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1  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!
2  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!

3  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 =)

4  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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One set of yarn, two blankets, three years on: September 04, 2011 08:04:25 PM
A few years ago my sister in law asked me to make a blanket for someone she knew. We searched and searched for patterns, and finally came up with one by Katie Benedict at http://oneschemeofhappiness.typepad.com

I went to Hobby Lobby without her and looked and looked and looked for the perfect color combo (NO pink, I was told). And here's what I ended up with (minus the brown):

So within a month or so I had a blanket, and had only used half of my yarn. Not a terrible problem to have...I stashed the rest of the yarn and forgot about it.

Skip forward 3 years. I came across four balls of yarn, had no projects in the works (a first and a last), and decided I'd "get ahead" on baby blanket making so I'd be ready for the next one. Enter entrelac. I was searching for a great idea and came across this blanket in fairly similar colors on http://www.nikkiinstitches.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Entrelac-Knit-Baby-Blanket-Pattern.pdf and decided I needed to try it out. I had great ambitions to create a quilted effect with knitting, but it turns out it was all I could do to get through the front. I rather like the way the back looks now that I've had some time to stare at it. Now I'm just waiting for the right baby to come along!  Smiley

(please forgive my disgusting carpet/foot!, and the lack of finishing. I think it'll be another year or so before I get that done  Grin )

And a closeup!

Overall I am happy with how both blankets came out!

Thanks for looking!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A cute snowman for a cute boy! on: September 03, 2011 10:11:56 AM
At Christmas, I learned that one of my nephews loooooves snowmen. My sister has a 3 foot snowman that she puts by the door every year, and he kept going over to it and either staring at it or talking to it (or grabbing its nose). =)

Jackson's birthday is right after Christmas, so I decided to make him a little snowman of his own. This was a pretty easy thing to whip up, although I skipped out on making the top hat and went for a beanie instead.

He loved it! My sister-in-law sent me a picture of him sleeping with it a few weeks later. Yay! =)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / John Deere Tractor on: September 03, 2011 10:09:42 AM
I made this tractor for my 3 year old nephew who is OBSESSED with tractors and cars. He has one of those motorized John Deere tractors that he rides around on in the back yard, and that was the inspiration for this little crochet guy.

I had some trouble making the body square up, so I ended up running strings from one side to the other (on the inside) to sort of give it an infrastructure. It was slightly awkward to stuff, but all in all it came out pretty cute. =)

Also, I wasn't sure whether or not to put eyeballs/headlights on it, but I sent out a text message survey, and most people said yes. So 20 minutes before I was to leave for the party I frantically cranked out some eyeballs and a little smile.

Ready for the bag. =)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first attempt at a "doll" on: September 03, 2011 10:06:01 AM

I decided I would make a doll for my niece's birthday. I wanted it to be a fairly proportionate doll, so I drew a picture to block out the body.

Sadly, I left that picture at work, and made the doll at home, so what I ended up with was the longest torso'd shortest legged doll ever. I was going to make it a pair of shorts and a shirt, but as it turns out, I had to do a dress to cover up the tragic misproportion of the body.

It's my first "person" creation though, and I'm really proud of the hair, I worked for at least an hour trying to get the hairline fixed so that it looked somewhat realistic.

The dress just sort of created itself as I went, and it turned into a ballerina looking thing, so I went with it. I had some trouble figuring out how to create underwear (one try looked like a dolly thong), but in the end I got it together and ended up with a pretty nice looking ballerina doll. I added the pink ribbon to make it look a little fancier. =)

Sorry for the terrible photo quality, it was on my phone =/

My niece loved it! Yay!
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