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1  Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by k-roc on: September 16, 2009 08:04:36 PM
I thought this up as a way to commemorate both my dear crafty Grandma Norma, and my own love for embroidery. Norma was a tough, sweet and creative lady. She lost her husband and had to raise three young kids on her own, later she beat ovarian cancer, and later still she was my wonderful Grandma. I inherited a lot of her art supplies when she passed, including some lovely embroidery hoops. I became interested in embroidery long after she had gone, but I think of her every time I do it because I know she'd be tickled by it.

This was done by Steven at TCB in Toronto. He's a super hillarious dude who made the whole experience really fun.

All bloody. The red of the wood grain was blood, not ink if you can believe it.

And here she is all healed up and for placement sake

It makes me feel pretty!
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2  My First Inchies in 3D Vision! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by k-roc on: May 26, 2009 09:36:50 PM
OKay not really 3D vision, but I do enjoy adding a 3D dynamic to my paper crafts, so naturally I had to try this out with inchies. I made these for my good friend cbass. They come in a little matchbox  that I played around with to make a sweet little inchie drawer. There's no cohesive theme to these, I just tried to make each one its own little world.

All of them together at the inchie party.

A few of my favs. The garden-themed one was the very first inchie to come to life, and from then on I was hooked. I had embroidered the cat awhile ago and was pleased to see that it fit one inch square perfectly. The little man in the pink circle is an inside joke, his name is Sir TopHeavy.

And everyone snug back in their drawer.

So what do you think of my attempt? Which ones are your favorites?

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3  Craftster Meetup in Toronto! in Ontario by k-roc on: March 27, 2009 07:38:37 AM
Come one come all from all over the GTA and beyond!

May 2 at 2pm we will be meeting up at the Moonbean Cafe in Kensington Market to chat and craft and meet each other!

Everyone participating will be making a wrapped 1-2 point item that is generally craft related to give away! (Think coin purses, key chains, small pictures). If you are going to come, please post in this thread and I will start to compile a list of attendees. That way we will know if I need to call Moonbean ahead of time to warn them of the swarm of Craftsters about to descend on them.

Can't wait to see you all!

(Image by Rosemary Mosco from birdandmoon.com)

Who's Coming? These People Are!

1. k-roc
2. Fantasticmio
3. CaterpillarPeacock
4. AbbyRose
5. doyouloveanapple
6. Knitonepurlbacon
7. Ninjanator
8. spicytaco

Maybe Babies ("Babies" because it sort of rhymes with "maybe")
1. craftylittlemonkey
2. Michela
3. adiemonster
4. Psyche
5. Minouette

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4  Embroidered Button Cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by k-roc on: July 19, 2008 10:28:19 PM
Halloo all!
I made this cuff for nataluna for the I love Buttons swap. I pretty much winged it, but the result is my largest completed embroidery project to date! Grin It's made on linen with a copper wire frame. I had been wanting to try an embroidered cuff, and  Nataluna and I both love rainbows, so this was an easy choice to make.

This is what the frame looks like underneath all that thread.

Also Nataluna took some really awesomely clear pictures of the stitches if anyone is interested (and cares to ooh and ahhh over the awesome Button gallery)

I would love any sort of feedback!
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5  Re: I Love BUTTONS Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k-roc on: July 08, 2008 11:39:41 AM
Whew! Between Canada day, work and my (favourite) cousin's wedding I was doomed to procrastinate! But here is the lovely package I got from the wonderful Nataluna!

I had asked her for some art for my bare apartment walls, this girl delievered!

First off, some plastic buttons straight from my childhood. These really bring back memories.

Some of my favs

Some vintagy blue buttons

These awesome mirror image tree paintings. She was going to put buttons on them, but thought they looked better without. I agree!

And last but not least, two awesome button paintings!

Thanks so much Nataluna for your patience and your awesome stalking! (I can't wait until you get mine!)

Yay buttons!

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6  Re: Back to Nature Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k-roc on: June 18, 2008 08:38:18 AM
Here is my super-sweet package from Superhooker! It is chock full of nature-y goodness!

First up, two knitted dish cloths (YES!), some interesting pod-seed things (ohhh!) and some wicked awesome rings!(YIPPIEE!)

A better shot of the rings. I'm wearing the leaves on each finger as we speak (or read)

And this part is truly amazing and cool. A flower-press made from oak!

She actually recycled and trimmed cardboard to go between the boards. I am very excited to use it!

