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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Drink ticket bracelet for clubhopping friend on: January 07, 2008 01:38:16 PM
I have been wanting to do this for a while. In October I went to Istanbul with my job and had a blast! We went clubbing all the time, especially to this one club called Supper Club. One of my loudest, funnest colleagues loved this club and became friends with the door man and everyone there. She wanted to go there every night. She just recently left my work place and I wanted to thank her for this time at work so I made her a bracelet from a drink ticket from that club.



It was a mess! The elastic string broke all the time, I tried to hot glue gun it to the laminated ticket, but it melted and broke off immediately! I eventually (after a zillion attempts) did not have enough string left so the strings of pearls which eventually made it to the bracelet were a little too short.... I guess it will stretch out on her arm. I hope the elastic string will stick and not break off ... We'll see.

Here is the finished result. Is this an ingeneous idea to anyone else or am I crazy? I thought it was hilarious.



Comments much appreciated!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fragrant Christmas *WREATH* on: December 08, 2007 07:21:06 AM
Finally I got around to making a wreath for the holidays..... Here it is. It smells wonderful from the evergreens and the oranges and cinnamon stick I added.



I know it is hanging asymmetrically but it was horrible to hang up, I dd not have any proper tools and basically had to leave my door wide open when I went to my neighbor to borrow a proper hammer.... So what I am saying is I am NOT giving the hanging device with screws and nails another try....



I followed the advice I found on Martha Stewart's hompeage, to use a wire hanger underneath to make it sturdy. I have never done that before but I recommend it. Then I used brown steel wire to attach the evergreens and wrap around the wreath to make it look even. Anyone have any other ideas for how to attach the greenery to a wire base? I saw on the same web page that one can use a styrofoam base, but I am sceptical. Does that work?

Comments much appreciated!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Karaoke theme party *BIG HIT* on: November 05, 2007 06:08:36 AM
OK, so my friend has a B-day this week. We are going to a karaoke restaurant to have dinner on Friday night to sing in our own private room. We will be about 12 people and I want to make little give aways or tote bags for all the guests (I am kind of co-hosting this thing). Not too expensive though...  Shocked It is not really a surprise party, she knows about it, but I was thinking the totes/give aways could be a bit of a surprise for her and the other guests.

Any ideas on what to make/buy to give away? Ideally, it would be related to music or singing in some way. All ideas and inspiration much appreciated. I only have a few days.....! Thanx.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / First outdoor Halloween decoration completed on: October 06, 2007 08:26:54 AM
I just moved to my own place after many years of moving around and I just love my suburbia apartment and figured that I would do something fun for Halloween this year. So I decided to go all out and decorate my terrace really creepy. I just completed my first decoration.

Cheap used doll...



...painted white...



...just imagine seeing this in the dark of the night, surrounded by candles...


I hope the neighbours won't be too freaked out. This kind of decorating is not very common in Sweden where I live, although people do have Halloween parties and know what it is.

Any more ideas on outdoor decorations!??
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Knitty Club's ATC Gallery **Updated Oct 14** on: September 29, 2007 02:57:39 PM
So here are some of my best ATC's. Unfortunately they're not the best of pictures..... Sorry about that.

I really enjoy making ATC's and have recently traded for the first time.


















I also appreciate comments! Thanks.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC debut on: September 23, 2007 03:28:51 AM
So I just started making ATC's and I find it really addictive. I have used a lot of ephemera that I obtained from the paper/ephemera swap round 6. I am also in the seventh round!! Thanks to my great partners Balkandina and Librarylolita!

As you can see I am quite oriented towards female experiences and I also love poetry....


This is one of the first ones I made and a favorite of mine. It says: "this monotony is exactly what makes the charm of marriage"







My Marilyn suite of three:







This is a set of two that belong together.



This one has two "mates" but I quite like it on its own as well.



(Traded)



(Traded)



(Traded)

This is also a pair:



(Traded)



(Traded)





I would love comments on my works... Thanx!
/Mary


7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupaged tea lights on: July 25, 2007 12:39:47 PM
I have a dear friend who had her birthday the other day. I made her these tea light holders. I decoupaged on white glass lanterns bought cheaply at IKEA.



I know this could fit into the categories of glass, gifts and home, but I am a paper girl at heart so I am posting them here. I was also a little surprised at how easily the decoupage stuck to the glass. I recommend it (maybe everyone knows this already except me?)!

I used my paper supplies along with stuff I have recently received from balkandina through the ongoing paper/ephemera swap. The things I received there really inspired me, thank you Dina!

The first light has Japanese (?) writing as a foundation and then these beautiful blue birds on it and a quote which says "closed... yet so open".





The second one is inspired by my friend's love for Marilyn Monroe and has a clipping from French Elle magazine portraying Marilyn. The heading next to it says "Dear, dear Marilyn" in French.




The third one is just a random ballet pose with two dancers on a foundation of sheet music.



The text is quite funny and says:



and phonetically:



Here they are, they will be given as a set:



Thanks for looking! Comments much appreciated.


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting emergency! Help greatly appreciated. on: January 06, 2007 12:02:22 PM
Hey guys,
I am knitting a sweater, "Erin" from Rowan, and I need some help. I don't know how to cast off to form the shoulders! I'll try to explain my problem, but matters are a little bit complicated by the fact that I am knitting a translated pattern which I will translate back into English. Ok, bare with me:

I have moss stitched the back and front piece, but I think I have made a mistake with the back piece, so I would like to get it right for the front which I am now making. I am moss stitching/knitting and then it says to "knit 9 stitches moss and turn, saving the remaining stitches on the needle for now. Knit each (shoulder?) side for itself". Then I am to cast off. I am supposed to do this two times, one for each shoulder.

What does it mean to turn or flip over your knitting? What am I supposed to do with the saved stitches? It says to save them on the needle? I have saved stitches before, but usually by themselves on a piece of string or something. Now theyre all stitched in to the middle of my knitting.... Any guesses on what to do??
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Rowan "Erin" with ribbon yarn on: December 30, 2006 01:43:34 AM
Has anyone seen the amazing yarn from (British?) Rowan? It has ribbons woven in and comes in beautiful earthy tones. I will soon start knitting the jersey "Erin" if anyone else wants to join?? Or is anyone familiar with their patterns, yarns, etc? I had never heard of them before, but then stumbled over them yesterday. Seems like an exclusive brand, but for a reason. Ilove the yarn texture...

Sorry, couldn't find a pic on the internet... Maybe someone else can. Their web page is www.knitrowan.com

Hope to see you!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loosely knitted wrap-around on: November 18, 2006 04:03:48 AM
So, I started this wrap-around blouse/bolero without a pattern (!). And for a long time I was dissatisfied with it. It turned out too large and really chunky for me and I felt like a big boned Viking woman. So for a long time it just lay there....

But finally I abandoned the design I had in mind (using two knitted straps to tie around oneself) and my room mate tried it on (she is taller than me) and it looks adorable! She simply tied the ends of the garment elegantly in the front (since they were way too long for the original idea anyway). She loves it and is now likely to wear what would have been lying in some corner in my closet forever if she hadn't tried it on....
I am so happy!

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l140/knittyclub_01/omlottkofta003.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l140/knittyclub_01/omlottkofta001.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l140/knittyclub_01/omlottkofta004.jpg

Comments much appreciated!


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