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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Valentine for Hubby 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.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Blue Sun Apron 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

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Afghan 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!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Love bird (Free Lion Brand Pattern) 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.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Birthday present for dad... chart ready, now to get stitching! 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!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Bake and Botch? (Or... my kitchen exploded last night) 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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