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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Happy Birthday with a surprise inside! ;) on: December 05, 2019 01:47:52 PM
I don't think I've ever posted a tutorial on here before, so now is a perfect time to do so.

I showed DH a cute little multicolored crocheted birthday cake on Instagram, and he immediately wanted me to make him one for his birthday!  (He loves me making him things, it's so cute!  Cheesy)  That was during the summer and his birthday is the 21st of this month.  So a week or two ago I got crackin!

The cake on Instagram was basically an amigurumi, and had safety eyes and an embroidered mouth.  That's the only thing I don't have on his cake yet because I need to buy black felt to make those for this project, and I keep on forgetting to buy it.  Roll Eyes

I tried to match the colors as close as I could to the Instagram one (using stash!):

I wanted this birthday cake to be useful, so instead of stuffing it, this is how it kept its shape:

(I'm going to put gift cards and scratch offs in it.)

I then just chose which yarn to start with and crocheted a chain till it was snug around the jar when attached end to end.  I then used a half double crochet stitch around, and started the next color and so on and so forth till it reached the top lip of the jar.

Along the bottom, I used the white yarn to make "frosting".  All I did was chose a spot to start on the bottom and did a *half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet, half double crochet* then skip a space, do a slip stitch into the skipped space, and continue with the * to * till it's completely around the bottom.  (I used the same stitch on the lid around the outside.)

I was going to use pipe cleaners and crochet over them for candles, but then I realized that they would make it almost impossible to open the jar.  So what I did was first crochet a flat circle, the same size as the top of the lid.

This part is hard to explain because I made it up as I went along...Once I was finished making the flat circle, I continued by going in the loop that was closest to my hook and did a half double crochet in it.  I did that around and around and around, going towards the middle of the circle.  I think I did it twice for height.  When I got to the middle, I double crocheted for extra height there.

Here it is finished, without decoration:

I sewed on some funky strawberry buttons on the top to give it some interest and to make it look finished:

I used E-600 to attach it to the glass jar top and it's held like a dream.

And the finished product:

This is going to be my "go to" birthday gift for everyone now...it is so easy...took me maybe two nights to finish it.  Hope you like it!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Spray starched crocheted crowns? on: June 25, 2019 05:25:11 PM
Hi!  I've crocheted a LOT of crowns for an upcoming craft fair I'm doing.

I've used cheap yarn to make them b/c they come out stiffer with that kind of yarn.  I then sprayed water on them and ironed them to keep their shape.

What I'm wondering is if anyone thinks that if I use spray starch on them and iron them again, would it make the yarn stiffer and help it to hold it's shape when worn?

I am grateful for any and all opinions/answers/suggestions!  Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / How do I package these things???? on: June 18, 2019 07:35:00 AM
I am participating in a craft fair at the end of this month.  I was inspired to make these items but have a few questions and I hope I get lots of answers because I don't know where to start!  Shocked  Thank you in advance!  This is what I making:

It's a set of hair accessories:  a headband, a hair elastic for ponytails, and two clip on barrettes.

I have a few questions:

-Do you think I should sell each item separately?
-Or in a group?
-How much would you charge separately/in a group? 
-How in the world would you package these items?  (I know how to do the barrettes, and maybe the hair elastic, but I'm stuck on the headband.)

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Slow cloth/boro stitching project on: May 07, 2019 04:41:34 AM
I fell in love with slow cloth/boro stitching during the swap that was done a few months ago.  I had this frame and wanted to make a patch that would go well with it.  I think I succeeded!  I'm so proud of myself.   Roll Eyes Wink Grin

A close up:
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) and Art Abandonment / Positivity Rocks! on: August 01, 2018 07:00:50 AM

I am entering the Craftster Rocks challenge with a group of rocks that all have the same theme:  POSITIVITY!

This is a photo of all of them together right before my DDs and I went out to hide them!

Here is a shot of all the rocks that I am entering, as a group:

Close up photos:

Close close ups Wink of my favorite ones:

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Best friends forever spiral rainbow patch on: April 05, 2018 03:31:22 PM


(Thank you to blupaisan who generously allowed me to use her computer to post my entry!)

My entry is a Teesha Moore patch that I made for blupaisan-my partner-in the current round of the TM patch swap.  We first became friends on Craftster.  When I went to meet her in person a few years later, she had made me a rainbow hoopla using beads.  It was an exquisite piece of art, and I still have it hanging up in my home.

I was inspired to make her a patch that was reminiscent of the hoopla she made me...I used rainbow colored varigated thread for the stitches.  The front of the patch is yellow, one of blu's favorite colors.  The back is one of her favorite fabric prints.  The button speaks for itself. Cheesy
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of the Fukubukuro Lucky Bag swap? on: April 02, 2018 05:26:14 PM
I participated in it years ago and I love the idea of it!

Look up what was involved in the swap and let me know if theres anybody interested.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What about a reusuable grocery bag swap? on: January 03, 2018 09:06:24 AM
I don't know if this is a state thing or across the US, but I live in NY and they have recently instituted this law that if you don't have your own bag to put your groceries, etc... in, then you need to pay 5 cents per bag from the store to put your stuff in.

I couldn't organize, but I just thought I'd throw the idea out there.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Check out my gelli prints!!!!!! on: January 04, 2017 02:00:26 PM
I just got a new gelli plate (and received acrylic paints for Xmas) so I've spent the last hour or so making prints!  I'm so excited, and my DD and I had a lot of fun making them.  Here goes some photos of what we made so far:

That is a photo of the entire group of prints so far.

This one was a second print using the first set of stencils and different color paint.

This was the first go round of the above print.

This was one using different things I had as stencils.  The big circle was a cupcake liner.  I thought the ridges in the paper would make a print, but instead I got a big circle.  No matter, it still looks cool.

This is the sheet of paper I used to roll the brayer on to get rid of the excess paint.  One you tube video I watched said that that paper could be used as well, b/c it tends to come out so pretty too.  So I'm saving and using it.

Here are some stencils that I've collected around the house (The flower stamp has never been used with an ink pad, so it's safe to use with the gelli plate.

I'm going to you tube how to make a journal and try my hand at it using some of these prints.  Cheesy
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / How to copy an image onto canvas?-BEGINNER'S QUESTION on: June 15, 2016 05:14:58 AM
My son has a pineapple tattoo that I want to make into a piece of art for his apartment.  I purchased a white canvas.  I am assuming that I can use pencil to lightly draw the image onto the canvas.  Am I right in that assumption?

After I do that, I would like to use some sort of medium to color in/outline the image.  I would rather use something that has more control to it than a paintbrush.  What could I use?

Thanks in advance for your answers!
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