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1  Re: Toybox Tuesday - 10/26/10 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by keyoung on: October 27, 2010 07:31:18 AM
I finished these guys recently.  A friend asked me to knit something she could give her nephew for his 1st B-day next month.  I was pretty happy with them, but she was absolutely THRILLED, which makes me like them even more  Smiley
This was my second time making these little guys (first set here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338880.msg3922709#msg3922709).
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2  Re: Our Midcentury Inspired Livingroom in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by keyoung on: August 22, 2010 09:01:49 PM
The bookshelf is made from threaded rods, bolts, washers and plywood.  The BF cut two sizes of boards (using a jigsaw - the edges are pretty wiggly, a table saw or circular saw would do a much better job) then made templates out of cardboard to mark where to drill holes (the template really helps make sure everything is squared).  The vertical supports are .5" diameter (I think) threaded rods from Home Depot in 6' and 3' lengths.  Here is a crummy MSPaint diagram of how it's assembled:

Of course, the washers and nuts should be tightened down so they're snug (not the way they are shown in the diagram).

It takes a long time to take apart and put together because you have to spin the nuts around the almost 6' of threaded rod for parts of it.  It also takes A LOT of leveling of the shelves during assembly.  We tried to put it together around 1am and I believe I stormed off and went to bed because I thought it looked fine but the BF kept wanting to level and adjust things microscopically for another hour.  It's pretty straight forward... just really time consuming!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments!!
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3  Our Midcentury Inspired Livingroom in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by keyoung on: August 22, 2010 07:26:19 PM
My boyfriend and I moved into our apartment about a year ago (up til then we'd been sharing a house with 3-5 friends).  We discovered when we moved that between the two of us we owned most of the large furniture items in the house, and we were (of course) moving from a VERY large house to a fairly small apartment.  Some frenzied culling ensued.  While it may have seemed like a giant headache at the time (trying to find people to buy/take items and countless drives to drop off things at Goodwill) I'm sooo happy with the result.  Our apartment is now a collection of our favorite things that we've made and acquired over the years.  My favorite room is our living room because it's the best showcase of things we've made. 
You'll notice that while we got rid of a lot of furniture, we did not get rid of any of our books Grin

The BF designed and built the bookshelf - it's customizeable!  It was in a totally different configuration at our old house.  The cream leather chair and coffee table are both hand-me-downs from friends.  The pillow on the chair was one of my very first sewing projects.  Melted record catch-all bowl on the coffee table is from a Craftster tute.  Some of the doodads on the mantel I made in a ceramics course.

The painting over the sofa is by a friend.  I made the "crazy-leg" table in a woods course back in college (one of my favorite things I've ever made).  The pillow wedged behind it was also an early sewing project.  The concrete rectangular planter was made by the BF at an old job of his.  (The dog is Helmet, our Hairless Chinese Crested/Carin Terrier mix.)

The "log" in the fireplace is an old unfinished plaster carving project.  I made the ceramic sculpture on the end of the mantel.

These two pics are older, but they give a better idea of the room as a whole.

Thanks for looking!  Comments, critiques, criticisms are welcome!
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4  Baby Toys in Knitting: Completed Projects by keyoung on: February 20, 2010 03:17:43 PM
One of my friends is pregnant which is a perfect excuse to finally make some toys from Jess Hutch's booklet!  I've wanted to make them for ages, but just couldn't justify making them for myself.  I modified the patterns a little - mostly by adding ears and changing the size (I used DK weight yarn and size 3 DPNs).

I don't know the baby's gender yet, but I think these guys are appropriate for a boy or girl.

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5  Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by keyoung on: November 08, 2009 08:06:23 AM
Thanks for such a great project and tutorial!  Here's my first attempt (me and my sister):

I think it'll be a Christmas gift for my mom.  I do wish I'd used a smaller brush to block out our hair.  Peeling off the masking fluid is FUN though!
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6  Re: A Cloche in Knitting: Completed Projects by keyoung on: November 24, 2005 11:07:46 PM
I think I'm going to be making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts.  I love how quickly it knits up.  Thanks for linking the pattern!
My version:

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7  Kitten in a beaker and others in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by keyoung on: October 13, 2005 01:22:21 PM
This is my first post here, but I've been impressed by the projects on this board for months.  I do all my printing using the pseudo-silk screen method seen here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/3674467.html (It really is wonderfully cheap, easy and addicting!)
My cousin recently gave me all his "real" silk screening supplies so I'm hoping to try that soon.  Anyway, on to the photos!

Kitten in a beaker:

Seahorse skeleton:

Totoro for my little sister:

Tennis shirt for my aunt (and a matching one for her partner):

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8  Re: Isabeau purse (w/ link to free pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by keyoung on: September 02, 2005 07:51:52 AM
I just finished my purse last night and it's so cute!  I consider myself a beginning knitter who has a very hard time following any directions that are not EXTREMELY clear, but I had no problem with this pattern!  (What I'm trying to say here is that it was very clear and well written!  Thank you for the great pattern!) 


Inside (this is the first time I've ever lined anything but I think it came out OK):
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9  Re: Mosaiced Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by keyoung on: August 23, 2005 09:47:38 PM
I think I bought 20-ish white tiles and 9-ish green ones (they were ~3x3").  I had 7 left over that I plan on returning.  A good way to gauge how many you need is to measure the surface you want to mosaic, get enough to cover it, but then get a handful of extra ones so you have some room to make mistakes (and you can always return them later).
A tile costs around $0.70 at home depot if I'm remembering correctly.

EDIT:  I dug up a photo of an older mosaic project that I did.  It was a school assignment that I helped my little sister with (hers was totally the best in the class!)  You can use all kinds of tiles, the pier that the owl is sitting on is "natural stone" tile and some of the owl's feathers were in this bumpy-pearly tile (all from home depot).  I really want to try working in some found objects (neat rocks, etc.)  into my next project.
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10  Mosaiced Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by keyoung on: August 22, 2005 07:07:07 PM
Hi folks!
Long time lurker, first time poster.  (Hopefully I'm posting this in the right location).
I just finished mosaicing a cheap Ikea end-table (I settled on an Ikea table after searching thrift shops for months and not finding a suitable table.  It's really nice to have non-beveled edges so you can easily mosaic over them).  It was a lot of fun, not terribly hard (but time consuming), and I already have ideas for at least 4 more tables! 
I used home depot bathroom tiles and a hammer and tile nipper to break them up.  I secured the tiles using liquid nails (clear small projects) and finished up with grey non-sanded grout.
I'm pretty proud of it, hopefully it'll inspire somebody out there to give mosaicing a shot!

Sorry about the image quality (bad lighting).  The vines are actually forest green, not black.
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