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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pink and purple set (IMG heavy) images fixed on: March 18, 2008 02:31:10 AM
Designer's Remit:

"Lauryn", 10 years old, purple and pink, loves "tumbling"

The results...


Earrings (Sterling Silver Posts)



The opinion of the client of this set means a LOT to me as she's a very close friend... so your honest feedback, before I send it to her, would be immensely appreciated.

32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Opinions, please? (IMG heavy) on: March 17, 2008 03:30:00 AM
I recently made two pieces. One as a commissioned birthday gift for a girl whose name is Michelle (her nickname being "Chellebi")...

This second piece is a Welcome Gift for our new Designer "Lilac". I wanted it to represent her as a crafter and a person, so, apart from the colour, I added images of things that I know she likes...

I'm still pretty new to the jewelry-making arena so any and all feedback is -greatly- appreciated!


33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Do you have an interesting or cute motto/slogan/quip? on: March 16, 2008 01:38:00 PM
Since I can't actually crochet at the moment, I would like to make other things relating to crochet (and knitting).

What are some of your favourite crochet or knitting phrases?

(examples: "Knit or get off the pot!" or "I hook for a living!", etc.)

I'd love to hear(read) them if you're willing to share. I normally find them a good giggle.

Many thanks in anticipation Smiley

...Sorry, perhaps I should mention that my intention is to make some keychains and fridge magnets from cross stitch and other mediums Smiley
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with Varnish/Sealant? on: February 25, 2008 04:06:59 AM
Hello, fellow crafters...

I need some advice about varnish/sealants.

I'm currently using solvent-based ones for my shrink plastic, which is fine as long as I use certain permanent inks... the issue I have is that I want to use other inks, but the solvent-based coatings make the inks "run".

Does anyone know of a good water-based sealant/varnish/lacquer that would dry 'water-proof'?

Basically, something that will allow me to use more types of ink, but that will prevent the piece from "running" when it rains... nothing worse than a client receiving one of my designs and then getting caught in a rain storm and the design running down their chest!

Very many thanks in advance/anticipation!!
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Commission to celebrate new life... on: February 07, 2008 01:52:58 PM
My client wanted a gift to give his girl to celebrate the birth of their daughter, Rosie, as well as her first child, Lily. The Mum's favourite colour is red....

This is what I came up with...

Both myself and the client are pleased Smiley

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / -More- shrink plastic jewelry (tons o' images) on: January 31, 2008 08:28:44 AM
-More- shrink plastic jewelry...

Stuffs I've done lately...


Just messing about...

37  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Meet the new man in my life... (three pics) (Now with FREE pattern!) on: January 31, 2008 02:49:34 AM
So, there I was, scouring the interweb looking for a decent heart pattern to crochet, as I had decided to "give" C my heart for Valentine's Day this year.

They all look like crap or the instructions are beyond even me, which is saying something.

So, instead, this little man was born...

Meet "Ami LoveBug" (Ami means "Love") Cheesy


OK, I didn't write anything down, so I'm going to go a little "freestyle"...

I used chunky yarn and the recommended hook size (6.00mm). Gauge isn't really important, the larger the stitches, the larger the finished project will be.

For whatever yarn you choose, I recommend using the recommended hook size.

Ch 4. Sl st in 4th chain from hook to form ring.
Round 1 = Sc 6 in ring = 6sts
Round 2 = Sc2 into each st = 12 sts
Round 3 = Sc 1, sc2 into next st* around = 18 sts
Round 4 = Sc 2, sc2 into next st* around = 24 sts
Round 5 = Sc around = 24 sts
Round 6 = Sc 3, sc2 into next st* around = 30 sts
Round 7,8,9 = Sc around for 4(ish) rounds (depending on how "tall" you want your LoveBug to be)

Round 1 = Sc 6 in ring = 6sts
Round 2 = Sc2 into each st = 12 sts
Round 3 = Sc 1, sc2 into next st* around = 18 sts
Round 4 = Sc 2, sc2 into next st* around = 24 sts
Round 6 = Sc 3, sc2 into next st* around = 30 sts

Add eyes (and antennae as you see fit).

Stuff using "poly-fil" (Stuffed Animal Stuffing).

Find what will be the "face" of your LoveBug (mine is 10 stitches wide). Mark the bottom edge of the body on either side of the face with stitch markers. Skip 1 sc, mark, skip 1 sc, mark so that each side has 3 markers.

Use sc to attach the LoveBug's "bottom". I started in the back, making sure to tuck my ends into the body (so I had less weaving-in to do. Yes, I am -that- lazy).

At each of the stitch markers, make the sc to join both pieces and then ch 4. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch back to the body and sc into the next "joining" sc (that joins the bottom to the body). Ch4, sc into 2nd from hook, etc. This is done once at each of the markers, creating 6 legs in total. Once the circle is complete, sl st to join, bind off and weave (or tuck) in the last end.

That may not make a TON of sense, but that's what I did and since I didn't write anything down, I am more than willing to answer the 7,000 questions that will now come from my incoherent instructions Wink

He took me a total of 45 minutes (and that -included- the 15 minutes hunting through my extensive button collection for his eyes) Smiley

I was bouncing when I finished him, I think he's adorable!

He has a poem, as well....

"I've been bitten by the LoveBug.

LoveBugs bite wherever they can
They'll bite anyone, woman or man.

This LoveBug bit me on the finger
The scar, now on my heart, does linger.

And though he bit me (and it was sore)
I met you and asked for no more.

You're my favourite symptom, ailment, disease
But don't fret, dear, you don't make me sneeze.

So, when my eyes well up and I look sick
Grab the LoveBug and blame him quick.

He gave me you as an infection
I want no cure in an injection.

The LoveBug now returns to you
In the hopes that you'll be smitten, too."

Please tell me what you think - honestly! Cheesy
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Post! - Shrink Plastic Jewelry (Image HEAVY!) on: January 24, 2008 03:44:30 PM
Here are a few things I've made recently


OK, I'd -love- honest opinions and comments. Thanks!

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