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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Unity ceremony help on: June 28, 2007 05:47:47 PM
Here's the deal. I love the idea of a unity ceremony, but I can't find anything that works. If anyone has any ideas, please help. I guess really the only thing important to know is that it will be a semi-Lutheran, outdoor ceremony. And here are the unity ceremonies we have booted so far.

Unity candle; can't have flames
Sand or salt ceremony; fiance hated them both, and I wasn't really enthusiastic.

Any ideas at this point would be great. Something you'rve heard of, something you've made up, whatever. I just want to do SOMETHING. Thank you to anyone who can help.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old can into lesson in SAVINGS! on: February 24, 2007 03:52:08 PM
Nothing too spectacular here, but I love this so much I had to share. A few weeks ago, my friends little girl turned three and I was broke. Well, he has been teaching her to save her money, so I at least had some inspiration to work with. I ended up making her a bank so she has a place for all her change. Ta-da!

I took an old nut can, sanded it and glued the lid on. I then molded celu-clay (a paper mache plaster mix) into a crown, since she is a princess. After it dried, I painted it with acrylics, glue, glitter and a leather flower I had made ages ago. I made the hole in top large and round so even quarters can be shaken out without a problem.

And there you have it...saving in style!
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / prepare to be green with envy! on: February 24, 2007 03:46:53 PM
My grandmas husband loves playing on his lathe. When I was visiting, he needed a new challenge, so he made me a giant spindle. It is arctic willow, oak and manzanita. Here it is with a crochet hook for scale.

It's taken a little getting used to, but it's so smooth and balance, it works like a dream! Hopefully with it's help, I can return to Fiber Fridays.
14  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / seja! on: February 24, 2007 03:44:21 PM
My cousin had a little girl, and that's the best excuse to crochet. I made the hat out of an off-white with different colored flecks and bordered it with a brown version of the same yarn. I also modified the buckle hole to work with thier carseat. I also made the hat, but I used blue and green yarns I had left from the Craft My Wish Swap. It looks like a boy hat, but I think they'll like some variety amid the pink.

Close-up that better shows the yarn colors.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / just a fun pouch...one skien on: February 24, 2007 03:40:05 PM
Just a simple pouch I made for a friend this Christmas. I had a really cool ball of yarn and knew I had to use it.

And I forgot to add...an octopus I also made for a baby gift this Christmas. The tutorial is from somewhere on craftster.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scrap afghan on: January 23, 2007 02:37:12 PM
I started this two summers ago to use up my ends of acrylic yarns. It took forever to finish because of school and work. However, I really wanted to make it because my mom had a fave blanket just like it, and then my dad took it because his grandmother made it (for her). It's not very large because she lives in Arizona and doesn't need much heat, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. Sorry the picture isn't the best. Every other line is the same grey to keep the insanity down. In every row I did five single stitches and then one double that is attached two rows below. It's a pretty cool effect and a really good stash buster.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snail Pincushion! (img heavy) on: September 30, 2006 01:39:25 PM
I made snail pincushion for my last Themed Secret Swap Package. The theme was lemon-lime, but she also likes snails, so I winged a little guy. I can't take credit for the idea, it was actually jore07's. Anyway....

Here he is pre-antennae.

And above, you you can see the stitching.

After I added the antennae.

Close-up. Hello snail!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / necklace from my boy! on: September 25, 2006 08:42:37 PM
I got a "Swap package" from my boy today, and I wanted to show off teh necklace that came in it.

I went to North Carolina five years ago for a debate tournament, and my one keepsake was a cowrie shell necklace. Well, it broke and I kept the shells but never used them. He dug them out, cut up one of his old necklaces and made me a new one. The best part; he didn't even know the shells were special to me! He just guessed!

Fits perfect! Ignore the I'm-taking-an-awkward-picture face.

To see more of the package;
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pretend swap package from boyfriend! on: September 25, 2006 08:36:33 PM
When I came back to school this year, I left a few things at home. My boy (now a craftster! jore07) told me he was sending those things to me with a "little suprise." Now, he recently joined craftster and wants to swap, but still can't, so he pretended this was our own little swap. Here's the insane goodies!

He went to a wedding in Oregon a month ago. The hotel had Bath and Body Works soaps and hair stuff that he stashed for me. Cucumber Melon and Citrus Basil soap and citrus and rosemary shampoo and conditioner. He also sent me 2 presevred boutinerres from the wedding. These babies are nearly a month old!

Now for the crafty part. I went to North Carolina five years ago for a debate tournament, and my one keepsake was a cowrie shell necklace. Well, it broke and I kept the shells but never used them. He dug them out, cut up one of his old necklaces and made me a new one. The best part; he didn't even know the shells were special to me! He just guessed!

Fits perfect! Ignore the I'm-taking-an-awkward-picture face.

The, the icing on the cake. A mix cd?...

No! A little love token to get me through a tough semester alone.

Yay! Best boyfriend EVER! And he thinks he's not crafty... silly boy.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / way old scarves... on: September 16, 2006 01:38:33 PM
So two summers ago, I went to live with my great grandma. She forgot how old I actually am, so she wouldn't let me do anything but crochet so I wouldn't "make a mess." The result? Well, besides two afghans, I made billions of scarves. I should've posted these before I sold a bunch, but here is what remains of my summer of crochet. (Ignore the tags.) they are really basic, but I figured I should post pics of things I have done.

The two on the left here are new yarn, and the other two are never used vintage yarn. From grandmas stash, or course.

These ones are all new yarns. The blue is peaches and cream and more of a summer scarf. Also, the orange one is very short, but I imagine it as more of a long neckwarmer.

Hope you enjoyed the madness!
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