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11  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by PixieVal on: January 03, 2014 08:24:15 PM
Definitely cleared some shelf space tonight.. We picked up a kid's airbrush kit at goodwill a while back, looked like it had never been used. We finally got around to trying it tonight, and the hose was kinked, bad. My husband took the whole thing apart and tried to repair it, but it just wasn't happening. So we were able to throw out the airbrush portion into the garbage. My daughter and I were able to blow into the back of the markers and make them work as airbrush and we used up two canvases from the craft store, aka my laundry room. We were just experimenting, but she wants to hang them up in her room, so win win.
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12  Simple Patchwork Curtains in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: January 02, 2014 08:44:18 PM
35 12x12 Squares! You know for my first set of curtains I really could have, and should have for my sanity bought some yardage and made nice and simple curtains! These were still pretty simple, just a lot of cutting, pinning, and crawling around on the floor.

I am happy I had a clear floor in the den to rearrange these squares about 20 times until I liked the way they were. Sounds simple right? The floor sucks when you are 34 weeks pregnant, ouch!

Then I realized after I sewed all the squares together, I would have ugly rough edges all behind the curtains. We found an old fitted sheet in the closet that has ripped on the edges about 20 times and no amount of sewing can keep it together, so it was retired as curtain backing. I cut off all the elastic, placed my curtain on it, and trimmed it down to size.

Then with all my measuring I didnt factor in the fact that I would have to roll some over on the top to fit the curtain rod up top so I took what Im sure is the longest route to do this. What do you guys do? I measured all the way across the top, safety pinned it so I could try it up on the rod before I did the final sewing, and when I had it right, sewed it. If I hadnt been so close to only having enough curtain to cover the window exactly, ( oh and being a math dummy) Im sure I could have avoided the safety pins and just sewed right after measuring.

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13  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by PixieVal on: January 02, 2014 07:32:17 PM
First bite out of my stash for 2014, curtains for the baby's room! They are all 12x12 squares, and used up a handful of odds and ends I've had in the stash for years! Almost bought some white yardage for the back, but then I used a bottom sheet that I have been sewing the corners up on for a year or so but keep ripping for the lining.

I gave it its own post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430530.0#axzz2pJ7EMMnX
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by PixieVal on: January 02, 2014 07:30:25 PM
I don't know, that scarf looks intense! Great job!

I have been working on these everyday this year  Wink Curtains for the baby's room, first curtains ever and all stash. They didn't turn out quite how I wanted, but I don't think the baby will care too much! I used an old white sheet to line the back so it wouldn't have a bunch of open seams.

I gave it its own post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430530.0#axzz2pJ7EMMnX
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15  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by PixieVal on: December 29, 2013 06:04:44 PM
Every year I think I should do this, and every year I dont. This year Im going to try and broaden my horizon a little, and since Im off from school until September, I may actually have time!
50 in 2014
1.   Lilys Frozen/Snowflake Birthday Party WIP, I have already started cutting snowflakes
2.   Tamales
3.   Sewing Machine Cover for Angela
4.   Sewing Machine Cover for Me
5.   Annabelle and Abigail's Rapunzel hats

6.     Diaper Pail liner
7.      Cauliflower pizza crust
8.   Baby Burpers
9.   Lily Leotard
10.   AGD clothes sewn
11.   AGD clothes crocheted
12.   Fleece Blanket for Me
13.   Star Canvas for Lilys Room

14.   Dog Bed
15.   Scrapbook
16.   Reusable Produce bags
17.   Shopping bags from pillowcases
18.   ORGANIZE Craft Stuff. (Sometimes it is sometimes it isnt. Find a method and keep it there!!)
19.   Learn knitting basics
20.   Crochetalong project with Hook and Needle Group Monthly

21.   Pillowcase wall hamper
22.   Crayon Rollup
23.   Reusable snack bags
24.   Sewn Bowl covers (instead of saran wrap in fridge)
25.   Kitchen rag bag (for clean rags)
26.   Rice Shoulder heating pad
27.   Strawberry Jam (more than 3 jars this year!!)
28.   YoYo Project
29.   Living Room Curtains for tiny windows
30.    Paint "FALL" on the craft pumpkins/drill and stick em
31.    Paint Sleds
32.    Mug Rug
33.    Fleece Pants for me!
34.    Matching outfit for Lily and her AGD
35.    Make/freeze 100 Flour Tortillas
36.    Sewn scarf
37.    Mini books for AGD
38.    Willow's room curtains[/url]
39.    Pillowcovers for 2 small throw pillows
40.    Doctor Who Canvas

