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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quilted Messenger Bag Type Purse on: August 07, 2013 11:35:39 PM
I prefer a purse with a cross body strap. I like to pull it over my head and be able to forget about it, instead of holding on to it with one arm at all times. I also like more of a messenger style bag... I pulled the zipper off of some throw away from my friends BFs work, and the purse is made out of 2 shirts. Also a fleece remnant. I quilted the outer layer to the fleece remnant, then I made a liner out of a lime green shirt. I think it looks pretty nice. For someone who never follows a pattern, that is.



Here, my laptop was having a hard time uploading pictures yesterday. The liner and the inside of the pocket is made out of the lime green shirt, more green than the picture shows.



I also made a loop to attach keys too, but it's in an awkward spot. I'm also horrendous at sewing on trim! Especially to something so thick.

I really like it, every purse I make is all trial and error, but maybe sometime I'll make up a pattern and share it. It's basically one long rectangle that forms the front, bottom, back, and the flap, then two smaller rectangles for the sides. The strap is around 50 inches long, and the bag sits comfortably at my hip. Then the liner is the same as the outside. I don't have any kind of closure for the flap, no velcro or buttons. Which I sort of regret, but, I can deal with it.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Clay Cthulhu's and Dragons NEW PICTURES on: July 31, 2013 03:08:14 AM
I feel kinda stupid, posting my amateur attempts at making clay figures, but I figured I'd share because I barely ever post on craftster. I recently got an amazing camera, so, there's no reason not to take pictures now! I was browsing DeviantArt and found a girl who makes these AMAZING clay dragons. When she lists them in her Etsy, they are all gone in MINUTES, no joke. So. I got a hankering to start making my own clay things. I tried making dragons like hers, failed epicly, then I noticed she had a tutorial on youtube. The only thing I really took from that was making tinfoil armatures. I also didn't want to make dragons, because (1) I suck at making wings, as you'll see and (2) I felt like I'd be stealing her thing, even though I made a completely different style than hers. Plus, for some reason I really wanted to make Cthulhu's, and, well, I'd like to continue making those and hopefully selling them in my own Etsy shop because I enjoy making them and in my opinion, they turn out better. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to advertise... If they ever do end up in my Etsy, it'll be quite a while because I don't have the money to buy shipping supplies anyways.) Anyways, sorry for the long-winded explanation, but I don't like to just drop a bunch of pictures and not say anything about them. Here you go: (Sorry for the large photos)



My first Cthulhu. Ain't he cute?



This is one of my first dragons. Yeah, I don't like him either.



Another first one. Meh.



Another adorable Cthulhu!



I decided to jump on the tentacle bandwagon, since I'm already making Cthulhus.



Creepy evil Cthulhu holding a "soul".



Sleepy Cthulhu.



Bronze Cthulhu pendant.



I spent a lot of time on this Griffins feathers, but his head still really bothers me...



Dragon. His little spike broke off on this side...



I made the mistake of trying to paint his wings white...



Crappy. Pony. Do not like the pony.

Anyways. What do you think for a beginner? C&C welcome!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ordering Yarn Online? on: July 15, 2013 10:13:54 PM
I've heard of many people ordering their yarn online. I'm interested in doing this, the selection at craft stores isn't very big. There IS a yarn store here somewhere, I haven't been there yet but I'm planning on going sometime...

What I want to know is, what are good websites, do they give you good deals, and how do you know which yarn to pick if you can't feel it?

