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11  Animals! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ayanared on: October 15, 2011 11:35:30 PM
My neighbor is having a baby and they don't want to find out the gender...  Sooooo, I made her some gender neutral animals.  I hope she likes them...

More info about where I got the patterns here: http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.com/2011/10/kcwc-day-6.html
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12  Owl Hat + Pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by ayanared on: October 12, 2011 03:30:15 PM

I made this hat for my daughter and I got so many compliments (and requests!), I decided to make a pattern - because it is just so EASY!

What you will need:
~ half a skein of worsted weight yarn of Main Color ( ~125 yards)
~ small amount of worsted weight yarn of Contrasting Color
~ small amount of worsted weight yarn of white
~ small amount of worsted weight yarn of orange
size G/6 - 4.25MM crochet hook
size H/8 - 5.00MM crochet hook
yarn needle

Working the hat in rows:
With Main Color (MC) and H hook, Chain 27
Row 1: sc in second chain from the hook and in next chain.  hdc in next 2, dc in next 22 (26 sts)

Row 2: chain 2, turn, working in back loops, dc in next 22 dc, hdc in next 2 hdc, sc in next 2 sc (26 sts)
Row 3: chain 1, turn, working in front loops, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 hdc, dc in next 22 dc (26 sts)
Rows 4-27: repeat rows 2-3

Place the two  ends of the hat together, inside out.  Sc the two edges together.

Evenly sc around the top of the hat where ever you can fit ~27 stitches.  (I got about 29).

Dec around (sc2tog) until the top of the hat closes.

Chin Straps  (make 2)
With MC and H hook Chain 23
Row 1: dc in third chain from hook and in each chain across (21 sts)
Row 2: chain 2, turn, dc in each dc (21 sts)
Row 3: repeat row 2
Finish off, leaving a 12 inch tail
Attach a cute button on one chin flap.  On the other chin flap, place ~10 chain stitches on the bottom in the middle of the other.  Slip stitch into the same place that you started the chain.

Eyes (make 2)
With MC and G hook, chain 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in first chain. (6sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sts)
Change to Contrasting Color (CC)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next) around (18 sts)
Change to White
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2) around (24 sts)

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3) around (30 sts)
Rnd 6: (2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4) around (36 sts)
slip stich in the next sc.
Finish off, leaving a 12 inch tail

Ears (make 2)
Using 2 strands together,
With CC and H hook , chain 9
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook and across (8 sts)
Row 2: chain 1, turn, sc2tog across (4 sts)
Row 3: chain 1, turn, sc across (4 sts)
Row 4: chain 1, turn, sc2tog across (2 sts)
Row 4: chain 1, turn, sc across (2 sts)
Row 5: chain 1, turn, sc2tog (1 st)
Row 6: chain 1, turn sc (1 st)
Finish off leaving an 12 inch tail.

To make tassels for the ears, cut  several (~ 6 per ear) 8 inch pieces of yarn and attach them individually

With Orange and G hook , Chain 7
Row 1: sc in second chain from the hook and in each chain across (6sts)
Row 2: chain 1, turn, sc2tog across (3 sts)
Row 3: chain 1, turn, sc across (3 sts)
Row 4: chain 1, sc3tog (1 st)
Row 5: chain 1, sc (1 st)

Finish off leaving 12 inch tail.

Arrange all the pieces to fit like the picture and stitch in place using tails.

Post pictures on facebook and enjoy the compliments from your friends!
Now you are done!

*for a printable version with pictures, go here: http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.com/2011/10/kcwc-day-3.html

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13  Re: Energy Healing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: July 07, 2011 07:16:08 PM
I got my package too!!!!!!

I love, love, love it.  Smiley!

First of all, I got some amazing energy rocks.

Action shot!

I also got a yoga mat holder! 

I love the fabric....

Speaking of fabric, Rosie gave me two yards of fabric in the styles that I LOVE.

I think I am going to make some pillows to throw on my couch... Or maybe a quilt... Oh the possibilities!

And button art:

And some of the cutest little shoes for my daughter (due on Sept 2)

And an incense holder:

And some awesome beads to add to my collection!  (I think I screamed when I saw them) Did you know that I collect beads?

