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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Clearance Beads at JoAnn stores on: October 14, 2005 06:48:27 AM
I was at my local JoAnn store on Tuesday evening and they had a ton of beads on clearance.  Some were 50 cents--mostly plastic kiddie ones, but I got a couple packages of some wooden beads with designs on them, and they also had small packages of glass beads for 75 cents.  Worth checking out if you happen to be near a JoAnn anytime soon.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted Necklace on: September 19, 2005 07:49:30 AM
I made this necklace on Saturday night to wear to a cookout at my parents' house yesterday.  I really like how it came out, but I need to stop using 34 gauge wire, I think.  It breaks too easily--as in, the necklace fell off and had to be repaired already (hence the extra wire wrapped around the chain near the clasp. Only one side broke, but I had to keep everything symmetrical).

The necklace: (need to clean my scanner bed--lots of schmutz that shouldn't be there)


Close up of beads

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / $1 yarn at Target on: September 06, 2005 07:41:11 AM
This is already posted in the knitting sections, but for those of you who crochet more than you knit, I thought I'd add it here, too--I was just at Target last night and they have yarn in their dollar bins.  The balls are small and the quality probably isn't great, but I got some to try out.  I'll spend a dollar on just about anything to try it out.  Here's the link to the other post, where she describes the yarn a bit more:

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted Bead and Wire Earrings on: September 04, 2005 07:38:48 AM
I got some really thin 34 gauge wire to play around with, threaded some seed beads on, started crocheting and came up with these:


What do you think?  The beads are clear irridescent, but it's hard to see the pearliness in the picture/scan  (my digital camera refuses to take clear close-ups of anything, but the scanner works really well for these little things). 
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Flower Earrings from Embroidery Floss on: September 04, 2005 07:34:03 AM
Inspired by some of the posts I've seen on here, etsy and the too-expensive purldrop earrings, I made up some earrings for myself. 




They were a big hit when I was back at the in-laws' a couple weeks ago for my niece's birthday party--multiple people telling me to open a boutique, etc.  I have way too much craft stuff, so I've decided I have to use up what I have before I can get anything else.  Which means lots of handmade Xmas gifts and attempting to sell the stuff.  After all, I can only wear so many earrings myself  Tongue

Anyway, comments please!! 
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crochet hook holder made with woven ribbon on: August 23, 2005 05:51:13 PM
I guess this is the closest to a bag of any of the categories here.

Anyway, I was inspired to try weaving some ribbon fabric by the credit card holder made by Norahsmom, found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46604.0

I made a crochet hook holder because the little pouch I had made before just wasn't cutting it anymore--it was getting kind of full, and my largest hooks didn't fit inside it.  So here's my new and improved hook case.




I like it a lot.  Now I can see all my hooks at the same time; no more dumping out the entire bunch and searching through for the one I need.  Too bad I only know one other person who crochets--these would make easy Christmas gifts.
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Satin Ribbon Rose Bouquet on: August 23, 2005 05:41:28 PM
Yea! My first craft challenge.  So exciting.

As I was stewing over what to use, what to use, what to use, I happened upon the motherload of satin ribbon on clearance at Wal-Mart--10 yd spools of yellow Offray ribbon for a dime apiece.  Perfect.  Still didn't know what to make, so I bought 30, thinking I could surely make something with 300 yds of ribbon.


After much deliberating, I decided to crochet myself a nice sunny bouquet of satin roses.  I used a pattern I found online, though since I printed it out awhile ago, I have no idea where I got it.  To make the leaves, I cut strips from some leftover green broadcloth-ish fabric I had and sort of winged it with a leaf shape.  I made the 3 leaves, wired them and the roses, wrapped the stems with floral tape and then wrapped more of the green fabric strips around the stems to hide the white tape, stuck them in one of the few vases I own, and voila! 

My cheery little flowers

Full bouquet


Slightly closer look (that's my Mondrian-inspired painting as a backdrop)


Close up of one of the roses


and a close up to show the leaves


ETA:added links to photos since I seem to have exceeded my bandwidth

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Orange/Red/White Striped Tiny Circle Bag on: August 12, 2005 12:22:43 PM
So I got some bright orange measuring cups and spoons from the dollar bin at Target and I saved the little ring handle thingy they came attached on, thinking it might come in handy for something.

Then a couple nights ago I had a brainstorm of using it as a purse handle--yes, just one mind you--with a button flap to hold it closed. 

And!! I just happened to have the perfect remnant fabric in my stash to match the little handle and skinny red ribbon to make a button loop.  A little cutting, sewing and a couple hours later, voila.  The Tiny Circle Bag.

Posing on my ironing board

Slightly closer look (at the ugly basement carpet, too)


I made it round to echo the shape of the handle, and sort of boxed the bottom to give it a little more dimension.  It didn't come out as well as I pictured it, but not bad for a first purse from a totally wing-it-as-I-go-along idea.  My 3-yr old niece is totally into purses and bags; I think she might be getting another birthday present now.  She won't mind the stitches and lining showing in places.  Wink

I don't think I'll make anymore with only one handle, but I like how the boxing the circle idea came out.  I may have to try it slightly larger--and in a color I'd actually wear around in public!!!!
19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I'm ready for the French Revolution on: July 13, 2005 12:14:12 PM
I made this dress last summer for no particular reason except that I liked it and I'd made a corset earlier and needed something to wear with it.

This is the first project I'm posting, so if the picture doesn't show up, here's the link, which will hopefully work: click me

  I wore it on Halloween giving out candy at my mother's house--and not one person said anything about it!!!!  I was a little miffed about that.  Anyway, it was from the Butterick 3640   pattern.  I skipped the ruffle at the bottom because I had no way to easily pin it evenly to the bottom of the skirt.  There are a few little mistakes here and there, but overall I think it came out damn well Kiss
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