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21  Ninja clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lamantin on: August 27, 2007 12:24:45 PM
I got really sick of my kitchen clock. It was just a silver IKEA clock, but it felt really boring.


(Before.)


(After.)

It doesn't look quite that blotchy in real life, at least I didn't notice it while hanging, but I did notice that the masking tape slipped a bit around the edge. I'll probably do some touch-up with a q-tip and some remover, or something.

The ninja is Fimo and glued on.
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22  Red crocheted purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 24, 2007 05:01:33 AM
I made a purse for a friend - the lining is hand-sewn because I didn't know what mood my sewing machine was in. The lining is an old T-shirt. The front pocket is a lined granny square.



The pictures are lightened because the originals showed no stitch details. It's pretty bright red.


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23  Simple pottery apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 24, 2007 03:28:24 AM
I'm posting this for one main reason - I got all the way through it without my sewing machine going chugchugkrtf. I think it may be happy again. (Touch wood.) Another yay note is the bag of cool fabrics I'd forgotten I inherited from my grandmother, which will now be made into dresses and stuff.

I'm taking another pottery class this weekend, before the night classes later in the semester. Last time I used a big apron I had, and folded it down, but now I wanted one specifically made for this purpose.



You may notice that it's HUGE. This is so I can sit down and spread my legs comfortably and still have my thighs covered. It's also handy for wiping your hands on.
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24  Gigantic lined tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 23, 2007 05:35:07 AM
You know how they say "measure twice, cut once"? I would like to amend that one of those times should be not at two in the morning. I made a great tote bag, but it came out way huger than I intended, and I didn't realize it until I was halfway through. In hindsight, I could have cut off part of the top and made it a wide and not-as-deep bag, but there were already pocketses attached.



It's kind of sad that it's a bit too huge to use, because I love bags with lots of pockets, and these all turned out pretty well. I still have a lot of the polkadotted fabric, though, so I may just make another one in a more user-friendly size. This one was practice, I guess - and may make a great beach bag for next summer.
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25  Crocheted skinhead and 50's girl dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lamantin on: August 20, 2007 02:51:49 PM
I had this sudden random urge to crochet a skinhead doll. I'm not sure why.



I tried to give him folded-up pants, but it wasn't really visible so I scrapped it. I may try again.

Then I had this idea to make a whole set of subculture dolls in the same vein, and started with a 50's girl. I don't know how clear her subculture is - I might shorten her bangs some, and maybe embroider on some tattoos? Or make a tiny fimo cherry necklace. =)



I have ideas for more dolls, but that's a lot of small tight fiddly crocheting and my hands need a rest.

(Maybe tomorrow...)
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26  Simple portrait-cover journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 15, 2007 03:47:00 PM
I made a stencilled portrait of a friend for a care package. (I also made an ABBA The Movie cover, but it didn't come out that great.)



I'm probably going to put some fun stuff in the first couple of pages, and then leave the rest blank for her.
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27  iPod iPod cozy; monster, uterus, and dolphin in Crochet: Completed Projects by lamantin on: August 15, 2007 03:44:07 PM


I made this today - I can't decide if I regret decorating it. I may make a plain one. This one has a double loop on the latch, so that it can be long enough to hold the earbuds when I'm not using it. (The cozy itself took about an hour and a half.)



This was supposed to be scary, with a sewn-on bloody head. But I ran out of yellow and the shape got a bit bowling-pinny, and the blood looked more like a scarf. I try to think of it as ugly-cute.



Sad uterus, will go to a friend. The bottom is gathered to look like a cervix, but I couldn't get a good shot.



My niece saw the previous things and said "I like dolphins, could you make a dolphin?" I suppose opinions might vary as to what the answer is. (It's smiling.)
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28  Stitch markers, robot, earrings in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by lamantin on: August 13, 2007 09:15:50 AM
I picked up a primary colors set - I had a few colors from before -  and today I played around a bit and tried to get some other shades. The primaries are a bit obnoxiously bright.



Some stitch markers. I tried making a sugar skull, too, but I think it was too small for proper detail. Looked kind of funky.



A robot! I may wear him around my neck or make a key chain or something. Haven't quite decided.



Earrings for a friend.



Earrings for me, maybe? Note shifty eyes...



Tools for a charm, or maybe another stitch marker.

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29  Hat with skull in Knitting: Completed Projects by lamantin on: August 12, 2007 05:16:57 AM
I have yet to learn to knit from patterns, so this is a hat knitted as a flat vaguely triangular shape and then assembled. (It's a bit lumpy in the back because I did some calculation of yarn and needles and head size and clearly got it wrong. If I wear it sideways it's sort of beret-y.) I need to go pick up sock needles and have another stab at vaguely tubular shapes.



The skull is crocheted and sewn on.

It took me two evenings at my best friend's place - they were her needles, since all my stuff was at home, and she wouldn't let me leave with them... =)
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30  Crafty ninja storage! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 12, 2007 04:42:57 AM
I went to IKEA and picked up some new plastic tubs for storing yarn and fabric and stuff, but I don't like smaller things and tools rattling around in too-big containers and having to root around for them. So I also got an unfinished wooden little chest of drawers.



Ah, storage fit for a craft ninja.

(Black and antique-white acrylic paint. Ninja stencil made in Photoshop and rollered on, then some clean-up of details with a small brush. I can't decide if the top of his head looks a bit weird, or if that's just, er, bunching material. )

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