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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Where to find swaps? on: May 20, 2005 01:04:19 AM
I am just learning about ATC's and would like to join some swaps. Any tips on where I can find reliable swaps online? Thanks!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 3 finished objects on: May 13, 2005 09:44:11 PM
It feels good to finish 2 things in one day, I tell ya.

These are the first granny squares I have ever done. The pattern is for the sow thistle motif that is used for the scarf on the cover of Hip To Crochet. It is a rather lacey looking motif...doesn't show up well with black yarn in a photo. I used some simple black fabric for the lining and had a heck of a time deciding on the handles. I tried out some plastic handles and circular bamboo handles but neither was what I wanted. I wanted a sort of slouchy, hobo look for the bag. Finally I just decided to go with some piping, sewn together in a circle. 




These slippers were a gift to my mom on mother's day. She really adores them. I used the Turkish Slippers pattern from Ericka Knight's Simple Crochet. The yarn is Landscapes by Lion Brand. I really like the pattern, although I had to skip rows here and there to get the right size.



I needed a project to take in the car with me on a recent trip and so I started this simple mesh shawl. The pattern is from a vintage craft book I picked up from a yardsale. I finished 3/4 of it in the car over the course of about 2 1/2 hours and would have been able to finish the whole thing within the space of another hour but I ran out of yarn!! And nobody else in the car wanted to stop anywhere to get more. Anyway, it is Softee Chunky, by Bernat. The pattern called for tassles along each side, which I added but then took off because it was just to much for me. I like things simple and understated. 


 
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 zippered pouches and a coin purse on: May 05, 2005 04:11:45 PM
"More medication, please"

I made this one last month. For holding my tampons and pills. The patch is sewn on crooked, yes, don't f*ck with me when I have PMS.



This red canvas was printed with my Gocco:



This is more coin purse sized. Paper, magazine cut out, laminate, magnetic closure:



4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / some red and black things on: May 04, 2005 09:33:42 PM
This purse was the first I ever knitted. It is inspired by the Rockstar scarf from Knitty.com as far as the color scheme and pattern are concerned. I used some cheapo Thick N Quick along with some boa yarn from Hobby Lobby. I used red canvas for the lining and a black frog closure.



I hate how hard it is to capture knitted projects on camera!!

The next thing is actually the first project I started when I learned to knit last fall. I wanted to make my boyfriend a red and black scarf, but I hated the way the little dotted line on the back of the fabric looked. I was told that ribbing would help this problem, but in the beginning I was terrible at ribbing. So what I decided to do is make it on circular needles. Because it is a tube....a very, very long tube...this sucker is extremely thick and warm. In the photo, the part hanging down is sort of folded in half--it is wider than it looks. I believe it was size 9 12" circulars that I used. It took me forever, I tell ya. But he loves it and cherishes it so it was worth it. I know we aren't supposed to knit big time consuming things for boyfriends, but he is one person I know that truly appreciates the effort. I wouldn't have done it, otherwise.



 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / my own personal jesus on: May 04, 2005 09:23:09 PM
My boyfriend is a disgruntled ex-altar boy. One night he came home with this Jesus statue. I think it is from his mother's yard. Anyway, it was all white and just kinda sat there, looming in the corner for months. One night I had insomnia and so I pulled out my paint bin and started making Jesus pretty. I found the plaster pillar at a yard sale for a buck. This has been sitting around my house for almost 3 years now, so the base is starting to look pretty battered. People ask me why I painted him blue. I was going for the look of a Hindu god, but the color is a bit dark. No, he is not the god of smurfs.


6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork bag on: May 04, 2005 09:17:39 PM
A patchwork bag I made a while back. I used random bits of fabric, silver thread, iron on letters (my name is actually "Candy" yes indeed) and some of that printable fabric to make the patches. I want to write something on the cassette tapes with a Sharpie...I just haven't thought of anything I like yet. Maybe "Rock N Roll Suicide" would be fitting. I used fusible webbing to give it strength and the strap is an old belt. The David Bowie badge on there was made by me, as well. This was all very hodge podge, no planning, so I'm pleased with it.


7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My bedroom wall on: May 04, 2005 09:12:22 PM
A picture from my bedroom. The window is at the head of the bed, so it serves as a sort of headboard. I tried to do something my boyfriend and I would both like. He works third shift and sleeps in the day, which is why we have the black curtains. Anyway, we both like it very much.

The gun stencil is from Stencil Revolution, I believe. I drew the little skull and cross bones stencil (originally intended for making my own postcards), the stripes were created using masking tape, and the words "We're Desperate: It's Kiss or Kill" are from a great song by one of our favorite bands, X.


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Summer In The City shirt on: April 23, 2005 08:15:31 PM
I've had this one knocking around in my head for about a week now and finally got a chance to do it today. Old blank t-shirt, some ribbon, spray paint, etc. I'm happy to have it out of my head finally. I would say it took about an hour from start to finish.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A bird in the hand... on: April 19, 2005 11:14:23 PM
I've been trying to think of little crafty projects to do while I am sitting out on the deck or at the park enjoying this amazing weather. I came up with this little coin purse. All the ingredients fit right in my apron pocket!


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10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hubcap Clock on: April 19, 2005 11:09:41 PM
I found this beautiful hubcap in the parking lot of an adult video store, of all places.

When I decided to turn it into a clock I didn't even realize it had exactly 12 spokes in the right places! For this reason, I elected not to bother with adding numbers .


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