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141  Car organizer in Completed Projects by kaz814 on: July 08, 2010 03:48:29 PM
For the Geezer swap, I made my partner an organizer that goes on the back of the seat in her car.  It has several pockets of different sizes, included a pen pocket and enough pockets for maps and travel books. 

It has straps to go around the headrest and to attach to something under the seat so it doesn't flap away in the car.  It's lined with interfacing on both sides so it should stay flat, especially if the top is hooked to something with two "points" (like the headrest - it doesn't just come to a single point like the picture below, but rather it makes a trapezoid with a flattish top).

I also made her a matching trash bag for the car - the inside is lined in the accent fabric coated with clear contact paper that was (very carefully) melted onto it so it can be wiped out after sticky stuff. 

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142  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: July 08, 2010 03:32:49 PM
Since rottenlittleboys received on Monday, I'm going to post some pictures of what I sent her since I know she's really busy! Smiley  She said she really liked everything, so yaaay!

The main attraction: a car organizer (which is hanging on my front door).  Her favorite colors are pink and black, so I chose a black base with a black-and-pink flowers on white accent, with pink trim. Smiley  I hope it fits well into her car!

And of course, you can't make an organizer for the car without making a matching trash bag.  The inside is lined with the flowered fabric with clear contact paper melted onto it to give it some wipe-ability.

And since her #1 request was for a shrine, and since my skills do not extend to that (as I discovered), I bought her a little buddha.

And here's everything together:

It was a lot of fun crafting for you, rottenlittleboys!  Smiley

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143  WIP Wednesday - 7/7 Post your knitting WIPs here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by kaz814 on: July 07, 2010 03:33:32 PM
Okay, lapoli has graciously let me start the thread for this week. Cheesy  I totally dropped the ball last week and didn't post my WIP, so I'm all excited to do it this week!  (We won't get into the gray wrap that I'm STILL working on ... ah well.)

So I'm giving my grandfather a pair of hand-knit socks for Christmas.  Knowing how slow I am to get things done, I started last week.  (I hope the fact that I'm making them for someone other than me will get me to finish them a bit more quickly!) This is my first pair of socks and I'm somewhat dreading the next step (eep, the heel flap!)

Anyway, I've got the cuffs done and a few rows of the leg.  They don't look like much yet, but I'm terribly happy with how they're turning out!  I got the yarn at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival and it's lovely.  I've decided to knit them row by row, two at a time because I see the future where I've got one done and have to do the second and am unenthused by the prospect. Cheesy

So what are you all working on?
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144  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: July 02, 2010 10:54:00 AM
Okay ladies, get your wisting fingers ready because sweetyetevil totally sent me an absolutely amazing package.  I totally got spoiled!!

First of all, it came wrapped in very pretty gold wrapping:

And the cute card: (for those who can't read it it says "Keep calm and Have a Cupcake"

Some beautiful jewelry!  OMG totally a surprise. Cheesy  I love the colors and as soon as I can get my mom here, I'll get an action shot.  GORGEOUS!!!

And finally, the wall art that I put up immediately where I can look up and see it as I sit on my couch.  It totally matches my living room PERFECTLY!  The tree and the yellow/green/blue parts are made of clay on painted canvas.  I love the use of clay on the canvas - totally original and unexpected and it looks amazing.   I'm all bouncey and just keep looking at it and grinning like an idiot.  The depth of the colors is amazing and just an all around SQUEE.

THANK YOU, sweetyetevil!  You are AWESOME!  I adore everything!!!
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145  Cut out Owl in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: July 01, 2010 07:30:11 AM
In the Rodent Revolution 2 swap, my partner requested something papercrafted for her part of the package.  Cue me panicking a bit!  What to do?  What to make?  Eep!  And then while going through her wist, I caught sight of a cute little owl she had wisted (from someone here on Craftster!)  Hmm ... after printing it out, using my craft knife to make pattern pieces, I then transferred the pattern onto thicker cardstock and cut those out.  The cut outs became the "frame" for the strips of magazine that I cut out to make the little guy colorful.

Anyway, here he is. Smiley

Comments and criticism welcome!
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146  Re: Pet Swap: Rodent Revolution 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: June 29, 2010 10:28:07 AM
I've received!!!  And oh my, QuietChampion is an AWESOME partner!  Her sewing machine broke AND she was in the middle of a move, but she pulled off an awesome package!  And it's her first swap to boot!

Here is my plethora of pictures ...

She woodburned two boxes for me - one for the bunnies' treats and one for Chloe's medicines to make it all pretty and neat!

Here's the small box - I adore the Beatrix Potter picture.  The bunny is hiding just like Chloe tries to do when she's given the medicine that doesn't taste as good as the other one!  Hee!

And filled with bunny medicine:

And this is the big one that she free-handed, OMG!  It's gorgeous and it must have taken her forever!  It's now holding their treats.

