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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / full size ripple afghan on: August 03, 2010 03:51:17 PM
About 2 years ago, I made myself an afghan for my dorm room (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281114.msg3183081#msg3183081).  I ended up taking a year off from school starting this past January, so I needed to make myself a nice warm blanket for home.  I used Red Heart super saver (cause I'm cheap) in black, white, heather (which was a mutli and came in annoyingly smaller skeins), dark orchid, and medium purple and an H hook.  It's sized to fit my full size bed with length to spare.  Unfortunately, I didn't measure too well so the width is the teensyest bit too small.  I didn't block it, mainly because I didn't need to.  The pattern was from Attic24, the neat ripple pattern.  It took me just over a month to finish, which is much shorter than I expected.

On my bed:


Close up for color:


Once more for good measure:

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / robots, more than a month late (photo robust) on: March 24, 2010 04:49:50 PM
I was broke on valentine's day, but wanted to get awesome presents for my boyf.  I ended up making fudge (that I ate more of than him), a 52 reasons book (that no one needs pictures of because there are so many here), and robots!  I'm especially proud of how they came out.  The pattern is not mine, but I can't find the link I got it from originally, sorry.  They're supposed to look like us, only in adorable robot form.

the boy


the boy robot


the boy with robot


the girl


the girl robot


the girl with robot


boy and girl with robots


from the back


from the front


they can kind of stand up too! had I been more careful making them they'd easily stand on their own.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / how do you store your collage supplies? on: March 02, 2010 06:38:20 PM
I just finished my biggest collage yet, using up almost all of my supply of magazine images.  I've still got a few left, though, and I'm planning on starting another collage soon.  What have you found to be the best storage meathod for small magazine images and the like?  I've been using shoe boxes, but I feel like there's a better way.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / after almost 3 years, collage is finally finished! mad image heavy. on: January 25, 2010 02:20:42 PM
A long time ago, I made myself a collaged shoe box to hold my journals.  I was really pleased with how it turned out, but somewhat confused as to what to do with the leftover images I had collected.  I decided to make a full on, poster sized collage: which was actually a dumb idea.  Do you have any idea how many images it takes to fill up a full sized piece of foam board.  A million-ish.  I tore up magazines, catalogs, basically anything with an image on it that I liked, and kept them until I thought I finally had enough.  It's finally done, none too soon (I was about to give up).  In case anyone is silly enough to want to try this (and for me when I undoubtedly try to make another one) I have some tips:
- don't be too picky with images.  not every image you cut out and save will be entirely visible in the finished project.  it's totally okay to choose something you're not necessarily in love with, because it won't be the focal point anyway.
- sort out your items into a couple of different groups.  my groups were basically small, medium, large, straight edges, and forefront. 
- try and work from the outside in.  i started in the middle, then realized very quickly that if I wanted the edges to look right i'd need to deal with them first.  that's what the straight edges group was for.
- it's not easier, but i think it looks much better to glue your larger pieces down first.  especially if the larger piece is mostly one color, you'll be able to accent it with smaller pieces instead of having it in the forefront being kind of boring.
- lay out all of your images, if possible.  i used just about every available flat surface, it was nice to be able to see everything i could choose from instead of having to sort through different piles.
- i found that it was easier to do all (or rather most) of my gluing in one day.  it not only got it done faster, but the styling was more uniform, if that makes sense.
- make sure to have plenty of small images!  when i was nearing the end, i had tons of little spots that you couldn't really tell weren't filled but that still annoyed me.  smaller images are great for filling up those little spaces.

and on to the pictures!

here are some of my smaller images, along with some stickers, all laid out.

medium sized images laid out on the couch

large and forefront images on my coffee table

beginning to fill in the edges (unfortunately the only progress shot I can find)

all finished after 2 coats of mod podge!

the lower left corner

the upper left corner

the upper right corner

the lower right corner

some close ups of my favorite parts:










5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / dorm room, what? picture obsese. on: March 15, 2009 01:10:52 PM
i posted pictures from the beginning of the fall semester in the show off your dorm thread, but i'm greedy and like attention.  also, my room's changed a lot since the fall.  also, mid march is around the time that i started looking for dorm ideas, so maybe i'll be able to help someone out.
there were some problems with my room:
01.
 i bought a chair from target because i figured some extra seating would do my room good.  it didn't.  the chair was more in the way than anything, because the only place for it was right in front of my bureau, which means it was in the way all the time.  it also became a hamper instead of a chair, so i lent it to 2 of my friends who are living in a quad with only 2 people.
02.
my bed wasn't warm or comfortable.  so i added the afghan i made (see thread in crochet board) and a body pillow.  much better.


