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171  Re: Around Town Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: August 29, 2005 07:51:27 AM
Here's what I sent to craft_t_chic.  I figured it was okay to post since she said she has received it already.  Plus it saves her the time of taking the pics.

You'll have to tilt a lil. 
So I picked up a whole bunch of stuff from my town and I attached notes about the places/objects.  There were also photographs that I sent of my favorite restaurants and the ducks you can feed by the river.

*I haven't received my package yet*
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172  Altered Mini BB Squirrel in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by irid3sc3nt on: August 17, 2005 05:32:08 PM
It's not much of a craft project, but I thought it was a fun idea.

I bought a McDonald's mini beanie baby squirrel at a garage sale for 25 cents.  I ripped out some seams, took out some of the beads so it wouldn't be so heavy, and added in some catnip.  I sewed it back up and tossed it around with my kitty.
     
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173  Re: Kitty-A-Long ~ Cat Blankets for Donation in Knitalongs by irid3sc3nt on: August 11, 2005 09:44:46 PM


Finally!  I had told myself that I would work on one thing at a time and yeah, that fell apart.  So.  This is finished.  But it's just one!  Well, I'll know better next time.  I used a strand of brown/green yarn and a strand of cream.  I knitted up the middle using the bamboo knit pattern.  It feels really thick and comfortable--it would be a good knit for a full size blanket.  This picture is of the "wrong" side, since I like it better.  I used a crab stitch to crochet the maroon around the edge since the number of cast-ons was large, but deceiving because it shrank.  Well, I haven't crocheted much and the edges ended up flipping up and making it look more like a bed than a blanket.  Some lucky kitty will get to snuggle in it!  I'm planning on making more, but not just yet.  I have to knock some of these projects off before I start another new thing.  Thanks for the KAL!
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174  T-Shirt to Tube Top: Elastic Question in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by irid3sc3nt on: July 25, 2005 10:16:56 PM
I'm in the middle of turning an oversized t-shirt into a tube top and I was wondering if I could get away with just putting elastic in the upper back, or if I should sew it in all around the top of the shirt?  It would be placed in the purple band at the top
     
                                 
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175  Re: Knitalong Bunny, anyone? in Knitalongs by irid3sc3nt on: June 26, 2005 05:58:55 PM
Yay!  I finished mine in under a week.  I tinkered with the pattern to make more of a length difference between the arms and the legs, and the ears ended up being different.  I sewed in the eyes and nose/mouth combo.  Coincidentally, I found this bunny to knit under the Toys, Dolls, yadayada heading while I was knitting this one.  I'm not partial to rabbits, just to knitting cute things. 

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40407.0

Bunny with my cat, Caliope
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176  Block Print Spool & Thread Shirt (Block Printing Works!) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by irid3sc3nt on: June 19, 2005 06:35:55 PM
Block Printing Works!

I bought this shirt from Goodwill for $1 and look at it now!


I bought some lino from Dick Blick and free-handed the spool and the needle.  The ribbed shirt material didn't agree with the lino, but I like the aged look it created.  If I made this over, I would use Golden or Liquitex acrylic rather than cheap craft acrylic I bought at Hobby Lobby on a whim.  The Liquitex Fabric Medium and the Retarder really helped with the acrylic, though, as it would have dried on my brayer.  I also used a small embroidery hoop when I sewed in the stitches which helped to keep the fabric nice and smooth.  I have yet to iron it after having it stuffed in various bags.
Here's the close-ups:

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177  Re: Catwarming Set - SNBN in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by irid3sc3nt on: May 27, 2005 11:38:20 AM
I made the ball without an I-cord.  Caliope loves it just as much as we do!
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178  Fuzz Ball Wand for Kitty in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by irid3sc3nt on: May 26, 2005 06:43:18 PM

This was the most successful wand I've made.  My cat, Caliope, loves it!  Now she practices her pouncing skills on it.


 fuzzy ball from local craft store (came in a large packet-- brown was the cheapest color)
 41 x 1.5 inch long piece of fabric preferably with a little stretch to it
 29 x .25 inch long dowel rod
 elmers glue  (or your preferred glue)
 needle and thread

Fold the short ends of your fabric in and sew
Fold the long edges of your fabric in and match, then sew (leave the short ends open)
Attach fuzzy ball to one end by continuously sewing through the center of the fuzzy ball and through the end of the fabric (sew until you can really tug and it won't come undone)
Squeeze some glue on your dowel rod and carefully slip it through the opposite end of the fabric.  If there's room, fit the glue nozzle into the fabric and squeeze a whole bunch in there
Let the glue dry before attempting to use

     
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179  Stackable Storage/Shelf Units--For Anything! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by irid3sc3nt on: May 25, 2005 08:06:41 PM
So far I've made two different sets, but I'll show my pretty painted ones!  These were a birthday gift for my boyfriend (we've been together over six years now-- I wish there was a word for being together instead of bf and gf).  Anywho, you don't have to put these together as cubes, you can make them any size to fit your needs.

I was lucky with the wood for these, my dad had a stockpile of extra wood that I could use.  Plus, I was able to use his table saw to cut them.  Since I wanted mine to me square, you have to account for the extra measurements of the wood.  My wood was a half inch thick, so instead of making the sides 14" (I'm guessing, I don't remember the exact measurement), I made them 13".  Get me?

I used a woodburner to make grooves in the wood (that's the red part).

I painted them, which was sort of difficult since I was living in a house-turned-apartment with a dog in the spring.  There are a few hairs in the paint.  Painting the grooves wasn't terribly difficult, I just used small amounts of paint.

Then to made sure that they didn't rack, I secured them using eight L-brackets in the smallest size I could find at Menards.  Generally they come in packets with the screws, just make sure your screws aren't longer than the thickness of the board!  Once it was assembled I put on another coat of paint for good measure, and to cover the brackets.

What's great about making shelving this way is that they are super-sturdy, can be placed together or separately, made to fit certain objects (such as records).  If you made ones that are rectangular, you can rotate them and put a piece of wood in the middle (secured again with brackets to be extra sturdy).

That's my kitty, Caliope, in the picture!
   
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180  easy yarn and fabric storage in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by irid3sc3nt on: May 25, 2005 07:02:48 PM
   
I made these storage units yesterday.  I was tired of looking at the fabric and yarn stuffed into the shelves, so I put them in boxes!
Here's how I made 'em:

I went to Office Depot and bought the 9x9x9 corrugated cardboard boxes because my boyfriend and I made the shelves to fit perfectly under the lip of our window (our kitty sits on top of them).  So, box size will vary depending on your space.  I know I probably could have hunted around and asked at stores for spare boxes, but I had the organizing itch and it was a beautiful day to ride my bike to the store.

I cut off two of the flaps on top...  I'm hoping to put a button on either flat and wind some yarn around them to keep them shut.  Right now, they work fine in the shelf.

I measured out the wrapping paper that I bought at Target and glued it on.  I didn't put any on the "lid" or the bottom.

And finally I went through my fabrics and cut a little square out of the corners and taped them onto the front of the box.  That way I can feel the fabric as opposed to just having a picture of it (which would have been more time-consuming).  The same goes for the yarn. 

I'll go ahead and make a separate post for the stackable boxes/shelves I've made.
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