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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / LOST-inspired Dharma Initiative Dishcloth on: May 22, 2010 07:15:27 PM

To celebrate the end of LOST this weekend, I designed a Dharma Initiative dishcloth, you know, to dry my eyes as that final LOST black screen appears and then to clean up the dishes after the massive finale party I'm throwing.

I'm offering the pattern as a free incentive to donate to Relay for Life. If you're interested in the pattern, please check out my blog post for more information.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Oh Christmas Wreath, Oh Christmas Wreath on: December 07, 2007 08:45:35 PM

I finished up this Felted Christmas Wreath last night after a couple hours of pinning flowers. I must say my fingertips are a bit raw today.

I found the pattern in the Winter 2006 Cutting Edge magazine (I don't think they publish it anymore and that was the only issue I ever got). I was determined to make the wreath for our condo last November, but then we found out we had to move and packing and other Christmas presents got top priority.

I only got 1/4 of the way through 1 skein of Snow colored wool doing stockinette before it was put away last year (knitting straight St st in  white for 2 skeins is really, really boring). We ended up buying a house in our new town at the end of September, so renewed interest in the project occurred.

So about 13 months later, I'm finished.

Now I'm debating if I really should hang it on the dooroutside.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Travel Activity Case on: July 30, 2007 05:11:20 PM

I made this travel activity case up for my nephew for Easter. He's two and him and his mom were planning a trip to visit us by train (every boy's dreamchoo choo!) a month later. I figured a few different activities in one convenient package was every mother's dream (umchoo choo! wait, no).

First I hand painted the three little pigs figurines, then the driving mat which was done on gessoed muslin with acrylics with a spray sealer on top.

After that I just winged it. Made up my own pattern, I knew I wanted an outside pocket for a drawing pad and sleeves for chubby (no-roll) crayons, and elastics on the inside to hold a couple cars and 4 figures.

Plus I wanted it to be small enough to sit on a toddler's lap.

The case was also constructed around plastic canvas, so it is very stiff, but still washable.

I'm tempted to work another one up, but with no one to give it to, I don't really have any external motivation.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's a Bird, It's a Plane Cape on: March 05, 2007 09:15:56 AM

My nephew is obsessed with Superman. Isn't it amazing how obsessed babies/toddlers can be? He went through a Toy Story phase where we watched either TS1 or TS2 every day when I watched him for about 3 months straight. He'd crawl up the stairs into my condo and over to the tv and say "Buzzz?" Then he went on and on about Cars. Always with the "MeQueen?" And now, though I've moved away, his newest 2 year-old obsession is Superman.

He even tried to fly while watching Superman Returns by jumping off the couch.

I decided to make him a Superman cape as a little gift since it had been a few months since I had seen him last. It's my first cape, so after seeing a kid wear it for 2 days straight, there are a couple things I would change on the design, but all in all it turned out really well.

I made the cape reversible, in case the Superman phase is short-lived. It is red quilting cotton with the superhero emblem made in felt. The reverse side is a heavier dark navy cotton and is plain. The neck tie is actually fastened with velcro, just in case the cape were to get caught on anything.

I figure it can be used to be Superman (which in the photo Superman is shooting up into the air with his fist extended), Batman or just a plain king (I gave him a felt birthday crown just a few months ago).
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lovely Little Fairy Apron on: March 05, 2007 08:19:20 AM

During a bout of unemployment (which I may be enjoying a little too much), where crafting is becoming easier and easier to fit into the day, I decided I needed a little crafting apron.

And what better way to motivate a first attempt at apron making than a JoAnn's gift card, the remanent bin and the February Tie One On deadline only a few days away.

So with less than a yard each of Fairy flannel fabric and cotton pink heart, some extra binding tape and a couple of polka dot fat quarters, plus some tracing paper, a dinner plate, a pen and an iron, I came up with this slightly-for-show utility apron.

The flannel works nicely for working on crafts. All those little threads I snip while sewing, embroidering or knitting just kinda stick and don't get all over my couch, floorhouse, in general.

It is also reversible, though the reverse side doesn't have any pockets. I could just flip it around and start cooking, if need be. Especially since I don't have any other aprons.

I'm anxious to make another apron, one for the kitchen perhaps. I just need to figure out a design, since I'm more apt to make up my own pattern and actually use it, than to figure out a ready-made pattern.

Oh! And to let you know how novice I amor perhaps just lazy, this was the first time I used a stitch other than a straight running stitch on my sewing machine.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / It's PEZhead Time! on: February 25, 2007 07:52:24 PM

I worked this up for the PEZhead swap late last year, not sure if that is legal in the Craft Challenge (I looked, but didn't see anything). I wish I could have kept it! It turned out so cute.

I took a small canvas (5x7) and decoupaged a background of real PEZ wrappers and then an image from the 2006 PEZ Calendar, before adding the clock piece.

I've been thinking about remaking one for myself, but I'm torn between this image (which works so well with the wrappers) or one of the other 11.

7  Illinois / Illinois: Central / Springfield Area Craft Gatherings? on: December 31, 2006 09:18:57 AM
I will be moving to the Springfield area in a couple weeks and was wondering if anyone knew of any craft gatherings that occur in the area.

Preferably knitting or general crafting.

I'll be jobless (until I can find a new job) and will only know my husband, so I'm hoping I can find a place to meet people (hopefully new friends!) and do something constructive.

I've been wanting to find something similar in my current area, but just didn't know where to start looking.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toddler's First Photo Album on: December 27, 2006 07:33:09 PM

My nephew recently moved about 45 minutes away after spending almost the first 2 years of his life living with my mom and dad (as well as his mommy). And now my husband and I are moving 3 and a half hours south. We've been a pretty close family unit, but since he's so young he won't exactly remember that.

I don't want him to forget us, so I made him a fabric photo album. It's a little wonky (thanks printer that's crappin out) but perfect for a little boy. Fully washable, and full of things to help him learn (like all of our favorite colors  Wink and names).

I pieced together each page, ironed on the photos, then blanket stitched the edges of the pages in contrasting colors.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Framed Photo on: December 02, 2006 01:18:06 PM
This frame is one of three I just finished making based on a project in the Quilt-It Kit by Denise Schmidt. I thought it would be the perfect present for  the grandparents in our lives for Christmas. Since I have two sets and my husband only has one and all three sets are completely different in tastes, I thought it would be best if we kept the gift the same. You know all those problems that come up with fairness and such when you're newly married. And since our grandparents have yet to get a photo from our wedding, this is the perfect solution!

The colors are based on our wedding color scheme, and the leaf pattern helps allude to the nature of our attitude on the flowers - simple, laid back.

It was my first time working patchwork and I think it turned out pretty well. all three frames have the same design, only varying slightly when I realized I hadn't cut my pieces large enough to wrap around the back of the frames (but had already cut out the pieces for all the frames).
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Archie from Wee Wonderfuls' Make-A-Long on: December 01, 2006 07:37:04 AM

Isn't he cute? Archie is a fiesty 3rd grader with a twin sister named Olive (or is she just a friend?).

Archie is for my nephew's Christmas present and is my 1st stuffie-toy, in general. I need practice! If only you could see his butt! It's all puckered and gross, I'm guessing I didn't follow the seam allowance correctly because I seemed to have too much boday fabric to sew into the butt fabric.

Live and learn, I guess!

I hope he doesn't creep you out too much, his eyes did turn out a bit alien-ish.

Read Archie and Olive's on-going story here: http://www.weewonderfuls.com/make-a-long/

This pattern and more available at Wee Wonderfuls: http://www.weewonderfuls.com/
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