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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kogin Embroidered Checkbook Cover on: May 02, 2013 08:50:46 AM
It's nice having a couple days off in a row! I'm actually finishing up my projects!

Really loving doing kogin embroidery right now, so I tried out a new design and made it into a checkbook cover.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spirograph Tote on: May 02, 2013 05:58:55 AM
When I was little, my absolute favorite toy was my spirograph. I remember sitting for hours at the table experimenting with different wheel and ring combinations. And ink colors. My Dad bought me one of those 16 color pens. I used every drop of ink in it with my spirograph.

I saw this great bag while I was stumbling around on flickr, and decided to make my own version. White bags and I do not get along. They usually end up gray, so I decided to start with a gray bag.

A close up bit of some of the embroidery. (Yeah, not my best stitching, but the overall effect is just fine.)

The finished bag.

I couldn't get very good shots. The lighting was bad and my camera batteries were dying.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hand-made weave-it loom on: April 30, 2013 07:08:28 AM
I know I have seen a post on here by someone who has done this, but I can't seem to find it, so I can't link you to them. At any rate...

I purchased a small (2") weave-it loom on ebay, and decided I wanted a 4" one too. They were a little over my budget, though. Seriously, $44 for a wooden square with pins in it?! Yeah, yeah, I know... It's vintage. I ended up making my own. I spent $3 on a piece of wood that was big enough to make two 4" looms and a 12" x 16" loom, as well, and $1.77 on wire brads. It took a negligible amount of wood glue.

This is my finished 4" loom, and a test weave to make sure I spaced my pins correctly.

Weaving in progress.

Finished! I used Peaches & Creme Stripes crochet cotton.

My loom with the vintage one I purchased on ebay.

In looking around on the internet for instructions on how to use my small loom, I found this great link! It has .pdfs of vintage weave-it pattern books, free to download.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kogin Embroidery Badge Holder on: April 28, 2013 11:37:23 AM
So where I work, supervisors get a badge that has a barcode on it. The barcode allows you access to certain functions on the POS systems that regular employees can't use. But... Our badges are literally a plastic giftcard that they put a barcode sticker on. Ugly. Tacky. And we're supposed to keep our badges on a lanyard around our neck. I decided to make a covering for mine, today, using kogin embroidery! (Ok, so my kogin embroidery book arrived in the mail and I was looking for any excuse to make something!)

This is the embroidery pattern I decided to use. Very simple.

The embroidery bit is done! I left a hole in the design where I wanted the window for my barcode to be.

Finished! I had to trim the card down a little bit, but I intended to do that, anyway.

The whole project took a small piece of 14 count aida fabric, some size three crochet cotton, and metal eyelets.

My sewing machine was arguing with me about the thread I was using, so my sewing isn't as tidy as I would have liked, but it gets the job done: No more ugly gift card hanging around my neck at work!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Assemble the minions! on: February 19, 2012 10:19:22 AM
I was teaching a friend how to crochet and remembered how much I love to do it! Then I decided to make an I love you gift for one of my step-daughters...

The pattern was on ravelry, but I modified the eye and goggle bit. The original had two eyes.  I used left over cotton dishcloth yarn for most of it... and some black acrylic for the hands and feet and stuff.

My step-daughter loved him, and named him Carl. =)
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Buffy vs. twilight pillow on: February 11, 2012 02:14:27 PM
My 16 year old step-daughter is a die-hard twilight fan. I, on the other hand, prefer Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So, since I'm the one doing the crafting, I win!

I made this for her as a Valentine's Day gift -We don't usually do "traditional" gifts for the kids. She'll either love it or hate it, but I know she'll be amused by it, at any rate. And if she hates it, two of my other girls want it deperately... 

The quote is NOT my original thought. I saw it on pinterest, but translated it from a button to a pillow.

Anyway, I was able to find a buffy font for "Buffy" and a Twighlight font for "Edward." The rest of the text is Bell MT. Edward sparkles, but that doesn't show in the picture. I did it with a freezer paper stencil - and realized just how much I hate cutting letters out, even when they are almost 2 inches tall!

