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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spring Flower Wall/Door Hanging on: March 18, 2012 09:25:28 PM
I made this to hang on my front door in celebration of the coming spring.



The center of the flowers are made with cotton yarn and the petals are made with wool.  I braided some hemp cording and then attached all the flowers to it.





I really liked how it turned out.  It is super cheerful and colorful.  Thanks for looking!!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bob-omb Mario themed lamp on: November 26, 2011 09:47:24 AM
Here are the inspiration posts that I totally ripped off:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353982.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355930.msg4166166;topicseen#msg4166166

I loved this idea and decided to make my nephew one of these lamps for Christmas.  Here is the completed project:



The wrapper is still on the lampshade, I thought I would let him have the honor of taking that off.  I found a used lamp at Salvation Army for a couple bucks.  It was white, so I painted it black and then decoupaged white ovals on for the eyes.  I know myself and I can not paint perfect ovals, so I didn't even try.



I made the feet and the turn key out of yellow polymer clay.  I always buy a few small bricks whenever I see them on sale for 99 cents.  I just buy basic primary colors and they have really come in handy for recent craft projects. I glued them both on with E6000, which was kind of a hassle with the turn key as I had to sit there forever holding it until it dried a little.  But it's nice and strong and flexible, so it won't just snap off if it gets knocked around a little. Here is a closer look at the key:



I painted the turn key with "golf leaf" craft paint and then covered the whole thing with several coats of modge podge so everything would have the same finish and also to keep the paint from scratching off.

I'm very happy with how it turned out and I hope Mikey likes it!



3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Skull Holders. on: May 19, 2009 07:19:53 AM
I just finished 2 sets of the skull holders.  I really liked how they turned out:



I made the blue and green ones as a housewarming present for my friend and the pink and yellow as part of my sister-in-laws birthday present.





I used sugar and cream 100% cotton yarn for both of them.  Thanks for looking!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Superman dry erase board!! on: May 19, 2009 07:13:01 AM
I just finished this last night.  It's a dry erase board that I refurbished.  I found it at a rummage sale a few weeks ago and bought it.  I wanted to make something for my brother-in-law for his birthday and his favorite superhero (he loves his comic books) is Superman.  So I knew I wanted to do a Superman theme.  He has also gone back to Art School recently and I thought this would be perfect to jot down notes and things he needs to remember.  Here is the finished product:



I have a bunch of photos here, so I'm going to try and work my way through them.  Here are the before shots of the original dry erase board:





I removed the dry erase board and the top picture.  It was actually made to be removed so that part was really easy.



Then I scrubbed forever to get that sticky velcro stuff off the wood and then I painted it with some left over blue paint I had.



I have never worked with polymer clay before, but Joann's had Fimo clay on sale for 99 cents a piece and I couldn't pass it up.  So I decided to do the Superman logo in clay.  I just found a logo online and printed it out, cut out all the pieces with an exacto knife and then used them as my pattern.  If I were to do it again I would do it on cardstock instead of just printer paper.  After I finished the logo, I baked it before doing the blue background.







Then I rolled out the blue clay until it was big enough to fill the picture frame.  I put it on the parchment paper and let it sit there for about a half hour because it had gotten a little too tacky to handle:



I used the glass from the frame as my pattern and then cut the right size hole for the emblem.



I just finessed it in, just some spare clay to do some patch work on the back and baked it again.  I let it cool, then baked it again.  I figured after that it was good:



I bought some new dry erase markers (crazy expensive!!) and it was ready to go.  There are some things wrong with it though.  There are some bubbles in the blue background.  I don't have a pasta machine so I rolled it by hand so it's not perfectly even either.  But I still think it looks good and I don't think Jesse will hold it against me.  I do need to make a holder for the pens and erase.  I was thinking of either doing it in more blue clay and attaching it to the side of the frame or getting some red and blue ribbon and have them hanging from the back.  I haven't decided yet.  I hope he likes it.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pacman Magnets. on: April 06, 2009 06:47:49 AM
I saw a photo someone had made of these online a few weeks ago and thought it was a cute and useful way to use up some of my perler beads.  I didn't have any true red beads left and figured I would just make the ghosts whatever color I wanted.  Here's the completed shot:



I forgot to put lipstick on Ms. Pacman and didn't realize it until I had already ironed her.  Oh well, next time I'll do it right.  I used E6000 glue to secure the magnets on.  The magnets I bought at Joann's for about $1.50 for 10.  Here's the magnet back:



And here is pre-iron, still on the peg board:



These went a lot faster than the Mario Coasters and I figure I could make up a few more sets and give them to people as housewarming gifts or hostess presents.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby hats for spring arrival. Apple hat and mini flapper. on: April 06, 2009 06:38:37 AM
A lady I work with is due to have a baby girl in a few weeks so I made her up 2 hats to go along with her shower gift.  I just used some leftover balls of yarn I had lying around.  They went really quick.  It's fun to do such small hats.

