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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cupcake Purse! on: June 19, 2008 09:11:25 PM
Hello!

I JUST learned to crochet.  As in, I have been doing it for about 2 weeks. 

I decided to finally learn so that I could make a rainbow scarf for the Invite Your Partner round 9 swap.  My sister-in-law is my partner, and that was on her wist.  I didn't get any good photos of that, but I DID take some photos of my SECOND project: this cute cupcake purse!

I got the pattern from crochetville, and I found it very easy to follow (even though it was my second attempt at crochet).  If you know someone who likes cupcakes, I would say to give this a try. 

It took me less than 24 hours, working in bursts of 3 hours or so... like I said, I'm new at this so I go pretty slowly.  Wink



This photo shows the shape a little better, but the camera lens was in the way of the flash at the bottom of the photo:



And lastly, all the stuff I very comfortably filled it with, just to give you an idea of how roomy it is:



I grabbed everything around me.  Hence the hubby's work phone, work keys, and the motion sickness pills...hehe.  And dig my awesome pink aviators.  Awwwww yeeaaaaah.  Wink

Please let me know what you think!  I know it's been done before, but I had a lot of fun making it and I rarely actually POST my projects, so I thought I'd get some feedback on it!  Smiley

Edited to add inside shot from my sis-in-law:
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pegboard Organization on: March 04, 2008 11:39:10 PM
I was wondering if anyone here has a pegboard setup.  I've seen a few floating around the 'net, but can't recall if they are here or elsewhere, and I looked through pages of stuff, but didn't see any. 

I'm primarily talking about craft rooms/areas, but would like to hear others' opinions on the pegboard way of organizing, no matter what room or area of your home you've got it set up in.

I know that the boards need a buffer on the corners and every so often throughout the board so that the pegs don't scratch the wall behind the board.  The only size pegboard I could find was 4 feet by 8 feet, which is far too large, and I don't have a saw handy to cut it down to size, so I ended up finding this company: 

http://www.wallcontrol.com/ and their stuff looks nice.  Plus, you don't have to do anything except screw it into the wall (it's got a frame on the back that leaves a nice gap from the wall), and their boards are set to 16" width - perfect for finding studs.  I looked around on google and found a few sites that link to that store, and saw how the areas turned out, and they look promising.

Also, they have boards that have slats, holes, or combination slats/holes every other row.  I thought this was pretty cool, because if you've already got some of the pegs lying around or don't want to spend a lot on pegs, you can find those dirt cheap at hardware stores - literally under a buck a piece, which isn't much if you only need a handful of 'em.

Does anyone else know of any good resources for this type of organization, or would you like to share photos (or point me towards photos) of yours, if you've got one? 

I'm looking to hang tools, ribbon, little bins, etc. on it so I can try to keep the little things from accumulating all over my craft table, when I actually get it set up.  Smiley

Thanks in advance for any help or ideas you may be able to offer!  I'd appreciate it!   Grin

I cross posted this with Interior Decorating because I forgot that it probably should've gone here first.  Smiley
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Pegboard? on: March 04, 2008 10:57:12 PM
I was wondering if anyone here has a pegboard setup.  I've seen a few floating around the 'net, but can't recall if they are here or elsewhere, and I looked through pages of stuff, but didn't see any. 

I'm primarily talking about craft rooms/areas, but would like to hear others' opinions on the pegboard way of organizing, no matter what room or area of your home you've got it set up in.

I know that the boards need a buffer on the corners and every so often throughout the board so that the pegs don't scratch the wall behind the board.  The only size pegboard I could find was 4 feet by 8 feet, which is far too large, and I don't have a saw handy to cut it down to size, so I ended up finding this company: 

http://www.wallcontrol.com/ and their stuff looks nice.  Plus, you don't have to do anything except screw it into the wall (it's got a frame on the back that leaves a nice gap from the wall), and their boards are set to 16" width - perfect for finding studs.  I looked around on google and found a few sites that link to that store, and saw how the areas turned out, and they look promising.

Also, they have boards that have slats, holes, or combination slats/holes every other row.  I thought this was pretty cool, because if you've already got some of the pegs lying around or don't want to spend a lot on pegs, you can find those dirt cheap at hardware stores - literally under a buck a piece, which isn't much if you only need a handful of 'em.

Does anyone else know of any good resources for this type of organization, or would you like to share photos (or point me towards photos) of yours, if you've got one? 

