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1  Pink and Purple Baby Hats and Booties in Knitting: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: January 08, 2008 10:35:17 AM
I'm on serious cute overload!

The set on the right is going with the crocheted blanket I made for a friend. The set on the left was, well while I'm at it..... my six year old will probably snatch it for her Kitty from Build a Bear.
Took me about two days to do both.
How did I do? Am I getting better at knitting yet?  Cheesy

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2  Pink and Purple Baby/Tot Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: January 08, 2008 10:31:48 AM
I'm on cuteness overload!
I made this for a girl who works with my mother. I made her wedding cake and a towel cake when she got married. Well, not two months after she got married, her new husband was deployed. Then she found out she was pregnant!
Having some limited income problems, I racked my head as to what to make for her.

Thus we have my very first crocheted blanket. The body is double crochet. The fringe I winged, (never having done fringe before). I free styled it, so it came out way bigger than I expected, but will last the wee one longer that way.

On to the pictures!

You can't really tell how big it is here, I didn't have a model to hold it up. Except my three year old, then it would have drug the floor even with him holding it up over his head.

Edge detail. Basically I would single, then chain 8 slip into next, and do over.

The body took me about a month. Times I would have my hand cramped so bad. But I was trying to finish before the huge 12 days swap. I managed to finish the body, but the edge waited until after Christmas. I managed to finish that in a weekend.

So, how did I do? Does this look like something someone would want?
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3  12 Days of Christmas Candles in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 09:47:50 PM
Now that my partner has opened in the 12 days swap, I can show off the 12 Days of Christmas candles I made for her.

The whole shebang-

Close up one:

Close up two:

I used rub ons found in various craft stores. Word of caution, don't hold the candle too tightly! Shattering glass on the hands for the sake of craft isn't always a good thing. To make the rub ons transfer easier, I use a hair dryer to 'warm' them up a little.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!
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4  Knifty Cream and Fuchsia Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:45:25 AM
This is a scarf I've been working on for the last week in bed while I wait for the little guy to go to sleep. I made it with the Knifty Knitter. I used Joanne Sensations Bellezza Collection Bellissimo in Fuchsia and cream. I love how the fuchsia is bulky and there is a bit of sparkle to it. I'm going to have to block it though, it keeps rolling up on me.

On to the pictures!


So, what do you think? And thanks for looking!
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5  Holiday Nugget Boxes! PICTURE TUTORIAL POST 8! in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:37:24 AM
After seeing the nugget boxes posted on here, I knew it would make for the perfect 'extra' for my gifts.
You're supposed to use cardstock, but I just used scrapbook paper, holidays are festive, and so are my boxes. This kept me bust most of the week, a lot of measuring, and folding. I made about 50 total. (OMG, am I nuts??) On to the pictures!

The whole shebang:

Close ups of open boxes:

And now, when we get company, there's a little something extra in it for them! My cousin and her husband stopped by last night and she took three! She can't wait to do some herself.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!
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6  Poly Ornaments (slightly image heavy) in Winter Holidays by RobertaMac on: December 14, 2007 10:31:33 AM
I'm making a lot of little things for Christmas this year. This stuff is pretty simple, but people seem to really like them.

Glass ornaments with rolled clay:

Close up one:

Close up two:

For these I just combined colors and rolled them out into snakes, and went to town covering the glass ornaments.

Poly spirals:
Green, red and white-

Pearl, blue and silver-

These I combined the colors, rolled into snakes, and wrapped around dowel rods. There is a loop at the top of each one for a hook.

Thanks for looking! And Merry Christmas!
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7  Towel Wedding Cake Fall Version in Weddings and Bridal Showers by RobertaMac on: October 26, 2007 07:05:48 PM
My husband's cousin is getting married tomorrow, and as usual, I'm making another towel cake. (This seems to be my specialty now, not that I mind.) I'm unsure of her colors, but getting married in fall I went with mums and stuff. If nothing else, it's festive!

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8  I bought a wheel but know nothing! Pictures and advice needed in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by RobertaMac on: October 22, 2007 08:43:09 AM
As much as I've been drooling over all the spun yarn showcased here and on other sites, it was only a matter of time before I ended up with a wheel.
So during vacation, walking through admiring old linens, I nearly fell over this. Not knowing a wheel from anything else, (Like the kind and what-not) I didn't really want to pass it up, after seeing a beautiful brand new wheel at the LYS for nearly 400.00 It was like stealing this..... But I don't know if everything is there, part names, etc. I know I need a belt for it, and when I spin (treadle) it's uneven. Here are the pictures :

Any help and advice? I'd be very thankful for all of it.

