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« Reply #2490 on: May 23, 2013 08:11:22 AM »

You guys need to enroll in the SWAP ADDICT thread... Grin
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« Reply #2491 on: May 23, 2013 12:28:59 PM »

So I got another one finished off my list. This is a necklace I made for my Mum a year or so ago but she has never really like the clasp I used. So I have re-strung it with a new clasp she chose this time.

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« Reply #2492 on: May 23, 2013 12:36:12 PM »

Whoa -- so much stuff!  I'm going to need ot take the weekend and go thru all the pages.

Popping my head in quickly to let you know what I've been working on.  Some of the projects are part of long-term bigger projects....

Two years ago I had retaining walls poured at the front edge of the yard.  The plan was to tear up the scraggly sod, fill in the dirt and turn them into big garden beds right on the sidewalk.  Unfortunately, there was a big gap between the wall and the steps up to the house.  It took me 20 months to get around to fixing that, but here we are:
19. Retaining bed walls!
I probably made the whole process harder than it had to be, and it took me all day to dig out the footing, prepare the forms, and mix and pour the concrete.  

A little misshapen, perhaps, but theyre poured on rebar into the ground and the adjoining wall for better or worse, theyre not going anywhere!

And now, I can finally top up the soil and put in plants which Im sure my neighbors will be very happy about!

Just in time, as I went to our big garden swap last weekend, and picked up a lot of prime candidates to put in the new beds.  The swap is a big deal, (112 people this year) and I usually take a lot more than I bring back.

20. Plants for the swap

This is 3 of the 5 crates of plants I took to swap about 70 plants altogether.  All from my gardens at work and home.  You can see some of the plants in the foreground are potted up in pop bottles; I start scouring the recycling bin several months in advance.  At least its one more use out of the things!

21. Door prizes for the swap
We always have a ton of door prizes to kick off the swap; this terrarium was one of several I took.  (Im always picking up glassware at the Goodwill with an eye to terrariums)

Last year I took several dish gardens of succulents, that got snapped up right away.  This year I fancied them up a little with legs of varying heights.  Theyre large tuna cans, with flat head machine screws held in with washers but I thought they turned out rather nicely.  (They were among the first things chosen!) I think Ill make a few more for myself; perhaps finish them off with a coat of bright spray paint.


And of course, theres got to be food..
22. Desserts for the swap

The potluck is always a big part of the swap, and I decided to go with desserts, rather than my usual pulled-pork-in-a-crockpot.  Lemon icebox cake with lemon curd and whipped cream, and two chess pies.  Pleased to say, they disappeared pretty quickly, too!

Of course, my post wouldnt be complete without a few knit items, right?
23. Sunny Days Strimmas
Made for my friends 3 year old, out of handcrafters cotton.  Took about a week -- I love this pattern!  


24. Lilac Times Strimma
In fact, I love it so much, I made another, for a 2 year old friend:

(Heres a link to the patterns, if you want to try its dead-simple knitting.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strimma )

And last but not least.
25. Kaylees Flight Cap
I actually made this back in January, but I misplaced it for a while.  Im a big fan of the criminally short-lived TV show Firefly and last year I found a knit-along on Ravelry for the show.  It got me thinking of things I hadnt seen on the show, but should have.  

I thought Kaylee, the homespun mechanic with a penchant for frilly things, would wear a flight cap like this.  Double knit with two different kinds of yarn, making up the pattern as I went along if Id just wanted a costume, it would have been easier to buy a surplus cap and embroider the flowers on it but I think I can knit anything!

Ive got a couple of things on the needle already, and more garden projects, and some furniture things I want to get to, and  back to crafting!

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« Reply #2493 on: May 23, 2013 12:57:54 PM »

Wow, you've been busy!  Great things.  I love your new walkway pour, can't wait to see the new garden completed.
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« Reply #2494 on: May 23, 2013 02:14:09 PM »

wow, yofi!  That must have been one incredible garden swap!  I love the little tuna can plants...and your walkway is a success...do you want to enter it in the big project challenge? Cheesy

I also adore the little dresses...knitted dresses are heirlooms...I hope they are passed down...what a lot of work!

I am so digging out the little glass containers my sister made me put in the Goodwill pile...I never thought to make terrariums out of them...I just thought they were for cotton balls... Grin
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« Reply #2495 on: May 23, 2013 02:51:16 PM »

It is an awesome swap, always; it started off more than a dozen years ago with a handful of people at a woman's house, and it's grown every year.  We've got an upstart fall swap a friend and I host that's going on 4 years, but so far we only have about 15 people.

Something about winter makes me obsess about terrariums.  I wish I'd taken pictures of the others I took to the swap.  I never spend more than $1 on the glassware, I use fish filter carbon pellets in the base, and put a layer of sheet moss around the outside so you can easily tell when they need more water.  I've also been having fun with little plastic figures from the model train store!

I just saw the challenge -- I may have a couple of large projects from the garden to enter!
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« Reply #2496 on: May 23, 2013 03:42:12 PM »

82.   Gloves
83.   Birthday earring

84.   Kushi earrings

85.   Plum cloche
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« Reply #2497 on: May 23, 2013 03:48:19 PM »

I love the colors you use!  So bold!  And the gloves are really really nice.  (I have a certain weakness for fingerless gloves.)

Do you starch the earrings?  Or how do you keep them from flopping?  They're pretty enough to almost tempt me into crochet....
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« Reply #2498 on: May 23, 2013 05:01:24 PM »

yofi thank you. and I don't use anything, I don't like the way they feel after. I like my crochet earrings to be soft.
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« Reply #2499 on: May 23, 2013 05:55:01 PM »

GAH!  I have so many projects going!  But lots of them are swap projects!  I'm in the swap addicts group!  Or at least I should be. Wink  I wasn't crafting much since Dad passed in December so I was trying to get my crafty mojo going again.  I've gone swap crazy!  I think I'm going to finish up the IYP, Pinterest Swap and Yoga swap then take a break.  Unless of course the Make a Friend Swap were to start up.  Roll Eyes  In which, I'm screwed!  lol

I still have a bunch of projects from my list going.... just don't seem to actually be finishing them.  *sigh*
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