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1  Pink and Purple Baby Hats and Booties in Knitting: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: January 08, 2008 10:35:17 AM
I'm on serious cute overload!

The set on the right is going with the crocheted blanket I made for a friend. The set on the left was, well while I'm at it..... my six year old will probably snatch it for her Kitty from Build a Bear.
Took me about two days to do both.
How did I do? Am I getting better at knitting yet?  Cheesy

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2  Pink and Purple Baby/Tot Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: January 08, 2008 10:31:48 AM
I'm on cuteness overload!
I made this for a girl who works with my mother. I made her wedding cake and a towel cake when she got married. Well, not two months after she got married, her new husband was deployed. Then she found out she was pregnant!
Having some limited income problems, I racked my head as to what to make for her.

Thus we have my very first crocheted blanket. The body is double crochet. The fringe I winged, (never having done fringe before). I free styled it, so it came out way bigger than I expected, but will last the wee one longer that way.

On to the pictures!

You can't really tell how big it is here, I didn't have a model to hold it up. Except my three year old, then it would have drug the floor even with him holding it up over his head.

Edge detail. Basically I would single, then chain 8 slip into next, and do over.

The body took me about a month. Times I would have my hand cramped so bad. But I was trying to finish before the huge 12 days swap. I managed to finish the body, but the edge waited until after Christmas. I managed to finish that in a weekend.

So, how did I do? Does this look like something someone would want?
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3  Re: Holiday Nugget Boxes! Picture fluffy in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 15, 2007 03:58:26 PM

First, you need to go to this website- http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190469&highlight=nugget+box+instructions+pattern
And decide which box you want to make.

This tutorial is made with the Short 4 piece (2 by 2).

They also use cardstock, I used regular scrapbook for the original boxes in this post, but for the one I used in the tutorial I used the cardstock like paper. So with the smaller boxes, I don't really figure it matters how heavy the paper is.

Your supplies:
Paper cutter with ruler. Scissors. Pen. Ruler. Tape runner. Paper. Hershey's Nuggets. (The Nestle Treasure's are a different measurement)

I use 12 by 12 paper, and you can get three boxes from it. You can almost get the three bottom covers for it too if you're using the patterned paper, but you'll need another sheet for the third. This also does not count the paper for the wraps around the Nuggets either.
For the 12 by 12 sheet, you'll cut one side to 4 1/4 inches, then that piece you'll cut into two five inch pieces. With the original piece, you'll cut 7 3/8 out, and from that cut three 2 1/8 strips. From the last piece you'll cut to 5 inches, then 4 1/4 inches. You'll have this:

Paper for the three boxes only.

While you're cutting, if you want to cut pieces for the bottom of the box (I do.), the measurements for that are 3 1/4 inches by just under 2 inches. It will be long on the ends, but thats okay, you will fold up up later.
And the pieces for the Nugget wrap are 3 inches by 1 inch.

Now you'll take your pattern that you printed out from the site above, and mark the measurements for scoring/folding. I use my paper cutter for that, to make sure that my lines are straight, but you could do it with a ruler as well. You'll do the top and bottom, and they should look like this:

I don't have a scoring wheel on my paper cutter, nor do I have a bone folder. I took my daughter's foam placemat and traced the lines along a ruler and folded them over like so:

It scored it just fine.

You'll then cut along the shaded areas on your pattern. Fold along the rest of the lines.
Now for placing a matching piece of paper on the bottom of the box, and taping the sides together. In the picture the x's are where I put the tape, the x's with the arrow's indicate that you should tape on the other side. I put the bottom on, refold the ends, then tape the rest.
You'll start with folding one end like this:

When it's folded, it will look like this:

Do the other end the same way.

After all folds are made, the bottom of your box should look like this:

Now for the top you'll just need to make sure all folds are sharp, and tape the outside of the short fold like this:

Here you can see the taped seam at the top of the picture:

The top should fit snug around the box. When regular scrapbook paper is used, it's slightly looser, but after the Nugget's are in there, it doesn't matter.

To wrap the Nuggets.

Run your tape runner down the backside and take one end of your paper you cut for that and hold it on one side like this:

Then wrap it around, tape the very edge of the first end, and seal the deal! It should look like this:

Do the other three the same way.
Finished product:

You've just made your very first Nugget box! And here's to many more!

