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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric boxes! on: April 05, 2010 12:45:17 PM
These are fabric boxes I made for Easter for me and my family. They were the perfect size for holding little candies and such. Didn't want to make a commercial easter, but you "need" baskets right?  Wink

All of them lined up. >> Ignore the stuff underneath the table... didn't see that till now. >> Tongue





My mother's and mine:: ...Where did that string come from? Huh


For the Bf and "baby"brother::


For my grandmother and little brother:


Insides::


I'm really happy with the way these came out. Smiley Gonna be good to make lots of these for me and for gifts. Smiley You can fit about 4 soda cans in them with room to spare. (Just for size reference.)

Comments and criticism are welcome!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brother's Birthday Present:: Wallet and Ipod Case on: March 23, 2010 08:55:20 PM
My little brother's birthday is in April, but I didn't know how much time I would have come that time, so I decided to knock it off early. Smiley

Wallet is from craftbits tutorials, and the ipod case was all my design.


If I had to be honest, I wouldn't really recommend the wallet pattern, but it's not too bad. The card sections are too big, and the velcro like that isn't the best option.


Cash and receipt slot.


The back pattern:: I love it, but I would have preferred to have a major part of the dragon on it.


The front of the ipod case:: Has a button and loop closure to hold the flap down, and a cut out on the top, so he can plug in his headphones.


The back:: You can see the cut out at the top, and the loop wraps around a pant loop, so he doesn't have to hold it or stuff it in a pocket. The front is high enough that he doesn't have to button it to keep it from falling out.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / PLATYPUS!! on: January 09, 2010 05:43:06 PM
Okay, so I asked my dad what he wanted for Christmas, and he told me... He wanted a platypus. He's been on this platypus binge for a while, and he kept stealing my boyfriend's hearthstone pillow, and saying "thank you thank you." So NO MORE. ><  Tongue
Now he's got a platypus.
Please be nice. I didn't make a pattern for him, and I winged it as I went. The tail and the face were pretty much the only things that took a considerable amount of time to do. Smiley

The completely adorable and goofy face!

The body.

Hangin out in it's natural territory... for all of 3 minutes before he got trapped up and taken away.

I waffled the tail for detail. Grin

And another picture because I absolutely adore the tail. >> And it took a long time to do.


This took me about... $2.84 or maybe a few cents more, due to tax, and the SMIDGE of heavyweight stabilizer I put into the bill that I bought.

Stash busting::
-Black fleece (Pupils, bill, feet, and tail)
-Black and navy thread.
-Red and white felt.
-Part of my 10lb bulk pack of stuffing. (I count it as stash busting, because it was not bought specifically for this project. But you always need stuffing for SOMETHING.)

Please tell me what you think!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hearthstone (Again) Pincushion and Decoration on: January 05, 2010 08:54:23 PM
Hello all again!! I was so pleased with my hearthstone pillow for my boyfriend, so when I was looking for ideas on what to make my pincushion of, guess what I saw?? Yep.

This is the best picture for real color! >> It's hard to take pictures when you can't go with flash and you cant go without it.



I'd say this is the one with the most detail.



I like the shape of this one the best... though the color is off by a LOT. This was with no flash.


Here's a link to my hearthstone pillow post, if you're interested. Cheesy
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333137.0

I personally love it, but I want to know what you guys think! Smiley 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Home is where the Hearthstone is... on: January 05, 2010 01:30:57 PM
...Or maybe just where the super cuddly hearthstone pillow is.  Wink

I am so proud of myself! I bought 0% of items made for this. It was all from my stash, which means that if I bought it before, it doesn't matter... hehehe... Thread, fleece and stuffing were ALL sitting around for who knows how long. The sad part is that I used up ALL of my stuffing for it. >> And I need that stuff.




Love it? Hate it?? Tell me what you think!  Smiley  My first time using applique stitching, let alone for fleece on fleece.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doll Hat on: December 31, 2009 07:16:05 AM
Okay. I made a doll hat to start out and build an outfit off of for my doll. (It's one of my 50 craft goals for the next year. Which is tomorrow, btw... So it's only cheating so much as... say opening one Christmas present on Christmas eve, so don't beat me up TOO much.  Wink







A couple things. I know her ribbon has a really long end. This is intentional. I know the pics are sideways, but I flipped on using craftster photo editor, and it looked right when it was flipped, but when I looked back on the galleries, it just stretched it out and ruined it. So the other three are sideways. And lastly... I freaking LOVE the way that her eyes look with the camera flash! They're glass, so it really catches the color and light beautifully.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / [Inactive] Clothes Hanger Crafts on: December 29, 2009 11:59:56 PM
Hello All Again,

I have recently began looking for lots of crafty ideas for the new year... And along with these plentiful thoughts, come ideas to start using what I have. To say it bluntly, I was cleaning off my massively crap filled desk, and I saw a hanger. A regular plastic hanger. >> Why was a hanger on my desk? I have NO clue. But it inspired me to make something out of it. (Or more than likely add onto it.

