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1  Need Christmas Gift Ideas? in CROCHET by pottermouth on: December 01, 2016 06:39:29 PM
Look no further! Craftster members love to share and I've compiled a short list of great gift ideas for that "hard to buy for" person. Who wants a purchased gift anyway?  Grin

What about some super festive ornaments? cranberry2001 has crocheted loads of them and provided the pattern so you can too!

Awww, here is a cute amigurumi wreath by yoguiana:
Happy Holidays Wreath Ornament

mandobug hooked up the quintessential ugly Christmas sweater, and I bet there is someone in your family that has to have this for Christmas.
Ugly Christmas Sweater

Know a Firefly fan? They definitely need a good ol' Jayne hat!
Jayne Cobb Inspired Crochet Hat by AprilDraven

Popcorn Queen crocheted a 5 1/4" tall R2D2 that would be perfect for a Star Wars lover.
R2D2 with pattern

Would rather have a Tie Fighter? LouiesLoops has got you covered.
Tie Fighter (free pattern)

insertusername made a Petey the Piranha scarf that will keep any geek's neck nice and warm!
Petey the Piranha Scarf and Hat

And if you are feeling especially ambitious this year, why not create this oh-so-lovely Long Hooded Cape, as Mistress jennie did?
Crochet Long Hooded cape

I know what I'm doing. storeboughtcreations posted these easy and sweet ornaments that are quick and fun. I'm sticking pics of my kids' silly faces in those reindeer and turning them into refrigerator magnets for all the Grandmas!  Cheesy

Happy Holidays!
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2  Holiday Sweets Hutch in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: December 01, 2016 04:51:52 PM
Hellooooo December! Time to make all of the Christmas Things! I cheated a little and made all the things in miniature.

It started with the hutch, which can be found on Alpha Stamps, and many of the other items used can be found there too. I painted the hutch white with red handles and added vintage star shaped sequins to the bottom doors. The kit comes with doors for the top, but I opted to leave those off to make all the things more accessible.

I made the Yule Log, the wonky peppermints, lemon drops, pink peppermint puffs, the Christmas pudding, cocoa, candy canes, swirly lollipops, gingerbread hearts, and candy sticks from polymer clay. The round lollipops are simply hot glue that's been colored with Sharpies! The gingerbread sleigh is one of those tiny cheap mini tree ornaments from Kmart (circa 1982) and I gave it a slightly less sloppy paint job.

The drawer and doors open, so I got to stuff the cabinet with more tiny things.

There's quite a few more pictures on my blog if you'd like to see the rest. There is also a list of supplies so if you see something you can't live without, you will know where to get it. It was such fun to create this mini hutch, and the good news is nothing is glued down so I can reuse it for something else!

Happy Holidays!
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3  Mini Sweets for Christmas in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: November 21, 2016 05:00:22 PM
I've been messing around with polymer clay and made some eensy candies and a Yule cake, for no particular reason. The round lollipop is actually made from hot glue, but the rest is polymer clay.

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4  Chaircat Mao and a Giant Ball of Yarn in CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES by pottermouth on: November 05, 2016 03:18:38 PM
Every year my twins request paired costumes, like last year's Banana Split, and this year was no different. Twin 1 decided she wanted to be a giant ball of yarn and Twin 2 was going as our cat, Chair.

I thought I was being clever by repurposing the round costume that served as the scoop of ice cream in the Banana Split I made last year, but it would have been easier to sew it from scratch. I ended up stuffing it with a zillion plastic bags and hand-sewing the yarn over the ENTIRE thing and it took an eternity.

Never Again:

The cat pattern is from MCCall's 6106 but Joann's only had an adult small available (and I have a dinky kid) so it needed resizing, and it still came out big!

Finally, here is the inspiration for the costumes. She is not impressed.

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5  Happy Meowloween! in Halloween Costumes by pottermouth on: October 31, 2016 04:47:33 PM
Hope you enjoy it more than Chaircat Mao.

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6  Charming Jack in Halloween Decor and Parties by pottermouth on: October 14, 2016 10:34:55 AM
I dug another unfinished project from my "Bin of Doomed Things" and put this guy together. His head has a Styrofoam core and paperclay molded over that, and I just sculpted a face into the clay. His unpainted head and body were in the bin, so all I really had to do was paint the face and give him a sign...

One of my kids suggested giving him a candy corn nose, and another kid gave him his name.

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7  2016's 3rd Quarter Featured Crochet Projects in CROCHET by pottermouth on: October 12, 2016 04:32:17 PM
Here are the Featured Projects for the 3rd Quarter. How exciting! These projects were chosen by you hitting that fabulous "THIS ROCKS" button. Congratulations to each of you and thanks for sharing your awesome work!

Mrs. Weasley Inspired Burrow Afghan by Mistress Jennie

Viking Baby Set by dooney

Mermaid by biscuitbear

Skull Shawlette by Smeddley

LOTR/Hobbit Hat by BridgeKeeper

Haida Darth by anderlance

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8  Odd Little Ghoul in Halloween Decor and Parties by pottermouth on: October 12, 2016 03:45:12 PM
This poor guy was left abandoned in my "Fail Bin" a year or so ago, probably because I lost the inspiration to finish him or wasn't pleased with how it was working out. I saw him yesterday and felt bad, so spent a minute to at least make him presentable as a Hallowe'en decoration for my bookcase.

Styrofoam body and head with paperclay molded over the styrofoam, dowel legs, Dollar Store spooky gauze, wire arms, tree slice for stand, paper, string, glue, and paint.
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- September 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: October 11, 2016 01:51:13 PM
Yay! I can finally post my ridiculously awesome card from nooo! Feast your eyes on this (sideways pic):

She made me an ATC for my Bizarre Holidays theme and chose June 25th, National Catfish Day.  Cheesy I love it! There was also a lovely toucan card! Thanks so much for swapping with me, nooo!

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10  The Charnel House Book in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: September 25, 2016 03:42:43 PM
It is nearly October and I've only finished one Hallowe'en craft. How dreadful! I used three tomb shaped chipboard pieces and bound them together with a folded strip of heavyweight cardstock to make a spooky book! The cover has a crazy bat, chipboard columns, and an opening door.

I frankensteined this mischievous monster then gave him a myriad of skulls to play with. I sanded the devil out of this page and along the edges of all the pages.

All of the pages were covered with a variety paints, ink, tissue paper, chipboard pieces, oil pastel, stamps, charms, collage images, and shimmery stamp spray.

Time to move on to a second spirited project!
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