Took me forever to complete this project!! I went to Mardi Gras this year (2013), caught a TON of beads... Crafters really shouldn't be allowed to keep things that get thrown at them!! Anywho, I needed some way to use the beads and hang them in my house, and I thought, why not craft them? So I got a nice, basic shape (the cross, excellent straight lines!), wrapped it in black ribbon (2", satin I believe) and started gluing! I hot glued all the beads on, starting from the bottom up.
(In progress shot) And kept going, until I reached the top. I made sure to do the tops and bottoms of the cross's arms last so that I didn't mess it all up. I used pink and blue for the center, as that represents me and my husband (pink is my fav color, blue is his). I also used soft pearly pink, pearly white and silver. I cut the beads, and individually placed these. For the purple gold and green, I left them on their strings and just bunched them together. I have not put a high gloss lacquer coat yet, but I'm intending to so that it's easy to clean and so the beads don't fall off. Finished product:
In total, with all the individual beads and such, this project took me about 8 hours from start to finish. It took me almost 3 months to complete because I get distracted easily, and life happens. A lot. I am currently working on a Fluer-de-lis with smaller beads. This is taking me a LOT longer, with all the tiny crevasses and whatnot. But I'm getting all the in-progress shots that I forgot to get with this one, and I'll post that one too, and add the link to it on this post. Hope y'all like it!
I've received!!! nostephot sent the most awesome package ever!! so, without further ado, the awesomeness: Theme 1: "Pixelated Fun"
it has a huge amount of awesome coasters from old school video games (both me and my SO are geeky like that, and we love everything!!) like Mario and Zelda, and 5 coasters representing the 5 choices in the Big Bang Theory's rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock, and and awesome 1986 Donkey Kong bookmark, and an epic (my friends have already tried to sneak it out the door!!). she also included an awesome cross-stitch pattern for me to do later, which shows the BBT's rock-paper-scissors game and it relativity between all the choices. (whew! I'm already spoiled!) Theme 2: "Geeky Pillows"
I've had these on my wist for a while... because I can't really sew pillows... they always pop their seams, and the stuffing comes out! but now I have them! they finally make it home to my couch after almost being taken away by a co-worker-who loves the mustache, and even has one tattooed on his finger-and now much geeky couch has a fabulous 'stache! She also threw in a floppy disk notepad, which has been absconded by the SO (who is a computer techie, and claims that it is "necessary" for him to have the notepad, for his "job" Theme 3: "Louisiana"
Another loaded down theme, and a totally spoiled me! it has two kitchen towels with crawfish on them (I love them crawdad's!), a bowl made out of Mardi Gras beads (genius! and already being used as a candy bowl!), two recipe cards, a few pictures that she took and they are also stickers!, a keychain with fluer-de-lis on it, and a frog clicker that I'm sure will be absconded by my sister as soon as she sees it, and a carnival poster/newspaper, and a "who dat" magnet (not pictures, since the SO was admiring the teeny tiny stitching) and a fluer-de-lis tissue packet holder (perfect for movies!!), which got grouped with Theme 5, I'm not sure why... Theme 4: "Harry Potter"
a very awesome hoop of the Hogwarts crest! (yay for another hoop for my hoopla wall!!), a Harry Potter lego necklace, and an altered tin FULL of magnets! (seriously, I pulled a few of them out to look at them, and when I put them back in the tin, the lid wouldn't shut!) Theme 5: "SINbonnet Sue"
I love the idea of the SINbonnet Sues- the seven deadly sins! I've been wanting to make a quilt with the seven deadly sins as the focal point... but I'm not too good at stuff like that... so she made me 4 of the seven Sues, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, and Envy. she also gave me stuff to finish the other three; Sloth, Vanity, and Anger. on the cd is the patterns so that I can embroider some to put in frames on the wall! (and there's the tissue pack!) and, the whole package, all together!
yay! so I received yesterday, but my camera was on strike yesterday (due to the fact that I dropped it on a bit of burning ground while taking pictures of the Dyer Mill Fire here in Grimes county... oops!) so anyway, here is my awesome hoop! first, after looking at my wist, she saw that I love anatomical hearts (my chosen career is in the Medical Field, and the heart is an amazing muscle!)
look at those tiny little stitches! and, after taking another look at my wist, she saw that I'm a fan of a certain Doctor!
such perfectly even stitches! I could never do this... so here's the whole hoop!
thank you Staar84, I love my hoop! it's so perfect!