And some wonderful soap.  Did you make this?  I can't wait to use it!

And my ABSOLUTE favorite!  A handmade journal cover!  (and when I say handmade, I mean she stitched every single stitch by HAND - and there are a LOT of stitches!).  This literally brought tears to my eyes!

Not only is the cover hand made, she decorated the pages inside with inspirational quotes.  Here is one of my favorites:

And when I am done with those pages, I can easily insert another journal.  Genius!

She also got some extras for my son:
and Maracas
(he loves them as you can see)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Rosie!  You were an awesome partner!!!!!
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14  William Dickerson *mature images* in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: October 24, 2010 10:51:21 PM
When I was making a doll for the doll parts party swap, my sister got jealous.  I had planned on giving her the doll I recieved, but I loved him so much, I had to keep him for myself.

So, I made her a doll of her own.

Meet William Dickerson.  Dick for short.

He is a spiritual guy, communing with the heavens.  He meditates and practices yoga everyday.

He is very wise, indeed.

But don't be fooled by his calmness.  He is very masculine and can hold his own in any altercation.

And do you see that bulge in his pants?

It's not a banana...
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I hope that she likes him!
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15  Re: big earring explosion swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: October 22, 2010 08:21:43 PM
I got my earrings from kat faerie!

She researched me so well, they are all exactly my taste!  Thank you so much kat!  I hope you like mine as well!
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16  Re: big earring explosion swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: October 15, 2010 08:10:34 AM
I got my earrings from keogan Smiley

some wooden ones... unfortunately the other one came apart Sad. I am not sure if I did it when I was opening the package or if it was already done by the post.

some wings

Some dainty peach ones

Some leaves with lace detail

Some chandeliers

and Some basketballs (?)

Thank you keogan Smiley.  They are all super light, just like I requested.

Oh, and here is a group view.

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17  Re: Doll parts party gallery in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: October 01, 2010 11:04:26 AM
Here is my lovely package from Ruby!

His hair is SO awesome!

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And he comes with a condom!

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He came with glasses too, but I must have misplaced them. I do that with my own glasses too.  Hopefully, I will find them Sad.

And she gave me this adorable little key chain:
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AND these snacks (as you can see, they won't last long!)

Thank you soooo much for my package!  I love it!

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18  Meat Richard Cochran (anatomically correct doll) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: September 17, 2010 06:32:04 PM
Well, I participated in a Doll Parts swap and we were to make anatomically correct dolls.

Meet Richard Cochran.

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I hope you like him!
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19  Another Tute (BLEACH OUT) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ayanared on: August 10, 2010 05:22:42 PM

So, I know that every single person on craftster knows how to convert some blue jeans into a blue jean bag by cutting out the crotch and sewing it together.  (Back when I learned out to do it, I was so stoked, I collected all types from friends, family, and goodwill.)

As you can see, it got to be pretty ridiculous.

I also, got super sick of making those bags.  They just all looked kinda dorky to me.  Maybe it is my crafty ADD or maybe it's because I really didn't have a standard when I was collecting jeans.  (b/c I have actually seen some cute ones on here - but I think they started out as cute jeans).  Anyway, I found this new technique to make them look less dorky.

So, since I was going to create a tutorial on bleaching out the denim bag, (I sometimes call it tie-bleaching) I may as well, start from scratch.  (i.e. the jeans). Just in case there is one person out there that doesn't know how to do it, yet.

They started out as this:

Well, actually this:

Because I used the legs to make another bag.  There is a tutorial for that one, too: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356237.0

First, turn the jeans inside out and cut the legs off all the way up to the crotch

Then I cut at the crotch in the front and the back to reduce bulking.  You can go ahead and sew this back down, or wait till the very end like I do.

Sew across the bottom an turn right side out.

Make the straps.  I was pretty low on leg, b/c I used it to make that other bag.  So, I had to scrounge some pieces together to form some type of rectangular shape..  But was happy that I was able to use these scraps.  Waste not, want not!

Fold the sides in.

Then fold together.  And top stitch!

Then, I pinned the straps on positioned the way I wanted.  I did NOT cut them, b/c I was scared I wouldn't have enough. I cut at the very end.

