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1  "Country Couple" and "Do Not F--- With Me" Projects in Needlework: Completed Projects by chasing_cars on: August 19, 2013 02:53:03 PM
This first one came from a little cross-stitch kit that I found at a thrift store. Originally, the people were both supposed to have red hair, and the lady's dress was supposed to be the same color as the man's overalls, but I changed the pattern a little bit to make it look more like my grandparents.

This one, you probably recognize as a Subversive Cross Stitch pattern. I made this for my sister's birthday, and I changed it just the tiniest little bit. I didn't really care for the pastel thread colors (and I didn't have any anyway), so I used some of the super-bright, almost-neon colors that I already had. Also there are a couple of instances where I added an extra stitch to a section (that first gorram "t" makes me so angry), and I had to undo quite a few rows because apparently I'm really bad at counting stitches. (The fact that I used 16 count aida cloth instead of 14 didn't help much either, oops.) But all in all, I'm pretty proud of it, and I'm hoping she likes it.

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2  "Owl" Protect Your iPod! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by chasing_cars on: June 20, 2011 05:48:34 PM
My dads got me an iPod Touch the Christmas before last, and they gave me a pink iPhone case at the same time. In the intervening months, the case has gotten dirty and scratched up, and I figured it was time for a change anyway! This only took me about two, two and a half hours, and it was really fun to make.

The colors are quite a bit brighter in real life--isn't that always the case? The bobbly bits on his beak are double french knots--I finally got the hang of them last night, so I wanted to try them out.

Here's the back. Looking at it again, I probably should have used more teal instead of pink, since I used teal for the "feathers" on the other side, but I'm still happy with it!

Close-up shot of the button. I used it even though it's the wrong color, because the design reminded me a little bit of an owl's face.

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3  My First Completed Cross-Stitch Piece! (And it's Harry Potter-related, at that!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by chasing_cars on: June 13, 2011 07:53:54 PM
Last week, I found a cross stitch kit at a dollar store near me, and it reminded me that I've been wanting to learn to cross-stitch for years now. I picked it up and took it home, then watched about thirty seconds of a "basics of cross-stitch" video on YouTube, and away I went!

The kit I bought was huge and pretty boring, even though it's a cute picture, so I put it to the side after only a few sections and went out to buy my own materials. I came up with this design after remembering that my friend's birthday is coming up. She's huuuugely into Harry Potter, and Gryffindor, so...it was kind of a no-brainer.

The colors are a bit richer and closer to the proper "house colors" in person.
Also, I have since ironed it and put it into a little frame. Wheee!

Time: Four hours, tops.
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4  Doggy-Boggan! in Knitting: Completed Projects by chasing_cars on: January 02, 2009 02:57:38 PM
So I got the book in the first picture for Christmas, and in it was a very simple hat pattern. Seriously, this is so simple I was forehead-smacking myself for hours after seeing it. So I plan on making a full-sized version for my boyfriend, but first I wanted to be sure I could make it.

I made her one to perhaps keep her ears warm in the snow--though of course she'd never keep it on her head. So I added some straps--just single-chains of finger crochet, since I couldn't find a hook.


One day my dog will rise up and kill me in my sleep.
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5  Horned Demon-Hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chasing_cars on: January 02, 2009 02:47:19 PM
My sister found some lovely hoodies on sale at Target--they were all $8 and under. As I am of the opinion that one can never have too many hoodies, I bought a couple. When I got home, I wondered what I'd been thinking--I had bought a bright red hoodie: I almost never wear bright red. But then I started thinking about it, and remembered pieces that I've seen online. I decided to give it a try.

I stitched the front pockets by hand (everything else was by machine) so I'm particularly proud of how straight the stitches are.

Shot of the back.

Horns in action!

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6  Re: COLLEGE FINALS CARE PACKAGE SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by chasing_cars on: May 05, 2008 11:41:32 AM
Oh my god, guys. I received my package today, and I want to grovel at my partner's feet. Cheesy

A bag! A bag made out of a record sleeve! And fantasticosity. This is the front...

...and this is the back.

And here's it on me! It's the perfect size and the perfect length. I am so using it!

Look! Look at the aliens! I'm so in love with them--they're sitting next to me as I type! Also, various pens and pencils, and a little robot-looking plastic egg thing full of jellybeans! So full that a few fell out when I opened it. (They were five-second-ruled, of course. Nomnomnom.)

Those are my snacks! There are Starburst and Jolly Ranchers and a delicious-looking praline sort of thing, and a bag of Chee-tos and aaaaah my god. Brilliant!

And yarn, and crossword/brainwork books, and plushie fluff and tea!

And here it all is, snuggled up in that adorable bag. Cheesy
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7  Kissy-Face Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by chasing_cars on: April 09, 2008 10:39:29 AM
A while ago I posted a question in another forum about watercolors on canvas board. I was worried, but nothing bad happened. Here's the finished work:

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8  Doctor? Doctor Who? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chasing_cars on: April 08, 2008 04:55:46 PM
Look who crash-landed on my laptop this weekend!
He was easier to make than I thought he'd be. Cheesy

I wasn't entirely confident, so I made his TARDIS first, to practice.

Here they are together!

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9  Watercolors on Canvas Panels?? [pics!] in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by chasing_cars on: February 19, 2008 04:51:26 PM
Alright, so I'm currently working on a picture drawn from a reference of my boyfriend and I, and I am drawing it on one of those 5 inch by 7 inch canvas panels you can find in pretty much every art store. When I'm done, I'd like to color it with a watercolor set that I bought, but now that I think about it, the grain of the canvas might act as a channel, and let the colors bleed.

So I'm asking y'all--have you ever painted with watercolors on those canvas panels, and how did it turn out? Smiley

Anyway, so this isn't all text, here is the drawing:

(And the reference is: http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/corro-con-scissors/kissyface.jpg. )
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10  Felt Hair Barrettes in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chasing_cars on: December 14, 2007 03:53:55 PM

Last summer I bought a packet of felt sheets, mostly because they were so cute: there were patterned ones as well as a few solid-colored ones. Later last summer, I bought a pack of about 15 of those hair clips. Tonight I got bored, found both in my pile of junk, and decided to go at it.

Here's my first pair:

As per usual, the colors are brighter and nicer in person.

Here's a shot of one of the backs:

Second Pair:

Third Pair:

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