I received! and I got totally spoiled! Prepare to be jealous! *this is very picture heavy!* ok, first (always first) are the chocolates!
my waistline is going to hate me. I'm most intrigued by the Aero Bubbles, Wispa, and Ripple Chocolates... we have some Cadbury chocolates over here too, but I'm curious if they taste different (and great minds think alike! I almost sent you a Cadbury's Fruit & Nut bar too! ), and Chocolate Indulgences (which is chocolate-orange cream stuff covered in chocolate-which tastes amazing! the whole bag melted on the way over, so I've been cutting off bits of the chunk all day! yum!) also Ginger Nut cookie-type things. sounds yummy! and on to the chips and stuff:
Pringles (which we get over here), Crinkles (which reminds me of our Lays Ridges, right down to the logo!), Haribo Starmix and Tangfastics (the SO will love these!) Fruit-tella, Flake, and Refreshables (ok, I'm REALLY interested in that last one. do they fiz or something?) and Marmite yeast extract. um, is it jam or something? I'm really curious about it, and I'm afraid to open it until I know what to do with it. yay for puzzles! I'm LOVING the individually-wrapped Chocolate Orange slices, I wish they had those over here! Toffee popcorn, which reminds me of Kettle Korn here in Texas... and my crafted item! it's hand-spun yarn, and in my favorite color combo, hot pink and black! she also sent me a BRITISH Fire Department patch! I'm collecting them, and I'm so excited to get an international patch! on to the rest of the goodies:
OMG. I love shortbread, and she sent CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD. *died* ok, seriously, I'm moving to England just so I can get all these great goodies! also, local treats like sherbert lemons, mint humbugs, and toffee! the little round things are actually lollipops, but I stuck them in the holes so that they would stand upright. and dip dab sounds delicious! the whole lot:
and the patch and the yarn:
and the intriguing little bottle of something that I can't wait to find out more about, and the Chocolate orange slices:
and of course, the Irn Bru (I can't wait to taste this!)
I've received my awesomeness from crochetbear! Thank you so much, crochetbear! my hoop is awesome! ok, on to pics: first, the Hoop!!! I love love love the TARDIS!! my camera phone doesn't take very good pictures, and my actual camera is out of commission... but it's all satin stitched! (crochetbear, you must have the patience of a saint. I'm embroidering something for the Embroidery Hoopla round 5, and satin stitch is kicking my butt! *bows*)
and the back! I love this fabric (where did you find it? it's so soft, I want a pillow out of it now!) and she even painted the hoop TARDIS blue! and signed it (sorry, it's just out of frame to the left..) and put "Dr. Whoopla 2011"!! awesomeness!
and the rest of the loot: I got a bag of mini chewy sweetarts, and Ghirardelli Chocolate! (by the way... how did you know that I LOVE the Chocolate/orange combo? I've never mentioned it... my favorite treat EVER is the Terry's Chocolate Orange, which, by the way, isn't sold in the states anymore...)
Crochetbear, you rocked my Monday! Thank you SO SO SO SO much for the awesome hoop (and treats!)!
so I'm making these to sell at the local farmer's market and on etsy.. my mom used to make these for me and my sister every year... she finally passed the knowledge down to me! it's pretty simple... some sort of fabric stiffener or glue that hardens when dry, wrap the soaked string around a balloon, and let dry for 24 hours (or more if you live in a humid environment. Thank you, South Texas) if it's humid outside, DO NOT hang the balloon outside, or it will never dry.I hung mine in the laundry room. poke a small pin hole in the *ahem* nipple of the balloon, and let it SLOWLY deflate. stand it up on a small styrofoam donut, and decorate using hot glue gun and fabric flowers. simple.
