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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed elephant/blanket on: May 16, 2006 09:56:43 AM
My boyfriend just got a new neice and nephew within days of one another, so I got busy making them presents. Not enough time to knit anything (I had 3 days to do it for the nephew, hee hee), and of course my sewing machine is broken right when I need it so...

I decided I wanted to make something that the kid could use for longer than, say, a pair of booties. i settled on a blanket/stuffed animal: the perfect companion!

I bought some SUPER SUPER soft fleece-fur from Joannes and some doll eyes. I could not find a pattern for a stuffed elephant online so I bought an old bear from the thrift store and examined it, and drew up a quick pattern. I noticed most of the shapes involved were D shapes. I made the head of the elephant as follows:

The face: 2 symmetrical "D" shapes stitched together with the eyes added before I sewed the trunk on

The trunk/tusks: a larger conical shape stitched together w/ two smaller ones

Ears: One larger and one smaller "D" (the Ds this time had bigger and more circular arcs, but still had a flat line side so I could easily stitch them into the head)

Back of the head: a larger sideways "D" shape + a rectangle for the bottom of the head so I could sew it into the blanket.

It was pretty quick (esp considering it was all handsewn!) and I am going to make one for his neice and another for my cousin's new baby.

What do you guys think? Have you ever made these before? I want to make different animals in different colors. I have been thinking about a red fox, or maybe a pink elephant, perhaps a yellow chick.

32  Ohio / Ohio: Central / ArtsFest take two! (Columbus, for OSU people) on: March 13, 2006 06:39:30 PM

Check it out! I organized this same event last year and it went well. This year I am doing it bigger and better. If you are an OSU student please do apply!

33  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Call for Entries! on: February 06, 2006 11:34:38 AM
Hey guys-

I am helping to put on this show, you should all apply to have your stuff in! it's free!

Out of Paint: Traditional is Non-Traditional

The Ohio State University Marion is actively seeking works for the exhibition, which showcases non-traditional uses of paint. The show is titled Out of Paint: Traditional is Non-Traditional. The exhibition runs from April 4, 2006 April 25, 2006 at the Kuhn Gallery. The show's focus is artwork that uses traditional paint and its material components to create artworks other than paintings, as well as "paintings" that use non-traditional material as paint.

There is no submission/entry fee. DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2006

For application materials and additional information, please visit the shows website at:

Any other questions about the show or submission may be directed to kuhngallery@gmail.com.
34  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Shanghai painting (nighttime on the Bund) on: December 13, 2005 06:08:09 PM
I was lucky enough to go to China for art history studies this past summer. While there, I visited Shanghai. I LOVED IT! I did a painting of a photo I took there of the Bund. The Bund is an area of Shanghai that used to be controlled by the British after the Opium Wars, so a lot of the buildings are European style in that part of the city.

 I hope you enjoy it.

35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tasty fruit-striped armwarmers (for the in-the-round shy) on: December 13, 2005 06:03:12 PM
Newbies, I am one of your kind!

I have been knitting for 3 years but never got past garter stitch or scarves. Finally, my lust for armwarmers took over. I learned ribbing (so easy, learn it if you haven't! It seems awkward at first but it's easy!) and then tried to knit in the round with double ended needles. I haven't gotten the hang of that yet though.

So here they are. I knit them flat then joined them by sewing with a yarn needle. The "pattern" is below.

I made the pattern for these myself. Forgive me if it's unclear, I have never followed a pattern (much less written one!).

I used Caron Simply Soft brites (cheap but soft and it comes in GREAT colors!). I knit them on size 7 US needles.

For each armwarmer:

c/o 42 sts.

K3, P3 ribbing

Pink: 16 rows
Melon: 10 rows
Orange: 4 rows
Melon: 2 rows
Orange: 6 rows
Yellow: 10 rows
Green: 2 rows
Yellow: 6 rows
Green: 8 rows
Blue: 10 rows
Periwinkle: 2 rows
Blue: 4 rows
Periwinkle: 10 rows
Grape: 10 rows

Bind off.

Stitch us the sides, leaving a space for your thumb.

Hope you like it, it was pretty simple, even for me!

36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / easy ipod covers (clickwheel/display screen friendly!) on: December 13, 2005 05:51:36 PM
Disclaimer:This is part of a slough of updates that I have been putting off for a while. I made this one last year when I was just learning to sew, so it is a little subpar as far as quality goes.

t has held up pretty well, though. I made some other ones with quilted brocade and some other fabrics. They are fun and SOOO much better than the crummy storebought ones that they charge 20 bucks for!

It is also a fun way to show off neat bright fabric remnants if you have them lying around.

Pretty much, I  made a rectangular pouch with a window in the front and a snap to keep the ipod safely secured in its pouch. I used 3 layers: a lining, a thin-gauge vinyl, and a cover. You could do it with only the cover and vinyl though.

The vinyl is nice because it is quasi-waterproofing. Long story (ask me if you care!), but my ipod got raw egg smashed all over it, but thanks to my cover, no harm done!!

The other nice thing is that the clickwheel still works through the vinyl if you use the thinnest stuff they have available (in the home decorating fabric section of your craft store.)

Happy crafting!

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Use up every bit of your cool ties! (headbands, etc.) on: December 13, 2005 05:40:14 PM
I LOVE all my tacky ties I buy from the thrift store. I use the fat part for purses, the end for chokers, (as inspired by other crafty gals here :-) ) and I found the middle makes for a great headband if you hem the ends and sew a piece of elastic between the two ends. People love em, and they are soooo easy to make, even if you can't sew!

If you still have some left, you can make a wrist cuff. Have fun using up every precious piece of your sweet ties!

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen rack on: December 13, 2005 05:35:25 PM

I needed more space in my kitchen for the ever-growing supply of gadgets and cookware. I wanted one of those neat chef carts to hang my pots from (since I can't drill into the walls here), but they were WAY overpriced! So with the help of a dear friend I managed to piece this together from:

2 2x4s
2 2x2s
wire shelving from Lowe's
a few dowel rods
coat hooks
cup hooks

The fasteners cost more than anything else, really. The wood was around 10 bucks, the paint was 2, the shelving was 16 bucks (for 12 feet).

It's awesome, I love it! It makes everything so accesible. If you are a cook you should make one.
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Skeleton key shadowbox on: December 13, 2005 05:30:20 PM

I got this frame from goodwill for 99 cents, then hotglued some of my favorite keys from my skeleton key collection to show off in my art-nouveau themed bathroom.

Aren't keys neato?!?
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Skeleton Key necklaces on: December 13, 2005 05:26:27 PM
I love skeleton keys. I have a collection which I hoarde and guard jealously in a tin. I decided though that the world should see my sweet collection. So I made them into necklaces and I sell some of them with pretty good success. I hope to list them on my website here in a week or two.

It is also a good chance for me to use all the cool beads and charms that I have left over from other projects or broken jewelry.

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