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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / vine and flower scarf - first from a pattern! on: August 29, 2006 08:40:36 PM
My mom taught me how to crochet maybe 10 years or so ago.  And I use the phrase "taught to crochet" loosely.  All I could do was single crochet (which I didn't know had a name), I had no idea what the proper techniques for finishing or changing colors or anything were, and looking at a pattern baffled and scared me  Wink.
Craftster has inspired me to get off my butt and learn how to crochet for real, so a couple of weeks ago I bought a book with basic stitches in it and finally crocheted something a) from a pattern and b)that used more than just single crochet.  Hooray!  I'm so happy I can finally do this.  I can't wait to make more stuff  Smiley
So here's what I made:
This first pic has truer color

But you can see the scarflette a bit better in this one:

And for anyone who's interested, I bought the pattern here:

Thanks for looking!
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / bird's nest on: August 29, 2006 08:32:21 PM
So I've been seeing these birds nest necklaces all over craftster and I had to make one.  Why post another one you say?  Well, why not?  I love mine and get compliments everytime I wear it.  It's made from plain steel wire (from the hardware store) and the eggs are freshwater pearls. 

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / vintage whale tea towels on: August 15, 2006 01:02:06 PM
I collect vintage linens and particularly like anything quirky or unusual.  I just got these whale tea towels and thought I would share since all things aquatic seem to be popular on craftster.  It would be pretty easy to make these into patterns by printing them out and then tracing over to clean up the lines.

whale of a meal:

whale of a party:

and a whale of a ride:

I hope you enjoy them!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cute squirrel applique on: July 11, 2006 11:33:45 PM
I embroidered this little guy to add to a hipslinger I made for a friend:

He's not wrinkly in person, just on my scanner  Wink

Action shot in his new home on the hipslinger:

thanks for looking  Smiley
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Adrian Tomine sleeping girl embroidery on: March 08, 2006 08:05:10 PM
So I was totally inspired by embroidery goddess LuluB's embroidery of dancing girls from Adrian Tomine's sketchbook.  I wanted to do one of my own, so I chose an illustration of a sleeping girl.  
I tackled one of my embroidery phobias - filling in a big area with solid stitching.  Unfortunately, after I was done with the piece, I stuck it in the washing machine to get rid of the red lines from the transfer pencil I used.  It sounds risky, but I always machine wash my pieces. But this time, because of all the heavy fill stitches, the fabric in between got all bunchy and shrivelly.  So the girl has raisin face.  It was so disappointing.  On top of all that, the red lines didn't come all the way out (maybe because it had been too long since I ironed them on  Huh)  Sigh...
Anyway, enough whining.  Here's the piece:

And for comparison, here's the picture I worked from:

I'm hoping this is one of those times where I just need some space and then I'll stop being disappointed that I messed this up and start liking it the way it is.  What do you guys think?
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / H.P. Lovecraft Swap Gallery on: December 02, 2005 09:12:08 PM
Okay, everyone - post your goods when you get 'em!

I was lucky enough to get my package from Miyoko79 already!  She's going to post a pic for me, but here's a description of what she sent:

- a cross stitch miskatonic bookmark
- a framed cthulhu fhtagn cross stitch
- a cute little crochet cthulhu which I will be using to top my Christmas tree
- a purple jordy bag,
and a newspaper program from a lovecraft film festival

yay!  Thank you so much!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Koi/goldfish swap? on: November 09, 2005 08:53:52 PM
Okay, there's no way I have the time to organize this, but how about a koi or koi and goldfish swap?
Any takers?
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / H.P. Lovecraft Swap Sign ups closed, Send by 11/29 on: November 01, 2005 03:13:32 PM
Swap name: Lovecraft Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Ghost Academy
Sign-up date range: 11/1 - 11/8
Date to send item by: 11/29

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO (But at least 4 must sign up for the swap to happen)

Non-U.S. participants allowed? YES

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

This is a swap for us kids who love the writings and mythology of H.P. Lovecraft.  You may craft anything related to Lovecraft's mythology, but please take into consideration and please read your partner's favorite Lovecraft story.  I'm not specifying the number of items to make, but  make sure you craft something that you would love to receive!

If you would like to participate, please PM me with the following info AND please post somewhere on this thread.

Name of swap: 
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What is your favorite Lovecraft story?
Do you have a favorite game/movie/whatever based on Lovecraft?
Do you have a favorite aspect of Lovecraft's mythology (and if so, what is it?)?
Is there anything that you really want to receive?
Is there anything you really don't want to receive?
Is there a craft that you really admire?
What crafts do you do?
Anything else you want your partner to know?


The elders await you...

UPDATE: partners:

cyberology  <---> SewPixie
miyoko79 <----->ghost academy
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Be gentle - my first stencil project on: October 15, 2005 10:53:16 PM
My husband had been bugging me forever to make a shirt for his band with a hyena on it.  I didn't want to make a silk screen for such a small project, so I thought I'd try stenciling.  I'm only sorta happy with the results.  I like they way the hyena turned out a lot.  I stenciled it first in yellow and then took off the stencil and smudged the paint a bit.  Then when it was dry (er, almost - I jumped the gun a bit) I stenciled over it in black.  I got cocky with the writing.  There's so many kick ass stenciling tutorials on craftster that I thought "hey, why NOT try cutting out cursive letters on my very first stencil!" which of course was a mistake because it was really hard and they came out wonky and retarded.  But oh well.  I still like the hyena.

30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / unfinished Ikea stools into art nouveau end tables on: October 15, 2005 10:45:50 PM
This is an old project, but I thought I'd post it after seeing some people asking about redoing Ikea furniture.  Considering that it was really easy, I was pretty happy with the results.  
I bought 2 stools for $9.99 each.  Well, Ikea called them stools but I thought they looked more like little tables.  They were just unfinished wood.  So I lightly sanded them and painted the tops a mustard color and the legs black.  Then I took art nouveau poster prints (color copied at Kinko's) and decoupaged them onto the tops.  I added a waterproof coat so I could set glasses and such on them.  And voila!

Here's a couple of close-ups of the prints:

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