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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bookmarks on: March 09, 2009 01:04:12 PM
I made these for my mom for Christmas.  I think they turned out really pretty, it's a great pattern and works up pretty quickly (a little over an hour for me) once you get the hang of the teeny tiny hooks and thread.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "I'm afraid so, Brad..." on: March 09, 2009 01:00:35 PM
Recently my friend watched Rocky Horror for the first time with me.  Naturally, she totally fell in love with this epic movie, and her favourite line was when Frank-n-Furter crawls into bed with Brad and says, "I'm afraid so, Brad!"

Her birthday was about a week after we watched it and I decided to make her this t-shirt.  Her reaction was awesome and probably one of the most entertaining responses I've ever had to any of my creations!

It looks a little iffy in the up-close pictures, but from a bit farther away it looks pretty sharp.  I had to do the details on his face with a toothpick.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Intarsia project question on: February 21, 2009 05:08:50 PM
Hello there!

I am doing my first intarsia project, which is a pillow with a cat curled up on it.  The pattern is from Ravelry at this link:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cat-pillow

My question is: when I'm doing the intarsia part, do I carry yarn across the back when I'm not using it?  Or would I have three balls of yarn going at once: one for the left side, one for the cat, and one for the right side?

I hope that makes sense.  This might be something that is easier than it sounds in my head, but I'm a little nervous to start. 

Thank you to any advice Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Herb poster on: June 18, 2008 11:52:11 PM
I made this herb poster for the Back to Nature swap.  It's sort of patterned after those posters you see in health food stores.  I dyed the paper with black tea which really brought out the fibers in the paper to give it a more "natural" look.  I just used the 8 herbs best suited for apartment growing and did them in ink and coloured pencil. 

I wasn't totally happy with it, but it's hard to be totally satisfied with your own work! 

Thanks for looking!   Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tissue paper pots on: June 18, 2008 11:48:07 PM
I made these flower pots for a swap.  I just bought 99 cent flower pots from Michaels and then cut little squares out of tissue paper.  I used a waterproof Mod Podge to "paint" the tissue paper squares into place on the pot and then Mod Podged the whole thing for good measure.  It's cool because they came out very smooth looking and the tissue paper overlaps to form different colours. 

It was the first time I ever did something like this and it actually turned out pretty well! 

Sorry I don't have a better picture.  Thanks for looking!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little journal - 2nd project on: June 18, 2008 11:41:58 PM
I made this little journal for the Back to Nature swap.  It was intended as a gardening journal for my partner's herbs.  The pages are accordion folded brown paper bag from the liquor store.  I glued legal paper to each page and then used scrapbooking paper as endnotes.  The cover is made from the back cardboard of a legal pad and covered in awesome fabric I got from the remnants table. 

It was my second book project - went a lot faster than the first! 

Thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hole punching question for binding on: April 28, 2008 09:17:36 AM

I am making my sister a handbound story book for graduation.  I have made all the pages already, they are just folded pieces of paper that cannot be nestled inside one another or the story will make no sense.

I cannot figure out if the holes to sew through need to be on the spine fold or a short distance away from the fold.  Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't find anywhere that tells me the distance away from the fold that they should be in order to avoid ripping.

Does that make any sense to anyone?  I'd appreciate any input, and if it doesn't make sense I'll try to clarify.  I have just worked SOO hard and long on this project and now don't want to ruin the beautiful story pages by binding badly.

I hate this type of crafting anxiety.   Cry
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern's recommended fabric? on: April 15, 2008 08:46:33 PM

I am going to be making my first item of clothing using a pattern!  I'm kind of excited and looking at lots of cool fabrics online.  The only problem is that the pattern I got gives sizes for "stretch fabrics only" and recommends jerseys, stretch velvet, etc. 

I feel like that would be harder to work with, harder to find, and maybe not fully my style. 

Can I use 100% cotton without totally messing up the size, or did I choose a bad pattern?  Huh
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Coaster question on: April 12, 2008 08:47:40 AM
I would like to make some coasters out of art I have done on watercolour paper.  The images are watercolour, coloured pencil, and tissue paper. 

My boyfriend says I can get sheets of very thin acrylic that could sandwhich the paper, and then be drilled together.  I think if they're thin enough to cut, I'll have to find a way to bond them together with glue or heat or something.

I don't want to buy premade coasters, does anyone know of any way I could do this without damaging the paper inside?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toilet paper cozy on: March 29, 2008 07:26:47 AM
I made this for my best friend's housewarming present.  I think she was very surprised but seemed to like it!

Thanks for looking!
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