Sew the straps in a rectangular pattern to make sure they are strong.

Then, I finished the bag!  Well the sewing at least.

See?  Dorky.

Now grab a chunk of the bag and put a rubber band around it very tightly.  Do this several times in a random pattern all over your bag.  Well, it doesn't have to be random if you want your pattern to not be.  I love randomness.

Then I prepared to bleach it out.  Do this OUTSIDE.  I did it in the bathroom several times and I think I was poisoned every time.  I couldn't smell anything for 30 minutes.  Even when I turned on the fan.  So, please take my advice and take it outside.  These are your materials.

Bleach, a cup that you will NEVER drink out of, a pitcher of water, and a bucket.

Place your bag (or skirt, or jacket, or jeans) in the bucket.

Make a bleach water mix: 1 part bleach and 4 or 5 parts water. Somtimes I use 1 part bleach and 2 parts water.  This is going to depend on how bleached out you want your bag, how much dye is already in your bag, and how patient you are!  (Which I am not, so I tend to use a lot more bleach than I need)

Do this several times until your bag is mostly wet.  Let let it sit until it bleaches to your satisfaction.  I let it sit for about 30 minutes. (this will also depend on the aforementioned factors, patience being one of them!)

The bottom is going to be more bleached than the top because it has been sitting in your mixture all this time.  But that is okay.  It will contribute to the randomness of the design.

If you want a less randomly bleached bag, you may want to pour the bleach water out before you let your bag sit in it.

Now, very carefully, take your bucket of bleach water and your bag to the washing machine and pour all contents inside.  Put your washer on the rinse cycle.  Once or twice.  Leaving the rubber bands on.  Then take the rubber bands off and wash with detergent.  You will want to get that icky bleach smell out!

Then dry, cut the strings, including the straps that are too long.  And sew up any holes that you see.

And you are DONE!  A lot less, dorky, huh?
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20  PBW Recycling Challenge: Old Baggy Jeans to cute slouch purse PLUS TUTE!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ayanared on: August 10, 2010 07:37:08 AM
So, this transformation was so super simple that I had to make a tutorial.  (and I missed the deadline for the tutorial challenge - and I was wanting to get my tutorial fix!)

So, Here is the final product:

And here is how it started out:

Okay.  So, they were never MY old jeans.  My husband wore them back when he thought it was cool to wear jeans 3 sizes too big.  


I forgot who gave me this dress, but I had so much hope for it.  I love bright colors and I love tie-dye but for whatever reason, this dress looks hideous on me - so hideous that I couldn't bear to put it on - even for this photo. Undecided
And please excuse my son.  It was his bedtime, but he was trying to stay up and help me sew.

I had been meaning to turn it into a skirt that would fit right - but I didn't know what to do with the top part.  (I hated to waste it!).

So, the first thing that I did was cut a section out of each of the legs.  This will serve as the body and the strap of the bag.

Then I cut along a seam in each of the legs.  I chose to leave the seam that was most noticeable because I like that look.  You might want to cut at the other seam if you don't.

Then I put the two pieces right-sides together and cut out enough for a wide strap.

Then I folded over a seam for the top of the bag and pinned it, and sewed it together.

Then I sewed the strap together (right sides together).  I left the ends un-sewed so that I could pull it right side out.

You may want to iron it at this point, so that it would look neater than mine. Roll Eyes

Now, you can start working on the lining.  I used the top from the dress mentioned earlier.  Because I used the top part, I didn't have to sew the sides together.  I just sewed the bottom and the folded top down.

It probably would have been a good idea to use the same colored thread - but I like to cut out as many steps as possible.

Then you just put your lining inside your purse, with the straps where you want them to hang and sew together!  Again, you may want to use a color to match the inside for your bobbin thread and a color to match the outside for you main thread.

And that is the bag!

I added a few crocheted flowers to make the bag look less Halloween-y.  But next time I will consider adding buttons.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I will be happy to answer any!

Oh, and also, you can use the rest of the jeans (the top part) to make the other kind of blue jean bag.  I probably will - then bleach it out.  I hate to waste Wink.

Here is the bleached out bag and ANOTHER tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356286.0
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