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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / dragon scarf + robot scarf on: December 11, 2008 08:04:50 AM

Hi!

I made this dragon scarf for a swap partner's son recently and she received so I thought I'd post pictures :] He is made out of fleece scraps I had leftover from making my brother a dinosaur costume a fews years ago, buttons for the eyes and nose, and felt for the teeth. It was fairly simple to make, and I am pretty happy with the final result although I suspect if I made another things might improve. In fact, I might even say he was cute!

 

That same partner also has another son who I thought deserved a scarf as well. Haha. He was more into robots so I ran with that. Using more of the left over fleece, fabric scraps and double sided fusible web I made a little robot applique patch thing and sewed it onto the fleece. That sounds way more complicated than it was.

   



What do you think?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / TLC Essentials for baby blanket? on: October 31, 2008 12:45:11 PM

Hey all!

I just bought some yarn to make a baby blanket for my cousin's baby based on colors not really softness.... DOH! Kinda stupid move right there. Anyway I went to check the comments on Ravelry and someone said that TLC Essentials yarn is too rough for babies.... so I am asking you trusty craftsters, do you find this to be true? If so do you think there is a better choice.... keep in mind I am kinda poor right now.....

Thank you! :]
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Color Swap on: September 09, 2008 05:20:14 PM

Would there be any interest in doing another round of the color swap?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / b+w beaded & crocheted necklace on: July 18, 2008 02:51:08 PM

After seeing crafty_dame's post [link below] and beautiful necklaces, I knew I had to try it!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149526.msg1480309#msg1480309

So I did it yesterday, its not hard at all and produces, really nice results. Plus its something you can pick up and put down. I started it after dropping off my car to get something that was recalled replaced and finished it after I picked up my car. Overall it doesn't take a lot of time, but then again I used pretty dang big beads, no seed beads for me!

Since you string the beads on first I ended up with less "chain" so its a bit tighter around my neck that I prefer, but oh well, the next one will be better! I used black crochet cotton, recycled black and white beads and an old clasp and extender chain off a broken necklace.

On to the pictures!





Comments? Criticisms?


5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My room + craftspace [V 2.0] REALLY VERY EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY on: July 15, 2008 11:06:04 PM
Its really hard to post something on Craftster when you have a hell of a time organizing the pictures, random things on your computer stop working, the internet is INCREDIBLY slow because your brother is downloading music and movies nonstop and when you ask him to fix something he closes out of the browser with your half typed post!

ANYWAY.

Well this week my brother decided to move his room around so I got itchy to do the same.... I ended up not moving too many pieces of furniture around but rather a mega organizing overhaul. I really like to move my furniture around, like a lot. But it seems like I get to do it less and less seeing as how I am beginning to stumble on the perfect set up [using what available to me] The biggest thing for me is keeping my room area and craft area relatively separate. I just seem to work better like that. I think I've done a pretty good job of that, don't you think? And I must say I love the new organizing, its much easier to get supplies, clean them up and see what I have. There is now a place to organize all the paper and thing-a-ma-bobs I save for collaging [still have to organize those, but its all set up!], I have a place to store WIP's and my pegboard is better suited to my needs. Bliss.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and maybe gain a bit of inspiration or happiness. I know that my room might not to be to everyone's tastes but for now, it's perfect for me. I am grateful for what I have. As you can tell I tend to gravitate towards bright + fun colors and childish things. Haha. However much I wish I could have a sleek, simplistic, modern room, that's just not me. I am WAY to much of a packrat.

   

Here is the view as you walk in. Yeah my walls are painted lime green, I think its called Key Lime and from Behr. Yeah its kinda "in your face" but I've gotten used to it and it makes me happy :] Anyway, I use this little desk to throw stuff on as I walk in my door [purse, keys, phone] and to organize papers/mail/school stuff I might need later on or want to save.

