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71  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by Koreena on: April 26, 2012 02:24:06 PM
I am blown away by the creativity recently!  Cinnamon teal - your bird hoop is absolutely incredible~  I LOVE it!  You are very, very talented Smiley  Fantasticmio - Your crocheted owl is so cute!!  Did you design the pattern yourself?  I can see a little guy like that hanging out in my kitchen...  And sheepBlue:  Your big butts hoop is hilarious & your creative ideas are sooo interesting!  I always wonder where people get such creative ideas...  Impressive Smiley

Here are a couple of things that I actually finished a while ago...  I've been too busy to post anything!

The 4th & final toy I made for the Crochet for Charity Club


I was SO proud of my students this term - we had an incredible turn out of volunteers come and learn how to crochet, and we managed to complete more than 20 toys!  These toys will be brought to Namibia this weekend, and will be given to the children in one of the villages where our students volunteer.  Here is a picture of me with a few of the crafty volunteers


Here are some more pottery projects I've completed...

(terrible picture - this tray is actually kinda nice)


A woven bowl & key dish


The only bowl that survived the wheel Smiley  (the "coaster" in the background was a bowl at one point...)

And my favourite ~ My woven basket fruit bowl



PS - the monster puke platter pieces that I posted a while ago...  ()They broke.  We were making fun of them the other day, trying to figure out whether to donate them or throw them out and all of the sudden the piece I was holding cracked and fell, breaking the other piece at the same time.  Was pretty funny Smiley  I guess even pottery can only take so many insults...
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72  Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: April 12, 2012 11:55:36 AM
Hello one last time!  I have received my super-creative package from goldfishpollywog & can finally share it with you~ Check out the pincushion/needle or hook holder that she made for me:


Here is another angle to show the different browns that she used to make it look like the swirls in a tree stump:


In case you can't tell from the photo (sorry for the crap quality) - You can put crochet hooks or knitting needles between the folds of the fabric, or you can just use it as a pincushion.  So smart & simple!

You can also see the super cute notebook that she sent for me, too - Love it!!

Thanks again for being a great partner, I really like what you made for me~  Cheesy
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73  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by Koreena on: April 03, 2012 08:48:04 AM
It's incredible how much a wrist injury slows a crafty lady down!!!  I zoomed through so many projects in January & February, and then March was soooo slooowwww.  I'm still making stuff, just at a much slower pace.  Knitting, embroidery & crochet are next to impossible but luckily, I've been able to continue hand building in pottery and have some new stuff to show off:

Here is a gigantic bowl that I made for my stepdad for his birthday~ I started/formed it at the beginning of the month and finished it March 28th.  What a process!  He absolutely loved it and I'm glad that it survived Cheesy

I actually used a glaze called "Sapphire Blue" on it, and was pretty surprised to find a green/brown bowl ~ some mistakes work out well Smiley

Here is a candy dish & a box that I LOVE Smiley

The box is extra cool because I actually used a crocheted doily to make the texture in the clay... was neat to combine mediums.  The bright blue in the base of the dish was created by putting clear glass marbles in the bottom of the bowl before the final firing...  Apparently the melted glass draws the colour from the glaze - Another unexpected success!

And with my beginner's luck, I've also created some horribly (horribly) ugly disasters  Angry
A bread plate & butter dish that look like a monster puked on them and then dipped them in some toxic swamp water


And some dip dishes gone wrong.  (This was the depressing class when I first learned that I don't have the patience required for glazing)

The white-ish side is white/goldy and the purple-ish side is purple/bright blue.  NOT good colour combos.  At all.  These pieces are all currently in the kiln being refired with different glazes and will hopefully have different results!

I have a few other finished projects, but can't find the pictures.  That's enough for now, anyway!  Pottery has been dominating my list and so I've changed my #12 from 'clay ornaments' to now read 12/ Miscellaneous pottery projects.  Should have thought of that sooner!!
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74  Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: March 23, 2012 06:39:22 PM
Wow again!!  Very nice packages received recently  Smiley  Great work ladies~
 again... I thought this was a small swap??  Wink

Have a look at the completely amazing package that I got from legatostroke today:


I love, love, love this pillow!!  While this picture kind of shows how awesome it is, the full extent of it's awesomeness can only be seen in person (trust me, I took a bunch of pictures... none of them do it justice). The trees are perfectly cut & sewn, and the little leaves are actually buttons. Buttons! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this for me~ I feel so lucky!!

