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11  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / I have two fat bottoms on: April 30, 2007 10:15:33 PM
I made a fat bottom as a birthday gift and liked it so much I made another for myself.  I had a little bit of trouble with the pattern (for some reason the handle flaps really confused me).  This is the first project I've made out of happy hooker.  The best part?  Both bags were made entirely out of my stash.  Yay!
This is the first one I made:

And here's the one I made for myself:

Sorry about the blurry pic, I have a very fussy camera.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool, and the flowers were taken from another project in HH, and the leaves I just made up as I went along.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Family crest on: December 12, 2006 09:19:52 PM
My dad and I are the WORST grudge holders.  Ever.  We're terrible about it.  We work together in a flower shop, and people will come in who wronged us maybe 10  years ago and we'll be all "Oh, it's her"  So to keep ourselves in check we tease eachother that our family crest should be a flaming fist that says "we never let go."  So I made it for him for Christmas:



I'm going to frame it in an antiquey looking frame.  (This is my 2nd joke embroidery post in a row. That's bad, isn't it?  Wink)
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Silhouettes! Cheap, thoughtful present - with tutorial. on: December 12, 2006 01:08:15 PM
I love old silhouettes, and I decided to make them as christmas presents for relatives with kids.






This isn't the best tutorial, but it's my first one.

Materials needed:
-old frame
-profile photo
-black cardstock
-scrapbooking paper
-cardboard or foamcore board
-paint and brushes
-sandpaper
-xacto knife
-scissors
-gluestick

That seems like a lot of stuff, but I'm betting most craftsters have almost all of it lying around the house already  Wink

Step 1:  prepping your frames:  I bought old frames for $2 at a thrift store.  (you could also just buy new frames and skip this step to make this project faster.)
Clean your frames and sand them lightly (to rough up the surface so the paint will stick better)
This is what mine looked like  before - pretty ugly, no?


Step 2:  I used 2 colors of paint for an antiquey feel.  If you want to do this, paint an undercoat of a color that will compliment the final color you want the frames to be.  I painted all of mine a warm mustard yellow (not nearly as bright as in the picture)



Step 3:  Paint a couple top coats of whatever color you want the frames to be.  Let it DRY THOROUGHLY and then lightly sand it.  The undercoat will show through a bit and give the paint more depth.  Clean the glass and you should be good to go.

Step 4:  Open up your profile picture in your photo editing software and play with the brightness and contrast until the lines are sharp (like you would for a stencil).  Print out the picture onto heavy paper and cut it out with an xacto knife.

Step 5:  trace the cut out photo onto black cardstock and cut it out with an xacto knife.  if you flip it over, you won't be able to see any of the pencil marks. 

turn this:

into this:


Step 6:  glue the black silhouette onto a piece of scrapbooking paper.  Then get another complementing paper the same size and cut an oval that will frame the silhouette out of the center.

Step 7:  Trace the oval frame picture onto a piece of cardboard or foamcore (I used black foamcore board from Michael's) and cut out a matching piece. 
This is the 3 layers:  foam core, top frame, and silhouette:


Step 8:  glue the decorative frame on top of the foam core and then glue that over the silhouette. put it all back in the frame and voila!  You're done.

Comments appreciated  Smiley 
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old sweaters into cute sleeping bear pillows on: December 12, 2006 12:47:59 PM


I made these for my niece and nephew for christmas.  They're made out of old sweaters with felt appliques and embroidered features.  Hooray for presents made from stuff you already have around the house!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Quoth the raven "Nevermore" on: November 01, 2006 09:41:39 PM
I love crows so much that I dressed up as one for Halloween.  I wore a thrifted black party dress and super pointy black shoes.  From the halloween store I bought fishnets (for veiny crow legs! )and pointy black nails and elbow length black gloves.  I hot glued the nails to the gloves to make claws.  I made a beak out of black cardstock and elastic and put feathers in my hair.  Finally, I made a bustle by making a big pouf out of wire and sewing gathered tulle to it.  Then I sewed a bunch of feathers to the tulle and attached the whole thing to a belt.  

Crowy goodness:

Here's a full length shot that I liked a lot:

but... it's too dark to see much so here's the same brightened up:

a shot of my crowy feet:

And finally just for fun a shot with my boy (we made his skelly head together)

The look of my costume was inspired by a martha stewart article i saw forever ago.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / FOOD, FOOD, FOOD, FOOD! on: October 25, 2006 08:33:55 PM
I've had some reservations about posting this project, partially because my pictures are kinda cruddy but mostly because I think that....   this project might be too weird even for craftster.  I know - that's crazy, right?

