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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: Today at 09:28:48 AM
Some swap packages have been received, so it's time for a photo-dump!  One more should show up today, and hopefully I'll finish a few more projects this weekend, so... at least one more picture-post is in my future...  The question is what will my final number be?  I suppose it depends on if I try to finish up some WIPs or just strike out into new projects!  I'm currently sitting at 219...

First up, for the "I miss that SO much" swap, for suereal:

Teen Titan Peg people:

A Samurai Jack Needlebook:

A clay walnut box (long story, it's based on the episode "It may look like a walnut" of the Dike Van Dyke show):

Then I was cleaning and got sidetracked into making some jewelry, because that's what I do...

(there are several beaded bracelets, two styles I've done a lot of (though this was my first stab and the doubling back on itself one), a braised beaded bracelet, a decorative knot-tying bracelet, and a Kumihimo braided bracelet)

Then my friend asked me if I could make her some stretch bracelets with some alphabet beads, and I said yes... made those, then make my friend one and me a plain red one.  I've worn the red one and my knots are holding, so yay!  However, I developed an obsession with the shoddy distribution of alphabet beads in a package... I will eventually post somewhere(?) about that...

And then for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, two hoops (link to more info and how the one almost wasn't is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437228.0)

Now, off to craft more!  Though there's no real urgency... I went from super-busy to leisure time and I'm afraid I'm not handling it well... I don't know what to do with myself!  Cheesy
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2  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: Today at 08:58:21 AM
Congratulations to the Nerds of the Week!  You totally rocked it!

I finally have some projects to post!

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rainbow Hoop
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437228.0
Brief Description:  As much as I dislike The Wizard of Oz, it's one of the first things people think about when they hear "Kansas", which is where I seem to have settled down after a childhood of being an Army Brat.  I've lived in 5 different cities in Kansas, with a brief stint in Missouri, since ... 1986?!  So, yeah, I've been here awhile.  I always kinda wanted to move back to Washington State, a place I enjoyed, but then... I suppose the Wizard of Oz reference would still be valid, considering the whole Emerald City/Seattle thing...  Anyway, rainbows. Kansas.  Oz.  Project!  It was for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, based on a quote from her pinterest.
Project Picture:

Prompt:  December: Japan
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name: Samurai Jack Needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:  For suereal in the "I miss that SO much" swap, a cute (but deadly!) recreation of Samurai Jack in felt!  Cute AND Japan, I'd say!
Project Picture:

Prompt:  December: India
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sari Bracelet
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description:  My friend and I split a large lot of Sari yarn awhile back, and I haven't done a thing with mine.  I also bought a Kumihimo disk awhile back and... hadn't done anything with it!  This prompt was the perfect blend of the two, I started off with a simple bracelet.  A bit of trial and error later, I think I have the theory down, but I still need a LOT of practice.  It is deceptively time-consuming...

Now, off to work on a few more of the prompts!  Maybe I'll even have more to post tonight, fingers crossed...  Cheesy
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3  "Disorderly"/Rainbow Hoop (and girl hoop) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: Today at 08:43:46 AM

I made this hoop for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, based off a quote on her pinterest.  My idea was that I'd slap all sorts of stuff on it from my stash, in the spirit of the quote, in all the colors of the rainbow.  It was embarrassingly easy to find everything I needed...  The fabric squares are leftover from the enormous rainbow skirts I made a few years back, and the buttons and beads are all from my enormous collections!  The yarn bits all came out of my "tail ends" bowl, an idea I got from a friend who would cut all the leftover bits off of her projects and instead of throwing them away, put them in a bowl for display.  I started doing the same thing, and have found a lot of uses for those little leftover bits!  And, of course, the cross-stitch floss was the easiest part!

The quote took some doing.  I was working on two hoops at the same time (see girl hoop:

which was also part of same swap)

...and had initially started using my alphabet stamps to try to stamp the other saying on some fabric.  While it does work, and my ink was waterproof and all that good stuff, it looked a little messy and not perfect and I really didn't think I could handle this long of a quote!  So... I took the plunge, and ironed the fabric to a piece of freezer paper, and sent it through my printer.

IT WORKED!  Wonderfully, in fact.  I will be doing more of that (of course, now that I say that, the next one will jam up and destroy my printer, I'm sure!).

