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11  Fantasy Room Mural *pic heavy* in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by hoboe on: May 16, 2011 12:12:05 PM
This room is being made ready for a 6 year old girl who loves fantasy.  So far we have the mural up.  Later there will be furnishings (made or redone by us) but those pics will be later.  On to the fun! *I forgot the first time around to mention it was myself and 4 other adults working on this for about 12 hours straight.  Everything was freehand, although some of it heavily influenced by art that we've seen.

The bedroom door, which is the beginning of the path to the castle:

The wall with the castle which shows a hint of the stone wall we painted all around:

Don Quixote and his Windmill:

Every little girl dreams of unicorns:

The pegasus is on the same wall as the unicorn, just separated by a closet door, which we aren't finished with yet.  He's next to the entry door.

The dragon, which is on the same wall as Don Quixote.  We thought it would be funny to have the dragon watch the poor knight attack the windmill.

That was three of the walls, there is one more, but it currently has stuff stacked up in front of it while we are finishing the closet door.  I will have more pics of the room complete once the flooring and furnishings are finished and in place.  The bright flowers, butterflies, mushrooms and fairies are foam stickers we let her decorate with.  Thanks for looking!
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12  Re: Givers and Needers Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hoboe on: April 19, 2011 06:26:37 AM
I've received my thank you from Fabricfriend, and I feel spoiled!  Unfortunately, all I have is a cell phone camera, and a crappy one at that.  So these pictures do not do full justice of how beautiful and colorful everything is! 

The box:

The hair barrettes, which I am wearing today Cheesy

The covered journal, which I will be using as my new journal for my steam punk persona:

Handmade card with a personal note inside:

And this amazing bracelet, that even made the husband say "wooooooooowwwwwwwww"

Thank you again Fabricfriend!
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13  My package from Rhapsody! in The Swap Gallery by hoboe on: July 27, 2010 08:43:06 AM
I should have taken pictures of the stuff wrapped, but I was way too impatient.  So now the wrapping is used to stage. 

First:  A group photo.

One view of awesome tote:

Other side of tote:

Interior of tote:

Close up of necklace on back of pillow:

Close up of journal:

I had a close up pic of the awesome pillow, which is beautifully done counter cross stitch, but my camera ate it, so until I can fix that problem later, the group pic is the best I have of it.

Thank you Rhapsody for such wonderful items!  I really enjoyed this swap and hope you did too.
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14  Goodies from Cre8ivegenes in The Swap Gallery by hoboe on: May 25, 2010 06:46:12 AM
I have no clue how Cre8ivegenes got all this stuff into one little box without it exploding! 

The pretty little bag with beads and mirrors in jars, plus some truly lovely cloth remnants:

Close up of the beautiful lace:

Paper samples and what I think are tie patterns?

Some Christmas patterns for cloth ornaments, pillows, etc:

Thank you very much Cre8ivegenes! 
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15  My first Granny Square Blanket! in Crochet: Completed Projects by hoboe on: December 17, 2009 07:49:25 AM
I have finally finished my blanket.  And just in time to have it given away as a door prize!  It's the "Circles to Squares Afghan" from www.lionbrandyarn.com   I would give the exact page, but you have to be signed in to view it.  I used Vanna's Choice Yarn and picked my own colors.  The pattern was easy to follow, I just wish I had weaved in the ends on each square as I finished!  I also added two extra border widths, because I wanted the outer-to-inner look to finish it off.  Okay, enough talky, and on to the one picture!

Sorry for the curled corners, it didn't want to lay straight!

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16  My first USABLE purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hoboe on: April 30, 2009 07:33:29 PM
I made this purse following the directions for the "Pleated Beauty Handbag" from bend-the-rules Sewing by Amy Karol.  I, of course, managed to pick the most complicated project  Shocked  Somehow I bungled my way thru (with no pinning till the very end!) and came out with this:

Close up of quilted applique fruit:

Interior of bag with my junk in it:

Back side of bag:

This bag is HUGE.  I can carry two large hard back novels in it.  Which is perfect for me.

I changed a few things from the directions:  I added two pockets, instead of one.  I also made my straps differently.  They are longer, wider and are a solid color.  I basically made my own heavy bias tape to make the handles.  I plan on making more in the future!  Great practice with pleating, and I think the next one I will attempt the scary thing:  A zipper!

I do recommend this book.  It has nice clear directions and a lot of wonderful how-to's and sewing techniques explained.

Critique and questions welcomed.
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17  Gir-Agon in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by hoboe on: March 21, 2009 11:25:33 AM
Once again at work twiddling my thumbs.  Then I decided that if I had an octopus that my DH needed something for his office at home!  So the Gir-agon was born.  He started off as a cat.  But then the lovely tear drop shape screamed sitting dragon.  So I completed him.  Then I showed him to a friend, who squealed "Gir-Agon!" because he looks like a giraffe/dragon mix.  Poor guy must be confused Sad 

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18  Little Bitty Octopus in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by hoboe on: March 21, 2009 11:16:35 AM
I was sitting at work one day, twiddling my thumbs and staring at my yarn scrap stash.  And then decided I needed something to guard my monitor.  So he was born!

He is made from a tan scratchy acrylic yarn my cousin gave me from her stash (no labels of course) and his eyes are embroidered own from a dark blue Simply Caron.  I love him and his super stretchy legs Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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19  Boomkin! (Pic Heavy) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by hoboe on: August 12, 2008 03:33:08 AM
My father and I live in separate states, so we play World of Warcraft to keep in touch.  He had seen a teddy bear that I made for my step-sister's baby shower, and decided that I would be able to make a "Boomkin" for him.  (It's what the druids can turn into).  Now there are no patterns for them, so I had to wing it.  I think it came out great!  Please give comments critique.  Thanks for looking.

Basic shape:

I know, looks like a giant turd.

Adding the stomach:

Legs and arms!:

Not so turd like anymore.

Feathering the arms:

As you can see, the poor thing has switched locations a few times...

Ruff and face:

Side shot:

Close up of hand sewn felt antlers:

Those took a while.  I think if I make another, I will try something different.

Butt Shot!:

The happy recipient:

The rules that were imposed by the father was it had to be washable, large, and had to be baby safe so his grandchildren and future grandchildren can play with it. 
I used Lion Brand Thick and Chunky wool blend yarn, standard felt, and hypoallergenic washable polyfill. 

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20  Red Dragon in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by hoboe on: May 15, 2008 02:00:24 PM
I thank Angry Angel for her tutorial found here:

It gave me courage to finally break free from scarves!  And taught me a lot about crocheting.  Finally I understand what place markers are good for!  And why counting stitches is a good thing. 

On to dragon goodness:

I used 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft No Dye Lot Red # 9729.  I just loved the idea of making a fire engine red dragon  Grin, and an "E" hook.

Any comments are welcome.  I do realize I made some mistakes, I learned how to decrease properly doing this.  I used to think you just skip one and draw them up tight...now I know better.
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