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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. Peanut and his Sack of Nuts on: November 05, 2011 11:58:33 AM
Wanted to post my friends' Halloween costumes from this year.  I'm most amazed (and super jealous) that Sam made both costumes in one day.  Mr. Peanut's costume was made from fleece and felt with the addition of a curtain rod cane.  The sack of nuts costume was made from burlap, suspenders and did contain nuts. 

Thanks for looking!  C&C's will be shared with my friends.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Back to Basics Witch on: November 05, 2011 11:48:34 AM
After stressing over what to be for Halloween and, of course, waiting until last minute to put everything together, I decided to be a Halloween classic of my youth: a witch.  The costume was put together from various clothes already owned and were modified by adding any of the orange fabric to.  The hat, which was my favorite part, was borrowed from a friend with the addition of...you guessed it, orange fabric. 

In the end, I was super happy with the way the costume turned out.  Of course, after checking out everyone else's entries I am in awe of everyone else's talent and costumes.  Either way, two pics are posted below.  One from the front and the side view so you can see the hat better:


Thanks for looking!  C & C's welcome.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Twine Plant Holder on: July 20, 2010 08:35:20 PM
My balcony has welcomed the new addition of a fern.  The fern was originally in a hanging basket, but the balcony roof is so tall it looked silly to have this little basket hanging so close to the top of the roof.  Plus I could only really see the bottom of the planter.  To remedy the problem, I crocheted a plant holder to hang a bit lower.
  I didn't have a pattern and did have to start over a few times until I got the design I wanted.  To start, I made a circle of eight single crochet stitches using two strands of twine at once.  I then made four double crochet spokes and crocheted four long double crochet stands from them.  I knotted of the strands together and then made a central hanging post using four strands of twine until I got the desired length.  A loop was left at the end of the four strand post and all the ends were tucked in.  Below is a picture of the bottom of the holder that the pot rests on.  If I were to redo anything, I would have only used three spokes instead of four.  However, the length works for me, and the fern lays nicely around it. 
Thanks for looking at this post!  Comments, critiques, and questions are welcome.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Chinese Takeout Balcony Lights on: July 20, 2010 08:23:50 PM
I've been sitting on this project since I found these cute plastic Chinese take out containers at the Dollar Tree in town.  Since the plastic was see through, I originally intended to put battery operated tea lights in the lantern and string them across my balcony.  However, the wait was worth it.  After seeing jennygum's Sun Jar Tutorial, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348120.0, I knew I just had to use solar lights for these:
To make the finished lanterns, I placed the top part of a yard solar light upside down each take out box and closed it up.  Then I wrapped one, long string of twine around top part of the boxes handles, and hung up the strand on my balcony.  Below is a picture of an individual lantern.  You can see the solar light inside of it.
Waiting until dark, I've found that only four of the six lights lit up.  I'm hoping that it's due to not being fully charged.  My concern is that since the solar panels are inside of an transparent (or translucent?) object and pointing down, they may not collect enough sunlight to stay charged for the night.  For now, I'll wait until a full day's charge tomorrow and see if they all light up again and if the other two work.  Worse case scenario, some more tinkering will get full power to the lights.  If anyone has any experience/knowledge of how solar panels work with indirect sunlight, please let me know.  Last picture is of four of the lanterns lit up at night.  (Sorry if it's blurry, my camera takes horrible pictures in the dark.) I'm pretty excited with how they turned out!
Comments, critiques, and questions are welcome!
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Dinosaur Baby Hat on: May 09, 2010 01:52:25 PM
While shopping for a baby shower gift, I found an adorable dinosaur outfit that even had claws coming out of the feet.  Inspired, I made a hat to go along with the gift.


The hat is made from the Seija Set in Happy Hooker and the dino spikes are a variation from a costume in the Fall 2009 issue of Crochet Today.  Sadly, I don't have any pics of the matching outfit or baby wearing the hat, but I did find a suitable stand in.

Thanks for looking and comments/critiques are welcome!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kitchen Sink Window on: April 23, 2009 07:52:38 PM
I had mirrors over the kitchen sink of my apartment left over from the previous tenants.  When I was cleaning them, one fell off and took some dry wall with it.  The handyguy came over and spackled the tear, but the job soon showed some air bubbles.  I came up with this window as a way to cover the spackle and get some color into the kitchen.

