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1  My Epic Battle with Link, or Why I'm On Hiatus from Crocheting in Crochet: Completed Projects by Spifftastic on: September 17, 2011 03:42:37 PM

My lovely husband is kind of a Zelda nut, so for his 24th birthday I crocheted him this magnificent bastard for his man-cave...it took me about a month, and that's with my little fingers working at warp speed at every waking moment. I actually have a callus on my palm from my crochet needle! I'm so proud of it, it's like I suffered for my art. Smiley It consists of 162 worsted weight crochet squares, 4" each. This whole project was inspired by the fabulous Mario Racoon Rug by enemyairship.

He traversed the imaginary forests in our home, only to come across a mysterious chest. He opened it...

...to claim his prize! He literally made the "DOO DOO DOO DOOOOOO!" sound when he saw it! That was more satisfying than anything else Smiley

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2  I have this thing about squirrels... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Spifftastic on: March 05, 2010 10:05:09 PM
I've just started school again and in an effort to prolong the life of my beloved Macbook, I made it a home. Smiley

I like squirrels; I think that they're adorable, although I'm fully aware that they're basically rats. Also, ignore the timestamp... Tongue

Acorn buttons, because I can!

Thanks for looking!
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3  Corn Oil! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Spifftastic on: June 04, 2009 09:23:09 PM
That's right, I said Corn Oil. We had this huge, unnatractive jug of corn oil sitting in our kitchen:

I had a couple of these sitting around as well:

I got a little crafty, and this happened:

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4  A Fairytale Keyhanger in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Spifftastic on: June 04, 2009 08:51:27 PM
I made this key hanger for my home, as everyone in it has this irksome tendency to lose their keys among the piles of stuff that gather on most of our flat surfaces... Tongue

It was based off of this adorable Decole wallet I saw at ModCloth.com:

This is what I came up with:

...and this is an action shot! Cheesy
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5  Happy Pride month! :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Spifftastic on: June 04, 2009 08:32:57 PM
This was a gift to my mother for her birthday last year (she worked for Harvey when he was in office, and he was a close friend and mentor to her). I finally got pictures of it, and I figured now's a good a time as any to share Harvey with the world. Smiley

This is my original post on the subject: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292627.msg3325640#msg3325640.

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6  Shell button necklace on silver chain in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spifftastic on: March 23, 2009 07:47:28 PM
Pretty self-explanatory. It was inspired by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297776.0
I wire-wrapped the button to the chain so that it would last longer than the embroidery floss.

I used teal shell buttons I bought at Beverly's craft store and three plain white buttons.

The chain loops are big enough that you can adjust the length of the necklace by hooking the lobster claw closure into any part of the chain. Smiley
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7  Convertible dress: UPGRADE! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Spifftastic on: March 23, 2009 12:17:00 PM
I know that most of you are familiar with the one-seam convertible dress (I was first introduced to it by Rostitchery's tut). I made some reversible ones for my bridesmaids last summer, and I've been thinking of another way to upgrade the basic design...

The waistband is elastic, covered with the fabric I used for the dress.

...and now for the fun part! I put a pocket on the straps right where the boobs would be, so that I can insert foam cups! That way, there's no embarrassing pointy-ness when the summer breezes blow AND there's a little more support.

This version is just as comfortable as the original! Smiley
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8  My tribute to Harvey in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Spifftastic on: February 16, 2009 08:20:03 PM
All my life, I've grown up hearing about Harvey Milk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_milk). My mother was his intern and close friend, and I heard stories of his crusading for gay rights for years before Hollywood decided to make a movie about him. She and Harvey's other intern, prominent Gay activist Cleve Jones, met up again for the first time since Harvey's assassination during the filming of the movie (in which we were extras!). In summation, this was a really important event in my mom's life.
The movie opened on December 5th, 2008, and I went with my mom to the premiere. Before we got there, I gave her a present: seven 5"x5" portraits of Harvey, each in a color of the rainbow. I forgot to take a picture of them before I gave them to her, but I made one more portrait for myself:

I fudged his right ear a little, but I'm working on it. Smiley
Here's the original:
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9  Starbucks Backsplash in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Spifftastic on: February 16, 2009 07:47:08 PM
We have four people in our house: my buddy Conrad, his girlfriend Kayla, and then my husband and I. The funny thing is, we've ALL worked at Starbucks at some point in our lives (some of us still do...*ahem). Anyway, for reasons unknown to anyone but Jeebus, I've been collecting empty Starbucks cards. I just felt so bad about throwing them all out, so I figured I'd come up with something crafty to do with them!

The boys really love their meat products, and since nobody is interested in scrubbing meat grease off of the wall behind the stove I came up with this:

A Starbucks card backsplash! They're stuck to a cardboard background, which would normally concern me (grease-soaked cardboard = gross) except that I made sure that the cards were butted right up against each other.

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10  Re-re-constructed Jeans in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Spifftastic on: February 16, 2009 07:08:32 PM
I know I'm not re-inventing the wheel or anything here, but they turned out nicely so I thought I'd share. Smiley

I bought these jeans four years ago, and when they started veering toward high-water status I chopped a foot or two off the legs and made capris.

It's not even close to being warm enough to wear these yet, but I decided that it was high time I owned a pair of cute shorts...thus, these were born (sorry about the filthy mirror!):

I chopped off another foot, cuffed them, and then tacked them in a couple of places so that they wouldn't unroll on me. Smiley
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