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The Final five days of my month-long challenge!

We went away for Spring Break to see the snow! (The kids don’t remember the only other time they’ve seen snow, as they were only 2). I like looking at snow, but I don’t like being in snow for long periods of time, as it’s cold, so I spent a lot of time in the cabin sorting pictures for my mom, watching Netflix, and working on latch hook.

Day 27
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Day 29

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Day 30

One of my kids was recreating a project she saw on youtube: an idyllic beach scene, and I was tasked with making the palm trees because I had the glue gun. :)

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Day 31 (last day!)

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The challenge month is done! And I only missed about 4 days, and those were due to illness. I feel very accomplished.

Even though the month didn’t go as craftingly as I planned (2+ weeks of illness takes its toll) I did craft almost every day. Here’s to not getting so bogged down or distracted (I’m talking too much unnecessary Internet time here) again that I forget how much I enjoy the process of creation on a near-daily basis.
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Hi crafty friends, I haven't done much crafting this year as I returned to art college while working full time. Even though I was just taking one class a semester, it was a lot of reading and writing. I write my final exam next Friday and I have been feeling stressed and squirrelly and I realized it's because I haven't been crafting!

Last night I got together with my friend's service club at her church. She brings all the materials, we just have to bring the creativity! I ended up making five cards. We're making generic cards that a local women's shelter can give to clients. So win win!



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x-posted to Craftgrrl on LJ - http://craftgrrl.livejournal.com

I started using this website called Stitch Fiddle. There is a free and premium version, but the free one will cover a lot of needs. I needed some cross-stitch software and somehow I stumbled across this site. It works on mobile and desktop and is very responsive for a mobile program. I ended up paying for it because I found it so useful and I love not being tied to my desktop. You can use it for knitting and crochet patterns too.

https://www.stitchfiddle.com/en
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Day 17: I taught Sunday School, and did a St Patrick’s Day coloring page along with the kids.

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And then, I either relapsed, or came down with another throat/lung thing, and if I got anything more done than the necessary it was a win. I probably worked more on the latch hook project than I took pictures, but honestly, I can’t remember.

Day 19
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Day 20-?
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Day 25
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Day 26
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I’m feeling better, but still coughing up crap. Ugh.
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Yeah, posting is the real challenge. Still not much brain, so I keep on with the latch hook. (I discovered that a supplement I was taking was causing low blood pressure and from that fatigue and poor concentration. And then, I got sick…)

Lots of incremental pictures )

And finally,
Day 11

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Sometimes, I think the real challenge is getting the day’s work posted!

Day 3

My brain wasn’t up for much of a challenge, so I went to find a latch hook project. This is one of a bunch that I picked up from a Freecycler who I guess decided that latch hooking wasn’t for them.

The first picture is of what the previous crafter had done. The second is after I worked about ~2 hours and three episodes of Pine Gap.

Oh, and that black corner at the top left? It’s printed on the canvas to denote the corners of the pattern, and the previous crafter actually used black yarn there; I only noticed after I took the pictures. I’ll remember to redo that in white eventually.

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Day 4

More latch hook. I think the person who started this project was finishing up one yarn bundle before opening another, and thus making the project much harder on themself. No wonder they gave up on latch hooking!

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Day 5

Still more latch hook! Though not a whole lot...

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And some bonus Norwegian butter squares a la Mardi Gras!

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Today, I spent more than 30 minutes, and most of it was kind of frustrating. But now, I am feeling some accomplishment.

First, I attempted to reattached an embellishment (as they are called in the biz, apparently). It was stupidly difficult, and I'm hoping it stays on after drying. If not, Plan B!

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Then, I went to restring the necklace. Of course, I didn't have the findings I really needed, so I'm having to reuse the existing findings, and I hope that they don't break. It also became apparent that this is very sentimental to its owner, and that it lost a lot of beads in the breaking. So, I had to do a design rework, which is sometimes problematic on a sentimental piece. AND as I was nearing the end of the restringing, I noticed that I didn't have the same amount of beads on the side I was finishing, and had to take the finding off the other side to even up the symmetry. But it's all strung now. I'll put on the findings tomorrow when I have more light.

