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1  Coiled paracord crochet basket in Crochet: Completed Projects by endymion on: May 11, 2019 05:28:44 PM
Finished this project today. Took a 50-foot package of paracord and used crochet thread to coil it up into a cool shape.

In general, the technique I used was:
SC around one strand of paracord,
chain 3 (or 4 if I wanted the next stitch to land somewhere different)
SC around 2 strands of paracord
Chain 3 or 4


(Of course, you start and end a bit differently.)

You have to keep all the work super tight. It makes a very sturdy basket that holds its shape well.

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2  Vintage Patterns Wall Art in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by endymion on: May 04, 2019 08:29:53 PM
This project was inspired by a blog post by Sadie Seasongoods. Here is my version, which will be installed on the wall of my sewing/craft room.

Everything has been upcycled. The frames were hideous old document frames that I cleaned and painted.

The matting is 1980s vintage fabric, Rose Fever Wearable Art. The humongous yellow roses were supposed to adorn your sweatshirt necklines or jean jackets, etc.

I think they look nicer in the frames, setting off the vintage pattern envelopes.

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3  Strawberry theme crochet dishcloths and trivet in Crochet: Completed Projects by endymion on: April 28, 2019 08:26:39 AM
Made these for a swap at work. My coworker has a kitchen decorated with a strawberry theme. Two are dishcloths / washcloths and the third is a potholder / trivet. The potholder is lined with Insul-bright and backed with strawberry-patterned fabric.

All inspired by things I saw on Pinterest. Strawberry dishcloth modeled after blogger Rosanna, starburst dishcloth modeled after a Russian blogger - not sure of the name, and the trivet made up myself after viewing tutorials on the strawberry stitch.


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4  Sewing Swag Mug Rug in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by endymion on: April 26, 2019 02:19:44 PM
I felt embarrassed to send this wonky mug rug to quaggy for the Craft Appreciation swap, but Ill share it anyway.

The story starts with some 1980s fabric that I bought recently at my local recycled art materials shop.

Rose Fever Wearable Art, complete with instructions on how to embellish your everyday sweatshirts, jeans, tote bags, and jackets with ginormous yellow roses. I bought the fabric because I want to frame some vintage patterns from the 1970s and I thought I could use the somewhat-garish roses as a mat.

Then when I joined the Craft Appreciation swap, I thought I could save the craft-related text from the wastebin and use it for a project. Quaggy mentioned twice that she might like a mug rug, so I used the text-fabric on the edges of the long strips.

Quaggy is such an expert seamstress that I almost wimped out and didnt send it to her. Ack! wonky binding... Ack! words look crooked... (they are actually printed crooked on the fabric.)

But it was made with love and made for her and made to celebrate our shared love of crafts. So off it went.

At least the backside looked presentable.

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5  Cupcake Pincushion in a Vintage Jello Tin in Completed Projects by endymion on: April 26, 2019 07:05:19 AM
Quaggy said she collects pincushions made from vintage containers. So for the Craft Appreciation swap, I sent this pincushion.

Made from a vintage jello tin. The round, cherry-on-top button is also vintage. The pins are the sprinkles!

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6  Bottled Sewing Swag Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by endymion on: April 26, 2019 05:10:53 AM
Made this for talented sewist quaggy in the Craft Appreciation swap. Gonna have to make one for me, too, I think!

Inside the bottle, there are sewing supplies: spool of thread, tiny scissors, buttons, and a charm that says STITCH.
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7  Happy Crochet-Decorated Tape Measure in Crochet: Completed Projects by endymion on: April 26, 2019 05:02:06 AM
If you see me in a store aisle (or at a garage sale... or sometimes just in my own house) staring intently at an item Im holding, Im usually thinking, Could I crochet around this?

I actually got this item for free at a conference. Id never opened the plastic bag it came in, because I wasnt fond of the advertising printed on it.

Asked my usual question and the answer was, YES, you can crochet around that! Sent it off to quaggy in the Craft Appreciation swap.

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8  Re: Crafting Appreciation Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by endymion on: April 25, 2019 07:40:21 PM
Oh quaggy, as a P.S., the sewing/craft-related words on the mug rug come from this vintage fabric from the 1980s:

The roses were supposed to be used to decorate jeans, sweatshirts, and jackets. I bought the fabric for the floral designs wanted to use them to make some picture frames but couldnt throw away the instructions that were printed on the edges. Thought it would be perfect to use that fabric for the craft appreciation swap!
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9  Re: Crafting Appreciation Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by endymion on: April 25, 2019 07:10:39 PM
I received from quaggy today, too! She spoiled me like a long-lost sister!!!!

The enormous box was filled with so many wrapped presents...

It felt like Christmas!
The first thing out of the box was this incredible sewn bowl. It is so intricate and so amazingly well-crafted. Just beautiful! Its going to be great for storing little bobbins and bits.

Then there is this pretty candle holder. It is a painted jar decorated with cheery flowers. A small glass goes at the top to hold a candle. She sent three different scents: patchouli, sea, and citrus. Yummy!

Here are some of the MANY fun extras that quaggy threw in: buttons galore in fabulous shapes and colors. I love the painted wooden ones! Also some fruity candy and some chocolate (that my husband was eyeing as I was unwrapping!) And a little journal that contained her message to me.

But wait, there is so much more! First this cool macrame plant holder with decorated spools tied into it. I might use it to hold yarn, though. Quaggy said that the fabric bowl fits into it.

...and this happy burlap banner for my large, blank craft room wall:

Last but far from least, this heart made out of vintage spools. I saw she had made one before, and I was secretly hoping I would get one.  Hooray!

Quaggy, Im totally blown away by your talent and your generosity. All hail the quaggy!!!! Big THANKS and hugs as well. I may have to send a second package with all the other things I thought of making but couldnt for lack of time.  Wink
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10  Dark Souls Bonfire Birthday Cake in Dessert by endymion on: April 21, 2019 03:13:59 PM
Okay, so my son loves the video game Dark Souls and wanted a Dark Souls bonfire cake for his birthday. Not my cup of tea, but here it is!

...and the whole thing...

My husband doesnt like fondant, so the cake is iced in buttercream and just decorated with fondant rocks and such.

We tried to get a picture with all the candles lit, but the sword (which was made out of tootsie rolls) melted before we could get a shot!

The flames are melted Jolly Rancher candy and there is a flickering light behind them. The ashes are chopped cookies & cream Pocky sticks.
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