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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / birthday bracelet- feedback please! on: August 07, 2009 11:02:31 AM
I don't make much jewelry and what I do make is usually goofy (Alice the Dinosaur necklace) but I wanted to make a quick gift for a friend's birthday and this is what I came up with....

I know she likes pearls, and that her taste is jewelry is generally more "traditional" than mine, but does this work?

Any comments, constructive criticism especially, will be appreciated!!
(And I'm sorry, I know even less about photographing jewelry than I do making it...)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice necklace on: June 03, 2009 05:18:28 PM
I don't make much jewelry, but when I saw this stone dinosaur, while bead-shopping for a friend, I KNEW exactly what she needed to be.  I ran right over to these orange and yellow-orange cat's eye glass beads, and ta-daa!

Not nearly as impressive as the classy stuff I see on these boards, but she really makes me smile Smiley Her name is from the ridiculous amount of time I got sucked into the "Land of the Lost" marathon a couple weeks ago, and eventhough she might technically look more like "Dopey," she's an Alice  Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / 80s plastic charm necklaces on: May 05, 2009 07:16:05 PM
Trying to thinking of a birthday gift for a childhood friend today I remembered the totally rad plastic charms we used to collect on necklaces.  I wish I still had mine (and who knows they might be somewhere in my mother's house) but I'd really love to get my hands on some now.  I checked eBay and was horrified by the asking prices I saw ($39.99-really? I know they're "vintage" now, but come on!) so I was wondering if anyone out there had any other ideas.  I wouldn't even mind doing some assembly if I could find the right kind of chain, hooks, etc.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's all about... teamwork on: February 16, 2009 04:02:52 PM
This legitimately started as a comment about spelling and, well... took on a life of its own as a running joke.  I made this pillow for my friend and her husband.  When they showed it off to their friends, they got laughs.  When they told their friends I made it, I got looks.  Go figure.

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5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / silly fruit on: February 16, 2009 03:55:04 PM
I made my mom resuable grocery bags for Christmas, and while I loved the vintage fruit print, I thought it needed to be a little bit more fun. So I outlined a couple of the fruits and let their true personalities shine through. 

Silly, but they made me smile.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hug Monster on: November 26, 2008 11:39:02 AM
I made this for my nephew's second birthday from some scrap fleece and an old t-shirt.  His arms are really long (for huggin'!) and have velcro on the hands.

Thanks for looking!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / necklace -> bracelet + what else? on: November 24, 2008 03:24:57 PM
I got two of these necklaces at a thrift store this summer.  The beads are covered with some kind of silkish fiber--never seen anything quite like 'em.  I finally turned the gray one into this (with some simple matching earrings not pictured):

The question is, what do I do with the other one?

Ideas?  Keep in mind, my beading skills are minimal.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "quilted" purse? on: November 12, 2008 05:24:21 PM
I got the very bright idea that I should only handmake gifts (watch out, Christmas!) SO... I asked my mom what she'd like for her birthday (thinking she'd say, "Oh whatever you want to make!" in her typical easy-going way).  Was I ever surprised when she said she wanted a Vera Bradley bag!  I had no intention of actually buying VB fabrics (though they're lovely) so I interpreted her request to mean "quilted-looking."  No idea how to do that really either, but here's the result:

The semi-wonky inside:

All feedback welcome.  What I'd really like to know: does anyone have any ideas about a pattern/shape for the lining that allows this kind of center zip?   I totally winged it with some weird U shapes and it came out okay (if you don't look too close!), but I'd like to know how to do better.
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Election Day owl on: November 03, 2008 06:18:24 PM
This poor little guy got lost on his way to celebrate Halloween, and decided to stick around for Election Day.  

The idea is from Tutowlrial(http://moonstitches.typepad.com/photos/tutowlrial/index.html) which I've seen referenced on a number of Craftster posts (sorry, can't remember which ones).

The political twist is for the hostess of the Election party I'm going to tomorrow night.  I have zero embroidering experience and am kinda impressed with my freehanding the logo (and for thinking ahead to glue it on a safety pin so it's removable!).
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