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11  The Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up {my daughter's throat}... in CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES by 85%confusion on: July 04, 2013 07:59:08 AM
I made several items for the Dollar Store challenge, but decided to enter this one: A tatted spiderweb necklace.

Dollar store items: sleeve of plastic bugs ($1), eye glass chain, (2/$1), white string ($1), sequin/glitter mix ($1)
Non-dollar store materials: a squirt of black enamel spray paint, glue, 4 jump rings, a liberal dose of spray starch.

The tatted medallion is from a 1948 tatting book, and measures about 2". Tatting with dollar store thread = unfun. It wanted to bunch and frizz. In fact, that is the second medallion, because the first I started knotted weird in a spot and I had to re-do it because I couldn't get the kink out. Then I had to starch the heck out of it because the finished tatting wanted to flop... (If I ever make another like this I will be using actual tatting thread!)

The spider was spray painted so that it was a uniform, shiny black, and sequins glued on. The eyeglass chain was disassembled and put to better use.

Hope you like!

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12  I zigged when I should have zagged... in CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES by 85%confusion on: June 09, 2013 04:45:47 PM

First off, there is only one pic at the moment, as my camera batteries have died. By the time they recharge, it will be too dark to take pictures, so I will add more tomorrow morning!

New pictures added!

Anywho... My entry for this challenge is a chevron scrap quilt. I was inspired by an afghan my Nana made for me, but crochet doesn't quite fit the requirements for the challenge. Lo and behold, a quick internet search yielded dozens of chevron quilts, so mine isn't really all that original, I guess.

The chevrons are made entirely from free fabric samples I collected, so there is a real hodge podge in there. The backing is a vintage bed sheet - I just love how bright and cheery it is! While it was inspired by a ripple afghan, the main shape featured here is actually a triangle. The colorful chevrons are made up of 80 triangles, and there are 100 white triangle to act as 'spacers.' The colorful triangles are made up of strips of fabric that I sewed together, so yes, there was cutting involved. Lots of cutting. By hand. My rotary mat cracked, the ruler was snapped in half, and the cutter went missing in a move, and I hadn't gotten around to replacing them yet.

It measures about 4'x5'.

This was actually quite the endeavor for me, as we are living in our camper while we renovate the house we bought. My work space consisted of a lawn chair and an end table. Note to self: no more quilts until you have a kitchen table, again!

Full view!

Folded so that you can see the backing fabric...

I love the little geisha print in this one!

Another of my favorite triangles.

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13  Kogin Embroidered Checkbook Cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: May 02, 2013 08:50:46 AM
It's nice having a couple days off in a row! I'm actually finishing up my projects!

Really loving doing kogin embroidery right now, so I tried out a new design and made it into a checkbook cover.

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14  Spirograph Tote in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: May 02, 2013 05:58:55 AM
When I was little, my absolute favorite toy was my spirograph. I remember sitting for hours at the table experimenting with different wheel and ring combinations. And ink colors. My Dad bought me one of those 16 color pens. I used every drop of ink in it with my spirograph.

I saw this great bag while I was stumbling around on flickr, and decided to make my own version. White bags and I do not get along. They usually end up gray, so I decided to start with a gray bag.

A close up bit of some of the embroidery. (Yeah, not my best stitching, but the overall effect is just fine.)

The finished bag.

I couldn't get very good shots. The lighting was bad and my camera batteries were dying.

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15  Hand-made weave-it loom in Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: April 30, 2013 07:08:28 AM
I know I have seen a post on here by someone who has done this, but I can't seem to find it, so I can't link you to them. At any rate...

I purchased a small (2") weave-it loom on ebay, and decided I wanted a 4" one too. They were a little over my budget, though. Seriously, $44 for a wooden square with pins in it?! Yeah, yeah, I know... It's vintage. I ended up making my own. I spent $3 on a piece of wood that was big enough to make two 4" looms and a 12" x 16" loom, as well, and $1.77 on wire brads. It took a negligible amount of wood glue.

