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1  Boyfriend's Toga in Costumes: Completed Projects by madamq on: October 23, 2010 09:54:43 AM
This is my first post in a long time! I've mainly been knitting and crocheting, but I still sew from time to time. Which brings me to this topic!

This year for Greek week (a week long event sponsored by all the Greek organizations on a college campus, such as Sororities and Fraternities) my boyfriend wanted to wear a toga. Rather than letting him just drape a sheet over himself, I told him I would make him one.

It took a good six hours to make this bad boy and I was happily rewared when he told me he recieved many compliments on how "professional it looked" and many people asked where he got it, to which he replied, "I have an awesome girlfriend, who made it for me!" Awww, he's so sweet!!

The emsemble is made up of the toga, a drap that goes over the shoulder and around the waist, and a cord to tie around the waist.

I made it in black and with gold trim, because his fraternity colours are black and gold.

I only have one pic for now, because my camera was dying.. However, I will take more pics and give a more detailed description of the outfit, if anyone should wish!

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2  Re: origami fairy lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by madamq on: April 15, 2010 12:12:21 PM
I love making these!!
I have some on the mirror in my room right now!

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3  I'm going bananas because I can't find this... for FREE!!! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by madamq on: April 01, 2010 09:55:52 PM
My dearest Craftsters, please, Please, PLEASE help me find this pattern, for FREE!!

It's gorgeous, isn't it?!?!

Now, I found it here http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s/
I guess, I'm cheap.. I don't want to spend the money to purchase it... Embarrassed

The closest I could find is this, http://funkyhooker.blogspot.com/2006/04/flower.html , but even that is different. In my preferred flower there is another round, and it just looks nicer...

UGH! I've been at it for about 2 hours, and I think I am just getting cranky Sad

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
I think this would make a wonderful CAL, if I can actually find it!!!
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4  Re: Miyazaki All Year 'Round Craft Along in Craftalongs by madamq on: March 02, 2010 09:54:10 PM
Hello all!  I made this this weekend because my two year old was toting around a skein of yarn as a baby ohm ;p  She's a big fan of Nausicaa, and i can certainly think of worse role models. Cheesy

OOOHHH my goodness! I want one!
Did you happen to write down the pattern as you made this?!?!
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5  Re: Mustard Summer Sling in Crochet: Completed Projects by madamq on: July 10, 2009 02:52:55 PM
all finished!!
i'm not at my house, so i don't have my camera.. but whenever i get home i'll take a picture!

well.. here i am quoting myself.. lol

I'm all finished and i finally have pictures to prove it!!
I've just been extraordinarily busy with things...
please check at all my hard work Tongue

and with all some of my junk in it.. unfortunately i haven't lined it yet... i just haven't found any pretty fabrics...

hardwork (lol)
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6  Afghan for my mummy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by madamq on: July 10, 2009 02:50:34 PM
First off.. I have no idea what I was thinking...

Backstory: My grandma gave me allllll this yarn that her friend gave her 10+ years ago... Which 1) SCORE! and 2) what am i going to do with all this? (Just to get an idea of how much.. Imagine two of those large black bags that people use for outdoors FILLED with yarn)

Anyway.. I decided I was going to make my mummy a pretty afghan for her birthday, which btw was yesterday.. YAY MUMMY!

Again.. I have no idea what i was thinking..
I am using a pattern my grandma has been using every since I was very little, probably before that? I'm 20 now.. so who knows.. ?
The jist of the pattern is RIPPLES.. and SINGLE CROCHET...

ICK! It's a lot of crocheting...

BUT it is looking amazing and it will totally be worth it when i give it to my mummy.. (I bought her something else for her birthday since i'm not finished with it yet)

So i've been working for about two weeks on it.. Off and on.. So without further ado..

