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1  Re: Diamond Dye Rug Book 1899 in Vintage Craft Projects by stillatthetop on: July 25, 2014 08:09:01 PM
Great score! I especially love the night moth {nope...that is not a butterfly},
and the maple leaves. I have never tried to hook rug. but they are beautiful vintage patterns all the same.
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2  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 06, 2014 03:33:38 PM
Let's see if I can get these to load.

This is all of the pieces (minus 3 that I intend to do private trades to finish, and 1 that I intend to make myself.) I gave credit on this pallet with the members who shared their art with me.

Next up is the puzzle almost done, and put together, with the frame I intend to use after I paint and alter the frame a touch.

Happy sharing!


PM me if you are interested in my other 3 pieces for a trade. To finish off my puzzle. Theme is nature/color. 3_D is fine. My pieces are tiny compared to the others that I crafted for members in this swap.
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3  My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2014 01:17:18 AM
I am building an iSpy quilt for my future grandbaby {not yet in the oven, but I am ahead of the game}  Grin
I have done some private fabric trades, and am getting my stash together. Things are moving along nicely.
I need help knowing the best, easiest, and most importantly...how to do them so the points come out nice.
You know...all lined up and square-ish...not wonky. I know there is an easy way to piece the top, but I don't have cable, and can't watch all those good quilting shows.

If anyone can share links for things that address the hexie pattern, it would be greatly appreciated. Or if you know how to do them, and could just share that? And the sashing will be an issue, too. I have a hint of what I am wanting in my signature line, so you can see what I wish for..sort of. Mine will look similar, but different. Got the photo in  Grin

And I am open for fabric trades for this. I have a huge selection of fabrics {cottons} for quilting. If you have any iSpy type fabrics, I would be happy to trade out. Just PM me, and we can work out details.

For those not knowing iSpy...each quilt hexie has a different image that children can study and find. As in, "I Spy a banana, I spy a rooster, I spy a lollypop, I spy a green monster." That sort of thing. It is a lay on the floor board game for young ones, basically. Good for about 2 years old to 5. You can start a bit younger, you just have to help them learn how to pick things out. And start with the easier images that they know the names of.  Grin And do a lot of repeating, where they remember and gain confidence to keep trying.

It is fun with kids. I look forward to this project. I just need to learn how to get my quilt started. Any helpers  Roll Eyes


This one is not mine...I snagged it off the internet. But, yeah! I got a photo to go in! Cheesy
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4  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: January 30, 2014 09:42:42 PM
fluttermuffin, when you get done with hubby...I WANT HIM! Just kidding. Don't ever get rid of that man!
That was such a sweet message to you. It brought tears to my eyes. Happy ones...for you.

By all means...enjoy your journaling. I keep several of them. Some I share, others I keep private for me.
It does not take a whole lot of money. I recycle and re-use in most of mine. Glue and markers and paint are my biggest expenses. And craft paper, but a ream of a good quality weight lasts a long time. I shop the clearance eisle for extras. Google "altered books" and you will have many ideas.

A quality exacto is also a plus, as is sharp cuticle {small} scissors.
I get books at the thrift store, then cut the pages out with about a 1" tab left at the spine edge.
Mine are 9" x 9" pages...and I glue them to the tabs left in the book. You can paint the cover of it {I like to pick interesting titles and just leave that part. Then I can hide it in the bookshelf  Cheesy}

There are no right or wrongs. And hubby is right. Do not compare. Just share. We are all different. And find different ideas everywhere. Heck. I saw some chewing gum one day on the sidewalk that inspired me  Grin I loved the color, and went home and spilled paint...and recreated it. That page is called "Chew me out"...too personal to share, but you can get the idea of what mood I was in.

Happy Journaling! I wish I had another half so sweet, you lucky girl, you!

Oops. cmarion3...ha, ha...finger painting  Grin Those look real neat for backgrounds. Another idea for friends here? Wheels  Shocked Like on matchbox cars, or other types of kid toy stuff. I keep several in my rubber stamp box. They are great if you have a "travel" theme page. Just pick up the paint with them, and drive them on paper. I have a single wheel that I found in my yard. I put a large marker through the hole, and use that for the axil...and drive it single that way.
Example: Not a Journal page, sorry. This is a light switch plate  Grin I have participated in a number of different crazy swaps  Roll Eyes

The boot is just marker, but you could also use barbie style shoes, too. And walk all over the page. just ideas.
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5  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: January 21, 2014 04:32:42 PM
Felt soaked in glue gets sticky  Grin Do you have disposable rubber gloves? You might wish for those, or else a pan of water beside you. It is a fun mess. So enjoy it. Just an idea for your plan. Wet washcloth works good, too. Imagine licking a cat...that is what your fingers will look like  Grin But it is fun all the same.

