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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: DC=Dopple Crochet? on: February 21, 2011 03:39:04 PM
Aha! See, I was thinking that I was starting with the rim of the hat and working my way up. That makes a lot more sense now. I'm going to assume that she does mean Double. Maybe Dopple means Double in another language?? I don't know. It's a pattern for a newborn hat off of Etsy, and it does go on in the next 2 rows to DC twice in one stitch. Thanks for helping me see the light!

Lynn
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / DC=Dopple Crochet? on: February 21, 2011 03:19:53 PM
This is my first time crocheting, and the pattern I am using says that DC stands for "Dopple Crochet". I thought it was supposed to mean "Double Crochet". I've Googled and can't find anything on "Dopple Crochet". Do you guys think they really mean "Double Crochet"? I am making an infant hat. I went ahead and assumed it was Double Crochet, but it only says to DC 12 and form a ring. I did that and 12 is way, way too short to be the circumference of a hat. I am using the exact things the pattern calls for. Size 5mm hook, & Bernat Soft Boucle Bulky 5 yarn.

This is the beginning of the pattern:
Chain 3
Row 1: Chain 3, 12 DC to form ring, connect with an SS

Can anyone help me out here? Thanks!!!!
Lynn
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Leslie's Quilt on: December 30, 2010 02:58:12 PM
I read this post yesterday, and had to come back today to comment. I was crying too hard to say anything when I originally read it. The husband's words were beautiful and heart wrenching.

We lost my dad Feb '09 to pancreatic cancer. He was in a hospice the last couple days of his life. After he died, they draped a beautiful quilt over him to wheel him out of the room. I remember wondering who made it and thinking what a beautiful way to honor somebody. So much better than a sheet, you know? I have no idea who made that quilt, but I send them love when I think of that quilt.

You did a beautiful thing, and the family will cherish that quilt long after she is gone.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: cotton reel "button" stamp - tutorial. on: February 26, 2010 07:03:06 PM
Brilliant! Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. This would be a great project to do with kids, too!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A fabric vase on: September 30, 2009 01:54:38 PM
Ooooo.... LOVE! I'm staring at a spot in my living room right now where this belongs! Would you be willing to share a tutorial or where you got the pattern?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Snow Globe Ideas! on: November 18, 2008 10:57:46 PM
I've been wanting to do this for the past couple years for DH. He loves snow globes. He had one his mom gave him so long ago that the water inside turned yellow! Anyway, what I really wanted to do is small sculptures of us inside the snow globe. Unfortunately, I am terrible at sculpting and I know they wouldn't look anything like us. Maybe one day I'll commissions someone to sculpt us so I can make the snow globe. So if you can sculpt, that's an idea...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: July 25, 2007 09:52:43 PM
This thread is unbelievably long! I wanted to share some of the handmade gifts that went over really well with my husband. We've been together 8 years this October, so there's been plenty of crafting opportunities!

He was a really big Phish head back in the day. Like he would quit his job and follow them on tour. So when we got married, I emailed Phish asking if they could send him an autograph or something. They sent me back a post card and everyone in the band had signed it, and Trey had written a note on it telling DH congratulations! I had the back of it copied onto card stock and then put the original (face up) and the copy (autograph up) in a frame. I had one of my bridesmaids present it to him a couple hours before the wedding. They got his reaction on video tape for me. He loved it!

One Valentines I made a little story book that told our story from the time that we met (I bought him in a Bachelor Bid at Octoberfest dressed as a clown for $6 that I had to borrow and never paid back) through our entire relationship. He still keeps it in his top drawer.

For Christmas-before-last I got a set of Pilsner glasses and etched some Guiness sayings on them on one side and his initials on the other side. He uses them just about every day.

For our 5 year wedding anniversary I put together a shadow box with some wedding pictures and memorbilia. Then I printed up a list that said "In 5 years of marriage..." and the listed everything that we had done (trips, babies, etc.) That went in the shadow box too. It was really neat to actually put on paper what we had done in 5 years.

He is in the Air Force and works in a secure area and shares his work space with other people. This means that he can't personalize his work area with pictures. I painted and decopaged an Altoid tin to say "Daddy's Boys" on the outside. On the inside I put pictures of our boys. He carries it around with him everywhere he goes.

A gift idea that I haven't actually used yet - we like to eat at the Japanese hibachi grills and he always says he wants one of those chef hats. I have the fabric and the plan in my head to make one, but just haven't made it yet. He likes to cook, so it will get used when I get around to making it.

