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931  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! on: December 27, 2014 05:28:32 PM
So many more wonderful things!  This really is a super gallery!

I received from luckdragon just before Christmas and I can't believe I forgot to post pictures!  Yes, yes, the holidays and all... but I don't want her to think I'm not THRILLED with what I got, because I SO AM!  I've already made people jealous, too, so I'm going to have to watch my stuff least it walk off...

First up, an adorable monster pouch!  You can never have too many boxes/bag/pouches for organizing things, I say!  You think, given that, I'd be organized, but... maybe some day...

Zipper mouths are one of the cutest things ever, if you ask me!

Next up, something I almost made for her, but I'm glad I didn't, because hers is sooooo much better than the ones I've made... a mini top hat!

I wanna build an entire steampunk seamstress costume around that...  Cheesy


What is this... is it a folder? Is it a notepad holder? No!  It's....

Cross-stitch on the go!  A wonderful traveling container for stitching projects!!!!  For all the bags I do own, nothing was quite right for taking my stitching work with me (and, well, they're all full of knitting and crocheting, if I'm honest!  Hey, nothing unusual about a few... dozen... WIPs, right?!).  And one of the prettiest pincushions ever!  I LOVE it!

And, yes, that was all wonderful, but... the last thing... well... I had maybe kinda hinted at how much I liked it, but I didn't think I'd get one!  I do a TON of cooking/baking (I had a goal of 100 dozen cookies this year, and finished that some time ago...) and I love aprons... now I get to bake as the Tardis!!!!

Thank you so so so much, luckdragon, for being my partner!  Cheesy  And I'm really sorry it took me so long to post pictures.  :/
932  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 27, 2014 04:59:26 PM
I have two Christmas spiders on my tree!  I love them, despite not loving real spiders very much...

One last project dump, I think, before the end of the year.  I'll probably work on more stuff, but I don't know if I'll finish it!  If I do, I do, if not... I'll be off to a fast start next year! 

For my other partner in the IYP swap...

A Hobbit Door:

A Bustle:

A wooly soap cozy:

And a Ministry of Silly Walks t-shirt:

(I did touch up the not-so-well covered spots after I saw them on the picture, but never took another picture - it looked decent when I sent it, I swear!)

Then some more name bracelets:

And for a coworker, a tiny dragon:

933  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: December 27, 2014 04:51:09 PM
Two more in before the end of the year!  I can't wait to see the new prompts... I'm a little stuck on the ones I have left this month, maybe a new angle will get me thinking!

Prompt:  December Battle: NORTH!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Here be Dragons
Project Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437391.0
Brief Description:  Writing up the description of this led me to two interesting sources: an article on a news site about the legend of "here be dragons" on maps and a rebuttal by a historian.  Interesting reading, both, and led me to think I should change my initial battle stance, since the phrase "HC SVNT DRACONES." appears just *south* of the equator.  And you could argue that dragons hold a special place in the east, with the Chinese variant of the dragon being very well-known.  Instead, in my head, dragons are more associated with the north and Norse mythology, and I like the North, so we're going with that!  

This wee little dragon (he fits in the palm of your hand) was made from a pattern my coworker bought and asked me to make for her.  It a combination of both knit and crochet, and it's a lot of little pieces and a little frustrating, but certainly doable.  My coworker was thrilled with him, and I'm just happy to be done with him!

Project Picture:

Prompt:  December: New Zealand
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Hobbit door
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Since everyone else is hopping on the Lord of the Rings bandwagon (thank you so very much for that idea, everyone!  My only other idea was to crochet a little kiwi!), I went that way too!  It helped that my IYP partner had a very hobbit-like fairy door on her Pinterest...

Project Picture:

934  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Palm-sized dragon on: December 27, 2014 04:46:24 PM
A while back, a coworker showed me a pattern on the internet and asked wistfully if I could make it for her.  It was a teeny-tiny dragon that fit in the palm of your hand!  It was both knitting and crochet, and the summary looked easy enough.  I said I could... so she bought it, and then I started trying to make it.  It wasn't... hard, per se, but very, very fiddly.  As with most little things!  But I love the way he turned out!  I'm glad he's done, though, because it was quite the project...

He also served as a completed project for the Winter Nerd Battles, an awesome craftalong hosted by the equally awesome LovelyMiss that you should all join (on Team Textbook, naturally!).
935  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 27, 2014 03:20:38 PM
It's been hectic and all here, I have some pictures (somewhere) of Willow with Santa at our performance, and some with the tree that FINALLY got put up, but not much else.  Mostly we've been running around shopping like mad and sleeping, not too much in-between.  We did watch Christmas Icetastrophe on SyFy on Christmas, but it was no Sharknado...

Willow is still having fun, looking forward to our mini-trip and the wedding we're attending next Saturday!
936  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Disorderly"/Rainbow Hoop (and girl hoop) on: December 20, 2014 02:35:07 PM
Thank you!

