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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Infinity scarf and glove set on: December 31, 2012 05:56:40 PM
I made this set for myself. I never get to crochet something for me, so this was a fun project! I did a ripple pattern that I got from Attic24.

Scarf in action. It's about 5 feet long.

Fingerless gloves with bobble edging.

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toddler Socks on: December 31, 2012 08:00:33 AM
We were hit by a huge ice and snow storm on Christmas day and were without power from Tuesday - Sunday evening. We packed up and went to the in-laws who had wood stoves, but still no power there. Of course I took a big bag of yarn and hooks. I've never made socks before and was getting a little weary of the scarf I was working on so the thought to make socks was very spontaneous. Luckily I had brought a new yarn that was perfect for the job. I got on my phone and found a pattern on Ravelry. These worked up very fast. About 1.5-2 hours for each sock from chain to fastening off. They are for my two year old son.

Action shots:

The lighting is crummy. We were on wood stove lighting by then  Cheesy

They were awfully snug, so we won't get much wear out of them, but I'm proud as they are my first socks. It was hugely satisfying and I can't wait to make more!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Potter Book Ornaments on: December 21, 2012 08:06:30 AM
I found a couple of used Harry Potter books at Goodwill last month. I have always loved the chapter art and I wanted to use that to create something. I found these great blank paper mache  ornaments at Hobby Lobby and that's when I got the idea for the ornaments. Three of these were for swap partneres in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, two are for friends, and two are for me!  Cheesy

I found the chapter art I wanted to use then took a relevant part of the book to paste it on. Then I found the passage I wanted highlighted and glued it on there as well.

The Boy Who Lived:

Yer a wizard:

Mirror of Erised:

Owl Post:

Marauder's Map:

Expecto Patronum:

Welcome to Hogwarts:

I put glitter on the sides of them in different colors:

I'm definitely going to continue making them and try some different techniques in the future. Hope you like them!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ravenclaw House Wreath on: October 21, 2012 12:50:02 PM
I made this Ravenclaw (Harry Potter) themed yarn wreath for my partner in the Back to Hogwarts swap. Bronze and Blue are the house colors, and the bronze eagle is the house sigil. The Sorting Hat is made from felt and I painted his Ravenclaw rhyme on small wooden plaque. 

Photo taken by my partner, hgddm.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Owl Pillow on: October 21, 2012 12:41:07 PM
I crocheted this pillow for my partner in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  It's an owl messenger from the Harry Potter movies, and he has a letter for Harry! He's crocheted in two pieces and sewn together.

Photos were taken by my partner, hgddm.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Stamp Carving - Inking question on: September 16, 2012 05:12:44 PM
So I made my first stamp this week and have a question about the ink. Is there any way to clean the ink off the stamp or is it just going to be black forever? Will that affect what colors I can use in the future or will I just have to use black on this stamp in the future?

This is after I tried to clean the ink off...?

ETA: I know it's not great by any means. I had my wisdom teeth pulled this day and I was under the influence of pain killers at the time :p
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: August 10, 2012 09:25:29 AM
I'm just wondering what everyone's preference is. So when you buy some new yarn do you wind it into a ball? Or do you just work directly from the skein? I always just work from the skein. I don't have a ball winder, and I'm entirely too lazy to do it by hand. I have also started pulling from the outside, instead of the inside of the skein. I know that makes the skein roll around constantly, but I HATE when the inside body is gone and you get this limp noodle of yarn :/
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATCs on: August 02, 2012 07:02:18 AM
I decided to try my hand at ATCs this summer to see what all the fuss was about. Well, now I know...they are so fun and addictive! Here are the cards I made for the June and July Ongoing ATC Swaps:

Super Giraffe!

Katniss: Girl on Fire

Sublime Shower: Crayon Scratching


Happy Camper:
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kitty! on: July 08, 2012 06:33:52 PM
I made this kitty for my niece for her 2nd birthday. I used the amineko pattern and used felt and embroidery thread for the mouth. I just winged it for the outfit. This kitty is ready for summer fun and snuggles!

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Jar Pincushion on: June 20, 2012 02:10:49 PM
I made this Harry Potter/Gryffindor jar pincushion for my partner, bobbinalong, in the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 3 swap. I've been seeing jar pincushions on Pinterest for a while and was happy to get the chance to make one. It's 4" in height, as per the OTT rules. I've never painted on glass before, but I had so much fun doing it. I used Elmer's Painter's paint pens and then cured the jar in the oven after it dried.

Group shot of the jar and everything I put inside:

I painted Hogwarts against a night sky on the front of the jar. The top is crocheted in Gryffindor colors, and around the bottom of the lid is a wire crocheted border. I used gold wire, red and gold beads, and a lion charm. The Weasley twins box is a matchbox that I made to store some pins and buttons.

Close up of Hogwarts:

On the back of the glass I painted her favorite spell "Alohomora". It's a spell used to unlock things. I always think of Hermione using it in Sorceror's Stone to sneak into the forbidden third floor corridor.

Hope you like it!
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