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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kindle Kozy on: October 23, 2011 04:05:02 PM
Since I have always had a love of reading my family bought me a Kindle last Christmas.  Little did they know I love books, not just the act of reading.  But oh well, I wanted to make the best out of my expensive gift so I figured making it a cute little cozy may make me grow closer to my Kindle. 

I designed it to resemble a sheep, an animal I love.  I just made up the pattern as I went along, using the popcorn stitch for the body and a single crochet for the head.  Underneath a put in a snap to keep it closed during travel.  Now I can carry my Kindle in my purse without fear of something happening to the expensive device.

The Kindle is still not my preferred way to read, but I must admit it is nice to be able to download public domain books for free.  With more and more libraries closing in my area I have found that function nice.  I have yet to actually pay for any Kindle book and doubt I ever will...unless they stop producing paper books (which will be a sad, sad day for me).

Thank you all for looking  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mirabilia Three for Tea cross stitch on: July 05, 2011 08:17:00 PM
FINALLY!!  After 9 years in the making I finally...FINALLY finished this cross stitch.  Mind you most of those years it sat untouched while I focused on knitting, but this year I was determined to finish it. 

I started this in Feb 2002 while I was still in high school, and now July 2011 years after I graduated college, it is done.  I slightly changed the design but not much.  I left some antenna type things coming from the wings off, and I used the dark purple metallic thread on the wing veining instead of the light purple...which was so light you could barely see it.

It was done on linen, 32 count fabric.  Most of it was stitched 2 over 2 with 3 strands, expect their skin that I did with 1 strand, 1 stitch for every single little ity-bity square (meaning I had to make 4 stitches to equal 1 stitch on the pattern).  Not sure what I was thinking, but it did look pretty in the end!  So I guess it was worth it.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy it and thank you all for looking!  Crafters definitely helped inspired me to finish it.  You guys rock!  Cool

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tubey-rific on: December 11, 2009 09:48:32 AM
I have wanted to make Tubey from knitty.com for years now, and since I have finally met my weight loss goal (so none of my old sweaters fit me) I figured now would be the perfect time!

It knitted up quickly using Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  I have limited myself to only making sweaters from yarn I already have at home (I have a huge yarn stash).  The solid brown yarn has all been upcycled from a frogged sweater, and the variegated fall mix yarn I have had for years, but never knew what to do with it.  I altered the pattern to make the sleeves more fitted, ending with a ribbed cuff.  The sleeves are a little more baggy than I would like, but not so much so that I feel weird wearing it.  Overall I am very happy with the results and love my new sweater!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Kitty Quilt *First Quilt* on: September 19, 2009 09:01:40 PM
I just want to start off by saying that the quilts you guys post on Crafters are AMAZING!!  I can only hope to one day have half the talent you guys possess in the art of quilting.  They are all so inspirational!

That being said this is my first quilt.  This is a rather small quilt, meant to be a kitty quilt.  I originally started the top years ago and was making the quilt for my cat Spencer.  But sadly back in '06 he disappeared  Cry  So the top sat around unfinished, until I moved and discovered it again.  I was hand-piecing it when I started it due to lack of sewing machine, but now that I have one I used that to finish it.  

It is machine quilted in a diamond pattern (easier to see on the back).  I didn't have enough of the blue fabric to make binding, so I was going to purchase some bias tape but Hobby Lobby was completely out of blue.  But their ribbon was 50% off so I bought some blue ribbon and used that for the binding instead.  I didn't actually follow the correct instructions for doing the binding, and now wish I had.  But oh well, it is a made for a cat, they aren't picky.

Here it is being presented by my cat Ellie (she kept wanting to lay on it but after I threw her off she finally just laid next to it)

The back, so you can see the quilting

Thanks to my Granny's large stash of fabric and batting it was a cheap quilt, only $1 for a yard of blue broadcloth, and $2.16 for the ribbon.

I am going to give it to my boyfriend for his cat Calvin.  I crocheted my boyfriend a blanket which his cat loves but his cat keeps drooling all over it and it drives my boyfriend insane.  Hopefully Calvin will prefer this quilt and leave the blanket alone, but knowing cats he will probably ignore the quilt altogether  Roll Eyes

Thanks for looking and indulging my first post on the quilting board!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sample Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pies on: September 12, 2009 07:11:33 PM
Last year for Halloween we all dressed up at work.  I choose to go as Mrs. Lovett.  I hit up the Goodwill and pulled together an outfit, but I ended up just looking like a nondescript witchy thing.  I knew how to fix that though.  I pulled out out some scrap yarn, a crochet hook, and 2 caramel candy eyeballs.  I made myself a meat pie, filled it with brown yarn, then stuck in the candy eyeballs.  I would have loved to crochet some fingers but I made this at the last minute, just hours before going to work so no time for that.  But it worked great and the meat pie was everyones favorite item at work, passing it around and showing it to customers (I worked at a movie theatre).

No patterns used, just made it up as I went.

