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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by goktrose on: February 19, 2015 08:53:13 PM
Loving the various ATC's, I think I need to try my hand at some!
All the Cabinet of Curiosities things are great, I Want them all in my house, but not after dark.  Wink

I have been lacking motivation, but I have forced myself to make some things and be productive!

1) Crocheted hat for my coworkers newborn.

2) Hoopla for my husband as a Valentine's gift, the words are from a letter I gave him before we started dating 7 years ago cause he couldn't figure out I had a crush on him.  Cheesy

Then, I have been loving all the clay projects and really want to learn all of the secrets to making such beautiful things, so I whipped out my teeny stash of clay and played around.

3) Fairy Door

4) Khoshekh the Levitating Cat from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. The story is Khoshekh is a cat that levitates 4 ft from the floor in the men's bathroom of the radio station, and I modeled him after some fanart. He now lives in my bathroom on top of an outlet that is 4 ft. from the floor.

This is making me realize I should build a light box for pictures, cause my apartment is dark!

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by goktrose on: January 24, 2015 08:04:08 PM
Haha love that sign DncingDreamer! It is great that your family have inside jokes that make such great gifts!

I also love all the yarnie goodness on here! You all knit/crochet/weave so fast! It inspired me to pull out my yarn and get some crocheted projects going.

I made 3 pot holders, two of the green and white for myself and one red, white, and blue for my mom. We both love our cast iron pans, but we also have a bad habit of grabbing the handles while cooking, so I had told her I was making them and she requested one as well!  Grin

I got the pattern from here and it is super easy and wips up in an hour, so I am just gonna count all three as one project.

Also, after the other draft stoppers by fluffypants and Kookaloo_Starr I decided to try to make my own since my front door had a huge gap under it.

Also, I realized that with my two earring pairs and my letter signs I met the challenge for January, woo!
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by goktrose on: January 18, 2015 09:33:42 PM
O that teeny pond and those gorgeous dresses are simply wonderful! kookaloo, you make me want to really try my hand at sewing some clothes!

I have finished my first projects of 2015! I have been a bit blah lately, but I forced myself to ignore my blues and accomplish something during the last two weekends.

First, my dad tore a tendon on his tricep and had arm surgery, so I sent him a care package including this fleece heating pad filled with rice and earl gray tea.

Secondly, my supervisor likes to pound on his office window and hold up teeny signs with people's names written on them when he needs someone (which is verrryyy annoying). I am the closest one to his office but I also cannot read his signs so I made these paddles with the first initial of each of our names on them so we can clearly see who he wants.

Finally, I made myself two pairs of earrings from polymer clay, which I have always wanted to try. I haven't done much with polymer clay, but I am so happy that these came out to the correct size just by me hand rolling the clay and comparing it to other earrings!

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by goktrose on: January 06, 2015 08:00:23 PM
I am going to join in this year, since I completely forget to participate in 2014 after keeping up so well in 2013! My extra goal is that this gets me to use my lunch break for crafting more, since I feel like I waste an hour on my phone when I have a huge mental project list.

My List

Finished Projects: 4/50

1.     Heating Pad:
2.     Work Signs:
3.     Plain Polymer Earrings:
4.     Dangle Polymer Earrings:
5.     Crocheted Pot Holders:
6.     Double-sided Door Draft Stopper:
7.     Fairy Door:
8.     Khoshekh:
9.     Valentine's Hoopla for husband:
10.   Crocheted baby hat for coworker:

1.   Doctor Who hoopla
2.   Hooded scarf

New projects I want to do for 2015:
1.   Crocheted mittens for me
2.   Teesha Moore bag
3.   Wedding gift for my brother
4.   Wedding gift for my sister
5.   Curtains
6.   Box garden for my patio
7.   Altered altoid tin
8.   Makeup organizer
9.   Crochet my first afghan
10.   Complete a craftster challenge
11.   Crochet hook roll
12.   Sew or crochet a pouf chair
13.   Signs for work
14.   Christmas Crackers
15.   Ticker tape quilt (stolen from other lists Cheesy)
16.    Polymer Clay Earrings
17.    Dangle Polymer Clay Earrings
18.    Heating Pad for Dad
19.    Door Draft Stopper
20.    Crocheted pot holders
21.    Fairy Treehouse
22.    Mug Cozies
23.    Khoshekh
24.    Crocheted baby hat for coworker
25.    Fairy Door
26.    Valentine's Day Hoopla

Happy crafting everyone! Can't wait to see what you all do.
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5  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by goktrose on: November 01, 2014 11:15:31 PM
I have received from elderflower! She sent me an awesome package.

Here are my patches. I had the theme of buttons, since I collect them, and wiccan, and they fit with my favorite colors of red white and bacl.
Look at her lovely stitching on the triple moon design and on the edges! Just wonderful. And I love the buttons.

