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11  Fun with bingo! Wine charms and magnets in Completed Projects by recycled_earth on: December 06, 2005 04:10:51 PM
I made these today from some wooden Bingo disks (have never played Bingo, but I guess they're markers), copper colored wire, and glass beads.  I think it's cool that they all have different numbers on them, so even colorblind people can keep an eye on their wine glass.  I only had one "I" disk, which I managed to break while drilling it, so they spell out "BONGO" instead. 

I had some disks left over and some 3/4" magnets just lying around, so naturally I put the two together.  I'm going to give the wine markers and magnets as a gift set to my sister-in-law.

A thousand pardons for the terrible pictures - Santa needs to bring me a new digi cam.
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12  Cherry the cheer-up thing in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by recycled_earth on: November 05, 2005 05:21:06 PM
I was really grumpy tonight and starting to get fed up with crafting in general, so I wanted to do something that was just for me.  I decided on a cute little toy to inspire me, and thus was born Cherry the Cheer-up...Thing.  I put cherries on the front because I just like them.  On the back I was going to embroider "You Do Not Suck" to inspire me, but that's a lot of words.  So I used less words and cheated by using buttons for some of the letters.  I'm very, very lazy.  It worked, though.  I laughed so hard at how funny she looked when she was finished that I think I'm done being grumpy now.  Her legs are crooked, and her side is all weird (my new sewing machine hasn't arrived yet!) but she's my weird little crooked thing.

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13  Hello Kitty purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by recycled_earth on: November 02, 2005 03:00:12 PM
I screwed this up sooooo badly, but I really wanted my son's little friend to have a Hello Kitty purse for her birthday, because she loves HK and so do I.  I couldn't find a free pattern, and I'm the cheapest crafter ever, so I tried to freehand it, which was stupid since I'd never done that before.  It took me about two weeks to figure out how to crochet a proper oval (and even then it was more like guess-work than actual pattern-designing).  So I did two ovals, then I did four ears and attached two to each oval, then I whip-stitched around the outside to attach the front and back.  I stitched the handle to the body of the purse while I was sewing the two pieces together.  The purse isn't lopsided like the picture makes it look, but the back oval is very oddly shaped.  It sort of makes a half-cone in the middle.  Anyway, if there are any experienced crocheters out there who can enlighten me on the oval problem, I'd love to hear it!

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14  My huge crocheted plastic bag tote bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by recycled_earth on: November 02, 2005 02:53:58 PM
I know this isn't new, and everyone and their dog knows how to crochet with plastic bags, but I'm darned proud of this one.  I made it as big as a beach/laundry tote.  I used some ridiculously large crochet hook that didn't have a size printed on it and was just handed to me by another mommy at the bus stop one day.  The bag was big enough to fit my two girls, as you can see below, and I picked them up in it without hurting the bag (or the girls).  That was about a 45 pound load.  These bags are strong!  Sadly, I wasn't able to keep this one because I was making it as a gift.  But someday I shall have one of my very own...

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15  Fabric covered journal with Friendly Plastic sculpture in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by recycled_earth on: November 02, 2005 01:05:43 AM
This is a journal I just made for my neighbor's sixth birthday.  I wanted to make something simple and pretty since she's a very girly little girl.   I learned book binding a few weeks ago and this was my first successful journal.  It's covered in a blue floral fabric with Friendly Plastic hearts on the front.  As an aside, Friendly Plastic is the coolest material to work with, and I think everyone should experiment with it.  So so so fun!

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16  Makeshift Embroidery Hoop for Instant Embroidering Gratification in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by recycled_earth on: November 01, 2005 11:51:16 PM
Since I've  been lurking here for quite some time, I figured it was time to jump in and post something for the good of humankind.  Or crafterkind, anyway.  And who among us hasn't been somewhere totally boring with nothing to do?  If you find yourself stuck at a family gathering with nothing to do, and you search your purse and find needles and embroidery thread (come on, admit it - you carry this stuff in your purse, too) but no embroidery hoop, what do you do?  Do you venture to embroider little skulls on Grandma's good tea towels without a stabilizer like a hoop?  Or can you improvise and come up with something useful just by maiming a few common items in Grandma's kitchen?

Why, you do the DIY thing, of course.  You come up with something usefeul.  By maiming.

Here's what you need:

-A Cool Whip tub (or other similar flimsy plastic tub with a suitable sized lid)
-A kitchen knife (don't hurt yourself here)
-A pair of scissors (but not Grandma's good fabric scissors - spare her some grief)
-A few large clothespins

Start by assembling your materials.  I used a 12 oz. Cool Whip tub (EXTRA creamy, of course).  Make sure the lid you have is the correct lid for that bowl.  If it doesn't fit firmly, this whole scheme won't work.

Carefully cut out the inside of the lid with the knife, so that all you're left with is the rim.  Cut just inside the lip.

Then (again, carefully) cut just below the lip of the tub part, so that again what you're left with is just a ring of plastic.  Refer to the picture for the correct placement of the cut.

Then - ta-da! - you have two rings that look like this.  Now would be a good time to trim them with the scissors a little to get rid of all of those jagged edges so they don't poke ya in the fingers.  I only bug you about safety because I care.

Now, fit your piece of fabric between the two rings and push them together.  They should fit together firmly like they did before you sliced them up.  You'll have to fiddle with the fabric to get it taut, but don't get lazy.  If it's not taut, it'll be much harder to work with.  Come on, we're almost done!

Now get those ginormous clothes pins that all grandmas seem to have for some reason, and attach them at intervals all around the hoop.  Since the Cool Whip tub wasn't made to be an embroidery hoop, it will have a tendency to seperate if you don't lay down the law and make it stay together.

Et voila!  You have your very own plastic embroidery hoop!  It's not a permanent solution, but it'll get you through those long, boring family visits.  Have fun!
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