The worst pies in london

Savory and sweet pies, tis unique

The completed costume

Thanks for looking!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Monk Bag on: September 12, 2009 10:33:19 AM
I got this project from the book "Folk Bags".  I had wanted to make this for a long time but I have an addiction to messenger bags and already own 3 and couldn't justify adding another.  But then I had a job interview in Chicago and my dad went with me (he had always wanted to visit Chicago so it gave him an excuse to go), and he researched yarn shops in the area and surprised me by taking me to one.  Then he told me to pick out some yarn so I could knit my own souvenir.  (Did I mention I have the best daddy ever!)  I didn't have any knitting books on me, but the store had the "Folk Bags" book so I took it as a sign that I needed to make the bag  Wink 

It is made from a mercerized cotton yarn, I can't remember what brand though.

I did alter the pattern some, eliminating all but the strap pockets for I wanted to put a lining into the bag.  But I added 3 pockets into my lining so it is still a pocket heavy bag...which I love!  The more pockets a bag has the more drawn to it I am.  I also didn't add the clasps on the flap, I tried to add them but they just didn't look right to me, so I opted to go without.

Without further ado, the photos

The strap pocket (there is one on each side)

Two deep pockets in lining (picture doesn't show entire pocket)

My favorite pocket in lining.  I was going to add a zipper but I never actually close interior zipper pockets so I figured why even add the zipper.

I used a cheap, light-weight fabric for the lining because I want the bag to retain its slouchy-ness when I use it, but didn't want items poking through the knitting if I didn't put a lining in.

I have had the bag knitted up for quite awhile now but just added the lining yesterday (I tend to put off projects that require the sewing machine) so I can now finally mark this project off my "to do" list.

Thanks for looking!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Make-up bag 10 years in the making on: September 08, 2009 10:59:30 AM
About 10, maybe even 11, years ago (when I was still in high school) my best friend and I picked up a free pattern flyer from Michael's for a crocheted purse.  I decided on brown and pink for mine, she chose brown and blue.  We sat around many days during the summer crocheting up the squares, then school started back up and we both stopped working on it.

Flash forward 5 years.  I am now in college and come across the random brown and pink squares.  They don't even make the same color brown yarn anymore, nor do I desire to have it as a purse now anyway.  I don't want to throw them away though, so I crochet them together, add to solid brown single crocheted sides, and figure it can be a make-up bag instead.  All I needed was a vinyl lining and a top.

Flash forward 4 years.  I have now graduated college and have moved to a new place.  I stumble across the half finished make-up bag and toss it into a "to-do" craft box I have.

Flash forward 1 year.  I am forcing myself to get serious about finishing all my half-completed projects so I figure I should start with the make-up bag.  I had some clear vinyl left over from another project, so I sew up a lining and attach it.  I ran to Hobby Lobby, picked up a brown zipper, crocheted a top for the bag, then attached the zipper.

Finally, the bag is complete!!  This isn't my best work (nor my greatest camera work) but I am happy to be able to mark it off the list!

The outside utilizing the squares from the free flyer

The zipper top

The interior

I wish I had some non-transparent vinyl for the interior, but I wasn't spending more money on this project than need be.  And it is kind of cool being able to see the back of the squares I guess.  I have no use for a make-up bag for I already have one, but I am hoping one day I can actually find a use for this.  But at least it is done!!

Thanks for looking and reading my rambling jibberish  Cheesy
8  COOKING / Dessert / Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Cake on: June 18, 2008 01:32:48 PM
Hello all.  This is my first time posting in the cooking community.  This is the first cake I have ever decorated.  My friend was throwing a birthday for her son and wanted to do a Foster's theme.  I suggested doing a cake that looked like Cheese, her son's favorite character.  My friend does not bake and normally just buys a cake a Wal-Mart (yuck).  So I said I would make the cake for her.  I was nervous since I am completely new at this but I was really happy with the result.

It is a double-layer yellow cake.  The icing is just normal store bought icing colored yellow.  The eyes are marshmellow (I tried to make marshmellow fondant but completely failed) and the black "hair" is shoestring licorice.  It tasted really good and I was really happy with the result. 

Sorry for the crappy picture.

and in case you are not familiar with the show, this is a picture of cheese

Thanks for looking!

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi panda on: May 27, 2008 04:57:18 PM
Hello!  In the Spring/Summer issue of Knit1 they had a pattern for a cute amigurumi panda.  I have a friend who LOVES pandas, and she is moving across the country in July so I had to make her one as a going away gift.

It really was my intention to follow the pattern, but as usual I started changing things, and in the end the only part of my panda that I followed the pattern for was the muzzle.  I changed everything else, the ears, tail, arms, and legs are completely different.  The eye color I made smaller.  The head and body were suppose to be to different pieces, but I HATE the attaching part of any crochet piece so I just did it all in one piece. 

I just used left over yarn and buttons, so it was a free project as well, which is always nice  Wink

I really liked how he turned out, even with his buggy alien looking eyes.  My friend is attracted to weird looking things so I think she will really like the fact that he looks a little odd. 

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Owl Necklace on: May 13, 2008 03:41:10 PM
I saw this owl pendant at Michaels awhile ago and have been trying to decide just what I wanted to do with it.  I really wanted to make an orange necklace...but they had NO orange beads!  It was really disappointing.  I ended up getting a "coffee" mix of glass seed beads, and just put in some orange seed beads I already had.  I also bought some chain and added it as well.  I think I am pretty happy with the end result.  This is only the second necklace I have made in 10 years so I am still trying to re-learn/advance in this craft.


Being worn (sorry for my shirt being uneven)

Comments/constructive criticism welcome!  Thanks for looking  Cheesy

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