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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Easter Bunny - Peep Inspired on: April 17, 2009 05:29:20 PM
I was trying to think of something cute and inexpensive to add to my nieces' and nephews' Easter baskets this year. I had seen some cute bunny/chick patterns online, so silly me went ahead and bought yarn. When I went back to print the patterns I found that the link wasn't active and for the life of me I couldn't find a decent equivalent online (although I'm sure there are some, I just couldn't locate them at the time). Well I didn't want to give up on my Easter basket vision, so I decided I would take a shot at making Easter bunny plushies for the girls.




I'm really happy with how they turned out. I used I Love This Yarn! from Hobby Lobby. The color is just fantastic and I didn't dislike working with it (I normally have issues with most acrylic yarns splitting). The design is definitely inspired by Peep bunnies, although not everyone I showed it to could see it right away.

Here's a picture of it in the Easter basket, ready to go:

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Focus Group Questions for Starting a New Business on: December 04, 2007 08:01:40 AM
I have so many ideas floating around my head for a possible crafty business. At the beginning of the year I'd like to get some people online to be a focus group for me, so that I can kind of get a better impression of how I should gear my business.

Does anyone have any suggestions for good questions to ask in a focus group setting like this?

Thanks in advance!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Wall Street Journals on: September 26, 2007 11:56:47 AM
Since the bosses are out for two weeks, I have 5 Wall Street Journals that no one has touched. It seems a shame to throw them away, but I don't have any inspiration for them. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Blue, brown, and brown purse! on: September 26, 2007 06:13:13 AM
I finally finished the purse I've been working on for my friend's Christmas gift. (We're planning to make all of our gifts this year, so I started working on gifts almost 2 months ago.)


The front.


The back.


Detail shot.


A sad attempt at a picture of it on my shoulder.

I loved the colors of this yarn, but hated working with it. It was TLC Essentials Surf N Turf yarn. I've learned from this project that I hate the feel of (100%) acrylic yarn and if a yarn separates (like this one did) I will want to throw it up against the wall and leave it there to stay. Little strands kept getting caught on my hook and really slowed me down. I still have one skein left, but I really don't know if I'll be able to make myself work with it again.

Nevertheless, I'm happy with how it turned out and I'm so glad it's done!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Flowers Tutorials? on: September 13, 2007 01:43:52 PM
I'm looking for tutorials to make crochet flowers. I've looked in the tutorial listing and the web, but I just can't seem to find any. Anyone know of some good links/tutorials? Thanks in advance!!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snowflake the Bird - My first attempt at amigurumi on: September 09, 2007 07:47:21 AM
I don't know what got into me, but the other night I decided I was going to try to crochet my first amigurumi and, even after having to frog it like 5 times, I was determined to come up with something that looked like a cute little bird. This is my final product, based off of this pattern:
http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/birds-of-a-feather/







It was a challenge (I'm not so good at reading crochet patterns), but I'm really happy with the result. I think he's a cute little birdie!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Multi-Colored Star Crayons on: August 23, 2007 08:38:54 AM
Inspired by this wonderful post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190245.0 I tried my hand at making crayons for nieces' and nephews' Christmas gifts.

(Sorry for the low quality pics. They were taken quickly while my camera was on the verge of dying.)


 
This is a picture of a dried crayon in the mold we used. I'm not sure I'd ever try any other type of mold. These silicon molds worked even better than I thought they would. Nothing sticked at all!


 
This is the bottom of that same crayon. We tried making these crayons double layed (two layers of crayons) which I think could make for some really cool coloring effects, but I haven't completely decided if the kids would like them this way. I think little air pockets made the two little "eyes."

 

The top of crayon 2. I left this one in a little too long and it started boiling. The boiling led to an interesting swirl pattern as well as those little bumps on the top. I will probably put this back in the mold and melt it just enough to make it smooth on this side as well.


 
Bottom of crayon 2. I think it looks like a little peace sign in the middle.

 

Yes, they really do "color"!


I really liked how they turned out, but I will probably change some things for next time:
1. I will make sure the don't boil. Interesting effect, but not what I'm looking for on these.
2. I will be aware at how many crayons this sized mold takes. It took a whole box of 24 to make these two crayons (which are "double decker" crayons). I don't think this is a bad deal, since the box was only 20 cents each, but I need to stock up.
3. I probably won't do the marblized color. I like the effect, but it could go either way with the kids. I'm probably going to double up the crayons still, but with the same colors on top of the same colors, so each point is one solid color (a five-color crayon).

For those wondering, I got the silicon molds at the dollar tree. We cooked the crayons at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or so. Sorry I didn't take pics of the whole process.

I'm wondering if the silicon ice molds can be put in the oven because they make some really cute ice molds. I think Hello Kitty crayons could be the cuteness!  Also, I thought it would be so cute to get a plastic alphabet set and push in the kids names into the crayons while they're still warm. I think the kids with bros and sisters would really like this.

The idea of these crayons led to the idea of coasters made the same way, but with those fusible plastic beads. I'm looking forward to trying this out.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Checkbook Cover - Couldn't Be Any Easier to Make! on: August 10, 2007 08:54:30 AM
Rummaging around in some boxes yesterday, I found some scrapbook pages that I forgot I had and an unused planner from a couple of years ago. Out of that I decided to make myself a checkbook cover. It was super simple and I"m happy with the way it turned out. I'm thinking about maybe adding a few embellishments, but I also like it how it is.



I love instant gratification!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / (Updated 8/21/07) Cup Cozies - Starting on Christmas a Bit Early on: August 08, 2007 06:12:10 PM
I've already started on some Christmas gifts in hopes that I might actually get them done this year.

Last year a friend of mine made cup cozies and it made me think of the cozies that my mom has had since before I was born. They're a little worn to say the least and I thought I'd make a set for her this Christmas.

This thought turned into making kitchen sets for several different people, but we'll see how that goes.

Here are pictures of three that I've gotten done since starting this adventure. You can tell I'm still learning, but I'm happy with the results since I'm pretty pathetic at crocheting anything other than granny squares.



10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Children's activity table for wedding - need advice on: April 20, 2007 06:19:29 AM
I'm getting married on May 19th and I need some help. It's always been really important for me to have an activity table for the kids that will be attending the wedding. I want the kids to have an area they can go to and color or whatever when they get bored.

I'm looking for things we can include as far as kid's activities go. We need things that aren't too messy and don't require excessive supervision. Also things that aren't too expensive and don't take too much time to prepare.

I'm obviously thinking some kind of activity book. I was also thinking it would be cute to have like a type of dress up thing where the kids could put different wedding dresses or suits on pictures of me and my fiance. But that might take more time than I have.

I'd appreciate any other ideas you wonderfully creative people have.

Thanks!
Meredith
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