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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / keyhole scarf - my first knitted project! on: January 16, 2008 11:19:58 PM
So I'm pretty new to knitting (just started this past December), and I just finished my first project, a keyhole scarf. I'm rather proud of myself! The beginning side of the scarf (where the keyhole is) is full of dropped stitches, random holes, and other mistakes, but the end side of the scarf is a lot more uniform, with no messed up stitches, and looks almost like proper knitting. I'm pleased with my progress within just this one project.

Anyway, pictures!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cheese-serving set (pic heavy) on: December 23, 2007 11:16:09 PM
This is a present I made for my Dad's girlfriend for Christmas. It's a cheese-serving set! She serves cheese balls and such a lot, so I figured something like this would be useful.

I'll apologize right here for the fuzzy, sucky pictures. I only just barely remembered to get photos of everything and I've been rushed for the past month for just about everything.  Wink


The outside of the finished box. What's in it? Let's see..!


A whole variety of things that are useful when serving cheese! There's some napkins in napkin rings, and what's above them?


A rolled-up napkin! What's in it? Let's see..


Cheese knives and spreaders! I made a holder like all the ones I see around Craftster for knitting needles and such. I don't have a sewing machine, so I had to do it all by hand. It took forever and doesn't look the best, but oh well. There's loads of empty spots so she can put in more spreaders, or other utensils or what have you.

Underneath all the napkins..


..is the cheese-serving platter. It's a stone tile with rope handles. The picture stinks so you can't make out the texture of the stone well, but it's sort of uneven yet is still smooth and okay to put food on.


Here's the bottom. The rope is glued on with with some all-purpose sealant, I forget exactly what it is. The rope underneath provides stability and height. Oh, and you can sort of see behind it was our first attempt at making this; we did a first try to make sure we wouldn't mess it up. And in fact our first one had uneven handles and is a little funny looking, but it's okay for just us. Cheesy The pile of books were used to hold the tile down onto the rope and glue to make sure the glue got a good solid hold. It's really strong, there's no way the rope is going to come off.


And underneath all that is the bottom of the box. XD I mod podged in some maps of Kentucky, which is where the recipient of this gift is from, along with a butterfly. I figured if she didn't want to keep all the serving stuff in the box, she can always use it for something else.

So that's that! Here's a couple of in-progress pictures.


Staining the box. This is what the box looked like before. It's a combined stain and polyurethane so it came out shiny and smooth. It took three coats before the outside came out smooth. We left the inside at two coats, and it wasn't as smooth but I liked it that way. Also, this is before we put on the hinges and latch.


This is stained, dried, with hinges and latch attached. Also, it's holding the napkin rings. ^^ I didn't have time to make any napkin rings, so I bought them at the store.  Embarrassed You can also see here how the screws from the hinges poked through the wood a little, which was an unforeseen circumstance. I thought I got small enough hinges and screws, but not quite. If you look in the other pictures, you can see dark brown patches where I glued some felt coverings over the screw nubs so nobody gets their hand scratched up accidentally.

All in all, this project took a LONG time. The staining and sewing took the longest, but there's several hours worth of work in this gift.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cymbal clock on: December 22, 2007 02:26:26 PM
For Christmas, I made my Dad (a drummer) a clock out of a cymbal. I thought it would be something thematic to hang on his walls, and also he just has a little cheapy clock so he needed a good clock anyway.

I found a brand new 14" crash cymbal being sold on eBay for $10, bought a clock movement for $7, some stick-on clock numbers for $3, a big zinc washer (which I painted black and put in the middle, behind the hands) for a package of 10 for $.98, and a plate hanger for $3, and VOILA, a cool-looking cymbal clock for $24. (I saw some pre-made cymbal clocks being sold for $50 or more!)

Here is the cymbal before I did anything to it. You can also see the big washer in the upper left corner, before I painted it.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / matchbook notepads on: June 26, 2007 11:38:33 PM
I've seen this particular craft out and about in the crafting community, so I decided to try my hand at it!

