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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Broomstick Lace Hat/Scarf (I got published!!) on: September 18, 2008 06:33:31 AM
I'm SO excited about this, you guys! I had designed a hooded scarf for my mom and it got published in a book!

Please excuse my doofy face.  Wink  All the patterns I could find for something similar had the hood made as a rectangle and sewn together on one end so you had this pointed head.  My way eliminates the elfin point and there is no sewing involved because I don't like doing that either.  Here are some more pictures:

There's broomstick lace trim on the top and bottom edges. Let me know what you guys think!
(btw, the other patterns in the book totally rock so check them out as well)
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: September 17, 2008 12:53:40 PM
What a fun skirt!! Makes me want to start flamenco lessons.  Knowing me, if I had one, I would constantly be twirling and running into things.  Imagine the good times a little girl would have with a skirt like this one!
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Round 4; Sign ups CLOSED; Send 10-11-08 on: September 16, 2008 11:25:37 AM
Just so people know, even though you may see online periodically during the day taking my brief "craftster breaks" at work, I will be approving people and adding them to the list when I get home from work.  Today is especially busy.  Off to work I go. Undecided Wink

Hmm, I take work breaks from craftster.  Maybe I should try your way.  Cheesy
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Thrown Off-Center on Purpose on: September 02, 2008 06:46:55 AM
These two were some of the hardest things I made in my pottery classes over the summer:

You start off by throwing a cylinder that's a little thicker on the top.  Wire it off the batt and bump it off-center.  Get the wheel going and compress the bottom so it is restuck to the batt, then re-center the top.  The hardest part is trying to pay attention to what you're doing to the top part and ignore the bottom part that is spinning around off-center!  I was supposed to make these into bottles, but I was getting dizzy just recentering the tops so I slacked off.   Thanks for looking!
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Wists-Summer 2008 Swap on: August 28, 2008 10:04:23 PM
JANIN!! You're such a punk! hehe You're not supposed to use the batik for clothes! Silly rabbit. I love the quilting you did on the pillow front though, that's awesome!  So glad you liked it! I guess the animal crackers are already gone, then?  Wink
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft My Wists-Summer 2008 Swap on: August 12, 2008 05:58:11 AM
Alrighty, I FINALLY got pictures of the wonderful things that Javede sent me!

Pair o' socks #1

Pair o' socks #2 (can you tell I loooove handmade socks?)

TWO skirts and a bag to match

The purple one is a wee bit small (blame gluten and good birthing hips) since Janin was fighting with the stupid zipper, but could any of you give that away to someone more petite? Me neither.  Grin  And I'm not good with zippers either.  Stupid zippers.  I have a plan though! I'll post the results in September after the 3 birthdays, one wedding anniversary and a baby shower are finished.  If any of you are wondering about the Kinder eggs, apparently they don't make them in the summer time.  As if! Janin promised to send me part deux when they are in stores again.  I DID get a similar chocolate yummy from the Kinder people, and the one I've already eaten bequeathed unto me a Tweety Bird on a skateboard.  Thanks for the fantastical package!!!!

Here's a couple pictures of what I sent her, since she asked:

clockwise from the top: one Amelia bag (stupid zipper!), one kit to make log cabin quilted pillow covers with the most glorious batik fabric, frosted animal crackers, blue wristlet (stupid zipper again!), Craft, Hello Kitty lunch bag (I heart $1 bins at Target), Interweave Crochet, Hello Kitty wallet with an inside flap I added to make a section for coins (yes, Javede, I did stalk your posts), a crochet hook roll and 3 hooks with polymer clay handles. Phew!

And some closer pictures of the bag,  which ended up bigger than I thought it would:

The handles are crocheted leather cord.
What an awesome swap! Thanks organizers!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bridesmaid Dress Re-Do Help on: August 04, 2008 11:13:54 AM
I was a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding, and the dresses were actually cute:

I would be the pasty one on the left. The only problem, and you can kind of see it in the picture, is that the sheer brown makes this weird optical illusion thing over the cream.  Kind of like when newscasters wear teeny plaid, but you can see this in person.  Is it possible to separate the cream from the brown, take the cream apart and use those pieces as a pattern for cream in a better fabric?  I'm thinking that would work, but my sewing is limited mostly to straight lines.  Wink  Any fabric suggestions?
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craft My Wists-Summer 2008 Swap (SIGNUP 5/12/08-6/09/08; MAIL BY 7/31/08.) on: July 28, 2008 09:55:05 AM
I have finished another item yesterday and now only one thing has to be brought and be modified. I already decided to make myself more of one of the items I send cause it fit me perfectly too and that the technique I used on another item will be for now my prefered method.

Oooh, I'm excited!! I will admit that I made extra of one of the things I made for you so that I could have a couple.  I also learned how much it costs to send a 5 lb package to Germany.  Shocked
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Lap Quilt Swap II: Summer GALLERY on: July 25, 2008 01:43:41 PM
here are the 10 I've gotten this round:

and here are the ones from Round 1:

not sure about the sashing though.  Would one of the dark greens be too dark?
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: 1st pieces on the wheel! on: July 22, 2008 08:08:32 AM
I just got back into pottery after a 10 year hiatus, so I'm with you! We were joking last night about how some instructor said to 'listen to your clay' so you'll know how to shape it better.  Too bad that last week my clay was saying, "Screw you! I refuse to get centered and I will have random air pockets that throw off everything! Mwah-hah-ha!" The blue pieces look like you used 'floating blue,' which is my absolute favorite glaze.  Great work!
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