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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Square wire bracelet on: February 03, 2011 05:06:26 PM
This was my first time working with square wire. I love the way the bracelet came out, but I'll tell you what - that wire is HARD! I got half hard, and nearly killed my hands. Next time, I'll get dead soft.

So, the bracelet - sterling silver square wire, hand formed into freeform waves, the carnelian beads are wired on with 26 gauge sterling silver wire as well.  Wiring onto the frame was also challenging - had to use enough to make sure the wraps didn't slide around too much, but not so much that it was clunky.

What do you think? C/C always appreciated!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapping on: December 11, 2010 12:01:30 PM
Hi gang!

I am so pleased with the way this wrap came out, I just had to share:

The stone is a heat-treated agate - I love the white banding in it.  (For those who don't know, heat-treating is a permanent color enhancement, unlike dyed stones. Smiley )

I used 22 gauge sterling silver wire to wrap it - I think it would be a little better with 20 gauge, but I am still pretty happy with the end result. Cheesy
3  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA craft shows? on: September 01, 2010 06:32:03 PM
Hi everyone!

I am looking for craft shows in which to participate this fall and winter.  Does anyone know of shows I can apply to?  I'd also appreciate leads to sources/listings of shows.  (Google is only getting me so far. Wink )

Thanks very much!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Little birdies on: August 09, 2010 11:29:58 AM
I just had to share - I made this for my partner in the FOC Wist Swap.  Everything is handmade, and started out as sterling silver sheet and wire.  I even made the chain!  The entire project took about 15 hours, especially since I am new to metalsmithing.  Smiley  c/c welcome, as always.

The whole project:

Closeup of the birds:
(The necklace does not have a traditional clasp.  Instead, the chain hooks into the curved end of the branch.)

Closeup of the earrings:

Closeup of the chain:

Let me know what you think.  Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Muppet? on: April 14, 2010 09:34:15 PM
Hi gang!  So, I am in the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 57.  One of my partners requested a monster plushie.  I made 2 of them, but the one I am posting here really reminded me of a Muppet once I got him finished (I am calling him Sparky).  I guess you can tell when someone grew up watching the Muppet Show.   Grin

Sparky is made of a wool/acrylic blend yarn (Comfort by Berroco).  I added some felt and suncatcher eyes.  I made the pattern up as I went, and he's actually really simple.  The body is just a crocheted rectangle folded in half, and the arms and legs are made in the amigurumi style.

Thanks for looking!  Comments and criticism always welcome!!  Cheesy
6  COOKING / Dessert / Happy Snickerdoodles! on: December 22, 2009 08:41:39 PM
My family has never really celebrated Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/Yule.  My mother is Jewish and my father is Atheist, so...you can see the conflict there, yes?

Anyway, in my house growing up, the winter holiday season has always been about food.  When my dad remarried (when I was about 7 y/o) my stepmother gladly joined in the festival of food.  She taught me to bake - one of my favorite things to do. 

When I moved out of my mother's house 22 years ago I took her copy of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book (took, not given - I am such a bad kid  Wink ).  This book was a first edition that my mom had picked up for pennies at a garage sale when she and my father were first married.  I still have this book, but it is falling apart and I am afraid to use it, since it will probably just crumble to pieces.  As I am sure you can imagine, I was thrilled when they reissued the Cooky Book a few years ago.  Seriously, it has some of the BEST cookie recipes I've ever baked.

Long story, I know - so, tonight I made Snickerdoodles, and wanted to share.

Mmmmm tasty!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Squirrely squirrel on: April 30, 2009 05:23:16 PM
A friend on this site (hi kevsbabe29!) asked me to make a squirrel for one of her swap partners.  I couldn't find a pattern that I liked, so I made one up.  I think he came out pretty good:


Of course, I neglected to take notes while creating him...typical of me, unfortunately.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Macrame Swap? on: April 01, 2009 07:31:31 AM
Based on Crafster's new direction, I think we should have a macrame swap!

Um...anyone know how to do macrame?

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Squishies! Lots of pics. on: February 21, 2009 05:16:35 PM
I've been really stressed out lately because of my job.  I've found myself clenching my hands often as a result.  So, I decided to do what I could to manage the stress (read: crochet) and also to make something to hopefully help.  I am still learning about embroidery and more often than not, end up just kind of adding facial features randomly and hoping for the correct shape to appear.

Behold!  A squishy!  I made this one first:

Then, because my husband is silly and thought the fuzzy eared one looked kind of like a bunny, he asked me to make him a vorpal squishy.  With gnarly, gnashing fangs!  (Yay, Monty Python!)

Hubby says Vorpal Squishy likes bacon and thus needs a piece of crocheted bacon...I guess that's next.  Although I think some crocheted spam might be more appropriate.   Grin

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reused Christmas Bulbs = Reindeer on: December 21, 2008 10:48:47 AM
I was sitting looking at a box of old Christmas bulbs (everyone in my family is a packrat - we rarely throw anything away).  What to do with these old bulbs??

*ding*  Lightbulb comes on  Roll Eyes Grin Cheesy

These look like reindeer heads!

So, add some googly eyes, little pom poms, ribbon and chenille stems - apply hot glue - and there you go!

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