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51  Re: WIP Wednesday - May 4, 2011 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: May 04, 2011 03:21:15 PM
Here is the scrap afghan where I decided to give it a break for a while, its wide enough for me and my daughter to cuddle under, and almost long enough..

Here's what I started doodling with, not so much free form, just felt like making some little grannies, used Mio's join as you go, and ended up with frames.

While I am a fast crocheter by most people's standards, I am slow compared to some of you. Cheesy I made the frame while watching a couple hours of glee last night, and will probably toss into my purse tomorrow and weave the ends during lunch.
Toying around with what to do with the centers, made a larger granny, but don't love the look of it on the inside, so thinking of making different types of squares to put in the frames, then sew all the frames together for a large afghan.

I have enough of the blue yarn to make all the frames in the same colors.
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52  Re: WIP Wednesday - April 27, 2011 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: April 27, 2011 08:35:08 PM
That stitch is so cool Mio!
kittymom I love that square! I might have to look it up too!
sarah- action shot! Cheesy that is going to be so cool!

Worked a little bit on my scrap blanket a little bit more this week, oh I love just reaching in the bag and crocheting with whatever comes out! Cheesy
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53  Home Sweet Home Challenge Voting in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: April 22, 2011 05:50:52 PM
Its time to vote for the next Home Sweet Home Challenge!

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54  Vote for the Next Toys, Dolls and Playthings Challenge in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: April 22, 2011 05:07:59 PM

Its time for a fun Toys, Dolls and Playthings Challenge! Let's vote! Smiley
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55  Re: WIP Wednesday - April 20, 2011 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: April 22, 2011 04:30:30 PM
Yay! I'm glad you posted about WIP Wednesday in your afghan thread Mio, I love seeing projects in progress!
I love that hat, and I cannot wait to see the finished Dr Who blanket, that is way too awesome! How big are the squares?

Here are my 2 projects I'm working on, a shell stripe afghan, which might actually turn into a scarf because I'm working from stash, and I don't know if I have enough complimentary colors for an afghan.

And a scarf, I think the colors go together well, though they're not my colors. I'm just working on stash bust so I can justify buying yarn at yardsales this summer. Cheesy
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56  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by PixieVal on: April 20, 2011 08:22:58 PM
Ok... I'm in!

So I've decided to destash, I dragged this bag upstairs and decided to use it all up before touching another bag. My stash of yarn isn't too too out of hand considering how often I crochet, but its still starting to take over the basement.

First thing I grabbed out was a mixture of greens, browns and whites. the result was this 10 foot long scarf, my first project with fringe, which always intimidated me before, but after doing it now... wow! its simple! Now I have to figure out what to do with it, I already have a lot of scarves, but I do really like it...

Then I had Lily go through my crochet books, and she picked out this bee from... Too Cute Crochet(I think). Of course, I suck at totally following a pattern, so its acrylic instead of wool, different colors than the bee in the pic, and I couldn't find my safety eyes, so Lily found the sunglasses in my button box, and that is what he got for eyes! Cheesy I HATE making amigurumis, but I dealt with it here for her. Cheesy It has wings, but I could NOT figure out the pattern for the wings, so I just *winged* it.

Then I made these grannies with nothing in mind in particular this past weekend, they'll probably find their way into a box...

And with that... I think I'm officially going to join the destash along.
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57  Yarnies Vs Sewists R4 Sendouts: June 6, 2011 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PixieVal on: April 15, 2011 08:12:41 AM

Swap name: Yarnies Vs. Sewists Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: pixieval
Co-Organizer: Miss Barbara
Sign-up date range: April 15, 2011-April 29, 2011
Partners assigned: May 1, 2011
Date to send item by: June 6, 2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):See * below

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/

Details of swap:
Are you dying for a crocheted amigurumi? Knit mittens? An apron? But just dont have the skills to make them for yourself? This is the swap for you!
If you are a knitter or crocheter, you will be partnered with a sewist. We will only be swapping yarn or fabric items in this swap.
Size of swap: 1 Medium Crafted Item, 1 small Crafted Item
Not familiar with what a medium crafted item is?
By Time
-Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to pixieval and klum78:

Very important!!
Since each yarnie(crocheter or knitter) must be matched with a sewist(seamstress or embroiderer), it is important than we have the same number of each participating.
Signups will inititially be limited to 12 of each, unless we have more interested for both sides, or if anyone is interested in taking 2 partners.
If you have any questions about this or anything else, please ask.
#1 Most important rule! Have fun!
If you have problems with your partner not communicating with you, let us know ASAP!
If dont think you can send on time, let us know ASAP!

