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81  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Potholder to camera case (low supplies crafting) on: April 11, 2010 03:49:12 PM


So I'm currently an ocean away from almost all of my crafting array; the only things I brought were a candy box full of embroidery floss and a metal matches tin of sewing things. After my old camera kicked the electronic equivalent of the bucket, I decided that perhaps I should safeguard the new one somehow (ie, not just wrap it in a napkin and throw it in my backpack). Not wanting to purchase even more things however, I picked up a potholder for 1 (just noticed it was half off!), mostly because it had built-in padding.



It didn't have quite the right dimensions - so I trimmed it and reattached the binding:



(That picture was probably truest to color out of them all.) Then I stitched it in half with contrasting embroidery thread (light blue):



And found a snap in my tiny little sewing kit (also, french knots are my go-to embellishment):



And there y'are! It even has a little loopy so I could clip it to my belt or whatnot.



No action shots, because it's a camera case, and, well... yeah. Anyway. Thanks for checkin' it out!
82  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Run away with the circus! Circus skills swap? on: March 28, 2010 03:10:57 PM
I juggle and unicycle, as well as some other random tricks to a moderate standard - anyone interested in a skills swap? For instance, I'd like to learn poi, so I'd love a handmade set. Or a bag that would fit juggling rings as well as clubs without it all falling out. The crafts could also be a skills-themed shirt or wall art, anything really! I'd be interested in organizing, but I don't have the time until summer, so sign ups would probably be in June. I'd love to hear any ideas you all have about how to make this a cool swap, or things you'd want on the questionnaire!

83  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Labyrinth and Shaun of the Dead inspired key chains on: March 09, 2010 07:07:24 AM
I did both of these for swaps. The first one references Hoggle from Labyrinth - his jewels, and the peach he gives Sarah.



The pit is dried, painted, and wire wrapped, and the leaf is fabric sewn onto felt for structure.

The next one is a cricket bat from Shaun of the Dead. Very useful for fending off zombies!

http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/jungrrlist/MyCrafts/SwapsReceived/PeggSwap/DSC07422.jpg

I whittled down a branch from my yard, I'm guessing it was maple, and sealed it with olive oil. The handle was wrapped with electrical tape (I have no idea why I have so much electrical tape, but I do).

Thanks for letting me show off. Wink
84  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hissing cockroach, Pirate, and Embroidered dotees on: March 04, 2010 10:03:32 AM


I made these three for round 8 of the dotees swap - my first! After I finished them I just wanted to make more.

My first partner liked pirates and mermaids - so I made Bartholomew James and his daydream.



My next partner had this great quote in her questionnaire: "to fare on - fusing the self that wakes with the self that dreams." I based Dahlia off of that.



My last partner liked weird things... and insects! I wonder if anyone's ever made a Madagascar hissing cockroach dotee before? This is Anosy.



Thanks for lookin'!
85  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / thelastkodama's January ATCs on: February 22, 2010 06:05:55 PM


These are ten ATCs that I made for the January Ongoing ATC swap - I had only made two before these, so I did a lot of experimenting, style-wise. 

Cowboy Bebop theme: hand stitched silk and 3D pen and crayon drawing



Female superheroes theme: collage



Men's ties theme: fabric, fabric paint, tie-able ribbon, instructions in bottom pouch



(Possibly my favorite) Flight of the Conchords theme: fabric paint, painted with a paper scrap instead of a brush



Hassan chop! theme (in joke): sharpie and crayon over Tibetan paper



Japanese theme: handmade papers and wrapping paper collage



Beatles songs theme: button and fabric paint over calendar illustration



Ocean mammals theme: pen and colored pencil illustration with yarn accents



(Another favorite) Questionable Content (webcomic) theme: felt and embroidery floss



Thanks for looking! I'm hoping to do many more of these.
86  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I need dimensions for a stethoscope bag on: February 21, 2010 08:11:58 PM


My boyfriend's birthday is next month, and I want to make him a bag/pouch for a stethoscope since he just got into vet tech school.
I don't have a stethoscope of my own, however, so I don't know how big this bag/pouch should be.
Can anyone give me an estimate? I saw one on craftster that said it was a little big, and I think I want mine to be relatively fitted.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
87  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pressed seaweed cards on: February 10, 2010 02:29:05 PM


These are my valentines this year! The seaweeds were harvested right here on the coast of Maine (when I say harvested, I mean hacked out of the ice), and pressed on herbarium paper.

The sea lettuce was very fragile, so I gave it a layer of mod podge to keep it together in the mail.



But the devalaria was perfect, it needed no additional adherent.



On a side note: if you press seaweeds it's important to put a layer of wax paper on top of the plant and then sandwich each sheet in absorbent paper in your plant press. Change the sandwich layers every day until the specimen is completely dry.

Yay! Seaweeds!
88  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I was feeling down, and now I'm out of mod podge. on: January 15, 2010 09:23:09 PM


The crafting cure! Cheaper than therapy!  Cheesy

So I had this clementine case that was just kicking around waiting for a little spiff-up, and today I found half of a falling-apart book with nice yellowing pages in the free box on my college campus. I mod podged some pages to the outside and inside and glued on some big wooden beads for the feet.

Beginning of life:



New home on my desk:



I really like the look, and it freed up some space on my desk.
So that was my Friday night! I feel better now.
89  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Make an easy, recycled triangle box on: December 13, 2009 09:53:29 PM


These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.

Here's the pattern, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
 
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.



Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).



Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.



Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.



Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise Wink) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.



Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.



Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.



Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.



Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.



You're done! Fill your box with stuff! Cheesy



Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!



Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.



I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.
90  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow string of cepahlopod banners! Embroidery, appliqu, & stencils. on: November 06, 2009 01:41:36 PM


I made this for ragdoll193 in the Sea Life Swap, and I was pretty proud of it. I hope she enjoys it. She had some cepahlopods in her list of favorite creatures, and I really love them too so I ran with it.

The first banner is an appliqud giant squid:



Next we have a stenciled vampire squid:



And an appliqud cuttlefish (with 3D ruffle):



This embroidered nautilus is one of my favorites:





This stenciled octopus is the first panel I did:



The last flag is an embroidered dumbo octopus:



French knot suckers!



And here's how it would look hanging on a wall:



Thanks for looking!
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