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1  Valentine for Hubby in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by CadaverXStitch on: February 14, 2011 12:23:06 PM
Part of our vows were " I will make a home in your heart forever", so I tried to turn it into a valentine for my hubby.  He's sentimental, and likes anything I make, but he doesn't really care for overly romantic symbols or images. Smiley

I gave it to him last night at 5 minutes after midnight, and he loves it.

I also made him the afghan that the card is lying on for Valentine's Day, but he got that early because it was chilly in our room.
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2  Blue Sun Apron in Stenciling: Completed Projects by CadaverXStitch on: February 14, 2011 10:52:36 AM
I made this Blue Sun apron yesterday to get over my lingering disappointment that the series "Firefly" was canceled. 

I tried to make this look a little "worn" and not so new, which I'm happy with on the stencil itself, but I think I'm going to dye the apron, maybe a greenish/tannish/brownish color, which will also help hide cooking and baking spills as well as the inevitable animal hair that seems to be all over everything, always.  Any suggestions on dye color would be VERY welcome!

My tracing paper shredded halfway through transferring it to cardstock, so the lettering was all done freehand.  It's a little off, but not too badly, and I'm pretty pleased. Smiley

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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by CadaverXStitch on: February 14, 2011 10:36:32 AM
My latest!

A crocheted afghan for hubs:

A valentine for hubs.  I was totally inspired by the ee cummings valentine, and while I don't have nearly the same amount of skill, I figured I could probably make him something that he'd like.  Our wedding vows included the phrase "And I will make a home in your heart forever", so that's what it is.

Blue Sun apron:

I had a hankering to watch the series Firefly again, so I sat down to watch "just an episode or two", and emerged 7 hours later wanting to make a Firefly inspired craft to get over my disappointment that the show was canceled.  Yep, I'm still annoyed about it.  Anyways, I made a stencil out of cardstock, then dabbed the matte fabric paint on to make it look a little distressed, and de-emphasize the fact that I'm not great at stenciling yet.  I'm not sure I like the whiteness of the canvas apron though, so I may be dying it to look a little less new (and to hide baking/ cooking spills!) .  I'm thinking tannish-greenish-oliveish-brownish, but we will see.  My tracing paper ripped during the transfer to cardstock, so I freehanded the top half.  It's a little off but overall, I'm pretty pleased Smiley

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4  Crocheted Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by CadaverXStitch on: February 14, 2011 10:23:19 AM
Hubby said, I'm COLD! Four days ago.  I pulled out my size Q hook and a bunch of yarn scraps, and this was given to him two whole days later.  I haven't measured it, as it's "big enough", and I'm not sure about the color names of yarn I used.  I know I held two strands together for most of it, and that the majority of the blanket is made up of lion brand homespun yarn.

It's now the tv-watchin' blanket of choice.... when I can get the critters off of it!

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5  Amigurumi Love bird (Free Lion Brand Pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by CadaverXStitch on: February 14, 2011 10:07:45 AM
I made this little guy for my daughter, from a pattern off of the Lion Brand website.  He (she? I don't know!) is my first attempt at amigurumi, and I found it a pretty easy pattern to follow.  My daughter loves this little bird, and it now has a place of honor on her bed-- hooray!  The wings are a little wonky, but it adds character.

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6  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by CadaverXStitch on: February 09, 2011 04:26:12 PM
One from my list:

A pink little amigurumi bird for my daughter.  My first attempt at amigurumi-- it has, erm, "character".

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7  Birthday present for dad... chart ready, now to get stitching! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by CadaverXStitch on: February 09, 2011 09:28:39 AM
I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to do for my father for his big "now-I-get-discounts-based-on-age" birthday coming up in September.  I wanted to do something awesome, but I really don't have a ton of cash, so.... think think think!

I came up with the idea of making a special design of something that means a lot to him, then working it up and framing it.

So.... this is the original photo, which is one of his faves, of his parents shortly after his dad returned from WWII.

After working with it for an unbelievable amount of time, this is what it should look like, according to my virtual stitch thingie on my cross stitch software.