Every year without fail on August 1 he proclaims "It's my birthday month!" even though his birthday is not until the 25th. So this year I decided to actually make it his birthday month. I'm making an advent calendar type thing out of styrofoam and poster board (which is what I'm supposed to be working on right now). I'm putting heavy duty magnets on the back so it can go on the side of the fridge. Each day he'll open one of the doors and get a little something. Some things are going to be little love notes, like why he's a great father, why I love him... mushy stuff like that. Some days will be actual gifts. If the gift is too big to fit in the calendar, then it'll be a note telling him where his present is hidden. Sometimes it will be a note telling him to go play golf, or that we have a sitter and are going to dinner and a movie. I have to say that I got the inspiration for this idea from another Craftster who did this for her BF at Christmas time, but I can't remember who it was. Some of the gifts are:
  • a really cool golf key chain that is a divet tool and ball marker,
  • a personalized golf towel,
  • a golf card that gives him access to several courses (notice the golf theme?),
  • a book from Ancestry.com that tells the history of your last name,
  • and tickets to Vegoose (a huge music festival here in Vegas).

Edited to add:

I forgot one that was really fun! We used to talk all the time about opening up our own jazz restaurant. For one Valentines or birthday (cant remember) I turned our house into a restaurant. That morning while he was in the shower I snuck out to his car and put an invitation in that I had printed up with the name of the restaurant and said to please RSVP. That day when he called me, I pretended to be a restaurant hostess and asked if he was calling to confirm his dinner reservations. He was confused at first, but then he played along. When he got home that night, there was a sign on the front door with the name of the restaurant. I used tapestries hung from the ceiling to separate the entryway/living room/dining room (one big room) into a waiting area, dining room, and dance floor. I had jazz music playing in the background, and his suit was right in front of the door with a note telling him to go to the dressing room to change into suitable attire. I had found a copy-cat recipe for his favorite dish from Olive Garden. The table was set really nice, dim lights, and candles. And of course I was dressed sexy! After dinner we danced. It was a very romantic night. And it didnt cost anything except the food, which we would have eaten that night regardless. It just took a lot of planning. But it was really fun!

Hopefully these will inspire some of you that are stumped! Because I've definitely gotten inspiration from you!

Lynn
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chocolate Mint Diaper Bag on: December 13, 2006 09:05:55 PM
Thank you for all the compliments! I've gotten lots of feedback about the fabric. I used outdoor fabric I got at Hancock Fabrics. I did a search and they also sell it on their website. The exterior fabric is called
Terrace Outdoor Fabric in Kelso Brown / French Blu and the direct link is http://www.hancockfabrics.com/product/iMainCat/3404/iSubCat/3438/iProductID/25160/25160.html. The interior fabric is Sunburst Sun N Shade Outdoor Fabric in Key Lime and the direct link is http://www.hancockfabrics.com/product/iMainCat/3404/iSubCat/3438/iProductID/25156/25156.html.

I've also had a request for the pattern. I made the pattern myself, and I'd be happy to share it with everyone. It's just going to take me a few days because we just moved and all my craft stuff is still in boxes. I'm so happy that my bag is getting such good feedback!

Lynn
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chocolate Mint Diaper Bag on: November 29, 2006 11:40:48 PM
Title: Chocolate Mint

I made this for my sister. She just had her baby last week.

Here is the bag from the front...



This picture shows the side and back. The brown line across the back is a pocket.



This is a pacifier holder attached to the side of the bag. The strap has velcro on it so it can be removed and put on a key chain.



This is the pacifier holder opened...



When you lift the flap of the bag, you see this picture. It has a tissue dispenser (for those inevitable runny noses!), a pad and pen holder, a key chain clip, and a cell phone pocket. You can also see the magnetic snap that closes the bag.



This is the inside. It has a huge pocket on one side, a huge zipper pocket on the other side, 3 pleated pockets, and 2 elastic pockets.



This is another picture of the inside with stuff actually in it just to show how huge this thing is!



I also made a matching changing pad with clear vinyl.





Lynn
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chocolate Mint Diaper Bag - lots of pictures on: September 09, 2006 10:02:44 PM
Thanks for the compliements! I didn't use a pattern. I make all my own patterns by drawing out all the pieces on either poster board or manilla folders so they can be used over and over. So this is all my own original design. I also forgot to mention that the entire thing is padded.

Thanks again!
Lynn
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