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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing tennis balls? on: June 13, 2016 02:27:58 PM
My boyfriend and I love playing tennis.  But it can be frustrating when there's other people at the tennis court as well and balls start getting mixed up.  We've found some pink tennis balls to use, but to be honest, they're not the greatest and don't last very long.  All the really colorful tennis balls are dog toys and don't have enough bounce to them for a real game.  Since Sports Authority is going out of business we came up with this grand plan to buy a bunch of tennis balls for cheap and then dye them fun colors ourselves.  I guess my question to those more experienced with dyeing then myself is: does this actually have a chance of working?  I'm sure the tennis balls are covered in a synthetic fiber but have no idea what.  Would RIT dye work on them?  Or will we need something stronger?  Since they're all starting off that bright green/yellow color, are there some colors that we should avoid trying?  Will dyeing possibly ruin the bounce of the balls?
Thanks for any help you can offer!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fear my butt, for I am...skunk! on: November 03, 2015 02:01:20 PM
One of my boyfriend's pet names for me is "skunk" (long story) and we both agreed it'd be cute if I went as a skunk for Halloween this year.  And since I didn't want to be a "sexy" skunk that meant making my costume myself.  
I started with a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants as a base.  Then I bought white and black furry fabric for the stripe, ears, and tail.  Sewing on the ears and stripe were easy.  I hit a minor snag with my tail.  It was supposed to be more upright and with a bit of a curve to it, but the wire I put in just crumpled to the bottom the first time I sat down in the costume.  So I ended up being a skunk that wasn't on high alert.   Cheesy  I joked about getting one of those clown spraying flower things to rig up so I could actually spray people (though not with actual skunk spray  Tongue ) but that was starting to get a bit too complicated.
Here's the final result:

I bought black bear paw slippers and black paw glove things.  The gloves didn't stay on very long since it was hard to eat, drink, or do much of anything with them on.  The slippers were awesome though.  

I took this picture because my boyfriend said a skunk wearing sunglasses looked ridiculous, but in this case it helps show off the ears a bit better.  

This costume had the bonus of being pretty much the most comfortable costume ever.  I was basically just wearing pajamas and a blanket as my costume.  Luckily it wasn't too warm either of the times I wore it, or else I would have melted right out of it, since it was very warm inside.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza on: July 15, 2014 02:21:06 PM
My boyfriend and I love pizza, and love experimenting with new pizza toppings.  We even dedicated a section of our blog to just such a topic.  We realized that (with the exception of dessert pizzas) all our pizzas feature meat, yet we have a lot of vegetarian friends.  So we decided to make a vegetarian pizza this time.  Thus was born the buffalo cauliflower pizza.   Smiley

The process was pretty simple.  First we fried up some cauliflower.  This was actually the most time consuming part, since the cauliflower had to be steamed first, then breaded, and then fried.  It was worth it though, since it's delicious.

Then my boyfriend made up his buffalo sauce, while keeping it more on the mild side than usual for me, since I don't handle spicy foods as well as he does. We put a thin layer on the crust, like you would with tomato sauce on a regular pizza, and par baked it first, since the cauliflower had already been cooked a lot.  Then we dipped the cauliflower in the buffalo sauce and put them on the pizza.  Finally we topped it off with a mixture of shredded mozzarella and provelone cheeses.  

Popped it into the oven to finish baking, and voila!  It was really yummy.  Even as someone who's not generally a fan of buffalo wings I still enjoyed it.  And it's pretty much the perfect alternative to buffalo chicken pizza for vegetarians.   Smiley

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr. Mario Pillow on: August 08, 2013 07:33:20 PM
I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in housewares since it's a pillow, but the bulk of the work was the embroidery, so I decided this would be its home. 

I've officially finished my first Christmas present for this year!  This will be going to my boyfriend.  He's a big video game fan and Dr. Mario is one of his favorite video game characters.  I made the pillow itself to look like a pill.  I'm really happy with how good it looks.

I used crayon tinting for the clipboard, shoes, the round part of his head...thingy, and his skin.

A little closer up:

I'm super pleased with how the hair turned out.  (And the threads in the back aren't as noticeable in person).

The back is just plain, but shows off how it looks like a pill.   

I can't wait until Christmas so I can give it to him. I think he's really going to love it, and I think it'll be a surprise getting something video game themed from me, since I'm not really into that world.  Since I can't get his reaction for a few more months, I'd love to hear what other people think!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New purse that looks a lot like my last two purses on: August 14, 2012 02:22:20 PM
Last year I made my own version of a bag I'd bought at Wal*Mart (as can be seen here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376814.msg4446396#msg4446396).  While I like that bag and have used it alot, it's just a little too small to use during school and sometimes I have trouble fitting all my stuff in.  So I made another bag in the same style.

ta-da!  Same style, just a bit bigger.  

The inside:

I love me some zippy pockets.   Cheesy

Standing more upright.  I added some interfacing to the handle this time to give it a little more strength.