Honestly the three magazine organizers are a life saver and probably the biggest improvement to my room this round. There are three categories, personal, school, and sports. I get a lot of swimming ribbons, hence the sports folder. And yeah bulletin board, self explanatory . The black boxes hold random electronic stuff, and the purple basket is full of little bags, coin purses, etc. Then there are my journals/sketchbooks/collage book thing-y and my camera.

   

So here would be my bed. I must admit, I'm not crazy about the bedding and have half thought out plans in my head for a duvet cover of some sort. Yes my bed is on the ground, I removed the frame this week and plan on getting small risers to keep it low. My nightstand if you can even call it that is a few of those bubble cubes so popular a few years back. The top just hold some money, my glasses, remotes and the like. Oh and handy dandy Febreeze. The next cube has my knitting and change jar. Under that is my swim stuff..... bag, suits, goggles and all that jazz. And my cute little fishy hamper has a few random skeins if yarn + the plastic bag yarn I made.

P.S. I know I spelled "persuits" wrong, its fixed now. I knew it looked kinda funny.



This picture gives a better idea of my bed "nook". I painted that wall with magnetic paint and has been quite fun to play with, I have your average assortment of magnets plus those kiddy alphabet ones and magnetic poetry. Fun when you are bored and lazy!



A close op of random jars that I like to keep, would that be a collection? See my little owl salt and pepper shakers?



And here is shelf number two! The purple box holds manuals and cords for my iPod and graphing calculator.... the lavender was a graduation gift from my Aunt. oh and the silver think you see is a lamp, its nice and bright so I can just have that on at night when I am journaling or whatnot in my bed. Then there is my eraser collection [I love erasers]a nd office supplies [tacks, post its, magnets].

What's that funny thing hanging under the shelf? I used a dowel and hung it under the shelf using loops made from ribbon and flat tacks.... There are a few soccer medals on it plus a lanyard, friendship bracelet, graduation tassel and grad night id badge. I hang different stuff on it periodically.



And here is another new addition, the "inspiration line". Lots of random papers, bits of things, fabric , blah blah blah. I used to hang things on my walls with tacks but after realizing that it probably wasn't a good idea when you change things up every few weeks I switched to tape, but I like this much better and so do my walls. Yes that's a shirt and bikini bottom hanging up there. They are there to remind me to do what I am supposed to, eat well and exercise. My mom was in an accident while on a trip so we spent a week in a different town eating at the hospital... In a matter of week I put on ten pounds and its kinda just snowballed to 15 since then. So its my reminder to accomplish my goal.



A few of my favorite things.

   

Cd shelf with DVD's, CD's and other random office-y things. Sudoku books anyone? Then there is my TV and Madge aka the dressform. Right now she is wearing part of a dress I am trying to work on but need help. Wanna help me?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253586.msg2825219#msg2825219
You can see how that shelf has changed!

Here is the afore mentioned shelf in all its glory! I must say that those ever so popular wire rolling shelves are perfect for crafty rooms, they hold a ton of stuff and are sturdy.

Because I don't have a close up of the first shelf I ill point out everything in this picture. Sewing machine, shoe boxes holding WIP's [I even labeled them!], Dremel, and iron! Anybody have any fun crafts to do with a Dremel?



The top holds knitting needles [they were my great grandma's and were given to me by my grandma] which are hiding behind the plastic boxes of pom-poms, ribbons, bias tape, felt and thread. My buttom making machine and all the supplies for that are also up there.



The middle shelf is paper crafting and collage stuff. The black thing is gonna hold all my clippings, papers, etc for collaging once I sort them all. The "Cuties" box hold acrylic paints + paintbrushes and the box under that hold tempera paint. [I had to make 678567849 posters for yearbook last year] And finally there is a stack of magazines, a label maker and a box for 3D collage materials.



And the bottom shelf, this is probably why you all are going to think I am crazy. I have been obsessively collecting plastic bags for quite some time now and have amassed a pretty good sized collection. So I folded them and organized them by color and then out them in plastic tubs. Yeah. So much easier to find colors and specific types of bags..... I use them for plastic yarn and I've been experimenting with fusing them. :] Its fun, try it!