So, no comments on the lint, or my messy ironing board. I was so excited it was finished I took pictures before I washed it.

C&C appreciated!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kind of silly, but I love it... Hagrid's Necktie on: January 11, 2012 08:33:08 AM
There isn't much out there for Hagrid inspired crafts, as compared to Luna or Hermione. Anyway, I was doing a personal swap, and the person I was crafting for loves Hagrid. Soo... What to do?

I failed miserably (4 times) at making a stuffed 3 headed dog like Fluffy. =(  But my back up plan came out pretty well....

My partner's tie actually has ribbon, instead of the cloth part to go around the neck, since I didn't know how large to make hers. Also, I already wrapped it up to mail and forgot to take pics, so this is the second one I made.

See! Veeeery similar. =D

My son had fun modeling it for some pics.

I used this tutorial, but had to increase it... a lot.  I used Heat'n'Bond to put the stripes and polka dots on. I think I need to make it a bit longer, if I do another one. But, it was fun at any rate!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hermione Granger inspired purse on: December 30, 2011 08:11:37 AM
I have now made a few of these little purses - one for my daughter to go with her Harry Potter themed Christmas stuff, one to save as a gift for someone, and whatnot. I have to be honest, I hate making drawstring bags, so I didn't make a replica, but I think it looks enough like it to make me happy.

I had searched for a tutorial for "small evening bag" and found one for a Noriko (?) purse. But when I clicked the link, it said that the tutorial was no longer available. Blah. I really, REALLY liked that bag. So after taking a better look at the picture, it appeared to be made of 4 almost tear drop shaped pieces, with the top cut off. So that's what I did, and this is what I ended up with!

Finished, it sits about 5 1/2 inches tall, and is 4" wide and 4" deep.

I used four different fabrics on each of the four exterior sides, and did some beading. It has an elastic closure. Ok - and I can't believe I just thought of this after half my lifetime of sewing... But I always hated how you can pretty much get elastic in white, or black. Doesn't always match what you're making. Then I had this epiphany... HAIR ELASTICS!!!! w00t! They come in TONS of colors, are small and dainty, and are pretty darn cheap at the dollar store.

And this is the shape I came up with, in case you want to make your own:

You need to cut 4 of your outside fabric, and 4 of lining. I interfaced all 8 pieces with a light-medium weight fusible interfacing. Then, sew 2 outside pieces together, then the other 2 outside pieces together, then sew the two pieces you just made, together. =)  (I'm so clear with my instructions, yes?)  Repeat for the lining. Clip your curves!!! Place the lining and bag, right sides together and place your elastic for the closure, and cords for the handles, and sew around the top, leaving a good 2" space to turn. I did find that it was best to baste the elastic and cord in place by hand before machine sewing. They liked to slip and shift, and that made me aggravated. Turn, slip stitch the opening closed, and sew on a button opposite your elastic.

Wouldn't they be great little bags for prom or a wedding?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Smocked & Awed - basic smock stitch beanie on: December 26, 2011 06:45:49 PM
I couldn't find a basic smocking stitch beanie that I liked, so I made this one up as I went along. It was pretty easy... and ribbed the entire way till the last of the decrease, so it's nice and stretchy.

Thanks for looking!
C&C welcome
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dumpling Purses - My next big {little} thing! on: December 26, 2011 12:35:59 PM
My father-in-law is really good at finding things... And sometimes I am the lucky recipient and end up with treasure! Crafting treasure, that is. On Christmas Eve, he brought me 3 HUGE boxes FULL of fabric samples from some interior design place. Gorgeous designer fabrics, mostly good sized swatches, I am in heaven!

So I was poking around on the internet looking for some small and quick projects and found a tutorial for dumpling purses. SOOOOO cute! And easy. Very, very easy.

I even made a matching key fob!

They really hold quite a bit...

And this is my favorite side. =)

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