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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / I need feedback! (Craft Fair stuff) Pic heavy on: June 23, 2010 06:16:08 PM
Hey everyone, I'm currently working on stuff for a craft fair and I'd LOVE your feedback! I have pictures of everything I've done so far and details under the pictures.

I would love love love C&C on everything except the dishcloths, as I already have 2 dozen of them Wink

Edited to add:
I need help with pricing too. What would you pay/charge for each item?

Also, have a few more things on my to-do list for this event:
hand-bound journals
purses/tote bags
aprons

What do you think of those ideas? Any/all help is appreciated.  Smiley

ITEM 1:


Wrist pincushion! I made it up out of my noggin, but it's obviously not a new idea.
Specs:
ribbon/velcro strap, adjustable from 4.5" to 8"
the base is an upcycled orange juice cap ^^
stuffed with poly-fill

ITEM 2:

Dish scrubbie! I got the lovely pattern here http://arpelia.blogspot.com/2008/09/super-simple-tawashi-flower.html.
Specs:
acrylic yarn (I've got lots more colors than blue)
tulle crocheted into the yellow part for added scrubbie-ness
about 4" across

ITEM 3:

Pincushion! Made up the pattern.
Specs:
Upholstery fabric/button from my stash
Poly-fill stuffing
about 4" across

ITEM 4:


Flower headband! I made the pattern up for this too.
Specs:
bought the headband itself
flower made from upcycled t-shirt
flower is 4 1/4" across

ITEM 5:

Crocheted dishcloths/spa cloths! Pattern is made up.
Specs:
100% cotton
about 8x8"


Like I said, C&C on everything but dishcloths please! Grin Thanks a bunch!

Edited to add:
I need help with pricing too. What would you pay/charge for each item?

Also, have a few more things on my to-do list for this event:
hand-bound journals
purses/tote bags
aprons

What do you think of those ideas? Any/all help is appreciated.  Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day goodies for the bf on: February 20, 2010 07:00:59 PM
Made lovingly! ^____^ (They are this, that, and the other thing)

THIS

My first experience with polymer clay =) I think it turned out pretty well, im especially happy with the door. The key took me a few tries..The door is a keychain for him, and the key is a necklace for  me. He has the door, and I have the key, so togetherwere DOOR-KEY! Lol, get it? DORKY!  haha thats right, Im awesome. xD I got the idea from him though, so hes awesome too Wink

THAT

That is actually the card I made for him and its a little personal, so Im not going to put up pictures ^^;

THE OTHER THING

Isnt it cute? ^^ its a rice heat pack, theyre easy to make. =) Our of..er..old boxers ^^; The piece you see is the slip cover thing, theres another pouch thinger inside. =) You can microwave it for a heat pack or stick it in the freezer for a cold pack. =D I think he liked it.

(Please check all this and more out on my infantile blog!)
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Are buttons microwaveable?? on: February 09, 2010 02:33:15 PM
I want to make a rice heat pack for my boyfriend, and i have the cutest boxers ever i'm going to cut up for the job. I'd love to make a slipcover type thing for the pack with the boxers and I think it would be cool to use the fly as part of the design. Smiley The only problem is that there's a button on the fly, and i'm afraid that it would melt or get dangerously hot in the microwave. Does anyone know anything about this? Should i just take the button off, or will it be ok?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 3 Scarves for Craft Hope (with semi-tuts) on: January 28, 2010 03:34:07 PM
If you guys don’t know about Craft Hope, you should. Click here to learn about Craft Hope goodness! It’s a wonderful organization that hooks you up people who need your crafts! It’s great. Anyway, project 6 needs scarves (before 2.14.10), so I crocheted some! =D I even kept track of the patterns (sorta ^^;)  The patterns are mine, so don’t pass them off as yours, but I don’t really care if you sell stuff made from them. They’re pretty basic. Pictures and patterns!



Scarf #1

Any medium sized hook will work for this, I used a K.

Gauge isn’t important.

Ch 28

Rows: Ch 2, turn. hdc in each stitch, but only through the back loop. (This causes the ribbing.)

Repeat this row about a million times until your scarf is long enough. (Mine’s about 56″) Don’t fasten off!

Finishing: start sc down the side of the scarf. When you get to the corners, sc twice in the same spot. Keep sc-ing around all the sides, then fasten off and weave in the ends. Done!



Scarf #2

This is really easy, just follow the pattern for Scarf #1 (but different basic stitches), but randomly throw in some stripes. In mine, all of the white sections are done in dc. The red stripes are various sc, dc, and tc. (Ch 1 for sc, 3 for dc, and 4 for tc before turning.) There’s no rhyme or reason to the striping, just do what looks good! I backposted all of the rows, and finished the same as Scarf #1.



