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21  Everyday People Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 10:04:07 AM
This is the Everyday People hat (pattern link). I made it using navy Caron Simply Soft. The stripes are Caron Simply Soft (green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), and Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have quite the proper "slouch" because of the yarn weight, but I think it still looks good. I'm donating it to the "closet" at school for the needy and homeless kids. I was worried that it'd be too snug with the yarn I used, so I made it in a size medium.



I really liked the extended single crochet stitch, and I think I'll try this hat again once I get some yarn of the proper weight!


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22  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2015 09:57:19 AM
Here's my Everyday People hat! I made it using navy Caron Simply Soft. The stripes are Caron Simply Soft (green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), and Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have quite the proper "slouch" because of the yarn weight, but I think it still looks good. I'm donating it to the "closet" at school for the needy and homeless kids. I was worried that it'd be too snug with the yarn I used, so I made it in a size medium.



I really liked the extended single crochet stitch, and I think I'll try this hat again once I get some yarn of the proper weight!
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23  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 03, 2015 01:59:10 PM
Prompt: July- Dark Matter
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Toxic Toys Shadowbox
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439854.0
Brief Description: My friend's grandfather used to own one of the plastic factories in the town where I work. The factory specialized in baby toys and hair combs (I think). While my friend played with these toys as a child (and turned out perfectly normal), the materials used to make the toys are now considered toxic. Her niece is having her first baby, and my friend wanted to make a shadowbox that included some of the toys. Not being a crafty individual, she enlisted my help. The hidden components are: A) The "toxic" chemicals in the plastic and B) The name of the factory (pictured in upper right corner of the shadowbox) is printed on the bottom of the card that holds the diaper pins. When we put the backing board (with all of the stuff attached) into the frame, the lip edge of the frame covered up the name of the factory.

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The picture isn't great because we had to turn off the light to avoid a huge glare on the glass Sad And, the bows on the photo are trapped under the frame, but we fixed that after the picture was taken Smiley
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24  Toxic Toys Shadowbox in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 03, 2015 01:54:01 PM


My friend's grandfather used to own one of the plastic factories in the town where I work. The factory specialized in baby toys and hair combs (I think). While my friend played with these toys as a child (and turned out perfectly normal), the materials used to make the toys are now considered toxic. Her niece is having her first baby, and my friend wanted to make a shadowbox that included some of the toys. Not being a crafty individual, she enlisted my help.

First, we went through the large box of stuff and picked out some items we thought we'd like to use. Each item got cleaned up as best as we could.



My friend wanted to include a picture of the factory, but the ones that were online were of poor quality. So, we took a drive downtown and I took a picture of the factory (it's been converted into apartments) and used one of the photo apps on my tone to make it look "vintage." I was able to upload it directly to a nearby pharmacy and we had a nice 4" X 4" print in less than an hour!

We hit the craft store to pick up supplies (glue dots, background paper, ribbon, embellishments, shadowbox) and headed back to the house to get started! we played around with the arrangement of the items (and it's a good thing I took pictures as we did so we could remember how things were on the one we liked the best!).



Unfortunately, in spite of the presence of the ruler in one of the above photos, we neglected to measure the depth of the items, and our shadowbox (12" X 12") wasn't deep enough. We headed back to the store, but couldn't find a deeper one in the same size, so we opted for a smaller one (10" X 10") that was the right depth, plus it had a nice "frame" around the front edge.

It looked pretty good once it was all finished, and the only thing that we would have changed was to shift the diaper pins up (they were stuck down onto the backing paper with permanent glue dots) because the name of the factory, printed on the bottom of the card, got covered by the frame edge. And, as long as the baby never opens it up and actually plays with the toys, a nice piece of family history will be hanging in the nursery!
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25  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: June 30, 2015 04:46:12 PM
I got knocked down by a bad cold (maybe the flu?) right at the end of school, so I haven't done any crafting (I have an item from before I got sick, but I'll post that later). I just made this patch today because A) I needed it for the Battle and B) It was supposed to go in the mail about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday was the first day I had the energy to do anything, so I prepped my materials and did the first step. I still have one more to make, but it's (past) time for dinner!

