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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lastest Cubimals on: October 28, 2010 07:11:36 AM
I've been working crazy hard since August getting ready for the big bad craft show(s) in December. I've now finished 35 of them! My goal is 50 before Bizarre Bazaar.

Until then, I gotta show 'em off.

Box of finished cubimals.

A few with buttholes yet to be sewn up.

My friend is going to take some nicer, more professional photos today. So I'll probably be back to show off more pics soon!


Okay, so the photoshoots kept falling through, so I just took myself into the backyard with a sheet and crappy camera. Here's pics.

And then I got super cold and ran inside. More at mah flickr.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Favorite Artist/Art Buff Swap? on: July 03, 2008 07:10:10 PM
Does da Vinci inspire you? Does Dali make you melt? Is Kahlo your muse?

I'm a big fan of art, from pop art to neoclassicism to dada to art nouveau. This has probably been done before, but I was thinking of a favorite artist swap. You tell your partner your favorite artist, and you craft a few things inspired by theirs.

Who's interested? Ideas, suggestions?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Pug measurements? on: August 23, 2007 09:14:49 AM
Hey gang!

A friend of mine has an adorable pug named Sweet Pea, and I'd love to surprise her with some pug couture.

The trouble is, I don't know Sweet's measurements, and the internet hasn't been very helpful in giving me average pug sizes. All I can find is the average length of a pug.

Any pug owners out there willing to help a gal out? Sweet's kind of on the stocky side, but if I could get the average pug's chest and neck measurement that would be awesome.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making Candy Jewelry Advice? on: November 08, 2006 09:41:44 AM
Hey kids, how's things?

I'd like to make jewelry with candy, and I'm curious to know what advice you have on it.

The easiest process (in my unhead, that is. Untested.) would seem to be to just shellack little candy bits after poking a hole through them.

Now, with gummier candy, poking a hole is easier than with, say, Pez or Lifesavers. Advice on that?

Also, what kind of a shellack or sealant or whatever would you recommend? I don't want anything to disintegreate the candy.

Should I let it sit out and go stale a few days before trying anything?

Anyhow, any of your crafting expertise when it comes to sweets/food would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / 1959 Rib Stitch Hat on: October 12, 2006 04:04:37 PM
At one point, I had three grandmas worth of yarn. One stash was given to me on the passing of my Great-Grandma Mary. Another stash came from a friend of my Grandma Nikki. The third was a big bag of acrylic I found at the thrift store. The bag was only 10 bucks, and also inside were some needles, a flower press, and a few books. This pattern is the wackiest of them, and comes from a Coats & Clarks book, printed in 1959. I just had to share. Im reproducing the pattern verbatum here, so if its confusing, I apologise.

Coats & Clarks Red Heart Knitting Worsted 4 Ply, Art. E. 232: 1 skein (1 oz. Tangle-Proof Pull-Out Skein) of No. 1 White and 2 skeins of No. 848 Skipper Blue.Knitting Needles, 1 pair No. 6.

Plastic or Aluminum Crochet Hook No. G.

GAUGE: 5 sts = 1 inch; 6 rows = 1 inch.

Starting at lower edge with Blue, cast on 116 sts. 1st row: * K 2, p 2. Repeat from * across. Repear first row until total length is 4 1/2 inches. Bind off in ribbing (knit the k sts, purl the p sts). Block. Sew narrow edges together for back seam.

FRINGE . . . Cut 58 strands of each color, 24 inches long. Working along bound off edge, fold a strand of Blue in half, insert crochet hook in first bound-off st and draw loop end through. Draw ends through loop and pull tight to form on fringe. In same way, fold a strand of White in half and make a fringe in next bound-off st. Continue in this way around entire edge of Hat, alternating colors. Wind a strand of Blue 6 times around all fringes about 4 inches from bound-off edge (or desired depth) and tie securely in place. Trim ends even. Turn up cuff.

Larger pic here.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny Thing and friends on: October 04, 2006 04:39:26 PM

What's that??


Why, it's an adorable bunny... thing.


And it's mostly unfinished friends!

Just a few felt things I've been working on. Enjoy!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I can't find decent felt in assorted colors! on: September 29, 2006 08:24:39 AM
Here's my conundrum.

I've become really hooked on making little stuffed creatures out of fleece and felt. I'd like to make more, so I need a package of felt.

Here's what I've uncovered in my felt escapades:

  • Some felts pill/shed/come apart.
  • The felt that comes in a package of "assorted" colors don't have that great a selection of colors
  • The felt that does come in a colorful pack comes in packs of 12 or 100. Too little and too much.
  • Other felt in grand colors is stiffened/novelty/crap.

I need to find soft, durable felt that comes in a pack of 25-50 sheets in a variety of bright colors (such as the illusive pastels.) Help??
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Arr! A chart be here for ye! on: September 19, 2006 07:16:48 AM
In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day...

I made this Jack Sparrow chart up last night, and thought I would share.


I also have a handful of pirate patterns I found about the web on my blog. Enjoy! Arr!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vegan Fox by Bex on: September 18, 2006 08:15:17 AM

Hooray! Knitty's vegan fox! On size #15 needles and with three yarns held together, I managed to finish this cutie in about two days. And using cheapy Darice novelty yarn, I did it in under $10. He's super soft and super fluffy. I did change up the ears a bit, and while I bought plastic "cat eyes" for him, they just looked wrong, so I put on black buttons instead.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Viking Hat on: November 29, 2005 12:10:46 AM
So you liked the Cupcake Hat but, let's face it. Your husband will not let you stick that on your son, adorable though it may be.

Have no fear! From the maker of the Cupcake Hat, behold! The Viking Hat!


Yes, I will admit I got the idea from the Chicken/Viking Hat.

I finished this bad boy just in time for a craft show, and it got snapped up in no time. It's even got some rivets along the metal brim there!

Feedback, ideas, improvements, all are always appreciated.
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