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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / octopus finger puppet on: February 13, 2010 03:12:45 PM
A friend's birthday snuck up on me recently, so with only a few hours to spare, I whipped up this adorable octopus finger puppet for a cutesy little gift!



I didn't have glue, so his eyes are held on with white fabric paint... :S oops!



I used a pattern that I found online by the lovely Suzetta Williams: http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/08/suzies-octopus-finger-puppet.html
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / loofah bear on: February 13, 2010 02:59:06 PM
I made this adorable guy from a drugstore loofah, felt, thread, and patience. Sewing the limbs/head wasn't bad, but fastening them to the center of the loofah was frustrating! The loofah bear was gifted to a friend for Christmas and yes, my friend actually uses it to shower... it hasn't fallen apart yet, so I must have done something right Smiley haha.

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pink Elephant Finger Puppet on: January 30, 2008 06:11:57 PM
We're going out for my friend's birthday tonight, so I thought I'd whip her up a sweet little present!







His trunk is unusually large and phallic.... haha. My bad!

I used a pattern that I found on CPC, except that I modified the arms a little bit.

LINK: http://members.aol.com/SAG55/elephant.html

MY MODS:
Rnd 9: Sc in 3 sc, sc in first ch that begins the arm, sc last sc of arm, sc in 5 sc, sc in first ch that begins the 2nd arm, sc last sc of 2nd arm, sc in 4 sc. (16)
Rnd 10: sc2tog under each arm (14)
Rnd 11: sc2tog under each arm (12)
Rnd 12-15: Work even on 12 sc.

I've never written out directions before, so hopefully it makes sense! Feel free to ask me any questions.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume: Cruella De Vil on: November 02, 2007 06:53:07 AM
My housemates and I loooove any excuse to dress up, so naturally, Halloween is our favourite holiday. This year we were all Disney characters!

My ensemble:





I made the dress and the capelet from scratch and did a bit of crafty work on the cigarette holder (it was originally gold, so i covered it with some black electrical tape). My hair was an adventure in itself - it was teased and moussed and sprayed and then coloured with cheap spray-on dye. Surprisingly, it all washed out quite easily.

The capelet can be fastened closed with buttons at the collar:



Aaaand here are some better shots of the dress:





I'm so proud of my friends - we all made our own costumes! Most of us were already handy with a sewing machine, but this was a first for Peter Pan, Meg and Pocahontas.

The whole group (yes, we are awesome):




Happy Halloween!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw Socks (+2 pics) on: October 07, 2007 09:53:05 AM
MY FIRST SOCKS!!! Wo0o0oooOO!!!!

The old ladies at my cottage tried to tell me they weren't socks, since they're so short. Psh, sue me, I like anklets (because I like to wear sneakers with skirts... it works).

The yarn is "Self-Striping Ravenclaw", hand-dyed for me by the wonderful SeeMe in a Harry Potter House Swap! THANK YOU SeeMe!

The pattern was a random free one that I found on the internet by googling "basic sock pattern".




I just moved to Toronto and I have the most AMAZING view from my apartment. I can actually see the CN Tower, but I accidentally cut it out of this photo, haha.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wine Glasses for Aunt Susan (+5 pics) on: October 07, 2007 09:45:07 AM
I guess the title says it all... my Aunt Susan asked me to paint some wine glasses for her, after seeing the one's I've done for my mom and stepmom.

I lovelovelove the ladies' glasses, but I'm not so hot on the guys' glasses. I tried a new type of 'stained glass' paint for them and they ended up just looking ridiculous and cartoony... how was I supposed to make a camera and a set of golf clubs look good?!

the whole set:




closeups of the nice ones:









All in all, I'm pretty proud of these.  Smiley What do you think??
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / tell me i'm not crazy! on: October 01, 2007 06:48:08 AM
I wanted to share this story with my fellow craftsters so that you can all support me in my outrage...

I somehow misread the Greyhound schedule and arrived an hour early for my bus yesterday. I ended up chatting with another person who had done the same. The conversation got onto the topic of my crafting, when I explained that I had a set of dpns in my bag to work on a pair of socks during the 5-hour bus ride. The conversation went sort of like this:

Guy: Seriously? You.... knit? ...WHY?!
Me: Fun!
Guy: ...no, really.
Me: Really. It's totally rewarding to have someone compliment your outfit and to be able to say, "Thanks, I made it!" And handmade items make great gifts for my family.
Guy: You give this crap to your family?
Me: It's not crap, I make nice things. They really appreciate it. I'm a student, so I can't always afford to buy them expensive things.
Guy: So you make them stuff. Like a 10-year-old.
Me: No, I make them stuff like a 20-year-old.
Guy: And your family tells you they like it?
Me: They DO like it.
Guy: And you believe them?

...IT GOES ON.

It makes me absolutely LIVID that some people could be so ignorant, not to mention rude. This guy was an unemployed 40-something-year-old LOSER with no ambition and probably no girlfriend. How dare he insult my hobbies!

I hope nobody EVER wastes their time crafting a gift for this guy.
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / exchange bag on: August 14, 2007 10:48:30 AM
I just wanted to show off my first FO from The Happy Hooker: the exchange bag. I'm so pleased with it! I think I will line it with some cute fabric when I find the time...



9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Basic sock pattern: HELP! on: July 29, 2007 05:59:01 PM
I'm trying my hand at making my first pair of socks... however, I've already unravelled and re-started about 4 times now and it's driving me crazy!

I'm sure that my short rowing for the heel is fine, and it still looks good when I work back the other half of the heel, but when I get to knitting in the round again, there are two huge gaps on either side of where I attach the heel to the rest of the sock.

The pattern I'm following is here:
http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_alisons_ankle_socks.html

Any ideas on what I'm messing up?Huh
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / QUESTION! Painting on wooden beads? on: March 11, 2007 08:09:43 PM
First of all, apologies if this is a n00b question, but I don't do much with beads - I am primarily a sewer and a knitter.

I want to paint on some wooden beads as part of a piece of jewelry for a friend. Knowing her, she's never going to take it off, so my question is this:

How can I paint on wooden beads such that it will withstand showering and swimming? Is there a sealant/topcoat that I should use, or will a regular acrylic paint hold up?


Thanks in advance for your help.
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