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1  Re: Rapunzel Yarn Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by FishyD on: January 18, 2011 01:35:22 PM
Ok, I received from Spidermom about a week ago I believe, but have been unable to find my SD card for my camera, so I took pics, but took pics with my cell phone and just found out there's a Photobucket app on my smartphone, lol, so I'm going to try to send the pics using my photobucket acct, lol. Here goes nothing! I can't wait to get the rest and start my scarf! Love what I've seen of the completed scarves so far!

Here's the yarn, and even a small extra! Thanks Spidermom! Pretty shades of purples and blues! My boyfriend's daughter will be jealous, she loves blue, and I love purple, I'm sure I'll have to fight her for the scarf! hehe. I love the light blue one that you can't tell from the pic, but its soft and shimmery. Smiley



and the little extra  Smiley

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2  Re: $4.95 Swap AKA Fill a SMALL Flat Rate Box R2 Goodie Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FishyD on: June 21, 2010 02:31:27 PM
I received from TheSapphireMoon today! I have had a rough week (boyfriend has been going through some personal stress in his life, then he lost his job, then my aunt passed away, then my boyfriend and I broke-up and my aunt's funeral was yesterday), so I've been reeling with all the emotion of the week, so it was a good day to receive my package and take my mind off the things I've been going through this week!

I was so surprised all the stuff she had STUFFED into this little box! I hope the picture loads:


I'm wanting to start learning how to sew, I haven't got started yet, I have a sewing machine I bought at Christmas and some fabric, needles, my sister got me a sewing basket with a few bobbins and such, but I have to find someone to teach me how to get started, I cant learn from books, anyway, so I've been looking forward to learning and now I have a bunch more supplies to get me started! Thanks so much!!

I got zippers of various sizes/colors, snaps, buttons, different colored thread, a cutter, bias tape (I dont even know what that's used for yet, but I'll figure it out!), rick rack, elastic, measuring tape, hooks eyes/loops, pins, something for helping with button holes, and some velcro! So much stuff in such a little space!

Thanks so much, I now will have a full sewing basket of supplies, and maybe I can find someone to teach me to get started so I can get my mind off all the heartache from this past week. Thanks so much for the smile on my face, and I had a great time on my first swap! I hope Greenfaerie will like her package, its almost there!

Diana (aka FishyD)
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3  Re: Freezer paper technique christmas gifts 2007 in Stenciling: Completed Projects by FishyD on: January 05, 2008 02:32:58 AM
Figured i'd include him in the shirt, with the "official" sign of approval from him.... lol

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4  Newbie tried fingerless gloves or wrist warmers... in Knitting: Completed Projects by FishyD on: December 24, 2007 07:43:56 AM
I'm not sure if I like these or not, they are going to my step-mom who mentioned she has always wanted fingerless gloves...well, I wasn't able to figure out now to knit in the round before the holidays (I just started learning end of September) ,and so I read somewhere on here about someone knitting a rectangle and leaving a hole for the thumb, so this is what I tried....not sure what I think about it yet, at first I loved it, now when I look at the pics its baggy on the wrist a little and maybe I made them too loose.  I kinda guesstimated the whole thing since I don't understand gauges and only have 2 needle sizes and can't knit in the round yet, haha....but all in all, pretty proud I guess.



There are a couple more pics from different sides on my blog, and I have other finished Christmas gifts on my blog in this entry here, some knitted, some not:
http://thisismylife-disway.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-2007-hand-made-christmaswhew.html
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5  Freezer paper technique christmas gifts 2007 in Stenciling: Completed Projects by FishyD on: December 24, 2007 07:13:45 AM
 Grin

I admit to being TOTALLY addicted to this!

Here are some things I made for christmas gifts this year:

I didn't have much money, and already had the black screen print paint, and so I only bought 2 other colors.

My dad's T, I cut the freezer paper and ironed, my son did the application of the paint (he's 6), he thought it was cool to peel off the freezer paper and see the design, too.  hehehe  Its supposed to be a coconut tree, but the more we look at it, it looks like a "being" with the palm frons as hair, the coconuts as eyes and nose, and the two lines in the tree as the mouth, hahaha, anyway, we went to Hawaii this past summer for a big family vacation (20 people) and so that's why the tree design.


Shirt for my cousin's husband, who also went to Hawaii with us on the big family vacation.  My dad's family is rather large and so we do name draws for a gift exchange for the adults, so I drew his name.


Onesies for my cousin's new daughter, born in October.




And for my 6 year old son, the Star Wars fan...he doesn't even know I made these, I can't wait to see his face.



