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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stocking stuffers 2010 on: September 10, 2010 11:52:13 AM
Hey guys and gals,

This year will be my first living with my boyfriend, and as we were discussing both finances and how to combine our family christmas traditions over the breakfast table this morning, I started thinking about what I'd make to fill his stocking with.  I have two problems:  1. Hiding crafts is hard when we live together and 2.  I'm really really broke (I'm doing my teaching practicum this year, which means little to no income on my end...)  Time to bust that stash!

So I propose a thread.  Crafty stocking stuffers!
My ideas so far:
- ex libris bookplates (designed by me, printed by the University printers for cheap)
- knitted socks
- caramel popcorn
- big ol' coffee mug (that I will paint)
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sketchbook pages on: August 09, 2010 05:35:19 PM
Hello crafty ladies!  Here are some of the latest pages from my sketchbook.  I've been doing a lot of doodles lately and having  a lot of fun, so here they are.  Sorry, the colours are a little washed out because of the flash.

This first one is based on a challenge I threw to my boyfriend.  He just graduated with his english degree, but hasn't been writing very much lately, so I told him to write a bedtime story about a little girl who loves adventures but does not want to be a princess.  His automatic reaction was "she drives a racecar!"

My mom decided the main character should have a pet of some sort.  I decided a chameleon who turns the colours of the racecar when he's scared.  So here he is!

This one is based on a brief from my sister after she flipped through my doodles.  She asked for a hedgehog

13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / recipe card watercolours for my sister (lots of pics!) on: November 28, 2009 01:09:10 PM
For my sister's Christmas present, I decided to design and print some recipe cards to include in a recipe box that I will paint.  I also thought it would be a good idea for our familly members to add some recipes in there, written in their own handwriting, because she lives in another city and we don't get to see her much.  I made five different watercolours, scanned them, and had them printed at my university's print shop.  I made two personalised card designs for my sister, one for deserts (she loves to bake) and one for everything else.  I printed off a ton of each of those, then one of my designs for a recipe card from me and each of my parents.

Sara's Suppers:

Sara's deserts:

My recipe:

My mom's recipe:

My dad's recipe:
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / All of my Christmas knitting! on: November 28, 2009 12:46:58 PM
Hello, all!  I finished my last Christmas knitting project last week, so I'll post all of them together.

First off, for my dad, a tuque and knitty's manly mitts

For my mom, crofter's cowl and a matching hat

For my brother, a balaclava based on a homefront knitting pattern from WWI

For my boyfriend, a lover's mitten

For my room mate, dinosaur gloves, based on knitty's tridactyl
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First chainmaille projects : charm bracelets on: November 08, 2009 10:50:39 AM
Hello fellow craftsters!  I want to share my first ever chainmaille projects: charm bracelets I made for my mom and my sister for their respective birthdays.

The top one is my mom's, a sterling silver and jewler's brass helm chain.  The bottom is my sister's, it's jewler's brass bysantine variant.

Close-up of my sister's bracelet

For my mom's, I added charms to represent each member of the familly.  The butterfly is me and the sun is my sister (her nickname is Sunshine).

 The Indiana Jones hat is my brother,  and the fish was my dad, but it's now been replaced by a shark.  He just started swimming and he thought the fish was too fat Tongue

The little red heart bead is my mom

I'm very pleased with myself!  I made all the jumprings too, and managed not to cut myself or break any saw blades  Grin
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Penguins! on: May 17, 2009 03:59:03 PM
A friend of mine goes to school in the states and brought a university friend back home with her for a week.  Her friend had seen the many trinkets I had made her and requested a penguin.  A blue one, to be specific.

I had a couple long car rides this week, and so I made her Doug.

I'm also in custody of the penguin I crocheted for my boyfriend some 3 years ago, because he's on a trip.  He was the first crocheted thing I made in a long time.  Here they are together.

He's a little squished from years of being slept on, but he's fresh from the laundry and still quite cute, if I may say so myself.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I tried my had at a stenciled watercolour on: April 19, 2009 10:53:43 AM
Hey guys!  Inspired by weighanchor's beautiful stencil watercolours http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300567.0 I went out and bought some masking fluid and dusted off my paints.  Here's my first attempt.

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / valentine's day token for my knight in shining armour on: April 19, 2009 10:33:22 AM
In early February, I was on a bit of an embroidery kick.  My boyfriend has a variety of blankets and stuffies I've made him that he cuddles when I'm not around, but he can't take them out in public unless he wants to be laughed at.  Since Valentine's day co-incides with midterms at our University, I made him something he can keep in his pocket to calm him down when he's nervous and I'm not there.

It's a silly valentine, but it fits us.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Doorway puppet theatre on: April 19, 2009 10:24:37 AM
I'm an elementary education student, and I've been seeing beautiful doorway puppet theatres on Craftster and on other websites for the past little while.  Since I have no nieces or nephews or kid of my own, I didn't have a reason to make one, but I wanted to soooo badly!  In one of my classes, we were asked to put together a box of activities to promote early litteracy, all centered on a theme.  They were to be funded (and later claimed) by the local parenting center's library, so I didn't get to keep it, but I take solace in the fact that many many kid will get to play with it.

Our theme was Little Red Riding Hood.  I didn't get pictures of the other objects, but we made most of them. I might see if the library will let me sneek in to take pictures.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Look at what I got for Valentine's day! on: February 16, 2009 11:26:14 AM
 Cheesy My boyfriend knows my policy on Valentine's day very well: No red roses, no chocolates, no store bought cards.   This year, he took the pictures from our trip to Europe to make a custom valentine.  Here's the card he spent an entire day making for me this year:

  The front is a picture he took of our reflection in a mirror in Versailles.

The inside has some goofy pictures of us in London.  I had been teasing him about his standard tourist picture pose, thus the silly look on his face.

The back is the first picture of us together on that trip.  One of those "holding the camera at arm's length" shots outside the British Museum
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