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11  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
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / PB&J Pillows on: June 27, 2011 10:05:01 AM
Our bed is a little boring (and our bedroom is way too purple), so I made some bread stuffies.  I'm used to more traditional beds/bedding - so although I love our new bed, the bedding has me flummoxed.  I just need to give up on the "too many pillows" look that doesn't fit with more modern style furniture -- it just looks.....weird. Smiley

Some day we'll repaint our bedroom a more neutral color (grey, perhaps?), and then the bedding won't come across so plain.  Until then, the pillows will have to do to add much-needed interest.  They make me happy regardless!

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Love Never Fails Quilling on: February 04, 2011 04:19:41 PM
My brother recently married his longtime girlfriend this October.  Fittingly, they married on 10-10-10, soon after they celebrated their 10th anniversary.  They're adorable--my little brother is precious, and his wife is very much a sister to me.  They also have fun tastes and had their reception in a loft-style building in the warehouse area of downtown Dallas.  As such, they put up a lot of framed artwork and photos throughout the bricked space.  My husband and I decided to each make them a gift playing off the theme of "Love Never Fails" (since we read from 1 Corinthians 13 at the ceremony) that they could use.  

I love, love, love Yulia Brodskaya's art, and I must admit that my piece was heavily influenced by her.  My husband designed the piece for me, so I can't take full credit. Smiley

I was pretty happy with it - I found that it was way easier to use a light table and spray adhesive and just follow the design with the long strips (cutting and folding as necessary) than trying to make each piece individually - especially for the curvy "never" and the scrollwork.  I'll do this again, but I need to make sure to use a repositional adhesive then - the paper got kinda rough looking with the spray adhesive I used this time.  I ended up spray painting the paper with several coats of white in order to help mask the rougher spots.

In the frame/shadow box (it's actually quite small - a foot square in size:

And for kicks, my husband's wonderful art.  He screenprinted his design on a large square canvas he'd painted with red acrylic.  It was really, really hard to give it up.  It looked great over our mantle the few days we had it. Sad

Here's a link to his tumblr with the screenprint. Smiley


14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Me on: September 02, 2009 04:18:16 PM
I made this doll as a joke for my husband's coworker quite some time ago (like almost 2 years ago).  It was some inside joke they had - I think that his coworker had bought an Elmo doll for his niece and got some weird looks in the elevator at work while he was holding it - and that transpired into a big joke around the office of him carrying around a little doll of himself.  So, as a gift, I made this.  Of course, it took me a while, so I think he was weirded out at first when my husband gave it to him.  His coworker didn't really remember the joke (and he didn't really know me at the time) - but once he was reminded, he was pretty happy.

He keeps it on his desk, and I have to admit, that makes me very proud. Smiley  I think it's a pretty decent copy! ;-)

The hat is removeable, and the dinosaur is his pet. Smiley  The hardest part was not tossing the doll across the room in boredom while stitching the plaid on his shirt.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Leap Day Wedding! ***Edited with more photo goodness!*** on: March 04, 2008 08:21:38 PM
I just got married on Friday, February 29th, so I don't have a ton of photos yet, but I wanted to give some props to my hubby (and a little to me!) for some of our crafty wedding things.  Our parents live far away, so we were pretty much it as far as the planning and execution went. 

It was pretty much perfect.  Grin

Here is our invitation - the back has all of the pertinent information in pink ink.  I highly recommend marrying a Graphic Designer/Artist for wicked invites.  Wink

I made our flowers. I found a GREAT place on line to order mini calla lilies for a decent price.  I was able to make 5 bridesmaid's bouquets, my bouquet, a flower girl bouquet, 15 boutonnieres for the guys, five corsages, and two mini "tussie mussies" for the mothers' of the bride/groom for pretty cheap.  The bouquets were pretty easy to make with just floral tape, ribbon, and pearl-head pins (and some double sided tape if necessary).

The girl's bouquets... The guys just had one calla with white or black ribbon wrapped around the stem. (Pink flowers had black ribbon - white flowers, white).  I HIGHLY suggest asking your bridesmaids to just pick out their own little, black dress to wear.  My girls LOVED getting something they would actually wear again that looked good on them and didn't cost a fortune.  ...And that they didn't match or have jewelry that wasn't their style.

We were married outside at the Dallas Arboretum in "A Woman's Garden."  Luckily, the weather cooperated and the wonderful woman who helped us at the Arboretum recommended we get an airstar light - otherwise it would have been pitch black after a while...

I made felt flowers for my five nephews to wear on their pink shirts (with black pants - they walked my mom down the aisle - all 5 crazy boys 12 and under) so they didn't have to worry about pins sticking into them.  Here's the second to the youngest.  He's two.

