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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / first projects - swallows, nest, stars, hearts, wire, oh my! on: February 22, 2009 05:12:18 PM
hi!  this is my first time posting in the jewelry category but absolutely not the last!  here are a few recent projects i have made:

first is my take on the "nestlace."  i added a shrinky dink swallow to make it a little more unique:

next up is a shrinky dink tattoo style design.  swallows + nautical stars = awesome!  it is a little on the large size, with the whole thing being about 4 inches long.

and here is something that just kind of happened.  i found this fantastic glass heart charm.  the color in it actually changes colors depending on the light, changing from hot pink to purple.

and a better representation of the color in the heart:

and last up is a simple star pendant.  i wish i could take credit for the wire star, but it is something i found at michael's.  i love the chain on this one.

comment and criticism are much appreciated... i have lots of plans for more jewelry, this is a lot of fun!  i am currently working on my own tree of life, as well as a few others.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cabled clutch on: February 22, 2009 04:15:04 PM
hi!  this is my first real knitted project, aside from a couple of squares.  i am now in love with cables!

pattern is from ravelry, found here

i actually reversed one of the rows of cables so that instead of being the same they mirror each other.  i too used dowels for handles, used a pencil sharpener on the end and painted them a cream color to match the ribbon.

here is the outside:

and the inside:

comments and criticism welcome!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my take on the star afghan on: February 22, 2009 04:07:37 PM
i made this recently for a friend's baby shower.  i know this has been done a gamillion times... but this is my version:

close up, to show colors:

the whole shebang:

and with my cat, to show size:

thanks for looking!  comments and criticism welcome!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Miittens!! on: January 30, 2009 04:49:01 AM
omg you guys check these out:


how freaking cute!  i don't really have anyone to make these for (and am not quite yet good enough at knitting to make them anyway)... but someone here should totally make these, cause i think they are adorable.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / something special to make with this beautiful yarn? on: January 18, 2009 05:35:35 PM
hello all,

i just received this yarn that i bought from etsy... i would love to link a pic of it and a link to the seller but am not sure if that's ok?  anyway, it is my first handpainted yarn, and the first yarn i've ever purchased from anywhere other than joanne's, ac moore, or michael's.  i won't get into the story of it but it just turns out that the name of the yarn has a special meaning for my fiance and me.

so anyway... i have crocheted for years and am new to knitting (working on my first scarf now) and for some reason i see this yarn as being perfect for knitting.  any ideas what i should make with it?  it is sport weight and some nice deep oceany colors, vibrant blue and beautiful green.  i don't want to make it into just your average scarf of hat.  any ideas or links to patterns/tuts that would be good for it?

thanks for reading that if you did.   Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cute shirt on: January 16, 2009 12:48:48 PM
ok so i'm sorry, this isn't a knitting question really.. but i don't know where else to put this and i thought it was something some of you craftsters may enjoy.   Smiley

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I fell in love with a scarf and I need your help! on: November 15, 2008 06:06:51 PM
hi craftsters!

i need help!  tonight i was shopping and fell in love with this scarf:


but they want $40 for it!!  Shocked

i have a hard enough time spending $40 on any article of clothing, especially one that i could make myself!

anyway... the tag on the scarf said "hand knit" but the description on the website says crocheted... and it says "looks like handmade."  lol.  anyway... it looks knit to me, but i'm not so great at knitting.  does anyone know how i might go about crocheting this scarf?  would you just make the panels separately, then stitch them together and make a border around it all?  or would there be a way to do it as one piece?  i'm thinking if i did the panels... i could start in one corner, and increase for the first few rows till i get the width i want, then i'd have to increase on one side and decrease on the other at the same time, right?

if you were going to try to make this scarf, how would you do it??
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Boss's Day Gift - Gum Box? on: October 13, 2008 09:32:54 AM
Alright craftsters... I'm turning to you because I know you always have phenomenal ideas.  I want to craft something for my boss for boss's day.  Obviously I only have a couple days to do this, and I don't need anything super fancy.  But my idea is to make her some sort of box for her desk to hold gum.  She is always asking for gum, so I was going to buy her a lot of packs of gum and make a box to hold them.  I guess I'm thinking maybe around the size of a tissue box, or a little bit smaller.  At first I was thinking I could get a plain wooden box and paint it to look like a pack of gum, but then I remembered that I am not so great at painting.  Any ideas?
Thanks.   Smiley
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / math nerd swap? on: May 19, 2008 05:57:04 PM
so i've just finished ogling the science is art swap gallery (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241265.0) and i'm totally jealous of everything in it.

there were some mathy themed things, but it got me thinking about how much i would enjoy seeing more math related crafts.

would anyone be interested?
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / thinking about buying a serger -- i have questions on: April 19, 2008 10:09:31 PM
hey everyone, i'm really sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, but this is the best i can think of.  i'm thinking about buying a serger but don't sew nearly enough to justify it.. but i don't sew enough because i am not patient enough to be able to sew knits very well.  i think if i could sew knits easily and quickly and have a more finished looking seam i'd be much more inclined.  i did a search on craigslist and came up with this:

WHITE Super lock serger - $50

MODEL # 503 W-1, In great working condition, has all the parts,cover, & cord.Will probably need a tune up < spools of thread included.B/O welcome.

my questions are:
a. does anyone know anything about this model?  i tried a google search but really didn't find much.
b. does anyone know approximately how much i might pay to have a serger serviced?  i know it would obviously depend on if there are any major problems with it, and that different people in different areas will charge different amounts... i'm just looking for a ballpark figure here.
c. i honestly have barely even seen a serger in person (mostly just walking by the displays at joann's) let alone even tried using one.  is it hard to pick up?  or is it something that comes fairly easy, already being familiar with a sewing machine?

i mean, i figure, hey, they're asking for $50 or best offer.  if i can offer $40 and get it checked out for $50 and have a decent serger for under $100, i'd most likely go for it.  but i don't want to waste my money on a machine that's not worth it, or something i won't use much.

thanks in advance, crafty friends.  Smiley
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