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41  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jack o' lantern coin purse with instructions on: October 30, 2012 08:20:15 AM

I made this coin purse basically because I love Halloween and all things Pumpkin.
It is super simple.
Here are some very basic instructions, but if you prefer a traditional pattern you can find one on my blog (link toward the bottom)

The pattern is basically a rectangle 31 sc stitches across by 22 rows down.
I chose to make mine striped.

Fold your rectangle in half so your rows run vertically, & sew up the sides leaving the top open.

Attach green along the top and work two rows of single crochet in the round around the opening.  I decreased the second round at the seams, but it isn't critical.  Sew your zipper in place.

Next you design your face out of felt!  I used black, but you can use yellow if you want it to look like a lit up jack o' lantern.  Be creative and add some cute notions or buttons.  I added buttons on the eyes to give it a little life.

I love this little guy & I hope you love yours too!
There is a written pattern and addition tips and tricks on my blog, it's all free!
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cupcake and Sugar Skull Badges on: August 24, 2012 08:07:37 PM
Looking through my posts, I realized that I never posted these!  These were my very first felt badges from the first round of the felt badge swap.  I forgot to include something in the picture for size reference before sending them off to their new homes, but they are 3 inches tall.  This is the very first embroidery that I've ever done. 

The cupcake was my first one, and I learned back stitch, satin stitch , and whip stitch with that one.  The sugar skull was my second one, and I learned how to do a french knot and a daisy stitch.  I love how they turned out, and have completely fallen in love with this strange little craft.  I can't wait till round 3 of the felt badge swap!

43  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr. & Mrs. Scarecrow on: August 19, 2012 05:52:16 PM
I don't really know if they're married, but thought it made a good subject line. Tongue  Anyway, I usually post in the crochet board, but this is so my favorite board, so I thought I'd post here for a change.   Smiley

These are supposed to be well dressed scarecrows with pumpkins for heads.  The girl's head looks like an orange to me.  I think it may be a little too round.  Also, maybe the orange is too light?  I used a darker orange for his head and then I found an orange that was actually called "pumpkin" so I bought it and used it for her head, but I think I like the darker one (which by the way is called "carrot") better.  Anyway, autumn is my favorite time of year!  Hope you guys like 'em!

thanks for looking!
44  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Simple little octopus on: August 04, 2012 12:48:36 AM
Okay, so I'm editing this post a little because apparently, as is, it seems a little too much like marketing for sales. So to remove any doubts... I made this guy by crocheting a simple ball, then for the tentacles you just crochet a chain (as long as you think you want your tentacles to be) and put 2 sc in each chain.  This creates that spiral effect!  Then you just attach them to the ball.  Have fun making your own little octopus!

This little one was so quick to make, but I think she is super cute! 

Thanks for looking!
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / How's about a slice of chocolate cake... on: July 27, 2012 02:36:06 PM
...with white buttercream frosting and topped with a strawberry dipped in white chocolate and then drizzled with milk chocolate?  Yes?

okay, so the strawberry looks a bit radishy, but I still like it.  This is my first crocheted food item (other than some easter eggs I made)  Thanks for looking!
46  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ladybug on: July 27, 2012 02:21:24 PM
I made this ladybug ami for my partner in the insect swap.  I used buttons for the spots., and chenille stems in her legs so she would be able to stand up without rolling around.  Thanks for looking!

47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Butterfly Mobile on: July 21, 2012 02:40:24 PM
I made this mobile for the Insect Swap!

Here are the butterflies before I strung them up...

...and a detail shot...

Thanks for looking!
48  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bug plant markers and garden stakes - my first poly clay project on: July 20, 2012 10:07:44 PM
These were made for the Isect Swap.  My idea was that they could be used interchangeably as plant markers or just decoratively as garden stakes.

So, I used bamboo chopsticks from the dollar store, and unlined index cards for the labels. 

My favorites are the worms (which were supposed to be caterpillars, but look more like worms to me.)  Even though the yellow one looks more like an octopus tentacle. (Note to self, polka dots do not work for worms!)

Okay, so this is my first foray into poly clay, and I obviously need some tools other than just my thick fingers and a pencil.
As far as tools go, what are some of your guys favorites for poly clay?  Oh, and what do you prefer to use as a finish?  Thanks in advance!
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "These aren't the droids you're looking for." on: July 20, 2012 10:25:14 AM
Since this seems to be the official/unofficial board for felt badges...

I made these two droid felt badges for fancybutch for round 2 of the felt badge swap. 
She mentioned that she loves robots and Star Wars, and I'm a closet Star Wars fanatic, so the choice was easy!

R2D2 a.k.a. R2

C3P0 a.k.a. 3-P0 or Goldenrod! heehee!

I later regretted omitting the rest of his arms. I had a hard time deciding where to bisect him, and I was too afraid of trying to do his whole body as a 3" x 3" piece (as those are the maximum measurements for the felt badge swap!)  Of course some of the crafters are so talented that they manage to fit 10 times the amount of detail in that small of a space!  I'm working my way there, slowly.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
50  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ladybug cloth on: June 08, 2012 01:11:05 AM
I made this for the Insect swap. The design is made with bobbles...

it's intended to be a wash cloth or dish rag

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