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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My version of $400 earrings--Instructions Included on: January 21, 2011 11:57:26 AM
About a year ago I seen a pair of earrings I loved in one of those glossy celebrity gossip magazines (my guilty pleasure).  The price of the earrings were $400.  Granted they were made with gold but I'm not a fan of gold anyway, so I decided to make a few pairs up.  I've included some instructions.  Please excuse my long windedness.   Smiley  If you get lost or need help, please let me know.

I searched the catalog of my favorite jewelry supplier and found what I needed.  The hoops I used started with 10 or so of the loops at the bottom.  I cut the extra ones off, cut some of the excess hoop on the end I removed the loops, and finally filed where needed until smooth.  Next I attatched the chain with 3 mm split rings, being sure to close them up and make them as flush as I could, since I was using very fine chain.  I attached my beads with headpins to the chain, and then the frustrating part began. 

I took a split ring (don't recall the size, I think 5 mm), opened it up, then strung the ends of the chain on starting at the end without the earring post (where I cut off the extra loops).   Once the chain is on, close up the split ring, making it as flush as possible.  It may take you a few tries, it did for me on my first pair, to keep the chain from falling off as I worked on closing the split ring.  Lastly, I took another split ring, (I think 5 mm), opened it, put on the split ring with the chain and attached to the earnut.  I hooked it to one of the little "curly" pieces on the backside.  This works two-fold, if the earnut falls off, you won't loose it since it's attached to the chain.

The tricky part is how to store these earrings, since there's so much chain it can get tangled easily.  I have to have mine on earring cards on all times, even when I'm not doing bazaars.  I learned the hard and frustrating way not to just toss them in a baggie.   Smiley

Thanks for looking!
Angie C. Pinkal

Oh and the price (rounded up to nearest dollar) to make the earrings in order from top to bottom were
$21.00, $18.00, and $23.00.  I used all sterling silver, cultured freshwater pearls, and Swarovski Crystals.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Couple of Hats--Some mature content on: January 19, 2011 04:07:23 PM
And for my second post here are some of the other projects I have completed so far this winter, the time of year that I do a lot of crocheting.

My Aunt is a great lady with a silly sense of humor!  She asked me to make her a hat for a contest.  Her brother is going to be visiting her and my uncle in a couple months and they are having an ugly hat contest.  After a couple hours of searching and a couple of emails we decided on one.  I won't post where my inspiration came from, as I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  Since I think they were serious about their hat, yet my aunt and I found it ugly.  I changed the colors though.

Thank you to my daughter for being my model.

Then I decided my Uncle would need an ugly hat as well.  And the best way to describe his sense of humor is, well, he can be a boob!  So a boob hat came to mind for him.  I decided to do a simple beanie/skullcap style for this.  I will include some instructions, but beware, I can be longwinded.  LOL

I decided to put a nipple ring as I was planning the hat.  I started the hat with about 12"+ tail before I did the slip knot to start.  Once I got the areola part done (I did this part in SC not DC as most Skullcap patterns call for) and finished off, I did the nipple.  I made a slip knot as close to the underside of the aerola as I could and crocheted a chain of about 6 or 7, then finished it off, leaving the excess yarn, and pulled the chain up through the hole at the top of the hat, then back through being careful not to pull the chain all the way through.  I wove the excess yarn on the underside to secure the nipple. 

The nipple ring, I chained about 8 or 9 chain in a silver yarn again leaving a longer tail before my slip know, and then did one row of SC and finished off, leaving excess yarn at the end.  I took the tails of yarn and threaded them under the nipple and into the hole at the top of the hat.  Finally I tied the ends a couple times and wove the excess yarn on the underside. 

I finished the hat off as one would normally do a skullcap, you can find many patterns out there.  Once the hat was around an inch above my ears, I did 2 rows of 2DCTOG to kind of make it "snug" and to give it more of a boob look.  This made the hat sit right at the top of my ears. 

For the tattoo, I crocheted a simple heart.  I don't recall which pattern I used.  I sewed on the heart, and added the arrow.  I wrote "mom" on the heart in a silver Sharpie, since trying to stitch it on with yarn wasn't working for me.  And then my goofy sense of humor took over and I decided on doing a bikini top for the hat. 

I told my uncle it was so he could wear the hat for dinner at the stuff neighbors, to places that some called for modesty, and so he wouldn't get kicked out of places with one of those "no shirt, no shoes, no service" signs.  And then I just got out of control and told him if he wanted to have a "Girls Gone Wild" moment, he could pull off the bikini top, twirl it around over his head, but to also be sure to yell "woooo!"   Wink  The bikini top was just made doing a crochet in a round.  I did it in the same way a normal skullcap would be started and made it round enough to cover the nipple.  I added the "straps" which were 3 sets of 2 that I braided and tied at the ends.

Thank you for looking!
Angie C. Pinkal
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Winnie the Poop on: January 19, 2011 01:55:20 PM
This is my first posting of a project.  My daughter is in Kindergarten and the teacher asked parents to bring more snack options for Fridays, which is snack day.  One of the kids brought in a big container of animal crackers in Winnie the Pooh theme.  He proceeded to tell the teacher that they are "Winnie the Poop."  Once she told me the story I had an idea.  I had seen many amigurumi poop and loved the sense of humor behind it.
Soooo I decided to make the teacher a amigurumi poop, in which I named Winnie.  She absolutely loves it and even put it up for display in the classroom, which made me very happy. 

I used the pattern Happy Poo found at http://puchitomato.livejournal.com/16545.html 
Thank you to that person for sharing her pattern!

And without further delay, here's Winnie!

Her heart cheeks are hearts I cut out from fabric I have on hand.  Her eyes are those doll eyes that I covered with a silver Sharpie marker then covered with a Green Sharpie.  Her smile is the same yarn used for doilies, and her flower is a silk hydrangia that I colored in 2 shades of pink.  To weigh Winnie down I added decorative glass that you find in vases of flowers, then stuffed. 

She took me about 3 hours to make from start to finish, and that was only because I had to restart a couple times as I lost count.  I was able to finally make her up while my daughter was in school and not pestering me.   Wink

Thank you for looking!
Angie C. Pinkal

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