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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / INTERCHANGEABLE MUSTACHES...shrinky dinks on: August 06, 2009 02:28:50 AM
Okay, so the picture here is not really the best way of explaining this necklace, so I'll try with my words.  Basically I made a nose pendant out of shrinky dinks and attached it to a necklace.  I then made a little wire hook that attached to the bottom of the nose, and on this wire hook you can put each little mustache -- interchangeable mustache necklace!  Here is a pic of the full set together:

I am def planning on making more of these, maybe to sell?  Not sure yet, but I'm loving the shrinky dinks!  I have a few more "dynamic" ideas I'm working on, so hopefully I'll be able to share those too.  I will try to take a picture of this necklace in action and post that for you all, I know it is confusing.  

questions, comments, criticism...all is welcome!  and thanks for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / beaded bouquets. on: July 08, 2009 02:56:05 PM

I went on a little mini beading spree.  I saw these beaded bouquets in a beading with wire book that I decided not to buy, but I mentally bookmarked this project to make sometime.  They are supposed to look like little bouquets of flowers.

Here are some close-ups:

What do you think?

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Humpback Ami... on: June 15, 2009 10:37:12 PM
This is my second Ami -- I made some really simple owls to start, and then I just jumped right into a humpback whale.  I made it for my little brother who is turning 4 this August and who is currently obsessed with with whales of all sorts.  So I went on etsy and found this amazing pattern by edafedd -- super easy and fun to follow!
Here he is!

c&c is always welcome... thanks for looking!

ignore the carpet schmutz -- rabbits make vacuuming a 24/7 job...and I just can't keep up with his newspaper shredding habit...
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First Ami's ... Tiny Owls! on: April 04, 2009 09:21:50 PM
Hi all!
I crocheted these three tiny owls for a friend's birthday.  I got the pattern for free from Roman Sock ( http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/ ) -- Check it out if you haven't heard of it!  They were super easy and quick, and my friend really loved them!  They definitely gave me confidence to keep on going with Ami making...which was totally new for me.  Apologies for the picture, it was taken by my friend after I gave them to her, so they're not as close as I would have liked...

They are actually three separate pieces, but they do stack nicely...

questions, comments?  Please and thank you...
And thanks for looking!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I luv-et! the duv-et on: February 28, 2009 03:34:12 PM
Haha, just finished this last night and I've been dancing around my apartment singing "I luuuv - it, the duuuuvet!" (making the two rhyme... I am highly pleased with myself...)

Anywho, my girlfriend and I needed a new duvet cover, and we couldn't find any at ikea that worked for us, but we DID fall in love with some fabric!  So we got the fabric (the black print) and then some green fabric and some orange lace and two sewing days later this is what we have!

sorry it's a little blurry...I had too much coffee this morning!

a close up of the fabric and other details:

it's not perfect, but I have convinced myself that the imperfections add a crazy charm to it...I mean what's the point of making perfect crafted items...it's like my own personal signature.  Anyway, it works!  And we are pleased as punch.  And making up silly songs. 

Thanks for looking!  Comment and ?'s are always welcome/appreciated!

EDIT:  I forgot to say that I actually didn't sew the entire thing by myself.  The sewing machine decided to hate me while I was sewing the back and the front together, and I got so frustrated I wanted to punch the machine...luckily my girlfriend came home and saved me!  So it is only fully complete thanks to her!  THANK YOU GIRLFRIEND.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / The birdy says TWEET! on: February 28, 2009 03:26:00 PM
Hi there!
This is one of the second projects I made on the beading loom I got for x-mas.  I decided it would be a perfect christmas present for one of my close friends who loves birds!  So I sewed it on some felt and then slapped it in a shadow box...I'm pretty happy with the overall presentation -- it's going to be so hard to wait until xmas to give it to her!

A close up of the beading work:

And then the whole shebang:

Thanks for looking!
Comments, questions, rants, raves...  all are welcome!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / UNLESS -- Lorax bracelet! on: February 28, 2009 03:19:26 PM
Hello all...
I made this bracelet for my friend's birthday -- sending it out on Monday, only a few days late...  I made the main pendant, and the little one hanging off the end (that says "happy birthday" and the date) out of shrinky dinks.  The other beads I bought at Joann's.

The bracelet modelled:

A closeup on the pendant:

Thank you for looking-- comments and questions welcome, of course!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / plarn market bag of goodness... on: February 28, 2009 03:04:05 PM
Hi!  I am constantly getting comments from my relatives about how they see reusable shopping bags for sale, and how I could make them so easily...so for x-mas this year it's plarn bags all around!  Here is the first one -- the first time I've worked with plarn.  It was so much fun!  I sort of made up the pattern as I went... it's not perfect, but it definitely works!

Comments and Questions welcome...thank you for looking!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My 52 Reasons Deck of Cards book (on Japanese cards!) on: February 26, 2009 06:44:41 AM
I've just realized these holiday boards were here to I'm posting my final valentine's day present here.  I saw these books on the featured v-day page, and I had an awesome deck of cards hanging around from my christmas stocking so I made this for my girlfriend.  She really loved it!

Front Cover:

Some of the pages (it was so hard to decide which ones to share!):

the final page:

I used packaging tape to bind all of the cards into a book, making a little spine out of scrapbooking paper to cover up the messyness.  It really helped me to go through a bunch of my scrapbooking stuff that's just been lying around lately, which is always fun!  I was really nervous that she wasn't going to know what some of the paper cut-out shapes that I made were, but she knew every time!  It was really great to watch her look at.

Thank you for looking, and of course comments and questions are more than welcome!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tea bag Valentine's Cards on: February 04, 2009 09:52:01 PM
Hi.  I really wanted to make some little tokens for V-day this year for the special people in my life.  I was surfing around the internets and I found this on Martha stewart living


We have a huge surplus of tea, so I decided to try it out.  Here are the results:

I made some little hearts that I could fold over to be double sided and then glued them around the tea strings.  Then I wrote little messages on each side like "X" and "O" or "always" and "forever"  or "be" and "mine".  Then I made some little envelopes out of scrapbooking paper and put two teabags in each, with one of the little hearts sticking out.  I taped the little sticking out heart onto the envelope kind of like a seal.  Here are the final results:

two close up

the full array

I sent them out in the mail today!  I'm hoping tea makes everyone feel as loved as it does to me. 

Please feel free to share thoughts, etc...and thanks for looking!
Happy Valentine's Day!

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