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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I carry your heart... on: December 26, 2013 08:59:18 AM
I made this "love note" for my DB for Christmas this year.  My Aunt once told me "one does not love deeply enough if unmoved by E.E." and it always stuck with me. This is a quote from one of my favorite poems by him.



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2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moon & Owl Xstitch on: October 11, 2013 11:36:00 AM
I made this for my partner, Mellifluous in the Vintage/Retro Halloween swap last month.  The pattern comes from the company Stitch & Frog who are just about the friendliest people EVER!
I really loved this pattern and it was hard to part with but she is a very awesome swapper and person who totally deserved it!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Long Tailed Elf Hat & Legwarmers on: October 09, 2013 08:52:15 AM
Whew! This project took me way too long to finish.  It wasnt difficult and I got like 7/8 of it done, I had half of one leg warmer to finish and to make & attach the pompom but Then. Just. Stopped.
Do you ever just get bored with something or find better things to do? LOL!

Thats what happened hereplus school started so I think I got a little bombarded with too many things that had immediate deadlines. Whereas the baby this is for isnt due until December so I kept putting it off. It is a weight off my shoulder to finally be done tho!



This WIP pic shows the color waaay better. The finished picture was taken at about 10:30 last night so the lighting was not ideal AT ALL. But I wanted to bring it in to work today for the woman I made it for (its for her first granddaughter) so I had to settle for lamp light.



This is the hat pattern
http://www.oodles-4-noodles.com/2011/03/long-tailed-baby-elf hat-tutorial.html
This is the legwarmers pattern 
http://smashley.blog.com/2010/01/12/baby-legs-pattern/

Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autumn Cowl on: September 06, 2013 04:36:12 PM
I've been getting into a super "Fally" mood recently.  A few cool mornings have got me really looking forward to Autumn!
I whipped this up. It's a simple pattern I just winged using bulky yarn (Lionbrand Homespun in WildFire) and an N hook.
 
Chain 19, DC in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, (DC, Ch 1, Dc), skip 2 ch, all the way across, DC in last chain. Turn. Chain 3.*
Repeat from *to* until cowl is desired length. 
Attach pretty buttons that will fit thru the spaces in your stitches.





Thanks for looking,
C&C always welcome!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chubby Teddy Bear Rattle on: August 24, 2013 03:38:23 PM
My oldest friend in the world just had her first baby last month.  He is the sweetest little thing!  She lives about 3 hours away from me so I only just got to meet him last weekend. 
I wanted to bring something for him and decided to make this cute rattle http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chubby-teddy-rattle
The pattern was super easy to follow but I changed things up a bit though, I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook.  I also didn't have a "rattle insert" and found out they're pretty much only sold in multiples  Undecided  I don't know when I'll ever be making another rattle and my craft area is overflowing as it is so...I had jingle bells left over from Christmas gift wrapping.  I just stuck them inside the stuffing of the head and it sounds exactly like a rattle!!



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6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Octopus Pouch! on: August 08, 2013 07:21:26 AM
What Craftster Means To Me
To me Craftster is an amazing community of positive, creative and above all inspiring individuals!!

With all the nonsense on the internet today and the amount of negativity associated with it all, it is SO refreshing to be able to come to this little corner of the interwebs that is so uplifting, enthusiastic, motivational and encouraging every day!
One of my favorite things about Craftster that really adds to the "community" part of it for me is swapping!  So many creative ideas and minds working on similar projects all around the world and sharing their handmade goods with each, it's so wonderful!

I just participated in the One Fab Zippered Pouch swap and made this little goodie for my partner...

Front of the finished pouch.


This is a side shot to show the puffiness of the octopus. I stuck a little bit of stuffing behind him to add some depth.


Back of the finished pouch.


And the inside I used a different fabric that kept up with the Octopus theme  Cheesy


Here is an in progress shot I took while embroidering the octopus on. (I personally love WIP pictures of all the different methods and processes of creating.)


Something I also love about Craftster is how helpful everyone is.  I used this tutorial to sew in the zipper for the pouch.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408626.0#axzz2bNrNk6Fa

I've been on Craftster for just over 6 years now and loving every minute of it!
Happy 10 years!!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slouchy Hat on: September 21, 2012 07:58:26 AM
Fall is my favorite time of year and even the slightest hint of cooler weather gets me excited!  We had a few cool nights a week or two ago so I had an itch to make myself a cute hat.  Plus my boyfriend and I are going 'leaf peeping' in Vermont over Columbus Day weekend so I need a hat!  Isn't that the cutest term, I never heard that before until I started looking into the trip  Cheesy
I found this pattern on ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tante-pose  It looked pretty cute and fairly simple.  I ended up using a hook one size up and chained 65 in the beginning. I followed the rest of the pattern as written.  I first used a different yarn, it was kind of an off white color but it was waaay too stiff and had horrible drape.  So I started over with this scarlett red color that I had plenty left of.
I love it and I can't wait for when it's cold enough to wear!!

Sorry for the crappy phone pic, I don't have batteries for my real camera  Undecided



Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Much Prettier Planter on: September 21, 2012 07:38:59 AM
My mom moved to Tucson, AZ last year from PA where my sister and I are.  The house she used to live in here had a ginormous greenhouse so she handed down a few of the plants she couldn't take with her to my sister and I.  One of the plants I got was this adorable Haworthia succulent.  It's a very dark green color with white specks on the leaves and it's spikey, it's sometimes mistaken for aloe (even tho it's a lot smaller). 
Even tho I love the plant, I hated the planter it was in.  It was also a dark green and it totally took away from the color of the plant.  Plus it was pretty plain and boring. After perusing pinterest one day I saw some cute terracotta pots that were jazzed up with lace.  I knew I could do the same thing so I busted out some paints, lace and mod podge!
I mixed up this beautiful blue color, mod podged over it so that when I water the plant the acrylic paint won't get ruined and added the lace trim. 
I love it now!! 
Here's a before and after shot...



He acually lives on top of my TV stand but the color blue was not coming out well in the pictures I was taking inside.

Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocodile Cuff Bracelet on: September 21, 2012 07:16:46 AM
I actually decided to refer to the crocodile stitch as the dragon stitch for my mom.  I made her this cuff bracelet for her birthday and she loooves dragons so it made sense to me!
This is the first time I've made anything with Crocodile stitch but I really like.  It has lots of texture to it.  Even in just a plain pearly white it was beautiful!



thanks for looking!
C&C always welcome!!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blackwork Tudor Rose on: May 22, 2012 06:58:16 PM
In the ongoing hoopla swap round 6 I chose a partner who listed Blackwork as a theme.  I've never actually done any blackwork but I think it is so beautiful, this was the perfect excuse!  I looked all over the place for a good design and finally settled on a tudor rose becuase my partner also listed Tudor History in her themes. 
While making this I was able to use all the different craft books I've gotten at rummage sales and thrift stores over the years to find different patterns which made me happy!
This took much longer than I expected but the end result was well worth it.  It was pretty easy to work on while vegged out on the couch in front of the TV too.  After the first few repeats of the pattern is done, you don't have to think too much.  Wink



Here are some in progress shots too in case you're interested...







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