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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Lantern on: March 29, 2015 08:36:51 AM
I made this Doctor Who lantern for my partner meleriffic in the Be AWESOME (Redux) swap. I saw a Tardis lamp on her Pinterest and decided almost immediately that I wanted to make a faux stained glass lantern. I've only dabbled in glass painting once before in the past, so there was quite a bit of experimentation for this project. After trying several paints I settled on the Martha Stewart line of glass paints. Another challenge was finding the right lantern with removable glass panes. Once I found the right lantern I measured the glass panels and went to work finding the right imagery for each side. In the end I decided on the DW logo, the Tardis, 11th doctor imagery, and a Dalek. Funnily enough the Dalek turned out to be my favorite panel of all:

And unlit:

I put the DW logo on the smallest front panel, which is the door of the lantern:

The Tardis:

The 11th Doctor's fez and bowtie:

I also used a Gallery Glass white paint that dries clear, allowing you to glob it on and smear it around giving it the traditional stained glass look.

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hermione Cross Stitch on: March 10, 2015 05:32:41 PM
I made this hoop for my partner in the Harry Potter Valentine swap. It's a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, one of my favorites!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Anchorman Quote on: January 21, 2015 05:56:16 PM
This is my first cross stitch project, and it was so much fun. I'm definitely hooked. It's a Ron Burgundy quote from Anchorman. I made it for a friend I work with. I made a couple of small mistakes but I'm glad I did because now I know better Smiley

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needle Minder Tutorial on: January 18, 2015 05:53:27 PM
If you are anything like me then you lose your needle no less than 100 times per stitching session. It's been a source of constant frustration for me in the past. Last week I discovered a wonderful little creation called a needle minder:

 It sits on your fabric and looks adorable, and also holds your needle when you aren't using it! I'm sure many of you hardcore needle-crafters already know about these, but I figured there might be some others out there who haven't heard Smiley

Luckily it's super easy to make your own. Here are the supplies you will need to make a felt needle minder:

Wool Felt (I get mine on Etsy)
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Small ceramic magnets
Ballpoint pen

First I cut a piece of felt to an appropriate size for my magnet, making sure to leave a large enough seam allowance for stitching up. Then also a back piece.

Then using the ballpoint pen I drew my design directly onto my felt.

Then I stitched my design. You could also use fabric paints or pens!

Okay, I'm all done! Man, that was fast  Wink

Now it's time to stitch it together! I used a blanket all the way around stopping to leave about a 3/4 - 1 inch opening like this:

And then I popped one magnet inside the opening and continued stitching until I came to the end. Then you need a second magnet like this:

To use the needle minder take the back magnet off and place it behind your fabric. Then set your needle minder on top of the fabric and let the power of magnetism do all the work!

Now enjoy your stitching knowing that you won't drop your needle into the couch or shaggy rug a billion times. This is my first tute so I apologize if it's lacking. If further explanation is needed, just ask. And if you need help with the blanket stitch I highly recommend YouTube. It's one of those things you really need to see demonstrated Smiley Enjoy!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gingerbread House on: November 30, 2014 04:25:16 PM
I made this little gingerbread house for my partner in the Seasons Hoopla swap last month. It took what felt like forever, and my fingertips were raw by the end of it, but I love the way it turned out! I tried a new stitch, the stem stitch and I'm hooked on it now!

I also added a crochet border. Now THAT was a trial for my patience.

I got the design from this Etsy shop:

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spider-Ghan! on: September 07, 2014 07:12:22 PM
I made this blanket for my son for his upcoming 4th birthday. He's a Spider-Man NUT! I used the following pattern to make it. The pattern is awesome, and could be made in any colors. It's a really nice size too. I can't wait to bundle up my birthday boy in it next month!


7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Crochet Hooks on: September 04, 2014 04:49:01 PM
I love all the polymer clay covered hooks I've been seeing on Etsy and Facebook, so I grabbed some clay and decided to spruce up some of my old aluminum hooks. It was a ton of fun and I'm definitely planning to make more in the future.

Together: A Gnome Home and The TARDIS!

I made the TARDIS for my sister, who likes to crochet and loves Doctor Who. It's based on my favorite episode "Vincent and The Doctor", which always makes me cry.

Next I made a little gnome home for myself!

These little flowers and grass go all the way around Smiley

I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out since I'm knew to poly clay. Hopefully with some practice I can keep those pesky fingerprints off them  Roll Eyes

Thanks for looking!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bookmark swap?! on: August 05, 2014 05:48:01 PM
I haven't seen a bookmark swap in a long time and I really would love to participate in one. I'm in nursing school and have tons of books/pages that need to be marked and would like some new bookmarks to do the job Smiley I really don't think I can organize with school and work on my plate so would LOVE if somebody could organize a bookmark swap. That would pretty much be the best Wink
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stripey Crochet Bag on: July 18, 2014 05:31:47 PM
I made this bag for my friend pottermouth as part of a personal swap we did. This bag is HUGE! I'm really happy with how it turned out. It holds at least 20 skeins of yarn Smiley

And on my loveseat for size reference:

 I made it using this pattern from Attic24:

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Perler bead fish home on: October 13, 2013 02:09:32 PM
I made this tall fish home for my son's betta fish, Kevin. I wanted to use up a bunch of my mixed beads bucket, so two sides are rainbow. On the front I put a Mario mushroom....because who doesn't like Mario? I made lots of openings for Kevin to swim in and out, and on the top I put a small perch for him to rest on. My son is very excited about Kevin's new house, and Kevin seems to enjoy it too Smiley

Here are the components before I assembled them. I hot glued the walls together.

All put together!

And of course an action shot:

Update: Here's a picture of the house in Kevin's new home, a divided 6 gallon that he shares with our other fish, Severus Snape. He's super happy in his new home!
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