Thanks in advance for your help! I want better options!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Free pattern: Reverse (Or not reverse) Pinwheel Blanket KAL on: July 10, 2013 08:02:44 PM
So I decided to knit blankets for a few people for xmas. I am knitting my bf one for his bday soon, because it's for winter and I'd rather get it to him before winter is half over. I figured we could do a KAL because (1) how many people have knit blankets? and (2) it's an easy way to start! I wanted a pattern that was easy, I mean SUPER SIMPLE, but it needed some kind of pretty thing going on. Like, the decreases and yarn overs in this blanket. Here's a picture of a finished one:



and here is the link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reverse-pinwheel-blanket

For those of you who want to knit a pinwheel blanket from the inside, here is a link to that tutorial as well. http://web.archive.org/web/20080404200224/http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm

I've already casted on. It doesn't really specify how big the skeins of yarn used is, so I just got a pound of forest green acrylic yarn. Hopefully it's enough, I'm using bigger needles and I'm making these blankets for adults, so, we'll see how big this one turns out and if 1 lb of yarn is enough! Here's the unholy mess of mine right now:



EDIT:

My blanket was twisted, so after a few days of thinking about it I'm going to start over and knit it from the inside out, instead of the outside in. I'm still going to post here, though, and I'll post a link to a regular pinwheel blanket for anyone else who wants to join knitting a reverse or a regular pinwheel blanket.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A board for healthy ideas and crafts. on: May 07, 2013 07:48:39 PM
Possibly added in the bath and beauty category? I just would like to see another way for craftsters to help other craftsters get healthy. I know that a lot of craftsters spend most of their time crafting, mothering, and working, and we don't necessarily have the time or the motivation for exercise or making healthy foods... I'm sure that there are plenty of people out there who have crafty ideas on staying healthy, like a way to involve crafts with exercise, or keeping themselves to a routine, or not letting themselves craft until they've spent some time exercising.

I'm sure there's plenty of craftsters who have also managed to MAKE their own exercise equipment, or have crafted up ways to eat healthy, and I'd like to be able to find those ideas in one place too.

Or is this just not crafty enough?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How on earth do you get patches to stay on shirts? on: May 03, 2013 08:00:21 PM
My boyfriend is an Eagle Scout, and he's a SO and both of these mean he has patches that he needs on his shirts. I've handsewed them on carefully. They get ripped off. We finally went and bought some iron on stuff that you cut to the patches size and shape and used that. THEY GOT RIPPED OFF. I'm going to iron them back on again tonight because he has some big thing coming up where there's going to be cops and cameras and such and he'll get in trouble if his uniform isn't complete. But I'm sick and tired of him yelling at me to put the damn things back on! It's not my freaking fault that they fall off. It's not my fault that his work doesn't just have the patches embroidered directly on the shirts, since EVERY WORKER NEEDS THE THINGS ON THEIR SHIRTS...

As you can probably tell, I seriously hate patches. The ones for his work shirt are the important ones that need to stay on and they have to be on the sleeve... So I can't manage to machine sew them on.

For his Eagle Scout/Adult Leader shirt, I'm positive that those patches actually have iron on stuff on the back on them... They're thick and shiny but he refuses to believe that they are iron on and makes me sew them on.

Since I'm somewhat crafty, and he isn't at all, he seems to think that I can make anything he wants and get's annoyed when I stop working on something of his because I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Ugh.

Anyways, thank you for any help you can give me!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chainmaille Jewelry! on: April 30, 2013 11:50:07 PM
I'd like to tell you all right now that I apologize for the bad quality of the photos. My camera died. I made a nice little light box/tent, picked up my camera, and it refuses to turn on, regardless of how fresh the batteries are. I've tried every trick internet could give me that didn't involve physically abusing it (the darn thing wasn't safe from emotional abuse, but it's dead anyways, so it shouldn't matter what I yelled at it). Seriously though, there was one guy who swore any camera would start working again if you slapped it against the palm of your hand enough times after doing a few other nasty things to it. I just don't want to take that chance.

My boyfriend has a really nice camera somewhere, but we tore apart the garage (most of his stuff is out there, we're currently staying with his mother) and we can't find it. Apparently, he found his camcorder and says I can take great pictures with it, but it's still out there for some reason...

Anyways, on to the chainmaille!

...of course, the internet died literally just as I typed that...

There it goes! On to the chainmaille!



Here is a half persian bracelet I made. All the jewelry is made with 5/32 aluminum rings from theringlord.com



This is a boxchain choker. This took a lot of rings and a long time to make. It also hurt a lot...