The apple hat I've been making for a few years now.  I've also done it in green and it's super cute too:



Then I made a mini flapper hat.  I just used a cloche pattern, but didn't do the last 2 rounds of the crown (so the circle is quite a bit smaller for a newborns head.)

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Holy Potholders, Batman!! on: March 23, 2009 06:57:12 AM
I've been making potholders lately, just because they are fun, easy and actually useful.  I wanted to make a set for my sister's birthday (the party was yesterday.)  She has always been a huge fan of Batman, so I found a color pattern of the Bat Symbol and used it as my pattern for the potholders.  They turned out rather large though, but I figure it's better for them to be big rather than small.  Here they are:



I found a color pattern online.  I think it's suppose to be for cross-stitch, but it worked just fine for crochet as well.  I did 43 sc across by 43 sc down.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/Lystessa/Graphs%20And%20Charts/BatmanLogo.jpg

I used 10 ounces of Lion Brand 100% cotton in black (color #153) and around 4 ounces of Sugar & Creme 100% cotton in yellow (color # 18010).  Both medium/worsted weight.  I also used an I-9 hook. 



I would have liked to use a more golden rod color, but was unable to find it in cotton.  I think you have to use 100% cotton when making something like potholders because I'm pretty sure acrylic yarn will melt under high heat.

Here's some pictures of it coming along:







I tried using a yellow border, but didn't like it as well as the black:



They are double thickness, so I had to make 4 sides and then crochet them together to make 2 potholders.  So... It was pretty slow going for a while there:



I also made some hanging loops at one corner so they could be hung up.  Here's one more completed shot:




They were fun to make.  It's neat to see the pattern start developing.  I'd like to make more superhero themed potholders for friends and family.  We will see how that goes Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario Super Coasters!! on: March 10, 2009 07:00:27 AM
Ok, I know we have all seen a lot of these perler beads Mario coasters (as have I, that's where I got the idea to do them Smiley  But I just finished a set of 6 and I was really happy with the way they turned out so I thought I would share.  Here's the finished product:



I had never done any work with perler beads and it seemed like a simple project and like it wouldn't take very long.  I decided to make my sister a set of these for her birthday coming up in a few weeks so I headed down to Joann's and bought the big bucket of perler beads that came with some pegboards.  I also bought some tacky glue and a roll of cork board.  When I got home and started sorting through my purchases, I quickly realized that the bucket just wasn't going to cut it.  First off it was missing some colors I really needed and secondly, the peg board it came with was way too small for proper coasters.  So first thing Saturday morning I went back to Joann's and bought a big tray of sorted beads and another small package of beads that came with a really big peg board.  So now I was really ready to go:



Most of the beads I used did come from the big bucket of beads which I sorted into that little paint palette thing I had lying around.  But I think if I were ever to buy more perler beads I would definitely stick to sorted trays.  There is something to be said for the hours and hours of time you spend sorting out the colors.  And I'm not being dramatic like "OMG!  That took like a billion years!!!"  I literally spent like 4 hours just sorting out colors.

I was really surprised at how long it takes to bead.  I started around noon and didn't finished all 6 of them until about 7:30 that night and I hadn't even done the cork backing yet.  It just takes a long time to sort and bead and iron.  And you really just do one bead at a time.  It definitely helps to have some tweezers.  I just used the ones I pluck my eyebrows with and they worked great.

I ironed each one a little longer than they said to.  My sister has kids and I wanted them to be securely melded.



I know what you're thinking, "her ironing board looks like a towel on her kitchen counter."  And you're right, it is a towel on my kitchen counter.  You take the towel off and it becomes my work bench. 

Once they were all ironed and ready to go I traced their size onto some cork board, then cut out the square and used Tacky Glue to glue it onto the side I thought looked not as nice as the front.



I used a lot of glue too.  Once I had them all lined up I place them on the board and weighed them down over night so they would dry flat.  I just used my yoga book and some 5 pound hand weights.



Here is a picture of the cork backing:



And it works!!



**EDIT**  I used the cross-stitch patterns from Birdy's post to make these designs.  She made Mario coasters too and they are awesome.  Check it out:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293851.msg3341090#msg3341090
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mario Mushroom Hat on: March 02, 2009 07:58:51 AM
A work friend of mine wanted me to make her 18 month old son a hat.  She's a big Super Mario fan (just like me) so I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a Mario themed hat.  I didn't have a pattern for the mushroom and I had never worked with more than 2 color yarns at the same time, but I thought I would wing it.  I found a simple picture of the mushroom on-line and then created my own color pattern using some graph paper.

I think it would have been simpler if I had used black, red or white as the background color for the hat as then I would have only needed to work with 3 colors instead of 4, but I still think it turned out amazingly well for my first time.

Here it is:

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