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1  Air Force Song Art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KatieJoy on: November 12, 2011 09:13:47 PM
Inspired by grammardog's "Forever Young"... The Air Force Song done as a Christmas present for my brother.  Prismacolor marker on bristol paper. I have the frame but I have yet to frame this... I still have more than a month.  Smiley

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2  catalog flip calendar in CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES by KatieJoy on: June 04, 2009 01:43:07 PM

So I saw this scrapbook flip calendar kit at Joann Fabrics a year ago and I thought "I can do that without a kit."  

Materials/supplies: (I didn't have to buy anything new!!!)
A huge JC Penney's catalog
Thicker cardstock paper... index cards could work but I had a school supply catalog that divided its sections with this heavy thick glossy paper
An old magazine to cut letters out of for the months (catalogs don't have very many exciting letters)
A piece of heavy scrapbook paper for the stand
A good glue stick
6 binder rings (mine were 1'' big, but 1/2'' would have been better... I'm a teacher so the binder rings are a supply I have around that I suppose most people don't)
3 self-adhesive velcro stickers for the bottom of the stand (you wouldn't have to use velcro, I just liked the idea I could store it flat for moving.)
paper cutter, scissors, hole puncher

Basically, I cut the thick paper into cards that were 3 1/2" X 2 1/2" and tore out pictures from the catalog that would be large enough to cover the card for the background.  (Mostly carpets, stacks of sheets, towels, or shirts, curtains, and bedspreads.)  Then I tried to find as many "numbers" as I could... the 4 in the picture is part of a skinny bookshelf.  For the ones I had a tough time with, I cut out the number.  Pretty much the rest is self explanatory... you could probably do these in whatever style you want, and it doesn't have to be recycled catalogs, but I love the look!
*Edit* Size...it is about 4" tall and 8 1/2" and the base is 2". (I didn't actually measure... who does? :-P)
Some more pics...

view from the side...  the date shows July 10... when I'm getting married next year!

no significance, I just like how November turned out

Now, I could do 363 more pictures to show you all the date combinations, but I think that would pic overload... :-)
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3  i love you ABC's in Valentine's Day by KatieJoy on: February 17, 2009 05:58:03 PM
So anyway, I did the whole "52 things" last year for valentine's day and wanted to live up to my "creativity" from the year before and this is what I came up with...

I love you ABC's!  Basically, I came up with something significant for each letter, found a picture, and then changed the back of the card.  I used Microsoft Word and Staples "sticker paper," making the whole project ridiculously easy.  Here's a couple more pics.

And then a quick addition to the box... (it says "Dave and Katie's" now)

Anyway, it was fun to give him and he loved them.  Hope you all enjoy too!

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4  Peter Rabbit in Knitting: Completed Projects by KatieJoy on: January 13, 2008 01:20:27 PM
So my friend is having a baby and the theme of her nursery is Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit.  So, I got it in my head that I was going to knit a Peter Rabbit... annnnd I've never knitted anything more exciting that mittens, hats, and scarves so it was an adventure.  The beginning of the adventure involved finding that it was impossible to find a pattern for a Peter Rabbit as I imagined he should be from the books.  There were patterns available on Ebay from Great Britain but for some reason living in the US and having not that much time I didn't think that would work out for me.  So, I made up a "pattern."  It's knitted mostly in Lion Brand Lion Suede yarn so it's nice and soft and the sweater part is something that I can't remember at the moment but I picked up because of the color and weight of it.  It's bulky weight yarn but I knit it all on size 6 needles which was a chore for yarn thats supposed to be knit with larger needles but I didn't want his stuffing coming out! Anyway, enough with my rambling on, here's the results:

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5  Soccer Dog (pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KatieJoy on: December 29, 2007 06:16:13 PM
So, tomorrow, my grandmother is having birthday party for her dog.  Yes, crazy, I am well aware of that, but regardless, my beloved puppy needed appropriate clothing.  (He doesn't normally wear clothes, so I didn't have anything at home.) What's a crafty girl to do?  Go to the Dollar Tree dollar store and find a 18 month size long sleeve Adidas raglan style shirt for $1 and recon it.  I had a "Top Dog" iron on I had picked up a couple days ago for $.97 at JoAnns.  Then, I went to work.  PJ would like to tell you the story.