Copy and Put in the "To" field in your PM:
"pixieval" "miss barbara"
Name of swap Yarnies Vs Sewists

Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your house?
Are you interested in taking a 2nd partner if sides are uneven?
Are you a yarnie or a sewist? If both, which would you like to be in this swap?
What are your favorite yarnie or sewist items to make?
Favorite colors, and color combinations:
Least favorite colors, and color combinations:
Favorite themes:
Least favorite themes:
Favorite animals:

Name at least 5(or more) items you would like (This is not a guarantee you will get these items, this is just a starting point for your partner and help for the organizer when it comes to pairs.)
Wists/etsy favs, etc for stalking:
If you would like clothing or wearable items, please give the following measurements for them.
Wrist measurements?
bust measurement?
   waist measurement?
   hip measurement?
   foot measurement?
   inseam measurement?
   head measurement?
   arm measurement from wrist to elbow?
Anything else that you would like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. MiLady
2. Miss Barbara
3. DesignVigilante
4. craftaddiction
5. edie22
6. SarahJ2001
7. kbauerpartner requested
8. MEshelltakeone
9. sweety28303 partner requested
10. Nannetta
11. mama24boyz
12. AugustBell

1. Deece in MN
3. mgailp
4. lumpybits
5. Mod35tBabe partner requested
6. scarlet_nights partner requested
7. luckdragon
8. zigg13pra
9. Staar84

2 partners if needed
1. edie22(as sewist for knitter)
2. Designvillante(yarnie)
3. craftaddiction(yarnie)
4.Deece in MN(sewist
5. amnesia (sewist)
6. mgailp (sewist)
7. lumpybits (sewist)
8. scarlet_nights (sewist)
Previous rounds and galleries:
Round 1
Round 2

Round 3/wishlist round

Mod35tBabe -- sweety28303
kbauer -- scarlet_nights
Mama24boyz Distant_Twilight
Mgailp MiLady
Deece in MN Nannetta
Luckdragon DesignVigilante
Lumpybits Meshelltakeone
edie22 -- zigg13pra
SarahJ2001 amnesia
Miss Barbara -- Staar84
AugustBell -- zigg13pra
Amnesia craftaddiction
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58  HSH Featured Artist 1st Quarter 2011 miep in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: April 13, 2011 06:47:37 PM

Subject: Meet Our 1Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - miep!

This quarter's featured member is always happy to share her room makeovers with us. We admire her creativity and sense of fun. We're pleased to announce this quarter's featured member is miep!

Tell us a little about yourself.

From early on I love crafting, decorating and refurbishing furniture.  My biggest challenge is to make my house my home on a budget and with clever solutions.  I'm very impulsive, so the morning when I decide that i want a different color on the wall, the walls have been painted in the evening.  Therefore, my boyfriend gets crazy from me, luckily he usually finds the end result beautiful.  Wink  Craftster and decorating blogs inspire me, and I am therefore delighted that people on craftster appreciate my rooms and decorating skills.

You've posted some terrific room makeovers here, are you redoing your entire house?

Yes I want to redecorate my whole house, and in my head I know exactly how I want every room. I have a few projects half finished, as my toilet, my craftroom and my daughter's room (which I already have put on Craftster  ). This summer we want to do the exterior of the house. We need to paint and clean the outer walls.  I also can't wait to buy flowers and plants to cheer it up.

Which room redo has been your favorite so far?

The pirate room of my son, because I could go totally crazy on the smallest details. I've really been able to use my fantasy. . I am also very proud of my garage door. Every time I drive down the street it looks great.

What do you have planned for your next Home Sweet Home project?

We have ordered a new vibrant red couch, and now we want to redecorate the living room. It is going to be in oriental style.  I have been collecting all kinds of decorations in oriental style. And I want to use red, gold and brown colors. Because we want to close the door in the livingroom we also need to do the entryway too. Again, I have everything completely planned. Here comes padded wallpaper on the wall and butterflies and insects everywhere on the wall.
I can not wait to get started.  When it is finished I will show it on craftster.

What advice would you give someone who has a room they want to make over and doesn't know where to start?

Try to find out which style or color you love and google for inspiration.  Or what I usually do is: search for wallpaper or fabric where you are totally in love with, and design the rest around it.

On what other boards can Craftster members find your work posted?

I love to sew and creating crazy halloween or carnival costumes so you can find my work on the clothing board and I also like to use clay. Here is a link to a project on the polymer clay board.

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?

This is a difficult question because there are so many projects that I love on craftster. And I also get much inspiration from here.  I think this is a crazy project by coloringmyworld that I might have to copy

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59  Yarnies Vs Sewists R4 in New Swap Theme Ideas by PixieVal on: April 10, 2011 07:19:48 PM

Previous rounds and galleries:
Round 1
Round 2

Round 3/wishlist round

time for round 4! Smiley
This will be a regular, 1 partner for each person round.
Signups will start April 15-April 29
Partners to be assigned: May 1
Sendouts will be: June 6
The partners will be:
A crocheter or Knitter will be partnered with a Sewist or Needleworker
Package Requirments: 1 medium 1 small

Whose ready?
And is anyone interested in being my co-organizer? My co-organizer is going to be Miss Barbara! Smiley

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60  Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2011 Toys, Dolls and Playthings in TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS by PixieVal on: April 09, 2011 10:00:26 PM
Toys, Dolls and Playthings Featured Projects for 1st quarter 2011

Socks that Should Not Be by alligatorjuice

Sharktopus by SuzannahAshley

Faux Animal Scarves by FreshMade

Frida Cloth Doll
by pilarfarmer

Soft Baby Book by Cya

Plushies in Disguise by mutepenguin

Lord of the Ganas by SpookyPooky

Sherlock by Noxika

llamo Eduardo by loveandasandwich

Toothless by Loefferst

Baby Sloth by noooitaremybirthday

It's a Log by Troublet

Llamonsters by lumpybits

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