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11  Pretty Pretty Pottery!!! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by *k* on: February 04, 2007 02:11:46 PM
Take a look at my pretty pretty pottery (a.k.a. some of my more successful attempts at wheelthrowing):

On the left is one of my favorite mugs; it's the perfect size for hot cocoa.  On the right is a tiny little cup which works surprisingly well when I want just a little taste of juice.  Both have clear glaze on the outside.  The mug has white glaze inside and the small cup has an indigo blue glaze.

This is the closest I've come to making a set of matching mugs:

Side view (with a kitty):

These have my favorite glaze combination: Celadon on the inside and Temoku (a beautiful, almost shimmering, dark brown) on the outside. 

After taking a few sessions of pottery classes, I am still very much a beginner and am currently on hiatus due to frustration caused by my inability to learn how to properly center the clay on the wheel.  These pieces were made months and months ago during a wave of good luck.   Smiley

Hope you like 'em!

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12  Re: New Knitty's Calorimetry in Knitalongs by *k* on: February 04, 2007 01:26:50 PM
inspired by all the rest of you, I have just finished my first calorimetry, which is also my first wearable knitted FO (aside from a gifted scarf).

I used Paton's Soy Wool Stripes in the Natural Earth color.  I decided to try it with 120 st cast on, since my gauge was very much on the small side.  Even with smaller gauge, mine is still pretty big.  I only did 10 repeats of row 5 (vs. the 15 repeats called for in the pattern), and it's STILL really wide.

With all that said, I actually like it and will probably wear it non-stop during this rediculously blistering cold.  I might try again with different yarn with the 80 stitch modification

Here are my pics:

On a side note about the yarn:

Has anyone else who has used SWS found that it reminds them of hair or is it just me?
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13  Re: Winter ornament ALREADY? sampler style swap! Gallery for winter inspiration! in The Swap Gallery by *k* on: October 09, 2006 02:00:47 PM
I have received from 2 of my partners!

Superstitch sent me this adorable stuffed christmas tree with red button topper and sequins:

And webdreamy sent this felted yarn ball ornament, which I love even more because it reminds me of the planet Jupiter with its swirling gases:

And here's the ornament I sent to DollyDressUp:

It's a beaded wire Christmas spider hanging from a silvery web.  To give an idea of size, the web is approximately 3 inches in diameter.

I also included the story of the Christmas spider which can be found on this website:
and the spider was made using this tutorial (with slight modification for size adjustment):
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14  Re: Use What You Have Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by *k* on: August 18, 2006 07:11:12 PM
I opened my swap package from Ptarmic wumpus and found all these wonderful goodies:

There's a felted bead bracelet, a silk dupioni palmetto bug purse, and a bunch of loose felted beads (I'll have to start thinking of a project for them). 

A wall hanging/organizer made with "bizarre" appliques from a thrifted vest.  She must have remembered that I had admired them when they were shown in the original swap post.  The red sections are pockets, and the creatures on the purple background are appliques made from the backing fabric.  The white thing sticking up from the bottom right pocket is one of the notes that was included for each item giving a detailed description.  I forgot to take it out for the picture.

Last but not least...

A mounted poplar leaf beetle made of sculpey!  Unfortunately a couple of his legs fell off in transit, but nothing that can't be solved with a dollop of glue, I'm sure.  I love him.  The presentation is just like one of those mounted specimens in a museum.

Everything is absolutely gorgeous; I love it all!  Thank you so much, ptarmic wumpus! 
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15  Re: "Let's Do the iTunes Shuffle!" - Round 3 - Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by *k* on: August 09, 2006 01:54:45 PM
Here's what I received from pepelutivursky:

CD case decorated with foamy stars, 2 audio CDs, and card.  Also included was a cute heart shaped eraser with a star and rainbow on it, but I forgot to include it in the pic.

Track listing:

(hopefully the picure's clear enough)

Unfortunately the covers pepelutivursky made for the CDs wouldn't fit in the case.  Too bad they weren't included, I would have liked to see them.

