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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with a GINORMOUS Stained Glass Window? on: January 31, 2009 11:20:56 AM
I found a really big stained glass window at the side of the road this week (crafting jackpot!), and I'm having a bit of trouble deciding what to do with it.  My first thought was to make a table out of it, but it's really heavy - I'm just guessing, but probably around 40kg (about 90lb) - and the wood is pretty old, and doesn't feel too stable.

Here's the whole thing.  It's about 75.5cm x 106.0cm (29.75" x 42.0"). The clear center glass is 74.0cm x 41cm (29.25" x 16.5"). The small Squares are 9.0cm x 9.0cm (3.5" x 3.5"). The long rectangles are 30.5cm x 9.0cm (1'0" x 3.5"). And the short rectangles are 14.0cm x 9.0cm (5.5" x 3.5").  The colours look much prettier in the light.

And here's a picture of the detail on the center panel.  It's still a bit hard to see, but there's a floral pattern on it.

I'm going to strip the paint for sure, but that's as far as I can decide on. 

Any thoughts?  Thanks!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ironic Cross Stitch for Work on: May 21, 2008 09:55:46 AM
The back office at my work is small, deeply in need of repair, and generally depressing.  I thought that it needed a bit of cheering up, and nothing cheers up a room like an ironic, overly elaboratly framed cross stitch.

Ta da!  There you have it, solid proof that I work way too much.  I made it in the store colours and everything.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mom's Decorative Moss (image heavy) on: May 10, 2008 07:14:52 PM
My mom's been saying for ages that she wants some kind of potted grass for her coffee table, so I decided to make it for her for Mother's day.  Well, it's not actually grass.  I used irish moss instead.

The materials - One small sake tray, three sake cups, two pots of irish moss, some small rocks, and a knife.

Five minutes later. . .

Close up shot!

I'm really happy with how this turned out. 
I hope my Mom likes it as much as I do! Smiley

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Scarf/Shawl (image heavy) on: July 19, 2007 04:11:31 PM
I was going though the magazines at my work one day, when I came across a copy one called "Midwifery" (I think) that had a lady wearing a surprisingly nice looking poncho on the cover.  I figured out the gist of the pattern, and set to work on making a test strip before making the whole thing.  Then Kaitlin suggested that I make something out of the test.  So here it is.

Here's the whole thing.

Different angle.

Close up of one end.

And the other end.

And the middle.

Action shot!

It should be nice and warm in the fall.  It's the first thing I've made from one of my own patterns.  It's not quite what I wanted, so I'm working on fixing the pattern up. Any tips or comments are always appreciated.  Thanks for looking!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spiffy orange hat on: June 10, 2007 07:21:46 PM
I have several balls of this pretty orange-brown yarn that I've been trying to find a use for for the past. . . couple of years.  I was saving it for something epic, but I realized that I may not come across the "just right" project for quite some time.  So I made a nice hat (just in time for summer, fantastic timing).  It's pretty simple, but I think it looks pretty darn spiffy.

Picture the first.

Action shot!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mothers' Day Bracelet on: May 12, 2007 09:38:41 AM
It's almost Mothers' day, and I'm totally broke, so I decided to make presents instead of buying big expensive ones.  This one if for my boyfriend's mom, and I'm going to get to work on my mom's tonight.  I used the "one-night glam" pattern from The Happy Hooker.  It looks nothing like it's supposed to, and in that sense it's a complete failure, but I think it looks pretty nifty the way it came out.  It's crocheted 24 gauge (mystery metal) wire with glass beads.

So, pictures!

Please forgive my lack of photography skills.

Here it is on my lovely rolling pin/model.

My fish likes it!

It's my first time working with wire, so if you have any comments, suggestions or tips, I'd really appreciate it.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini Crochet Blanket on: December 10, 2006 10:00:24 AM
I just learned how to do granny squares, so rather than making a really big thing for my first practice project made of them, I decided to make an teeny-tiny one for my kitties.  That way if I screwed it up, at least I wouldn't have wasted too much time.  It turned out pretty okay.  Not very fancy or hip, but I kinda like it.

Here's the front.

. . .  And the back.  I know it's a bit crude, and there are ways to hide the stitching together bit, but I tried this method and liked how it turned out.

Rosie likes it!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pi is exactly three hoodie on: July 13, 2005 11:44:23 PM

This turned out rather well, if I do say so myself.  It was my first attempt at stenciling.

This should irritate a great number of math people.  Smiley

Don't get it?  Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Lisa invents a spray that stops bullies from attacking nerds? When she is on stage with Professor Frink, he quiets down the crowd of scientists by exclaiming "pi is exactly three!" That should probably give you the gist of it.
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