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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / i embroidered a whale. a whole whale!! on: December 08, 2008 04:29:07 PM
it's time for our annual family quilt again.  my sister-in-law sends us all a little square of muslin, gives us a theme, and then we're to do whatever we want.  then she sews the whole ding danged thing together. 

last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208356.msg2229693#msg2229693), the theme was places.  and this is what i came up with:

this year, the theme is water.  and this is what i came up with:

it's based on a pacific northwest indian idea of a whale in a totem pole.  i pretty much winged the design and pattern.  i wish i had more time to put more effort into it.  i would have put more "characters" around the whale and probably embroidered the white space.  i wish i hadn't added the blue, also.  i did the red first and really liked how the red and black worked together, but i was afraid it would be too boring.  oh well.  in the end, i dig it.  here are some closer shots:

happy embroidering!!  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / because who doesn't love embroidered onesies?! (pic-fat) on: January 22, 2008 11:30:51 PM
my girlfriend had her first baby on sunday and we're all overjoyed at his arrival.  she is "older", miscarried her first pregnancy, and had a rocky time with this one (lots of bedrest early on).  so she was a high risk pregnancy and we all had our beady little eyes on her just hoping she'd marinade that kid until he was healthy and ready to do a meet and greet with us.  much to our pleasure and with the help of some happy drugs, he was two days overdue.  hooray.  when i found out she was having a boy, i made these:

here are some closeups:

of course you need the mom tattoo.

they're way into music.  she has sung at the grand ole opry and both of them are very talented people, musically.  they even named him after sebastian bach.  her singing is my happy place.

more music-related.  originally i was going to fill this in with black.  then i changed my mind, but the thread shed in the fabric so now i'm thinking i may go back and fill it in again.  don't know if washing it will make it come out. 

who doesn't love a quirky robot?

goldfish...big lips and all.

i think i'd propose to this robot if i was made of metal and buttons.  so here's more robot love:

they brought him home from the hospital today hopefully next week i'll get to go spend some more time with him and give him these.  i've got another pack of shirts to make, but school started back up today, so we'll see if that happens.  i'm so happy for them, i could just spit.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / viva la deutschland? [[some obesity in the pic department, here]] on: November 15, 2007 10:54:14 PM
hi all!  so this is it...my first embroidery post.  i can't truthfully say this is my first attempt at embroidery, but basically, my second.  i am embroidering the obligatory onesies for my girlfriend's first born but since i haven't finished making them yet, i'll hold off until that happens to post. 

anyway, my family (my sister-in-law, to be precise) makes a family quilt every year.  the s.i.l sends everyone a plain cotton square and gives us a theme and tells us to get to work.  i always procrastinate (i'm in school full time and work full time, and have a full time boyfriend, so my free time is usually spent sleeping) and this year was no different.  fortunately, i lit a fire under myself and busted this puppy out in time and according to her, i'm not last.  woohoo for the procrastination gene!!  i'm sure there are goofs in there and i know there are a couple obvious ones, but i was strapped for time and hell...no one else in my family embroiders, so they'll probably never notice.  the bottom line is i'm proud and wanted to share. 

background on this quilt:
the theme this year is "places".  i was an exchange student in germany, specifically bayreuth, so while i really wanted to do "heaven" as my quilt square, it was easier for me to just be very obvious about my choice and pick something off a map (i am a geography major, after all).  sooo, here it is...

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / jewelry holder on: April 07, 2007 10:12:54 PM
i have way too many necklaces considering i only have one neck.  too many earrings, too. now i need more wall space in my bathroom because i already need to make more of these suckers. 

i've never found a jewelry holder i have liked.  originally i wanted to transform a corkboard into a jewelry holder by breaking it into a 1/3 - 2/3 thing with fabric covering the cork and putting teacup hooks to hang necklaces randomly on the 2/3 side and earrings on the 1/3 side.  never did get around to it, but genius struck me one day and off to ikea and the hardware store i went. 

you've all seen those little square mirrors in a huge wooden frame at ikea.  they have them in a few different colors and plain and they're way cheap.  so i snagged a few of them and bought some teacup hooks and eye screw thingies (why am i spacing on the name of those things??) and started planning.  this is what i came up with:

somewhat extreme closeup:

i wish i had pre-drilled the holes because two of them are separating at the corners.  but since they were so cheap (probably under 5 bucks each - complete!), i'll eventually go get some more and pre-drill, then re-make them.  as you can see, i already need more of them, but i don't have the wallspace, so i'm just kinda doubling up on a lot of my necklaces and earrings. 

