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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Highland / Family tartan crocheted weave afghan 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

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Companion Cube Box 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.

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / South Park Ami's 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.

4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster. COM "for sale" on: December 11, 2008 12:51:13 PM
rather than craftster.org, I often type craftster.com --- when I did today, it does not redirect and says

The domain craftster.com is for sale. To purchase, call BuyDomains.com at 781-839-7903 or 866-866-2700
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / French Beaded Minature Christmas Tree 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

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Kokopelli in the supermarket 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)

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Woo Hoo -- craftster.com on: September 12, 2008 06:54:29 PM
Being the spazz I am, I am constantly using the keyboard shortcut to turn crafter into www.crafster.com forgetting that it is .org

Today crafter.com sent me here --- instead of seeing the purple felt elephant who was telling me stupid - stupid - stupid.

Way to go on getting the domain name and redirecting.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Steampunk" Pocket Watch Tape Measure on: September 11, 2008 05:00:16 AM
Made this for a swap a couple of months ago and realized I never posted it as a finished object.  This is basic retractable tape measure with a felt covering, embellished with gears and faces to simulate a sort of steam-punk pocket watch look. 

The gears are attached with a single stitch through the center, through a seed bead and back through to secure it.  I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  The photo does not show the stitching detail on the side - it is black on a brown background and just didn't photograph well

and the other side

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / French Bead Daisy on: July 31, 2008 07:46:07 PM
I made this for a swap for a partner who collects French Beaded Flowers.  I had never tried it before and now I think I am hooked.  Daisies are my favorite flower, plus it was a fairly simple one to start with...

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Seedbead Dragonfly pin on: July 31, 2008 07:35:33 PM
I created this for a swap.  My partner has received so I am not spoiling the surprise.  This is the photo of the one I sent, but I liked it so much that I duplicated it almost exactly for myself.  Co-workers have threatened to lift it so I thought it might be enjoyed here.

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