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21  Convertible mitts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: November 16, 2013 12:16:35 PM
I love convertible mitts and am a huge admirer of yarn, yarn crafts and those who can do them, but am simply not one who enjoys the actual process of knitting or crocheting. I have tried. It's just not me. I make do with others' talents for yarn. I do, however, like sewing! Thus, these were born:

The outside is a pretty stable, thin knit and the inside is a minky fabric. I used the same pattern I did up for these...

but allowed for the bulkier and less-stretchy fabric (the striped ones above were made out of very stretchable t-shirts.)

The pattern part is still a work in progress but I'm happy with both pairs even though I had to do in-progress tweaks. They fit (which can be hard for me and my short, stumpy fingers), they're warm enough for their respective uses and I didn't have to fight with yarn. Win!
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22  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 03, 2013 12:49:09 PM
Research Project Name: Pigeon Halloween costume
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: nada
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428798
Brief Description: This project changed tons from when I proposed it, but I did it! I was a carrier pigeon for Halloween!
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: September UFO
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: zero
Project Name: Halloween garland
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: Last year I cut the tulle and ribbon and lace. This year I got them looped around twine then wound a strand of lights around that!
Project Picture:

Very windblown here. Spooktacular!

Very neat celtic knot leaf, zombie mermaid (!), pumpkin carving, silhouettes, jewelry, badges and moon ATC. Loving the costumes too! You little jawas are adorable, Inselaeffchen, and you, BadWolf314, made a great pokemon trainer!
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23  Pigeon Post in Halloween Costumes by Calabaza on: November 03, 2013 12:30:17 PM
Belated Halloween greetings to you! This year for the annual Halloween parties I attend I came as a carrier pigeon bearing a message of the season:

Why a pigeon? I like em! I really like flamingos but I dont think I could pull off that look. While bemoaning that I decided to embrace the fact that Im kinda built like a pigeon. Thus, this costume was born.

The dress is made from 4 thrifted sheets. The wings are out of the leftovers from 1 sheet and a thrifted pillow case. The headband, shoes, leggings and bolero sweater underneath are from the store Smiley

I made the pattern for the dress and wings myself. (I turned my test dress into this. Fun when throw-away projects turn out!) Herere some close ups:

And a collage just because Smiley

Thanks for looking at my project!
Hope you had a happy, happy Halloween!
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24  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 26, 2013 09:04:05 AM
Ooo, love the pumpkins! They're beautiful, calixita!
That cat is sure cute! Great needle felting, irid3sc3nt!

I received my OTT from KimmyLynne! The perfect, most adorable piece to add to my Halloween-ized bookshelf:

KL said she couldn't get her to sit still long, but Witchy has really taken to her new pal, Jack (-o'-lantern) and hasn't moved from his side. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship  Wink

Thank you, KL! She's delightful and I'm so pleased to have her. It's been wonderful to swap with you!
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25  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 13, 2013 03:21:42 PM
Battle/Challenge: September palindrome
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Hammered Pennies Bracelet (my first 16 cents I didn't mess up on!)
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428232.0
Brief Description: A circle is the same forward and back from whatever point you start at, right textbook people? And a bracelet is a circle... I was inspired to try metal stamping from all the cool items I saw here and elsewhere. I love it! I can't wait to learn more.
Project Picture:

It features nerdy words I like from Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Firefly and Doctor Who plus song lyrics and a few special dates. I plan to add more too!

Holy wow! Those apples are tiny, Ludi.
Inselaeffchen, love the candy corn!
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26  First Stamped Pennies = Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Calabaza on: October 13, 2013 03:09:47 PM

Inspired by all the cool metal stamping going on 'round these parts, I got an alphabet set for myself then raided my piggy bank. I gotta say it was quite therapeutic to come home after a stressful day at work (it's calmed down some now, thankfully!) and hammer pennies blank then stamp them with happy things. I think I'm hooked!

