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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Busy Stitching on: April 23, 2014 07:12:12 PM
When participating in the places hoopla swap, I decided to make Chameleon Hound a wild west theme hoop. I picked up Stitcher's Revolution: Wild West iron-on transfer and selected a neat little moonshine design. My husband, the western novel writer, approved of the design.

For pinkmichk, I decided to use the Down the Rabbit Hole theme. I had so many ideas. A spiral with a rabbit at the end, a close up of Alice following the rabbit, Alice falling. But I thought those ideas had more to do with the characters so I thought about the rabbit hole as a place. I kept seeing a keyhole in my head, like someone looking through a window to a whole new place, almost a portal. Here is what I came up with.

The tight satin stitches were a little tricky for me, so I used the unicorn hoop I received from Onyxnox.

I made this cute little scissors fob for my facebook swap friend. It's a little sawdust filled pincushion made of aida. The ribbon can be looped around a pair of scissors.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / She-Ra Belt on: April 17, 2014 06:44:48 AM
My husband bought some pants that included a belt that he didn't want and crazyda79 sent me some She-Ra ribbon that I've been saving for a fun project. I put the two together to make a fun accessory.

It was surprisingly simple. I sewed the ribbon onto the belt at the top and bottom. I cut the belt to size and folded and hemmed in the fraid edge. I probably should have used a matching thread but I'm still happy with it.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding Gift on: March 20, 2014 02:51:26 PM
I just finished my dad's wedding gift. They said no gifts but I wanted to show my support.

I stitched the Mr & Mrs Wee One pattern by Heart in Hand on hand dye 14 count ale aida. I mounted the completed design on a Pres-On adhesive board cut to size and put it in a glassless 5x5 primitive green frame with a square piece of cardboard for the backing. Since the frame was thick enough for the fabric, adhesive board, and cardboard, everything was pretty snug but I decided to use my staple gun around the sides to hold the card board. 

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitch Hoops (3 pictures) on: February 24, 2014 01:01:10 PM
Recently, I made a few cross stitch projects for my swap partners.

I made this little Dorothy. The design in by Brooke's Books Publishing. I love the design, especially the intricate way the shades of blue simulated plaid. I hope to complete the whole Oz series for myself.

I think my favorite is the silver shoes. I ended up adding some more backstitching because I used white aida that blended with the sleeves and apron.

For the Box of Sunshine swap, I stitched Funshine Bear because we both love 80's cartoons and a Mill Hill Sun ornament.

This was my first attempt at beadwork. I had to customize the pattern because I struggled with the bead colors which makes it one of a kind.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wesley the Owl on: January 28, 2014 07:19:23 PM
Here is one of the projects I made while I've been snowed in. I've been anxious about sharing this little owl I stitched for my swap partner in the OT Literary Thing swap. He was inspired by Wesley, the Owl.

I stitched him on perforated paper, added seed beads for eyes, and added a pin backing.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Maker's Mark Bottle on: January 19, 2014 04:52:04 PM
In an effort to personalize a birthday gift card, I designed this Maker's Mark Bottle pattern and stitched it on perforated paper.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Santa and Noel Claus on: January 09, 2014 07:59:32 AM

I named Mrs. Claus Noel based on some of the cheesy Hallmark and ION shows that I have been watching during Christmas break. She needed a name too.
After Christmas, my husband pointed out that I rarely stitch things for myself even though stitching makes me really happy. So, I raided the huge $5 box of kits and supplies he picked up for me at the local thrift shop months ago, a wonderful find I might add.

I made this neat little design just for myself. The kit also included an adhesive mat and a plastic red frame. I'm very happy with how it turned out. I ended up not stitching Happy Holidays because it distracted from the focus of the kiss.

The design is called Happy Holidays by Pat Maloney Bord, published by The New Berlin Company in 1992. Just love thrift store finds!

Now, I hope the completion of this design with inspire me to finish the Dimensions Santa before next Christmas. I'm hoping to give "Santa's Secret" as a gift next year.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Recycled Christmas Cards on: January 05, 2014 04:07:08 PM
I started playing with my gingerbread punch and washi tape and came up with some simple cards for next year. I'm hoping to send the people's cards back to them in gingerbread form Smiley

Also, with my huge collection of remaining gingerbread shapes, I made gingerbread garland by sewing the gingerbread shapes with my sewing machine.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1940's Wonder Woman on: August 18, 2013 05:37:22 PM
Here is the Wonder Woman cross stitch design I made for Kittykill for our Make a Friend Swap.

I stitched Wonder Woman on evenweave using the same pattern I created for my perler bead project.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / broken figures and computer parts? on: July 10, 2013 04:46:25 PM
Recently, my son's friend came over and knocked down a trinket shelf. While many of my resin pieces held up nicely, there were a few pieces that were broken beyond repair. But after seeing Franken Kitty, I can't bring myself to throw them out. What should I do with them?

Here they are:

And, my other question is what can I do with computer parts? I know there are some great jewelry pieces that can be made. I was thinking about putting them in resin or something.

Here is what I have:

Oh, I also have a music box parts too.

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