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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Video Game cross stitch xmas gift on: December 27, 2013 07:52:32 AM
I can't guess at how long this took to stitch up. A week of planning.. 6 trips to michaels and a local yarn/fabric store for embroidery floss.  It took up about 7 weeks of my life.  3-6 hours per day minus 1 day a week to rest my eyes and fingers [damn pointy needles >.<]. I tried to keep the colours as close to the original games from the snes as possible.. I tried my best...lol

Stone Mario from Super Mario bros 3, link from legend of Zelda: a link to the past, kupo the moogle from ff6/ff3 and crono from chrono trigger.
I gifted it to my brother last night.. I forgot to mention that the characters were from the 4 main games we played together [or I watched him play] as kids.

Thought the purple outline for Crono was weird but it was in the game screenshots so... oh well, left it as is.

Had to add the geeky, 'choose wisely' phrase.

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 6 hour hello kitty last minute xmas gift on: December 26, 2013 10:48:12 AM
Yes. My mother commented December 24 morning that I should make something for my sisterinlaw since I cross stitched my brother a video game gift.   Oh my GOD! I spent 5 hours trying to  off-loom stitch a hello kitty head while looking after the woodstove.. I panicked and tried to loom it.. still wasn't working... argh! I called my dad and asked him to brave the local Wal-Mart for small pictue frames and ran upstairs to grab my aida cloth and stash of embroidery floss.

It took about 6 hours including breaks and sketching out the design.  I opted for kitty's bow to be green [DMC tye-dye multi shades of green, looks better in person].  I added seeds beads I was going to use for the original keychain idea... sadly when my dad must man'd the stitch into the tiny frame he smooshed the beads.. but it fit.. BARELY.. lmao.  I was afraid he'd crack the glass.  Thank god he didn't.
 The beads were meant to look more like the top right one.. a plus sign I suppose.. lol 1 ruby surrounded by teal.. again it looks nice in person.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Delete on: December 19, 2013 03:16:03 PM
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lion Security Blanket on: October 05, 2013 03:40:01 PM

I made this for my 2 year old nephew.

The granny square is one I modified 2 years ago for my neices pixelated tinkerbell blanket so there's no holes. The brown border is added thru the backloops as another round which gives a nice line seperation. Than another round with a single crochet than finally the reverse single crochet [crab stitch] for the coil effect.

The head ball was crochet VERY VERY tightly [so the stuffing wouldn't peek through as much].. I mean tight enough that it left a dark red indent in my skin for a few hours afterwards. The arms I made through trial and error as well as the ears and muzzle. The brown spot on the muzzle is a small triangle made with single crochets and whipstitched the the already attached muzzle.

The eyes are safety ones I found at my sisterinlaws yarn store [they just got them in and I cleaned them out, lol!]. I used paper and shaped the background for the eyes to sit in I guess... eyelashes perhaps..? I dunno but it looks cool. Was missing something until I added it. I used brown felt I bought last christmas from the hobby lobby when I wetn cross border shopping in Buffalo, NY. I cut 2 tiny slits as a + and popped in the eyes then put them into position and added the washer to lock it into place.

The mane took literally all day while I babysat my nephews[2 years and 8 years..the 8 year old had to stay home from school due to an allergic reaction to peanuts so he was bouncing off the walls due to the allergy meds so I had to keep stopping].

At one point the lion looked like a hippy jesus which made me laugh and laugh [really wish I took a picture.. all it needed was a pipecleaner eyeglasses and a bong, lmao].

He got about 3 haircuts before my sisterinlaw and I agreed his hair looked good enough.

I forgot to take measurements but I'd venture a guess that it's about 18-20 inches squared.

I really loved making this and playing around until I got what I wanted.. Thank god I wrote down everything I did incase I wanted to make it again [might sell some at SIL store since she was so shocked by how good it looked, lol].

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help regarding vintage knitted hunting gloves! -figured it out, thanks♥- on: October 04, 2013 05:45:49 AM
My brother and ex boyfriend are avid hunters so my sisterinlaw and I decided to hunt around for a decent hunting glove to make them and 2 weeks ago I ended up finding it in my stock pile of books and booklets i'd been buying for years from thrift stores and yard sales and never had the time to flip through them.

The book is 'gloves and mitts by beehive for the whole family. book no. 80' and the gloves are 'divided mitts and plain mitts' worked on 2 needles [i use to knit them i learned crochet and over the years never knit again and forgot it all so I'm taking babysteps to get back into it..anywho!].

