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1  button inchies in CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES by SpottedFrog on: April 05, 2009 08:02:45 PM
I've wanted to do some inchies for a while, never had a good theme to work from, buttons were perfect Smiley





I really enjoyed these, even if I didn't photograph them as well as I would have liked (it was very windy). Yes I did a couple buttons on an inchie on a button! Vintage coat buttons, glad to have found a use for them Smiley

I challenged myself to find text already sized to an inchie, all images and text on these came from very small sources, several old matchbooks & even a lipstick container.
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2  sometimes I impress myself- photo in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by SpottedFrog on: April 05, 2009 07:51:05 PM
So the pelican was out there, just waiting for the sun to set so he could show off. I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple pics, maybe three or four? When we got home today & I uploaded them onto my computer I was mighty pleased with this one. This is a color photo, it is not altered in any way except resizing, just the natural effects of the late afternoon light.
Falcon Point Lodge, Seadrift Texas, on the San Antonio Bay. The fishing was quite good too Smiley
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3  Re: Sophie Hatter in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by SpottedFrog on: March 07, 2009 12:03:42 PM
I own these patterns:


while not for sale, I'm sure we could figure something out if you think one or the other might help Wink
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4  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by SpottedFrog on: March 07, 2009 09:23:56 AM
I have officially been crocheting for a year now. One of the very first things I saw & said "I want to make THAT" was the star blanket. at long last! here it is! Took me about two weeks but that was working mostly in the waiting-to-pick-up-the-kids-from-school time that I get daily.


My hubs asked if the daddy was a Dallas Cowboys fan :/ I don't think so but it IS the colors mom picked.

EDIT: I did the Diva's Alternate center instead of Beth's Little Star center, even with the explanation tutes I could NOT get the center otherwise. I tried the Beth's center about six times, the Diva pattern center I got on the first try. It makes the center star a bit bigger, which affects color/ striping choices if you want to do a lot of stripes, but if you want a large solid center it's no big deal.
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5  Re: IYP 11: the Winter Formal Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: March 01, 2009 07:29:05 AM
YARNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
A whole sweaters worth! Hand spun, hand dyed. The picture is pretty true to color (my dog casting his shadow in there too).


I can't wait to get started! Thank you so much Lapoli! Cheesy
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6  Re: An 'Organizing your materials' question. in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by SpottedFrog on: February 19, 2009 05:31:15 PM
I recommend getting into the folding habit, then when you are old like me & Suffering from SABLE* you will at least be organized well for your executors.
Here is one drawer out of eight:
Yes, they are all color coordinated. Six are large pieces like that and the last two have deep 3" wide hanging folders for scraps under 6" square, also by color. And that is just my cottons.
Everything that isn't cotton dress weight is in these types of bins:


And my buttons are in these bins from Home Depot that fit in a box type thingy for easy carrying (meant for screws & stuff)


As mentioned above, I've been at this a very long time. Every year I pick one portion of my crafting & organize it better, use it up, give it away or something so it doesn't just keep accumulating without getting used.

*SABLE= Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy Cheesy
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7  Re: IYP 11: The Winter Formal! sign ups 12-15 to 1-02, send out 2-23 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SpottedFrog on: January 27, 2009 08:41:21 AM
So I keep having this problem...


Does she want to sleep there when I'm NOT working? of course not! Don't worry Lapoli, it will get washed before it gets sent out Cheesy
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8  Re: IYP 11: The Winter Formal! sign ups 12-15 to 1-02, send out 2-23 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SpottedFrog on: January 08, 2009 01:50:54 PM
La_Chrystelle if you need more just call me:



And that's not even half of it, but it is allllllllllllllll organized Cheesy
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9  stable full of animals - image heavy! in Costumes: Completed Projects by SpottedFrog on: January 03, 2009 03:26:19 PM
My church does a variety of skits & scenes throughout the year involving children as various Bible characters & critters. Last summer several of our old ones were damaged by mildew leaving us with a pitiful few that never seemed to fit the right animal on the kid who was capable of remembering lines. It was time for new stuff. Eight sheep, four cows, one donkey and one camel, phew! Total cost was roughly $125 in material for just the furry stuff. All the linings were from my stash (the sheep all have polka dot linings, the cows Mossy Oak Breakup).

Challenge #1: make them store-able: no wool, machine washable materials. CHECK
Challenge #2: Make them easy for the kids to put them on by themselves. CHECK
Challenge #3: make them so any kid can be the animal we need. CHECK





I achieved #2 and #3 by making them two pieces, a hood and a bib with a tail on it. Both pieces are all velcro closures. Even an adult with a small head can get these on. The pictures are from dress rehearsal, but some were wearing their matching tees/ jackets to complete the costume. The idea was to have each kid wear colors to go with the hoods & bibs.

Patterns:
I started with Simplicity 9808. All I used is the basic hood shape. I changed the closures to velcro & made up ears and horns for the various animals. The bibs and tails were entirely my own design but I loosely based it on those nice painter bibs they sell for very small children.

Camel and donkey hair:
I was pleased with this idea & it worked really well! I single crocheted a row the length I wanted, then did a second row of sc followed by a row of dc. I then zigzagged this strip onto the hood where I wanted it right across my base row of sc. After the hood was complete I cut bundles of 4-6 strands of yarn which I knotted tightly through each space made by the dc.
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10  crayon wallets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by SpottedFrog on: January 03, 2009 03:03:09 PM
I think crayon rolls are nifty, but when I try to put one in my purse it's awfully bulky. I'm the mommy, I wind up carrying them.

 So I had reason to experiment as there were birthday parties to attend & gifts to be given. Therefore I did crayon wallets! Both have elastic closures (receivers were under age 6, I wasn't sure they knew how to tie laces yet). The camouflage one is just a loop that wraps around the whole wallet. The girls one has a shorter loop that wraps around a decorative button. I intended 24 slots as that was the box size of crayons I purchased to go with these, but I fail at math & didn't quite get it on either one  Roll Eyes

One for a boy, one for a girl...


Open: crayon slots face the fold to keep them contained while traveling.


I did the camo one first, and was happy but realized I could add a pocket.


There were separate parties, the boy never knew he didn't get the same as the girl. He did get stickers though.
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