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11  Re: Reading Rainbow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jennybean on: February 13, 2005 11:20:09 AM
here's the awesome stuff i got from tinapickles

the bag has a red satin lining. she did a great job on it!
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12  Re: 7 days-a week swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jennybean on: February 11, 2005 01:09:33 PM
figured i would post the stuff i sent to smunky ... i'm proud of myself!

group shot
i made a candle holder, belt, needle book, headband, grommet pouch, button earrings, and i gave her a few yards of cool ribbon.

and i put each thing in one of these
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13  Re: Reading Rainbow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jennybean on: February 09, 2005 03:24:33 PM
here's the stuff i sent to punky's mom

and of course, the color purple by alice walker.
can't wait til mine arrives!
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14  grommet tape pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jennybean on: January 31, 2005 02:22:48 PM

there it is. it looks much better in person, actually. i made it for the seven days a week swap but i'm about to go to the store to get loads of tape and make myself one!

all i did was trip the tape into strips, cutting as close to the next grommet as possible to leave fabric to work with. then i sewed strips of the tape together using a zigzag stitch, and used that as a fabric. used the zipper foot to avoid bumping into the grommets, and for adding a zipper too!

*yay* i love it! what do you think of the color combo? ugly or purty?
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15  woven ribbon photo frame in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jennybean on: January 12, 2005 04:24:18 PM
this is something i did a long long time ago, so there are no photos for the tutorial (plus it's self-explanatory enough i think), but i am planning to make another so if people want one i will add it later ... just speak up.

this seems like something martha stewart must have featured at some point, although i haven't heard of it. but don't be shy to tell me if i'm recycling old news! (martha-wise or craftster-wise!)

also, i think it would be really neat to make a center strip of a complementary ribbon of a different width, one on each side, so you have a more interesting pattern. for a larger frame though; this is 2x3.

ribbon covered photo frame.

top of the frame, covered in matching ribbon to hide all the rough edges.

back of the frame looks wonderful. i did such a neat job eh?!

you need:
a plain frame (these were only $2 each! such a sweet deal!)
ribbon in a size that fits, which isn't that hard because you can vary the number of rows you use
binder clips
glue (regular tacky works as well as duco cement.)
paint (optional)

to make it:
(0.5) you might want to paint the frame if it's very ugly or seriously clashing with the ribbon, becuase it can show through enough to bug you once you're done.

(1) cut enough strips of ribbon to cover the face of the frame. use pieces that measure equal to the width and height of the frame, plus extra for gluing. (two for each side, in this case; the number changes depending on the size of the ribbon and the frame.) cut enough little pieces of ribbon to fill the remainder of the frame. if you don't get it, lay it out as you go, and it will become clear. (hmmm ... step 0: buy enough ribbon to cover your stupid cutting mistakes!)

(2) carefully glue all the pieces of ribbon to the edge of the frame, spacing so that there is a little wiggle room for the piece you are going to weave through, and also fudging to account for extra space you might have.

(3) working down from a corner, tuck every other piece underneath the outermost long strip, and glue the end of the long strip down. use binder clips to secure.

important: let each set dry for real, before moving on. tedious, but it saves a lot of frustration.

(4) on the next long piece, tuck alternating pieces under to start a woven pattern, and glue. for the small middle parts, glue to the little flap of the frame that gets hidden underneath the glass. it's hidden when the frame is put together.

(5) cut one long piece of matching or contrasting ribbon the length of the frame's perimeter and glue on to cover the ugly bits, then glue it on the bottom so that seam is hidden.

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16  felted crocheted purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jennybean on: January 12, 2005 09:17:02 AM
with keychain for scale Wink

sorry about the teensy weensy image but i couldn't get the file small enough to upload for some reason, so i had to use the thumbnail. errr

the yarn is lion brand landscapes in desert spring. the pattern is from the lion brand website. (here)

i didn't like the handles in the pattern so i made those up by adding in triangles near the center pleat, and then crocheting all around. it kind of ended up with a funny shape.

i felted the yarn but i think i'm going to do it again. the label on the yarn said "felts in the washer" and i did do but my dryer broke so i can't dry it, which i think will probably shrink it more.

anyway, not a total success but i might use it! Undecided
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17  metal lamp. wheee! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by jennybean on: January 06, 2005 10:44:43 PM
not awating the landfill ...

but putting me to sleep. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

what should i do to make my lamp stop sucking?
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18  christmas tree gone postal! in Winter Holidays by jennybean on: December 05, 2004 05:46:25 PM
i made a simple garland for my tree using old stamps and christmas seals. just glued it to some ribbon.  guess i'm just excited about my tree! Grin

the whole thing

close up's of my garland.

i like it because the stamps are really cool. they are old 1940's christmas seals and some cancelled stamps.
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19  geekmagnet hat ... thick n warm! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennybean on: December 04, 2004 12:32:57 PM
uhh ... i hope it's ok that i'm starting a new thread with this pattern because it's not mine.

GeekMagnet posted it on another thread in the future projects section

I have the perfect answer! dont make a hat in the round, crochet vertically.  I searched for the perfect hat pattern for a while befor i found one that i liked.  It's really easy and looks great. You can't even tell that they are vertical rows, everyone thinks it's made in rounds. 
Thick and Warm Hat
Worked with two strands of 4 ply worsted yarn held together. 
Hint: each row will always start in single crochet and end in double crochet. If it doesnt start pulling stitches.

Ch 31- if making adjustments, KEEP THIS NUMBER ODD!! Chain should be around 9 inches for adult hat.
Row 1: sc in second ch form hook, dc in next st; repeat sc, dc pattern to end, ending with dc; ch 1 turn 30 sts
Row 2: Sc in first st, dc in next (pattern made); repeat pattern to end, ending with dc; ch 1 turn
Row 3: Repeat pattern for next 28 sts (or two sts from the end) ending with dc; ch 1 turn- 28 sts in row
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat pattern for next 28 sts, drop down to Row2 sc in next st, dc in last st; ch 1 turn- 30 sts in row
Repeat Rows 2-5 until widest end is 21 or to fit, most peoples heads are the same size, so if it fits you it should be good and yarn stretches.
Finishing:  Fasten off and whipstitch back seam together.  Weave yarn through shorter top edge of hat and gather tightly. Knot. Fold up end for brim of hat. TADA! Congratulations, Project complete

and here's mine! early christmas gift for the boy ... i lost his old hat so i couldn't really make him wait til christmas!


i'm going to add a brim of a different yarn because i used a pretty itchy wool. then it will reach over his ears.

this is a really good, really easy pattern that makes a great shape.
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20  Re: Frosted glass -- How to make your own frosted glassware! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by jennybean on: December 03, 2004 06:15:59 PM
i just finished these for my boyfriend for christmas. sorry for the horrible photo but it is so hard to make them come out well!

we're not big into comics or anything ... i just thought it was a cool motif!
i found the images by internet search + photoshop + creative license. pchoom is my least favorite because it doesn't really seem to fit, plus it's kind of messed up. i might touch it up a little to make the etching more even.

for future reference, on one of them, i washed off the cream and wasn't happy with the result, so i reapplied it and waited longer and it came out fine. just make sure not to move the stencil.

i used contact paper and cut the stencils out with an exacto knife.
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