After a while, some trial and error and the purchase of some leather and jump rings I ended up with this:

A magic braid charm bracelet featuring nerdy words I like from Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Firefly and Doctor Who plus song lyrics and a few special dates. I won't go broke on new charms either! They're just a penny each!

Here it is off:

ETA: After catching the jump rings on various items, I switched over to split rings. Success!

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27  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 06, 2013 10:36:16 AM
Battle/Challenge: September Periodic Table
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Charity
Project Name: school seat pockets
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: I'm spending part of my work time in a kindergarten class this year and it needed new seat pockets. I came up with this design and made an amount equal to the atomic number of chronium: 24.
I was hoping it would be thallium's number or thulium's. My friend since pre-K (Shocked) and I were both tutored in chemistry by my Aunt D. who played Tom Lehrer's element song- along with Poisoning Pigeons in the Park -for us at the end of each lesson. Part of the former went "thulium and thallium" so I was thallium and my bud was thulium. I digress.

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28  Bird wants to sit on pins and needles in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: September 29, 2013 10:13:34 AM
This little birdie flew off to my partner in the latest pincushion swap:

I don't have a lot of experience with stuffed things with shape- like a bird -but my partner was happy so phew!

Birdie herself is made out of some almost bottom-weight teal/turquoise fabric and osnaburg AKA poor man's linen. The latter probably wasn't the best choice with its looser weave, but since the bird is a little tied down to her nest and won't be handled much directly, I think it should hold up.

The nest started as a squat cylinder of felt. While stretching it into a more nest-y shape, with a yarn needle I sewed around and around it with twine then wove in more twine between the stitches to cover the felt except for a circle at the top. I stuffed it, sewed the opening closed, then went over it with more twine to hide the seam.

The bottom was ropy-poly after that so I added a button on the bottom and tied it to the top to shape it. Birdie is sewn on over the top of that. The whole thing is around 4" wide.

I was so happy to find the flower pins too! I thought they brightened Birdie's home nicely. I was very pleased (and relieved!) that they easily slid into place through the twine. Kinda the point of a pincushion, right?
Ooo, point! Get it? Haha!  Cheesy Okay, I am way too easily amused.  Smiley
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29  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 18, 2013 08:11:04 PM
Battle/Challenge: September Conventions
Team: debate, debate, debate...Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Into the Woods Lucinda Costume
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Project Picture:Costumes- elaborate, WAY-wow-er-than-this costumes -can be found at conventions, right?
I'm a volunteer seamstress for a local theater. Their next production is Into the Woods and I got to make a dress for Lucinda (one of Cinderella's stepsisters.) It's yet to be cut to the right length Smiley

The pattern is McCall's M5647. The only major alteration I had to do was make it a zippered back (lapped zipper- one of my faves) instead of lace-up. It's made out of brocade (bodice), crushed panne (skirt), chiffon (sleeves) and plain, old cotton (bodice lining.)

BadWolf314, I love the stamped penny bracelet!
SenatorOrgana, that ATC is so clever!
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30  Re: One Great! Pincushion Swap/// GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 14, 2013 05:56:32 PM
Oh, I do love pincushion books! Nice one, Ludi!

When I got home from work yesterday this was waiting for me:

Isn't it cute?! Its maker, Ninaprettyballerina, said she calls it Dressing Alice 101! I love all the details Nina put into this: the embroidered pinafore, the beaded hem and base accent (I am a sucker for beading) and the buttons. The pinafore even ties in the back!
I started using it right away by sticking pins in the soft bit above the dress. So nice to have pins up and out of stepping-range! But then Nina let me know a whole other world hidden in my new toy:

Okay, so it would be more impressive if the photo was clearer, but the base is magnetic! Yep, all I gotta do is drop pins toward the goal and they stick right there out of the unscheduled blood draw hazard zone! Another wonderful- not to mention incredibly useful -detail! Yay!

Thanks so much, Ninaprettyballerina! I hope you like yours even half as much I do mine!
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