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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Buried Treasure *pic heavy* on: August 24, 2008 12:25:33 PM
Soo my fleshy companion and my anniversary is February 8th... close enough to VD and same sentiment. The first week of February we were in Mexico (my first real vacation, yay!). One of the days, I woke up at 4AM and snuck out of the villa with my treasure chest to go down to the beach (everyone wakes up super early to claim beach/pool chairs with their towels, so I had to make sure to get a good spot). They had trams that drove you around that don't technically start up until 7AM, but the drivers were nice and drove me to the beach anyway. It was PITCH BLACK. I couldn't even tell if there were people right in front of me. Okay, well not completely pitch black, because I saw enough by the moon to find some chairs near the sand. I dug a deep hole and buried the treasure (making sure to put a rock on top so I remember exactly where it is). Threw the towels down with a book, drew a quick map with pastels, and headed back.

He was so excited when he woke up and I handed him a map, bucket, and shovel. Here he is digging up the treasure:

Inside the chest were these paper stars and knitted hearts:

a pretty lacy nightgown, and this book:

I used the idea in the generic boyfriend gift thread for the pictures spelling out "I Love You"  Here are some of the pics:

and on the page:

The longest part of the book was drawing the fancy letters, really.

He LOVED the treasure! He said it was the nicest thing anyone has done for him and couldn't believe I snuck out at 4 AM to set it up  Smiley

Oh, and I made chocolate bowls. They are fiddly, as you have to make them thick enough so they won't break when you pop the balloons. But not that hard overall, and super impressive.

And some bleeding heart cupcakes I made for my office:

Sorry for the crappy pic. You can find the recipe here:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bunnies and Whales on: August 24, 2008 11:57:08 AM
I found out I was going to meet some loosely-related cutie pies. So a few days before I made up a jess hutch bunny.

Unfortunately he was a bit of a lush

But he made up for it by helping around the house.

Obviously he was going to be a bad influence, so he stayed with me

So I made the little girl a new one... Pink is more appropriate anyway! She loved it!

For her little brother I made a whale. I didn't really plan him, so he ended up without a face (I could have put buttons on, but those are not so good for kiddies)

Here's another shot so you can see his tail a little better

Thanks for looking!  Grin
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Kitchen Utensil Bouquet on: August 24, 2008 11:48:41 AM
Okay, so not entirely crafted... but crafty presentation counts for something, right?

My boyfriend's mum has been training to do the walk to end breast cancer. Her sister was diagnosed last year and we work at an x-ray clinic so we see lots of ladies coming in who are battling it  Sad

Sooo I saw the kitchen-aid pink utensil line which donates part of the proceeds to finding the cure. I bought em all up and decided to turn them into a bouquet for her. If you do this, be sure to wrap the large knife with a ribbon, luckily I didn't find this out the hard way!  Cheesy

Arrange the utensils  Tongue, throw in some baby's breath or whatever fake flowers you have kicking around, tie with ribbon, and voila! I wrapped mine with some rainbow tulle last minute but it looks good either way.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Three Hats and an Entrelac Clutch on: August 24, 2008 11:41:16 AM
Catching up on posts (these are only a year behind, hush  Wink )

The first had I made was the ever-so-popular Banana Republic knock-off hat (Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197572.0 )
I used some leftover Manos.

The next two are the knit the same, it was super easy, just ribbed. The red one in debbie bliss tweed (I think) was for my brother and the blue one (miscellaneous discontinued yarn) for my grandfather.

aaand I wanted to try my hand at entrelac. I kept putting it off, but finally when we went up to casino-rama I bit the bullet. Skip to the pictures if you like, this next part is just me rambling!
 My boyfriend was playing no limit texas hold-em and his parents were seeing Englebert Humperdink. I spent my time at the bar with beer, boilermakers, and knitting! I love getting weird looks for knitting... some old lady actually came up to me to compliment me but kept saying she wasn't trying to hit on me. It was pretty funny. I knitted for a few hours... was too drunk to continue so went for a walk. I found a bunch of security fellows walking quickly in one direction trying to look important.
Me: HEY! Is everything under control?   
Them: uh... yeah... is everything under control with you? 
I gave them the thumbs up and ran away. BACK TO THE KNITTING which I got bored of so I bound off and turned it into this. Drunken Knitting is so much more fun, no?

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport Wallet on: August 24, 2008 11:26:21 AM
Someone had posted a link to adorn magazine's passport template http://www.adornmag.com/node/4  and I used their pocket placements and whipped up this passport wallet fairly quickly (hence the wonky seams). It's made of eyelet cotton and brown stretch cuorduroy. I gave it to my boyfriend's mom because I just throw my passport in my purse and hope it doesn't get smushed... it's easier that way! Anyway, on to the pics!!



With my Passport  Shocked

The end.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gold Cassette Wallet on: August 24, 2008 11:16:07 AM
I wanted to try my hand at those awesome cassette tape wallets I've seen around here (not to mention try out my dremel!). I made it for my best friend, here's the result:

I painted it gold and used brown felt for the lining.

The best-matching zipper I had at the time was pink, so I drilled holes around the edges of the tape to sew in some matching pink embroidery thread to tie the colours together.

She goes out a lot so I made sure there was a spot for her ID in the bag as well as change/whatever. I attatched a keyringclipmajig so that she could stick it on her pants and it wouldn't get stolen (she just had a coat stolen a little while ago).

Thanks for looking!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Challenge Entry: Peacock on: May 01, 2008 12:24:35 PM
Here is my entry Smiley I already have a favourite picked out from the others, though!

Good luck to everyone! ^^
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Challenge Entry: Peacock on: April 30, 2008 05:54:50 PM
Here is my entry for the photo challenge.

Good luck to everyone! ^^
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Deep sweetheart neckline with... border? on: April 12, 2008 09:55:56 AM
Okay, so I bought this pretty purple and black italian wool. I decided I want to make a dress in this style:

I searched the topic and saw that to make the neckline you sew the curve inside out with the lining... but I want to border the neckline in the same fabric for a pretty seam...

If I just cut a strip of fabric and pin it along like bias tape I think it would scrunch up too much. Maybe if I try to cut it in the same curve of the dress? I'm not a very experienced sewer so if anyone has any brilliant tips they could share I will love you forever  Wink

ETA: It's really thin fabric if that makes a difference?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What to send in thank you cards? on: December 27, 2007 06:51:20 PM
I am sending out thank you cards and I'm trying to think of small things I could include in the envelopes. So who's for brainstorming on things everyone could send in the mail?

-a poem
-bookmarks (sewn/knitted/crocheted ones can fold for any size envelope)

Okay, so that's all I can think of right now. I definitely need to catch up on sleep now that the holiday-marathon is over!  Wink
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