I was happy as a clam, and then I started stitching...

...and started hating it.  Really hating it.  I sent a picture to Cryssoleil, who encouraged me to keep going.  I was nervous, because... I knew it would take a lot of time, and if I still didn't like it... but she's an artist, and I trusted her opinion, so I kept going.  The next day's worth of work had it looking better:

And I showed it to more people, who also reacted favorably, so I kept at it!  The next marathon of Xena episodes got me this far:

And by then I was starting to like it, and was happy, and it was hard to stop on the next day with so little left to do but... I had been staying up WAY to late on work nights, so I forced myself to put it down.

And it did take some hours the next day to finish up all the bits and do the back, so I'm glad I didn't try to stay up!  In the end, I'm really happy with how it turned out!  I love working on these kind of "mindless" stitching hoops, it's very relaxing... after I get over the "I'm going to hate this" phase, because they always start out messy.

This also served as a completed project for the Winter Nerd Battles, an awesome craftalong hosted by the equally awesome LovelyMiss that you should all join (on Team Textbook, naturally!).
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4  Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 18, 2014 02:50:56 PM
I received from Kwality today, and I'm so thrilled!  I've coveted her monster pieces for so long, and I'm so glad I got the courage to ask her to this swap!  Behold!

And, she included some gorgeous cards and envelopes she make with her gelli plate and an envelope maker, two things I now desperately need in my life (it's rather funny that hers was one of the packages I forgot to include a card with... sorry about that!).

Thank you so so so much, it's everything I could have hoped for! Cheesy
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5  Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 12, 2014 05:07:29 PM
Suereal, I'm glad you at least say you're not too disappointed, after the package I got from you! 

First off, the box was packed with tassels which I don't have a picture of handy, but that's part of an agreement (you still have to tell me what you want for that, btw!).  I have plans for them...  but on to the package...

Bunnicula!  Anyone else love The Celery stalks at midnight?

I actually re-read the books as an adult, fully expecting to be completely disappointed and ruin a great childhood memory, but... it didn't!  I enjoyed them just as much!

Day of the Tentacle!  That and Sam and Max Hit the Road were my favorite computer games when I started playing them  Also, a lot of good memories of playing them with my hubby back before he was my hubby!

The inside is an old film canister, so he can hide things!

And those are great, don't get me wrong, but when I opened the next thing... I was speechless.  I made everyone in my office come look at it and most people loved it (a few said she was a little creepy, but I think that's just a doll reaction for some people).  Plus, I've been mainlining Xena season 1 while working on my IYP projects, so it was incredibly topical!

And the details!

Her skirt and chakram!  Yes, it's detachable!  And it slots into her outfit just like on the show!


Scabbard for her sword!

And even the little details on her outfit!

Thank you so much, she is incredible and I can't stop smiling!  Plus, I got to make all my FB friends incredibly jealous!  Cheesy Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
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6  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 11, 2014 01:23:59 PM
Poe looks like he's having so much fun! Willow is caught up in my pre-holiday stress, but we did go to the Natural History and Spencer Art Museums on the KU campus, and he helped with our annual gift-wrapping even with one of the nursing homes.

This was a temporary crochet sweater I made for him on the way to the nursing home, we stopped at an antique store on the way back and I found a similar sized bear with a more Christmas themed sweater he's wearing now!  Hopefully I'll get to download and organize some of the photos soon!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: December 08, 2014 11:52:09 AM
Awwww, I love that One in a Minion shirt!  How awesome!

I should have been working on my swap stuff, but zombie boy was taunting me.  No fear, I took care of that...

And now he can't taunt me any further, because... of... well, it's a long story.  But he is no more, and all he left behind was hurt, frustration, and a few pictures.  Farewell, creepy statue, you will not be missed!

Back to the sewing cave, to try to regain some of my dignity...  O.o
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: December 06, 2014 06:49:41 PM
Ahhh, so much awesomeness to catch up on!  More crocheting, blankets and wristwarmers oh my!  And that deer hoop... *swoon*

I made a Tetris afghan back when they had the Raveylimpics, and I started with granny squares but I HATED joining them so I switched to rows... but I had some granny squares and Tetris Afghan 2.0 has been on my to-do list ever since!

