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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wedding bells wedding gift on: September 15, 2012 10:40:05 AM
It's been a long time since my last visit and I'm sorry about that.  On a better note, this past June my cousin got married.  Note the happy couple:

I wanted to give him and his wife something more personal than a gift bought off a registry.  I buy Crochet Today magazine every time there's a new issue and I found a pattern in it called Wedding Bells Blanket...

And I knew that's what I wanted to give them.  It took me about a month to make it and I was happy with the results:

This is on my full sized bed, just to give a size reference.

And just as an extra, a picture of my fiance and I at said wedding:
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas present time! on: December 09, 2011 07:07:31 AM
This year for my boyfriend's parents I crocheted them a blanket.  Normally I don't tackle crocheted blankets because I like instant gratification projects when I crochet, like hats and scarves.  The pattern I used for the blanket I found in an issue of Crochet Today.  I chose it because it's made of circles... 172 to be exact.  Each circle took me about 8 minutes to make so while the complete project took me over a month, each circle was very instantly gratifying.  Overall I'm very pleased with how it looks.  It is approximately 64 inches at its longest and 54 inches at its widest and fits the top of my full size bed.

Before being blocked


I'm very pleased!  C&C appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Deathly Hallows bleach stencil shirt *Update* Made one for my momma too! on: July 06, 2011 12:27:34 PM
In anticipation of July 15th, I was inspired to try my hand at bleach stenciling a shirt.  My first attempt didn't turn out very good.  I used too much bleach when I sprayed it onto the shirt because I wanted to make sure I could see the outline.  What ended up actually happening was the bleach leaked underneath the freezer paper stencil... Sad... sad day.

My second attempt turned out almost how I wanted it.  The circle to represent the resurrection stone is a little more oval than I wanted it to be but it's still cool.  The original attempt was just the deathly hallows symbol.  The second attempt I used letter stickers to add "The Deathly Hallows":

The shirt is still wet from when I rinsed it.  I was too excited to show it off.

Side view.

Here's the one for my momma!  (She's a Slytherin fan so I used a green shirt for her!)

Side view:

I wanted to contain the bleach spray this time so I put extra freezer paper around the symbol and I like the way it turned out.  I had a little boo boo by the arm pit but hopefully once she wears it it'll be hidden!

Thanks for looking! C&C appreciated!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / RIP Mr. Fork! on: July 06, 2011 12:20:14 PM
I was at work one day and I decided to clean out the fridge in the staff office.  I threw a bunch of smelly rotten food away and the next day there was a note on the fridge saying that I threw away someone's fork.  It happened to belong to one of the people I actually enjoy working with so I felt bad that now she has an incomplete set of silverware.  Because she has an odd sense of humor like myself I used my toddler level water color painting skills and painted her a picture of her dearly departed Mr. Fork:

Our supervisor saw it and said that I should do a whole series of them because of how awkwardly funny it was.  So it led me to this:

and this:

Oh that Mr. Dish... trying so hard to runaway with Mrs. Spoon-Fork.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Barn quilt Christmas gift on: December 22, 2010 07:01:29 AM
This year I wasn't sure what to get my boyfriend for Christmas so I decided to make him a cheesy and corny quilt.  Him and I really like barns so I found a paper piece pattern for a barn here: http://www.quilterscache.com/T/TheOldRedBarnBlock.html.  I made 5 barn blocks and kind of freestyled from there.  The cow print is a nod to my nickname Maggie Moo, lol.  I wasn't able to machine quilt because my machine is too small and the fabric was buckling when I tried so I tied it at the corners.


Closeup of barn block

Quilt back

C&C appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Happy Hooker's PDQ on: September 14, 2010 12:25:04 PM
First, let me start by saying that I have been away from Craftster for far too long.  It's good to be back.  Life just got a little crazy and I wasn't able to frequent the forums as much as I would have liked.

Okay, second, I was looking through the book Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet while I was at work and my co-worker/friend absolutely needed to have the PDQ hat that is in the book.  So we went to AC Moore and picked out a trifecta of beautiful colors and I got to working on it ASAP.  Well, I got 3/4 of the way done and the shape was more of a beret than a hat.  I frogged the whole thing and started over.  I modified the pattern a little bit.  For example, I only did 10 dc in a magic circle to start it.  I also added 3 extra rows because it wasn't working out to be long enough.  Oh!  And the pom pom on top is an extra feature.  In the end I think it turned out pretty awesomely:

C&C appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Garden bed/garden box question! on: April 01, 2010 06:05:59 PM
I really would like to try growing a few veggies this year.  The only problem is that I'm going to have to use garden boxes because all the other real estate has been claimed by my mother for her flowers.  What is the best type of soil to use in garden boxes?  Can I use soil meant for containers or should I just be using garden soil even though I'll be using the boxes?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying bison! on: March 16, 2010 01:40:53 PM
I just finished up this Appa hat for my boyfriend.  It's not perfect, but I like it and I hope all you Avatar the Last Airbender fans do too!

Oh, excuse the lamp shade as the model- it's the only suitable model around right now!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best yarn for brushing out? on: February 26, 2010 08:35:20 PM
I was just curious if anyone knew of a good yarn to give a project the effect of animal hair?  Would mohair, alpaca, or wool be good yarns to brush out and give the effect of animal hair?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a cape pattern on: January 16, 2010 02:24:10 PM
I recently rewatched City of Ember and I really want the cape Lina Mayfleet wears in the movie.  I searched online for cape patterns but they all resulted in floor length capes.  Here is what the cape looks like:

I'd rather modify an existing pattern than draft my own since I'm still new to sewing.  Any suggestions?
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