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1  My first attempt at jewelry! ;) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lovely_enigma on: March 10, 2011 06:26:11 AM
Hello everyone! I just wanted to pop over and share my first attempt at jewelry-making! I must admit that I am already hopelessly addicted Smiley

It's chain maille!! Yay!

I made this one for a friend's birthday the same night I made the first

This one is a Byzantine bracelet in pan pride colors

Trying out a new "pattern." It's probably out there somewhere (I'm sure I didn't come up with it) but it's the first one I made without looking at a photo to figure it out Smiley

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty productive day! Thanks for taking the time to look! Smiley

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2  A small project in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by lovely_enigma on: February 17, 2011 05:02:37 PM

Be still my bearded heart! I'd like to introduce you to my valentine Smiley

I decided that I needed a little beard-tastic-ness in my life, so I improvised a little heart and gave him a sweet beard.

Hope you all like!

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3  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lovely_enigma on: June 05, 2009 12:32:00 PM
Hey Jenna & YoungMom, I had a couple of photos on my phone & they should do ok to show the construction of the shrine, but they aren't so hot either. It is an awesome way to build little personal shrines & I would love to share how I did it (I'm just super stoked that someone would want to use my idea  Grin)!

The first photo shows a side view of the two structures. I offset them slightly so that I would have a platform to affix some sea goodness for YoungMom since I knew she loved that, but you could do level stacking or a crossbar formation if you would prefer.

This next photo shows how the alcoves look once the shrine is assembled. They were small so the collaging was much harder to do once it was all assembled, so next time I will collage before I put everything together Smiley The "offering bowls" in each slot are tea light holders (sans tea light, except in the fire alcove where the tea light remained).

And lastly, this image shows the embellishment on the roof of the structure. The mosaic tiles are shades of blue vitreous glass (the light teal ones are my faves!).

To construct the pieces, you will need regular foam board (like you use for science fair projects) & oriental rice paper, a craft knife, ruler and glue.

Measure your bottom pieces for all four rooms, and decide how tall you want your sides to be. The sides & the bottom pieces are all going to be the same depth. The two alcoves that are back to back will share a common center wall, so leave that part til last. Once you have the two sides & bottom for each room, set one side on top of the foam board bottom & measure how tall it is. It should be just slightly (about 1/8" depending on your brand of foam board) taller than the side piece. You will cut your center wall to the hieght of the side/base combo & the width of the base. And the ceiling pieces will be the length of both bases on either side of the center wall (I just lined everything up like I was going to glue it, but didn't so that I could get an accurate measure) & the width of the base as well. I will post my measurements once I go home & check them so that you will have a better idea.

Once you have your pieces you will be covering them with the rice paper. Essentially it's like wrapping a package, but with glue. Glue the paper to the foam itself & then when you are creasing and folding over the edges, secure them with glue as well. This will give the foam board a totally different look when painted. They look like little wooden blocks. Then when your pieces are dry, you can paint & collage them as you like; I sealed each wall with gloss mod podge inside & out once I was done to give it a finished look. When you are ready to finish, assemble thusly: hot glue 2 sides to each base, completing all bases before adding the central walls. Then glue the 2 base structures on opposite sides of your central walls; add the ceiling tile last & make sure all of your walls are sitting straight so the ceiling fits on nicely. Stack & glue. Embellish & trala! Your own personal shrine in any theme you wish! Hope it helps & I will try & post a thread showing the process as soon as I finish collaging the one I have here! I loved the one I did for YoungMom so much that I decided I needed one myself  Wink
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4  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lovely_enigma on: May 29, 2009 12:02:38 PM
I received from YoungMom today & boy did I get a great partner for my first swap! And now... on to the photos!

I don't know why this always happens, but my photos have a blueish tint that the items do not actually have (I blame it on living smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, though I am sure that has absolutely nothing to do with it).  Undecided Sorry for the slighty blurry photos as well, they do not quite do the package justice. But here is all the loot!

