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1  Re: Light up Googly eyes in Halloween Decor and Parties by Jatoha on: October 19, 2012 07:56:36 PM
Man, I can't see the pic... I saw it in the thumbnail, but not in the post Huh

Well phooey!

I pinned it, does that link work for you?

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2  Light up Googly eyes in Halloween Decor and Parties by Jatoha on: October 01, 2012 07:35:05 AM

Here's the link to my instructable on this project.


 I guess my images were removed because of hotlinking?? But they were hotlinked to MY google photo account.  *sigh* Oh well, I don't have the patience to reupload everything, so if you're curious about this check out my Instructable!



I saw a picture on Pinterest of giant eyes on a tree and it gave me the idea to make my own version.

I used:
- LED tealights from the dollar store,
- two paper plates
- a paperclip to make a hook.

I'm sure you all can figure this out, here's a picture from the back so you can see what I did.  I put the tealight off center behind the black pupil. When I put the light in the center of the plate it made a very bright spot in that area at night.  I liked the 'white' part of the eye to be lit uniformly.  I know, OCD much? Smiley

Anyway, this was super fast to make and it looks really cute on the bush by our driveway, I may have to make a bunch more.  

My daughter said she liked it better than some Halloween decorations because it wasn't "TOO" spooky.

Now I'm debating about making a mouth, what do you think?

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3  Try New Things - Re-purposed wall art in Completed Projects by Jatoha on: May 30, 2012 11:25:35 AM
I saw this interesting tutorial on the blog A Beautiful Mess and decided to give it a try! 


Basically, you take a painted canvas from the thrift store, stick letters on it, paint over the letters and peel them off to reveal the colors underneath.

I used letters from the Dollar store, unfortunately they didn't stick perfectly and some spray paint went under them.  I said 'Try New Things' because I think we need a reminder to step out of the box sometimes!

Here is my question for you:

Does it look finished?  I'm trying to decide if it needs a little doodle or something after the 'Try' or before the 'New'.  If you have suggestions, let me know!

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4  Ill-fitting dress fixed & made more modest! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jatoha on: January 31, 2012 10:46:33 AM
I was really proud of myself for this rescue.  It's not perfect, but it did the job!

My daughter's friend gave her a dress that she said didn't fit well.  My daughter was very excited to wear this dress to the winter formal.

Sadly, it didn't fit her well either.  It was definitely made for a bigger chested girl and it was so low cut that even her strapless bra stuck out the top of the dress.

She was really disappointed because she didn't have another good choice for a dress to wear and the dance was only a couple days away!  (I told her to get the dress sooner, but you know how that goes!)

Here is the dress before:

I was really stuck on how I could fix it.  I didn't want to take the whole thing apart.

Then I thought of dresses that have ruffles or rosettes across the bodice and asked about adding that.  She thought that sounded too frou-frou and suggested just a satin band.

I traced the top and made a pattern, crossed my fingers and hoped that my sewing machine would sew through sequins and, by golly, it all worked!

Here is the after:

It's not perfect, but it's perfect enough.  I was actually kind of shocked that this worked!
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5  My 12 year old's recent creations in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: January 23, 2012 10:06:17 AM
Warning:  Proud Mama Post 2!

Hello, a year ago I posted some of the things my 11 year old made in this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373816.msg4401338#msg4401338

She took a break from crocheting, but this winter she's been back at it.

Here are some of the things she's made.  She does all of these without a pattern and without my help.  She usually likes to make stuff in secret and surprise us with a grand unveiling, it's very fun!

She made these pigs for me for Christmas.

The whale and fish were my husband's Christmas gift.

One of the bunny slippers she made for her friend.  I'll admit, I was worried about her friend tripping on those ears, but I decided to keep my mouth shut about it.

Pink Bunny

Clam shell with pearl

She loves Spy VS Spy which inspired her to make this!  She and her brother throw it at each other!

She made a cornucopia for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Lastly we have her biggest item she's made.  Olivia Ostrich.  My daughter has always had a thing for ostriches.  I think it started one day when I said they were creepy!  Anyway, now I've grown fond of them, too.  She worked on this for a very long time, I was impressed with her perseverance.

Olivia Ostrich loves olives, btw.

Here's the whole collection!
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6  Needle Felted Millennium Falcon & TIE Fighter in Felting: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: December 28, 2011 01:10:53 PM
Hello!  I participated in a Secret Santa swap on another website.  My partner is a big Star Wars fan, so I made him Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighter ornaments.

He liked them very much!

I am open to critiques or suggestions on improving my needle felting if you have any.  Thanks for looking!

And here's Han trying to get Chewie home for Life Day!  Wink

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7  Crochet Camera Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: July 06, 2011 10:00:17 AM
We got a new camera for our vacation.  It's the fanciest camera I've ever had! 

It has a lens cap but you can only put it on when the camera is turned off.  I know myself -- I know I wouldn't turn off the camera and put on the lens cap until I am sure I am done with pictures for awhile.

So, I wanted to make something to give it a little protection while tramping around.

Luckily we had a long drive and that was the perfect time to crochet a cozy.  I wanted something that I could flip over the camera while it was still on but could flip off when I wanted to take a photo.

I found a bolt that fit perfectly in the tripod hole and I used that to screw the cozy to the camera.

Anyway, here it is, after two weeks of constant use, it's starting to show some pilling.  but it worked perfectly!

This is the bottom:

And here it is in use:

If you have any questions, please fire away!

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8  Minecraft Creeper Hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jatoha on: May 20, 2011 06:42:13 AM
If you haven't heard of it, Minecraft is a computer game and it is awesome!  The bad guys are called creepers.

My son is a huge Minecraft fan, so I decided to make him a zip up hoodie for his birthday.  His birthday is tomorrow (Rapture day- LOL!)  I can't wait to give it to him!

I used Corrine's awesome tutorial to make this, here's the tute: http://youtu.be/aRCLOLxrORk

You have no idea how excited I was to find this green fabric, if you know creepers, you know it's perfect!


Here's the inside, this is the inside back of the hoodie:

Action shot, me modeling:

This was really fun to make and now I want to make another one!  Thanks for looking!
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9  My 11 year olds' crochet creations! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: February 23, 2011 06:00:50 AM
Warning: Proud Mama Post

My 11 year old has been crocheting for about a year or so now. 

She has started to make her own creations without patterns.  I'll admit it, I'm impressed and just had to share!

Here are all her stuffies!

These bears are the first things she made.  She had the idea to make flat panels and fold them in half.  The head and body are one panel with the bow to make the neck.   The arms and legs are squares folded in half.

Poor Pink bear still doesn't have eyes!

This turtle is made from i-cord that she stitched on her knitting nancy.

She made two really long cords that she rolled and sewed into circles (like coasters). Then she made three shorter cords that she sandwiched between the circles.  The three cords have both ends sticking out: four ends are legs, and the other cord is the head and the tail.

This is a turkey she made for Thanksgiving.  He's the first thing she created in the round.

I love this one!  I called him Super Turtle!  But she didn't like that!  He was made as a gift for her big sister. 

Again, he is two circles sewed over three tubes.

Then last of all, she made this mushroom!  I don't even know when she made this, she just whipped it up one evening, I couldn't believe it!

Thanks for looking!   Grin

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10  Re: How Bazaar! Mini Animals in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: December 23, 2010 11:44:11 AM
For fun, I made the elephant and turtle with crochet thread.  Thank you for the patterns!

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