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1  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: October 31, 2011 07:32:06 PM

Projects #27 and #28! I might not make it to 50, but I'll be close at least!
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2  These are not the droids you are looking for... in Halloween Costumes by Deeder on: October 31, 2011 07:21:51 PM

I made these for my daughter and son this Halloween. I'm really proud of R2D2 -- he's made of cardboard, styrofoam and a whole lot of duct tape. My husband came up with the idea, and I found someone on the web who had made one (but no directions on how) and went from there.

C3PO is made from some terrible (but pretty) fabric that I'll never use again because it unravels so easily.

The accessories are spray-painted gold.

And here's C3PO giving R2D2 a kiss (and a side view of the stroller).

I made both of these over the weekend (actually finished C3PO about two hours before trick-or-treating!)
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: October 22, 2011 06:35:42 PM
Hopefully I'll get better pictures soon, but I wanted to share:

It looks much healthier now then when I got it last weekend ($5 at the Boy Scout yard sale!) -- it was old, green and fuzzy.
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4  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: October 09, 2011 07:32:00 PM

Here's a hat I crocheted for my son during his latest adventure to the hospital. He had his aorta ballooned Wednesday, and should be in the clear for a while, at least.

Here's the full (but not much fuller) post.
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5  Ol' Blue Eyes in Crochet: Completed Projects by Deeder on: October 09, 2011 07:28:31 PM

Here's a hat I crocheted Wednesday during my son Seamus' latest (and hopefully last) stint in the hospital. This last one was a quick stay just an overnighter after he had his aorta ballooned. But as you can tell, he's doing fine now!

This is based on this pattern from Lion Brand, but after I was about 75 percent done with the first one, I realized it was gonna be way too small, so I made it again and just measured it off Seamus' head. I also decided to remove the front flap because it just looked a little goofy. This is the second Lion Brand pattern I've made that's been too small is this a common problem?

It was a beautiful day at the park, too! Funny enough, it's actually 80-something degrees and he's wearing overalls shorts and short sleeves.
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6  Save a journalists job and read this post! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Deeder on: September 23, 2011 10:43:06 AM

Remember newspapers? That thing some kid threw on your front yard? It was full of yesterday's news, classified ads and crossword puzzles. Yes, despite iPads, smartphones and Kindles, newspapers are still going strong(ish).

I'm the entertainment editor at a newspaper, and as you can imagine, I have a lot of newspaper at my house (I get two a day sometimes!), so when I stumbled across this tutorial one day, I knew I had to make something like it. I like the idea of paying homage to my profession through art, and my boring lampshade was the perfect canvas.

This is my second of three lampshade recovers -- I covered this lampshade using a similar technique, but with fabric.

The tutorial I found was for covering a canvas with newspaper flowers. Its insanely simple, and only takes a couple of newspapers, an old canvas (recycle a used one, if you want) and lots of glue. And I mean a lot.

To begin, I cut the cord out the top of the shade, which gave it a cylindrical shape, instead of its normal cone shape. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the inside and out with flat sheets of newsprint, folding it over the edges and gluing on the inside of the shade. To make the flowers, I tore 2-inch strips down the length of the newspaper and then twisted them into flowers around my index finger. The strips dont need to all be the same size different widths of strips will make different size flowers, as well as how tightly you twist the strips into flowers (looser for bigger flowers, tighter for smaller). Watch out what you touch while you are doing this project, because your hands will get dirty.

Once a flower was twisted up, I secured the loose end with a dab of glue. Then I glued the completed flower to the lampshade. If I did it again, I maybe wouldn't cover the entire shade with flowers, because it limits the light a little too much. Id say it took about 80 flowers to cover this lampshade, and it would probably take the same amount to cover a smaller canvas.

I love how this ended up looking a modern piece, with a little twist. OK, with a lot of twists! There are little bursts of color throughout the piece from different ads. But the best thing is that this project cost me absolutely nothing but you should go out this Sunday (the biggest paper of the week, if you didn't know) and spend a couple bucks on your local rag. Many journalists like me will thank you!
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7  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: September 22, 2011 07:12:01 PM
Another project done! I covered a boring pleated lampshade:

That's about it for now ... it's 9 p.m., so I'm getting sleepy ...  Tongue
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8  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: September 04, 2011 12:11:47 PM
Last weekend was very productive ... well, as productive as you can be with two kids under 2!

I finally used up my tie stash and made this curtain for my craft room. It's just tacked up for now because I haven't decided how to hang it yet.

I found all the pieces to this bag in my UFO pile. I didn't even remember I had started it.

And this dress isn't technically finished yet, but it's what I'll call a FFN (finished for now). I started it two years ago, when I was only a month or so pregnant with my first kid, so it doesn't fit at all right now. To finish it up, I did the zipper and straps, and serged the bottom hem. Hopefully I'll get to really finish it next year ... although I skipped the gym today ...
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9  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: August 11, 2011 11:42:31 AM
Hi, everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging a couple months ago -- as you can imagine, things get pretty crazy when your baby son has heart surgery. But everything went fine, and we were sent home a month ago, after spending just more than three weeks in the hospital, most of which was in the ICU.

I started this project before my son was born, and just finished it today.

I did the embroidery while he was in the hospital (thanks for teaching me to split stitch, Troublet!), and took his photo yesterday. My initial idea was to have us all facing each other, but after taking hundreds of photos trying to catch him smiling, I went with the best I had.

The work itself is canvas that I printed on my printer and sewed together. I built the frame it's stretch on, too (yay for first time using a miter saw!)

So that scratches #44 Make some kind of wall art off the list.

I'm trying to catch up on reading the posts, too. Only 20 more pages to go!
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10  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Deeder on: June 13, 2011 09:57:26 AM
OK, I got caught up on 30 or so pages in the last two days. There are so many great projects going on!

I've only completed one project in the last month -- my craft room got organized. The last month of my life has been pretty crazy, so I don't have an after picture yet. I also started some embroidery (or wall art, I haven't decided which one to cross of my list yet), but it's now a WIP.

In the meantime, I did finish another project, not on my list, but he's a holdover from last year:

Seamus Michael, born 6-1-11. Except right now he looks like this:

Little guy was born with a heart defect that didn't become apparent until he was a week old -- after he had been at home for five days! We're in the hospital now, awaiting surgery tomorrow that should fix everything and make him healthy and strong for the rest of his life.

I'm going to pick up my embroidery when I go home later this week (we're about an hour away), since I have so much down time while I sit by the little guy's bed.

Last I knew, my garden was doing great. We got four heads of broccoli, right before the heat was have toasted them away. Tomatoes are popping up all over the place, and they may be some ready to be harvested -- but my mom gets those, since she's taking care of the home front (and my daughter) while we're gone.

Sorry for all the off-topic chat -- other than my husband, bunches of nurses and a sedated baby, I don't have anyone to talk to!
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