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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Back-YARD-i-gannnsss! on: December 27, 2011 04:45:57 PM
Once you hear that theme song, it's hard to get out of your head. Being happily childless, I hadn't been exposed to it before I heard that my 18-month-old niece LOVES the show. I decided to practice my stuffy-making skills on a sset of Backyardigans for her.

The result:


From left to right: Tyrone, Uniqua, Pablo, Austin, and Tasha (yes, I now know all their names).

My inspiration picture:


I haven't really made stuffies before, so I don't know if there's a proper method for it... I basically free-handed each character onto paper, cut it out, and traced it onto felt using a disappearing-ink pen. I used embroidery thread and a blanket stitch to make the bodies, and a combination of glue and stitches to add their clothing. I made eyes and mouths with self-adhesive felt.

They're all about 6" tall. Pablo's beanie propeller is a strip of felt with rounded corners, knotted in the middle. Uniqua's antennae are pipe cleaners that I wedged inside her head between stitches. They don't look as awesome as some stuffies I've seen online, but I guess a did a good enough job - my niece recognized them immediately and played with them all day. Her mother asked me where I got them (which is like the ultimate compliment to a crafter IMO). When I told her I made them, she freaked out and told me she'll be saving them long after my niece grows out of playing with them. That made me happy. Smiley

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Something Hand-made to go with Gift Certificates? on: October 05, 2011 07:28:28 PM
For Christmas, my bf and I give everyone gift cards. Everyone loves them, but it's boring, and it kills a little bit of the crafter in me to give such bland gifts (usually gift cards to Apple, Amazon, clothing stores, or restaurants).This year, I want to pair the gift cards with a hand made item that complements it.

I was thinking that I could pair homemade sweets with restaurant gift cards, but I'm having a hard time coming up with other gift card/gift combos. Maybe give the girls gift cards to a spa with some knitted pedicure socks? I'm a Renaissance Crafter, so I'm open to any ideas. Thanks in advance!



3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Book of Love on: February 20, 2011 04:33:09 PM
I loved all the 52 Reason books I was seeing here, but I wanted to do something a tiny bit different... so my boyfriend got 50 Reasons in an accordion-style book. The front and back covers are La Loteria cards that seemed fitting.

The front:


And the back:

(I thought he deserved to see some different boobies for a change.)

It might be fewer reasons, but the accordion means he can see them all at once and be overwhelmed by the love!



I used regular printer paper, folded it up, and pasted it together to make the right number of pages. Then i printed out all the reasons on our computer, cut and pasted them to different scrapbook papers, and pasted them to the pages. It was fun to make, and he really loves it.



I hope you had a good Valentine's Day too! Thanks for looking Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Cantaloupe Colored Craft Cave on: October 28, 2010 08:32:57 PM
I've had craft rooms in the last couple of places I've lived, but this is my favorite one yet. It's spacious, the wall color is energizing, and there's plenty of room for storage. Plus I have room to keep my craft queue out in plain sight, which helps motivate me to work on projects.

Now for the CraftPorn...

My craft table. This was my dining room table when I lived alone. All the drawers make it perfect for storing stuff.

See all the storage?

I love how these drawers match the table. I keep buttons, beads, jewelry findings, and other little things in them.

All my craft tools (scissors, knives & assorted sharps, clamps, brushes) go in these drawers.

Craft tool cubbies. I just need to label them.

My paper station! I've got a drawer for cardstock, inspiration papers, tissues, raffia, and construction paper.

My yarn! Sometimes it falls down and makes me crazy, but I like being able to see everything.

My knitting station - drawers for needles, patterns, WIPs, and my crazy stash of plastic yarn.

The Craft Queue. Very motivating. (The awesome abstract circles thing is something that my 7 year old brother made. He's amazing.)


So that's my room. Ever since I set it up, I've been feeling more creative and more productive. I love having my own Fortress of Craftitude to go to when I have energy to burn!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "I made the felt!!" on: October 16, 2009 04:31:50 PM
The posting title is a quote from my wedding day. I must have said it about 10 times (once to each guest at our wedding).

I think I had a reason to be proud, though. I used a simple tutorial on Martha Stewart's site to make a ring pillow out of a simple knitted swatch and a piece of felt. For the yarn, I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Persian Peacock (M124). On size 10 needles, I knitted a 5" square. I ended up buying some white roving off of Etsy to make the felt pillow that I sewed the swatch to. It was my first time wet felting... it was really fun!

