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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Puffy bird cross-stitch on: November 16, 2005 07:13:18 PM
I made this for my mom's birthday.  It's just one of those "home sweet home" kind of kits, but it was still a little cute  Wink  My mom loves it, so that's all that matters.


http://static.flickr.com/27/64045699_a43e04b5f3.jpg?v=0

I framed it in a blue wood frame from Michaels.  I didn't stretch the fabric though.  I didn't have time.  Plus it's so tight in the frame it should be okay.  I can always re-frame it if I have to.
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 1st Wedding Anniversary on: November 11, 2005 10:09:13 AM
I don't have much time, our Anniversary is on Sunday.   Usually ideas come to me, but I waited and waited, and all of a sudden it's in two days.   Tongue  I didn't want to BUY him anything other than something really special that will last, like a watch maybe, but he doesn't want one.

When I searched the thread I saw a  post of taking a picture of signs of each letter.  I thought about doing this for our names, or our last name.  But I don't know if I'll have time since I have to work today and tomorrow. 

The only thing I can think of is making those little coupons for special things.  I'm brainstorming a lot of things he already asks for, like backrubs and going to restaurants I don't like, etc.   Any other ideas - doesn't have to be PG for us  Wink

I will be doing this, kind of counts as the "paper" thing too, heh.  But throw out any other ideas you get too, or what you've done for anniversaries.  I don't want to give him just a little book of coupons when I've been hinting (half-jokingly) for blue diamonds and sapphires.   Grin
23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Who's been a zombie? on: October 30, 2005 01:17:26 PM
I'm going as a zombie. I've never been this excited about a Halloween costume.  Someone posted somewhere about how to do a bruise, and it WORKS! heh, usually whenever I try anything with makeup it looks like crap, but I've been playing around with my zombie makeup for a few days and it looks pretty good.

Post your pics of your zombie makeup, I want all the tips and ideas I can get  Grin 

Anyone know where you can buy Dermawax? I'd love to make a few wounds and gashes but I don't know if I'll have time to get some.  (We have one Halloween store here that doesn't carry much more than a party store or Target.  I have no idea if we have a theatrical makeup place or not, it's a pretty crappy town so probably not.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How can you tell how much yarn you need? on: October 19, 2005 10:39:12 AM
I tried a search but didn't find anything.

I'm making a scarf that is wider than I anticipated, but that's fine.  my problem is that I need to buy more yarn.  This yarn is at Big Lots, so I need to get it as quickly as I can and NOT need more later.  I can't buy up every skein just in case, even though one or two extra would be okay.   Is there a way to tell how much yarn you'll need.  I'm maybe 1/3-halfway through the first skein, should I judge it by that or is there a way to really tell, like from the gauge or something?

Now I just have to hope that they still have that color yarn, since I got it about a week ago.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Stitches breeding like rabbits on: October 16, 2005 12:30:13 PM
I recently started my first knitting project.  I was working on a cute baby hat for my future-yet-to-be-conceived-even child, or my future nephew/niece (about 5 mos away) if I wasn't pg yet after finishing (yes I give myself five MONTHS to finish a baby hat, pathetic I know).  It's the Target yarn, blue and yellow boucle, so pretty and bumpy.  Blends together and kind of looks green.

Anyway.  I ran into a problem w/ criss-crossed stitches, found out what I was doing wrong and fixed it.  Someone suggested I count how many stitches to make sure I wasn't accidentally getting more.   The hat starts out as 56 stitches cast on.  This is a few days later, I've got maybe three inches of hat done, so many rows!  I count the stitches on the neede........and stop at 65. 

WTF?  I give up, rip it all out because it's WAY too big and it goes all the way back to the first few rows. 

Given up on the baby hat for now, I start other yarns I've been wanting to work with.  I watch closely what I'm doing and notice that as I'm casting on my third stitch I actually have four on the needle.  What the heck?!  lol. 

I guess somehow I was going too fast, not pulling the stitches tight and ended up with it wrapped around and, well, just not right.  So I'm going slow and making a scarf.  I'll have to buy more needles so I can tackle that stinkin baby hat again  Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / criss-crossed yarn? on: October 14, 2005 10:40:30 AM
I'm knitting my first actual project, and am running into this weird thing.  (I'm sorry I'm not using the right terminology, I'll just describe what I'm seeing).  When I go to do another stitch, the yarn that is looped over the left needle is criss crossed over the next loop.   What is causing this and how do I fix it?  Are they twisted stitches?   

