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1  Re: glamorous crochet ring - now with uber glamorous tutorial in Crochet: Completed Projects by arizabif on: July 17, 2004 03:10:32 AM
Here's my attempt at the crochet ring.  I need to re-do it, because it's too tight to wear on my ring finger.  I also don't like the combo of white elastic and red beads.  Maybe I'll be able to find some red elastic for a re-do.  Pretty cool, in a 1960's cocktail party sort of way.

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2  Elephant box in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by arizabif on: June 01, 2004 07:20:33 AM
I have had this box for a long time, (over half my life!).  It used to have a piece of coloured glass with painted on flowers on the top.  But, my husband dropped the box, and the glass broke, (grrr), so I was left with a naked little wooden box. 

I cut up some small pictures from an old calendar, and mod podged them on to it.  The ribbon on the bottom of the box is hot glued on.  I got lucky, and the ribbon remnant was *exactly* the right size to go around the bottom of the box, both length and width.  I found a little elephant charm while I was walking one day, and added it to the top center of the box.  I think it came out pretty cute!  (In case you can't tell, I love elephants!) 

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3  Pottery Schmottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by arizabif on: June 01, 2004 06:59:37 AM
I took a pottery class about 2 years ago, and this is one of the pieces I made.  It's my most favorite, and probably the only thing I made that came out halfway decent.  Wink

It was made by rolling out a flat slab of clay, and attaching coils and beads of clay to it.  It was allowed to dry, then fired, and then painted with acrylic paints, in various shades of blue, purple, and shimmery glitter paint!  The picture doesn't show the glitter at all, which is very sad.  It is far more shimmery and glittery in real life.     

It is about the size of a piece of printer paper, (8.5 x 11 inches, and about an inch high), and is HEAVY.  I had an idea to hang it on the wall, but it easily weighs 10 lbs, and I'm afraid it will break if I try to hang it.  Maybe one day I will have it professionally framed or something. 

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4  Sewing Needle Case in Completed Projects by arizabif on: May 11, 2004 07:42:19 PM
Wasn't sure where to post this.  Moderator, feel free to relocate this, if it is more suited to another forum!
I made a little case for my sewing needles, because I didn't like their previous storage method, (empty altoids tin).  The case is made from an old (accidentally) felted sweater.  I cut three pieces of rectangle-shaped fabric and sewed them together with some yarn.  This formed a little book.  I used pinking shears to cut the fabric, just for decorative purposes. 

The inside "pages" of the book are a little smaller than the outside "cover".  This is because the felted fabric is really thick, and when folded in half to form the book, the inner pages extended past the cover.  Probably wouldn't be a problem if you used thinner fabric, but I wanted to use the felted sweater, because it would help the needles grip, and not fall out.

I took a scrap of another (purposefully) felted sweater, and cut a heart shape, which I stitched to the front "cover".  I got lucky with the way I stitched it, because it formed a neat little heart on the inside.  Then, I took a short length of yarn, and attached a piece to the front and back cover, so I could tie up the book to close it.  It's really not needed, because the felted wool is pretty "grippy", so the needles won't fall out.  I just didn't want the book open and flopping around in my sewing basket.

I think it came out pretty cute for less than an hour of work, and for random bits I scrounged from my box 'o' crafty crap. 

The finished case:

Inside cover:

The inside "spine" of the book:

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