The candle came with a little note that said it was an herbal magick candle meant to envoke peace & has taken her place on my altar with the fairy statue standing guard like a pretty little winged sentry. The soaps smell divine & have apricot seeds added as an exfoliant. You can also see the beautiful bracelet with dragon charm (which I wore to work today!) and a pretty pink stone keychain with an etching of a chinese dragon. I'm using it as a window charm in my kitchen window.

Here is my lovely fairy bookmark that has already been put to use and the afformentioned statuette!

And lastly, my beautiful bag! I nearly forgot to get a photo of it before I transferred all my stuff out of my old purse. The bag is made of a beautiful green & blue striped fabric with an irridescent olive green lining fabric and a green/black interior pocket. The strap is made of the lining fabric & I was shocked to find that it was pretty much reversible. The construction of it was really nicely done.

Again, thank you so much for a lovely swap package, YoungMom! I was like a kid at Christmas opening everything up. Now I'm nervous my package won't stack up.  Huh
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5  Re: Trio of Tree Paintings on Upcycled Book pages in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lovely_enigma on: April 11, 2009 12:06:08 AM
I'll be happy to share them! Grin The first is of all 5 that I made, the second is a close up of the three that were modelled after your lovely creations. I loved the swing of the branches on your tree, so I wanted to stay true to that & also wanted to give her a fun little spiky guy friend. I think they turned pretty well considering I don't really draw. hehe.

My autumn spiky tree turned out kind of strange looking, but from far away it looks cool  Cool

Also, I have heard some people talking about Twinkling or Twinkles water color paint pots (they're supposed to have a luminescent quality about them)... have you ever tried those? I'm just kind of drawn to their name Smiley
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6  Three finished mini-projects in Needlework: Completed Projects by lovely_enigma on: April 06, 2009 09:19:52 PM
So I just recently finished three little charts. Each one is smaller than 6" x 6" and is stitched on 18-count Aida with DMC floss. None of them are matted or framed yet. Please excuse the awful photos; my digital camera is in storage & I had to use my cell phone. Enjoy these little nuggets of stitchy goodness  Grin

The first two designs are from Dragon Dreams http://dragondreams.accra.ca/Sample%20Charts.html

This third design is from Joannesanderson.com.

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7  Modern Baby Bib for Michelle in Knitting: Completed Projects by lovely_enigma on: April 06, 2009 06:45:25 PM
I loved this bib design I found on Ravelry & just had to make some. Luckily, one of my very close friends is expecting and I had good reason to make them  Grin I made it in a durable but soft yarn so it could function as the heirloom it looks like. Each one took a little over 2 hours, so they're a fabulously fast knit.

I included them with a crocheted baby blanket in the same pink & brown with accents of cream, some chocolates & strawberry body butter for mama in a round pink clothes hamper. I called it my "Chocolate Strawbaby Gift Set." I was so proud to be the only one with homemade gifts for mama & baby! These were the hit of the party; so ladies & gents, get those needles going & whip up some of these for the little ones in your lives!

The pink bib has an adorable pastel pink button closure.

The chocolate brown bib has a strawberry button closure.

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8  For a friend who underwent a hysterectomy, a happy uterus! **Now with patterns** in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by lovely_enigma on: April 06, 2009 05:21:04 PM
Hi there everyone, it's my first post of a project, so be gentle  Grin This was a little something I whipped together for a friend of mine who underwent an emergency hysterectomy. She is an amazingly strong woman, with very unhappy female parts & she asked me to make her something that would make her laugh when she came out of her anesthetic fog. So I devised a pattern for a happy uterus, complete with Fallopian tubes & ovaries!

After she saw it, she immediately gave her a name & asked me to make her new toy an entourage. So I decided to make my friend all of the things she no longer needed to worry with, that way every time she looks at this happy bunch, she can find a glimmer of happiness in this unfortunate circumstance. They now reside on her desk at work. I was so glad she liked them!

This is Ursula Uterus. I think with that smirk she looks like she has a secret  Tongue Her tubes are crocheted around pink pipe cleaners so they are posable. Unfortunately, she doesn't stand on her own. I may rework her so she can.

And this is Ursula's entourage: Sally Sanitary-Napkin, Tammy Tampon & Sid the Sperm. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos; my digital camera is in storage so I had to use my cell phone.