Thanks so much superhooker! I love it all! (I hope you get mine soon!)
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7  Re: For Hooker's Only Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by k-roc on: June 18, 2008 08:28:03 AM
I got some wonderful items from the fantatstic fantasticmio! I'm not as experienced in the crochet dept., and she really asked a lot of questions and rounded-out my collection beautifully! Plus i got to meet her to exchange out packages! How many swappers can say that?

First off, the wicked box she made to put it in

Then some large knitting needles for broomstick lace and some extra long hooks to get me started on Tunisian crochet. Also a double ended crochet hook that I am very excited to try!

A hook gauge (I think I gave her the same one!) some stitch markers and a Q hook. I had mentioned that the largest hook I owned was 6.00mm so she quickly remedied the situation.

Here's what made me gasp in awe (while I was poking through the box on the subway) 1.5 miles of crochet thread! I've always wanted to make crochet jewelery and mio has made that possible! Theres also some bernat satin in brown and cream to match my hook roll (coming up).

And last but not least, and what made me squeel in delight was this amazing houndstooth hook-roll! It is super-soft, and she included the yarn so that I could add extra loops! It was filled with thread hooks and two other hooks that are over my 6.00mm maximum. YES!!! I love this hook-roll, it is exactly me!

Thanks fantasticmio you are a super-(first time!) swapper!
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8  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k-roc on: May 08, 2008 12:57:30 PM
That medium is adorable TracyBSN! I love the high waisted part.

so I opened my yarn ball only to find that it was under attack

I scolded him throughly, named him Hector and put him into time out on my intercom. (He decided to show me that one of his many functions is doing the splits)

Then I went about unraveling my ball. I got some beeeeautiful cascade yarn, some cool transfers (Hummingbirds!  Grin) a cool bamboo spinny thinger, and some embroidery thread (silk!).

Some yummy wool! cleaned and combed by chilbilightangel!

Some cute erasers, a tiny book and some fun multi-coloured pencils

And finally: some shrink-plastic earrings, origami earrings, a hand made stamp that I love, some stitch markers, a buffy charm annnnnd an awesome robot from my WIST!

Chilbilightangel did a fantastic job stalking me and asking me questions. Thanks so much chilbilightangel!
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9  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by k-roc on: May 08, 2008 11:10:00 AM
Whew! I need to catch up! Everything is looking quite magical! Jrsloane I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a robot obsession.
I have recieved from chilbilightangel! I will post pics a little later (waiting on some better light! damn apartment building), but I thought I would post my teaser as I have sent as well! It's not as "tease-y" as some I've seen. It's very cryptic. I will say that cihlbilightangel is going to have to have some patience, maybe a glass of wine and a movie  while she unwraps it. (I wrapped it while watching Emma) And also, the medium is right at the very centre! Bah ha ha!

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10  The Midnight Snack Mini Fridge Light *It's Pic-a-licious!* in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by k-roc on: May 05, 2008 10:36:16 AM
Hello ladies and lads!
I had been meaning to make a tiny fridge with tiny food for awhile, and I'm a sucker for little details. So when I saw this challenge I thought, "oh! I can make it with a working light!" and then the idea of the fridge as a nightlight came after that. And so without further ado,

The Midnight Snack Mini Fridge Light

It stands at about 5 inches tall.

Hmm, whats in the fridge?

Alright! Apples, bannanas, avocado, milk, eggs, sushi, fresh fish, bacon on sale, perogies, leftovers, beer, lettuce, strawberries, yellow peppers,and orange peppers and tulips!
This picture shows how everything was made separately so that it can all be moved around and played with. That's right, I said play. It`s all polymer clay. I wove the basket with beading wire.

And here it is in action by my bedside! Now when I get a midnight snack, I don`t have to blind myself with my lamp, but I don`t have to stub my toe either!

This is how it works. Theres a little switch that when pushed breaks the circut. So when the door closes, the light goes off, just like a real fridge!

The bulb is a flashlight bulb that my Dad and I had to hardwire after we discovered that the bulbs and socket we bought weren`t compatable. It`s connected to a 9V battery.

A few progress shots
This is the box my Dad found for me. He`s super.

Yeah! Wine and solder!

A little more detail. 

The best part is, I had or found all the material, so I really only spent about 5 bucks on the electrical stuff!
I`m really nervous about posting, so any comments and or suggestions are welcome!
Thanks for looking!

That's me with my dad's crazy soldering iron, and dad-roc in the back there. He deserves some credit for his excellent yoda-ing.

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