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11  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 13, 2011 01:03:11 PM
Knitted newborn prop blanket I made the other day. Just a simple garter stitch 15"x20" in a ugly brown yarn from my stash.

And some dog treats I whipped up. I made them in January for my dogs birthday, but I didn't like the consistency of it so I revised my recipe and made them again. They went over even better this time. I couldn't even get a picture of my dog with it. Haha.
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12  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 10, 2011 06:51:00 PM
Somehow I totally forgot to post pictures in this thread even though it's entirely a de-stashing project.

Anyway I made 3 t-shirt yarn balls from old shirts.

Built a loom using a piece of wood and nails I found in the yard (no pictures yet because I think I want to paint it first)

And then I used the yarn and loom to weave my first ever loom scarf.
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13  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 08, 2011 12:44:57 PM
Found some picture of more stuff I've done in the last couple weeks.
First I made three balls of t-shirt yarn using some t-shirts that didn't fit anymore:

Then I built a loom. I don't have pictures of it, but its literally just a couple pieces of wood with nails in it. I want to make it pretty before I take a picture. [ongoing project]
And then I made a scarf using the above:

And here was my boyfriend's Valentines Day gift. (I know I'm late posting, sorry!)

Fabric envelope (the inside is a black suede tone-on-tone checkered fabric=awesome, I need to find something to do with the 2 yards I have left) with a card made from fused plastic. And a wine bottle etched with "ME+U" filled with [his] favorite photo of us and gumballs [his favorite]. We weren't supposed to do gifts, so I thought this was a tricky way around it. Then he went and bought me a necklace with pearls, diamonds and stones [all real..], epic fail on my part. =(
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14  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 06, 2011 01:16:21 PM
Wow it's been a loooong time since I've been on, and I've missed some awesome projects too. I just finished catching up on the thread (yay me!) It seems you guys inspired me even though I wasn't on.
I have spent the last two weeks moving my craft stuff around to better locations, condensing AND purging. The bad news is, my room (bedroom/craftroom/office) is in worse shape than when I began. The good news is I have destashing projects inspired by this moving around that will use up supplies AND be functional AND cute .=)
(Lets just pretend that sentence makes sense)

As for de-stashing in the last month, I have made 3 earrings entirely from stash (polymer clay, paint and findings)

(they were actually for the anthropologie knock off-fake swap along thing)

And I built a loom (wood and nails), made three skeins of t-shirt yarn (old tshirts that didnt fit) and used them to make a scarf. I can't find pictures of any of it right now, but as soon as I do I will post them all. =)
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15  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 06, 2011 11:33:57 AM
Wow, now this is embarrassing. When I last came on here, the thread was at 150 pages. I guess it's been a while. Partly because I was sick (a horrible cold/flu/ear infection/sinus infection hybrid for 3.5 weeks) and partly because I have been super busy working and with school.
I am going through the thread right now, (on page 163 right now!) it will be a while, but I will get to look at everyones stuff. And just WOW. I can't believe some of the projects people are turning out! I'm jealous, and I may or may not have added 3 items to my to-do list already...=P

I've made quite a few things since I was last on, but I don't have pictures of everything yet. So these will come in a few posts as I get them.

For the fake swap craft-along I did the anthropologie and created 3 earring sets (counting as one item total)

For some reason Craftster has a thing about me posting links to the inspiration pieces. =(
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16  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: March 05, 2011 05:06:58 PM
Here are my jewelry for the Anthropologie knock-off swap!

All are made with polymer clay that I painted.

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17  Fused Plastic Gift Bags-with tutorial! in Winter Holidays by Lillianpearl on: January 25, 2011 02:55:14 PM
Trying to get a head start on Holidays? How about Handmade-REUSABLE-DESTASHED gift bags =)

This is my first tutorial EVER so please bare with me. Questions, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Here are my Christmas ones. These are itty bitty, just big enough for jewelry boxes (which is what they were intended for).