I ordered the supplies, and can't wait to begin working on it.  I hope he loves it as much as I think he will!
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8  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by CadaverXStitch on: February 09, 2011 09:10:35 AM

I just finished a cross stitch pattern that I have been trying to figure out FOREVER. It's my grandmother and grandfather, right after he returned from the war.  I'll be working this up and giving it to my dad for his birthday.  I should have it done by September..... right?  Undecided

It wasn't on my list, but it was in my head and it still counts, in my universe!

Oh... this is the original photo, cropped and adjusted and all that.  It was taken in 1945ish.

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9  Bake and Botch? (Or... my kitchen exploded last night) in Stitch And BOTCH by CadaverXStitch on: February 06, 2011 11:33:17 AM
I wasn't sure whether or not I should share this here, but since cooking AND glass art are both boards, I figured why not.

Hubby went to pull a delicious smelling dinner out of the oven last night and the glass bakeware shattered.  Tthe house was cool, the oven was hot, and the only thing I could think of is that it was thermal shock gone horribly, terribly wrong.  Glass was spread all over my kitchen-- some mediums sized shards were ten feet away from the oven!

Not only that, it shattered with enough downward force that a piece hit the oven window hard enough to shatter it too.  Luckily, no one was hurt apart from a few scratches from cleaning up the glass, and a few small burns from the droplets of boiling liquid that flew all over the place.  Kids and dogs are fine... at least, so far.  I'm still finding glass on the floor, so hopefully everyone remains fine and manages not to step on it.

Anyways, yep.  Dinner was ruined, the bakeware was ruined, and my oven is ruined. And it only added insult to injury that we ended up going out to McDonalds to eat last night, only to come home to a house that smelled delicious.

And yep... this was used according to directions, didn't have any chips or cracks, wasn't taken from freezer to oven, and was made my a nationally known brand (Anchor-Hocking).
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10  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by CadaverXStitch on: February 04, 2011 03:04:00 PM
Hooray!  I'm quite that way myself.  I'll think of a great project, get distracted by something shiny, and poof! The project is never thought of again.  I'd like to make most of the gifts I give for Christmas this year, so this should help me stay on task and keep me from the Nov 30 EEK-I-havent-even-started-yet! moments that I have.

I've already made a few projects this year, and I will count them in my 50 projects, if that's okay.

1. Blue/black novelty yarn crocheted skinny scarf  DONE! (photo coming)
2. Crocheted dish scrubbies made of cotton yarn/tulle. Need 7, done 1.
3. Penguin/seal quilted blanket for daughter
4. Crocheted beaded twine curtains
5. 4 felted egg cozies
6. Dog sweater (sew? knit? crochet?  Not sure)
7. Refinish wood patio table
8. Paint orange/lemon on glass patio table
9. Scarf for Grandma DONE! (No photo, sent it to her before I could take a pic)
10.Construct a hyacinth bean/morning glory trellis/tower
11. Design anatomical heart cross stitch chart DONE!

12. Stepping stones for garden
13. Maxi summer dress for daughter
14. Rice hot / cold packs (maybe 5, in varying sizes.  Deer corn instead, maybe?)
15. Felted clutch WIP
16. Cat bed
17. New throw pillows for couch
18. Pillowcases
19. Amigurumi love birds (several) from Lion Brand's website for ornaments, valentines, baby gifts (1 done)

20. Paint plant pots
21. Start garden
22. Garden art (maybe painted concrete edging?)
23. Can tomatoes
24. Can salsa
25. Learn to make candy
27. Make pincushion
28. Make stuffies/dolls/toys and leave them where a kid can find them.
29. Tea wallet x 2
30. 1000 origami crane mobile
31. Cross stitch for Dad's b-day. Chart, stitch, frame and send!
32. Scrap yarn afghan for hubby DONE

33. Valentine for hubby DONE!

34. Blue Sun apron DONE!

35. Mug rugs, maybe to match the tea wallets?

15 more projects to follow!
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