I'm looking to hang tools, ribbon, little bins, etc. on it so I can try to keep the little things from accumulating all over my craft table, when I actually get it set up.  Smiley

Thanks in advance for any help or ideas you may be able to offer!  I'd appreciate it!   Grin

I guess this might have to go in Crafty Housewares since it is technically a houseware.  Whoops!  I guess I'll cross post it.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bind-It-All books on: February 23, 2008 01:13:07 PM
I'm posting this thread not only so I can show a few of the books that I've made with my Bind-It-All, but so others can as well!

I got one of these about 2 weeks ago, and I love it!  I have made quite a few books, some better than others, but this is the only one I haven't given away yet.  Here's my latest book.  A few things first.

The holes got punched a little crooked, which I'm kinda annoyed about, but I can't change it and it IS hand-made, so I'm not too concerned about it. 

There are also a few other things I would've done differently with this book.  I would not have used the glue that I used.  As you can see, it bowed the covers a little bit.  In the past I've been using the Terrifically Tacky tape and it's worked really well.  I also would have been more careful aligning the blue pages in the punch, so the holes would not have been crooked.  I would have also made the pages slightly smaller than the covers.  I usually do this, and I can really only chalk it up to my being tired as for why I didn't this time.

Once again, these things don't bother me that much; it WAS 1 AM when I made it, so... but you know, you're your own harshest critic.   Grin

The cover:



The inside (don't know why there appear to be white spots on the yellow part):



The back cover:



This is certainly not my favorite of the books I've made so far, it's just the only one I have handy.  Smiley 

I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with different papers, and this one is pretty, but I am not sure I'd use it again... Or not with such a small book (4" x 6"), perhaps.  I'd like it with some other solid accents, I think. 

Anyway, comments and constructive criticisms I haven't already touched on are perfectly welcome!  Also, please post your Bind-It-All books here if you have them; I'd love to see more!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Who's got a Bind-It-All ? on: February 10, 2008 12:27:20 PM
Hey!

I want to make journals and books, and I'm familiar with many types of binding, but I was curious about the Bind-It-All machine (http://www.binditall.com).  I'm seriously considering purchasing one, but I'd like to get a few answers first.

Does anyone have one of these?  I did search the forums but couldn't find any definitive results. 

If so, does it do a nice job?  How practical are the 3/8" binding rings?  I'm assuming it comes with a tutorial or instruction booklet of some kind, but I'd like to get some input from my fellow craftsters.

Anything you could tell me would be appreciated!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Happy Couple Cuddle Dolls (Pictures and LOTS of words) on: January 07, 2008 11:58:33 AM
My brother and best friend have been dating for over 7 years now.  For Christmas, I wanted to give them something more than the books, puzzles, and other random store-bought things I'd gotten them. 

So I decided to make them some "Happy Couple Cuddle Dolls."  I made a doll of each of them, out of felt and various other accent items (you'll see in the photos), and then decided to do some packaging for the dolls, to make it more official.  You know how that goes. Smiley

So I went to CVS and got some of those plain white boxes for gifts.  I used a robe sized box, and cut out two window areas with my X-acto knife.  Then I took a transparency sheet and cut it to fit the window, with a 1/4 inch "seam allowance" Wink  on every side.  I took my scrapbooking tape and taped it into the inside of the box.

I took another robe box, and cut off the top from its sides.  I placed the dolls where I wanted them, and drew dots where I wanted to poke holes.  Using a needle, I poked the holes, then tied the dolls in.

Then I decorated the box!  This part was fun, but I was rather sick of Sharpie fumes by the end.  Smiley  I didn't have a vast array of colors to work with, so I just used what I had.  I wanted a relatively simple box, but one that was kind of cheesy (hence the "They're in love!"). 

When I gave it to them, they loved it.  I couldn't wait until Christmas, either.  You know how that goes.

On to the pics!  By the way, these actually look pretty much like them (aside from the fact that they're out of proportion, made of felt, and have no noses...), but I don't have a reference picture to show you!  Sorry.


In the box!


With the top removed...


Detail of my brother's face.


Detail of my best friend's face!

I was thoroughly pleased with how these turned out.  It would have been nice to eliminate the visible hot glue behind my best friend's glasses lenses, but oh well.  I used transparency film for those too, by the way.  And a real beaded necklace (she's the manager of the bead store I work at)!  And my brother's watch is made from shrinky-dinks, but I accidentally put the face on upside down.  Shh!  Don't tell anyone.

By the way, I embroidered all the hair and beard on my brother, and all of my best friend's striped shirt.  Luckily, I had very understanding teachers this semester. Grin

Sorry this post is SOOOOO LONG!

Edited to add:  I made my brother's back blue and my best friend's back orange, because they are complementary colors.  Wink  They thought that was cute too (my best friend was an art major).
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