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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Edward Scissorhands on: February 27, 2012 05:36:04 PM
I made this Edward Scissorhands amigurumi for a really awesome swap partner a couple months ago and am just getting around to posting pics.  He is based on the amazing Edward made by shelina - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324425.0

I actually modified a pattern for a Captain Jack Sparrow amigurumi (I felt it was pretty fitting) to get the general body shape. Cheesy I made up the fingers as I went along, using floral wire to make them bendable.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and my swap partner liked it too.  Smiley  C&C welcome!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda Blanket and Yoshi Egg Blanket on: January 15, 2012 01:23:43 PM
At the beginning of last year, I decided to make a wonderful swap partner of mine, Gspinn, a Yoshi egg granny square blanket and my husband a blanket based on his favorite video game for Christmas.  It took much conniving (and the help of a good friend) to figure out exactly what my husband's favorite video game is - Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.  With my friend's help, I found some sprites online and went to work. 

I used the Yoshi blanket as a cover for all of the green, white, and black squares in the Zelda blanket!  I did the other color squares secretly and it worked!  He never guessed!  I managed to have it all pieced together and the edging stitched in time for Christmas, but just finished up weaving the ends this.  I finished the Yoshi blanket on time though!  Smiley  Anyway, here are the pictures -

On the floor in our living room.  (The weird corner is because I had to photoshop it as a projection in order to get a view straight from the front.)

It is about 8 feet tall and very snuggly!  Smiley  It has almost 300 squares in it, if I remember correctly. 

The Yoshi blanket covers a full sized bed.  I actually did not mean to make it quite so large, but realized it was going to be big much too late, lol.  The picture above is before I weaved in the ends. 

Gratuitous cat photo.  Smiley  Our cats approved of both blankets, which made it rather hard to work on them at times..... 

A close-up of one of the squares.  I used Caron One Pound yarn, which was nice to work with and had a decent selection of colors.  I hope you like them as much as I do!  They did take a fair bit of time, though I think I'm hooked on making blankets now.  The pay off when you finish is just so great!

C&C welcome!!!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sonic the Hedgehog Doll on: January 21, 2011 01:17:01 PM
I made this for my husband for Christmas, using this amazing pattern: http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2010/02/sonic-plushie.html  Working on it in secret was very difficult, because it just took soooo long to make.  The pattern was really easy to follow, but it does have a lot of pieces.

Sonic chilling out:

The back:


Sorry if the pics are a bit blurry, our cat was trying to "play" with him, so I was a bit rushed.....lol.

Comments and criticisms most welcome!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crafty/Earth Friendly Wedding - Picture OBESE on: May 30, 2010 09:18:22 PM
I just got married and I had a wonderful time at my wedding and crafting for it!  When my now husband and I got engaged we wanted to do as much as we could to keep the environmental cost of our wedding down.  Now I realize there is a lot more we could have done, but I'm very happy with the way things turned out.  We went with the theme "Treat the Earth Gently" - the title of a cute book my parents had around when I was a kid.  Additionally, we wanted to keep the monetary cost down.  Smiley  The perfect combination of those two ideas was crafting!  I ended up taking a lot of ideas from Craftster (thank you Craftster!!!) and then enslaving my then fiance and friend into making everything a reality (thank you now husband and friend!!!!!).  Anyway, on to the massive number of pictures.  Cheesy

Invitation - we used 100% recycled paper and recycled, vegetable dyed ribbon, the pictures are of places that my fiance and I have been hiking.

Favors - We made about 250 seed bombs (using the instructions from this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343148.0 ).  The note in the box explained the seed bombs.  The boxes are made from recycled paper.  We also included some ethically traded, organic "Chimp Mints" from Endangered Species Chocolate.

Program - We used the same paper as the invitation.  It was two pages with the second page that just explained our song (Something - The Beatles), our theme, and the fact that we had old Trivial Pursuit cards on the table to help with conversation. 

Placecards - I bought seed packets four for a dollar at the dollar store and used the same paper as the invites and programs to make the name cards.  My wonderful friend with her wonderful handwriting wrote out all of the names.  Each table was named after a flower and had the seed packets of that flower. 

Seating diagram - We bought a corkboard that we plan on using in our new apartment and used the same paper and put up pictures of ourselves and places special to us.

Centerpieces - So, originally we were just going to use the centerpieces that the restaurant we had the wedding in uses, but when I saw them up close they were rather sad looking, so I enlisted my now husband and we made up a ton of paper flowers taking the idea from this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345173.0 From the number of wire floral stems we bought I can estimate that we made more than 400 flowers.....  I colored some of them using Crayola watercolors.  I found the pots at Jo-Ann on clearance.  The centerpieces either went home with someone that wanted it as a keepsake or they are going to be reused at my parents' home.  We made nine mid-sized centerpieces, one very large one, one smallish one, and one super tiny one.  We used the large one, a mid-sized, the smallish, and the tiny one to curve around the cake at the cake table.  It looked really cute, but I don't have any pictures of it right now.  However, here are some of the pictures of the other centerpieces chilling out on our tea cart in our apartment:

Close up of the flowers:

Parent/Groom Flowers/Bouquets - I used the same flowers and just wrapped around the wire floral stems with the same ribbon I used on the centerpiece pots.  I made a bouquet for myself and my maid of honor (she was my only bridesmaid).  The bigger pins are for the MotB and MotG, while the smaller ones are for the groom, the FotB, and FotG. 

