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271  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Floral vine scarf, and link to my first crochet pattern if anyone cares on: October 23, 2009 03:00:57 PM
I made this about a week ago for my swap partner in the most recent Random Swap and she just got the package today so I can post this now.  It is inspired by a pic off of her wist for a leafy scarf/lariat.  I used some leftover cotton yarn, and silk yarn I had to make leaves, and I thought it would be nice to make flowers for it, so I did a simple 5 petal flower, and embellished the centres with some green iridescent beads I had.

If anyone wants the pattern, it is posted on my blog.  I would appreciate any feedback about it if anyone does try it, since it is my first time writing up a crochet pattern.

272  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jade and purple set on: September 24, 2009 06:37:57 PM
I had forgotten about this for a bit.  I sent this to my swap partner as part of the last Bead Soup swap, and did not post it because I wanted it to be a surprise.  She just recently got her package, so I can post it now.  It is made from jadite donuts and some amythest purple glass beads I had, as well as rose quartz, and jadite sphere beads, some crystal rondelles, and some patterned glass beads I had.  I made a ribbon tie as she is allergic to metals, and used nickel free rhodium crimps, after confirming she was OK with that.  It's similar to a necklace I made before, that I loved, but gave away as well.  One day, maybe I finally will make one for myself Cheesy

I felt it needed earrings, and the jadite donuts I had did not match the one for the necklace, but still, I used a similar colour scheme so they could be worn together or apart.

273  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fulled knit flower purse on: September 24, 2009 06:14:02 PM
I learned, with this project, that larger needles/looser tension = better results when felting/fulling.  I made this for the Fill a Box Canadian Style swap, and was VERY pleased with the results.

It was made on size 11 circulars, with a double strand of Elann Peruvian Highland wool.  Based off a Crystal Palace free pattern I found.  I love the pattern for the handles, because they have a nice rounded edge to them.  I added a magnetic clasp inside it help hold it closed.
274  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Lots and lots of stencilled stuff - shirts and totes - pic HEAVY on: September 24, 2009 06:04:12 PM
I have been really enjoying making stencils, and I think I am improving my technique.  I made several shirts for the Fill a Box Canadian Style swap, and then went on from there to make another shirt (and more planned) and a bunch of stencilled totes.  Christmas is going to be tight on the budget this year, and these totes will help fit the bill.

Here are the shirts.  I just did this koi one.  I did it a bit off to the side to see if I would like it that way.  I wish I put it a bit lower and more to the side, but I am still happy how it turned out.  You can't see in the pics, but I used some gold fabric paint to highlight some of the scales and fins.  I think my youngest neice will like this one.

Here are the shirts I did for the swap:

Front of a crayon shirt

Back of the crayon shirt with an old song for Crayolas (not realising when I did this that I was dating myself - seriously, no one remembers this jingle???)

A tree frog shirt - loved this one.  If I was skinnier and could wear this shirt, it would never have been mailed!  The frogs have a bit of glitter to them, and go up one side, on one sleeve, and one frog is goind down the back, over the shoulder.  Sneaky little frogs Cheesy

An Edmonton Oilers shirt

And a dump truck shirt for a toddler boy

Here are the totes I did.  I did three floral ones before, and this week, I tried a few other images:

First off, a small stand of bamboos - I used a bit of copper on the trunks

A birdie on a limb

My favourite - Badass Samurai Hello Kitty (Kitty with a Kill Bill Vibe) - I am tempted to keep her!

and the Buddy Christ from Dogma
275  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass tile pendents with origami paper, my first attempt on: September 21, 2009 07:37:59 AM
This stuff is incredibly addictive - and that is not just the fumes from the adhesives talking.  I love the origami paper from The Paper Place on Queen West in Toronto, and bought a couple of their scrap packs to make these pendents.  Now I want MOOOOOOORE!!!

My favourite is the red one!

276  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Floral tote - my first acetate stencil and a few lessons learned on: September 06, 2009 11:07:27 AM
So I started out earlier this summer making a stencilled Ozzy apron very simply with cardstock, and I have moved on to freezer paper stencils since (not posting here because some of it is for a swap I am in and want to keep them a surprise).  I decided I would try to make something that was reusable, and made some stencils from acetate/transparency film.  This is my first attempt using them.  Lessons learned - when one has a can of stencil glue for more than a few years, the nozzle may be a bit gunky.  There is a reason the instructions say to blot some of the glue before applying it to the surface.  Also, read instructions on how to clean the stencil and make sure to have cleaning agent on hand before using said stencil.  Hopefully I can salvage the stencil after I get some baby oil to clean it :C

Anyways, the adhesive came out a bit gloppy and the adhesion was not great in some spots so I had some bleeding, but overall, not bad for my first try.  I will do another with a freezer paper stencil and see how I like it.  I am pleased with how the colours blended for the flower - hard to see, but the white centre is actually a pearlized paint, so there is subtle glitter.

I will be doing a variety of designs for bags for Christmas, now that they have banned free plastic bags for shopping in our city.

277  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Shipping in North America - courier vs. federal postal services?? on: September 02, 2009 02:41:03 PM
OK, so I am a bit frustrated with Canada Post, I shipped a package out August 23rd, and it made it from Scarborough to the Mississauga location (what, an hour drive at worst?) FOUR OR FIVE DAYS LATER.  It made it to the States soon afterwards, but now I can't track it to see if it made it to my swap partner - I know she doesn't have it in hand yet.  This package was in a pretty compact (but heavy) box, and including fuel surcharge and GST cost me about $18.25 roughly, both for 3 day ground service.

I just did an estimate on Purolator and FedEx, and for the first, the estimate is $23.93, and the latter, $18.98.  I used to ship stuff FedEx all the time when I worked for a dental supply company - that was their shipper of choice, but have not dealt with them in over 11 years.

Have others used the courier services instead of the federal postal services - would you say that is a better option?  I am going to presume that because it is a private service from door to door, that I would be able to track it right to delivery.
278  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Does acetate make a good stencil? on: August 30, 2009 06:14:25 AM
I was wondering if printing from a laser printer onto acetate and then cutting it out would make a decent permanent stencil?
279  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A super quicky etched project - owl votives on: August 21, 2009 04:04:22 AM
Usually I wait for the paint to dry fully in case I want to cut away or make any adjustments, and to make sure that it has adhered fully to the glass.  This time I waited only until it was touch dry.  Just because I was impatient.  What I SHOULD have done was make sure the taped sides adhered fully before applying the compound, otherwise, I am pleased with it.  I thought the owls look cute.

280  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / mini beaded irises on: August 21, 2009 03:57:39 AM
I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them.  I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet.  If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension.  Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.

They are only about an inch high.

Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
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