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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Latest Favorites [Hats and Scarves, Rainbow Brite, Ponies, and more] on: February 25, 2013 01:56:43 PM
I've taken a two year or so hiatus from Craftster and feel its been long enough, so here are some of my more recent favorite or in my opinion best projects. I hope someone enjoys them.

Adult and baby Twink hats from Rainbow Brite. I love RBB!


My Little Ponies & more detail for Rainbow Dash, cause she really was the best!


Piggy with bacon earflaps for my friend Doug. Doug is obsessed with bacon.

I LOVE stars, this was inspired by one of April Draven's hats.

Made this for Jexxican for Winter Scarf Swap 2013, I love that the bird landed on the fence in the background and stayed long enough for me to get a picture with him in it.

Made this for my newest neice, one giant foo foo flower!

LSP from Adventure Time for my friend's kiddo, we both love Adventure Time!

For my nephew.

Panda Hat for my friend's kiddo's birthday. Inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Ratings on: October 12, 2012 09:46:24 PM
I would like to be able to rate my swap partner, rate my organizer, and rate mods. Organizers are able to say how they feel about our performance in a swap, but I can't reply to that feedback. eBay and swap-bot allow this feature, it would be great if Craftster did as well.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nyan Cat Perler Bead Creation on: June 15, 2011 10:57:34 AM
Nyan Cat is so cute I wanted one of my own.

I used blue glitter beads around the outside to look like it was travelling through space, but I didn't like it, so I took them off before ironing.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fridge Magnets from Geico Money and a Cheeseburger on: March 03, 2011 11:32:43 AM
I really like magnets and have probably a few too many for the fridge, I still thought these would be cute though.

I had some freebie magnets that were not useful, so I peeled the original message off of the front of the magnet, and glued them to the back of a cheezeburger cut out I got at a McDonalds, and a magazine cut out of the googly eyed Geico money. for the Geico money I covered him in clear packing tape so he would stay stiff, then I glued the old magnets to the back, and now I have more magnets for my collection.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thad's Baby Bear Hat on: January 08, 2011 12:25:08 AM
So, this is my new nephew, his Mommy and Daddy moved to Washington state right before he was born, for the military, so I made him a nice cotton hat. Mommy got some nice professional pics done.

I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton, or Cotton Tots, I can't remember now. The pattern PDF is located here, http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/files/owlishly_designed_bear_infant_hat_email_quality.pdf. I did not do a slip stitch edge, because it felt too tight and not very stretchy the first time I made this hat, I liked it better.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chromium Star Blankets on: January 08, 2011 12:17:36 AM
I really like this pattern, you know, one of these days, I will stop making them for everyone else, and get my own done. Here are two more I made, one for a Christmas gift, and the other was a baby shower gift.

The pink one is Red Heart itchy and scratchy yarn, killed with a steam iron to soften it up, which worked beautifully. The blue one is Dallas Cowboys themed and made with "Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn!", my nephews Daddy likes them for some reason, guess he's into losers. hahaha Thad's Mommy said Daddy wanted some Cowboys stuff for the nursery, but they just moved to Washington state for the military, and could not find anything, so I did my best.

The pattern can be found here, http://thekidneybean.wordpress.com/crochet-patterns/chromium-star-blanket/
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Twinkie Chan Scarves on: January 08, 2011 12:11:52 AM
I got Twinkie Chan's Book http://www.amazon.com/Twinkie-Crochet-Goodies-Fashion-Foodies/dp/0740797581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294472137&sr=8-1 and made a couple scarves for my niece, then my neighbor saw them, and asked if she could pay me for some to give as gifts. I said, "Heck yeah!", of course.

The Pizza Scarf is my favorite, it makes me want to deliver pizza again, so I can be a dork and wear it to work.

The Popcorn Scarf looked the best, and was the easiest to put together, but, I hated cutting and gluing all those POP!'s.

Cupcake Scarf

Gingerbread Men, oh noes! They're missing some limbs! I gave mine a reason to be sad.

Cookie Scarf, this was the first one I made, and was the easiest all together. I wish it had been the last, I would have finished it quicker.

I used Redheart's itchy and scratchy yarn, but took a steam iron to it on the lowest steam setting and quickly ironed it. You must keep the iron moving, or you risk melting or burning acrylic, you can also hold the steaming iron about an inch above the garment and steam it, but I liked the feel better after pressing down. The difference is amazing, and this was my first time trying to "kill acrylic."

The best part of making these for my friend, is that she got a video from her family wearing the scarves, and they were appreciative. =D
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow and Cloud Scarf on: January 08, 2011 12:00:48 AM
I made these for Christmas for my niece and her cousins.

