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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tshirt Blanket on: August 29, 2012 10:53:18 PM
I had wanted to make a tshirt blanket for the longest time.  I'd saved a lot of my band shirts throughout junior high and high school in hopes of doing so one day.  This summer I finally finished it!   Grin

I didn't really know what I was doing; pretty much just winged the entire thing.  I cut out and hemmed the edges of each shirt then sewed them all together, and sewed a sheet on the back.  

I began cutting them out in January 2011-

Nearly finished...

And, the shirt that started it all... my grandma bought it for me a few days before I started 8th grade in 2001.

(Sorry if it's sideways, Photobucket wasn't agreeing with me)

I ended up breaking a needle in my thumbnail when I was doing the very last stitches.  o.0  It's definitely not perfect, but it was worth it. It's very comfortable and packed with memories. I'm so glad to have finally finished it!

*There are also two shirts that I received in Craftster swaps years ago in my blanket.  Grin
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some marker drawings... on: March 05, 2012 03:17:19 PM
I suffered from artist block for a few years, but, in January, I finally decided to buy a new sketchbook and a couple packages of Bic Mark-It's.  My sketchbook is now almost full.

Smoke Monster





and some faces...

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Favorite Color Swap 2012 Gallery on: March 04, 2012 11:23:22 PM
Here is my lovely package from krafty*krista...

My cat, Nico, playing with her fabulous new decorative toy:

Thanks so much, Krista!!!  Grin
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Nursery letters on: March 02, 2012 10:46:38 PM
Aw, they look terrific!  Such a sweet character to use as inspiration for a nursery.  Smiley
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Color- Winter 2012 (SU -CLOSED); SO 02/27/12) on: February 24, 2012 08:36:25 PM
I have everything pretty much finished!  I will be sending on Monday, as it's my day off.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Color- Winter 2012 (SU -CLOSED); SO 02/27/12) on: February 08, 2012 11:01:59 PM
I made a lot of progress tonight! I now have everything planned, one thing finished.  I'm in the middle of moving and was halfway through something when I realized a supply I needed is in a container at my new place. Cry
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Color- Winter 2012 (SU 01/16/12-01/26/12; SO 02/27/12) on: January 26, 2012 01:08:11 PM
I've been out of the swap-loop for quite some time... I'm really excited for partners!  Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: LOST swap? on: January 11, 2012 08:30:51 AM
I'd be down for another one... perhaps for the two year anniversary of the show ending.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Recycled Paper Christmas Tree *Lots of Pictures!* on: December 17, 2011 10:36:14 PM
I vote this as the most imaginative, resourceful and beautiful non-traditional Christmas tree ever!

Your persistence paid off...it looks wonderful!

Your "failed" blinds also look pretty cool...did you find that project on this site? Cheesy  I am interested in that one...

I came up with the magazine blind on my own after I made a folded paper shade for my porch door... I thought it was an original idea but after some googling I found that it had been done before.  I'd like to try it again sometime with better planning.  The weight of it worried me.  It was really heavy and I was afraid it would end up coming undone after hanging it up.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Recycled Paper Christmas Tree *Lots of Pictures!* on: December 15, 2011 09:46:28 AM

Last year I broke up with my boyfriend of five years during the first week of December.  While it was a good decision for me, it left me feeling a bit out of sorts and I ended up throwing away every Christmas decoration I had two weeks before the holiday.  This year I realized that I was in need of a tree.  I was about to buy one, but whilst watching Charlie Brown's Christmas special I got an idea: why not make a dinky little tree myself?!  So, I did.

 I used a bunch of rolled up magazine 'rods' that I had put together over the summer when I was attempting to make a recycled paper blind.  I ended up giving up on it because it was too heavy and I got bored with the project.  
What the tree was born from:

A few Christmas movies later.  I had a Christmas tree made entirely of reused magazine paper and glue.  LOTS of glue.  Grin

For the topper I made an origami paper star out of about 14 pages of a Zelda Twilight Princess strategy guide.

It was pretty frustrating at times because the weight was too heavy up top and I didn't plan the structure well enough initially.  I used little one inch pieces of the rods as supports.  Also, help from my cat Nico jumping over it and batting at the branches didn't help much.  Grin  However, after a lot of hot glue and trimming it's very stable.

Merry Christmas!

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