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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Nests for Wildlife on: March 29, 2018 12:03:45 PM
Hi all!
If you're like me, you wind up with a whole pile of little teeny balls of yarn and you find yourself digging through your pinterest posts for ways to use them up. (Chapstick coozie? For real?)

Well, look no further. Spring has sprung here in North America, and for wildlife rehabilitators that means those two, dreaded words that coincide with the end of functioning time for yourself or frivolous things like sleep: BABY SEASON.
You can help support your local over-worked wildlife rehabilitator by making some nests to keep the little babes warm!

I found a local wildlife rehabilitator through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and whipped up the following nests for her out of the remains of my little stash of random bits. I admit the color combinations are not all stellar, but these are going to be pooped on enough that it probably won't matter. I tried to go for a variety of sizes to give her some options based on who will be nestled in there. These are a bit deeper than they appear, but the design means the edges roll a bit.

If you are a stitchery beginner, I urge you to try these! They're very simple and the decreases are super easy, at least for knitting.

You can find the instructions to knit or crochet nests here.

Here's the individual nests with how many strands of yarn I used, and how many stitches I cast on at the beginning. If you're not sure what size to make, chat with a local rehabber! You can also find some places to send donations on the instructions site.

Edit: I just found a Facebook group called Wildlife Rescue Nests that is all about connecting crafters with rehabbers in need!

Some important takeaways:
1. These have to be really tightly knit or crochet. No holes or spaces where little legs or toes can wander in and get stuck, because the only thing worse than an orphaned baby bird is an orphaned baby bird with a broken leg. Same goes for yarns with little loops and snags that could catch a toe.
2. They have to be self-supporting, so an infant hat style won't work. Rehabbers have to manage a syringe of food, positioning the baby to be fed and keeping everyone from falling out; since this already requires 3 more hands than they currently have, there won't be one to spare for a floppy nest brim.
3. These are going to be washed A LOT. Plan your fiber choices accordingly.

I hope you're feeling inspired! I know the over-worked and under-appreciated wildlife rescue individuals in your community will appreciate it.

Thanks for looking! Please share!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Byron the Owl on: February 13, 2018 10:21:44 AM
I used to work in environmental education. I recently learned that one of the educational owls passed away at a very, very old age. My friend and former co-worker really loved Byron the Barred Owl, so I wanted to make her a little memorial piece to keep. I got a 5x7 photo frame, used an online stencil generator, and painted on the glass. The glass was then epoxied into the frame, so that it could be hung in a window. After thinking it was too hard to see, a friend suggested I add some translucent paper to the back. I think it works just the way I intended.

Here's the photo of beautiful Byron for reference:

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ombre hat with leftover yarn on: February 13, 2018 10:14:04 AM
Hi there! I tried out this pattern on Ravelry, and I love it:
The Quick Ombre Hat by Emily Dormier

I had tried out this pattern just for the shape for my brain hat (still a wip). I really liked it, so I decided to do the colorwork when my Auntie requested one too. There are a bunch of sizes which I really liked. It was perfect to use up some leftover wool that I loved way too much to just toss into a random scrap project. I did wind up making mine shorter, though. I condensed the main body of the hat, not including brim and decreases, to I think 21 rows.

I showed the bf and he goes, "What, no pom pom?" Sigh.

Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doubleknit Dino Cowl/ neckwarmer on: February 13, 2018 10:00:39 AM
Hi there! This is my second attempt at double knitting and first at doing colorwork. I really like doubleknit colorwork because it hides all those loose strings that would be on the inside of the garment. This was mostly an experiment, but a friend gave me some nice local wool and I thought the color scheme said: Dinos.

The dino pattern was made by me on one of those pattern generator tools online. Unfortunately, I forgot to register and save, which also means that I did this pattern the hard way with a bunch of printouts and counting. But it worked! I just need to find a tidier cast-off that isn't so wobbly (the top of the neckwarmer). It's hard because there are twice as many stitches in doubleknit! Maybe I'll k2tog and then slip next time.
At any rate, it's super warm! Thanks for looking!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fused Fabric Puppy Portrait on: July 02, 2017 06:50:12 PM
Hi all!
I needed some kind of art project to serve as a housewarming gift for my brother and sis-in-law, and I wanted to immortalize their adorable dog. I decided to make a fabric portrait!

Here is Barley and her cheery grin.
I realize this is a hoop project, but since I didn't use any real stitches I think perhaps this is a better board for sharing.
I did use a variety of fabric scraps, and fusible interfacing to hold them together. Unfortunately I couldn't find my double-sided interfacing, so one side of each piece had to be glued in place. Ah well. The backing fabric is from an old t-shirt, and I did the eyes with a bit of fabric paint. I tossed a couple threads in for her more prominent whiskers.

