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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rusted Root! on: June 16, 2008 08:06:30 AM
This is the Rusted Root sweater from Zephyr Style, and it is my favorite thing that I've ever knit.



The color isn't perfect in that picture - in real life, it is a little more muted.  I love this sweater, it is very flattering and the directions are great and NO SEAMS!!!

I am already working on another one, with a modified neckline and no lace inset...
2  COOKING / Dessert / Sunflower Cupcakes! on: June 16, 2008 08:00:56 AM
Some sunflower cupcakes from the book "Hello, Cupcake!" for my roomie's birthday.  I used Funfetti cake mix for the cupcakes.  Decorating was pretty quick and easy - and I think they turned out adorable!  The frosting was maybe a little softer than desired, since it was a HOT day when I was decorating - but oh well.





My bag of M&Ms had only a few red ones, so I used the yellow ones to make bees!  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Teeny Mittens! on: March 22, 2008 09:01:47 AM
I don't know what it is, but lately all I want to knit are mittens.  Teeny tiny mittens.  I can finish one mitten in a few hours, they're a good way to use up stash yarn, and I'll give them away to charity once I'm all done!



These are made from Lorna's Laces, which is lovely, soft, and superwash - unfortunately, I can't figure out how to knit with the rainbow colorway without it looking muddy.  I like mixing it with the white to break it up a bit.



These are from Lion Brand Wool...  Not crazy about the colors, the yarn was a gift - someone will like them!  I also figured out how to make the top of the mitten less pointy (reading the directions correctly helps!)

The pattern is from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns, which is an amazing book. 
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bottlecap Magnets - eat your veggies! on: January 13, 2008 09:53:44 AM
I made this set of magnets for my friend Sonia's birthday - she's a vegetarian, and we have fun exploring veggie restaurants together.  I am really happy with how they turned out - I love working in the small scope of the bottlecap, and with a fairly limited color scheme.



I'm considering adding teeny googly eyes, but I don't know if they would fit on all the veggies, and they're pretty cute as they are!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super-bright kitchen desk! on: January 13, 2008 09:50:50 AM
We got this old, beat-up student desk from my roommate's aunt and uncle when we moved into our new apartment.  We use it in our kitchen for storage and extra counter space, but it was looking a little rough, even with the new knobs we put on it.  Also, it was a little bland in our all-white kitchen - we love color!




We decided to paint it this BRIGHT yellow and green, and we totally love it now!




What do you think?


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making a clock run backwards? on: October 25, 2007 09:26:22 PM
I'm directing a short play for my Directing class, and I'd love to display a clock that runs backwards.  Is there a simple way to make this happen?  I'm hoping to find a really cheap battery-operated kind of clock from K-Mart.

Any thoughts?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / TV-Tray Makeover on: January 16, 2007 08:42:39 AM
So, my apartment is totally furnished with handmedown furniture from my roommate's aunts and uncles.  Which is awesome because it was free, but not so awesome because some of it is pretty ugly.

So we have a set of four folding TV-trays, which are useful as our apartment is small.  But they have ugly golfers on the top.  So we were thinking about decopaging them, but THEN she had a great idea about covering the tops with cork.  Which would be cool.  I'm just wondering a few things...

1.  How would you recommend that I attach the cork to the table?  Should I just cut it to fit and it sits in there, or should I attach it somehow?  Glue?  Rubber cement?  Foam tape?

2.  Can you paint cork?  It seems like you would be able to, but it also seems like the cork might just soak up all the paint.  We have five colors that we've identified as "our colors" and it would be cool to paint the cork, but I'm afraid it won't work real well...

3.  Anyone know where you can buy a roll of cork that is BIGGER than 2x4 feet?  One roll of that would cover 3 of the 4 tables, with strange bits left over...  we would need something about 2x5 to cover all 4 tables.

If anyone's done this before, and has pictures or a tutorial, that would be great too!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Macaroni letters! on: January 07, 2007 08:19:53 PM
I have heard somewhere about using alphabet macaroni to make letters/writing in polymer clay.  I've been searching for macaroni, and finally found some!  Does anyone have any helpful tips or hints for doing this?

I've heard you press the letters into the clay, bake them partway, pick the letters out, and then you can fill the letter-shaped space with some more clay and finish baking...  I'm excited to try it out!
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