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1  Reception Desk Pen Security in Completed Projects by veritate on: December 02, 2011 12:19:42 PM
This is an oldie but a goodie.

Receptionists know how impossible it is to keep pens at their desks; their desks seem to be a free-for-all that the entire office to help themselves to whatever they want. And if someone asks to "borrow" a pen, it is likely never to come back.

So many of us do this:

It's just silk flowers, hot-glued to the top of Stik Pens, wrapped in floral tape, and stuck in a vase.

If someone asks to borrow a pen, hand them one of these. It's a cute surprise and it's highly unlikely they'll walk off with it. And even if they do walk off with it, it's easy to find it again.
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2  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by veritate on: October 07, 2011 08:33:18 PM
Are those  all french knots?Huh Aaaaawesome!!!!

Yup. All French knots. I outlined the letters in backstitch and then just knotted and knotted and knotted. It was very zen.

That's why when we were discussing "what we watch" while stitching (in the discussion thread), I listed a bunch of miniseries and movies. It took a while. :-P

ETA: Here's the best detail shot I have:

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3  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by veritate on: October 06, 2011 08:53:52 PM
I received from my partner .:dollface:. today. I walked ten minutes in pouring rain to get to the post office.  Smiley

Here is a photo. I like the expression on the dragon's face. It's so serene and noble!

Thanks very much!
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4  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by veritate on: October 03, 2011 09:31:43 AM
Here's the hoop I received from Camelama!! She took my themes of Owls, Russian Dolls and Blue and White - and came up with this!

Thank you so much, I love it!

Lovely! I like how she used all different types of stitches. A fresh take on the "sampler".
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5  Re: sesame street bday cake. in Dessert by veritate on: July 23, 2011 07:32:32 PM
made this for my son's first birthday (back in february..but couldnt post pictures then..) along with his cookie monster smashcake.

This rocks out loud. You know why? TEENY LITTLE SUPER GUY!!!

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6  Re: Back The Day It Was Frugal - Today It's Going Green in Vintage Craft Projects by veritate on: April 12, 2011 08:16:08 PM
I made this one for a friend using pages from a calendar:

Vintage Movie Poster Handkerchief Box - Upcycled Calendar Pages


It was a lot of fun! I can't wait to make another. My friend has a couple of vintage calendars from the '60s and one of Monet paintings that I am excited to use.
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7  Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by veritate on: April 11, 2011 05:46:49 PM
Old calendar pages upcycled into a handkerchief box:


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8  Vintage Movie Poster Handkerchief Box - Upcycled Calendar Pages - lots of photos in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by veritate on: April 11, 2011 05:36:20 PM
My best friend and I share a fierce love of classic film and of handmade gifts. I went through a big crochet phase just before Christmas this year and I found this tutorial for how to make lovely "handkerchief boxes" out of cardstock:

Robyne Melia is Bobby La: Box Tutorial Sort of Thing
- These are similar to the ubiquitous "Christmas Card Baskets" so many people have in their collections, only I think her handkerchief boxes are exquisite.

I had an old 2008 calendar filled with classic movie posters in my scrapbooking supplies and I realized the images would be perfect for making the handkerchief box, so I set to work. The thing about a 12-month calendar is that it has the perfect number of images to use for a six-sided box (6 inside and 6 outside). I'm definitely looking at old calendars with a different eye now!

I used heavy-duty sheet protectors to "laminate" the pieces. If I were to do it again, I would have actually taken them to get laminated. It would have made it more polished. My friend really liked it and said it looked "professional", so I guess it's fine as it is.

Here is what I ended up with:

All the panels, inside and out. Click to embiggen:

Metropolis on the inside of the cover.
Valentino looks longingly at a coy Hepburn
Veronica Lake keeps her eye on the Marx Brothers
The inside bottom: Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"
Glamorous Gilda (Rita Hayworth) on the top. I made the tassel out of a plastic ring and a gold bead.
Front and side: Fred and Ginger invite you to dance. Another coy Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Side and back: Buster Keaton races toward the War of the Worlds
The outside bottom: Kubric's gotta' go and ruin everything by making a poster without any faces on it. This is the least-seen panel, so I put it on the bottom

Thanks for looking!
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9  Photo ornaments for co-workers in Winter Holidays by veritate on: December 30, 2010 12:01:53 AM
I work at a local animal shelter - with dog trainers, in particular. I had no money for Christmas gifts this year, so I decided I was going to make gifts. And I couldn't buy supplies, either. I had to use stuff on-hand. 

I came up with photo ornaments. They are sort of along the "Acordion Balls" ornaments on this page: Recycle and Reuse Christmas Greeting Cards

I used foil wrapping paper that I had in my stash, printed and cropped photos of them with their dogs (or just their dogs if I didn't have a good portrait of them), used old Christmas cards as cardstock bases, and some beads and sequins in my stash. Oh, and some gold sequin glue to add some sparkle.

I wish I had used a different glue - tacky glue doesn't really adhere to foil wrapping paper. They all loved their ornaments, so I guess it was a success, but I don't expect they'll last more than a year or two. We'll see.  Anyway, here are the pics:

The front, with photos of the doggies:

The backs - you can see how they sort of look three-dimensional:

And for the one co-worker who hasn't adopted a dog yet (soon - it's only a matter of time!), I made her a quilled snowflake, which I already posted about here:

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10  Divine Hat and Divine Mittens in Crochet: Completed Projects by veritate on: December 29, 2010 11:45:02 PM
So, keeping along the same lines as my Lavender Bunny, here is another Christmas gift for another niece.

I was browsing the other patterns by Rheatheylia and found her pattern for the Divine Hat. Someone on Ravelry had created and posted a pattern for matching mittens. I had a LOT of this chunky yarn (bought two skeins of it when I was at Wal-Mart), so I decided to make a warm set for my middle niece.

The hat was a DREAM to make. I started and finished in one night! I am eager to make another one for myself.  The mittens - meh. I didn't like how the mitten pattern worked bottom-up and the hat pattern went top-down. So I created the mittens top-down, sort of using the pattern as a guide. They turned out okay, but I haven't given them to her yet, and I don't know if they'll fit. Fingers crossed! 

Here are the pics.  As before, you can find more information about these by visiting my posts on Ravelry: Hat post | Mitten post.  Thanks for looking!

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