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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made a whale! on: November 22, 2007 08:16:32 PM
 This is what I did when I was sick of essay writing this morning.   Grin

He's a sock-stuffer for my boyfriend's Christmas present.  I knit him socks and am filling them with things.

Anyway! I am quite pleased with this little guy.  He took me less than an hour to make and I think he turned out quite well.

Aw man, I'm so addicted to soapstone!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Button star Christmas tree toppers! on: November 17, 2007 09:50:59 PM
Last year, our traditional angel Christmas tree topper broke, so inspired by this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=137863.0 I decided to make a star.  I wanted one that lit up, though, so instead of cardboard I decided to make a wire armature.  This how it turned out.

Tonight, my mom and I decided to do a little mother/daughter crafting, so we made more! One for her classroom and one for our second tree.
Here's the one I made

And here's my mom's
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made an elephant! (lots o' pictures) 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?

34  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fay Wray circa 1933 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?

35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Anarchist potholder! 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
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever thrummed mittens! 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!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas socks for my parents! (lots o pics) 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...
38  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dracula and Mina costumes on: September 24, 2007 07:35:47 PM
Hello all!  My boyfriend and I are donating blood on Halloween, so we decided that we'd dress up as Dracula and Mina, just for fun.  His costume will be pretty easy, tux-like suit with cape and fangs, but mine is a little harder.  Any ideas?
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help with suitcase lining? 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...
40  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Otto the oven-dwelling octopus 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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