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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Grandmother journals--very pic heavy! on: December 06, 2008 06:19:27 PM
I made these journals for my grandmothers for Christmas this year. I'm going to ask them to fill them out and give them back to me for next Christmas, I really hope they do it! They've each told me stories about growing up but I have such a bad memory I wanted to have all their stories written down so I can pass it on to future generations.

I bought handmade journals from oh pangaea books on etsy, wrote a list of questions, wrote each of the questions on acid-free cotton paper and edged the papers with ink, found quotes about grandmothers and wrote those on other slips of paper, and decoupaged the books with clippings from a vintage magazine, stamps, and paper cut outs. I also glued in ribbon bookmarks.

For my Grandy:

some sample pages:

For my Grandma:

sample pages:

12  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Stitch and Bitch Wednesday at the Museo del Barrio on: November 17, 2008 05:27:57 PM
I'm helping to organize this--any craftsters in NYC, we'd love to see you there!

stitch n bitch: Se te fue el hilo!?
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 8:30 pm

Come mix and mingle with artists, friends, and neighbors while lending a hand to El Museos 32nd Annual Three Kings Day Parade! Pick up punto e hilo and jump in to help us stitch and create beautiful and festive costumes for our parade. Fabric / friends/ food / fun!!!!

El Museo del Barrio, 3rd floor TALLER, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, NYC

Please RSVP in advance to threekings@elmuseo.org.
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Octopus costume from last year! on: October 11, 2008 07:43:45 PM
I've been meaning to post this, I was pretty proud of how it turned out. It's an octopus!

(though I actually messed up and it's a septupus, but I figured no one's counting. Wink)

I took a cheap fleece blanket from ikea, and made a basic tube dress with it. Then cut the bottom of the dress into long triangles, backed them with a contrasting color, stuffed them with fiberfill, and sewed contrasting circles of felt on for suction cups. The eyes were made with more felt, sewn and hot glued on. It was super fun and comfy! I did my makeup in shades of blue and green and wore cute goldfish earrings I got from a swap once.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cropped black and white jacket to match my couch! on: October 09, 2008 07:30:50 AM
So, I was thinking recently how I really want a warm, cropped jacket that I can wear while riding my bike. I was going to buy one, but decided to be thrifty, and made one instead!

I traced the pattern pieces from another jacket that I had, changing the length and the collar, and used some heavy velvet fabric that I had left over from my couch upholstery project. I lined it with another fabric I had around, a great bright yellow silky lining, and put a layer of thin cotton quilt batting in between to make it extra cozy. There are definitely a few mistakes (one of the sleeve linings is inside out and I'm too lazy to fix it, I'm crap at matching plaid, the button holes look like barf, oh, and it wasn't originally supposed to be assymetrical!) but it's the first time I've drafted a pattern for myself and made it and had it actually work! And the whole thing cost me $4 (the cost of the two buttons on it)


Close up of the collar:

Close up of the buttons, I can't decide if I like them or if I want to switch them out to something a little plainer:

Obligatory Garden State shot of me matching the couch:

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A bevy of scarves! on: May 31, 2008 08:39:31 PM
Ever since I finished a sweater a month or so ago, I've been addicted to knitting scarves--I need lots of instant gratification after that long delay! Here's the three I've done recently.

It's a clapotis, but modified to be longer and narrower, more of a scarf than a wrap. This took longer than I thought it would, and it's in cotton which is still kind of a pain to knit, but I love how it turned out and the drape that it gets.

Closeup of the stitch pattern and a better representation of the color:

This is a little neckwarmer/capelet done in garter stitch out of Malabrigo Aquarella yarn (so yummy!!). I designed it myself--it has some short rows where it fits over the shoulders, but otherwise it's knit flat, and I braided some ties to tie it up with.


This is also a self-design, just a simple drop stitch scarf with fringe, made out of a recycled sari silk yarn that I bought at a craft fair once. I love the colors, but it is a little itchy, and it sheds like a mother. But this scarf got me though jury duty, and that's OK by me!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green wool skirt with piping on: May 21, 2008 08:32:40 PM
I saw this bright green tweed wool fabric at the fabric store recently and fell in love with it! I traced the pattern from my trusty 4 year old h&m skirt, and added pockets with pocket facings and (store bought) piping around the top edge and around the (working! kind of!) pockets. The zipper isn't hidden because I am dumb when it comes to hidden zippers. sigh. I'm happy with how the skirt came out though!

17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / knit. lamp. knit lamp. on: May 04, 2008 08:47:52 AM
Pretty much what it sounds like! When I heard this challenge idea, I originally wanted to make a knit chandelier, but it would have been too complicated, with the wiring and all. So I settled on a knit lamp!

It started as a standard white cheapy Target lamp:

and I knit a long tube to cover the stem, covers for the top, base, and a cover that goes all around the lampshade, then I seamed the pieces together onto the lamp. It's knit from Paton's Classic Wool merino, on size 3 DPNs. My husband calls it the silliest cozy ever. I think it's cool.

Detail shots:

turned on:

in its actual habitat, in my living room:

disclaimer: yes, it is fairly unsafe. Yes, it will be used only for short amounts of time under close supervision. Also, wool is natually fire resistant. But still.

I love my knit lamp! Smiley
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Photo wall display on: February 04, 2008 05:14:21 PM
I'm sure this has been done many times before, but I like how it turned out! I've just started getting into photography, and wanted a way to display and look at my photos that could easily be changed out and rearranged. Here's what I made!

It's made of clear vinyl on top of white satin, edged with satin ribbon. I measured and marked pockets for all of my photos and sewed the grid, then cut slits in the vinyl for each compartment to slip a photo in.

You can see the stitching slightly better in closeups:

I made compartments for horizontal and vertical photos, and for the square ones that my Diana makes. I'm hoping it will inspire me to keep taking more and more photos! Smiley
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flying Geese baby quilt on: February 03, 2008 03:58:16 PM
I made this to welcome Francisco into the world, the adorable new baby of some good friends of mine.

It's a flying geese quilt in different shades of blue and turquoise. I liked the cheery colors! I followed a basic flying geese pattern and quilted stitch-in-the-ditch basically, except for the outer border which is radiating lines. I didn't quilt around each triangle, just up and down the green lines.  Much easier!

close up of my bad stitching:

I thought the backing fabric was so cute too:

I think Francisco likes it! Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled pillows! on: February 03, 2008 03:52:37 PM
I made these awhile ago and just now got pictures uploaded!

They're a basic rectagle of reverse stockinette, with four big cables running down it. They're made from bright red Patons Classic Wool Merino, doubled and knit on something kind of small, like size 8 needles, to make a dense fabric. I then used the sewing machine (carefully and slowly!) to attach the knit rectagle to a fabric backing:

I love them, they're so cozy to nap on! And they add a nice texture and lushness to the other fabric pillows on the couch. Smiley
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