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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / hand beaded holiday ornaments! on: November 30, 2010 09:56:07 PM
This is a great project for using up scraps and your ever extensive sewing stash.
What you need: felt, other textured/shiny material, beads of matching/complimenting colors, a beading needle, 3" of decorative elastic, patience and the ability to let it come as it will in terms of design.

I've imagined all kinds of designs and they are simple and fairly fast to make. You can give one or a set as a gift, decorate a tree...hang it anywhere! They are really good for birthdays and Valentine's too Smiley
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Om nom "OMkin" on: November 01, 2010 09:09:28 AM
I love seeing all the pumpkins everyone made this year.
It's so much fun to see what character decides to come out and into being Wink
Here's the one I made. And the smaller ones are the pumpkins that my 2 year old daughter decorated with Halloween stickers and markers. Too cute!
Hope everyone had a very happy and safe Halloween!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Personalized Room Plaques on: February 26, 2010 07:05:13 PM
Here are some really cute and simple gifts I made for my BF's nephews. The best thing is that they really liked them!

The wooden plaques were bought at the dollar store so they were super cheap to make. I used watercolors flowing with the grain of the wood, painted the side edges black to give it a cleaner and more finished look, added some images from magazines and sealed it with Mod Podge. Et Voila! C'est si simple!
C&C Always Welcome Smiley

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Here's a cozy for your beer! Pretty AND practical plus tute! on: August 09, 2009 09:23:34 AM
Hurray for the beer cozy!

This cozy is made with reclaimed purple suede from a vintage high waisted skirt.
Using the bottom hem of the skirt as the top of the cozy, I managed to save the original lining to use as the lining for the cozy. No fuss no muss!
The Om symbol is an iron on transfer that I printed out. Around it I stitched on a crochet chain. I would rate this project a 2 out of 5 in terms of difficulty.

-Favorite canned drink
(to work a pattern off of.)
-Measuring tape
-sewing gauge
-tailor's chalk
-iron on transfer
-crochet hook
-sewing machine

First, measure the circumference of the can and the height of the can.
Measurements for my Cozy
8.25"(Circumference)x 6.75"
-add your seam allowance of .5" new measurements: 8.75"x7.25"

-cut a rectangle out of your desired fabric with these measurements. To add a lining, cut your lining material with the same measurements and attach it to your base material. You can just sew it on or using iron on interfacing or I believe fabric glue might work too...of course wait for it to dry Grin
-next, trace around the bottom of your can and again, add .5 inches to the circumference with your sewing gauge.

-Find the image that you want online or in your photo albums and print it onto iron on transfer paper.
-Iron the transfer onto a piece of scrap t-shirt material and cut a small border around the transfer image.
-Next, sew the image onto the body of the cozy.

-sew up the two sides (right sides together!) to make the cylindrical shape.

-The very bottom is the trickiest....I usually flip the cylindrical shape inside out, and just sew around with a .5 inch seam allowance again with right sides together. Take this step slow! It might still look a little wonky but it should stand just fine with a can in it Smiley
-Finally, take whatever thread, string or yarn you want to use and crochet a chain the length around your image. Sew it on with matching thread and you're done!

I hope you find my tutorial helpful, and if there is anything I need to clarify please let me know Smiley

C&C always welcome!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help plz...fading colors in the length of a scarf. on: November 09, 2008 11:37:38 AM
Hi everyone,

I have a question and I'm hoping someone in the wonderful world of Craftster's forums can help me...
A friend of mine asked me to crochet a scarf for her that was a dark color on one end and fades to the lightest version of that color on the other end. How can I do this?
Do I have to buy every shade of wool and keep changing the colors gradually?
Would it work better to dye the scarf gradually?
Can you please help?
Thank you! I really appreciate your thoughts Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beautiful Teal Button Up Scarf on: October 28, 2008 10:36:19 PM
Double crochet all the way through. I need to keep practicing Grin

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / LOADS of upcycled treats! Image HEAVY! on: October 28, 2008 10:21:22 PM
Here is a bunch of jewelery I made a few months back...I have to appologize for the GIGANTIC photos but it is a pain the the butt to downsize them. At any rate, you can see them in GREAT detail! =^.^=

This necklace charm is made of a vintage watch piece that no longer works...It probably just needs a new battery now that I think of it. Anyhow, I thought it would make a neat little necklace.

This necklace charm is made from a magazine clipping of a tree. I then put blank colored magazine paper on the back, cut some old plastic from a stash of containers and covered it with clear packing tape...Cheapo lamination!! woohoo! Then I added some beads of course.

I used the same method for this one...

All of the beads used for all of my projects were given to me by people who didn't want them anymore....In fact most of the jewelery I make is from old things that people don't want and give to me via freecycle.org. (it's a fantastic way to recycle almost anything!!) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201915.msg2149142#msg2149142

I assume this was once a pair of earrings anyway, but they didn't have the hooks...so I added them.

Finally, here are some vintage toys turned keychains...I screwed in an eye screw and attached some old keychain thingies.

Hope you enjoyed!!! Let me know what you think...any faves? least faves?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best freezer paper for stencils? on: September 12, 2008 10:50:55 AM
I can't seem to find freezer paper in stores here in Toronto so I'm going to buy it online...
What kind should I buy? and roughly how much should I expect to pay for it?

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plaid cuff reconned from piece of dress shirt :) on: June 27, 2008 09:08:46 PM
Hi everyone!!

I made this cuff from the top shoulder strap thingies on a mens dress shirt. I cut off both of them from the shoulders, zig-zag stitched them together at opposite ends, measured it to fit my wrist and then cut off the excess. I zig-zag stitched over the end of the cuff, added a button and added some random stitching detail. Et voila!

Do you think I should remove the detail stitching and try again with another type of stitch or leave it?
Any comments welcome Smiley

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first sock monkey!! on: May 06, 2008 06:30:43 PM
Here he is...I personally think he looks like a 'George'.

There are so many great tutorials online for making sock monkeys that I definitely had to make one. I gave this one to my friend's baby boy, but I can't wait to to make another one in brighter colors.

I hope you like him! Thanks for looking

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