The girls are 3 and 1, the 3 years olds loooooved them. =D

I used Red Heart's itchy and scratchy yarn, then I killed it with a steam iron set on the lowest steam setting to make it super soft. I made the cloud pattern up myself, the rainbow bits are just double crochet in long rows.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I "Texas" Shiner tee shirt. on: July 29, 2010 10:29:28 AM
There is a bilboard for Shiner Beer that I loved, I went to their website to see if they were selling a shirt with the slogan, but it was in yellow, and I like black, so I made my own. This is the first shirt I have stenciled for me, as my boyfriend usually gets all the ones I make.



Done with freezer paper stencil and acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. It takes a few layers, and a hair dryer, but I prefer black shirts, so it is worth the time and paint to me.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photo tutorial, take in your baggy butt pants. Picture heavy. on: July 29, 2010 09:44:31 AM
I'm a bigger gal, but I inherited my Dad's flat bum. Its called the Noassatall Disease, its more prominent in men, so when I buy pants to fit my waist the butt sags and the crotch hangs halfway to my knees. I am here today to remedy that. Plus I am losing weight and since I like most of my clothes, I'd like them to be able to downsize with me rather than buy all new clothing. I found some good instructions on-line finally in a comment in another forum, but no pictures, so I photographed the process for you guys.

(I have another version of this fix that I will post soon, and link it here, it is much less involved, all you do is take in the inseam from crotch to knee. I have some pix of pants I've already done this too, and I'm going to do another pair soon. =D)

The problem:

My bum is not that shape, but more like this:

Step One: Turn your pants inside out and put them on, make chalk marks on the inseam and side seams at the knee. Pinch the side seams and figure out about how many inches you want to take in, at this point I stood in front of a bigger mirror with a handheld mirror and guesstimated how many inches of crotch I was going to take in as well.

Step Two: Seam rip the back waist seam and back waist darts (If you have them. Also, releasing the darts became a moot point for me, I pulled the seat up so much that they disappeared into the waist band, but this is what the original instructions said, so I am keeping that info here.)

Step Three: Seam rip the side seams down to the knee line. (this is the outer seam where your hands rest at your side.)

Step Four: Take in the back side seams an even amount from waist to crotchline and then taper this amount to the original seamline at the kneeline.  This takes out some of the excess fabric all across the back. The wording here confused me a little, I took in my back side seam about two and a half inches at the top of the back piece and tapered down to the knee line. I hope this makes sense.

Step Five: Pin down the side seams, then try your pants on to make sure they're a comfortable fit. Just hold the rear up since it is no longer attached to the waist band mine stayed in place fine though. I felt like just taking in the side seams already did a lot for the pants, especially my profile. But, hey, I wasn't gonna stop there. I mean, I already ripped out the waist band, I'm balls deep at this point.

Okay, see where I only took in the back I did not take in the front panel at all, doing that that will mess up your pockets and the fit/drape of your pants, especially if you're my shape, I don't want the pants to hug my belly. I laid the pants down on my machine and followed the original seal line from the front of the pants as I sewed. This way you're sure to not lose any fabric in the front.

Here is what they look like after sewing up the side seam. I see a lot of improvement already.

Ummm...Step Six, yeah: Seam rip the crotch and inseam down to the knee line. (Inseam is the seam that touches your thighs, do not seam rip the seam that goes vertically on your butt or crotch.)

Step Seven: Take the back crotch/inseam in and taper to the knee line. Same thing here as step five, I took in fabric from the back and not the front, I followed the original seam line from the front. You want the front to look pretty much the same. Pin try them on, take a look in the morror, see what you think, adjust if necessary, then sew.

Step Eight: Decrease the dart length and width as needed to provide less curvature.  This takes some of the "roundness" out of the back. I did not do this step as I already noticed I was going to pull the waist seam up so much that the darts would be irrelevant, and well, I just don't care much for darts, or giving myself the appearance of a bubble butt.

Step Nine: Almost done, woot! I put the pants on for this step and checked in the mirror. Lift the waistline evenly across the center back, blending to the original seamline at the side seam area. This shortens the center back area and restores a more level hipline.

I then cut the waist, but i wish I hadn't, I wish I'd just folded it down. Tuck the waist into the waist band, pin and sew. I had a little trouble getting it straight, but I also didn't bother with darts.

Yeah, I was lazy and didn't cut the excess off from the side seams. Meh.

Here is the finished product. The legs from the knee down on the inside pushed forward a little, but it doesn't look too odd.

Yay, no more saggy ass-pants! Booty dance anyone?
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