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31  First try at etching glass... in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: December 22, 2011 01:40:12 PM
I've been wanting to give glass etching a try for years. I've even owned a jar of the etching cream for about 5 years... Just never got around to actually doing it!

So I was trying to figure out a last minute gift, and I thought... Oh, I'll make needhams, and package them pretty. So while I was out shopping, I saw these darling apothecary jars and instantly knew it was the perfect container, but I had to make it more special.

So... masking tape, vinyl sticky letters, and the dusty jar of etching cream, and this is what we have:

I think for a first try it came out fair. The etching isn't perfectly even, and I had a horrid time placing the letters even after I placed a paper guide inside the jar.

C & C welcome - as are any tips on how to do a nicer job!
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32  Socks are ADDICTIVE!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: December 09, 2011 06:44:45 AM
I think I love knitting socks. =) This is my second pair for my daughter... I like these much better than the first pair. Though, the first pair I learned a TON while making.

The pattern is called "Toe the Line" from Learn to Knit Socks by Edie Eckman. I shortened the cuff, because my girl is so tiny.

I like this yarn much better, for one. And got way more comfortable using DPNs.

And I learned a nicer way to pick up stitches than I was taught (I think I was taught wrong!).

And I tried the kitchener stitch for the first time. Very neat finish for the toe.
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33  We wish you a Harry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by 85%confusion on: December 08, 2011 09:22:51 AM
One of my 12-year-old daughters said that she would love a Harry Potter themed Christmas, so I got to work...

A Hogwarts Express sign, wand, time turner, butter beer cork necklace, quill pen, the golden snitch, and two covered journals.

Not shown is the hat I knit (a copy of the cable/lace watch cap that Hermione wears), because I knit that before the allowable crafting period. Also, there is a small steamer trunk we purchased from an antique shop, but since I didn't craft it, I'm not picturing it. Lastly, I am in the process of making a beaded bag like the one Hermione carries all the supplies in, but it isn't done yet. If I miraculously manage to finish it before 11:59PM PST tonight, I'll add it. But don't hold your breath. Ooh! And I almost forgot - I am also making her a winged key necklace, but I am waiting for the wings to arrive. Couldn't find them locally, so I had to order them.

The time turner is made of polymer clay, beads, headpins, a bit of glue, and is painted. All the pieces turn as they are supposed to. My husband suggested I make it, and I looked up pictures of the one from the movie.

The butterbeer necklace... Basically as close as I could come to the one Luna is wearing.

One of the journals - hand painted onto muslin. I was inspired by looking at photos in the back to Hogwarts swap gallery, but the design I used is from an 1880 embroidery book I own, modified somewhat.

This might be my favorite of the two journals... I'm not a Lockhart fan, but... I think this came out pretty well. And what better place to write about yourself than in a book called "Magical Me?!" I thought of this one before checking out the Back to Hogwarts gallery. Also, a Rita Skeeter inspired quill pen - Quick Quotes Quill.

Hand carved wooden wand. Painted brown with gold accent. (My husband did the knife parts, since I am prone to accidents. As I always say, no project is done till I've bled.)

And the golden snitch, inspired by one that imtheasian1 made.

Anyway, all the goodies will be loaded into the trunk with about a gazillion chocolate coins (galleons, dontcha know!), so it is technically one gift, just several pieces. I'm really hoping she likes it all. =)
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34  This will keep the nargles away! Butterbeer cork necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by 85%confusion on: November 29, 2011 01:10:15 PM
Ok, so one of my 12-year-old daughters mentioned that she would love a Harry Potter themed Christmas stocking this year. Being an avid HP fan, myself, inspiration isn't hard to find! Today, I managed to find exactly what I needed to make a replica of the Butterbeer cork necklace that Luna Lovegood wears in the movies. I think my blue beads are even almost the exact shade. Yay!

I'm thinking I can knit a hat like Hermione wears, knit a golden snitch like imtheasian1 did, make a Rita Skeeter Quill Pen... loads of other idea!
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35  Koala Headband/Ear Warmer (IMG Heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 28, 2011 02:51:14 PM
I love Christmas-time! And I love crafting for the people I adore... My 16 year old step-daughter mentioned that she likes koalas, but wasn't sure how to craft one best, as she isn't into stuffed animals. She does love hats, but I just made her one for her birthday in September... So I thought a nice headband/ear warmer thingy might be fun.

Since I'm a lazy knitter, and like fast projects, I went with a bulky roving wool. That actually ended up being perfect, and the pom pom ears are pretty awesome, if I do say so, myself. =D

My 12 year old, Lydia, begged to model it. And for me to make a second one for her!

And here is the second one...

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36  Creepy Santa Domino Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by 85%confusion on: November 07, 2011 12:16:19 PM
Personally, I have always thought that Santa Claus was a bit creepy... I mean, I love vintage Santa images and all, but still... Creepy.

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
So.... Creepy Santa Domino Pendants!

This is my favorite...

The images are from some vintage Christmas cards, which I scanned and photo-edited, then added my own text from the song lyrics.