Next, a picture of the kit she sent me with lots of goodies. There are more of those lovely buttons, some lace, embroidery thread, an applique butterfly, ribbon, batting, stones like the one in the pentagram (not sure what kind, elderflower do you know?), and beautiful fabrics from Zimbabwe! I love the rose one (another one of my themes) and the patterned red one! Can't wait to craft some patches, though I am not sure I could bring myself to use such beautiful buttons!  Grin

Finally, and extra picture of the awesome card and cool stamps on the envelope.  Cheesy

Thank you so much elderflower! I love my gorgeous patches.
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6  Re: Amigurumi Addiction 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by goktrose on: July 17, 2013 08:54:19 PM
I have also received my package and boy oh boy do I LOVE IT!

HEDGIE, who from this point on I have named "Prickly Pear". She is much softer than my actual hedgie, and her little bow is so adorable!

My own bacteriophage! Look at his adorable legs. My newly-minted fiance is majoring in immunology, and he was OVER THE MOON when he saw this little guy.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this package, everything matches my favorite colors (red, black, and white) and the yarn is so soft, I just want to squish and cuddle the amis all day!
Thank you so much goldfishpollywog!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: June 30, 2013 10:12:48 PM
Two cosplay costumes for my boyfriend and I at Anime Central in Chicago.
Link to post here!

I also made my mom some bracelets for her birthday, four stretch bracelets so she can easily put them on and one chain bracelet with an easy hook closure and a charm that says "hope". The two in the middle row have large beads made from recycled glass, which I really loved.

I also just bought a ring mandrel, so I've been practicing rings out of wire. I made about 8 rings like this one below for my nieces and other ladies in my family to work on perfecting the design.

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8  Borderlands Cosplays in Costumes: Completed Projects by goktrose on: June 30, 2013 09:14:49 PM
For the first time ever out of five years going to Anime Central in Chicago my boyfriend requested a cosplay costume. So after some consideration we decided to go as Lilith and Mordecai from Borderlands.
These were both made during finals week for my college, since the convention was that weekend, so there wasn't much time to whip these out, but everything seemed to have worked out! I have never sewn a costume or any item of clothing before but this was a learning experience.

Firstly, I went as Lilith.

My yellow top started out as a XXL white hoodie that I altered and dyed. The game is characterized by dark outlines so I used a sharpie to add the dark detailing.
The pink undershirt was an altered cropped cami I found at Kohl's.
The green/gray vest came from a jacket I found at Ragstock and chopped apart, and the fur collar on it came from a dog toy I cut apart.
I had normal jeans on and then the chaps were made by cutting apart some worn out brown dress pants, since I made an oops and did not buy enough brown vinyl and this way they were already fitted for my legs.
I then painted up a knee pad I bought with some acrylic paint. The gloves were cut up gardening gloves.
The nerf gun and loot chest and boots were already things I had, so that was relatively easy!
My biggest luck was that my mom let me borrow her dress form which was already set to my measurements, so I could pin the costume without risking life and limb.

Secondly, my boyfriend went as Mordecai. This was a huge undertaking since he was cramming for finals, he really didn't appreciate me constantly making him try things on.

His top was altered from a pattern I found for a ladies vest since the man is a twig. I have never done anything with zippers, and had to freehand the side closure, but it held just fine.
The t-shirt underneath was found at Kohl's and I just made the sleeves tighter.
The red cummerbund was a piece of remnant I found at the fabric store and just sewed into a tube and pinned.
The cargo pants, as much as he won't admit it, were found at Goodwill in the ladies' section, and were the most perfect match for the character.
I painted another kneepad for him with acrylics.
His goatee was altered from a costume beard that we trimmed and re-glued throughout the day suing cosmetic glue.
The mask was the biggest pain to make, and almost made me give up since I had to wing it due to a lack of similar patterns. Eventually I got it to at least resemble what I wanted by utilizing a beanie to get the correct shape and pinning from there.
The goggles, Nerf gun, and gloves were all in our house already.

And a picture with the both of us just for fun. These were definitely a labor of love, but we were both satisfied and now we have a year to perfect some details!

What do you think?
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: May 26, 2013 09:09:16 PM
Beautiful projects everyone! I love getting to see the huge variety in skill and styles that we all have.
My spring semester has ended so now I have some more time to get crafty. So I got my craft room organized and jumped into some projects.
First I made myself and two coworkers each a tea wallet. Link to post HERE.

I also made a tea mat, which can hold a spoon and tea bag. I want to make a set so I can have place settings for company during a tea party.

I also needed a new way to hold my bus pass and other cards in the summer when I don't have a winter jacket or pockets, so I made this card holder. Post HERE

Finally, I need to wear covers on my shoes at work so I don't slip, but they are these ugly black covers that look like clown shoes. After 2.5 years I decided they needed to be spiffed up, and silver sharpie came to my rescue.



I also finished two costumes for an anime convention, which was an absolutely huge undertaking, so those pictures will be up later so I can take pictures that will do them justice.
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10  Mini Card Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by goktrose on: May 26, 2013 12:37:26 AM
I bus every where in my town, and without my winter jacket now I needed something t bring around with my to hold my bus pass and other necessary cards when I don't feel like carrying a purse. So I naturally ended up sewing one with a wrist strap as well as a clip so it can clip to a bag or belt loop. This one whipped up really quick!

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