This is what i have completed so far... My mummy likes browns.. I personally am calling this the "Coffee Afghan" because I don't know what brand of yarn this is or what the colours are called.. So I'm calling the lightest colour "Latte", the next one "Caramel Mochiato", and the last one "Espresso".

and here's a close-up of the amazing effect of the single crotchet and the ripples that i'm absolutely in love with!

Now.. I'm not finished, but I would like to hear anyones thoughts on it..
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7  My very first ami! Bella the Bunny in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by madamq on: July 10, 2009 02:37:33 PM
I'm so excited to have created my very first ami!
Well, not so much created as... COMPLETED!

It's not the most beautimous ami in the world.. but I love it!

I was lovingly inspired by this amazing book: http://www.amazon.com/Kyuuto-Japanese-Crafts-Chronicle-Books/dp/0811860825/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247261276&sr=8-1... Which is... both very nice, and frustrating.. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what kind of yarns this author used.. and to be honest i don't either lol.

But.. pictures!

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8  Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Weddings and Bridal Showers by madamq on: April 13, 2009 12:57:50 AM
BTW.. here are my little favor boxes... And sorry to post sooooooo much lol Tongue

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9  Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." in Weddings and Bridal Showers by madamq on: April 13, 2009 12:39:05 AM
Wow! This seems like sooooo much fun!
I would definetely love to have an Alice in Wonderland wedding!

I am a huge fan of everything DIY.. so here's some suggestions i thought of, sorry if they are repetitive (i didn't read the whole thread lol)

First favors:
I recommend doing a little chinese-style take-out box that either has "eat me" on the side or somewhere on yr candy/cookie/whatever you are giving away. I think a small cookie would be nice, with "eat me" iced on there. I have a great recipe to make icing that hardens and looks shiny, like a cookie you buy from the store with the super shiny, hard icing.
On the inside you could also include a small poem, or phrase from the book/movie.

here's an example of the box from another post on craftster:

and this is what they had inside:

Another idea, i've been making favor/gift boxes for my web site on etsy. Here's the website I used that has a pdf template. I clicked on the "petal favor box".. It will be really simple to change the flower to a heart, if you like that better.


I like the idea of the mixed and matched china; for the centerpiece you should have a large teapot filled with roses and then set the teacups around on the table.

They large chess pieces sounded like a great idea! I would definetely do those! I'm sorry i can't think of anything better to carve them out of, other than styrofoam.
If you are planning on an outdoor wedding, assuming you are not using pews I thought it would be really interesting to do a small, fake chess board and use some of the chairs as the pieces. I've only been to a few weddings, but the classic example of the wedding is everyone is facing the couple at the front and there are chairs on both sides of the aisle.. Have the immediate family from both sides sit in the "chessboard" chairs and the aisle be red carpet. The main colours of Alice in Wonderland are black, white, and red... It seems weird as i'm describing it lol, but it looks cool in my head.

And a crappy paint drawing of it lol:

I also read that someone recommended paper lanterns.. I like small origami ballon lights, if you are interested in those, I have a picture.. They are really cute and do put out some light.. But, i recommend using the LED christmas light, because they don't heat up like the regular lights do... and get the white wire, it looks prettier.
I have instructions to make them if interested!

Here's some I've made:

OH! Another brainstorm just hit me! For the lanterns or ballon lights.. which ever you choose.. Pick white ones and paint small-ish hearts on them sparatically.

I thought it would be cute to have the little girl dress as Alice.. Since this will be a themed wedding, you are obviously the bride, but you need an Alice there.. The flower girl! That would be adorable!

You could ask your guests to wear a certain coulour perhaps? If you don't want people to be in costume it would be cute to possible give each guest a heart to pin on their clothing as they arrive? Or not? lol

Thats all I have for right now. I'm rather sleepy! But i'll keep brainstorming for you!
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10  Re: Vintage ping pong light and tutorial in Vintage Craft Projects by madamq on: April 12, 2009 06:36:25 PM
sorry it's been ages, but i've had to work Tongue

this is what they look like not lit up:

and here they are lit up:
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