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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / S.P.E.W. badge on: March 21, 2012 09:32:27 AM
My friend's birthday is this week, and she's a big fan of both Hermione and of social justice, so I decided to make her a S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) badge! Here it is:

It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the gold part is iridescent. And here's a super blurry picture of the back:

I hope she likes it!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Delicate Lace Shawl for Grandma's 80th Birthday! on: August 29, 2011 09:23:05 PM

For my grandma's 80th birthday, we threw a huge party with all the family. I decided to make my wonderful grandma a shawl to thank her for all that she's done for me, including teaching me to crochet.

I made it from this pattern, and used Kidsilk Haze in Blackcurrant. I've never done anything this extravagant before; usually I do amigurumi toys for my niece, nephews and cousins. Now, I think I'm in love with crocheting beautiful things!

Here it is being blocked on my bed:

I'm so lucky that my grandma lives five minutes away from me nowadays. We hang out at least twice a week. This woman has six kids, 15 grandkids, six great grandkids, and a whole lot of in-laws. She came to the USA from a little Italian village in Brazil when she was in her mid-twenties. She has traveled the world. She makes the best spaghetti and potato salad anyone's ever tasted. She makes good jokes. She's healthier at 80 than she was at 78. She crochets giant blankets for all of her grandkids. She is always happy to visit. And did I mention that she has great style?

Here's a picture of her in the 50's:

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Golem Plushie on: August 25, 2011 05:34:49 PM

When I saw this stony-textured felt in the craft store, I knew I wanted to make a little golem plushie. I made it at a plushie-making party I had with my husband, brother-in-law and brother-in-law's boyfriend. Here are the results:

Happy crafting!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Book Clock on: August 24, 2011 05:25:30 AM

I made my literature-loving sister this clock from a vintage book, as a present for her birthday. I thrifted the book; it's a kids' adventure novel from the 60's. I cut a hole in the cover with my craft knife, and hollowed out a space in the pages for the clock innards. I used this tutorial, with a few adaptations.  I glued the clock innards to the inside cover, and I didn't use a cheap Wal-Mart clock because when I tried that, it didn't keep the right time. Instead, I got a clock kit at Joann's. It was pricier, but it works!

Here it is on my yellow stove:

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Paper Poppy Pin on: August 24, 2011 05:17:46 AM

I saw the tutorial for this paper poppy pin on my sister's pinterest (all hail alliteration!), so I decided to make it and give it to her as a birthday present. It was reasonably easy to make, and looked very pretty when she pinned it on! I used colored cardstock for the flower, a flat pin back, and hot glued everything together.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Day of the Dead Portrait on: August 08, 2011 03:01:14 AM

This is a portrait of myself that I gave to my husband for his birthday last year. My first thought was to give him a portable Victorian-style portrait, but then I realized that that was what I wanted, not him. So, I tweaked the idea to be a little more his style. I printed a picture of myself on cardstock, and painted over it with acrylics. I covered a cheapy wooden frame from Joann's with some extra red silk I had and some glue, then went crazy with lace, ribbons, rosettes, and glitter. He loved it, and recognized me immediately. I'll never forget the look of shock he had on his face when he opened it!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Leaf and Mushroom Stuffies on: August 07, 2011 03:20:43 PM
These were so fun to make! I made them for one of my nephews last Christmas. They are made of soft felt, embroidered and stitched with embroidery floss. The leaf's embroidery is chain stitched, and the eyes are satin stitched with a chain around them. The mushroom's embroidery is backstitched. I like the chain stitching better, because it is bolder. I drew the templates on paper, then cut them out from the felt. I whipstitched these around the edges, but I usually do a blanket stitch when I make stuffies nowadays.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Masks on: August 07, 2011 03:15:25 PM
Last Christmas, I made three dress-up masks for one of my nephews. They are mostly made from stiff felt, and all are hot glued together.

This one is a dragon:

A superhero:

And a phoenix:

They were fun, quick, and cheap to make. Instant gratification ftw!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Party 2011 on: August 07, 2011 03:08:33 PM
Every time a new Harry Potter book/movie has come out, for the past few years, my family has held a big party. There are fabulous decorations, lots of fun themed food, and everyone comes in costume. This year, I dressed as Tonks, and my husband came as Lupin:

That mustache is all real, baby. I curled my hair and rolled it into a retro style, which was based loosely off of one from this book. Then, I sprayed like mad with Jerome Russell pink hair spray. Tip: use a mask! I probably inhaled much more than I should. My mom is dressed as Winky, the depressed and drunk house-elf. She stitched two layers of felt in an ear shape, then put in some creases so that they cupped and resembled ears. Then she sewed them onto a headband, and put her hair in pigtails. Her sack is stitched from some discount fabric, and I braided her belt from some rustic-looking flecked yarn. She also used some stick-on jewels for tears.

You can see my t-shirt better here. I downloaded some metal-looking fonts from online, and used them to make a stencil from freezer paper. I then painted over it with fabric paint. It says "Weird Sisters/Tour 1993." I wanted a purple shirt like Tonks wears in the book, but they didn't have any at Target. No big, though; chances are, Tonks went to more than one Weird Sisters concert. Smiley My aunt is Mrs. Weasley, in an outfit composed entirely of things she already had in her closet. Even the wig!

I wanted to include this one just 'cause it's awesome.

So there are a few of the pictures from our party! Happy costuming!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon on: August 07, 2011 02:51:47 PM
I made this dragon for my nephew last Christmas. I used this pattern. The shaping for the entire pattern was just amazing; it looks like a dragon should! My nephew thought so, too. I saw him talking to it and putting it on his shoulder as he walked upstairs to play with the other kids. I used wool-ease yarn for this one. Now I'm thinking that I should make one for myself, to take to Harry Potter parties!

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