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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Do these fingerless gloves make me look awesome? on: January 06, 2011 10:23:22 PM

Do you know what's really hard to do?
Attempt to take a decent picture of both of your own hands, that's what!

Next time I will work on lining up the treble stitches with the edge of my hand...oh and maybe actually do the thumbs. Thumbs were causing me major issues!

No More pictures please!

The pattern is from http://stitchpunk.posterous.com/my-first-ever-crochet-pattern-the-gloves-of-w#

Thanks for looking!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I can crochet...lets make some hats! on: December 28, 2010 06:09:58 PM
Since relearning how to crochet I've been busy making me some awesome hats!
Nothing too complicated I am still a beginner  Tongue

First up was a hat off of threadbanger...no written pattern and no real problems! YAY!

and the next one is a free pattern from Caron http://www.caron.com/vickiehowell/patterns/urban_jungle/urban_jungle.html

I don't seem to get home before dark right now...which is like 4:30! So the pictures are necessarily taken inside, ultimately this means that the colors are a little wonky, this first one is the closest though.

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ruby's Blue Scarflet (aka my craftster crochet debut!) on: December 26, 2010 09:31:57 PM
I fell in love! and it was mutual...well I think it was which can be kind of hard to tell with a yarn...
That's right fell in love with a yarn, I'm sure its happened once or twice or a couple of thousands of time with you yarnies out there. But my yarn was deserving of SO much more than my cheater loom knitting. So I taught myself (well retaught) how to crochet, nothing special just a basic single crochet...but the yarn makes the piece!

My love is 60% merino wool, 20% alpaca, and 20% silk by Mirasol and it is handspun in peru...ohhh sooo soft!!

The scarflet was made for a friend's birthday, but I still have about half a skein for me to play with. Not too much but I can still pet it everyday!

thanks for looking!
I appreciate any feedback as I'm very new to this board
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Olivia Poppet wants to go to the Ren Faire! on: December 16, 2010 04:10:11 PM
Olivia is my first poppet...she was physically completed before my punkin, but not fully dressed.
She is decent now and ready for her local renaissance faire, though its not till August.

the colors are a bit wonky on this one, but its the best full shot I could get. Stupid rain!

Olivia's corset was made from a blue green velveteen scrap from a vest I made (still needs buttons)
Her skirt is a chunk from making a jesters jacket for the ren faire, and her chemise and pantaloons (not pictured sorry) are inherited fabric from my mom's stash (as is the lace)

Thanks for looking!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie Kitty!!! on: December 15, 2010 08:29:53 PM
When the zombie apocalypse comes it won't be the big bad monsters you will have to fear but the cute cuddly little monsters!

How could you say no to a face like this!?!

Well you should fear all zombies, unless they are tamed and kept in the shed, but beware the adorazombies!

Previously I made a Zombie Bride and Groom from the book zombie felties (they're post is here) this little fuzzy is made from the same book only blown up and out of fleece for cuddliness

Thanks for looking, and good luck with the apocalypse!

26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Teddy bear season on: December 15, 2010 08:15:43 PM
I was asked to make a teddy bear for a 2 year little boy with autism. After a little research (namely a call to my mother who was an occupational therapist in the schools) I came up with this little combination. He's also from a new pattern for me, McCall's 6135, which was a pretty decent pattern once I got the pieces figured out (If you ever used a McCalls craft pattern they are laid out very oddly in little boxes, this one had individual pieces for each part for each bear even when they could just have you cut two of the same  Huh) He went together very nicely, though I did leave off his tail. But for some reason he looks like a knock off of a carebear to me...maybe its just the fabric  Smiley

These first two pictures are the most accurate for color. I had a heck of a time adjusting my pictures (I should really invest in Photoshop) unfortunately Washington state is undergoing major major rains so daylight is a no-go

I wanted to show off his little paw-pads.
Oh AND he is all from stash! Green soft and comfy fabric from Joann's from previous teddy bear exploits, the white soles are flannel backed satin from a baby quilt, white muzzle is fleece remnant from my mom's stash, and the heart and paw-pads are from a quilt my mom made for me when I started college (well she started it then and finished it just in time for my birthday this last year, so just 5 or so years later)

My mom helped me pick this combination of fabrics based upon texture. The body is uber soft, the soles are silky, and the heart and paw-pads have some texture due to the stitching. She also advised that I make his face nice and obvious so he can learn about parts of the face...hence the ginormous felt eyes

And a little teddy bear cuddling

He gets dropped off this weekend so the lucky little recipient should be unwrapping him for christmas.