Here is the entire crafty side of my room. Sorry about the weird lighting, the sun shines right into my room as it sets.





A better view of the actually crafty parts. I used to have a huge desk, but I found i just left a huge mess on it and used it to store stuff. So a smaller desk forces me to be more organized and aware of how I craft. Since I use it as my computer table as well, as soon as I am done crafting I have to clean up if I want to get on the computer. It works!

The rolled up thing between the shelving and the desk is my rotary mat, I got a really really really good deal on a huge one at some holiday sale. And the white hamper in front of it holds my scraps of all sizes. When I'm not feeling too creative its fun to dig through there and play with the fabrics. :]


 
         

On the left side of the pegboard I keep my zippers, embroidery thread, beads, pin cushions and sewing box [on the shelf]. There is also scissors, embroidery hoops, circular knitting needles, rotary cutter and guide and tape. I kinda just organized and laid it out based on how my mind works... so it might look a bit funny to you!

On the right side shelf I keep my button organizer and glues and hanging there is jewelry making stuff, Creative Memories paper cutters, paper shelves for non scrapbooking paper [patterned and solid], and computer cords.

   

Here is the scrapbooking + stamping shelf. Or bookcase? At the very top there are stamps and markers, Sharpies, colored pencils and the like. The first shelf down has paper cutters, scrapbooking pens, drawers [shape punches, stamp pads, and random stickers] and acrylic stamp blocks.

Middle shelf holds albums, pages and unopened paper packs.

And finally the last shelf holds the paper organizer, patterned paper organizer, letter sticker organizer, idea binder, die-cut organizer, sticker binders....

And since I also live in this room, my closet holds my clothes.... the bar is sagging, because I took out the bottom bar and managed to squeeze everything onto on bar. In doing so I was able to put my dresser and another small bookcase in there for more crafting space! The dresser obviously holds more clothes and the shelf has school/reference books and a bunch of school stuff, binders, calculator, etc. Oh AND there is a bin of flip flops, haha. What kind of Californian would I be without 590245923485 pair of flip flops. ;] Stereotypes, ugh. I've had pen pals ask me if I meet celebrities all the time because I live in California. California doesn't equal Hollywood.



Moving on, my crazy lamp with purses hanging on it. And the best part yet! FABRIC, yummm. Pretty self explanatory yes? :] Oh and the swimming awards. I'm not a good swimmer, its just these past few years all the girls in my age group were worse, haha. Not so much anymore.



close up of fabric, who doesn't love fabric? Its funny to think that my stash started out in the plastic bin the now holds the white plastic bags.... I got it for Christmas one year and went fabric shopping with some of my gift money and outgrew it in a few days, haha.



The two bookcases, side by side. The one closest to the door just holds books, I put all the books I didn't need or love in the attic and just kept my favorites and the sentimental ones. :] The craft books have whole shelf to themselves and its FULL. I keep all my wrapping + packing supplies under the books. I save wrapping paper, bags, packing boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap and envelopes to use again, so I have a few things ;]

Thank you for looking! :]
- Lauren
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress help! on: June 25, 2008 12:09:51 AM

Hi all!

So this has pretty much been a constantly evolving project. I started out with the plan to make a skirt with a shirred waist band, so I cut my fabric, and blah blah blah. It soon became apparent that no matter how much I shirred it was still going to be entirely too big for me. :[ So I did some creative pleats in the front, I can show you pictures if necessary, and plan on turning it into a dress.

But there is the problem. I can't seem to come up with a decent idea for the bodice of this dress. I spent a couple of hours tonight messing around with different fabric/options, but nothing looks quite right.... Needless to say I need some design help! Any input or ideas you have would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you! :]

Oh and here is a picture of the work in progress!



