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1  Re: 3D bug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by stillatthetop on: September 03, 2014 11:26:47 AM
Not in this swap, but one back at you...this would make a great broach, or embroidery?

Snagged off of here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

I love bugs, too  Grin

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2  Re: Ideas to save money at the holidays in Winter Holidays by stillatthetop on: August 31, 2014 10:00:04 AM
I think I should be allowed to double post here  Grin

This is a neat snag off the internet {sorry, but the sources do not always accompany the ideas, if I could give credit I would, but these are out from the depths of my computer, and long since fell off the history}

M & M's puts out holiday colors in the red, green, white variety. Those are Twix cookie bars around the outside.
M & M Mars company will also sell you specific colors to match a wedding party or other prom event, etc. I am sure they have a website for that. Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness events?

We are celebrating all holidays here, so don't feel that this is just Christmas.

I will add some Halloween here soon, too. That is my favorite holiday. I make some "wicked" finger sandwiches and Witch finger cheese straws. I have to "dig" up the recipes  Grin

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3  Ideas to save money at the holidays in Winter Holidays by stillatthetop on: August 30, 2014 04:18:13 PM
I am in America, so Christmas is usually our holiday. But I know other craftsters who like to make homespun gifts for their families...gifts from the heart. I hope we can use this post to celebrate the reason for the season...LOVE.

I need to save money this year, and giving all my hard earned cash to the "cash cows" that promote crazy things are not for me. I would rather spend the dollars on items to make hand-made candles, soaps, pillows, and food goodies. Son is getting PJs. {along with a few toys}. Some of those materials will come out of my stash. (I save old candles and re-melt them  Wink)

This is not my photo...snagged somewhere off the internet, but it looks like it could be made with leftover {used and broken} sweaters, and be good to use as package toppings and tree ornaments. That way you can skip the bow...those just add to our never ending garbage dump at this time of year.

Embroidery floss to wrap the hands and ankles. Small foam ball for the head {you could add a face if you wished with fabric paint?} easy to trace and make your own pattern. Looks like it would be easy to stitch by hand, and the more handmade it looks, the better. Charming.

My gifts will be wrapped in brown paper bags. With garden twine on them. Oh, of course I will rubber stamp some fun designs  Grin

I also go to our local newspaper printing place, and for $2.00 I get an "off-roll" with lots of unprinted newsprint. It is great for making larger fabric patterns, or protecting the table when the kids do their crafts. Or at Birthday parties I bring out the markers, and they all get to draw on the 'tablecloth'  Grin

Another holiday idea for everyone is to put a white linen cloth on the table, and let all the guests sign it with  fine-line sharpie...then embroider it later for a keepsake. Great at weddings. Just ideas.

Now I would love to hear yours!

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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 21, 2014 07:16:34 PM
smileyyogini received my patches, so here they are. The last one is a WIP, as daughter was early for the pictures, but you can imagine the final product. It had lazy daisy embroidered flowers around it, and a few finishing touches. The border resembles the style of the other two.

I didn't get pics of the extra kit that I sent, but I made a 6" x 6"+ panel that she could use for her mug rug idea that she wishes to make. {If she likes it. Or she can do her own thing to match.} It is a flower on felt. And also I sent a choice of backing fabrics. And beads. I experimented for that panel with the alcohol Sharpie ink method, and I am liking that! fun and easy.  Grin

Hope you enjoy!

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5  Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 07, 2014 05:11:21 AM
Yeah! I learned something new this morning  Grin Drag and Drop! I got the photos in.
The top photo is part of what I received from rantyhippy. Two of the cat toys went missing. But they look similar to the mouse. One was a fish, and another mouse. The cats are having a ball with them, so who knows where they batted them around.

This hoopla is the first one that I have received that is not made by me, or family. And looks really much like Jose. It made me cry. I miss her so. I included photos of her, so you can see the wonderful work that rantyhippy did to capture her likeness. I love the silly smirk on the face. Jose often smiled at me like that. The colors are truer to life, but daughter's phone did not capture them that clearly. And she is always in a hurry, so just getting this photo was a crap shoot.

The pink little smudge is daughter and puppy dog and kitty to each side of her. Daughter was about 5 then, now 23. Jose lived 20 years.

~T Ooops...and thank you rantyhippy, even though I already did before  Grin
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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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