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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / No trouble with this tribble on: September 22, 2011 12:24:49 PM
This was a simple project that I whipped up in one night. It's made from yarn I had leftover from another project. I think it will fit right in with my growing "crocheted geeky things collection"!

Btw, for those of you who don't know what a tribble is, it's a furry little creature from Star Trek (the original series) that is born pregnant and because of that multiplies very quickly. I included some videos from the episode on my blog (link at the end of the post)

And one more, to be super geeky:

Yep, I'm wearing my boyfriend's boot camp glasses. Classy Wink

If you really wanted to repeat this project, all you do is start with a circle, crochet and increase around until you get the size you want, crochet a couple of rows without increases, and then decrease to your hearts content.

In addition: fun fur yarn is hard to work with, and I hate it!!!!  Angry

But I loooooove my little tribble!  Cheesy

You can read more about this project on my blog: http://craftycamolover.blogspot.com/2011/09/no-trouble-with-this-tribble.html

Thanks for reading! <3
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A lovely set for a knitter/crocheter + a tutorial on the way! on: July 19, 2011 08:36:48 PM

Now that the recipient has gotten her package, I can finally show you what I've been working on lately! I made this nice little matching set for one of my relatives to help keep her organized with her knitting and crocheting. She picked out the fabric and sent it to me. All of this was made with 5 fat quarters! And there's still a bit left over. I'm very proud with what I've accomplished, and I think that I might have to upgrade my own needle roll! Quick note: the size of the first two roll-ups on the left is not accurate. They are folded down and I took the picture before sending it off.

So, on to the specifics (from left to right):

Knitting needle roll:

I used lupinbunny: knitting needle roll tutorial http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/02/needle-roll-tutorial.html. as the basis for my idea, but I changed a lot. Firstly, I rotated the fabric so that it was wider than it was tall. (If that makes sense?) I didn't line any of the pockets or do interfacing or anything. It's just a simple design and I used the picture in the tutorial and the dimensions included as my inspiration.
There are three levels. The top is for straight needles (as pictured) They fit up to size 13/14 in one pocket. Hers are mostly the size of the smaller needles pictured, so that flap on the top will be hanging over much more than it does with mine. The middle row is for double-pointed needles, or whatever else she can fit in there. Then finally the bottom row is for circular needles, etc. They are the size of two of the top pockets.

Crochet hook roll:

I used the tutorial from PlanetJune: Roll-up Crochet hook case tutorial http://www.planetjune.com/blog/roll-up-crochet-hook-case-tutorial/. The only thing I didn't do was the piping and the interfacing. It will fit lots of hooks and have a flap to cover them usually. As seen in the first picture, this roll has the same outer fabric as the needle roll.

Tapestry needle case:

This is actually of my own design! I will be coming up with a tutorial shortly, once I edit all the photos involved with it. It's really nice and very convenient. I definitely want to make one for myself Smiley

Boxy Bag:

Tutorial from Projectsbyjane: Lined zippered boxy pouch tutorial http://projectsbyjane.blogspot.com/2009/01/lined-zippered-boxy-pouch-tutorial.html. I've never done anything like this before, and yes it was kinda challenging, but totally worth it! Smiley

Drawstring project tote:

This is another thing I created off the top off my head. I kinda used the tutorial from Kootoyoo: how to make a project tote for yarny types http://www.kootoyoo.com/2011/07/how-to-make-a-project-tote-for-yarny-types.html, but only as the basic shape for the bag. It's not lined or weighted like the one in that tutorial. I figured if she ever needs to have it weighted it wouldn't be hard to just put a beanbag or rock in the bottom of it, lol. Also I didn't have enough fabric left  Undecided

Thanks for reading all the way to the end! I would appreciate any c&c you have to offer Smiley
Please stay tuned for the tutorial which will be available soon!