I'm not completely comfortable with things yet, like an example of dropping a stitch - I know you can pick it back up, but I can't tell which piece of thread to pick up...lol.   My instinct is to take them off of the needle and see if they come apart and fall back to where they're supposed to be....but I don't want to do that if it's just going to make an even bigger problem.
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 6 ENTRIES / Red Roses Wedding on: October 10, 2005 03:23:46 PM
Yay, my first craft challenge, AND my first ever collage.  Grin  

Okay, here's the before picture of all the stuff I found at various places. As you can tell it ended up completely different from what I planned.

http://static.flickr.com/25/48462053_5353ec1ddb.jpg?v=0

And here's the finished collage



Without flash


I used a piece of cardboard, painted two corners and used pages from an old roses calendar on the other two.  One of my favorite wedding pictures in the middle, printed out.  The red pages w/ handwriting is where I wrote out our vows and a poem that was read at the wedding, then copied it and blew it up (on scrap red paper, yay!).  There's an invitation (we had like 30 extra). A dried rose from a bouquet I got a few months ago, I was about to throw away the roses too.  I also used more of those stems as a border on the top left handwritten thing.  The names are stitched in black.   I also used a flower that was part of the wrapping on one of the bridal shower gifts from my mom.   The two rings I used those plastic rings on plastic water bottles and painted them silver.    The heart is left over from when I made our card box, the box fell apart and I took all the save-able stuff off and kept it.

More details.

http://static.flickr.com/29/51344880_6ded3519bf.jpg?v=0
http://static.flickr.com/25/51344879_a431570c02.jpg?v=0

The most interesting thing is how it all came together.  First I had a fall color scheme in my head, sad that it wouldn't be the colors we had at the wedding, but I was working with what I was finding.  THEN last night, as I was finishing it up I realize it's red and ivory/white, the same as our wedding.  Plus roses, which were the main flower, and my favorite flower.

I'm so glad I got to do this, my inspiration was the hair-dye samples, even though it didn't work well w/ the design after all.  I was planning on using it on the photo as me and my husband's hair.  Wink lol.    I've been wanting to do something for our wedding forever, a cross-stitch, embroidery, and who knew it would be my first collage.  

There's a little spot near the rings, it's just a spot of glue that hadn't dried yet when I took the picture Smiley heh.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Spilled milk on: October 09, 2005 03:38:21 PM
Well, kind of.  I was working on a collage last night, priming the cardboard so I could paint it.  When the little plastic cup of water spilled over that I had been using to clean the gesso off the brush.    Shocked   Trying desperately to save the cardboard (that sounds bad doesn't it) I get whitish water all over the coffee table, the rug (lay down a sheet first? not me) and my new jeans.  Luckily it all came out since it was still wet.  Except that I had grabbed the cardboard in a spot where I had already painted, so it was slipping all over the place, I ended up using both hands, and while using the OTHER hand with RED paint on it to continue trying to clean up the mess, I get little spots and smears of red paint all over my new jeans. 

But hey, my cardboard is fine, and the fingerprints actually work.  It adds texture and interest Wink lol.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / I Luv Veggies apron on: September 17, 2005 05:44:31 PM
(x-posted in the Home/Housewares Craftalong thread)

I just kinda-finished this apron.   I'm not completely done yet, I blew up the onion and carrot patterns and I'm going to put them on the pockets or the upper part of the apron.   But I lost the blown up versions, so I have to do some searching.   But for now it's done (besides needing ironing).  

The apron was a free gift for buying the pots and pans set (my parents bought us for a wedding gift). And since I don't wear aprons, I didn't want to just throw it away.  There's a blank wall in our kitchen where the refrigerator door opens that's begging for something more than the cheap $1 calendar I have up there now.  I'm just going to hang it there for decoration.

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30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / WWJD? on: August 23, 2005 05:30:51 AM
I embroidered this on my husband's jacket.   It's not my design, we got it from one of his shirts.  Even with the 80-90 degree weather, he'll probably still wear it to work today to show it off Smiley  He's such a little kid sometimes.  

He did want me to use satin stitch to fill in the hockey mask...but I'm not that comfortable with it yet.  Plus I told him it would take a lot longer, so he said an outline was good Wink   I almost did the triangle w/ satin stitch, but it was so late last night and I wanted to get finished.  I think he likes it better anyway.
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