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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Starry Night Mirror on: July 23, 2007 02:58:47 PM
I've just really started working with wire and beads, and this is something of an experiment for me: A small hand mirror made of beads and wire.

This overall photo gives you an idea of the size. I used a 3" mirror--available at any craft store, two different gauges of beading wire, along with glass and plastic beads

Check out some close ups:

As a final touch I added beading to the back to keep it from looking too unfinished:

So, what does everyone think? I'd love to hear comments.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Burger Stuffie! on: June 10, 2006 09:00:09 PM
For some reason I thought it would be very funny to make a little stuffed hamburger that was made of printed calico fabric, instead of plain ol' boring fabric in only one color. So...here I present to you:

Burger Stuffie and Kalico Ketchup!

I made each of the burger "ingredients" individually and used velcro to hold them together, that way it can be taken apart. For example, I don't really care for tomatoes. I can take them off of my burger! You can see how all the pieces are attached together here.

And here is another shot of the ketchup:

I originally intended to make this small and not velcroed, intending to use it as a pincushion. The smaller version didn't turn out great, so I made this stuffie version instead and I find it adorable. I thought it might make a good baby gift. You know, to get them a 15-year head start on their first summer job.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Socks falling down! on: May 03, 2006 11:55:19 AM
Hi all,
I recently made these beauties for myself.

I love, love, love them...but they keep falling down! I searched for this question, and didn't find it, but how does one knit tall socks that don't fall down? Can I remedy these socks? How can I prevent this problem in future socks? Let me know your tips and tricks. Thank You so much!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr. Bun goes to dental school... on: May 03, 2006 11:49:02 AM
I feel like I haven't posted in a million years..I've been so busy.

Here's one of the things I've been busy with:

This is Mr. Bun who is based off of Knitty's Kate from the winter edition. I made him as an Easter present for my dear friend L's who is going off to dental school in the fall. So, naturally, Mr. Bun needed a lab coat. Or dentist's coat, whatever it's called.

He's made from a little bit of microfiber and acyrlic sport weight that I got from my LYS and the lab coat is good ol' Caron's Simply Soft acyrlic. It's my very first stuffie. I think I didn't do too bad.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pirate ship skirt ahoy on: February 10, 2006 06:46:32 AM
A couple of Christmas-es ago I got some purple sheets from my mom. Unfortunately, she forgot that I had a full bed, and got me twin sheets. So, they sat around, doing nothing, for a very long time. Then, the other day, I realized that I had this huge piece of fabric with no seams in it, and that it was perfect to make a big, long circle skirt.

which is what I made it into. But it was boring.

So I embroidered a pirate ship on it! What could be better? Other than the embroidery, which was a bit time-consuming (as I'm not very practiced at it) this skirt was easy peasy. The long skirt has kind of a 50's flair to it (in that it makes me think of poodle skirts a little bit) but I like my skirts long, and this is perfect for me. Also, since it's not a stretchy fabric, I added a tie on the side, to allow me to actually get it up and over my hips.


here's the link to the circle-skirt tutorial, so you don't have to go searching around for it before you start tearing up your own old bedsheets!

(eta: close up of the jolly roger so everyone can see my mediocre stitching how i made it.)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / less-than-three top! on: February 10, 2006 06:38:48 AM
This is one of the first tops i've made without a pattern. I'm actually quite proud. It's made of some leftover suiting material, that's a black sort of herringbone fabric with a pinstripe. For added flair, I used some screenprinting ink to paint an anatomical heart in the left corner. Sadly, it's gotten extremely cold here in the last few days, so Sally Duct Tape will be the only one wearing it for the foreseeable future.

Sorry this isn't the best image to show details. I was being cute to post it on my blog, and included the anatomical heart painting next to it.

The top part is done with small pleats, and has a collar that ties in the back. I'm workin on a second one in red satin, and I will try to get better details of that and post when it's done.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Who is in holiday trouble right now? on: December 22, 2005 10:37:20 AM
Well, I know some of us craftsters are of a procrastinatin' type, and the most popular of the wintertime holidays (Christmas!) is upon us in a mere 3 days time. So here's the question I'll put to all of you:

How many WIPs, UFOs, ideas that have not been started, promised crafts, etc. do you have to finish? And just how crazy are you to think you can do it?

For myself, here is my current to-do before Christmas day list:

1 half-finished scarf, cable knit & seed stitch.
2 stripey kids' scarves that need fringe and woven-in ends
3 hats to go with the above projects. i've really sort of given up on this idea, but, you know, Christmas miracles...
2 pairs of slippers, which will also appear only in miracleland
finally, and most dauntingly, I have promised a Prom Dress for the sister. It's all in one (okay, two) pieces at the moment. But is without the dreaded zipper, completed straps, or lace underlay.

Oh, and i haven't finished my shopping, either, and i have to actually go home on Saturday, where my sewing machine and the majority of my knitting supplies will not be able to follow. *Worry*

Answer to part two "How crazy am I?" : A lot crazy.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fancy party dress! on: November 21, 2005 09:42:24 PM
This is the first thing I've sewn for myself in months!

When my SO got tickets for Macbeth, I decided I needed a dress for the theatre. So, $40 worth of satin later.....

Sally Duct Tape is wearing it, and sitting on a chair because one of us had to model the dress, and the other had to take a picture. And....well....poor Sally, she lost her arms in the war.

Anyway. That gives you a good idea. I was standing in JoAnn's for a good twenty minutes very upset because the color scheme I had first planned out was not going to happen. Then I thought. "Macbeth....blood red. Perfect."

To make it a little more "holiday" looking, I added a pink sash. It super long and ties in a huge bow that just barely keeps itself off the floor when I wear my heels.

I was telling one of my best friends about the dress, and the date and I had this conversation:

"So is this a special date?"
"Well, only so much as I want to wear this dress."
"Oh, really?" (eyebrows raised in disbelief)
"Do you know me at all? Of course it's about the dress!"

Its true. I made the poor boy take me to a fancy restaurant and dress himself all up just so I could make a fancy dress.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / yo drop it present on: November 21, 2005 09:30:31 PM
I took my mom to the LYS on her last visit to see me so I could get an idea of what she'd like for Xmas.

Naturally, she picked out some lattice-y yarn all swatched up in the yo! drop it pattern.

Now, I'm a big knitter, but ribbon yarns, lattice yarns, any novelty yarn, really just aint my bag, baby. However, making my mommy happy is. So i made the scarf, and it actually turned out rather pretty.

oh, also, because I wanted to show off a picture, but don't think they're nice enough to warrant their own post...some plainish wool-ease socks which are my dad's birthday present.

He doesn't wear scarves. Too bad.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pink and black attack! on: November 21, 2005 09:22:52 PM
So, i saw the skull illusion scarf


and was inspired to take up illusion knitting.

now, i don't follow or really read directions, and so i used needles that were a bit too big for illusion knitting. however, this was supposed to be practice for designing my own patterns, so i guess it was a good learning tool.

as you can see the scarf was soon followed by a pair of gloves. now, they are my very first gloves, i made the pattern for them up in my head, and so i'm very proud of myself. but my very favorite part is that the thumb and forefinger are "fingerless" so that i can take pictures in the cold.

(you wouldn't believe it from these crappy shots, but i style myself as something of a photog)

Voila. I imagine a hat will follow, my head was cold the other day.

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