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21  What a little Paint Pen can do. . . . in Shoes: Completed Projects by hercuteness on: February 06, 2006 10:08:45 AM
so, i bought these shoes on sale from urban outfitters.  i should have known better.  they were $7 after all.

the first day that i wore them, all the bronze "foil" cracked and started to peel off the shoes.

i let them sit around, fuming about my stupid $7 shoes until i realized that all the bronze stuff would probably peel off in sheets.  i was curious as to what shoe lie beneath all that cheap plastic.

i peeled off the bronze (save for the trim and bow) and found a muddled pink slipper beneath.  then i took my trusty gold paint pen and made a fairly passable pair of shoes out of what i might have otherwise thrown in the trash.

marvel at the pile of crap!

after paint-penning

not too shabby!  well, not as shabby as before.

i've worn them out today and the paint does rub off pretty easily so i'll have to figure out how to seal it.  but i'm pretty happy with them.

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22  Re: More Yarn, Less Art - Knitting Photography *IMAGE HEAVY* in Knitting: Completed Projects by hercuteness on: January 12, 2006 04:01:32 PM
thanks everyone.

yarn company. . . .i'll have to look into that.  and i love the thought of making a knitter's journal or calendar with these pictures in it.  postcards or notecards would be easy, too, and super cute. 

thanks guys.  craftster people are the best people.

Qusly - that is a scarf i made from leftover Kidsilk Haze.  i didn't use a pattern.  here's a better shot of it:

stockinette skinny scarf and two Airy scarves

gathering all the yarn for my christmas knitting really inspired me.  is there anything more luxurious than a pile of yarn. . .that's ALL YOURS?

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23  More Yarn, Less Art - Knitting Photography *IMAGE HEAVY* in Knitting: Completed Projects by hercuteness on: January 12, 2006 12:50:48 PM
Hopefully soon I will have my own site devoted to photography.  It's what I plan on doing with myself full time, eventually.  Anyway.  Ever since I started knitting I've been obsessed with yarn.  The color, the texture, the way it drapes, how it looks knit up or loose.

I want to include some of these shots in the "Fine Art Photography" section of my website, but I'm not sure if anyone other than me and a handful of knitters in the world actually care about pictures of yarn.

In any case, here are some of the most recent shots:

What do you think?  Interesting?  Not Interesting?  Would you buy something like this?

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24  Re: Projects from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" in Knitting: Completed Projects by hercuteness on: January 05, 2006 10:47:27 AM
Here are some of my projects. . ..not all of them came from LMKG, but quite  few did.

I posted them elsewhere on the forum and now I can't remember if it's okay to link to another thread. 

I'm an AWFUL craftster.

*smacks wrist*
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25  What I Did For Love. . . of Christmas Knitting (IMAGE HEAVY) in Knitting: Completed Projects by hercuteness on: January 05, 2006 10:42:21 AM
Here are most of the projects I completed as christmas gifts for my loving family.  Not pictured are the two other ribbed hats I knitted (for my husband and my uncle), the "Purl" scarf I made for my mom, the ribbed scarf I knitted for my husband, and the additional set of wristwarmers I made for my aunt Susie.

So, here they are:

That's the lot of them.  In the bottom right is a beer cozy I decided against giving as a gift.  Not because it was tacky, but because it was totally impractical.  The beer would have slipped right out.

I made three sets.  These two were for men.  In two different lengths.  The third set (for my aunt) were made of a gorgeous red Manos yarn and were super long.

The two hats were for my brother in law and his two year old son.


I made FIVE of those bags for Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  And FOUR "Airy" scarves.

I don't know if you can tell, but I made the skinny scarf witht he fringe out of what Kidsilk I had leftover from the Airy scarves.  And, I made the multi-color pouch out of the Blue Sky Alpaca I had leftover from the four other pouches.

I knitted brooches with Bliss Cotton and Silk, made matching earrings (they are the things dangling off the bottom), and stuffed it all into a miniature version of the Last Minute pouch.

Who doesn't love a little baby sweater?  Me, that's who.  I HATE FINISHING SWEATERS. 
Actually, these were my very first attempt at a sweater of any size.

Thanks for looking!

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26  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by hercuteness on: November 11, 2005 06:23:14 AM
so, like many people here, i've been thinking of a tattoo.  i flirted a bit with the thought years ago when i was in college, but i'm a  weenie.  now, a friend is going to get a really kick ass one and suddenly the thought is creeping back in. 

i'm married now, and planning on having kids, so i don't want anything too wacky.  here are some ideas, let me know what you think.

below is the final idea, before the tattoo artist draws it out tattoo-style.

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27  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hercuteness on: October 28, 2005 06:02:41 AM
So, here's my friend Teresa's wedding.  It was just this past weekend, so she's in Hawaii right now!  I'm posting both the B&W images and the color ones because I couldn't decide which ones I liked better.  Sorry!


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28  Re: MP3 Player Cozy/Holder/Case Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: October 12, 2005 07:16:29 AM
Here is the cozy that I sent to Synne.  She assures me that it fits, so I'll take her word for it.  It's made of synthetic taffeta from some old bridesmaid dresses.  It's actually the first recon project I've ever done for something that's not a t-shirt. 

I'm not a pro on my sewing machine yet, but I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.

The front is embellished with singed taffeta.  Yay synthetic fabric!  Very Punk Debutante.  It's strategically placed to hide a minor disaster.

Back/top.  hemming holes is hard. . . .

. . . so I used grosgrain ribbon and NoSew tape.  Does that make me a bad person?

Anyway, it was super fun to do.  I'll definitely be engaging in some more recon projects.

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29  Re: MP3 Player Cozy/Holder/Case Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: October 11, 2005 02:17:06 PM
Here is the lovely cozy that Synne made for me.  It's the perfect color!  And she threw in a sweet little gift (naughty!  i didn't know!).

(it was hard to explain to the civilians in my office why getting DPNs made me so happy)

Thanks Synne!  You rock!

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30  Rare and Exotic Coffee Flower Marshland in CHALLENGE 6 ENTRIES by hercuteness on: October 06, 2005 09:19:26 AM
I was inspired by the two places I spend the most time (Work and Home) and the one thing they both have in common besides me. . . .CAFFEINE.

My department throws away an inexcusable amount of products related to coffee everyday.  I contribute.  I'm guilty, too.  At home I drink coffee and tea both every day, so I throw away the same kinds of things.  For several weeks I saved every used coffee filter and tea bag I could, plus coffee stirrers and used coffee grounds.  I didn't even have room to use them all.  They're still piled on my dining table.

A good view of the three dimensionality. . .

Close up of the filters that I twirled together to make flowers (I stapled them into position, then hot-glued them onto the canvas)

Detail of my tea-bag bug

Coffee stirrer stems and rescued grass from when the landscape guys came and whacked the plants to hell. . .

Detail of used coffee grounds.  Originally I mixed them in with the paint, but when it dried it all fell off.

Hanging above my mantle.  Sorry it's such a lousy picture, but I wanted to show the scale of it. . .

So that's it!  Thanks for looking!

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