My sisterinlaw and I are having problems adapting this vintage pattern materials for things that exist today. [plus we're both sick with colds and have been looking are her sons who have severe pea/nut allergies and had reactions last night so..ya..fun no sleep].

What I'm guessing is the pattern maybe from the 1950's there's no date but on a website selling the same book they labelled it as such.  And I'm sure the kind of yarn and needle sizes have changed since then.

So my question! finally...[sorry for the drabble]:  The pattern calls for 'beehive superior double knitting patonised wool yarn'; what yarn can match it and what weight class is it?  

Question 2: it calls for the use of 2 needles sized no. 11 Queen bee knitting needles.  What's the equivilant today?

If anyone can help please do.  We need to make these by the 18th as the boys are leaving for 1 1/2 weeks to hunt deer and moose.
6  CANADA / Ontario / Lindsay ontario new fabric yarn store opening Wednesday June 12 2013 on: April 15, 2013 01:53:32 PM
[of varying prices ranges and name brands] Handmade items, fabric, yarn,  looms, embroidery, notions for all and more for sale.  

It's in a large brown commercial  building next to the salvation army thrift store on peel street.

28 peel street, lindsay ontario.


Officially opening June 12 2013. The dates were moved so that all the inventory could be instore for the opening.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You like big what?! on: January 15, 2013 02:46:41 PM
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hello Kitty and Princess Peach door sign for my Niece on: January 15, 2013 02:35:08 PM
I've been working on this one off and on since October.  I kept having problems with the colour...than smudging and rouge paint.. trying to remember this right mix of colour.. I finally gave up just before finishing the last floating hello kitty.. I remixed a 'close enough' shade of pink [ALOT lol] and quickly repainted around each word and character but swished and rolled the brush strokes to give it a little bit of texture to cover up my boo-boos lol.

When did I finish this you ask? Well it was Christmas night at 9:30pm exactly when I added the last polka dot to the hello kitty balloon ..............I was finished at 8pm..but my hand went RIGHT into the fresh dots and smeared around the balloon.. so I had to repaint the balloons white [2 coats] and added single blobs of dots to avoid anymore mess ups! blah>.<

At least its done and my niece loves it.  My sisters aunt thought I'd bought it online from etsy.. lol.. "No no.. I made it.. took a bit but it's done!" Everyone loves it.. yay!

Everything was traced from images I got online.. but shaky hands cause me to alter some shapes but.. I'm a perfectionist hence why it took so long.

So the wood I cut with my dad's help and sanded, shaped and primed myself in the summer when i was starting my nephews' sign.
All text and characters are traced on with carbon paper and each section was painted with about 10-20 coats of paint to get the right shade to come through [stupid pink!] with acrylic paint.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wooden Door Plaque for my nephews [PIC HEAVY!] on: September 21, 2012 06:17:59 AM

I came up with the idea to make door plaques for my niece and nephews since my sister[inlaw] and brother were in the process at the time of buying a house [their first].  I got started at the end of July with my dad buying a slab of wood from Rona and cut it in half than sanded the pieces... .......... Than curved the edges with my sander since the pointed edges looked lame and pathetic.

My nephew Ronan is now a year old and loves lions so I found this lion online and thought it was adorable and so him.
 year old nephew LOVES Mario...than as I'm trying to figure which super mario to use he asked me if I could include Bowser.. well than made everything alot easier!  I grabbed these 2 images off google and flipped this image of bowser so he's looking up at mario instead of off the plaque lol.

I mixed the background with a bit of white to lighten it up but after I finished painting up the characters I had a few oops spots [red painted brush spun out of my hands, black paint dripped or my fingers touched a spot and I diddn't notice, etc] So I had to try and match the colour.......... it didn't work well.. so I ended up repainting the whole thing..if you nose to nose with it and turn it into the light you can actually see darker and lighter spots... but anyways.

I was using paintbrushes from a dollar store to paint on the background and realized that was a HUGE no-no...I tried and tried to get the loose bristles that painted into the background off but..sadly some still remain.. so I ran up and grabbed my foam brushes from Rona [for a different project involving stain.. so ya.. I'll need to buy some more.. lol] and finished it off.

Ah but before that I used canned white primer from Krylon.. omigod... I hate that crap! I couldn't tell if it was going on right.. I could actually see it as the wood was pretty pale to begin with but it looked like someone sneeze a tiny bit of powdered sugar on it but not completely.. so needless to say I'll buy a bucket of white primer paint next time and paint it on myself.. I love painting and hate spray cans..lol.

