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1  Re: USB-along in Craftalongs by batspit on: June 25, 2007 08:36:30 AM
I loved this thread forever ago and it took me this long to find a plush animal i liked.  And boy, did I score-- 24cent squid at Ikea (I wish there was one where I lived, that store rocks).  Ok, here it is (I kept the ribbon I was using on it previously as i thought it resembled ink)

and here she is, attached:

Thanks for looking, and for the inspiration.
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2  brown crochet purse with batik lining in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by batspit on: June 08, 2007 02:50:04 PM

Hi craftsters.  I finished this purse last night.  Today (A few minutes ago, actually) I was walking near the pond trying to find some water-plants for the fish-tank and I set my bag on some cypress knees so it wouldn't get dirty.  The colors were so well complimented by the moss and lighting I decided to take my pictures of it there!  Looks pretty, if I do say so myself.

This was made with some left over Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in coco in mostly sc and a couple dc stitches that I weaved some pretty sparkly yarn through.  Lining is some batik polka-dot stuff from my stash.Lots of pockets.  I did a pretty crappy job hand-stitching the lining to the crochet, but the thread was brown so luckily you can only see the crappy-ness from one side. 
I like it, but it keeps picking up pieces of dirt and lint and stuff-  that yarn is  like velcro. 
I hope you like it, thanks for looking!
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3  Lamp Re-Vamped and mosaic -ed in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by batspit on: May 21, 2007 06:42:12 PM

I found the base on the side of the street- the lampworks were broken and there was a big crack through the base-- however, I like the shape and lines of it, if not the orange-yellow color.

First, I replaced the lampworks or whatever you call all the electrical doo-dads and wires.  A few orders from Mosaic Mercantile later, I had these pretty little glass tiles, which I glued on with carpenter glue.

I decided to use Mosaic Mercantile's green grout, which came out a little darker than I hoped but is OK, and way better than any other grout on the market (grouting is the least fun-- breaking and glueing are much more fun)
This is the first time I've used tiles-- usually my mosaics have very mixed tessera. It was so easy to grout compared to my other projects I may stick with tiles from now on.  (Sorry no grouting pictures-- my hands are usually covered in cement and it's a time-sensitive thing so I never remember the camera).

after grouting it cures for a week or so then a grout-sealant, then, the fun of shopping for a lampshade that works with the strange shape of the base.  (The first two I bought were promptly returned)
Here's how it looks completed:

Not bad for a $50.00 of materials, eh?
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4  Big Afghan= cramped hand in Crochet: Completed Projects by batspit on: March 09, 2007 12:33:37 PM

I finished my first afghan today.  I like it a lot. The colors are richer in real life and therefore a little less 70s than they appear in the photos.  I used a single crochet stitch throughout because its the only one I know and because I thought it would look really clean- and my fiance, who has been trying to convince me I'm making this afghan for him) suggested it would make it warmer.  Im just so glad its done!  I refuse to count stitches, so Im very pleased to say I only missed one stitch the whole time and managed to fix it.  The first thing I crocheted had edges that called to mind an amoeba, so this feels like quite an accomplishment to have a parallel edged blanket.

My sister came over the other dat when I was working on it and I asked her what she thought and she said "I was hoping you wouldn't ask.  I think those colors are really ugly together".  So say something nice, if you wouldn't mind.  My last crafter post got exactly 0 replies, so if I don't get at least a little bit of attention I'll be sad.  OK I'm done begging.

Thanks for looking!
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5  mosaic votive holders in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by batspit on: January 12, 2007 01:48:29 PM
I made a bunch for Christmas presents this year, but I kept three.  Actually, I gave my favorite one to my fiance so I could still have it.  I used some discarded scrap stained glass from his parents house when they moved, and some random gems and glass pieces I had lying around. 
Here's some pictures:

my favorite one, also the easiest to grout:

This one was a huge huge pain to grout:

Thanks for looking!  As always, your comments are appreciated!

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6  Evil Eye Mosaic (image heavy) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by batspit on: December 03, 2006 11:28:04 AM
I made this for my Boyfriend's birthday.  He's Greek, and the Greek culture believes the evil eye will protect from other's jealousy.  I had fun making it.
There a lot of little, nearly invisible cracks in the grout, i believe the room i mosaic in (the basement) got too cold.(grouting is challenging.)

here's the sides, they turned out pretty well.

 and the back.  I'm going to run wire through the top two, the bottom will keep the piece flush on the wall.

So What do you think?

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7  photo journal cover in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by batspit on: November 11, 2006 10:29:38 AM
Hi crafters.  Last night I stayed up a little too late looking at all the things you guys have posted.  So this morning, before breakfast (I'm a little hungry, come to think of it) I decorated/crafted/designed a new cover for my latest photo album.  I'm sick of the high prices and general lame-ness of store bought photo-albums, so I went to the local college book store (they always have fab art supplies for cheap) and bought a small thick-paper sketch book.
Here's a before pic:

And the after:

The photos don't do it justice... I'm hoping santa will bring me a digital camera this year.
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8  the old memory bag (first post) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by batspit on: October 27, 2006 03:04:51 PM
I had some shirts and scraps of fabric from long ago and constructed them into this nifty bag.  I used a million different techniques, parts are peiced and quilted, parts are appliqued, it was a learning experiance.  It's a little dirty, since I've been throwing everything in it, and I'm scared to wash it untill i sew the edges of everything down a little more securely.  This is my first post, so comments are appreciated  Cheesy

and the back

there are also a lot of pockets, which actually is the best part in my opinion, but I couldn't convince my camera to take a good picture of the inside, so
thanks for looking!
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