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21  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: March 22, 2008 09:47:40 AM
March Gallery of Completed Projects

An elephant based on Susan B Anderson's pattern, knit for my sister to give as a gift at her friend's baby shower. Since I had such a strict deadline (thanks sis for requesting so much to be mailed in less than two weeks' time), I didn't think it was appropriate to try and teach myself to crochet for the ears. Luckily someone on Ravelry had posted a pattern for knit ears.

The second gift of my triad of baby gifts, Saartje Bootees. I've had these bookmarked for ages, so I jumped at the chance to finally knit them up. Isn't that the problem with baby patterns? They're so darn cute, you wanna knit them all, but it's kinda hard to justify when you know no one with babies. Anyways, the mom is against pink (thankfully, baby girls are always given too much pastel pink), but loves purple. I went with purple for my other gifts but decided to throw some orange and turquoise in, so this little girl knows that other colors can be feminine too!

The final gift in the baby triad this month is a baby blanket with an embroidered, personalized patch. I had another excuse to use my favorite fabric pattern, which is perfectly girly without being pink! (I must find a use for this fabric for myself, I'll be so sad when I use up my entire supply.) My sister requested I make the Bend the Rules Sewing scalloped baby blanket (like I did for a baby gift last fall), but seeing as the absolute latest I could send the package out was Wednesday and I started the embroidery on Monday night, I just did not have the patience to follow all those curves at 11:30 Tuesday evening. I also hand embroidered a name patch with a Wee Wonderfuls' Summer Stitchette, which really helped make the plain square blankie special.
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22  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: February 05, 2008 06:13:32 PM
February Gallery of Completed Projects

This playful little guy was knitted up for a winter blah swap I'm participating in. I've been holding on the pattern forever and finally got around to using it. His legs are moveable and he has a knitted blue coat as well.

Project #4 - Recipe Book

This matches the apron I made at the end of January, together they are my sister's birthday present. She needed a way to keep the Everyday Foods recipes that she enjoyed without having to keep the entire magazine. I found a photo album that fit the pages perfectly, added some dividers and then covered both covers to match the apron. I even made it so the fabric covers won't impede adding additional pages. Each cover has its own fabric sleeve.

Yes, I realize I skipped Project #5. I need pics of it yet. Anyways, I whipped this tote up in a couple hours this afternoon. It is a pattern from Bend the Rules Sewing and is part of my mom's birthday present. My mom has expressed a tiny bit of interest in knitting, and as she gets older she's concerned about her mental well being since her father has Alzheimers. I got her the book You're Never Too Old to Knit and then put together a beginning knit kit with yarn and needles for two good beginner projects, as well as this small project bag.

Project #7 - Newspaper Tote Box

Between newspapers, junk mail and paper board boxes, our pile of recyclables get unruly every week. We put the paper recyclables on half of the bottom shelf on a bakers rack in our chicken, which is nice that we have a place to put them, but they would fly everywhere especially by the end of the week. I created this tote to keep things contained. Now they can only slide out from one side as opposed to 5 (4 sides & the top by default). Better yet, I was able to use stuff from my stash to make it! Yay for no new supplies.

It's become a tradition for me to create a fantasy baseball team shirt for my husband every year for Valentine's Day. The perfect gift for the man who claims he neither wants, nor needs anything. A simple freezer paper stencil done on a tee shirt, inked in with Tulip fabric paint and heat set. Can't get any easier than that!

A recent swap partner sent me all the stuff to knit myself some Fetchings, and I jumped on that this weekend. I still can't believe I knit something for myself. After wearing them all day, being comfy cozy, I might have to knit these in several different colors. I just don't have much that goes with pink.
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23  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: January 22, 2008 05:42:43 PM
January Gallery of Completed Projects

50 in 2008: Project #1 - Leafy Pouch

Not quite sure what it's for yet, but I got to use some of my favorite fabric finally on a project for myself. That's a huge step for me.

I planned on making this in December for a Christmas present. And to be well ahead of the Tie One On deadline of January 31. Alas I did not even start until January 30, but I still managed to finished in time! Luckily the intended recipients birthday falls at the beginning of February.

Two projects in January, not too bad. I have a third that is almost done except for the finishing. Guess that will have to wait for February.
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24  Oh Christmas Wreath, Oh Christmas Wreath in Knitting: Completed Projects by CraftNClutter on: December 07, 2007 08:45:35 PM

I finished up this Felted Christmas Wreath last night after a couple hours of pinning flowers. I must say my fingertips are a bit raw today.

