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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / stocking for my boyfriend (complete w/ photos) on: November 11, 2006 12:24:33 PM
since this christmas will be the first for my boyfriend and i...i thought i'd make him a handmade crochet stocking. because my mom, my dad, and i all have crocheted ones from my grandma...and now my boyfriend can have one at our house and it will fit in with ours (even though ours are red. lol)



i'm not done with it...i'm going to put his name on it and some type of christmas decor on the front (because that's how ours are) but i just thought i'd go ahead and post this since i was so excited

everything except the cream colored top part is just done in single crochet it was pretty easy...it just took a long time (i normally just knit...so i'm a lot slower at crocheting)

it's about 18in from top to bottom
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / THE MOST AMAZING ADVENT CALENDAR WITH TUTE!! (complete w/ photos) on: November 11, 2006 12:17:38 PM
okay...so here's the story...as all of my craft projects tend to have stories. one night..my boyfriend and i were talking about the upcoming holiday season and stuff and things we could do since i'd be home from college and stuff. well..i ended up listing like ten billion cheesy christmas things we could do to make this the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. hahaha. i was only semi-kidding when i was listing all these things....well...on e day..i was flipping through a magazine and saw one of those boring felt grandma-y advent calendars (no offense to anyone!!) and i was like GASP OH MY GOSH I CAN MAKE AARON AN ADVENT CALENDAR!! haha and i could plan the funny events for different days and stuff.

so that's what i did...thus..about 100 dollars later (this includes all the things for events and stuff too!)...the best advent calendar in the world was born...
front (measures 12in x 15in)


side (2in thick)


close up


a couple details..
these little cookie cutters are SO precious and they are for the day that i have planned to bake cookies and other fun christmas treats!


this is a little dinosaur ornament..it's an inside joke with me and my boyfriend...but this is for the day we will decorate our own little tree in my room at home...



i hope you like this!! feedback would be lovely.

also...i took lots of progress pics and stuff so....if anyone wants a TUTORIAL...i'd be more than happy to make one!!

****EDIT****

so everyone wants a tutorial...so i will make one! as always, if you use my idea, please try to put your OWN creativity into it...dont just copy (afterall this is a very special, personal gift for my boyfriend) and PLEASE post pics of what you make!!!

materials:
+ styrofoam block in the shape/size you want (i got mine from the section in hobby lobby where you get all the floral sutff)
+ thin cardboard (i used the pieces that come on the back of those pads of paper)
+ scissors
+ sharp craft knife/steak knife. whatever you see fit to cut through stryfoam...it needs to havea  serrated edge though.
+ LOTS of different christmas themed paper
+ modpodge (i used about 3/4 of a 16oz bottle...youneed A LOT) and paintbrush to apply it with
+ ruler
+a circle cutter for paper comes in handy...but isn't a necessity
+ brads or your choice
+ any extra decorations you would like (i.e. buttons, ribbon, etc.)
+ lots of goodies to put inside!
{note: i got most of my supplies at hobby lobby...other than that..at target}
okay! let's begin!

step 1) using graph paper, draw out how you want your calendar to look like. once you've finished this you can figure the measurements you need for the calendar(you'll want to do this before going out and buying any of the materials you need)

2) cut the styrofoam to desired size. mine's 12in x 15inx 2in.  yours can be whatever.

3) next, draw a graph onto your styrofoam, then draw your circles on...this is why it was important for you to draw the design on graph paper so you can get everything just right. once you've drawn everything...start cutting out your circles!
here's my circle cutting in prgress. my circles were no wear NEAR perfect...but that's okay...you can make up for that with the paper later on.


4) once you've finished cutting...you might want to take a break. if you're like me...my wrist was KILLING me afterward. anyway...then you will cover your styrofoam using paper and LOTS of modpodge...after this is COMPLETELY dry...cut the paper away from the circles like you see in the pic below. (i used an exacto knife for this...but you can use whatever)


5) next...figure out what paper you want to cover the insides of your holes. then cut the strips according to the depth of your calendar..then tear into strips like so


6) now comes the miserable part. (if you come up with some alternative to covering the inside of the circles, i would suggest this...unless you just loves hours of modpodging)
using the glue and the paper strips...cover the insides of the circles. you will press the strips from the top paper down and cover them with the strips of paper you're using (i hope that makes sense) you're finished porduct after this point will look like this...

the piece on the right is a sheet of thin cardboard that i covered in paper. this will be attached to the back of the calendar. i just used glue to attach it.