Spiral Weave... I LOVE how this looks, but it un-spirals when you hold it up....you have to spin them before putting it on...



This one is Byzantine Weave. I think you need a smaller AR than I got in order for this too look good, but I like it anyways. I plan to make a long necklace (by which I mean a few inches longer than a choker) with smaller rings... Maybe even micro maille. I will hate myself afterward, but I love the smaller byzantine weave.

Some other things that aren't necessarily jewelry, but I don't know where else to put them:



Chainmaille dragon. He is awesome. My boyfriend wants to keep him.



Ironman "Whirlybird". I've made a few of these:





And a keychain:



Anyways. There you go. I just haven't posted anything in a while because for some reason I don't like posting the camera phone pictures. Hope you like them anyways!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / $5 in Paris sweater KAL on: March 13, 2013 05:46:30 PM
I've already cast for my sweater, but it sounds like an easy knit. I haven't made a sweater or anything bigger than a hat. Or a scarf. I think a scarf would be bigger. Maybe. A hat is more complicated. Anyways.

I'm doing mine in red and black. Here's my favorite picture of one:



and here's the (free) tutorial:

http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html

Since I finish a hat in a couple of days, I'm thinking it'll take me between a week and a month to finish. I still have to finish someone's viking hat + beard and have to figure out how to do the curvy horns.

She doesn't say how to make long sleeves, because her's has short sleeves, but the picture I posted is from a post here on craftster and that girl said she did decreases every 4 rows I believe until it was as long as she wanted.

So. Who's in?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Love Coupons - My ideas. on: January 26, 2013 01:52:53 PM
For Valentine's Day, I want to make my boyfriend an emroidery of one of his favorite pictures of our Hedgehog, Amiira. I need ideas of what to do with the embroidery after it's done though. I've thought of making it into a pillow, or a wall hanging, but I don't like the idea of a pillow and we aren't living in our own place and we can't put things on the walls (or let it look like we're living here at all) so it would probably end up forgotten somewhere for a long time if I made it to something to put on a wall. Is there anything else you can do with embroidery? I have done it on purses before, but he doesn't need any kind of a bag, and I can't really afford to make it into something bigger like a shirt or anything. Open to suggestions... Please help! And thanks in advance ^^

Here is the picture of her:




EDIT:

I've decided to replace the embroidery with Love Coupons! Here is a list of the coupons I'm giving him, we don't NEED any kind of sexual ones, as I'm given to be okay with whatever he feels like doing, so these are the ones I've come up with that I think he might appreciate and use. We laughed for days about all kinds of other suggestions, so this was a challenge for me to think of these:

   Sweets for my Sweetie: I will make or buy your craving ASAP when presented with this coupon.
   Ice Cream on Me: I will buy you ice cream.
   Movie and Popcorn: A movie out, all on me.
   GOOD Homemade Dinner: You must have an idea of what you want for dinner, but I will make everything except meat (Excluding sausage or bacon).
   Picnic Planned by me: When you present this coupon, I will plan out a picnic to be enjoyed wherever you wish.
   Chocolate Covered Fruit: Your choice of fruit, I will dip them all in fruit for you (excludes bigger fruit (such as watermelon) or fruits that wouldnt dip well (citrus fruits for example).
   Craft Made ASAP: Any feasible and not extremely complicated craft you want made ASAP.
   Dress me up: I will wear an outfit of your choice for up to a day (From dressing up to going to bed).
   Bonus: Your choice: Anything you can think of that Im being difficult with, go ahead and use this coupon for a realistic cooperation on my part.


The first one can be used as many times as he wants, at least until next Valentines when he will need to do something to "renew" his coupons. The rest are either 1 time uses or 3 time uses.

Also I made him a box. He will like it because of the scrapbook paper I covered it with, but he won't like it because it's in the shape of a heart. He likes old style maps. The other papers were just related.







And yes... the smaller hearts are supposed to look like pasties.

