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11  The Amazing Technicolor Puppet Theatre! in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by nomij on: April 02, 2008 06:05:35 AM
Hi guys!
I came into this challenge ready to vote for myself, (What a great prize!), but I've already seen about 8 projects that I want to vote for, and it's only day TWO!

Here's my entry... a puppet theatre for my little guy:

The Materials:  Two Table Cloths, (I didn't end up using the yellow), Two packs of electrical tape, (one pictured, I needed to buy a second), Red duct tape, bamboo garden skewers, Star sequins, bristol board and a shiney bag.  (I wish I had figured out how to use those swirly things!!!! They wouldn't install properly Sad )

Some Progress Pics:

All finished:

My son luvin it... (This made it all worth it!!!  Smiley )

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone!

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12  Birdy Bookmark for my Boss! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by nomij on: March 31, 2008 07:53:45 PM
In my ongoing attempt to craft every gift this year, my most recent challenge was to craft for the owner of the company I work for.  (Small family based business).  He is a Birder, and given that I am new to crafting, I am rather proud of what I came up with!

It says, "Every road tree and field... is a treasure hunt to discover a bird"
I made sure to only download pics of birds found in Ontario, and I put them on shrinky dink!  I would have to say, though, that his favorite part of the gift was the paper I wrapped it in... I folded in a list of the "20 signs that you know you're a birder when..." including, "you know you're a birder when... your spouse says, "it's me or the birds... and you have to think about it"   "... when every family vacation is planned about how many lifers are there"  "... someone yells "DUCK" and you look up and say "Where?!?!"  Or  "... when you hear that a bird flew into the engine of a plane and brought it down... and you feel sorry for the poor bird!"

What a fun gift!  I think he really appreciated the thought I put into it! Thanks for looking!

Nomi >^,,^<
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13  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ MAR in Crochetalongs by nomij on: March 26, 2008 10:05:10 AM
Jessimocha - Love em!  Your March Square reminded me of my Jan Square!!!!  (Because my tension was too tight in Jan!):

Have a great day, and keep hookin!
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14  Re: I'm stuck in a seed bead rut - please help me get out! in Beads: Discussion and Questions by nomij on: March 03, 2008 06:48:09 PM
Mommy 2 Flo:

Just wanted to thank you for your help!  Look what you helped create!  (The sequins are my fav!!!!)

Thanks so very much again! Smiley
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15  Made for a 4 yr old... but I want some too! (And yay shrinky dink!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomij on: March 03, 2008 06:36:41 PM
Hello all!

So for Christmas I rec'd some so-so beads, and thought I would use them for some costume jewelry for a toddler's b-day.  But I had soooo much fun, and they turned out soooo pretty! I discovered that sequins are also awesome.  And my piece du jour, my favorite creation thus far... princess charms from printable shrinky dink!  This was the most talked about prezzie of the day.  That wasn't actually the goal, but I had SO MUCH FUN making this stuff!  I am officially addicted!  Smiley

The better than I thought beads:

The newly discovered dollar store sequin goodness, (I am so making these for me!):

The awesomeness of shrinky dink!:

In proccess shrinky dink.  (I tell ya, if you have never played with this stuff, it is so much fun to watch is shrink!  It is wonderfully rewarding, and I encourage you to try it!):

And the lovely musical jewelry box that I gave it all in:

Thank you everyone for all your inspiration!
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16  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB in Crochetalongs by nomij on: February 06, 2008 07:07:36 PM
Yay!  Success!  My first official square *ever*!
What I've learned: 
My chs are too tight.  It looked like I was making one of the skull cap/Kippah  things that you wear if you're Jewish! So now the straight edges are wiggly, but hey, I'm still pretty proud!
I also learned that I can sometimes chain into the space or the back loop if my chains are too tight, (probably depending on the pattern, I'm sure!)  Thank you friends for all your help!
I mainly learned that I cannot get any housework done if I start a square.  It just begs to be finished.  My poor toddler was in the bathtub for 30 min tonite!!!! (while I sat in there with my hook!!!)  Hi.  My name is Naomi, and I have a crochet problem... I'm HOOKED!

I give you Lesson 1 of 12:

Thank you again everyone!  I can't wait to start on Feb's!
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17  Re: "A HAPPY MEDIUM" for decorating!?!?!? Impossible! PLEASE HELP! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by nomij on: February 05, 2008 01:08:51 PM
Thanks for the ideas! I like the words (though I couldn't see the pictures)

I just love the pics, so I wanted to share:

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18  Beachy Ankelette; moving beyond earrings... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomij on: February 03, 2008 01:25:24 PM
So I learned how to make earrings for some of my friend's Christmas presents.  One of my girls has been accepted to college in AUSTRALIA!  (We're in Canada).  10 minutes away from the beach, what does every girl need?  A sexy anklette, of course! This is my first attempt at jewelry that wasn't earrings, and I couldn't be more proud of myself!

