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31  Re: help! i need a tree topper to match... in Winter Holidays by dancedupapillon on: November 17, 2007 09:50:12 AM
I have just the thing for you!  I made a tree topper last year using one of those 1 pound bag of buttons, some wire, and a 6 bulb string of lights (I'm sure you could use minilights, it might be safer, even.  Here's what I came up with.


You build yourself an armature (this is the hardest part) with some heavier gauge wire, a little thinner than coathanger wire.  I used stem wire for florists, but it was kind of annoying because it was already cut into lengths.  It would probably be easier use a roll of wire.  Oh! remember to make a loop to hang it on the tree with!

Then you use really thin wire to attatch the buttons or whatever other little bits to the front.  For a lime green/pink tree, I would use little plastic toys, earrings, enameled broaches, et cetera.  Our tree is always a mishmash of all the ornaments we have ever accumulated, so there are lots of different colours, which is why I used the buttons.

To finish off, thread the lights into the back.  If I were to do it again, I'd use minilights instead of the bigger glass bulbs, just for safety's sake. I know you can get some really good LED ones now that hardly heat up, and they come in all sorts of colours.

My star was inspired by this one:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=137863.0
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32  I made an elephant! (lots o' pictures) in Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: November 13, 2007 10:50:49 AM
My dad decided to do soapstone carving with his grade 6 class, so this morning we visited a local sculptor in his studio for a crash course.   The carver mostly makes large peices, so he has tonnes of little scraps that he's willing to give away.  This is what I made with one of his scraps and a hour of his time.



This is him from the front (forgive the crooked eyes)


And look! He even has a tail!


Any suggestions for names?

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33  Fay Wray circa 1933 in Halloween Costumes by dancedupapillon on: October 29, 2007 09:26:29 PM
I changed my mind about my costume AGAIN because I saw King Kong on the weekend.  This is what I have so far for Fay Wray as Anne Darro coming out of the jungle.  It's not quite done yet, I have to add some buttons on the front.

Any comments/suggestions?

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34  Anarchist potholder! in Crochet: Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: October 20, 2007 09:55:53 AM
This will be part of my sister's Christmas present.  She loves to bake and she fell in love with Maggie Gyllenhal's character in Stranger Than Fiction. 
Because every anarchist baker needs potholders:


As I was crocheting the anarchy symbol, I realised it was very similar to the anarchy hat in Happy Hooker, which made my day.  I think I increased the irony a little Tongue
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35  First ever thrummed mittens! in Knitting: Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: October 20, 2007 09:51:21 AM
Look what I made while bored in my psych class!
They're pink, they're huge, and they're very very warm.


I don't know who to give them to, so I think I'll donate them either to the RCMP for emergencies or the youth shelter or the women's shelter...  Any ideas as to which would be best? 

It turns out the cheap pink acrylic I got from a friend for my birthday makes a really good MC for thrummed mittens.  The thrums are made with leftover bulky wool/acrylic blend I had laying around.  Yay for stash busting!
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36  Christmas socks for my parents! (lots o pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: October 20, 2007 09:47:31 AM
Here are two of the three pairs of socks requested for Christmas.  My mom and dad wanted plain warm socks to wear around the house (it gets cold in Alberta Tongue).  I decided to make them worsted weight and snug fitting for a nice comfy slipperlike feel.  The yarn is Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends, so it has the long wear of acrylic and the softness of a cashmere blend.  Lovely stuff, I bought it for a very reasonable price at my local Zellers. For Canadian knitters out there, check out the yarn section at Zellers, it's cheap and worthwhile.

So without further ado:

The mom sock

Action shot!  Forgive the unwoven ends, I lost my yarn needle...

The dad sock

Some silly sock-puppetry

My dad's feet are far bigger than mine...
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37  Help with suitcase lining? in Discussion and Questions by dancedupapillon on: August 30, 2007 11:25:01 PM
I phoned my boyfriend complaining about how bored I was today, so he showed up with his grandma's old honeymoon luggage for me to gut and revamp.  Apparently, his grandma, being much more practical than I, wanted to throw it out until his dad convinced her he'd find a use for it.  It sat in storage for 10 odd years until it was discovered recently and no one really wants it, so I have the family's blessing to do as I see fit.




Normally, I would decoupage the outside, but since it's so beautiful as is and since it has her monogram on both pieces, I can't bring myself to touch to exterior except maybe to seal it.  The outside seems to be leather, so I'm thinking maybe some leather protecting spray, like one would use on shoes or a purse...

Anyway, my main problem is the lining.  It's an unpleasent shade of brown and has a weird musty smell to it.  I want to replace it, but I don't know how to go about it.  What types of fabric would work well?  Should I use a glue or spray adhesive?  Staples?  Finishing nails?  Tacks?  I'd rather avoid using glue if I can.

If anyone has done this before, please offer advice!  Thanks in advance...
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38  Otto the oven-dwelling octopus in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: July 02, 2007 10:00:59 AM
Last summer, while nearly immobilized by cramps, I decided I needed a stylish new way to keep my abdomen hot.  We have a few of those rice bags, but they don't stay hot long enough, so I took matters into my own hands.  Enter Otto.


Here he is on my pillow


Oh no, he's eating my hand!

He's too big to fit into the microwave, but he fits quite nicely into the oven.  Unfortunately, though, one  of his legs got a little too close to the element...


He has a cotton broadcloth base filled with jasmine rice (smells so nice!) which I crocheted over with some of the cotton yarn we usually make dishcloths in. 

I hope you like him!  He's probably my best crocheted creation yet.
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39  First quilt! And it's blue! in Quilting: Completed Projects by dancedupapillon on: June 09, 2007 08:36:33 PM
Alright, so it's not exacly a quilt yet because it's not quilted yet, but the top is all done!!  This is the quilt I'm making for my boyfriend's birthday.  The appliques all have to do with inside jokes and important little symbols, from our aniversary to the Easter Bunny.  I'm very proud, even thought the squares don't all match up.  I guess that's what I get for not being really precise with cutting the pieces...  That and having to go back to the fabric store three times to buy more fabric. Roll Eyes

Here's the whole thing


My signature square(Bella is his pet name for me), plus a blue footed boobie and half a donut.


My favorite square


So, all powerful quilting mavens, how did I do?
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40  Skirt therapy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dancedupapillon on: April 01, 2007 07:34:17 PM
I failed my driving test on Thursday and was in a terrible mood.  My brother was being very amiable, especially considering he's younger than me and got his licence in September, and offered to drive me to Fabricland.  True, he was looking for patch fabric for his coveralls, but it allowed me to do some impulse buying.

And so out of my frustration came:


Something about the amount of seam ripping and bias-taping was calming.  This is strange, because I'm known for my slap-dash sewing and easily reached frustration levels.

And in case anyone was wondering, I took the test again today and passed.  Yay!
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