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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / May the Crochet Force be with YOU!-->YODA! on: August 06, 2010 05:48:28 PM
Hi all! I am new to crochet (one pot holder, 2 scarfs, and one hedgehog) and am a member of a site called swap-bot where you sign up to swap items with people all over the world. For one of my swaps, my partner was a huge star wars fan.
PLEASE BE KIND! This is the first thing that I have crocheted without a pattern to go by. I don't have safety eyes or any where locally that I can buy them so his eyes are made from beads. You, unfortunately, can see the brown thread that I sewed them on with but had no idea how to hide them.

I don't know if my partner likes him yet as Yoda has had to travel from KY to Germany and apparently it can take up to 30 days to receive there.

My partner emailed me and said that the Yoda was LOVED! She states that the little guy has made a trip to the parents house and received approval from them and the tooth pick walking stick has had to be replaced already because of too much play! I would say he is a hit!

Anyway, on to YODA:
Hood down

Hood up

back/side view of clothing

I attempted to crochet upper and lower eyelids to make the more puffy look of the movie Yoda and I stitched a mouth on him but both looked jankie and so I removed them and just went with eyes. I could not find a twig small enough to fit the tight stitches. I wanted to make a life saber and walking stick out of sculpey but ran out of time trying to figure out the face.

Open to any C&C or advise as to how to possibly improve the face. I want to make another Yoda and a Darth Vader for my daughter to give to her father next X-mas so Please tell me how to make it the best gift she can give him!

Thanks for Looking!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 51 ENTRIES / The Battle of the Sexes becomes FASHIONABLY ORGANIZED!!((PIC HEAVY)) on: June 02, 2010 12:15:10 PM
So this challenge could not have come at a better time! My sister's 25th birthday was on May 26th and I had NNOOO idea what to get her. She likes anything to do with fashion, glitz, glam, pink, animal print, make-up, etc. The problem was that being an unemployed single mother, doing all I can to scrape by, my budget was absolutely ZERO!

About a week before my sister's birthday, we went window shopping for her b-day so that I could give mom some ideas as to what to get as well. In our local TJ Maxes, SIS found these neat animal print/pink organizers that she fell in love with. They were designed to fit into like your vanity drawer and then there was a wall organizer that had two clear pockets to store jewelry or something and a space above that was one of those picture holder things that have the criss-cross ribbons to hold the photo in place.

Anyway for a three piece set it was going to cost (before taxes) $55.00. Sorry but being the Crafter that I am, I knew that I could make them. So I went home and searched the house for objects that could be used. Because mys sis and I both have a love for all things animal print and because I adore fabric, I have tons of material to choose from. I dug out an old board game from the top of my closet and set to work.

Here are the results. Not many pics in the process:
The Game

The Components

I used the lid, the board, the game pieces, and the white insert. I have enough material to make-over the bottom of the box but ran out of spray adhesive so will need to do that later.
The Fabric

The pink fabric I used was really cool in that it faded from red to pink to white and then finally to black. I only needed the pink portion for this but the bits I used does show some of the fade.
The Drawer Organizers

The big one is almost done, just needs the dividers and still need to adhere the pink fabric to the center of the smaller organizer.
Measuring and cutting the DIVIDERS

I love to craft but get such a headache anytime I have to measure and cut. I prefer to eyeball it but for this situation, measuring was a necessity!
Adhering the fabric to the Game board

Because the animal print fabric was o thin, you could easily make-out the print on the box and on the board. To prevent this, I first used a piece of black cotton fabric as a backing and then the animal print. This way my sis never has to know it was a game board (unless she sees this post!)

As I said before, my sister likes all things glitzy and glam, so I applied one-by-one tiny rhinestones in the shape of a J for her first initial. I also hand painted the original red and blue game pieces pink and then used gorilla glue to stick them on to the hanging organizer to be used as pegs to hang jewelry on. The tips of each one and at the intersection of the ribbon pic holder on top, are more rhinestones. The hanger does not have pockets like the one in the store but it is a lot more decorative as well as useful now. I also included a beveled mirror (originally a tray to hold a candle).

Now the finished product with action shots!
The wall hanging organizer

Sis already has some jewelry on it and a pic of my daughter. She absolutely loved it all and said that the hanging organizer was 100% better than the one in the store.

The dividers are a bit wonky but overall I am very happy with the way it all turned out. Sis loved them. And I still have the bottom of the box to make one more large organizer if she needs it.

Total investment: $0.00
A happy 25th Birthday: Priceless!

