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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / freshmen ladies basketball team gift idea on: March 17, 2008 07:51:05 PM
What to do?!  My sister is wondering, with about $15-20 total, how to make TWO small gifts for 9 girl basketball players for an end of the year gift.  I suggested marble magnets and decoupaged picture frames and she thought up trinket boxes.  Any other ideas that are small and cheap and can be made in 2 hrs?  This was sprung on her at the very last minute.  We have only Saturday to do it.

Ideas?! 

Thanks craftsters! I know we can count on you  Grin
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / my first fused glass!!@#$# on: February 17, 2008 09:52:14 AM
Well, okay, it's my second batch of fused glass...but the first fire didn't even resemble any kind of glass... therefore, this has now become my first batch!



The black and blue one is about 3" big and the smaller ones are an inch big.  Any ideas what to do with them aside from pendants or bracelets or any wearable jewelry?  The red one is already a pendant.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / another tea cozy *PATTERN UPDATED* on: February 07, 2008 05:53:45 PM
It takes me a while to post the stuff I make, but here's something I made a while ago.  I made notes as I wrote it, so if anyone wants the pattern, just let me know! My coffee cup/tea cup is a standard sized mug, so hopefully it will fit on all the other mugs I'll use in the future!

It's attached at the bottom and closes with some awesome vintage buttons I found at the thrift store. If I recall, it takes about 20 mins to make. Very good beginner project  Wink

Comments/constructive criticism welcome!
(ADDED:  PATTERN BELOW IMAGES)




Here's what it looks like at the bottom (fits nice 'n' snug w/o falling off):


Worsted weight, H hook
ch 39 (enough to fit around bottom of mug below handle and leaving a 1" overlap)
ch 1, turn, sc across
ch 1, turn, sc across
ch 1, turn, sc across, cut yarn
make a loop, start at 6th sc from end and  sc to end *do not turn, ch approximately 7 (this makes the flap over part with the button hole)
ch 1, turn, sc across to beginning of row (where the 6th sc began)
ch 1, turn, sc across to end
repeat last row until it fits under the mug handle at top (approx. 6-7 more rows of sc or until row ends at edge of flap)

ch 1, turn to side of flap, sc across short edge

note: depending on size of button, this determines how big your button hole should be (my button is 1 1/2" diameter)

ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, ch 5, sc to end
ch 1, turn, sc across

add button!

last step:  the first 3 sc rows should be attached by a 1" overlap, sew

when you place the flap over to the button, and after sewing the bottom 3 sc rows, you should see a small slit where the mug handle will go
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / cowl thingy on: February 06, 2008 01:11:38 PM
My mom liked my tan, deco colored and blue cowls (which haven't been posted yet) so much, she wanted one of her own to match her coat. Also, we've been getting blasted with ice, sleet, snow and more snow, and this really keeps my face warm compared to a scarf.  I love them!



It's wider at the bottom to tuck beneath the coat and tighter at top to stay on your face in the cold wind.  It has kept me from freezing many treks across campus in the negative temps!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / the poodle doodle sweater on: February 06, 2008 12:41:17 PM
My little zombie dog is 3 lbs big and 14 yrs old.  She is always, always cold.  My dad and I went shopping in my grandparents' tiny town for a dog sweater but all we could find was this really ugly one from Walmart for $16.

So, my dad asked if I could make one. I thought that was a great idea since I never thought about it before.

I followed a pattern I found on some site but ripped it out several times as I went along b/c the armholes didn't match up or the chest area wasn't covered, so I just sort of winged it.  I made two!  Cheesy  This is my first wearable crochet! ha..well, my dog's first wearable crochet.


The pics of her standing up are on my cell phone, but the collar flips down and I crocheted a little milkbone for flare  Roll Eyes


I haven't seen her in this one yet.  My dad said it fits her great though.  I made it a little longer.


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Deaf marble magnets on: January 07, 2008 08:32:28 PM
Oh, no! Not more marble magnets!

When I was in school for interpreting/transliterating I absolutely fell madly in love with deaf culture.  I can't get enough of it.  Though it's not my major anymore (I moved out of state), it's still a passion and I teach ASL to anyone who wants to learn!  Wink

Anyway, I made these about 5 years ago and never got to put them on the fridge til just now.  I found them in a baggy in a box and was so excited I had to post it on here. 



7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / my uterus is happy (update: pattern removed-reason listed) on: January 03, 2008 06:40:19 PM
This is my first made-up pattern and my first crocheted uterus.  It was easier than I thought it would be.  I didn't quite know how to make the fallopian tubes and those little "phalange" things and it never occurred to me to use the good ole intarweb for a diagram, but after I sewed the tubes on, I realized they were pointing in the wrong direction.  Oh, well.  The funny thing is that I made a uterus purse out of felt with the same error for the same friend who gets this amigurumi femme bit!  Roll Eyes

Anyway, here's a couple of modeled shots:



And this is for my friend Elwood.  It's my first hat.  It's modeled by my jar of tealights.


Comments 'n' critiques welcomed!

Pattern Removed:
Okay, I was stoked that I was in the Bitch List in Bitch Magazine (or rather, my uterus was) but a few friends linked to me two sites where people were selling that EXACT pattern I posted - which upset me because, well, hey, it came from my head not theirs! If anyone should get money for it, it should be me, but because I didn't want the money and wanted to share the pattern freely, someone had to go be a butthead and sell my pattern as their own.  Fail.  So, if anyone would like the pattern, please PM me b/c I will still happily share it for free but I'd prefer not to post it on the site.  Gracias!  Smiley

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / help! measurement question! on: December 24, 2007 09:25:41 PM
I didn't know where else to put this and I'm falling asleep as I type this...  Sad   In a fit of Christmas confusion, I forgot to make my stepmother's gifts (oops)!  She reads romance novels, and I do not, and I'm trying to sew her book covers for them.  I have a book that APPEARS to be the size of a romance novel, but I'm not really sure.  Does anyone have a side-to-side measurement of the front cover and up-to-down measurement of a romance novel?  I have no clue  Cry


Can a MOD remove this post?  I figured it out on my own.  Thank you!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / nudie (young eyes beware!) on: December 23, 2007 10:30:20 AM
We had our first nude model in our drawing class a few weeks ago.  I drew about 20 pictures of her (my virgin eyes ahhh).  We had 45 seconds to draw each 24"x36".  She was pretty gangly and bony, but she did look like this...  This is the only one I photographed though.

Whatchu think?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / dainty girly pendant on: December 23, 2007 10:20:52 AM
We drew names for Christmas but I couldn't resist the urge to make at least one thing, okay, maybe three things, for each family member! After all, they weren't store bought gifts.  Grin

So, I whipped this little number up the other night for my sister who is a very girly-girl and usually only wears Premier jewelry, but lately she's been wearing a lot of the items I make for her.  I guess they're not too bad!

With flash on...


With flash off...


Sorry that the pics kinda suck.  I used sterling silver and some rhondelle things from the glass store.  And some Goop.  And a snake chain.

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