This was my first ever tutorial, how did I do?
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4  12 Days of Christmas Candles in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 09:47:50 PM
Now that my partner has opened in the 12 days swap, I can show off the 12 Days of Christmas candles I made for her.

The whole shebang-

Close up one:

Close up two:

I used rub ons found in various craft stores. Word of caution, don't hold the candle too tightly! Shattering glass on the hands for the sake of craft isn't always a good thing. To make the rub ons transfer easier, I use a hair dryer to 'warm' them up a little.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!
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5  Knifty Cream and Fuchsia Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:45:25 AM
This is a scarf I've been working on for the last week in bed while I wait for the little guy to go to sleep. I made it with the Knifty Knitter. I used Joanne Sensations Bellezza Collection Bellissimo in Fuchsia and cream. I love how the fuchsia is bulky and there is a bit of sparkle to it. I'm going to have to block it though, it keeps rolling up on me.

On to the pictures!


So, what do you think? And thanks for looking!
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6  Holiday Nugget Boxes! PICTURE TUTORIAL POST 8! in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:37:24 AM
After seeing the nugget boxes posted on here, I knew it would make for the perfect 'extra' for my gifts.
You're supposed to use cardstock, but I just used scrapbook paper, holidays are festive, and so are my boxes. This kept me bust most of the week, a lot of measuring, and folding. I made about 50 total. (OMG, am I nuts??) On to the pictures!

The whole shebang:

Close ups of open boxes:

And now, when we get company, there's a little something extra in it for them! My cousin and her husband stopped by last night and she took three! She can't wait to do some herself.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!
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7  Poly Ornaments (slightly image heavy) in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:31:33 AM
I'm making a lot of little things for Christmas this year. This stuff is pretty simple, but people seem to really like them.

Glass ornaments with rolled clay:

Close up one:

Close up two:

For these I just combined colors and rolled them out into snakes, and went to town covering the glass ornaments.

Poly spirals:
Green, red and white-

Pearl, blue and silver-

These I combined the colors, rolled into snakes, and wrapped around dowel rods. There is a loop at the top of each one for a hook.

Thanks for looking! And Merry Christmas!
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8  Towel Wedding Cake Fall Version in Weddings and Bridal Showers by RobertaMac on: October 26, 2007 07:05:48 PM
My husband's cousin is getting married tomorrow, and as usual, I'm making another towel cake. (This seems to be my specialty now, not that I mind.) I'm unsure of her colors, but getting married in fall I went with mums and stuff. If nothing else, it's festive!

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9  I bought a wheel but know nothing! Pictures and advice needed in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by RobertaMac on: October 22, 2007 08:43:09 AM
As much as I've been drooling over all the spun yarn showcased here and on other sites, it was only a matter of time before I ended up with a wheel.
So during vacation, walking through admiring old linens, I nearly fell over this. Not knowing a wheel from anything else, (Like the kind and what-not) I didn't really want to pass it up, after seeing a beautiful brand new wheel at the LYS for nearly 400.00 It was like stealing this..... But I don't know if everything is there, part names, etc. I know I need a belt for it, and when I spin (treadle) it's uneven. Here are the pictures :

Any help and advice? I'd be very thankful for all of it.

Here is the yarn winder I got for next to nothing as well:

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10  Put your fire out with style! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RobertaMac on: September 17, 2007 03:41:55 AM
My cousin got married this weekend, and she wanted cow prints in her kitchen. Now, when they registered, they had a lot of kitchen stuff on the list, and I figured that they were both kitchen people. So we bought some great bake ware. Then I learned while she was dictating the scheme of the kitchen, she couldn't even make Mac and Cheese.
So I thought the 'perfect' gift for two people who were living together, and didn't have a lot of room should be useful as well. So we bought a fire extinguisher, and a deluxe first aid kit. I painted the extinguisher with black spots to make it look cow like, and wrote in the card that if she were ever to brave the kitchen, she would be prepared, and be able to put the fire out in style, and repair herself if need be.

Pictures of the extinguisher:


I used acrylic paint, and didn't put a finish over the top of it because I knew it wouldn't get handled a whole lot. Thanks for looking!
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