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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New camera, new photos 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)
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / So, I threw some pots 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:

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My very first beanie 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.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's a coozy!!! 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.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New to crochet - nine-sided lapghan 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!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Victorian lady 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!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded bracelet on: November 27, 2006 10:06:46 PM
I made the bracelet in this photo (that's a friend of mine):

I made that a couple years ago, and vowed NEVER to make another one because it was SUCH a pain! I don't even know how many hours it took to make it, but it was a looooong time. I got so tired of making it, that I added the loops and buttons too soon, and it was too tight on me, which is why I sold it.

Then today, I was looking around online and found this photo (the one of Lindsay Lohan):

Dude! That's my bracelet! They even both have three buttons! I wonder how much she paid for hers ... I could made her one a lot cheaper, I'm sure ...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / EASY Halter top and dress/top thing: NOW WITH ONE TUTE!!! on: September 09, 2006 09:20:59 PM
This is the first time I made something with any structure. It needs a couple tweaks, but otherwise, I LOVE it. And snaps are wonderful - using a hammer takes out aggression perfectly!

(It got a little bunched up when I was taking the photos.)

And another top/dress I made from the remnants of an infinity dress:

And yes, that is my dog biting my hand. He thought I was having too much fun with the camera and not enough fun with him.

If it's fuzzy, you can right click and View Image. I hope any of that makes sense. I used two-way stretch fabric and all the edges are raw (I love fabric that doesn't fray!). It'll look a little different from the one in the photo, but you can make it longer and tighter and overlap the midsection (which is what I did in the photo).

I swear it's really, really easy! Please let me know if I left anything out. And please excuse my Paint drawing skills. Eek.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Embellishing a circle skirt on: June 03, 2006 07:35:01 AM
First, let me say I don't want it to look like a poodle skirt. I'm working on turning a red sheet into a circle skirt (so far, the bottom is hemmed). I'm planning on using snaps and a button for closures. I want to wear it to Swing Night (a monthly event at a local hall). I'll be wearing a white top with a cherry pattern and red trim. There will likely be several people in period attire (the top looks very '40s, and the skirt is obviously '50s, so I'm mixing genres).

I could embroider beads onto it. But the problem is I don't know what to put on it, or even what color of beads to use that will work on red. Help?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sheet into circle skirt on: May 31, 2006 04:51:25 PM
First, I glanced at a tutorlal that said to fold the material into half, then half again, then cut. Then I took a 50-year-old BEAUTIFUL (but doesn't fit) taffeta circle skirt and folded it in half and put it on top of the folded sheet, then, using the old skirt as a pattern, cut around the bottom. I know I should have taken measurements for the top, but instead, I freehanded it. I ended up having to trim more until it seemed like it would fit my waist.

The worse part was pinning the bottom for the hem. It took FOREVER, then I ironed it b/c I read that it was easier to sew a circle that way. And it was. The waist band, which I didn't get a picture of, is actually the top wide band of the sheet. The skirt closes on the side with the waistband tie. I used the entire width of the sheet (I think it was full). Oh, and I cut a slit in the side, then hemmed that, so I could pull the skirt on b/c it's not stretchy. There is enough material that it overlaps when I tie it.

I LOVE it!!! It's not perfect, but I still LOVE it.

Here are the pics:

Close-up of the front:

Moi, modeling the skirt (apparently I can't keep my eyes open):

Obligatory action shot. I got just a little dizzy, thus out of the frame, while I was waiting for the timer to go off.

... No matter how many times I try to fix this picture, it's still wrong. I don't get it.

Comments appreciated!!!
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