The Darth Vader was my very first time ever using freezer paper stenciling, and while its a pain in the arse sometimes, the results are great I think {{patting self on back}} hehe.  I did an entry in my blog with mor details of the freezer paper day, the first time I tried it, because I'm a nerd like that, haha... My blog also has all the other non-stenciling projects I've made for Christmas this year if anyone's interested in checking it out.  http://thisismylife-disway.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-2007-hand-made-christmaswhew.html
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6  Re: The 2007 "What do I make for..." thread! in Winter Holidays by FishyD on: December 24, 2007 06:38:39 AM
MY FATHER!!!  he is ex-Marines (wait, what does he say, once a marine always a Marine? hehe)...he is active in the Marine Corps League currently, very proud ex-marine.  He also happens to LOVE hand made gifts!!  I bought some black cotton type material (no label and I'm not that familiar with it) last year that has the Marine Corps emblem on it in small 2 inch diameter circles all over, but I don't know how to use a sewing machine and so I'm not sure, I was considering a pillow, but I'm wanting some other ideas....I can do a basic hand stitch, but I admittedly am NOT great.  So far the only thing I have made for him for Christmas is a scarf and of course I want something more.  Any ideas?Huh Can you decoupage with material on a glass ball ornament?  Ihave about 3-1/4" glass ball ornaments as well....otherwise, I have no idea what to do....

thanks for suggestions!!

There are some very cool decopaged glass plates on this forum, using both paper and fabric!  You could do a plate and then fill it with cookies or steak or whatever he likes to eat!


MY FATHER!!!  he is 57, an ex-Marine (wait, what does he say, once a marine always a Marine? hehe)...he is active in the Marine Corps League currently, very proud ex-marine.  He also happens to LOVE hand made gifts!!  I bought some black cotton type material (no label and I'm not that familiar with it) last year that has the Marine Corps emblem on it in small 2 inch diameter circles all over, but I don't know how to use a sewing machine and so I'm not sure, I was considering a pillow, but I'm wanting some other ideas....I can do a basic hand stitch, but I admittedly am NOT great and can't run a sewing machine to save my life (SOMEDAY!!).  So far the only thing I have made for him for Christmas is a scarf and of course I want something more.  Any ideas?Huh Can you decoupage with material on a glass ball ornament?  Ihave about 3-1/4" glass ball ornaments as well....otherwise, I have no idea what to do....

thanks for suggestions!!

**UPDATED**  As I was looking through the "recent with pics" section, came across this thread, the lining of the purse is the same material I have for my dad, pretty much a 1 yard remnant....  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214575.msg2307212#msg2307212

Why not take the Marine corp logo and make him some stuff with it.  First, you can take the fabric and make some ornaments for the tree for him - like the vintagy one someone here made with a styrofoam ball and strips of fabric pushed into it.  What about a BBQ apron for the summers - very very simple one?  How are you at painting?  Get some 4 inch by 4 inch tiles from the hardware store and paint the logo on them with permanent bakeable paints (you could use acrylics and put a clear varnish over too, but I prefer the permanent stuff), and when painted and baked, put some felt or cork on the bottom.  They make great coasters (I like the tumbled stone).  You can do the same with a larger tile and have a trivet.  You can paint glasses to match - just make sure that the paint is below where his lips would touch - it may be permanent, but better safe than sorry.  Or, etch some glasses or a nice beer stein for him.

Also, what getting a photo frame and either decoupaging the logo on the frame, painting the frame, or the matte, or painting or etching the glass with the logo, and putting an old service photo of him in it?


THANKS TO THE BOTH OF YOU, I had some ideas!  woohoo!  Unfortunately I was on such an extremely tight budget I really couldn't afford to purchase anything more, and should've listed what items I did have...BUT, I had these coasters that weren't regular tile, they were like $2 from Family Dollar with a cheap sticker on the top, but it came in its own holder, 4 coasters and already had cork on the bottom, SO, I took off the cheap sticker top, painted it white and cut out a circle of the marine corps emblem from the material I had, and decoupaged it to the top of the coaster.  I probably could've done more, but I had limited time and supplies.  I also had these glass jars with lids, and so I took another circle of the emblem and decoupaged it to the top of the lid, and I glass etched dad's name on the side of the jar using painters tape, then wrote with a sharpie his name, then used my exact-o to cut it out, then used Armor glass etch cream.  I really really hope he likes it!! Thanks you two for the ideas, here's what I ended up making:  The mod podge was still wet so its not clear, but they turned out nice enough I hope, of course I didn't take a pic of the completed project before I wrapped it, haha...


Thanks again!!

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7  More beginning Christmas knitting yumminess in Knitting: Completed Projects by FishyD on: December 18, 2007 10:16:54 AM
I know these are all very simple and probably with lots of mistakes, ha, but I am proud nonetheless!!!

Ok, so I mailed off my sister's stuff to California yesterday...and forgot to take a picture of the coffee mug cozy I made for her.  I made one for my mom as well.  Mom was hard to knit for as she lives in Hawaii and obviously has no need for scarves or gloves or hats or the like, so I saw this coffee mug cozy ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/leslieduss/1601555016 ) that I liked the idea of, and these soda can cozies ( http://vickiehowell.blogspot.com/2007/07/drinkie-poos-free-patterns-of-month.html ) since mom drinks both beverages.  I like how they turned out, yay! lol

I have no soda cans for the action shots, but these cozies also happened to fit over a 20 oz. Mt. Dew bottle and an average 16.9 size bottled water bottle, so cool that it works for more than just the cans!  Smiley


And the coffee mug cozy I made for mom.  Since I wasn't sure what size her fave mug was, I figured out of all the patterns I saw this type was the easiest I could get close to that could fit various sizes.  I don't know how to knit in the round yet, so I didn't do it like the one in the pic exactly, kinda fudged with it so it was workable for my very beginner skill level and size needles I had on hand, haha....so it was close to it, I just made a rectangle and attached i-cords to the ends to tie together around the handle and to me they work just fine!  Made one for my sister also that was similar, only it was a rib knit and was all coffee brown color.

