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51  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Is there anything that washi tape can't improve? on: February 13, 2015 07:46:17 AM
I started buying washi tape before I even knew what it could be used for...they are just so pretty and readily available at the office supply stores, crafting stores, Big Lots, etc. etc. I have seen so many projects that many of you have posted, but just never got around to doing anything myself.

Well, I am in a downsizing mode, so each thing in my house has to be something pretty, special, handmade, etc.  I found a box from Japan that I have been saving/hoarding forever...it basically had a flat lid that just laid on top of the bottom...not really practical...

I used washi tape to make a sort of hinge to attach the lid to the bottom, and then just started covering it...

Now I have a pretty box that I am going to use to store odd things like my compass, paper punch, and other tools that don't quite fit into anything else...

BTW, I just remembered that some of the tapes were gifted to me by my friend stillatthetop...I love using things that other people are kind enough to pass to me!  Free is always good, but the thought is even better!  Kiss thanks!
52  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Fever..once you start, you can't stop! on: February 13, 2015 07:23:06 AM
I recently posted a mug cozy that I made that had cables...once I found out that they were no big deal, I started hunting for knit patterns that have cables...yeah, I am now sort of obsessed with them...

I decided to keep trying small projects so I can keep learning and improving my cables...I present my second cabled project: a hat!

It is made with alpaca yarn...very soft and easy to work with...it is made in the round (which I found a bit tricky with cables)...I have enough yarn left  to  make a pair of matching cabled mitts!

Thanks for letting me share my cable adventures!
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Houndstooth, anybody? on: February 13, 2015 05:14:52 AM
I have drooled over the houndstooth scarves that I have been seeing on Pinterest.  I finally decided to give it a try...and wow...it is so easy, with no weaving in of the ends!!!

I love that one side of the scarf is slightly different than the other...so when you wear it, some of both parts show.

I made it into an infinity scarf, but you can crochet it as a regular scarf as well.

I love this pattern and will be making it again using different colors and weights.

If anyone is interested in the pattern, let me know...I have the link at work.

Link to FREE pattern:

54  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seed Stitch Ombre Scarf on: February 13, 2015 05:10:15 AM
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet cackle at her lovely home.  While there, she gave me this gorgeous and soft yarn...I started to knit this scarf in seed stitch, which is very time consuming for me because I seem to forget whether you are suppose to knit the purl stitches or knit the knit stitches... Grin.  I did a lot of frogging...

It is finally done!!

I love the colors!

Thanks, cackle...your gift is greatly appreciated...I will think of you each time I wear my new beautiful scarf!
55  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Basketweave Fingerless Mitts on: February 10, 2015 07:37:52 AM
I have been promising my friend Maremare a pair of fingerless mitts forever!  I love making socks and mitts but sometimes, I get pretty bored with making the same pattern...I finally bought a book with various knit stitches in them and found that, for both the socks and mitts, I can follow a standard pattern and just change up the stitches!

So, here I tried a basketweave pattern (this pattern was actually in a book ( called Under 100 Knits by KnitPicks) as I did not want to mess up the pattern experimenting on my friend! Grin):

Her picture is better as you can see the pattern better:

The yarn is a fingering weight twist called Hawthorne Yarn by KnitPicks.  The color is a a grey-brown.

Now to make a pair for my friend lindyv321! Grin

56  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Start small to learn cables--Mug Cozy on: February 02, 2015 03:40:50 PM
I saw this cute pattern to make a knitted mug cozy (Pattern here)...but it had cables in it!!!  Well, I decided it was time to tackle cables...and do you know what?  They are no big deal! Grin  I made three of these so quickly, and now everyone I know is getting a knit cabled mug cozy!

Action shot:


Try it! Have fun and learn like I did!
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2017 Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! (also previous years 2016,2015) on: January 05, 2015 10:30:30 AM

Too many good swaps to pass up?  How about swapping with yourself?

I am restarting this craftalong because there are just too many swaps that many of us can't join but we want to craft!!!

This is a craftalong for swap junkies.

Do you love swapping?  Do you love getting inspired by swap themes?  Do you maybe get more done with a deadline?


Are you trying to save money? (shipping is pricey!), or maybe you love a theme, but you want to make certain items?  

Whatever your reasons, feel free to join up!
In this craftalong we will be "fake-joining" swaps that are current(preferred)...BUT, if there is a swap from the past that you missed, feel free to "bend" the rules! Grin
 Then we will craft along the parameters of the swap, including send out dates, what needs to be sent, and if extras are allowed or encouraged;  at the end of the swap period we will give ourselves the things we have made!

For example...(fake example)
I want to join the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I don't have a lot of money for shipping this month, and I really want a mug rug embroidered with a plant , so I'm going to fake swap.

I will post in this thread like this:

My name is alwaysinmyroom
I am joining the Carnivorous Plant Swap.
I will make 1 mug rug for this swap
It is due by January 31, 2015.

And now I'm signed up!

