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11  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 03, 2014 08:09:27 PM
I have two pages to share today. Bear with me, please; I'm not much of an artist, but I do so love to color!
The first one is from Sarah Whitmire's Soul Journaling prompts. She talks about creating a 'soul armor'. You find an interesting picture of armor, then write words all over that are things you need to feel creative and silence the critics (including yourself as critic). I thought it was a really cool thing to do. I wish you could see the words I wrote better, but that's okay. In any leftover space, I repeatedly wrote "shake the haters off" (and I was singing it in my head the whole time, too Wink).


The second photo is of today's effort. I've been doing a lot of thinking about hope and faith; how they work together and how both are pretty much necessary for each to survive. I wasn't thinking of faith in terms of religion, but about faith in myself and the world around me. I wrote about each of them on their own page, then used glitter glue to highlight some important phrases (balanced, just let go, faith in myself, I'm on the right path).


I know they're not that pretty, I'm not much of an artist. I just really wanted to share!
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: January 01, 2014 05:38:15 PM
I've got two things finished- it sounds like more effort than it took. I threw my back out on my spinning wheel a couple of days ago (yes, that actually happens- that's what happens when you spin for 11 hours straight! Wink) so I don't have anything else to do right now.

First of all, I made a very primitive scarf loom.


The pick is how I play with the yarn's arrangement as I'm weaving. It stretches almost the length of my craft room (please ignore the busted furniture on which it currently resides):


I also started and completed today an easy cuffed cape:


It took me Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 and 2, Silver Linings Playbook, and one episode of Oddities to get it done. It was a very easy pattern.
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13  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pollyprissypants on: December 27, 2013 11:59:57 AM
Welp, I'm in. I fizzled out pretty quickly the last time I tried this- I can't remember if it was last year or the year before- but to be fair, I was working on my M.Ed. Now that it's out of the way, I have time for crafts!

I think I got everything.....

1. Crochet rug
2. Build a simple scarf loom

3. Use said loom to make a scarf

4. Create closet organization system from coathangers and plastic bags
5. Spin up some silk!
6. Finish processing the Vida Bela fiber
7. Make a cardigan
8. Knit something
9. Learn to make socks. Legit socks.
10. Paint/finish spinning wheel
11. Paint back porch bench
12. Turn back porch into creative living space
13. Make some kolaches
14. Make a keep off the dirigible plums sign for the backyard flower bed
15. Spin up that cotton I got from the guild
16. Dye with food coloring again (this time, with the intent to NOT have saturated colors)
17. Create blinds for back porch (probably using rope and a GIANT crochet hook)
18. Make a chemise for pioneer stuff
19. Make a vest for pioneer stuff
20. Dye cotton yarn
21. Learn to hand paint yarn without the colors running too badly.
22. Throw pillows for bedroom
23. Curtains for bedroom
24. Create and keep an art/soul journal. Be honest in all entries.
25. Shear some sheep! Help with shearing/processing at Vida Bela.
26. Learn to knit something complicated.
27. Create and write out a crochet pattern.
28. Dye yarn/fiber using natural dyes
29. Create some ink using natural dyes
30. Make and enjoy some zucchini noodles
31. Create a healthy snack food that I can eat easily and regularly.
32. Make a granny square poncho like J. Los in The Cell
33. Crochet seat covers for my car.
34. Crayon candles
35. Creative craft room clock
36. Christmas ornaments- various crafts
37. Crochet flower shawl
38. Try art yarn.
39. Some kind of cute mobile/hangy down thing
40. Anne of Cleves costume- Ren Fest
41. Sir Thomas More costume- Ren Fest
42. Felted something (but Im thinking slippers)
43. Pallet bench
44. Throw blanket for library
45. Cute pots for potted plants- paint/mosaic/whatevs
46. Refinish magazine rack
47. Refinish end table
48. Baby lovey for baby Vance

49. Some sort of mixed media art
50. Maxi dress
51. Crochet a cuffed cape for me

52. Crochet blankets for Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas
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14  Circus yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: December 26, 2013 09:15:02 AM
Hey gang!
We usually do our family Christmas the weekend before the actual holiday, so my Christmas eve and Christmas day were open. I used this time to dye some roving and then spin it up! It was the first time I used food coloring to dye, and the first time I dyed roving (I've dyed finished yarn before, though). It was easier than I thought! My folks gave us a turkey fryer setup specifically so that I could dye outside (vinegar smells gross, y'all). I spent the day of the 24th dyeing, then Christmas day was spinning day.

Here's what I came up with. I call it circus:


I wish, I wish, I WISH I had a loom, I'd love to see it woven up into something beautiful. I'm thinking of knitting something using small needles and a garter stitch to simulate a woven look. I'm also kicking around the idea of going to Lowe's and getting materials to build a scarf loom on my own. We shall see!

