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11  Re: Altoid tin and ephemera swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by SuzukiBeane33 on: April 15, 2008 05:17:58 AM
Aah the joy of walking in the door to find a package waiting for you  Grin

Thank you so much porfavoray!!  I actually just bought a stamp of Ganesh, so it was so funny to open the package and find this tin:

And it was packed with all kinds of wonderful goodies- I can't believe I don't have some kind of  stamp collection in my stash, so those were much appreciated.  Lovely!  And are those silhouettes made from stamps?  They are so amazing!  Plus a Peanuts cartoon, a slide (yes!), stickers, ribbons, and more... so much variety in such a tiny place!

Once again, thanks porfavoray for being such a lovely swap partner!
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12  Yellow cowl to hoodie in Knitting: Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: March 22, 2008 12:41:00 PM
So I'm still on my making cowls streak- I just finished this yellow one, which I made large enough to pull up into a hood.  This was my first time knitting bobbles!  Basically I just knit a large rectangular panel, then decreased at the bottom and made ribbing so that part of the cowl stays tighter around the neck.  I used a mattress stitch to sew the panel into a tube, and bang! Done!

Here's the whole thing laid flat (you can see where I got bored with the bobbles and just started doing some kind of random seed stitch):

Here's the cowl:

The hood:

And a bobble close-up:

I think I may try to barter this for some seedlings and compost!!  (anyone in the Baltimore, Md area let me know!)

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13  What should I do with this tiny cowl? in Knitting: Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: March 16, 2008 03:44:21 PM
Okay, so I really hate the bulkiness of scarves.  By modifying the cabled hat from Stitch N'Bitch Nation, I was able to make a cowl neckwarmer thing that I absolutely love...

It was my first project with cabling, and the color matches with pretty much everything I own, so I wear it seriously every day.  I had all these fancy ideas for making a second one in two tones, with the cabling in this kind of Peruvian red/indigo color mix and the purled spaces between in turquoise.  Kind of an Andean type of scheme.  Here it is in the works:

But alas!!!  I made a few alterations to my previous pattern that turned out to be fatal.  I completely forgot that twisting the two colors together on the back of the panel would cause the whole piece to be much more constricted. Plus, I cast on 12 less stitches originally, since my first cowl ended up stretching out a bit, and I wanted this one to be a little tighter.  AND I forgot that I was using smaller needles.  So in all, the second cowl turned out waayy too teeny:

I couldn't even fit it down over my head!!  What to do??  I'm not a fan of unraveling things, since I know myself and I know I will probably end up with a shredded ball of mess and wasted yarn.  I'm thinking maybe of felting the whole thing, and cutting it up to use for fingerless mittens?  I've never felted before, but thanks to the beauty of Craftster, I'm sure I could learn easily!!  Would I be able to just cut into the whole thing once it is felted together?

Any other ideas would be appreciated!!  No headbands though, they look kind of ridiculous on me, heh.  For a little bit more commentary on the original cowl and Baltimore DIY in general, check out http://baltimorediy.blogspot.com/
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14  Re: Miniature Cornell shadowbox in Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: October 24, 2007 06:31:09 AM
Thanks for your comment MistressT!!  I definitely feel overwhelmed by large shadowboxes- for some reason the small space of the jewelry box feels just right.  Mainly my process is to get inspired by a small object, which I use as a base for my "theme" for the box.  I usually aim for expressing a certain type of "feeling" with the collage.

Like for example this one was inspired by my friends' apartment, which has sort of a romantic-Asian inspired feel:

The feeling of being down by the riverbank:

I have this amazing Poppy paper and was determined not to do anything with it until I found a tiny caterpillar a la Alice in Wonderland.  Lo and behold, I was in a small shop near where I live, and they were selling tiny porceline figurines, one of which was the most perfect little caterpillar I have ever seen!

This one was inspired by a box of sewing machine parts I have and some paper with ampersands in different fonts. I started thinking about the overall theme of "tying everythign together"- like stitching something up to make a whole:

(sorry for the glare)

And here is a final pic to show size:

Hopefully you can see a few more details in the last pic- it's annoyingly difficult to take closeups of tiny things behind glass...
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15  Transformer::Transporter (scion contest entry) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SuzukiBeane33 on: October 23, 2007 06:13:41 AM
So did anyone else make anything for the Craft Your Ride contest?  I searched around on here to see if other people were doing stuff, but couldn't find anything... 

I was inspired by Scion's marketing idea of tweaking their cars to your own personality and style, so I wanted to make something that was modifiable and sort of uni-sex.  I used a rectangular shape with rounded edges to mimic the shape of the car.  After thinking about car accessories that could double for use outside of the car, this hipslinger/car organizer is what I came up with:

**Recent Edit: My brother suggested I come up with a name for the project- what do you all think of "Transformer::Transporter"? I can't decide if it sounds futuristic or just confusing** 

There are double belt loops on the back, so you can use the top row for hanging the open organizer from your car seat, or you can close the organizer in half and use the bottom row to wear it as a belt.

