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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "She loves me" blankie on: August 13, 2013 09:49:26 PM
I thank my mom for teaching me to crochet. But I thank Craftster for teaching me how to run with scissors or color outside the lines or whatever other analogy fits the embellishing and making patterns my own that I enjoy. I bookmarked this afghan
yearrrrrrrs ago, but just last summer it became my go-to pattern for baby girls. I think it works up so sweet this way. And I wish you could see how sparkly this white is. I've shared the pattern with several people and have even taken a crack at making it easier to follow. When I test those changes (hopefully in a longer, narrower version as a wrap for myself) I will be certain to pay it forward here on Craftster.
This is the most recent version made for my husband's coworker's little girl who is due this month. Happy birthday to her and to Craftster!!!!!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Piano Key Sunburst Mirror on: August 13, 2013 08:54:30 PM
This project kind of sums up what Craftster means to me in two ways. The first is the way that upcycling was a very new idea to me until I found y'all. If you can't tell,  the rays are piano keys that I found at an antique mall.

Here it is by itself, hopefully at enough of an angle where the cable outlet that I haven't had a chance to camouflage yet is mostly hidden.

It is quite large 38 inches across with a 16 inch mirror.

The second reason is that Craftster is a place to craft about what you are into. (I don't know how many times I've responded to my hubby talking about something new and trendy that, "I knew about that, someone's crafted about it")
Our living room is very much about what we are into. I like to think of it as a salon, not in a stuffy way, but as a place for music and theatre and books and art and hosting friends who enjoy it with us. I love it. I think it makes a great focus both for looks and for ideas.
Thanks for looking.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stormageddon's Guide to the Galaxy on: May 14, 2013 06:16:04 PM
So I might have put a Rebel Alliance logo, a Browncoat logo, a Starfleet insignia and a Seal of Rasillon on a baby blanket. 
What do you expect to happen when you receive an invitiation to a Jedi themed baby shower?   "The Force is strong with this one."  And Mommy has been known to refer to him on FB as Stormageddon.
This. This happens. 

It wants to be called Stormageddon's Guide to the Galaxy.

This is me not the recipient, just for a better idea of the size. Had to take lots of pics before I gave it away. My hubby actually took these at a Whataburger on my way to the shower.

Close ups of the logos


4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Floyd Pepper is Groooooovy! on: November 08, 2012 09:57:50 PM

Made Darling Hubby's mask and blazer "mbellish-ments"
Frogs, epaulettes, and cords. Who know that those cords are the same knots as those trendy paracord bracelets? Last year we won first place at swing dancing costume contest, but this year we placed second. I made my hat and wig, but the only thing new on Janis is the wax lips.

Isn't he cute? And so very Muppety.

(I'd post more pics but every time I try it keeps showing the same one.)
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Disney shrine on: August 23, 2008 12:10:48 AM
So, what's a girl to do when she has a whole month left til her Walt Disney World vacation (other than drive her DH crazy with her insane excitement)? Why, craft of course. I had already been checking out shrines with the idea of a frame out of a heart shaped altoid tin I found, also I used to always carry my season pass/id/money into six flags in an altoid tin. (there's also room for lip balm, a couple of bandaids, and pain meds and everything stays dry) So when we made our reservations these two ideas collided and voila.
The top

The bottom

Open with the entire scene

I popped that disc off of a dollar store journal I had lying around. 
You can see from the color in the next pic that it is like a flicker sticker with a kaleidoscopic effect.

And now the inside.  That's a pic of me and my awesome sister inside the lid.  I'm Tink, she's Alice
And on the other side: me and DH as Tink and a pirate.

A close up of the vial of pixie dust. 

Comments would be greatly appreciated as this is my first ever altoid tin, my first ever decoupage, and my first shrinky in mumble mumble years mumble. 
(one week left woohoo Smiley)

For more crafting for my trip
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / M-bellished party favor tiara on: August 22, 2008 11:45:46 PM
So I'm going to play with the other princesses (Disney vaca) and needed a tiara.
Mine is glitter glue in a setting of finest plastic.  To a party favor that had originally come in a pack of four or six I added glitter glue in the facets and a stick on heart gem and sealed it with decoupage medium.
Then I made a strand of crocheted wire with beads and sequins and wove it around the existing shape. It's just for grins.