Scarf #3

Again, any medium hook size. Mine was M.

Gauge isn’t important.

Everything in this scarf is backposted.

Ch 200ish in color 1 (as long as you want the scarf to be, mine was kinda really long o.0)

Rows 1-2: dc in each st. ch 3, turn

Row 3: dc in each st, fasten off

Row 4: start color 2, ch 3 and turn. dc in each st. fasten off

Row 5: start color 1 again, ch 1 and turn. SC in each st. fasten off

Row 6: repeat row 4.

Rows 7-9: repeat row 1-3 in color 1, fasten off.

weave in ends.

Sorry for the crappy pattern-writing skills ^^; please let me know what I can clear up for you.
(Is it illegal for me to tell you that all this is on my new baby blog too? =/ )
Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques please!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re-creating Renaissance dress...minus the velvet! on: November 16, 2009 06:52:40 PM
Hello all! I've decided that I want to make this lovely dress for next year's Renaissance Festival! But, the Faire is in August, and I live in Minnesota, so there's no way I'm making this out of velvet, which is what it looks like in the picture.

http://historyshop.piratemerch.com/images/renaissance_gown_882017.jpg


I would love some suggestions for fabric (the cooler the better!) and I'd also very much appreciate links to patterns/tutorials that you think would help. Thank you all so much! =D
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Home-made Cheshire Cat Costume! (img husky) on: November 03, 2009 12:02:37 PM
Hello all! Cheesy This year I was the Cheshire cat for halloween  Grin This is how I did it! It was pretty easy.

First, I bought a light purple sweatsuit from a thrift store (cheap!). I made the sweat pants into the skirt I'm wearing, then I made the ears and boot gators from the leftover pant fabric. The leggings came from the girls section at target. Wink For the stripes, I used purple duct tape! Man, that stuff is amazing. The tail is light purple fleece that I just sewed, stuffed, and striped. I was going to use wire to hold it stiff, but I couldn't find my wire. Oh well. =) I did my own make up with eye shadow from target. I had purple striped gloves too =) They're only in one picture though.

PICTURES!!!



The whole thing!



this shows most of it. And the gloves!



This one is just to show how the tail hangs, sorry my arm is kinda in the way..  Smiley



This is the best one of my make up. (Janelle was a kitty too!)


And of course, the crazy cat himself. My inspiration.  Smiley


Thank you guys so much for looking, I hope you like it! Cheesy
C&C please  Smiley
7  COOKING / Dessert / My first teired cake! on: September 24, 2009 09:59:58 PM
Hey guys, I go to Le Cordon Bleu in St Paul, MN. =) This is my wedding cake project from a couple weeks ago. It's a dummy cake. It's just fondant, royal icing, and gum paste. The small tasting cake is an Italian Cream Cake. I wanted something a little different than plain white cake, but I wasn't willing to go as far away from the ordinary as chocolate. I guess I'm just kind of traditional. =) Hope you like it! (btw I got 100 on it!)

Full cake. 6, 8, 12" dummies with a 14" cake board



Top decoration. Floral foam ball covered with fondant and gum paste flowers.



This one's just for some detail. =) I know the piping's not perfect..



8" tasting cake


Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first sock monkey! For a good cause on: September 09, 2009 09:40:12 PM
Hello all! I just wanted to share my cute sock monkey ^^ He's going to Craft Hope, Project 4 (http://crafthope.com/?p=285). All the sock monkeys collected before 09.18.09 will be going off to Californian children who have been victims of severe burns in the recent wild fires. Please help them!

Anyway, here he is. =) I want to name him Roger, but I'm not going to because I know the name won't stick when he goes to his new home in CA. =)


full body. he's made of those awesome fuzzy socks at the dollar store!


side view, mostly for the tail. =)


glamor shot! I used fabric instead of buttons for the eyes because he's going to children. =)


Yay! I'm proud of him. comments and critique are loved.
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / How can I use BBQ sauce? on: August 13, 2008 11:52:28 AM
First things first. Smiley I'm Lia. I'm vegetarian. A few months ago, I found the best barbeque sauce in the whole entire world. (http://www.allbbqsauce.com/ProductInfo.aspx?ID=156). Unfortunately, bbq sauce is usually used on meat and I can't really come to terms with the idea of a bbq stir-fry...

So I'm looking for another way to use this wonderful stuff! I know it's good on corn-on-the-cob, but I can't think of much else. :-/ Please help!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Green garlic? What happened? on: August 13, 2008 08:04:23 AM
During my latest catering job, I was pre-preparing some stuff (like garlic). I put some chopped garlic in the fridge and next morning, AH! It had turned green! Do you guys know what could have caused this weird reaction?

live for the pics Wink


Do you see the green?!  Shocked
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