Blogged here: http://craftycamolover.blogspot.com/2011/07/lovely-set-for-knittercrocheter.html
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Great Northwest Dress- A men's shirt reconstruction on: June 30, 2011 12:49:44 AM

It all started 10 or more years ago when a father decided that instead of throwing away an old shirt he would give it to his daughter. The daughter, a young and naive reconstructer, fool-heartedly jumped right in! She wanted to make a duster like Mary-Kate and Ashley wore. She didn't know the rules of "measure twice, cut once" or even how to piece together a nice garment, but she gave it her best shot! And shortly thereafter gave up.

Flash-forward those 10 years, the same daughter finds these pieces of scrap in her sewing stash and decides that they may have some potential.
(Yes, seriously, that's how 12-year-old me left it.)
Not much to work with, but she gave it her all and came up with a very warm and comfortable dress! Perfect for fall in Oregon Smiley She even put her own special touches on the finished product.

Here is the tag that gave the dress its name:

And here is the dress's new tag:

And finally, here is the dress without the belt:
The End.

Author's notes:
The dress itself took 3 days to complete once I started working on it. I am so happy with the finished product! The shirt is a cotton fleece and is very comfortable. However, I cannot get any bigger or I won't fit into it because I sewed up the button area to the waist so I could slip it over my head.
Unfortunately, thanks to 12-yr-old-me's inability to measure and cut correctly, the sides of the shirt were cut off prematurely and don't match up exactly right. In fact, the heart is covering up one of the biggest mistakes that young me neglected to recognize. The pleat in the back is about an inch or two off from where it should be... oops! The heart itself is made from what I assume was fabric from the sleeves. Thank goodness there was enough of it to cover up such an obvious flaw!

This was my first time making pin-tucks in a piece of clothing for myself! I was very excited and proud of the way they turned out. It makes the dress fit so much better!  Cheesy

I would definitely be willing to try and re-create this dress in the future if I can find another men's shirt like this. If I can then I might do a tutorial, but honestly you can find all the tips and tricks for making something like this all over the internet like I did.

Thank you so much for looking! Please let me know what you think  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / ~*Mermaid~Princess*~ (pic heavy) on: May 18, 2011 06:16:10 PM
First a preview pic:

I was given this task by my boyfriends mother to create a dress for his daughter a few months ago. When I first got it, I didn't realize how hard it would be on my own. Finally, this week my mom and I were able to knock this sucker out of the park! And I am really proud of what I've accomplished. Smiley

This is my first sewing project in years with an actual pattern. (Which, by the way, is McCall's M5498)

Front & Back:

Front & Back (full length):

The reason why it's a regular dress with mermaid colors is because when she went to Disneyland, bf's daughter found a dress that she LOVED that was similar to this. But, alas, it was too expensive. So Bf's mom brought the challenge to me Smiley
Thanks for looking!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hey, I like toast!- Toast scarf! on: April 29, 2011 11:54:33 PM
I had such a hard time deciding which to use as the preview pic! They're all too cute! Cheesy

The pattern is from Twinkie Chan's Book http://www.amazon.com/Twinkie-Crochet-Goodies-Fashion-Foodies/dp/0740797581
It was actually really simple to make the bread slices and I finished this project in 2 1/2 days!

As you can probably tell already I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the process of making this scarf

Here's the loaf after I finished the slices:

Turning it into toast:

It was unplugged, don't worry!

And the finished Product:

Thanks for looking! And don't forget to check out Twinkie Chan! Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 Green Hats for a Knotty Guy on: April 23, 2011 05:04:40 PM
Just a few more hats I've made for my bf

This is the "Knotty But Nice" hat from Knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/PATTknotty.php

Pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nfl-superfan-hat-recipe
The colors are Green and Yellow to support the Oregon Ducks!

