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21  Re: Crochet hooks...Have you made them? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by arabella on: January 31, 2006 10:38:05 PM
Yes, I did ! But mine are not as beautiful as the dodos-design's. Mine come from the branches of my garden's trees. (Click on the picture to make it bigger)

These hooks are very light an smooth, I love to work with.
If you want to try just be sure that the wood you choose is dry and white (I mean not green inside or it will break too easily). I haven't been able to make very slim hooks yet because it's more difficult to carve the wood without break it. I need to practice.
Enjoy !

those are awesome!  what are you using to carve them?  how experienced of a carver are you?
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22  "motivational" apron - my first embroidery post! in Needlework: Completed Projects by arabella on: January 31, 2006 08:53:20 PM
I did this apron for a swap, it's supposed to motivate her to cook something healthy for herself.  I am a super-beginner at embroidery and I think it shows on this project (the words are a bit wonky) but nonetheless, I'm kind of proud because hey - I embroidered something!  (and I made the apron too!)  

here is the "action shot" of me wearing it in the kitchen:

and here is a closeup of the embroidery:  (hopefully no one looks at it this closely!)
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23  Re: first post--pink baby booties! in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: January 30, 2006 04:24:41 PM
so cute!  I love the pink and black together.  Every time someone has a baby, I keep intending to make baby booties... hasn't happened yet, though!
by the way - here is what you should type to have the image appear:  [img]http://images.myphotoalbum.com/l/la/lau/laur/laure/laurenblum/albums/album05/IM001123.sized.jpg[/img*] BUT take out the "*" after the last g, I just put that so that the text would show up instead of the actual image.
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24  Re: Flapperish or 1930's Cloche Hat with Flower - - Pattern Too! in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: January 30, 2006 03:00:15 PM
there have been some great hats posted!  I love the multi-color ones.  and the multi-color flowers one.
I made another one... (and one of these days I'll make one for myself!)
I followed the pattern pretty closely - except I made the flower a bit smaller (used a smaller hook) and added a little button in the center!  it's hard to make out the flower in this pic, but it's there.  
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25  Re: origami cd case (with tutorial) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by arabella on: January 30, 2006 10:54:49 AM
thanks for this!  It was just in time to package a mix cd of workout music - a "Butt Booster Playlist" for a swap.  here it is:
front: (or is this the back?)

and back:  (or should this be the front?)

great tutorial.  I got confused on step 4 and step 6 (I think) but quickly figured it out.  this is sooooo handy!  (the words are just cut from magazines and glued on.)
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26  My panties were on a little too tight. But not anymore! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by arabella on: June 12, 2005 06:06:30 PM
(my first post on the Clothing board!)

You know how when the elastic of your panties is too tight it kinda squishes your hips and waist out onto either side of the waistband?  yeah, not a good look.  So I had this low waisted victoria's secret panties that did that, and after a long time of hating them I decided to cut the elastic, add in a new piece of fabric, and then they'd fit better.  I don't actually know how to sew (nor do I have a sewing machine) but I wasn't going to let that stand in the way of good-fitting panties!  So I sewed some star sequins (because I love stars) onto a piece of material I had laying around, then cut the elastic and sewed it back together with the material in the middle.   One side is longer than the other because at first I was too lazy to pin and measure and estimated incorrectly.  For the other side I measured first.  ah, lessons learned.


and here is a closeup of the stars:

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27  yellow fleuri wristlet (from crochetme.com) in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: May 23, 2005 06:40:12 AM
edited to say:  this is the fleuri purse pattern from crochetme.com, see a couple posts down for pattern.

I only had a G hook and some super low quality super lightweight yarn, so it's *very* stretchy. I will probably line it one of these days, but I've never lined a crocheted item before so I'm hesitating.  I should have used two strands of yarn together but at first I thought "oh I'll just try it with one" and then by time I realized I should be using two, I felt like I was halfway there already.  laziness ruins all my potentially good handmade items.

here it is with my lip balm, key and money inside... all I really need.  I know it looks kind of jacked up in the picture, but actually it is round.


this pattern is very easy and I totally recommend it to beginners.  um, and if anyone is going to do it, don't think you're too cool to use a stitch marker - it is very hard to find your beginning stitch because you crochet in a spiral.  I lost count thinking about food and then had a hell of a time figuring out where I was, but by some miracle I managed to, but from then on, yeah, I used a "stitch marker" (well all I had was a piece of yarn, so that's what I used)

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28  Re: Flapperish or 1930's Cloche Hat with Flower - - Pattern Too! in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: November 15, 2004 10:33:02 AM
(my first crocheted project posting!)

NaeNae - my hat is really stretchy.  Maybe because I did it with two strands of fine yarn held together - I'm not sure.  but I think I could easily fit a fro under there.  I hope so, because I am making one for my sister and she has a lot, a lot of hair. 

here is the one I made for my mom as one of her christmas presents.  It will look cuter on her! 

the pattern is great!  easy to follow, works up fast.  I think this is the first time I didn't modify a pattern, but followed it to the end.  Am I the only one that had total angst over the best flower placement?  I am not so thrilled with how my flower turned out (I think it was the yarn, or maybe my crochet skills) and I made a few mistakes (maybe skipped/added a stitch here and there) but overall I am really happy with the hat!

p.s. Sykospark - your green looks awesome and I like your idea about the scalloped edging...think I'll copy it for my sister's hat!
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29  Pocket Fold Accordion Book with Matching Notepad in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by arabella on: November 05, 2004 10:59:31 AM
hi!  I'm still new to craftster and to bookbinding.  here is my latest book project.

I made this little "book" with pockets for my mom as a place to keep receipts (she has a small business) and jot notes.  I originally intended it to have more pockets but this mulberry paper wasn't so easy to fold.  The covers are mat board (bought a stack of ugly colors cheap on ebay) and the cover papers are... I don't know because I myself didn't buy them.  The inside is handmade thai mulberry paper.  the notepad is board from a cereal box covered in the same paper, the inside paper is cardstock, and it's sewn together with embroidery thread and my accidental variation on japanese stab binding.

next I am going to try tackling the coptic!

thanks for looking.

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30  My first post!! Picture frame from a recycled cereal box and CD jewel case in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by arabella on: October 31, 2004 08:27:07 AM
Hi!  I just found out about this website and I've spent all my free time the past few days reading all the back posts.  I am so impressed (intimidated!) and very inspired by all of the great projects on this site.  I'm hooked - such great art and such nice people!

This frame isn't my finest work but it was a picture I had available.  I hope this image-posting and linking works...


I cut the frame, the back, and a stand from an empty box of Cheerios.  The "glass" I cut (using my scalpel) from a CD jewel case.  It had some scratches in it but you can't tell once it's in the frame.  I covered the frame in handmade mulberry/saa paper from Thailand and glued it all together using some multipurpose glue.  I left the frame undecorated mostly because I wanted the focus to be on the picture inside, and also because I couldn't think of anything I really wanted to decorate it with.

thanks for reading/looking!  I'll be posting lots of questions and hopefully new projects soon!
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