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391  Cyclopses in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jexxican on: September 22, 2009 09:35:34 AM

This idea started as a gift for a swap but the evolution of craft took place and now I think they are better suited for my nephew who turns one in a couple weeks. They are made from an old sweater I had used the sleeves of for yarn for a toy net in my son's room. AND these are stuffed with the unraveled and shredded remains of said sweater. Hmm, maybe I won't give them to Connor either, maybe I will keep them for myself...
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392  Re: Star Slouchy Hat *Pattern Included* in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: September 18, 2009 12:25:42 PM
pattern appreciation photo:

I think it would have had more of a slouch to it if the orange and yellow were actually the same thickness, but different brands are a wee bit off from each other I guess. Hey, I learned something new/
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393  Sargent Pepper the Elephant in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 31, 2009 11:51:24 AM
I made this elephant for my friend's new baby. I was going to do the clothes black and white but then I learned the colors of his room and wanted it to match. First thing I thought when I put the vest on him was Sargent Pepper!  He is great. My son (modeling the elephant in the last picture) LOVED him so much I may have to make one for his birthday. I got the pattern out of an Annie's Attic pattern book and it is the first time I have ever made garments for anything. I am so afraid of garments b/c I am so lazy and don't like doing gauge swatches but I think this turned out nice. Sorry I don't have good pictures: I was trying to rush it so I could get him boxed to ship before I started dinner.

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394  Marilyn Glasses in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jexxican on: August 31, 2009 07:56:32 AM
So, inspired by this post's birds https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318189.0 which was actually inspired by another, I decided to etch something myself. long story short, I was going to etch Marilyn on a small pitcher for my sister b/c she's having a rough time, the evolution of craft took place, and now I have these which I think will be better suited for Christmas than for just a care package.

This my first time etching and I used the fabric paint idea from the post within the fore-mentioned post. The lines could have been sharper if I had used another method, but I think I like they way these turned out anyway. The last one is my favorite. Also, photographing glasses sucks!

So what do you think?!
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395  Claimed lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jexxican on: August 23, 2009 09:11:49 AM
I call it my "claimed lamp" because it wasn't really mine to begin with, I claimed it and made it mine.

Here's the story behind my lamp: Going to school in Idaho, I was diagnosed as bipolar (which I now believe was a misdiagnosis). They put me on Zoloft and I didn't like it b/c it made me feel dead and uncreative so instead of weening myself off of it, like I should have, I dropped it all at once and this was what happened:

Like I said, I found the lamp in my apartment and when I asked the apartment managers about it, they said they didn't know where it came from and I was welcome to it. I already had some paint and my previous roommate left some pink and green chiffon-like fabric behind so I went to the store and bought some beads and some copper wire. I stripped the fabric off of the shade and painted it (2 colors) and used the fabric elsewhere (for a photo album). I sewed the chiffon onto the lamp with the copper wire and made it fit by wrapping the lamp with more copper wire:

There are flowers on multiple layers of chiffon, which is one of my favorite things about this lamp:

It's not as nice as it once was, but I made it 5 years ago and since then I have moved 4 times, 2 of which were very long distance, and I now have an almost 3 year old so... Time takes it's toll.

Still one of my favorite creations [next to my kid(s) of course] if only because of what it stands for and what I was going through at the time.

This is also my first real post on Craftster.
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