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431  Crocheted Zipper Pouch in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: May 23, 2007 05:23:24 PM
A few months ago, I made this sample piece (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146877.msg1507923;topicseen#msg1507923) from a Japanese crochet book.

I finally got around to making something with it! I picked up some fat quarters and a zipper and followed the tutorial for a lined zipper pouch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0). I tried out something new with the zipper (still needs work), but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. Which is good, since it's a gift. I probably should have blocked it first, since it bows on the sides...lesson learned.

The crocheted piece is just on the front- I stitched it on to the fabric...

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432  Re: Zodiac/Horoscope Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 15, 2007 01:47:35 PM
Yay! Thanks SarahsALoser, for starting a gallery. I was wondering where it was!  If I had realized I could, I would have started a thread the other day. I'll post a link in the swap thread in case anyone misses this.

And, I love your Virgo items! I'm a Virgo, too! But, I am also a Sheep/Ram, and that is the theme of my amazing items from Platinumrexx!

The fabulous (and huge) zippered pouch- the Chinese symbol for Ram is stenciled on and outlined in gold thread. It also has gold stitching across the bag.

Then, all of the fantastic stuff! The pouch, a bookmark, a fabulous wallet (complete with a lucky dollar bill- I think I'll use it to buy a lottery ticket Wink ), a lamb with a yarn body (already wound into a ball and designated for a project!), and a great stencil of a ram (we both intended to make journals for each other, and we both had "difficulties" with our journal covers- this is what is left...  Cheesy ). I'm going to make a small pouch with the ram stencil fabric and use it in the large zippered pouch.

And then a close-up shot of the wallet  so you can see the detail (right down to an embroidered ram symbol). Beautiful!

I love it all platinumrexx! Thank you so much!
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433  Re: Sunhat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 09, 2007 05:40:49 PM
I got my hat from yarnhag today, and it's awesome!

Not only did I get a fabulous crocheted sunhat, I got 4 interchangable bands to wear on it: an amazing band of crocheted flowers, competing for "favorite" status with the creepy crawlies on a sparkly gold ribbon, and 2 fringed scarves to wrap around when I need to be a bit more "serious." So here they are!

The fantastic hat!

The amazing bands!

The imitation action shot (which doesn't do the hat justice- it looks way better on- and I didn't wrap it up well):

I really love it and I'm wearing it on Friday. Thanks so much yarnhag (and thanks for organizing such a fun swap!).
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434  Re: Charity Blitzing 2007 - Anyone Interested? in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by craftADDchick on: May 04, 2007 01:49:36 PM
And, I thought I'd share my own donation...clearly a work in progress...

This is a nightstand that is getting a makeover and this pic shows it just after I started to attack it with sandpaper. I finished sanding it yesterday, and today some guys at work sawed off the bottom part that had some cracks and water damage. I plan on attaching little legs to give it a bit more height...
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435  Re: Woven magazine purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: May 04, 2007 01:44:20 PM
Okay, I finally had a chance to finish it, now that the battery in the camera is charged...

And, just a note: If this doesn't help at all, let me know and I'll delete this- I put the pics on the server for my website, and I don't know how much room I have, so if these aren't needed I can delete them. If they are needed, I'm happy to leave them here!

So here goes, and I hope it makes sense...I realized when I was halfway done that I should have used 2 contrasting colors of paper, instead of the nearest catalog in the recycling bin Wink And I apologize if I am stating anything that is obvious to most...

First, there are two kinds of strips: open (not glued together) and closed (glued together).

When you weave each section...

You need to put open strips on each edge, with the open edge facing out...

Then you need to take another open strip and glue it over the tabs on the side of one piece that you need to join. Glue it so that the tabs are inside the strip and the folded dge faces out. This makes a "tongue."

Next, on one side of the piece that you need to join, you need to fold the tabs over and glue them into the open edge of the outermost strip. The strip should remain "open." This creates a "groove."

Then, you take the piece with the "tongue" and insert it into the "groove" of the other piece and glue it into place. You'll end up with a bigger piece (mine isn't very neat, because I was trying to do it quickly...).

I hope that this helps!
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436  Re: Charity Blitzing 2007 - Anyone Interested? in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by craftADDchick on: April 28, 2007 01:18:22 PM
I've needed to post pics of the donations that I have received so far for the Charity Blitz 2007 April Charity- Habitat for Humanity. These items were donated for the Greater Worcester (MA) Habitat for Humanity's charity auction, which is in May. Check out http://www.thinkscience.org/CraftsterPics/habitatauction.html for more info on the auction.

The first items I received were a set of pen and ink drawings, with a couple of pencil sketches, too, from an anonymous Craftster. They are lovely! The photos don't do them justice!

Next up are several crocheted items donated by EowynUlysses. The stuffed cupcake plushie is big (pencil in pic for scale) and would make a great pillow! The shawl is a nice navy color and has a pretty shawl pin with it. The "I <3 the environment" hat is just adorable, as is the striped hat of many colors. The beret is made from recycled linen and cotton yarn.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

And, it's not too late to donate an item, if you're interested! I am headed outside to take the sander to an old night stand to transform inot something more interesting looking (I hope Wink ).
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437  Re: "___" In A Box Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: April 28, 2007 12:06:44 PM
My box from Phizzychick arrived today, which was super fast considering it came across the pond!