Here is the yarn winder I got for next to nothing as well:

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9  Put your fire out with style! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RobertaMac on: September 17, 2007 03:41:55 AM
My cousin got married this weekend, and she wanted cow prints in her kitchen. Now, when they registered, they had a lot of kitchen stuff on the list, and I figured that they were both kitchen people. So we bought some great bake ware. Then I learned while she was dictating the scheme of the kitchen, she couldn't even make Mac and Cheese.
So I thought the 'perfect' gift for two people who were living together, and didn't have a lot of room should be useful as well. So we bought a fire extinguisher, and a deluxe first aid kit. I painted the extinguisher with black spots to make it look cow like, and wrote in the card that if she were ever to brave the kitchen, she would be prepared, and be able to put the fire out in style, and repair herself if need be.

Pictures of the extinguisher:


I used acrylic paint, and didn't put a finish over the top of it because I knew it wouldn't get handled a whole lot. Thanks for looking!
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10  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RobertaMac on: September 12, 2007 01:48:47 PM
The Teasers!

This is the first stash I received from Dragonslair, and then about twenty minutes after I packed it all up, the other box came.

Day 12
One snowman tin, one container of snowflake mix, and ten yummy recipes.

Day 11:

Two skeins of Holly yarn, two Tinkerbell craft kits, a melty bead turtle kit, two summer sticker pads, a pair of scalloped scissors, Rick-Rack (Because you can never, NEVER have enough!), a package of chipboard alpha letters, and a box of findings. (Ignore the beaded ornaments in the background, it's what I was working on when midnight hit!)

Day 10 Deck The Halls

I received six hand painted ornaments, a beautiful blue-green, and silver! Three ornaments with tiny candy canes in them. And three peppermint sticks with little guys in stockings peeking out at me. There's a Santa, snowman and a gingerbread man. Yay! Thank you.

Day 9
I received two packages of embroidery floss, an embroidery pattern, a cross stitch kit (that says who are these kids and why are they calling me mom? Perfect for me!), two embroidery hoops, a needle, some cloth, and an adhesive board. Thank you so much!

Day 8
De-stress was my theme today. And with the last few days I've had, you'll never know how happy I was opening this. I received a peppermint pillow, and crocheted secret guy, (who when I opened it I squealed to my husband, who is on the phone with me as I open all my gifts, I thought it was a zombie gingerbread man! Silly me.) Packets of tea, and hot cocoa, a box of peppermint tea, two boxes of those metal stress balls in two different sizes.

Oh, but is there something missing here?
Something that made me do the Snoopy Dance in the middle of my living room at ten after midnight?
Well, they're on my feet.

Crocheted Mary Janes!
I have wanted these ever since I saw them!
They are sooooo comfy!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Day 7 Joy

I was confused when I opened the card. But when I opened the package, I understood completely. Such kitchey goodness!
I got a bottle of Joy dish soap, with three crocheted dresses for it! Plus two  crocheted hot pads, and a scrubber(?)
Bow down to my partner! She is a crochet Goddess! Thank You!

Day 6 Do you believe?
Today was my oldest daughter, Brandy's day.
She got a hide a book with fairy stickers, two journals with faries on them, a pin cushion, and a fleece scarf with flower cut out on the ends! She loves them! It was all I could do to get her to bring the stuff back so I could take the picture. She says Thank You!

Day 5 Cars
Today was for Jimmy!
He got a Cars sticker sheet, Cars crayons, a CD/DVD of Rudolph and Friends, a package of candy cane cocoa, candy corn popcorn, animal crackers, and a fleece blanket that is quilted! He loves the blanket so much, he demanded that he sleep with it. (Yes, we were up past midnight, I was frosting cookies for the school parties today.) He is so happy! Thank you so much!

Day 4
Nikki's day! She got a little teapot, with a cozy and cloth. As well as a bunch of cookie cutters. We've already used the cookie cutters on Christmas cookies. She loves to have teatime now as well. Thank you so much!

Day 3
Three more relax pillows with peppermint smell. And a package of coffee. Thank you.

Day 2
For Brandy. She got a beautiful necklace and earrings. Took me forever to track her down and take a picture of these. She loves them, thank you!

Day 1
A crocheted handbag! With a flower on the outside, and fall like fabric on the inside. This is so perfect, and it resides in my purse, it holds my wallet and coin tin, so when I just need to take that, all I've got to do is grab it and go. Thank you so much!

And here is a picture of Dragonslair's Day 1 I sent her:

I painted it up for her. I don't have detail shots though. I'm such a perfectionist it took me three weeks to get 'right'!

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