They are sort of jumbo-sized matchbooks; they are about 2 inches by 2.5 inches. I designed them myself (drew them up in Paint Shop Pro and printed them on textured paper) as well as somewhat shabbily assembled them myself. These are just the first four, I also have a couple others I have printed but not assembled yet. (Including one with an ant and a Tetris design, whee.)

This was the first one. The acorns were my least favorite design so I did them first, knowing I'd muck it up. You can see the staples aren't even aligned right. x_x

Psuedo-argyle pattern. I don't even recall what real argyle is supposed to look like, I just winged this pattern with a mishmash of colors.

I messed up the crease on this, so the front bends a little outwards. I can easily fix that, I just need to trim off a centimeter or so of the front flap and then it would sit nice. I got impatient and wanted to take pictures, though. Cheesy This is my favorite picture. Whee jellyfish!

Sea urchin! This one came out best, construction-wise. Fitting, since it was the last one I did! I'm sure I'll just get better, the more I make.

The whole lot, from the side. I didn't put enough paper in the acorns one, either.

Closer view of the side of one. I didn't take a picture of the inside.. nothing special. Just white paper.

I'm going to make a bunch more of these matchbook-sized ones, then I think I'll make some double jumbo sized ones with some mixed media interior. (Different types of paper, some magazine cut-outs, etc.) Someone on the craftgrrl livejournal community suggested colored paper, which would also work well, I think. The possibilities seem endless. Cheesy
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / map frame on: May 05, 2007 08:12:08 PM

Just coming off an six month long crafting dry spell due to crazy heavy workload at school the past two semesters. Once the snow melted and the days got longer, I got bit by the crafting bug again, so I whipped this up: white mat frame covered in atlas pages. Cheesy Finals are on Monday, and after that I'm free for a whole summer. I can't wait to get crafting again, I've missed it.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birdie, Starbursts, and Betty and Archie, oh my! on: August 26, 2006 07:45:46 AM
All these necklaces have a base of a wooden tab thingy for the pendant. I got a stack of them some time ago, and finally decided to really do something with them.

A graph paper birdie on what I tried to make old-looking wood, like an old fence or something. I also tried to make the wood a little distressed on the edges.

I actually mod podged this clipping from an old Archie comic onto the wood some time ago, but I never got around to doing anything with it. I think it rocks as a necklace, I can't wait to wear it somewhere.

These two images are of the same necklace, which is double-sided. Everyone's always doing stuff with Starburst wrappers, so I wanted to try my hand at them! Smiley I think the red side is a little boring; I like the striped side.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt cell phone cozy - my first ever on: July 16, 2006 12:23:37 PM
I got a new cell phone yesterday, and the case it came with sucks. It's plain boring black, and it's kind of small so the phone is so tightly jammed in it's really difficult to pull it out. So, I made myself a little phone cozy for my phone, since my old cell phone got scratches on it, as well as crumbs in all the little crevices, after floating around in my purse so much.


It's made of felt.


I sewed the bottom part of the velcro on a little crooked. Oops. My sewing all around is not very good anyway. *lol*


As you can see here. All hand-sewed.


I attached a felt design in the shape of the TARDIS, since I installed on my phone a Doctor Who theme. Glued on with E6000 glue.


The background I set up on my phone. Cheesy My ringtone is the Doctor Who theme.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Necklace from resistors (tutorial pg2) on: May 11, 2006 02:58:15 PM


This is a necklace made from some resistors. I've been wanting to do a whole bunch of necklaces from electronic bits and bobs, and this is my first one. Some of it's messed up, and there was definately a lot of trial and error involved in making this, but I still think it looks great overall. My next one will be even better.  Cheesy
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Floppy disk necklace on: May 06, 2006 11:30:04 AM
I'm new to Craftster, and I figured my first post here should include something interesting for you all to look at! Cheesy This forum rocks, I've been feeling quite inspired by it since I stumbled across it. <3

Without further ado, here's my latest creation, a necklace made with the inside bit of a floppy disk:

And here's me wearing it:

I poked a hole into the disk with a hot needle, then attached some jump rings, and threaded a suede cord through it. Pretty simple! Thanks for looking. ^^
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