Well, the backstory is that one day a long long time ago my two best friends and I were sitting around, bored, and one of us said something like "you know what I like?  Brunch.  There should be more of those in-between-meals meals."  It being a slow, lazy day, we decided to figure out what those meals might be called.  We spent a while giggling and dividing and sub-dividing meals until we had a meal schedule where there were 24 meals in a day.  (what, you don't do stupid stuff like that with your friends?)  Well, that was years ago and every once in a while, one of us will find the list and we'll call each other and giggle again over our old, stupid inside joke.  So for my friend Anna's birthday/housewarming (who incidentally loves food more than anything) I embroidered a set of four tea towels with four of our fake meals on them, and including her favorite foods.  That sure was a lot of buildup, huh?  So without further ado, I present to you:

BRUNFAA, the swedish meal between breakfast and brunch:


That would be orange juice, coffee, eggs, toast, and hash browns (which came out looking like waffles).

DUNCH, which can be found (of course) between dinner and lunch:


That would be In N Out and Krispy Kreme (and yes my friend Anna does eat those two together)

LINDINDINNER - it's not quite Lunch, Dinner, Linner, or Dunch, but somewhere in between those:


Anna's favorite Mexican meal of cheese enchiladas, beans, rice, and chips, with a diet coke to wash it all down

and finally, Didnight Snack, when you need a little something to tide you over until Midnight Snack



The towels had cute little trim on the bottom, which my camera wouldn't properly photograph because it hated me that night, and which wouldn't fit all the way on my scanner:



And what better way to wrap overindulgent food towels than in pink pastry boxes?



Ahh, I feel a little embarrased now.  My silliest self revealed on the internet.  But hey - food embroidery?  At least it's different, right?  Wink
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / SKULLGYLE, Anyone? on: October 24, 2006 05:52:47 PM
I like skulls and I like argyle, so why not combine them?  I made this scarf (my own pattern) for my husband's birthday.  Had a hell of a time trying to finish it without him ever seeing it.



I crocheted with the orange and brown together, and then embroidered the yellow parts after the scarf was completed.


In all its glory:



And finally an action shot (does anyone else feel stupid taking pictures of yourself in the bathroom mirror? Wink)



Thanks for looking!
18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / GORE WREATH!!!!!! on: October 10, 2006 09:40:13 PM
Ever since I saw SasseteOPants's glorious eyeball wreath

(here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66030.0)

I was obsessed.  I HAD to make one.  So as soon as stores started stocking Halloween stuff, I started searching for my materials.  It took so freaking long to find the rubber blood stuff, but it was worth it.  I finally got the last of my materials today, and I made the wreath and put it up tonight.  I'm really happy with the result.

Thanks Sassette for the fabulous idea!



Here's a close-up:



Yay for Halloween!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hooray for Hello Kitty! (scarf) on: October 06, 2006 10:50:45 PM
So I just finished a scarf with hello kitty granny squares (and also hello mimi, kitty's twin sister who wears a yellow bow on the other ear).  The heart granny squares are my own pattern that I made up, and the body of the scarf is striped.  The granny squares turned out a bit wonky but I don't mind because a) they're my 1st granny squares (!) and b) I think the waviness is actually kinda cute.  This one's a gift, but I need to make another for myself.  I love it!



Here's a closeup on Kitty and Mimi



and finally an action shot



Comments are appreciated.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / The AMAZING Conjoined Bears on: October 05, 2006 06:56:33 PM
So I'm just learning to properly crochet, and this is my first amigurumi.  I had actually finished it the day this craft challenge was announced, so I thought I'd save posting it for the contest.  This is my first craft challenge!

I present   The AMAZING conjoined bears amigurumi:



It makes me happy to give them little cocktail umbrellas to hold (don't you just love cocktail umbrellas?)



And a close up of their faces:
I made them look kinda sad 'cause life must be hard for conjoined twins



I think I was inspired to make these guys after seeing the movie Brothers of the Head, about conjoined twin rockers.  But I also love all things circus and sideshow.  

So... I couldn't think of names for the bears.  Any suggestions?
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