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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fat quarter fun on: January 23, 2013 07:56:57 PM
I've been buying discounted sets of fat quarters like they were going out of style, and I needed to do some stashbusting.  I've used up every scrap of fabric that I could from each quarter, and it's been great to see how many projects can come out of a relatively small piece of fabric!

Double sided napkins with rick rack trim (these became gifts for my momma). There are a lot of tutorials on the web, but I used this one:http://filminthefridge.com/2008/11/19/make-your-table-pretty-a-reversible-rick-rack-napkin-tutorial/



I had a big enough piece of leftover fabric after trimming the fat quarter for double sided reusable drink sleeves (these became Christmas gifts for coworkers).  I used this tutorial:http://craftystaci.com/2011/01/10/reversible-coffee-cup-sleeves/

One side


Other side (my bad topstitching really shows on this one, but oh well)


I wasn't quite as good about tacking down the elastic on some, so I ended up just sewing the elastic loops back on the finished product (on one side) and covering up the mistake with yo yos - which finished up the tiny bit of fabric I had left over from each fat quarter.


I don't know why the photo is posting with that weird blue and brown stripe - but this is the best closeup I have of the yo yo.


I'm a bad procrastinator and had to make these in one night--but they were super fast!

I still have a ton of fabric to go through, so I'm thinking of making a big bunch of napkins for myself and having a nice cache of gifts ready for the giving. Smiley 
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Clowns are creepy (featuring more turkey stitch than I anticipated) on: January 23, 2013 06:11:27 PM
That is absolutely terrifying - and incredibly well done.  Wink
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Handbook for the Recently Deceased (It reads like stero instructions) on: January 07, 2013 10:19:30 AM
This is so wonderful--I actually made one for my husband for Christmas following your directions. Smiley  He loves it.  I also added a light-sensitive chip that plays Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat (Day-O)" song whenever you open the lid (from a programmable chip I bought online).  Thank you so much - this rocks!!!
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: TroubleT's Adventures in Canning 2012! on: June 18, 2012 01:51:59 PM
I love canning!  I've only done the water bath method (and have stuck to jelly/jam/relishes - high acid stuff).  I'm so glad that you're loving the pressure canner--I'm wanting to jump on that train!  Everything you've made looks so yummy. Smiley
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knifty Knitter Loom Slipper Socks on: February 20, 2012 07:33:46 PM
I'm a pretty new knitter (just barely comfortable with the basics), so using DPNs feels a bit out of reach for me right now.  For some reason, loom knitting seems far more accessible.  I used Isela Phelp's pattern for "Chunky Ribbed Socks" in her book Loom Knitting Primer.  Super easy to follow and a nice introduction to sock making.  It made me buy sock weight yarn, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fine gauge adjustable loom to make socks that are thin enough to wear with shoes. 

These are made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in sky blue.   They were knitted on the blue knifty knitter, and they're definitely thick and warm enough to be slippers.  I guess they'd be awesome in boots in cold weather, but since I'm in Texas, I have no idea what real cold weather is. Smiley



Sorry for the crummy phone pics!

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I hate you the least. on: February 15, 2012 11:37:39 AM
@Sandroo - I work in a small department within the customer relations area of a major airline.  Smiley  I definitely feel you.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I hate you the least. on: February 14, 2012 11:46:00 AM
After a long day at work or an especially disconcerting conversation regarding the state of the world/politics, my husband or I often sigh and say, "I hate people."  This is generally followed with, "But I hate you the least."  So, for this Valentine's Day, I stitched up that sentiment to remind him how much I love him. Smiley

(We're both actually very positive people and really don't hate anyone, but I know you guys get the humor.)

This will eventually get framed, but I barely finished it last night in the wee hours, so it's still awaiting some finishing touches.

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hate you all the least!

18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Little Gross Creep hath slain her sheep & now they merrily haunt her! on: November 16, 2011 04:14:45 PM
How did they not know she was Scarlett O'Hara? Smiley  Both the original costume and this remaking are wonderful!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First FO: Loops and Threads Pom Pom Yarn on: November 15, 2011 10:36:19 PM
I'm a newbie when it comes to hand knitting.  I've finished several loom-knit items, but I haven't been patient enough to just sit and practice knitting/purling to make anything more than practice squares let alone items I'd wear out of the house.  I bought some Loops and Threads pom pom yarn at Michaels on a whim, and I really, really enjoyed knitting with it.  The scarf is ridiculously plush, and it was a very quick knit.  I think just knitting the carrier yarn was actually easier to handle than regular worsted or bulky yarn as a newbie.

The Michaels site has an easy-to-follow video for both knitting and crocheting with the pom pom yarn (though I haven't figured out crocheting yet).  http://www.michaels.com/Bunny-Tail-Yarn-Video/LtBT1Vm2172u2,default,pg.html

This color of yarn is named Outdoors, and it's a really pretty combination of colors.  I'm just excited to actually finish a knitting project!  Grin
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nyan Cat bag! on: July 12, 2011 01:16:21 PM
This rocks! Smiley
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