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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lacey (very mini) dress/top on: March 29, 2011 01:21:36 PM
a few months ago a friend bought me a japanese crochet magazine and although it had patterns in it, there were still instructional words that she also translate for me.

fast forward to february when i unraveled an XL men's sweater, as i do every once in a while when i find an incredibly good deal. then 2 weeks ago i went on vacation and spent 5 days most of the time in pajamas watching movies and a whole bunch of tv. it wasn't all vegetative - i brought that magazine and the yarn with me on this vacation and actually finished this (pics were taken before blocking, so to the top looks a bit bubbly) :
closeup of top section:
closeup of bottom section:

i'm sending it to the friend who gifted me the magazine (who has since moved to japan - southern end, so she's OK if you were wondering). just thought i'd share here first.

here's what the unraveled yarn looks like (i didn't respin it before working with it):
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zebra Pattern Knit Evening Bag on: January 06, 2011 07:34:18 AM
Hi, All -

Just finished the Spell My Name SWAP, Round 5 (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366540.0) and wanted to share this purse I made for my swap partner, craftycakelady. She mentioned that she like zebra print and have always wanted knitted things, so I made a zebra pattern in Excel and set off to knitting this purse:

KNIT PURSE (in a zebra pattern i made using MSExcel!) with some Kisses inside - sorry I don't have a pic of the lining - also zebra print black & white fabric... I was actually kind of excited about this...


Need to work on my shaping a bit, but quite happy with the way the pattern turned out. 'Just hope she can use it Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Welcome to Earth! (Baby Sweater) on: September 09, 2010 10:38:35 PM
My husband's step sister had a baby last week and he's going to see her and the new baby this weekend. After making a pretty plain blanket, I wanted to make something a little cuter and wound up crocheting this:

Still needs buttons (or something), but thought I'd share now that I'm thinking about it. 'Wish I'd been smarter about taking pictures with something else for size comparison, but trust me - through all of my bad stitches, it still turned out pretty cute in person just because of how small it is (I made it newborn size - they want to have more kids, so even if this baby only wears it for a month, they can pass it onto the next one, right?).

Question for piece-makers out there - is there a cleaner way of sewing pieces together? As much as I follow the instructions out there, my sewn edges always look UGLY. Suggestions? Comments?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse Swap Crafts on: June 30, 2010 05:31:37 PM
Hi, All -

Since my first post about a year ago, I have been a bit of a post slacker, making tons of stuff, reading all kinds of craftster posts, gaining inspiration from those posts and even joined 2 craft swaps this year (and getting inspired my my swap partners, too!) ... So, thought I'd also start posting to get caught up.

My last swap was the Make me a Purse and Fill It Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346471.0) and here's what I made:




1. bird-shaped keychain/chapstick holder. (that's the purple thing on the bottom right of the pic)

2. small version of a hobo bag (she said she traveled light, so I made a smaller version of one she wisted in colors/patterns I thought she would like). Here's what it looks like on the inside (it has a zipper center pocket):



3. sugar skull coin purse (slightly larger than a coin purse) with the zipper as the teeth, also inspired by a coin purse she had wisted (no pattern/freehanded, so as you can see, the shape of the head is a bit squarish)




I really enjoyed making stuff for my partner (and enjoyed receiving, too!). 'Looking forward to my next swap!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A couple of birthdays (a lot of pics!) on: April 19, 2009 08:31:46 AM
Hi, all - this is my second post to Craftster and my first in this forum! I have been making some birthday cards for friends lately and wanted to share them here. 'Hope you enjoy - Any of the Cs much valued and appreciated (comments, criticism, complaints, commiseration, etc...)

