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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Dude's Sweater Blanket on: February 11, 2014 04:46:49 PM
I've been absent from here for a really long time, though I have still been crafting. Recently I made a blanket for my guy, who is a big fan of the Coen brothers.

I was able to use the charts from Andrea Rangel's "The Dude" pattern on ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-dude). It saved me so much time! I just made it out of some acrylic yarn I got on sale, but I know that it needed to be machine washable.

With any luck you guys will be seeing more of me, and soon!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dollhouse/Joss Whedon Swap on: January 04, 2010 03:39:48 PM
I am pretty depressed that Dollhouse is going to be ending much to soon. As it seems is the case with many of Joss Whedon's series, it is getting cut off much too soon. It made me think, since I know I am not the only one depressed about this, it would be wonderful to do a Dollhouse swap, or even just another Joss Whedon swap, since I know there have been some in the past.

Who is up for it?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Handy Santa Ornaments on: December 21, 2009 06:29:10 AM
I know I got this idea from some family magazine, so I can't say that it is 100% original, but they were making it as a painted hand stamp (much like thanksgiving turkeys) and not a felt ornament. I picked up a few supplies (quite cheap maybe $10 and the supplies will make a TON), and got to work and this is what I came up with!

They are a little time consuming, but I love them and I love that it is a personalized ornament from my son, because it is a hand print.

Here are the supplies that you will need, along with a glue gun, a hole punch, and an iron:
-Freezer paper
-green felt (or whatever color you want for the back, you will use the most of this color)
-white felt
-red felt
-flesh color felt
-19.05mm (3/4") white pom poms
-10mm pink pom poms
-12mm wiggle eyes
---(keep in mind though that the bigger your child's hands are the bigger you will want these to be so it is proportional)
-puffy white fabric paint (if you want to date the back)

Basic Instructions:
1. Trace the outline of your child's hand (or yours, whatever you want)
2. clean up the outline and make a copy of it onto another piece of pape
3. Divide the 2nd handprint into 3 parts lines cutting across the palm, the top will be the hat, the middle the face, and the bottom part the beard.
You will have a hand piece, a hat, face, and beard, and I even cut out little mustaches.
4. I used freezer paper to make the patters for the ornaments, and then ironed them onto the felt to make cutting easier (make sure your iron is on a low setting otherwise you will melt the felt to your iron, and spend about 15 minutes scraping off fuzzy felt pieces that melted onto your iron... not that I did this or anything)
5. cut out all of your pieces, warm up your glue gun.
6. glue the hat, face and beard pieces onto the hand print. then glue on the eyes, mustache nose, and pom pom onto the hat.
7. let it all dry for a few minutes, then punch a hole in the top to run a ribbon through, so you can hang it up.
8. personalize the back with the puffy fabric paint

ALL DONE! If anyone else decides to make these I would LOVE to see the results. I had a lot of fun with these, but I can't wait until my son is a little older so he can have fun making these too!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Giant Mitten on: November 24, 2009 06:43:09 PM

Hi I am really new to knitting, I mean, really new. I have made a scarf, and that's about it. I want to tackle something bigger, but I am still really afraid of socks, so I decided that I wanted to do something a little different.

I want to do something a little different for my family for Christmas, instead of stocking, I want to make everyone a giant mitten to hang up and fill with little goodies.

I found the link above, but since I know squat about reading knitting patterns, I can't tell if this will give me a giant mitten, or if it will just give me a mitten shaped thing to hang on the wall.

Thank you in advance from all you experienced knitters out there.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patterns??? on: March 03, 2009 09:25:40 AM
I have absolutely fallen in love with the short in front long in back skirts that I've been seeing. I want to make on that is knee length in front and has a little bit of a train in the back. But I can't find a pattern at all for what I want.

I did find two pictures to sort of help illustrate what I want.

This is a photo of a wedding dress, I like how it's a gradual transition and sort of cascades, but I don't like the fact that it looks like a shiny pillow.

I really like this one because the skirt is so full, I bet it would be super pretty while you're twirlin' and dancin'.

If someone knows of a pattern that would be awesome. Or if someone can just help me out with general shapes I will need. I really appreciate any and all help. Please keep in mind I am new to making my own patterns.
6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Delightfully Devious Dexter Swap Angels-- FOUND!!! on: December 26, 2008 10:02:04 PM
Hi! I know there was a lot of comments of people wishing they could've been in on this swap, and I really hope that this means that some of you are willing to angel. Because we had 2 people flake and now need angels for two different people.

I need swap partners for cassiecate57, and when_im_sixty4. If you are interested please please PM me so we can get these two great people great swap packages.


