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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A way to avoid having to weave in ends on: September 04, 2015 06:34:50 AM
Laziness is the mother of invention. I decided I needed a new batch of face scrubbers but then I realised that each small crocheted square would come with a tail I would have to weave in afterwards.

I dislike weaving in ends so after the first square

I thought that there had to be a way to make small squares without having to do the annoying task on weaving in ends on each of them. If everybody else already had a way to do this, shame on you for not sharing the information with me Wink

My high tech solution is this:

You crochet over the loop on the last row:

Then after you have finished the square, you take the tail and put its end through the loop:

You pull the tail through with the loop:

And you have a nice square without having to spend any time weaving in pesky ends:

Hope this is helpful for anyone who dislikes weaving in ends  as much as I do Smiley

The face scrubbers I've finished so far:
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Toilet paper roll animals on: February 16, 2013 04:44:37 PM
I've been collecting empty toilet paper rolls for my garden, but my stash tends to diminish every time I have kids over. Toilet paper rolls really are excellent entertainment for children (and adults Grin). Give kids empty toilet paper rolls, scissors and some coloured pencils and they are happily creative for quite a while.

Owls made by my niece (she made bunnies and other animals too, but I don't have a picture of them, so you only get to see the owls.);

Off course I have to join them in demolishing my garden supplies:

I made this one from two rolls without glue. Now it sits on the kitchen table keeping an eye on the fruit bowl.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Reclaiming my creativity one page at a time on: November 06, 2011 03:14:38 PM
I had ongoing mixed media poetry journals for years. I filled up several and really enjoyed it. But life happened and I forgot about it for ten years. Now my sketchbook-habit has gone away, my drawing tablet is gathering dust and my creative streak is hiding in a cellar. So I decided I needed something with no rules. Something I could ruin if I wanted to. Something that I could play with and it wouldn't matter if the end result was horrible and the whole thing had no discernible point to other people. And perhaps I'll even stick to it if I post about it here every now and then...

So here are two spreads:

Spread 14

This needs some suitable sneaky piece of text, but I haven't found it yet. And I want the sepia Micron Pigma pens for this. Finally got a reason to order them Wink

Made with:
- coffee
- watersoluble crayons and pencils
- used post it notes as stencils

Gimp wanted to play with it and I liked this version Smiley

Spread 4

This is the only finished spread at the moment.

Made with:
- newspaper clippings
- cd label pieces I used on the previous page and was too lazy to cut so I just folded them on this page
- watersoluble crayons, watersoluble pencil bits that were left over from sharpening them
- black Micron Pigma pens
- used a plastic lacy table cloth as a stencil

The lace pattern shows up much better if the colours are inverted.

Thank you for looking Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Coptic embroidery and other things To Do on: February 04, 2009 01:08:40 PM
This is the first time I enter something in a challenge.

My resolution: to actually get something done this year (I'm a born procrastinator). And to get better at coptic binding.

I started with one journal to hold my ToDo-list. But using only one journal proved inadequate so I made some more. Now there are ten Grin. Each holds a different category (well, the sketchbook doesn't hold ToDo-lists, but it's part of my resolution anyway).

The categories:

1. Work (covers: envelopes)
2. Ideas (covers: envelopes)
3. Crafts (covers: envelopes)
4. Housework (covers: house insurance advertisements and a Bugs Life sticker)
5. Things I want to do that are good for me but I never get around to (This is the shiny golden one!)
6. Errands (covers: bank advertisement)
7. Christmas (covers: Christmas gift box)
8. Etsy (covers: cardboard coloring picture)
9. Garden plot (covers: envelope and a garden magazine sticker)
10. Sketchbook (covers: printer paper package)

The notebook pages are made from scrap paper and used envelopes. Click the thumbnails to see the covers (save the Etsy notebook), an example of the pages and some close-ups:

In the Etsy notebook I wanted to see if I could embroider a picture on the spine. I like the result but the technique needs some work.

My notebook ToDo-lists work. As long as I keep them in sight and don't bury them under a pile of paper on my desk... And I'm getting better at coptic binding. This was one of the first I made:

This is the last:
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / PDF (A4) testers needed (update: testers found. Thanks!) on: January 22, 2009 08:23:11 AM

PM me if you're interested in testing these printables:


Mainly I want to know whether they print out ok on different printers.

Thanks Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fleece blankets on: December 14, 2008 09:12:42 AM
Got two Christmas gifts done. I bought 2 fleece blankets and embroidered names on them. I've never embroidered on fleece before and sadly it shows Sad.

I used a hoop with both. I traced the first name on tissue paper and basted it on the fleece.

The second one I traced with running stitches. I had hoped the result would be better but it actually was worse.

Embroidering through the paper was a bother and getting the running stitches out wasn't fun either. Next time I'm going to buy a transfer pen and some stabiliser.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wedding card on: August 22, 2008 03:02:01 PM
A wedding card I made with whatever materials I could find around. So it's made mostly from cardboard and recycled wrapping paper.

The font inside is Freebooter Script. The flower border I constructed using the flowers of the font on the outside. Inkscape is a wonderful thing to play with.

Outside font is Romantique Initials. It was the first time I tried transferring an image with tape. I'm definitely going to try it again Smiley

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Entrelac trouble, uneven decreases on: August 11, 2008 04:19:29 AM
I got some striped yarn and started knitting Quant from Knitty. Surprisingly I had no trouble with the pattern itself, but I just can't decrease evenly as you can see in the picture.

I know what the problem is, I just don't know how to fix it. When I start knitting the decrease I stretch the stitch I'm trying to knit and it pulls the stitch below too tight. Here's a closeup:

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched wedding gift (aka procrastinators of the world unite...) on: July 04, 2008 01:39:02 PM
I have known for months that my friends are getting married and they would like etched champagne glasses as a gift. Well... The wedding is tomorrow and I just now finished the gift. Bad bad me Embarrassed

Here they are all ready to go:

(edit: This was the first time I used etching cream, it's amazingly easy.)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Steampunk living room ideas needed on: June 13, 2008 04:55:33 AM
Yesterday I was looking at our living room and realized steampunk would fit right in. The more I think about it the more I like the idea. At the moment I'm collecting ideas so if you have any they'd be appreciated.

Our living room at the moment (sorry, no pics yet):
- wonderful dark red loveseat and armchair from 1930
- treadle Singer from 1910 with oak cabinet
- coffee table, dark wood with carvings around
- off-white shag rug
- corner cabinet, cherry with a stained glass window. Could get rid of this or change the color to dark brown. Needs keyhole plates. Doesn't fit in as it is.
- old bookshelf. Ugly at the moment. Black metal stands with brown wood shelves. Has brass pipethingies to keep it together. Needs refinishing or something.
- aquarium 160l. Aluminium frame, ugly stand. I need a new one Cheesy
- pine dresser. Going to stain it dark brown at some point. Needs new handles.
- white lamp. like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244052.0. Needs a makeover.
- 2 ikea paper ball lamps http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90103409
- plants in clay pots. One dark brown plant stand.
- walls white, molding and window frames dark brown (can't do anything to the walls because we rent).

I was thinking the style I want is verneish world traveler naturalist library. I don't want to go over the top, but I want our living room to be interesting. I don't like knick knacks but would like something more than just books on the bookshelf.
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