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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / freeform butterfly on: May 11, 2015 07:13:16 AM

I recently participated in my first Craftster swap - Yarnies vs Sewists.  My sewing skills are quite lacking so I was a yarnie. My partner said she liked artistic or functional items, using natural materials and colors.  I sent her some simple pencil-style pouches for my small item but I wanted something with a bit more flair for the medium item.  

She likes butterflies and even has a butterfly tattoo.  I started with this pile of rainbow-ish yarns from my stash and came up with a way to use all except the red recycled silk in lower left and the dark green in the upper right.

Most of these are natural fibers - cotton, wool, bamboo, angora.  I don't have much orange in my stash so that ended up to be a rayon thread but it has a great sheen to it.  I also grabbed the black fuzzy yarn (polyester) because I thought it would make a great body for the butterfly with the gold thread running through it.

I just picked a couple of crochet stitches and started working.  I did take careful notes as I had to make two large wings and two small ones and they were supposed to match Cheesy

I struggled to figure out how to bring the butterfly together and ended up putting thick black felt on the back ... which I won't show here because, did I mention my hand-sewing is terrible too?

I forgot to take measurements before sending it off to my partner but I believe it ended up approximately 7" in height and 9" wide.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Goal Book Beginning on: January 29, 2015 11:40:38 AM
I was inspired by Smeddley and the goal book she made here. Someone in her post talked about the Wreck This Journal - I'd never heard of such a thing, so I went searching for ideas.  The very next day I was off to the store to pick up a little composition book to make my own.  

I also snagged some printable burlap sheets.  Actually at the time, I didn't realize they were printable but that gave me some additional inspiration.  The only thing I regret now is that I used a blue book since my theme ended up in black, but it's constructed and I won't change this year.

I found a swirl pattern I liked on the internet, used a photo editor to add the year and printed up on the burlap.  Then I cut the burlap to size and glue to the top of the book. Easy peasy!  I added a bit of black striped washi tape to the edge and glued a little butterfly bead to the front (glue is still drying in this picture).

There was even a little strip of burlap left from the bottom of the picture I printed, so I added a cute brad and made a bookmark.

My innards aren't nearly as fancy as those I've seen - so far I have some rather plain goal lists, a stamp page, an inspiration page (to list places I've gathered inspiration this year), and a page for Valentine's day ideas since I want to make this year special for my hubby.  

I really need to sit down with some fun pens / pencils and make my pages more crafty.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ariel the Mermaid on: October 27, 2014 09:15:46 AM
I'm trying to be good and not show this off to all my friends and family until Friday (Halloween), but it's too hard.  You guys won't tell anyone right?  Smiley
My daughter wanted to be Ariel (The Little Mermaid) for Halloween this year.  I was going to just use a turquoise tutu my mom made as the basis for a very simple costume but then I got inspired on the way down to the fabric store and came home with lots of supplies.

The hair is a super-stretchy ribbed hat made with Red Heart Sparkle yarn.  I wove strands of the yarn through the hat to make "hair".  It's not as neat looking as I wanted, but it'll work.
I struggled the most trying to figure out how to make a seashell top.  I just purchased a $5 long-sleeved shirt (which is good because it's supposed to be cold on Friday).  Hubby came up with the idea to just sew a couple of puffy shells on the shirt.  But when I went in my craft room to find purple fabric I spotted the felt.  Wonderful!  Less sewing for me (I'm not the greatest sewer).  We decided since it was felt, puffy wasn't the way to go (she's not yet 4 so she doesn't need puffy breasts!)

The tail fabric is actually part of the Frozen collection, but I thought the turquoise sequined fabric looked a little like a mermaid tail.  The biggest problem was I ended up hand-sewing the entire tail.  The fabric was stretchy and contained some sort of sticky substance that kept coming off the fabric and gumming up the needle so the thread would stick and break!  (I may end up taking my machine in for a good cleaning now sigh.)

I just made a simple skirt with the fabric and a knit fabric lining since the fabric was so thin.  The main part of the tail was doubled over and sewn as kind of an apron that is tacked to the inside of the skirt. The ends of the tail are slightly stuffed with filling to give them a bit of dimension.  I originally was going to put the tail in back but putting it in front where she could kick it and it would be more visible was hubby's idea.  It's hard to see but there is a stretchy sequinned belt on the skirt.  My daughter has turquoise sparkly sneakers she'll also wear with the costume.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Ziggy Tunic on: June 09, 2012 12:46:43 PM
Just finished this last weekend. Took about 10 days to finish because I don't have much time to knit - less than an hour a day. Turned out very cute!
Pattern is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-ziggy

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First doily on: June 10, 2009 11:09:51 AM
This is my very first doily.  I'm discovering I love working with thread!

The pattern is available at http://ninasatmyhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/gift-doily.html.  Any comments or suggestions are welcome.  I did try blocking it (also my first), but it almost looks like it could use a bit more.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mint Delight and coin purse on: April 29, 2009 11:17:12 AM
This is only the second thread bear I've ever made, and I'm calling him "Mint Delight":

The pattern came from http://www.squidoo.com/thread_crochet_bears2.  I used size 10 thread for the bear and size 30 for the muzzle.  After stuffing the parts, I used a tip I learned this week and used sinew to attach the parts to the body - that way the limbs still move, but the sinew is very strong and less likely to break.

