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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / fuzzy mermaid towel on: May 15, 2005 02:01:41 PM
I picked up a package of 10 towels from IKEA, they have different summery colored loops. I had the bright idea of embroidering on loopy terry cloth:



I think it came out cute except the finer details were a B%$#H. She is actually holding a hairbrush, my husband says it looks like a club or a giant turkey leg.  Undecided

42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / rubber duckie bib on: May 07, 2005 07:22:06 AM
I made this for my daughter's kindergarten teacher who just became a new grandma:

I just freehanded the lettering and duck with a gel pen and stitched it up. Nuthin' fancy but it's cute.

The hat is knitted from the Umbilical Cord Hat pattern in Stitch N Bitch Handbook.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's knitted, it's emboidered, it's kitschy... sort of (with tutorial link) on: April 23, 2005 05:35:18 AM
I'm making my mother some new kitchen things for Mother's Day (at 69, she still loves getting handmade stuff from her baby!).
So, I saw this pattern at:


and came up with this:

I used a border pattern from Jenny Hart's Stitch It Kit:

close up of knitting:

This was so easy and fun to do! I plan on making a few dishclothes and fat knitted pot holders to match. I think this will take her back and make her happy.  I can't wait to start something in red cotton for my own kitchen.
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my knitted animals on: April 16, 2005 01:55:40 PM
My daughter has a stuffed animal obsession and I have an obsession with quick knitted projects. These are all from The World of Knitted Toys:
Sammy the sea lion-

sweet petunia girl the kitten (hey, I just make 'em... my daughter names 'em)
I have no idea how her ears got so big, it could have been the merlot I was drinking that night  Undecided

and finally a deranged 1 legged polar bear that I screwed up without drinking any wine. He is ENORMOUS, two different colors, lumpy and my kids call him giant-pig-dog-bear. He is pictured with Leo my non-knitted kitty:

*Please note* I am shamelessy showing off my first "quilt in progress" in these pictures.  Grin
45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / heart shaped cupcakes made with marbles, yes marbles! simple tutorial on: February 14, 2005 09:46:47 AM
I know this is a little late to make for valentine's day but, heck who wouldn't want a heart shaped cupcake any day? I saw this on my local news last week.
1- Prepare your cake batter as usual.
2-line cupcake pan with paper liners.
3-fill cups 2/3 full as usual.
4-slide a glass marble between the paper and the pan. This will cause the paper to crease inwards forming a "V"
5- bake as usual, let marbles cool before handling them... trust me, they stay hot for a while.  Embarrassed
This is what you get:

How simple is that?
You can also make heart shaped brownies in the same way. I made both for my kindergarten daughter's class today. Her teacher (mrs. hart!) looooved them.
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / bead my valentine on: February 01, 2005 06:26:07 AM
Here is a fun project from American Girl Magazine that my 9 year old made for her friends at school for Valentine's Day. I think it's fun for any age and they look really nice hanging in a window.

Sorry, I couldn't post a pic of her finished ones but my scanner hates beads and I am w/out a digital camera.

Here are instructions, although it's pretty easy to figure out by the picture. 

47  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / hundreds of fabric squares... what to do? on: January 22, 2005 02:50:31 PM
I'm not sure where this post fits because it's not recycled (what the heck can I do with this?) and I don't want to make a quilt with them. Anyway, I have hundreds of 5" squares of gorgeous fabrics .... it was a deal I couldn't pass up.  They are all different but many of them can match with others. They are all cotton, lots of batiks, florals,  Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Amy Butler. I have been trying to come up with something and I can't quite get there. Any ideas?
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mitten size trouble on: January 16, 2005 08:54:49 AM
I just finished my second mitten (woohoo!) and it is quite a bit smaller than it's firstborn twin. I know that I was much more comfortable wielding those 5 pointy sticks the second time around and the "joined areas" are undetectable as opposed to the first one... I guess what I want to know if this is a common thing among new knitters?  I'm positive that I followed the pattern, so I know it's not that.
Thanks for listening.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / vertical scarf fringe? on: December 02, 2004 03:38:08 AM
I was  shopping yesterday and saw this cute scarf-


Anyway, it looks really simple to knit except for the fringe. It isn't just just strands of yarn hanging off the ends, it looks knitted somehow. This isn't any kind of emergency, I'm just curious because I would like to make one for myself in the near future. I am really new at knitting and can handle basic stuff... do you think this is too difficult for a novice?
thanks knitters.
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / beaded wire ornaments on: October 17, 2004 02:37:47 PM
These are a lot of fun to make. Start with 20 gauge wire and make your outer shape, being sure to make a spiral hanger on the top. Mine are appr. 5 inches tall minus hanger.  Use 26 gauge wire and wrap around the spiral to secure, cut the wire at a length that you are comfortable working with. Slide random beads onto the wire and extend the wire across the shape and wrap the wire around a few times. Place more beads on wire and continue to wind wire around in a very random pattern until you are pleased with the way it looks. Finish it off at the spiral, wrapping the wire tightly to secure. I hope my directions are easy to understand!

ETA new pictures as requested

*these have been hanging in my craft room for 2 years and probably should have been re-shaped a bit before taking pics*
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