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1  Reusable, double-sided fleece swiffer sweeper pads in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by newyorkdoll on: February 16, 2009 02:10:12 PM
Leftover scraps of fleece + unemployment + greenmindedness = 15 reusable and double sided swiffer sweeper pads!

I had some leftover fleece from making kennel blankets for the animal shelter I volunteer at (I've gotta keep myself busy in between sending out millions of resumes and my unpaid internship), and I have limited funds (ahem, still being supported by my parents, lots of savings bonds for my student loan payments, and random ebay sellings. I've got a Bachelors degree, a publication in a medical journal, and a few years of research experiance at one of the best hospitals in the country. Grr. Anyway.)

Fleece always attracts dust and pet hair, and since my cat sheds like it's his job, and my NYC pre-war apt is majorly dusty, it's perfect. Making them was really simple. I just cut rectangles of fleece the size of the swiffer, sewed 1 inch straps on both sides, repeat 15 times, and save money and waste!

Nothing too fancy, but very functional!

Note the Quality Control Cat in the background on the right. He's kind of afraid of the Swiffer.

I can turn them inside out and use both sides. When I'm done with one, I put them in a plastic bag in my linen closet, and when they're all dirty, I wash them all together in the washing machine (with cold water and Seventh Generation non-oil based detergent of course. Smiley )

Works wonderfully!

My spiffed-up Swiffer.

This is a really easy project! A great way to use felt scraps, and you can probably make these out of old ratty fleece scarves, jackets, or pants. Yay for reducing, reusing and recycling! Grin

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2  Cozy baby blanket and booties in Crochet: Completed Projects by newyorkdoll on: February 16, 2009 01:49:18 PM
I made these for a friend who is expecting. I simply can't follow patterns very well, so I did a simple granny square. It came out really nice. I made up the pattern for the booties myself. The yarn is so nice and cozy!

The quality control team (AKA my kitty Cosmo) inspecting the blanket.

Seal of approval was given by Quality Control Cat.

See how cozy it looks?

The booties, they look a little wonky, but they're just soft and hard to keep in shape.

What do you all think? Grin
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3  Hope bracelet to cheer someone up in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by newyorkdoll on: February 03, 2009 05:25:19 PM
I made this bracelet for a friend of my mom's who was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Purple is the color of Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society walk-a-thon that I've been volunteering for for 5 years, and chaired one in NYC last April. It's pretty simple, but I think it'll cheer her up.
Smiley Jaime
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4  Computer-challenged crafter destroys old laptop that gave her so much grief... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by newyorkdoll on: December 18, 2008 11:22:51 PM

...and comes up with earrings for her computer-genious best friend!
I unscrewed, pried, and tore up my beyond-repair laptop from college, took a  moment to appreciate the amazingly confusing intricacy of the hardware, and proceded to hack it up into bits appropriate for jewelry. I used jewelry pliers to cut some hardware...stuff... into squares, only it was really tough to break apart, so I had to sand the sides to make them even and smooth. Then a quick coat of resin, some simply earring work, and viola! Awesome Christmas present! I'm so proud. Cheers!  Grin
PS: I took the rest of the computer bits and pieces to my local recycling center for proper disposal.
PS Again: Oh yeah... Happy Holidays!
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5  Re: The Crazy for Mental Wellness Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by newyorkdoll on: September 15, 2008 02:22:58 PM
Finally, pictures from my swap with the wonderful AnnaSqueedle! Oh and please excuse the mess all around. I was actually sitting in my walk in closet (I scored with this apt, my closet is huge!) Don't ask me why I was sitting there, lol.
This cracks me up! I have to keep it away from my kitty who likes to try too scratch it for some reason:

A tissue holder!

I love earrings, and these match so many of my outfits. Definately my style...

PILL EARRINGS! I actually just graduated with a bachelor's in psychology, work in psychology research now and plan on getting a doctorate in clinical psych so I can become a therapist, because I definately know what people are going through first hand (My ailments include anxiety, depression and panic attacks). I wore these to the research lab and everyone loved them. I like them because they're sort of tounge in cheek, because although we live in a society that thinks there's a pill for everything, there's nothing wrong with a little psychpharmacology!