I was prompted to make the bear because of Yahoo Group threadanimals (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/threadanimals/).  The April Challenge was "What is your bear's PURSEonality?"  We were to create a bear with a purse - inside, holding, or whatever.  I also made the purse:

Not sure if you can tell, but it's made up of shell stitches - using size 3 thread.  The pattern for the purse is a Crocheted Hobo purse (http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html) that I've made once before using yarn, but I liked the pattern so much I wanted to try making it in thread for a smaller version.  I "finished" the purse a few months ago, but never got around to adding a lining and zipper (because I hate sewing).

Looking forward to hearing your comments!   Smiley
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crandall on: February 17, 2009 12:33:43 PM
I decided to participate in a Challenge this month.  It was held by Yahoo group's threadanimals.  The idea was to create a thread animal of our choosing, using any pattern / make up a pattern, but at least 75% of the animal and all embellishments needed to be RED for Valentines Day.  Smiley

This is what I came up with:

His name is Crandall the Cranky Crab  Grin.  I thought the french knots I used made him look cranky -hence the name.  He doesn't come from a pattern - I just played until I got him "right".  The great part about Crandall is that he was made with recycled yarn.  My first attempt at recycling a sweater seemed like a "bust".  I knew enough to check the seems to see if they were cut, but my mind didn't grasp the concept that a STRIPED sweater would result in lots of little balls. Oops.  The nice thing was that the sweater was made from a 6-ply cotton yarn, so I split the yarn and used 3-ply for the body and 1-ply for the legs.

And yes, he's only the size of a quarter.  Smiley  Hope you enjoy!

(click for larger image)
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Holiday Tartan Afghan on: December 22, 2008 11:41:39 AM
It's really bugging me that I can't post my finished projects on my blog!   Cheesy  I spotted this pattern this summer when my mom gave me some of her "old" crochet magazines (this was from Annie's Favorite Crochet, December 2004).  I immediately thought of my in-laws.  Partially because their family room has several of these colors.  I started it back in Sept/Oct.  I'm glad I did! - it took a long time to finish.  At times the whole thing seemed "tedious" (same stitches), so I ended up switching off to other projects for something different.  It wasn't a difficult pattern.  You basically create a "grid" like filet crochet of DC, Ch stitches and then dozens of chains that are woven into the grid to get the plaid look.    But I think it turned out great!  It's really warm since in most places you have two layers of worsted weight yarn.

Close-up view of stitches and weaving:
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Christmas on: December 22, 2008 11:20:48 AM
I wasn't sure where to post this, so I'm hoping here is ok.  DH is totally enthralled the with Harry Potter books.  So, for Christmas this year, I decided to give him a HP Christmas.

First item I finished was a Gryffindor scarf.  I know the colors aren't quite "right", but I don't think he'll care.  This is crocheted.  [Doll is something mom made YEARS ago - she really needs to get her neck restuffed and to have some other clothes!]

The second item he'll receive is a bottle of "butterbeer".  Actually, it's a bottle of Butterscotch Schnapps, but I found a cool label online, and will give him the recipe I found with it.

The big item is the shadowbox.  This was the toughest of all to figure out what to make and put in there.  The map in the center was purchased online.  We had the "Every Flavor Beans" from over when the last book came out (I don't think they're edible anymore anyway!).  The glasses are an old pair of mine that I tried to make look a bit more like Harry's.  The crests from the 4 houses were also found online and printed on "parchment" paper.  I found a little bottle around the house and put a tag of "Veritaserum" on it.  The wand was a stick from our yard that I stripped the bark from, varnished and polyurethaned (just one coat so it's not too shiny).  Then I made a polymer clay handle to fit on the end.  Unfortunately you can't see, but there's a little serpent (also in black) wrapped around the handle.  And finally the strange gold thing up in the left corner is supposed to be a Golden Snitch.

I think my parents are getting him the latest HP book (Tales of the Beedle Bard).  I'm also going to give him an "acceptance letter" to Hogwarts that I printed up and burned the edges to make it look more like parchment.
I hope he likes it!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hobo bag / my first post on: July 23, 2008 12:15:52 PM
I finished this a couple of weeks ago but finally am getting around to posting about it.

We found about 5 weeks after it happened that a friend/neighbor broke her leg at the beginning of May.  I wanted to do something to cheer her up.  I thought about taking over some chocolate and flavored teas to enjoy while she was house-bound, and then tried to figure out what to bring it in.

The gift was delayed a few days because I decided it would be neat to whip up one of those Nordstrom Hobo Bags that I had seen in Craftster  (http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html is where the pattern is located).

I think it turned out great!  I didn't have time to run to the nearest city to find leather straps or magnetic snaps, so I improvised and made my own crocheted straps and found a cute button.

Unfortunately with the black yarn I used, it's hard to see the stitches in the photo, but it looked really good.  Here's the back of it:

I'd do somethings different if I were to do it over again.  I think I like the "smoother", shinier yarns that I've seen this with - the yarn I used was pretty fuzzy.  I'd also get a much thinner ribbon.  But I love the look with the button and bright pink ribbon!

But, shhh... don't tell my friend that I bought both the button and lining material on clearance!  Grin

Here's a picture with the goodies inside:

If you want more details as to the slight modifications I made, you can see them here http://nulandnews.blogspot.com/2008/07/cheer-up-bag.html
Let me know what you think!
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