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1  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bebedechocolate on: August 07, 2013 06:17:27 PM
My package from Jexxican is AMAZING.  Seriously, I am in awe of her yarn ball skills.  

She sent such great items!  The yarn and pattern are straight from my pinterest, she sent me "My Vampire Boyfriend" and a gorgeous blood red yarn that is super yummy for socks.  

She sent me a skein of handspun yarn which is to die for.  It is bulky weight and absolutely scrumptious. I have great plans for it.  Smiley

She sent me a soft yarn bowl that has a hole I can run the yarn through or use a just a bowl.  I think I am going to use it to hold my buttons.  She sent me lots of really cool buttons and beads.  She even sent me things like two little sharpies which are perfect for my first week back to school.  She also sent a tea wallet with some yummy tea. I am a huge tea drinker at home and at work so that will be used alot.

For my daughter, she sent a GORGEOUS brightly neon colored sock monkey. My daughter grabbed it right away and loved it.  She sent her tons of glitter and other girly girl stuff which is currently in the bowl that Jexxican sent me.... I think my daughter is trying to keep my bowl too. LOL

Here are the pictures!

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2  sock in progress bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bebedechocolate on: July 09, 2013 04:48:16 PM
Just finished this bag. I followed a tutorial I found on pinterest and made modifications to suit my needs. I added pockets to hold stitch markers, measuring tapes, etc and a little bit of elastic to hold double pointed needles. I also added a bit of ribbon so that I can use a caribeener to hook it up to my jeans when I am out and about.  It is missing the drawstring but other than that, it's ready.

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3  knitting stitch markers in Beads: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: June 26, 2013 11:06:58 AM
I was getting frustrated with the plastic stitch markers I bought. They were getting in the way of my stitches and the split rings were getting caught on my yarn. 

I looked up some stitch marker tutorials on pinterest and came up with these. 

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4  ombre dyeing with koolaid in Dyeing: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: June 17, 2013 12:36:12 PM
Dyed this little hank with Lemonade and yellow McCormick food coloring.  I used a tutorial that produced an ombre effect, the yarn starts out being dark yellow and gets gradually lighter at the center.

It's 230 yards of superwash wool/bamboo/nylon fingering weight.

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5  kool aid dyeing in Dyeing: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: June 17, 2013 12:34:03 PM
230 yards of wool/bamboo/nylon fingering weight yarn.  I dyed with the Kool aid and McCormick food coloring.

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6  Stuffing free dog toy in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: April 21, 2013 10:39:51 PM
. I saw a red fish toy on Etsy that was being sold for ten dollars. I loved the idea because my dogs pull stuffing out of toys.  I figured I could whip up the same toy with scrap fleece for free. I cut a basic fish shape, cut two pieces. I sewed, turned, and top stitched and voila!! Stuffing free dog toy. It feels like a blankie. My little dog loved it. I will be making many more!
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7  Super easy raised dog bed! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: February 17, 2013 05:47:03 PM
My dog Chip is unable to have stuffed beds because he destuffs them and tries to eat the stuffing (he already had one abdominal surgery to remove something naughty that he ate!).  As soon as I found this tutorial, I knew I had to try it.  It is basically a cot-style dog bed.  The materials cost me about $30 and when I looked up similar beds online, they were about $80!!!  Tutorial:  http://littlehousebigheart.com/2012/07/10/raise-the-woof/

My fiance and I went to Home Depot and bought the pvc and screws and then Joanns is where I bought the orange duck cloth. 

The whole thing took us about 45 minutes from start to finish, including cutting the PVC.  My pup loves it.  He wasn't sure what to do with it at first but once I put one of his blankets on it, he hopped right on and went to sleep.  It is 24" by 36" and he is a 9 month old lab (around 60 pounds) and he first with plenty of room. 

I want to make a few more for my other dogs and for my friend's dogs as birthday/Christmas gifts. Smiley

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8  10 minute American Girl Doll tights and hair accessories in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: November 25, 2012 07:03:16 PM
I found a neat tutorial on pinterest for making 18" doll tights out of adult/teen knee socks.  Each pair of socks will make either two pairs of tights or a pair of tights and one pair of knee socks, as well as head band or a beanie for the doll. It was super easy and each sock only took 10 minutes (or even less!) from start to finish.
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9  Halloween Martingale Collars in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: September 03, 2012 10:25:41 PM
I found a free tutorial online showing how to make your own martingale collar.  I love the look of printed collars but did not want to spend $20 or more per collar since I have 3 dogs that all need seasonal collars. Smiley  So here are the first two. The large black one is 1.5 inches wide and is made from nylon webbing that I sewed fabric onto. It is for my boyfriend's dobie/shepherd mix.  The smaller orange one is 1 inch wide and made from the same materials as the other collar. It is for my black lab puppy.  I am working on one for my other dog as we speak.

I ordered enough hardware from an online supplier to make each dog 5 collars each.  I figured they have halloween collars, now they will need one for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day at least. Smiley
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10  Homemade Wubba in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bebedechocolate on: August 19, 2012 06:32:07 PM
My dachshund mix Betsy hurt her back and is now on crate rest for 1 week.  To help her feel better, I went to Petsmart and bought her a kong wubba toy to snuggle with.  The problem is that they only had the large ones and so she doesn't really like it.  It was too big for her to comfortably carry in her mouth.  I was looking at the toy and figured that it would not be too hard to reconstruct.  So I got some leftover fleece, some tennis balls, and got to work.  

I didn't sew the tails into long strips mostly because I cut my initial square of fabric too small.  I bought bright neon green fleece and black sherpa to make a better one.  I stuffed the little head with batting and the body is a small tennis ball.   If you wanted to make more like the kong wubba, you should use a squeaky tennis ball.  Smiley  Making my own wubba was WAY cheaper than going out and buying one.  

BTW, the large wubba now belongs to my other dog and Betsy is snuggling with the prototype homemade wubba while I make the next one.

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