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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Brrr... Antenna hat! on: September 01, 2008 08:54:40 PM
I live in one of the few places that gets snow in Southern California.  Problem is my car is meant for "yay! Fun sunny!" weather that people assume So Cal has.
This is my car in the winter:
Nice right? Frozen car that is darn near impossible to see come snow! Especially when you realize "I can't drive my little manual barely off the ground car in the snow" thus parking it until it melts. My car was completely covered last year with the exception of the antenna last year and the snow plow man didn't see it and bam! Silver car, black antenna, white/gray snow... Plus my car looks like a million other cars on the road and gets really lost in parking lots (I've lost my car sooooo many times in parking lots it's not funny).

I remember seeing something about people knitting antenna "graffiti" and thought that's awesome! http://www.knittaplease.com/ABOUT.html (giving massive credit where credit is due.) But I wanted something colorful, felt like the best time of year when there's no snow (summer!) and looked like a hat. So here it is:

The antenna cosy or as I'm calling it "Antenna hat!"

Up close... It's just an I-cord that is 6 stitches at the top and 12 at the bottom. Sorta' reminds me of a Fraggle or a crazy bird.
(I had planned on doing a book cosy, but I kinda' got busy with school stuff... this was fun and I could do it while "tuning out").
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Night night from Running Springs, California! Picture heavy... on: March 03, 2008 07:29:22 AM
Running Springs, California is known for wildfires! Yay! Oh wait that sucked. October 2007 our town was torn up by wildfires/forest fires (If anyone wants to laugh: when being evacuated I didn't grab photos, yearbooks, etc. I grabbed my sewing machine. It was new! It's pretty!). But being the eternal optimist instead of focusing on fire and burn I thought I'd focus the question "Wait why do you live up there again?"

Little facts about R.S.:
-Apparently 5000ish people live up here (but I could swear more than half of those are actually 2nd home owners...)
-We are safely above the smog at 6,129ish feet.
-We get snow
-We're about 20 minutes from Redlands, the "big town" or an hour and change from Los Angeles.
-The founders of University Redlands set up this town as a second home/leisure community.
-6 miles away from the former Santa's Village.
-All the houses here are off. From circular houses, to houses being held up by trees, the first house you see when you enter town is a castle (I wish I had a picture of that) with a little dragon under it, there are a few observatory looking houses...

Personal rules (creativity comes from rules) :
-No fire mentions
-No red, yellow, black, orange, or gray allowed (fire colors).

Here's the view from my bedroom that inspired this:

(sorry it's not at the right angle. Also normally it's a lot prettier. I just took the picture at the wrong time of day. It's usually sky blue and brown in the morning).

This was a picture from Rimoftheworld.net. I saw it and it was too pretty!
Here's what I made:

Twin sized quilt.  I wanted it to look like my view in the morning. Bright colors and the calming brown of the trees. I used a teal bandana like material which I thought represented California (cowboys, trendy, small town...) and the floral made me think of a second home how people try to be classy but it's still cozy. I thought it looks like blue sky cut by brown tree branches.
The back:

Cozy flannel with breakfast food. Everyone loves comfy breakfast food. I end up eating breakfast food all day because of the elevation.

Santa's Village reference. Giant mushrooms in weird colors and yet snow on the ground....

I tried to copy that sunset.

Quail inspired... We have a covey of quail that likes to walk around my neighborhood. They're so cute!

Whole bed at a glance. You know how I said houses up here are weird? The staircase at our house looks like a Go-go dancer's cage. My room is right on the other side. Oh! And the tinier teddy bear (the gray one) is from Santa's Village. Had him since I was 2.
And the dinky sewing machine that did it:

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Oh my gosh! I can't cut a straight line! on: October 07, 2007 02:41:24 PM
So I bought my sewing machine. Love it. Problem? I can't sew a straight line! I have the rotary cutter, the pad, etc, have the scissors... can't! It's getting really frustrating. I freakin' have drawn out the line and some how... I look at it post cut and it's slanted or... there's a little curve or something.

Any advice?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / A guy's wallet? on: September 22, 2007 12:13:40 PM
So I just got my sewing machine, made a wallet out of a placemat I found at a thrift store for a quarter (very cool wallet actually. Impressed myself.). I am still new at the whole sewing thing. But my dad saw the wallet I made and said "your brother has been complaining he needs a new wallet." Idea! Christmas! Any patterns though? I am going to use a face/Andy Warhol style fabric for it (I've seen the fabric on some fabric websites. I got it on sale at Joann's almost a year ago.).
5  COOKING / Dessert / Sugar-free dessert ideas? on: September 07, 2007 07:52:08 AM
I am going to my grandparents house on Saturday and I want to make a few yummies for them. Problem? Grandpa is a reccent type 2 diabetic. Normally I'd make him shortbread (Christmas 2 years ago he got a tin of homemade shortbread and was sooooo happy), but now... I need ideas. Oh and I live in high altitude...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I need privacy! Help! Giant space issues.... on: September 04, 2007 09:20:35 AM
First let me point out: if I posted pictures of the room as it is right now my mother would kill me. It's messy and yeah. So using paint I had to draw out the room. Bad at paint.

