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1  Scarf! With beads! in Needlework: Completed Projects by gamayun on: December 18, 2006 09:58:38 AM
My second project ever.  It was part of a kit.  I added the beads freestyle myself.  Smiley

*sigh* My photos are so ugly... but it really is a pretty scarf.
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2  Placemat purses! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gamayun on: December 18, 2006 09:53:48 AM
Thanks to not2old4glitter's lovely placemat purse tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94934.0), I have entered the world of making purses!

Here are my first two experiments, with a cameo from my younger cat, Rosa (aka Miss Nosybutt.)

Then I made this slightly more elaborate purple bag.  The pocket is a bit wonky, as I didn't have a zipper and I got a little mixed up when attaching it to the lining, but it still works okay.  The button is my favorite part - I hate purses I can't fasten shut, and I found this button completely by accident under a sofa cushion just when I needed it!

Closeup, there are some wobbly stitches and loose threads, but this still looks so good I carried it out to the ballet and then into Nordstroms and it blended right in.  All for less than $2!  Hot damn, I love it.

not2old4glitter, you are my new hero  Kiss  Thank you so much for the great idea!

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3  Re: Winter Holiday Decorating Craftalong! in Craftalongs by gamayun on: December 18, 2006 09:40:40 AM
I'm sort of scroogy, so I don't really decorate at home.  But my office decorated like crazy so I felt like I should join in.  To give a little background, I have a pet desk vulture named Julian.  He sits on a shelf over our printer and holds little signs with pithy sayings on them.  So, I decided he could be my holiday mascot.

My crappy photography skills don't show it particularly well, but that's mistletoe dangling from his beak.   Kiss
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4  Cheap and quick photo hanging solution in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by gamayun on: December 18, 2006 09:34:35 AM
Let me preface this by warning you that I am the world's worst photographer...

Anyway, I had some semi-decent photos of my kitties that I wanted to display at work, but no frames and no room on my desk for frames.  I did have two random nails in the wall next to me.  I also had some Hello Kitty ribbon lying around.  So I did this.

I just used a good old Xacto knife to cut slits in the photos and laced the ribbon through.  I hung the loops over the random nails and now I have a constant reminder of why I show up every day - to afford cat food (and toy mice, musn't forget the mice.)
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5  Whoopass Lamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gamayun on: December 18, 2006 09:29:42 AM
So I found this awesome lamp at my aunt's yard sale this summer.  She had stepped on the plug so she wanted to get rid of it and the price was my favorite price (free.)  So I took it home and put this shade on it.

As cute as that shade was, it needed more oomph.  I first attempted to paint it gold and red with glittery fabric paint, a mistake I will not soon be repeating.  I repeated my efforts with acrylic paint and glue and red glitter and some cool beaded fringe I forgot I had and thus:

I am a dreadful photographer, so you can't see the neat texture the shade itself has due to the many goopy layers of paint and glitter that went on it.  Also you can't see the rest of the lamp.  This shot shows it a little more:

It is sparkly and fringy and swingy and glittery and somehow my cats have managed to not eat off the fringe yet, so for all these reasons it is truly a whoopass lamp!
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6  Wee bag from kit now holds my supplies! in Needlework: Completed Projects by gamayun on: November 29, 2006 12:14:22 PM
Hey hoo!  I'm from a family of crewel workers and felt bad that I didn't know how... so the Maternal Unit bought me a kit and said get to work!

This is how it turned out (please forgive the pixellyness):

I thought I would add a lining.

Dang, that's pink.  Anyway, with the liner, this now holds all my supplies for my next project (which is done, I just need to get pictures.)

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7  Pirate shoes! For walking the plank! in Shoes: Completed Projects by gamayun on: November 29, 2006 12:07:29 PM
I had this pair of manky old flip flops.

They needed something.  That something turned out to be a LOT of black duct tape, rhinestones and a little inspiration from Johnny Depp.

Yarrr, mateys!  The Jolly Roger be a-puddle stompin' off the port bow!

Whaddya think?
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8  I actually finished something! It's a shawl. in Knitting: Completed Projects by gamayun on: November 29, 2006 11:58:40 AM
2-skein knit triangle scarf, free pattern from Lion.  In some random color of Homespun I grabbed on impulse.  

The original photo was pretty dull (brown shawl + brown sofa = invisible Tongue) so I messed with the lighting on that last picture.  Here's a closeup of the pattern that hopefully shows the color more accurately.

This was my first major knitterly undertaking and I'm pretty pleased with it.  And it's so nice to wear at work when the air conditioning is blasting and it's the middle of winter....
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9  Gen-T style recons. First clothing post. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gamayun on: July 09, 2006 10:45:47 AM
Here they are:

Please excuse the visible underwear...  Embarrassed

Here's a lovely shot of my armpit!  Actually, I'm trying to show off the lacing on the side.

In the book, this one only hooked together between the boobs and then opened up over the stomach... nobody wants to see that much of my squashy pale body on display, so I just linked it together all the way down.  The photo doesn't show that very well tho.

This one I modified from the book example because I HATE hearts.  But I like stars. I also gave it a topstiched open collar and side seams to try and make it less dorky. I think this one came out the best.

And this one needs modification, because most of my bra shows in the back, and if I attempt to go commando then eventually things slither out the sides.  But it looks okay when I hold still.   Roll Eyes

That's it!
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10  I made curtains from... uh, curtains! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gamayun on: July 09, 2006 10:35:19 AM
I needed bedroom curtains, because I managed to rip the blinds in my room out of the wall in a fit of Hulk-like rage.  I wanted them to let in light, but not be sheer enough to see through.  Also, I'm going through a loud-colors-and-glitz phase, so they needed to be BRIGHT and tacky.

I couldn't find curtains that fit the bill, but I did find a scarf valance I liked.  So here's what I did with it:

At first they were too sheer, so I bought some $1/yard crinkle fabric and sewed it in as lining.  First time lining anything, I think I did an okay job, considering I had no idea what I was doing!

Here's a closeup of the pattern.  It's little silver raised dots - a little like puffy paint, but more durable.

I also like to make magnets from magnets - I collect giveaway magnets and recover them with cute stickers or tags that I find.  Here's what I've got on my fridge so far:

This is my first project post!  Please be kind...
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