then stuff with Easter grass and some Easter goodies (watch the weight of the goodies)
Walgreens and walmart and a local dollar store is the best place to find cute cheap stuff. Duck-$.99 puzzle-$.69 easter eggs-$1 peeps-$.69 the glue was the most expensive (trust me, spend the extra money and get the GOOD STUFF. you won't regret it) and the yarn was second at $2 C&C always welcome!
ok, I received! *inhale* SQUEE!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! my most favorite thing EVER (and methinks it was inspired by something off my wist? ) was at the very heart of my ball! sorry for the picture quality... I had to take the pictures with my phone. my camera doesn't like me today plus, this is a little img heavy, so I apologize! I just really loved what I got! BUT, here's the most perfect, awesomest stuff I got from shylitlegoddess: when I opened the box, I found a letter letting me know that some of the yarn was recycled, and also had a cupcake beanie pattern (you would not believe how hard it was to find a pattern.. nobody wanted to share!) and OODLES, and GOBS of my two favorite candies, peppermint and werther's original buttercream candies.
then, it started with two balls, a big pink one (what is that yarn made of? it's so soft!! I love it!) and a smaller orangy-pink one (homageeze, that yarn is so tiny!) I started with the big pink one (because it rattled! sneaky sneaky putting a button in my new nifty camera film stitch marker holder!)
I unwound 3 lengths of the softest pink yarn (I think its cotton)
which turned into a wonderful soft tanish-beige-ish color (and looks just like the cake of a vanilla cupcake!) I unwound a length of that to find a stitch marker and a purple-y pink-ish yarn
I kept going to find a drawstring bag, embroidered with a cute pink button and "NOTIONS" in black (squee!)
kept going to find more beige-y yarn...
... HEY!!! the purple yarn won't come out!!! I really had to work at getting my surprises out! after fighting with the ball of yarn, I found the bag I've been drooling overdying to havewould've killed forreally wanting really really bad and the rest of the purple-y yarn.
and at the very center, the rattle! it was a stitch marker holder (that used to be a camera film canister) with a button in it! here's everything together:
and the stitch markers:
I haven't finished unwinding the orangy-pink ball... it's taking forever! the yarn is so tiny, like embroidery thread! so I don't know if there's anything inside it too...
(shylitlegoddess, is there anything in this ball? I've been unwinding for 2 hours now, and the ball hasn't even diminished in size... *bows* you are truly a very patient person, because this is driving me crazy!
I loved it all!
(and now my co-workers are sure that I'm strange and get excited about yarn... they kept hearing me squee and clap, and when they looked over at my desk, they saw me dancing in my chair! lol!)
it's his house, so it counts, right? Lately, I've been obsessed with Dr. Who and started doing a normal house for this challenge, but then my friend asked why I don't just do a TARDIS gingerbread house? so I took the idea and ran with it, BUT This is my first-ever gingerbread house (that didn't come in a box) since 7th grade (1998). I have been learning how to flood cookies, so I decided that I wanted to cover the gingerbread with blue Royal Icing. the door sign is made of White Chocolate and was written on with permanent marker (non-edible, obviously) and the call sign letters were written in white chocolate in my very shaky hand. (I really need to practice my hand-writing skills in icing and chocolate...) so, without further ado, here are the pictures: Close up of door sign:
I hope you enjoy! I had fun making it, and learning new tricks among other things, and I came to the realization that I don't care for the taste of gingerbread cookies. I'll stick to plain ol' sugar cookies!
I've had it up to here with the wal-mart brand split ring markers! I can't work with them, no matter how hard I try, they keep falling out of my work, therefore defeating the purpose!!
so, I made my own! I made some with a lobster claw clasp (for the lighter-weight yarns), and some with an earring-thing and formed it into a circle (for the heavier-weight and bulky yarns), plus, I have a small loop at the bottom of all these so that I can finish making other stitch markers with lobster claw clasps (with numbers!) to keep track of the number of rows, and some others for my crochet projects, so that I know what size hook to use! I'll post those pics later, and action shots! (sorry for the very blurry pictures. my phone doesn't take very good close-up pics) all of them together:
and a close up of the two different styles, plus an action shot