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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Air Force Song Art 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

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / catalog flip calendar 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... :-)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / i love you ABC's 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!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Peter Rabbit 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:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Soccer Dog (pic heavy) 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!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My Christmas Suite... 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.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / old jeans+ugly bag= something wonderful? 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!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stenciling on lycra?? on: June 12, 2005 08:03:20 PM
I'm afraid of screenprinting, and I think stencilling is something I can do... anyway, do you think you can stencil on lycra? (Like, bathing suit material, I'm a lifeguard and need to have a lifeguard something on other on all my suits... I could just send them to the place to get them screenprinted, but I want to see what you guys think first...)  Any techniques/advice/special materials you think I should use if i go ahead with it myself?

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / sharpies attacked my keyboard... 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
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Extra eyelash/furry yarn? I made this scarf... 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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