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11  dainty girly pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by spurtiic on: December 23, 2007 10:20:52 AM
We drew names for Christmas but I couldn't resist the urge to make at least one thing, okay, maybe three things, for each family member! After all, they weren't store bought gifts.  Grin

So, I whipped this little number up the other night for my sister who is a very girly-girl and usually only wears Premier jewelry, but lately she's been wearing a lot of the items I make for her.  I guess they're not too bad!

With flash on...

With flash off...

Sorry that the pics kinda suck.  I used sterling silver and some rhondelle things from the glass store.  And some Goop.  And a snake chain.

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12  kansas ice storm in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by spurtiic on: December 12, 2007 07:50:57 AM
My job is closed because of the ice storm, so I have two days off!

So, this morning on my way home from the crazed grocery store where apparently it's the end of the world, I took my camera and took some pics.  I had some way better shots lined up when my batteries crapped out on me.  One was of a chain link fence... you couldn't see the chain link... it was an inch solid ice all the way around it.  It was pretty cool.

Here are my less cool photos:

Frozen bird nest

Frozen coiled tendril

Trees starting to sag on my way home (all ice covered thus the white appearance)

Ice at a glance

The tree branch that broke but used to be over 12' up in the air

The idiots that park under icy breaking tree branches-we can hear them moan and snap (notice the ice on the sagging power lines) And all the trees are wonky and leaning every which direction.  They usually stand tall.

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13  Re: Winter Photography (3 pictures) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by spurtiic on: December 11, 2007 10:16:44 AM
Since I currently have power (I'm in the Kansas ice storm) ...for now... I thought I'd do the PS you wanted to do.  I'm not a champion at photoshop though, so here's what I came up with:

But I may be having my entire family come to my apartment soon - no one else has power.  Luckily, this apartment complex is a geographical oddity and we have power lines standing tall!  Cheesy

Your chain link and cherries (?) frozen photos are awesome!  I didn't get it that it was a chain link fence at first.  I love the post light, too!
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14  micro mitts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by spurtiic on: December 02, 2007 10:25:50 PM
Or mitt.  I only made one b/c it took me two hours of Tin Man to make it.  I didn't have a pattern, so I made one up and made a little template.  I used that heat-resistant batting.  Boy, was sewing "in the round" a pain in the youknowwhat. 

Without further ado:

All of the pieces cut (except the bias tape)

It's not the most amazing thing, but after burning my hand twice pulling my queso out of the microwave AND after using my brain, grabbed a small kitchen towel to handle the bowl... and promptly dipped the towel into my queso.  Yeah, so, it's useful to say the least.   Smiley

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15  my mom's wreaths (pic obese) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by spurtiic on: December 02, 2007 07:58:10 AM
In the 80s, my mom used to make those weird wallpaper fans w/the dried or artificial flowers glued to them.  Then as the years progressed, so did her ideas for wreaths.  For my birthday in October I told her I didn't want cash or something store bought.  I just wanted a wreath my mom made  Smiley  So, she set out to find the freakin' largest grapevine (?) wreath in the world and made one for my door, except it was too big.  This sucker is over 36" in diameter. Then I decided since I live in an apartment building, I didn't want my weird neighbors stealing it, so I hung it on my wall in my living room. But here's the wreath she made for me:

And up close:

And one she made last night for my friend:

And up close:

Comments?  I'm very proud of her  Grin   I'm becoming a wreath junkie.

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16  Grandma's Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by spurtiic on: November 21, 2007 03:28:18 PM
I'm not really a sewer, but my friend showed me how to do this thing called double-hem, or double-folded hem, yeah...I don't really sew.  Anyway, I have two sewing machines (ironic), so I'm starting to learn to sew.  And as a thank you for one of the sewing machines my grandmother recently gave to me, I made her an apron in her favorite colors and flower and added a big contemporary looking pocket.  It's nothing fancy, but it's my first non-knitting needle roll project.  Comments?  Suggestions?  I'd like to make one of those boxes with the X for the corners of the pockets, but I have no idea how to do that.  Also, I thought about adding pocket tabs to the ends of the ties. 

Without further ado...

Without the pocket...It was an afterthought.

Modeled by our friend, the tree.

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17  one full bird...and a half in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by spurtiic on: October 28, 2007 10:54:54 AM
I just learned amigurumi stuff last night.  Since then, being sick and all, I have only managed to make a bird and a half.  I didn't have the safety eyes that people use, so I want to go out and get those right now.  Til then, I had black yarn, so I crocheted the eyes, and after two hours of trying to make a stupid triangle mouth, I decided to Elmer's the hell out of a piece of felt and make it the mouth.  So, so far, I have two fat birds.  Well, one and a half anyway  Undecided

How bad are they?   Huh   I'm still getting the hang of this crochet thing.  I'm making each wing separately and sewing it on.  I'm sure you guys have a much better "theory," as my friend says.

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18  I copied your idea... in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by spurtiic on: October 22, 2007 10:25:47 PM
My white walled no-hanging-of-art apartment bedroom has been a banal existence since I moved in here over a year ago.  Finally, after getting the rest of my apartment to a decently decorated state, it was time to move onto my bedroom which doubles as my craft stash and computer room.  It's still a mess.. boxes, bins, tubs, everything that doesn't fit nicely in the other rooms ends up in my bedroom, but considering what I have to work with, it feels much cozier  Smiley

Here's one wall... not done... but it's a good start:

I picked out some relatively girly fabrics for this room b/c the rest of my apartment has that simple minimalist approach and lacks a lot of "pop."  I wanted something girly before I married and had to share a bedroom with a boy w/no taste and will never get to use pink, again.  But blue is still my favorite color   Cheesy    Oh, and I sewed the top hem of my sheers then sewed the bottom, but sewed it backwards so the hem is facing outwards (duh).  It's not too noticeable.  There's another panel to go up on the right but my sewing machine bit the dust.  I have made an emergency call to my friend to help me fix it.  Maybe next week *sigh*   Oh, and you can see the fake Blik stencil felt birds on the right that I made. 

I want to paint a mural on the wall to the right of the fabric swatches.  It's about a 7 x however-tall-my-ceilings-are wall.  Any suggestions?  I'm not a sunset kind of person, nor an animal/jungle theme person...  But what colors could I use to help accent the colors I don't have much of but maybe should help bring out? (did that even make sense? are you guys paying attention?!)  It will be behind my bed... so.... something serene?  I dunno.  Help!

Also, see how I "borrowed" all of these ideas? ha ha  I love craftster.

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19  Blik Look-Alike Wall Decals in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by spurtiic on: October 19, 2007 08:26:47 PM
Two others I've seen have done these.  They, naturally, were my inspiration.  This is in my bedroom above my computer desk and TV facing my only window in the room.  The two together on the right look a tad obese, so I need to figure out how to "slim them down."  Anyway, they look kind of bare... it's missing something but not sure where and what size.  Suggestions?

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20  Slouchy Puffy Hat thingamajig in Crochet: Completed Projects by spurtiic on: October 17, 2007 10:11:16 PM
Of course, like everyone else, I used Arghmatey's pattern, but this is my first ever completed crochet project that is not a scarf nor a half-assed amugurumi pattern.  Therefore, it's my first hat. Ever.  I made it in September but I'm pretty lazy when it comes to posting.   Roll Eyes

Here it is on my boss who confiscated it since I did most of it during a boring day at work.  Total I'd say it took me 2 hours on and off.  I love it though.  It was easy and everyone wants one but I'm too lazy to make another one.

Please pardon the ugly dark blue paint.  My office is painted this horrible gray-blue... it's like working in a storm cloud all day.
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