Comments are most appreciated!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / What is PINK, FURRY, and CUTE all over?(img overload)*updated* on: June 01, 2008 09:27:37 AM
This is my first challenge and I am so excited!

I found this chair at an indoor flea market about two months back. The fabric was a 60's yellow, orange, and split pea soup green that was absolutely hideous. Despite the fact that it basically looked like someone puked all over it, I loved the curves in the chair and the springs were in excellent shape. And best of all the little white price tag pinned to it said that it would be mine for the low, low price of $5.00. ......SOLD!

I took it home and put it in my bedroom out of site till I could find just the right fabric that would both make a statement and would celebrate my colorful personality.

After rummaging through my many boxes of material, I came across this fantastic pink furriness that had been given to me about 3 years ago. It had a really strange shape cut out of one end but I was pretty sure there would be enough. ( just barely!)

Now the fun begins! I removed all the upholstery tacks and took off all the old gross fabric. (The garbage can devoured it quickly!) The original padding was still usable but I add more batting to make it extra comfy. I also spray painted the wooden legs with silver.

With my trusty staple gun, scissors and the fabric in hand, I went to work. After much stretching and pulling, stapling and maybe a little cussing, This is what I came up with!





(pic of back as per your request!)

(here it is with a blue fur rug)

(what is left of the material used)

Please comment and let me know what you think! If you like it, please hit "this rocks"

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cheap Dollar store find to expensive looking wall decor on: May 01, 2008 10:07:50 PM
My mom bought me this not so cute wall mounted candle holder thing form the dollar store. Although I wasn't all that impressed with it, I could tell that it had some real potential.

 My living room is "electric lime green" with white accessories and touches of pink here and there for a more dramatic effect. ( I am not afraid of color!) So I spray painted it white and then hot glued pink rhinestones on each swirl to give it a little sparkle. Bought some 4/$1.00 pink candles, mounted it and now it looks like something you would pay $40.00 or $50.00 dollars for from one of those home decor magazines. The pics don't do the rhinestones justice but you get the idea and I love it!

Please tell me what you think!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Fireplace Screen to Faux-Window on: May 01, 2008 09:54:53 PM
I was walking around WallyWorld late one night when I came across this three panel fireplace screen on clearance for $21.00(originally $39.00). I loved the scroll work and thought that if I removed the center screen out of each panel and replaced it with fabric that it would make an awesome headboard for my bed.

So I took it home and cut the welded hinges off with my handee-dandee cutting wheel, separating the three pieces. I then spray painted it white. I let it dry over night and went to bed. My mother came over the next morning and saw my work and suggested that instead of turning it into a headboard that I should leave the screen in and hang it on my very blue but very bare dining room wall to create a faux window effect.

I figured I would try it to see how it looked. I wasn't crazy about it but then I remembered that I had a set of 3 cheap dollar store shelves and decided to hang those under the screen to give it the look of window sills. It looked better but something was still missing.

Since my kitchen and dining room are "Aruba blue" and my living room is "electric lime green", with white and pink accessories throughout, I decided it needed a little pink "bling" So I hot glued Pink rhinestones to each of the swirls and Viola! It made the perfect window!
( I still have to mount the screens to the wall so that the center one is raised to show the perfect curvature)

Sorry this is so long winded but please let me know what you think!

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My new focal point for my Lime green Livingroom on: February 29, 2008 11:57:05 PM
Hi All! So I just finished painting my living room lime green. (I know it sounds awful but it turned out so cute!) I have a great window focal point with a beautiful view, however I also had a huge blank wall that just screams out for attention. After endless searching for the right piece of art and not really seeing anything that suited my needs, I decided to try my hand at painting.
So on to the artwork that now graces my wall!

Comments welcomed!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Funky Pink Zebra Cabinet on: February 29, 2008 11:46:43 PM
HI all! My name is Christina and I am fairly new to the site.  After playing peeping Tom, I have decided to post one of my most recent projects in the hopes that it might inspire somone as all of you have inspired me!

Here goes:
I found this ugly, pressed board telephone cabinet that had been discarded for trash. It was in really good condition and fits in my hall nicely. Unfortunately it is not exactly my taste. So what is a girl to do? PAINT!!

(I forgot to take a B4 shot and didnt remember till the project was almost complete. )

Pink background is dry and ready for stripes.

Akward sideways view of the top.

Front View:

Side View:

I still have to make a door knob. I am thinking of doing something with pink rhinestones to add a punch of sparkle.
So what do you think?
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