7) next you will take more of the thin sheets of cardboard and cut out circles that are slightly bigger than the ones you've carved out (for instance...my carved circles were 1.5in and 2.5in....my cardboard circles were 1.25in and 2.75in....you can do this however you want though...the trial an error till you find the size you want)


Cool next you will take all that patterned christmas paper you have and cut in into circles. you will then cover the circles with the paper (i just used a glue stick for this)...once you've done this...you can arrange the circles on your calendar to find a pattern you like as shown in the pic below


9)the last step is DECORATE!! have fun with this. i used lots of different rubon numbers to add some variety and stuff. once you are done with this...cut out small strips of plain cardstock in whatever color you want and attach them to the back of your circles (i used  those photo squares to attach them) then...stick a brad through and just press the brad into the styrofoam and WALA! you've got yourself a calendar.

okay i hope all this makes sense to everyone...this is the first tute i've ever done. if you have questions...feel free to ask.

oh yah...and one last thing...i thought i'd include the list of whats going into my calendar for everyday in case you guys are at a loss for ideas.
(some of the little things inside stand for events that i will be doing with my boyfriend on that day...i will have corresponding packages under the tree with the number of the day on these so he can open it to find out what we're gonna do!) oh and...to let him know which ones are "special" gifts..i put a star sticker on the back of the circle of that day.

okay. here's the list

1) candy
2) dinosaur ornament *(we will be decorating my room and our very own christmas tree this day...)
3) a little tiny clay stocking ornmant *(i made him a stocking)
4) candy
5) a little clay candy cane ornament *(there will be a box of candy canes under the tree..since we both LOVE these)
6) candy
7) a little tiny felt santa hat i made *(i will be decorating santa hats that i will force him to wear with me for pictures. hahaha)
Cool candy
9) little gingerbread ornament *(we will be making a gingerbread TRAIN!!)
10) candy
11) a little ball ornament painted to look like the world it will say "you are my world" on a little piece of paper inside
12) candy
13) teeny cookie cutters *(we will be baking lots of goodness this day)
14) a music circle that play christmas carols. its on of those ones you can put in a stuffed animal or something...but it fit perfectly into my little circle and we both LOVE christmas carols so he can jsut press the button whenever he wants
15) a little star ornament with a piece of paper saying "you light up my life"
16) a little tiny bear ornament complete with a tiny blanket i knitted aww! *(this day will be a "cuddlin' day" under the tree will be a blanket and stuff to make hot chocolate for a wonderful day of cuddling. haha)
17) little funny fuzzy character i found
18) candy
19) a little strand of lights i made *(we will be going to look at christmas lights)
20) tiny little cow plush i found...it's an inside joke
21) a tiny little wrapped present *( we will be wrapping gifts and stuff. i'm not sure what tiny gift i am going to put inside the little box yet...maybe a necklace or something)
22) candy
23) you know those christmas shows that are always on this time of year? frosty the snowman...rudolph the rednose reigndeer? well i'm gonna put a little picture of one of those characters inside *(we will watch all these shows..because we love them. i will either buy the dvds or have my mom record them)
24) little clay present ornament **we will open our gifts to each other!! (since i've spent so much money on this...his gift will not be huge! i'm making us an ornament for "out first christmas" i'll also make him a card or something..and he's always wanting cds or dvds so i may get him a couple of those)

PHEWWW that was long freaking post.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / question with regard to my serger! please help if you can! on: November 08, 2006 04:12:58 PM
okay...i wasn't sure if this was the right place to post this..but it was the only sewing things i could find.

okay...my mom bought me a serger last year for christmas because i wanted one. well...i didnt even open it till about a month ago when i demanded that my mom let me take her sewing machine to college with me because i was dying without one. and she said take the serger you still haven't opened. haha.

so...i have this serger. and i have no idea how to use it! i figured out how to work it or whatever...but i mean...can i use it just as i would use a sewing machine? from the little booklet, i don't think it makes just the straight stitches that look like this ---------. that's not cool. anyway...i dont know what to do with this thing.

please help!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / i have a question with regard to swaps!! please help! on: November 08, 2006 09:22:23 AM
okay...i have seen quite a few swaps that i would LOVE to participate in...but every single one requires that i have already successfully completed two swaps.

