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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / One-Piece Afghans on: December 09, 2009 12:23:45 PM
I've been wanting to work on a big project for a while now and I finally decided to make an afghan! However, I don't want to make granny squares. I want to crochet a one piece afghan. But I also want to use the Tunisian stitch.

Is Tunisian stitch something that can be used for one piece afghans, or would I have to have a really long crochet hook..? I've never used the stitch before, so I'm not really familiar with what I can and can't use it for.

Thanks!  Grin
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Just Bears. Oh my! on: December 30, 2008 12:10:53 AM
so, i bought a plain red t-shirt with the intention of making a christmas shirt.

that never happened, so i searched for something to stencil that i would be proud to wear year round.


inspired by the above link, (copied, really...)

i made this.


it's my second time using the freezer paper method, and cutting it out was a pain.

but i think it was worth it.

i'm going to have a hard time not wearing this every day.

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / and will you succeed? yes indeed, yes indeed. 98 and 3/4% guaranteed! on: July 05, 2008 08:34:13 PM
in the middle of june
on a hot, hot, hot day
a teenager wanted
to go out and play.

the trouble with that is,
the sun was so bright
that she'd burn til she melted.
that didn't seem right.

so she checked on her craftster
to make the time fly
when she came across something
she couldn't pass by.

"a challenge!" she cried.
she just needed a hero.
but as far as ideas went,
this child had zero.

so she thought and she thought
til her gears were all loose.
"my hero," she said
"is of course, dr. seuss."

then she painted and molded
and learned to crochet
and whipped up three crafts
in a couple of days.

the first was the lorax,
who had a new home
on the trees in her yard.
he had no need to roam.

the next was a pendant
of polymer clay.
it looked rather familiar
now, wouldn't you say?

and last was a painting
she did on a shirt
and after she finished,
her hands sure did hurt.

she used her acrylics
and freehanded a lot.
and as proud as she was of it
brag, she did not.

so when she had finished
she laid in her bed
and she kicked off her shoes
and she rested her head.

and although she did not
get her chance to go play
she felt rather glad
that she'd crafted that day.

(if you have any questions
and rhymes just won't do,
i'm happy to give out
the answers to you.)

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / pendants and earrings on: June 21, 2008 11:29:36 PM
inspired by miss julieboolie's fabulous octopus pendant,
i decided to make some of my own.

a howling wolf.

and a cute little seahorse.  Grin

i also made some PB&J earrings.

group shots...

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / octo-ehhhh.... on: June 05, 2008 01:20:40 AM
i'm usually a spaz when it comes to all things art,
but i recently went out and bought some oil pastels.


i thought i bought oil pastels, until i realized that they were soft pastels.

oh well.

i've worked with both, and i'm liking soft pastels better.
the colors are really vibrant
and they're easy to blend.


i've been messing around, experimenting, and what not,
and i drew an octopus that i'm really proud of.

his shading is all wrong and he's quite strange looking...

but i'm still proud of him.

go ahead and throw some punches, if you want.

but what i'm really looking for is some tips on how to work with soft pastels.
or tips on how to master shading and highlighting in all the right places.

and also... tips on what kind of a fixative to use for soft pastels.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / tacky, colorful, and wonderful. on: June 01, 2008 10:03:56 PM

any idea what this is?
(i don't know, but i cut my finger while i was making it. Cry )
a pile of worthless junk, maybe?

what about now?
still not sure?

it USED to be a pile of worthless junk - worthless junk that meant a lot to me.

i decided it was time for another tacky charm bracelet.

so i gathered up my bucket of buttons and all the beads i could find and hunted for knick-knacks that brought back memories, and i came up with this.

let me walk you through this.

on the far left is a treble clef charm that i bought for my campaign poster when i ran for band historian.

which i won.
because there was no one else running.

next is a bunny bead that is one of three beads my mom had for a long time and gave to me.
why she kept them, i don't know.
probably because they're so cute.

next is a little bell.
we've always had little bells laying all around the place in our crafting supplies.
so i'm finally putting one to good use.
now everyone will know when i walk in a room.

next is a big green twisty/swirly bead that i remember getting in kindergarten during a project.
we had to collect toilet paper rolls to make binoculars.
and our teacher brought beads to decorate them.
i stole all the cool ones.

next is my name.
all little girls had those necklaces with their names on them.
i was no exception.
it's in between cute little ladybug beads.

it's also in between two heart-shaped letter beads.
J and E.
the first letters of the names of the fictional loves of my life.

next is a giraffe.
that lived with the bunny.

then a shell and some more kindergarten beads.

one time, for my birthday,
i asked my parents to buy me the discover-your-own-pearl kit from stupid.com.
being the wonderful parents they are, they did.
it was supposed to come with a can containing a sealed oyster with a real pearl inside.
you got to pry it open, take out the pearl, and put it in this spiffy little locket sort of thing
that came with it.
when i got the kit, the oyster was already open and the pearl was loose in the can.
i cried.
but i kept the pearl.
and there it is.

and the frog that lived with the giraffe and the bunny.

and here are some more pictures.

this tacky new bracelet lives next to my old, faded, friendship bracelet.

the friendship bracelet that i made by myself, for myself.
no friends or anything.


like them?
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / hide your face so the world will never find you. on: May 28, 2008 04:15:48 PM
Seething shadows
breathing lies . . .
You can fool
any friend who
ever knew you!
Leering satyrs,
peering eyes . . .
Run and hide -
but a face will
still pursue you!


now that i'm done with that...

our annual band banquet is coming up tomorrow,
and it's a masquerade. (if you hadn't figured that out yet...)

i decided to channel my inner craftster and make my own mask.

i'll probably be the only one who actually goes to any trouble...

but us craftsters don't care one way or the other, do we?

anywho.. my dress is a lovely shade of purple as well as a cream-ish white.

and here's my mask.

i cut it out of a paper plate, then brushed it with glue and covered it with glitter, which was all over my clothes, face, and kitchen by the end of the night.

i glued each individual sequin around the bottom and the eyes, then glued the feathers into place. then the rhinestones, also individually.

then i glued another piece of paper plate the the back for strength, and to make it look more finished.

i'm realllllly pleased with how it turned out.

oh... and here are a few pictures of my dogs swimming.. just for good measure. :]

peanut.. not so great at swimming.

and riley... practically a fish.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / bella's bracelet on: May 01, 2008 09:29:06 PM
so... i'm a long time lurker, first-time poster, but i've decided it's about time to become an active member, so here's the deal.

for you twilight fans, you'll recognize this.

i made a bracelet from a favorite book of mine, and it includes a wolf charm, which i attempted to make out of polymer clay.

despite my lack of talent when it comes to creating small things out of clay, i think it turned out alright.

unfortunately, his body is not lean enough and his legs are too short, so he looks a lot like a corgi.
(or a sea lion, says my sister.)

either way, i'm proud of him, so let me know what you think.

please forgive the blurry pictures.
he was pretty terrible at standing still.

<3 kayla
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