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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Baby Sweaters on: November 15, 2013 04:59:11 PM
I have been slaving away for the last little while trying to get these sweaters finished up so I can get the pattern out before the holiday season. I am pretty durn proud of how they came out, so I wanted to share em here.

One is knit, one is crocheted.

(if anyone is interested in the patterns they're here-this is my own website, full disclosure, but it is a free pattern and I really want people to enjoy it before the holiday comes and goes so hopefully ya'll don't mind Smiley)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chevron Striped Dress on: April 19, 2013 11:02:31 AM
After trying a chevron dress on at Target and deciding I could make a better dress using stuff I already had lying around, I made this dress. I am so happy with how it came out.

I drafted the pattern and painted the stripes myself, which was really fun and came out better than I really expected it to. I've had a lot of luck painting stripes on fabric before, I think because using masking tape always makes nice clean lines with no bleeding (as opposed to stenciling, which I've had hit or miss experiences with.) Has anyone else painted stripes on fabric before? It's so nice to have so much control over the colors when you do.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic Bags = A Fused Plastic Dress & A Knit Vest on: December 10, 2012 12:48:24 PM
I made this about two years ago, which was long before plastic bags got banned in my city of residence. I'm still pretty proud of this project, though wearing it has never been very feasible because plastic bag fusion does not create the most breathable material ever, and even on a cold night one gets rather sticky and sweaty.  Tongue

I made this dress and vest for a Haute Trash Fashion show. It's about 98% plastic grocery bags, save for two straps of elastic in the back of the dress which allowed me to (barely) squeeze into the thing. (Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the back!)

The dress was made by fusing plastic bags into big roughly sized sheets which were then trimmed into a skirt and bodice shape, and fused together again.

The vest was made after hours and hours of making plastic bag yarn and then more hours of slowly knitting it. That stuff isn't the easiest stuff to knit with so I remember doing it a little bit at a time, as to not completely destroy my hands. I pretty well improvised the pattern, knitting it from the top down.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Accidental Yarn Over Query on: November 04, 2008 10:18:24 PM
I looked around on the interwebs and on craftster specifically and for some reason couldn't find an answer to my question, so I'm gonna go ahead and post it here.

I'm making this sweater, and after quite a bit of knitting I noticed that I have two little yarn overs way down at the bottom. Now, the minor increases from it haven't affected the sweater at all, but the little holes created from the yarn overs bug the jeebies out of me.

How might I go about closing up the holes? Is there some kind of stitching technique that anyone is savvy to? I plan on blocking the sweater when I'm done, but I feel like if I don't do something a little extra the holes are still gonna be there.

Any advice?

Thanks  Grin

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Franki (my dog) on: October 19, 2008 01:14:28 PM
This was my first felting project, I finished it awhile ago but never got around to posting it Smiley

There are a few side by side comparisons here. I think the likeness is pretty uncanny.

My cat was very excited about the mini Franki. As I tried to take pictures, she kept enacting her revenge Smiley

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Planter Kits on: April 06, 2008 02:34:21 PM
I was asked to participate in a mini craft fair in my friend's kitchen not too long ago, but I had no crafts that I had made to sell. So I pondered what I could do quickly (I had about a week to prepare) that would be totally awesome. I came up with plant your own herb kits.

I've never actually grown anything in my life but I read online that some herbs are pretty easy to grow so in the kits I included oregano seeds, packets of soil, a water bottle and instruction sheets with all the good information I snagged of the interweb. I made about five pots using a combo of painting and decopodge. I did them all in about a time period of three days.

Unfortunately I lost my camera awhile ago and almost forgot to take pictures. I quickly snapped these shots right after I sold the first pot with my friends camera but I didn't realize they were so blurry. The bee, ocean, and swallows ones sold but I still have the other two. (Well, the bee one I traded for a sweet shirt, but I consider that a sell.

