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31  I was a skeleton... in Halloween Costumes by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 04:18:04 PM
I know this is super late but for this past Halloween I was a skeleton, my boyfreind was the Tooth Fairy and my sister was a Racoon (she has a thing for woodland creatures).
I cut out and sewed the bones onto a shirt and a pair of leggings.  I was in a car accident a few years ago so I decided to sew the cracks in my pelvis and attached a screw to the ankle where I still have one in me LOL!!
I had so much fun painting my face, I followed a youtube video done by Letzmakeup. Painting my face is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. Please ignore my blue socks!! I don't have any black ones =/

This is Jeremy as the tooth fairy, this was fully his idea and the fact that he wore that tutu all night was pretty amazing!! I made that whole thing out of over 5 yards of 4 different fabrics and 15 yards of 2 different ribbons. It's so pretty in real life but I have no idea what to do with it now!

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32  Decopauged Ornaments in Winter Holidays by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 03:52:27 PM
I madethese adorable decopauge ornaments for my bff this past Christmas. Normally I don't like to give people Christmas themed presents, it kind of seems like a cop out to me. However, in November I saw a picture of decopauged ornaments like these and I instantly wanted to make them for her. I know that she loves things made from old book pages so these just made sense. I headed to the thrift store looking for an old book that I could tear up. The only suitable one I found happened to be an old Algebra book from one of the high schools around here. It seemed pretty appropriate since her boyfriend has a Math degree. I figure next year they can put these on their tree! I jazzed them up with some glitter glue and ribbons too. She loved them a ton which is always the best response to a gift!

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33  Felt Heart Ornaments in Valentine's Day by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 03:46:50 PM
I made these three little stuffed felt heart ornaments for my partner in a blog valentine's day swap I was in.  I hand sewed them and embroidered some little details on the back so they would be cute if they flipped around by accident.

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34  Coffee Cozy for my BFF in Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 02:20:45 PM
My bff loves coffee, she worked at Starbucks for two years and that place definitely rubbed off on her! I've been seeing little coffee cozies around so I decided to make her one. I sewed this little guy up one night and he fits perfectly on a Venti sized cup. The button works but it's really just there for show.

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35  A scarf for my Bestie in Crochet: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 02:12:53 PM
This is the first scarf I made and after searching Ravelry for hours and getting a basic idea of what I was going for, I decided to make my own pattern. I put two rows of Front Post Double Crochet stiches on either side of a cable stitch. It took me a little while to get the hang of the cable stitch but once I got it, I breezed through this beauty.

Side Note:
The cutest thing happened while making this too. I don't know if you guys are fans of stitching in public but I certainly am. I tend to crochet while waiting for my laundry or really anywhere that I think I'll be sitting around for a while. I had to get my car inspected and I knew I would be waiting but didn't know for how long so I packed my little craft bag with my yarn and hook just in case. I was sitting in the waiting room for about 30-40 minutes so I got a good amount done. A really nice woman was sitting next to me and first started talking to me by asking where I get my nails done (I paint my own and there was easily month old polish on them lol) and then she asked what I was "knitting". Does this happen to you fellow hookers? How do you handle it? I just smiled and said "Oh thank you, I'm crocheting it for my friends birthday. It's a scarf." I feel I HAVE to correct people or something. I can't let them go on with their lives not knowing that crochet exists!! Anyway...she said she has a few things at home that she once started and never finished but thinks she should dig them out now that I reminded her. She was really interested too, she was touching and looking at the scarf very intently and asking me all kinds of questions. I enjoyed it a lot actually, it was nice to kind of bond with this random lady over some yarn and a hook!

Anyway, I took about a bazillion pictures of this scarf to try and get some good ones (please excuse my scowl in the one of me wearing it!) The color is my favorite, it's Vanna White's Cranberry. The color is shown the best in the picture of me, the last two I really wanted to show off the stitches but the sun kind of washed out the pic a bit.

Also, I had no idea how long to make the scarf. I didn't want it to be too short that you couldn't get some good wrap around with it but I also didn't want it so long that it'd stick out the bottom of a jacket or something. Well after searching the internet for a bit I found the general rule of thumb is to make the scarf as tall as the person it is for. It makes perfect sense and thank goodness Liz and I are practically the same height!

