Friday, June 20, 2008

Made to order

My latest project was a custom order. My oldest son asked me if I could make him some pouches for his new wireless game pads and receivers that he uses to play games on his computer (now that he has more free time). Of course I said yes and went right to work on them. At first I thought felted pouches would be nice, but since I was still in the crochet mode from my last endeavor, crocheted pouches won out. Here is the lot of them: These were actually easier to accommodate his specifications size wise. No guess work as there would be with the felting. No pattern, just made them on the fly. The crocheted fabric was perfect, nice and heavy, but not too stretchy and I got to use up some of my acrylic scrap yarn. They are not exactly color coordinated, but they fit his equipment quite well and he's very happy with them. I made two larger ones for the game pads:
and a smaller one for the receivers:
Yesterday was my birthday. I received a most wonderful surprise in the mail... this beautiful hand beaded pendant from my sister who lives in Oregon. She is very talented.
The tiny beads are all hand sewn:
and when the little pocket is opened up you can see that it's lined with light blue satin:
I love it!! I'll cherish it forever. The color is perfect...goes great with my jeans, but yet I'll be able to wear it for more dressier occasions as well! I have a very thoughtful sister.

I really had a nice birthday. Lots of my fellow "Ravellers" sent me Birthday Greetings. That was a surprise and really made my day special. You know who you are...thank you so much :) The other thing that made my day special ...we went out to eat at our favorite Italian restaurant in town and I even got to pick out a cake for my birthday...a Boston Cream Pie, one of my favorite cakes. Yum :)

No other presents to write about. My husband didn't know what to get me, so my gift is on hold for the time being.

School's over for the summer...yay :) Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. My next knitting project is something that I've had in mind to do for a long time. You'll have to come back later to see what I'm up to. Happy Knitting everyone :)

31 comments:

  1. Wow hon you had a lot going on.

    I absolutely love the bags you made for your son. I think the colors go quite well with each other.

    OMG that pendant is absolutely gorgeous,WOW she has some amazing talent.

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!!! I love Boston Creme Pie YUM!!!!!

    Hugs hon!!!!

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  2. Happy Belated Birthday! The pendant is gorgeous - wow - just amazing!

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  3. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Your sister is very talented, that beaded pendant is gorgeous!

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  4. Happy belated Birthday, Debi! Your sister's gift looks wonderful, very special! She must be a very patient person, dealing with those tiny beads.
    The pouches look perfect! It's nice to have requests, and be able to fullfil them.
    Ah, men! They could try just a tiny bit harder! :o) Boston Cream Pie sounds delicious. I saw pictues of it, and even looked up a recipe once, but have never made it. One day. Looking forward to see what you are up to now!

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  5. Happy Belated! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and a lovely dinner out with Boston Cream Pie! YUM-MEE. The pouches turned out great, glad to hear those boys utilize and apprecriate your skillz. Happy Summer! ~M

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  6. Happy, Happy Belated Birthday!! :)
    I didn't realize your birthday was in June, too. Very cool.

    The pouches are very good looking!
    I just love it when I can use up leftover yarn on a project like that.

    The pendant is lovely! I really like that it opens up, very nice. My, my your sister is a very skilled crafter.

    Boston Cream Pie is my all-time favorite dessert...Youngest will be making two of them for my BD celebration next week during her visit. Can't wait.

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  7. Happy Birthday!!! I love the beaded necklace, what a nice gift!

    Hugs,
    Ang

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  8. Happy belated birthday!! I LOVE the pendant.. it is priceless. You do have a very thoughtful (and talented) sister! And I love all of the controller etc.. bags. They look perfect!

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  9. Happy birthday!!! I love your new beaded necklace, it's just beautiful ...your sister does amazing work.
    The bags you made for your son are great and it's so nice to make something for people that they want and will use!

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  10. Those game pouches are really cute. What a great idea!

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  11. Oh darnit! I missed your birthday! Well...HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!
    You did a great job with the pouches.
    I love that pendant! She really is talented! It's gorgeous! Lucky you!
    Hugs!

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  12. Happy Birthday! That beaded pendant is simply amazing. I'd love to see the crochet game pads in use. They look intriguing.

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  13. Happy belated birthday! The beaded pendant is beautiful!

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  14. Happy Birthday!!

    Love the bags - what a great way to use up some leftover bits of yarn.

    And that pendant - Ooo La La!!

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  15. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Those pouches are too cute. And I adore that beaded pouch. I used to make something like those back in the day.

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  16. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful necklace from your sister - she's very talented!

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  17. Happy Birthday. Your necklace is beautiful. I love the game pouches.

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  18. happy belated birthday. nice sister!

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  19. You've got a little something waiting for you on my blog....not obligated to do it but I had to pick you.
    Hugs!

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  20. wow, that pandant is so beautiful, your sister is so talented! Happy Birthday!!

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  21. Happy birthday! I'm sorry I missed it. The pictures are wonderful, as usual. The beading is lovely. I don't bead much anymore because it causes too much eyestrain!

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  22. aww, i'm sorry i missed your birthday! happy belated!

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  23. Wow, you know that you are a successful mom when your boys ask you to make knitted stuff. My boys just want food and laundry...

    Glad to hear you had a special birthday! The beaded pouch is adorable!

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  24. Sorry hubby didn't come up with a snazy something for your birthday, sometimes men just arent' good about that. What will you use the little beaded pouch thing your sis made for? It's very pretty.

    Felted pouches? Does acrylic felt? How much bigger than he needed did you make them in order to felt them? I love the colors actually thing they look nice and masculine.

    My wine glass is empty and so to the kitchen for a refill I go.

    Sandy

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  25. Sandy,
    It's my own fault that my husband didn't get me a birthday present. When asked what I wanted I said a spinning wheel or a digital camera with a better zoom. Both too expensive. I should have asked for something smaller ;) Live and learn!

    I have no idea what to put into the beaded pouch, but it sure is a beautiful necklace.

    The crocheted bags are not felted. You are right acrylic doesn't felt. I would have made felted ones with wool but there would be too much guess work in figuring out the finished size. He's happy with the ones I made, so I'm happy :)

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  26. Thanks for the clearification on the felting...I'm with ya now. Totally agree on the felting, I like the look, but the constant need to quess how much bigger to make things-----so much quessing all yarns shrink differently can be annoying.

    Nodding in understanding about the birthday gift too. My hubby's about the same.

    Have a great 4th
    Sandy

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  27. the pouches are very nice. hope you had a great birthday!! I love boston cream pie too. :) the pendant from your sister is gorgeous. boy, your parents sure created two very creative sisters!

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  28. Happy belated birthday! What a beautiful pendant from your sister - I see the talent for art runs in your family! Great pouches! I recently crochetted an envelope-style one for my Nintendo DS.

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