I found the pattern in the Winter 2006 Cutting Edge magazine (I don't think they publish it anymore and that was the only issue I ever got). I was determined to make the wreath for our condo last November, but then we found out we had to move and packing and other Christmas presents got top priority.

I only got 1/4 of the way through 1 skein of Snow colored wool doing stockinette before it was put away last year (knitting straight St st in  white for 2 skeins is really, really boring). We ended up buying a house in our new town at the end of September, so renewed interest in the project occurred.

So about 13 months later, I'm finished.

Now I'm debating if I really should hang it on the dooroutside.
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25  Travel Activity Case in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by CraftNClutter on: July 30, 2007 05:11:20 PM

I made this travel activity case up for my nephew for Easter. He's two and him and his mom were planning a trip to visit us by train (every boy's dreamchoo choo!) a month later. I figured a few different activities in one convenient package was every mother's dream (umchoo choo! wait, no).

First I hand painted the three little pigs figurines, then the driving mat which was done on gessoed muslin with acrylics with a spray sealer on top.

After that I just winged it. Made up my own pattern, I knew I wanted an outside pocket for a drawing pad and sleeves for chubby (no-roll) crayons, and elastics on the inside to hold a couple cars and 4 figures.

Plus I wanted it to be small enough to sit on a toddler's lap.

The case was also constructed around plastic canvas, so it is very stiff, but still washable.

I'm tempted to work another one up, but with no one to give it to, I don't really have any external motivation.
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26  Re: May 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftNClutter on: June 21, 2007 07:55:51 PM

Catsjewelry let me know she received from me a couple weeks ago, so I thought I'd post what I crafted hera business card holder.

She said she like horses, so I used a navy bandana print and the greatest red horseshoe print!

I also sent along an assortment of fun print fat quarters and large scraps, but I didn't get a pic of those before they were packaged up.
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27  Re: May 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftNClutter on: June 21, 2007 07:51:49 PM

I received this tiny, little black kitty from SakanaSea last week. So cute, he just fits in the palm of my hand. He's nameless still, but has a new home in my scrap ribbon jar. The perfect place for a playful kitten.
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28  Re: THE JUNE GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by CraftNClutter on: June 12, 2007 07:32:33 PM
Thought I'd share the personal swap ATC I received from Teeisme. I begged her for it and she happily obligedthankfully.

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29  Re: May 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftNClutter on: May 18, 2007 06:10:39 PM
My whole birthday package from Rockstr009!

It was fun, fun, fun, to get an early birthday present. She sent me a knitted market bag, which has been one thing that I've been wanting for awhile but never made time to make one. And then were the surprises an Indian handkerchief with pretty birds and handmade lilac soap from a local NC artisan (I'm still contemplating using it or maybe leaving it in my car so it will smell amazing all the time).

A close up of the handkerchief, I might use it for a project, but most likely I'll just wear it!

My new market bag, testing out it's stretchiness before the farmer's market tomorrow.

Thank you very much, Rockstr009! A proper thank you is on its way.
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30  Re: The End of Harry Potter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftNClutter on: April 27, 2007 07:35:59 PM
I received from kcfirecracker today. I went to pick the package up at the Post Office during my lunch hour, and the rest of my day was spent curious of what was inside my very first ROUND package!

Exciting, right? I mean, how often do you get a round package in the mail?

Am I weird for being so into the package which ended up being a very clever way of recycling and my next swap package will most likely be going out in the same tin. Well, onto the good stuff. In no particular order, except my favorite piece is last.

Stitch Markers

Super Cute cork coasters with little drawn tiles, my favorite being the little Potter familyAwww!

A mod HP smock apron. KC probably thought I was normal  Wink in the chest area, which I am not well endow. I may have to do a tiny bit of modifying to make up for where I'm lacking. Ha. I almost threw in on immediately to cook dinner, but decided to wait and let my husband take some photos of me first before I slopped it up.

And my favorite, a Remus Lupin eye mask! Recently I've been having a tough time sleeping/falling asleep and have been wishing I could find my old eye mask that I never used. I must have tossed it in a recent move. But now I have my favorite character as an embroidered eye mask. Yay!

Thanks, KCFireCracker!
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