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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Large Plastic Bottle Lids? on: February 26, 2016 06:21:03 AM
I'm currently going through this phase where I'm drinking a lot of sports drink. (It's more interesting than water and I don't drink much soda.) Is there anything, other than maybe magnets, that I can do with the lids? (Magnets would need resin, and I don't feel up to dealing with the mess or pressure of resin at the moment.)

I'm not aching to turn this garbage into a craft necessarily, but I have so many of them right now that, if there was a craft that I hadn't thought of, I could do a lot of it. The best I can think of right now is just cutting out circular images and sticking them inside, then using that in a shrine or something.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mrs. Beasley Articulated Shrink Plastic Pendant on: February 19, 2016 07:50:08 PM
I saw that one of the users doing the Ongoing February ATC Swap with me liked the Mrs. Beasley doll from A Family Affair. Initially, I wanted to surprise her with either a mini paper Mrs. Beasley doll or an ATC with moveable arms and legs. But then I found my shrink plastic and went in a different direction!

The first step was to draw out each of the little parts I wanted to trace onto plastic. The toughest part was her face, I think: it's hard to draw a happy, cheerful-looking doll without making her look scary and deranged. Once I'd finished drawing her on paper, I traced everything onto the shrink plastic, cut it out, punched the holes, and baked everything. As you can see, I used jump rings to attach everything together and strung it onto a little length of chain that I had.

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Handful of simple ATCs: lyrics, quotations, and an owl! on: February 03, 2016 05:09:18 PM
I used to do a lot more crafting and trading on here when I was younger, but then depression and college stole away a lot of my creativity. Slowly but surely I'm starting to get back into the scene as it were. These are a few of my first ATCs in a long while. They're all extremely simple (mostly because I was doing them during my downtime at work, so I didn't have any special collage supplies at hand) but I'm still really pleased with them.

(The Shakespeare quotation was what made me want to make ATCs again. I really liked it and wanted to do something with it other than, you know, re-post it online somewhere. I'm so so proud of the wood grain on the frame.)

(A...sorta-misquoted Hozier lyric--in my defense, the guy is really hard to understand sometimes, and my version still makes sense!--and an extreme close-up of an owl face that kind of looks like a teddy bear face. Oops!)

The following ATCs were made for the ongoing January ATC swap, so, uh...if you're rockingbearranch or DearBluebird, don't look if you don't like spoilers?

An Anna Atkins tribute ATC for rockingbearranch and a geometric design card for DearBlueBird. I'd never tried either of these methods/styles, so that was fun! Smiley
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Not technically new, but posting again for the first time in a while? on: January 28, 2016 07:51:16 AM
As you can probably tell from my post history, I've been here a while, on and off. I had a lot more time for creative stuff when I was in high school. I'm still crafting here and there, but now I don't post much of it anywhere. I lurk quite a bit, though. I like to browse the Recent With Pictures posts a few times a week, if not daily.

I'm Kat. Mostly I knit--rectangles. I've tried my hands at making socks, but I got super frustrated the first time I tried, and I haven't tried again. It's on my to-do list, though. I watched a video that made DPNs look pretty easy so maybe someday. I've made a lot of scarves in my day, but have recently stopped giving them away to people when I realized that I've only ever seen one person--my dear grandma--wear a scarf that I'd made for them. All that work--often using yarn specifically chosen by the person in question--and it just sits in a closet at best. That's discouraging. I wear my own work, though!

I've also been known to put stencils on clothing (inspired by the lack of merch for The Flash partway through the first season, I made my own STAR Labs hoodie, which I plan to post here soon), do a bit of sewing (nothing too fancy), and draw doodles and other things. I'm not a great artist (honestly, words are my preferred medium--I'm a writer), but I don't think there's a single person in the world who doesn't like the draw at least a little bit, right?

I'm back again for the accountability and...legitimacy? that posting here gives the crafty side of my personality, and because I'd like to do a bit of swapping here and there. Glad to be back!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Country Couple" and "Do Not F--- With Me" Projects on: August 19, 2013 02:53:03 PM
This first one came from a little cross-stitch kit that I found at a thrift store. Originally, the people were both supposed to have red hair, and the lady's dress was supposed to be the same color as the man's overalls, but I changed the pattern a little bit to make it look more like my grandparents.

