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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Adventure Time Altoids Tin on: September 12, 2016 11:14:09 AM
My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Like most couples just starting out, we're trying to save money for our future. So we decided to not go crazy and spend a lot of money on gifts for each other.
He carries Tums and Aspirin in an Altoids tin to work everyday in his lunch box and I thought it was time he get a fannish upgrade. We've really fallen in love with Adventure Time after marathoning it a few months back. He's got a background on his computer that I thought would be easy to translate into an embroidery piece, I was just waiting to see what it wanted to be put onto.

Since I already had an altoids tin, sandpaper, paint, brushes, mod podge, threads, and a needle, all I needed to complete this project was the felt. So I made this cute little gift for less than $2! (I think that's what made him happiest, my frugal, frugal man.)

Oh, and scroll down to see what he made me. He stuck with the traditional first anniversary theme of paper. I love them so much. Thanks husband!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Tail Fleece Braided Sack Blanket on: September 12, 2016 10:32:56 AM
I made a fleece mermaid tail for my friend's 4 year old daughter's birthday. I think she'll love it because she watches Little Mermaid 2 almost every day, and now she can be a mermaid too!

Started by making a cardboard template out of the long, flat sides of fabric bolts. I work currently at Joann's Fabrics, and they were just going to throw them away, so waste not, want not.

I actually started by drawing one side of the tail shape I wanted on a piece of printer paper, cutting it out, and cutting another one for the other side. I laid these down on the cardboard and measured out 2 inches all the way around the tail then measured up from there for the rest of the tail, making sure to keep measurements with 2 inches extra on both sides.

Then I cut the fabric out, the full tail on both colors. I cut the tails off because I knew I wanted to switch the colors. Then I measured out 2 inches in and laid down removable painters tape to that measurement. It was then time to start cutting, just like with regular fleece tie blankets! If I make another one (and I should, I've got plenty of fabric left over) I would wait to cut the tail pieces until after the ties were done, and I would have laid and cut both fabrics together. I had a few spots where I made the cut pieces bigger on one side and it left some holes. Oh well.

Instead of tying the pieces together I decided to cut slits in all the cut tabs (by folding each in on itself and cutting into the fold) and crochet/braid them together. It gave a cleaner look, I thought.

I wanted to make it to where she could actually stick her feet in the tail part, so I had to cut tabs going across the top of tail pieces too. If you were to make this and don't care to alternate the colors like I did, this would not be necessary.

Her mother, father, and aunt all said she'll love it, so all in all I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needlefelted Jungle Animal Mobile for my nephew on: May 22, 2012 06:22:36 PM
 I made this mobile for my brand new nephew. His parents decided to paint his room in greens, orange, and peach. And his mother hung up some wire and nylon dragonflies and butterflies. So I had to include those animals, even if they aren't usually considered jungle animals.

 I made the giraffe and butterfly from the great book Wool Pets by Laurie Sharp. The dragonfly I found on her website of the same name. The elephant, who is my favorite, I made without a pattern, all by myself. He's got the cutest little mouth! The mobile itself I got off craiglists for only $5! So the whole thing only cost me about $20, and would have been a lot less if I could have stopped myself from throwing more animals on at the top. They're those little velcro handed things that hang on pencils and whatnots.

forgot the flash! oops.

Thanks for looking! Go make something!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Nerdfighter Cake! on: July 14, 2011 09:15:49 PM
I don't know if there are any fellow nerdfighters on craftster, but if there are - Hi!. You know what this means:

If you don't know what that means, but would like to find out, go here -


The cake was delicious - it was butter cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Tasted like butterscotch, weirdly.

Best wishes!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pegboard of awesomeness on: July 14, 2011 08:56:54 PM
My roommate moved out last month, so I moved into the big bedroom. Took it as a chance to take stock of what I actually wanted in my bedroom. I like having my crafts around me, so I came up with this organizational system:

My desk is a standing desk made of 2 black filing cabinets, 2 3-drawer scrapbook paper holders from Target, and a large piece of wood painted white. Underneath the desk are 2 2-shelf cubes also from Target that hold all my yarn in and on top (the ones facing out are stuffed into those photo boxes). Between those is my sewing machine, which I should really not have on the floor, but eh. The bookshelves hold all my craft books, jewelry supplies, embroidery floss, fabric, blank books for design ideas, and more photo boxes - some of which are actually holding photos! The pegboard (my new favorite thing!) I thought was going to have to be painted. Which would have been a total pain, because it's been consistently 95-98 here. But Home Depot had some in white! So I got 2 2x4 sheets and just hung them up last night. My favorite thing on the pegboard is my Whitman's Mucha tin that is holding my mini glue gun. It's amazing how getting everything organized actually makes me want to craft more. Now maybe I'll use that iron you see up there. (hahaha.)

Thanks for looking!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Deathly Hallows keyring on: July 14, 2011 08:25:38 PM
My good friend and fellow HP fandom freak had a birthday this past week. I made her this and just got it to her today. Very satisfyingly, she immediately put it on her keys.  Grin

Here's the back. I forgot to make sure it lined up straight with the ring. oh well.

The local 20 screen theater is showing HP 7 part 2 on 18 (!) of the screens for midnight shows, and I still couldn't get tickets. And I tortured myself this morning by reading the LeakyCon events list. But! I did get to go see Harry and the Potters last week. That was fun.

How are you celebrating this 'end of an era'?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / embroidered eggs! what the fork?! on: May 05, 2011 06:28:26 AM
A little late for an Easter post, but I saw this and just had to post it along. http://www.designspongeonline.com/2011/04/sewing-101-embroidered-eggs.html

It looks amazing, but alas, I do not currently have all the tools. Or patience. Or enough eggs that I'd be willing to not eat.

But I thought my fellow Craftsters should see the pretty, at least.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / postcard collage love in many forms on: August 24, 2008 11:14:53 AM
Here is a postcard collage I made for someone on postcardx. Does anyone still do postcardx? Or am I totally behind the times on that one?

9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Sparky's Hot Head on: December 17, 2005 06:35:12 PM
I did it! I actually followed a pattern, even with the yarn the pattern calls for!

It's for my brother for Christmas. But since he likes cameras about as much as a voodoo witch doctor, my glass headed goddess ($12 at the flea market!!) Estella is wearing it.

Front view:

She looks bad with a towel stuffed up her face. Oh well, now I know.

Side view:

Top view:

Thanks for your time and attention! We now return you to the less-crazy world....

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / scarves for me on: November 26, 2005 12:28:43 PM
It has been so long since I made anything for myself. I realized I haven't really made any scarves I love. So, with the long weekend, I knit my arms off. And I love what came off those needles.

This is the Lion Brand homespun/moonlight mohair spiral scarf. Tip: If you have never worked with more than say 200+ stitches on a circ needle, things can fall off easily. If I made this again I would use longer needles than what the pattern calls for. Oh, and don't try this in the dark, you will drop stitches when you're not supposed to.

And this is my favorite new thing...
It's the ribbon drop stitch scarf from SnBN, but I tweeked it a little. It's with the beautiful Caron Pizazz ribbon yarn #005 Meadow.

The tweeked pattern:
CO 14
knit 2 rows
*k1, yo1, repeat from *
*k1, drop yo off needle, repeat from *
knit 2 rows
*k1, yo2, reapeat from * (just wrap the yarn around the needle twice)
*k1, drop yo2 off needle, repeat from *
knit 2 rows

continue in this pattern until it's as long as you like. End on garter stitch or it will be really hard to get the fringe in. Here's a close up of the stitch pattern:

That's my first time writing out a pattern. Does it make sense?

Everyone go knit your arms off!

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