This craftalong is here for all of you who can step up to this immensely cheap and easy challenge! Smiley I hope this post will encourage and inspire you to make something more out of a cheap hanger than just a way to keep a shirt from wrinkling.

The challenge:
Using one or more hangers::
   1.)Create something useful or inspiring to you!!
   2.)Stash bust!!
   3.)Spend less than $5 Including the hanger, if you absolutely don't have one, or can't spare one. (Ask a friend for one if you must.) (And be honest. You're only cheating yourself if you don't!!)  Tongue
   4.)Make it AMAZING!! It can be as simple or as intricate as you want it to be.
   5.)Try not to alter the shape of the hanger to where it is no longer recognizable AS a hanger. (I absolutely ADORE a pair of well made wire hanger wings, but that's not what this craftalong is for.)

Before you ask::
   1.)You don't have to use any specific type of hanger (Wire, plastic, cloth) Doesn't matter.
   2.)It does not have to follow any specific theme. (You could follow your house decor, it could be completely random, etc...)
   3.)It SHOULD be useful to you in some way, but it does not HAVE to be.

Other than that, it is up to you to set your own personal goals!

My personal goals::
~I want to spend $0. 0 Dollars, 0 cents. I want it to be 100% stash busting.
~I want it to be an extremely useful organizational tool.
~I want it to look so good I will be PROUD to show it off.
~I want it to use up at least one patch, and be a part of my 50 patches used in the year 2010 goal.
~I want it to have at least one other household item used in the making of it, and transform it so people have to GUESS what item I used.  Wink

That's it for me!  Cheesy PLEASE join me! I'd LOVE to have you!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects 2010-CLOSED--Join us in the 50 Projects 2011 on: December 28, 2009 04:30:43 AM
Time to get motivated!! This craftalong is all about the goal to make 50 projects in the new year 2010! Everyone post your lists and crafty plans if you'd like to join!!

For inspiration!
2008::
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217500.0
2009::
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285023.0

You know, I really don't know the rules on how long projects should take in order to be considered a project, so if there aren't any, then I suppose just make your own!  Cheesy
My idea will be that it takes me more than an hour at least, or belongs in a decent sized set. Smiley I'd say that a hat would be a decent sized project, but maybe if you have time, and more yarn, then a scarf would make it a set, and would be more satisfying to our crafty egos! Wink But this is about getting motivated and having fun, so it really doesn't matter. One of my goals is ALSO to not include items I make in swaps. Maybe I'll stick to it, maybe I won't... who knows?

