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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Rag Quilt for My Brother on: May 26, 2009 08:13:15 PM
My brother has had a rough got at it, but these past few years he has really come around and made a life for himself. I wanted to make him something special to show that I was proud of him, so I decided to try my hand at quilt making. I chose a rag quilt because I thought it would be pretty easy. It both was and wasn't. I know next time to make sure that I use dye magnets in the wash with the quilt if I don't preshink the fabrics....to avoid pink boats.

On with the pictures:

Handsome recipient:

The raggy side: I tried to make it sort of masculine so that he can put it out if he so chooses.

The non-raggy side: If you can't tell, the yellowish ones are Curious George and the light blue ones are boats and waves. The boats got died a bit pink when I washed it.

Close up of the inscription:

It was harder than  I thought it would be, but that's not to say that it's not something I would try again. There are a lot of things I would do differently, but I think it turned out pretty well for a first try.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple, sweet zipper pouch on: May 17, 2009 11:40:48 AM
A friend is having a BBQ for her birthday/graduation. She is a fellow crocheter, so I wanted to make her a little something. (In addition to the real gift - a gift card to anthropologie)

I sort of winged this little zipper pouch. I would have lined it, but my sewing machine is in the shop and I didn't have enough time to hand sew.

Flower Detail with a shank button center:

The whole pouch. I don't think the sides are that uneven....though they look like it.

Zipper detail. I got the charms on ebay a while ago.

Top View:

I'm happy with how this turned out. I will definately make other pieces that use a similar design.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tiny Turtle (from free Lion Brand pattern) on: April 03, 2009 11:20:48 AM
I made this little guy as an Easter present for my friend's son. I found the pattern on the Lion Brand website. It was easy to follow and turned out well. My bf even said that it was the best thing that I had made Smiley

I used Cotton-Ease yarn.

Here he is:

Top View:

Bottom View:

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Watermelon Ruffle Scarf on: March 04, 2009 04:04:23 PM
I made this for my great Aunt, whose birthday is on Valentine's Day. She liked it and actually wears it regularly.  Grin

I used Carrion Simply Soft in Watermelon, probably about a skein and a half.

I didn't use a pattern. I made a longish chain, chained 3 (for turning) and then made 3 double crochet in each link of the chain. . . all the way around. I closed it with a slip stitch.

Second Row: Chain 3, repeat above.

It was fun to make and went relatively quickly.....

My mom wants one in black but twice as wide...that is going to take me a while.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Creepy, Cute, Cthulhu on: March 01, 2009 11:00:01 AM
I bought Creepy Cute Crochet a bit ago and loved the adorable patterns.

My brother (who is very difficult to craft for) picked it up and said that I should make him a Cthulhu for his birthday. I was overwhelmed...but it turned out pretty well.

The ends of the tentacles are not as rounded as I would like, and the wing shape is off, but overall I am pleased.

Back view!

I had a hard time with the wings. I followed each of the directions twice so that I had 4 wings to choose from...then I picked the two that were the best matches. They are supposed to be more pointed at the top...but I couldn't bring myself to make a 5th or 6th wing.

I recommend Creepy Cute Crochet. I had fun making this creepy little guy.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Food - For the kiddies on: October 14, 2008 02:48:47 PM
Not my own kiddies, but the kiddies in my class (4th and 5th graders). I got really into making little felt...foods and shapes during the Hair Stuff Swap. I have a really small class (9 boys, 2 girls) so I made barrettes for the girls. The boys felt very left out and asked for custom pins. Here are the first few. I will keep adding pics as I make more. They don't take very long at all. I got the brownie and the taquito done last night while watching Gossip Girl.

These are pins, a brownie and a taquito. You can't tell from this view but if you were to look in the end of the taquito you can see shredded meat and some green guacamole.

A dumpling...for a little girl who wants to be called "dumpling". The bf said it looked like an empanada...but dumplings are tricky.... It is a hair clip but apparently she hates wearing anything in her hair so it has been clipped to her pocket.

Fun little projects. Tonight I'm working on a taco and a chicken "face"...which isn't actually a food.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Mini-Craftspolsion on: July 27, 2007 12:14:06 PM
I had planned to spend last Friday rereading the Half Blood Prince to get ready for the Deathly Hallows...but I was so full of anticipation and excited energy that I had a mini Harry Potter craft-a-thon...all by myself.

I made the famous Luna radish earrings out of Fimo (soft). I want to make a smaller pair as well..these are a little heavy.

I wanted to wear something festive without dressing up so I made myself a Harry Potterpuff scarf. The facial features are all felt and his classes are waxed cording. Had I more time, I would have sewed it together...rather than glued.

My little brother invited me to join him at Barnes and Noble...and he was dressing up ...so I made him a Gryffindor Badge (all felt) He did the lettering himself with a fabric pen since I ran out of time.

I also made him a wand...the original was lost when was paying for his book...so this is a replica...

My brother won second place in the adult costume contest and got to be one of the very first people to purchase the book at midnight, which was super exciting!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Recovering Lurker... on: July 02, 2007 03:17:21 PM
Hello all!

After lurking for, a while, I got an account and today I'm finally brave enough to actually use it.

Someday I hope to complete a project worthy of posting.

I really love sewing ...though I still can't read the word "sewer" and not think that it's where the Ninja Turtles live....

I also dabble in glass beads.

This message board is the second happiest place on earth. (Disneyland being the first) Cheesy
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