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11  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Happy Hooker Hats (Picture H-W Proportionate) on: June 24, 2009 08:45:22 PM
I learned crochet recently because, no matter how hard I try, I can't knit my way out of a paper bag. But I can crochet! Er, now I can crochet. Once I was sure I could actually do it, I went right out and bought The Happy Hooker. I did not buy yarn, however, and all I had at the time was some Red Heart Super Saver Kids! in a multi color I shall name "Blinding Neon."

First, I made myself a PDQ. I didn't really feel like ear flaps, so I added a few more rows instead and then scalloping on the edge. I'm leaving the option of threading in some bright orange ribbon through those holes later.


When my five-year-old saw this amazing creation, he insisted that it would never fit me and that I would have no choice but to give it to him. So, I made him a Boy Beanie out of the same yarn, no color changes. (Disclaimer: Weird Blue Monster is not my son, but, in fact, a coin bank from the 70s that doubles as a hat model.)


I'll probably remake them again later, in less retina-burning shades. Still, I'm pretty proud of my very first hats!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Inigo Say Relax! on: June 01, 2009 04:46:35 PM
I love to decorate plain canvas totes (the kind you can get at any craft store). When I found out my Cheer Up Swap partner loved the Princess Bride, this idea just came to me. Without further ado, Inigo Say Relax!


I made a letter mock-up using a "Frankie Say Relax" shirt pic in Photoshop and then used fabric transfer paper to make the outline on the bag. For the face, I found a still of Inigo online and blew it up really big and upped the contrast until it looked about right. Then I printed it up, and transferred the outlines for that, too. Both sides were painted with black fabric paint with a leeeeeetle bit of sharpie for fine lines and points.

I made the lining using two fat quarters. There's a big pocket with two sections on one side and a cellphone pocket as well as a pen pocket on the other.

Enjoy ... and relax!

And, yes, there's a tiny little white spot in the corner on one side because my 5-yr-old snuck up on me while I was painting and I totally dropped the brush. Grin
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bluebird of Housiness Mirror on: June 01, 2009 04:28:12 PM
I painted this Malma mirror for the recent Cheer Up Swap. My partner received today, so I can finally post! I call it the "Bluebird of Housiness" mirror because I used a House, MD quote. It says "Everything sucks. Might as well find something to smile about." Wink

I printed out the words in the font I wanted, then taped them on top of the mirror frame (which I had already painted purple). I traced the letters really hard to make indentions for a painting guide. I did the same thing with the bird, except my printer had died, so I sketched the bird from some examples I had seen online. I painted with acrylics and then outlined with regular ol' black sharpie. When I was done, I sealed it with Satin Mod Podge (my best friend).

Before outlining: and a close-up on the bird:

This was my first Malma mirror, but it won't be my last!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fantastically Easy Flannel Board with Felt Flowers on: April 13, 2009 06:04:12 PM
I teach toddlers at a corporate daycare and our theme this month is "Growing Things." One of our activities is to count felt flowers as we place them in flowerpots on a flannel board. Great! Wonderful! Only ... I didn't have ONE flannel board and I needed TWO, one for each of my classrooms. So I poked around online a bit and decided I could make my own.

Supplies: I used a large box and cut out the two largest panels with an exacto knife. Your flannel board can be any size you can want, provided you have that much cardboard/posterboard/plywood/etc. I got some "Snuggle Flannel" from JoAnn's on the cheap (it's in the children's fabrics section). I chose this blue pattern because it made me immediately want to put little felt clouds on it. I also bought a lot of felt (recycled felt is awesome!). I used a regular old glue gun to stick things to other things (and sometimes to my fingers).

Process: I measured out enough flannel to cover the box panel with extra to wrap over the sides. For my box, it turned out to be about a yard, cut in half on the fold of the fabric. I cut out the corners and hot glued the flannel on the backside of the cardboard. I didn't use any glue on the front, only on the pieces that wrapped around the back. Then I went about snipping and cutting flowers and some flower pots (which I drew defining lines on with sharpie) and hot-gluing flowers together. Voila! All in all, it probably cost me less than $5 for both boards. (And, yes, that is my bed, covered in embroidery floss. I need a craft room.)


15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Sucky" Subversive Shower Stitch on: January 03, 2009 11:01:51 AM
One of my best friends is about to have her first baby and I knew I had to give her the perfect shower gift - a Subversive Cross Stitch! After the kit came, my boyfriend decided I needed to make one for his friend, too, whose wife is due at about the same time. So I ended up making two cross stitches out of the floss in one kit and I have more left over. I used 14-count white Aida and found the perfect square frame at Michaels. Perfect for the nursery, no? Wink

16  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Eat your Embroidery! (Veggie Tea Towel) on: January 03, 2009 10:52:06 AM
I've just recently (thanks to Craftster) taken up more crafting and, after seeing some of the projects on here, decided to make my own veggie tea towel for my boyfriend's mother for Christmas. I've never embroidered before, but I cross stitch and can hand sew, so I figured it wouldn't be *too* hard. She's a vegetarian and he HATES anything green, so I thought it was the perfect gift idea! I ordered the fancy schmancy ULTIMATE kit - mainly because I wanted the adorable pink scissors - and set off to stitch a towel. The thread in the kit was gorgeous, so I decided to copy another towel I had seen and make the garlic/onion a purple onion (the pics don't do the color of the purple floss justice). I used chain stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch and ... stem stitch! The stem stitch took FOREVER for me to figure out... I almost committed towel-a-cide with my fancy scissors. But I figured it out in the end (at least I think I did, I may have invented a new stitch!) Anyhoo, Pics!

(clickie those for big pics)

I ended up working on it until about midnight Christmas Eve-eve and went a little off the lines on the letters, but I think it turned out really cute and his mom liked it. Now I'm desperate for more things to put fruits and veggies on ...
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Aqua Teen Xstitch Force! on: December 21, 2008 04:21:40 PM
My boyfriend is a huge Adult Swim fan. So, as part of my crafty Christmas, I found this awesome cross stitch pattern and decided to stitch it up for him. I did it exactly the same way - 16 count Aida, 2 strands. The only change I would make to the patterns would be Meatwad's eyes and teeth should be white. If I had been paying attention, I would have caught it before I made them brown and had to sew over!


When they were done, I washed, ironed, and mounted them on self-stick board for posterity and placed them inside a nifty collage frame (the openings are 4 x 6 in the one I used). I think it's hilarious, because the frame looks so formal and serious. Maybe I should do an black velvet painting of Carl next...
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute-a-ccino Canvas Tote on: December 21, 2008 03:48:05 PM
I bought a pack of plain white canvas totes to line and decorate for a friend and some of my son's teachers for Christmas. I knew immediately what I wanted to put on my friend's tote - a frappuccino. Starbucks is our home away from work and she's listened to me complain over coffee more often than I want to admit. Onto the bag!

First, I used round sponge painters to add pink and green polka dots in fabric paint on both sides.

Then I made a paper pattern for the felt applique and used it to cut out felt pieces, which I glued on. I had never used fabric glue before ... so the face/circle part is really stiff! Cheesy I used a blanket stitch over most of the pieces, which didn't turn out so bad considering I hadn't done that stitch since junior high.

Finally, I sewed a lining out of a pretty pink/flowery fabric I got in quarters. I added a cell phone pocket on one side and a squarish pocket on the other side. The bottom of the canvas bag is square, but I made my lining with only two pieces. It bunches up a little in the bottom, but it works.

Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out! I hope she likes it.
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