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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOCR 11 Winter Wonderland Gallery on: February 27, 2014 08:48:41 AM
Yay! I'm glad the fox arrived safely! I hope your niece likes it Smiley

Oh my goodness gracious, I must have a fox stole. Can you tell me where I can find the pattern?

I found the free pattern on ravelry and modified per the comments of the other knitters

Thank you!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOCR 11 Winter Wonderland Gallery on: February 24, 2014 11:48:59 AM
Yay! I'm glad the fox arrived safely! I hope your niece likes it Smiley

Oh my goodness gracious, I must have a fox stole. Can you tell me where I can find the pattern?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Lavender chicken coop on: January 29, 2014 02:00:11 PM
The coop is serving us well and we've been getting 18-30 eggs per week for the last 6 months. It's very sturdy and I'm sure is going to last a long time. In fact a giant (8' long) tree branch fell on the roof this summer and didn't even put a ding in it.

The wire 'apron' around the outside was a good addition, because while we haven't had anything trying to dig in, the chickens like to dig deep holes in the corners and take dirt baths.

Thank you for your compliments.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bicycle basket liner on: January 12, 2014 08:06:14 PM
My mom got me this cool wicker basket for my bike for Christmas. It had a lot of pokey pieces inside so I made a liner.

The yellow ribbon goes all the way through and cinched it up and by taking it to the inside of the liner, the back lays flatter. This also let me try out the buttonhole feature on my sewing machine. I should have done some practice ones first, but I'm impatient and they came out ok.

It needs a little pizzaz. Here's my first two options.

Flowers are a bit to femme for this bike, and me, so I tried this:

But I'm not crazy about it either... Too cold to ride my bike right now anyway!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Lavender chicken coop on: April 20, 2013 10:34:33 PM

Spent the last month working on this chicken coop. We built most of it in my grandpa's garage. Over a month, spent about 24 hours, getting it all fixed up.

After the first couple days, we had this:

After most of the woodwork was done and we had painted it, we hauled it to my house and my husband, friend, and I put on the wire and metal roof.

There is also a wire 'apron' under all the mulch to discourage critters from digging in. Here's the back side

And the end that's the best place to sit to watch 'chicken tv'.

The inside of the coop has a couple roosts, access to the nest boxes, and currently a heat lamp as they are still acclimating to being outside and it's been in the 40's at night this week.

The nest box roof hinges up to reveal three compartments, one of which is a toolbox area.

All in all it's an upgrade from their brooder in my spare room.

Oh the dust.... avoid having chickens in your house....

This project was pretty affordable as ALL the wood was 'leftovers' from my grandpa. THANK YOU GRANDPA! That saved a bundle. I had to buy the wire, roof, paint, hinges. Less than $200. The 'poulet chalet' is home to 3 Americaunas, 1 Rhode Island Red, and 1 California White.

This is Queso. She's the HBIC.

I took all my coop inspiration from backyardchickens.com. I learned so much from their forum. I knew nothing about chickens when I started this two months ago and there hasn't been a single question I've had that they hadn't already answered.

I'm going to trim it in some white paint and decorate the doors in some way. Then I just have to sit and wait for a few months for the eggs to start arriving.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Que Sera cardigan on: September 20, 2012 05:38:23 PM
that turned out beautifully! i just looked at the pattern and it's too hard for me  Undecided
but you did a perfect job --good color too!

The repeating pattern is too hard? Or the whole shebang? If it's the repeating pattern, try a swatch, it's not too bad. Thank you for the praise! I chose the same yarn and color as recommended by the pattern.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Que Sera cardigan on: September 18, 2012 04:02:24 PM

I recently finished the Que Sera from Knitty. It took a while because it was a little repetitive and even though the pattern isn't too complex, I couldn't commit it to memory and so I was always working from the instructions. It took a while, but I'm happy I stuck with it. This is one of my first knit (non-hat, non-scarf) garments I'm excited to wear. It fits. It looks good.

Any pattern I do, ends up with changes, usually unintentional. See where the sleeve joins the body and it's a little full on top?

That's ok, a little...ruffling is all that is. No bigs. I'm not sure what happened. I cropped the sleeves because they would be pushed up 98% of the time anyway. Also, I left out the button holes and attached no buttons. I don't need no stinkin' buttons.

Here's a closer look at the pattern.

Now, I'm working on an Ivywild in smurf turquoise that's been going much, much faster. Coming soon.

Happy Knitting!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / outdoor water fountain made of planters on: June 26, 2012 08:07:11 AM
I had been wanting a fountain near my patio for a long time, so after shopping around and reading about several others who DIY'd, I decided I could do it myself too.

Here's the finished product:

The whole project cost $60. Here's what I used:
Big base planter from wal-mart $25.
Three topper planters from Gordmans $22.
Water pump $7
2' vinyl hose $1
Plumber's putty $5
I also used but already had a cinder block and drill.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the base planter to run the water pump power cord out. Otherwise, you have to run it up and over the top. I sealed the hole around the cord with plumber's putty.

The cinder block is up on it's end and the pump sits in the first "shelf" of the block. The pump was small enough, that if it sat on the very bottom, as pictured, it couldn't pump the water to the top. When shopping for a pump, check out the "lift", that's how much distance it can push the water up. Up off the bottom, it's also less likely to get clogged up with leaves or dirt.

I drilled through the top of the cinder block and ran the vinyl hose from the pump, through the block, through all three top planters. I used the plumber's putty again in each of these planters to force the water over the edge of each one and keep it from going back down the center.

I'm going to add aquarium/river rocks to the very top planter 1. to hide the hose end and 2. to make it gurgle over more evenly. I think I will also put aquatic plants to the base planter. It makes a nice splish-splashy noise. Thanks for checking it out  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two little foxes on: January 24, 2012 06:42:21 PM
These are very cute. That's two of them, isn't it? This is going on my list. Thanks for posting them, had you not, my life would be less whole.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Yoke Pullover & Lace Stole! on: August 10, 2011 11:05:05 AM
Those are both impressive. Great job. I love the cables and that's one of the first stole's I've ever seen that I think I would actually wear.
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