Action shot

For more crafting for my trip to Disney
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink and Purple Plastic Princess Purse on: August 22, 2008 11:28:22 PM
Needed a purse to take to Disney World with me and came up with what my hubby calls the pink and purple plastic princess purse. 

Made it up as I went along. Done in the round with extra rows back and forth on the back for a flap.  It is double crochet in back loops with an E hook done with plastic twine.

A close up of the tiara.  There's also some leftover lamp trim I had around.  I attached it to the body of the purse so it wouldn't be in the way on the flap.

And an action shot

For more crafting for my trip to Disney
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guitar pick posies on: April 16, 2008 08:49:05 PM
These are two pins I made out of guitar picks. I've gotten a lot of compliments on them, but I gotta confess thinking of them as flowers wasn't that big of a leap from the packaging.

Sorry for the blurriness.  Also I only took pictures of one of the packages.  I mixed and matched two.  I was brand new to the wonders of Craftster then and wasn't thinking of process pics, just wanted to remember the order they were originally in.  A mock up on my living room floor. (a picture which it appears I forgot to consult)

The finished product.  This one's my fave.  It was hard getting a good shot without glare on the "petals".

The "stem" is (I think) a piece of broken bracelet from a store that used to sell loose beads and bits like that by the ziploc bagful. I wish they still had that.  And the other one.  I've had a lot of fun wearing one on my jacket lapels or this great black hat I have.  No good pics though.

The extras (they came six to a pack, but I only used five apiece) a front and back view (of another skull).  Actually the heart is also a reverse side. I liked "girls rock" instead of "rock star."  Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Mardi Gras!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: March 05, 2008 09:17:05 PM
My hometown is Bossier City, Louisiana.  Whenever possible I try to make it home to the Mardi Gras parades in Shreveport/Bossier.  This is the hat and gloves that I crocheted to wear to Mardi Gras this February. 
A while back I got a super stash of several, what i call, chi-chi yarns for cheap Smiley when Garden Ridge stopped carrying craft stuff. Sad  The yarn is strips of fleece sort of in shades of purple, green, and gold:  the Mardi Gras colors, symbolic of justice, faith, and power.   I always intended to use the yarn for something fun for Mardi Gras, but the hat was almost a UFO when the orange seemed much more predominant than it did on the skein.  But this year Mardi Gras, which moves because it is based on the date of Easter, was earlier than it has been in a really long time- the very beginning of February.  I finished the hat, well then I needed gloves to match.  The hat has a ponytail hole just for fun.  But the gloves have holes, meaning they're fingerless, because I am completely useless when wearing gloves and I had to be able to catch things. Throw Me Something Mister!
Me at the parade.  Laissez les bon temps roullez!  Let the good times roll!

One of the floats.

Me and my sister and some of what we caught.  You can see the gloves here.

(ps: I also made the hat and gloves she's wearing.  My costume in an 07 production of Godspell was Mardi Gras themed and was designed to match the vest my mom made that I'm have on.)
Here I am as a featured dancer. This pic is just lagniappe, a little something extra. Smiley
I have a feather boa that I wear to the parades, but you can't just walk around DFW like that, so I made a scarf when I got back to Texas.  It's kind of freestyle with a couple of embellishments from my stash.  It's a little quirky, but I like it and it makes me think a little of Mardi Gras beads. 

The entire ensemble.  Minus the neon hair pieces and the metallic blue eyelashes and after a very tiring afternoon teaching dance.

...and wearing the scarf a different way.

An employee at the movies the other day said they looked "tight." Hope you like them too. Smiley
10  COOKING / Dessert / rice krispy treat sushi on: March 05, 2008 09:16:49 PM
Does anyone have any good ideas for candy sushi? I've used roll ups and gummis and swedish fish.  My main problem is I don't eat real sushi and I don't know what to use to make a good "parody"
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