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51  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Calling all Corys on: August 04, 2006 12:22:23 PM
Anyone with the name C-O-R-Y...do you want this?  Sure it's ugly, but it's my very first Filet Guipure work.  (dates back to Ancient Egypt and also sailors would do this kind of embroidery on their nets at sea.)

Terrible lighting in that last one, but you can see the stitches.

I made the netting myself, too.  I made it for my husband who thinks it's ugly. (of course it is...it's my first attempt.)   You can either send me a few bucks and I'll ship the whole frame so you can do some more on it, or starch it, or do a geletin wash on it or whatever.  Or, I'll just cut it out of the frame and send it to you.  You can bind the edges with some more embroidery or whatever...make a bookmark or something.  Here is a link to a great modern site for this work: http://www.ssu.samara.ru/~lada/2/21e.html  Be sure to look at their galleries...incredible!

Just PM me if you want it.


52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Micol's Crochet on: August 03, 2006 02:35:40 PM
I wish I'd have taken pics of all the things I just gave away!  Oh well...none of it's kitschy anyway.  These things below were commissioned, so I didn't pick the colors.

A premie poncho, beret & headband

A little girl's poncho.

You can also see my baby bonnet & poncho in the Crafts for Baby Showers section.

53  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tatted Plastic Grocery Bag Bookmark (& some twine) on: August 03, 2006 02:26:34 PM
Here they are....I know the tatting isn't that great...but I've just learned how.  I can do better with cotton thread...but hey!  This is recycled grocery sacks, after all!!!!   Smiley  Wish the picture was better.  You can't see the twist in the gray twine very well.

I can't remember where I got the gray bag from.  I have a neighbor who saves bags from the different stores she frequents if they're interesting colors!  And FYI...if you're stretching the bags to make twine/thread, the printing will smear and or come off on your hands.  don't expect the color to stay on.  Go for the color of the bag itself unless your are just cutting the bag for yarn and not stretching it. (Like the Target bag candle holder I made.)

54  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Crocheted Sewing Thread Hat *Updated with hook on: August 02, 2006 07:46:20 PM
This is my craft and I'm sticking to it!

I crocheted this tiny hat (approx. 85 stitches) using regular brown and green sewing thread and the tiniest of crochet hooks that I filed down to become even smaller.  The front view is with the flower on the side....but I got a good shot of the flower, too.

I tatted the tiny flower using a beading needle and added it for embellishment.  I'm not to thrilled with the flower...it's too large for the hat I think, but I couldn't get any others to come out any smaller and still look like a flower. 

The photos are okay, but my husband was shaking my hand while he was trying to take the photo!  It was hard to get good lighting, too.  Hope you like it!

Here is the hook for those interested...you can't tell that it's really pointy.

55  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Wall decor for Baby Showers on: July 18, 2006 10:04:15 AM
I didn't get a good picture of these, but notice the baby-themed gift bags hanging on the walls where I usually have pictures hung in my dining room.  These are from the Dollar Tree.  I used two of them after the shower to send home misc. food leftovers and over-flow gifts home with the parents-to-be.  I saved the rest for future baby gifts.

You can do this for birthdays too...just buy birthday bags instead of baby ones!

56  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Displaying food at showers on: July 18, 2006 09:08:47 AM
I took two of the paper plates that we bought for the shower and double-sided-taped it to the bottom of a plain (clear) juice glass then set it in the middle of my platter.  I put homemade cream cheese mints on the top plate and my homemade chocolate truffles on the bottom platters.  It looked nice, I thought!  (I used blue icing for the truffles that had nuts in them! Ha-ha...oh the irony!)

I put the truffles in those little candy cups, of course!

57  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Bank for Baby Showers on: July 18, 2006 09:00:20 AM
I tinted some fondant, made a big nipple, put it on top of a container from the Dollar Tree, added a bow, cut a slit for sweet $$$ to go into in the side near the top, lined the inside with white tissue paper to look like milk.  It was a hit!  Just be sure to give the fondant like a WEEK to dry!  Or else everyone will feel the need to touch it and squish it.

58  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Target bags turned candle holder on: July 18, 2006 08:48:40 AM
I know it's been done before, but I crocheted this basket out of Target (plastic) bags and sent it to my Sis O' Bliss.  She added a candle and put it in her bathroom.  If I had known it was going to be used for such a pretty purpose, I would have done a better job on my technique!!!

59  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Party for a Pre-Teen Boy on: July 18, 2006 08:43:19 AM
Here's what I did for my step-son's 11th birthday party this year.  He got to invite all of his friends from school & church to spend the night with little business card size invitations that I printed out at home and cut out of cardstock.

I made this cake.  It is real fudge icing so it's not perfectly smooth like fondant.  The orbs are bamboo skewers covered with fondant.  I made the white cake petit fours for those who can't eat chocolate.  The disks on those are fondant as well.  The 'Retro Picks' poked into some of them are toothpicks with store-bought snowball pompons glued on.  (A great way to make cheap appetizer picks for any appetizer!)

60  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Crocheted Baby Bonnet and Poncho (Pic Heavy) on: July 18, 2006 08:28:25 AM
I made this for my neighbor to give at a baby shower for a friend of hers.  The yarn is Moda Dea 'Dream', which is my favorite novelty yarn so far! (Along with some other soft pink baby yarn)

I didn't have a pattern, so I probably couldn't make it exactly the same again if I tried!

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