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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet student on: July 12, 2007 02:52:21 PM
OK, it's not an actual crocheted student, but  I  just started teaching her to crochet about 1 1/2 weeks ago and she's finished her first granny square!!! I'm so proud of her!  especially since she skipped straight to granny squares and then went back to single crochet. I had to post her pic with her finished square!

Here she is.

And here is her square.

Once again, I'm so proud!
32  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Chalk Walk '07 (w/many pics on page 1) on: July 11, 2007 07:12:15 AM
Every year at our Three Rivers Festival The Art Museum blocks off part of Main St. and their entire parking lot and sections it off into squares. They hand out boxes of pastel chalk to anyone who signs up. there are 4ftX4ft and 8ftX8ft squares. This is happening this weekend. Anyone, professional artist or not can do it. I've got an 8X8 square and decided to step out of my comfort zone and do something a littel less cartoony than I did last year. Here's a mock up of what I did in paint on my computer. I was working on it in pencil, but paint's the only way I can work on it at work Smiley I need opinions people.  Grin what do you think? Will it look good in chalk? Keep in mind I'm gonna paint my square on the street black with tempera paint before I start drawing. OK, here it is. (Don't be gentle..any ideas or suggestions are helpful)

As of right now this is my finished mock up. After I do the event this weekend, I'll post pics of the actual square.
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Checker Board Set (lotsa pics) on: June 29, 2007 07:34:02 AM
Ok, I crocheted a checkerboard. I Made the bag in the pattern long so I could use it for the bag itself and then i free-handed a small bag for the checkers to go in.I'm very proud of how it turned out. Much better than i originally thought it would. I'd like to sell it but I think I have too much emotional attachment to it right now.

 Here's the setin all its glory.  Smiley

And here is everything all bagged up. I didn't do the normal drwastring where you draw from both sides because I wanted to be able to loop them together or around the handles of another bag and make it easy to carry them.

See! They can be attached to each other.

Here's a top view of the opened bag of checkers.

And here are the checkers!

Here's a closeupof the checkers. Its a little fuzzy, but if you look you can see where on one side you can see the center ring looks seperate and the other side looks sorta flat so yes, you can king them when you play!

This is a side view of the bag for the checkers. My bff (did I just say bff? I think I did. somebody needs to shoot me now). anyway, she saw me making it while we were at an SCA event and she's all "you should make those in different colors with a double drawstring and people would buy them as bun covers for there hair.  what do you guys think? There may be a seperate post later just for those if I decide to make more.

34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sister Dolls! on: June 28, 2007 12:42:53 PM
Here they are, all dressed up at an SCA event in Dayton, Ohio.
These girls get around. I do think however that the one on the left looks a little like her sister has driven her to drink.

My friend thinks she can sell them at her SCA events if I make them in different colors, but I don't really know if I want to invest that much time into them.


And here's an unfinished friend that's going to stay that way because I like posing the body and taking pics.  Smiley

35  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / too much fabric, no idea what to make! on: May 18, 2007 01:48:08 PM
OK, I have 3 pieces of fabric here and no idea how to use them. I'll tell you what my original plan was and then maybe you can help me out.

I don't' know why I bought this, really. Wait, now that I think about it, I didn't buy it. my so called best friend bought me this hideous stuff. I should find someone who likes it and give it away.It's too bright for my taste.

That said, (here's me looking a little shamefaced) I did buy this. It mesh. I was gonna use it to cover the seats in my car before it occurred to me that could be a bit uncomfortable during the summer season. Leaving mesh prints on my poor legs. lol. If you click on it it'll take you to my flickr site where the pic is bigger and you can get a better idea of it. It's folded  double here. I have enough that I could probably make a dress out of it but I would never inflict that upon society.

I do really like this though. I don't know what I was gonna make out of it. I think I just bought it because I liked it.

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Jewelry Board on: May 09, 2007 10:01:33 AM
Ok, I'm totally disorganized and my jewelry is all over the place. ONe day I sat down with my trusty Glue Gun, A Cork Board Some and some supplies I got at Menards, and this is what I came up with. It doubles (in my bathroom) as organization and decoration. I have a friend that says it's there so she can take things everytime she visits. lol. here's a big picture and a couple of close ups.

37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Petey, the not so pirate crochet hook holder on: May 02, 2007 10:29:24 AM
Ok, so I made this a while ago. I was positive that i'd posted it, but I can find no trace so I must not have. This is Petey. He has a crocheted bobble for a nose/button because I couldn't find my buttons, which is crazy cause I have lots of them (buttons that is). After looking at him for a while (yes, he was a him before he ever had a face and it wasn't even intended) I decide that he needed eyes and used craft glue to give him a couple of wobbly eyes. Petey travels everywhere with me. He's always in the bottom of whatever bag I happen to be carrying at the time. That explains why he looks, ooohh, let's call him well loved. unfortunately, the result of thaat love is that Petey, in a totally unforseen crafting accident which will remain namesless, lost an eye. (ok, it just fell off somewhere and I didn't notice. Accident sounded better though.lol) Anyway, I couldn't just let him go around with one eye. So I made him an eye patch. So here is Petey, the not so piratey, crochet hook holdin, eyepatch wearin, bobble nose and wobbly eye havin crochet hook case.

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a pretty purple shawl (minus the fringe) on: May 02, 2007 08:42:14 AM
I made this form someone. I haven't sent it yet because I'm in the process of making things for her whole family. I know she loves purple and when i saw this in Lion Brand's  "Just Scarves" book I knew I had to make it for her. It's supposed to have fringe, but I have a moral objection to fringe. I actually cut it but can't bring myself to put it on.  Did i mention how odd it was to find a shawl in a book called "Just Scarves" can it really be just scarves if you put a shawl in it. Isn't that false advertising? I should probably stop babbling now and show you my pics huh? Anyway, here is the scarf in all it's glory. It was one of the first really complicated things I made. All the squares had to be made separately and the little half granny squares drove me nuts. At one point I had to rip out all of my stitcheds and make a stitch diagram on paper to figure out what I was doing wrong. The end was well worth the effort though.
The middle picture show the color best.
Here is a full pic of it.

Here is a close up of the the middle top.

And here is a close up of the bottom and side squares.

I don't know if i ever mentioned this, but I love that Craftster has spell check!
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mesh Craft Bag on: April 28, 2007 12:48:11 PM
I made this a couple of days ago. It was supposed to be lined, but I like it without because it forms to fit whatever I put in it. Currently it totes my crochet stuff. My hook case is big enough not to fall through. and I have little craft scissors and a yarn need that I put on safety pins and pinned to the side so I don't loose them and also so I don't have to dig for them. I think I'm gonna make them in a bunch of colors. The basic design came from a pattern in a book called "Just Bags".  I modified it a little, because I don't like flowers and because I like the strap to be really long. The strap is great because I can wear it like in the picture or I can put a knot in the strap like the last picture and make it shorter if I want to.

Hope you like it.
40  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I made my first clothes! Baby clothes that is. on: April 28, 2007 12:15:39 PM
OK, I made the lil Monkey hat and blanket from the SNB : Happy HookHooker Book. It's posted here.

Well I made this set to go with it. I may or may not put a little monkey on the front of the dress. So here it is. Please ignore the ends I haven't woven in yet. The last pic is the back so you can see how it ties.

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