Prompt:  Battle Royale- Creepy vs Cute (CUTE!)
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Adipose TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is for Watsonc7 in the latest round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. I don't watch Dr. Who (only a few episodes as an adult, but I watched it as a kid), but I do know that Adipose is a villain. But, I can't help it, I think they're cute Smiley

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I'll be back later this week to check out everything I've missed this month!
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26  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 21, 2015 01:25:29 PM
I have been completely out of commission the past couple of weeks, and I've missed a lot!

lindyv321, what a great set of patches! I especially love the tardis patches. And, I really like the way the flames look (on both versions). It's great how both of them coordinate!

CraftCrazy13, fantastic patches! I love how the garden paradise one opens up- it reminds me of the book "The Secret Garden." I also really like the beaded fairy garden pacth.

jenleahlynn, excellent patches, especially the deathly hallows patch. That wire symbol is so neatly made! I also really like the hourglass- the use of the beads is perfect! Fantastic stitching on all of them.

goatgoddess, what an amazing crow patch! I love all of the details on it, especially the label with the Latin name!
and, the Edward Gorey patch from RovingAnarchist is amazing, as is the sugar skull- such detailed stitching!

milkeway, wonderful set of patches! I really like the Mickey Mouse one and the subtlety of the Captain America patch!

Inselaeffchen, outstanding patches from fatewineroses, especially the Storm patch- it's gorgeous! And, I love the double meaning for you with the Dr. Who patch. I've only seen a few episodes of the new series, and one of them was the "Empty Child" episode (which was creepy!).

gala_apples, great zombie patches! The fabric on the first one is perfect, and the dismembered body patch is perfectly gruesome!

DaphadillyArt, fantastic patches for your collection! Great detail on them, too, and I especially love the stitching on the "Smash" patch.

quaggy, adorable patches from crazyda79! And I agree about the fox looking like Wile E Coyote!

Ludi, I love the owl patch- so much detail on the stitching! And Vincent on TV is clever! Excellent kit supplies, too!

calluna, I love the rainbow patch- I like how toned down the colors are, and the loteria patch is fantastic!



And, while we weren't partnered up in this round, calluna sent me a fantastic patch that fits my science theme of entomology. Fortunately, she let me know ahead of time that there were cockroaches involved so I didn't freak out when I opened the box! Thank you, calluna! Smiley




I am woefully behind on my patch-making (and all things crafty... and otherwise) at the moment, but school ends on Tuesday. So, hopefully, I'll be recovered from a cold that knocked me on fanny this weekend and I can get my patches in the mail ASAP. I am doubly glad that Watsonc7 organized for this round!
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27  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 06, 2015 04:27:00 PM
Prepare to be amazed (and maybe even a tiny bit jealous Smiley )! I got my science-themed patches from our fantastic organizer, Watsonc7, today!

First up, the phases of matter!



I love how she used beads to represent the molecules!


Next, for my topographic mapping theme, Watsonc7 found a topographic map image of my neighborhood and recreated it on a patch! Fan-freakin-tastic!

With the map:




And a close-up view so you can see the detail. She used paint to add in some color.





I absolutely love them! I'm going to start stitching my patches together this summer and I can't wait to see them all put together!
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28  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 31, 2015 07:01:37 PM
I'll be back tomorrow to comment on all of the last-day-of-the-spring-games projects. But, here are three projects (so disappointed in myself, but I'll get the rest done eventually).

