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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thread Crochet Bowl on: July 21, 2008 08:36:55 AM
so i crochet in the car-  hate driving, boyfriend loves driving. so i need something to do since it takes at least 15-20 minutes to get anywhere from our house.

I created this as i went, i didn't write down a pattern for it. i wasn't sure what i would do with it until i made one of the rounds a little too tight and it pulled everything in.. and when i decided on a stopping point i figured i could probably make a bowl out of it at least.

I used 2parts sugar, 1 part water heated to a syrup consistency to stiffen it, and i'll be sealing it with acrylic spray sealer to make it permanent (and to keep ants out of my house!!)

(i used a ball of yarn covered in foil to pin the bowl to shape it)

(almost) finished!!

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / chunkymesh shrug on: July 13, 2008 03:52:57 PM
this was dormant for awhile as i got frustrated with getting the sleeves all 'hemmed' up to the right lengths (which is probably the easiest part, right? eh well) anyway. it's a 'pattern' i worked up on my own during a long drive (i don't drive anywhere, my wonderful boyfriend does all the chauffeuring duties...haha)

anyway, it's bernat softee chunkee yarn in a mesh stitch and half double crochet on the ends of the sleeves for some slight weight on the end (and to make it a more pronounced 'bell' type of sleeve)

thanks for looking!! :-D
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / slightly modified Divine hats on: July 07, 2008 09:19:39 AM
So the pink one (on me) i used bernat softee chunkee and a 6mm hook. for the purple hat i used lion brand Jiffy, left off the last row of fpdc/4dc, sc'd around, then dc'd around, and did shells. It's girly, but i only had my son around to model it, so you get to see a boy decked out in a girls hat. it's the perfect size for a toddler. I think it'll go to my boyfriend's niece- too big for my daughter just yet:)

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / handpainted sign for daughter's room on: June 28, 2008 09:01:11 PM
Just a small thing. The boyfriend bought a new workbench on clearance at lowes today and you wouldn't believe all the extra packing crap they stuck in the box. There were some kind of fiberboard, like a super duper dense, strong cardboard pieces in there- one of them was damaged so i cut the end of it off and turned it into this, for my 4 month old daughter's room. I my grandfather and i collected unicorns when i was a little girl (what little girl doesn't??! haha!) and i of course want to pass this along to my daughter.

The paints are acrylics.. the background isn't white, it's actually a super light lavendar i created using a primary purple and white. the unicorn i hand drew on computer paper and painstakingly cut out, then glued on after the paint was done. i still need to figure out how to seal it all, so the paper won't start peeling off the thing in the future. was thinking of using an acrylic spray sealer. I don't have enough confidence in my freehand drawing to draw the image directly onto the board, hence the gluing. Smiley ***eta- i didn't have a paintbrush, so the lettering was done with one of those wood cuticle sticks i had leftover from my nailcare basket- the tip of the under nail cleaner was perfect, but it DID take forever to do, i kept having to dip the tip in the paint before finishing each letter** anyway, i hope you all like it. I wasn't sure if this should go in the reconstructed category or not since i re-used the packing board thing, but decided to just stick it here anyway.

***another ETA: the sign itself is probably about 5 or 6 inches wide by three or 4 inches tall. it's not big at all:)
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / made from scratch bedroom furniture... part 1. 1 of 2 nightstands on: June 26, 2008 09:58:32 PM
I really can't wait to save up all the finished project shots, so i'm posting our first finished project now, and will add the rest as they are finished.

The boyfriend and i decided we really needed to get some bedroom furniture but didn't like the selection available. we don't like huge, ornate, whimsical, or any unique kind of 'look'... rather simple, and this is what our furniture will reflect. but i think it looks pretty good! This is pretty much what our bed and matching dresser will end up looking like as well, once they are finished:)

we used pine wood, wood glue, screws, european-style drawer thingies, and the drawer pulls match the rest of the knobs/drawer handles in the house. 2 shots, and i'll get a couple more in to show more detail of how it was put together later, we were kind of impatient and put the handles on before the polyeurethane dried, so i don't want to risk marring the surface trying to get better pictures:)

boyfriend did 90% of the grunt work- i run around after 1 toddler and a 4 month old and usually crash out before i get the chance to help on the projects around here. but we came up with the plans for it together, if that counts! and i picked the colors as well:) lol!

thanks for looking!
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / infant granny blanket on: June 21, 2008 09:31:04 PM
so it's a small thing, basically big enough to cover baby's lap while the sit in their car seat (which i've found to be pretty helpful, rather than trying to stuff a full-sized blanket in/around baby's seat)... and when they 'outgrow' the blanket it can be used as a lovey or doll blanket. Anyway, it's just one big granny square with shells around the edge to make it a little 'ruffly'. I needed something quick fast and in a hurry, a friend of mine is due with her first girl next month-this is the end result:)

thanks for lookin'Smiley
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Doily/thread crochet:) on: June 21, 2008 08:42:33 PM
I have to say i am totally addicted. I know the center of the thing is totally crappy but i think the rest of it turned out pretty well! I'm excited, i'll be making another one to put on the nightstands my boyfriend and i are making for our bedroom:)

i got the pattern here:http://hometown.aol.com/lffunt/petitepine.htm
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / joining the bandwagon- 1st amigurumi:) on: June 18, 2008 08:33:37 PM
Of course, it looks nothing like the critter on Lionbrand.com, where i got the pattern. but i needed something quick to mke for a baby shower that is happening in 2 weeks, and since i'm broke this was perfect!

it took me 2 days to finish... 2 kids and a house to keep up makes for no crochet time. Plus i had no ployfil, so i had to sacrifice an old pillow and take some of its' stuffing. I also butchered an old toy that my son never played with.. it was a plush rabbit with a squeakie thing inside... i put the squeakie inside the ami and now all that is left is to hand it over at the baby shower:)

and to make it a little cuter, here's my sweetpea enjoying the new toy mommy made:)

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / finally done... baby blanket:) on: June 14, 2008 02:54:24 PM
My mom started this blanket months ago and didn't pay attention to how long she was making her foundation chain... if i had finished the blanket the way she'd started it it would have covererd my queen size bed. Since it's for a newborn (who has already entered the world at this point!! yikes!) i frogged the work she'd done (4 skeins worth) and started over. I double stranded it, used a v stitch around the edge, and double crochet for the body of the blanket. it took me about 3 weeks to get it done as i have 2 young'uns of my own to take care of, but here it is, finally finished! We used red heart yarn in 'new mint'.

and for size reference, my 3 month old on the blanket!

thanks for looking!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ack. I made candles....??? on: June 13, 2008 07:17:30 AM
We have a ton of these spaghetti and pizza sauce jars hidden away in out cabinets waiting to be reused, and i recruited 2 of them to become candle containers. this is right after pouring them:

but when we woke up this morning the wax sunk as it hardened or something, and left huge craters down through the middle of the candle (basically along the wick). i know i'll need to heat up some more wax and refill it, but is there anyway to keep this from happening in the future?  i don't have pics yet, camera battery is dead.
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