Once I assembled the pillow, I sewed a piece of thin black ribbon to the center, to hold the rings in place. Here's a picture of the pillow and the rings:


You can't see my awesome felt in that one though - here's a pic that shows it off a little bit:


I was really pleased with how it came out. I hope you like it too!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A bouquet that will never wilt! on: October 16, 2009 04:12:48 PM
Hey everybody!

My wedding was July 10th - I've been too drenched in Wedded Bliss to post anything since then Smiley My husband and I had a small, SURPRISE wedding - we told our family that it was an engagement party. We also married exactly two months after meeting (incredibly romantic, yes).

Anyway. I wanted a bouquet that I could keep forever. I've heard about people preserving their bouquets, but apparently it's expensive... I also wasn't really down with the idea of cutting flowers just to carry them around with me for the day. It just seemed wasteful to me. So I decided to go another route and use one of my favorite crafts: papercraft! I wanted to make origami roses that I could paint to match my wedding colors (black & blue. Yeah, we're badass like that). After making some attempts and realizing that origami roses are FREAKING HARD, I thought I might have to give up on the idea. That is, until I went to Building 19, a discount store in MA, NH, and RI. When browsing the wrapping paper/party supply area, I found these:


They're meant to be bows for presents, I guess. But I saw something different. Inspired, I grabbed some floral tape, a bottle of craft paint that matched the blue in my wedding colors, and some clearance pipe cleaners at Michael's and went home.

To make my bouquet, I wrapped a pipe cleaner around the stapled portion of each rose:


Then, I covered the pipe cleaner in floral tape to make it look like a real stem. I painted about half them and left the other half white. Then I bunched them together and bound them with a piece of wide black ribbon.

The finished product:


It was exactly what I had envisioned, which made me really happy. And when it comes to your wedding day, isn't that what matters?

Oh, I should also mention that the total cost on this bouquet was $8 = .50 cents/rose, .50 cents for floral tape, .50 cents for the pipe cleaners, and $1 for the ribbon. Easily the cheapest bouquet ever.

Thanks for looking!


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I gave him my heart... on: February 14, 2008 02:19:22 PM
My house is like the World of Nerdcraft. Here's the Knit1 anatomical heart I made for my BF for Valentine's Day:




This was a great project for me. I learned how to knit on 3 dpns, and I was forced to get better at increases (I hate increasing). And it was probably the least mushy, and therefore most appreciated, V Day present I've ever given a guy.

Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Memento from Seattle on: January 24, 2008 07:07:03 PM
I spent a week in Seattle earlier this month. Rather than buy a bunch of cheap souvenirs, I decided to pick out some yarn while I was there and knit myself something that would remind me of the trip.


I did a little research on local yarn shops and decided to check out Hilltop Yarn, and picked up a skein of Silk Maiden by Handmaiden. The yarn came with a neck warmer pattern designed by one of the shop employees. After a week of nonstop knitting, and nonstop exclamations like, "I can't believe how wonderful this yarn is," and "I love this Handmaiden yarn!!" I finally finished it tonight. Now I have a beautiful souvenir of my trip to Seattle that will keep me warm in this horrible New England winter.



A closeup of the moss seed stitch:


Thanks for looking!

9  Washington / Washington: West / Recommendations for a crafty chick visting Seattle on: January 09, 2008 10:57:20 AM
I'll be in Seattle this weekend and was curious if anyone had any recommendations for interesting yarn or craft stores? I'm from New Hampshire, so I know nothing about what, if any, craftiness the west coast has to offer. Visiting new craft stores is my idea of sight-seeing.

So if anyone has any suggestions, let me know! I'll be bringing some knitting needles and crochet hooks with me, hoping to find some cool new yarn somewhere, maybe attempting to crochet an amigurumi Space Needle of something...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bag O' Soap on: September 06, 2007 08:39:09 AM
Another Xmas present from last year. I was not ambitious enough to make the soap this bag holds, but my SIL was still pleased with the gift.


I can't remember where I found the pattern, but I used a chevron stitch with size 8US needles and Sugar n' Cream yarn. The chevron stitch gives it Magic Exfoliating Properties. I crocheted the drawstring, which is the most crocheting I currently know how to do.

I think I am going to go make one of these for myself now...
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