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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / THANK GOD it's over! Here's what I did. . . (complete w/ photos) on: December 29, 2006 03:15:48 PM
So, last year I knitted EVERYTHING that I gave my family for Christmas. . .this year I thought I would be smart, start early, paint a few things.  You know. . .simple.

It didn't work out that way. . .but everyone loved what I gave them and I  was fairly happy with the results:

A tree topper for my stepmother, who is German.  She collects them.

First set of magnets:

Second set of magnets:

First set of necklaces:

Second set of Necklaces:

Three sets of keychains with matching letter openers:

A pair of traditional ornaments:

A pair of ornaments for my father.  This is me with my grandmother. . .she died this year:

A pendant for my mother-in-law.  This is HER mother. . .who also died this year:

CU of one of the long pendants:

A breast cancer ribbon ornament for my sister-in-law. . .who always runs the S.G. Komen race in Houston every year:

There were a few others that I didn't get shots of. . .next year I'm not sure what I'll do!  (BIG thanks to the gals at Nomadic Notions here in Austin. . .who wrapped and assembled all the necklaces and taught me how to black a silver chain.)

Thanks for looking, kids.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Newest Work. . now with Afro-goodness! (and big pics) on: November 22, 2006 02:26:37 PM

what's good, what's not so good?  i'm trying to get more comfortable with photoshop.


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / I'm on the HUNT, I"m after THESE on: August 28, 2006 09:17:00 AM
i'm desperately, and i mean DESPERATELY, trying to find plain white (or very light) flat ceramic beads and pendants . . .something like this:

looks like a guitar pick, huh?

all the porcelain and ceramic beads that i can find are already painted or they are too small. . .. any suggestions?

i would make them from polymer clay myself, but i need them to be glazed and fired and oven-friendly.




4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty calendar contest on: August 12, 2006 09:10:36 AM
so the deadline is the 15th for the Knitty 2007 calendar contest.

i submitted my marley's ghost scarf.  and it was so much fun to photograph something i made on models. . .all professional-like.

i definitely reccommend that everyone who has the time sumbit a project for this:


here's one of my photos (you can submit three):

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Curious about making miniature food? on: August 03, 2006 07:59:34 AM
my husband and i have made miniature food for parties before. . .everything from burgers and hot dogs to mini cheesecakes and pizzas.

but, this is probably the tiniest thing we have made. . . we did it for the latest Craft Challenge.


6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / A Bite to Eat! on: August 02, 2006 09:04:19 PM
Lots of people forget that cooking is a craft, nay an ART, as much as any other on Craftster.  My husband and I decided to do this challenge together since we are total foodies and enjoy spending time together in the kitchen.

This project was inspired by an article in Martha Stewart Living that appeared some time ago. 

I give you, miniature fast-food.

i know it's hard to tell from this shot, so I'll give you something for scale. . . .

our burger was a little over one inch tall and about an inch wide.

Here, we have the "money shot" of our burger with its many teeny layers

After we took all the pictures we cut the tiny burger in half and each ate half.  It tasted awesome.

Our official entry is the burger, though the burger and fries together are still less than two inches.
Here are some shots of the preparation of our mini-meal.  Everything was handmade, including the tiny buns.

I used a Splenda packet for scale, since it was two inches long.  Check out the mini pickles, onions and tomato!

Frozen ground beef, cut with a jigger.

It only took a few seconds to cook.

Testing the tiny french fries.

Two batches later. . .

So. . .very. . .small.

I made the soda and tray out of polymer clay and my husband designed and printed the label and tray liner out of Craftster content

We had so much fun making this together.  It was seriously challenging, right down to the sesame seeds. 

So, from the two of us, we hope you enjoy our delicious entry. . . .I know we did!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Padlock and Key **EDIT** on: July 12, 2006 07:38:00 AM
i'm working on a little project and i was wondering if anyone has ever seen a pattern for a knitted padlock or old fashioned key.

something like this:


and this:


my goal is to knit them, felt them, and attach them to something else.

i could probably make it up as i went along, but if there's a pattern out there i'd love to get my hands on it

thanks for any help you can give!


here is how it's looking so far.

i'm not sure i like it. . .my key and padlock look a little cartoony. . .this is all before felting, so i know it will change some afterwards. . what do you think?

**EDIT 2**

here is what my scarf looks like after MANY MANY cycles.  the yarn was from argentina so i wasn't prepared for how long it was going to take.

here is a close up of the lock and key, post-fulling.  i wasn't happy with the results so i snipped them off. . . here they are just for reference.  i think i made the right decision.

the key still looked too floppy and the lock looked too. . .cartoony?


it occurred to me after many days of my husband watching me go through this oddysey with the chain that the REAL adornment it should have is a big, black ball.

you know.

for the Old Ball and Chain.

so anyone know how to knit and full and huge ball?

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Groovy *Beaded* Pom Pom Curtain! **EDIT** on: June 01, 2006 08:30:22 AM

in honor of Crafters With Kitties.  quick and dirty PS.

What's more kitschy than a beaded curtain?  How about one made with Pom Poms!

I strung black yarn with pom poms of various sizes and spaced them out.  I was going to string them tightly together, but I liked the bubbly look this gave it. . .and my fingers hurt from stringing pom poms.

i laid the strings out on the floor and hot glued them to big fat popsicle sticks to make the curtain "rod."  then i tucked the whole shebang up into the workings of my stupid vertical blinds.  I think it's much improved, don't you?

i used some jersey loops laced together to make the curtain tie-back.  neato! 

here are some more close-ups.

i broke two needles and burned myself with hot glue.  pretty normal crafting day for me, though.

i hope you like it!


9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Peacock! Hedgehog! Snail! on: May 01, 2006 09:07:38 AM
I found these three pieces of art at a local flea market and bought the trio for $15.  They look like they came off the walls of some long-defunct seaside motel.  Apologies to the original artist, wherever he or she may be!

Since the material was stillin good shape I decided to turn each Beige Beastie into something a little more whimsical.  I had some feathers in my craft cupboard and just kind of made everything up from there on.

Once a lonely little sandpiper. . .. . . .. now a fabulous peacock!

I have NO IDEA what this was. . . . .. . but now it's a playful hedgehog!

Used to be an abstract-y conch thingy. . . .. now an inquisitve snail!

Thanks for looking!  This challenge was so much fun.

10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / What a little Paint Pen can do. . . . 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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