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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / TUTORIAL: Wine Bottle Holder on: September 23, 2011 01:46:17 AM
Hi everyone!
Are you looking for a quick and simple gift idea?
Does the giftee like wine? Do you like to crochet? Then here you go!
Crochet wine bottle holder, with leather and cardboard gift tag:

I happened to have a wool and acrylic mix yarn in variegated green, that reminded me of a wine bottle and inspired me to make these wine bottle holders. But you could use any kind of yarn. The thickness of the yarn doesn't matter much (just not too thin, since you want the holder to be sturdy).

Abbreviations: st = stitch, ch = chain, sc = single crochet (UK: double crochet)
Crochet in spirals (so without closing your rounds).
You could mark the start of each row with a safety pin.

- start: ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook
- first round: sc 2 in every st (= 12)
- weave in tail
- *sc 1 in first st, sc 2 in second st*, repeat * * untill end of row (= 18)
- *sc 1 in first/second st, sc 2 in third st*, repeat * * untill end of row (=24)
- etc. (next row increase by sc 2 in each 4th st, then in each 5th st, etc.)
Stop crocheting in spirals when your circle is almost as wide as the bottom of the wine bottle (it should be a little smaller).
From here on you continue to crochet in spirals, but with the same amount of stitches (so you get the tube).
- sc one round in backloop only (that makes a nice little ridge at the bottom edge)
- sc around and around untill you reach the desired height of your wine bottle holder (try it on the bottle)
- finish, weave in tail

For the gift tag: cut a piece of cardboard and a piece of leather in the same shape (we made it square with rounded corners). Glue them together. You can write your note on the cardboard later on.
Draw a shape (for instance a wine leaf, like we did, or a christmas tree) on the back of a second piece of leather of a different colour. Cut it out. Glue it onto the tag.
Instead of leather you could use felt or craft paper.
Puch a whole in the gift tag and use a piece of leftover yarn to attach it to your bottle holder.

Now all you have to do is pick up a nice bottle of wine, package it in your brand new wine bottle cozy and take it with you to the party!

PS: since English is not my first language, please let me know if anything is unclear.

PPS: I would love to know what you think of it!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / (Edited) I made a dress on: August 16, 2011 08:24:23 AM
I made a dress for Romy (12). It's the first dress I ever made.
I used a pattern from a Dutch magazine (Knip Mode nr.5, 2010) and made some adjustments.
It is a princess line, with pleads, in a small adult size (Romy is tall for her age).
I hope you like it.

Thank you for looking.
Romy and I would love to know what you think of her new dress!

Edited to add Romy's original design (we looked for a pattern to match it).
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Potions (necklaces) on: July 26, 2011 10:48:07 AM
Romy (my 12yo stepdaughter) will try to earn some money selling handmade jewelry on our local (once a year) flea market / garage sale.
Therefore the three of us made these Harry Potter potions.
We are going to turn them into necklaces with a piece of twine (no pictures yet, I will add those later on).

If I recall correctly, this is what we put into the bottles:
Love potion: water, red ink and glass sead beads.
Poisonous potion: water, coffee, sand, herbs, peppercorns, raisins.
Change potion: water, green ink, herbs, a dead fly (was already dead).
Translocate potion: water, blue ink, pieces of walnut.
Lucky potion: water, orange ink, seadbeads, (plastic) diamond.
Beauty potion: water, yellow ink, seadbeads, (plastic) diamond.

We sealed the bottles (or rather: the corks) with glue and clear nail polish, but we still had some leakage, so in the end I sealed them with varnish for wooden floors. That did the job.

We will add a warning notice, saying not to open the bottles, since their contents are unhealthy and will leave bad stains (they contain permanent ink).

Romy (and I) would love to know what you think of them!
Thank you for looking.

PS: if you're not able to read their labels, that's because they are written in Dutch...
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / New ATC's, backgrounds made from recycled magazine pages on: May 26, 2011 06:57:57 AM
For these ATC's I used coloured strips that I tore from magazine pages as a background (yay for recycling!).

For the first set of three I cut canaries out of a pet shop flyer and added little gold coloured music notes stickers. I first glued the canaries onto printer paper and then cut them out again with a thin white edge, to make them stand out from the background.

For the second set of three I cut fantasy trees out of white paper.

For both sets I made the background a little smaller then the normal size of an ATC and then glued it onto a regular size background, to get the white border.

I hope you like them.
Please feel free to use the same background technique.
Kind regards,
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Abstract acrylics paintings (ATC's) on: April 01, 2011 08:22:14 AM
I painted these ATC's with acrylics.

I hope you like them.
Thank you for looking!
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Vintage/Antique Black & White on: March 26, 2011 05:17:05 AM
I made these ATC's using:
- black cardstock
- a marker
- pages from a 1920 book
- clippings from a 1922 encyclopedia (Larousse)
- orginial photographs (found on a flea market)

I hope you like them.
Which one is your favorite?
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Markers on cardstock: flower power on: March 23, 2011 01:45:58 AM
Here are three more ATC's that I made.
I drew them with markers on cardstock (not the best choice of paper, too absorbing).
Here they are:

Only after scanning them I realized that I forgot some of the black lines..., but I decided to leave them like this, even though I'm sort of a perfectionist (understatement...).
I hope you like them.
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Gentleman with wings, ATC's 73, 74, 75 on: March 19, 2011 03:39:27 AM
Three more paper collage (minimalistic) ATC's I made:

They remind me of Monty Python.
I hope you like them.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hoopla: hearts galore! on: March 08, 2011 02:50:02 AM
Hi everyone,
This is the first time I post in the needlework section of Craftster. Yay!
I usually incorporate my embroidery work into other projects, but this time I cross-stitched for the sake of cross-stitching and made my very first hoopla.
Normally I design my own crafts, but this time I used designs from DMC (from the special edition 'Heart, 400 cross-stitch designs'), because they are so darned cute.
I covered the back with eco-felt.

I hope you like it.
Kind regards,
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Ballet ATC's on: March 07, 2011 02:44:42 AM
I'd like to show you three more collage ATC's (70, 71, 72).
Materials used: paper prints, luxury papers, stickers.

I hope you like them.
Kind regards,
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