7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mitten HELP! [Picking up stitches] on: December 30, 2007 05:25:10 PM

Heyyyy.
I decided to branch out and try this mitten pattern.
http://www.cs.oswego.edu/~ebozak/knit/ck-patterns/mittens.html

I was able to figure everything out up until the point you pick up stitches for the thumb.

Pick up all sts on thumb holders...dig into the mitten fabric above thumb
opening and pick up 3 sts over where you cast on the one st before
starting the hand...Join...16 sts.


I know HOW to pick up stitches but where is the yarn coming from? All I have is the 13 stitches on the needles and a hole for the thumb. Does the yarn come straight from the ball? If so how do I join it?

I hope that made sense?
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Tree Swap - FOUND on: February 10, 2007 07:56:24 PM
Hey guys!

Unfortunately we had 2 flakers in this swap. Ugh. Yucky flakers.

TREE SWAP!
Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136644.0
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146078.0

Angel for: irish_chicky

Any allergies? some perfumes

What is your favorite tree? the tree of life

What crafts can you do?bead work, paint, knit, sew

What crafts would you like to receive? anything you can think of, uniquness is the key

What colors do you like?: neutral colors mostly but i do like pink as well

What colors do you dislike?:i dont really dislike any colors they're all pretty

What symbols/patterns do you love? I love continuence( patterns that dont end) unique patterns too

What symbols/patterns do you hate? once again i cant say I hate any

Anything else your partner should know? lets see, I am a massage therapy student in my last year of college, I have had dreadlocks for about a year and 5 months, I have 2 males cats (my babies Tongue) Link and cyrus, and I love the outdoors! If you have any other questions just ask!





Angel for: crescentfresh

Any allergies? nope

What is your favorite tree? i love them all (red alder, bigleaf maple, japanese maple, elm, oak- to name a few)

What crafts can you do? Sewing, polymer clay, knitting, painting/drawing, bookbinding, beading, stenciling- anything you can think of

What crafts would you like to receive? journal, bag, cards, hat, art, bracelet/necklace, decorations- just to give you ideas

What colors do you like?: i LOVE all colors

What colors do you dislike?: none

What symbols/patterns do you love? tree of life, peaceful buddhist style things, just trees in general =)

Anything else your partner should know? little about me:i have 0 gauged ears so no regular earrings, i'm in an art/ecology class at Evergreen in Washington(rain, forest, etc.), originally from southern california, im a weird mix of raver hippie punk but i'll love anything you make for me, so thank you in advance!


THANK YOU TO ANYONE WILLING TO ANGEL!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / greeting cards + note book I made. on: January 29, 2007 10:34:56 AM

Hey!

This weekend my mom and aunts and I got together for a little stamping party... we just got into stamping! Yay! Smiley Anyway we spent saturday afternoon stamping and experimenting and then my mom and I did it again on sunday after church. Smiley


I tend to be a slow worker. It takes me forever to find the right combo of paper and then adding stamps is another issue and the color of ink is another debacle, so I only got 7 cards done. 2 aren't shown.


I got some steno notebooks to journal in, but the covers are so freaking ugly that I decided to make my own! I love love love the daisy paper from (SEI) and I knew I had to use a bit of it... I also ended up using foil and then just stamped "notes" on the cover. Easy peasy.

Hope you like them!
Comments + criticism welcome, I have tough skin and I want to get better!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / flared skirt question. on: January 20, 2007 09:25:30 AM

Hey guys!

I am ready to get into the wide wide world of sewing clothes! Smiley I am pretty proficient with a sewing machine... I sew bags and the like. Anyway, I want to start making skirts in an attempt to dress more like a girl. But I don't really like Aline skirts... or I should say they look funky on me so I want to know how to make a skirt like this... or the skirt part of the dress.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146875.msg1448358;topicseen#msg1448358

I guess it's like a circle skirt, yes? But isn't there another way as well... like an A-line skirt.. ya know how there a inverted V shaped panels... could you just add more width at the bottom to make it flare out more...  Was that confusing? because all I basically want to know is can you make a skirt like this without using the circle skirt instructions...
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