Prompt:  March:60's Flower Child
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Tie Dyed Embroidery Floss
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of the 60's I instantly think of tie dye! I had some bottles of dye from the Target dollar bin and, since I've been wanting to beef up my embroidery skills, I wanted some fun floss to play with. I used 5 skeins of white, and then I overdyed a light green, pale yellow, light purple, and light blue. Sadly, I tossed out the notes I made about the dye and floss combos when I was cleaning up my mess. I also made some onesie/baby socks/baby hat sets using the same color combos, but they're a wrinkled mess and are not "photo ready." Smiley

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Prompt: May:Boat
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Coaster
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I'm trying this new eating plan, and it requires that I drink plenty of water (which has made me realize I had been living in a perpetually partially dehydrated state). Since the warm weather is here, I'll be adding ice to my water glass, which means plenty of condensation on the outside of the glass. So, I needed a coaster that would absorb the drips. I found a pattern for the first 3 rounds, but it looked a little boring, so I added the border (which helped to bring it over the 30 minute mark).

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Prompt:  May:Glider
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Coaster Duo
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Crocheting is my go-to "mindless" craft; it's the craft I do when I'm waiting for an appointment, or at a big meeting (where I can crochet unobtrusively). After I made the coaster above, I was able to knock out 1 1/2 of these while waiting for my car to be serviced on Saturday. I modified the border slightly because it looked a bit too crowded. And, a funny thing happened when I went to sit down in the waiting area. The gentleman sitting at the table across from me said, "I can watch your lunch if you need to go to the bathroom." I replied, "Oh, it's crochet, but thank you!" He replied, "Then I can watch your crochet!" It turns out that he was the service manager and he was watching a lady's lunch while she was out talking to the mechanic. She came back, and he left, only to return a minute later to ask, "Is this something a crocheter would use?" and held up a bundle of hooks and knitting needles. I said, "Yes!" and he gave them to me. His wife didn't need them anymore. I'm going to make him a dishcloth as a thank you (using the rest of that orange variegated yarn).

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29  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 30, 2015 07:06:02 PM
Prompt:  April Battle- Dr. Who
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Adipose Motivation Stickers
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've been trying to stick with a new, fairly restrictive diet, and have not been doing very well. So, I decided to create a set of stickers to use to motivate me. For every day that I can successfully follow the diet, I'll put one of the cute little Adipose stickers on the calendar. The goal is to get 28 stickers in a row!  To make the stickers, I found an Adipose graphic online and opened it up in the Silhouette design software. I drew a circle around it, and filled the page with them. I used the Print & Cut feature (I printed them out with registration marks), ran the printed sheet through the Xyron, and then cut the circles out using my Silhouette. I have 56 stickers in all. That would get me through 2 cycles of the diet.

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Prompt:  April Flash Mob- Favorite British Something or Someone
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Winston Churchill Quote
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Ever since I wrote a 7th grade history report about Winston Churchill, I've respected him. I decided to create a paper cut, using my Sihouette, that I could hang in my classroom. I found a bunch of quotes, and this one seemed like it would be a good one to use. I added the smiley icons to help bridge the the text and help to connect it all together. I have a few "floaters" so it's still on the mat. My plan is to cover it with clear contact paper, which will keep it all together, but I can't find any of the rolls I have, so I'll have to pick up a new roll tomorrow.

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30  Chartres Labyrinth TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: April 04, 2015 07:27:03 AM
I made this patch for calluna in the most recent round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. As soon as I did a bit of stalking, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The patch is based on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. I decided to stitch the borders of the path, rather than the path itself, and I wanted to try my hand at couching.

I used some Perle cotton for the base thread and three strands of embroidery floss as the couching thread. I added beads in the center and around the outside. I probably should have picked something simpler for my first attempt Smiley I did use Sulky Solvy for the pattern transfer, and it made it much easier for me to get nice lines! It was my first time using it, and I'm definitely a fan!

It took forever, but it was very relaxing to stitch and, it turns out, it could be used as a finger labyrinth, too!

The patch is about 4 inches square.



Once I have a little more time on my hands, I might stitch up something similar for myself!
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