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(crossposted from my journal)
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I did everything I meant to do For Day 1 (March 1, but I was too tired to post)!

I found 2 necklaces I needed to repair. I found the t-shirt I needed to repair. I found the repair glue for the t-shirt. I set up the stretching of the silk cord to repair one of the necklaces.

Huzzah!

Not very interesting, but very necessary.

(crossposted from my journal)
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Well! I think I did very little crafting/arting/creating in February, aside from baking. I have an office full of clutter, and projects in need of finishing, and repairs that have been languishing for far too long.

I FEEL BETTER when I craft/art/create. So…

I am declaring a personal crafting/arting/creating challenge for myself. I tend to do well when challenged, even if it’s one I’m imposing on myself. I’m going to craft/art/create at least 30 minutes for the 31 days of March. Anything that involves crafting/arting/creating (this includes creating space for crafting/arting/creating) counts, though baking will count only if it’s a new recipe.

(Note: this is not an official #30for30crafting challenge).

Feel free to join me in my challenge, if you like.


(crossposted from my journal)
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It's been forever since I knitted something! It took me about two weeks to knit this ~26x60" shawl with super bulky Copenhagen yarn from Michael's on a long Knifty Knitter. It's their store brand yarn and it was on sale for $4.77. I don't need more yarn - but how could I go wrong at that price? A lot of the colours in this line are not to my taste - there was an aqua, maroon and grey combo along with grey and lime green. Somehow someone came up with this pink and blue combo and it was easy to see the project take shape.

However, every ball was different. The first ball produced only solid colours. The second and third balls had a good balance of variegated blends. I wanted to finish the shawl off in solid colours and I could not find another ball like it :\ I ended up buying a whole bag and cannibalizing the balls for the solid parts :-D

Pic behind cut )
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Here's another thing I made. It's a silly simple robot from a soup can. The nice thing is that it can actually do something, even if it doesn't look like it; it contains very few parts, but enough to make it light up and make sounds. To switch it on, you need to flick the nose upwards. Most people will probably do that out of habit or curiosity.

To see and hear the robot in action, you can watch the video: In here! )

All that's in there is the two headphone earbuds (which are tiny speakers), some wires, two LEDs, a switch and a battery pack.
That's not a lot of components. So what allows it to make that babbling sound? Well, there are some hidden components. Inside the LEDs (that are the type made to simulate a candle) there are tiny chips to create the flickering effect. This flicker (made by the chip, that modulates the current) is also the source of the sound you're hearing.
The LEDs are connected to one speaker each, and then to the switch and the battery pack.

I think this is one of the first times I created something with a (very simple) circuit that was not pre-made, and: it actually works. I'm rather proud of this.
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A couple of years ago, I made a life-size cutout of Chriet Titulaer for our hackerspace's yearly Open Door Day, as a fun object that people could have their picture taken with. It was a success, people loved it.
The body was made after a picture of one of my fellow hackerspace participants, who was so kind to put on a suit and model; the face was traced and drawn in pencil from a copy-right protected photograph. The thing looked like this:

Cutout of bearded man standing in a doorway

So that was already pretty neat. Then I found this instructable.

So yesterday, I gave our Chriet some 'moving' eyes. They don't really move, it's an optical trick... it's similar to how the moon seems to follow you behind the trees, because the moon is further away from you than the trees are. The irises were painted on the inside of two halved ping pong balls, which were then lit from behind (because otherwise they'd look too dark).

