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1  My project for the Pet Swap in CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES by stillatthetop on: August 15, 2015 02:21:23 PM
I received permission to post this from rantyhippie. I am a bit intimidated to post this, but decided to anyway.
I especially liked how my package for her turned out. This is the best photo I have for it.

She shared some pictures with me of her Lemon Beagle named Buster. And I made a drawing to represent his spunky playfulness. And created a pillow cover. The rope to the front of the pillow cover is a separate tuggy toy that I added for the swap. I also made some homemade dog biscuits in the shape of Texas (where Buster lives). And sent some Scooby Snacks (graham crackers) for her.

The image is applique and hand embroidery using fuzzy fabrics. His tongue is red plastic. The ball is layered applique, and the rope attached is also 3-D. I thought that he turned out mighty cute, and I was careful to get his colors and spots in all the right places. She mentioned for the swap that she didn't like the color brown...but 'duh'. That is color of her dog!  Wink I represented his color almost exactly to the pictures.

Here is the link to the Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433884.0

Thanks for looking!
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2  Re: What to do with an old wooden trellis? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: August 14, 2015 09:05:56 PM
You can grow tomatoes indoors, if you tickle the flowers and pollinate them with a Q-tip. Those are great to grow on a trellis. Go with the indeterminate (heirloom and vining) variety...not the bush kind.

I also like the "hanging smaller pots" on it idea that Smmarrt shared. You can just wire some juice cans (punch holes in the bottom for drainage with a hammer and nail), plastic pots, etc. to it. and put a larger pot at the bottom for the base of it, to collect the water and keep it standing upright. And plant an ivy in the bottom pot, too. That would look cool.


Ooo. if you go for the juice can idea...freeze water in it first, and you can punch the holes in the side easiest. For the wire attachment to the trellis. The bottom is easy to punch either empty can, or frozen ice style.

Here is a trellis I made out of sticks from yardwork and a very neat wisteria vine twisty, and I wove a basket that the kitties loved to sleep in on my screened porch in Florida. I think you have inspired me to utilize it again indoors. If I can just find room for it. The plant was in a coconut shell that I made a macrame hanger for. It is now just the trellis...basket broke down. Coconut planter in the garage (I think?). But I can create something again with it. I have plenty of vines here in Tennessee that will work.

Double ~T
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - July 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 08, 2015 02:22:53 PM
WOW. Great cards in the gallery. So happy to see them all. Here are my updates.

From Spikefan.

And these

From artsycandice.

So happy to have them in my collection. Thank you both for the great additions. I have been showing you off to friends who don't understand why I 'waste my time' with these things. Silly people, they need a great hobby like ours!  Grin

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4  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: August 08, 2015 02:00:45 PM
Long post here friends. I have missed you all  Wink Computer is back and I will update.

I have made a new puzzle swap pal with whatthepuck. And many puzzle pal friends here.

In no particular order, here is what I received. The smaller pieces are for a previous puzzle that we agreed to swap out the extra pieces to finish.

FROM WHATTHEPUCK...for my affirmations.. Be Happy. Believe. And an extra goodie for my small piece puzzle theme of nature, garden.

FROM HAZELLY...for affirmations...Everyday is a second chance, and I have the power to change myself. HOW TRUE  Grin

FROM JRWILLIAMS..and I almost mature imaged this one, but I am calling it a Japan Maple leaf  Wink...As I say yes to life, life says yes to me. And think happy thoughts. So true, again. Thank you.

And last but not least from my regular trader pal RSCOWTOWN...she reminds me that "You're Beautiful"...and that a Smile is worth more than chocolate...and two tiny pieces to finish out my other nature puzzle.

Thank you all for a wonderful amazing swap. And I am sorry I had to be vacant for some of it. Life has been some crazy times lately. But I am back up and running. And glad to see that other puzzles are being formed, too. This is a wonderful gallery.

Happy Crafting, and thanks Luvebuggy99! You have been a great coordinator.  Wink Grin Wink

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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 02, 2015 05:14:01 PM
I recieved another wonderful card today. This one is from sammylouise40! Quite nice for my Butterfly theme. I like the text paper effect. Very pretty. Thanks!

