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1  Tobin's Spirit Guide with fun Ghostbusters goodies in Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: October 11, 2013 07:41:53 PM
My husband's birthday is this Monday.  He loves Ghostbusters (as do I), and he's always wanted a copy of Tobin's Spirit Guide.  As a surprise gift, I recovered one of those cardboard book boxes with leather-like paper and added some scrapbooking charms and some painted accents to make it look like somewhat like the book as it's represented in the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters.

Inside, I added some Ghostbustering goodies. Smiley

A polymer clay Slimer (who was easier to make/bake than I thought he would be - I also modeled him more after the cartoon Slimer than the one in the movies).


All four name tag badges and a logo patch that I found off the internet and a vial of pink slime from Ghostbusters 2 (it's just that noise making Gak-type goo you can buy in the toy section.)


A mini portrait of Vigo the Carpathian (I followed instructions from this blog: http://hookedondecorating.com/how-to-guide-transfer-photos-to-canvas/ to transfer a laser photo to canvas.)


I think he'll like it! Smiley




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2  Pie plate for Star Trek fans (or FLAAAN!) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: October 09, 2013 09:42:01 PM
As part of a housewarming gift for a friend who just bought her first house (who happens to be a big fan of Star Trek), I dipped into glass etching for the first time.  I think she'll like it!  I just used an exacto knife on a big sheet of self-stick craft foam to cut out the letters, but I bet it would be way more polished and precise if you used a Cricut (or other fancy cutting machine that I don't have). Smiley

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3  Quick, cheap, and cute baby shower gifts in Knitting: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: June 24, 2013 09:46:03 PM
One of my best friends is about to have her first child.  Though she's also getting a gift off her registry, I love having something personal (and homemade) to toss in.  (They're always the most loved anyway, right?)

1.  Baby bib



I used a premade bib that I picked up for a few bucks at a craft store and stitched the pattern (purchased from http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com/).  It took only a couple of hours or so to finish up.

2. Pumpkin hat



This was made on a Knifty Knitter (the child sized loom) and a spool loom and by following Brenda Myer's pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knifty-knitter-pumpkin-hat  I used leftover bulky weight yarn--and the whole thing knitted up in a hour.  Quick and cute! 
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4  Fat quarter fun in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by redheadedblonde on: January 23, 2013 07:56:57 PM
I've been buying discounted sets of fat quarters like they were going out of style, and I needed to do some stashbusting.  I've used up every scrap of fabric that I could from each quarter, and it's been great to see how many projects can come out of a relatively small piece of fabric!

Double sided napkins with rick rack trim (these became gifts for my momma). There are a lot of tutorials on the web, but I used this one:http://filminthefridge.com/2008/11/19/make-your-table-pretty-a-reversible-rick-rack-napkin-tutorial/



I had a big enough piece of leftover fabric after trimming the fat quarter for double sided reusable drink sleeves (these became Christmas gifts for coworkers).  I used this tutorial:http://craftystaci.com/2011/01/10/reversible-coffee-cup-sleeves/

One side


Other side (my bad topstitching really shows on this one, but oh well)


I wasn't quite as good about tacking down the elastic on some, so I ended up just sewing the elastic loops back on the finished product (on one side) and covering up the mistake with yo yos - which finished up the tiny bit of fabric I had left over from each fat quarter.


I don't know why the photo is posting with that weird blue and brown stripe - but this is the best closeup I have of the yo yo.


I'm a bad procrastinator and had to make these in one night--but they were super fast!

I still have a ton of fabric to go through, so I'm thinking of making a big bunch of napkins for myself and having a nice cache of gifts ready for the giving. Smiley 
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5  Knifty Knitter Loom Slipper Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: February 20, 2012 07:33:46 PM
I'm a pretty new knitter (just barely comfortable with the basics), so using DPNs feels a bit out of reach for me right now.  For some reason, loom knitting seems far more accessible.  I used Isela Phelp's pattern for "Chunky Ribbed Socks" in her book Loom Knitting Primer.  Super easy to follow and a nice introduction to sock making.  It made me buy sock weight yarn, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fine gauge adjustable loom to make socks that are thin enough to wear with shoes. 

These are made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in sky blue.   They were knitted on the blue knifty knitter, and they're definitely thick and warm enough to be slippers.  I guess they'd be awesome in boots in cold weather, but since I'm in Texas, I have no idea what real cold weather is. Smiley



Sorry for the crummy phone pics!