Ceremony Flowers - My mom and I collected pampas grass from my grandmother's house last year when it had dried out in the fall and used that to make two giant pieces for us to stand by for the ceremony.  This is the only picture of it that I have right now.  My husband and I obviously were not taking pictures during the ceremony.  Smiley  We haven't seen our photographer's photos or any from our relatives yet. 

Thank you cards:  We used the same paper and ribbon as before and made all the cards and their envelopes.  I cut out all the envelopes, but I was really not looking forward to folding and gluing them, so my wonderful friend did that for me!  Thank you!  I used the cut outs from the envelopes to make the little green bit at the bottom of the thank you card. 

Guestbook - My husband and I collected rocks from the beach on Lake Huron at a family member's house a few days before the wedding.  We had guests write on them with permanent marker and put them in this cool glass leaf dish we found at Hobby Lobby.  We are going to display it in our new apartment.  I swear I got this idea from someone on Craftster, but I really have no idea where the exact post is.  Eventually I'll seal the rocks in something, but I haven't had a chance yet.  And yes, that is a drawing of Salad Fingers on top, along with a turtle and a mouse.  Cheesy  I love my friends! 

Finally, I'm sneaking in the only shot I have right now of my husband and I at the wedding:

Sorry most of our pictures were taking before/after the wedding in our crappily lit apartment.  We didn't get a ton of chances to take pictures during, but that just means I can raid my relatives for pictures later.  Smiley 

Thank you for reading my horribly long, insanely picture heavy post!  Comments always appreciated!  Cheesy

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Metal Spice Rack!!! on: March 23, 2010 02:24:35 PM
My dad actually welded this spice rack for my fiance for Christmas last year and I'm just getting around to posting it..........  My dad is a welder and has been making amazing things for as long as I can remember, but I thought this one was particularly cool.  So around October of last year I told him that my fiance and I had bought lots of spice bottles, but we didn't have any where nice to keep them and my fiance had been talking about getting a spice rack.  I was wondering if he thought he could make one.  Well, he did an awesome job in my humble opinion!  Smiley

He decided to use magnets to keep the spice bottles in place and went with a two tier square design that rotates, so it can be easily kept in a corner and you can get to any spice you want!  I just LOVE how it came out and thought I would share it with other crafters!

Here it is without any spice bottles:

This is with the spice bottles:

My fiance was super surprised Christmas morning.  It was very fun!  He said it was his favorite Christmas gift.  Smiley  We have been using it ever since and love how it looks in our kitchen.  Let me know what you think!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Owl Zen Case on: May 06, 2009 08:00:03 AM
I recently bought a new Creative Zen to replace my mp3 player that broke, so I needed a new case.  I didn't want to buy an expensive one from the Creative site that was very bland, so I made my own.  After I made the blue body, my fiance said that with the buttons it kind of looked like an owl, so I went with that idea and I'm super happy with the way it turned out. 

Here it is open and with the mp3 player:

This is it closed and in use:

What do you think?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Striped Anchor Tote on: April 03, 2009 05:13:44 PM
So after seeing a post by madidancer121 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296677.0) a few weeks ago, I knew I had to make this tote.  I found the July 2008 issue of Crochet Today and got busy.  My sewing skills leave much to be desired, so the handles and anchor look a little wonky, but I'm happy and looking forward to the summer!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cake on: April 03, 2009 03:59:57 PM
Sooooooo what every 20 year old guy wants for his birthday is a Winnie the Pooh cake, right?  Well, that is what my fiance got from me and he was quite pleased.  We both have a soft spot for the old bear (our first craft project together was a tie blanket using Winnie the Pooh fleece).  Smiley

I am by no means a cake decorator.  This is the first cake that I actually tried to draw some sort of picture on, so I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially since I only had three hours to bake it, decorate it, and get the apartment decorated before he came home from class.  The cake was also very tasty (Funfetti!), which is always a good thing. 

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Yarn-wrapped Stick Bouquet on: December 30, 2008 08:23:36 AM
I wasn't sure exactly where to post this project, so feel free to move it.  This is a project that my aunt created which I thought was very cool.  She wrapped sticks with different types of yarn and put them together in a vase to make a bouquet.  She's made several different ones - this is her largest, at about 6ft tall with a couple dozen sticks.  It's an easy project, but very time-consuming.  Wrapping sticks that have branches in them, in particular, takes a long time.  The bright colors don't come across as well in the photo as I would like.  I'm not sure where my aunt got the idea.  I think it might have been her own, but if anyone has seen something like this already out there, please let me know.

The full bouquet.

The vase holding the bouquet together.

Close-up of the wrapped sticks. Sticks with branches, like the white one here, take much more time to wrap.

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Purple Amigurumi Elephant w/ Scarf on: September 28, 2008 08:08:43 AM

An elephant crocheted from a pattern in "Tiny Yarn Animals" by Tamie Snow.  He's being sent out to a friend in Ithaca, New York, so I had to add some winter gear.   Smiley

This is the first project I've posted on Craftster, but I've been lurking for a while.   Smiley
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