7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Delightfully Devious Dexter Swap Gallery!! on: December 14, 2008 08:08:49 AM
 Grin Hello and welcome to our gallery! I can't wait to see pics in here!!!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / This isn't exactly quilting, but I figured this would be the place to ask. on: November 20, 2008 09:42:59 PM

I saw this on a website when I was searching for a way to make a pentagon quilt lie flat. I recently fell in love with a pentagon crocheted motif, and I have been making them like crazy, and I want to make them into an afghan, but I really want it to lie flat on my bed, and evidently just pentagons alone aren't going to do that.

I know that this might not be the place for it, but I figured all you quilters may be able to help me, since you are all so great about piecing together wonderful quilts.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cup O' Cocoa TP roll cover on: November 13, 2008 01:48:15 PM
So I decided that I needed a TP roll cover that was Holiday themed, to go with the transformation of the rest of the house. So I sifted through tons of patterns for various TP covers and didn't find any that I liked. Then I started to brainstorm what I would want, and came up with the idea of a cup of cocoa. In order to assist me with this I tracked down a pattern that was sort of close to what I wanted and I found this pattern from the dishcloth diaries blog.

So from that I came up with this:

A little close up on the trees:

Basically I added in randomly placed cream colored bobbles puff stitches to simulate marshmallows and I also made myself some Christmas trees to decorate my mug. I am pretty happy with it. Now to stop procrastinating on all the other Christmas things I wanted/needed to make. Cheesy
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Delightfully Devious Dexter Swap (Sign-ups: CLOSED Send-outs: Dec 13, 2008) on: October 27, 2008 06:51:05 AM
Swap name: The Delightfully Devious Dexter Swap 
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: NerdyCrochetGal
Co-organizer:  cassiecate57
Sign-up date range:   (CLOSED)
Date to send item by:  (Dec. 13, 2008 )  There is a long crafting period, since November and December tend to be busy months for everyone.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  50

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope

Age requirement?  13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES (and in fact we have cassiecate57 offering to help)

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

If you love the charming serial killer that is a Miami blood spatter analyst by day then welcome to the swap. This swap is for all people who love Dexter!!  For this swap, we will be crafting 7 points , with the point system being:

large= 3pts (3+ hours, or a shawl, a shirt, a skirt, set of jewelry with 5+ items, a purse, $30+)
medium= 2pts (2-3 hours, a scarf, a set of jewelry with 2-3 items, $10-$30)
small= 1pt (Less than 2 hours, a piece of jewelry, bookmark, less than $10)

Your crafts can be based off of anything relating to Dexter. Although I would suggest everyone steer clear of typical serial killer fare, such as sending your partner a knife collection, or blood soaked clothes (however a little red paint never hurt anyone!).
Swap Rules/ Requirements:
1. You will need to give updates, and stay active in the swap thread, if you fail to do so then I will leave a comment about your communication in the feedback.  With that said, I don’t like giving negative feedback  and I believe that it is reserved for people who flake, but if you have not sent out by December 27th  you will receive negative feedback that will only be reversed once your partner receives.

2. You’ll need to post an update on Nov. 22 or 23, to give an update of your progress (even if you haven’t started crafting yet, I know some people like to wait) so I can make sure everyone is still with us at that point.

3. You will need to post pictures of your swap items within a timely manner (I’d say within a week), as I feel it’s only right to show off your swap goods since your partner put so much effort into making them for you. Besides, pictures are the reason everyone stalks swap galleries.

4. You will need to send me a Delivery Confirmation number, or a Customs slip number (if sending internationally) as proof of sending.

5. Finally, IF YOU HAVE TO SEND LATE!!! Make sure to let me know before the send-out date, and let me know when you will be sending.

Communication is VERY IMPORTANT! I am here for you guys, so please PM me with anything you need, even if it’s just help with ideas.

If you’re interested, and you can live with the swap rules that I’ve set up, send me (nerdycrochetgal) this completed survey:

Name of swap:  Dexter Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

Confirm that you are at least 13 years old(yes/no):

Would you be willing to ship internationally ?

Are you up to date on Dexter (just to make sure there are no accidental spoilers, since I know not everyone has Showtime)?

Who is/are your favorite Dexter character(s)?

Are there any Dexter characters that you hate?

Do you have any favorite quotes?

Do you have a favorite episode?

Have you read the books (if so which ones)?

On a scale of 1-10 how much gore do you prefer (1=blood spattered, 10=sitting in a puddle of blood)?

If your partner includes edible goodies; what sort of things do you like?

What types of crafts do you typically do?

Are there any crafts you absolutely cannot do?

What types of items would you like to receive, or any items you would hate to receive?

Is there anything else you would like your partner to know about you,or just any random comments you would like to make?

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home?

Will you be able to post pictures of your Dexter swap goodies?

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