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1  New Stuff - watercolor birds in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by QueenOfShinyThings on: October 30, 2008 01:17:21 PM
I've been seriously missing in action from Craftster lately - what can I say? Stuff just gets in the way!

Here's a blog post of three of a series I've been working on. It's a new direction for me and has been very enjoyable. What's the verdict?



Sorry about not posting the image, but Photo Hosting doesn't seem to recognize me anymore. Will look into that.
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2  In Progress - Little Girls Vest/Overdress in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by QueenOfShinyThings on: May 18, 2007 04:00:02 PM
Making this vest/dress for my goddaughter for summer. No pattern, I'm designing as it goes and, sure enough, it looks like I'll run out of yarn  Grin

Here's a peek at it in progress:



Just looking at the photo, it seems like it will need some kind of more substantial border on the bottom to balance the more dense bodice.

Thoughts? Comments?
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3  Quikie Post - Little Girls Hot Pink Sweater with Purple Stripes in Knitting: Completed Projects by QueenOfShinyThings on: May 18, 2007 03:45:23 PM
Just wanted to post this because I FINALLY got something finished Grin
It seemed like I was having a serious dry spell there.

This is a sweater for my goddaughter - knit in the round. It is Lion Woolease in Fuschia. I decided to add the purple stripes to tone down the PINKNESS of it.



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4  Little Girls Princess/Flower/Pirate Sweater (that took FOREVER) in Knitting: Completed Projects by QueenOfShinyThings on: January 25, 2007 02:00:22 PM
FINALLY! I have finished this sweater! It is for my goddaughter, who is two, and I think it turned out well.



You can follow it's design twists and turns on my blog - www.shinydesigns.bl ogspot.com

It may not be quite as piratey as I had in mind but I think she will like it. I sure hope so - it was turning into a royal pain to finish   Shocked
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5  Gold Mermaid - New Paint for Christmas! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by QueenOfShinyThings on: January 09, 2007 12:37:36 PM
Just finished this up.

I asked for, well I bought it myself and wrapped it too, gouache paints for Christmas since they are one of the few types of paints I've not used yet.

This was my first try with them. It has some issues, but overall it turned out OK. It is only 5 inches by 7 inches since it was just a sample.

The figure is from a life drawing reference book - the rest is imaginary  Smiley



What do you think?
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6  Cutting Your Knitting!!- Making a cardigan from a sweater knit in the round in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by QueenOfShinyThings on: January 04, 2007 04:51:17 PM
Hi All,

I'm working on a sweater for my goddaugther and today was the day to cut it open to make a cardigan. Here is the deed in progress:



All the step by step photos are on my blog - www.shinydesigns.bl ogspot.com,

Question or comments?
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7  FAST and Easy Knit/Crochet Felted Potholders in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by QueenOfShinyThings on: December 22, 2006 11:53:22 AM
Hi Everybody,

Posted this in Winter Holidays and then thought that maybe wasn't the best place so ....

Here is a great last minute (or last few hours anyway) useful and handmade gift. I have been using a pair of these potholders in my kitchen since Thanksgiving. They work as well as any purchased potholder I've had. Plus, they are custom over sized and color coordinated with my kitchen.

The instructions are on my blog as well as here. They are approximately 8.5 inches square before felting. This picture is before felting.




To Crochet:

Chain 28, work a half double crochet in the 2nd chain from hook and each chain across, chain 2 and turn. Continue in half double crochet until potholder is square and end with chain 12 (for loop) and slip stitch in beginning of chain. End off and work in ends.

To Knit:

Cast on 32 stitches. Work in garter stitch until potholder is square, bind off. With last loop remaining, chain 12 (for loop) and slip stitch in beginning of chain. End off and work in ends.

To Felt:

Wash in washing machine with hot water and a towel for more agitation. Dry flat and adjust shape to square.

If anybody is in need of a quick gift, I'd love to hear if this works for you.



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8  FAST and easy Felted Potholders (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by QueenOfShinyThings on: December 21, 2006 03:09:20 PM
Hi Everybody,

Here is a great last minute (or last few hours anyway) useful and handmade gift. I have been using a pair of these potholders in my kitchen since Thanksgiving. They work as well as any purchased potholder I've had. Plus, they are custom over sized and color coordinated with my kitchen.

The instructions are on my blog as well as here. This picture is before felting.




To Crochet:

Chain 28, work a half double crochet in the 2nd chain from hook and each chain across, chain 2 and turn. Continue in half double crochet until potholder is square and end with chain 12 (for loop) and slip stitch in beginning of chain. End off and work in ends.

To Knit:

Cast on 32 stitches. Work in garter stitch until potholder is square, bind off. With last loop remaining, chain 12 (for loop) and slip stitch in beginning of chain. End off and work in ends.

To Felt:

Wash in washing machine with hot water and a towel for more agitation. Dry flat and adjust shape to square.


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9  Distressed Daises Painted Switchplate in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by QueenOfShinyThings on: July 28, 2006 12:34:14 PM
Hi All,

Just finished this up and was fairly pleased. It is a wooden switchplate cover from Lowe's.

The undercoat is green with a candle rubbed over then ivory on top. Then, I use a green scrubby to scrub the ivory back off where the wax was so it has that shabby look.

next, I just brush sketched the flowers and painted them in. Finished with three coats of clear sealer.



Now, to get back to painting some more!

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10  Window Toppers - A little thread; a lot of hot glue in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by QueenOfShinyThings on: June 19, 2006 12:37:17 PM
I've been on a tear to finish up some projects around the house. I'm tired of it looking like a the haunted house on the block. That and the fabric has been properly aged now - about 3 years I've had it, I think. ( Am I the only one who does that?)

Anyway, here are the window toppers that I made for my husbands room. (Yes, we have our "own" rooms, though his doubles as the guest room. Mine is way too full of creative stuff for that Smiley )

Since I like to sew clothes but not window treatments, it seemed like a good idea to use hot glue for the hems. The casing at the top is sewn. This whole thing took about a half a day and that includes putting up the rods.

Since I've never dared to use glue that way before, I was absolutely amazed at how well this turned out. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the little round piece in the middle but it was the best I could do as that is all the fabric I had. I would have cut it differently if there had been more.





The fabric is Waverly's "Land Ho"
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