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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another starfghan on: June 07, 2010 01:16:01 PM
It's kind of crappy, but I still really love it and I'm pretty positive that the recipient is going to love it too.  It's for her 2nd kid.  When she had her daughter I was too broke to buy anything and too busy to make anything.  Now, we are closer too (she's a coworker) and she's preggo with a little boy, so I decided to make a blanket for both kids to share and since green is her daughter's fave color, I thought it fit well for the a boy as well and went with that.  I've only crocheted a few small items up until now, and I made some good mistakes on this blanket but I learned a lot!!!! 

Anyway, on to the pictures.  My Star Brite was all over this project  Cheesy 

thanks for looking  Smiley  I promise to post some better crochet projects eventually  Wink  Back to my territory for some knitting for now!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cowboy Camera Case on: April 18, 2010 11:43:06 AM
I absolutely love how this came out!  I think I will have to make another one for myself...

it's all padded with batting.

back has velcro'd pocket

the straps also secures the main flap shut

this was made using a Keyka Lou pattern.  Love it!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / and a very knitty Christmas to youuuuuu! on: December 28, 2009 11:50:07 AM
These are all the gifts I made as Christmas presents.  I also did some sewn gifts, but that will be another topic  Wink  Most were free patterns from Ravelry, and 1 or 2 were purchased.  If you have any questions about where to get any of the patterns feel free to ask, I still have them all saved and can point you in the right direction  Grin

and these are things I made for myself and the scarf and mug cozy were for the fill-a-stocking swap

Thanks for looking!  Smiley  This was my first year of knitting, I am so in love with this additional skill under my belt!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / MY FIRST SOCK! on: September 20, 2009 03:03:39 PM
YAYYY!!!  I'm very happy with my first sock.  I think I chose a good pattern it was pretty easy to follow and a fairly quick knit, of course I still have to knit the other sock, I was just to excited not to share  Cheesy 

Anyway, this is going to be one of a set for my niece, I am going to make matching larger ones for my MIL and GMIL.  The pattern, free from Bernat, has a range of sizes for this pattern (4-6 years, 8-10 years (what about in between, lol, weird), ladies & mens) 

it is mishapen off the foot and while I think my foot would fit in there, I don't want to stretch it out at all because I think it's going to be big on my niece as it is, so I don't have a picture of it on, but all the pics of ravelry of it ON foot look really good. 

It is knitted in worsted weight, I used bernat ombres & solids, so it's super squishy and soft too. 

How does it look, veteran knitters? Wink

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ruined Silk vietnamese Robe --> pillow on: September 20, 2009 11:27:53 AM
Back story: my MIL had a beautiful silk robe that belonged to her grandma.  Her grandpa had bought it for her grandma while in Vietnam and then it was handed down to MIL.  Well, MIL washed it without thinking and it came out SHREDDED along several seams, it was beyond repair.  So, in hopes of saving it in some way she gave it to me to make it into something, anything so that she could preserve it in someway.  After holding onto the robe for a full year, I think, I finally decided to make it into a pillow for her birthday on Friday.  It wasn't easy salvaging enough material because the fabric also had light red stains on it, I guess just from the age.  But by cutting up sleeves, I managed.  Anyway, here are the pictures Smiley  She was really happy with it, and I'm pretty happy too.  It was my first time sewing with silk and was scary because the material shreds so easy, so I knew there was no room for error, and the material moves a lot, like in a shifty way, so it was hard to keep it symmetrical and stuff.  The front closure was one of the closures that go down the front.  the light green parts were made from the lining of the robe.

ok, so on with the pictures:

Thanks for looking  Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / makes me all feel witchy inside :) on: September 09, 2009 02:44:42 PM
So, I started knitting in January of this year, and have really taken a liking to it.  I was lucky in that all my Great Grandma's knitting supplies got passed down to me (all family craftiness makes it's way to me at some point, lol) because I think we all know how expensive an endeavor it could be building up a good supply of needle sizes and such.  Well, her needles were all in a beautiful zippy case, made of dark tapestry-like fabric, but the big bulky zipper that closes it up has gotten to a desparing state of non-zippyness.  I've been eye balling knitting needle rolls for a while and on Sunday night, inspiration struck me and I decided to make one for myself- yay, something just for ME!!!!   Cheesy

So, as usual when I do sew something for myself, I spent a good hour or more pulling out fabrics and choosing what I wanted.  This time I really wanted something tacky, something totally me.  I think I succeeded in clashing fabrics in a pretty way.

Anyway, does anyone else get a feeling of like being devious or dark when unrolling a pack of tools of any type?  LOL.  It always makes me think of Practical Magic (one of my fave movies, btw), how they unroll the bundle of witch-tools (haha, witch-tools...) and, there's just something I love about that!

