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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tennessee Titans Blanket For A Friend on: May 31, 2015 06:18:21 AM
Ooooooooh!  Shocked Shocked Thanks for the link! I'm going to look at it right now!


This is epic. Well done on finishing it. You have a very lucky friend.
I don't know if it will help with crochet patterns but this website http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html allows you to create and print a graph paper that matches your row and stitch count. In knitting it makes designing a pattern so much easier and it might work in crochet too.
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tennessee Titans Blanket For A Friend on: May 30, 2015 06:32:05 PM
And it will FINALLY be on it's merry way to it's rightful owner as of Monday! (I have seriously been working on this blanket for over a year, off and on.) It does need some time to hang a little more, to open up (mostly) the top half, and it's large enough to cover a queen sized bed, with just a little overhang.

The details:
an H sized hook
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in White (larger skein)
partial skein of Craftsmart Value Yarn (from Michael's) in White (smaller skein)
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Soft Navy (big skein)
full skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Etsy seller) in Soft Navy (smaller skein)
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from AC Moore) in Soft Navy (big skein)
full skein of Red Heart Shimmer Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Black (I found out this is actually a discontinued yarn. It's also a lighter weight yarn than all the other yarn I was using.)
partial skein of Red Heart Shimmer Yarn (from an Etsy seller) in Black
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Light Blue
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Grey Heather
partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (from an Amazon seller) in Cherry Red
I'm not completely wild with how the helmet emblem came out. It looks wonky to me, but I redid it a few times, and I know it's not a design fault. Somewhere, I kept putting in too many stitches going across so I know it's wider than it should be.



I also wish I had gone with a shade of yarn lighter than the Soft Navy. It's hard to see the black details within the cowcatcher on the front of the helmet, even with the white outline.

And I did take a little creative license with the logo. The "TENNESSEE" in the logo is supposed to be slightly curved into the "TITANS." But I'm enough of a pain in the ass that I decided I was going to change it because I didn't like it like that. In this version, the "TENNESSEE" is completely straight across.

However, I love these patterns. Like the Steelers blanket, this pattern was made by Donna Hammell of New Jersey. It takes a lot of work to get these graph patterns to come out correctly. I've tried a few times and I just can't get the hang of it to make my own.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Worked a Little on The Vanity on: May 21, 2015 02:49:27 PM
Several years ago, I picked up an art deco vanity from Bill's FX, a former flea market in an old electronics store building in Virginia Beach. It caught on fire and burned beyond repair shortly after I got the vanity.

Over the years, I've noticed the wood veneer was starting to look and feel extremely dry. I don't think it ever had a clear stain put on it. I know I might not be able to keep this thing forever, but I want to try and protect the wood the  best I can.

Since I still had some from my sewing machine project, I decided to take the vanity apart and give it a good coat of polyurethane on it. I started it on Monday night and finished it tonight.


It's a little blurry, but you can see the poly on the middle section, compared to the unpoly'ed left and right sides. It's a huge difference, and I only did one coat of poly. The two pieces sticking up in the back are the supports for the mirror.


Before (on the left side) and after (on the right side) the poly. Again, this is just one coat.

Now unfortunately, I'm feeling froggy to try and fix up the armoire that I have (also art deco). Even though I spent more on the vanity, I absolutely love the armoire and I'm afraid I'll mess it up somehow, because that actually has more damage to the veneer.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: KISS frame on: May 09, 2015 11:20:27 AM
Oh, thanks so much!! We had such a good time at that concert. It was about 1 week or so before m husband deployed that time, so we started that deployment off on a good foot.
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / KISS frame on: May 07, 2015 05:05:03 PM


This is a little collage I put together for the challenge. This was the first time I had ever seen KISS and my husband's second time (although when he saw them the first time, they weren't wearing the makeup).

I still had our tickets from when we saw KISS in 2013, as well as some of the confetti they shot off at the end of show while playing "Rock and Roll All Night." (You can see that here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iexAcK253t8, which was not shot by my husband, but whoever this person was, they were close to where we were!).

We had our photo taken with the Dr. Love lookalike before going to our seats...that poor man was literally sweating his makeup off, but he was such a nice guy! Later, my husband turned the camera on us during "I Was Made For Loving You," which is why we are in that blue photo. And since I'm a halfway crazy cat lady, I printed out one of the pictures he took of the drummer, Eric Singer, the current Cat Man.

I've got this hanging up in our bedroom. I had such a good time there, that when KISS came back in 2014, we went again!  Grin
36  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap Gallery on: April 30, 2015 07:37:52 PM
OMG that picture! Smiley That's my husband's cousin from waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day. I'd been scanning my MIL's photos and I guess Chrissy must have jumped into the package, like some kind of unexpected Flat Stanley! Smiley

I'm glad you liked the package. I had a good time making it.

And you can toss Chrissy's picture in the garbage. I'm glad she made it to Canada.  Roll Eyes

HEEEEE-HAWWWWWWWWW!
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap Gallery on: April 30, 2015 10:21:29 AM
No no, I'm not a huge chocolate fan, so I like the simpler stuff when it comes to chocolate. Smiley

Personally, now I'm waiting for cooler weather to break out the hoodie. THAT'S my fave.
38  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap Gallery on: April 30, 2015 06:09:14 AM
OMG The Blues Brothers!!!!  Shocked Love that!
39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap Gallery on: April 28, 2015 12:39:05 PM
Oh Lord, can I just say ONE thing...?

RovingAnarchist, that chocolate Dalek was DAMN good!!!  Tongue Where did you get that???

Sorry, I felt like Kanye for a second there...Yo, moriarT. I'm really happy for you; I'mma let you finis. But Roving had one of the best items in this swap of all time! One of the best items of all time!"  Grin
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap Gallery on: April 27, 2015 07:10:11 PM
Whoo hooo! Got my package from RovingAnarchist today! (BTW, my package to Roving is either still in, or just left, Chicago. I just tracked it tonight.)

I think I have been stalked electronically, and I love it!


"Hi Amy! Merry 'Craft My Fandom!!' I hope everything is all in one piece, and not melted. If your ever in the mood to get strange looks, go to a beauty supply store for a Styrofoam head and when they ask if you're a student, tell 'em you're building a zombie. In April. Some folks have no imagination. Cheers, Milo" Here we have a knitted TARDIS washcloth and a chocolate Dalek, which I will exterminate tomorrow!


Holy crap, I tried making one of these myself about four years ago and it didn't turn out! I was trying to bleach the Vulcan hand gesture onto a black hoodie and the fabric wasn't taking the bleach. Obviously, RovingAnarchist is smarter than me, because she used fabric paint! I never thought about it myself, because that would be too obvious.  Roll Eyes


Holy crap again...I was thinking about doing a zombie head like this for Halloween this year! I even had a site bookmarked on my computer with directions on how to get it zombified just right. She beat me to it! Smiley The head fell off the sign in transit, but all I need is a little more hot glue and I can shove this baby's noggin back onto the screw in the sign and it will be secure again.

THANK YOU, RovingAnarchist! I loved this swap with you, and I hope the postal service gets your package to you soon!
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