This ones got a photocopy out of a copyright free woodcarving book, and I colored it with chalk pastel before decopodging it.

That ones just painted, its a play on an old school tattoo. I have swallow tattoos but they're not quite as traditional looking as this, I just thought it'd be fun.

My fav, cute ocean creatures.

Bzz Bzz Bees

Three dimensional flower decopodged from a Cambodian Newspaper.

I'm pretty excited about them, but I think my next project is gonna include the saucer parts at the bottom only. I'm gonna make some coasters out of them, because they're the perfect shape and size and they're stackable. Plus they cost about thirty cents a piece, yay!

Also: the girl who I traded the bee one with said her little sister planted it and it actually sprouted. Yay!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cozy Technology on: January 31, 2008 12:03:43 AM
I got a new sewing machine for Christmas and immediately set to work making a dust cover for it. While I was at it I made a slip cover cozy thing for my laptop as well. They're basically both the same thing, just different sizes, hence them being in the same post.

I absolutely adore the fabrics on both of them. The sewing machine cover is cotton with fusible interfacing. The green fabric is a twill with the print in a sort of velvety texture, and with pink flannel lining.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Even Cow-Octopusses Get the Blues on: January 30, 2008 10:07:16 PM
This is a wallet I did several months (possibly even a year?) ago but am very proud of. The itty bitty boots still crack me up.

I am still in love with the idea of doing more with other little characters, and hopefully now I will be able to do more because I have allowed myself more crafting time in the organization of my schedule this semester.

a shot of the innards, complete with change pocket and plenty of card space

I used different cheap fabrics from the quilting cottons section of the fabric store, I love the subtle print of the white on the inside  Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fantastic Nail Polish'd Cell Phone on: August 25, 2005 12:59:45 PM
I got a new cell phone recently, and instantly knew that the boring silver cover wasn't going to cut it:


And being the budget conscious crafty girl I am, I wasn't even considering dishing out $15+ dollars for some crappy generic solid color or cliche flowers at one of those stands in the mall or off a website.
so I customized it with some 99cent bottles of nail polish!

(they didn't have black wet and wild at the rite-aid I went to, so the other generic brand stood in.)

and voila, fab new cell phone!

(it says hello coming out of some lips, but the o kind of goes off to the side so it might be hard to tell.)

the red took about four layers because it was less opaque, and it made it a little lumpy because it didn't apply as smoothly. if I had done the whole thing in black it would have prolly taken only one or two layers and it would have been really flat, just is the nature of some of the opaque-ier nail polish colors... you just have to try them out to see. But I don't really mind the lumpiness, I'm not a perfectionist.

To do it I took the front and back covers off (it helps to have that option) and just put regular packaging tape over where the screen and circular sections are on the front to mask them off (my dog always chews up our masking tape rolls, so alas I had none.) and painted a few layers of red. To make the black design on the back, I traced the back cover onto some regular paper, drew the design in pencil, ran the bit of paper through a sticker maker and cut out the penciled parts. Stuck the paper over the red, had at it with black polish, and peeled it off. The only problem was that the adhesive in my stickermaker was a bit too.. sticky, so it left some pretty nasty residue. I just waited for everything to dry and started rubbing it off carefully. I couldn't get all of it, but after I did the next step it kind of just disappeared so it was all gravy.
After a day, I decided it needed a clear topcoat to kind of seal everything and provide more protection from chipping (if you've ever worn wet n' wild on your nails, you probably know its not the most long lasting stuff.) So I got some clear topcoat stuff, put a nice layer, let it dry very thoroughly and put it all back on the phone. It made it nice and shiny and pretty, and the red has little sort of sparklies that look real purdy like.   Grin

its been about a week, and since I put the clear coat on top I haven't had any chipping at all, which is nice. And I've had it in my purse quite a bit.
the best part: in six months or whatever when I'm totally tired of the red or the design, I can just take some nail polish remover and start over!
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