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161  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 18 March 2011 on: March 18, 2011 08:05:01 AM
I finished the bamboo/merino blend I was working and I can finally post pictures! I am so happy!
I had 4 oz that I split in 2 and spun different. The first was spun thin and then Navajo plied to make 56 yards:

And the second half I wanted to spn thick but it wouldn't let me so it came out thick and thin. I plied it with white sewing thread to make 72 yards. I love how it is so different from the above

and then I just really wanted to spin something so I broke into my  pounds of Sheep Shed roving and alternated between chunks of blue and chunks of white to Navajo plied into 75 yards of this:

In other news, I did not get my quota combed for the Craft along this week because i had to wash it some more, but now that it is cleaner I am combing much faster so maybe I can get through the rest of the fleece before the months end? AFTER I finish these swaps?!
162  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / storage hammocks on: February 18, 2011 01:48:07 PM
I made these a while ago because I remembered having them as a kid but had no idea where I would find one AND I was on a mesh kick. They are a little warped because they have been in use and let's face it, crochet is supposed to have stretch, right? I used yarn that I stole from some sweaters.

Action shot:

Then I realized why make it white? They are all white! I made the one for my baby's room in pink chenille (again, STOLEN!)

I just learned that they are actually called "storage hammocks" and when I did a Google search, I found out that I was right, they only come in White! Good thing I make my own, eh?

I am only using push pins to hold them up, though I'm thinking if I make more then maybe I will need some D rings? I'm also thinking about using some bias tape on the sides so they don't sag so much. What do you think? Would that work? Any thoughts on a way to do it better?
163  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 11 February 2011 on: February 11, 2011 08:23:25 AM
Not much to share this week but I figured I may as well get this started, right?
I finally got some wool combs to help me process the fleece that one of the ladies from my MOPS group gave me last year! I already had to rave about them to Belledune. I got small basket full and ecided I was done with that, I wanted to spin! I was going to take a picture of the basket full but got a little impatient so here's the first little "nest" I made with some of the fleece for reference:

And What I have spun so far:

I think I'm going to try to Navajo ply (?) it after I spin a bunch more and watch some videos on that technique.
I also got my first Niddy Noddy this past week. Haven't used it yet, but I'm excited!
164  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Boxes? on: February 04, 2011 02:51:09 PM
I found this tute a while ago and made my mom and her sister some bowls for Christmas 2009. Sorry I don't have pics of those, but that's the inspiration for these boxes.

I needed storage for my son's room, and within a week found the perfect shelves. Then I remembered the bowls I had made and how easy it would be to make boxes like them, so I cut out enough fabric and batting to make 12, 2 different sizes, and made these 2, complete with handles:

Learning experience #1: They don't work very well. The smaller one is better, but they are way to flimsy to hold toys. So I figured adding some paper board int here would work, but holy crap, making the handles would be hell! And I was already done with my cutting! I didn't want to cut more. So I set the pieces aside and waited. Then a few days ago I had an epiphany: they don't NEED handles! So I cut up some cardboard 1/2" smaller than the fabric pieces and attempted another.

Learning experience #2: If I'm not willing to bend the cardboard, it won't go through my machine when I want to connect them. Half the connections on that one were hand sewn. Killer on my fingers, but like they day, it's not made with love if you didn't bleed, right? So I despaired again, until I called my mom today (to help with a cooking problem) and while we were talking, the boxes came up and I knew immediately how to do it: don't sew in the cardboard until after they pieces are connected! AHA! So I made this one pretty quickly today:

And now I am happy. Well, as happy as I can be. I was hoping to make them reversible but with the cardboard it doesn't really work. But that's not what's important! We now have boxes for his shelving!
Only 8 more to make. I can do it before the paint cures.
165  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 on: January 28, 2011 03:18:38 AM
Sorry you get me starting again this week but I am awake so why not?

