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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Drawstring lunch bag, sandwich wrapper, and apple cozy on: July 24, 2006 06:26:30 PM
After I saw twelve22's drawstring lunch bag (http://www.twelve22.org/2006/06/lunch_bag.html), I just had to make one of my own.  Like Anna from twelve22, I also made a sandwich wrapper (the inside's lined with vinyl).  And as long as I was taking the lunch theme and running with it, I decided to go ahead and make caselita's apple cozy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=93947.0) too.  So now I have a new lunch set, woo!

There are a lot more pictures of the items in action, and mindless narration about the process on my blog, http://warmfuzzies.typepad.com/warmfuzzies/2006/07/drawstring_lunc.html...I didn't think reposting the novel that I wrote would be very well received here.  Hah, betcha can't guess what my favorite color is!

Update: Anna from twelve22.org has announced that she will be publishing her patterns (and other yummy patterns) in her own book! See the second paragraph in her post, http://www.twelve22.org/2006/07/craft_apron.html.

32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Flower Necklace on: July 23, 2006 02:48:12 PM
I made this necklace for a co-worker who'll be leaving next week.  It's made with Paton's Brilliant thread, so it shines when the sun hits it.

And here's a closeup pic, where you can kinda see the hint of sparkliness.

Haha, after taking the photos, I noticed that some ends were fraying a little, so I used clear nail polish to discourage that.  I hope she likes it!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Flurry of Fantastic Knitted Toys! (or how Nautie and Kate got thier groove back) on: July 22, 2006 08:41:10 AM
Awwww, your Sleepybat's adorable!  All of your different interpretations of Kate are so great, I love how you took that one basic pattern and made so many different and lovely toys from it.  (nice Nauties, too!)  You said you wrote down how you knit the bat's wings, right?  It would be so great if you could post that when you find the time.  I don't think I'm alone in that request.  Again, you did a great job.
34  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Cork Stamps - Portraits and mini tutorial on: July 22, 2006 08:14:40 AM
Hi all, I thought I'd share a little project that I have been working on.  It's nothing terribly brilliant or new...stamps made from wine corks.  Here's the finished product.

So all you need is a clean, dry wine cork (the smoother the top of the cork, the better), a pencil, pen, an x-acto knife, an ink pad, and a free afternoon.

Make some basic sketches on a scrap piece of paper for practice, and then use the pen to draw your image on the wine cork.  (Remember that the stamped image will be a mirror image of what you draw).

Use the x-acto knife to carve from the outside in.  So you would start with the outside area of the portrait, and then move into the facial features.  Try to make your cuts about 1-2 mm deep, as in the picture. 

***Suggestion from Fudgegirl: "why not start by cutting the detailed bits first?! then, if like me, you bugger it up at that point (coz i find detailed bits really tricky) you won't have wasted your time cutting the outside edge of the shape." 

If you've never carved a stamp before, I'd suggest you start with the outline, just to gain some practice.  Otherwise, carve away at the details!  Whatever works best for you. =p

When you carve the facial features/hair, it's easier to just pick at the cork with the tip of the knife.  That's all there is to the carving part!

Now you can use the ink pad and stamp to your heart's content.  If you want to make a label for the stamp, then just stamp on some adhesive backed paper, line up the stamped image with the carved image, and stick the adhesive paper onto the cork.  Voila.

I've been using the stamps to stamp over the back of envelopes (you know, where it seals).  I draw a little speech bubble from the stamp, and write a little something before I mail letters out to friends.  That's just an idea.  I'm sure you all have tons of other things to do with stamps of yourselves/your friends/your family.  If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear them.

There's a more detailed tutorial on my blog, http://warmfuzzies.typepad.com/warmfuzzies/2006/07/cork_stamp_port.html, if you're interested, but I think I covered all the bases here.

Anyway, hope that was helpful.  Enjoy!
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Small Stuffed Dog *my first post* on: July 16, 2006 09:10:48 AM
Well, I've finally taken the plunge in submitting my first post.  This is a bull terrier that I made using a japanese pattern in 手のひらサイズのぬいぐるみ.

He's made from a white shoe cloth from a hotel, so he's very soft.  I used charcoal for the spot around his eye, and blush for the pinkness around his nose.  He makes me smile.

There are a couple more pictures of him on my (also very new) blog, http://warmfuzzies.typepad.com/warmfuzzies/2006/07/humpy_the_bull_.html.
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