After picking up an old window from a friend, scraped off the old paint, repainted, and cleaned the windowpanes.  Then I picked out a scene I'd want to look at while cleaning dishes, blew it up to fit the window, and printed it with a poster printer.  The picture is along the Fox River in Wedron, IL, an old vacation spot.  I apologize for any glare in the picture.  I laminated it to protect it from steam, and then tacked it to the back of the window frame.  Because the back of the window isn't flash, there are a few ripples in the picture, probably try to tape those taut.  I hung the window from the cabinets using hooks, eye screws, nuts, and chains.  What you see is the completed result (and maybe some dirty dishes Embarrassed ).

Comments and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking!


7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dual Towel Rack from CPVC Pipe on: March 02, 2009 04:40:41 PM
My bf moved in this January.  Since then, I feel like we have towels drying all over the apartment.  Because of our small bathroom, we don't have a lot of room for multiple towel racks, and I wanted to avoid hanging a towel rack over the door.  We started pricing dual towel racks and found out they are expensive.  So, we decided to make our own out of CPVC pieces and pipes.  (We originally intended to use PVC pipe, but they didn't have the correct connecting piece to screw the pipes into the wall.)  Here's the end result:



After completed, the towel rack cost a little less than $5.  I was thinking about painting it to match the bathroom, but decided to leave it as is for now.  Everything is sticking together without glue so far.  I hope we can get by without gluing anything because we can change the towel rack as needed. 

Now maybe our towels can dry and stay in the bathroom!  Thank you for looking.  Comments are welcome.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Hoodie on: February 02, 2009 06:14:58 PM
I finally finished this hoodie for my newest baby cousin.  It was meant to be finished before he was born in September, but that obviously didn't happen.  In fact, the picture of the hoodie was taken in the car because I finished sewing the pieces together as we drove to my cousin's house! 


Anyways, the pattern came from the book Crochet for Tots and it's called Seaside Pullover.  It basically consists of a few rectangles and trapezoids that are sewed together.  I added the pocket to give it more of a true hoodie feel.  It's a fairly straightforward project and I enjoyed crocheting it both times I've made it now.  (His sister also has one, but hers is purple with a bunny on the pocket.  There are no pictures of it.  That was before I went digital.)  Basically, it's the stitching everything together that I find a pain. 

Sorry for the smiley face baby picture.  Since he's not my kiddo, I don't want to paste his mug on the Internet.

Thanks for looking!  Roll Eyes
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Laundry Basket on: November 02, 2008 12:30:32 PM
A couple of years ago, my cousin told my aunt that she wanted to go as a laundry basket, and they made it happen.  Upon hearing of the idea, this summer, I wanted to give it a try. 
It was fairly simple to do.  I cut a hole in the bottom of a laundry basket.  Luckily, my hips supported the basket on their own and I didn't need to make suspenders for it.  Then added old Halloween costume parts for the laundry.  After that, I added the socks and at one point a dryer sheet to it all (although I don't know where the dryer sheet went). 

For me, it was a great costume.  Easy to make and easy to wear.  The best part is that I could carry my camera and keys in the basket along with beverages later on.  Next time I would add an empty bottle of detergent...or maybe make a detergent bottle purse.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Oval Rag Rug - First Project Posted - Pattern Added Page 2 on: October 01, 2008 08:08:29 PM
After I discovered that my BF’s papasan was scratching the floor a bit, I decided to crochet a rug to protect the floor.  Since it’s a double papasan, I made the rug into an oval shape.  Here's what I ended up with:

The entire rug.

Zooming in a bit.

Shot for stitch detail.

Would have loved to make a true rag rug and reuse fabric, but I was eager to get started.  After a trip to the store, I came back with fabric in three colors that go along with my living room.  After that I started with a long row, double crocheted on each side of it and increased at both ends.  Overall the rug measures about 2 feet across and 3.5 feet long, and the papasan frame covers it with an inch or so to spare all around.  I would have loved to crocheted 3 to 5 more rows, but ran out of fabric and couldn’t find anymore. 

It’s been finished for a month or so, but I finally got around to taking pictures of it.  The floor is protected, and there’s a little more color to my living room!  Please let me know what you think.

On a side note, I’ve been visiting Craftster since the beginning of summer and have loved all the projects that everyone has posted here.  Thank you for inspiring me to stop looking at patterns and projects I could make someday and just getting to work.  Hopefully this bout of crafting energy will last awhile. 

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