so my question is, how in the world am i supposed to get involved in swaps if no one will let me start with my first one?

also, if you know of any swaps that dont have such a requirement...can you point me in that direction?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / YAY I FINISHED MY APPLE PATTERN! (and i have one small question!) on: October 30, 2006 02:05:32 PM
okay...so a few days ago...i posted in the discussion section, asking people to help me find an apple pattern. well..everyone gave me great links (THANKS!!) but they just weren't what i was looking for. so i made my own pattern!

here it is for you to see... yay! and yah...if you want to use it...that's fine with me!!! just post what you use it on so i can see!



anyway..i knit up a sample of it...so you all could see what it actually looks like. I'M SO PROUD OF IT!! I LOVE THE WAY IT TURNED OUT!!!


haha i just noticed it looks like it's backward from the pattern.....but it's just because i used my webcam and it mirrored the image. in real life it's the same as the pattern haha.
yay! okay..so the reason i wanted an apple pattern in the first place is so i could knit little ones along the bottom of a beanie perhaps. and i realize that this pattern is still too big...(the apple itself..including leaf [but not including white background]..measures 3.5in. wide and 3.25in. tall..knitted with size 4 needles)

but i figured that if i just get tiny needles...it'll be smaller. and that will be better. if not...maybe i'll just have a beanie with a huge apple on it. haha. (this would also be painfully adorable on a matching scarf. awwwwww....or...a BABY BLANKET with softer colors. awwwwww man. i have so many things i want to use this on. i love apples.

anyway...tell me what you guys think!!

OHHH! I ALMOST FORGOT MY QUESTION!!!

um..please dont think i'm dumb (i've only knit hats before!) um...what do i do when i take it off the needle? i dont know how to finish it off so it won't like...unravel. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
26  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / heart-stenciled shoes i made for my exchance student friend! on: October 27, 2006 09:20:33 PM
hey...i made these shoes my junior year of highschool...sorry i dont have any before pictures....they were just plain canvas mary-janes from walmart...i got rid of the top strap and stuff...

anyway..here they are.





those are actually the SECOND pair i made...a german exchange student who was a friend of mine...was OBSESSED with the ones i made for myself...so the above photos are the ones i made for her as a going-home gift (it had to go to a million different walmarts to find those shoes again! they were pretty much out of stock)

here's the ones that i made the first time...for myself...




i had planned for the strings to lace up my calves...but...that kind of ribbon wouldnt stay so i decided wrapping it aorund my ankle was just fine
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / YAY!! MY FIRST COMPLETED KNITTING PROJECT (and my second!) on: October 26, 2006 04:02:42 PM
okay...so...the first thing i ever finished knitting...this white beanie with lace stuff. this was also my first lace attempt. i was pretty proud of myself!!!



then, of course....my boyfriend wanted to know why he, too, wasn't getting a beanie...so i took him to hobby lobby and let him pick out his own yarn...then i made him this. he wanted a "skull cap" (i hate that phrase!) so yah...here it is...he lives three hours from me...so i can't show you a picture with him wearing it. lol.



so yah..i hope you guys can see these pics....tell me what you think!!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / APPLES APPLES APPLES!! **edit** i need help!! AND also..the apple pattern i made on: October 25, 2006 05:46:06 PM
okay, so here's the deal...i have this small(and by small i mean huge) obsession with apples...apples prints, apple colors...haha. anything apple. well....lately i've been on a beanie-making spree and i thought to myself....wow a beanie with apples along the bottom...or just all over....would be insanely cute.


so can anyone help with ideas? as in...do you know where i could find an apple pattern for knitting that's cute? i could probably come up with my own...but it's just...easier..to follow a pattern someone's already made.

any help would be GREATLY appreciated.


-------------------------------------------

****EDIT****

okay...so...thanks so much everyone for helping me find a pttern. i ended up just making my own...but i'm having a problem!



okay...see by my fingers where there are holes? i can't figure out why those are happening. the apple's kind of too wide to just carry the white yarn behind it...so i was using two skeins of white..one for each side....but it's making spaces like the ones in the picture. and i dont know what to do!! can someone help me?


oh yah..here's the pattern i made...if anyone wants to try it to see if the same thing happens to them...maybe you could tell me if something's wrong with the pattern?

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