anyway, i dig 'em and they are the absolute perfect remedy to my i-don't-like-any-jewelry-holder-i-see problem.  hope you dig 'em too.  Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / anyone knitted with glass needles before? on: February 05, 2007 11:35:46 PM
i just won an auction on ebay for some gorgeous glass needles.  has anyone ever knitted with glass needles before?  i should get them by the end of the week and even though i work full time and go to school full time, i'll have to find something to knit up, right?!  Wink  sooooo...thoughts?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby blanket - complete. wheeee. on: February 04, 2007 08:49:13 PM
so it's in the water....there are babies everywhere!!  i decided to make a baby blanket for one of my pregnant girlfriends and here it be:

she lives in florida and i contemplating not making somethign so heavy, but i figure...hey...they have air conditioners!  Wink  i am sending it off tomorrow.  hope she and her baby boy adore it.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / wine journal on: February 04, 2007 08:44:11 PM
here's another snappy little journal i decided to make.  this one's for the bf's mom and dad for christmas.  i finally finished it a couple weeks ago and shipped this sucker off to 'em.  they're wine buffs, so i figured a wine journal would be perfect for them.  on the left page, they are to paste the label from the bottle of wine they drank, then on the right, write about the wine.  what they had for dinner, likes and dislikes, and who they drank it with.  i'd love one for myself, but i'm afraid mine would be pretty blank except for the date and what i thought of it.  heh. 

i used a thicker textured paper similar to water color paper, but not as thick for the pages.  bought some scrapbooking paper for the covers.  had bought stamps for the images, used those little eyelet grommet thing-a-ma-bobs and used the back of a pad of paper i use at work for the little bacckings on the cover.  here's the goods:

the front cover:

closeup of the front cover:

another closeup of the front cover:

yet another closeup of the front cover (can ya tell i dig the front cover??):

the back cover:

the right page (every set of pages were the same):

the left page:

hope you enjoy.  Cheesy
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / reasons journal on: February 04, 2007 08:23:40 PM
hey y'all!  i made this journal back in september for my boyfriend for our one-year anniversary.  i wanted to make him something unique and thought of a little journal filled with  bunch of reasons why i loved him might fit the bill.  originally, i was hoping to come up with 365 reasons - one for every day of the year since we decided to make the jump into relationship status.  unfortunately, i learned there aren't 365 reasons i love ANYTHING!    i DID, however, come up with 179 reasons.  our anniversary was to be simple: a bonfire at the beach and just hang out and watch the sunset.  and, thankfully, that's just what it was.  the night before, however, he was feeling sick and i still hadn't started this thing, even though i had all the reasons in mind and the basic idea in mind.  while he was lying in bed milking this *thing* he had caught, i was a busy bee making this journal.  anyway, i'll shut up now and show you how it turned out.

the cover:

closeup of the cover (i had short hair at the time and always wear tank tops, skirts, and flip flops in the summer since we live at the beach in southern california):

the spine:

the back cover (if you mouth the words "elephant shoes" it is similiar to mouthing "olive juice" and looks like you're saying "i love you" to someone.  we do elephant shoes and i decided if i ever do get my own business running, that's what i'll name it.  also, our anniversary is 09-28-2006.):

top view:

cool picture of the spine and back cover:

i used water color sheets and cut them down to size and decided i wouldn't use that again - it was too thick.  i drew the girl with a sharpie and used water color pencils to color in the balloon.  on the inside (i couldn't post those pics because that stuff's too personal.  Wink) i used a sharpie again for each of the reasons, but bought a set of stamps and stamped each number before the reason.  i used red raffia and a knitting tapestry needle for the spine.

he LOVES it!!  and so do i.  hope you do, too!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / an alternative to weaving in ends???? on: February 18, 2006 01:17:07 PM
weaving in the ends has always been such a yucky task for me. 

the setting:
i was knitting a baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born niece (we're on babywatch, 2006 at the moment, as my sister-in-law is about to pop!!) and i was at the end of one skein and needed to bring in the next when it hit me...

the thought process in action:
why not, when the new yarn is attached to the old yarn/end of the row, just weave it in by knitting it along with the new yarn? 

my very own devil's-advocate brain steps in:
is this going to totally bite me in the tush later?  i did it with the blanket and then with a sweater i just made for her last week and it doesn't seem to make it noticably bulkier.  i am the worst weaver-inner and i seriously always DREAD it.  maybe this is something others have done forever and i'm a dork for not picking up on it, orrrrr maybe this is the worst idea ever for a number of reasons.  maybe i'm an archaic knitter and i've been doing it wrong all along.

i hate weaving.
discuss amongst yourselves (and me and everyone else reading Grin )....
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