Mom's coffee mug cozy to keep her hands from getting too hot in Hawaii on her coffee mugs, hehe...

In action:


The ties:


Kahlua baby...anything goes, haha...no laughing at my coffee mug, I have maybe 4 mugs in my apartment, used mostly for hot cocoa or my instant mixed sweet flavored coffees, not a big coffee drinker in my home.


Same cozy in action on a wider-around mug (my fave mug, hehe) to show its able to fit various sizes better.


Chococat was feeling a little stuffy in there, so he had to peak out


And the two mugs next to each other for size difference shot because I'm a nerd and want to cover all my bases, ha.


SO FINALLY, my mom and step-dad and sister's gifts are DONE...

I still have lots to do though, still need to make:
* 6 more ornaments
* 1.5 scarves (yes, half of one done) for Adopt-A-Family that my kiddo's cub scouts are doing for Christmas
* another knitted mug cozy and headband for my step-mom
* A knitted headband and possible wrist cuffs for my youngest sis (20 yrs old)
* screen print 5 Ts/sweatshirts
* something else for my dad, not sure what!!

I think that's all I have to make, hehe....I'll have to check my list later, but at least I finally have the stuff for the mailed gifts done and can take the package to the post office today!!
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8  First headband, but only 2nd knitted project ever completed! yay me! lol in Knitting: Completed Projects by FishyD on: December 14, 2007 06:30:47 AM
I was SO THRILLED how this turned out!!!  This is for my sister in California, I had to do something quick to send off so she gets it in time for Christmas and I'm so thrilled how it turned out that I'm going to make several more for gifts!

I got the inspiration to try it from this headband:  http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/9328990.html

I didn't have the correct needle size, and I don't understand gauges yet, and I also found THIS lace pattern challenge:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=142738.msg1403289#msg1403289    and it inspired me, and somehow I actually managed to combine the two together and got this headband, I'm so thrilled!!  hahaha......

  (I have a 17 inch laptop if you would like to get an idea of the length)



Close up of the lace


and the popular action shot (sorry its blurry, just wanted to get this posted, hehe)
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9  Newbie with very first finished project - scarf of course.... in Knitting: Completed Projects by FishyD on: December 07, 2007 06:15:28 AM
Its simple, a skinny scarf in K2, P2 ribbing....

my son decided he wanted to model it...I'm hoping its good enough to give as a gift to my sister, more for accessory than warmth as she lives in northern california.... I was so happy to have my first scarf ever finished, first project ever....

I see mistakes here and there, loose knitting on the ends here and there, but overall would this still be ok to give as a gift??

its 6-1/2 feet long, wasn't sure how long to make it, but since its not for warmth, she can wrap it around once and still have some left hanging past her "twins" lol
my son is 6, he has it wrapped around and knotted several times





Close up of the ribbing

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10  Re: 50%+ handmade holiday presents 2007 edition? in Winter Holidays by FishyD on: December 05, 2007 07:36:34 AM
Mom - she lives in hawaii and I live in WV, but I'm learning knitting, so I thought I'd make her a coffee mug cozy and I do some scrapbook pages for her of her only grandson (my kiddo), glass etched candle holder  **UPDATED** Had to change some things due to time constraints - ended up doing a mosaic frame for her as well, and she drinks canned soda and has a thing of water she drinks every day, so I made 2 cozies that fit both the soda and the water bottle she uses,

step-dad - mosaic picture frame for his work desk , and glass etched candy jar for his desk at work.

dad - knit scarf and glass etched candy jar for his work desk - RAN out of time to knit, so I ended up decoupaging some coasters for him in marine corps emblem, proud ex-marine.

step-mom - fingerless gloves, so I am going to try my hand at that but since I don't know how to knit int he round, I'm going to do a rectangle and sew up a seam on the side, and leave a hole for the thumb, so technically more like wrist warmers, but oh well.

one sister (30 yrs) - coffee cup cozy still, this headband for my sister,


Close up of lace


action shot



My dad's side of the family does a gift exchange since its a huge family (he has 8 brothers/sisters and they all have adult kids and some grandkids, so the adults exchange names), I have one of my cousins's husbands, and so doing a stenciled T for him

my cousin just had a baby girl in October, so making stenciled onesies

and everyone will be getting this ornament, folded the crane, embroidery floss into the glass ornament (which I got at the dollar store 4/$1 woohoo) and then glass etched the year on the outside....10 total


EVERYTHING I've made are in this blog entry:  http://thisismylife-disway.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-2007-hand-made-christmaswhew.html
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