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291  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Oh the ornaments! (img heavy) on: September 05, 2009 04:51:24 AM
I finally have a moment to post my holiday ornaments from last year. I'm currently working on several batches for the upcoming season. I'll share those when I'm done. Grin

(I was still learning how to use our digital camera so sorry for the blurriness!)

My Snowman ornament

Santa's underwear

The note written by the Elves that goes with the underwear ornament:

Dear Santa,
   We know you work real hard to bring the Christmas cheer
   And we the elves wanted to give you a gift this year
   But we looked throughout your house
   And your stockings were not there.
   We hope you do not mind because  
   We stuffed your underwear!

         The Elves

Santa's backside...lol!

Stocking ornament

Stuffed stocking ornament

Gingerbread man ornament

Christmas tree ornament

Gingerbread man ornament

And finally my absolute favorites from last season!

Mr. and Mrs. Frosty

292  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / photo gallery? on: September 03, 2009 03:16:22 PM
Is it possible to view the photo gallery of another Craftster?
293  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My 1st Happy Hooker Hat! on: September 02, 2009 06:19:43 PM
I just finished my first hat and I LOVE it!   Cheesy

It's worked in half double crochet through the back loop. I added the spike stitching because it looked sort of plain and then added the tassels.

My daughter (3.5 yo) has already asked for one. I might make one for a stocking stuff since it doesn't get really cold here until January.

*insert happy Troublet dance here!*

Close up pic and an actual pic of the top of my head wearing my creation. If I show any more of my face, your monitors would probably melt. LOL!

294  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a purse for my DD from "Santa" on: August 30, 2009 12:42:46 PM
I made my first purse today with what I had laying about, with the exception of the lining fabric which screamed at me from the fabric section all the way in the back from the second that I walked through WalMart's doors. It sat on my craft table for a couple of days before this project came to me. Maybe my daughter was using mind control on this one. LOL

I made the flowers last night while she was awake and used nap time today to finish up the purse. In all, I think the flowers actually took longer than cutting and sewing the purse. I'm thinking about adding some pearls along the seam on the front flap or maybe some quick embroidery. That visible seam bugs the heck out of me.

Anyway, here are the pics...

The color isn't quite right in this one. It's actually a very light lilac, not blue toned.

And for the lining that called to me...

295  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / One holiday gift completed! (my first large piece of crochet) on: August 30, 2009 09:37:59 AM
I actually putzed around with this piece and didn't use a pattern. I'm very happy with the end result. This scarf will be part of my mom's Christmas present. Smiley

296  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my first real crochet project on: August 23, 2009 01:20:09 PM
It's nothing fancy but I'm proud of myself all the same.

I used single crochet and a really poor choice of thread. Varigated colors was not a wise choice for a first project for me, kind of rough on my eyes.

I don't have anyone local to give me pointers on how to improve so feel free to comment! Smiley

My next project will be a scarf for my mom's Christmas present.
297  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilting with flannel? on: August 22, 2009 03:49:36 AM
I'm still noodling the idea of making my dad a lap quilt. He has poor circulation in his feet so I want the material to be super warm and soft.

Is it possible to quilt with flannel? If so, is there a specific weight of fabric that I should use?
298  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nigel the Guardalibro (an HP inspired critter) on: August 18, 2009 06:32:49 PM
I've long been fascinated by the world that JKRowling created with the Harry Potter series. The possibilities are endless.

As I was grading papers last week, I had HP and the Order of the Phoenix playing in the background. I find myself most drawn to Luna. She's quirky, unafraid to be herself and constantly pestered by those nasty nargles who steal her shoes. I was wondering to myself...What else would those nargles snitch?

Then, Nigel answered my question. He said...Books!....They take books! It turns out that Nigel is a guardalibro, a special magical guardian of the ancient books that wizards have stashed in every possible nook and cranny of their home. He explained to me that if left unattended, the nargles will cause utter chaos in your library. They will rearrange your neatly alphabetized rows of books, push your absolute favorite to the very back so that you are forced to take all of the books out of the shelves to find it, and worst of all, they will move your bookmark! Those little fiends!

A guardalibro stands guard keeping the nasty beasties at bay, working hard day and night. As we continued to chat, it turns out that you have to be careful to take good care of your guardalibro. They prefer well bound books, paperbacks are beneath them. Their shelves need to be kept organized and dust bunny free. If your guardalibro gets bored, it is possible that they will zap one of your unsuspecting friends as they forget to put a book back in the proper spot. Nigel even admitted that he has been known to knock books off of a shelf just to make his master straighten it up.

He is quite a cheeky fellow. He doesn't really need the wand that he has in his hand since his powers are like those of a house elf. He only needs to think "Go away Nargles!" and they get a good jolt. He just likes the flash of his wand, and besides...it matches his hair and eyes. He also wouldn't let me cut his hair. Apparently, his kind has a very strong dislike for scissors of any sort.

So there you have it. This is my guardalibro Nigel. He now has his own bookshelf in my bedroom to protect. If I can just keep him from torturing my cat, life will be good.


299  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another Mario inspired pin cushion on: August 08, 2009 08:23:32 PM
I couldn't stop myself. I had to make Shy Guy! lol

I took a pic of him by a tape measure to give a size estimate as well as a pic of him next to Goomba and Green Shroom.

Shy Guy is also a soda top pin cushion just like the last set that I posted.

300  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Is there a difference between a lap quilt and an afghan? on: August 08, 2009 06:14:48 AM
I grew up with one granma who crocheted and one who quilted. The terms afghan and lap quilt were used interchangeably.

Is there an actual difference between these two terms? I'm thinking about making a lap quilt for my dad for Christmas but I'm a bit unclear on dimensions.

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