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11  Re: FOC 2nd Chance wishlist swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: May 09, 2009 04:04:28 PM
Hey all. I feel so bad for my partner Meowari. She sent me this fabulous package that a) I was out of town when it arrived and b) when I got home my husband was in the clutches of bronchitis and I didn't have a chance to take pictures until today.

I hope you don't think I didn't like it, because I do, I really, really do. Here's the whole stash:

First off, the flapper pillow and painted tile are so great! As you can see the flapper pillow has joined my other embroidered pillows on the guest bed in my craft room. Love it! I'm going to take the tile in and hang it at my office.

Even though I've lived in LA for nearly a decade, I still love and adore Texas. My husband saw this scarf and asked that I make it into a pillow instantly.

Pendants and pins and a jar of whimsies. Whee!

A nice large piece of this very pretty vintage fabric. It just may get made into a top for summer.

Not only do I have a pink scooter. I hae a Buddy. So this card and keychain were dead on.

Finally, a piece of poo courtesy of her dad. Ha! I had a lot of fun photographing it on the white bedspread. I almost pulled a prank and blamed it on the cat.

Thank you so much Meowari. You went above and beyond. I love it all and am SO sorry it took me so long to post.
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12  Bobble Star Afghan Throw From Crochet Today! in Crochet: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: March 16, 2009 04:18:25 PM
Last weekend I was thinking about how a friend's birthday is coming up in May. I figured two months was plenty of time to crochet a throw for her living room. I had just picked up the March/April issue of Crochet Today! and there was a fun-looking bobble star throw in it.

One week later and I'm done:

It was an extremely fast project. I was only working on it in the evenings and on the weekend (I started on Sunday night and finished the next). I highly recommend it for something that's quick, easy and looks -- and feels -- fantastic when you're done.

It's 48-inches square, so perfect for curling up on the couch or draping over a chair.

It took about 4.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft, which happened to be on sale for two for $6. Not a bad gift for under $15.  Cheesy
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13  Re: 2009 12" Squares- March in Crochetalongs by GatsbyGirl on: March 16, 2009 04:09:03 PM
Status update: I've decided that I hate the one I'm making for myself -- hate the yarn, hate the colors, hate it all around -- so I'm abandoning it. Maybe at some point I'll use those 7 squares for something else.

However, I'm loving the one I'm making for my sister-in-law's Christmas present:

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14  Crochet Today! Knotty/Faux Bois/Fake Wood Pillow in Crochet: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: January 30, 2009 08:28:10 PM
Last week I was cruising the Internet and saw these pillows. I had to immediately go and buy the current issue of Crochet Today and make one for my husband.

I love it. He loves it. Joy all around.

The back is supposed to be solid, but I got bored and made it striped instead. It's like two pillows in one, depending on his mood.

You can't really see the pillow underneath, that's just the camera flash bringing it out.
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15  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by GatsbyGirl on: January 22, 2009 06:38:05 PM
So, I went and picked out yarn for an afghan for my sister-in-law. This will probably flip-flop back-and-forth but at this moment I'm liking hers more than the one I'm making for myself.  Undecided Still, I'll have to give it to her since her bedroom is blue and green Bollywood and the the accent color of purple is there because she likes how it goes with green:

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16  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by GatsbyGirl on: January 20, 2009 08:56:24 AM
This year, I'm joining as I go, so here are my two January squares joined together:

Close up of the Craftster square (Esther):

Close up of the Ravelry square (Mandala):

Last year I went up to a "J" hook and my squares all came out the same/correct size. I did notice as the year progressed though that I started crocheting looser, so this year I'm using an "I" hook. Maybe by 2010 I'll be ready for the usually recommended "H."

Since I am joining as I go, I think I may go get yarn in a different color scheme this weekend and make one for my sister-in-law as well.
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17  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ NOV in Crochetalongs by GatsbyGirl on: January 17, 2009 01:11:02 PM
Better late than never. Here's mine:

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18  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 28, 2008 07:14:21 PM
Yee-haw! That cowboy is fantastic! Wow!

I got home from a grueling day at work (I work in the media -- another round of layoffs claimed three friends in the past week) and decided it was time to turn my pillowtop into a pillow to unwind. Here it is:

I love it. It's going to reside on the bed in the guest room (which is also my home office/craft room). And here's a shot of the fabric I put on the back, this awesome micro-corduroy I got in the remnant room at my favorite fabric store for $1 a pound:

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19  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 19, 2008 02:48:39 PM
I go away for a few days and so many goodies to see when I get back!

Sonjabegonia, your little girl is divine. I love the colors.

~Glenda, desperation is the mother of invention. Your "cover up" really looks intentional and makes the design even more special.

And, lilyvanilli, I can't wait to get my pillowtop back. It should be here tomorrow. Yay! The moon was the perfect additon.

Here is my addition to sonjabegonia's "cute kitchen" towel. The photo came out a bit blurry, but it's super cute in person (if I do say so myself). There's several different stitches and I varied the number of strands used throughout.  I'll be sending it back to its home tomorrow:

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20  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: October 05, 2008 02:51:28 PM
I finished up katchoo1's towel last night. As a reminder, she's going to use it to wrap up her bento box:

I'm most proud of the salmon roe which is all french knots. I also did the seaweed wrappers with a combination of green and black thread which is a little hard to see in photos:

Here's the whole towel so far:

Katchoo1 -- There is a small errant transfer mark right under that piece of sushi on the far left. It's been fading all week and will definitely come out the first time you wash the towel. I would have washed it for you, but didn't think your laminated name/address tage that's basted on would be too happy.

Oh, and I got the design from a Japanese coloring page:

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