After a long complicated story I moved back to my parents house. Originally was going to live there for 3 months and move back to Anaheim area, but now living here... for awhile... So the bed in the middle of the room was great for 3 months... but for a year plus? No.

Here's the bad paint:

-Giant circle is a 4.5foot/54 inch spiral staircase.
-blue rectangles are windows
-brown rectangles are posts the the A frame house. The ones against the walls are about an 1inch off the wall but the ones in the middle of the room are 10 inch squares. (I couldn't make them all the same in paint... not that good at paint).
-gray rectangles/squares the one at the top is the door to my parents room. The one on the side is a closet that basically my parents put everything in.
-orangey-brown rectangle- built into the house 1970s style dresser. My mom puts her stuff in it.
-Little yellow dots- outlets. There's more I just... can't find them.
-The room is 12 feet wide by...20 feet long.
-The wall opposite the closet isn't a 90 degree angle wall. It is like 70 degrees. The wall with the closet is at a 90 degree straight line until 5'2"  and then it goes at a slant. The ceilings are... 7 feet tall? We were looking at putting a ceiling fan but realized it would come down about a foot thus decapitating my dad and scalping me.

So here's what I need help with:
-make a room/space for me. Privacy!
-make a "dressing area" for my mom
-make a craft area...
-a space as a linen closet (the house has 1 closet and it's full).
-near my bed needs to go the crate. We are training a guide dog puppy and her crate is in my area.

Right now my twin bed is between the slanted wall and the stairs against the window/frame of the house. My mom's vanity is at the wall nearest to the door to her room. We have wire frame thingy that's 2 cubes high by 3 foot long (for yarn) on the same wall as my bed near her vanity.

My limitations are: the room needs light! It has 2 5 feet tall windows that are... 16 inches wide (?), a hanging light that is bright orange ceramic with little > <  designs hanging down the staircase, and a little light on the ceiling. I have a monkey lamp next to my bed. If the room is a craft room... it needs light! The color is like... a beige with chocolate colored beams and beige-ish tile (can you tell my parents like beige?). Also I thought if I put a curtain in between the beams in the middle of the room and then a rug (knitting together my old t-shirts), to visually seperate the room it would be decent. Problem? My parents have a lhaso apso(sp?) silky terrier mix who is 14 years old and is trained to "go" on the throw rugs upstairs late at night. We're having a battle of wits and the dog is winning. I write so I have a lack of furniture, but a pleathera of old notebooks, folders, etc in boxes, and I have a ton of books (ranging from kid development to French art to knitting to bad fiction). I am thinking if I make my mom's area/craft area one space, my room would be between the stairs, the beams in that corner, and the linen closet on the other side of the stairs.

I don't know... I just can't figure this out. Normally.... this would be easy but there's so much to put in such a small space and this house has kinda' become where everyone in my family stores stuff... if they live here or not.

Thanks for reading this long jumbled mess.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Socks- great patterns? Easy patterns? Quick patterns? on: August 21, 2007 09:08:12 AM
Sorry if I am posting yet another sock pattern thread but...

I have 10 pairs of socks to knit for Christmas/Hannukah and I know a bunch of people who are looking at socks and thinking "sweet Christmas gifts!" So anyone have any patterns that are quick, easy, pretty, etc? Also cheap? I am knitting with Cherry Hill yarn which dude is $22 a skein! And suddenly the sock that was supposed to take 1 skein to knit 2 socks is taking 2 skeins... Ack! I am attatching it a note to the socks "these are the most expensive socks ever!"
8  COOKING / Dessert / Ack help! Frosting! on: August 10, 2007 08:22:31 AM
I just made German chocolate cupcakes (from the box... I am lazy). But I was thinking of making the fancy topping and I didn't think of checking to see if I had everything until, oh 2 minutes ago (after half the cupcakes are done! I am smart). I have margarine, shortening, eggs, almonds, a ton of jam... coconut, but not the evaporated milk for the topping. Now normally I'd go to the store but I am living with my folks and getting to the super market is an hour long schlep and I have 3 dogs right now (one who can't be left alone.). Any ideas? I have a handful of Dark chocolate hershey kisses. I am thinking I could make a makeshift frosting with shortening, powdered sugar, and then almond extract and sprinkle with coconut... Does that work?
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / BBQ sauce and condiments on: August 09, 2007 08:36:20 AM
For some reason I've been making a lot of my own condiments, probably out of boredom.  Anyone else into making their own sauces? I made Tahitian Sauce from Bengal BBQ (at Disneyland) on Monday and then a hodgepodge mix 2 days ago. When I first made it, it was really sharp... but the next day it in the fridge it mellowed and got really good!

Any recipes?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ack my stitches keep falling off my needles! Socks issues on: August 02, 2007 07:23:33 AM
So yesterday I spent the entire time at my knitting group picking up dropped stitches. Any time I moved my DPNs stitches would fall and it was bad because it wasn't only one stitch. It was like 10-20. I am 7 inches into my socks I am trying to knit them 8 inches before I start the heel. I nearly cried. Any ideas? I was using size 1 5 inch needles and it was fine for 7 inches but suddenly that one row went crazy. I think over the course of 2 hours all 72 stitches came off at one point or another.

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