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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Sherbet Mittens on: July 31, 2011 06:30:42 PM

I just finished some really cool looking mittens. I'm not bragging, it's the yarn that makes them look that good.
I used the mitten making guidelines from knitty. Those are very good if you want to make some yourself.
Here's a picture of them worn.

I'm going to give them to my sister for Christmas. I hope she likes them!
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How do you use inchies? on: July 30, 2011 08:46:09 PM
I was wondering what you use inchies for. I've seen a bunch of cool ones in swaps, and it's a neat design challenge, but I can't think of what people do with them once they're made.
So what do you (personally) use inchies for?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rose and pearls necklace on: July 25, 2011 07:49:14 AM
I made a necklace for someone on a swap organized over on Livejournal. I wanted to make her a pretty, elegant necklace with wired pearls and a resin rose

(The rose is on-center. It just looks weird in the photo.) It's 2-stranded, so that the longer strand elegantly drapes on the neck.
There was a problem because I accidentally ordered the resin rose from someone on Etsy in China. Also, the picture on the sales page looked like it was on a pendant already. It took forever to come in, and I made my partner wait.
But I hope she likes it! What do you think?
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lolita wrist cuffs on: July 17, 2011 02:14:34 PM
I made some lolita wrist cuffs this morning to go with my ice cream dress. I didn't have anything red to go with it, and I wanted to make some matchy cuffs because it's short sleeved.

I like them, but they're not as full and ruffly as they should be, maybe. They're cute anyways, and they went with my outfit when I went to see Harry Potter today.

It was funny when I was making them, my husband asked me what I was making, and I told him. He thought I was making some kind of bondage cuffs! Polka dotted with lace would look funny for bondage gear!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Woods doll quilt on: July 14, 2011 08:09:11 PM
I made my first quilt a little while ago. I'd bought some wood-themed fabric from ebay, and wanted to use them.

I embroidered a leaf on every other square. Seemed like a good idea at the start... But it turned out great after some work. For the leaf pattern, I took pictures of real leaves and traced them in a vector image program. Then I traced the print-outs with a water-soluble pen.

Here's the back, where you can see the quilting. I just free-handed it.

I'm very happy with the quilt. If I would do anything different, I would use a different fabric for the binding. The yellow wood grain stands out too much. Not as much as it looks in the photos, but more than ideal.
26  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fused glass edges on: July 12, 2011 10:55:25 AM
I have one of those little microwave glass kilns. Every time I make something, the edges are very sharp. Does it do the same thing in an electric kiln? The stuff I've seen made in those seems to be smoother.
27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Thin candy coatings on: July 08, 2011 10:29:26 AM
I made cake pops today, and was unsatisfied about how thick the Wilton candy melts I used were. They made it hard to get a coating thin enough that the cake wasn't overpowered by the (admittedly kinda crappy) candy shell.
Is there a different kind of candy melt that works better? Can I add oil or something and have it still harden? I like cake pops, but it was harder than I wanted to make.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My sewing machine is eating t-shirts on: June 28, 2011 07:46:45 PM
My sewing machine is eating T-shirts! When I try to run them through, they get caught in the bottom part and the machine makes a terrible noise! I know you are supposed to use a special needle for knits, could this be the problem? Or is my sewing machine just jacked up? It sews woven fabric just fine, and I tried re-threading.
29  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / First lampwork beads on: June 28, 2011 07:36:57 PM
I just took a class to make lampwork beads at Asheville Glass Center. It was supposed to be an 6-hour, 2-day course, but it ended up being a 2-hour course. It was really fun, but we just got to learn the basics like putting glass on the mandrel and adding dots. I made them in the same color scheme so I can make a bracelet or necklace.

I'm looking forward to doing more glasswork! How long did it take you before you felt you had some control over the glass? Right now I couldn't do it by myself, the heat scares me, and I don't think I could be confident enough to work with it while being careful at the same time.
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