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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Desiderata String Art on: January 02, 2014 07:38:55 PM
Thank you all for the positive feedback! I'm still trying to figure out how to hang it cause it's a big heavy piece of wood and I live in an apartment so I don't want to put massive holes in the walls.

For the person who asked about doing things pain free, I'd say justgo slow and make tiny hits instead of trying to hammer the nails all the way in. I definitely got myself a few times, but the hammer wasn't moving very quickly so it was okay. Maybe one or two good bumps in the hundreds of nails that were put in.

I did the colors on the string by marking off the board into as many sections as I had string, and then overlapping the colors a little bit to make them transition.

I used 4" cardboard letters from hobby lobby, and I had to place the "strive to be happy" part all wonky because it wouldn't fit otherwise.  Smiley

I also painted the board white before I started, I forgot to put that in the write up.

I have no idea what the size of the nails are, I threw away the little container. They were about an inch long with a decent sized head. A "finishing nail" maybe? Or it might have been called a brad. I worried that if I did a small head the string might slip off. I left about 1/4" sticking up out of the wood, but they aren't perfectly hammered in I just sort of eyeballed it.

The string is embroidery floss, that I got at hobby lobby in a multipack. I just put it into rainbow order, leaving out the neutrals. I tied the string onto the first nail and then tied it onto the last nail a million times. I hope that holds. I probably could have looked up some tutorials, but where's the fun in that?  Wink

I hope this answers any questions!

Happy crafting!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Owl on: December 29, 2013 09:24:43 AM
I have made little animals and creatures for all my nieces and nephews, so the time had come to make one for my niece. Her whole room is owls, so that seemed like a good place to start. I did a google image search for owls, and decided to use a mix of several of them for my owl.

Originally I was going to have a squared off top and a rounded bottom, but I made the top WAY too big, so I ended up turning it sideways and having an owl that was squared on top and bottom.

Then I set to work on the eyes. My plan was to make two white circles for the eyes, but they actually turned out more yellow...crocheting at night = less than ideal color differentiation. Wink  Then I made a green smaller circle for the iris, and got a black button for the pupil. The nose was an orange cone. The "belly" was made from 5 rows of crocodile stitch.

All in all I'm happy with how the little owl turned out!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Desiderata String Art on: December 29, 2013 09:10:21 AM

One of my very favorite poems is "Desiderata" by Max Erhmann. I had been looking around for a way to turn the poem into a craft, but could never really find anything that worked. A few months ago I came across several pinterest projects that involved wrapping string around nails, and I decided I had found my project. After a somewhat embarrassing trip to Lowe's where I proved that I know NOTHING about the layout of a hardware store, I was all set to go. I bought a 12x36x1" board, and cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby. I decided to use the line "be cheerful, strive to be happy" from the poem and got to work.

Laying out the letters

Putting nails around the border of the letter

Had to wrap one right off the bat just to make sure it was going to work.  Grin

Then, came the TEDIOUS task of hammering in what felt like a million nails.

I marked off the board into 13 strips so that I could overlap for a rainbow effect.

Halfway there!

Finally finished!

This was a fun project, but definitely one I was glad to have finished!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Don't Blink! on: October 11, 2012 06:16:50 PM
SO COOL!! I love the hair especially! Is this two different angels, or one angel that can move it's arms? Either way, LOVE!
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Harold and the Purple Crayon Shoes on: April 22, 2012 10:05:28 PM
I love this little book, and have for a long time! I have a friend who painted a pair of TOMS with Where the Wild Things Are creatures, and then another pair of shoes with The Giving Tree on them. I was inspired to create something, and after some brain searching decided to go with Harold and the Purple Crayon. Off I went to Target to find some cheap knock-off Toms to try before I shelled out the big bucks, and came home with some even cheaper knock-off Keds. Then I thought that I would be satisfied with just sketching it out today, and then finding paint to do the rest later, but the creative juices were flowing, so I grabbed a purple pen and went to town on my $12 shoes. This is pictures of the work in progress, and then the finished product (for now at least!) Wink

The finished product =)

My printed off prototypes

The shoes in progress

Side View

The back

C&C Welcome =)

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt rug on: November 15, 2011 04:32:04 AM
I was cutting into about inch wide strips, and then pulling them. And I agree, the worst part by far was the tshirt cutting. It took FOREVER! (Not to mention all the tiny pieces of tshirt strung over my apartment. My boyfriend LOVES that! =)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt rug on: November 14, 2011 06:33:32 PM
Thank you! I have significantly stronger arms now than when I started, after pulling all of those tshirts into yarn! =)
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / T-shirt rug on: November 14, 2011 06:26:27 PM

Okie doke. So I got the idea to make a tshirt rug this summer, and I thought it would be a great addition to my classroom. I started cutting up all my old tshirts, and then hitting up my family for theirs as well. I had a lot of blue, so I started making a rug of blue grey and white.

Then I ran out of those colors. I thought maybe I'd just make lots of little rugs instead of one big one, so I started a red rug, got a few rounds in, and then school started. Recently I got bit by the bug again, and decided to make a rainbow rug instead of mono-colored ones because I could get more out of the tshirts I already had.

Rainbow rug in progress:

almost there!

finally finished!

It's about 5 feet across from point to point, and there aren't terrible signs of warping, so that's good. It does seem to twist a little from the center to the edge, but all in all I'm really happy with the way everything came out!

Up close shot of the edge, where you can see the purple section

Up close of the middle

Thanks for looking!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "mrs." buzz lightyear 2011 on: November 04, 2011 03:31:21 AM
This is SO awesome! I think I may have to get started on my costume for next year. Only 360 days to go!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From hubby's hoodie to cute skirt for me! on: September 18, 2011 09:02:21 AM
Wow this is a very neat idea, and the finished product looks awesome! Me gusta!
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