This is my finished 4" loom, and a test weave to make sure I spaced my pins correctly.

Weaving in progress.

Finished! I used Peaches & Creme Stripes crochet cotton.

My loom with the vintage one I purchased on ebay.

In looking around on the internet for instructions on how to use my small loom, I found this great link! It has .pdfs of vintage weave-it pattern books, free to download.
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16  Kogin Embroidery Badge Holder in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: April 28, 2013 11:37:23 AM
So where I work, supervisors get a badge that has a barcode on it. The barcode allows you access to certain functions on the POS systems that regular employees can't use. But... Our badges are literally a plastic giftcard that they put a barcode sticker on. Ugly. Tacky. And we're supposed to keep our badges on a lanyard around our neck. I decided to make a covering for mine, today, using kogin embroidery! (Ok, so my kogin embroidery book arrived in the mail and I was looking for any excuse to make something!)

This is the embroidery pattern I decided to use. Very simple.

The embroidery bit is done! I left a hole in the design where I wanted the window for my barcode to be.

Finished! I had to trim the card down a little bit, but I intended to do that, anyway.

The whole project took a small piece of 14 count aida fabric, some size three crochet cotton, and metal eyelets.

My sewing machine was arguing with me about the thread I was using, so my sewing isn't as tidy as I would have liked, but it gets the job done: No more ugly gift card hanging around my neck at work!
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17  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: April 24, 2012 04:02:48 PM
Just got the nicest package from my swap angel, Mountains and Clouds! I received 3 lovely, tiny, perfect things: an ATC that is a mini book page print, adorable little owl earrings, and an amazing squirrel in a bottle necklace! Squirrels are kind of a special thing between my husband and I, which I don't think I had mentioned.... But they have a meaning to us (sorry, long and private story). Anyway... I love everything so much.

I am so sad I couldn't get a picture of the squirrel that is worth anything. =(   It is so perfect and tiny!

Thank you so much!
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18  Assemble the minions! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: February 19, 2012 10:19:22 AM
I was teaching a friend how to crochet and remembered how much I love to do it! Then I decided to make an I love you gift for one of my step-daughters...

The pattern was on ravelry, but I modified the eye and goggle bit. The original had two eyes.  I used left over cotton dishcloth yarn for most of it... and some black acrylic for the hands and feet and stuff.

My step-daughter loved him, and named him Carl. =)
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19  Buffy vs. twilight pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: February 11, 2012 02:14:27 PM
My 16 year old step-daughter is a die-hard twilight fan. I, on the other hand, prefer Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So, since I'm the one doing the crafting, I win!

I made this for her as a Valentine's Day gift -We don't usually do "traditional" gifts for the kids. She'll either love it or hate it, but I know she'll be amused by it, at any rate. And if she hates it, two of my other girls want it deperately... 

The quote is NOT my original thought. I saw it on pinterest, but translated it from a button to a pillow.

Anyway, I was able to find a buffy font for "Buffy" and a Twighlight font for "Edward." The rest of the text is Bell MT. Edward sparkles, but that doesn't show in the picture. I did it with a freezer paper stencil - and realized just how much I hate cutting letters out, even when they are almost 2 inches tall!

So, no comments on the lint, or my messy ironing board. I was so excited it was finished I took pictures before I washed it.

C&C appreciated!
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20  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: February 11, 2012 01:41:33 PM
Ok... Here is my utterly FANTASTIC package from Painted Sparrow - When I opened it, all I could say was, "Wow."

She sent me the sweetest little bird book ever - each set of pages has a quote and an illustration. Don't you just love how the book is shaped like a wing?!

I can't really pick any favorite pages... But these might come close...

And just as fabulous... (I strongly encourage you all to look at the full size images from these thumbnails! I didn't want to take over the thread, but oh my gosh - every page is amazing and worth a look!)


AND!!!! She made me this adorable ATC that incorporates my love of owls, small woodland creatures, and book prints!

I was totally blown away by the awesomeness of this gift - thank you so much, Painted Sparrow!
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