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11  On an origami kick. :) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by allyinthevalley on: November 29, 2007 09:00:21 PM
The whole family has been sick for the last few days. What better time to sit on your butt for hours on end folding paper?
This is the first time I've done origami. I've never even made those little fortune-teller thingies that all the girls used to make in elementary school! I'm quite happy with the results, but all of the patterns (if that's the word) are very basic as a result of my inexperience. Here's a small sampler of the oodles of things I've made in the last 24 hours:

I made some ornaments out of paper balloons:

I LOVE making the cranes!

Little boxes that I'll be using this Christmas to give jewelry in:

I messed up a bit on the irises, but they're still really pretty-especially when bunched together:

My daughter wanted googly eyes and a feather tail on this one  Smiley :

Bad pic, I know, but I made bunches of these tiny envelopes to tape onto Christmas gifts and put name tags in:

At first, I didn't think I should post these because I'm such a novice. But I'm hoping that maybe more people out there will draw Christmas inspiration from them like I did. I'm making them into ornaments and handing them out as extra gifts. Smiley
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12  Four dolls (each one is a little bit better) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: November 11, 2007 09:09:53 PM
A while back I saw a post from another Craftster who had made a really cute doll for her (I think?) soon-to-be-born baby. If I remember, she had a link to a pattern for the doll. Well, I liked the doll quite a lot and got it into my head to make one for each of the little girls in my family. But I really hate following patterns, so I figured I'd just make things up as I went along. Hence I have four dolls of similar design but each different with no pattern in common, with each one being in some way better than the last I made. I think it's fun to see them get a bit better. Smiley
All four togther:

The first I made, Sara (plain and tall):

Then I found all of this old 70's fabric in my stash that I bought at a rummage sale this summer. So I made Rosemary:

I put "laces" up her legs so they're more like go-go boots:

Then there's Lulu. She's a wee bit lopsided, but I still love her:

And last (for now) Baby Boo, for my youngest neice. She doesn't have any legs, but only because she came with her very own baby blanket:

Again, I love seeing progression of work. It makes me feel like I'm actually accomplishing something!  Roll Eyes
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13  Come to the Dark Side of the Bed (You know you want to) PIC HEAVY in CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES by allyinthevalley on: November 01, 2007 03:44:05 PM
 Smiley Please remember to vote!!  Smiley

EDIT: Just thought I should mention that these pillowcases are my own designs... Not that I came up with the characters, just how to draw them in this instance.  Grin

First of all, let it be publicly known that I did not at all want to be the first person to post. But I sort of think that nobody does and I want to see what everyone else has done, so here I go!

I was trying to think of what I could do to fit the yin and yang criteria, and as a geek I felt that the light and the dark side of the Force pretty much epitomize it. Therefore I am quite happy to present, after approximately 65 hours of carpel tunnel inducing embroidery, my Star Wars pillowcases!

The two cases together, with Vader and Luke ready to face off:

The Good Guys:

The Bad Guys:


Luke and Yoda:

Leia and C-3PO:

Another shot with C-3PO plus R2-D2:

Han and Chewie!

And a rather unhelpful but still kind of cute Ewok:

Vader and the Emperor:

Storm Trooper not trusting Jabba the Hutt:

Boba Fett and a Jawa:

Close ups:

Whew! And that's it!! Sorry for the overload of pics, but I wanted to show off.  Undecided
Thanks for looking, and don't forget to vote!!

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14  Re: OTT Round 15 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: October 29, 2007 02:26:05 PM
I finally received my OTT! Here it is, a cassette tape wallet!

And Inside (the money didn't come with it. Smiley ):

My husband was jealous of this. Smiley And it came at just the right time: I was looking for wallet to buy!
I think I may add some embellishments to it when I have the time.
Thanks so much, MissNoemi! You were a great partner!
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15  Re: Star Trek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: October 25, 2007 02:03:40 PM
I received from laminathegreat a while back, and figured it was high time that I post some pics!
Here is everything together:

The coolest washclothes with the Federation symbol on them:

Vulcan ears and Bajoran noses (with extra latex for applying them):

What Would Spock Do? Stamp:

And Tribbles!! My girls have had a blast with these. And they smell good, too.:

And that's it, boys and girls! Thank you so much, laminathegreat! This was a fabulous swap!

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16  Re: Donating crafts for the welfare of others: Sending Information Added in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by allyinthevalley on: October 18, 2007 02:44:20 PM
I'm absolutely thrilled! Hippiejo74 sent a big package today with 6 knitted(?) hats, an awesome purple scarf, beewax candles, and patchouli soap! Here's a pic of everything together.

I'll start posting these things TODAY!
Thank you so much, Hippiejo!!!
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17  Re: Craft My Collection swap display shelf! in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: October 17, 2007 02:53:26 PM
Hre's what I got from Calebsmama!!
I collect a bunch of Irish things, so she crocheted a Celtic knot in the shape of a heart. I really love it, and it will soon be framed and hung in my living room.  Cheesy

She also sent me some orange kitchen appliances. I am ALWAYS happy to get anything cooking related!!

Thank you Calebsmama! You were a great swap partner!!
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18  Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher... kind of. in Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: October 17, 2007 02:45:50 PM
I made fried marbles!! There are already several people who have posted these around this site, and on each post there are people trying to figure out the best way to make them. So I took the liberty of trying all of the methods to see which is best.
I tried boiling, "frying" in a cast iron pan... But the very best way, as well as the easiest, was to bake them in the oven.
Put your clear marbles (It's useless to use solid colored ones. You can't see the cracks on the inside.) in a pie pan. Bake them in a preheated 500 degree (farenheit) oven for about 20 minutes. There's no need to go over 20 minutes, though it doesn't hurt them. I tried different times and any left in for over 20 minutes all look the same. Have a metal bowl with ice cold water ready. Remove your marbles and immediately dump them into the water. The marbles crack, you ooo and ahh, and you're done!

And here's my idea for what to do with them. Keep in mind that this is still a pretty rough idea, and this is my first attempt and the ONLY experience I've had with wire-bendy-working-stuff... It's an attempt at a suncatcher. It's at a funny angle here... looks a little better in real life. I think someone with experience could come up with a much nicer one, but I'll keep working at it.  Wink


Hope this inspires someone. It is a good project for a cloudy autumn afternoon.

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19  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery October 2007 in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: October 14, 2007 12:59:57 PM
Nothing particularly special, but my partner for the One Tiny Thing swap and I decided to do a few extra tiny things on the side. So these are the extras that I sent her.
An ATC sized felt patch (which I posted already in the ATC October Gallery... oh well)

And a melted bead dish, which I made because she loves pink and I had an over abundance of pink beads:

I'll post pics of what she makes for me once I get the package. Smiley
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20  Re: OTT Round 15 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: October 14, 2007 12:40:14 PM
My partner received a while ago, and since she hasn't posted yet I thought I'd go ahead and do that for her. She requested stitch-markers and said she liked fruit, so.......

Fruity stitch markers (or charms... whichever)! (It's funny, because this is the 3rd swap in a row that I've made stitch markers for. But my partners keep requesting them, so what am I supposed to do?!)
We also decided to do some personal tiny swaps on the side, so I made her a melted bead dish and an ATC-sized patch. But since this was strictly a "one item" swap, I won't post the others.
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