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21  My new little lady <3 in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by najaorama on: July 07, 2013 07:32:34 PM
So I have fiddled with drop spindle spinning which I love (and wrote my psychology research final paper on as mindfulness practice) and then this weekend I stumbled on this gem for just $200. I guess its an indian head. I gave the wood some oil love but other than that it was ready to go.
No reason for this post other than I'm giddy and have to share with people who will get it.
After some youtube-ing I am already off. I have to admit there is a learning curve but I just love it. So ingenious.

And it has a cast iron wheel.
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22  Rolled paper chess set in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by najaorama on: April 06, 2013 11:56:30 PM

First things first I got the idea from this site http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/rolled-paper-chess-set/ but the post isn't a tutorial really, just specs for the one she made. I tried it but found the pieces were too small and I just knew there is a world of color/texture possibilities to explore.

Its actually quite simple, thats probably why I love it. You can probably get the gist by just looking at the pictures.

You will need:
Pretty paper- I used a block of scrapbook paper that had coordinating colors
Xacto knife
ruler
glue stick (The magnum sized glue stick is worth every penny)
toothpick

The chess pieces are made up of strips of paper rolled onto each other. There are three widths of paper strip for each piece. For simplicity sake lets call them a small (1/4") a medium (1/2") and the shaft (varies). The paper I used was 12" by 12" so each strip was 12" long.

Pawn:
1 shaft piece 1"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
1 medium piece 1/2"x12"
x 8 pawns


Coat the shaft piece generously on the wrong side with the glue stick.


Roll the paper around the toothpick keeping top and bottom as flat as possible.


Coat a medium piece in glue and roll around shaft at the bottom.


Coat 1st small piece in glue and roll around medium at bottom.


Coat 2nd small piece and roll around shaft at top.

Repeat 7 more times.

Rook:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 rooks


Create a shaft as you did witht he pawn. Wrap medium piece around top and bottom.

Wrap small pieces around medium pieces at top and bottom.


repeat

Knight:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
2 little pieces 1/4"x6" (I took a small piece and tore it in half)
x 2 knights


First roll your small pieces and set aside.


Roll shaft and add medium and small to bottom to make base.


Wrap medium piece once around shaft just below the top.


Put little rolled piece against shaft and continue to roll medium piece around it.


Wrap final small piece around upper middle piece.

repeat

Bishop:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 bishops


Create shaft and add mediums pieces at bottom and just below top.


Add small pieces to mediums like so.

repeat

Queen:
1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"


Create shaft and add mediums pieces at top and bottom.


Add smalls to mediums pieces at to bottom and middle of shaft.


King:
1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"


Create shaft and add medium pieces at bottom and just below top.

Add small pieces to bottom medium piece, upper medium piece and just below that.



Repeat entire process in a different color scheme.


Here are some additional pics of the set I made.
Hope you enjoy and feel free to offer suggestions for improvement.
Now I have to make a board.  Undecided


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23  Re: Fall Dia De Los Muertos Swap Gallery: Send out by 11/22 in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: November 19, 2012 06:05:15 PM
I got a ridiculous package from Grindhousehussy.
First this note cracked me up


Here is the official manifest.

I love it all but especially the t-shirt, and the scarf, and the buttons...
Thanks for such an amazing package.
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24  Rosette apple pie in Dessert by najaorama on: November 14, 2012 04:58:27 PM
amy friend asked me for this recipe so here goes...snarky comments and all.



First things first the ingredients: when making fruit pies my nan said it best "Don't f#@& around with what God already made delicious." Oh and I use ready made pie crust, I don't do my own dental work either.




We are making a rosette pie today. I wanted to keep the color on the peel (you'll see why) so to keep the "filling" from getting tough I'm slicing the apples as thin as possible, then putting them in a bit of water with lemon juice to keep them from browning.


Pause to administer first aid. There is no blood in the pie I promise.


Since I cut myself I was done cutting apples but I think there is plenty. So the idea is simple arrange the slices around from the outside in. Oh now is a good time to preheat the oven at 400.


Almost ready to bake.


1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, zest of half a lemon, and several good shakes of cinnamon. Cook till syrupy but don't touch it's the temp of the center of the sun.




I used a pastry brush to glaze the apples cuz I didn't want any on the crust. Now off to the oven.


Now isn't that nice. 35 minutes in the oven. Slicing the apples is the hardest part and I'm not going to lie I lost a pint of blood, but I think in the end it was worth it.


Enjoy!
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25  Re: Fallling for Autumn Swap rd 2 Sign ups 9/13-9/20 Sign Ups Closed in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: October 18, 2012 01:42:22 PM
I just sent!!!!!
And here is a teaser for crazyda:
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26  Re: Fallling for Autumn Swap rd 2 Sign ups 9/13-9/20 Sign Ups Closed in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by najaorama on: September 26, 2012 09:15:17 PM
I have some great idea, and even took a break to get some inspiration. The aspens here are putting on quite the show.
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27  Fire Lizard a la Ann McCaffreys Dragon Riders of Pern in Knitting: Completed Projects by najaorama on: September 21, 2012 03:00:01 PM


A new coworker asked me if I had ever read the Dragonriders series and it made me remember my mom reading them to me as a little girl.

In the books there are big ride-able dragons but there are also small "firelizards" which are like pets. I wanted a fire lizard so bad. Well I got to reminiscing and now that I (kind of) know how to knit I decided to try my hand at making one.

I used a lot of other patterns as a reference point but mostly "sculpted" as I went along.
I used this frog pattern but made the neck longer and once I got to the body I abandoned it all together. http://www.frogvsfungus.com/2012/04/08/knitted-frog-pattern-for-save-the-frogs-day/
And I used this edging pattern for the fins but the yarn I used didn't come out so "finny". http://feraljane.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-only-been-10-months.html
And I used this pattern for the wings. http://tashyys.blogspot.se/2012/06/vingar-till-flynn-swamp-dragon-wings.html
All knitted in a scrap of bamboo/wool I got a year ago in a bargain bin.







 I decided to give him to my coworker as a thank you because she reminded me of some of my fvorite books, but this was the only box I could find at work.


So I made my own labels. I am now a fire lizard breeder  Cheesy



I can't wait to make my next one. You know how it goes, you try something and by the end you have ten ways to improve on it.

Oh and p.s. LOVE the new photo uploading!
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28  Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: September 15, 2012 01:20:44 PM
hi guys, Koreena got her surprise package and asked me to post pics. She said she got totally spoiled but is away from a computer for the weekend and wanted to let everyone know how much she liked her stuff.



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29  Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: September 07, 2012 04:28:37 PM
Ok, my rascal of a partner and I met in the Make-A-Friend swap and became quick friends. I joined this swap because of her.  We touch base on facebook almost every day and text each other about once a week. I even told her that I wished I had gotten her name cuz then I would know what to make. And that rascal got my name and didn't tell me. When I saw that my package was from Niagra Falls I couldn't believe it!

Look at these amazing owl stuffies. I love them dearly. The embroidery detail is so sweet. I'm not sure this pic does them justice.

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30  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 9 :: Summer 2012 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: August 27, 2012 07:20:32 AM
I'm sorry it's taken me so darn long to post pics. I got Koreenas package in the morning and took it to work where I promptly had the worst day ever. At like 4:40 I looked down and realized I still had a package to open.

I love re-purposing clothes and purple and green are my favorite colors. She made this awesome  apron with crocheted details and a dragonfly (my fav animal).

She also made a cute scarf and I love the card.

But this made me cry. It's tree wall art with words that describe me. The words are all so specific, it must have taken forever to find them.


Thank you for an amazing swap, I really did make a new friend.

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