Thanks for looking!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Paper Bag Valentine on: February 14, 2011 09:33:00 AM
I don't work, and I don't get out of the house much... (true story, sad, I know Tongue )
Anyway, I don't have the opportunity to go out and get my other half something neat that he would actually like for Valentines so I spend my days pouring over craftster and other crafting websites looking for that perfect DIY gift.
Last year I made him a deck of "Why I love you" cards (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337814.msg3908459#msg3908459)

This year I'm knitting him a hat (but no surprise there, and it won't be finished by the end of today)
And I finally found something that I can give him and be super cheesy! He'll probably hate it, but I don't care.
I made him a set of coupons from http://www.chicaandjo.com/2011/02/01/valentines-day-coupon-book/
Conversation hearts that aren't real? Yes please! Sorry, didn't take pictures of that before I closed it up.
Then I found this neat tutorial on Cut-out-and-keep http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/valentines_card_envelope and figured I could make it work to cover the coupons since we don't have envelopes that size.
THEN, I heard this amazing song ("Valentine" by Kina Grannis) on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840NbiFF1zM that seemed to say exactly what I wanted to say to him... So I wrote (most) of the lyrics in Red sharpie highlighter on the inside  Cheesy

It all came together into what I think is something pretty neat.

And here are the pics!

Front & Back


You should really listen to that song. It's amazing! And, as an added bonus, you can download it for free!
Isn't Valentine's day wonderful?? <3

Thanks for looking! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What do you do with 2000+ corks and a glue gun?? Trivets of course! on: January 12, 2011 06:21:14 PM
I don't suppose this is so much "reconstructing" as it is "re-purposing" but I feel it's pretty close to the same thing.
Anyways, I needed to make some last minute Christmas gifts for the bf's grandparents (both sides). My mom had bought this giant bag filled with corks (she estimates around 2500) from Goodwill and while I visited this holiday we sorted them and came up with this nifty project.
These are the three that I made:

And I also made this which will either be used as a trivet or as art we hang on the walls:

my mom picked up the wooden candle holder (I guess? it's flat on the inside) and it fit a bunch of corks perfectly!

I had a lot of fun making these
Thanks so much for looking Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A shirt, a skirt, and a scarf (pic overload!) on: December 13, 2010 03:24:54 PM
I've been a busy girl!

First up, this adorable shirt:

I combined a shirt from Hot Topic (size small) that I got a few years ago and a baseball tee (size large) I got from Goodwill.
Originally I didn't see the potential of the two shirts together, but after going through my stash of shirts to recon it suddenly hit me!
So I appliqued the I heart animals print to the baseball tee after I re-sized it to fit me. It's now my favorite shirt! Smiley

And in case you're interested, here's a pic of the two original shirts:

Second, a designer copy skirt:
The first one is mine obviously, lol. The second is Joe Brown's Distinctive Denim skirt at http://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+Distinctive-Denim-Skirt+LS090

I made it (probably) about 6 months ago and am finally photographing it now. No photo of what it came from, but basically it was a pair of mudd jeans that I had turned into shorts and kept the leftover leg pieces. After searching jean skirts, I came across JB's and fell in love! I learned to pleat and the rest is history Smiley
on me:

And lastly, my lettuce scarf:

No picture of what this came from either. Basically it was a green long sleeve knit tee that I cut up to two rectangles, sewed them together, and then sewed a zig-zag stitch around. Simple and soft Smiley

Thanks for looking! C&C welcomed and appreciated! Cheesy
10  COOKING / Dessert / Ultimate Holiday Smores on: December 11, 2010 06:17:26 PM
Tis the season after all Smiley Why not have a delicious snack that covers three bases of winter snacking: gingerbread, peppermint, and sugar!

I came up with this delicious combo when taking a break from all my Christmas crafting (so... many... scarves Lips sealed )

Ghirardelli peppermint Bark chocolate squares, Honey Maid Gingerbread gram crackers, marshmallows (I used minis because that's all I had)

Set the smores up as per usual. In this case, chocolate peppermint on one half of the gram cracker, marshmallow on the other.

Microwave 10-15 seconds.
I had to do 15 because I find the square doesn't melt very easily.

Then smoosh!

and enjoy!

Happy Holidays everyone!
Thanks for looking Smiley
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