This one, you probably recognize as a Subversive Cross Stitch pattern. I made this for my sister's birthday, and I changed it just the tiniest little bit. I didn't really care for the pastel thread colors (and I didn't have any anyway), so I used some of the super-bright, almost-neon colors that I already had. Also there are a couple of instances where I added an extra stitch to a section (that first gorram "t" makes me so angry), and I had to undo quite a few rows because apparently I'm really bad at counting stitches. (The fact that I used 16 count aida cloth instead of 14 didn't help much either, oops.) But all in all, I'm pretty proud of it, and I'm hoping she likes it.

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16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Owl" Protect Your iPod! on: June 20, 2011 05:48:34 PM
My dads got me an iPod Touch the Christmas before last, and they gave me a pink iPhone case at the same time. In the intervening months, the case has gotten dirty and scratched up, and I figured it was time for a change anyway! This only took me about two, two and a half hours, and it was really fun to make.

The colors are quite a bit brighter in real life--isn't that always the case? The bobbly bits on his beak are double french knots--I finally got the hang of them last night, so I wanted to try them out.

Here's the back. Looking at it again, I probably should have used more teal instead of pink, since I used teal for the "feathers" on the other side, but I'm still happy with it!

Close-up shot of the button. I used it even though it's the wrong color, because the design reminded me a little bit of an owl's face.

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First Completed Cross-Stitch Piece! (And it's Harry Potter-related, at that!) on: June 13, 2011 07:53:54 PM
Last week, I found a cross stitch kit at a dollar store near me, and it reminded me that I've been wanting to learn to cross-stitch for years now. I picked it up and took it home, then watched about thirty seconds of a "basics of cross-stitch" video on YouTube, and away I went!

The kit I bought was huge and pretty boring, even though it's a cute picture, so I put it to the side after only a few sections and went out to buy my own materials. I came up with this design after remembering that my friend's birthday is coming up. She's huuuugely into Harry Potter, and Gryffindor, so...it was kind of a no-brainer.

The colors are a bit richer and closer to the proper "house colors" in person.
Also, I have since ironed it and put it into a little frame. Wheee!

Time: Four hours, tops.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doggy-Boggan! on: January 02, 2009 02:57:38 PM
So I got the book in the first picture for Christmas, and in it was a very simple hat pattern. Seriously, this is so simple I was forehead-smacking myself for hours after seeing it. So I plan on making a full-sized version for my boyfriend, but first I wanted to be sure I could make it.

I made her one to perhaps keep her ears warm in the snow--though of course she'd never keep it on her head. So I added some straps--just single-chains of finger crochet, since I couldn't find a hook.


One day my dog will rise up and kill me in my sleep.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horned Demon-Hoodie on: January 02, 2009 02:47:19 PM
My sister found some lovely hoodies on sale at Target--they were all $8 and under. As I am of the opinion that one can never have too many hoodies, I bought a couple. When I got home, I wondered what I'd been thinking--I had bought a bright red hoodie: I almost never wear bright red. But then I started thinking about it, and remembered pieces that I've seen online. I decided to give it a try.

I stitched the front pockets by hand (everything else was by machine) so I'm particularly proud of how straight the stitches are.

Shot of the back.

Horns in action!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Horned Hoodie? on: December 31, 2008 02:11:35 PM
I am planning on adding stuffed horns to the hood of a hoodie I have, and was wondering what the best way to do this would be. I'm thinking I'll sew two buttons on, so I can just attach and detach the horns when I wash the hoodie. I'm sewing all this by hand, after all, and I don't always trust my stitches.

Does anyone happen to know where I could find a pattern for the horns? I could probably wing it and get a decent result, but I only have so much fabric at my disposal, so I want to do it as easily and wastelessly as possible. I'll be doing some hardcore Googling when I'm through here for certain.

Does anyone happen to have any suggestions? Have you attempted a project like this before? How'd it turn out?
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