Sorry for the rambling...I'll shut up and get to the pics now!

Thanks for looking and if you read that whole thing...your're awesome!! LOL

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36  Owl Fingerless Gloves in Crochet: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 23, 2012 01:57:28 PM
Two years ago when I decided I needed to learn how to crochet (because I completely forgot everything my Nana taught me when I was little) the entire reason was because of these Hooked on Owls fingerless gloves by Beansprout Creations. I had bought the pattern and the yarn and thought I could just watch youtube videos to figure out the stitches that make the owl. Well...after a handful of attempts and hissy fits, I put the pattern away and just forgot about it. I realized that the stitches to make the owl were waaay more advanced than my skills (I had only made two amigurumi's at that point) and I would have to wait a while before I could actually make these.
After I finally learned and understood how to make cable stitches, I thought I might be able to attempt these gloves again.
I had to modify the crap out of this pattern though! I used a smaller hook than the pattern called for and I had to take out about 12 stitches per round to make them fit me. I know I have small hands but the size made with this pattern is ginormous!! I also added a stretchy ribbed cuff around the wrist.

Anyway...I used buttons that my mother gave me that belonged to my Nana. I painted the pupils on and I love them! I am so incredibly pleased with these gloves, I kind of want to wear them ALL the time!! I'm just so happy I was able to make them since they were the whole reason I started crocheting in the first place, I know enough about crochet now to be able to modify patterns to fit me, and I was able to incorporate something from my Nana who taught me to crochet in the first place. I wish she was here even more now, just so I could show them to her <3

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37  My first Granny Afghan! in Crochet: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 22, 2012 05:48:30 PM
I am so freaking excited that I crocheted myself a granny square afghan!!! This baby was a labor of love and I am so proud of her. I worked on her off and on for 10 months with tons of breaks in between. I will say that I hoped it was going to be a bit bigger, I'm horrible at measurements and things like that. It's the perfect size for a twin bed but gets the job done on my full size.
Anyways...on to the pics!

I really love her a lot.  I've now started on a big multi colored chevron afghan for my boyfriend to use.  It's kind of nice have a giant project to pick up and put down between other projects over a long period of time.

Thanks so much for looking!
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38  We are Awesome <3 in Needlework: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 22, 2012 05:36:03 PM
I saw a print over on Pinterest not too long ago with this sentiment on it and instantly had to pin it. My boyfriend and I are always joking about how we're the most awesome couple we know so it seemed perfect for us! I don't make prints or anything but I decided this would be a cute little embroidery to give him for Valentine's Day. 

It's only about 3" x 3". I thought it was the perfect size, not too overwhelming or anything.
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39  "Carved" heart and initials in Needlework: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 22, 2012 05:31:35 PM
A while ago I saw a print someone did of a stylized tree with a heart and carved initials. I don't really make prints but I remembered seeing this wood patterned fabric in my interweb travels. An idea started to form in the crafty part of my brain. I found a fat quarter of the exact fabric I wanted. My idea was to embroider a heart with "Liz & Larry" in it (Liz is my bestie and Larry is her boyfriend) Initials just seemed too plain so I went with full names. I mean even the full names is fairly simple but I think the image and idea of it is so sweet.

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40  Flowers for my Mom in Needlework: Completed Projects by pennydreadfull on: March 22, 2012 04:54:14 PM
My mom just moved to Arizona a few months ago. When she lived here in PA (where I am too) she had a real house and tons of gardens. She had a garden in front of the kitchen that she refered to as her "Old English Garden", it was just a mish mash of lots of beautiful and colorful flowers. I even helped her plant some of them. She also had a lily garden that went all the way around her greenhouse that was SO beautiful!! She even had a shade garden of different ground covering type plants along the fence because it didn't get much light there. In the back yard she had a vegetable garden which I think I will miss the most. There's nothing quite like making a salad with tomatoes your mom grew. Not to mention her greenhouse full of different cacti and houseplants. Needless to say, my mother is one hell of a gardener and has two giant green thumbs. Now that she lives in an apartment in Arizona, she doesn't have her gardens anymore.
When I was thinking of what to make her for Christmas, I decided I would make her some little stump work emrboidery hoop gardens that she can hang in her apartment. I chose a theme of all blue flowers because she really loves the color blue, in all shades she loves blue!

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