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3301  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Challenge #10 - Reepicheep the Mouse on: June 14, 2010 03:13:04 PM
This is truly amazing... I'm off to hit "THIS ROCKS!"
3302  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Custom Wedding Couples Plushies on: June 14, 2010 03:12:37 PM
3303  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Build Your Own Craft Book! on: June 14, 2010 02:52:40 PM
Thanks ladies!
3304  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk Charm Swap Mail by 6/18 FULL; Signups Closed! on: June 14, 2010 01:49:09 PM
Oh good!  I'm so glad you ladies like them!  Cheesy  I was trying to avoid gears, thinking that a lot of people would be working with them, and that we might all want some different kinds of charms. 

I got mine from jennieingram today too!  Grin

I forgot to ask, what brands are the bottle caps you used?  I see that one has a red maple leaf on it, so I can only assume that it's Canadian, but Molson Canadian (which I love) has a white cap and this one's gold.  did they change caps or is this a different kind?

I honestly have no idea.  I used a TON of Blue Moon, Backroom Brewing Company, and several varieties of Leinenkugel's caps, which all came from our house.  I also received a giant bag of caps from a friend who throws a lot of parties though, and drinks different stuff than us.  The silver ones were from Smirnoff hard lemonade type beverages, and some creamy-tan ones from a gluten-free beer called "ridge" something or other.  I do remember the gold cap with the red maple leaf on it, but I it was one from the donated bag, so I don't know what it came off of.   Sad 
3305  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster on: June 14, 2010 12:01:29 PM
I've been getting them all morning too.  Normally I just ignore an ad I don't like, because I know you guys aren't picking this stuff, but whoa....  I just can't take this one today.  I don't need to see wounded and abused animals here on craftster.  I came to the thread to post pictures of what's been coming up for me, but since you guys already know about it, I won't make more people suffer through the images. 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WORKING ON THIS SWEETS4EVER!  And please know that all your hard work, on every little problem, is appreciated by all of us. 
3306  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk Charm Swap Mail by 6/18 FULL; Signups Closed! on: June 14, 2010 11:55:21 AM
So I was looking through my old nail polish (new idea, still glittery!) and I came across my favorite nail polish from ages ago: its gold glitter that is UV sensitive and changes to a purplish color in the sun! I think I'll be using some of that...

Just be careful if you use the nail polish on polyclay!  It can eat away at the clay underneath, and then never fully dry, remaining tacky and sticky forever.  

Also, it looks like one of my charms was delivered already today, and 2 or 3 more are out for delivery right now!  Pretty darn fast considering I shipped them Saturday afternoon with the APC! 
3307  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Marauder's Map Crochet Hook Roll on: June 14, 2010 11:41:59 AM
This hook roll was made for the awesome pinkleo in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap.  The inspiration came directly from papilionette Marauder's Crochet Map seen here.  I changed the ink color to a maroon-ish purple, and added in some personal touches, like including the names of pinkleo's family members in the castle.  Enjoy!

Closed up:



Detail of Hagrid's:

Detail of the Forbidden Forest & Quidditch Pitch:

3308  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Build Your Own Craft Book! on: June 14, 2010 11:24:41 AM
So, I have a confession.  A confession of an addiction really....  I'm addicted to craft books.  I just love them.  So shiny and full of happy crafty ideas.  I want to buy them every time I find them places, be it in the craft store, or old used ones in a junk shop.  I also love picking up those craft idea sheets you find in the aisles in Michaels, Joann's, & Hobby Lobby.  My addiction covers quilting magazines too, which I try to not buy, or else I'm afraid the habit will spiral out of control, and I will soon lack all shelf space for regular books.  I do break down and buy them sometimes though, and more often than that, I end up pulling pages out of magazines I find in waiting rooms. 

A few years ago I started a craft binder for myself, broken up into categories of craft types like jewelry, home dec, paper crafting, etc. (with a separate binder for quilts, divided again into categories like baby, masculine, contemporary, classic), all put into shiny page protectors.  When working on my gifts for pinkleo in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap, I thought she might like one too.  It's the kind of thing most of us think we SHOULD do, but never get around to, since it's for ourselves, and we're so often crafting for others.  Mine, while divided into sections, isn't pretty or fancy, but I decided pinkleo's definitely needed to be adorable.

Front cover, done as a crafty crossword:

Table of contents, in which I tried to anticipate all the kinds of crafts pinkleo could easily find her way into.  (And even made her a bonus crafty crossword puzzle):

Project sheets from craft stores.  I found that I could usually place 2 per side of the page, in a single sheet protector (a total of 4).  Most of the time I just want to thumb through and see an image to inspire me, so I decided just having the front visible was fine with me.  But since most of the projects had information on the back of their sheets, I taped the project sheet only at the very top, along one side of the paper.  That way, when you want to read the back of something, you just have to pull the page out of the protector, and flip the project sheet up.

Tutorials from magazines like ReadyMade, this one is for a shirt recon:

Reference Guides to various things, like Adhesives, Needles, Scissors:

I thought this would be like a one or two hour long project, but I was SO wrong.  I spent about 2 months just collecting sheets every time I went somewhere.  Eventually I had to give in and build the book, even though I knew I'd find more projects later.  I just slid the extras into the pocket of the binder so Pinkleo could go through them at her leisure and add in the ones she liked.  I hope this inspires some of you to make your own craft book too!

3309  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bacon & Eggs Apron on: June 14, 2010 10:42:31 AM
I love doing applique, especially since I discovered the JOY that is Heat & Bond.  This apron was made for pinkleo, in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap, way back in December.  Most of the fabrics are vintage, and were given to my shop as a donation.  I did have to wash them a few times with Oxyclean to remove the old smell, but after that, they were great fun to use.

Detail on the bacon & eggs.  The fat in the bacon was done with contrast thread and a zig-zag stitch.

The apron was inspired by one on pinkleo's wist, made by SnappyShop]http://www.etsy.com/shop/snappyshop]SnappyShop on Etsy.
Thanks for looking!
3310  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Half-Blood Prince/Advandced Potion Making Inspired Journal on: June 14, 2010 10:35:18 AM
I made this journal for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap for pinkleo, way back in December.  It isn't actually a copy of "Advanced Potion Making", but was inspired by the Half-Blood Prince's copy of the book.  I need to make more cute journals...

Front cover:


Back cover:
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