First we have some random Mish Mash yarn. I have a big thing of smallballs of yarn, remnants if you will, I'm sure you're all familiar with my stash as I'm sure you all have one of your own. I was tired of it so I pulled out all the yellows and white, cut some up and kind of core spun it with some blue from Sheep Shed. There were some eyelash and furry yarns, so I didn't core spin it very much, but there were also some acrylic yarns in there. Didn't really get much de-stashed, but it was amusing. Won't say it was fun because it wouldn't feed into the orifice most times, but it was amusing and I like the end result. Anyway, enough babble, here's a pic.

about 48 yards total, 2 bobbins worth

And my other yarn this week is spun from my first month of Knit It Up's Diamond Club, which I get a whole year's worth of for free! Kind of Christmas-y feeling, but again it was amusing, and more nicer to spin than the Mish Mash. You can't really tell in this pic but it's super shiny.

about 185 yards, 2 oz batt, (Merino, tencel, Firestar, and Angelina)
166  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What are you giving your mail carrier? on: January 28, 2011 03:03:03 AM
February 4th is "Thank a Mail Carrier Day!" Here's what I made for mine:

I have to give partial credit to Dharma Rebel. I mentioned the "holiday" in the Hoopla Swap and she shot back that she should make her mail lady a hoop and *inspiration* this was imagined and created. It didn't take long. I found it soothing.
167  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 14 January 2011 on: January 14, 2011 08:29:08 AM
Yay! I have been so excited to post on here but haven't had my pictures uploaded. I got a wheel for Christmas (on NYE) and have been having so much fun! I'm not nearly good yet, but I am amused and that's what's important to me.

My first, plied, roving from Sheep Shed

Some more, plied. Meh. More Sheep Shed roving

Third plied Sheep Shed roving. Got 2 bobbins from this. I really like these ones

And then I got into my good stuff from Knit.etsy.com. I love the girl who run this shop. I won a free years worth of luxury batts (her Diamond Club) from her and the first is sending out Tuesday. I am so excited! This one was called Koi and I had my eye on it for probably a year before I bought it. Yes, I was making sweet virtual fiber love to it on my monitor before I was even spinning on a drop spindle. It is 70% Mohair and 30% nylon. It is everything I dreamed it would be.
168  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / '69 Chevelle for my brother in law on: January 09, 2011 07:59:37 AM
My sister's... whatever he is (I call him my brother in law, even if it is legally incorrect) is one of the hardest people to shop for. And, I recently learned, one of the hardest people to get to know. He is a mechanic, super smart guy. He rebuilt his first transmission when he was 11. Yeah. He lives on 5 acres of cars. Yeah. I decided back in like June what I wanted to make for him for Christmas and since, like I said, he is hard to buy/make for I decided to run with it. I called my sister to ask his favorite colors/car/car colors... No help at all. I called a couple months later to see if she had managed to ask him... still no help. So in November I finally just called him. My original idea was to embroider a car with "my sister" laying on the hood in like a bikini or something. Talk about difficult! Here's how the convo went, vaguely (I am "J" he is "A"):

J: Hey, Allen, what's your favorite color for a car?
A: Oh, well I like reds or oranges. Or sometimes I like blues. Or on some cars...
J: OK, let me rephrase that. What's you're favorite car?
A: HA! You know I can't just pick a favorite car! My favorite car I own is my 240 Z. Or maybe it's the Roadrunner...
J: Let's try another approach. Let's get an ideal picture in your head. Close your eyes and imagine [my sister] laying on the hood of a car. What kind of car is it? What color is the car? and What color is she wearing?
A: Yeah, Jes, I'm not your typical motor-head. When I picture [your sister] and a car, I either see her driving it or in the passenger seat or handing me tools... I don't like the whole skimpy girls and cars things.
J: Well, I guess that's good, seeing as you're with my sister and all. Hmm....
A: How about this, my top 3 cars that I have a favorite color for are as follows: '68 Charger in black, '69 Chevelle in red with black stripes, or black with red stripes whichever, they're both awesome, and '70 Chevelle in blue with white stripes.
J: Really? a '69 AND '70 Chevelle?