The pillow isn't the only amazing thing I received though~ Have a look at this beautiful bookmark  Grin Grin




Legatostroke used the same buttons as the pillow, and added a perfect little silver bird... so cute!

Now I have MAJOR swap anxiety!  2 amazing packages so far... *gulp* Hope they like mine as much as I love theirs  Wink
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75  Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: March 21, 2012 02:26:56 PM
Love the nesting dolls & the fishbowl purse~ wow!!  I thought this was a 'small' swap??   Wink

I received my first package (from smashu) yesterday and I was also spoiled!  She combined my love of silver charms/jewellry & my love of trees/birds.  Smart.  She send me the birds nest necklace that I've been wishing for for ages!!  It's gorgeous!
Have you ever pulled something out of a swap package and yelled with excitement??  That's exactly what i did when I saw this charm! It is exactly the way I wished it would be~ thank you again!!!



Check out the perfect little feathers attached to the charm~one is real & the other is silver. Gorgeous.

If you haven't noticed yet , smashu also seems to like sending coin purses to people...  I was hoping to get one, too~ check this out!





It reminds me of the stump from Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" (one of my favourite children's book ever)...  am reallly looking forward to whipping it out every day when I go for coffee with my coworkers SmileySmiley

Thank you again smashu! Cheesy
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76  Re: February Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: March 19, 2012 01:51:30 PM
Hi everyone Smiley

I received my awesome package from TroubleT last week ~ My apologies for the delay in posting photos!

Here it is:

As you can see~ I received not only some great blue armwarmers, but also some sorely needed & much appreciated crochet hooks, some colourful embroidery floss & a perfect-sized notebook SmileySmileySmiley  The butterfly square in the centre of the shot is a cute little "Happy Birthday" card from her to me ~ so thoughtful!

Here is a silly "action shot" of the wristwarmers~ so you can see the gorgeous colours of the yarn & TroubleT's flawless craftsmanship:


Thank you again!!!
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77  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by Koreena on: March 06, 2012 10:29:18 AM
I can't keep up with this list!!  I spent 2 hours on here the other night and am already waaaay behind!  LOVE the variety of projects & mediums that everyone is showing off~ Great work!!  I have a couple to add, too:

My 2nd pottery project is complete!  The photos don't show off the super-cool colouration of the pie plate, but I think you can get the idea  Smiley  Am proud Smiley







My swap partners have also received their packages!  Here is what I sent to flygirl88 for the Simple/Easy Swap (I have a hard time with simple):







And here is what I sent to crtchrocketchica for the February Birthday Swap:



I was super excited about the VW van - it was my very first design!!  I used graph paper & some coloured pencils to figure it out...  Far from perfect, but still pretty cool I thought Smiley


I embroidered a little peace sign & her name on a mini removeable pincushion, too...  This was my way of making it a 'functional' gift  Wink

I think I forgot to post some other photos of projects that I've done, but can't remember right now...   Grin
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78  Re: February Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: March 01, 2012 01:32:44 PM
Check out my AWESOME package from CharmmyKitty!!!







Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
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79  Re: Simple/Easy Crafts Swap (signup 1/2/12-1/24/12 send by 2/24/12) in The Swap Gallery by Koreena on: March 01, 2012 01:22:31 PM
As promised ~ Here are the photos of my amazing spoilage from Miss flygirl88:



































How lucky am I?HuhHuh?  Thank you flygirl88!!
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80  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by Koreena on: February 06, 2012 07:29:36 AM
I love all of the projects that have been posted over the weekend!  The DH stuff is great...  I've avoided getting sucked in until now, but all of these great projects & the chatter is making me want to check it out...

Also love the quilting projects, the earbud covers & the cute pj pants... *sigh* I need to not work full time.  I love the crochet & embroidery projects you posted, that1girl - nice job!

And now for my new stuff:  I finally snapped a shot of the morsbag that I made for my mom in January~ excuse the weird photo, I was in her car & didn't want to miss the chance... #24 on my list...


My awesome Morsbag swap partner has received her package & so I can post all of the goodies that I sent:
#1 on my list~ The morsbag (& extra small bag)



#3~ Owl scarf


#6~ Paper charm necklace (more photos with list)


And lastly,
#7~ Necklace for morsbag swap partner
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