First off, let me say that I've been stalking this board for a while now, and I'm humbled by your collective mad skills.
I was recently in Joann's and they were having a 50% off sale on Fimo... clearly a sign that it's time to give polymer clay a try. I brought my enormous bag of clay home and got to work, and came up with these:
I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, though I realized only after they were baked that what I thought was white clay was actually translucent. Didn't matter so much for the toes and heels, but the features on the gingerbread dude sorta faded into the brown, so I Sharpie'd them, and they're okay-looking.
I think I'm hooked on this stuff, so you'll be seeing more from me pretty soon!
Well, I've signed up for the Christmas Stocking Swap, but I spent so much time cruising the galleries for previous rounds and getting all inspired, there was no way I could wait until we got partners... I just had to knit a stocking NOW! And then one stocking wasn't enough, so I made another...
Here they are, with a Sharpie for scale:
These will be for my sister and her fiance, I think. I will definitely be making more of these, I want to do one in pinks and another in purples for a couple of my co-workers. I didn't use a pattern, just took elements from a few different basic sock patterns and went to town. Perhaps someday I'll knit real socks... it seems a much less daunting idea after this.
A friend of mine from work asked me if I could make her some wristwarmers some time, and I tried a couple of times just knitting a rectangle and sewing the ends together, but it always looked a little sloppy and not worth giving to someone. Then it occured to me that wristwarmers are kinda like really short gloves so I looked at some patterns, and found a clear winner. Inspired by knitty's Fetching:
I know it's a little late, I know... or am I early for next year?
I needed some last-minute Christmas gifts for an embarassingly large number of people this year, and while munching on Trader Joe's peppermint oreo knock-offs, I had the brilliant idea to do chocolate-coated peppermint oreos! So one trip to the store and some funny looks from the cashier later, I was an oreo-coating machine! I wish I had taken some in-progress pics, because literally every flat surface of my kitchen was covered in oreos!
They were so easy to make! Melt chocolate, dip cookie, scrape extra chocolate from bottom of cookie, let cool in a single layer. Then I melted some white chocolate chips in a ziplock bag, snipped the corner, and decorated. Easy peasy, and everyone loved 'em!
It was originally going to be just two shades of pink and off-white, but I decided against my better judgement to add some green...
The colors are all pretty true to life, except for the dark pink, which is not actually quite so dark. It hurts my eyes to look at this thing. The light pink is almost incandescent next to the off-white (which really just kinda looks like "dirty-white") and I don't know if this couple is a fan of pink-and-green. And the corners are all wonky, and it's about as soft as a patch of dead grass. Poor baby. Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right?
I've been in a mad dash to finish as many Harry Potter crafts as I can before the book release party, but when I found out recently that a friend of mine who is working at a local Barnes & Noble on the big night is without any sort of costume (for shame!) I decided to take a break from crafting for myself and make her some radish earrings. They're based on the ones used for the movie (I heard the actress made them herself... crafty props!)
A pair of radishes!
I used seed beads and 32 gauge wire, and I strung the beads the way you'd do a bead buddy
These were fun to make, I'm definitely going to end up making some for myself, too.
Here's a picture of the pieces...
I cut a length of wire a little over a yard long, you could probably do it with only 2 feet of wire, but I'm paranoid I started from the bottom of the radish, and when I got to the top, I twisted the wire a couple of times and started the first leaf. When that was done, I threaded the ends of the wire back into the row I'd just beaded and cut the extra. Then I cut a new piece of wire, maybe 8", and did the other leaf. When I was done with the second leaf, I twisted the wire twice at the top and threaded the ends through the top of the radish to connect it. Then I cut the extra wire, played around with the leaves until I liked how the whole thing looked, and stuck the top wires through an ear wire. I should probably seal the ear wire with some mod podge or nail polish so the radish doesn't fall off.
(Oh, and if the beading method isn't clear, just type "bead buddies" into google...)
I made this scarf for my stepmother for Christmas (as in 2007, and yes, I know how ridiculous that is ) I was really surprised by how much yarn it took to make, so hopefully that translates to it being warm... Anyway, here it is:
The picture doesn't show the blue color very well, it's not really that dark. I'm definitely going to make more of these, it was really easy and took just a few evenings.
I had a lot of yarn left over from a scarf I made, so I decided to see whether I had the patience for an afghan... and I did! Funny thing about using up my stash, I decided it wasn't rainbowy enough, so I went out and bought some rainbow variegated yarn.
Here it is at about the point I decided I needed more rainbowyness:
And here's the finished product!
I'm really happy with how it came out, now I just gotta figure out what to do with it. Maybe I'll save it until one of my friends has a baby.