See why I said he's difficult? Well, I researched (read: Google image searched) the Chevelles he loves and at first, I'll admit it, they looked exactly the same, but after staring at this screen for a few minutes I realized yeah, they are pretty different. I can see why he would specify between them. So I decided to do one of each for him for Christmas and frame them in the hoops so they would be facing each other. Well, I only got the one done, but it's OK because he wasn't there for Christmas anyway. He is a little anti-social and I think the idea of 20+ people in my mom's living room kind of freaked him out. As always. So he will get the '70 next year for Christmas.

So I guess I rambled enough. Here are the pics of the '69 Chevelle. I like taking pics after each color or milestone.

Yup, there's spot of black paint that got on it. I told him he can just call it an oil spot. Adds authenticity, right?

My sister called me a few days later and told me he really liked it. He liked how I stitched it to give the body curve and the metallic floss... it wouldn't have been right at all without the metallic "thread" as he called it. I hate metallic thread! But I did it for him. He's my favorite in-law, even if he doesn't come to Christmas (what's that say about the rest of my in-laws?). Also, it's good that I didn't get the second one finished because now I have next year's present for him! But man, that took a long time. Also, I learned from doing this one a couple things to consider about the next one. Like the side body, I shouldn't do it all in one long satin stitch, I should break it down into section like the car.

I don't know how long it took me, but it was a long time. I think it's in an 8" hoop for size reference. Mostly satin stitch.
169  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper mache wig stands on: November 16, 2010 11:06:46 AM
So... I think these would go here!

My husband commented the other day that we are building a collection of wigs and it's probably not best for them  just lay in piles but where would be get wig stands? Hee hee hee... silly man. I took the initiative and made some! I covered some balloons in paper mache (like I was making pinatas) and then put them on cups and covered those as well. It was tricky getting the cups out but I did it, mostly. (OK, the one glass cup I used is still in there but the other 3 were plastic so with a little convincing from a knife they cooperated.) I made 4 because we had 4 wigs, but when it came time to wig them, I couldn't find my Betty Page wig! Sadface!

All of them together.

This wig was used in my scandalous pregnant pictures from last year

This one was for my Betty wig, but since I couldn't find it I put my husband's dreads on it, which he cut off about 6 months before w got married and I strung on a ribbon for him. I think he is happy to have these on display, and maybe a little sad too. He cried when we cut them off!

Princess Peach wig from this year's Halloween.

Hook wig from last year's Halloween.

What do you think?
170  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mario! on: November 03, 2010 03:55:01 PM
Oh my goodness, there were so many Marios on Halloween! BUT None of the ones I saw looked as good (read: authentic) as ours, and none of them had Peach or Toadette or even Luigi for that matter. What the heck, guys?

First off, their overalls are blue because they are DENIM people, come on...

For my boys I made their hats and their mustaches. That's all. But you don't really need to make much for those two, right?

I couldn't really get a good pic of Toadette. I made her pants and shirt from a McCall's pattern. I crocheted her hat using a generic slouchy hat pattern with some generic balls for her braids or whatever she has. I stuffed it with polyfil and used the sleeve of a shirt sewn into a head shape to keep the stuffing in. I think it came out pretty rad. For her vest I just traced a shirt of hers onto some red fabric and used that for the pattern.
She was awesome! Her costume was my favorite. (Yes, Toadette is a real character, and yes some of the younger kids at the Trunk-or-Treat we went to actually knew who she was without being told!)

I know, that's not an authentic Peach pose. Bah.
For MY costume, I made the dress from a pattern that I altered slightly. I think it was a Queen of Hearts dress with long sleeves? Yeah, and I made the crown and I made the jewel on the front of the dress, attached with some hot-glue on a safety pin.
And this lady I know has everything in her, like she really has built 3 more buildings just to keep all the stuff she has in (all of your craftsters would die of joy if you were given the option of rummaging, I'm sure) and she happened to have
-my husband's overalls
-a crinoline
-and a PINK UMBRELLA! Holy cow!
I'm not kidding, so much stuff. If only I'd thought of visiting her before I shopped for ANY of it...

I forgot!

G even made the candy box and carved the pumpkins to match our theme!

I don't care about winning this contest, I don't think anyone will vote for me at all, but I did feel the need to share this somewhere and why not here?
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