So I painted this outside in the middle of the july/august heatwave..hung from my clothes line with bungee cords... lmao so those are now forever painted pink and blue [I painted my nieces plaque at the same time but put it aside to work on my nephews'].  And everytime I was done painting for the day with my nephews I'd hang it from the faux chandelier in our old kitchen.. with the bungee cords...... so there's blue paint in the chandelier from me stopping myself from getting blue paint in the face from the thing spinning around..ugh.

Anywho! My dad said I should use grandpa's [he died in 2003] paintbrushed he used to use for his woodcarving.. so after some tears and memories on my part I finally came down with his box of paintbrushes [very expensive i may add lol] and got to work.  I also used carbon paper he had used to trace on the images [I tried the newsprint idea someone used online but it wasn't dark enough for me too see]. The text I got using my paintshop pro program and simple printed it off.

And got to work.  I'd spend maybe 4-7 hours each sitting but I'd have to wait for things to dry than my sister needed me too come over and help her pack or sort out stuff for the sally ann or keep etc.  So it took until 4 days ago to finish [well to tell the truth I'm not finished I need a nice clear day to spray on the clear coat but still all the painting is done].  I think I started painting a week before my nephew ronan's first birthday [aug 23] so.. maybe august 17. I'm thinking I sat down and pulled out the table maybe 10-15 times so it was that long really it was just the fact or stopping to help them pack, clean the house for them to visit a few times, cleaning my room, storage room, etc; that made it take so long to finish.

They move oct 1-3 and I STILL have to start and finish my nieces plaque [princess peach a la paper mario, hello kitty and lot of dessert, lol should be a little easier. ........ minus peach!]

This is far from perfect but I think it's pretty good coming from a person with very shaky hands, lol♥
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 8-bit Tinkerbell Granny Square Blanket *Template added* on: June 24, 2012 05:12:35 AM
I came up with this idea almost 4 years ago before ever really coming around craftster or anywhere else crafty.
But last summer I decided to make my niece a blanket thinking it wouldn't take long.. ha ha ha ha... God I was a tool thinking that.

Well it took me a while to find a tinkerbell that was 8 bit.. but than it didn't look right so I had to clean it up, adjust the colour, run around the house trying to find close enough shades in my yarn and actually crochet the squares..

Well I started around September 2011.. had to stop several times but I kept pushing myself [though from this I learned I'm like my mother and have an extra piece of bone in my right wrist..and apparently doing repetative motions like crocheting, irritates it.. so it gets very very painful but I kept going so.. lol].

I finished around the first week of November 2011.  I did more than the needed squares 'just in case' because halfway thru the purple background squares I ran out of the yarn! So I had to find other purple yarns and hope for the best..

Well I put the project away until the second week of jan 2012 and my nieces birthday was coming up in march so I wanted it done for than.. So I pulled everything out again and counted all my colours...

Than I popped onto my trusty stitching program and spent about 6 hours straight trying to come up with an idea...

Than it dawned on me that since I had extra white.. I could maybe make it look like Tink is whipping by with pixie dust trailing behind her.
Than the corner pieces fell into place [I had just enough squares! the extra squares i had were all off shaped and basically unusable].
What luck!  Grin

I sewed each row than all the rows together.. everything took until 9 days after my nieces 5th birthday  [which was march 15] to get done. Than I put it away until about a week ago after I finished testing a pattern for a craftster and making my dad's father's day gift.. I got in 'that mood' and decided to drop the backing idea and just make a border.. it probably would have taken maybe 8 hours in 1 day but I went to my sisters house a few times thru the week and didn't get home til late so i couldn't do it.. but I finished last night after our yard sale! lmao.

So The pixelness is 26w by 29h [754 squares].. each square was done with a 4mm hook, worsted weight yarn, and 2 rounds of the granny square. And are all roughly 2 1/2 inches big.

Tink's been washed gently and tumble dried delicately  Cheesy

My original plan was to sew on a purple fleece backing but the blanket turned out to be larger than expected so I crocheted a border; 4 rounds, just of 2 inches wide on all sides.

The blanket now measures just over 59 inches wide by just over 61 inches high.

It'll most likely be a christmas gift this year since I STILL have to start and finish my nephews blanket which will have almost 1000 squares [took a screenshot from super mario bros 3 so..lol].

Here's the blanket [finally, right?  Wink ]

[I apologize for the giant sock pile in the corner of the photo my parents can never find matching socks in their room, lol.
Had to take the photo on their king size bed as my bed is a twin and we have evil dogs that w

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