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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hurry-up scrap quilt on: October 17, 2009 03:55:03 AM
I had plans for this one.  Better design... better binding... hand quilting... y'know, a proper quilt.

My son had other plans.  Did I mention he never sleeps and has to be right in the middle of all sewing projects? Cheesy

I finally realized that if I wanted to use the thing before he starts school in oh, 2013, I would just have to slap it together, tie it, and be done.  (I am quilting in individual squares when I have a free moment--I tied at the corner of each block, but it still shifts more than I'd like).



It's cheerful, though, and it used up a bunch of scraps from earlier projects.  Used bamboo batting, which is warm enough, but super light.  It's not a standard size--I had an old utility quilt from my great-grandmother which was the perfect napping-on-the-sofa size, so I cut this one to the same dimensions.  The backing is the same red cotton as the binding.

Closeup of some of the squares.  The prints make me happy. Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Floppy Disk Coin Purse on: February 06, 2009 01:33:13 AM
My somewhat clumsy take on the cassette-tape coin purses that everyone's doing.  Made this for my brother-in-law, who's a bit of a tech geek.  I think he's actually using it to corral his flash drives.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Dodecahedron Toy on: February 01, 2009 06:29:52 AM
This was fun!  Although stuffing the final point is harder than it seems.

Modified this free pattern http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/celestine_crochet/celestine_crochet.html

(used larger hook (F) and cheaper yarn--Sugar & Cream, base chain of 25 instead of 35)




Apologies for the drool-- my product tester is teething.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / PART 1 of PATTERN ADDED on P 2 The "Should have read fine print" costume on: February 01, 2009 06:24:55 AM
Yeah.  Started this as an entry for a Lion Brand contest, then realized halfway through that NJ residents were ineligible.  Finished it anyway, even though I'm not too fond of working with acrylic and even though Sprocket doesn't really need another Roman solider outfit.  Tongue 

I'm trying to write down a pattern for the helmet and pteryges and will post it when I'm done, if there's any interest.  Smiley  They're easy enough, but the construction's a little weird, because I hate sewing bits together and try to crochet as much as possible without breaking the yarn.



ETA: I'm adding the pattern in pieces, as I get it worked out.  See Page 2!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pompey the (not so) Great on: November 02, 2008 03:18:55 AM
My little Roman!  Sprocket unfortunately didn't get to wear this on Hallowe'en, since he had a cold and wasn't in the mood to humor me by wearing dumb stuff.  Sad  But at least I got some pictures beforehand, so I can still embarrass him.  Cheesy  The cuirass and pteryges are felt, and the helmet is freeform crochet. 

Floor shot of entire costume

About 2 seconds before he tried to eat the pteryges....

I did convince him to stay in the helmet for a while-- here, having a power breakfast.


6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Q & D Patchwork Fish Toy (added instructions!) on: October 24, 2008 12:40:01 AM
Not very exciting, compared to all the cool stuff you guys produce, but it was a fun quick project and used up about, oh, .05% of my scrap fabric stash.  Cheesy



I embroidered the eyes, around the mouth, and went over a couple of the seams with either embroidery thread or yarn (fuzzy neck ruff on a fish?  hmmm...) just to add some textural interest.

I think Sprocket likes it. 



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7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Giant Compost Bin on: October 17, 2008 02:21:51 AM
Made this last fall to deal with all our yard and garden waste:



It's a pretty simple design.  The front of each box has slots where you can drop in additional 1 x 8 boards, depending on the height of your compost.  Makes it easier to turn the compost from one bin to the other and to rescue the finished product.  My husband saw something similar online for about $200, plus shipping, plus assembly, so naturally I had to try to make it.  Constructed from 1 x 4 's, 1 x 8's  and hardware cloth, with 2 X 4 footers (which you can't see in the picture).  It's about 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet.  I built it in panels in the living room and then assembled it on the patio (because that's where the outlet was for the drill...) This was a ROTTEN IDEA, as I then had a miserable time moving it to the corner of the yard.  It's waterproofed with about six coats of linseed oil and is holding up well to the elements.

Now, if I could just convince the maple tree in the back yard to keep its roots out of my compost... Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Papa's Scrabble Board on: October 17, 2008 02:06:45 AM
This isn't my craft-- I just wanted to share it.  My father made this Scrabble board 20-odd years ago.  He used to say that Scrabble was the key to a happy marriage-- he and my mom played almost every night for 47 years.  After my mom died, Papa and I played regularly on this board.  Although I no longer have anyone to play Scrabble with, I HAD to have the board when Papa died-- it has decades of good memories associated with it.  Smiley  He was very proud of the design.



The case is made from 1 x 2's and thin plywood, glued and bradded together, hinged at the back and with a swing latch at the front.



The most tedious bit of Scrabble is flipping all the tiles.  With this design, at the end of your game, you merely close the board, flip, and shake a bit, and all the tiles are automatically upside down and shuffled-- ready to go again.

The pieces are held in place while you play by a woven grid of nylon twine. The board colors used to be a bit brighter-- he painted them on with acrylics and covered with polyurethane, which has darkened over the years.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Outer space baby pants (pic hvy) ETA action shot (and "biker" pants) on: September 26, 2008 07:10:47 AM
I apologize for the giant pictures-- I only recently got a digital camera, so this is my first project post, and I didn't realize they'd be so huge.

DH kept complaining that all Sprocket's clothes had very un-masculine ducks and bunnies-- so I made the little guy some pants.  They're a little long, but they fit fine with the cuffs turned up.  DH still hates them-- apparently he thinks babies should wear little business suits.  Sprocket thinks they're cool, though.



Detail of robot patch:



Alien patch on bib:



As you can see, my machine doesn't zig-zag very well.  Time for a tune-up.

I wanted an action shot, but Sprocket's got a cold and isn't very cooperative.  I'll try again after his nap.  Smiley

Ah, here we go.  He wasn't that gracious about it, but hey:


And another pair of pants (same pattern, but I tapered the leg more and did shorter cuffs).  Sort of a biker vibe:


10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Plastic watch bands, old keyrings, timepieces, tie tacks etc. on: March 18, 2008 09:20:06 AM
So I'm going through my dad's stuff, and there are some truly amazing categories of junk.  Which of course I want to do something with, because it was my dad's junk. Smiley  I abandoned all hope of figuring out all the random machine parts and hardware, but I have a few odd little collections that seem promising:

I have about 200 keys and keyrings.  While keys are easy to use, I have no idea what to do with all the keyrings (mostly split rings, with metal, plastic, rubber, wood, etc. dangly things, both classic styles and cheapy promotional styles).

And what on earth can I do with a whole collection of brand new plastic watch bands?  (He used to buy the cheap plastic digital watches and detach the bands, then carry the watch itself around in a coin purse in his pocket).

Several old dead watches (metal cases, plain white face, but not "collector" watches-- just plain stuff from KMart or somewhere-- mostly my mother's)

A bunch of really old tie tacks and tie bars, some of which are broken.
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