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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby blanket on: March 01, 2015 06:07:15 PM
I've been away from crochet for a long time.  I used to do a lot of it and then just didn't want to do it anymore. 

Recently a co-worker had a baby coming and I thought I'd try a little crochet again.  Here's the result:

It's a pretty straightforward shell and picot pattern.  My coworker told me that his three-year-old liked it so much she tried to take it away from her baby brother, insisting it belonged to her. 

My next project in this pattern is a request for one in orange - that should be interesting!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / First try at glitter ornaments on: March 01, 2015 05:56:58 PM
So these are made with floor wax and a mix of regular and superfine glitter:

Pretty fun and easy.  It would be a good craft to do with children.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mail Art on: July 27, 2013 09:29:24 PM
My partner in the Mail Art Swap received, so I'm going to go ahead and post this. 

I made the envelope out of heavy 12" by 12" paper with the pattern on the inside.  Here is the front:

The background is acrylic paint, and the tree is made from hearts punched out of magazine pages.  I had originally planned to do the whole thing in hearts, but it took a lot longer than I expected to assemble the tree, so I had to change my design or I wouldn't have been able to send it out on time.  I really like the effect though:

Here is the back:

My swap partner likes koi fish, so I looked up some of the specialty breeds and did paintings of them in acrylic paint.  I wrote the Japanese names with silver Sharpie for a little sparkle.

The center on the back is just a weight I put on it to keep the top flap from popping up when I took the picture, but now I'm kind of sorry I didnt' make a seal to put in the center, as I like the origami paper with the fish.  (hmmm, I'm getting an idea for a mixed media piece . . . )

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Learning pen and ink on: July 21, 2013 09:28:33 PM
Pen and ink, plus watercolor ATCs:

I am not very good at drawing yet - I have to practice a lot more, so when I do a pen and ink work it takes me a long time, and I need tons of photo references.  These two were good enough to send out in swaps:


Vintage Camper:

They say you need 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something - I've got a long way to go, but at least I've started . . .
5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Some card (tablet) woven bookmarks on: March 27, 2013 03:09:59 AM
I got really interested in card-weaving (some people call it tablet-weaving) because of the complex patterns you can easily make.  Bookmarks are a great way to experiment with colors and patterns and they make up really quickly because you don't need to do any finishing except cutting them apart.

Here are a few recent ones.  They're made with perl cotton that's left over from my mom's projects on her floor loom.  

The front and back side of card-weaving has distinctly different patterns, which I think is also really cool.  Here are two sides of the blue and white bookmark.

(Hopefully my pics of the next set will be more in focus.)   Undecided
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Card woven watchband on: March 21, 2013 12:19:36 AM
I made a woven beaded watchband about four years ago, which I have worn non-stop, but recently one of the warp threads broke and it was all downhill from there.

Here's the original band:

I'm one of those people who isn't very good with time, so I really need to wear my watch.  Searching for a quick replacement, I found a card woven bookmark I had made and realized it could be converted into a watchband.

When I rolled the bookmark it was a little short, so I sewed some elastic on, which also made it easy to slip the watch on and off (you can see a little bit of the backside pattern of the cardweaving in this pic, too):

Here's the front pattern of the weaving:

Here is the final product:


I'm not sure of a good way to finish the raw edges.  The card weaving is too thick to fit under the watch bars, which is what I would do with a ribbon band.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A couple of sharpies and some stress balls . . . on: February 12, 2013 06:51:28 PM
Okay, simple and a little silly, but I had some old stress balls at work and a couple of spare minutes, so . . .
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper snowflakes on: January 01, 2013 01:43:46 AM
So, I was taking down the Solstice decorations in my office, and thinking that things looked a bit sad without them.  I'd been wanting to learn how to do six-sided cut paper snowflakes for a while and, since the best way to learn is to do (over and over and over), I decided to make a few to decorate our cubicles.

I just used regular copier paper, but I think they turned out pretty well.  I followed instructions from this web page:  http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/how-to-make-a-paper-snowflake-tutorial/

I'm wondering what one could do with craft punches and an X-acto knife.  I bet it would be possible to do some really delicate designs.  Has anyone tried?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami boxes made from magazine pages on: March 18, 2005 03:42:10 PM
I love Tomoko Fuse's origami boxes, but origami paper's kind of expensive.  I figured out that magazine pages (not covers) are about the same weight as origami paper.  These are some boxes made from magazine pages - I was surprised at how nice they came out, and the ones with words on them are kinda cool Undecided

Okay -I'm doing something wrong, 'cause the picture's not working, but it's in the Craftster gallery at https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=7244  (sigh . . .)

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