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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wool Slouchy Beanie on: January 30, 2012 06:04:28 PM
I decided I wanted to learn to crochet a while ago so I bought myself some hooks and yarn, surfed YouTube when I got home and I've been 'hooked' ever since!  (Pun shamefully intended!)  Here is a 100% wool slouchy beanie I made for my mother-in-law.  In addition to being allergic to acrylic her head is in between a child's and an adults size, which makes finding a proper hat next to impossible for her, so I offered to make her a custom-fit hat.  I'm happy with how it turned out and she loves it, so I consider it a win, but any tips/suggestions/criticisms are welcome!   Grin

I apologize for the picture quality - I had to take this with my laptop camera.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Free Style Flower Paintings on: September 30, 2010 10:40:35 AM
These are my first two attempts at painting flowers.  I usually never plan what I'm about to paint and I always end up with a beach or forest scene and sometimes a contemporary piece, but I wanted to try something different so I told myself to paint a Magnolia and this is what I came up with:

The colors are showing up a little flat in the photo.  I used acrylics on 20 x 16 stretched canvas and it took about an hour from start to finish.
The 2nd one I did is of Calla Lillies.  Again, in acrylics, but on 11 x 8.5 canvas board.  I only spent about 20 minutes on this one (obviously).

Anyway, and thoughts or suggestions on technique are welcome!  Thanks!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hand-Painted Shell Magnets on: September 27, 2010 01:11:45 PM
I recently came across a bucket of seashells and stones I collected on vacation last Summer and decided it was time to do something with them.  I ended up with these magnets.  I just used acrylic paint and hot glued a magnet to the back.  The shells are concave on the back, so I had to build it up with a piece of foam to get a flat surface for the magnets to attach to.  The shells have a natural hole at the top, so I could also easily attach a bit of ribbon and hang them somewhere, too.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beachy Earrings on: September 27, 2010 11:27:22 AM
I was bored the other day and decided to try my hand at making a pair of earrings.  This is my first attempt, so comments and suggestions are more than welcome.  I used blue and white seed beads, abalone discs and flat, smooth shell pieces I found at the beach (I'm not sure what they are.).  Hook findings, a head pin, a bit of a struggle with my round-nose pliers and a dab of hot-glue later:

I apologize for the blurriness - I still haven't figured out all the settings on my camera.
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