03.
dorm floors are ugly.  i had a little rug that i'd made, but it didn't do much.  so i wound up buying a 5x8 rug on sale from pbteen, which is currently shedding like crazy but it bright and subdued at the same time, so it goes with both my and my roommate's side.

04. i always lost my key, most of the time in the mess on my chair.  this would lead to me being late for class, calling my roommate to let me in, or sleeping in other people's rooms because i couldn't get into mine.  i picked up a hook from urban outfitters and hung it right by my door so i'd remember to hang the key up as soon as i got in.  i've only lost my key once since.

05.
dorm lights are awful.  i had a pentapus lamp, but the dorm lights were still necessary sometimes.  so i used the boa from my halloween costume (see halloween board) to hang over the light.  now the light is kind of pink tinted and much happier.


not problems, but more pictures:

mirror + bunnies

bunnies close up

close up of robot (crafted) and stuffed animals because i'm clearly 4

closet

desk

this picture gives the impression that i do work at my desk.  i don't.  all my work gets done in bed.

shelves

shelves.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / yarn bombing? what? UPDATED on: February 17, 2009 12:17:41 AM
i read a post about yarn bombing earlier on the crochet board, and got ridiculously excited about it.  so i decided that i would practice in my common room before taking it outside.
my first, blue yarn on a couch:


number 2, orange yarn on a chair:


number 3, purple door knob hat:


i could not be more excited about this!

EDIT: people here on craftster seemed to like this.  the cleaning staff in my building didn't.  Sad they were up for maybe two days when the cleaning crew cut them off and threw them out. 

oh, but don't worry, i've got something even bigger planned.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / peanut butter balls; photos and recipe on: January 06, 2009 10:55:44 AM
in my family, we make these every christmas time, and they're always a big success.

ingredients:
1/2 cup butter flavored crisco
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (a great use for slightly stale graham crackers)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
optional: sprinkles, jimmies, graham cracker crumbs, shaved coconut, colored sugar, peanuts, whatever else you can think of for decoration.

method:
01.  combine crsico, powdered sugar, and peanut butter in a large bowl.  mix until well blended.
02.  stir in graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips
03.  cover, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
04.  roll dough into 1 inch balls (it's easist to have a bowl of water handy, because your hands will get gross and peanutbuttery very quickly)
optional: roll balls into topping of choice.
05.  refrigerate until ready to serve, and store covered in refrigerator.


topped with jimmies, nonpareils, and colored sugar

inside a ball.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / late late late late flamingo costume on: December 23, 2008 07:04:52 PM
i was inspired by a prom dress flamingo costume i saw on craftster a few years ago and haven't been able to find since.  my original idea included a pink dress, or tutu with yellow tights and a feathered headdress thing.  because i put things off until the last minute, the garment district (<3) was kind of out of stuff, so here's what i bought:
yellow tights
large pink feather boa
a make up kit including black and pink creme make up and pink glittery false eyelashes
a pink wig

added with what i already had:
black pointy flats
pink camisole
pink cardigan
bird necklace
pink soffes
safety pins

and we have this:

minus the wig.

i triple rolled the soffes (gasp), and wrapped the boa around my hips twice, then had one of my friends pin it every few inches or so.  i really should have just pinned it to the shorts before i put them on, but that's reasonable.  i threw on a pink camisole and cardigan, then did my makeup:


my friend made me wear his jacket when it got cold

pink circles around my eyes and black on my nose for a beak (my nose piercings became every unhappy with me after this) and the false lashes.  Put a wig on top and i was good to go.


my friend lily and i

a bunch of us (ariel, a flapper, bob dylan, a flamingo, a blues brother, and a 50's girl)

the skirt was scandalously short, and only drunk people could figure out what i was but it worked out well, i think.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / rainbow afghan! on: December 02, 2008 10:50:44 PM
i started this monstrosity (my first ever large crochet project) in may in preparation for college.  i finished it maybe a week ago (after declaring it finished and finding it not long enough twice).  i used somewhere around 20 skeins of red heart super saver in bikini, which made tucking ends hell.  they are almost all from different dye lots (buy all the yarn you need at the same time!) which explains the variation in color (and annoyingly texture).  the pattern i used is modified from a scarf pattern, but obviously wider and longer.  it's fairly simple, only uses chain, singles, and doubles.  pictures!

spread out on the floor in my dorm:


close up of stichery:


on my bed:
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / this will be a collage at some point: on: October 01, 2007 04:29:51 PM
but i enjoyed the contrast-y-ness of this picture.

time is of the essence:

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