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1  Re: Potty Mouth Sweary Word Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by Polkaroo on: May 02, 2007 06:03:07 PM
I received!  YAY!

I'm super-happy with my package.

First off, here's the group shot of everything:

So let's start with my absolute favourite item, a pussy pencil/pen holder.  It's already sitting on my desk at work,  just waiting for the opportunity for me to tell someone they can stuff their pencil in my pussy.  AHAHAHAHA.

I've gotten a few compliments about how pretty she is, though... I mean, look at that face, what's not to love?

Next off, my very own yarn scrotum.  Toothy has a little side business making these, but who else out there has one that's customized with a message like this?:

I can't wait to take it out and start crocheting an ass hat.  I just need to figure out what that would look like first. Smiley

Lastly, I got a tin with five different wine glass charms for me.  These are definitely coming out to play when I have my housewarming this summer!
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2  Re: Crochet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Polkaroo on: May 02, 2007 05:56:01 PM
I got home today from my appointment at the bank, and a package from the fantabulous Laural was waiting on my doorstep for me!  YAY!

Here are the goodies:

There's tons, so I won't post closeups of everything, but here's what I received:

* Four hooks and four balls of yarn (the variegated purple yarn is in this picture, and the periwinkle is in the picture of the yarn container)

* Two small pouches (the one with the little animals on it is my favourite)

* A yarn container with a hole in the top to run yarn out (my cats will be so disappointed at not being able to play with my yarn balls anymore!)

* A patch with three fat kitties, which will be added to the plain cotton project bag

* A bar of dark mint chocolate (YUM!)
* A notebook and pen
* A pattern for crocheted socks (hmmm.. do I sense a use for the purple yarn?)

I really hope I haven't forgotten anything... I love my package to pieces and can't wait to get started on making things from all my new supplies!
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3  Re: Hello Kitty necklace/ornament/backpack charm--you decide! PATTERN INCLUDED!! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Polkaroo on: March 15, 2007 10:18:25 AM
So I thought I'd share my results with this pattern...

Someone else had posted a Hello Kitty wrist pincushion that they had crocheted, which I loved but couldn't try because they didn't include a pattern or tute.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to find their board now... but anyhoo, using that for inspiration plus this pattern, I made a pincushion for my uber-seamstress friend who also happens to be obsessed with HK.

It's also my first attempt at crocheted stuffie type thing.  I'm pretty proud of it. Smiley  Thanks again for sharing the pattern!
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4  Re: Recipe Book Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by Polkaroo on: February 27, 2007 02:59:44 PM
I received late last week from the wonderfully talented cinnamon teal, but my card reader was misbehaving and I couldn't post pics right away.  However, technical issues are now resolved... without further ado, here are the pics!

Here's the package (a cookbook, two tins of Mexican tomato sauce, some dark chocolate that I snarfed up within seconds of snapping the pic, and a gorgeous homemade card)

Here's the table of contents, full of super-yummy sounding recipes:

Here are two of the pages.  I blurred the text in the recipes as I was asked not to reprint the recipes.  I wanted to show off the wonderful illustrations, though, which are hand-drawn and painted.

Thanks so much, cinnamon teal!  The recipes all sound so good I'm having trouble deciding what order to try them out in. Smiley
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5  Re: Pictures fuzzy? I bet I know why! in Discussion and Questions by Polkaroo on: December 04, 2006 12:11:00 PM
Good advice.. though as an avid photog, I should add there are other ways to get a clear picture of your craft.

1. Make sure you have enough ambient light.  Most ceiling lights only have a couple of 40W or 60W bulbs, which isn't enough.  Direct sunlight is great, or fake it with a 100W reading lamp aimed at your subject.  Use flash if you have to, but beware - it's not always a flattering look (for crafts OR for people!)

2. Shooting a foot away isn't always a must, as long as you use the right setting.  Most cameras these days include a macro option that allows you get in quite close (I often shoot a couple of inches away if I'm trying to capture detail).  The symbol for a macro setting is a wee lil' flower.

This was shot using a macro setting from 2" away and extra light provided by a 100W worklight:

I think it's important to keep in mind how many different skills levels everyone here at craftster has.  I think I take pretty decent photos, but anyone who's seen my knitting would fall down in a fit of laughter... so I'm quite sure there are plenty of fantabulous knitters who are inept with their cameras. Smiley
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6  Flower Mobile for a Baby Girl (Overboard on Images) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Polkaroo on: December 03, 2006 10:12:54 AM
A friend from work is expecting her first baby, so I've been immersed in all think pink, cute and baby-ish for the past few months.

We had been browsing at Pottery Barn Kids when she saw a mobile she absolutely loved (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/pkimgs/rk/images/products/200647/0006/img41l.jpg ).  The price tag?  A whopping $50 CDN.  Friends don't let friends spend their hard-earned money on overpriced mobiles... so I told her I'd make her a one-of-a-kind version for her baby.

I used scraps of pink and green fabric (to match the nursery decor), beading wire and crimp beads, 18-gauge craft wire in various colours, and low-temp hot glue.

Here's the final result:

I'm awfully proud of how it turned out, and she was absolutely in love (but we all know pregnant women can be a tad... err... emotional).  Hope you guys like too!
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7  Ikea Dressers Revamped (first post!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Polkaroo on: August 10, 2006 07:19:34 AM
Hi everyone... I've been a long-time lurker on Craftster, but as soon as I finished my dresser I realised I finally had something worthy of posting.  The original is an Ikea Robin dresser in dark blue (this is the three-drawer version on the Ikea site: http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10103&storeId=12&langId=-1&productId=10932)

Here's what my six-drawer dresser looks like after a quick sanding and a Podged application of handmade tissue paper I found in Chinatown:

I'm still trying to find knobs I like, though I'll probably just make some out of Fimo when I find the time seeing as I'm so particular about what I want.

I have one quick question for Podge veterans... as the store had only one tub of matte Podge and I ended up needing two tubs to cover the whole dresser, I had to use glossy for the sides and top and matte on the drawers.  My problem is that the glossy Podge still feels tacky even though it's fully dried, which means I'll have a hell of a time with dusting the darn thing. Sad  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?
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