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1  Re: MMMMM Fried Marbles..... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ladyofthelake on: February 12, 2012 02:40:58 PM
It worked! These clear marbles came with beads I got at an estate sale. So, they were basically free and I didn't care if they got ruined.

I wondered, then, after they were shattered, if the cracks could pick up color. So I rolled them around in food coloring, and HEY LOOK! It worked!

Thanks for the great idea!!! I bet the color would be more brilliant if I'd let them sit longer, but this is after about two minutes. I didn't want the food coloring to dry and require scrubbing.
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2  New camera, new photos in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ladyofthelake on: March 23, 2009 05:51:11 AM
I got a new camera for Tax Refund Day (why shouldn't it be a holiday?!). It's a Canon Elph 10mp. I LOVE it. It's my second Elph. My first one (all of 3 megapixels) died recently. And since I like to enlarge almost all of my photos, it wasn't the best camera. And yet, I spent WAY more for the 3mp than I did for the 10! Crazy.

So here are some photos. The yellow wildflowers were on the trail around Fort De Soto in Florida.

I love how I can finally decide what to blur:

My neighbor's tree:

Wildflower in my back yard. It's really about the size of a nickel:

And ... me! (Taken with the timer)
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3  Re: Recent Projects in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: March 02, 2009 06:34:05 AM
I don't want to say "give up" on the circle blanket, because it is nice to have. I LOVE mine. But it does take longer and longer to complete a row. I did mine in all double crochet. It got to the point that it was taking at least two hours to complete one row. Someone told me that was actually fast! I would suggest changing colors or stitches just so you don't get bored. Here's mine:

It's also nice and warm!

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4  So, I threw some pots in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: February 25, 2009 07:33:24 PM
Every time I say I threw pots, everyone who doesn't do pottery thinks I was actually at home throwing pots and pans around the house. It's not like I have a temper. Weird.

Anyway, I just started a pottery class! It's my first time since the one pot I threw in middle school about 20 years ago. I threw these five pots in the first class. Trimmed the bottoms in the second class. Glazed the pots with royal blue and sardonyx glaze in the third class. And I got to take them home this week! Who knew that where blue and sardonyx overlap it'd make light blue?!?!

So, here's what I brought home:

My favorite two:

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5  Re: This is your scarf on drugs (CRAZAY ruffle scarf) - WITH PATTERN in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: February 11, 2009 01:55:37 PM

And holy cow, did it take forever.

I used Caron Simply Soft because it's what I have. I used the entire skein of the charcoal grey color and then some. I did five rows in the grey, but it was pretty skinny, so I thought I'd use a pink for a contrasting color. The last row is the same pattern as the previous two. The pink alone used about 3/4 of a skein. What do you think?

Wearing it:

My guest bed wearing it:


And for the heck of it, a ruffle ball!

I might have wiped off the lens of my camera phone before taking all the photos, but didn't notice the blur till the end. Oops.
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6  My very first beanie in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: January 21, 2009 07:23:30 PM
Finally, I made something wearable! I haven't been able to make a beanie from a pattern yet b/c I have a very difficult getting the gauge right. Mostly because, according to my mom, my stitches are too tight. So I made up my own pattern. And I'm having a blast creating new flowers!

I've only been crocheting for a little over a month, but I'm officially addicted.
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7  Re: It's a coozy!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: January 17, 2009 06:39:08 PM
I decided to go all-out girly. The phone on my camera is much faster for uploading photos, but the color quality is awful. So it's baby pink, with baby blue and pale yellow flowers. The yarn was on clearance at Michael's. It also GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! How awesome is that?!?! Unfortunately, I can't capture the glowing in all its glory. Cry

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8  It's a coozy!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: January 16, 2009 06:55:34 PM
So, I've been crocheting for a little over a month, and today I thought I'd attempt something random and just started hooking. Smiley I had no idea what it was going to be until it was about halfway done, and my mom asked (on the phone) if maybe a can would fit in it. But nope. Then I remembered I have random beer in my fridge, and, miracle of miracles, it was a perfect fit!!! Yay!!!

Anyway, it's all done in half double crochet. It's orange and grey (hard to tell with my camera phone). The flower on the front is modified from a pattern in Happy Hooker ... mostly because I had an extra stitch, so there are six petals instead of the planned five. Oops! But I like it. Anyway, here it is!

I love it, and I'm seconds from making another one. Smiley

EDIT: I made another one. This one shows the colors better. The one on the left is for my friend who's a Florida Gator, so it's blue and orange.

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9  New to crochet - nine-sided lapghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: January 10, 2009 07:09:11 AM
This is my first completed big project. And I'm still not sure I want to end it here. I could keep making it bigger, but it takes so long to complete each round now! I started crocheting a month ago and other than this, I've only made dishcloths.

So, the lapghan is all double crochet, and each color stripe is one skein. Made from Caron Super Soft Eco, which is, unfortunately, only available at Wal-Mart. And the Wal-Marts here ran out of Wine Country, so there could only be one burgundy-colored stripe. The other stripes are Charcoal and Soft White.

It doesn't lay completely flat. I'm still trying to figure out how I could have possibly added too many stitches to make the edges wavy. I like the nine sides and, though it's hard to see, the kind of pinwheel design made by the stitch increases. That was completely accidental. I was making things up as I went along.

I took the photo with my cell phone, hence the strange coloration.

And, just for the heck of it, my first attempt at shell stitch. A dishcloth!

Like every other crocheter in the world, I'm sure, I hate the first row. So I did the second row in single crochet, then started on the shell stitch in the second row. I think that's the reason for the straight bottom. Maybe. I do have to say I LOVE self-striping yarn!
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10  Victorian lady in Halloween Costumes by ladyofthelake on: November 01, 2008 04:47:39 PM
I considered steampunk, but thought about it too late. I went all-out Victorian!

The requisite blurry sepia version:

In living color:

It's mostly repurposed. The pink skirt is an old prom dress from the thrift store. I cut off the ruffled strap and made it into a hat. The blue bustled part is one of my bridesmaids dresses. The top is also a thrift store find. The corset is new, though, but it was only $15!

I also made the reticule from the skirt I cut off of the top. The ribbon that ties it is from the prom dress.

I'm so excited! And now I'm out the door!
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