Another shot, this time on the niddy noddy-


I don't actually know what kind of fiber it is. I got a new wheel last month, and this came with as a freebie. It showed up in a giant bag marked 'domestic wool'. Since it doesn't feel fancy, I figured it was an ideal type to play around with.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome! I'm still getting used to this spinning thing!
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15  Wire Bonsai Tree in Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: December 23, 2013 08:33:13 PM
I didn't know what to get handsome hubby for Christmas. Last year, I got him a live Bonsai tree. This year, he needs a replacement for it  Wink. I decided to try my hand at a wire bonsai tree, based on the tutorial I found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335045.0#axzz2oMaQVARW.

This is how it came out:



And here is my lone in-progress pic:



I couldn't figure out a way to wrap it, so I just gave it to him early. Luckily, he loves it! It's made from floral wire, seed beeds, foam, and river rocks.
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16  Re: WWP 46 Yule Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by pollyprissypants on: December 16, 2013 02:55:44 PM
Eek! I received from DragonChilde today, and everything is lovely!

Here's all my goodies, wrapped up nice and neat-



The first thing I opened was the tube. It contained a reversible tarot bag! It's perfect for both me and my deck! Side one has the moon phases (the moon and I are close, personal friends):


The second side has lovely embroidered tree:


The small, squatty package contained a cute decorated jar of chai miel (like a chai base you add to milk or apple juice, with a ton of super healing herbs in it)!



The third package was this simply lovely dream catcher. This is important to me in many ways, and I love how this one came out! It is strung with protective stones.


Lastly, here's my card and a little pocket with the recipe for the chai miel:


Thanks so much, Becca! You were a wonderful swap partner and I just love everything!
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17  Re: Fiber Friday! Nov 29 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: November 29, 2013 04:57:55 PM
Huzzah! A fiber Friday that I'm home for and can post!!!!

Love that blue yarn, Bella, it's gorgeous!

Nothing special going on, fiberwise, for me. I got a Kromski Fantasia as an early Christmas present (and as True Blood fan, I keep calling it a Kromski Fangtasia, totally on accident!), and two pounds of wool came with it. I've been spinning that and playing around with Kool Aid dyeing.
The wool was just marked 'domestic wool'. I'm new to this still, so someone help me out- that just means it was from an animal raised/shorn here in the US, right? What on earth else could the domestic mean? Does it wear pearls and make dinner, possibly fold some laundry? 'Cause that would be a big help.  Wink

Anyhoo, here is my yarn dyed with Lemon-Lime Kool Aid:



I wanted to try food coloring for dyeing, but I don't have the propane setup for the turkey fryer so I can boil stuff outside. Heated vinegar is stinky, plus we just got an influx of mosquitoes (late in the season, but it IS Texas). Those sneaky bastards find their way in when I open the windows, even though they all have screens. So much for in-house vinegar based dyeing. Cheesy
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18  Wrist warmers made from yarn made by me! in Crochet: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: November 17, 2013 04:19:31 PM
I made these wristlets/wristwarmers/whateveryouwannacallem today. They're pretty run of the mill, I guess (just puff stitches and single crochets), but what makes them awesome to me is that I also made the yarn! I was so happy with how the yarn came out, and now I'm really pleased with this project. Woohoo!









What do you think?
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19  Form of: Successful Socks! in Crochet: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: August 14, 2013 05:01:49 PM
I got a spinning wheel last weekend, and I've been obsessively spinning ever since. I'm feeling a little Rumplestiltskin-y over here. Anyhoo, I wanted to make something I could use out of my first yarn I made. If you spin, you know first yarns are... well... interesting and art yarns  Wink. They're cool for looking at, but not cool for making something you can wear (aside from a scarf or something along those lines). I decided their lumpiness would work well with socks, so that's what I went with.
Now, I've tried to crochet socks so very many times now; I've never had any success until these. So this project is twice as awesome for me- the first time I've successfully crocheted socks, and I used the yarn I made! I'm so excited!






I typed out a pattern, then closed the browser (because I'm cool like that). So if anyone wants the pattern, no prob- let me know and I'll add it. If not, ain't nobody got time for typing out patterns!  Cheesy
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20  First wheel-spun yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by pollyprissypants on: August 11, 2013 03:16:55 PM
I have been DROOLING over spinning wheels lately. A friend let me borrow one of hers, so I was able to learn and get going. This yarn is the very first wheel yarn I've done- it's blue face leicester that I picked up at a local yarn shop, and I plied it with more of itself (this is actually only my second time to ply, EVER! I learned how to ply from Belladune's awesome tutorial).

I'd love to hear what you guys think- the good, the bad, and the suggestions. I love spinning and I want to get better, but I know most of my mistakes will get better as I practice.



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