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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Corn on the cob on: November 07, 2009 05:20:21 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle!  So cute!  I especially love the extra touch of strawberry with a hole for the treat bag.  Both costumes are so well done and adorable.  Great job!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Summer is for Pineapples Skirt on: August 12, 2009 04:38:58 AM
Thank you for all your kind comments!  The skirt took about two weeks for me to finish.  It's my first crochet garment in over a year (I've been in grad school) and I am so happy to be crocheting again!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Summer is for Pineapples Skirt on: August 11, 2009 06:45:46 PM

I finished this pineapple lace skirt called "Walking after Midnight" in Doris Chan's Amazing Crochet Lace pattern book.  It's crocheted in Madil Eden yarn with an H hook.  It was such a fun and easy pattern and I am so happy with the results!  The best part...it twirls like a dream. 

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cherry Cardigan on: November 27, 2006 09:26:02 AM
So so adorable!  looks straight out of a Mary Englebright illustration.  AMAZING. I love it.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First FO post! Orangina and a Rusted Root on: November 20, 2006 02:45:07 PM
These are both so beautiful - I am especially in love with Rusted Root!  Did you use a pattern?  Excellent work!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Carved Stamps on: October 30, 2006 09:29:22 AM
Thank you! These were among my first attempts at ever carving stamps.  My very first attempt was not even worth posting.  They are all carved into a soft rubbery material called SpeedyCut by SpeedBall.  I bought it in large sheets at a local art supply store and cut it to make smaller stamps.  The tree branch is the only one that is an entire sheet of SpeedyCut and is a lot bigger than it might look.  

The owl was cut with only an Xacto knife, but I eventually went out and bought myself some woodcutting tools to get that neat rough Bread and Puppet-y woodblock look.  I got some books about carving out of the library, but for the most part I just winged it - all with my own designs (I looked at pictures online to get the basic shapes right).  I used regular ink pads that I bought at a stationery store.  I tried brushing on paint to see how I liked it...and I didn't.  

I hadn't thought about making cards or anything with them, but I'll keep you posted if I do anything with them. The strawberry is my signature stamp for letterboxing, which is what started it all, and  then I had just hoped I could frame a few prints of other images to hang on my walls.  

And if this gives you a better idea of the material, here's a picture of the actual stamps:

Thank you for all your nice comments!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Yoga Mat Bag on: October 30, 2006 08:14:57 AM
I haven't had that problem...yet.  It's been in and out of the bag a few times - maybe I made it wider than usual?  It doesn't seem to touch the sides when I pull it out of the bag.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rapunzel Cable Hat on: October 30, 2006 08:12:02 AM
Beautiful!   What a most unique and excellent Rapunzel color!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand Carved Stamps on: October 30, 2006 07:46:21 AM
I wasn't quite sure where to put this, but I found a few other carved stamp posts in this section...

I've just gotten into carving my own stamps lately - catalyzed purely by letterboxing.  (Check out letterboxing.org if you haven't already)

Here are my first attempts at carving my own stamps:



Cherry Blossom Branch


Thanks for looking!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yoga Mat Bag on: October 30, 2006 07:29:56 AM
I've been taking the bus to my yoga class each week and having to juggle my bag and my mat and all my other things, rather awkwardly between aisles of the bus and the whole walk home.  So after seeing bags to carry yoga mats, I decided to crochet my own.  I chose a brown acrylic yarn out of my stash to go with my tan colored mat and also because I thought it might withstand the hardships of travel better than some of my other yarns.  

So here it is on the floor:  It has a cross-strap and drawstring closure at the top

And here it is in action (well mirror action):

Thanks for looking!
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