The love coupons are buried in there, as well as 2 tiny bottles of Irish Whiskey to go along with some gourmet hot chocolate I've yet to find.
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paper Mache Jack-O- Lanterns! on: November 04, 2012 05:53:48 PM
This year my MIL was interested in finding lace or doilies to decorate pumpkins with. She lives alone with 2 large dogs and only has a part time job and school loans to pay off, so, when she couldn't find anything cheap, she just kind of gave up. I decided to give paper mache a try, because I love doing pretty much all kinds of different crafts and trying new ones out. My plan was to make her some pumpkins, then print out lace patterns to put on them. Then I showed her the website I found the tutorial on here: (http://www.stolloween.com/?page_id=67), and she decided she liked the pumpkins on there instead.

Their's are much much better than mine, but here are the ones I've made:







I spent all of October making these. I also made one with the face carved out for my dad, but I had already given it to him when I remembered to take pictures.

I personally used a mixture of flour, Elmer's Glue, and warm water as my paper mache paste. The paper mache clay was bought at Hobby Lobby, for about $8. We spent about 2 weeks collecting newspapers, however I only used like 1 Sunday paper. I stuffed the garbage bags with old Oprah Magazines... Basically, get the tips of your fingers wet, open the magazine and lay it on your lap like you are going to read it, place your finger tips at the top of the page, then start pulling down with just your fingers. It's quick and easy to get all of the regular pages off... The thick cardstock ones will probably stop you though.

I absolutely love Halloween. So imagine my disappointment, after I had spent all month making these, when my MIL didn't even put them outside and hand out candy. It was a real blow to me, because I have all sorts of friends who have me make them things and they don't seem to respect how much work I put into them. However, this project was about Halloween. I just cannot believe the disrespect my amazing Jack O Lanterns got. I was so proud of them.

I also made a small Pumpkin Pillow, based off a How To by Martha Stewart. I can't find the actual tutorial I followed, but the woman gave pretty much all credit to Martha Stewart.


I thought the fabric was a wonderful choice. This pumpkin was made with a 6" X 12" rectangle of fabric.

Mini Tutorial: Fold the rectangle in half so it's a square, sew the open side. Then sew the top and pull the thread tight so that it's gathered as much as possible. Stuff it with as much stuffing as you can shove in there, then sew up half to 3/4 of the bottom. Stuff more stuffing.... Just make sure it's over stuffed. Finish sewing the bottom, pull it tight tight tight, before tying off. Take thread and pull it through the top once, then wrap it around the side to the bottom. Pull it as tightly as possible without breaking the thread, stick the needle in and out the middle of the bottom, wrap it tightly around the side to the top, pull it tight, go through the top and wrap it to the bottom... Until you have all the ridges you want on your pumpkin. Then make a stem whichever way, I simply made a tube of brown fabric, stuffed, then sewed straight onto the top. Instant adorableness!

EDIT:
I feel since this competitions prize is Elmer's stuff, I should talk about it some more since I actually used it.  Huh I don't really know why, but whatever!

When I first started these pumpkins, I had read somewhere that paper mache paste made with just flour was the strongest you can make. Well, I was having a hard time with that. Basically, I did 2 layers on the first 2 pumpkins with just flour and water. They were flimsy, while there were only 2 layers I felt like my pumpkins would cave in if anyone so much as touched them. After that, I was really happy that I had brought my little container of Elmer's glue with me. That 1 half empty bottle was more than what I needed to make my paste a billion times better. Before, the newspaper strips were having a hard time staying in place while they dried. After I added the glue, not only did they stay in place but they dried much harder. I only planned on doing 3 layers on all of the pumpkins, and I got to stick to that plan for my first 2. My last 2 I only did 2 layers!

The pumpkins that you see here are still stuffed with newspaper for stability and weight. However, the one that I carved I had to take the stuffing out. I was pretty nervous about taking all the stuff out and possibly ripping open the whole pumpkin, but it had no problem. It is keeping it's shape wonderfully for just being paper mache and no support! I was a lot more worried about the pumpkin being blown away instead of crushed. Thanks to the glue!

Moral of the story: Definitely use some glue while making paper mache paste!
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