We did the lazo ceremony to make my dad and his mom happy.  It's a traditionally Catholic (mostly in Hispanic areas) ceremony where you are draped with a three-cord lasso by the mothers to signify that your bond is stronger when God is part of your marriage.  Although we're not Catholic, my dad (who's a pastor), was asked to include this in a lot of wedding ceremonies he did for people who grew up Catholic and changed denominations, but didn't want to lose some of their traditions.  It's pretty neat, but we didn't really want to do it - this was our "All right - now you can't complain in 10 years when we don't do the one thing you asked for" part of our wedding.  You can plainly see our opinion...

Our reception was held at the amazing Lakewood Theater in Dallas.  It's gorgeous -the staff is incredible, and the place was so neat we just decorated with a million tealights popped out of their metal holders and into cheap a-dozen-for-2-dollar holders from Ikea.  Oh, and we put our bouquets in nice square vases (2.50 from Ikea) strategically around the place.  Every other seat can be made into a table at the theater, which was great - but there (luckily) wasn't much room for anything other than a candle.

Our marquee:

The inside:

Our nerdiness showed up on the groom's cake.  We actually got these at a shower my work at Southwest threw for me.  I have the best coworkers. :-)

Our favors! (A joint effort)  We had our reception in a restored Art Deco movie theater - so they're our "concession" (ha ha) to the movies.

We filled popcorn boxes with a few scoops of air-popped popcorn (no grease) for the big send off... (It was way better getting pelted with popcorn rather than rice or birdseed).

And then put our goodies on the top. Each bag had a toy dinosaur or two, some 1 inch buttons we made out of fun pictures we found in magazines, a sticky hand toy, and lots o candy!  I'm eating some twizzlers and smarties as we speak....

My favorite combination of buttons - I have no idea who got the bag that had this stellar grouping - I hope they weren't offended.  Smiley

The big sendoff...

And last but not least - we had the MOST amazing photographer: Hal Samples of Dallas (www.halsamples.com).  His signature is to put up a white backdrop and take pictures of groups of guest.  We were able to print out copies of photos and give them to guests in a nice, white card on location.  Just one per group of guests, though - we only had the stuff for 200 pics.  Those are my favorite pics.  As the night wore on (and there was more imbibing of alcohol), they got more fun.

Sorry to put so many pics up!  Thanks for looking! Smiley
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nintendo DS Lite Case with Interchangeable Covers on: August 23, 2007 08:32:44 PM
I was inspired by the DS Lite Case featured here on Craftster that looks like an old-school Nintendo controller.  I made one for my fiance since he used to work at a video game company using the altered pattern by Craft Magazine.  I figured I could make him a present for his upcoming birthday by using the basic pattern for the box and then creating my own charts for the lids.  I started with Nintendo themes and then quickly tired of that.  I'm thinking of making one for myself (I have an older DS) with some sort of pun on my name and "DS" (my name's Donna Sue) - but I'm not sure what to do yet - it has to be cheezy to work.  The fiance's present is still in the works - here's what I have so far.

The inspiration piece, a 1UP, Pong, and Pacman

Tetris, Duck Hunt (my favorite), and Galaga
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Alkaline Trio and OBEY felt pillows on: August 23, 2007 08:10:32 PM
I made little pillows for two good friends for their birthdays - only about 3 months too late.....but I think they liked them enough to make up for it.  Smiley

My fiance has requested his own now for his office couch.

Sorry.  Our couch is black too, and it's hard to see.

Close up of OBEY pillow.

Close up of Alkaline Trio pillow - I added safety pins after the fact for, well, it needed them.

Hope you like!  Grin

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Raku Bowl on: March 19, 2007 09:27:46 AM
I miss my pottery class.  Embarrassed This bowl is handbuilt (coil method)- no wheels necessary, but for the firing, I suggest befriending someone with a kiln and raku pit, or someone in a local college with ties to the art department.  I wish those items weren't so darned expensive - and were apartment friendly.  Undecided

The glaze is supposed to be all blue-green, but the red area is where it got too close to the fire and fired hotter than intended.  Normally, not so great, but for this piece, I think it's pretty.  I like leaving finger marks - they ended up like seeds - it's my watermelon bowl!

If you haven't tried pottery, but you like handicrafts - I warn you, it's addictive...you will love it and dream of owning a gas kiln...and if you're like me, you will get clay on every item of clothing you own and get it in your hair as you throw pots.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nite Lite Brite on: March 09, 2007 11:56:58 AM
I couldn't sleep the other night, so I felt compelled to take this night light I was given that isn't really my style...

and make it something I could proudly hang in my bathroom....one that my fiance wouldn't (very nicely) say was "interesting."

It's just black paper, so unfortunately if I want to change it I'll have to tear it all off the frame - I couldn't find a plastic or metal grid with holes large enough to accommodate the lite brite pegs to make it easily switchable.  Any thoughts on where I could get my hands on some?
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