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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pirate Map! on: October 21, 2012 04:49:21 PM
Ahoy me matey's! My nephew just celebrated his 3rd birthday. This years theme was pirates. So Auntie went to work making him an embroidered pirate map!

Everything was done freehand!

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Taxidermied Unicornis! on: April 25, 2012 01:54:58 PM
This guy was made for the recent Unicorn Swap!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 7 Point Star Afghan! on: January 24, 2012 06:57:48 PM
This was made for my sister and brother in law for christmas!

It's based on a pattern in Geometrics: A New Way to Crochet. It has 7 points to bring good fortune!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / CUPCAKE! on: October 31, 2011 01:45:48 PM
This year I expressed my affection for cupcakes by being one!

I realize that's more or less the same 4 pictures but oh well.

The cupcake wrapper is made out of cardboard, tape, and a yard of aqua satin. I wrapped the cardboard around myself to make a little tube then taped the hell out of it! Next I sewed a long long tube of aqua satin (I cut the yard in half length wise and sewed the two pieces together then folded it over), made a casing for elastic around the top, put the cardboard through, and taped the ends of the cardboard together. I pleated the satin as I went.

The frosting is made of a yard of pink satin. This took some effort... I've never made any kind of shirt before and it was a little tricky but my guess work paid off! I cut the fabric to kind of look like a triangle, I used elastic at the top and bottom, and sewed the sides together- leaving space for my arms.

And last but not least! My bow! Sewn from red cotton fabric. Nothing too exciting there- I used a safety pin to pin it to my frosting.

And voila! A cupcake!

Hooray! Happy Halloween!
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage Halloween Decor! on: October 25, 2011 01:38:23 PM
I made this recently for this years round of vintage Halloween! My partner, KarenLouiseM, mentioned her love for the craft of the wonderful rackycoo and posted a link in her questionnaire to this project: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199329.msg2115700#msg2115700

...which this cat is most definitely based on. It was my first time working with paper clay which is AWESOME. And it was also my first time painting a folky kind of face like that which was intimidating at first (cause painting is not my favorite) but it was SO easy when there's no pressure to look perfect.

The book form I got at A.C. Moore- it came brown and I painted it black and used gold paint to give it some vintage flair. The pumpkins I cut from card stock, the tiny bats are made from a dollar paper punch from A.C. Moore, the cat and candy corns are made from paper clay, and the tree is wire wrapped with yarn. And nearly EVERYTHING is covered with Modge Podge!

Happy Halloween, Craftsters!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A tiny plate of fast food! on: September 29, 2011 02:14:52 PM
Newest edition to my home decor:

I've had an obsession with tiny crochet burgers recently. It started with the cookie which looked like the bottom of a burger bun which led to other burger fixings and fries to accompany!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My First Afghan! (Now with link to flower motif pattern!) on: August 26, 2011 01:13:51 PM
I finished this last year and just now am I getting around to posting it!

This was before they were sewn together and bordered

And it all started with this square in the middle:

I found a picture of this white and red flower granny square via craftzine and I searched and searched for the pattern online. But it was nowhere to be found. So I determinedly started a long arduous process of trial and error trying to get my block to look like the picture I had. Eventually I figured it out and ended up with the square. Then I thought, Great, now I have this one block of what? So I made many others to accompany it!

And actually before I ended up with a square I ended up with an octagon! Which became this:

Thanks for looking! <3

Ask and you shall receive!

Link to Granny Flower Square Pattern:

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Giant Cupcake! on: August 01, 2011 04:15:30 PM
I made this guy as part of the most recent cupcake swap. I didn't get to hang onto him for long but he made me chuckle...

He's a big one!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Figi Mermaid and Elle the Elephant! on: July 20, 2011 06:11:42 PM
Come one come all to the tiny circus!

This was the most recent round of the "one tiny stuffie" swap. My partner mentioned a Figi Mermaid, elephants, and themes of vaudeville. So I combined them all! I had never heard of a figi mermaid (which is half monkey half fish) and was super excited to craft this project... I got a little carried away with it... as you can see Smiley

More pics on my blog!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Foxy Bookmark! on: July 10, 2011 07:34:07 PM
I recently sent this as part of a package for a foxy swap. My partner was an english and education major with a love for books. Vulpes Vulpes is latin for fox (I learned that from Fantastic Mr. Fox). I love swapping because it inspires me to do things I've never done before or thought would be impossible to do... such as tiny cut outs. EVERYTHING was cut with a tiny exacto knife (my new best friend)

And one of the perks of being a teacher myself is having access to a laminator  Wink
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