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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How to laminate/seal a paper mosaic? on: August 08, 2007 11:12:08 PM
How would one laminate a large (approx. 24 x 32 inch) poster? I want to create some wall art for my boring room and was inspired by a bunch of magazines, which I proceeded to chop up. My plan was to replicate/interpret a cool photograph into a large poster using blocks of colors cut from said magazines which would then be glued onto butcher paper.

But I want the finished poster to be durable and able to be rolled up/stored without having to worry about all the little magazine bits falling off, and I don't think a sealer like Modge Podge would be flexible enough. I remember in elementary school they seemed to have a way of laminating everything between two sheets of plastic... Any ideas, anyone? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Pasha as Pen-chan! on: May 14, 2007 08:28:13 PM
I was worried over what to get/make my best friend for her eighteenth birthday, until I stumbled upon the pattern for Knitty's Pasha. From a Japanese children's book project, we somehow adopted the personas of the two penguin protagonists. So I made my bud her counterpart:

With inspirational book:

Pen-chan is the red-hatted one, and Gin-chan the yellow-hatted. I plan to make a Gin-chan version ("me") this summer, so we can trade them before we go off to college. That way we'll have a cute reminder of our (penguin-ified) friendship.

Plus I made her a birthday card with a scrawly Japanese message inside. ("Wow, Pen-chan, you're a grown up penguin now! Promise we'll still go fishing together sometimes?" Cheesy)

Hope you like! The pattern was quick and fun to knit, and now I know how to do short row shaping, yay!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted monkeys! on: February 01, 2007 06:03:40 PM
I was inspired by the monkeys I saw in spyderbaby's Mr. Dangly post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40974.0 so I decided to make a few of my own, with a few alterations.

This blue one I already posted in that thread, and he's been sent off to my friend at school to replace her newly ex'd boyfriend. I made him with worsted weight, so he turned out fairly small.

This red monkey I made for my guy friend, who, upon seeing the first monkey, did not hesitate to demand one of his own. Being the manly man he is, I chose some Lion Brand Thick and Quick suitably named "Lumberjack Red." Because of the bulky yarn, this monkey turned out huge!

Excuse the darkness of picture and shininess of couch...

I found that two-colored plied yarn looked nice and also served to conceal most of the seaming and my ugly increase/decrease work. Wink
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Newbie Knitter with Slanting Stockinette Stitch! on: December 30, 2006 12:47:33 AM
I've been trying to learn to do stockinette stitch, and after realizing I'd been doing twisted stockinette the whole while, I started over, practiced, and then finally felt I had a handle on it.

However, my whole piece slants strangely... This was just a piece to practice on, but I can't figure out what's making it such a "diagonal" shape. I can stretch it to be square, but it won't stay. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

It does make a nice parallelogram shape...

If I figured out what I'm doing, maybe I could harness it to make slants the other way and knit cool zigzags or something. Tongue
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Japanese children's book (Image Heavy) on: August 04, 2006 12:08:58 AM
This is another children's book I made for Japanese class. I gave my teacher the idea after I showed him the one I made for biology. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111861.0;topicseen) Needless to say, my friends were mad, because he wasn't originally going to give us a post-final project. Oops Roll Eyes

I couldn't think of a story, so I decided to just do a learning type book, and for some reason chose fruit as a subject. It took a little while to plan out, but I like the finished result and the cute little fruits! And of course, a happy little moral, too. The translations aren't exact, but you get the idea. The fruits are labeled, but hopefully you can tell what they are anyway. (Sorry for the terrible lighting in the pictures!) EDIT: pictures fixed for color quality and size. The liighting's still not great, but my camera is out of batteries...

Cover. The title says "Happy fruit!" The author's name is Photoshop'd out as her mother is paranoid.

Left: "There are many kinds of fruit. Everyone is different." Right: "Fruits are all different colors."

Left: "There are red ones, orange ones, and yellow ones." Right: "There are also green ones, blue ones, and purple ones."

Left: "There are big ones." Right: "And there are little ones, too."

Left: "There are long, skinny ones." Right: "And, there are also round, fat ones."

Left: "Further, there are odd-shaped ones!" Right: "Their insides are not the same."

Inside of the kiwi.

Inside of the grapefruit.

Left: "Fruits come from different places (in the world)." Right: "But, they are all sweet and are friends."

So, moral of the story is, we're all different in lots of ways, but we can all be friends and love each other. Awww.  Cheesy

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Biology children's book (image heavy) on: August 03, 2006 11:21:21 PM
This was my last biology projects of the school year. My teacher wanted us to work on something after all our finals were over, so we did children's books. Almost everyone in my class did the lazy computer-paper-and-internet-images type, but I went a little overboard and spent a little too much time on it. (And pwned them all! Grin) I got the idea to use a board book from my mom, who has been making all sorts of reconstructed books lately.

