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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Silly Girl Doll, Stuffed Dinosaur and Little Bunny No-Mouth on: December 30, 2007 06:52:08 PM
Christmas was fast approaching and I still needed gifts for my cousin's three kids. So I turned to the Internet for quick toy patterns.

The tutorials list in this section of Craftster brought me the Silly Girl doll, which seemed perfect for Lauren, who is four. Here's the tutorial.

http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2007/02/free_doll_patte.html

Only, yeah, that silly girl is not wearing a shirt! Here's my non-topless version:



She was actually a big hit, which was gratifying. Not as big a hit as the animatronic cats that mew and purr, but significantly less creepy, so there's that. Smiley

Then I looked for a dinosaur pattern, and did not find one to my liking. So I made one up -- drew a dinosaur onto a manila folder, cut it out of fabric, sewed the tops together from where the leg starts in the front to where the leg starts in the back, then put a folded square against the leg parts and sewed the leg parts onto the other fabric so it had four legs, not just two. Had to re-sew the front and back where the legs met the body after I stuffed it, so there's probably a better technique, but it all worked out. I embroidered the eyes when it was all done, actually, so they're kind of indented. If I'd left myself more time I would have given him spots! But not so much.



Finally, for the baby, I just drew the shape of this bunny directly onto the fabric, embroidered a face, sewed, stuffed, and closed, and ta-da! Little Bunny No-Mouth!



Baby Madeline was very cranky Christmas night. Overtired, or horrified by the no-mouth situation on her toy? Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Unseamly Sweater from Happy Hooker on: February 27, 2006 09:03:58 AM
Who wants to try this pattern with me? It's on page 203 of Debbie Stoller's new book, Stitch N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker.

I'm doing this one twice -- once in cheaper yarn, and once, if that works out well, in fancy yarn to wear at a fancy event at my workplace on March 28.

On paper it looks like an easy pattern, but I'm already in trouble. I needed it one increment bigger in the bust than the biggest size they had, so I tried very loosely chaining 8 stitches more than the largest size's foundation chain, then tested it around my hips (since the chain will be at the bottom). No good, so I added 8 more, then 8 more. OK, ended up with ch 140, for 70 v st's per round. Despite chaining as loosely as I could, I'm now on round 3 and the v st rows are noticably looser than the foundation chain. So that's not going to hang right.

So I think for version 2 I'll chain 3 times as many chains as I need V stitches and skip 2 instead of 1 in between V's on the first row. For this version I could either frog or finish off, turn it upside down and work into the foundation row again, this time decreasing a couple times, except I'm not sure how to elegantly decrease in V stitch. I guess I could figure out where the sides will be and then DC once into 2 of the V stitches on each side and then treat those 2 DC's as one V stitch in the next row.


3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hold My Place Bookmark Swap Gallery on: March 07, 2005 08:26:13 PM
Here's where photos of the awesome bookmarks you get can be posted! Yay!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Hold My Place Bookmark Swap (Signup CLOSED, send by 3/12/05) on: February 12, 2005 11:40:26 AM
Swap name: Hold My Place Bookmark Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AnnieKate
Sign-up date range: 2/12/05 - 2/25/05
Date to send item by: 3/12/05

Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Non-U.S. participants allowed?: Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+?: All Ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:

The PlaceSaver Bookmark swap was so much fun, I wanted to do it again!

Every participant will make 3 bookmarks to send, (one each to 3 other swappers), and receive 3 bookmarks (one from each of 3 other swappers) in return. If there's enough interest, we can have an over-18-only subset of participants.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Hold My Place Bookmark Swap
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IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Click that little grey IM balloon button under my name on the bottom left there.


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Edited to add:
HEY EVERYBODY! Delivery confirmation is not required for this swap.
5  Illinois / Illinois: North / Craft Fair in Oak Park on: November 30, 2004 11:25:56 AM
My friend Margaret's Unitarian church is having a:

Winter Bazaar - Holiday Artisans Fair

Join us for holiday shopping featuring handmade goods by local artisans.

At Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
875 Lake St
Oak Park, IL

Admission $5. Includes hourly historic tours.

December 11, 2-8 PM

Margaret is a beader and her stuff rocks.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Abercrombie & Fitch catalog on: April 05, 2004 07:25:12 PM
I have zero idea how I ever got on their mailing list. Not only have I never bought anything from them, but I don't think I've ever bought anything from any company that serve the same demographic as their target. But today I got an Abercrombie & Fitch "catalog". It's got all these artsy black and white photos on cardstock-weight paper. Dolphins, extreme close up of somebody's forehead, a guy and a girl in an about-to-kiss pose with the guy holding a monkey... All sorts of self-consciously weird stuff. Don't even get me started on the horse poses. What shall I do with it?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Duct tape wallet and change purse/card holder on: December 08, 2003 08:39:00 PM
Duct Tape Wallet and Change Purse

So I finally figured out the perfect crafty Christmas gift for my geek brother: A duct tape wallet. (I'm glad Comfits posted inspirationally about her checkbook cover here: http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=323)

I used these directions as a starting point: http://www.rpi.edu/~kirkd/dtwallet_making.html

But basically I just read them, digested them, and then winged it.

