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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic Bag Boutonniere on: February 01, 2011 02:19:23 PM
Unfortunately, I got snowed in today.  Fortunately, we have tons of plastic bags floating around the house!!

This is a boutonniere I made for my fellow for an upcoming black tie event (we trade homemade corsages every year).  I first made plastic fabric by sandwiching three layers of plastic bag (colors on the outside, white in between) between two pieces of freezer paper and ironing them on medium.  The result was heavy but very flexible, and with a really neat wrinkled texture (maybe that was an accident from letting the iron sit too long in one spot... Wink).

I then used this tutorial to construct the basic flower shape: http://www.sustainlane.com/reviews/how-to-make-flowers-from-plastic-bags/W72DITJHTHYAMDYSZMKA3X8BU2SB

I then cut out two green ovals for leaves, folding one tip of each lengthwise and twisting it to make them more 3-D. Last, I sewed the leaves and the flower to a brooch pin. Et voila! Flowers in February!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / OctoBookCosy on: February 01, 2011 02:05:39 PM
Ok, so it's not *quite* a purse, bag, or wallet, but what the heck?  I made a book cosy for a friend of mine who loves certain kinds of books but doesn't necessarily want to be caught reading them (Ahem, Sookie Stackhouse series).  She also likes octopi.  So I made her this book cosy out of a couple of old t-shirts.

I loved this shirt, but it was too small.  Here are another couple of shots:

To do this, I adapted a tutorial which can be found here: http://craftapple.wordpress.com/2006/09/17/patchwork-notebook-cover-tutorial/

Instead of using a notebook, I used a thin book whose dimensions would be flexible enough to work with thicker books (trust me, do the measurements with a thin book, otherwise the spine will drive you mad!).

The closure is made of braided craft yarn.  The button was a spare from another shirt.

Hooray for cosy books on snowy days!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Upcycled Pocket-Contents Basket! on: January 31, 2011 09:00:34 AM
A happy coincidence  Wink
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Upcycled Pocket-Contents Basket! on: January 09, 2011 09:38:46 AM
Here's a link on how to make the plastic bag twine: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/crochetsupplies/ss/Make_Plarn.htm

You can also use it to knit and crochet, but none of the tools I had were big enough and the plastic bags were those heinous brown grocery bags.

What I did was wrap yarn repeatedly around the plastic bag twine core and coiling it as I went, adding a stitch down to the previous winding row with a crochet hook.  Here's a good tut on the basic idea that I adapted from: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/desert2.html

Next up: rug using braided twine and strips from old t-shirts?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Upcycled Pocket-Contents Basket! on: January 08, 2011 08:56:36 PM
My New Year's resolution is to reuse and upcycle more.  I made twine out of plastic bags and used scrap yarn to make this coil basket. My first!  I wanted to start small, so it's sized for pocket contents and earrings.

What did I learn?  If I want to stay sane and finish more than one project a year, I need to make the twine thicker. I lost patience after the bottom took a week, doubled the width of the twine, and had the sides done in the span of a movie!

C & C's are appreciated!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tapeworm String Scarf on: December 01, 2010 09:48:25 AM
I'm a grad student, and for my Master's project, I studied tapeworms of sharks and rays.  They are by far the coolest and weirdest-looking of all tapeworms, and there is a ridiculous amount of diversity there.  Rather obscure, perhaps, but really cool!!

If anyone's curious or looking for inspiration ( Wink), here's a website on the full diversity of tapeworms:

Yay parasites!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tapeworm String Scarf on: November 30, 2010 09:18:52 PM
Hee hee.  It's been something I've thought would be cool for a while, and it turns out it's super easy.  I think I know what to make for Christmas gifts now. Wink
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Nerdy Girl Scout, aka Myself Circa 1997 on: November 30, 2010 09:13:00 PM
You made my day by catching the Lebowski reference! Only one person that night noticed that there is a toe with green nail polish on the patch. "His girlfriend gave up her toe! She thought we'd be getting a million dollars. Iss not fair." "Fair?! Who's the &*%$ing nihilist here? What are you, a bunch of &*%$ing crybabies?"
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tapeworm String Scarf on: November 30, 2010 09:05:49 PM
Yes, you read right.  I finger knit myself an 11.5 foot tapeworm string scarf (that I am planning to use as a Christmas tree garland  Cheesy).  I tied it off periodically to give it the appearance of proglottids (segments) and the scolex is a tasseled yarn ball.  It's kind of a cartoonish Polypocecephalus, which is in the order Lecanicephalidea, which are tapeworms that parasitize sharks and rays.  Maybe I'm a nerd, but I'm well-accessorized!

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Nerdy Girl Scout, aka Myself Circa 1997 on: November 04, 2010 11:40:10 AM
I borrowed it from a friend.  I kind of really want one of my own now...  Grin
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