What was so great is that we got over 30cm of snow the day I gave this to her!  I hear it's Summer on the other side of the world Cheesy

PS - the best part... I found the beads at Dollerama!
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19  Re: With Daisies all in a row... **Pattern pg 11 - pics pg 13** in Crochet: Completed Projects by nomij on: February 03, 2008 01:11:48 PM
I just wanted to share a bit of my progress.  I would never have been able to successfully interpret the symbol pattern without Kolibri's help.  Though in following both her writing, and the symbols, I just wanted to add a bit... (If you have a chance Kolibri, can you check my work Wink )

Row 6 is like Row 3, but starts a bit different:  Ch5, skip ch 3 sp, sc in first 2dctog.  Ch2, skip next 2 2dctog, sc in next 2dctog.  From this point repeat  * to * from "Row 3" ending with ch3, skip ch3 sp, scin 4th chain from 2dctog below, turn.

Row 7 is like Row 4 but starts: Ch2.  From this point repeat * to * from "Row 4" ending with sc in 4th chain from left of ch2sp below.

It's interesting that Jessica Tromp's pattern alternates a big row of daisies with a little row.  Kolibri modified it because she noticed that Sonnet Bird's was all with 2dctog, where the pattern uses just dc for every other row of daisies.  Thank you kolibri for picking up on that! 

So I'm not very good a actually crocheting yet!  Cheesy  Here's what my trial looks like, (don't mind the colors, they're just practice colors!)
My first row, (not exactly like sonnetbirds)

My try so far,

Hows everyone else doing?
(PS -  Outofthequestion, I totally understand the excitement!!!  Everyday I can't wait to finish work so that I can run home to crochet!  Especially when I find a pattern I can't wait to try!)
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20  My first try, and what I learned... (and cute onsies...) in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by nomij on: January 10, 2008 07:30:51 PM
My first experiment with stenciling was to create some cute onsies for a girlfriend's baby shower.  I had success and failure, and overall a fun time!

I searched high and low for the evasive freezer paper, and have come to the conclusion that at least with plastic I can re-use the stencil!

I argued with my exacto knife and decided to spring for a fancy swivel thing which was worth it's weight in gold!

So without freezer paper, instead I looked for overhead projector sheets.  Finding none, I settled with a set of thin plastic binder dividers, a great price at only $1.77!  To solve the problem of "unstickyness" I went with Elmer's spray adhesive, which can work for a temporary tackyness if sprayed and left to dry for 10min.  I printed my picture, and sprated adhesive to the plastic, waited for it to tack, and stuck it on my paper.  (I first found it still to be too sticky, and the paper stuck too much, so my second try, I first stuck it to my pant leg to make it a little less adhesive).  After the argurment with my exacto knife, (brand new), I tried my new fancy swivel "Shape Express" and it went sooooo much quicker!  And it looked better too!  I re-applied the the adhesive, (it lost it's tackiness over night) and next I mixed my paint with the fabric medium, (as I've been told to do by the great posts around here) and went to work.  My first attempt was pretty dismal.  What I learned:

The fabric medium said one part medium to two parts paint.  I found that when it was closer to half and half, the paint flowed a bit better.  I was scared about seepage (sp?) and didn't put enough down and the edges looked crappy.  So the next try I put too much down, and there was a crappy looking ridge at the edge.  The perfect solution was to put lots down, but then "empty" my sponge brush on paper, and sop up the excess so it was nice and smooth!  Oh, and my first attempt also looked crappy because I didn't wait long enough for it to dry, and since the adhesive was *too* tacky that try, it pulled at the fabric as I took it off and added to the crappy edges.  Patience is a virtue, they say!  Next one I did the pant leg thing again, and waited a good hour before seeing my results!  Oh, and on my two tone stencil, I found that the adhesive stuck too much to the paint below (dry ofcourse) and sort of crapified it a bit.  Next time I'll just leave the paper on those parts.  Easy fix!

So with out further ado...  My first FAILURE: (It looks worse IRL)

My first Success:  

My not quite perfect, but not a failure:

And my iron on just for fun.  Just a side story here.  My girlfriend's hubby wants to name the baby-to-be "Jacques" because of an inside joke from years ago.  My girlfriend HATES the name, but he won't let it go!  Bit of an inside joke...

It says "Hello, my real name is..."  She'll hate it.  He'll love it.  It might never be worn, but the laughs will be worth it!

And my new discoveries:

The cool swivel knife thing, (Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress) took some getting used to.  But once I had it, I FLEW!~

I always get so much help from Craftster.  I don't know if this will help or not, but it might give a few ideas!  Thanks to everyone for all their posts and inspirations!
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