Here is me wearing the hipslinger, but holding it open to show what it would look like as the hanging organizer (it's about 13" tall and 10.5" wide- sorry for not using centimeters if you don't live in the U.S.  Embarrassed:

And the final product closed, so you can see the little gear embellishments:

You can't see it in the photos, but the upper left pocket closes with velcro, so you can still store things in there when the top part is folded over and they won't fall out.  I used a parachute buckle on the belt (the kind where the buckle is kind of like a prong that you have to squeeze into the clasp, if that makes sense).  And the part that I'm most proud of is the fact that I almost didn't make this project because I don't own a sewing machine, but then decided that I wanted to do it enough to just bite the bullet and hand sew the entire thing!

Sorry for such a massive post, but I'm super proud of this and really wanted to share it with everyone!  I'm very indebted to the Craftster bag tutorials- I kind of "Frankensteined" bits and pieces of a few tutorials to plan this. 

What do you all think?!
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16  Miniature Cornell shadowbox *Scroll down the page for added photos* in Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: October 09, 2007 07:20:02 AM
I've been wanting to make 3-D collages along the lines of Joseph Cornell for a long time, but I could never come up with something that satisfied me.  One day while cleaning out my old room, I found a few empty jewelry boxes, and realized they were perfect containers for the collages!  The front of the boxes have been cut out and replaced with a glass pane.

The glass pane in this one is about the height of a quarter, more or less (I wish I had taken a picture to show the size).  The words in the background say "Mono No Aware" which is translated from a Japanese saying that means "an awareness of the transience of things and a gentle sadness at their passing" (according to a site I found through wikipedia).  It could also mean "a pathos to things" or "an empathy to things".  The box was given as a gift to the musician Larkin Grimm.

The butterfly wing, feather, twig, and eggshell bits are all real, as is the small bone (it's the vertebrae of a chicken).

I wish I could get that glare off the side of the box, but this was the best I could do! 
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17  Re: Matrioshka Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SuzukiBeane33 on: August 15, 2007 06:34:21 AM
I'm glad you like everything WootWoot!  My friends sometimes wonder why I spend so much time making things for complete strangers, but then when I received my package from novastarlet, they completely understood how nice it is to give and receive a beautiful handmade gift to someone who will really appreciate it!

Everything I received looks super-professional- I have no idea how you get such perfect stitches on your appliques!  I also happened to really be wanting some pouches for tampons, makeup, my bike repair kit... and now I have two!  Anyway, without further ado- the pics!:

Me and my matrioshka grinning ear to ear after receiving the pillow:

I'm already using this pouch and still am in awe of all the detailing (unfortunately it's a little hard to see because of the flash, but I hope you can still see the beads, the little eyes, the embroidered hair :

Second pouch opened to show the lining (can you tell the fabric is covered in matrioshkas?):

And finally, the money shot with all my goodies set out on my craft table:

Sorry for the absurdly long post, but I just wanted to give credit where credit is due, and to show my excitement!  Thanks again novastarlet!
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18  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: June 12, 2007 06:09:04 PM
So the magic moment finally came for me, and I went and got my first tattoo!  I'm still kind of adjusting to the reality of it, but I am completely in LOVE with the design and the location.  The design is of a Hamsa, which is kind of a religious/mystic symbol in the Jewish and Islamic religions.  It's supposed to keep away the evil eye, but now the symbol has been used as a symbol of peace in the Middle East (since the hamsa is shared between both religions), as well as a feminist symbol (it's known as the Hand of Miriam or the Hand of Fatima).  Since the tattoo is on the inside of my left bicep, it's invisible with my arm down by my side, so it's a little bit more of a personal space.  Enjoy!

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19  Re: I *heart* the library swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by SuzukiBeane33 on: June 01, 2007 11:33:06 AM
Yayayayayaaaa!  I'm so excited!  I just ripped open my package at work and started gushing about my package, and now everyone at my work is in love with Craftster too!  Thank you soo much snowwhitesuicide- I love everything and can't wait to get home and take photos!   Also I really appreciate the gorgeous photos you took of the stuff I sent- it really does it justice, and it was really great to be able to show it all to everyone at work.


-A silky burgundy bag with plaid shoe appliques for holding books (currently holds everything I received!)

-tiny book charm (I think this is my favorite thing- I actually remember seeing these somewhere and REALLY wanting one! yessss...)

-Winnie the Pooh notebook (with sweet old skool Winnie the Pooh drawings, none of this modern day cartoon BS  Wink )

-A knitted scarf bookmark (in green, my favorite color!)

-And two really AMAZING bookmarks with quotes and images of J.D. Salinger and Bukowski (All of these quotes and photos are priceless- I was going to write some of the quotes here but that would take up too much space, so you'll have to wait for the photos!)

Some Salinger quotes on the bookmark:

"How do you know you're going to do something, until you do it?"

"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyhone else's."

"I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody."


"Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink."

"Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way."

"To do a dull thing with style- now THAT's what I call art."

Hope you enjoyed! I know I did!
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20  Team Zissou photo holders *img heavy* in Needlework: Completed Projects by SuzukiBeane33 on: October 27, 2006 09:41:32 AM
I've been sewing these holders for single photographs/notecards that can be interchanged.  The details are all hand-sewn. I wish you all could see all the details!  These are my favorites so far:

And details: found the buttons on the team Zissou page in my mom's old sewing kit- so nice! 

The hat I knitted about a year ago on kitchen skewers.  It was kind of the inspiration for this page:

I used thread that is similar in color to the base paper so that there was more of an impression of texture instead of a very strong decoration:

And for this I used old earrings that were missing their partners:


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