Crafting a Life: Fun Crafty Round Up

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I've fallen for the fun this month, discovering and falling in love with fun projects and ideas showing up in the blogsphere. 

Are you getting excited for BlogHer09 in Chicago next month?  Or will you be sitting elsewhere wishing you were there?  You can BUILD YOUR OWN CHICAGO with a series of postcards designed and sold by the Wurlington Brothers Press.  These mailable postcards show a number of the Chicago landmarks, including Sears Tower and Wrigley Field, which can be cut, folded and secured into micromodels.

A fabulous new venture to appear on my lap: Handknit Heroes: Teen Superheroes in Fabulous Handknits.  This is a graphic novel with GREAT knitting! Published quarterly by Mortaine Publications (mortaine on Ravelry),

Imagine you’re a teenager, and you have some… special powers. Maybe even super powers. And one day, at a sleepover, your best friend in the whole world tells you—you’re not alone. So begins the adventure for a couple of teenagers, a single mom and yarn shop owner, and a whole bunch of hand knitted fun.
Handknit Heroes is the first graphic novel for knitters. Each issue features a great storyline with knitting superheroes, terrific artwork, and a beautiful (and easy) knitting pattern.

Currently, Hero Ana needs to keep her secret identity undercover. Readers are invited to design a mask for her; the winner will be featured in the Fall 2009 issue. 

Craftster member ammasmama showed her collection of resin knitting needles.  She used a fast-food chain paper straw for her mold, added glitter, sparkly yarns and gold leaf or mica powder to make them *sparkly*.  Then capped them with buttons or fimo clay creations.  And she shared her technique with us, too!  (ht to WhipUp).

CuriousDoodles -and I- love the charm of punched tin candle protectors on a warm summer night.  She shared her simple method for making beautiful ones from cleaned tin cans:

Although they are very labor intensive, they are free and they don't take too much brain power. Basically you clean out an a tin can, put water in it and freeze it. The ice keeps the can from caving in. Once the inside is frozen you hammer different sized nails into the can to make the design.

Tsoniki posted a Sewing Machine Meme at Me Being Crafty. The questions (in case you'd like to play the meme game in comments):

1. What brand and model sewing machine do you have?
2. How long have you had it?
3. How much did it cost (approximately)
4. What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, crafts, home dec.?)
5. How much do you sew?  How much wear and tear does the machine get?
6. Do you live/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate?  Does it have a name?
7. What features does your mahcine have that work well for you?
8. Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
9. Is there a great story to share about your machine?
10. Would you recommend the machine to others?
11. What factors are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
12. Do you have a dream machine?

What do you say?  Post your meme answers on your blog, them share a link for us all in the comments.

Debra Roby blogs her creative life at A Stitch in Time and her journey to fitness at Weight for Deb.

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