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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES / Re: Oiled paper hanging lamp on: March 07, 2011 08:05:18 PM
I think it's awesome! And like the fact you used wire hangers to make the base (not to mention making it easy to hang).  Cheesy You can put pics in your post by clicking on the pic and scrolling down to where it says "copy and paste this into your Craftster post". Do that to all the pics you want in your post and you're done!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES / Re: Angler Fish light...here fishy fishy mmmyum on: March 07, 2011 07:56:34 PM
I always love when scary creatures are made adorable.  Smiley Love it! (And any creature that can emit light).
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES / LED star bracelet on: March 07, 2011 07:43:47 PM
I made this bracelet to go with a necklace I started a several months ago. I have to still attach the battery holder to the necklace, but since I was almost done with it, I made this bracelet for the contest.
I made the bracelet using copper wire, copper colored craft wire, Swarovski star beads, blue goldstone star beads, and some blue and purple crystal beads. I also used a purple LED, some synthetic purple fabric, and a battery holder. The star is made up of a craft wire base with the LED attached to copper wire in the middle. All the wire is connected to the star ends. I whip stitched fabric around the star to cover up the wires.

LED star bracelet in its lit up glory

Not lit up, and with topstitching I removed because I thought it was messing with the LED. I might add it again.  Roll Eyes

Detail shot of beads

I had to go with a different battery holder than planned. I originally used a coin battery holder for my necklace and soldered copper wire to it a month or two ago. For some reason, the battery would not power the necklace so I decided to use it for the bracelet since I thought the distance between the battery and LED had something to do with it not working for the necklace.
I made a yo-yo around it to make it look prettier and hide the soldering.

For whatever reason, the battery holder decided at the end that it wasn't going to work for the bracelet either.  Angry So, I had to attach a bulkier AAA battery holder. It gets the job done, but isn't as pleasing to look at (or wear).

I'm still going to try to get the coin battery to work for the bracelet. I'm just not sure if the copper tape I put on one side is interfering with the flow of electricity, or if it was my soldering job.

This is my first challenge entry!  Grin And I think my first jewelry posting. (I have several projects that I haven't uploaded yet). Good luck to everyone else in the challenge!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fun felt key chains- pic heavy on: December 18, 2010 08:20:11 PM
Here are felt key chains that I made for some friends. I used scrapbook border stickers, double stick tape, and the plastic used to hold sheets to make the loops. (Scrapbook border sticker on plastic, tape on top of sticker print, more plastic, then cut around sticker).

Group shot:

Shot of loops before cut out:


Now, onto the close ups.
Random shapes with fun button:

Dino with beady eyes (haha!):

Random shapes with button and ribbon:

Owl with beady eyes (possibly my fave):

High heel with organdy ribbon bow:

Spool with vintage grosgrain ribbon:

Robot with top hat (my brother thinks it looks like a monkey, oh well):

Random shapes with odd 3-hole button:


Thanks for looking!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy knit headband- great stashbuster or last minute gift on: December 18, 2010 07:22:30 PM
I'm still relatively new to knitting, as until last week the last time I knitted was 2 years ago! I decided to get crazy and try knitting in the round (for the first time) and also try new stitches. For the life of me, I fumbled doing a purl stitch 2 years ago and now it's super easy.  Cheesy I tested out the simple basketweave stitch and decided to make myself a headband for fall/winter. Yesterday I made one for my mom and am going to make a few more for gifts.

Here's a side by side comparison. Mine is the purple one made with Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn in orchid. (I made it long enough to fit my big head. Plus, the acrylic yarn doesn't stretch as much as wool). The multicolored one is for my mom and made with Patons Classic Wool yarn in harvest.

Close up of shiny acrylic yarn and basketweave stitch:

Close up of wool yarn colors and basketweave stitch:


Here's the pattern for the headbands:
*I used size 7 needles for these. They're 16 stitches wide which was about 3" for the wool headband and 3.25" for the acrylic headband.
Cast on 16sts.
Row 1: knit
Rows 2-6: K4, p4, k4, p4
Row 7: knit
Rows 8-12: P4, k4p4k4
Rep Rows 1-12 until desired length. (I would recommend periodically measuring your piece while stretching it since some fibers are stretchier than others. Make sure to dry block it back into shape before continuing stitching).
*For my acrylic yarn (and big head) I repeated 12 times to make 24 "blocks" of basketweave. For the wool yarn, I repeated 10 times and then repeated rows 1-6 to make 23 "blocks." Even though I made only 1 "block" less for the wool headband, it is much shorter than the acrylic headband and stretches almost as much.
Last row: knit
Cast off.
Weave excess yarn at both ends into piece.
Stitch both ends together.

They have a cool texture without doing cables (which I want to tackle but they seem a little scary). Plus they knit up fast and are super easy, as long as you keep track of what row you're on.

Happy knitting and Happy Holidays! Smiley
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Adventures in shrink plastic on: May 25, 2010 02:00:02 PM
LOVE the Zelda necklace! Actually, I'm a little jealous.  Smiley I might have to play some OOT soon.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheery ribbon flower bouquet (Pic heavy) on: May 25, 2010 01:36:27 PM
What kind of ribbon did you use the for Marigold flowers?

I used 5/8" satin ribbon for the Marigolds. Thanks for the comments! I love that color combo because it's so bright and cheery.
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 49 ENTRIES / Re: Stop to smell the flowers pasta self-portrait! on: April 07, 2010 06:54:33 PM
I really like how you made it even more 3-D with the flower and leaf. You did a great job capturing the expression from your picture too!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sweet bag on: April 07, 2010 12:17:41 PM
I'm in awe of the embroidery. At first I thought you had somehow attached fine gold chain to the bag (totally forgetting about the chain stitch), and didn't realize it was embroidered until I read it in the comments.  Shocked I'm going to have to teach myself embroidery this summer.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Pinata Project (photo heavy) on: April 07, 2010 12:02:07 PM
I love the Heat Miser one! I also like how you filled each pinata with stuff for the different age groups. I'm sure the adults had as much fun if not more than the kids beating up ole Heat Miser. Cheesy I'm thinking pinatas for adults filled with tea, small bottles of alcohol, and such should become the next big thing for parties.
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