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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make a blanket but need help with paterns on: December 26, 2012 01:59:03 PM
Well, the first work is quite pixelated (intentionally) and the second (the Star Trek logo?) has smooth curves.  You will not achieve smooth curves using the small granny squares.  Are you OK with that?  If so, use graph paper or MS Excel (with the cells changed to squares) to draft out the logo before crocheting.  You will have to use trial and error.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: you can almost hear the 8 bit sound... on: December 01, 2012 12:04:42 PM
Great job.  The blue ombre looks wonderful.  What a great way to incorporate both your friends' wedding colors and the shade gradations in the original game.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Chubby Chicks baby quilt on: December 01, 2012 11:37:46 AM
Adorable.  Thanks for showing us.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: my vintage brooch wedding bouquet on: November 30, 2012 03:05:07 PM
Echoing everyone else.  Beautiful work and the last photo was very touching.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift ideas for dad? on: November 30, 2012 02:59:46 PM
Non-crafty suggestions:

1.  The movie adaptation of the "Les Misrables" musical is coming out Dec. 25.  Perhaps some quality family movie time would work?  Alternatively, there's the "Les Miz" 25th anniversary concert DVD or the "The Phantom of the Opera" 25th anniversary performance DVD.

2.  Spanish language training software, podcast, or book?  Rosetta Stone is a popular brand, although I don't have experience with it myself.

Crafty suggestions:

1.  Messenger bag or satchel to carry personal belongings around between volunteer gigs.  Lighter and less stuffy than the briefcase he may have been toting around in his office days.

2.  Homemade dog treats.

3.  Crocheted or knitted scarf?  Fits in with your skills, relatively quick, and no doubt practical.

Good luck!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Christmas ideas for my boyfriend who's impossible to get things for? on: November 30, 2012 01:53:16 PM
Tile coasters (do a Craftster search on what previous posters have done) with pics of you both, logos of games or bands he likes, etc.?  Photos and printed logos could be decoupaged or you could paint your own designs.  I haven't done this myself, so I'd caveat this with checking drying times on some of the materials.

Another idea: the pillow you spoke of--you could stuff it with rice or flax seeds, so it can be microwaved for warmth.  Folks on this board have made eye pillows of this sort.  You could also supplement the rice / flax with some lavender for some fragrance.

Sew a simple scarf for winter use?  Are you opposed to using a ready-made pattern instead of drafting your own?  Are there online patterns you can use?  

Your idea about the coffee mugs is good as well.

The above ideas would require researching ideas and possibly ordering stuff online before you get off work (except for maybe getting tiles from a hardware store or fabric), but the actually assembly and work could be done in relatively short order.

I also wanted to add that your OP is very detailed and helpful.  Providing your budget, time constraints, skill set, recipient interests, and what you've given before makes coming up with viable ideas so helpful for posters who respond.  Good luck!
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Welcome back gift? on: October 27, 2012 02:56:01 AM
Sore muscle bath salts?

Good idea.  Maybe heat packs filled with rice or flax seeds that can be warmed in the microwave?  Throw in some lavender for a relaxing scent.
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Nutty Treats with Recipe Links ~makes great gifts~ on: October 26, 2012 11:45:07 PM
Great ideas and thanks for the links.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: washing instructions for a crocheted blanket? on: October 06, 2012 11:27:07 PM
Use this chart of washing symbols to decipher your label.

For my 100% acrylic projects, I machine wash in the gentle cycle on low and tumble dry on low.  I leave it in the dryer for the entire cycle.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Burst and Birthday Flower Baby Afghan on: October 04, 2012 08:54:20 AM
Thank you for the nice comments, everyone.
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