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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Esmeralda from Hunchback of Notre Dame on: November 05, 2013 04:10:21 PM
I decided this past summer that I wanted to be Esmeralda for Halloween this year because I work in a daycare and wanted something the kids would recognize. Everything in this costume is handmade by me except the blouse! It took forever since I didn't have any patterns, but it was so much fun!











2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet literature on: August 29, 2012 11:54:57 PM
I'm not even sure if this is the place to post this, but I figured this crochet crowd would be the most forgiving and likely to answer!

I'm looking for novels about crocheters. There are plenty of knitting novels (Knits and Purls, The Friday Night Knitting Club series, etc), but I was wondering if anyone had found anything to do with crocheting? It's not urgent, I'm just curious! Thanks for your time!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Starghan and ripple afghan on: February 05, 2011 12:29:45 PM
On average, about how much yarn is needed for these patterns? That is if i were making it as a baby blanket?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wire wrapping help!! on: August 10, 2010 12:29:09 AM
so for the last couple of summers i've gone down to the outerbanks for a week with my bestie. while there i found some beautiful pieces of sea glass and i've dying to make something with them. the most logical choice would be to wite-wrap them...the only problem is that i seem to be hopless when it comes to wrapping. i have all the tools, but is there purhaps a really good tute out there that i could watch that would give me some better techniques? and what kind of wire should i be using? i think part of the problem may be that my wire guage is to thick... i would really appriciate any help/tips you experianced crafters out there could give me! thanks!!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first purses (pic heavy) on: August 09, 2010 01:26:06 PM
I admit it. I'm a purse junkie. but i'm a penny pincer and i hate spending a lot of money on things like that. then i cam across this really easy tutorial from thejordy ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 ) and thought, 'hey, i can do that!' so i found some scrap fabric, stole my mother's sewing machine, and got to work.

the first one is done with scraps that i bought at joanns a while back. i know it doesn't match, but i wasn't too concerned. i just wanted to see if i could do it.



closeup of a the button-clasp


and with a little tweaking...

...it's reversible!!

so now knowing that i was able to follow a basic pattern, i decided to try sewing in some batting (which was a bit thick, but i'm new at this and still learning) to give it more structure. I decided i wanted to give this one away and get some feedback, so after finding the right materials, i went at it for the second try and came up with this:



the lining



and a little flair


i also sewed some velcro in to keep it closed later on...so yea. those are my first purses. let me know what you think and if you have any tips, i'd be more that willing to hear them!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / PILLOWS!! my first post :) PIC HEAVY on: June 22, 2010 11:00:38 PM
so i've been a lurker for a while cuz i've always wanted to do crafty things, and ya'll gave me so much inspiration, so THANKS!!!
anywho, i have this thing for pillows. i love them. they are the best invention ever! I've always pictured myself as having one of those beds that was so covered in pillows you could hardly see the mattress. however, i'm a college student, and thus broke. I can't afford to buy cool ones, so i figured, why not make them?? my mom has all kinds of materials, and joann fabrics has inexpensive 'scraps.' so here they are. my first 3 attempts at pillows

this is the very first pillow i ever made. i'm very proud of it. it's really messy in the seams because at that time i didn't have a sewing machine and had to do the whole thing by hand. it wan't all loss. i got a chance to listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons all the way through! lol. sorry about the random table cloth behind it. i'm trying to shield you all from the hideousness of the chair behind it.
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621625.jpg

http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621626.jpg

http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621627.jpg


this one is also hand sewn, but i think it will always be my absolute favorite. i was a HUGE band geek back in high school and so this just fits my personality to a T. i wanted to try something different so i added the blue ribbon to give it of color as well as a fun look.
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621628.jpg

http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621630.jpg


this was after i bought my genie machine on craigslist for uber cheap(beggers can't be choosers). i was just playing around with it. i'm not crazy about the material, but i didn't want to toss it out, either.
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621631.jpg


so those are my first pillows!! hope you enjoyed and i hope to do more crafting in the future. now if only i could make up my mind what to do with this!!
http://www.bluemelon.com/photo/15698/621632.jpg
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