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1  Re: Doll Clothes (Post your projects here!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by VaxGirl on: December 17, 2009 08:29:45 PM

Barbie joins the cult of the Snuggie.


Some wristwarmers, just i-cords from leftover sock yarn.
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2  Garden recycling in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by VaxGirl on: June 05, 2008 07:18:19 PM
We recycled our old barbecue grill into a potting bench.  It was hard to get the grill part off, the husband basically strong-armed it.  Once that was done the rest was just cutting the wood.
 


We had to have a bunch of dead trees removed and I had them leave the stumps, so we could make benches.  We used the rails from the old post and rail fence.  It's pretty comfy, and the feral cats like to lie on it too, lol.  There are more rails lying behind it, waiting for more projects.  Over to the left is our compost bin, built from some leftover lattice.  It's held up pretty well for about 3 years. To the left of that is another stump, a little higher; I figured I'd made a little platform for the feral kitties.  Don't worry, they are spayed/neutered & vaccinated, except for one that I'm having trouble trapping and he's driving me nuts!
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3  Recycled Gift Tags in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VaxGirl on: January 10, 2008 11:25:59 AM
Every year I recycle my holiday cards into next year's gift tags.  This year I got all fancy and bought a nifty tag punch.  It was a little pricey at $16.99, but I used a 40% off coupon so it wasn't so bad.  Actually the real reason I wanted it is because it seems every charity I give to seems to send packs of greeting cards every few weeks.  I don't send that many cards, but I do use gift tags, so the punch thingy seemed useful.

Not terribly crafty, but oddly satisfying...
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4  Lazy man's Gingerbread house in Winter Holidays by VaxGirl on: December 26, 2007 05:38:34 AM
This year we thought making houses out of graham crackers would be easier than gingerbread.  It actually didn't turn out to be much easier, because gingerbread is much sturdier.  I also found royal icing in a squeeze bottle!  That did save time, but took a little getting used to because you have to microwave it and it can get a little runny.

Jake-the-kitten snoopervised

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5  Re: What are you making for Christmas this year? in Winter Holidays by VaxGirl on: December 20, 2007 09:20:11 AM
Ok kittens, I am (mostly) done!  Phew!  I was in a panic last week, but this week calm prevails.
 
Shawl for my SIL, the pattern is from Lion Brand and the yarn in Lion Brand Homespun.  Great pattern and worked up really quickly.  Aprons for my nieces from some hideously wonderful antler-wearing alligator fabric that I found in the thrift shop.  Also a bunch of lavender sachets.

 
Mountain of fleece hats.  The idea was from Martha Stewart, they are very easy and fast and it's fun to work with fleece.  The tiny one is for our family cabbage patch doll that is about 30 years old.  Yes, we're a weird family.  Washcloth and bath mitt sets.  I still have some ends to weave in.

 
Striped socks for my brother and green ones for the SIL.  Cable socks for the husband probably won't get done for Christmas.  The stripy thing at the left is a necktie for the husband.  It's self striping sock yarn.  I still have a bit to do, but I should be able to finish it.  Arm warmers for my niece.

Not pictured are fleece boxers for the husband, not one of my best ideas, sigh.  I also made an identical shawl in hot pink that I was going to give my SIL, but about 3/4 of the way through it I realized most people probably don't love that color.  So I went out and got the brown.  I'll give her both and maybe she can donate one to the chemo center.  I also made her a tote bag from some Elvis fabric I came across at Wal Mart.
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6  Re: Let's see your sewing machine cover! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by VaxGirl on: November 12, 2007 01:25:37 PM
Yours is cute.  I usually store my machine away, but leave it out when I am working on projects.  Here's the cover I made about a year ago.  I got a little remnant at Walmart and it was the perfect size. The rickrack came on a spool from a thrift shop.
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7  Halloween Aprons in Halloween Decor and Parties by VaxGirl on: October 25, 2007 04:47:31 PM

I made these aprons for my (grown)nieces.  Due to a ball fringe tragedy in my washing machine, I ran out of it after two aprons, so one of them got gypped on the danglers.  They seemed to like them.  Now I have to make one for myself.  All the fabric was thrifted or on clearance and the ball fringe was from the thrift shop too.  I love finding craft supplies at the thrift shop, but I seem to now have adequate supplies beyond my life expectancy!
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8  Re: any cucumber recipes? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by VaxGirl on: August 31, 2007 06:27:51 PM
Alton Brown's recipe from Good Eats for sweet pickles is delicious!  Comes out great every time.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_12383,00.html?rsrc=search

I've made a ton this year; it's been a good summer for cukes in my garden.
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9  My TP Poodle in The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts by VaxGirl on: August 15, 2007 12:34:00 PM
A couple years ago, I decided I had to have one of these.  I ran out and bought the yarn, started it, and let it languish in my closet-o-doom for that long!  When I got the book, I thought, "Gee, I have to finish mine", so today I did!  Hardest part for me is the pompoms.  I even have a pompom maker, but I am so pompom challenged.

I call him Pierre. And because my bathroom is kinda icky, he's posing outside.
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10  Small project bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by VaxGirl on: June 12, 2007 02:27:00 PM
I made this simple drawstring bag for a friend who's laid up.  The lining is the same fabric as the pocket.  I used some ready made bias tape for the drawstrings.  It's reversible, but then obviously the pocket would be inside.  I put in a few crochet goodies.
   
Funny, how my own projects are mostly stuffed into grocery bags...
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