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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: September 17, 2014 07:02:48 PM
I will be a late sender. No transportation by Saturday. Mine will mail Monday for sure. Still finishing up a few final touches. Thanks for the reminder for tracking. I always forget that part  Shocked

I have PM'ed my partner. I hope she is OK with it. Maybe I will find a way between now and Sat. But Monday for sure. Sorry.

~T
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: September 17, 2014 09:49:31 AM

ActsofCraftiness, daughter will be here tonight. I will see if she has time to help me.

Looking again at my snagged hexie photo on page one, I noticed something that I had not seen...

The dark star in the bottom right corner is her signature star. I can't read what it says, but I am sure it includes the date, her {seamstress'} name, and perhaps who it was made for. I like that idea  Grin

Just a check in. I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head, but I am anxious to try this idea. And I am sure it will take a while to collect and complete.

Thanks for all your comments, my good friends here. You have been very helpful for this project idea.  Grin

~T
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: September 11, 2014 11:43:09 AM
Oh, and I want to add. I normally don't prewash my fabrics {not that you can't, but I am just lazy that way..and like how the manufacturer sizing gives the fabric more body to work with without having to starch everything} I work mostly with poly {60%}/ cottons {40%}. They are the easiest for me to find. I do often wash the whole piece of backing fabric first before quilting. But when I have quilted the front to it, I find the puckering/shrink to add to the design on the front side. And 60/40 does not really shrink much. It just softens and shrivels a bit in the first wash. And the backing and binding holds it firm to size, pretty much.

I wish I had a computer back in those days to show you all my pretty quilts. They were made for gifts and have been given away over the years. I never got pictures.

~T

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Ongoing ATC SWAP - SEPTEMBER 2014 (Signup September 1 - September 30) on: September 11, 2014 10:44:35 AM
I claim Mountains and Clouds for her "Altered Playing Card" theme. I love those  Grin

2/0/0

Sept. 25 send out...but will be sooner

Tina from middle Tennessee.

I won't be able to take pictures, so please do this for me when you receive or send.

Some suggestions for my interests:

altered playing cards...I love the queen of hearts...but maybe she needs her king this time?
bugs...any kinds...creepy, crawly, or pretty butterflies
garden themes or anything following nature
zentangles {google if you don't know them...they are fun little doodles.}
http://www.pinterest.com/topofthehill298/art-i-have-created/
{Link to some ATC I have done. including zentangle}
quilt patterns with lots of colors
Halloween, bats, cats, crows, pumpkins, scarecrows

Happy crafting on these tiny little cards  Grin

~T
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: September 11, 2014 10:32:32 AM
Mee, too bunny. These packages seen in the gallery are definately over the mark. I am going to have to come up with a few other things myself.  Grin Just some little extra smalls. I will dig through my stash, and see what strikes my mojo/muse. I know I have something there that my partner will appreciate.

~T
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Half Bath to Wunderkammer project on: September 10, 2014 10:09:49 PM
Floor sucks. But you have good bare bones for this project. And floor always comes last in the project...so you can screw up the old one and not worry about it, in the process of the other parts.

I don't mind the lighting. But I am a clown. Reminds me of a dressing room.  Grin Maybe matte paint the outer metal parts of it? I like to use the stove black paint. Stuff tissue in the bulb holes. You could even splatter spritz it, so the brass still shows a bit. As in go in the lawn, spray in the air, and catch it  Grin

Bulletin board in the bath? Not so weird. But maybe if you wish, relocate it to the inside of a closet door? Depending on what you keep there on the board. Not too personal? Then ehhh. who cares? Just give it a fancy border, and turn it into artwork.  Cheesy

Poster should go. I am glad you both agree there.

You both have certainly been busy. I know what it is to renovate a home. Best of luck for your additional travels.

~T
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! on: September 10, 2014 09:37:23 AM
What is invisible and smells like carrots? A bunny fart  Cheesy

I got picked for my new ATC. From Mountains and Clouds  Grin I get a zentangle  Grin Grin Grin
Those are so fun to do. And you can do them larger for a notecard size.
I have a mini clipboard, and cut the stock beforehand. It is a take-along project. Good for waiting at the doctor, etc. Can you tell that I am encouraging everyone to try it  Roll Eyes

All you need is a Sharpie marker, and paper. They are doodles. And you can get inspiration from your surroundings for what to draw. I print my proper sized card outlines on the card stock, but then cut the card stock oversized, so I can go outside the edges, and cut to actual size later. In printing, they call that a bleed edge.

Here are some of mine:

http://www.pinterest.com/topofthehill298/art-i-have-created/

Some just inspired out of my brain, and some have reason. The hand one is my favorite. My friend was in jail. But these I sent away for a swap. I need to make another one for me, but as we all know..that is always on the back burner, and never seems to get done. I have done some in color, too. But the black on white is the most popular style to create.

Play with paper and pen. It is therapeutic. If you don't like what you create...toss it and try again. Or just scribble out your boo-boo. And make it look planned.  Grin I do that, too.

~T
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun children's pendants (with link to tutorial) on: September 10, 2014 08:23:42 AM
So cute. And cute little "helper girl", too. I like your gift to teacher idea, as well. That would be a prized possession to them to know that the little one helped with things, and learned a craft. And she can proudly present it that way.

~T

Ummm. Ideas are still flowing. How about a yellow simile face?, Or part of the muppet gang? or another show that she watches...like Blues Clues, etc. Big Comfy Couch "Molly" doll? A dragon with felt tongue? How about paint on a globe of the world? Or just lipstick kisses all over it. It doesn't have to be a face. Think outside the box! Hope this helps your juices to get flowing.  Grin

I also found this...I am stalking rockingbearranch...and this is on her pinterest  Grin
http://www.pinterest.com/rockinbearranch/spool/
It might give you some ideas, though they are a bit different than yours.

Oh, and for the bunny hats? {far right on rbr's page} Try thimbles71 on here. She does that tiny crochet. She made me the cutest little cork dolls. She would probably offer a trade for some of a new styled hat. Those are really cute, and if you are planning for sale..they would boost the sale, especially if you get them ready for Easter. Just some thoughts.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Pitcher Plant Multi-color Block Printing on: September 10, 2014 08:13:47 AM
And here I though they only ate flies  Shocked And hamburger raw. Very nice prints. And I love the way that you showed how to do the process of layering the stamps. That is common in screen printing and process color printing. I never really thought to do it with stamps that way. I usually just layer my colors on one complete stamp by painting on what color I wish where. Your way seems more complicated, but turns out a nicer result. I like them! Oh, and you could also use your leaf stamp for other things. I see tiki  Grin or something added tropical for a background. Like a pretty parrot? Just an idea.

~T
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY on: September 09, 2014 07:36:18 PM
cmarion3, You never cease to make me laugh. What a wonderful snarky gift. Did you design it? Get out and promote it. Other people want one {me???}

You might want to change the name to "Better Holmes"...for copyright purpose. Different spelling...no stepping on toes. You could even give some things a Holmes bend. As in Mr. Sherlock drinkie-poos. For Halloween? ORANGE!

Again, just an innuendo. Not an actual take over of the title. They can't kick your butt for that one.

~T
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