I think I'm too picky about it, the joining, especially with the different colored squares and if I needed a border and... I'm probably over-thinking it.

I only have one thing to share right now, all the rest is swap stuff in progress/shipping.  I did try to challenge this month, and it... did not go as I thought it would.  But, I have a little zombie now?

The story of it is here, if you're interested!
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9  UPDATED: He will eat your SOUL... er, brains, er... cookies? in CHALLENGE 105 ENTRIES by Smeddley on: December 06, 2014 06:29:12 PM
I had plans.  Big plans.  Awesome plans.  Unrealistic plans, as it turns out.

First, I wanted to use some super-ugly lamps I'd gotten at an auction... I hadn't bought them, but they were part of a lot a friend of my friend bought for $1 and I took them because... well, they're hideous.  They're terrifying precious-moment/pride-and-prejudice like girl statues on very ugly lamp bases.  We thought we'd turn them into "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" lamps, and maybe some day we will.  I was completely crushed when I found out it didn't qualify... until I saw this... or rather, it saw me... or didn't see me... or... just see for yourself:

(posted with the receipt to show what it cost AND when I bought it!)

Super-creepy extreme close-up!

So.  My plans.

Picture an adorable pigtailed girl with patch-pocked overalls and freckles.  A bit smarmy for some, but definitely an upgrade from the soul-eating abomination that was eyeless boy.  The figure is very light, and because of that I thought it was a wood carving, especially with the uneven surface.

It was not.

My plan was to sand off most of the hair, shape the head, use either doll hair or yarn hair and make little pigtails and give her freckles and pink cheeks and... can you see it?  In your head?  The admittedly very precious-moments-like cuteness?


I bought some air-dry clay to fix the broken bits, namely the cavernous abysses that were the eyes and the missing ear:

This would later prove to be a waste of $6, because... well, I'll get to that.  Cryssoleil, we will need to have a power-art night and just use up that tub of clay sometime soon!  

Anyway, I stated to try to sand off the hair and.... it's not wood, but a lightweight clay of some sort.  I moved to a chisel, and...


I was not deterred! A little E-6000 to the rescue and I was slapping clay on it to smooth the head, add eyes and fix the ear.  Sadly, I do not have pictures of this part because this is where things started to go downhill, and frankly, I figured I wasn't even going to finish the thing at this point.

The clay dried and shrank and cracked.  Yay!

I started to make a wig that would fit over the head, crocheting a cap and attaching strands of yarn.

I also tried to paint the face.  Turns out that improving the color only helped a little, the mottled surface of the piece just did not read "cute".  It wasn't working.  I got frustrated.  There were many paints on my desk.  My inner horror freak took over.

I started smearing browns and greys and blacks and greens and reds and... I broke off the ear I'd made (which had looked quite nice, that part really did work) and gouged more bits out of the head and...

It's horrific now, too, but intentionally so?  Does that make it better?  I don't know.

Have some more pictures while you mull that over:

I can has brains now?

Eh, not super-thrilled with the "brains" of the zombie, but...

Thanks for bearing with me and reading this far, I know I get long-winded...  Cheesy


He was staring at me from the desk all day and it was driving me crazy.  So I thought I'd give him one last shot.  I re-glued on the ear I'd made, smoothed out his head a bit, and put on some new paint, but admittedly, my heart wasn't as in it as it could have been... I was looking forward to the next step I had in mind!

I was going to them smash him into little pieces and do a funky art box thing with him...

Any last words?  Mwahahahahaha!

But sadly, he didn't shatter.  He just kinda mushed.  I eventually broke off a few pieces, but... it wasn't what I had in mind (picture a Picasso-esque piece with a rearranged face!).

Farewell, stupid boy sculpture.  You were a complete disaster, a horrible experiment, a complete waste of a dollar (unless my heartache and pain has amused anyone reading it, in which case, it's all good).  You've also made me doubt my worth as a crafter because, I admit it, you bested me.  That might be small consolation since you're sitting in a garbage can with your face smooshed in and your legs broken off, but hey.

*le sigh*
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10  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 02, 2014 03:32:28 PM
We went to an antique/junk store today, and it's always a challenge to find the weirdest/creepiest/oddest thing. There were a lot of contenders, but... we decided the baby head vases won...

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