So I'm pretty new to knitting (just started this past December), and I just finished my first project, a keyhole scarf. I'm rather proud of myself! The beginning side of the scarf (where the keyhole is) is full of dropped stitches, random holes, and other mistakes, but the end side of the scarf is a lot more uniform, with no messed up stitches, and looks almost like proper knitting. I'm pleased with my progress within just this one project.
For Christmas, I made my Dad (a drummer) a clock out of a cymbal. I thought it would be something thematic to hang on his walls, and also he just has a little cheapy clock so he needed a good clock anyway.
I found a brand new 14" crash cymbal being sold on eBay for $10, bought a clock movement for $7, some stick-on clock numbers for $3, a big zinc washer (which I painted black and put in the middle, behind the hands) for a package of 10 for $.98, and a plate hanger for $3, and VOILA, a cool-looking cymbal clock for $24. (I saw some pre-made cymbal clocks being sold for $50 or more!)
Here is the cymbal before I did anything to it. You can also see the big washer in the upper left corner, before I painted it.
I received from morbid ages ago, I'm so sorry it took forever for me to get a photo up! I got a lot of great stuff; a reversable white/black and black/pink polka dot camera bag, a wooden photo frame painted with a tree design, a beaded bracelet with a camera shrinky dink charm, a disposable camera (yay! I'm always looking for cameras to play with), and of course morbid's photos.
Okay, I haven't been so inspired by a recipe in.. EVER. I don't cook! But I saw this picture earlier and your super simple recipe/directions, and it's been in my mind all day AND I HAD TO MAKE THEM.
They're not as picture perfect as yours, and I had a couple toasty mishaps (cast iron pans get very hot very fast!), but I'm so proud of myself for cooking something! I actually added a bit of sugar right to the mix for mine, and ate them with some strawberry preserves. I ended up with about a dozen because I made mine quite small, so I'm saving some for later. Yummmm, they ended up so good.
I just got all my awesome stuff from Starsview today!
First up is an example of all the pretty envelopes everything came in. I didn't get any pics before I brutishly ripped them open, I was too excited.
Some awesome Potterpuff magnets featuring all my favorite characters. These live on my fridge now. Harry and Luna are next to each other because they have a secret love for one another, and Fred and George are on opposite corners, looking innocent but plotting something huge, as you can see by the box of explosives.
Butterbeer cork necklace and a radish necklace, since I can't wear earrings! I love the little radish, it's so detailed.
Awesome little Luna notepad. I collect little notepads like nobody's business, so this is a great one to add to the collection.
And my favorite part, my very own copy of The Quibbler!! Starsview had some trouble with her first try at this, but I think this one came out just great. The best part is that it's a removable cover that fits over a regular composition notebook, so I can write in it. The cover is AWESOME, I love the design. And it's made of fabric, too! I love the feel of it.
Luna gave me her copy!
Back cover advertising free spectrespecs. So.. where are the spectrespecs?
They're right here!!
Thanks sooo much Starsview, your package was worth the wait. I love it!
I received my package today! I'm not sure who it's from, there's a real name but no username. Now I'll have to be a detective to figure out who it is.
I got an awesome beginner's knitter kit, with a couple balls of yarn, a Stich n Bitch book, and some needles. Okay, I didn't even know they made connected needles like that! (See how little about knitting I know?) I'm not sure what to do with them, but it will be fun finding out! Also, I'm not sure if the color of the yarn was intentional, but the burgandy and yellow are totally Gryffindor colors; I'm a huge Harry Potter freak. I had a learn-to-knit kit on my wist, I've always wanted to learn!
I also got a couple packs of great origami paper, a neat photo album, some yummy smelling Chinese green tea (I love tea!), and a couple packages of Pocky which I've never had before and always wanted to try. I can say with authority that they were delicious.
I've seen this particular craft out and about in the crafting community, so I decided to try my hand at it!
They are sort of jumbo-sized matchbooks; they are about 2 inches by 2.5 inches. I designed them myself (drew them up in Paint Shop Pro and printed them on textured paper) as well as somewhat shabbily assembled them myself. These are just the first four, I also have a couple others I have printed but not assembled yet. (Including one with an ant and a Tetris design, whee.)
This was the first one. The acorns were my least favorite design so I did them first, knowing I'd muck it up. You can see the staples aren't even aligned right. x_x
Psuedo-argyle pattern. I don't even recall what real argyle is supposed to look like, I just winged this pattern with a mishmash of colors.
I messed up the crease on this, so the front bends a little outwards. I can easily fix that, I just need to trim off a centimeter or so of the front flap and then it would sit nice. I got impatient and wanted to take pictures, though. This is my favorite picture. Whee jellyfish!
Sea urchin! This one came out best, construction-wise. Fitting, since it was the last one I did! I'm sure I'll just get better, the more I make.
The whole lot, from the side. I didn't put enough paper in the acorns one, either.
Closer view of the side of one. I didn't take a picture of the inside.. nothing special. Just white paper.
I'm going to make a bunch more of these matchbook-sized ones, then I think I'll make some double jumbo sized ones with some mixed media interior. (Different types of paper, some magazine cut-outs, etc.) Someone on the craftgrrl livejournal community suggested colored paper, which would also work well, I think. The possibilities seem endless.
Just coming off an six month long crafting dry spell due to crazy heavy workload at school the past two semesters. Once the snow melted and the days got longer, I got bit by the crafting bug again, so I whipped this up: white mat frame covered in atlas pages. Finals are on Monday, and after that I'm free for a whole summer. I can't wait to get crafting again, I've missed it.
Okay, here are the pics of the stuff I received from esmerelda!
Magazines (I'm guessing a 'blagger' is a non-native? *lol*), recipe cards, tea (yay!), info about London.
Tokyo in a Bag (I need to find a good display area for it), pack of origami paper (I think someone had a look at my wist ), small black notebook, another small notebook with a map of London and a ticket on it, some different kinds of colored pens. I love it all!
The candy is all gone now (didn't last long between me and my boyfriend), but esmerelda sent a package of digestive biscuits (which were really good), Jelly Bellys, Fruit Pastilles, Wine Gums, Turkish Delight, and Jelly Tots.