Thanks for looking!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mario 1up mushroom quilt of doom! on: November 10, 2010 05:03:52 PM
Once upon a time when I was brand new to craftster (okay well... March) I was flipping through all the wonderful quilty and non quilty creations and I stumbled upon a mario pixel quilt, the husband who was playing video games behind me, went "awesome!" hence the birth of our first quilt together! And I did make him help!

So technically I guess its not a quilt...because its not quilted, but its one of the biggest projects I have tackled to date and saying I made a "blanket" is just not as fulfilling

I really really wanted to put a mario fabric on the back, but I couldn't find anything in enough quantity or without paying an arm and a leg for junk. I also fell in love with a space invaders print on spoonflower, but it was more than I wanted to spend for something I might easily mess up  Sad I eventually fell for this skull and crossbones print which my sister decided looked like a kill screen...hence the doom!

and an in-progress pic with my lovely kitty of after I got all the blocks put together for the middle

It has been living on our bed since I finished it (in July) but I only just took it outside to get pictures whoops! Husband likes it and has already requested a megaman one (or was it a final fantasy?) I see several more pixel quilts in my future...maybe one day they will actually be "quilts"

Thanks for looking!
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Batgirl Punkin!! on: November 06, 2010 02:19:43 PM
I included this little cutie in a package for my friend who is expanding her family with a brand new baby (original post here) but she deserves her own post.

For starters she's my first punkin, and her outfit was modeled after the recipient's cute little batgirl costume

Her outfit is made of pink spandex with holographic shiny spots (I really have no idea what you would call it) and black polyester with some stretch both of which were originally in my mom's stash. The boots have a fleecs sole so they do retain their shape, and her whole outfit is removable. I also made her pink sparkly panties/spankies that match the dress.
The one thing I did different from the punkin directions was to needle sculpt her little nose a bit, so that it retains its shape without adding clay or anything. I didn't needle sculpt her anywhere else and I think she came out pretty darn cute!

She just reacher her destination today, and I think that she will be well loved!

Thanks for looking!
C&C always welcome
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Expanding Family Package on: November 06, 2010 02:05:02 PM
I have a friend, she moved far away, then she started having the most adorable babies....sad for me because she is so far away and I haven't seen her since she moved away. But the upside is I get to make awesome kids things and send them to her. She's due in January with her newest little one and I put this package together for all her kiddos....hence the name of this post  Wink

for her little man

for the big sister

I gave the batgirl punkin her own post here

for the new little baby girl

Getting ready to hit the road

Their reception upon arrival

Thanks for looking!
C&C always welcome

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Charity Bear on: November 06, 2010 01:47:19 PM
This little guy was inspired by Joann's Craft for a Cause Contest, where you could win a Joann's gift card for yourself and/or win a nice donation for your charity of choice. I shipped him off a couple of day ago to Right as Rain which is an organization that sells donated hand crafted items to support individuals going through a crisis through no fault of their own. Check them out if you are interested, they are always looking for more donations and are also willing to promote shops and such in return.

 and a pre-assembly shot

He's made of super soft brown minky fur, with cream fleece accents. His ribbon really is a celery green but I had to tweak the photos to get better lighting and they washed out in the process.
I jointed him using dental floss and buttons just like poppets are put together, which turned out very nice on him (and I didn't have to buy hardboard joints and pins!)

Thanks for looking!
C & C Always welcome
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