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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper dangly thing on: May 15, 2006 10:52:58 AM
I got a bug up my butt to make a new dangly thing for my baby to look at - she seems to like the color red and cheerful looking circles and none of the fancy toys I found online seemed to be exactly right.  So I came up with this...

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/Mobile/Mobile3.JPG

She seems to like it, but I can't figure out where to hang it.  Right now it's in a doorway and I have to hold her up to see it.

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/Mobile/Mobile1.JPG

Even if I didn't have a baby I think I would like having this in my house.  It's pretty sharp and modern looking...I've outdone myself!

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/Mobile/Mobile2.JPG

And here's a gratuitous picture of my cute baby - best DIY project I've ever undertaken.

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/Mobile/Nina.JPG
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / rag doll on: August 24, 2005 11:08:45 AM
I made her for my friend's baby.  I think she's awfully cute, although she came out a bit raggedy around the edges.  Well, she's the first one I ever made, so I'm proud.  What do you think?

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Crafty/ragdoll2.jpg

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Crafty/ragdoll1.jpg
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / using a sewing machine to make toys... on: December 21, 2004 07:05:39 AM
I want to buy a sewing machine, but I know absolutely nothing about them, except that whenever I used my mom's, I managed to mess it up somehow.  Can anyone help me figure it out?  I mostly want to use it for making stuffed toys, so I'll be sewing complicated shapes and weird materials.  I remember in the past, I had a big problem with not being able to control the speed - are there machines that are better at letting you sew slo-o-o-owly?  And can you sew fake fur, vinyl, etc. with a regular sewing machine, or do you need something special? 

Thank you sew (grr! argh!) much.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / reading crochet patterns on: December 21, 2004 06:19:06 AM
I keep finding the most excellent patterns on here, but I have no idea how to read them!  What do all those abbreviations stand for?  Can anyone help?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / cross-stitched kittens on: October 12, 2004 10:28:02 AM
Aren't they so cute? 

I made the pattern for this based on some little kitten avatars on the yahoo.jp site (they kind of resemble my cats - one stripy and one black).  I printed out avatars of me and my husband as well, but I think doing the whole family is a little too ambitious at this early stage in my cross-stitch career.  Anyway, what do I do with this now?  I have been going back and forth between framing it or making a pillow...but those seem like such boring options.  Is there something awesome I could do that I'm just not thinking of?

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/kittens.jpg
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / "stop bush" buttons... on: September 24, 2004 04:31:51 PM
They could just as easily spell out anything else, so let's not get into a big political debate.  I made 'em to wear around town during the Republican convention, and kept the ones on my bag until some guy stole the "S" off of it.  "Top Bush" sounded kind of, well, interesting, but it wasn't really what I was getting at.

Here are some buttons on my husband:


On my messenger bag:


My husband and a friend rocking the vote:
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween cookies (with a picture!) on: September 16, 2004 08:28:40 PM
For Halloween of 2002, I made these eyeball and skull and bone cookies. Served them on a bed of gummi worms. "Yum", said my coworkers (demonic hellspawn that they are). "Yum yum yum". And then they were gone...

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/cookies.jpg
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / bluebird bag on: September 16, 2004 08:24:06 PM
I did this a couple years ago -- my sister gave me one of these silk passport bags, and I thought it was missing something.  Something like...a bluebird.

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/bluebird.jpg

It was my first successful embroidery, so I am quite fond of it!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1970s crewel embroidery on: September 16, 2004 08:20:07 PM
I bought this excellent crewel embroidery kit years ago on Ebay and finally got around to making it.  It was fantastic!  I loved that you can be really free-form with it, and how many different kinds of textures you can get.  Now I'm all inspired to create some funky modern designs like the ones at Wool & Hoop (http://www.woolandhoop.com/)

Here's what the finished piece looks like:

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/crewel1.jpg

And some close-ups showing the different kinds of stitching (it came with a very elaborate instructional diagram involving footnotes and arrows and explanations of each stitch, but after a while I got confident enough to kind of wing it):

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/crewel2.jpg

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/crewel3.jpg

http://www.saschasegan.com/leontine/Craftsy-bot/crewel4.jpg

The kit had instructions for turning it into a pillow, but I think I'm going to frame it.  At any rate if you like embroidery, but also like getting kind of crazy and messing around in the middle of things, you should play around with this crewel stuff.   Cool
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Basic knitting kits? on: August 03, 2004 12:47:17 PM
I've knitted before, but not very well, and in a disorganized fashion.  I'm thinking if I could buy a kit that had needles, instructions, yarn, etc., it might help me get my act together and really learn how to do this properly. But the places I've seen online have kits for kind of ulgy socks and stuff, but nothing nice.  Can you recommend any sites that sell decent kits for beginners?

Thanks!!
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