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41  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Artichoke Dotee on: November 09, 2010 02:35:54 PM
My lovely partner LadyLeitzen received the dotee I made for her in the latest and greatest dotee swap...I love making these little gems, but some are more fun and challenging, and this one was a doozie!

I stitched several rows on green wool felt and then cut out lots and lots of leaves...I attached each leaf one at a time to the body, but between each row, I hand sewed a strip to secure the leaves...a bit of beading and then a little crochet bowl on top, and we have Artia, the Artichoke (named by LadyLeitzen)...



More pics can be seen in the swap gallery!  Thanks for looking!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362477.msg4278476#msg4278476
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple Crochet caplet on: November 06, 2010 12:57:54 PM
My girlfriend and I were looking for a pretty fast and simple project to make for the elderly women in a local nursing home...she found this pattern in Crochet World and convinced me that I could make it...here is the one I made as a test...it is for my own mother to be able to keep the chill off while she watches tv in bed...

I will be making more, but in brighter colors for the Alzheimer patients at the home...



The yarn is a bulky yarn using size N hook and is what they call a long double crochet stitch (which means you have to pull up the yarn)...some of my rows are uneven as I learn how to do this stitch better...

Here I am modeling it...the bottom part needs to barely touch the arms of a wheelchair so as not to get caught or in the way...



Thanks for looking!
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / When you goof, make the best of it! Surprise Yoga Socks! on: September 23, 2010 09:25:58 AM
I got a bit brave with my new crocheting skills so I decided to try to make some handwarmers using a pattern I found at a store...me and patterns don't seem to get along right now, but I am learning!  Somehow, the thumbhole got bigger and bigger, because I think I was suppose to join something somewhere...anyway, I sort of gave up and kept on going and noticed that what I was making sort of looked like some yoga socks I saw on here!!

After a few adjustments, my handwarmers became feet warmers!  I used a sock yarn with a bit of stretch that I got in Boston when I met up with some of the other mods, including Leah (I miss her!! Sad)...anyway, here are the pics of my new yoga socks!

They match my favorite yoga pants and top as well...can't wait to get back into class to show them off! Cheesy



44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mayo Lid Pincushions on: September 22, 2010 08:48:53 PM
I followed this tutorial, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355797.msg4163866#msg4163866, created by Troublet to make pincushions to put into sewing kits that I am making for my two nieces...I had also received one from Troublet to be able to study and actually see in person...

I am still learning embroidery so most of the stitching is pretty basic, french knots, blanket stitch,etc. ...I am now very excited to do other embroidery projects! 




These were fun to make so I am planning on making a covered tape measure and scissor covers as well for the sewing kits.

Thanks Troublet for your encouragement and great tutorial!

45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Starting to look like Christmas? Hot Pepper Jellies! on: September 22, 2010 08:12:54 PM
We planted a few too many jalapeno pepper plants this year! I decided to try my hand at making this family favorite: hot pepper jelly!  I had both green and red (mature) peppers, so I decided to make both! I made 24 small jars of each color so that I can put them into hostess gift baskets this holiday season! The recipe I used was the one included when I bought my jars...so easy!

I already gave some away to my co-workers so I will be making more this weekend!



Labeled and ready to go!


I will be including an easy appetizer recipe:

Take one package of cream cheese and plop on plate.
Spread jelly on top of cream cheese (let some drip down onto the plate for prettiness!)
Surround with crackers.
Put out some spoons or spreaders.
Enjoy the compliments you will get and be sure to have cool drinks available!

It is really not THAT hot since the sugar takes out some of the heat, but it is hot... Cheesy
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Finch Clothespin Bag on: August 03, 2010 08:11:34 PM
Yes, some of us still hang clothes outside and need a clothespinholder!

Inspired by the cute vintage clothespin holder made by craftylittlemonkey, I used my old ratty one as a pattern and made this!  It is much cuter and will be fun to use outside as I watch the real finches feed at the birdfeeder!

The old one had a small hanger inside which I repurposed.

47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewn, quilted, embroidered messenger bag for Awesome Swap on: June 28, 2010 10:21:46 AM
We were allowed to make only ONE thing for the Awesome Swap...since my partner, sheepblue, needed a messenger bag for her school supplies, books, etc., I decided that would be my one project...

I rarely make these because they really are a lot of hard work--so many parts and pockets, zippers, etc.

I started by making a quilted panel that I wanted to use as an outside pocket for the bag.  Sheepblue is an awesome artist and does these fantastic altered puzzles, so I tried to mimic her technique by edging the rectangles with black fabric paint and embellishing them with some embroidery, beads, felted flowers, etc.  The fabrics themselves were art since they are from my Kaffe Fassett collection.  I used heavy duty denim as a base since I knew it would get some pretty hard wear from the books and from tossing on the ground (hey--I was a student once! Cheesy)...there is a water bottle holder that I lined with rip stop nylon on the side.



And here is the other side which I loved because it was her avatar and logo!



I put in a full zipper at the top because she did not want stuff to fall out...there is a zippered pocket and three other pockets inside. The shoulder strap is adjustable and padded for comfort...nothing like a full custom bag to meet a person's needs and wants!

It was a labor of love, but tons of fun to make for a special person!

(photos taken by sheepblue)
More pics can be seen at the swap
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348225.msg4106074#msg4106074
48  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Love shorts on: May 19, 2010 08:24:18 PM
A friend of mine needed some comfy shorts...inspired by some pretty funky members on this board (muah, psycho sue!), I decided she did not need any old boring shorts...I had this knit fabric in my stash, and to show her how much I loved her, I added a few hearts.  I hope she likes them and wears them with pride...and if she does, I will probably make a few more for her to feel like the beautiful person she is!  love ya sweetie P ! Wink

I used a pattern that had multiple sizes and just added a few inchies to give her the looser fit she likes!
It has elastic but since she also wants to lose a few pounds, I added a drawstring for her!  I love clothes that can grow and shrink with our bodies! Cheesy
49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Venturing into collage--Flamingo for a Friend on: May 13, 2010 06:17:19 AM
I want to start with a disclaimer:  I claim sewing and quilting as my primary crafts...but last year, I started branching out a bit into the world of papercrafting, ATCs, inchies, etc.

A friend of mine needed a little cheering after a hospital stay, so I wanted to send her something funny and personal...she loves flamingos!!  I decided I could try making a big (8x10) "ATC"... Smiley

Also, I am participating in the Complete all Boards Craftalong, so here is probably my only post to this board Smiley

I present my collaged flamingo!

Done on canvas board with torn paper, gesso, markers, ink, paint, and love!

Thank you for looking...I know she likes it and that is what counts! Smiley

 A bit more detail!
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Ongoing Dotee Craftalong-2010 on: May 03, 2010 09:13:32 AM
Are you addicted to making and receiving dotees?  Do you want to learn new techniques or share your tips?  Do you have tons of little bits of fabric, yarn, clay, metal, or other interesting things that need to be used up?

Then this craftalong is for you!! Hone your skills or try out new things--get inspiration and confidence to join the wonderful dotee swaps!

We will have monthly themes and challenges that you can join in if you want...

It looks like for the month of May, we are going to learn and practice making sculpted faces from pantyhose!

We hope to have plenty of progress pics, instructions, and of course, dotees!!!
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