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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fortune Teller Paper Lantern on: February 22, 2014 11:53:00 AM
Thank you so much!
It probably took me 2-3 weeks to do, working on it a bit every day.  I was a tad OCD about the folding though, and that definitely took the longest.  No hidden messages; I actually wanted the whole thing to look uniform, so anything written on the inside might have a been visible. 

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fortune Teller Paper Lantern on: February 16, 2014 12:05:47 PM
Every since I saw this project, I was determined to do it! 

That is a 20" paper lantern covered in 225 origami fortune tellers.  I originally was going to use a different lantern, so I didn't think I needed as many, but change of plans....  Here are what 150 fortune tellers look like:

and on the lantern.... not even close to being enough:

Hung it up, and ended up adding the original lantern as well, here is with and without the lights on:

I am sooooo happy with the finished project!!!
Here is the tutorial i referenced:

Whatcha think?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Growing an avocado tree in a self watering container on: July 26, 2013 05:08:19 PM
*ahem*  I hope this is the correct board, I don't believe I have ever posted any gardening experiments before! 

I found out that you can actually grow avocado trees from the pits that you get from avocados in the store.  After finding this out, I decided I have to try it!  I don't expect to have a forest of tasty avocados, I don't even really live in an area they normally grow.  However, I figured it would be fun, and why not?  I'm buying and eating them, I may as well use the pits for something, right?  I have had quite a few growing now, but here is the most successful so far:

Along the way, I found a fun way to create a "self watering" container.  I technically have to fill a reservoir with water, but only maybe once a week, but that's it.  It's made out of a 2 liter bottle and some duct tape.  Basically, there are holes in the upside down bit in the water, and it sucks up water from the reservoir as the soil tries out.  So far so good!

Two successful projects!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with the trees once they outgrown any indoor pot though... 
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Here There be Monsters on: April 18, 2013 03:42:10 PM
Thanks!  I'm glad you guys think its a design that will last past the baby stage; it's why I went with that design over some of the Urban Threads' more overt baby pirate themes Smiley

Thank you for the compliments!   Grin
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Here There be Monsters on: April 16, 2013 01:56:03 PM
My friend had a baby, and the nursery is pirate themed.  I wanted to make her something for it, and this is what I came up with

It isn't too fancy, considering I bought the embroidery design here:

But I am still very happy with how it turned out! 
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stash-bustin' card carrying wallet on: January 22, 2013 09:03:21 PM
I decided I needed a new wallet.  One that didn't need me to stick three cards into each slot (I can't refuse joining all those "membership" cards!)  I also determined that I would not buy ANYTHING for this project, and wanted to only use what I had.  So I pulled out all those scraps of fabric that I didn't have the heart to throw out, and mashed them all together.



Back Pocket Lining:

Inside (oh boy, these inside photos are really bad quality.  so sorry!)

Bottom pocket that shows the different fabrics used:

Top pocket, close up of the coin pocket:

I also created card slots behind both of the inside pockets:

Pockets pockets pockets.  I love pockets.  I also hate taking photos at night time, hence the less than stellar photo quality, but I couldn't wait!  I was quite happy that I was able to use up scraps that were too small for any major project on their own.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Covered Earbuds on: January 13, 2013 08:11:08 PM

Close up of the split:

Progress Shot:

Needless to say, I was very inspired by this post:
Although after a bit of Googling, I found out that this isn't entirely uncommon, but this post was definitely the first time I have seen it done!  As inspiring as it was, I sort of didn't follow her tutorial due to my hatred of doing icords... I can never get that first stitch in the row to be consistent.... 
Anyway.  I used a Premier Yarns brand of sock weight yarn, color "Picasso Marble".  Knitting needles are size 00, and I just knit the whole thing in the round.  The majority of the cord was 6 stitches per round, except for the that connector bit at the split, which was double that.  I also stopped a ways from the actual ear bud because it is supposed to wrap around the top of my ears, and I didn't want it to get chunky.  Because of the size of the yarn and needles, it took quite a bit of time, (almost three weeks!)  but I really love them!  I love how small the stitches look, I love how snug the cord is inside the knit... Love it love it love it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plaid Winter Coat on: January 02, 2013 08:35:47 PM
Weft interlining is basically a type of knit interlining.  I love using it on pretty much any project because it gives fabric a nice soft drape without being too stiff.  Specifically for this coat, I chose it because weft interlining is quite soft, it's brushed, and very porous.  More soft brushy porous areas means more air pockets in the fabric.  More air pockets means more warmth!  Smiley  I think.  I hope.  Haha!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Help!! I am turning into the Madhatter----Tutorial Alert! on: December 29, 2012 01:52:10 PM
SO MUCH FUN!  I made a bunch already; all I have to do is decorate them.  I'll post finished photos when they are done, but in the mean time, here is a progress shot.

Thanks so much for the tutorial again!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plaid Winter Coat on: December 21, 2012 04:04:44 PM
Thanks you for the compliments!  Cheesy  I got to test drive it today because I finally got snow, and it is sooo warm.  Success!
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