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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 01, 2015 11:59:06 AM
Wow. Delicious cards in the gallery. I have my own new wonderment to add. I received from Gspinn this marvelous tiki card! I love the colors!!! It will fit nicely with my tiki collection. THANKS  Grin

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7  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: June 24, 2015 09:38:20 PM
Taa Daaa!

I scanned the image before I "framed" it, because I figured the scan would be blurry on the final finished piece.
And the entire piece would not fit on the scanning bed. It is a 3-D (purchased) crochet frame. But rest assured, it is a complete heart. My embroidery skills are a bit rusty, but overall, my 'partner' is happy with her new Birthday present  Grin Hope you like it.

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8  Re: Altered puzzle pieces, Round 10 SU 6/13-6/27; SO 8/1/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2015 08:58:47 PM
I'm sure you could find an interest rscowtown. I also make dangly earrings to match. I often layer misc. puzzle pieces of different sizes, just mish matched overlapping and sometimes paint them. The 'more pieces per puzzle' tends to have smaller pieces, as in a 500 box has larger ones, the 1000 box pieces are smaller...etc. GoodWill and thrift stores are a great place to find puzzles for cheap, and using them this way, you wouldn't care if all the pieces are in the box.

I also thought to use a puzzle for swapping that has a gazzilion pieces, and just start at a middle section of it for the first swap, and add onto it with the surrounding pieces in additional swaps. It would look neat framed this way, whether or not you ever used the straight edge border pieces.

And here is another goodie...journal page. The puzzle piece is from a large kids floor puzzle. Burger King crown, playing cards, glitter glue, crown sticker, plastic jewel.

I love the shapes of puzzles.

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9  Re: Altered puzzle pieces, Round 10 SU 6/13-6/27; SO 8/1/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2015 03:40:04 PM
Great tips, everyone! and I loved to see the finished GS puzzle. It is so interesting to see how the themes come together this way.

I'll add a suggestion. When I received the pieces to alter, I traced them onto the card that each set came with.  I joined a double set of swappers for that round. I got a bit confused as to whose puzzle I was working on. Luckily I also took good notes on the card, making sure that user name, real name, address, and theme were on each card.

I did accidentally mix together some pieces. Ones that needed glue, paint, etc. as a common group, and the tracing helped get me back on track. This would also have helped if any of the pieces came up missing in the mail, if I would have needed to replace them.

Here is my puzzle from that last round. As you can see some of my pieces went wonky/warped/crooked. I don't have it officially mounted yet, but I will do some sanding/trimming and use muscle grease to get them to fit. Grin And I will try to get a better picture when it is together. This one does not give it justice. These pieces are tiny. A scant 1"x 1". My theme was nature.

I still have four (three plus one I will complete myself) pieces that I need to finish this puzzle. I am told that it is OK to put in a private trade request for an "extra" with my new swap partners in this round. I will add that request in my PM when we trade addresses.


Oh, and the puzzle I will be using for this swap...it had two pieces broken. I remembered that I have two other puzzles with different images on them (also bent and broken/missing pieces), cut with the same die cut pattern. Would you believe that they are not exactly alike? I did find one piece that will fit, but it isn't from the same spot of puzzle #2  Roll Eyes And I found a 'spade' shaped earpiece that fits the second missing spot, so I will have to patch two pieces together to make one there. Oye-vay! No worries. There is still time.

Another tidbit. I make jewelry with puzzle pieces. This is the base for an unfinished broach. Then I add beads and other 3-D embellishments, dangly trims, etc. I have given all my finished ones away. They make great gift tags and stocking stuffers.

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10  Re: Medical Gauze in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: June 14, 2015 09:34:56 AM
Very wonderful bag, theYuGoGirl. Keep going!

New idea today...

I coffee dyed some fabric to use in an upcoming personal swap. It smells so good! I decided that I may add a coffee sachet to every swap package I send. Using the medical gauze and wrapping the crystals in it. I used Foldger's instant coffee for my dye medium. The sachet could be tucked under a car seat to spiffy the car, or put in a cup of hot water and drank for that rushed morning to work cup of java...how does that sound?

I like it. If nothing else, it will freshen up the parcels that I send. Oh, and I might also include a complimentary chocolate, or mint to go with. A new signature calling card. Look for these if you trade with me  Roll Eyes

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