Step 1: Gather all your materials. As I've shown here you need plastic bags (6 layers to make a strong layer) plus any colors/shapes you want to apply. For these I just used the target holiday bags. You also need scissors, hot iron, hot glue, ribbon/buttons/hemp etc for embellishments, two pieces of paper or parchment, pencil and paper to create a template, and a highlighter.
Step 2: Create your fused fabric. There are a ton of tutorials on that so I wont go into it, but a few tips: (depends entirely on the thickness of your bags, ink and your iron) mine ONLY works on the highest heat level, and I find it quicker to fuse 3 bags and continue adding them. I also placed my designs on the fabric and covered that with clear plastic bag so they stick better with no chance of peeling off in the distant future.
Step 3: create your template on a piece of paper. You can find these anywhere on the internet. To be honest I just winged it and it happen to work each time. I just found this site that has over 50 templates: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2008/11/50-gift-bag-templates.html use that if your not feeling creative =P Next copy your template onto the plastic using a highlighter. I use a highlighter because it wipes off when your done. (See 3a and 3b)

Step 4: After you bend your creases where the highlighter marks were, you need to cut. The measurements for this bag folded are: 4"x4.5"x1.5"x1.5" which makes the template 12"x6" As you can see in the picture the bottom corner piece is cut off entirely.
Step 5: the one inch strip is glued to the interior of 1.5" strip when folded together. (This photo step didn't come out sorry!) but once glued it should look like the picture.

Step 6: This is the bottom of the bag. Glue the two small edges onto ONE of the large edges. Then glue the OTHER large edge on top of those. This seals the bag and hides all the edges! It should look like 6b when your done. (Mine appears to be doing the wave in this picture..)
Step 7: Your done with the basic bag! Now to embellish how you see fit! I wrapped the top in ribbon as it hides any unevenness in the bag consistency and goes with it! Just apply hot glue and wrap.

Step 8: Optional of course. I decided to make a layered button closure. So I cut a small piece of ribbon to fit the back of the button, glued and layered the buttons so it fits the rest of the ribbon. Then glued it to the outside of the bag as pictured.
Step 9: To finish my bag I dabbed a piece of hot glue on the interior opposite of the buttons and place a piece of hemp cord that would attach to the buttons. Then hot glued OVER it to finish with ribbon and give it a clean look.

BE CREATIVE and enjoy! I made everything entirely from stash and was eco friendly. Cuter than store bought and MUCH cheaper, plus reusable!
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18  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: January 25, 2011 08:40:04 AM
Got two projects finished last night!
Fused plastic gift bags (I'm addicted so expect its own thread with tonnnnnnns of pictures soon)

And a knitted headband made of hemp. =)

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19  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: January 25, 2011 08:36:58 AM
Really nice!

I have been saving interesting plastic bags for a while, hoping to try fusing them, too, and NOW I KNOW what I want to try.

Try. Key word.

So a question: are they SEWN?!

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Thanks so much! They are super easy, fusing took me a couple times to get the hang of, but after the fusing it probably took 10 minutes to measure, cut and put it together!

These are super small, about 5"x3"x1" (I didn't measure, so thats an estimate) so I just hot glued them. I considered sewing, but I'm a novice and didn't feel it was necessary for such a small bag. I was playing around with some designs last night so I think I'm going to make some bigger ones today if I get the chance, and I might experiment with sewing.

I also knitted a headband last night made of hemp. I found a small skein left of it and couldn't resist. It's 16 inches long, stretches perfectly and already got a compliment on it when I wore it to the post office this morning. =)
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20  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Lillianpearl on: January 24, 2011 07:50:45 PM
One of my goals for '50 crafts in 2011' are gift bags.
I have a HUGE collection of plastic bags that I've been meaning to fuse for some fabric. Well today I did!
Here is my first bag, I glued it entirely wrong (oops..) but I think it looks kinda cute anyway.
I have 3 more of this same pattern cut and ready, but I haven't put them together yet.
There are 8 bags on each (plus the target snowflakes), ribbon from my stash, hemp to close it (from my stash) and a button closure (also from my stash!). (Some of the pictures have brown paper bag tissue paper in them to show it 'in use'.

I have some plans for Valentines Days themed ones as well.
These are itty bitty because they are for jewelry sets, I'll make the V-Day ones bigger for cookies. =)
(Also, sorry about the watermark...I put them into Photoshop to finish the collage and my brain went into autopilot and put a watermark on them..)

Also, an infinity scarf I made from my stash:
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