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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 19, 2011 07:05:33 PM
silvermoon, you are the most awesomest crocheter ever!!!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 10, 2011 06:55:22 PM
I didn't make anything this week -- still working on spring cleaning in the craft room, but that got pushed aside for regular house cleaning and gardening. But I did get some sidewalk chalk and had the neighborhood kids come over and do some decorating on the garden walls. It's not a great pic, but there will be more as the summer progresses, I'm sure (especially since it's supposed to rain tomorrow). It's not pictured, but there are a couple blocks that say "Love Garden." I love it!

I also love the book page necklace. I might have to add that to the list...
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 05, 2011 08:10:49 PM
Here's the sweater dress I made for DD.

It's sewn from a poncho I've had for years. I also made her a little scarf and used the flower that was on it to make a hair clippie. It was a little chilly today -- I just covered the garden to protect it from hopefully our last frost -- but  perfect weather for wearing the dress. But by this weekend I should have a pic of her in her new shorts. 

I started my craft room clean-up, but didn't get very far before nap time (and therefore mommy time) was over.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 05, 2011 06:32:06 AM
Spring cleaning my craft room may be the only thing that happens in there this week. It's so disorganized and cluttered that it actually de-motivates me from making anything because I know I'll have to search and search and then clear a space to do to the work. Well, if I finished any of my WIPs, I'd probably have tons of room... I really have to find a place to stow away a giant dollhouse that I'm not going to work on for at least a year.

Also, I need to whip up some baby-related presents before I head up to Tennessee to see my family and best friend, who is due to have a baby at about the same time as me. How exciting! That's happened to me twice now -- both my college roommates have had children within two weeks of me having mine ... no planning involved!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 04, 2011 08:22:25 AM
craftylittlemonkey: I love the chalk idea! My kiddo isn't old enough to handle it yet, but there are plenty of neighborhood kids who will love me for it.

A2JC4life: The cinder blocks aren't terrible, but they just aren't as pretty as I'd like. There are plenty of other houses in my neighborhood with cinder block walls, so I don't feel too bad, but gray is just so blah. I used bamboo rods (re-conned from a set of placemats I got at a yardsale) and hemp to do the grid. I just measured, then pushed the rods (probably about a foot long) into the dirt to secure them and tied the hemp around the tops. I like this method because it's a lot less intrusive than the wood grid the SFG book recommends.  

fishstix43: That's awesome! A serger is definitely worth the investment -- I only have a cheapo (and it still wasn't that cheap!) Singer, and I love it soooo much. I took on a second job for a year and a half and used the bonus money to pay for a couple of high-price items for my craft room, the serger being one. At first I thought I'd never learn how to thread it, but now I can practically do it with my eyes closed!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 04, 2011 05:54:06 AM
graced, I have more photos on my blog (there's a now a link in my sig). My husband was a little skeptical at first, too (especially after the cost of the Mel's mix -- the soil), but now he's just as excited as me. I just kept telling him to imagine the taste of fresh tomatoes.

Planting something in the holes of the cinder block was my first idea, too, but I needed an extra four inches on top of the stack to make it level with the permanent retaining wall on the left. That's where the castlewall bricks came in. Also, if I plant things in the tops, it makes it hard to get into the garden to work it without stepping in the garden, which is one of the concepts behind SFG -- don't pack down the dirt.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Wallet! (...if the tea will just stay IN it...) on: April 04, 2011 05:46:11 AM
This may be a little too simple, but will they fit more snugly if the tea bags are turned sideways?
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 03, 2011 09:54:40 PM
Thanks, graced! I've seen something like that before on a gardening forum ... I think they called it hypertufa. I may just live with it this year to make sure it's something I want to keep. Maybe I'll just plant some flower seeds in the dirt and hope that covers it enough for this year. Hopefully the beautiful bounty inside will distract from the cinderblock outside.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: April 03, 2011 07:43:17 PM
I'm nursing a sore back right now, but my garden is finally finished! (almost -- it's finished enough to plant stuff, but there's a little work left to be done).

BTW, nothing makes cars slow down like a 7-month-pregnant woman wielding a shovel and hauling cinderblocks... The garden is gridded for the square-foot-gardening method, which I'm trying out for the first time, but loving so far. Does anyone have any ideas for covering up the cinderblock (at a minimal cost)? I'd like to make the wall look a little less ... white trashy.

And this was a un-list project. My DH brought home these shelves from a house he's remodeling. They were pretty gross before -- kind of yellowish and peeling horribly to reveal a very ugly blue underneath. So I sanded and scraped and painted so we can have a deluxe diaper changing station. Very helpful to get all that junk (especially the trash can) out of the reach of a 14-month-old.

I also made a sweater dress and re-conned a pair of pants into shorts for the kiddo, as well as sanded, scraped and painted a bench that our neighbor made for us -- I just haven't gotten photos yet.

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: March 31, 2011 09:50:53 AM
Just a quick post while I'm at work: I LOVE those owl mitts, SilverMoon!
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