Of course this is very hard to photograph because there is light falling through the eyes but also on the face, and the face is also backlit. But it looks a bit like this, when you look from the left:



Move to the right, and you'll see this:



Finally, here's a bad attempt of showing the effect in a short video:

Read more... )

In other words, I had way too much fun with this. The effect is a bit creepy. I don't mind that.
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It's really simple, but hey, I had fun and the neighbourhood children liked it too. It looks like this:


Click to see the how-to on Instructables!
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My crafty friend and I got together yesterday and it was awesome. We tried heat embossing and did some cardmaking. I had tried embossing before with little success, but we took turns. I would wager my problem was static. My province is incredibly dry (I didn't experience humidity until I went to the southern US in my early 20s :-D). We ended up using a glass dish instead of a plastic try and had much better results.

The only embossing powder I had on hand was red and green glitter embossing powder. I'm going to buy the regular stuff and see if that works better. Even the parts not stuck to Versamark ended up bonding with the paper. At least by the end of our tries we had improved!



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Yesterday Mom and I went to a bi-annual fibre festival called The Fibre Shindig. I have been wanting to go for years, but, as you can imagine, it's a pretty dangerous place. I don't need more yarn. However, TECHNICALLY I didn't buy new yarn. I just bought the supplies to make yarn ;-) I bought a drop spindle, merino wool roving and a cute bag.

Today I sat down to try out the drop spindle. The last time I did it was briefly as part of a textiles class in art college. It was relaxing and I did drop it a few times, hehe. The vendor who sold me the wool roving said that it was a gateway to buying a spinning wheel *gulp*


Fibre Shindig fun
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Apparently today was World Cardmaking Day, so here's my contribution - I had some leftover cut up pieces of this Christmas paper from last year, tested out my new blizzard snowflake die on some Stardream paper and kind of threw things together. I feel like it still needs something, but there's definitely room to add a star maybe or a bit of green. Click for larger.



Untangled!

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I enjoy spending quality time with my craft supplies as much as anyone else, but yesterday I spent a ridiculous three or so hours untangling a giant ball of tapestry wool. It was my own fault - I didn't organize as I went and many of the colours are very close. If it was embroidery floss I probably would have chucked it, but wool is crazy expensive, so I persisted. This taught me a lesson...but I also got to listen to a MCU podfic, so it wasn't that onerous :)


Yarn tangle
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I was cleaning up the craft room and found this old project. I can't say what made me create it as it was a long time ago when I first got a Knifty Knitter. It was so exciting to have the Knifty Knitter as knitting was always beyond my comprehension or skill level. The bag was made from two strands of sport or baby weight yarn on the pink long loom and the handles were made on the blue round loom. I knitted a few rows and crocheted it into a circle. It's being finished up today to be donated to a thrift store. Unfortunately I don't have any littles in my life to give this to.


Loom knit bag
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Our lovely newish bathroom has one of those classic toilet paper holders that are built into the wall, made from glazed ceramics and the same size and colour as the tiles. All great except for the actual paper roll holder: it was flimsy-looking plastic, we did not have the proper wooden version that everyone my age or older remembers so well.

What to do? Well, in our local hackerspace I found a lathe (that is a pretty recent addition), a box of round maple wood pieces, and a fellow participant who knows a lot about lathes and was willing to assist me. It took us most of the evening but the result is exactly as it should be. There's a spring inside and two dowels on either side (except they're not really dowels because they aren't glued in, they're from the same piece of wood) that rest in holes in the tile. I've varnished it and it works and looks exactly as it should. All is well with this tiny piece of my world.

toilet paper roll holder

toilet paper roll holder

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Hi friends, I'm so tired of cleaning. We had an unplanned home repair (to put it succinctly) and we ended up getting rid of a lot of stuff PDQ. We're still getting rid of stuff and this weekend I took up the challenge of cleaning out my craft room/office. The last time I did this was in 2010 - it was a major undertaking! This time it wasn't so bad, but once stuff comes out of storage for the basement, I'll be a lot choosier about what stays and what goes.

Have you cleaned the craft room lately? What crafts/interests have fallen out of favour? Any surprises or great finds?
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