Linda68701, in answer to your questions:

Yes, I did tack the buttons down with a single thread right after I laid them out, because I've found that I always end up changing my button layout (mostly spreading it out) if I just try to add them when I sew, which is fine for the random ones but knowing me I'd have gotten to the bottom and run out of room for the purple!  I went over them and secured them more thoroughly with the embroidery floss as I got to them.

The words were strung in one line, I ran the thread through it twice, side to side, sewing it to the fabric, but then I also went up and down between each letter... I think the term is couching?  Anyway, I caught each thread between the letters and tacked it down, because otherwise the longer words wanted to spin!
937  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Disorderly"/Rainbow Hoop (and girl hoop) on: December 19, 2014 02:47:43 PM
In a way, I think it's good to worry and doubt, because it means you care about what you're making!  We just have to be careful not to become paralyzed by doubt or let fear of failure ruin our creativity!  (Someone once said that everything I do turned out and they were jealous, I said that of course it didn't, I've ruined and frogged more things than I can count, but I don't typically show off all my failures... sometimes, yes, but just last weekend alone I took apart half a dozen things that were never going to work!)

lindyv321, are you sure you can't do random?  I think most people don't like the way it looks when it starts, or even sometimes when it's finished, but if you put it away and look at it later... or better yet, take a picture of it and look at it later, pretending it's someone else's project?  We tend to be over-critical of ourselves as crafters...  I tend to dislike everything I do "random" at first, but I just keep adding to it until it grows on me!

And thanks, everyone, for the kind words!  After I got past that initial phase I really enjoyed working on it, I think I need to do more ransom button/bead hoops!
938  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Disorderly"/Rainbow Hoop (and girl hoop) on: December 19, 2014 09:31:36 AM
Ludi, thank you!  Coming from you that means a lot!

Belladune - Oh, you should do more!  It's so zen and relaxing (well, once I get over the "this is going to be awful!" bit).  And, yeah, that second hoop is applicable a LOT.  I really need it at my office, where people yell at me and I have to smile back pleasantly...  O.o

Elderflower - I'm so glad (and thankful to my friend!) that I did stick with it.  Now I want to make another one, but what do you bet I'd have the same crushing moment of doubt?  Wink
939  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 19, 2014 09:28:48 AM
Some swap packages have been received, so it's time for a photo-dump!  One more should show up today, and hopefully I'll finish a few more projects this weekend, so... at least one more picture-post is in my future...  The question is what will my final number be?  I suppose it depends on if I try to finish up some WIPs or just strike out into new projects!  I'm currently sitting at 219...

First up, for the "I miss that SO much" swap, for suereal:

Teen Titan Peg people:

A Samurai Jack Needlebook:

A clay walnut box (long story, it's based on the episode "It may look like a walnut" of the Dike Van Dyke show):

Then I was cleaning and got sidetracked into making some jewelry, because that's what I do...

(there are several beaded bracelets, two styles I've done a lot of (though this was my first stab and the doubling back on itself one), a braised beaded bracelet, a decorative knot-tying bracelet, and a Kumihimo braided bracelet)

Then my friend asked me if I could make her some stretch bracelets with some alphabet beads, and I said yes... made those, then make my friend one and me a plain red one.  I've worn the red one and my knots are holding, so yay!  However, I developed an obsession with the shoddy distribution of alphabet beads in a package... I will eventually post somewhere(?) about that...

And then for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, two hoops (link to more info and how the one almost wasn't is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437228.0)

Now, off to craft more!  Though there's no real urgency... I went from super-busy to leisure time and I'm afraid I'm not handling it well... I don't know what to do with myself!  Cheesy
940  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: December 19, 2014 08:58:21 AM
Congratulations to the Nerds of the Week!  You totally rocked it!

I finally have some projects to post!

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rainbow Hoop
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437228.0
Brief Description:  As much as I dislike The Wizard of Oz, it's one of the first things people think about when they hear "Kansas", which is where I seem to have settled down after a childhood of being an Army Brat.  I've lived in 5 different cities in Kansas, with a brief stint in Missouri, since ... 1986?!  So, yeah, I've been here awhile.  I always kinda wanted to move back to Washington State, a place I enjoyed, but then... I suppose the Wizard of Oz reference would still be valid, considering the whole Emerald City/Seattle thing...  Anyway, rainbows. Kansas.  Oz.  Project!  It was for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, based on a quote from her pinterest.
Project Picture:

Prompt:  December: Japan
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name: Samurai Jack Needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:  For suereal in the "I miss that SO much" swap, a cute (but deadly!) recreation of Samurai Jack in felt!  Cute AND Japan, I'd say!
Project Picture:

Prompt:  December: India
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sari Bracelet
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description:  My friend and I split a large lot of Sari yarn awhile back, and I haven't done a thing with mine.  I also bought a Kumihimo disk awhile back and... hadn't done anything with it!  This prompt was the perfect blend of the two, I started off with a simple bracelet.  A bit of trial and error later, I think I have the theory down, but I still need a LOT of practice.  It is deceptively time-consuming...

Now, off to work on a few more of the prompts!  Maybe I'll even have more to post tonight, fingers crossed...  Cheesy
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