The outside fabric is canvas.  All the rest are just assorted cottons I think.  I honestly don't even know how old the lining fabric is...I'm pretty sure my grandma bought it (and she hasn't been with us for awhile).  Even though I can see all the little things wrong with it, overall I'm pleased with how it turned out.   Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wedding Ring Quilt OR The Blanket That Ate My Summer Vacation on: August 02, 2012 02:36:46 PM
When my friend got engaged last spring I knew pretty much immediately that I had to make her wedding present.  So I scoured the internet for patterns and finally settled on this one: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/WT1647+Wedding+Ring+Quilt.htm
I started it back in November, but didn't have much time to work on it during school, so most of the work was done over winter break and the past couple of months (the wedding is in September).  Here is the result of my labors:

I did it in the colors of their wedding.  Since there's a vineyard theme to the wedding I wanted to make it look kind of like grapes on vines.

I only have a few in progress shots:

And here are some more completed pics:

This one gives an idea of size:

It's actually a bit small...I think because my rings are poofy, and I'm not entirely sure why.   Undecided  Hopefully they either have a smaller bed, or since they live in the desert will use it more for decorative purposes.
I still want to embroider a label with their names and the date of the wedding for it, but I'm just to happy to finally be done crocheting that I felt like I had to share with people.   Cheesy

Now to fit all the projects I wanted to do for myself over the summer into the next 3 weeks...

Added 8/14:
Here's the label I embroidered and am going to pin on to the blanket (last names have been blurred out).

I realized too late that what I thought was the same blue thread was actually slightly different blue thread.  I don't think it's that super noticable though, and at least the color change occured between words, so I can always just pretend I did it on purpose.   Tongue

My friend opened her present back at the hotel yesterday afternoon:

I think she liked it.    Grin
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Loading troubles in Internet Explorer on: June 03, 2012 10:08:34 AM
Has anyone else had troubles with Craftster loading properly in IE?  For the past few days now, every now and then Craftster won't load past the top banner ad.  Everything below that is just the blue background.  Sometimes if I click around long enough it'll come back, but other times I just have to give up.  Is it just me?
I'm not 100% sure which version of Internet Explorer it is, since I'm on a different computer at the moment, but I'll add that info when I get it.
ETA: It's Internet Explorer version 9.0.8112.16421.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting Magazines on: April 10, 2012 02:27:35 PM
Hello wonderful quilters.  I have a favor to ask.  I'm taking a class this semester called Magazine Culture and for my final paper I want to compare trends in quilting magazines to trends in fashion magazines.  The problem is, it's kind of hard to find archives of quilting magazines.  So I was wondering if anyone has any old quilting magainzes they'd be willing to scan for me, or let me borrow (I'd send them back!).  The earliest I'd want is 2010.  Anything older would be great.  It would be greatly appreciated, and I'll make sure to thank you in the paper as well.   Smiley

(Or if anyone could even just point me in the direction of a good online archive that'd be appreciated too.  So far I've only found ones that show a page or 2 and then want you to order the magazine, which would get a bit expensive for a paper).
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Art History Major Cat on: August 17, 2011 02:25:41 PM
I recently stitched this up for OnePinkHippo.  We're both Art History majors, so it seemed appropriate.   Cheesy

I definately had some awkward moments studying/working on homework in public. 

a close up:

I used mostly backstitch.  But I also used satin stitch and split stitch.  This was my first time using crayon tinting.  I think it turned out pretty well, though next time I'll be a bit neater with my strokes.  For some reason I thought the colors would melt together more when I set them with the iron. 
I debated whether or not to leave the letters white.  Ultimately I decided to let them be the color of the backgound they're in, because I thought it'd be too much white with the cat.

I shoved some cardboard in the back to hold down the fabric, and keep light from passing through and showing off any stray threads (shhh  Wink).
and i attached some ribbon for easy hanging:

I had fun doing it, and she loved it, so I'm pleased.   Grin

P.S. - the original meme can be found here: http://fyeaharthistorymajorcat.tumblr.com/post/3673935313/picture-background-an-eight-piece-pie-style
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Cheap Knock-off Bag on: March 29, 2011 11:12:21 AM
Most people make knock-off of expensive bags, like Coach and Chanel and the like. But I made a knock-off of a bag I got from Wal*Mart for about $10.   Cheesy  I bought the original bag on a whim and it quickly became my favorite bag because of the size and number of pockets.  Since it was cheap though, I knew it wouldn't last forever (I've already had to fix the inside pocket lining twice), so I decided to make my own version.   Smiley

the original is on the left and my version is on the right.

i used muahtimespi's tutorial and the original as guides.

on to more pictures:

a close-up of the outside pockets.  I decided to go with just a button for the one instead of a flap that the original has because the flap just seemed like too much work.   Tongue

the lining.

close-ups of the inside pockets.  i also added the open pocket on the inside that the original bag didn't have.

The only fabric I bought specifically for this bag was the outside canvas.  The rest was all from my stash.
Even though I used the same (or at least I thought the same) measurements as the original bag, this one came out a bit shallower but wider.  So far everything fits in, I just don't have as much extra room as I usually like.  But we'll see how things work out.
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