Here is the image I used to figure out my separate fabric pieces:

And they loved it! Success rice! (One of my brother's catch phrases.)

Thanks for looking! And a quick question for you knowledgeable folks - do you think people would purchase portraits like this? Perhaps if I opened an etsy store? I'm always hemming and hawing over selling art or crafts, and I think this is a style that I could stand doing a bit of. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Sarah's Scribbles Shoes on: July 02, 2017 06:38:32 PM
I haven't posted a project forever and ever, and so I finally knocked out one of those "since I'm making this for myself it will never be finished" ideas. Behold, the Sarah's Scribbles converse!

These doodles are all based off of original work by Sarah Andersen, creator of my absolute favorite webcomic Sarah's Scribbles.  If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat. Those who are familiar will recognize Sarah, her bunny, her cat, the angry uterus, the insecure introvert brain, and some others. I used regular ol' fabric paint for the back of each image, then micron pen for the black ink and sharpie for color. I got really annoyed with the sharpie because it ran with every kind of sealant I tried, so I gave up and painted clear nail polish *very carefully* over each image. Overall, I'm fairly happy with the result. Maybe someday there will be a comic con close by and I can show my shoes to the original Sarah!

Some detail shots:

Thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Manga Sheldon Cooper Paper Doll on: January 10, 2015 01:16:51 PM
Hi there!
Here is the paper doll I made for my partner in the Paper Doll Swap. Her interests included Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory and some manga characters, so I decided to combine those into this:

This is my first paper doll. I wasn't sure on the proportions, so I just drew each piece next to the others and estimated the overlap on the joints. I found little paper brads to hold it all together. I also don't draw people very often, so making him manga was a bit easier! I definitely perused some drawing tutorials first.

My partner also had Totoro on her list of favorite characters, but I wasn't sure where to put jointed movable places on him. I decided to send a little one to keep Sheldon company instead. Smiley

C&C welcome! Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Tea Tray on: May 24, 2014 09:27:15 PM
Hi everyone!
This here's a tea tray I decorated for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.

I used a combination of paint (the pink parts), and decoupaged tissue paper (gray) and book pages. The silhouette I drew on some fine art paper, cut out with an exacto knife, and mod-podged over the paint. And then it got heavily glittered, 'cause what's tea without dinosaurs and glitter?

Thanks for looking!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lunar Mission Hoop on: May 23, 2014 05:09:06 PM
Hi all! I made this hoop recently for my partner in the "Use What You Have" Swap.
She mentioned liking space, american and glitter themes so I combined them!

I appliqued the moon surface on with interfacing and finished with a chain stitch, and the earth was just a patch I had around. The stars are fabric paint (glitter of course). I made the flag pole with a heavy braid chain stitch, for which I used this tutorial.

Here's some detail. The flag was done in a back-stitch with shiny thread, and I used satin stitch to fill the blue, and fabric paint for the stripes.

I actually like the way this came out; I didn't think I was going to. The stars were a little sloppy, but I had a hard time getting my brain around spacing 50 stars in a tiny box.  Huh

Anyway, thanks for looking!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Costa Rica Treasure Frame on: May 04, 2014 03:00:05 PM
Hi All! Can I tempt you with an alluring beach photo? Wink

Sadly, this is a project that waited for almost 6 years for me to accomplish. In the Summer of '08 I worked for a sea turtle conservation group in Costa Rica. I spent a lot of time on the beach, and wanted a little bit to remember it by. So, I found a nice little glass bottle and filled it with some sand, pebbles, sea shells, and ocean water. Unfortunately, the folks in the baggage-handling areas of the airport were rough enough with my well-padded treasures that the bottle broke on the way home, and I was left with a baggie of soggy beach crumbs and bits of glass.  Cry

I wasn't sure what to do with it until I discovered this pin on shadow box picture frames. I got one of the photos I took that summer printed out at the pharmacy and mounted it in a shadow box frame I got at Michael's. Then I sifted the glass shards out of the sand, chose some shells and driftwood and seeds, and put it all together!

I'm pretty happy with it, and am definitely going to enjoy my little bit of Costa Rica now that I can have it on display! I especially like that I can tilt the box around and get a slightly different beach from time to time - a bit more like the real thing. Smiley

Here's a pic so you can see the photo a bit better. It's really hard to photograph a picture frame without getting a reflection!

Enjoy! Thanks for looking!
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