I bought a big roll of generic silver duct tape and four small colored Duck brand duct tape rolls in a canister. I constructed all the basic sheets out of silver and did much of the assembly with silver, then used the pretty colored parts for trim and some of the assembly. I made the main part of the wallet first, a big folded-in-half sheet, taped together at the edges. This is for bills. I made sure it was the right size by comparing it to my actual, non-duct-tape wallet.

 I made the ID window by taking clear heavy-duty mailing tape, folding it in half to make a clear, flexible plastic sheet, then taping blue tape around it as a frame.  Then I made a smaller sheet, folded it in half for a pocket on the left hand side, and on top of it taped the ID window. Taped the sides of the back flap to the left side of the wallet, then folded up the front flap with ID frame and taped that down. So I had three pockets behind the window, one for the ID, then another 2 receipt pockets behind it. Taped all that on.

On the right I just made two small card holder pockets. I made them by folding up a centimeter in the back, taping across the top of that, then folding up the main body of the pocket and taping down. Then I did the second one the same way, just below the first. The fold-up bit was meant to insure my brother's cards didn't get duct tape glue on them, which I feared they might if it was just a sheet taped on with no fold-up bit. Put a card in too hard, it gets down below where the duct tape sheet is and gets glue on it, see? I think I did most of the pockets in this project that way to avoid this situation... I hope I did it on all of them! But I think on the left side maybe not. Oops.

Then some blue trim, and I was done!





My girlfriend saw me constructing this project, and after first noting that I could have bought a wallet for the money I spent on duct tape (so not the point!) asked me to make her a change purse. She had a plastic one given out at school with a zip-lock style zipper thing at the top, which had broken very soon after it was given out. But it still had the keychain attachment, which came on a plastic post thingy, which I could reuse.

First I constructed a main pocket for her cards and stuff, then cut out a window and used clear plastic mailing tape, as above, to allow her to show off her beautiful student ID picture. (Everyone loves a student ID photo, right?) Again, this was all done with silver tape, topped with red tape for beauty. Then on the back, I made a smaller strip, long enough to form the front, back and top flap of a change purse. Then I accordion-folded little tiny sheets for expandable sides. The whole change pocket section stayed silver.

I cut a hole for the post of the keychain attacher on the top center front section, and a slit above that on the fold of the closing flap so the plastic part holding the post could go through, then I put it on and stuck it together.

The flap of the main pocket goes over the flap of the change purse, and there's sticky-backed velcro on both flaps. (Gluing on the sew-on style velcro does not work. I tried superglue and hot glue before giving up. But the sticky-backed velcro worked great.) I did all the trim in this with red duct tape, but she found that a little overly girly. It kind of looked like a red fake-leather pocketbook. So she requested some stripes in black. I then cut the black stripes to go around the window and the black squares on the back, which looked quite kicky if I do say so myself.

The stripes were the hardest part of the whole thing, though. The reason is that scissors get too gluey to cut straight after one cut. This is fine for most of the trim and construction work - you use the natural straight edge as your straight line and the messed-up line doesn't show against the rest of the tape of the same color. But obviously these stripes were meant to be contrasty, so all edges needed to be straight.

Ended up making sure the stripes were short enough to cut in one swipe, then doing each cut and then wiping the blades of my scissors with a bit of Goo-Gone on a paper towel. Little tedious, but what can you do? Smiley All the directions about duct tape stuff say to use x-acto knives, but those are a pain. I prefer scissors.

The result:


the front


the back


Top flap open, changepurse closed.


Look into both pockets.

I think if I were to do this project again, I'd be more vigilant about making sure the bottoms and sides of all pockets have no chance of getting glue on anything, by using tape glued from both inside and outside.  I think I'd also make sure pockets only had tape overlapping so that the transition is from a higher piece of tape to a lower piece of tape, clapboard-siding-style, to prevent anything catching on the edge of a piece of tape. Still, these turned out pretty well.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / AOL tin = Fridge shopping list. on: December 03, 2003 09:02:30 AM
While casting about in frustration for a notepad and pen last night to start a shopping list, inspiration hit. The deeper half of AOL tins have a small lip around the edge, perfect for keeping a pencil from falling off.

So I grabbed one from my extensive stash and colored around the edges with silver metallic sharpie to obliterate the suggestion to try new AOL 9.0 Optimized! (It took two coats - let the first coat dry a long time before doing the second.)

I then glued two relatively flat magnets to the top back with that silicone gel glue you've used to make picture marble magnets. I used flattish ones so the thing wouldn't tilt too much when I leaned my hand against it to write on the notepad. I could tell they would be strong enough to hold up the whole thing because I tried it by sticking them to the back of the tin first with their own magnetic magic powers, then stuck that to the fridge, and added the notepad and the pencil, and nothing slid around. Yay!

Step three was to take the paper backing off a Post-It notepad and stick the pad directly to the middle of the tin.

Step four, put on fridge, get small pencil to set on ledge, and write "Paper Towels" on the notepad so you don't forget again! This whole project took me less than five minutes, but I only did one coat of Sharpie before I put it up, didn't let the glue dry before sticking it up (hey, the magic magnetism will hold it while it dries if no one moves it) and haven't embellished it in any way. I'll post a pic after I go back and make it pretty. (I just really wanted to get the reminder to buy paper towels down before I forgot.  Tongue )
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