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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / First Pages in my New Album on: July 03, 2007 12:53:26 PM
I've always wanted to get into scrapbooking, but my earlier attempts have always failed pretty miserably. So, this time I decided to go with a simpler method, to try and make it easier for me to complete pages in a timely manner. So, I have decided to limit the amount of paper and embellishments I use, both to save money and to make things simpler. Since this is my first major project, I decided to make it unthemed, as a way for my hubby (who's at Basic Training for the Canadian Forces) to look back at everything we've done over the months that he was away. I'm hoping to have this one cover the time he's at training, then I'll do others for his deployments and other major events.

Anyway, the first page is for photos I took while visiting the Tulip Festival in our city during the spring. I used light green leaf-print paper for the photos, and matched it with a darker green rose-print paper for the tags, which I stamped the title on to.

The second and third are pages covering my hubby's Swearing In ceremony before he left. Once a year, the Canadian Forces hold a big ceremony with important politicians and military people, and he was lucky enough to get in for this year's event. He was so happy that he actually got his certificate thing from General Rick Hilliard, head of the Canadian Forces. These two pages I wanted to coordinate but not match specifically, so the first uses a light brown/tan leaf-print paper and the second uses brown paper printed with writing. I used card stock letters for the first page, and added freehand dashes around the letters and headers, and did the same around the tags on the second page. I didn't do a full header on the second, just a tag with the date, and a second with journaling. Finally, I added my ticket from the ceremony as a bit of memorabilia.

I know these layouts aren't as fancy or professional as so many of the others I've seen, but I like them and they don't detract from the photos. I have two more LOs to do before I need to print more photos, and I hope to get those done in the next few days.
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Ear Flap Hat AKA the PDQ on: January 18, 2007 02:34:17 PM
Well, a friend of mine gave me the Happy Hooker for my birthday (was yesterday ^_^) and I wanted to try out one of the patterns. Always wanting new hats, I decided to try this one first.

I need to comment, maybe it's just me, but there was NO WAY this pattern was going to come out adult sized. I tried it anyway as written, and sure enough, it wasn't even big enough to fit my daughter, who is 5. It might have fit my tiny cat, if I was lucky. So, I frogged part of it and tried again, this time doubling the number of increases and working with a K sized hook, just to figure out how I needed to change to get closer to the listed guage.

It ended up coming out a bit too big, and I need to adjust where the pattern rows are and such, but overall it worked much better than the first attempt. It's the right size to wear over a ponytail, which will work great for going to and from work. It's a bit light, so during the really cold weather it won't quite work, but that's okay. I'm going to try again, this time in a single colour with the H or maybe an I hook, and again do more increase rows.

Anyhoo, here are the pictures:


3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gothic Pirate Costume? on: September 22, 2006 06:34:02 PM
I was thinking about going as a Gothic Pirate wench this year, but I was looking for suggestions for what I could do.

I was thinking I could wear a really long black peasant skirt, and a black leather corset over a white blouse, with low heeled pointy-toe boots, but beyond that, I'm not sure.

I've died my hair black for awhile, but it's only just past my chin - would a long wig be better? Should I use a black scarf on my head, or white, red, or something else?

Really, any ideas would be really, really helpful. I just want something slightly unique, but not expensive.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Shawl on: July 07, 2006 03:32:44 AM
I have *finally* finished the shawl I started awhile back. I really love it, it was made from an army green acrylic yarn and a simple stitch pattern. I considered adding fringe, but decided against it.


5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Paper Lantern Plastic Bag Holder - Really Crocheted! on: June 27, 2006 06:50:55 PM
So, with lots of trial and very little error, I have completed a plastic shopping bag holder that resembles a paper lantern - at least to me. Comments/suggestions/ideas for future patterns/sizes?


More photos and info available in my blog
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two Greeting Cards on: June 25, 2006 09:40:37 AM
So, I love working with paper, and have wanted to get into greeting cards for awhile now. I finally got around to actually making a couple yesterday, and I'm really proud of them. I'm hoping to make enough to finish off the pack of blank cards I bought, so I can buy more. Comments? Suggestions?

Spotty Baby Card

Happy Day Card
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / AmericanCraftsInstitute.Org? on: June 05, 2006 02:33:44 PM
Does anyone have any experience with this program? I saw it as an ad in the Crochet section, and it sounds pretty good, but I'm wondering if it IS any good, or just a scam? I read a couple short reviews of it that were posted with other work-from-home programs, and it seemed legit. I'm just wondering if any of you have tried it, and if you got anywhere near as much money as they claim you will.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Camoflauge Head Scarf on: June 04, 2006 02:06:07 PM
 Made from Bernat Camoflauge print yarn. I love the pattern of stitches, and I plan on making more of these in other colours. I wish the yarn was more common though, it took me FOREVER to find it, and the store only had a couple skeins of the different colours.


9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheted Hats?! on: May 27, 2006 12:54:53 PM
I've been having one heck of a time trying to make hats... I've been trying to make lighter-weight summer hats, and it seems to me no matter what pattern I use, they always end up TINY! I've used exactly the yarn and hook called for, and I know my guage is not that far off (some patterns didn't even list guage), and they've always come out far too small - one hat that I just finished was meant for an adult woman, and it doesn't even fit my four year old!  Huh  

Anyone else have this problem? Can anyone point me in the direction of good, solid brimmed hat patterns that won't turn out this way? Have any stories about crochet projects gone wonky?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Safety Pin Bracelet on: May 21, 2006 05:46:44 PM
I saw someone else's bracelet of similar design some time ago, and it inspired me to try it myself. I had a glass bead set that never saw use for it's original purpose, so I hauled it out for this. Very simple, but cute and unique. Excuse the darkness/bluriness of the photos, my camera doesn't seem to like the yellowness of my bedroom lighting. Although it's hard to tell in the photos, I alternated bright pink beads with darker violet ones. I also chose black elastic thread, rather than white, to go a bit better with the silver pins. I'm thinking of making a few of these in different colour combos to give as gifts, or whatever. I like making them a little bit too much  Cheesy

And me modelling it:

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