Ok ok, on with the pictures  Wink

rolled and tied:



and a longer view, but less color accurate:

I love love love it Smiley 

What do ya think?

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / my ever-evolving craft room on: August 31, 2009 10:31:51 AM
Me again!  Smiley  So, since my last craft room cleanup, it got messy again.  No where NEAR as bad as before, but a bit messy.  Then I got a new piece from my MIL, and getting new furniture makes me eager to clean to make room for new stuff! 

Here's my last post on the initial craft room cleanups:


and here are my additions:

She gave me a wardrobe thingy, covered in canvas.  I hand sewed the ruffle on top, which I recently dug out of my Grandma's old craft bins that my Great Aunt handed down to me.  I didn't know what to do with it, and then all of the sudden it was like it was made to go there!  Smiley

(stupid grainy pictures...)

Here it is fitting in with everything else on this side of the room

and then I decided to finally bite the bullet and make MYSELF something.  I took some curtains that I had stowed away from my teenage days of living at home, and I just sewed on various white buttons to keep the top half closed, since I will never want it completely open, and then nailed some tie-backs to the wall, and voila!  I think it looks absolutely charming.  I can't believe what a HUGE difference it makes. 

I spent alllll day in my craft room yesterday, though I really only needed a few hours to complete the project I was working on.  I am just so happy in there!  Lucky for me, my MIL also gave us a Lazy Boy, so I had a husband that was allll too happy to be allowed to spend the whole day gaming in his new chair...
(he'll kill me if he found out I shared this picture of his exceeding laziness with the world, LOL)

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / another craft room- ORGANIZED (finally) ~pictastic~ on: March 15, 2009 07:35:28 AM
My husband didn't want me to post this because he said it's embarassing how bad it got, but assured him it's a crafter's trait (in many cases at least, mi'right?).  So yeah, this is it.  I spent 8-9 hours yesteray on this.  Blah. 



I forgot to take pics of the inside of the hutch, but it's neatly stuffed with fabric now Smiley  Le sigh

I don't know why, the wreath needed a face, then it seemed wrong still so I blessed her with boobs

I removed the shelves from an old cd stand to stack my plushy materials and it made a perfect pedestal for my bust too  Smiley

So yeah, I didn't have any money to buy any additional shelving or anything so I am extra happy with myself for working with what I had  Grin

**EDIT: left some before pics out, just added them
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I want to make an elegant/goth wedding quilt... on: February 11, 2009 05:02:03 AM
for my friend who is getting married in December.  Picking out most of the fabrics should be easy at Joann's, they have a great selection, but I need some advice and hopefully some links. 
First of all I'm still a bit of a novice in quilting, I've only made a few quilts (one baby quilt and two t-shirt quilts) so I am not looking for anything to crazy in-depth but a pattern that has a classic feel with a modern twist on it maybe?  They're wedding is gonna be very dark but elegant with lots of black and plum and possibly some reds also.  A free pattern would be lovely, but I'm also willing to buy one, so any recommendations are very much appreciated!
Secondly, I was thinking of doing like a large panel for a focal point but I don't really know where to look for a pretty panel as I've never bought that type of fabric before.  I found some by simply putting "panel" in the search box on a couple of quilting fabric sites but the problem was that some just didn't have what I was looking for at all and anther offered WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too many, it will take me hours to sift through them all (that one was a collective site that shows fabric from over 1,000 sites).  So, can anyone offer a wonderful source that they use for this type of quilting purchase?  Or a lovely way to personalize a large panel myself?  I reckon I could embroider it...  I know I could also do the iron-on transfers, but I don't like when you can see the outline of the iron-on  Tongue 
I don't know, just looking for some more ideas

Thanks in advance.  At least I'm starting the planning way in advance so I can take my time and make this really nice  Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / medieval men's costume pattern? Anyone? on: January 27, 2009 06:55:55 AM
I'm planning on making some costumes for me and hubby for the ren fair coming up soon and while I have to narrow down my choices for me in the patterns, I am having a hard time finding something good for him! 

Here's what we're looking at so far:
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5500.htm (C) Hopefully I could make this look less cheesy.  Problem is that there's no pattern included for pants... nor can I find but the one pattern (below) that includes any pants!

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4574.htm my problem with this one is that the cartoon looks hot... the real one next to him though... well, lets just say it's lacking  Tongue  It has pants included in the pattern though, so I could just mix and match patterns... more money.

or if I'm gonna mix and match, maybe just go with a tunic pattern and the above pants:

Does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions or ways to make the above look really great?  I know I could buy from those authentic pattern shops online and while I'd love to make him something period authentic, I don't have the time (to wait for shipping, because I'm a slacker that waited until the fair is like a month away) or money to worry about that right now.  I just want something fun, but not cheesy looking.  Am I hoping for too much???
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