I am organizing this fake swap, so I'll keep track of all the participants, and send out reminders when people's swaps are almost due.  When you have finished your item(s), please post here gallery style, so we can all congratulate you!!

Just to be clear, you can sign up here to fake-participate in ANY swap...and I'll let you fake-join up to 5 fake-swaps.

Please, only sign up if you are serious about completing the swaps.  I understand that life happens, but I'll take time every day (or 2 or 3) to update everything, so please don't sign up if you're not going to try, you know?
58  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED:50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 17, 2014 12:53:17 PM

Once again, we are having a craftalong for all to share whatever and how many projects you get done in 2015.  You can keep a list or not...you can post as you go...this is very flexible and meant for you to keep track and brag a bit about what you got done! Grin

You can even just keep track of your projects and totally ignore us out here, but I promise no one bites and we love to chat and give kudos, encouragement, ideas, etc.  It is quite addicting to come here and see all of the wonderful things!

There will be challenges and prizes as well....I am forgetful and busy, so some of you need to remind me when I forget to announce winners and give out prizes!!!  I will try to be better, but I say that each year with no success...

Talking about challenges...here is something to think about before 2015 hits us:

When did you first get into crafting?  Do you have a fond memory of one of the first things you ever made?  How did you feel about making something? Do you have any pictures of your project or of you at that time?

Post in January and you will get one bonus entry into the challenge for the month! Grin

May-Dec Challenge

Random Drawing from all who participate

Prize: $25 gift card
Mar-Apr Challenge

Hey, guys...I am super swamped during tax season (USA deadline, April 15!)....so the challenge for this period is:

Free range raffle!  Just make stuff! Grin

Each project will count as one ticket, but since I am partial to geekiness, kids and charity, you will get one extra ticket for each project that fits that...so, here is your chance to win something...JUST MAKE STUFF! (especially YOU, Renstar!!!)...

Prize: $25 gift card

Jan-Feb Challenge:

1. Make at least three projects using the same color...it can be any medium, fabric, beads, etc. but they must be the same color (each three will count as one entry, so if you do six, you get two entries)

 *** multi/rainbow will count as a color or you can use it to make the third of any of your other colors!*****

this applies to Mio, Sylvan and all you other multi color craftsters!!! Grin
2. Make something for charity or for Random Acts of Kindness (each will count as an entry)
3. Finish a WIP  (it must be on your list to qualify)--each completed WIP counts as an entry

PRIZE: $25 gift certificate to any online place of your choosing
59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Vintage Aprons on: December 17, 2014 06:35:52 AM
A friend of mine and her sisters found several aprons while clearing out their deceased mother's house.  They decided to give each of the female grandkids an apron from their great-grandmother.  Some of the aprons needed attention.  I was asked to repair three of them.  Did I take "before" pictures? No....I was under a deadline and just forgot!

But here are the refashioned aprons anyway.

There were two striped ones that were very long and dowdy.  They had these weird buckrum straps that could not even be tied.
I cut off the bottom and used most of the fabric for the ties.  There was just enough for me to use the rest to trim up a the lined pockets---I mean, every apron needs pockets!  I made sure to line up the stripes at the top so they would not be a distraction to the eye. Grin

The third apron was a lovely organdy apron.  It had turquoise binding all around that was literally shredding away.  I had to carefully remove it all, took apart the entire apron and resew and reinforce each of the seams.  Since it was going to a tween, I decided to bind it with pink, which I had in my stash.  I did have to buy a bit of new fabric for the ties, but you can hardly tell!

I hope that all of the young ladies will have a fond remembrance of their great-grandmother each time they see or use their new aprons!

Thanks for looking!
60  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New Respect for Blanket Makers: Coastal Ripple Afghan on: December 16, 2014 08:40:24 AM
I have always admired people who could make such large crochet projects.  It seriously takes patience and perseverance! I, myself, have the attention span of a gnat, so I tend to make projects that are quick or have such complex patterns as to keep me interested.  I am not one for a lot of repetitious work!

A craftster friend of mine, bushbaby, gifted me with this beautiful blanket pattern and yarn from the UK.  I panicked because I was not sure I was going to be able to make it.  I did not want to let her down, and the pattern and yarn was just gorgeous...so, each night, I worked on it--sometimes only a few rows, and sometimes 20 rows or more at one sitting...

They say you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, so I just did a little at a time.  To my happy surprise, the dang thing was getting larger each day! Grin  In actuality, I completed it in about a month.

There are 15 different colors and 84 rows of crochet...phew, that made my head spin just typing that, and I know that many of you have made much larger blankets than this, but for me, it is the largest one I have made to-date (or maybe in my entire life!)...

I present my humble Coastal Ripple Afghan!

Close up ( can't even see my many mistakes--the pattern is very forgiving!):

Thanks for looking...I am keeping this one, as I am sure (well, not 100% sure!), that I will not be making another one this large anytime soon.

For all of you blanket makers...BRAVO!  My hat's off to you!
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