Hope you get a little giggle from these!

*** I wanted to thank everyone for the amazing comments  Grin This type of positive reinforcement could make a girl get even more addicted to pattern-making  Wink I wanted to edit this post to include the pattern for Ursula, Tammy & Sid. I didn't write up Sally when I was making her, but I can dissect it & post it later. So now, on to the patterns. If you have any comments or corrections, just let me know & I'll fix them!

What you will need:

pink yarn (I used Bernat Softee Baby)
small amount of white yarn of the same weight (Again, I used Bernat SB)
small amount of black yarn for features
hook 1 size smaller than called for on the label (I used an F)
stitch marker
2 pink pipe cleaners
yarn needle


BO = Bind off
Ch = Chain
Ea = Each
Sc = Single crochet
St = Stitch
Sctog = Single crochet together, used as a decrease. You may use an invisible decrease if you prefer

Happy Uterus Pattern aka Ursula Uterus

This project is worked in the round throughout.

Using pink yarn, ch 2
6sc in first stitch (6 st)
(2sc in ea st) (12 st)
1sc in ea st around, using front loop only (12 st)
Work even for 1/2- 3/4" (mine was 3/4" to use as a reference)
(1sc, 2sc in same st) around (18 st)
Work even for 1 row
(1sc, 2sc in same st) around (27 st)
(2sc, 2sc in same st) around (36 st)
Work even for 1 row
(3sc, 2sc in same st) around (45 st)
Work even for 9 rows
(4sc, 2sc in same st) around (54 st)
(5sc, 2sc in same st) around (63 st)
Work even for 5 rows
(5sc, 2sctog) around (54 st)
(4sc, 2sctog) around (45 st)
(3sc, 2sctog) around (36 st)
***Stuff with fiberfill before continuing for a firmer finished result***
(2sc, 2sctog) around (27 st)
(1sc, 2sctog) around (18 st)
(2sctog) around (9 st)
***Stuff with fiberfill. Make sure it is as firm as you would like before you continue***
(1sc, 2sctog) around (6 st)
(2sctog) around (2 st)
BO & close hole

**I chose to embroider the features on her once she was stuffed, but if you would prefer you can put on the features before you stuff the main body of the project**

Fallopian Tube Pattern (Make 2)

Using pink yarn, ch 5
Sc in ea st around (5 st)
Work in the round for desired length (Mine are 4 3/4")
Thread pipe cleaner through center- this process can be eased by threaded pipe cleaner through yarn needle & using the yarn needle to help the pipe cleaner through the tube.
Weave in one end of loose yarn.
Use other loose yarn end to sew the tube onto the body of the uterus.
This is the tricky part & can be omitted or done differently if you would prefer: Attatch pink yarn to exposed end. Wrap yarn loosely up & around the stitched to create loops which form the Fimbriae of the Fallopian Tubes.

Ovaries (Make 2)

Using white yarn, ch 2
6sc in first st (6 st)
(2sc in ea st) around (12 st)
Work even for 1 row
(2sctog) around (6 st)
(2sctog) twice
Fasten off, stuff & close hole (To stuff, I use small balls of fiberfill & use the blunt end of my hook to push them into the small operning)
Sew ovary in the middle of the loops created at the end of the tubes.

Sid The Sperm

Using white yarn, ch 2
6sc in first st (6 st)
(2sc in ea st) around (12 st)
Work even for 2 row
(2sctog) around (6 st)
(2sctog) twice (3 st)
Stuff (using same method as ovary)
Instead of fastening off like the ovaries, ch 7
Sc in ea st back up to the body of the sperm
Sl st into a remaining stitch & use yarn end to close hole.

Tammy the Tampon

Using white yarn, ch 2
6sc in first st (6 st)
(2sc in ea st) around (12 st)
Work even for desired length (mine is a little over 2-3/4")
(2sctog) around in inside loop only(6 st)
(2sctog) twice
Fasten off & close hole, leaving long "tail" for realistic effect Smiley

I hope you enjoy this whether you're a "hyster syster" or just want your very own happy uterus! I'll work on getting the last accessory posted soon Smiley
Happy hooking!
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