My List so far::
1.) A semi/formal dress for myself.
2.) A black hat and scarf set for my father. (Supposed to be his Christmas present, but I won't get it done till the new year. Tsk tsk... shame on me...)
3.) Design (If I can't figure out how to print) my own deck of cards. Is anyone tired of the plain old generic kind?? They're not very attractive...
4.) Make myself a book tote!! We have a new library, and it's gorgeous, so I might as well make something gorgeous to fit right in there!!
5.) DIY my desk (My only REAL crafting space/computer space/eating space.) Into an efficient, inspiring, ORGANIZED haven!
6.) Start an EVERYTHING journal... I went to the papercrafts section and died of shock to see the amazing journals they have there. I want one of my own SO badly. I want it to include::Inchies, ATC'S, Crocheting, Writing, sewing, EVERYTHING that I can possibly think of to do. ...I guess I had better learn how to bookbind.
7.) Sew/crochet up an ENTIRE outfit for my Ball jointed doll (Minus shoes, of course). ...She's beautiful, I mean, absolutely GORGEOUS, but I keep her in her case in my closet, because the only part of her clothes that we bought her that REALLY fit her, are her boots. So I want to crochet/sew her something amazing so I can put her on my desk and not be creeped out.
8.) Create at least four simple scenes in bottles. I have a plastic bottle that I LOVE the shape of, won't throw it away, and want to put little origami cranes in.
9.) I want to make myself a tiny top-hat. I LOVE top-hats, and the tiny ones are to DIE for... so that's DEFINITELY one of my goals.
10.) Make at least TWO items of clothing or bags from my selection of patterns. I don't have a lot, but I bought a handful at HF a while ago on their 99cent sale. Why not use them??
11.) Make myself a sweater sleeve cat. I found a cute picture of them, and I made something similar for my grandmother, and now I want one. BADLY.
12.) Make a shirt/sweater/dress/etc for my ferret. I love her to death, and she's adorable (see avatar), and I would love to make her a piece of clothing that doesn't cost a crap-ton, and that doesn't piss her off to try to put it on. I also want to make some ferret toys to go along with this one.
13.) Make myself a petticoat. I LOVE poofy skirts, and I have a couple of skirts, but have nothing to hold them up with. Leading to my next wish item.
14.) Make myself a gothic lolita dress or skirt. Because that's my style. I love them to death, and it would go perfect with my tiny top hat and petticoat wants.
15.) Make myself a cute purse... while I'm at it, might as well make it match my wish-to-make gosurori (gothiclolita) outfit.
16.) Make my boyfriend of two and a half years and myself a quilt. It would be for a full size bed, and I want to finish it by our 3 years, June 10th. I've already got fabrics and batting for it, so I hope it's enough.
17.) Make myself an amigurumi toy! I love them, and I really want one that I've made. I'm thinking a fox. I've got one on my wist, so I know what to reference to.
18.) Make three tampon/pad/pantyliner wallets. One for me, my mom, and my female best friend.... because digging out those sort of things, and having to use them all beat up, and finding them at horrible times is... annoying? Embarrassing? Both? Cha.
19.) Sew my own fabric sewing machine cover. I don't really NEED it... but a pretty one would be nice.
20.) Sew my own monitor and keyboard cover. Why not? Who needs dust. >> I spilled sweet and sour sauce in my keyboard, so I think I've had enough dirty... I've got to pop all the keys out and scour the inside down. The number I've had to do it is literally in the double digits now, and I'm getting REALLY tired of it. Using my brother's crappy keyboard now...
21.) Make a Scoodie. I don't care how, be it fabric or crochet, I'm GOING to make one this year. Haven't picked out for who yet though. But it must be unique from all the others.
22.) Finally get on with my pant reconstruction. I've started, but I'm SUCH a perfectionist, that it's hard to get it the way I want it.
23.) Make a bunch of those fabric circle flowers. They're the ones from synthetic fabric circles that you burn, and they are GORGEOUS. I just got some in a swap from DiscoQueenHighness and I love them. I must make some of my own.
24.) Perfect a slipper pattern of my own. I'm really getting into slippers, because I love knee socks and such, so I had my eye on sewn/crocheted slippers.
25.) Make myself a purse organizer tailored to my exact needs. I can never think of everything i want to keep and everything I want to get rid of, so my purse is always a mess. NOT THIS YEAR!! >> But I'm such a "but I might need...." person... Anyone else? hehe..
26.) Stencil something... Anything. I really think stenciling turns out really cool... so I'm looking forward to trying it. heath_face told me about it, and showed me a couple of her designs, and they're really neat. Smiley
27.) Crochet myself a shawl that I wouldn't be too embarrassed to wear. I don't want it to look like an old lady's... thing... but I like the idea.
28.) Make a stack of cute newspaper gift baggies! I saw the post on craftster and I fell in love with them.  Cheesy
29.) Make four coupon books. One for me, my mother, grandmother, and possibly my boyfriend. (he and I decided that we're going to try to be frugal with money.)  Wink Don't you love hearing a man think like that? He even helped me list all the ways we could think of to save!
30.) Make a lunch set for my middle school aged brother:: Placemat (because they really don't clean the tables in schools. Bleh!) Sandwich wrap, reusable bags for snacks, and possibly find a cheap set of permanent plastic cutlery for him to use. It would save my mom a LOT of money on bags, and even plastic spoons and forks. My other brother is too young to think of not throwing containers away.
31.) Learn to make my own undies!! (Because I hate the ugly generic ones, and the waistbands hurt me, and Victoria secret is WAY too expensive.) And since I don't have a huge chest, I could probably stand to make my own bras too!  Smiley
32.) Challenge to myself:: Make something almost completely from thrift store finds and stash busting. At least 50-75% thrift, because I could make a million projects from stash alone.
33.) Make myself magnets. I LOVE magnets, but I've never made any. I can try to use the free magnets off of the phone books, but they're not too strong. hmmm...
34.) I want to get at least 20 drawing projects done this year. Small to large, doesn't even matter to me. I LOVE drawing, but I really don't do it a lot... like... at ALL anymore. O.o Wow.. I can't REMEMBER the last time...
35.) I want a portable craft kit. A bag to put it all in, my own handmade needlebook, a tiny case full of my sewing supplies, etc etc.... to fit my crafting needs. Will probably be a mixed media project.
36.) A pair of armwarmers of my own pattern. I've already started on the pattern, but I keep losing track of where I am. (Don't really write up patterns.) So I want some that go up to where my forearm meets my elbow. Crocheted of course...
37.) Crochet with twine to make a basket. I love baskets, because they're always useful for SOMETHING. And I'm pretty sure twine is RELATIVELY inexpensive.
38.) I keep seeing wallets everywhere... so I want a wallet. I don't know what it's gonna hold, and I don't know what to make it with... but I want a wallet. And more than likely I'll make a checkbook cover to match it!! Smiley
39.) Challenge to myself. Make and sell at least 10 crafts. Internet really isn't an option for me, because I don't have credit cards, and I don't want them. So I'm going to have to try and network. Maybe some of the cute little shops on main street take handmade goodies. hm....
40.) Hmm.. an apron. I don't need one... but I see them a lot, and I think that it would be cool just to have one. Makes me want one. I think I'll add to that, another mini apron just for the heck of it. Because everyone should have one.  Wink
41.) Challenge to myself:: Something embroidered... I can't embroider, but I'm going to try. Even if it's something small, but it has to be detailed. I think I'll steal the really awesome idea from Aikibookworm to embroider something, keep it in the hoop, and then apply buttons and whimsy to it. Smiley Hope she doesn't mind.
42.) A summer dress. Something light and flowy... but still not simple. Don't have any ideas on the design yet, but I definitely will be when I think about it.
43.) I think I'll choose from either an altered puzzle and a shoe reconstruction on this... Or maybe I'll pull a fast one on myself and do both.  Wink
44.) 5 Sets of earrings. Maybe not all for me. All depends.
45.) I want to try to make a wrap-around skirt! It just struck me all of a sudden...  Cheesy But I think I'd love it!
46.) At least 10 grocery bags. I really want some, and the generic store brand kind are so... how you say.. UGLY. I'd honestly be embarrassed to be seen with one. Yuck.
47.) 4 Ninja/Surgical masks! One for me, my two brothers and my boyfriend!
48.) At least 10 fabric origami cranes. Been dying to make some out of fabric since I learned how to in paper.  Wink
49.) Use 50 patches this year on projects.
50.) Think I can make 990 paper cranes this year to make up for the only 10 I plan on doing in fabric?? I think that I'm just daring enough to try.   Wink  I'll be ambitious.