So I took an old board book we probably got at goodwill (my mom has a boxful) and sacrificed one of my good friends, National Geographic, and voila! My book is about the earth's biomes (habitats) so I used lots of cool landscapes and animals, though the little buggers took forever to find and cut out!


First pages

(not sure why this picture looks smaller...)

The last page, a crescent earth as viewed from the earth (EDIT: moon). Pretty neat, I think.

Comments appreciated!! And I apologize for the multitude of large pictures, but I just love National Geographic and I wanted you to be able to see all the pretty pictures! Sorry!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pop can embellished earring holder frame? (image heavy) on: January 03, 2006 04:40:29 PM
I know this isn't really jewelry, so I hope it's in the right section, considering it is a jewelry "accessory", if you will. Also, I'm not quite sure what to call this thing, hence the odd title.

I've been making a lot of earrings lately, and they'd started to overflow my little bowl in the bathroom and take over the entire counter, and I had a little extra wall space, so I decided to make a contraption to solve this problem.

I went to the hardware store and got a big piece of wire screen. My dad kindly made me a scrap wood frame for it. But it was really ugly with the screen all stapled down on the edges, so I thought I'd pretty it up a bit. Grin

I've been saving popcans for reasons unknown even to me, and so I cut them up and put them all around the frame to make it purty and shiny and cover up the staples and the edge of the screen. It's really big, and I don't have enough earrings to cover it, so I might get some S hooks so I can hang necklaces on it too.

Finished action shot

Ugly starting frame... (thanks Dad!)

Pop can pieces

Finished!! Shiny!

I hope you like! Comments/criticism welcome! Kudos to the person who can guess the most kind of cans I used!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Earring binge! on: December 29, 2005 12:19:55 AM
These aren't all earrings I've made recently, mostly just old ones I've been too lazy to post. I can't claim they are all original; most of the ideas I have stolen from other people. If you recognize these, and I copied them from you, tell me who you are so I can give credit where it's due! Thanks!

However, I haven't seen ones like the chains. I'm sure someone has come up with the idea well before I did, but I felt rather clever when I made them. The chain was $0.69 a foot, and that easily made me two earrings, plus the cost of the hooks, and in total this pair cost me less than a dollar! Yay! Plus, I think they look rather elegant, and you'd never guess I got them at the hardware store...  Grin

Lego men (pirates!!), seahorses, Christmas lights, and buttons.

Marbles (I know I have seen these on this site, if they are yours, tell me! And no, they are not glowing, that is just the flash, unfortunately...), chains, chilies, and more buttons.

Comments/criticism welcome! Hope you like! Wink
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Invincible stuffed cactus! on: December 28, 2005 04:56:49 PM
This is a little cactus that I made for my friend as a late Christmas present. She killed all her cacti, and so I thought I would make her one that she couldn't possibly kill. Cacti are hardy, but if you don't water them for months at a time, they do tend to die...

He's made of somewhat random colors of felt I had laying around. It won't win any awards for craftmanship, that's for sure, but I had a lot of fun making it, and I think it came out kinda cute. Hand sewing is definitely not a gift I'm blessed with, nor something I have the patience to learn. It's a bit lopsided, and doesn't have any spikes/spines, but I figured it looked sufficiently cactus-like. Wink I hope my friend likes it, because it took me an effing long time to make!

Shown with a battery for scale, sorry for the horrible lighting...

Top view (I love the little flowers!)

Hope you like! Comments/criticism appreciated!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fortune (cookie) earrings! on: November 13, 2005 08:20:40 PM
Sorry if the title was deceptive and you were expecting cute earrings with fortune cookies on them! Just "fortune earrings" sounded odd, at least to me.

What I really made were earrings out of the little fortunes that come inside the cookies. I saved all my little fortunes in my wallet, and I went on an earring making spree this weekend, so I picked two of my favorites to make into earrings:

Sorry for the big, grainy pictures. They look better in real life. I hope you can read them. My camera ate all the batteries, so I had to make do with a scanner. They're actually kind of big, but I'm looking forward to wearing them! Comments appreciated!

On a side note, one of my friends has this funny game you play with fortunes. Whenever someone reads one, she follows it up with "...in bed!" So the fortune, with her comment, might read: "You have come to success through failure... in bed!" or "You constantly struggle for self-improvement... in bed!", etc. It gets me every time.
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