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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / An Abundance of Bowl Cozies for the Microwave on: January 03, 2019 06:06:29 PM
I didn't have time to make a lot of my Christmas gifts this year, but I was able to crank out a bunch of microwave bowl cozies using this pattern. The best part of the pattern was the tip to create a template to mark the pieces for the darts. It made the whole process go so much faster.

First, I stitched up a batch for my co-workers. I had cut 4 of them out some time ago, but needed a fifth for the male co-worker on the team.

Then, I stitched up 3 more in the school colors of my friends' kids: Northeastern University (red & black), NC State (red & white), and Westford Academy (maroon & grey).

I made 8 all together, and I might make 1 or 2 more this weekend!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Revival Crochet Triangle Scarf on: January 03, 2019 05:45:45 PM
When I saw this scarf featured on a blog, I knew it would be perfect for one of my friends for Christmas. I don't often buy kits, but the yarn colors were perfect, and it just made it easier. The pattern is from the Make & Do Crew and the yarn is from Lion Brand (it's LB Collections Merino, Yak & Alpaca). The colors are Navy, Sage, Teal, Oatmeal, and Mustard- definitely not colors I would normally choose, but perfect colors for my friend (she wore it to work today and sent me a pic to let me know she loves it!).

When I had finished up the crocheting, it was way smaller than I expected, so I knew I had to block it, which I've never done before (mostly because I usually crochet with cheap acrylic or cotton and make things that don't need blocking). A few months ago, I had picked up a set of exercise room floor mats (4@ 2' X 2'). I didn't have a space big enough for all 4, but I was able to fit 3 of them right in the corner at the top of my stairs. I was even able to use my new Knitter's Pride Rainbow Knit Blockers (which were so easy to use!).

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Strawberry on a Tea Towel on: November 03, 2018 06:46:57 PM
This isn't the most exciting project, but after I ditched my plans to carve a strawberry stamp and use it to decorate the tea towel, I figured embroidery was the next best thing. I made it for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and I drew the strawberry freehand. I wish I had a picture of the back because it was the very first time I was successful in making the back look as neat as the front... until I added the seed beads for the seeds Smiley

This was a fun little project to stitch and it has reminded me that I need to make more time for embroidery!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Bendy Bag with Bonus Bendy Bits Bag on: November 03, 2018 06:41:19 PM
I participated in the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and decided to make a Bendy Bag that looked like a strawberry. I had originally planned on using strawberry print fabric, but couldn't find any, so then I decided to use red fabric for the outside and applique the green leaves around the zipper. But, because of the bend, I didn't think I could make it look right. Instead, I hit upon the idea of using large ric-rac to mimic the green leafy bits at the top of a strawberry.

 To make the Bendy Bag, you have to cut out some rather large triangular pieces to create the "bend," and it can be rather wasteful. Someone came up with a pattern to use the triangle pieces (the leftover "bits" from the Bendy Bag) to make a small zipper pouch. I added this into my swap package for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pretty Bobbins All In a Row on: November 03, 2018 06:36:58 PM
This may be old information, but I was very happy to run across it... I recently came across a tutorial (on another site) that showed how to cut rubber tubing (I used cutters designed for cutting tubing... but scissors would work) in lengths slightly under 1/4" and cut each ring open on one side. The split rings of tubing can then be used to wrap around a bobbin to keep the thread ends corralled.

You cannot know how happy this makes me... or maybe you can if, like me, the sight of the many tangled bobbin ends drives you crazy!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mini Bargello TM Patch on: November 03, 2018 06:29:39 PM
 I made this mini patch (the stitched area is around 1" square) using shades of brown, white, and a pop of bright green. I've never done Bargello before, but thought it would be fun to try it on a small square. I didn't have the right fabric, and after two attempts, I finally bought some (28 ct!) even-weave fabric. I used 2 strands of floss, and once I got the pattern going, the hardest part was seeing the where to put the needle in such fine fabric! I probably shouldn't have tried to learn the technique on such a small scale but it came out pretty neat looking!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ants at a Picnic TM Patch on: November 03, 2018 06:26:06 PM
This is another patch that I made for Wulf in the last round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. Because it was the 10th round, we were supposed to incorporate the number 10 in some way, so I decided on 10 ants. I made the bodies with 3 seed beads each, and stitched the legs. They looked weird, so I kept adding details. Next I added their mandibles, then added some crumbs (French knots) for them to carry (with additional food bits on the patch). I still didn't love the way the ants looked. I realized that they needed antennae, but didn't know how to make them stick out properly. I did some searching and found a tutorial for whiskers, and used the same idea. I coated the ends of several single strands of embroidery floss with glue and let them dry on a piece of wax paper. Then, I stitched each single antenna onto the first bead of the ant body. Repeat 19 more times, then trim them down to size. Only then was I happy with the little ants!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Maple Seed TM Patch on: November 03, 2018 06:18:01 PM
I made this patch for Wulf in the last round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. It's about 1 1/2 inches long, and it's a little bit smaller than an actual maple seed. I was inspired by all of Ludi's beautiful pieces and I wanted to try my hand at doing some "coloring" with thread. For a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with it Wink

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Knitted Knockers... The Crochet Version on: September 03, 2018 05:27:10 PM
Several months ago, I ran across some information about a crochet version of the Knitted Knockers (knittedknockers.org) for women who have undergone a mastectomy. I ended up buying 3 kits, but then they sat until I had time to start them. I tried while on a bus trip in early June, but messed it up somehow, and didn't have the patience to try again until recently. They're actually very easy (and probably quick for someone who crochets faster than I do). From one skein, I was able to make one pair knockers, and there is plenty left... I could make at least one more, and maybe two if I made the back a different color.

I was happy to discover that there is a woman in my area who sends them to women in hospitals in my city. I'd rather give to someone local than send them halfway across the country.

There is an opening in the back for stuffing, but that's up to the recipient. They're made out of cotton yarn, so the stuffing can be removed and they can be washed, as needed.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters on: August 31, 2018 08:02:58 PM

After I posted a photo of my Sharpie collection in another project post, several people commented that I could make a heck of a lot of Sharpie crafts, so I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to know if I could use a vinyl shape as a way to create an image on the coaster. I did a practice coaster the other day to see if it would work. It did, so I did it 8 more times Smiley

I used my Silhouette to cut out a dragonfly (I just used white Contact paper), and stuck one on each tile:

Then, I colored all over the tile with the Sharpies:

Next, I dripped 90% isopropyl alcohol all over them (I didn't have a dropper, so I soaked a cotton ball and squeezed drops all over the coasters).

And then, once they were dry, I hit them with a coat of acrylic sealant. I'll be adding felt to the back of them soon. I"m offering up a set of 4 as a raffle prize in the Nerd Games, and the winner can choose their 4 tiles, and the color of felt for the backing.

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