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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / And this is my partner, Sillypants Jackson. (Psych amis!) on: August 28, 2010 04:57:20 PM
So these are kind of old, hence the extreme amounts of hot glue, because I was too lazy to sew everything together. Tongue But I think they came out pretty cute. Here is the whole Psych gang!

From left to right: Lassie, Jules, Henry (who is a little camera shy), Shawn, and Gus

Henry, Shawn, and Gus:

Lassie and Jules:

And detail shots! Jules' ponytail:

Shawn's pineapple:

And Lassiter's gun:

These were a ton of fun to make. Someone needs to start up a Psych Rnd 3 swap for me to join. Tongue
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to keep a purse from stretching on: August 27, 2010 06:33:19 AM
I'm in the mood for stash-busting, and I'm also in the mood for a new purse. I'm thinking messenger-bag style, but I haven't quite decided yet. Anyway, I need help on how to prevent the purse's stitches from stretching out once I have the bag full of my junk. I'd really rather not line it, because I am terrible at sewing, but the only other way I could think of would be to do the bag entirely in tunsinian crochet, which would be difficult because I don't have an afghan hook (and a regular hook would make a very small purse indeed).

Anyone else have any brilliant ideas?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Cheapest place to find Swarovski crystals? on: August 22, 2010 03:16:53 PM
Swarovski crystals are not cheap. I am very well aware of this. However, I am looking for the most inexpensive place to buy them. The cheapest place near where I live is Hobby Lobby, where a strand of 15 bicone crystals goes for about $6. Does anyone know of a place where they are not quite as expensive?
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swapping "for sale" items? on: August 19, 2010 07:18:55 PM
So I am currently involved in my first swap, and I'm not sure about the ettiquette on this.

My partner and I agreed to send extras with ours, and I had a great idea for an extra to send her . . . however, this particular extra is also available in my online shop for people to buy. Is it still okay to send it to her? I don't want to be like "Oh, I'm feeling unoriginal, so I'll just send you something I'm also making for a ton of other people." It goes with the theme of the swap and everything, but I don't want to seem cheap. Tongue

Anyone? . . . anyone? . . . Bueller? . . .
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best way to make hair for an ami? on: August 16, 2010 11:06:57 AM
I'm working on an ami for a swap and I am at a loss on how to do the hair. Without giving too much away, it needs to be flowy, long hair. I've made hair using the method in Creepy Cute Crochet (if you're familiar with the book), but that takes a long time to make a full head of hair.

Any other ideas? Help please!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded flower bracelet (first bead project!) on: August 15, 2010 06:16:40 PM
This is my first serious attempt at a beaded piece of jewelry . . . well, besides just stringing one long strand of beads and tying it into a circle. Tongue Made with purple and clear seed beads, silver spacers, and 28 gauge wire.

And up close:

I found a tutorial on the internet about how to make them. Not too bad for a first project, I don't think.

Comments + constructive criticism welcome. Smiley
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ruffled bangle bracelets on: August 15, 2010 06:12:33 PM
Bangles are very in-style right now. So are ruffles. So I decided to combine the two. Smiley

They were all crocheted using a basic ruffle method - sc around the bangle, then 3 dc in each st around to make it ruffle. The white one is made in Rustica Eclat crochet thread (size 3 cotton, I think?), the blue and green one is a baby sport yarn, and the silver one is . . . unknown. It came from a hat I had that I unraveled to upcycle. All were made using thin metal bangles and a B hook.

I have, since making these, discovered a pattern somewhere on the internet. I didn't use the same method though.

Comments + constructive criticism is welcome. Smiley
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Does Etsy count as 'self employed'? on: August 09, 2010 04:45:05 PM
This is for people in the US, since I live there . . .

I was looking something up on the IRS website a couple days ago, and it says that if you make more than $400 a year selling something - be it handmade stuff or a service - then you have to file taxes as a self-employed business. But I assumed this is only if you have a proper business license and whatnot . . . does Etsy count as being self-employed? I mean, you'd have to sell a lot of crafts to make $400, but I don't want to sell things, make money, and get in trouble at the end of the year.

Anybody have any idea?
29  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Things to use as beads on: August 08, 2010 01:09:02 PM
I love beaded jewelry - small, big, chunky, skinny, whatever! But beads (especially the pretty glass ones) tend to be expensive when you're buying lots of them for multiple projects. So I've been on the hunt for things to use as beads, since you can use pretty much anything you can put a hole in. So far I have:

1. Metal washers/nuts (my dad has a huge workshop and has more than he knows what to do with, so I use some of them as beads)
2. Recycled plastic bottles (I found the tutorial on here about making beads from them)
3. Old/broken jewelry (take off all the beads and reuse them!)

I'm always on the lookout for more, though. Anyone else have any ideas for beads?
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RRR Challenge #1: Fender Bender purse on: July 31, 2010 12:24:50 PM
Okay, so . . . sewing is TOTALLY not my thing. I don't have the patience for it, so my stitches tend to be big and loopy and my seams are uneven and . . . yeah. It's just bad. I'll stick to crochet and leave sewing to people who are good at it. Tongue

Anyway, this purse came out pretty cute for my lack of sewing skills. It's made from an old Fender guitar t-shirt I bought several years ago, the skirt of a purple vintage dress I found at a thrift store, and a recycled zipper I found at another thrift store for 5 cents. The strap is some satin ribbon that used to be a tie on a skirt I have.

And the inside:

Yeah, you can see my seams on the inside . . . shhhh. Don't tell anyone. Tongue The purse is about 11"x10", and the strap is about 3 ft in length.

CC welcome, though I will probably not attempt to sew a purse again anytime soon. Tongue (And I promise to have 10 posts next time, so you don't have to click through the links . . . my apologies.)
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