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1  Re: ~Amigurumi~ Gallery in The Swap Gallery by longtimegeek on: February 07, 2009 01:07:58 PM
I got my package from mamarose, and inside was.....

The cutest little elephant baby -- I have decided she is named Effie.

I went for a picture that highlighted how sweet she is - but is makes her look smaller than she really is (hmmm I thought the camera added pounds Smiley ).  She is about 5 1/2 inches tall and about 6 inches wide at the ears (she is clearly an African Elephant)

Thanks so much mamarose, she is adorable.  She even got the 'aww, that's cute' seal of spousal approval
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2  Re: Highland / Family tartan crocheted weave afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by longtimegeek on: February 03, 2009 08:44:40 PM
The filet is just making a grid - double crochet, chain one, double crochet, chain 1 - all the way across the width of the afghan The rows were sets of red, black and yellow to match the pattern -- then long strands were run through from top to bottom.

This is what it looked like with just the filet, and the vertical yellow - so that it was marked off in the sections for the rest of the verticals

It is not the greatest photo, but you can kind of see that there are holes when you look at the black and see some yellow dots showing through from the layer underneath
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3  Highland / Family tartan crocheted weave afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by longtimegeek on: February 03, 2009 12:18:10 PM
I found this afghan pattern: http://www.craftown.com/cropat3.htm

I really liked the woven crochet look but knew it had to go on my to-do list when I noticed that the tartan pattern was the one associated with my family name.  It was a lot more time consuming weaving the strands through than I had anticipated (I could do about three lines (6 strands) in a one hour TV show -- and since my pattern had 27 lines per tartan pattern, just the weaving was about 40 hours).

But, having done all the work on the filet grid I was committed to this puppy and couldn't change my mind halfway through and go for a lapghan...

Because you fill the gaps you have in a normal crochet afghan it is wonderfully warm and cozy, but not at heavy or bulky -- you don't catch your fingers in the holes either -- it feels like a woven blanket.

and a detail of the weaving effect

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4  Re: ~Amigurumi~ Sign-ups 01/02/09-01/11/09 Sendouts 2/21/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by longtimegeek on: January 27, 2009 09:09:20 PM
ok, this has nothing to do with this swap but has anyone got any tips for working with #10 crochet cotton? Im meant to be making a garter (for a wedding nect month!  Shocked not mine) but the stuffs freaking fiddly  Undecided and I cant get the chain to lie flat

It generally requires blocking -- and sometimes starching to fix that if you have any length of exposed chain. 

If there are points or sections like on this

you just kind of tug on them to get them into place

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5  Companion Cube Box in Completed Projects by longtimegeek on: January 19, 2009 12:44:15 PM
Made the required Companion Cube as a Christmas present this year --

This started as a diskette pencil holder (there are many examples here on Craftster) but then I went wild and decided that if I covered it with air dry clay, it could become a Companion Cube - which also meant I needed to add another diskette for a top.

The air dry clay gave me no end of problems with cracking but I finally got it to work out. 

Sorry for the bad photo - I finished this the day before Christmas and totally spaced on taking photos - this was on Christmas day after it was unwrapped.

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6  South Park Ami's in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by longtimegeek on: January 19, 2009 12:38:00 PM
Made these for Christmas for my daughter's boyfriend.  I don't have patterns - I just took a picture and tried to duplicate in crochet. 

They just made me laugh so much as each one was finished that I may have to make another set for myself.

I think my favorite is Kenny - although I was really proud of Kyle's had and the size difference I got for Cartman with making him taller. 

Sorry for the crappy photo - I totally forgot to take good pictures and only have this because my son demanded his father take a snap after they were unwrapped to email to him.

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7  French Beaded Minature Christmas Tree in Winter Holidays by longtimegeek on: November 10, 2008 08:38:10 PM
This was made for the Make A Friend Swap, but I wanted to give it a separate topic because I am really proud of how it came out.  It is french-beaded and stands roughly 18 inches including the box/stand.

A little closer to show the bead work and 'presents' under the tree

The 'ornaments' are charms / pendants normally used in jewelry, and the beads are size 11 seed beads

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8  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by longtimegeek on: October 12, 2008 10:20:13 AM
I received from missmelissa too!  She has been a busy girl.  We agreed to a super-large package so ---

First and foremost, I got a shadowbox cut photo of one of my favorite movie posters.  I am showing two photos since, in the first, you can tell sort-of that it is multiple images but I wanted to highlight the amount of work and just how awesome this looks in person ....

front on - if you look closely you can see there are some cast shadows

but here is the 'magic'  - the robot and city are very 3D

The second item was a book cover.  Mine doesn't have as much embroidery work as christinacoghill's but the swirly patterns are painted on - and go around the back

I also got resin pendants, but asked for something bright and more upbeat

PLUS the note cards and candy!!!

I have never seen the Timtam balls before and have hidden them in my secret stash -- very cleverly missmellissa gave me the regular ones too to use as a decoy for the dear hubby --  looking gracious and generous even as I am being a sneak Smiley

Thank you so much missmelissa - everything perfect and I love it -- I now have to find the perfect spot for my shadow print....
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9  Kokopelli in the supermarket in CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES by longtimegeek on: October 04, 2008 09:32:59 PM
This is the first time that an idea has really taken hold enough for me to get it together and enter a challenge.  It was a real blast to come up with the idea and see if I could make it really happen.  My additional criteria was that it had to be something that I would really want/use regardless of the challenge.

So,  I had this idea of votive holders from soda/pop cans. Having to have a food item took me down a couple of paths and when I found the peppers, I knew immediately that I could use Kokopelli as my muse. 

Without further ado, I present my pair of votive candles/candle holders -- for $5.39

with the lights on, so you can see they are a pair of pop cans, with baby food jars as votive cups, with a scooby-doo candle melted into each one.

For the formalities,

Here are the supplies before I started - as you can see I have a whole bunch of peppers left and four more pops.

and the receipt.

The only home supplies I used were (1) a dab of glue to hold on the peppers, and (2) the little piece of yarn to bind the peppers.

The can printing was removed with steel wool (I did it while the cans were still full and unopened -- they were too wonky once opened to be able to apply the kind of pressure you need).  The images were drawn on paper and I stuck them to the can with a glue stick - and then lightly cleaned them with a brillo to get rid of the sticky when done).  I cut them out with a pair of cuticle scissors.

Couple of more shots -- full front and full back

Please remember to vote !  (when voting opens for this, but also in the upcoming election -- it is important)

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10  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by longtimegeek on: September 13, 2008 01:20:24 PM
I got a question about the construction of the pop tab bag and am posting a close up photo of the construction so that I can link to it in the PM -- I figured you guys might be interested also.

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