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1  Blankie recon in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blackbird5685 on: September 07, 2009 03:28:13 PM

I trolled around a bit to see if anyone else had posted something similar but didn't see anything in particular. This is my childhood blankie:

As you can see, it's gotten a bit ratty over the years (24 of them, to be exact!). Some details: it's cut into 2 separate pieces. I'd guess each piece is about 1' by 2'. I am not super attached to it, I don't need it to sleep or anything, but I was trying to come up with a cool way to recon it and display it as the sacred artifact that it is. 

The best idea that I've been able to come up with is to crochet a new blanket around it.

My mom suggested soaking it in glue and making a sculpture of some sort, but I don't think that 24 year old crocheted yarn is going to be the easiest to coax into a recognizable shape.

Has anyone else gracefully retired their own or someone else's blankie? Any ideas?

- Shannon
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2  1st embriodery - Tattoo inspired in Needlework: Completed Projects by blackbird5685 on: May 24, 2009 09:11:30 AM
This is my first piece of embroidery! I put it together for my Mom for Mother's Day / her birthday. It was really fun, and I've already started on my next piece. Smiley I was really inspired by all of the work here at Craftster.

On to the pictures!!

Finished piece:

In frame:

In progress:

It was so much fun, and my Mom loved it! She laughed when she unwrapped it - which is exactly the reaction I was going for. (Although, then my brother said "Show her the one you actually got!", which she didn't find as funny)

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3  63 square sampler in Crochet: Completed Projects by blackbird5685 on: May 12, 2009 06:34:21 AM
Hey! Finally finished this 63 square sampler and gave it to my Pops for his birthday.

It is really big - definitely the biggest project I've ever completed. I really liked working on it because it's so portable. And awesome for those of us with craft ADD.

I did make one tiny change in the project - obviously I only used 1 color where they recommend 3, so I ended up not having different colored borders between the blocks. Which is fine. I also changed the border around the entire thing to double crochet - a little more manly than what was suggested by the pattern.

A suggestion for anyone working on this project - check your gauge often, or modify the patterns so that your squares end up all the same size. Working the patterns as specified often did not leave me with equally sized squares and my blanket has a bit of topography.
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4  Re: Old School Nickelodeon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blackbird5685 on: July 27, 2008 03:15:12 PM
okay alll. here is the AWESOME stuff i got from Hollistercobabe! I don't have pictures of it in box because this is what happened: a) my boyfriend sent me a text while I was still at work telling me I had a package b) i called a friend in LA to tell her I was going to be late meeting her c) I went home before meeting her, ripped open my box, squeeled in joy, posted a frantic message on craftster and drove to LA like a maniac Smiley

Here's the loot!

2 the beets shirts - which are so awesome! Doug is totally my favorite nick show, and I also LOVE the beatles, so great choice hollister! also, you can see a little letter that Doug wrote me, explaining that he sent me some souvenirs from Bluffington since I couldn't make it out there this summer! Cute!!

a little doug amigurimi!

some awesome resin pendants

and this extra little guy who came to live with me!

thank you so much hollister! everything is amazing Smiley
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5  frogbelly ratbone in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by blackbird5685 on: June 18, 2008 10:59:26 PM
my theater company developed a children's theater piece based on FrogBelly RatBone by Timothy Basil Ering, which I think is pretty amazing. I was asked to create some merchandise to sell at our shows. This is what I made:

A bunch of them hanging out on my couch.

In progress

ender helped Smiley

Here's the cover of the book, you can see Mr. Belly himself! The character my doll is based on.

I'm pretty happy with they way they turned out, especially since I designed and sewed them all myself. We've even sold a couple at a show! (granted, my dad bought one, but still Smiley )

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6  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by blackbird5685 on: June 18, 2008 10:51:32 PM
My first poppet!!!!!

The pattern was so easy to follow, even for a limited sewer such as myself. thank you so much ghille!!1
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7  my first poppet in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by blackbird5685 on: June 18, 2008 10:49:51 PM
The first of many, I'm afraid! I love her so much!

Her hair is a little intense. I decided if I could have hair that awesome, i'd want it to be intense too!

My printer printed the dress pattern a bit bit, so it's a little baggy but I'm too lazy to fix it. tee.

She's for my 6 year old sis, do you think she'll like her?
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8  valentines day accordion in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by blackbird5685 on: February 02, 2008 12:22:26 AM
GEEZ this time of year really stretches my crafty skills to the limit. first Christmas, then it's my sister AND my boyfriends birthday (same day) my bff's birthday, mine and my boyfriends anniversary and then valentines day!

This year we're going on a cruise to Mexico with my family from the 5th - 15th, so I had to make sure i finished my valentines presents early.

I was largely inspired by those accordion scrapbooks you see inside metal AOL tins - but of course I couldn't find one.

Each page is "themed" after a different love song, and theres a place in the back for a CD i made of all the songs.

here goes!

i used a martha stewart shadow box to put it all in, instead of a metal tin. i feel like the front could be fancier.

this is what you see when you open it up! the lyrics on the left are from ben fold's "the luckiest" and on the right theres a CD sleeve.

all the pages stretched out on one side.

we are an incredibly attractive couple, i know.


thanks for looking! i'm no scrapbook expert, this is really my first major project. it was fun to do though!!
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9  songwriting journal! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by blackbird5685 on: February 02, 2008 12:08:54 AM
For my boyfriends birthday on Jan 6th, I made this journal from scratch! It's supposed to help him be motivated and inspired to write all kinds of amazing lyrics for his amazing songs, cuz thats what he likes to do. I filled it will all kinds of lyrics that we both like. I also used an old t-shirt of mine for the cover. This journal coust me exactly NOTHING to make - sweet!

thats my hand, for size reference

i know it's super vain, but i'm in love with my own handwriting.  Embarrassed

it's left handed - because he is left handed!

the whole cover.

it was super easy and very satisfying. he LOVED it, now the only problem is he says he's afraid to take it anywhere because he doesn't want to loose it! opps!

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10  painted wooden drawers! ::img heavy!:: in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by blackbird5685 on: January 07, 2008 01:41:40 AM
inspiration struck and i made these for my boyfriend for his birthday! They're just some wooden drawers I got from IKEA.

Here's the front view, that drawer sitting on the top is supposed to go in the blank space, but I ran into some difficulties.

close up of the girl

close up of the boy

The top of the drawers

This is the inside of one of the drawers. I cut some scrapbooking paper, put it in the bottom and covered it with 2 layers of glue. I made the little cassettes out of shrinky dink (love!) and the covered it all with resin. Obviously I didn't wait long enough for the glue to dry. Also some resin leaked out of the bottom of the drawers, hence the one not fitting.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out, despite the resin semi-disaster. That part will be under junk anyway. I was really trying to make something not too girly, since it's for my boyfriend.

Thanks for checking it out!

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