1. YEAR OF THE OX
I have a cousin who I consider a sister (we are really close in age and are both the oldest of our siblings, by about 8 years difference between us and the next sibling). Anyway, she was having her first baby and in addition to a nursing pillow I made, I wanted to make her a card that carried the Year of the Ox theme. I know it's a bit hard to envision the two animals as oxen, but it was the best I could come up with - I found origami instructions online (sorry, I don't remember where!)... there were other oxen patterns, but most of the ones that I thought looked amazing were just a bit too complex for my feeble mind. Maybe on the next one... or maybe in 12 years in the next year of the OX. I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but it says: "We're Very OXCITED to meet you!". (I cut the grass myself - I did a horrible job gluing (i've learned to use stick glue since then!) Here are the pics:





A pic of the oxen before they were positioned in the grass (and the two sheets of paper I used to cut/make the grass with):


2. STRAWBERRY SURPRISE
Our friend was throwing a surprise birthday potluck party for his wife - she, herself, is very crafty, loves to cook and loves to try new foods. So, he asked all the guests to bring a dish and a recipe for their dish - part of HIS present was to put the recipes together in a scrapbook and give her a personalized cookbook - I brought a dessert we call strawberry surprise and made this card to put the recipe in:

The front of the card:


The recipe inside:


And a little tag in the back:


3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (NOT IN HAWAII)
Our friend, Yvonne, had been planning her 30th birthday since last year - she wanted to rent a house in Hawaii and bring a couple of friends with her. Well, most of us (her friends) slacked off and she ended up getting a big birthday bash instead, courtesy of her husband and sister. She still has plans to go some other time, but to make up for it in the meantime, I made her a "Hawaii" themed card. I haven't been there myself, so I'm not sure how close I am - I used my personal memories of the Philippines as inspiration (maybe it's more Philippine-themed, in that case - maybe she hasn't noticed Smiley

I also made the envelope it came it, so I'll start with that:


The front of the card:


I made removable cutouts for the message - I am particularly proud of this part because I did not predraw the letters and decided to just cut it FREEHAND and still managed to actually get the words "happy", "birthday" and "YVONNE" to come out fairly readable (I think):


Here's what the base of the inside looks like underneath when you pick up the cutouts (I couldn't find the stick glue and I had to finish this in a hurry so I had to use that clumpy glue on this one again, hence the paper wrinkles):
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PURSES, TOTES, BAGS: OHMy first post and I'm starting with a VERY BIG PIC CHORE! on: April 14, 2009 01:40:07 AM
Hi, All - After figuring out the picture posting thing, I am finally going to put my first post in (sorry for the bombardment)... Short prelude: So, I bought a sewing machine a few years back intending to learn how to make my own clothes (I'm a bit overly curvy in some places and I wanted some clothes that fit me properly). After about 2 failed attempts, I decided that I'd really only be good with upholstery a while. So, that I did. I recovered one of my Ikea couches, made my mom a custom settee cushion with removable cover (for washing, which never happens).

Recently (OK, a year ago), I moved and when I whipped the machine back out, I discovered that it was not working quite right - took it to the shop and guy said it would cost me US$200 to fix it. So, I went out and bought a new one for $170... it was a great excuse to get a new one, really. In the same week, I found an ad for some free fabric. I thought I was going to end up with a handful of fabric; I actually ended up with almost a trunk full of remnant upholstery pieces, which I immediately distributed amongst craftie friendies, mommy included. I also took this to be a sign to start sewing...

I'm still a little scared to go back to trying clothes, so I am doing some purses in the meantime (most of the material is from that stash I acquires).

MY FIRST PURSE:
I was actually trying to follow this pattern
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125025.0, but got so excited about my sewingness that I forgot to turn the fabric at one point and ended up with a different shape when fastened. I also, at the time, wasn't ready to try a purse with tucked corners, so you'll see a side view with them hanging out. I actually really like this purse and ended up giving it to a friend for her birthday (when I saw those colors, I thought of her so I thought I should):


2ND ONE:
Then, i wanted to try it again using some denim I got and this time making the handles separately, trying some curves (with the heartshape) and tucking the corners out to give it a "bottom" (by the way - the heart is also a pocket):


3rd:
So, I wanted to take that circle idea all the way, so I took one of our bowls to make a pattern for this one (the opening for the purse and the base for the handle/opening:


no 4:
I'm really excited about this one - I doubled up the red fabric to make the outside heart pocket and added a smaller heart applique on the other side of the purse - I also tucked the corners inward this time.
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