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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: December 27, 2015 06:19:48 AM
50 Projects in 2016

(Stuff I made for Jemimah in the IYP swap)

Last year was a crazy time for me...this craftalong grew so fast and had so many projects that it took too much time to keep track of it all...so I decided to simplify things a bit...

1. Post a list if you want...I will list you and have a link to your list on the second post

2. Make yourself a goal...50 is just a suggested target...some of you will go way beyond that, some will not...it is all good!  MAKE STUFF! Grin


Random Prize Drawing....
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Convert a Travel Mug into a Coin Holder! on: December 26, 2015 09:11:40 AM
A few years ago, ladybugsandbumblebees sent me some Star Trek fabric to make her hubby some pillowcases. I had some left over fabric so when I saw that she wanted some sort of coin holder that her hubby could use in his truck, I decided to make this for him.

I found a travel mug at the dollar store and removed the top lid part.  I used a box cutter and a steel file to make the opening at least the size of a quarter.  It wasn't that difficult, just time-consuming.  Next time I will use my dremel tool!

I then measured around the cup at the top and bottom, cut my fabric and batting and quilted a mug cozy.  I used elastic hair ties in the seams to keep it wrapped around the cup.  It is reversible and can be washed. 

He just has to sit it in any cup holder, throw in his change, and then, of course, once a week or so, give it to his lovely wife to use to buy yarn...Grin.

Thank you for looking! 
33  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / HOOOO needs a baby quilt fast?! on: December 01, 2015 08:42:07 PM
My nephew-in-law asked if I would make some owl themed baby items for a dear friend of his who is having a baby soon.  I was going to make a few pacifier holders, but that seemed like a lame gift by itself, so I decided to add a quilt to the mix...now to make the pacifier holders before I forget! Grin

I followed this wonderful tutorial by Mistress Jennie.  It was fast and really fun to make!

I used the owl print for the backing and a chevron for the binding.  Not a lot of quilting, to keep it nice and fluffy.

close-up of binding, which I did by hand... Tongue

I have enough owl fabric to make a small basket, a few bibs, and....oh yeah, those pacifier holder thingies! Grin
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Zauerball Shawlette on: October 21, 2015 06:00:17 PM
I am sort of obsessed with the Crazy Zauerballs yarn...one ball will make a pair of socks or a nice size shawlette.  After finishing my blue and green one, I decided I really needed one to wear with some of my other favorite clothes...so, here is the Virus Shawlette (what an icky name!), in reds and plums!

Thanks for looking!
35  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Stuff for Me! on: October 21, 2015 05:44:30 PM
It seems that the only projects I ever keep for myself are Halloween ones!  I love decorating for Halloween and love to find projects on Pinterest and, of course, on here, to inspire me!

Here are the things I made for myself so far (hey, still have over a week to go until the big day!) Grin

Pillows (inspired by Pinterest finds)

Monster pillows to hold candy--I will be handing these out to my favorite neighborhood kids!

Spider web coasters (completely stole these from Bow and Sparrow, except I added a painted plastic spider for extra creepiness

Creepy doll picture--saw this on Pinterest and tried to figure out how to do it...not sure it is exactly how it should be done, but it seemed to work as hubby is totally creeped out by it! Grin

And, a scrappy Halloween fabric bucket

Still have a few more things to make before I am done...better get going!  Thanks for looking!
36  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black Frames Needed to Be Filled...What could be better than Halloween stuff!? on: September 27, 2015 08:50:48 PM
I saw these cute crochet frames highlighted in the Craftster blog so I decided to make a couple.  Once I made them, I then realized I needed to put something in them...so I googled vintage Halloween images and quickly made these up.

I used a cardboard circle, covered it with white batting, then glued and sewed the embroidery on the top.  

It was a fun and easy project.  Think I will make a few of these for Christmas gifts and hostess gifts.

37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autumn is in the air (a bit) so time for a shawlette! on: September 16, 2015 04:43:42 AM
I saw this post and loved the little shawlette!

I had a ball of Crazy Zauberball yarn which looked like it would be perfect for this pattern.  I had about one foot of yarn left!  

I like this pattern because you can make the shawlette into a full size shawl just be increasing the rounds.

I see many more shawlettes in my future.  I highly recommend this fun and easy pattern.

38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Punkin Head Hat on: August 26, 2015 07:34:57 AM
I love everything about pumpkins!  I decided that I needed to start using up my stash of orange yarns.  Found this pattern,
Punkin Head, which I thought would be fine for an adult! Grin

It was a very easy knit.  I used DK weight Stylecraft Yarn.

Can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for looking!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Autumn is Almost Here...Foliage Hat on: August 26, 2015 07:28:26 AM
When it gets a bit cooler, I start sorting through my yarns for projects to keep me busy in the evenings.  I love binge watching TV (current show: Star Trek Enterprise! Love Scott Bakula!!!) and knitting.

I have been learning how to do cables so most of my knitting have some sort of cable design to help me practice.  I found this Foliage hat pattern that uses cables.  It was very easy but a bit time-consuming; I enjoyed it a lot and will probably make this hat a few times for friends.

I used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK weight yarn in a sage green.  It is great for stitch definition, but it is was very splitty.  I used bamboo needles since my metal ones were in use on another project.  The yarn kept sticking to them, so I finally switched them out to the metal and was able to finish much faster.  I have not blocked it yet.

Thanks for looking!
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Window Pane Cushion Cover on: August 11, 2015 01:52:09 PM
I was the angel swap partner of HSG in 2012 for the Crafted Cushion Cover Swap.

I had seen large quilts in this style and loved them, so I decided to make a much smaller version as a cushion cover. I am using the wonderful pictures that my partner took for this post.

It was like fitting a puzzle together, and I had to figure out how to quilt the batting on onto it.  I decided that some hand embroidery would work the best...not exactly my strongest skill set, but I picked a fairly easy leaf, which seemed perfect for the fall colors!

It is so much fun to go back to memory lane to see all of the things we all made for swaps...there were a lot of favorites, but I had to pick only one! Grin
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