Much Crafty Loves,

  Ariethine!

Little Extra "Rules" :: I think that all joiners should post what you did approximately each week. (It's not a serious rule, because obviously you're not really on a deadline, and you're not going to be kicked out or get in trouble in anyway, but just something to show progress by.) I mean, monthly would be good too. But who really wants to wait that long??  Cheesy You are allowed to join this craft-along at ANY time of the year, in case anyone comes along wondering. EVERYBODY is allowed to join. Everyone from newbies with zilch posts to well seasoned craftster crafters. Wink  So from now on, if anybody asks, I'll know that you didn't bother to go through and read the whole thing. Just say you're in, or you're joining, and share what you've done this year. Smiley
Any kind of actual crafts will be welcomed, paper crafts, jewelry, knitting, crocheting, etc... I wouldn't go as far to say writing or poetry... that's quite a different field... but drawings definitely work. Sculpture, home improvement... just anything crafty that you enjoy and/or had to do  Wink and want to share!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / MY type of sock Doll! on: November 15, 2009 10:50:07 AM
I made this doll for the sock glove doll swap, for Pupper! These aren't the best pictures, but I had to pack her up soon after she was finished. This is my original design, and I put a lot of work and effort into her, so please don't try to replicate...  Undecided I really don't want my design to be ripped off. Especially for profit..  Cry I named her Pupper after the woman who inspired her.

Standing in the shade... >> Made by my butt being in the way... But it actually makes for a better picture than in the sunlight.  Tongue
Complete, but please ignore the little yellow pin in her front::


Sitting in the sun::

Close up::


Her back::


Black and Grey Boots I crocheted/eyeleted/laced up for her::


Her Hair is acrylic black and white, her body is a white sock and her limbs were a purple sock. Her neckwarmer and belt are also crocheted by me in grey yarn (acrylic) and her clothes are sewn from a pattern I drafted for her myself.

PLEASE!! Tell me what you think!!  Cheesy  Cheesy
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hairsticks, inspired by Narcoticmuse on: December 27, 2008 07:51:54 PM
Just last night, I was skimming through here, looking at some of the projects, and one of them in particular really caught my eye. It was the Hairsticks done my narcoticmuse. They were just so pretty, I didn't just save the inspiration for later, I did it right then and there...  Cheesy

Silver ones I made for myself:




Brown and Green ones I made for my mom:




Hope you like them... plz tell me what you think!!!  Cheesy


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