More tounge in cheek- and candy definately makes me happy:

I put this on display on my bookshelf!

Since I journal like crazy, live in NYC and love animals, especially cats, this is perfect. AND is soooo funny:

My cat would use skyscrapes as a scratching post if he could... Oh and the text says "it could be worse."

And I forgot to take a picture, but she added an "emergency" chocolate bar, which was already consumed in a craving emergency. Thanks to my partner for the awesome goodies and to the swap organizers! Hope all is well for my fellow mental cases (just kidding, of course!) Grin
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6  Re: beaded wire bracelets - with tutorial!! in Beads: Completed Projects by newyorkdoll on: May 06, 2008 09:29:12 PM
I saw this last night and made one today! This is just my first practice one, as I don't have a larger gauge wire, but I like how my first one turned out. Thanks so much for posting this- these are beautiful!!

It looks better on my wrist than it does in the picture, especially with all the green/turquoise clothing I own since it's my favorite color.
I can't wait to make more! Thanks again for the tute. Grin
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7  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by newyorkdoll on: February 20, 2008 03:24:34 PM
Finally, I had my photoshoot with my kitty Cosmo tonight! I had pneumonia and missed the first 2 weeks of my last semester of college, so I was in bed with Cosmo being my nursemaid and doing as much crafting as my codine-laced prescription cough medicine would allow.
taking everything out of the box, Mr. Nosy investigating...

Sooo, here are my amazing swap items from the wonderful Annacharlotte!
I go upstate (I live in NYC) to visit my parents every other month-ish, and Cosmo comes with me, because my parents love him. Annacharlotte made me a bag to carry all his stuff in (and some of mine.)


A matching pillow that also matches my apartment! Note all the cat hair that takes over anything black.

An exploration tunnel that makes crinkly sounds- makes Cosmo go crazy!

He absolutely REFUSED to go in it when I was taking pictures. He usually only goes in there when no one is looking. He drags it around the apartment, jumps on it, opens it with his nose and paws, goes through once, then drags it to another part of the apt. This is him jumping all over it so it would crinkle.

A NECKLACE! It has a long silver chain, and looks so classy. When you look close, the charms are Cosmo portraits of my kitty on it. I LOVE it! I couldn't take a picture of it without His Highness trying to take it away from me.

CAT TIES!!! So exciting. Since I got a sewing machine, but am so not mechanically inclined, my cat ties came out retarded. Annacharlotte made gorgeous ones! Matching, of course.

His dramatic,  modeling pose:

Three, washable, reusable, refillable bags (matching fabric!) with organic (Annacharlotte and I both like organic things) catnip.

He is under a year old, still a baby although getting huge, so catnip is just starting to affect him. He was sitting on my bed, licking it, then rolling around for a few mins, then coming back for more. Note the catnip all over my bed...

A whimsical shadowbox portrait of the kitty. I LOVE this! If I HAD to pick a favorite item, this would be it.

This shows the dimention of it. You can't see it well in the picture, but there are circles sewn into it with rainbow, metallic thread:

I was going to put it on my wall somewhere, but it looks great on my bookshelf, it's on the upper right corner. Fat Cat can be seen taking one of his many naps on his chair:

Cosmo admiring his goodies:

Don't I look gorgeous in my tie? PS: It's reversible!

All the goodies:

Cosmo and I thank Annacharlotte SO MUCH for all of our beautiful, thoughtful, and wonderfully made swap goodies! She spoiled us!

Love, Jaime and Cosmo

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8  Re: My Pet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by newyorkdoll on: February 15, 2008 02:20:46 PM

Here's a teaser pic for Annacharlotte and her doggie Keilo. Everything wasn't in the box at that point, I was in the process of packing it  Grin
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9  Re: Severed Zombie Hand Cat Toy. in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by newyorkdoll on: January 12, 2008 05:26:04 PM
Your kitty looks so much like my Cosmo!

I LOVE the toy, its so funny to see cats playing with things like that, because it makes no difference to them what they're playing with Grin
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10  Re: My pet Swap (sign up's 1/4/08-1/15/08) Send out's 2/15/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by newyorkdoll on: January 05, 2008 08:55:53 AM
Cosmo is so excited:..
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