Here are my most recent inchies. It was a private swap and we agreed to extras. This was in her theme. There are 9 of them. On this photo. You just can't see the splits, but divide it up, top to bottom, and left to right. She wished for a full panel. So this is a 3" x 3".

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6  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: January 20, 2014 10:48:28 PM
My journal lettering is always hard for me, too. I figure if I stick it to paper, then I can't forget it. And lots of my thoughts I wish to forget. That is why I keep several books. Some just for fun, and others to bleed into. I don't like joining the two. I prefer the happy times. Like my little guy with his tongue sticking out. So focused on his task! My Dad used to do that when we worked on projects. Too cute. Sweet memories. But sometimes it is good to share the bad with yourself. And just get it out of your system. So I also keep what I call "My Ugly Book".

I love rain. I know most people don't, but I find it very soothing. Like a fountain falling to earth from our Gods above. Whichever ones you believe in, if any. Mother nature's way to give back to the earth what it drew up.
I think I will focus on that idea for my next page.

Here is a crazy one I did that you might like.


It is 3-D...and a pocket behind the 100 dollar bill holds small cards with quotes from Mr. Franklin...those are with the little ribbon tags you see sticking out.
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7  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: January 20, 2014 08:24:34 PM
I see you with a camera Miss Polly  Grin Perhaps a short walk with it to capture something of inspiration? I was once inspired by a coffee ring on a napkin! It just looked neat, so I came home and duplicated it on paper.

Another ATC...sorry, I know this is supposed to be journals, but mine are too personal to share right now.

Here is a page that my 4 year old son helped make for me {he is 9 now, but loves to help make an artsy mess, still}:

This one sure was messy...but fun  Grin


Oh, those other brown blotches are leaves that we collected on one of our nature walks. That was the inspiration for this piece...that and a toy catalog/flyer that he just loved to look through. You just never know when that spark will hit. This was his first time painting with me, and he loved it!
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8  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: January 20, 2014 01:32:56 PM
Well said, and as I shared in my PM to you...I really like your style, faemystique. Well, actually I like the style of many of the pages that I see on here, too. LovelyMiss has a very free style, as well. Whoops...those bird pages were yours, too faemystique. I caught the return post name, and mixed things up  Roll Eyes But I do enjoy a lot of the different styles here. I tried to look up LovelyMiss, but all she has is those badges for the HP groups. I guess I didn't dig deep enough.

I have been working hard to be free with my art. I get so bogged down with angles, and making things even, and perfect. I think my next page, I am just going to grab a handful of my collection of papers and cutouts, paste them together...then scribble all over them kindergarten style. And make a mess!  Grin I will call that page "Haphazard".

I need to start doing more zentangle, too. That was very freeing for me.

Here I am...zentangled

This is my only self-portrait. I don't draw people, but I was pleased with how it came out. It is actually ATC sized. I don't know why it grew  Cheesy I am still learning to put photos here....and congratulate me {not really...just think it}. I now have an avitar  Wink

Oh, and one more. Don't look alwaysinmyroom...I am a professional clown. I used this for a pin the nose on the clown game for children's parties...get it? Not the donkey tail...but a round sticker on my nose!

~T a/k/a Dr. Ha Ha
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9  Tie dye time in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: January 04, 2014 12:10:25 PM
 Grin I have cloth napkins in a wonderful Barbie pastel pink color. Hate it. Imagine a gentleman to put that on their lap?
I wish to dress them up with tie dye. They are a cotton/linen blend, light in color, but it has been a while since I worked with the dye. I know Ritz is the go-to...but any other ideas? I know some of the scrimp and pinch and tie arts. Rubber bands...string...th at sort of thing.

Anything else to share that has wowed your socks off??? Interesting folds different than just the regular rings of hippy? Vinegar sets color. I know that trick, too. But is anyone else smarter than me? With some words of wisdom to help?

I have googled it, and there are many tutorials there. None that I really like. Please share your results and what has worked for you?

Picture: just to pop into that catagory, too  Roll Eyes

Thanks, ~T

Whoops...here is where I found the photo http://www.layoutsparks.com/pictures/tie-dye-0  Wink
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10  Re: Anyone in Sparta or Cookeville? in Tennessee by stillatthetop on: November 12, 2013 08:54:03 PM
I hope bumping this thread is permitted...

I want to share the word that this thread is out there for local meet ups! I just happened upon it one day!

And here is my wonderful oak tree in Florida. I miss it. I am looking for local Tennessee craftie artsies, though. Knoxville is too far from me for a continual meet up. It could work for a once a year thing, though. We shall see on that after the holidays.


Queen of Afterthought  Grin All the states are listed, so go for the main City Guides for Craftsters page. I now see that it has a designation of United States...leading me to believe that other countries are probably included. Have not checked that, but they might even be in your home language!  Wink
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