41.    Zentangle Canvas
42.    Everquest Fabric Project

43.     Woven Washclothes
Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014:
Pillowcases (holiday themed, burrito method)
Reusable Produce Bags
sewn "fashiony" scarfs
chocolate covered yum
Eye masks
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16  Water Bottle Carrier With Crochet Pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: July 29, 2013 05:18:13 PM

I made a water bottle carrier for my friend, and while I winged it while I went, I wrote down the basics of how it went. This water bottle was one of those tall Camelbaks, but you could adapt this pattern for any water bottle.

H hook
Worsted Weight Yarn, less than 170 yards
Magic Circle
6 SC into Circle, tighten and join with a SS to first SC, CH 1 (6)
*2 SC into each SC all the way around*, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (12)
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (18)
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 2 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (24)
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 3 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (30)
Continue in this pattern until same size as the bottom of the water bottle. You will no longer join at the end.
1 SC into each SC all the way around, not joining, until base of carrier goes up 1/2 inch around the water bottle.
*1 DC into next SC, CH 1 and skip the next SC* continue until reach all the way around bottle. Do not join.
*DC into next chain space, chain 1, DC into next chain space*until carrier reaches desired height.
Remember the loser you stitch the more the carrier will stretch when holding a water bottle that is full.
*HDC into each chain space all the way around* SS into first HDC.

HDC 6 (or desired width of carrier strap) CH 1 and turn
*HDC into each HDC, CH 1 and Turn*repeat row until strap is desired length
SS to other side of carrier, fasten off and weave end.
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17  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PixieVal on: July 03, 2013 12:22:39 PM
I received a while ago from Pinkleo a beautiful set of squares! I forgot I hadnt posted pics yet, I blame pregnancy brain and just being a plain brain scattered individual to start with! This picture is with my good camera, but it just wasnt cooperating today, the detail is very beautiful in person. Here is my lovely package:
Pentagon- Daisy Pentagon
3 Tones- Ursa Major
BLO- Maltese Square
Bobble- Fantasy Garden
New to Me- Bars
Flower- African Flower
My Choice- Hexagon

Thank you so much Pinkleo! Sorry Im so slow at the upload!
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18  Button Tree in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: April 22, 2013 09:09:31 AM

So I have been coveting all the amazing button trees on the internet for a few years, and it finally seemed time to try my hand at it. Honestly, I found it a little addicting! I likely make more , just have to get my plain round button collection back up again! This is all just paint, buttons, and Aleenes Tacky glue on one of those flat canvas boards. Im awful when it comes to painting, but I liked the button part!  Cheesy
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19  Seashell Collage in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: April 15, 2013 10:33:26 AM

So we moved this past year to California, and things have been hectic. Going to school full time and my first time not working in a million years has been more stressful than I realized it would be. To unwind we go to the beach, often. We have to take advantage of it!

When we are at the beach we collect seashells like crazy, broken ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, large ones, small ones... They have been sitting in jars the whole time we have been here, and this past weekend my daughter and I decided we needed to get to crafting with them so we could actually enjoy them!

The project we decided to do with them was super easy too, just gluing them onto canvas to hang up on the wall. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue on mine, and my daughter used Elmer's Glue-All and glitter glue from the dollar store. She glued directly on the canvas, while I glued directly on the shells. They both gave a strong hold. This was a great way to use up a lot of broken shells because we put other shells in the broken cracks of shells, the brokenness of some of them didn't look as bad! Smiley
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20  Re: Hoopla VS Yarnies Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by PixieVal on: October 01, 2012 09:11:40 AM
RebeccaJay sent me an awesome package all the way from England! Since we were swapping overseas, we decided to send some extras, and my extras were yummy! as you can tell, the chocolate was already devoured!!

Now the best part, the hoop!!! Quote straight from my pinterest, and so very important to me as it is something I doodle and remind myself all the time.

I absolutely love werewolves, and her werewolf is perfect for this quote:

thank you again for an awesome swap RebeccaJay!! 
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