors slightly so they were true to life. I have precut panels for about 30 more. They're in different fabrics but in sets of 8 or 9. I thought they'd make good large sets. Worth my time?

Also, excuse the gross table. It's just stained. I rescued it from my step-dad's clutches. He'd been using it to store cans OUTSIDE! It was handmade by his great great grandfather almost 100 years ago! But, alas, the refinishing has to wait until spring when it's warmer and will dry quickly.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A Crafter's Oasis - My First Personal Space on: September 17, 2010 06:10:20 AM
Teasers!





Growing up I shared a room with my sister. Through college I shared a room with my dormmates. I went from college to immediately living with my now husband. Never before in my life have I had my own space that no one else can claim. Until now. With an extra bedroom and a reluctance to make an office separate from the living space due to my son's age, I was given a craft room. My husband didn't even argue. He loved the idea of a door that can be locked and all my dangerous needles, scissors, and rotary cutters kept away from our four year old. I was ecstatic at the idea of having a room filled with my things - a true oasis from the chaos that is being a homemaker.

I wish I had gotten before pictures. This floor of this room was covered in miscellaneous junk as it had become a catchall for the entire house. There were toys, a television that doesn't work anymore, a ton of electronic paraphernalia, and hundreds of little whatnots. It all had to come out. Three weeks ago when I had decided to redecorate this room I went in only to discover that in our neglect of the room the flea problem that had started in the spring was now astronomical in that little room. The room is only 9'6" by 9" of usable space. I couldn't walk in without my legs turning black with the suckers. So I set out a bowl of soapy water and a desk lamp then doused the room in Borax. We can't use harsh flea removal methods in our house due to my smell-induced migraines so patience was key. I refilled the water every day for three weeks until only a couple of fleas appeared over night. We sent the minimonster off to Nana's for the weekend and it was finally time to get dirty.

And this is the result of 8 hours of scrubbing, rearranging, and sorting. I moved our entire collection of books and their shelves, an ill-used dresser from our bedroom, and unpacked the entirety of my craft collection from it's miniscule closet. The sewing table isn't quite finished as I'm out of money so for now it's propped up with tv trays. It was our old coffee table with some legs that didn't like to stay tight so it was constantly wobbling. Later I'll buy real legs for it. The grand total that I spent for this room is about $30. $15 of that was for embroidery hoops and fabric. The other $15 went to the green and blue milk crates and the tiny blue organizer. Everything else was salvaged or repurposed from another room. I'm thrilled with the result. I know there's not much decorating involved here, but it's mostly about the organization for me. I'm not a very structured person. haha









The instant it was done I had to christen it. So I whipped up the sewing machine cover in a few minutes. That night I couldn't sleep, though. My husband woke up around midnight and couldn't stop laughing. I was standing in the middle of the room just turning circles because I couldn't get it in my head that the room was mine all mine.  Grin

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lye Alternative on: July 23, 2010 05:49:22 AM
I have a son that is VERY active and curious. He's into everything all the time. And, due to suspected autism, he has no concept of danger. So telling him that the container of lye is dangerous and he shouldn't touch it wouldn't help a bit. I've had nightmares concerning this. Like, him suffocating to death because he inhaled lye. Morbid, I know. But all moms have that kind of dream now and again. Right? >.>

Anyway, I can't in good conscience bring lye into the house because it's such a danger to him. But I REALLY want to make goats milk soap. So my question is this: What's a good alternative to lye and how would I change my recipe accordingly? I don't want to use a premade or glycerin soap base because of cost and because I want to do this 100% from scratch. Is it even possible?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Multicolor Dish Scrubbie of Thanks on: June 22, 2010 12:12:16 PM
Recently my marriage fell on hard times. While we were separated much of my family reached out to comfort me. One of those wonderful ladies was my cousin. I had to money to buy her anything so I grabbed some Sugar and Cream yarn and made her a multicolor version of a dish scrubbie pattern I made a while back. I love the different colors so much. It's a lot more aesthetically pleasing than the plain single color or variegated patterns I usually make.




It's 100% machine washable. I use a set of these in my own kitchen and love them. I still can't get my mother to convert to them, though. She prefers sponges that you can't wash in the machine. *shudders*
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Chicken Pot Pie on: June 22, 2010 12:05:54 PM
I threw this together the other night. There's not really a recipe. You just cook up some chicken breast chunks, throw in a bag of frozen mixed veggies and heat them until they're steaming. Then you roll a refrigerated pie crust into a pie pan, fill it, top it with another crust, crease with a fork, and brush on a little egg white mixed with milk. Cover the edges of the crust in foil. Bake at 400F for about an hour or until golden. It was so simple and so good. I have a feeling this coming winter is going to be filled with pot pies. ^_^




I know it doesn't really have the traditional...goo that normal pot pies have. I like it that way. I have a major issue with food texture and that goo reminds me of snot too much to stand. None of my pies (fruit, veggie, meat) have any kind of predominant sauce.

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8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with a doily pattern... on: May 26, 2010 12:35:36 PM
http://www.nancyscrochet.com/9PointPineappleDoily.pdf

I can't figure it out for the life of me. Every time I try to do the treble cluster I end up with only 6 loops to pull through. I tried adding an extra YO after I go through the fabric and end up with 8 loops to pull through. Where am I going wrong?  Undecided
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Homemade Playdough with the three year old! on: May 22, 2010 11:12:52 AM
My son and I made playdough today. Oh, man was it fun! The best part was when he decided to experiment on the effects of blowing into a cup full of flour, though.  Grin

I wish I could have gotten pics during the making of it but didn't think about it until the playtime started.  Roll Eyes

Anyway! Here are the results. I have no idea why I didn't try this sooner. ^_^





10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A 3rd life for an old mirror! on: January 24, 2010 11:57:11 AM
So, I dredged this mirror up from the decay my grandfather calls an office about three years ago. It was a nasty, peeling mess of gold paint (Sadly, no before photo.). Being who I am, I turned it this lovely silver without realizing how it pretty much disappears into the walls over every apartment on the planet. Well, no more! I present my mirror in Bali Turquoise by the wonderful Ralph Lauren!

Before:



After:



Special thanks for Mr. Lauren for discontinuing his sample sizes. $1.50 for the paint of which there is roughly 95% left, $.50 for the brush which I can reuse later, and a free mirror. I have a feeling Bali Turquoise may find it's way into other parts of my life. And I have a feeling Home Depot may suddenly run out of Ralph Lauren samples. >.>
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