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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Afghan for Dad, Christmas 2009 "Tha Mangroves" on: February 28, 2010 10:46:18 PM
I bought this yarn thinking to use a specific pattern, but decided instead to pick a few patterns from a 63 pattern stitch booklet.  I call it "The Mangroves" because of the colors, brown from roots, green for seaweed, blue for water, multi for seashells and sea glass.  It's probably my largest project I've ever finished.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / An Irony Filled Tea Cozy on: September 03, 2008 08:36:05 PM
Tea Cozy

with Iron(y)!     Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / underwear cami with support - can it be done? on: April 07, 2008 12:31:14 AM
I'm unable to wear regular bras because of back problems.  Unfortunately, I could use a little support, as one side is a bit lower than the other.  I normally wear a cotton cami, which is comfortable - is there any way to add some type of support that won't shift around?  I can't have a strap across the middle back area, and that is where the staying factor usually comes from.  I have some bras that fit fine, but can't wear - is there anyway to incorporate these into the cami?
Thanks for any ideas!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I Need Patons Country Life Chunky Cotton Blend ***found some!!!***** on: December 03, 2007 08:56:04 PM
I hope it's ok to post this in here  Smiley

I decided to try out a sweater pattern with this Patons' yarn that I've had forever, and I'm liking the way it is turning out, but I'm sure I won't have enough  Cry I think I'll need 2-4 skeins in color #6185.
I did a Google search, and came up with 0.  Does anyone have a few skeins at the bottom of their stash?  Or know of a place to look?
I think I could even work in White if the pink/white blend is not found.

Whose MIL had that incredible stash of yarn?  Maybe she has it and will be willing to sell?
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Celtic Art takes a (Night) Stand! on: December 02, 2007 04:49:35 PM
Like another craftster mentioned, I didn't want to buy an item that I would not use.  I found this nightstand at a thrift store for $5.  If it had been mine, I would have tossed it in the trash!  Roll Eyes  Two of the drawers were broken and three of the supports inside were loose.  Someone had carved 'IL7' on the front, and it looked like it had really been kicked around.

I didn't buy anything to transform this nightstand - I used items I already had (used my stash!).  I sanded it all down and repaired the drawers and supports (with popsicle sticks!).  The paint was left over from our living room.  I stenciled the top and drawer fronts using designs I already had, and I lined the drawers with felt.

I'll put this in the family room by my chair to hold crafting supplies.  Grin

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES / Day and Night portrayed in flight (very pic heavy) on: November 05, 2007 01:02:18 AM
I've always wanted to embroider a Luna Moth, so I worked it into this challenge.  I used the Luna Moth to represent Night (on a dark blue pillow case) and chose the Monarch Butterfly for Day (on a light blue pillow case).
I even tried out a new stitch (for me) called Turkey Work, where you make loops that can be trimmed to make a shaggy effect (used on the Luna's body).
Also, in keeping with the prize, I used all DMC thread, and even had DMC needles on hand!

The pic of the two cases together came out really blurry, but I tried to do a better job on the close ups.  I also don't have any action shots, so I took one of the patterns and notes on color choices.  The drawing and photo I used as patterns came from a search on the internet, since I can't draw.  I'll have to hunt down the urls for them, and post later (I have to find them again).  I picked the colors on my own.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Garter or Stockinette for Patons Cha Cha Yarn Baby Afghan? on: October 07, 2007 02:33:52 PM
I want to make a baby afghan and have Patons' Cha Cha yarn in a deep purple and a multicolor (purple, blue, yellow).  I'm thinking of holding the two strands together, and doing it on size 10 needles (I usually knit pretty loose).  Which would be better  - garter stitch, or stockinette?  Garter would be much easier for me, but I need something that will be ok for a baby.  Or should I not use this yarn at all?  (although I did see some baby yarn that was very similar)
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / High Rolling Real Estate Agent Ensemble - Monopoly - Every piece! on: October 04, 2007 11:43:09 PM
In keeping with the theme of Monopoly, I have taken the board, pieces, and most of the box to create an ensemble for our high rolling real estate agent:

First, a tote to hold her necessary tools -
and back
made from the board and the cardboard insert in the box
I used the bank's cash holder to create pockets inside

A notebook and mock-ups of proposals for new houses and hotels

close up of the proposals
Inside the notebook, the "rules of the real estate game" and her to-do list
And look!  She's got a cocktail party tonight for a new hotel opening!  Must get ready.  Here's her purse, with business card holder, checkbook, and compact

inside the purse
and finally, a dress fit for the occasion

Her jewelry consists of earrings made from the dice, necklace made from part of the property cards, and of course, the expected charm bracelet from the tokens.

The dress was made from the Chance and Community Chest cards for the straps, and ALL the money was shredded to create the fringe  (whew!).  Purse was made from property cards, the railroad and utility company cards form the inside pocket, parts of the box line the inside.  Houses and hotels became the handle.  Crushed hotels make up the mosaic look on the compact.  All of the parts of the game were used, including most of the box.  The parts of the box that were not used were not in good condition (this edition is about 35+ years old, so the box wasn't in good shape).

This was fun!  Although my family and friends think I'm stranger than before!  Grin
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