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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Simple portrait-cover journal 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.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / iPod iPod cozy; monster, uterus, and dolphin 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.)
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Stitch markers, robot, earrings 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.

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat with skull 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... =)
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crafty ninja storage! 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. )

26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / RAAAR (monster!) on: August 10, 2007 08:55:22 AM
This is Eustace. (He's a monster, not a cat.)



He's my first non-square-or-hat crochet project (except for two catnip toys I made yesterday) and I definitely need a smaller hook. And a LOT more practice. (I made the head last night - I originally stuffed it with cotton, and then when I wasn't quite so tired realized that could get wet and collapse, so I went and picked up some proper stuffing. And more yarn. Ahem. But the head is now not as tightly stuffed, because I emptied and re-filled it through a small hole.)

I'm going to send him in a sort of cheer-up care package to a friend, I think - I may give him fangs, I haven't quite decided.

(ETA: No pattern, just improv.)
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cat furniture on: April 28, 2007 02:58:27 PM
I have an old cat climbing/scratching post. It's decent, but it's starting to lean and tilt, and I cannot find the right key to tighten it - also it's boring and not that pretty.

So I'm thinking about building a new piece of cat furniture, from this:

http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/55115_PE160115_S4.jpg

I've found some used ones online. I'm thinking maybe paint (in that case black), put in deep red fur-covered shelves, cover the outside "steps" with fur, put sisal or some other good scratching material (IKEA's ready-made hallway sisal rugs, maybe) on the sides, make make a little cubbyhole by putting fur on the sides and top of one of the spaces the shelves make and making a smaller entrance, so the cat that loves to go inside small spaces can have her own little haven - maybe even salvage the "tube" from the present climbing post and screw it to the outside.

Any tips, ideas, hints, experiences? I'm still considering the drawbacks and benefits of glue vs staple gun for the different parts of the project.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Robot lamp on: April 23, 2007 11:52:40 PM
It's not terribly crafty, but it's the craftiest I've been in a while.

I got so sick of my boring white lampshades. I drew up a robot, taped it to the inside of the shade, and went over it in Sharpie. I haven't decided yet if I want to fill up the entire shade with robots and cog wheels and the such, but I immediately felt better.

Whole lampshade.

Close-up.
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