Katie, it's too baggy for me! 

Fix it, please???

Look at it now!!! It fits!

Look, I'm top dog!

I'm helping with the snap!

The attitude shot.

So, I cut the back of the shirt, sewed hems, added velcro, and a snap.  It was pretty easy!
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6  My Christmas Suite... in Winter Holidays by KatieJoy on: November 27, 2007 11:31:26 AM
A little different than the Nutcracker Suite... last year the girls in my suite and I did some Christmas decorating.

Ever wonder what it would look like to be *inside* a Christmas present?  We wallpapered with wrapping paper...

We used about 6 rolls this long I think.

And me rolling up some tape.  We used about 3 rolls.
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7  old jeans+ugly bag= something wonderful? in CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES by KatieJoy on: November 08, 2005 05:53:13 PM
So anyway I had this pair of jeans that were my absolute favorite (we all have those, don't we?) and I managed to put massive holes in them... so I decided I was going to patch them.  I patched them all over with these stars (shown on bag) and loved the jeans even more than I had before.  But alas, 3 years later there were too many holes to repair so I though the jeans were finally going to have to be laid to rest.  Then I remembered I had an ugly bag that needed a new life... so the old jeans and the ugly bag got together and made a wonderful new creation!  I deconstructed/reconstructed the bag using the pockets from the old jeans and then the left over fabric I managed to dig up from the first time I patched the jeans.

Here's the new bag:

Here's a close up of the pockets:

Here's a close up of the stiching on the strap (Thanks to my mother's wonderful Pfaff sewing machine... I want one):

And then here's a picture of the ugly bag before I started. 

Sorry I don't have a picture of the jeans from before... I have several at home, but none on my computer.  :-(

Hope you all enjoy my new favorite bag!
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8  Re: Has anyone made a field hockey bag? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by KatieJoy on: July 28, 2005 07:23:13 AM
A field hockey bag is quite different from other bags I've seen anyplace... and quite over priced, going for about $50.

Its basically a thin, elongated oval with a few very large pockets on the side and a long sturdy strap. At the moment, I'm using a very large shoulder-sling bag made from a sweatshirt, and thats holding up quite well. I'd much rather have something more professional, though. Any hints you could give would be lovely to have!

Well, I'm sure I didn't pay anything close to 50 for my field hockey bag but... make sure you add a little pocket on the side handy for MOUTHGUARDS!     It also depends how big you want to make your bag how many sticks you put in it... I always had at least 2 with me.
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9  sharpies attacked my keyboard... in Completed Projects by KatieJoy on: May 24, 2005 08:05:15 PM
I was inspired by Neekole's Boring Keyboard no more!...

Neekole painted over hers completely so she couldn't really see the letters... for those of you who were concerned about that but liked the color, my suggestion is to grab some sharpies (or your favorite permanent markers) and get coloring.  You can also always take it off easy with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol.  Cool
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10  Extra eyelash/furry yarn? I made this scarf... in Knitting: Completed Projects by KatieJoy on: May 24, 2005 02:08:26 PM
For Christmas, I had made a bunch of those scarfs out of eyelash yarn for people.  Using US 20 needles (yeah, they're huge), it takes about a skein and a half to make a whole one.  So I ended up with a bunch of half skeins of eyelash yarn.  I used up 2 of them with this project...

(Sorry, I was taking that picture with the timer and my dog decided to hop in, and I just couldn't crop him out.  Cheesy)

Here's a closer look... maybe a little too close.

Basically, it's all knitted in garter stitch... the pattern goes sorta like this:

start with a base yarn... i used a homespun something or other, just from like Joannes etc.
knit 3 rows
add in first color eyelash yarn, still knitting with the base yarn
knit 3 rows
cut/tie off/weave in whatever your preference the eyelash yarn
knit 3 rows plain
add in second color eyelash yarn, still knitting with base yarn
knit 3 rows
cut/tie off/weave in eyelash yarn
Repeat until desired length.

This is a super-easy project and knits fast.  Oh yeah, I think I used US size 10 needles or something.
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