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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby It's Cold Outside on: July 17, 2008 06:29:49 PM
This is my first attempt at crocheting anything wearable.
I decided to go with the Baby It's Cold Outside pattern from Crochet Me because it seemed really simple, and it really was!  It was super easy to follow and worked up really quickly.  I'm pleased with the result

I used Vanna's Choice Baby yarn.  The edging is actually more of a cream color, but it's on a yellow sheet, so it looks more yellow than it really is. 

12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Interesting sewing technique... on: July 12, 2008 06:47:58 PM
Wasn't really sure where to put this...so Miscellaneous it is!
I was wasting time at work yesterday, browsing Flickr, when I came across this:
http://flickr.com/photos/lubarin/2571259147/

I knew as soon as I saw it that it was something I had to try, and I had some free time this afternoon, so I tried it out.   I made a grid of 2"x2" squares (though I'm pretty sure they did a 1x1 grid in that picture, and that's what I'm going to try next time) on a fat quarter (18"x22").  I then attempted to follow the pictures, and it took a little getting used to, but I turned out pretty neat in the end.  Hopefully i'll be able to get it to look neater next time. The size of the fabric after doing all the squares is 9"x11".

Here's a picture:


This technique makes the back of the fabric look pretty interesting too; here's a picture of that
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings on: June 21, 2008 01:33:19 PM
I took some pictures of some of the earrings I've made over the last couple days, and I thought I'd share.

Seafoam green vintage lucite beads w/green & white glass beads


Aqua jade chips & white glass beads:


Red Chinese seaglass:


Vintage Lucite:


Turquoise, black & clear glass beads:


Purple & clear glass beads:


Seafoam green & white glass beads:


Black & clear glass beads:
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Necklaces on: June 19, 2008 04:02:33 PM
I crocheted a couple necklaces last night using silver beading wire. 
The first one is three separate strands of beads, twisted together at the ends and held together in the middle by a matching square glass pendant.

whole necklace:


Close up of the pendant and strands:


The second necklace is just one crocheted strand of alternating beads with a matching pendant.



I also made some earrings, and I'm going to post the picture of them in here too, so I don't have to make a new thread, even though they're not crocheted...



Thanks for looking Smiley
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted Wire & Bead Necklace on: June 09, 2008 05:00:51 PM
This is my first attempt at crocheting with wire.  I crocheted two different strands of 34 gauge craft wire with an I hook, incorporating a mix of turquoise colored beads, then twisted the two strands together and added on the end clasps.   I love the result, considering it only took about 15 minutes start to finish and the beads were on clearance at A.C. Moore for 99 cents.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mother's Day Blanket on: May 14, 2008 05:42:31 PM
I crocheted my mom a blanket for Mother's Day. 
The only thing I'd crocheted before this was felted granny square bowl, so I'm pretty happy with the results and  my mom loved it. 

I used a pattern called "Polka Dots and More" from a book called "Ruthie's Easy Crocheted Afghans" that I picked up at A.C. Moore.  Finished size is about 48"x63"

This first picture is a closeup of the pattern:


It looks pretty lopsided in the next picture, but I think (hope!) it's just the way it was laid on the grass


Thanks for looking Smiley
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First attempt at woodburning on: March 16, 2008 08:38:46 AM
I decided to try wood burning after finding a kit at my parents house the last time I was there.  I picked up a couple things at A.C. Moore to practice on.  I used watercolor pencils for coloring, and acrylic for the "wash" effect on the frame.

5"x5" frame:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2241/2337006097_e512eca2cc.jpg?v=0

I also picked up a spatula that I drew cartoony versions of my parents cats on.  I plan on sending it to my mom, after I figure out what else to add to it, and put some kind of clear coat on it.

Full view:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2410/2337840390_428171b189.jpg?v=0

Close up:


Side View:

18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sunflower tiled tea tray on: February 01, 2008 05:15:34 AM
I made this as a Christmas present for my best friend a few years ago, and it is still one of my most favorite completed craft projects to date.  I wish I had made one for myself.

I cut out each piece individually from polymer clay, baked the pieces, glued them into place on the tray, grouted it and then glazed the top.  Easy and basic technique, but it took FOREVER!



19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Felted Bowl on: January 31, 2008 07:20:12 PM
I'm pretty new to crochet and I saw a felted bowl in the granny square pool on Flickr that I really liked.  I knew I could make a granny square, but had never felted anything, so I attempted it.  I think it could stand to be felted a little bit more.
I used Lion Brand wool and a J hook.

Before felting:



After felting


20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Ornaments on: December 09, 2007 06:39:21 PM
These are super quick for gifts and always turn out really cute.
Just cut different width strips of scrapbook paper, roll them up and pop them inside a clear glass bulb.
I made these ones last night for my aunt.



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