The paper glaze isn't quite dry, which is why they look just a teeny bit foggy, but that will clear up by morning. =)
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37  Thread wrapped head band with woven letters! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: November 06, 2011 09:59:40 AM
While wrapping head bands to be embellished with flowers, I was noticing how neatly the crochet thread was wrapping, and it got me thinking about weaving... and weaving words into the wrap. With some trial and error, I found that I could fit 6 strands of crochet cotton (size 3) going the long way around the head band... so I found a cross-stitch alphabet chart that was 6 squares high. I had to modify a few letters - the "S" took 4 tries to make it legible! Anyway... I think these would be fun to make, weaving in your favorite short quotes, or simple messages, and doing in any number of colors. I went with short and simple for my first run - which was a good thing.

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38  Thread wrapped head bands in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: November 05, 2011 12:24:31 PM
I have a few dozen metal headbands that needed dressing up for the craft fair, soooo... I decided to wrap them in thread and add some embellishments.

These three are wrapped with size three crochet cotton, and I added roses and leaves that I made out of fake silk shantung.

My poor daughter... Such a good sport modeling for me, even though she isn't a girly-girl. =)

While wrapping the thread on the last one, I came up with what I hope will be a killer idea... Off to the drawing board to sketch it out!
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39  Huck (Swedish) Weaving in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 05, 2011 07:02:26 AM
I've been busy getting ready for a local craft fair, and decided to do some tea towels. I ended up opting to do huck woven ones, rather than embroidered, due to time constraints. Huck weaving is FAST, but still pretty!

The first picture... is of my own design. I have about 20 vintage huck weaving books and leaflets, as well as dozens of Workbasket Magazines with huck weaving designs, but not one had a snowflake design that I was happy with. So, this is what I came up with...

I love the metallic silver threads in the center, but they didn't photograph very well.

And these are mostly vintage patterns - several from Mildred Krieg's series that she self published in the 1930s, there is a workbasket pattern or two in there, one I copied  - top row, second from left, brownish colored one - from a huck towel I saw at an antique shop (yeah, counting threads and making mental notes on the color and spacing while the shopkeeper looks on, unaware, that I won't be purchasing...). The red and green one in the upper right left corner (apparently I need to go back to kindergarten...) is another of my own designs.

I purchase the huck toweling by the yard at the fabric store, and use 6 strands of embroidery floss. I think I need to do a few more Christmas/winter themed towels... Or some other color combinations?

Any ideas for colors? I still have ~3 yards of fabric to go! (5-6 towels worth)
Any designs I shouldn't repeat? Or patterns I should make more of?
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40  Re: Frugal Living 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: November 05, 2011 06:37:41 AM
I received the most marvelous package from Miss Barbara yesterday! Technically, I should have gotten it on Thursday, but I was out shopping when the post arrived, so I got a slip in the mail box telling me I had to wait till Friday to pick it up.

I didn't get pics as I opened the box... My camera was dead, and I just couldn't wait. But everything was wrapped in this lovely paper - green with bird sillhouettes!... I actually saved the paper. (some of it is going to be fussy cut and framed to hang in my bathroom. It MATCHES the fabric I just bought to make curtains from, and totally goes with the new paint scheme!)

So without further ado... This is most of what was in the box. There was too much to fit in a single camera frame! Miss Barbara was so generous and so thoughtful! A scarf and fingerless mittens for me (which was the one thing I was really, really hoping for!), a gorgeous crocheted bag in yummy colors, dishcloths for the kitchen (I swear, she was peeking in the windows... you couldn't get any closer to the colors in my kitchen!), an awesome crocheted soap saver (I will finally win the soap sliver war with my DH!!! Muahahahaaa!), a recipe box with matching cards, and a list pad complete with a pen too girly for my husband to abscond with! (I seriously buy pens at least once a month, because he'll grab one for work, and leave it, then grab another, and so on.)...

Did I miss anything here? No? Ok... still not done...

She made my Lydia a super-cute scarf and mitt set, which coordinate perfectly with her winter coat. She loves them, and says "Thank you," Miss Barbara!

She also made my Rachel a matching set! I actually had to tell her to take the mitts off while eating dinner. Yeah... she loves them! She also says thank you!

Now, Miss Barbara didn't leave my Liam out, either, but I have no pictures. Liam is at his Grampy's for the weekend, doing manly stuff like watching survival shows and riding the ATVs, but Miss Barbara made him a scarf in his favorite color - blue! He was so excited when I opened the box and he saw a gift with his name on it. And after opening it, he promptly put it on and wore it the rest of the afternoon. In the house. =)  His words were, "It's really nice of that lady to make something for me. She doesn't even know me! I wonder how she knew my favorite color?!"  I'll post a picture when I get the boy back tomorrow.

Close up of my lovely fingerless mitts - LOVE the colors!

And the dishcloths - far too pretty to use (Ok - I am going to use them... well, all but one. One I am going to just keep for decor)! Look at the textures! I love them!

Thank you, Miss Barbara. I love everything, and can't begin to say how appreciative I am.

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