The top: (sorry it's sideways!)

And the front:

And here's Gus pretending not to be interested - you can see the awesome appliqued blanket for him, too!  Isn't the little bunny so cute?  And it's in a manly color too, which Gus appreciates (even if he's pretending not to be interested).

And then he decides that maybe he'll check it out ... (please ignore the hay that gets everywhere!)

I'll try to get a picture of him later when he "rearranges" the blanket (he doesn't like coming out of his cage during the day - go figure - and Chloe used to not mind, but I think she's getting worse. Sad  Her cataract is making it really hard for her to see anything just now and she doesn't often venture too far from her cage.)

And for me - omg - an adorable little bag and some loose lavender tea!  It's from her hometown, which is a historical village and the place has been serving tea since the late 1800s.  Seeing as how I adore history and tea, this is perfect for me!  And oh my, does it smell divine!!!  And, apparently, if I add lemon to the lavender tea it will turn pink.  I'll have to try this out!

There was also supposed to be a little bag of goldfish, in honor of my goldfish, but *grins* it apparently got eaten before it got into the box.  hee hee.  My goldfish really appreciates the thought, though! Cheesy

Thank you so very much, Champ!  You are an awesome partner and I hope you and your ratties will love the package that I sent as much as I adore everything you sent!!!
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147  Re: WIP Wednesday 6/23 - Show off your in progress knitting projects here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by kaz814 on: June 24, 2010 01:54:43 PM
So I was all excited to share my WIP and then what'd I do?  Forget to.  Oops.  But here it is now, a day late!

It's a flouncy little shawlish thing ... not quite a shawl (too narrow) but wider than a scarf.  So ... Sharf?  Yes, it's a sharf. Cheesy  I originally bought the yarn to crochet a sweater with, got started (as in the first few loops) and then realized that my crochet talents are not strong enough to crochet with the thick-and-thin merino/alpaca/mohair fuzziness.  So I switched to what I thought would be a quick pattern.  And perhaps it would be, if I worked on it consistently.  I started it back after Christmas on my train trip ... ah well. It'll get done for this coming winter, I hope.  I also plan on knitting some flowers and putting white seed pearls in the center of them and putting those on the sharf, too, to make up for the thinnish spots where the thin meets thin or where it looks like I did something wrong (but of course I didn't, right?).

Live and learn, right? Smiley

lapoli - I love washcloths too!  They're very relaxing to make, once you get the pattern down, and awesome for gifts. I love your idea of putting it with homemade soap, too!

LimeRiot - Eep.  That is a bummer about the needle, but the colors of the blanket are awesome!  I hope you can work out the gauge problem!
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148  Re: Givers and Needers #7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: June 05, 2010 05:44:58 PM
Since the lovely dreadlocklove received from me a few days ago, I thought I'd post what I sent her.  

Only one (not-so-great) picture of the group of things - all having to do with herbalism.  There's a hanging herb dryer (a dowel with copper wire to hang bunches of herbs from) and a flat herb dryer.  The flat one had a former life as a picture frame.  After removing the back and the glass (which I saved for ... who knows what) I painted, re-painted, and sealed it, ten added plastic mesh as the drying surface and four little feet so air could circulate underneath for even drying.  Also included was a print-out of what types of herbs are best dried hanging and flat, as well as a bar of organic Gardener's soap I picked up at the Sheep and Wool Festival near me.


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149  J&T Challenge 2: Flip Flop Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: May 30, 2010 11:31:20 AM
This is my first challenge entry, so yay!  When I saw the challenge topic, I couldn't resist.  After several trials and errors, I came up with this little flip flop.  I made it with #6 plastic with perm marker decoration then once it was shrunk, I painted and sealed the back so it wasn't transparent.  I added some beading for the straps and then put it on a silver chain.

(I apologize in advance for the pics. Sad  I spent a good hour trying to get good ones but apparently my camera is not good with small things.  They were either washed out from the flash or way blurrier than this ...)

And modeled by my penguin, Bert (because nothing says summer like a penguin!)

And closest I can get without it being unrecognizable:

And now modeled by me (thanks to my mom taking the picture):

Smiley  Thanks for looking!  (And concrit totally welcomed!)
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150  Baby gift bag in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by kaz814 on: May 22, 2010 05:34:11 PM
One of my co-workers is due June 10th, so of course, I had to make her and her baby a homemade gift.  (And pray that she lasts out the rest of the school year!)  I sewed her two burp cloths and a bib, but once that was done, I realized I had nothing to put it in.

Joann's Fabric to the rescue!  I purchased a plain brown bag, some animal stickers (the nursery is jungle-themed) and some elephant ribbon.  Some cutting, use of the permanent markers and a bit of glue, and I came up with this:

I used a stencil and the markers to do the 'It's a boy!' bit.

I made the card separate so she can re-use it for her other friends who will have baby boys. 

She thought it was really cute. Smiley
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