First of all, receiving a package labeled Royal Mail made me feel like a princess. Or in this casea FROG princess!

And, I was unbelievably spoiled! The first clue was the weight of the box (no wonder it cost so much to ship!).

Now, I took a ton of pics (about 30), but since I cant post them all here, I created a web page that has close-up views of most of the stuff. So click HERE if you want to get a better look at anything! The attention to detail that Phizzychick has makes it worth a closer look!

First upthe boxwith very clever label

Great card (elm tree on front is made with wood from a real elm tree), with cute envelope

Now on to the actual goodies!

It started with a dish towel with a hand-embroidered frog on it (I love how subtle the frog is, but it doesnt photograph well) and some awesome tags!

Next up, a bunch of hand made frog and frog-colored jewelry. There was a LOL-funny jar labeled Frog Legs (the lid said Yum) and it contained 4 pairs of earrings- one set of frog legs made from clay, and 3 beaded sets, including one with felt frog feet. There is an awesome coil bracelet that had a felted bead on it and a pair of earrings with crocheted beads. There is a whole set of beads that look like frog skin (green with spots). And, a frog pendant made of clay that has moveable parts! Did I mention that I was spoiled in this swap?

Then, there is a hand sewn frog sachet, a knitted wrist cuff (in Kermit the Frog green), a snap on plastic bracelet/cuff with red poison arrow frogs, a clip with an awesome Girl Guides patch on it (it has a frog on it of course and it will soon be hanging on my backpack!), an adorable bookmark with a clay frog and a tag that says KREADIT on it, and a fabulous silver-and-jewels frog pin. Can you see why I feel like a princess?

Next, an amazing wood plaque with a frog collage on it! Its gorgeous and I am trying to decide where the perfect spot for it is. Definitely someplace where folks can see it!

Then, there was a frog bean bag and a frog stuffie clip, and some adorable frog stickers.

Also, fridge magnets that spell out FROG, a felt frog clip, a little pom-pom frog, a bobble-head frog, some fun erasers (a frog, a robot dog and a shark in an inner tube), and a little book filled with things that are green.

And finally, a bunch of chocolates, including some Kinder Surprise eggs (there were 4, but one was a bit smashed, so I just had to eat it right away).

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU, Phizzychick! You were a fabulous, awesome, amazing swap partner!!

And, I apologize to everyone for posting so many pictures, but as you can see, there was so much to show off!!
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438  Don't Go In The Water! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: April 26, 2007 07:40:44 PM
Movie: Jaws

Bag Title: Don't Go In The Water!

As a kid, this movie terrified me, especially since I swam in the ocean near Martha's Vineyard, where the movie was filmed (I think). As an adult, this movie still terrifies me, but at least now I can appreciate what a great movie it is!

So here he is, complete with bloody, dismembered victim that doubles as a lip balm cozy. His beady eyes are looking for his next victim!

There are 2 zipper compartments, and the larger one is lined with a batik fabric that looks a lot like intestines!

And the unfortunate victim...

Jaws is made out of grey fleece, red duck cloth, white felt, and cotton fabric for the lining. The victim is made out of muslin, sharpie (for face and blood) and fun fur. There is a strap on the back (visible in first photo) and the whole thing is about 8-10 inches long (lip balm cozy/victim can be used for scale).
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439  Re: Soap Bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: April 19, 2007 07:09:39 PM
I had an appointment for my car this morning, and it took longer than I expected. Fortunately, I had packed a bit of cotton yarn, and the pattern for this. So, I whipped up a sunglasses case cozy! I just extended the pattern until it was long enough (good thing a bar of soap is as wide as my sunglasses case!). And, a bit later in the day, I finished the last little bit while waiting in line at the drive-thru! I single crocheted the bottom together, instead of slip stitching, which gave it a ridge at the bottom. But, I think I might dangle some beads from it to make it look like the ridge has a purpose.

Anyway, here it is and it was sooooo easy!!

Thanks for sharing the pattern dropdeadred77!
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440  What to make when you can only crochet a rectangle... in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: April 19, 2007 07:06:18 PM
Here are a couple of purses that I made when I was in the process of re-learning how to crochet. Each one is essentially a rectangle (okay, maybe a little bit trapezoidal) that I folded in thirds and stitched together. For the first one, I made the strap out of a long chain. And, I had this very cute ladybug button that matched perfectly. The second one was made on a long flight from Boston to San Francisco. I wasnt in the mood to make a dishcloth (my mom made one and gave it to the flight attendant who gave us some good places to go in SF), so I made this up. The strap is short rows of double crochets. Im especially proud of my button for this. I didnt happen to bring a button along, and at cruising altitude, a craft store just wasnt handy. So, I crocheted around the tab from my complimentary beverage Wink

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