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6  I hate you the least. in Needlework: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: February 14, 2012 11:46:00 AM
After a long day at work or an especially disconcerting conversation regarding the state of the world/politics, my husband or I often sigh and say, "I hate people."  This is generally followed with, "But I hate you the least."  So, for this Valentine's Day, I stitched up that sentiment to remind him how much I love him. Smiley

(We're both actually very positive people and really don't hate anyone, but I know you guys get the humor.)

This will eventually get framed, but I barely finished it last night in the wee hours, so it's still awaiting some finishing touches.

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hate you all the least!

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7  First FO: Loops and Threads Pom Pom Yarn in Knitting: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: November 15, 2011 10:36:19 PM
I'm a newbie when it comes to hand knitting.  I've finished several loom-knit items, but I haven't been patient enough to just sit and practice knitting/purling to make anything more than practice squares let alone items I'd wear out of the house.  I bought some Loops and Threads pom pom yarn at Michaels on a whim, and I really, really enjoyed knitting with it.  The scarf is ridiculously plush, and it was a very quick knit.  I think just knitting the carrier yarn was actually easier to handle than regular worsted or bulky yarn as a newbie.

The Michaels site has an easy-to-follow video for both knitting and crocheting with the pom pom yarn (though I haven't figured out crocheting yet).  http://www.michaels.com/Bunny-Tail-Yarn-Video/LtBT1Vm2172u2,default,pg.html

This color of yarn is named Outdoors, and it's a really pretty combination of colors.  I'm just excited to actually finish a knitting project!  Grin
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8  PB&J Pillows in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: June 27, 2011 10:05:01 AM
Our bed is a little boring (and our bedroom is way too purple), so I made some bread stuffies.  I'm used to more traditional beds/bedding - so although I love our new bed, the bedding has me flummoxed.  I just need to give up on the "too many pillows" look that doesn't fit with more modern style furniture -- it just looks.....weird. Smiley



Some day we'll repaint our bedroom a more neutral color (grey, perhaps?), and then the bedding won't come across so plain.  Until then, the pillows will have to do to add much-needed interest.  They make me happy regardless!

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9  Love Never Fails Quilling in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by redheadedblonde on: February 04, 2011 04:19:41 PM
My brother recently married his longtime girlfriend this October.  Fittingly, they married on 10-10-10, soon after they celebrated their 10th anniversary.  They're adorable--my little brother is precious, and his wife is very much a sister to me.  They also have fun tastes and had their reception in a loft-style building in the warehouse area of downtown Dallas.  As such, they put up a lot of framed artwork and photos throughout the bricked space.  My husband and I decided to each make them a gift playing off the theme of "Love Never Fails" (since we read from 1 Corinthians 13 at the ceremony) that they could use.  

I love, love, love Yulia Brodskaya's art, and I must admit that my piece was heavily influenced by her.  My husband designed the piece for me, so I can't take full credit. Smiley


I was pretty happy with it - I found that it was way easier to use a light table and spray adhesive and just follow the design with the long strips (cutting and folding as necessary) than trying to make each piece individually - especially for the curvy "never" and the scrollwork.  I'll do this again, but I need to make sure to use a repositional adhesive then - the paper got kinda rough looking with the spray adhesive I used this time.  I ended up spray painting the paper with several coats of white in order to help mask the rougher spots.



In the frame/shadow box (it's actually quite small - a foot square in size:



And for kicks, my husband's wonderful art.  He screenprinted his design on a large square canvas he'd painted with red acrylic.  It was really, really hard to give it up.  It looked great over our mantle the few days we had it. Sad

Here's a link to his tumblr with the screenprint. Smiley

http://www.warholreject.com/post/1300789782/love-never-fails-check-out-these-crappy-1st



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10  Mini Me in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by redheadedblonde on: September 02, 2009 04:18:16 PM
I made this doll as a joke for my husband's coworker quite some time ago (like almost 2 years ago).  It was some inside joke they had - I think that his coworker had bought an Elmo doll for his niece and got some weird looks in the elevator at work while he was holding it - and that transpired into a big joke around the office of him carrying around a little doll of himself.  So, as a gift, I made this.  Of course, it took me a while, so I think he was weirded out at first when my husband gave it to him.  His coworker didn't really remember the joke (and he didn't really know me at the time) - but once he was reminded, he was pretty happy.

He keeps it on his desk, and I have to admit, that makes me very proud. Smiley  I think it's a pretty decent copy! ;-)


The hat is removeable, and the dinosaur is his pet. Smiley  The hardest part was not tossing the doll across the room in boredom while stitching the plaid on his shirt.
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