Thanks for the package, pepelu!
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16  Re: The Pink Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by *k* on: June 11, 2006 12:20:43 PM
I opened my package from LiN yesterday and it's all so wonderful I'm not sure which is my favorite item:

First, a picture of all the loot:

She made the most wonderful pink and tan plaid bag with a pink flower pin the same color as the lining.  I think this is going to be my new favorite purse, it goes so well with my favorite spring/fall jacket!  

She also sent a little pin cushion basket with little pink pin signs saying "Pin Me!" and clothes pins decorated with pink ribbons and little letters spelling out Pink Swap, I <3 Pink, and my name.

A lovely flower pin that I wish I knew how to make so I could decorate everything with little yarn flowers:

And last but not least, a cute little pouch made of pink floral printed corduroy with a soft grey striped lining and a shimmery pink button:


Sorry these last couple pictures aren't the best.  The colors are more like they are in the 1st picture (at the beginning of this post), but I thought everything was so great they deserved close-ups.

Thanks for being such a great swap partner, LiN!
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17  Re: The Pink Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by *k* on: June 02, 2006 09:24:48 PM
Thanks *k*!!!!  This has got to be the best swap package I've ever received!!!!Even my husband was impressed tooo.
(The pics dont do any justice coz I took the photos at night.  Will repost the pics as soon as I took better pics in the sunlight)

Yay!  I'm so glad you liked the package, LiN!

Since I have pics, I'll go ahead and post them.  Hope you don't mind.  Smiley

The main item was a purse made of boucle with pink satin trim and sparkly pink buttons.  The top has pleating that isn't really visible in the pictures.  And the flower (close-up shown by LiN earlier) is a brooch that can be kept on the purse or removed for wear.


The tutorial for the brooch was found on this wonderful blog:


And now the other little extras:

The bottom 2 items are brooches, and the top is a beaded bracelet.  The bracelet is made up of different pink and clear glass beads of different sizes and shapes.  The flower brooch is made of felt and fabric with an irridescent button, and the other is a crocheted backing with fabric sewn on and decorated with various beads and a pink flower button.

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18  And We'll All Become Silhouettes in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by *k* on: May 05, 2006 05:11:33 PM
This project took a lot of will power to finish.  I don't like to paint, but it seemed necessary on this one. 

I stared at this picture for at least 5 minutes in the store trying to decide if I could use it.  And then the idea struck me...



And a couple close-ups since the picture isn't exactly the best (thanks to the glass that I couldn't manage to get out of the frame):


I was inspired by those plant and bird silhouettes that decorated the pages of last year's Urban Outfitters catalogues.  I think I liked those better than the clothes.

All in all I am pretty pleased with it, so I guess it was worth all the frustration.  I think it will find a new home in my bedroom.

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19  Death to Doc Marten's in CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES by *k* on: April 04, 2006 07:39:45 PM
10 year old Doc Marten's:

+ one inspired Saturday afternoon + steak knife + buttons, bias tape, elastic and polka-dotted ribbon =

Dainty Maryjanes!

This project was inspired by a post I saw, once upon a time, where someone cut up their high top converse into cute little low top shoes.  And also by my obsession with maryjanes.

Though it's only a facelift, I think they're pretty darn cute!
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20  Blue Plaid Winter Coat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by *k* on: March 20, 2006 03:55:44 PM
My goal when starting this project was to make a warm winter coat, since most of the coats I've liked in the last couple years have seemed too flimsy to invest in.

It didn't turn out exactly how I had envisioned it, but overall I like it.  And it's pretty cozy on cold winter days.



And probably my favorite part--the buttons:

I used Burda pattern #8160, with some modifications.  I added fake fur trim along the front inside edges and hood, flap closures on the front and pockets, as well as some darts and a belt in back to reduce some of the puffiness in the rear. 

I used some thermal material (resembling fleece) inside the lining to add warmth, since the outer fabric is not very warm.  Unfortunately, this thermal stuff added a lot of bulk, which didn't work well with the boxiness of the pattern shape and is the reason for the addition of the darts and belt in back. 

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