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271  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / question about blocking on: November 15, 2009 07:50:40 PM
I have been on a snowflake making binge lately. I blocked out everything and used a glue/water mixture. They were drying beautifully.

Then, I put them aside for a couple of days to finish drying. (Mostly so I would leave them be and quit obsessively checking on them!)

When I checked on them again, my heart sank. Apparently my pins decided to leave rust stains on about a half dozen of the snowflakes. The pins were not rusty nor bent when I used them. Where did this come from?

Also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the rust from cotton thread without destroying the piece?

272  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Bags for the Loot on: October 31, 2009 03:34:46 PM
Here are the Halloween bags that I made for my kids. Next time, I want to incorporate some glow in the dark fabric. Smiley

273  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cozy Collegiate Ear Warmers on: October 01, 2009 05:24:06 PM
So the room mom for DS's class contacted parents yesterday. We are in the process of putting together the class gift basket for the Silent Auction held every year at the Fall Festival. This year's basket's theme is University of Georgia (oh. yeah.).

I did some price comparisons and oy vey, is that stuff expensive. I e-mailed her back and asked if I could make something instead of buy it. She said "Sure, that would be great!" I already had the thread since their colors are red, black and white.

I used a ribbed headband pattern and morphed it into ear warmers. Here's the end result with an action shot as well.

(Please ignore the messed up hair and the gray...I never knew it would be so hard to take a picture of myself!)

274  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My son's Pokehat... REWORKED! Opinions please! :) on: September 30, 2009 11:15:42 AM
Tell me what you think...does this hat look masculine enough for my 9 yr old son? I've looked at what feels like a million different patterns before I found this one. Now that this one is done, I'm unsure.

I was going to do the pokeball as a felt applique and it is not sewn on yet if I decide no.

What do you all think?

275  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Edible Holiday Goodies 2009 on: September 29, 2009 02:33:22 PM
I thought if we started a thread on edible goodies that make wonderful last minute gifts, it could save all of us that mad scramble for a recipe.

Please post any tried and true recipe or its link and pics if you have them. If you have any suggestions for alteration of the recipe, share those as well.

My first recipe is spiced gum drops. I'm making them this week because my Hubby loves these things. I'll post a pic and my comments after I do. Smiley

Link: http://www.foodista.com/recipe/GXXDXYVK/gumdrops

I have a couple of other family faves that I'll post when I can find them. Cheesy
276  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Aliens R us! on: September 26, 2009 05:49:12 PM
I finally took the plunge into making an amigurumi. (<<--I'm a language person and it takes me forevAr to type out that word!)

He's going to be part of a Christmas present for my son who has recently become fascinated by outerspace. Smiley

The original pattern is at http://pepperberry.com/my_weblog/amigurumi-alien-pattern.html. I altered the antennae because a single one didn't look right to me.
277  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / good source for glass tiles? on: September 24, 2009 05:27:28 PM
I was thinking about making some glass tile pendants, but none of the craft supply stores in my area carry them. I did a google search but all I got was colored, iridescent or frosted, not clear.

Could someone point me in a direction with this?

Thank you! Smiley
278  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / embellishing a crocheted cosmetic bag? on: September 23, 2009 07:40:44 AM
I just finished a small cosmetic bag but I think it needs a bit of bling. I would like to add beading to it. Is there a technique to do this post crochet or do I just take a needle and thread and jump in there?

Also, should I line the bag? I don't carry cosmetic bags so I'm at a loss.
279  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / A quick question about amigurumi... on: September 21, 2009 09:45:49 AM
I just finished making Bo the Snowman based on the pattern from roxycraft. I enjoyed making him even though he turned out big due to the thread that I used. He turned out pretty well imo and he will be gracing my mantel this holiday season.

Comparatively speaking, how does the Bo pattern compare to other amigurumi patterns? I'm not talking about the super difficult ones. I'm still thinking about making my son an ami alien for a Christmas present.
280  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My new ornaments for 2009 on: September 21, 2009 09:09:28 AM
I'm in the Make Stuff mode so I'll post updates of my newest ornaments here rather than posting separate threads. Smiley

First, I started with quilted balls.

This one turned out the best!

My second (sorry for the blurriness...dunno what happened!)

My suggestions for making these ornaments.

There are two types of foam balls available, the smooth crafting type and the rough floral type. I tried both and much prefer the rough floral ball. It has more grab for the fabric.

I tried several different tools for poking the fabric in. I did NOT like using the cuticle stick as it really hurt my fingers. I ended up using a small flat head screwdriver (approx. 1/4" wide).

Avoid striped patterned fabric if you are even the tiniest OCD. Oy, that drove me nuts as it is really hard to keep the stripes straight.

Link to the tute: http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/quilted-ball-ornament.html
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